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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Topeka Rotary Foundation President
The Rotary International Foundation
Membership Chair
Red Badge-Blue Badge Chair
Club Administration
Club Services Chair
Vocational Services
International Bangledesh Project
Cross Roads
Career Days at Washburn Tech
Executive Assistant

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Betsy Schlossman
    November 2
  • Gene Williams
    November 2
  • Mike Rinehart
    November 7
  • Lonnie Williams
    November 10
  • Kels Purvis
    November 11
  • Tom Gorrell
    November 12
  • William Beteta
    November 13
  • Jim Seltsam
    November 15
  • Andy Tompkins
    November 16
  • Gina Millsap
    November 25
  • Mike Kuner
    November 28
  • Rachel Meyer
    November 29
  • Joanie Underwood
    Roger Underwood
    November 3
  • Joe Pierron
    Diana Pierron
    November 10
  • David Heinemann
    Kristine Heinemann
    November 11
  • Betsy Schlossman
    Marty Schlossman
    November 12
  • Carl Ricketts
    Peggy Ricketts
    November 13
  • Linda Ireland
    Jim Ireland
    November 13
  • Mike Worswick
    Debbie Worswick
    November 14
  • Becky Holmquist
    Terry Holmquist
    November 17
  • Julie Ford
    John Ford
    November 24
Join Date:
  • Dick Crawford
    November 1, 1968
    47 years
  • Phil Coolidge
    November 1, 1969
    46 years
  • Maren Turner
    November 9, 2005
    10 years
  • Miriam Krehbiel
    November 11, 2009
    6 years
  • Ashishkumar Chauhan
    November 13, 2013
    2 years
  • Brad Walker
    November 13, 2013
    2 years
  • Chris McGee
    November 13, 2001
    14 years
  • Anita Wolgast
    November 14, 2000
    15 years
  • Doug Wallace
    November 17, 2014
    1 year
  • Bryan Falk
    November 30, 2012
    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
District Site
Venue Map
Featured Information
Debra Ricks
Pioneer Group Inc. - CPA, Treasurer
Sponsor:  Grace Morrison
Special Interest:  Community Service, Youth
Tomari Quinn
Topeka Capital-Journal - Editor
Sponsor:  Anita Wolgast
Special Interest:  Community Service, Youth
NEXT MEETING:  December 3 - Ramada Hotel Regency East Ballroom
PROGRAM:  Cathy Ramshaw, NET Reach


November 14th - Sheraton Overland Park Hotel - 6:00 Free Wine Bar Reception


Downtown Rotary members shared the “Incredible Journey” of the water cycle with over 550 4th graders from all over Topeka and Shawnee County on September 17th at Garfield Park Community Center.  The day began with the ultimate example of the water cycle as a brief but powerful thunderstorm pummeled the park and we quickly regrouped on how we would roll out our two learning stations.  We moved to the concrete and the gazebo and hosted to the stations from there.  The students were none the wiser but we did have the opportunity for the first couple of groups to start with everyone’s personal experience with the water cycle in the form of “precipitation”.  As each student was handed a string with a yellow bead on it and were invited to go on a journey and imagine they were a water molecule.  Students rolled die and began their journey.  Some spent several rolls in the clouds while others visited plants, animals, and lake stations picking up beads at each station.  At the end students were encouraged to share with the group their journey and then make the bead chains into bracelets.  The journeys are all unique and fun and students learn about precipitation, condensation, evaporation and storage but more importantly they learn how vital water is to our earth.
The event is sponsored by The Topeka Water Festival Planning Committee and the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE). 
I personally want to thank Bryan Falk, Ken Keller, Brendan Wiley, Roger Aeschliman, Mike Kuner, Lee Morris, Gary Shofner and Joanie Underwood. Each shared their knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to learning with each of the students.  It was truly service above self through the rain and through the heat.
Marie Pyko


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.

The club has a new email address:  Please check your contact lists for Ruth Reynolds (delete) and Linda Ireland (change email to  IMPORTANT:  Remove and if you have these connected to Linda Ireland.  These email addresses now go to the new Executive Assistant for the District.  Linda now works exclusively for the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club.  THANKS!


Rotarians and Friends Walk
From the Intersection of Freedom
To the Great Overland Station
To Join the Remember Rosa We All Walk Together Unity Walk
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Celebrating 100 years of Rotary with the creation of a pocket park next to Constitution Hall.  You can be a part of this historical event.  Download the special flyer below for more information and a contribution form.
Want to know more about the Topeka Rotary's Pocket Park?  CLICK HERE to download the flyer.
PICTURED:  2015-16 Rotary Inbound Youth Exchange Students visiting the Pocket Park site.


August Message from Clara:

So here are my memories so far:
One month ago, I came to Kansas. In the first week we just drove around Topeka or down to Kansas City to show me the area. One week later, my host family and me went to New York and Syracuse! Syracuse is a beautiful city with a wonderful campus. It was very interesting to hear what I could study, but after I saw what I had to be capable of, I quickly forgot my Syracuse-dream. Two days  later we went to New York City. The big apple is just wonderful, with a lot of people and I definitely love this city!  I ate the best cheesecake in the world (Lindy's I guess).  Click on Read More!
The pictures are amazing!  Check them out and purchase a few of your favorites!


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Upcoming Events
Nov 26, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving
No Meeting
Dec 03, 2015
Cathy Ramshaw
NET Reach
Dec 10, 2015
Vocational Talks
Jay Beffort and Val VanderSluis