Posted by Linda Ireland on May 29, 2019
ClubRunner for your phone or tablet is available in the App Store for iPhones, iPads and iPods and Google Play for Android.  Search the App Store for ClubRunner.  Log in with your club website login and password and you can read the latest Rotary stories as well as access the club's member right from your mobile devices.  
ClubRunner Mobile App Linda Ireland 2019-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Topeka Rotary - May 30 - RAMADA HOTEL, GRAND BALLROOM Linda Ireland 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
DG Blanche's Message to Rotarians Linda Ireland 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Beck on Mar 14, 2018
The Downtown Rotary club will be sponsoring Sophie Tuechler, 15, from Austria, as a Rotary Youth Exchange student at Topeka High for the 2018-19 school year. Her first host family will be Jennifer & Marius Pacioianu, and Yana Ross will be her Rotarian Counselor. We still need one or two more host families. Sophie is an award winning athlete in sports acrobatics, a competitive gymnastic discipline performed in pairs with acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling set to music.  She also enjoys listening to music, skiing, going to movies at the cinema, and playing games with her family.  She aspires to a career as an engineer like her mother.  For more information, contact David Beck, 785-817-0144 or at  
Host Families
Host Families Needed for Sophie, our 2018-19 Rotary Youth Exchange David Beck 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0 Host Families
Posted by Linda Ireland on Feb 14, 2018
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,
Take a Rotary Youth Exchange Student on your next family outing! Linda Ireland 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Feb 14, 2018
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.
LEGO Drive for HPHS Interact Club Linda Ireland 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Feb 13, 2018
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.
Help Stock the Clothing Bank at Highland Park High School Linda Ireland 2018-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Feb 06, 2018


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.  

Speed Mentoring - Highland Park High School Linda Ireland 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Oct 25, 2017
Highland Park High School
Career Exploring Fair
Friday, November 17
Volunteers Needed:  8 am to noon (or 8-10, 10-noon)
Work with 500 students, Freshman to Seniors
Share a little about your profession and what they would need to launch into the workforce
Highland Park High School - Career Exploring Fair - NEED VOLUNTEERS Linda Ireland 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice - PEACE PARTY 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
TODAY! First Friday Art Walk helps PolioPlus! Linda Ireland 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Sep 27, 2017
October is PolioPlus month.  During October, contributions to the Eradicate Polio campaign will be matched by the District, Gates Foundation and Rotary International to maximize your contribution.  If you contribute $100, with the matches the contribution to PolioPlus become $450; $500 with matches become $2,250 and you receive a Paul Harris Fellow; a $1,000 contribution becomes $4,500 and you receive a Paul Harris Fellow.  Any amount of contribution will be matched to maximize the proceeds to PolioPlus.  To make a contribution, make a check out to Topeka Rotary Club and label with PolioPlus - or use a credit card at any meeting in October.  CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER FOR THE PROMOTION.
October is PolioPlus Month Linda Ireland 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 23, 2017
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI) - Education opportunity for new or "seasoned" Rotarians

Sign up today!  $90 for all sessions - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


  • Session 1 - September 9 - Facilitators, Tom Gray (Leavenworth Club) and our own Blanche Parks
  • Session 2 - In two online sessions
  • Session 3 - October 21
  • Session 1 and Session 3 - Community America Ballpark, Kansas City
Can't make this session?  The Spring 2018 sessions will be held at BBN Architects Library in Manhattan, KS starting February 10.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - Fall Session Starting Sept 9 Linda Ireland 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Topeka Rotary Clubs Social Linda Ireland 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 19, 2017
T.E.A.M. Training - Leadership training for ALL club members in our district
Join 100+ fellow Rotarians for fun, fellowship and some HIGH ENERGY LEARNING, TedX-Style !
Transform your club
Engage your members
Advance your mission
Make a Difference!
The training session will have something for every member of the club.  The session is FREE and includes lunch.
  • August 19
  • 8:30 am to 1:30 pm - BLOODY MARY BAR OPENS AT 10:00!
  • Cider Gallery
  • 810 Pennsylvania Street, Lawrence KS 66044
District T.E.A.M. Training Linda Ireland 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 05, 2017
Lonnie Joseph Williams, 70, passed away with his family by his side on June 30, 2017, at Midland Hospice. Lonnie was born on November 10, 1946 in Taft, Oklahoma.  His final resting place will be Leavenworth National Cemetery.  Lonnie joined our club in 2014 and immediately became a Paul Harris Fellow for his generous contributions to Rotary International.  He was passionate about International Service.  Lonnie was a gentle, quiet leader and will be greatly missed.
Lonnie Williams, 1940 - 2017 Linda Ireland 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 05, 2017
Light the Night - Lighting of the historic water tower
July 7 - 8:30 pm - 11th & Quincy

Downtown's historic water tower at 11th & Quincy will become a beacon of light, thanks to the creative thinking of ArtsConnect, SARIN Energy, Torgeson Electric, Jason Adams and Falk Architects. As a prominent structure in Topeka's skyline, the tower has punctuated the South end of the Kansas Avenue corridor since 1943.

Join the inaugural lighting ceremony on July 7, 2017 at 8:30 p.m., as each concrete flute of the tower is lit. These LED lights will have the ability to change color and brightness to create what is believed to be the largest illuminated art piece in the State of Kansas.

Be part of this memorable First Friday with inside hard hat tours, live music, beverages, ice cream, sidewalk art and more! (Lighting takes place at sundown).

