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Club Executives, Directors, Committee Chairs
President Elect
Vice President (Program Chair)
Topeka Rotary Foundation President
The Rotary International Foundation
Membership Chair
Membership-Venture Members
Red Badge-Blue Badge Chair
Club Administration (Invocations, Guest Intros)
Club Services Chair
Communications-Public Relations
Communications-Photos and Facebook
Communications-District Newsletters
Peace, Freedom & Justice
Vocational Services
International Service
International Bangledesh Project
New Generations and Youth Service
Club Trainer
Freedom Festival
Career Days at Washburn Tech
Executive Assistant
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Don Horttor
    May 3
  • Ira Stamm
    May 5
  • Hurst Coffman
    May 6
  • Brendan Wiley
    May 10
  • Jan Leuenberger
    May 10
  • Mark DeGroff
    May 10
  • Roger Aeschliman
    May 10
  • Mike Worswick
    May 11
  • Sharon Durrell
    May 11
  • Irene Haws
    May 13
  • Norma Pettijohn
    May 14
  • Dick Crawford
    May 15
  • Joanie Underwood
    May 16
  • Joe Pierron
    May 16
  • Katie Koupal
    May 18
  • Todd Payne
    May 21
  • John Christensen
    May 23
  • Laurel Vogt
    May 26
  • Karren Weichert
    Ivan Weichert
    May 5
  • Scott Gales
    Cheryl Gales
    May 6
  • Jim Allan
    Mary Allan
    May 22
  • Lucinda Stocker
    Lawrence Stocker
    May 22
  • Charlotte Adair
    Bruce (Deceased) Adair
    May 24
  • Nick Nickum
    May 24
  • Scott McKenzie
    Susie McKenzie
    May 25
  • Jason Fizell
    Sarah Carkhuff Fizell
    May 27
  • Carolynn Holmes
    Robert Holmes
    May 28
  • Karen Christilles
    Dennis Christilles
    May 28
  • Todd Payne
    Kelly Magerkurth
    May 30
Join Date:
  • Bob Jacoby II
    May 1, 1976
    41 years
  • Jan Leuenberger
    May 1, 1968
    49 years
  • Jim Seltsam
    May 1, 1963
    54 years
  • Ron Baron
    May 1, 2014
    3 years
  • Terry Wages
    May 1, 1992
    25 years
  • Eric Claspill
    May 2, 2016
    1 year
  • Nicki Salazar
    May 2, 2016
    1 year
  • Robbie Smith
    May 2, 2016
    1 year
  • Ann Palmer
    May 8, 2001
    16 years
  • Chris Palmer
    May 8, 2013
    4 years
  • Lon Lewis
    May 8, 2013
    4 years
  • Sam Carkhuff
    May 8, 2001
    16 years
  • Vince Frye
    May 9, 2012
    5 years
  • Scott Gales
    May 13, 2009
    8 years
  • Bob Clawson
    May 14, 2002
    15 years
  • Lance Weeks
    May 14, 2002
    15 years

Welcome to Downtown Topeka Rotary Club!

Downtown Topeka

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
District Site
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Featured Information
MEETING - May 25, Ramada Hotel Ballroom
Program: Fireside Chats - Help plan the next Rotary year!
The luncheon program will be an opportunity to hold a “Fireside Chat” with your fellow Rotarians and guests to discuss topics related to our Club’s goals, programs, impacts, projects, luncheon menus, and any other topics.  Please bring your thoughts and ideas and most of all your blessed spirit of Rotarian volunteerism embodied in “Service Above Self” to next week’s luncheon.  Thank you.
NEXT WEEKLY MEETING - June 1 - Capital Plaza Emerald Ballroom
Program:  Rotary International Youth Exchange - Student and Member Host Family Panel
Edie Snethen, Retired
Sponsored by Joanie Underwood
Interested in Community Service
Robert Raff, Vice President/General Manager KSNT/KTMJ/KTKA
Sponsored by Anita Wolgast
Interested in Youth, Community Service and Public Relations
WHY SELL DREAM VACATION RAFFLE TICKETS?  THIS IS WHY.  In 2016, The Topeka Downtown Rotary Club presented Topeka Center for Peace & Justice a $20,000 grant for Restorative Justice.  This is truly a life changing program for students in our community.  For those of you who missed the grant update meeting on April 20th by Jim McCollough, here are the videos he showed.  Watch the first video featuring our own Joan Wagnon to see the impact our $20,00 grant made in our community.  WHEN YOU SELL A TICKET OR MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOPEKA ROTARY FOUNDATION, IT ALLOWS THIS PROGRAM TO CONTINUE!
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a $5,000 Dream Vacation and support the Topeka Center for Peace & Justice (see story with videos for more information about this grant).  Tickets can be purchased in a single or 10-ticket packet online at this link - CLICK HERE. SHARE LINK WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON Facebook, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Twitter or share by email!  Raffle ticket drawing will take place at the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club meeting on July 6, 2017.
For a copy of the raffle rules, CLICK HERE
Rotary Freedom Festival - July 1 - Rain or Shine
Freedom Festival Leadership Positions
ROTARY NEEDS YOUR HELP - Click here for position details.
Pocket Park Coordinator
Ticket Sales Coordinator
Host for Musicians - one for each of the four bands
Sponsor Committee Members - VERY IMPORTANT!
Race Volunteers (8:45 to 9:45 am)
Cleanup Manager during and after concert
This video shows just a part of what the 44 Rotary clubs in Eastern Kansas have done to help their communities this Rotary year. There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs around the world doing similar things. We'd love to have you join us.  Join the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club at a future meeting.  Check announcement in this section for location.  Always at noon on Thursdays!
Centennial Banquet and Celebration
6:00 pm Saturday, June 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites
Presidential Reception at 6 pm, $26.50
Dinner at 7 pm, $40 (under age 40, $20)
Thank You to all the members who have sold raffle tickets or made a contributions to the Topeka Rotary Foundation to support Topeka Center for Peace & Justice.
Roger AeschlimanZach AhrensGreg Allen
Ron BaronJim BlackburnAndy Chandler
John ChristensenHurst CoffmanLarry Dimmitt
Bryan FlakCody FredricksonLarry Gawronski
Ray GerstenkornGrant GlennTom Gorrell
Scott GriffithMike HallStacey Hammond
Terry HobbsLinda IrelandKirk Johnson
Steve KnollGordon LansfordJim Leiker
Lon LewisStan MartindellChris Meinhardt
Grace MorrisonLee MorrisBill Neiswanger
Chris PalmerRandy PetersonNorma Pettijohn
Ramon PowersJim Rankin
Alisa Snavely
Curtis SnedenJoanie UnderwoodTerry Wages
Joan WagnonDusty WagonerDoug Wallace
Angel ZimmermanKaren ChristillesGlenda DuBoise
Karen HillerCarole JordanJo Ann Long
Jim SeltsamStan TeeterJohn Wall
Jannett Wiens  
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, or call at 785-817-0144.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF STUDENTS WHO WILL BE IN OUR AREA FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
At the April 13th meeting, Kathleen Hein read an inspiring Invocation.  For those who would like a copy, CLICK HERE to download.  If you would like to learn more about this pledge and its origin, click here to go to the website.
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.
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
15. Jeremy Snowden, Jeremy Snowden Agency of American Family Insurance
16. Katy Browne, Roden + Fields
17. Laurel Vogt, Stormon-Vail/Cotton O'Neil
18. Jeff Zimmerman, Jose Peppers Manager
19. George Pearson, Law Office of George Pearson III, LLC

June 10-14, 2017
AFTER MARCH 31, $490
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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