Freedom Festival Sponsors

Click Below for Rotary Freedom Festival and Concert Information - And to download Food Truck and Exhibitor Forms

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Stu Entz
    June 1
  • Webb Garlinghouse
    June 3
  • Chris McGee
    June 4
  • Curtis Sneden
    June 5
  • Bill McBride Jr.
    June 7
  • Ingrid Pearson
    June 9
  • Valerie VanDerSluis
    June 11
  • Jane McCall
    June 13
  • Chris Palmer
    June 16
  • Sherda Williams
    June 20
  • Phil Elwood
    June 22
  • Phil Oliver
    June 22
  • Brad Walker
    June 23
  • Chris St. John
    June 23
  • Vince Frye
    June 24
  • Jeff Zimmerman
    June 30
  • Andy Tompkins
    Glenda Tompkins
    June 2
  • Blanche Parks
    Sherman (Deceased) Parks, Jr. (Deceased)
    June 3
  • Joan Wagnon
    Bill Wagnon
    June 4
  • Carole Jordan
    Orion Jordan
    June 6
  • Wayne Pancoast
    Kerry Pancoast
    June 6
  • Chris St. John
    Trudy St. John
    June 10
  • Gina Millsap
    Ried Millsap
    June 10
  • Katie Koupal
    Matt Koupal
    June 10
  • Angel Zimmerman
    Larry Zimmerman
    June 13
  • Anita Wolgast
    Larry Wolgast
    June 16
  • Bob Clawson
    Rebecca Clawson
    June 20
  • Doug Scott
    Brenda Scott
    June 21
  • Jim Walden
    Rebecca Walden
    June 23
  • Lee Chaffee
    Luke Chaffee
    June 26
  • Marie Pyko
    Marc Pyko
    June 29
Join Date:
  • David Beck
    June 1, 1997
    20 years
  • Jim Blackburn
    June 1, 1965
    52 years
  • Larry Gawronski
    June 1, 1988
    29 years
  • Ramon Powers
    June 1, 1993
    24 years
  • Ron Andersen
    June 1, 1986
    31 years
  • Tom Gorrell
    June 1, 1984
    33 years
  • Cody Fredrickson
    June 8, 2016
    1 year
  • Jim McCollough
    June 8, 2016
    1 year
  • Stan Martindell
    June 8, 2005
    12 years
  • Jay Befort
    June 12, 2013
    4 years
  • Susan Bullock
    June 12, 2013
    4 years
  • Chris Meinhardt
    June 21, 2012
    5 years
  • Stacey Hammond
    June 21, 2012
    5 years
Club Executives, Directors, Committee Chairs
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
Communications-District Newsletters
Peace, Freedom & Justice
Vice Chari, PolioPlus
Vocational Services
International Service
International Bangledesh Project
New Generations and Youth Service
Club Trainer
Freedom Festival
Career Days at Washburn Tech
Executive Assistant

