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Member Birthdays:
  • Blanche Parks
    February 2
  • Jeannie Herrin
    February 2
  • Lee Morris
    February 2
  • Ashishkumar Chauhan
    February 4
  • Pat Michaelis
    February 10
  • Roy Browning
    February 10
  • Randy Peterson
    February 13
  • Wayne Pancoast
    February 13
  • Grace Morrison
    February 14
  • Jim Blackburn
    February 16
  • Phil Baker
    February 16
  • Lawrence Brock
    February 18
  • Alan Rolley
    February 21
  • Don Schepker
    February 21
  • Dusty Wagoner
    February 21
  • Karen Christilles
    February 22
  • Steven Newell
    February 25
  • Alisa Snavely
    February 26
  • Carl Ricketts
    February 28
  • Larry Gawronski
    Diane Gawronski
    February 10
  • Curtis Sneden
    Chris Gallagher-Sneden
    February 14
  • William Beteta
    Michelle Beteta
    February 19
  • Webb Garlinghouse
    February 29
Join Date:
  • John Wendling
    February 1, 1980
    37 years
  • Joy Moser
    February 1, 1994
    23 years
  • Phil Elwood
    February 1, 1985
    32 years
  • Scott Teeter
    February 1, 1988
    29 years
  • Vicki Peterson
    February 1, 1988
    29 years
  • Webb Garlinghouse
    February 1, 1987
    30 years
  • Bruce Clarke
    February 3, 1998
    19 years
  • Ira Stamm
    February 9, 2011
    6 years
  • Dean Patel
    February 11, 2009
    8 years
  • Charles Jeffress
    February 12, 2002
    15 years
  • Doug Scott
    February 12, 2002
    15 years
  • Kathleen Williams-Heit
    February 13, 2008
    9 years
  • Kevin Smith
    February 13, 2013
    4 years
  • Marie Pyko
    February 14, 2007
    10 years
  • Katie Koupal
    February 24, 2015
    2 years
  • Linda Aziz
    February 24, 2015
    2 years

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Topeka Downtown

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, Downtown
420 SE 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66607
United States

(785) 232-7216
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Over the! next few months, the club will be meeting away from the Ramada for many of our Thursday meetings.  CLICK HERE to download the latest meeting location list.  This will be updated as we go, so keep an eye on the club website.
MEETING:  February 23 - Capital Plaza Hotel, Emerald Ballroom (inside the hotel)
PROGRAM:  Bill Persinger, CEO of Valeo Behavioral Health Care
CLUB SOCIAL TONIGHT, February 23!  MOOD'S, 816 N. KANSAS AVE, 5-7 PM  (Details in story below)
  • March 2 - Ramada Hotel JEFFERSON BALLROOM (located in lower level) - No need to register for this meeting!
  • March 9 - Capital Plaza Hotel Emerald Ballroom (registration coming later)
  • March 16 - Great Overland Station, catered by Pacha's by the Pound
  • March 23 - Ramada Hotel Grand Ballroom

February 23 - Regualr meeting at noon - EVENING MEMBERSHIP SOCIAL!

Mood's, 816 N. Kansas Avenue in NOTO Arts District

5:00 to 7:00 pm

Cash Bar - Finger Foods - Lee Morris is providing smoked pork loin for sandwiches!

Come network with fellow Rotarians.  Bring family and prospective members.

