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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

(785) 232-7216
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Featured Information
MEETING:  April 26 - Ramada Hotel, Grand Ballroom
PROGRAM:  Dr. Gianfrance Pezzino,  State of Health in Topeka/Shawnee County:  Where you live matters
Next Meeting: May 3 - Maner Conference Center, Shawnee Room
Program:  Bill Persinger, CEO Valeo Behavorial Healtcare, Mental Healthcare in Topeka
LOTS of volunteer opportunities.  Details are in the stories below.  Please click on the project name and volunteer for as many as your schedule allows:
Rotary Career Days - April 26 (9:00 - 11:00; Need Three More), May 2, 3
Mentoring Project:  Job Interview Experience, May 2
On Going, Guest Introductions and Rotary Minute for our weekly meetings - April - May & June

Rotary Career Days at Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 SW Huntoon
May 2 (morning) and May 3 (afternoon)
NOTE:  The activities are taking place outside on the North side of the Conference Center. You will need to park on the East side or West side and walk in.
Volunteers are needed to guide all 501 7th grade students through career opportunities.  There will be approximately 1,000 students over the five days.  If you volunteer for Thursday, May 3, you will receive credit for attending our noon meeting as well as the career day project.  Very easy to do, requires no training!  And you can volunteer for more than one of the six sessionsCLICK HERE to volunteer.  If you have the club's blue t-shirt, please wear it to your session(s).

Mentoring Project:  The follow up event from our speed mentoring program last month will be a JOB INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE for the students at Highland Park High School.  Wednesday, May 2, beginning at 10:45 a.m. we will again meet with the student from the JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) classes, conducting individual job interviews to enhance the students' knowledge and experience in this important aspect.  Please CLICK HERE to volunteer.

Contact Joan Wagnon if you can volunteer for any of these (, 785-249-3464).
  • Three (3) band hosts who will meet the band when they arrive, help with loading and unloading, getting them to the "green room" to wait until time to perform, offer snacks and beverages.
  • An RV to park behind the stage for performers to use while waiting for their turn.
More needs as they come up!!
Our club will be joining the Topeka South Club for a Rotary Service Trip to Guatemala from July 15 to July 21, 2018.  During the trip you will help install water filters (our club is providing $1,000 to purchase these), cooking stoves and other items.  And other tasks that need to be done during this week.  The cost for the 7 days is $775 plus air fair (about $650).  If you would like to go on this trip, but need financial assistance, let Linda know at  There are at least 3 club members signed up for this trip.  For more information, CLICK HERE.  To download the application, CLICK HERE.
The Downtown Rotary club will be sponsoring Sophie Tuechler, 15, from Austria, as a Rotary Youth Exchange student at Topeka High for the 2018-19 school year. Her first host family will be Jennifer & Marius Pacioianu, and Yana Ross will be her Rotarian Counselor. We still need one or two more host families. Sophie is an award winning athlete in sports acrobatics, a competitive gymnastic discipline performed in pairs with acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling set to music.  She also enjoys listening to music, skiing, going to movies at the cinema, and playing games with her family.  She aspires to a career as an engineer like her mother.  For more information, contact David Beck, 785-817-0144 or at  
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM OUR OWN District Governor Elect, Blanche Parks
Celebrate 30 Years of Women in Rotary by supporting women in need
Goal - Raise $5,710 to purchase items for Women’s Hygiene Kits, to be distributed by Heart to Heart International to disaster areas and under-served countries.  The kits will be assembled by Rotarians during the District Conference, April 27th in Lenexa. 
A special Heart to Heart donation portal has been set up to accept your donation.  You can also name any Rotarian you wish to honor with your gift.  Access the donation site at:;  I am pleased to share we already have raised more than $1,000 toward this worthy goal! 
Be generous and give to this very important project.
District Governor Elect, Blanche Parks
Rotary District 5710
Clean out your closets!  Bring the clothing to any club meeting over the next few months.  HPHS especially needs clothing for student job interviews.  Let your closet breathe and help our Highland Park students.
June 3 through June 7, 2018
University of Kansas, Lawrence
RYLA is an over-night leadership camp for high school students who will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors next year.
Participants visit with Rotarians, do a self-assessment of their leadership, spend time at the Dole Institute, participate in a service project, work in small groups on thought provoking and challenging projects.  And most of all, participants have fun making life long friendships during games, social nights and much, much more.  
CLICK HERE for a RYLA Brochure
CLICK HERE for a RYLA Application
NOTE:  The Downtown Topeka club has budgeted to send three (3) students to RYLA.  If more than three apply, would you be willing to be a sponsor?  Contact Linda at topekarotary@gmail to sponsor a student.  The fee is $325 per student. 
Do you or your family have any unused LEGO's?  If you do, please bring them to any meeting for the Highland Park High School Scott's Movement Interact Club.  They will be distributing these to elementary schools.  Legos help students with focus and behavior issues.
Are you doing something fun between now and the end of May?  Why not ask one of our outstanding Rotary Youth Exchange students to join in on the fun.  Take them to a movie, go rollerskating, picnic in the park, take in a basketball, baseball, soccer game, go on a road trip visit a museum/art center, attend a show at TPAC or Topeka Civic theatre - any place you go with your family.  This is great way to expose your family to our youth exchange students when you can't be a host family.  Ariana is from Romania and Tea is from Belgium.  To make arrangements, contact David Beck, 785-817-0144,
Do you know how the speaker books are selected and delivered?  Vicki Peterson, club president 1999-2000 works with the librarian at Ross Elementary school to select books needed for the library.  Vicki makes arrangements to purchase the books at one of the school's Book Fairs.  She picks up the books from the Book Fair and delivers them to the Rotary Office.  Each week our guest speaker(s) sign a children's book and they are collected until the box is full.  Then the books are delivered to Ross Elementary by a club volunteer.
This time, Jay Van Blaricum volunteered to deliver the full box of books along with a few "celebration bags" to be handed out.  Thank you Vicki and Jay!
Members of our club and our Scott's Movement Interact Club delivered the gifts that were purchased a few weeks ago Walmart last week to the Highland Park High School Parent/Child Learning Center on December 6.  Awesome job Team Christmas, says Angel Zimmerman!
Members had a great time at the club social.  Everyone had a change to "tie one on" and create a soft blanket for the student families at Highland Park High School.   And no beer was spilled in the process!
On November 17, Rotarians participated in the Career Exploring Fair at Highland Park High School.  A special thanks to Jeremy Snowden for helping to organize this event for our club.
Club members gathered on November 27 to give out coats to students at Pine Ridge Prep.  Arms up to check the fit of the coat!
On November 14 members of the club met at Payless ShoeSource North to help students pick out a pair of new shoes and socks.
A group of Rotarians, family members and students meet at WalMart Tuesday, November 28 to purchase toys, clothes diapers and other needs for the students at Highland Park High School that have families of their own.  This was a joint project with Downtown Topeka Rotary Club and the Scott's Movement Interact Club at Highland Park High School.  Students with families will have a present to wrap for their children for Christmas.  Special thanks to Angel Zimmerman for organizing and coming up with the shopping lists.
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Upcoming Events
Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, MD, MPH
Apr 26, 2018
(Ramada Grand) The Stateof Health in Shawnee County; Where We Live Matters
Bill Persinger, CEO Valeo
May 03, 2018
(Maner Conference) Community Mental Health
Mid American Asian Organization
May 10, 2018
(Capitol Plaza Emerald) VERY SPECIAL MEETING
Joan Wagnon, Freedom Festival
May 17, 2018
(Capitol Plaza Emerald) Re-Enactors, Volunteer Opportunities
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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