Downtown Topeka Rotary Club - People of Action

Downtown Topeka

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
Jay Van Blaricum
Attorney, Kansas Office of the State Bank Commissioner
Sponsored by Jay Befort
NEXT WEEKLY MEETING - June 29 - Shawnee Room, Maner Conference Center (by Capitol Plaza Hotel)
  • Gallon Milk Jugs - Bring to the June 22 meeting
  • Recyclable materials to make toys (such as clean small cans; cardboard cylinders like ones from toilet paper, paper towels; non toxic poster paint) - Bring to the June 22 meeting
  • BE PREPARED TO SIGN UP ON THURSDAY, JUNE 22, TO VOLUNTEER ON SATURDAY, JULY 1 -  We need everyone to volunteer for at least one shift.
  • SPECIAL NEED:  3/4 ton pickup and driver to pick up the generator on Friday 6/30 and return it on Monday 7/3.  GOT ONE!  Thank you Stan Martindell!
  • Sign up for your FREE concert tickets - CLICK HERE.  If you would like a reserved seat, they are available for $10 at this same link.
  • Do you know of someone who would like to be an exhibitor (click here for form) or has a food truck (click here for form)?
Celebration Time is Here!
June 29th
Noon Meeting in the Shawnee Room in Maner Conference Centre - Grant's "State of the Club" address and 2016-17 Rotary year recap - Please register for name badges by noon, Wednesday, June 28 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Club Celebration Social - Rotary Pocket Park, 429 S. Kansas Avenue - 5:00 pm - Family, friends and prospective members are invited to the celebration.  CLICK HERE to register for a headcount.  If your schedule changes at the last minute - Come Join Us!
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, or call at 785-817-0144.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF STUDENTS WHO WILL BE IN OUR AREA FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
Rotary Freedom Festival is July 1st! How can you help, you ask??? There are lots of ways to help, and you wouldn't believe how even an hour of your time can have such an impact on the success of#RFF2017, our signature fundraising event. Contact Joan Wagnon ( if you can help with any of the following volunteer vacancies on July 1st.   Click "Read More" volunteer information.
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a $5,000 Dream Vacation and support the Topeka Center for Peace & Justice.   Tickets can be purchased in a single or 10-ticket packet online at this link - CLICK HERE. SHARE LINK WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON Facebook, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Twitter or share by email!  Raffle ticket drawing will take place at the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club meeting on July 6, 2017.  For a copy of the raffle rules, CLICK HERE
Centennial Banquet and Celebration
6:00 pm Saturday, June 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites
Presidential Reception at 6 pm, $26.50
Dinner at 7 pm, $40 (under age 40, $20)
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. Laurel Vogt, Stormon-Vail/Cotton O'Neil
18. Jeff Zimmerman, Jose Peppers Manager
19. George Pearson, Law Office of George Pearson III, LLC
20. Edie Snethen, Retired, volunteer and Freedom Manager
21. Robert Raff, VP/General Manager, KSNT/KTMJ/KTKA
22. Mildred Edwards, Owner, ME Executive Consulting, LLC

WHY SELL DREAM VACATION RAFFLE TICKETS?  THIS IS WHY.  In 2016, The Topeka Downtown Rotary Club presented Topeka Center for Peace & Justice a $20,000 grant for Restorative Justice.  This is truly a life changing program for students in our community.  For those of you who missed the grant update meeting on April 20th by Jim McCollough, here are the videos he showed.  Watch the first video featuring our own Joan Wagnon to see the impact our $20,00 grant made in our community.  WHEN YOU SELL A TICKET OR MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOPEKA ROTARY FOUNDATION, IT ALLOWS THIS PROGRAM TO CONTINUE!
Thank You to all the members who have sold raffle tickets or made a contributions to the Topeka Rotary Foundation to support Topeka Center for Peace & Justice.
Roger AeschlimanZach Ahrens
 Greg Allen
Ron BaronJim BlackburnAndy Chandler
John ChristensenHurst CoffmanLarry Dimmitt
Bryan FlakCody FredricksonLarry Gawronski
Ray GerstenkornGrant GlennTom Gorrell
Scott GriffithMike HallStacey Hammond
Terry HobbsLinda IrelandKirk Johnson
Steve KnollGordon LansfordJim Leiker
Lon LewisStan MartindellChris Meinhardt
Grace MorrisonLee MorrisBill Neiswanger
Chris PalmerRandy PetersonNorma Pettijohn
Ramon PowersJim Rankin
Alisa Snavely
Curtis SnedenJoanie UnderwoodTerry Wages
Joan WagnonDusty WagonerDoug Wallace
Angel ZimmermanKaren ChristillesGlenda DuBoise
Karen HillerCarole JordanJo Ann Long
Jim SeltsamStan TeeterJohn Wall
Jannett WiensMike LennenDon Horrtor
On May 19 the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club held a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card.  The $5,000 Dream Vacation drawing will be held July 6.  Raffle Tickets still available.  CLICK HERE for online tickets.   Why are raising funds?  See the story about our grant presented to the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice - Joining together to improve our community.
This video shows just a part of what the 44 Rotary clubs in Eastern Kansas have done to help their communities this Rotary year. There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs around the world doing similar things. We'd love to have you join us.  Join the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club at a future meeting.  Check announcement in this section for location.  Always at noon on Thursdays!
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.
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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In 2016 the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club selected Topeka Center for Peace and Justice to receive a $20,000 grant for Restorative Justice.  This is truly a life changing program for students in our community.  Click on the video to learn more.
Upcoming Events
Joan Wagnon
Jun 22, 2017
(Ramada Grand) Freedom Festival
Grant Glenn
Jun 29, 2017
Year-end report

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