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Downtown Topeka Rotary Club - People of Action

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

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(785) 232-7216
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MEETING: Feb 22 - Ramada Gran Ballroom
SPEAKER/PROGRAM:  FUN TIMES - CLUB SERVICE PROJECT!
 
LOTS of information listed below in this bulletin - Don't miss out!
 
UPCOMING MEETING LOCATIONS
Mar 1 - Maner Conference, Shawnee Room; Lead Momentum 2022
Mar 8 - Capitol Plaza Emerald Ballroom; Why Freedom Festival
March 15 - Capitol Plaza Emerald Ballroom;  TPAC update
March 22 - Manor Conference Center, Shawnee Ballroom; KU/St. Francis CEO
March 29 - Ramada Grand Ballroom; Topeka Rotary Foundation
What is a Fireside Chat?  Rotarians getting to know each other in a casual setting - the first object of Rotary which is, "The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service."
 
Fireside Chats  will be held in members’ homes during the month of  February.  Mark these dates on your calendars:  Thurs, Feb 15, Tues, Feb 20, Thurs Feb 22, and Wed, Feb 28.  There are no KU or KSU basketball games on these nights.  You can sign-up online - CLICK HERE - to choose your date and host.
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, beckman49@gmail.com.
NEED HELP TO STOCK THE CLOTHING BANK AT HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL
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.
 
 
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.

TO VOLUNTEER TO BE A MENTOR - CLICK HERE

Speed Mentoring is EASY, non-threatening (to you and to the student), and FUN for everyone.  Rotarian Mentors will talk one-on-one with students for a 5-7 minute block before moving on to conversation with another student.  There will be three sessions with different students - starting at 10:45 and ending by 2:15.  YOU MAY ATTEND ALL OR PART OF THE OVERALL EVENT, as student sessions will be at 11:02, 11:56 and 1:19.

You will be provided with suggested questions for engaging the student (and they will have similar questions for you).  Our own Angel Zimmerman will be our host for these conversations, along with support from our Mentoring work group and consulting HPHS staff.  

District 5710 Rotary Youth Exchange is seeking host families for high school students for the 2018-19 school year starting August 4, 2018.   RYE likes to have at least two and preferably three host families for each student, so you don’t have to commit to a full year of hosting.  If you are the first host family you can choose your student and the high school he or she will attend. Below is a brief description of the applicants we have so far. Contact David Beck (785) 817-0144 or beckman49@gmail.com for more information about the students.  More information about Rotary Youth Exchange is available at SCRYE.org.
 
  • Vanessa, 16, is from a big city in Brazil.  She plays competitive volleyball, basketball, and chess and she also likes surfing.  She is an excellent student and thinks she wants to be a doctor. 
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO VICKI AND JAY!
 
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.
 
PICTURES FROM THE SEPTEMBER ALL CLUB SOCIAL ARE IN THE "PHOTO ALBUM" BOX.
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Club Service Project
Feb 22, 2018
(Ramada Grand)
 
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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