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Downtown Topeka Rotary Club - People of Action

Downtown Topeka

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Usually Capitol Plaza Hotel or Maner Conference Center, CHECK for weekly location
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS  66612
United States of America

(785) 554-4402
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Featured Information
Meeting:  April 18, Cyrus Hotel
Program:  Larry Gawronski, Disaster Preparedness & Mega Sheltering
Menu:  Grilled Chicken with Putanesca Sauce and Herb Roasted Pork Loin with Apple Chutney plus all the extras!
Meeting:  April 25, Dillion House
Program:  Robert Raff, VP/General Manager, KSNT,KTMJ/KTKA, Topic:  Jefferson Awards
CLICK HERE to register by noon, Tuesday, April 23 for headcount and name badges.
2019 Rotary District 5710 Conference
April 26, 27 in Topeka, KS
Location:  Cyrus Hotel
Downtown Topeka Rotary Club
"Home Club of the District Governor"
CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the conference online
CLICK HERE  for a paper registration form to mail
BREAKING NEWS!  Never attended a District Conference before?  This is your year.  The 1st Time Attendee registration is now open to ALL WHO HAVE NEVER ATTENDED A CONFERENCE - NO LIMIT.  You can register for the full conference, April 26-27, for half price, only $69.  Registration deadline has been extended to April 19th or until conference is sold out.  Less than 10 registrations available.
Can't attend both Friday and Saturday?  You can register for Friday or Saturday or parts of either day when you register.  
To download the PDF versions of the 2019  Signature Project Grant Application and Guidelines, CLICK HERE.  The Word version is available under Download Files at  Click on Q & A, RUBRIC to download these files.
The Topeka Rotary Foundation (TRF) was established by Rotary Club of Topeka for the purpose of encouraging and promoting charitable, benevolent and educational activities and projects focusing principally in the city of Topeka and Shawnee County.
TRF historically supported an array of organizations with smaller grants. The TRF changed its focus in 2017 to support only one grantee with approximately $15,000 to $20,000 in the first year, with the intention to establish a multi-year collaboration.   In addition to providing financial support, the Rotary Club of Topeka would offer its members volunteer opportunities with the grantee as part of the Club' s engagement.
Don't miss the chance to hear our own Larry Dimmitt sing with his blue grass band, Bluemont Revival Singers.  They will be featured at the Friday night reception at the District Conference (see link above to register).  You can attend all of the conference or part of it  - whatever fits your schedule.
We automatically drop our money into the Blue Cup in the middle of the table.  Ever wonder where the money goes?  How are the recipients of the cup money chosen?  Well, here is the information from your Topeka Rotary Foundation who chooses the recipients.  Applications can be made to the Topeka Rotary Foundation for June and all of the 2019-20 year (through June 2020).  CLICK HERE for the process the Topeka Foundation uses to select cup money recipients.  CLICK HERE for a list of current recipients.
Message from Lindsey Schwartz, Topeka Center for Peace and Justice - our club's Signature Grant Recipient
The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice is seeking community volunteers to form a Community Victim's Panel. TCPJ Mediation Program and the Community Victim’s Panel are based on a belief in the efficacy of restorative justice as the best means of achieving meaningful resolution of the conflicts arising from first time, low level criminal offenses.
Restorative Justice - as it is practiced in our program - is a system of conflict resolution in which first time offenders can bypass the courts and standard criminal case adjudication.  Instead, they participate in a collaborative process with a mediator and, in Community Victim’s Panel cases, citizen board members who represent the community at large and the victim.
The Community Victim’s Panel members listen, help offenders develop a deeper awareness of the harmful effects of their actions on their victims and the community, and assist in developing a restorative plan of action.
We will be holding a few information sessions about how to become a Community Victim's Panel member in the upcoming weeks. The information session should last about an hour.
If you are interested in becoming a panel member, please email the Program Director: Lindsey Anderson @  For an information packet, CLICK HERE.
Click the Arrow to start the presentation on Human Trafficking, click the FORWARD button on the keyboard until the full video screen appears, then click on the arrow to play.  When video is finished click the FORWARD button to the start presentation.  After each screen, click the FORWARD button to advance slides to the end of the presentation.  Please share this link with your family and friends.  This is critical information for our community and an important project for the Topeka Rotary Club's.  Link to share:
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Upcoming Events
Robert Raff, KSNT
Apr 25, 2019
(Dillon House) Jefferson Awards
Jeff Kahrs, Health & Human Services
May 02, 2019
(Maner Conference) Opioid Crisis
Duane Benton & Larry Dimmitt
May 09, 2019
(Maner Conference) Rotary Internationa Council of Legislation
May 16, 2019
(Maner Conference)
Signature Charity
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.

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