Parkville Rotary Club
Weekly Newsletter
May 4, 2022 

This Week's Program: May 6, 2022

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Meeting ID: 298-478-705
Topic: Folds of Honor   
Kelli lost her husband, Major Shawn Campbell, in a Marine Corps helicopter collision in Hawaii on January 14, 2016.
She left Hawaii and moved to Kansas City to be close to family. Suddenly uprooted from everything familiar, Kelli and her four children, Tristan, Kenna, Kate and Donovan, faced the daunting task of starting a life from scratch. When a small, private school opened their doors to the Campbells, Kelli was able to enroll her previously homeschooled children with the help of Folds of Honor Children’s Fund scholarships.
Their new school community quickly became like family and Kelli’s children are thriving in a safe, loving, and academically excellent environment. Kelli believes that without Folds of Honor, she would not have known how or where to begin a new life.
While the Campbell family will always grieve for their hero, husband, and father, they are joyful and full of hope for the future.
Today, Kelli is the Folds of Honor Kansas City chapter’s Regional Impact Officer and serves on the Folds of Honor National Speaker’s Bureau. She is grateful to be able help pass on the support and hope she was given, and to continue honoring the legacy of her late husband and all those who serve our nation.
For more information about Folds of Honor, visit
To view the Campbell Family story, visit
And to view a Highlight Video from Folds of Honor Kansas City, click here
Thanks Parkville Microbrew Festival Volunteers! 

Thank you to all our members who gave of their time last Saturday. 
Scott Walterbach
Eddie Batts
Edie Hays
Bob Stone
Cherry Stone
Bruce Knoernschild
Sandra Knoernschild
Steve Bleish
Kathy Leibrand
Larry Leibrand
Debbie Hopkins
We couldn't do it without our wonderful volunteering members! 
JAZZ: A Benefit for Northland Shepherd Center

The Parkville, KCI, Liberty, and Gladstone Rotary Clubs were honored at the Northland Shepherd's Center's Jazz event this past weekend at Argosy Casino for our district grant/work on their new facility on Antioch. One program in the new facility is Meals on Wheels. The project turned out great! The image below was printed in the event's program.  Bob & Cherry Stone attended as representatives for our club. 

Shoes for Orphans Caravan

The Rotary "Shoes for Orphans" Caravan will arrive in Parkville on May 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the old Kmart parking lot.  Larry Lunsford and his crew will pick up shoes and take pictures.  Anyone from our Club that would like to attend is welcome.





Parkville Rotary Helping Ukrainians through Partnership with Rotary Club Chisinau

PROJECT UPDATE: We've raised $7,598.96 and have heard there may be a few additional donations still coming in!! Thank you to all of those who have donated. If you haven't donated we urge you to donate!

Tell your friends, neighbors, and family as we are working to make this as big as we can! Donate a second time if you are able.

We need your help! I am a Rotarian in the Parkville Rotary Club and we are looking to help Ukrainian refugees. Can you help us?

As you know, the situation for Ukrainian refugees is dire. 350,000 refugees have made their way to the tiny neighboring country of Moldova, where a per capital annual income of just $4,547 means that Moldovans have only a limited capacity to assist their new guests.
Seeing this need, the Parkville Rotary Club is partnering with the Chisinau, Moldova Rotary Club on a fundraiser to assist Ukrainian refugees. Contributions collected here in the U.S. will be used by the Chisinau Rotary to buy food, supplies, and other necessities for the refugees.
Donations are being accepted through PayPal. You can pay with a credit card, debit card, or through a PayPal account. Please use the 'Donate Here' button below.
Donations can also be made by check, payable to Parkville Rotary Club, and mailed to PO Box 12064, Parkville, MO 64152.
If you are able to make a donation, of course that would be great. If you don’t have funds available, we understand. Whether your club donates or not, we would be most grateful if you pass this request around to your members, and anyone else in your community who you feel might be receptive.
Thank you for your generosity.
Service above self,
Scott Walterbach, President, Parkville, Missouri Rotary Club
Dmitri Popa, President, Chisinau, Moldova Rotary Club
Steven Youngblood, District 6040 Peacebuilding Ambassador
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)

It's that time of year again when Joe Carroll, Treasurer, and Dalyn Novak, Foundation Chair, reach out to all members and ask if you've donated your $100 for Every Rotarian Every Year. This program, also known as EREY, asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year. 
Even if you can't donate $100 that's okay! We just ask each member to donate what they are able to, be it $10 or $1,000 (or more)! We can dream, can't we? :) 
These donations are used to directly help Rotary's 7 Areas of Focus:
  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving Mothers & Children
  • Supporting Education
  • Growing Local Economies
  • Protecting the Environment
These are all areas that we can get behind as Rotarians! All donations for this calendar year need to be in by June 1st to Joe Carroll. Bring a check to the next meeting you attend or have Joe include it on your next invoice.  Please email him at: 
We have had 100% participation by our members in past years. Need even more information behind why? Click on the blue box below...
Parkville Rotary Partnering on a NEW Global Grant! 