RYLA is designed for high school students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors next year, and are ready to explore and develop their leadership potential.  Application deadline:  April 8, 2017.
June 4 - June 8, 2017
The University of Kansas
Do you know of someone who would make a great Rotarian?  Invite them to a club meeting as our guest.  
Our club goal is 25 new members by March 31, 2017.  
We can do it!  Share the Gift of Rotary.
Click on the graphic to download an information sheet/membership application.
NEW MEMBERS for 2016-17
1.  Greg Harry, Lyndon State Bank
2.  Kathleen Marker, YWCA
3.  Jeannie Herrin, Midland Care
4.  Lucinda Stocker, Mount Hope Cemetery, Penwell Gabel Funeral Homes
5.  Ramin Mahmoudian, Architect One
6.  Ingrid Pearson, Kansas Main Street, Inc.
7.  Jennifer Waters, The Waters at Keller Williams Legacy Partners
8.  Monica Parcel, Winston Brown Construction
9.  Michele Fleuranges-Parker, Black Deer Ventures
10. Jason Farrant, GreatLIFE Golf
11. Carolynn Holmes, Occupational Therapist
June 16 & 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites - Kansas City, Missouri
JOIN US . . as Rotarians from Africa and the USA come together to enjoy fellowship and celebrate the centennial of our dynamic Rotary Foundation.  Registration, $75.  Rotarian hosts are needed.  For more information, CLICK HERE.  Or email Larry Dimmitt, larrydimmitt@gmail.com.  Or go to OUT OF AFRICA link.
June 10-14, 2017
AFTER MARCH 31, $490
Our club sponsored Scots Movement Rotary Interact Club* at Highland Park High School needs assistance with their Lego Drive which will continue into 2017.  If you can help, bring your Legos to any meeting.  Here are the details:
LEGO DRIVE - Collecting new or old legos for Highland Park Central.  Legos help students with focus and behavior issues.  Currently, there is only one set in the principals office.  The Interact Club would like to collect enough legos for each classroom.
* WHAT IS INTERACT?  Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with other young people in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding.
District 5710 is thrilled to announce that the Nominating Committee for Rotary International Director in Zone 27 has selected our Rotarian, Larry Dimmitt, of the Rotary Club of Topeka Downtown, to be an RI Director in 2018-20.
This is a tremendous honor for Larry, and most fitting, given his service and commitment over many years to Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation, our zone, district and his club.  Larry is currently serving as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 27, he is a Past District Governor for District 5710, and he has served in many other roles throughout his Rotary career.  
Many of you know and have worked with Larry through his years of very active service in our district.  His selection to serve on the RI Board of Directors is an acknowledgement of his dedication to Rotary and his ability to further the purposes and objectives of Rotary International and its extension throughout the world.  Please join us in congratulating Larry, and showing him how much we in his home district particularly appreciate his service.
Great photos of the Rotary Youth Exchange weekend in Topeka by Brittany JoRae'.  To see more pictures, check out the Youth Exchange Photo Album.
Thank you to our volunteers:  Marie Pyko (Chair), Nicki Salazar, Sherda Williams, Brad Walker, Linda Ireland, Jane McCall, Gary Shofner, Lee Morris, and Ramin Mahmoudian.
On September 15th at Garfield Park Community Center, club Rotarians spent the day with over 500 4th graders teaching them about The Incredible Journey- a lesson to identify the different ways water moves through the water cycle.  Each student was given a "sun" bead on a string and rolled a dice sending them to different stations - ocean, river, clouds, soil, plant, lake, animal, ground water and glacier to receive a different bead.  At the end of the activity each student had a bead bracelet and a story about their water cycle journey.
If you missed the meeting on October 15th, here is the PDF of the PowerPoint Rehan Reza and Linda Aziz presented on our club's Global Grant in Bangladesh - CLICK HERE.  This is a great presentation that shows how the contributions you make to the Rotary Foundation can be matched by the District and Rotary International to make a great impact on the lives of many people.
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Upcoming Events
Debbie Tegethoff, KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc.
Mar 02, 2017
(Ramada Jefferson)
Ron Brown, 501 Police Chief
Mar 09, 2017
(Capital Plaza)
Chuck Caisley, VP Marketing, KCPL
Mar 16, 2017
(Great Overland Station)
Col Frantz and Lt Col Tanya Werhli
Mar 23, 2017
(Ramada Grand) 190th Refueling Wing

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