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President Elect
Vice President (Program Chair)
Topeka Rotary Foundation President
The Rotary International Foundation
Membership Chair
Membership-Venture Members
Red Badge-Blue Badge Chair
Club Administration (Invocations, Guest Intros)
Club Services Chair
Communications-Public Relations
Communications-Photos and Facebook
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Peace, Freedom & Justice
Vocational Services
International Service
International Bangledesh Project
New Generations and Youth Service
Club Trainer
Freedom Festival
Career Days at Washburn Tech
Executive Assistant
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • John Arnold
    April 1
  • Bill Latimer
    April 4
  • Max Halley
    April 9
  • Linda Ireland
    April 13
  • Kirk Johnson
    April 15
  • Melissa Masoner
    April 16
  • Ann Palmer
    April 20
  • Mike Welch
    April 24
  • Marie Pyko
    April 26
  • Mike Hall
    April 27
  • Chris Meinhardt
    April 29
  • Ramon Powers
    Eva Powers
    April 11
  • Kevin Smith
    Bonnie Smith
    April 16
  • Brady Robb
    Suzanne Robb
    April 21
Join Date:
  • Dick Knoll
    April 1, 1985
    32 years
  • Mike Worswick
    April 1, 1978
    39 years
  • Phil Baker
    April 1, 1981
    36 years
  • Phil Oliver
    April 1, 1986
    31 years
  • Roy Browning
    April 1, 1963
    54 years
  • John Arnold
    April 3, 1998
    19 years
  • Lawrence Brock
    April 8, 2003
    14 years
  • Susan Mauch
    April 10, 2001
    16 years
  • Jason Fizell
    April 11, 2012
    5 years
  • Jim Deines
    April 11, 2012
    5 years
  • Valerie VanDerSluis
    April 11, 2012
    5 years
  • Don Schepker
    April 12, 2006
    11 years
  • Rebecca Crotty
    April 13, 2011
    6 years
  • Mike Lennen
    April 14, 2010
    7 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
District Site
Join Us!
Venue Map
Featured Information
Jeff Zimmerman, Manager, Jose Peppers
Sponsored by Larry Dimmitt
MEETING - April 20th, Ramada Grand Ballroom
Program:  Jim McCollough, Topeka Center for Peace and Justice - Grant Update
  • Keep an eye on the slide show at each meeting for announcements
  • Volunteer for Rotary Career Days - CLICK HERE - Informtion below
  • Freedom Festival Leaders Needed - CLICK HERE FOR DESCRIPTIONS - Information below
NEXT MEETING - April 27th, Emerald Ballroom inside Capital Plaza Hotel
Program:  Jo Ann Long, SLI, Who are we and what do we do?
Rotary Career Days at Washburn Institute of Technology
April 26, April 27 and May 1 - Morning and Afternoon Groups Available
Guide all 7th graders from USD 501 through career opportunities
Rotary Freedom Festival - July 1 - Rain or Shine
Freedom Festival Leadership Positions
ROTARY NEEDS YOUR HELP - Click here for position details.
Pocket Park Coordinator
Ticket Sales Coordinator
Host for Musicians - one for each of the four bands
Sponsor Committee Members - VERY IMPORTANT!
Race Volunteers (8:45 to 9:45 am)
Cleanup Manager during and after concert
At the April 13th meeting, Kathleen Hein read an inspiring Invocation.  For those who would like a copy, CLICK HERE to download.  If you would like to learn more about this pledge and its origin, click here to go to the website.
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.
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
12. Preeti Chauhan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
13. Cindee Williams, McCrite Plaza Topeka
14. Carole Jordan, Washburn University
15. Jeremy Snowden, Jeremy Snowden Agency of American Family Insurance
16. Katy Browne, Roden + Fields
17. Becky Harmon, Koss Construction Company
18. Laurel Vogt, Stormon-Vail/Cotton O'Neil
Rotary Youth Exchange is seeking host families for high school students for the 2017-18 school year.  If you would like more information about being a host family, contact David Beck, davidbeck@cox.net or call at 785-817-0144.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF STUDENTS WHO WILL BE IN OUR AREA FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
May 5, 8:00 am through May 6, 11:00 pm
Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66211
After March 15 - $139
Can also register part of the convention at various fees
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.
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.
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
Please join in welcoming our own Ingrid Pearson as the new Executive Director of the North Topeka Arts District.
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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Jo Ann Long
Apr 27, 2017
(Capital Plaza) SLI, Who are we and what do we do?
Micah Kubic
May 04, 2017
(Maner Conference) ACLU ED
May 11, 2017
(Ramada Grand)
Jim Ogle
May 18, 2017
(Ramada Grand) Freedom's Frontier

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