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Member Birthdays:
  • Ramin Mahmoudian
    March 2
  • Carol Wheeler
    March 3
  • Greg Harry
    March 3
  • Bob Jacoby II
    March 4
  • Charles Jeffress
    March 4
  • Terry Hobbs
    March 7
  • John Hutton
    March 11
  • Trey George
    March 15
  • Terry Wages
    March 16
  • Robbie Smith
    March 17
  • Jim Walden
    March 21
  • Stacey Hammond
    March 21
  • Scott Teeter
    March 23
  • Vicki Peterson
    March 25
  • Jason Farrant
    March 26
  • Scott Gales
    March 29
  • Mary Christopher
    March 31
  • Jim Deines
    Sandy Deines
    March 4
  • Zach Ahrens
    Heidi Ahrens
    March 10
  • Chris McGee
    Emily McGee
    March 12
  • Chris Palmer
    Lynette Palmer
    March 13
  • Ingrid Pearson
    Tommy Pearson
    March 16
  • Walt Pursell
    Ellen Pursell
    March 22
  • Frank Henderson
    Lorraine Henderson
    March 26
  • Jane McCall
    Darrin McCall
    March 30
Join Date:
  • Alan Rolley
    March 1, 1964
    53 years
  • Charlotte Adair
    March 1, 1991
    26 years
  • Jim Rankin
    March 1, 1986
    31 years
  • John Christensen
    March 1, 1990
    27 years
  • John Hutton
    March 1, 1995
    22 years
  • Larry Dimmitt
    March 1, 1983
    34 years
  • Linda Ireland
    March 1, 2014
    3 years
  • Max Halley
    March 1, 1977
    40 years
  • Ray Gerstenkorn
    March 1, 1988
    29 years
  • Roger Aeschliman
    March 1, 1990
    27 years
  • Scott McKenzie
    March 1, 1991
    26 years
  • Jane McCall
    March 8, 2016
    1 year
  • Jim Walden
    March 8, 2016
    1 year
  • Russ Cobb
    March 8, 2016
    1 year
  • Curtis Sneden
    March 12, 2002
    15 years
  • Chris St. John
    March 14, 2012
    5 years
  • Greg Bailey
    March 14, 2012
    5 years
  • Mary Christopher
    March 14, 2012
    5 years
  • Terry Hobbs
    March 14, 2012
    5 years
  • Karen Christilles
    March 15, 2001
    16 years
  • Sherda Williams
    March 16, 2015
    2 years
  • Irene Haws
    March 17, 2016
    1 year
  • Linda Kehres
    March 17, 2016
    1 year
  • Zach Ahrens
    March 20, 2014
    3 years
  • Jo Ann Long
    March 25, 2014
    3 years
  • Lonnie Williams
    March 25, 2014
    3 years
  • Jim Allan
    March 30, 2015
    2 years
  • Joel Genrich
    March 30, 1999
    18 years
  • Lyall Ford
    March 30, 2015
    2 years
  • Karen Hiller
    March 31, 2014
    3 years

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Topeka Downtown

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
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Join Us!
Venue Map
Featured Information
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Norsemen Brewing Company
830 N Kansas Avenue - NOTO Arts District
Bring family, friends and prospective members
Saturday, April 8, starting at 8:30
Rotary Park by Constitution Hall
  • We will build seven picnic benches for the Rotary Park at Constitution Hall to be used for the Freedom Festival.
  • We will also be helping our Rotary Exchange student and Topeka High student, Amarachi Nwakpuda, earn funds for her year in Japan.
  • Minimal skills necessary, no sawing required!
  • Helpful, but not mandatory tools:  Portable drill, electric sander, combination square, tape measure, glasses
Five-year-old's in your life will be impressed that you helped build real transformers!
Questions?  Contact Grant Glenn (grant@gmglennlaw.com) or Chris Meinhardt (camhardt@yahoo.com)
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 by March 31, 2017.  
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
Over the! next few months, the club will be meeting away from the Ramada for many of our Thursday meetings.  CLICK HERE to download the latest meeting location list.  This will be updated as we go, so keep an eye on the club website.
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, davidbeck@cox.net or call at 785-817-0144.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF STUDENTS WHO WILL BE IN OUR AREA FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
May 5, 8:00 am through May 6, 11:00 pm
Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66211
After March 15 - $139
Can also register part of the convention at various fees
June 16 & 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites - Kansas City, Missouri
JOIN US . . as Rotarians from Africa and the USA come together to enjoy fellowship and celebrate the centennial of our dynamic Rotary Foundation.  Registration, $75.  Rotarian hosts are needed.  For more information, CLICK HERE.  Or email Larry Dimmitt, larrydimmitt@gmail.com.  Or go to OUT OF AFRICA link.
RYLA is designed for high school students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors next year, and are ready to explore and develop their leadership potential.  Application deadline:  April 8, 2017.
June 4 - June 8, 2017
The University of Kansas
Please join in welcoming our own Ingrid Pearson as the new Executive Director of the North Topeka Arts District.
June 10-14, 2017
AFTER MARCH 31, $490
Our club sponsored Scots Movement Rotary Interact Club* at Highland Park High School needs assistance with their Lego Drive which will continue into 2017.  If you can help, bring your Legos to any meeting.  Here are the details:
LEGO DRIVE - Collecting new or old legos for Highland Park Central.  Legos help students with focus and behavior issues.  Currently, there is only one set in the principals office.  The Interact Club would like to collect enough legos for each classroom.
* WHAT IS INTERACT?  Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with other young people in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding.
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.
Thank you to our volunteers:  Marie Pyko (Chair), Nicki Salazar, Sherda Williams, Brad Walker, Linda Ireland, Jane McCall, Gary Shofner, Lee Morris, and Ramin Mahmoudian.
On September 15th at Garfield Park Community Center, club Rotarians spent the day with over 500 4th graders teaching them about The Incredible Journey- a lesson to identify the different ways water moves through the water cycle.  Each student was given a "sun" bead on a string and rolled a dice sending them to different stations - ocean, river, clouds, soil, plant, lake, animal, ground water and glacier to receive a different bead.  At the end of the activity each student had a bead bracelet and a story about their water cycle journey.
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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Upcoming Events
Mark McCormick
Apr 06, 2017
(Great Overland Station) Kansas African American Museum, "A Choice of Weapons"
Randy Peterson, President Stormon-Vail HealthCare
Apr 13, 2017
(Maner Conference)
Apr 20, 2017
Ramda Grand Ballroom

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