Lenexa Rotary Club
Chartered 1967

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Lenexa, KS 66285-4323
United States of America
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This Friday . . . 


Meeting ID: 867 4914 7716

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Our speaker this Friday will be VJ Lively, Operations Director with Medical Supplies Network, Inc.

Tulsa, Oklahoma businessman, Jack Maxwell, discovered the needs of developing countries when he began recruiting physical therapists from around the world. In his travels, he discovered that the medical equipment being used in these developing countries was severely outdated. He also met doctors and nurses who were frustrated because they did not have the means at their disposal to provide the kind of care they knew the patients needed.

Due to advancing technology, most facilities in the United States are continually upgrading their equipment. Therefore, surplus medical equipment with still many years of operating life become available for developing countries rather than sitting idle in warehouses. What is second hand surplus in the United States is state-of-the-art equipment to the healing needs of the former Soviet Republic States, Central and South America, Mexico, South Africa and countless other countries.

Committed to the ideals of service, Jack founded a project in 1993 within the “World Community Service” Committee of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Soon Rotarians throughout District 6110 supported this project. This District has 5,000 Rotarians in 80 clubs from the four corners of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. The Medical Supplies Network was incorporated and received its 501-c-3 non-profit status. Two warehouses were purchased, and a Board of Directors made up of 14 Rotarians from District 6110 now directs the operations of M.S.N.I.

Rotarians throughout District 6110 utilize their network to locate medical equipment and disposable supplies. These donations are packaged, inventoried, weighed and shipped to developing countries free of charge.

With generous donations of materials, money, volunteer time and transportation, thousands of lives are being saved by the efforts of M.S.N.I. Seventy-three containers have been shipped to 37 different countries as of 2009.



Rotary Matters
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  Jennifer Montgomery, the Public Affairs Director for the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board has recently written an article in the Kansas Reflector.  CLICK HERE to read the article
Due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is no safe option to hold the Rotary Club of Lenexa ShrimpFest in early 2021.  As a Committee and as a Club, we have discussed various options and alternatives, and here is your chance to weigh in and be counted.
Please fill in this brief  SURVEY 
As a reminder, there is no danger to the Lenexa Rotary Foundation.  Through careful management, the Foundation remains fiscally sound, and we are not in danger of being unable to carry out the Club's good work, even without our largest annual fundraiser.
Thank you for working with us and looking forward to better days.
Christopher Coleman
Black History Month
Who is "the father of Black History"?  Answer: Carter G. Woodson.  Born in 1875, Woodson nationalized the celebration and observance of African American history.  The fourth of nine children born to previously enslaved parents, Woodson grew up amidst the poverty and oppression many African Americans faced in the South during the Reconstruction Era.  He worked in the fields and coal mines of West Virginia before beginning his formal education at age 20.  Believing education was the key to success and freedom, Woodson graduated from high school at age 22 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Literature degree.  Over the next 15 years, he became a public school teacher, earned another bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Chicago, traveled and studied abroad, and in 1912, completed his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.
He believed that an appreciation of the historic contributions of Black people would foster pride and challenge racial prejudice.  In 1926, Dr. Woodson created a celebratory week as a means to spark an interest in and popularize Black history.  He argued that if the history of Black people was studied along with the achievements of others in schools, not only would Black youth develop a sense of pride and self-worth, but racism would also be abolished.  He selected the second week of February for the week because it encompassed the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.  The celebration became popular in the 1940s and expanded to a month in 1976 to coincide with the nation's bicentennial.  Article based on a Winter 2020 National Park Foundation, Our Parks, newsletter.  
During the month of February you may want to visit the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in AR., or Maggie L Walker (first African American woman to found a bank in America) National Historic Site in Virginia to name a few.  Virtual tours may be available.
New Club Banner
Peace Pole Project
Here is an article that was in the magazine KC Studio with an article promoting the Peace Pole Project. 
All Lenexa Rotarians are encouraged to participate and/or forward Peace Pole information to budding artists you may know.  Go to this link for additional details and instructions."  Peace Pole Call for Artists
Contact Lenet Compton at 913-209-3864, if your company is interested in being a peace pole sponsor.  
Toastmasters Challenge
Join the Toastmasters/Rotary Club Challenge!  President Steve, Nathalie and Lenet have challenged each other to complete the six Toastmaster modules specifically designed for Rotarians.  We challenge you to join us by completing them no later than the end of this Rotary year, June 30, 2021. https://my.rotary.org/en/toastmasters-alliance
Apr 16, 2021
Classification Speaker
Apr 16, 2021
Medical Supplies Network, Inc.
Apr 23, 2021
Classification Speaker
Apr 23, 2021
Hwy 69 proposal
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Upcoming Events
Streamway Clean-Up
Apr 17, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board Meeting
May 04, 2021
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Lenexa Rotary LADIES - Coffee
May 22, 2021
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Board Meeting
Jun 01, 2021
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
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Russell Hampton
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