Parkville Rotary Club
Weekly Newsletter
July 18, 2023 
Third Thursday @ Johnny's Tavern

***Please note this is a change in venue.*** 

Please join us for happy hour at Johnny's Tavern in Creekside this Thursday evening. Event starts at 5pm. 

Johnny's Tavern  
15309 NW Brink Meyer Rd, Parkville, MO 64152

...but wait! A Friday Gathering too! 
Join us for a Thought Leader Meeting at Gusto Coffee with District Governor Randy Steinman. 
Randy will share a step by step guide on how to reach out to our community to engage with them on service projects that they feel would benefit our community. 
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the plan and how to bring together "thought leaders" in our community.  We welcome your input and sincerely hope you will attend.     

Friday, July 21st (day after Third Thursday event)
Gusto Coffee @ 12pm
15325 Old Town Dr., Suite 101, Parkville, MO 64152
Welcome to A New Rotary Year! 

2023-24: Create Hope in the World
RI President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realize these values.
Letter from District Governor Randy Steinman
Dear Fellow Rotarians
Welcome to the start of a new Rotary year!
As you begin planning for this year, remember the theme for 2023-2024 is “Create Hope in the World. "
This theme is a call to action. Many of our neighbors are still trying to cope with life after the pandemic, they’ve lost loved ones, experienced financial difficulties or may still experience a sense of isolation brought about by COVID.
As Rotarians, we are in a unique position to provide hope for the future; we have financial resources and a team of volunteers but, most importantly, we have the spirit to use these resources to serve our communities and the globe.
To assist you and your club provide service, me and the rest of your district team are working to better support you in your efforts with a more collaborative environment and some project tools that will help your club Create Hope in your community:
  1. New district committee structure. Club Committee Chairs (membership, youth service, PolioPlus, etc.) are now automatically members of the district committees. This will help your committee chairs identify new ideas for projects, exchange ideas with their club peers and minimize the feeling they are “committees of one”.  The district will be contacting your club chair to get together on a quarterly basis (virtually) in this collaborative environment. Please ensure your committee chairs engage.
  2. Greater collaborative interaction. Too often, it seems the district and our clubs operate in silos with too little interaction.  We are a team, and we will work to build goodwill and better friendships for the benefit of our communities. Our 14 Assistant District Governors will work will your club leadership to identify projects and/or social events that will allow you and your club members to have a greater Rotary experience interacting with members from neighboring communities’ clubs.
  3. Idea & best practice exchanges. Your club’s Assistant District Governors will also work with your club president to work with a team of 3-4 other clubs in your area to identify common goals and solutions while learning from one another through regular, virtual “Council of Presidents” events.
Additionally, the district will work to introduce several “new” projects in our clubs:
  1. Membership “Grants”. This isn’t a new project, but it needs to be used more. If your club participates in an event that is designed to retain existing members or recruit new members, the district will reimburse your club up to $100 to help defray costs. This money can be used to buy booth space at a chamber or community event, it can be used to offset the cost of hors d’oeuvres at a social where the community is invited. Funds are limited and on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Polio Plus Society.  Members of the Polio Plus Society each pledge a minimum of $100 a year until the world has been declared Polio free once and for all.  The Society will also help raise awareness of Polio eradication to the non-Rotarian members of your community in hopes they will help contribute to eradication (and maybe become Rotarians in the process!)
  3. Disaster Assistance Committee- God forbid one of our towns should suffer a tornado, a flood, or a man-made disaster like a toxic train derailment. Rotary clubs in our district will be in our communities long after the news cameras and FEMA, and other relief organizations have left, and we need to be better prepared to respond to our communities’ needs for the long term. A solid, comprehensive plan and a proper infrastructure will save lives and help to minimize the impact of these disasters.
  4. Economic opportunity. The Plaza club has recently created RISE (Rotary Investing and Supporting Equality), a microcredit program to help our low-income neighbors start their own businesses. There is now a template for your clubs and your communities to duplicate this program so you can create hope in your community.
  5. Veteran support. R.I. President Gordon McInally has asked all district governors to focus on mental health issues. I have a committee working with the veteran support group Team Fidelis to assist their efforts to prevent suicides in our veteran community. We have many men and women in our communities who have given so much for our country, and we need to do a better job of repaying the debt.
These programs will lay the foundation for creating hope in our world and our communities for so many people.  We as Rotarians are uniquely qualified and positioned to help like never before. In a post-pandemic world, we all need hope, but we are also positioned to bring that hope to the world. But if you have other ideas or know of groups already working on these issues in your area, please let me know. We would welcome the opportunity to partner with them.
Additionally, if you have ideas for a project, please share them. There are many paths to service, and we would welcome your ideas.
 With that, I’d like to welcome you again to the new Rotary year. I look forward to working with all of you. Now let’s go do big things!
Randy L. Steinman                                                                                           District Governor for Rotary District 6040 2023-2024                                           404 N. Spring St. Independence, MO 64050                                                      913-927-2393
Foundation HOOP-LA 2023

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
Donations Needed to Assist Turkey Victims of the Earthquake

The Parkville Rotary Club is teaming up with the Istanbul, Turkey Rotary Club to provide relief to Turkish victims of the devastating earthquake and aftershocks that struck southern Turkey (and Syria) in February. An estimated 50,000 were killed, and over 1.9 million displaced, according to World Vision. Food, shelter, and health care are a struggle. More than 350,000 pregnant women, for example, are struggling to access health care and daily essentials, according the UN.
Funds raised in Missouri will benefit the Istanbul Rotary Club’s Project Hope, which is providing housing (523 tents and a 120-family “container camp”); food and hygiene (2,300 boxes of 11kg food packages); health care (a mobile hospital to replace one that was destroyed); and education (two mobile education centers) for survivors.
Donations in any amount are desperately needed, and deeply appreciated. Steven Youngblood has organized this fundraiser. 
1. Use this link to make a donation with a debit or credit card or Paypal.
2. Scan this QR code to make a donation with a debit or credit card or Paypal.
3. In person, at a Parkville Rotary Club meeting Fridays at noon in Park University’s Watson Literacy Center.
4. By mailed check: Parkville Rotary Club, PO Box 12064, Parkville, MO 64152. In the memo, please write in “Turkey.”
Scan this QR code to make a donation! 
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.
Upcoming Programs
Jul 20, 2023 6:00 PM
Thursday Social
Jul 21, 2023 12:00 PM
Thought Leader Meeting
Jul 28, 2023
Synergy Services
Aug 04, 2023 12:00 PM
Creekside Development
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kent Mayfield
July 3
Sandy Knoernschild
July 8
Dianna Collins
July 10
Join Date
Scott McRuer
July 1, 1988
35 years
Lee McLain
July 8, 2016
7 years
Dean Katerndahl
July 11, 2022
1 year
Greg Prymak
July 18, 2005
18 years
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