The Parkville Rotary Board has approved the use of $2,200 to be put towards Smithville Rotary Club's Global Grant with the Rotary Club of Rudramati Kathmandu in Nepal to provide much needed medical equipment and supplies in the rural area outside of Kathmandu. We have drafted a Global Grant application, number GG 2235567, called Nepal Healthy Communities. 
The area of RI focus is maternal and child health. Two health centers will receive medical equipment, supplies, and training.  Both health centers provide obstetric and gynecological services to socially and economically marginalized women. 
The total value of the grant project is $31,001. The project currently has financial support from the Rotary Clubs of Smithville, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Parkville, and Rudramati Kathmandu; and from District 6040. We anticipate the contributions from the World Fund (RI) will be $12,000. 
The grant application will be submitted mid-May. If the Grant request is approved, the funds will be needed mid-June. We are excited to be helping fund this wonderful grant.
Our own Steve Youngblood will be in Kathmandu this summer and is intending to travel for the project as well.  He will be working directly with the Smithville Club to determine where he will go and hopefully he will be able to take a gift for the Rotary Club of Rudramati Kathmandu with him on the trip! 
Volunteer Opportunity with Hospital Hill Run
The 49th Annual Hospital Hill Run is slated to return this year on
Saturday, June 4 and we could really use your help.
The HHR strives to improve health and well-being by creating one of the best experiences in the region for our athletes and fans.  This year will be no different.  The race also creates direct community impact by raising money for the 'I Love Children's Mercy Fund', which helps provide advanced medical treatments, compassionate care and world-class research at Children's Mercy Hospital.
All volunteers who sign up will receive:
  • Free event t-shirt
  • Free parking
  • First choice of available shift assignments
  • Community Service Hours
Sign up by clicking the blue box below. Contact Julie at or 913-638-0151 with questions.

If a group of Rotarians wants to volunteer together please email Julie.
Volunteer Opportunity with Fort Leavenworth
International Sponsor Opportunity for you and your family! 
Every year in June, the military at Fort Leavenworth (it’s a college) bring in some 1,000 US officers, from all branches of the 4 services, along with some 130 international officers, most with families, from some 90 countries around the world.
Most of these international officers attend for one year, a small number will attend for 2 years. These international officers are the  "cream of the crop’’ from their countries, and excellent English is a requirement.
There is a system where these international officers/families are matched with a Kansas City family, whose role is to greet them on arrival, and host them, typically for dinner, attend social functions at the Fort, and show them something of our great city and country.
There is no accommodation requirement.
Pamela and I have participated in this for some 25 years, and it continues to be
a most fascinating and rewarding experience. We maintain contact with a number of our officers, a lot have progressed to high rank in their countries militaries. We hosted Ukraine some years ago, and as we speak he is fighting for his country (and doing better than experts thought !!!)
An additional benefit is the interaction with our US military, to whom we owe so much. 

Some of the dates of events with the officers and their families:
Sponsor Orientation - June 3rd 
Officer Arrivals @ MCI - June 5th - 20th 
Icebreaker Fort Function - June 27th 
Sponsor Icebreaker - first week of July
Fall Food Fair - September 30th 
Holiday Dance - first week of December  
Spring Food Fair - March 2023
Officer Farewell/Sponsor Recognition - June 2023      
Also needed during the year would be a dinner at your home and a family outing activity such as a trip to the Nelson Atkins, Kauffman Center, or fruit picking, etc.  
The program at the fort is very demanding and we have had some officers who just were not able to keep up and couldn’t manage much social stuff which is why we would be there to help. 
If you would to explore this further, please call me anytime on 913.484.5412 or email

Alan Felton 

Felton Associates, LLC
23418 W 71ST  Terrace,
Shawnee, KS  66227
Draft List of International Participants
Flag Renewal Time!!
If you know of anyone who is wanting to sign up for our flag subscription give them this link:  https://app.helpingwithflags/parkvillerotary and have them click on NEW SUBSCRIBERS. This link works for members as well and saves our club members time if you use it. 
Upcoming Programs
May 06, 2022 12:00 PM
May 13, 2022 12:00 PM
May 19, 2022 5:30 PM
Johnny's Tavern, Parkville
May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Comfort
May 30
Join Date
Mark Comfort
May 1, 1992
30 years
Joe Carroll
May 16, 2002
20 years
Rick Williams
May 20, 2010
12 years
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New 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
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