Parkville Rotary Club
Weekly Newsletter
August 8, 2023 
This Week's Program: August 11, 2023
Topic: MU Extension in Platte County 
GK Callahan is a transmedia artist and engagement professional with over two decades in the community arts field. Holding an MFA from the California College of the Arts and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
For the past eight years, GK has worked as a Community Arts and Engagement Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, helping promote and foster community and economic development through the arts and strengthening the role MU Extension has in the communities they aim to serve.
Callahan was awarded the San Francisco Arts Commission Innovative Partnerships Grant, founding the Please Touch Garden, addressing agriculture, arts, and disabilities. The Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC bringing an HIV/AIDS awareness project to Tanzania, The Cross Program, and the Excellence in Community & Economic Development awards by MACEDEP.
He has attended the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Warm Heart Art Tanzania, and the FOR-SITE Foundation residencies. Shown at the Nerman Museum, Tivoli Cinemas, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Weinberger Fine Art, and created several large public projects around the United States.  In 2020 Callahan was one of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts CultureBank featured artists. In 2022 he had a solo show Ocular Anthology - of his 2d works at William Jewell College.

Dalyn Novak is the Vice Chair of the Platte County Extension Council and has been on the board since 2020.  Dalyn arranged for this program.
Volunteer Opportunity Friday! 

Northland Rotary Lite has a volunteering event up on Facebook and they are looking for volunteers.  To see the event go to: 
Round 2 w/ District Governor Randy Steinman

We are meeting for our next session with District Governor Randy Steinman on Friday, August 18th at noon at Gusto Coffee
The purpose of this meeting is to bring together our lists of "thought leaders". As a reminder, we started meeting with Randy in order to put together a plan of how to best work with the leaders in our community in order to learn about how they think Parkville Rotary can best serve our community.  This next meeting will be discussing our prospective lists and our next course of action. I am resharing Randy's handout here for convenience if you want to review.
We hope you can attend but understand schedules don't always allow. This does not mean your participation isn't welcome. If you have a list of people you would consider to be "thought leaders", please reach out to myself or Sandy Knoernschild and we will bring your list to our meeting on the 18th.  
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out, 
Have a great day.
Email from Julie McCoy

To all District 6040 Rotarians...Good Monday Morning,
I am one of your Past District Governors, Julie McCoy, from Chillicothe Rotary.  I served District 6040 in the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  I have just been appointed as your Zone 31 Assistant Rotary Coordinator...which means that I am here to help Clubs and District with membership and club growth.  Rotary is a passion of mine, and I am worried about the continual decline of Rotary members within our clubs.  Covid was not kind to Rotary.  We lost clubs and we lost members.  In fact, I heard Rotary General Secretary, John Hewko, use the word "crisis" in speaking about Rotary membership in North America.
So, let's work together and do something about it.  One trait of growing clubs is that many members bring new members into Rotary.  However, statistically most clubs have about one or two members that bring in new members.  We are going to change that.  I am going to issue a Membership Challenge each month to each of you to bring someone to a Rotary event. The goal is obviously to increase our Rotary Membership.
August is Back to School the first Membership Challenge is...Bring Someone Back to Rotary.  This could be someone who is no longer a Rotary member; but was at one time.  It could be a Rotary Alumni...scholarship recipient, group study exchange team member, a form exchange student, or a member of Rotaract or Interact.  It could also be a current member of your club that doesn't attend regularly, and you'd like to get them excited about Rotary again.  There are lots of possibilities for inviting someone back to Rotary!
Club President Challenge...let's make time in one of your weekly meetings to talk about this.  Make a list, start calling people, develop teams to work on get the idea.  But let's talk about Bringing Someone Back to Rotary and make it a priority.  We are people of action.
Yours in Rotary,
Julie McCoy
Parkville Days Parade - August 19, 2023
Parkville Rotary will be participating in the annual parade again this year.  Bob & Cherry Stone are unable to attend so Robert Kersey is in charge of the planning. If you would like to drive or walk in the parade with our club please reach out to Robert by email at  

Foundation HOOP-LA 2023

Register Now: 
More information at 
The Annual Foundation Dinner for 2023 is now Foundation HOOP-la!
There are two goals for this event:
1. To celebrate our championship spirit and the accomplishments of our clubs’ work in the community, and
2. To raise funds to support our future District and Global grants for our 57 clubs and Rotary’s global work.
Whether you attend each year, OR have never been to our celebration, click here for all the details about the event:
Please take these four key actions:
1. Save the date for Saturday, November 4 from 6-9pm.
2. Register for Foundation HOOP-la 2023. Registration will open soon.
3. Dig into your closet for your best pair of sneakers and dig out your favorite team jersey (basketball or otherwise). The event is very casual!
4. Consider donating an item for the silent auction and a bottle or two of wine or whiskey for the wine/whiskey pull. We’ll have both a silent and live auction during the night. Could you help by donating an auction item? Information on donating items will be sent out soon.
If you have any questions, please contact Frances Reddis, HOOP-la Committee Chair, at: or 816-853-3256.
I look forward to seeing you on November 4th!
Randy Steinman
District Governor 2023 -2024
District 6040
Member News!
Member News is a new section in the weekly newsletter.  Have news you want to share with Parkville Rotary members? Email Dalyn Novak at to have your news added.
Alan & Dalyn Novak Celebrating 20 Years Together Today! 
Alan and Dalyn Novak have been together half of Dalyn's life today. They started dating August 8, 2003 and the photo below is from that day in Grand Island, NE. 
Upcoming Programs
Aug 11, 2023
MU Extension
Aug 18, 2023 6:00 PM
Creekside Infield outdoor venue – 15325 Old Town Dr, Parkville, MO 64152
Aug 25, 2023 12:00 PM
Midwest Transplant Network
Aug 30, 2023
Flag Deployment - Labor Day.
View entire list
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kathy Leibrand
August 8
Greg Prymak
August 13
Tom Taylor
August 23
Mark Stuhlsatz
August 24
Join Date
Ryne Kloeppel
August 2, 2013
10 years
Sandy Knoernschild
August 3, 2018
5 years
Steven Youngblood
August 10, 2012
11 years
Bob Caplinger
August 14, 2009
14 years
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Parkville Rotary Membership Forms

The Membership Committee has been hard at work putting together new membership forms!  All members can `access the forms by clicking on the blue box below which will take members to a dropbox link with the forms.  Give these to potential members! The new spouse forms can be found here as well. 
The following forms can be found in the link: 
  • Standard Rotarian Membership Packet
  • Corporate Membership Packet
  • Spouse Membership Packet
Please submit the forms filled out to Dalyn Novak ( so she can get new member information added to ClubRunner after the board's approval! 
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