Parkville Rotary Club
Weekly Newsletter
September 15, 2020 
Third Thursday - TOMORROW! 
Location: Johnny's Tavern @ 5:30pm
Please join us for a Third Thursday Happy Hour at Johnny's Tavern in the Game Room. 
Johnny's Tavern 
15309 NW Brink Meyer Rd, Parkville, MO 64152
Volunteers Needed Saturday, October 16th! 
We are looking for volunteers for the Parkville Microbrew Festival on October 16th.  Volunteers are needed for three shifts between 11am and 5:30pm. Eight volunteers are needed. 
Shift 1, 3 people needed  -  11am - 1pm
Shift 2, 2 people needed  -  1pm - 3:15pm
Shift 3, 3 people needed  -  3:15 - 5:30pm
Please email Sandy Knoernschild,, if you can help!
Meet Scott Walterbach: Parkville Rotary's President
My name is Scott Walterbach, and the first thing you have to know about me is I’m the fourth of eight kids.  That tells you a whole lot in the most succinct way possible.  I enjoy the chaos of big, loud groups & I’m so very thankful to have been born to the two most amazing people maybe ever to walk the planet, my mom & dad.  The next most succinct way to tell you about me is I’m a husband & father of four awesome kids.  Often I think about little else than them.  And I’m an Enneagram Seven.  That will also tell you a lot about how I currently move through the world.  If you’re not familiar with the Enneagram, maybe I can get us a program on it.  In the meantime, you should Google it.  My current hobbies include camping, hiking, running, golf, trivia, Sporting KC, bartending, grilling, traveling & reading (I’ll devour a Lee Child Jack Reacher novel any day).  We live in Kansas City proper but in the Liberty School District, just south of 152 & Flintlock behind the JCPenney.
I was born in Omaha Nebraska in 1980 as my dad finished up his service in the United States Air Force (he was a doctor there, not a pilot).  We lived in Gardner, KS during my very early childhood, & then moved to Weatherby Lake when I was six years old.  I went to St. Therese, then St. Pius X, then Truman State University (Journalism degree), then UMKC (Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on Urban Affairs), then Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis (J.D.).  I graduated law school in May 2007 then passed the MO Bar & KS Bar shortly thereafter.  During law school, bar exams & for a few years thereafter, I worked at Feldhausen & Schoenlaub PC, up by KCI airport.  In 2010 I took over my current firm, which keeps me engaged & well occupied (sometimes overly so).  You can learn all about who we are & what we do at  Basically I practice exclusively in two areas: I represent creditors trying to collect receivables & I represent real estate investors of tax-distressed properties.  I’m heavily involved in a number of trade groups:
ACA International – Members Attorney Program Committee
Missouri Collectors Association – past president & president-elect
Missouri Creditors Bar – past president & president-elect
Kansas Creditor Attorney Association – past president
National Creditors Bar Ass’n – Member
National Tax Lien Association – Member
Medical Group Managers Association, Greater Kansas City – pro bono counsel & Board Member
In college one of my favorite aspects of our fraternity was our philanthropy events.  It inspired me.  It helped me understand no matter how busy you are, if you’re not taking time to give to those around you, you are not living a full, well-rounded life.  For that same reason, at the request of my former boss Gene Feldhausen, I joined Parkville Rotary September 25, 2009.  In that 12 years I have been very busy professionally & personally, which is all the more reason I need the tug of Rotary to get me out of the office & thinking more directly about public service & leadership.  I’m honored to be the current club president, & I hope you’ll join us in Parkville Rotary Book Club where we are focused on sharing ideas & reconnecting with each other post-lockdown.  That is my focus – reconnecting with each other – whether at meetings, in book club, or by serving alongside each other at community events.  I think it a worthy endeavor following a time we have been so distanced & may be forced to continue to be so in the months to come.  And I think recruitment/retention will come naturally as an overflow of the quality of the group dynamic we are fostering.
Family photo: from left to right that’s me, Hannah (2), Judd (4), Bo (6), Nash (8), & Katie.
Geeks for Kids is Looking for Volunteers! 
Rebecca Kidwell spoke with our club this past year about Geeks for Kids. Their 2022 Season began Saturday, 8/28 and they are looking for volunteers to help build electric cars. 
Give Kids with
Movement Limitations the #Power2Play! 
Each year, at Geeks for Kids, we build custom, electric cars for kids with movement disabilities.  In the 2020 to 2021 build season, we got 37 kids racing.  This year, we are stepping on the gas to get 50 more kids racing. 

Join the campaign.  It's easy!  You can participate in a build event, refer a child, donate or sponsor.  See the details at below.

The cars are a gift. There is no cost to the child or the family. Parents only need to apply, meet with us to discuss their child’s needs and send a family member to the Car Build event to help us fit the car to their child. Then, families join us on Car Delivery day to learn how to use the car and take it home.

Why It Matters 
Our kids aren't just racing around and having fun - they are exploring, learning and growing in ways that they cannot easily do on their own.  Play is, after all, the work of childhood.  The freedom to explore independently is how kids come to understand themselves, their peers and their world.

Consider Anastasia.  Her mom wrote, "She suffers waist-down mobility problems, but she loves all things that go fast - cars, bikes, you name it.  She wants to go fast and independently.  But, she has so few options.  We had an adapted bike, but it was lost in a house fire last year.  Then, we stumbled upon Geeks for Kids.  This is incredible!!!"  On Saturday, August 28th they started building Anastasia's car. 
Volunteer Today
This year, we are hosting more events than ever - to build more cars than ever.  Lend a hand, have a blast, and get fed.  What's not to like about that?  

The Parkville Rotary Book Club - Book 2
Thank you to all those who participated in reading Book 1 - Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.  Book two will be Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss.

The goal of this group is to read a leadership or personal development type book & discuss with your fellow community leaders at Rotary.  We will discuss for 10-15 minutes or so after the meeting on Friday, September 24th.
So come with ideas...  No need to RSVP, we’re going to keep this very informal.  
We hope you’ll join us! 
Upcoming Programs
Sep 16, 2021 5:30 AM
Johnny's Tavern
Sep 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Ford / YMCA
Oct 08, 2021 12:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Betty Knight
September 2
Join Date
Bob Stone
September 1, 1983
38 years
Dave Overman
September 1, 1983
38 years
Homer Williams
September 1, 1981
40 years
Steve Bleish
September 1, 1983
38 years
Robert Kersey
September 12, 2014
7 years
Scott Walterbach
September 25, 2009
12 years
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