Lenexa Rotary Club
 
Chartered 1967

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Lenexa
Fridays at 12:00 PM
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PO Box 14323
Lenexa, KS 66285-4323
United States of America
Club #1622
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This Friday . . . 
 
 
 
 
ZOOM LINK:

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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 In his travels, he discovered that the medical equipment being used in these developing countries was severely outdated.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
Craig's Crossing-UPDATE
Craig Crossing trail has been mulched!  It was completed on Friday so that is exciting news.  The parks staff also did some work to trim up around the trail so the access is more visible.  
 
 
 
 
Lenexa Rotary Foundation
 
As mentioned in last Friday's meeting, your Lenexa Rotary Foundation has partnered with the PTA of Rosehill, Rising Star and Lenexa Hills elementary schools, as well as Western Johnson County Rotary Club (WJCRC), to provide a Little Free Library at each school.  Thank you to the club board for wanting to be involved in advancing education through reading in our community.  And thanks to the Foundation board for their willingness to fund the entire project should we not come up with a funding partner.  As it turned out, our two Lenexa Rotary clubs will split the cost 50/50.  A nameplate will be added to each library indicating the PTA and our two Rotary club names.  No installation date has been determined.  However, an effort will be made to coincide with existing school reading events, delivery and installation dates.  Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
 
 
A personal thank you to Cassandra Cyril.  She was a guest several times at our club meetings because her family just moved to Lenexa from Colorado where her husband is a Rotarian.  Having heard during our meetings what we are involved in, and as a Rosehill parent,  she reached out to me this past summer to see if we had an interest in helping Rosehill PTA with this project.  This is how Rotary makes a difference in our communities!  Opportunity is everywhere.  So if you have an idea, explore it. If someone asks us for help, tell them you will explore it.  Then talk to one of the Foundation board members.  Your Lenexa Rotary Foundation is here for our community. 
 
Lenet Compton, President
The Lenexa Rotary Foundation
 
 
AmazonSmile
 
The Lenexa Rotary Foundation has a new revenue stream!
 
We recently registered "The Lenexa Rotary Foundation" on AmazonSmile to receive charitable contributions.  Quarterly we will receive .5% of eligible purchase when our foundation is selected.
 
Here is what you do:
 
1.  Enter "smile.amazon.com" in your browser address bar.
2.  On your 1st visit, select "The Lenexa Rotary Foundation"
3.  Shop and place your order
4.  Amazon donated
 
That is it!  Tell your friends, family and your business.
 
Remember, if you want Amazon to donate to The Lenexa Rotary Foundation, you need to start each shopping session at the URL smile.amazon.com and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligibel purchases.
 
 
 
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.  
 
 
 
 
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group
 
 
A note from Lenet. 
 
As your Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) liaison, I am excited to share something we can all be proud of as Kansas City metro residents.  Kansas City, Missouri, is headquarters to at least two important organizations that reach millions of people in need with clean water and electricity.  They are Water.org Water.org and, most recently, Battery Tour Battery Tour.  Pick up KC Studio magazine Jan/Feb 2021 issue and read about AY Young and Battery Tour on page 30.  Of note to Rotarians, that article mentions the UN and Project Drawdown.  Rotary has been closely involved with the UN 17 sustainable goals https://sdgs.un.org/goals and Project Drawdown https://drawdown.org/ on environmental issues.  Check it out!
Collecting Egg Cartons
We are collect egg cartons to be given to a local food pantry.  They only need the 12 egg cartons, not 18.
If you have some to donate, please contact President SteveYou can drop them off at his house or you can drop them of at Rimann Liquors at 87th & Lackman.
 
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
 
 
ShrimpFest
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
 
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
 
 
 
Speakers
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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