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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, Suite #121
Topeka, KS  66607
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Proposed Member Announcements:
Sherda Williams, Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site
Karen Wagaman, Kansas Society of CPAs
5720 SW 21st Street
NEXT WEEK:  March 12 - Ramada Downtown Grand Ballroom
PROGRAM:  Terry Cook, Visit Topeka

Thursday March 5, we are meeting at Helping Hands Humane Society, Inc. at 11:45.  We will eat a bite, have a very brief meeting barking at each other, and then tour some of the back rooms.  You must have a reservation for yourself and your guest(s) so we know how many sandwiches to order.  Guest price is $11.00 to pay at the door.  Deadline for RSVP is Wednesday March 4.


Reservations are easy!  You can make a reservation for your guest when you make the reservation for yourself.  Just go to this link and make your reservation (all you need is your name and e-mail address):


We’ll have a “Howl ’n Good Time!


Please make your reservation for one of these Chats by going to the link next to the host’s name.  There is limited room at each location, so the early bird gets the worm.  Please make a reservation at only one location.

When you contribute to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, you get "points" for the dollars you contribute - give $100, receive 100 points.  When you reach 1,000 points, you become a Paul Harris Fellow.  For a limited time, the club will match your contributions between $100 to $500 to the Annual Fund with an equal amount of points.  So if you contribute $500 (500 points), you will receive 500 points from the club for a total of 1,000 points, qualifying you to become a Paul Harris Fellow.  Likewise, if you contribute $100 (100 points) you will receive 100 matching points from the club,
Members and potential members gathered at Rehan Reza's home in January.  All had a great time at this wine & cheese social.  Another membership event will be held in March (watch for details).  Have someone who you think would make a good Rotarian?  Invite them to join you in March.
Pictures L to R:  Terri Murphy, President Chris McGee and newest member, Stacy Ricks.

Have you always wanted to participate in an International Service project?  Now is your chance.  Woodland Public Charity, a non-profit lead by Executive Director Jorge Coromac (member of Shawnee Mission Club) invites you to participate in one of the International Volunteer Trips to Guatemala and Panama.  Monthly trips are scheduled for June, September and December to Panama.  All other months in the year the trips are to Guatemala.
Each month Woodland welcomes volunteers such as physicians nurses, dentists, medical students, engineers, teachers, social workers, non-medical volunteers - and of course, Rotarians.  You do not have to be a Rotarian to participate, so why not invite a friend, spouse, family member to participate with you.  Pictured are a few of the Rotarians from the December trip to Panama with the family member receiving a water filter.  For the first time these families will have clean water for drinking and cooking.
For more information on how your can help - CLICK HERE.

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.

Time for volunteers for Rotary Youth Career Days at Washburn Tech.  Rotarians act as guides to USD 501 7th grade students as they navigate through one of Washburn Tech's five Technical Career Courses:  Construction, Human Services, Health Science, Technology and Transportation.  Two Rotary volunteers per Technical Career Course!  That would be a total of 10 volunteers per session.  There will be a least two teachers/parents per group as well, with a WTI administrator as lead guide.  The groups are primarily between 30-35 students.
Dates are:  Thursday, April 30; Monday, May 4; and Tuesday May 5 - TWO sessions per day:  9-10:30 am and 12:30-2 pm.  Sign-up sheets will be on the tables at the Rotary noon meetings.  Or contact Terri Murphy,

Great fun at NOTO!  To see all the pictures, check out the Oktoberfest 2014 Photo Album on the club website or go to the club Facebook page - CLICK HERE.


The Downtown Rotary club will once again participate with the Kansas State Extension Office in the annual Topeka Water Festival


Topeka Water Festival
Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:30 AM to 2:05 PM
GARFIELD PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 1600 NE Quincy Street Topeka, Kansas 66608.


This is a community event where all 4th grade students in Shawnee County are invited to spend a day learning about the importance of water to life and move through various stations learning about the properties of water, the value of good clean potable water and the water cycle.  We need at least 8 Rotarians to help work our two stations.  Students visit our stations “The Incredible Journey” and play a game about the water cycle.  Please email or talk to Marie Pyko if you are available for a two hour shift.  or 580-4560

District 5710 Rotary Youth Exchange inbound students and their host families attended a great orientation session Saturday in Lenexa. Our club is sponsoring Claudio D'Eramo, shown on the far left.

Claudio D'Eramo, our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Italy has arrived!.  He's shown here with Richard Ross at the Kansas City airport. Welcome to Topeka, Claudio!


WOW! Another successful Rotary Career Days completed!  Downtown Topeka Rotary supported a three day event for all USD 501 seventh graders touring Washburn Technical Institute.  We were able to give an introduction to the 4-Way Test to almost 1,000 youth.
(Highlighted in RED - Members of the club's 2013-14 class of new members!)
A HUGE thank you to the following members for volunteering:  Chris McGee, Bryan Falk, Willie Brooks, Karily Taylor, Jay Befort, Terri Murphy, Lonnie Williams, Nancy Daniels, Chris Meinhardt, Karren Weichert, Joe Gutierrez, Hurst Coffman, Greg Allen, Grant Glenn, Ashish Chauhan, Brad Walker, Glenda DuBoise, Terry Wages, Jackie Keddie-Holt, Mark DeGroff, Julie/John Ford, Jeffrey Geske, Anita Wolgast, Kathleen Williams Heit, Susan Mauch and Jessica Goubeaux.
With a special applause to the members volunteering more than once:  Brandi Bryan, Grace Morrison, Kevin Smith, and Terry Hobbs!
We made a difference in some lives as we helped plant a seed of possibility for many youth as they realize a future path they might be able to take.  It was a pleasure working on a partnership with USD 501 and Washburn Tech!
To see more Career Day Pictures, go to the home page Photo Albums.

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