Light the Night Linda Ireland 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jun 28, 2017
  • Gallon Milk Jugs - Bring to the June 22 meeting
  • Recyclable materials to make toys (such as clean small cans; cardboard cylinders like ones from toilet paper, paper towels; bottle caps, non toxic poster paint, etc.) - Bring to the June 29 meeting
  • Sign up for your FREE concert tickets - CLICK HERE.  If you would like a reserved seat, they are available for $10 at this same link.
Freedom Festival Needs - Bring to June 29 Meeting Linda Ireland 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jun 21, 2017
Celebration Time is Here!
June 29th
Noon Meeting in the Shawnee Room in Maner Conference Centre - Grant's "State of the Club" address and 2016-17 Rotary year recap - Please register for name badges by noon, Wednesday, June 28 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Club Celebration Social - Rotary Pocket Park, 429 S. Kansas Avenue - 5:00 pm - Family, friends and prospective members are invited to the celebration.  CLICK HERE to register for a headcount.  If your schedule changes at the last minute - Come Join Us!
TIME TO CELEBRATE! Linda Ireland 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Freedom Festival is July 1st! How can you help, you ask??? There are lots of ways to help, and various time slots available.  CLICK HERE for the volunteer sign-up list.  Anyone can help, including adult children!  Our signature event helps fund the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club's grant to the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice.  Come join us in helping our Topeka community.
Contact Joan Wagnon, Coordinator
785-286-3254 home 
785-249-3464 cell
Freedom Festival Volunteers Needed 2017-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on May 17, 2017
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
Proposed New Member Announcement Linda Ireland 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrate Rotary Linda Ireland 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on May 11, 2017
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!
Rotary in Eastern Kansas - What Do We Do? Linda Ireland 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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 Ahrens
 Greg 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 WiensMike LennenDon Horrtor
Thank You to Members 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Highland Park High School Interact Club Diaper and Diaper Wipes Drive - WOO HOO!  Thank you to those who gave generously to this project through diaper/wipes donations and cash donations in the Diaper Cups.  We will have the diaper cups at this meeting for those who missed last week or if you wish to give more to this terrific project. Bring to the meeting this week or bring a few extra $$ for the Diaper Cup on your table!

Highland Park Scot's Movement Interact Club Project 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 26, 2017
Click Here to purchase a Dream Vacation Raffle Ticket for $5.  WHY PURCHASE 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.   Watch this video featuring our own Joan Wagnon to see the impact our $20,00 grant made in our community.  WHEN YOU PURCHASE  A TICKET OR MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOPEKA ROTARY FOUNDATION, IT ALLOWS THIS PROGRAM TO CONTINUE!  The raffle drawing will take place at the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club meeting at noon on July 6th.
WHY PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS? Topeka Center for Peace & Justice Videos Linda Ireland 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 26, 2017
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a $5,000 Dream Vacation and support the Topeka Center for Peace & Justice.   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
Dream Vacation Raffle Tickets - Supports Topeka Center for Peace & Justice Linda Ireland 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Freedom Festival 2017 Linda Ireland 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 19, 2017
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
Rotary Freedom Festival Leadership Postions Linda Ireland 2017-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Positive Pledge Linda Ireland 2017-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 05, 2017
Rotary Career Days at Washburn Institute of Technology
April 26, April 27 and May 1 - Morning and Afternoon Groups Available
Guide all 7th graders from USD 501 through career opportunities
Rotary Career Days Linda Ireland 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Mar 22, 2017
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 ( or Chris Meinhardt (
Be A Maker! Linda Ireland 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Mar 15, 2017
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.
Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families for 2017-18 Linda Ireland 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2017
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
Rotary District 5710 Conference 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
(Citation given by the Rotary International President to Rotary Clubs who have achieved defined goals)
  • Our club has received the Presidential Citation 23 out  of 24 years.
  • Bring a prospective member to the meeting this week!
Make it 24! 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Feb 28, 2017
Please join in welcoming our own Ingrid Pearson as the new Executive Director of the North Topeka Arts District.
Welcome Ingrid Pearson to NOTO! Linda Ireland 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
2017 Rotary International Convention Linda Ireland 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Club on the Go! 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jan 25, 2017
Keep one eye on the slide show at our meetings for special announcement.
February 2 Announcements:
  • Invite a prospective member to visit a club meeting!
  • Invoices have been emailed/mailed this week.  Please contact Linda ( if you do not receive your dues invoice.
  • Downtown Meeting Location List - CLICK HERE - Watch the weekly reminders for changes
  • Serve your club - sign up to do the Invocation or Introduce Guests - Contact Chris Palmer,
  • February 9th Club Social - see story below - CLICK HERE to register
  • Freedom Festival - July 1 - Lots of volunteer opportunities coming!
  • Freedom Festival Raffle Partners - Do you know of an organization who would help sell raffle tickets?  Proceeds are split with the organization and the club.  Contact Jane McCall,
  • Bring used or new Legos to any club meeting - our Scot's Movement Interact Club is collecting these for the Highland Park Central Elementary School - Legos help students with focus and behavior issues.
Special Meeting Announcements Linda Ireland 2017-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jan 18, 2017

February Club Social

February 9, 2017

Top of the Tower - 534 S. Kansas Avenue

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar

Please register by Tuesday Evening, February 7th, for a headcount - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

This will be a great networking opportunity for our club members and potential club members.  Rotary does so much good in our community.  Now is the time to "Share the Gift of Rotary."  

February Club Social Linda Ireland 2017-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jan 05, 2017
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
January 28, February 25, and March 11
8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Capital Plaza Hotel Amber Room, Topeka
$90 for all three sessions (if you miss a session you can make-up in the next RLI program)
To register and for more information:  CLICK HERE
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a leadership and development program whose goal is to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education.  The RLI program is great training for "new" as well as "seasoned" Rotarians.  RLI is a great way to network with other Rotarians throughout NE Kansas.  RLI topics to discuss:
Rotary Leadership Institute - RLI Linda Ireland 2017-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Dec 14, 2016

Tuesday, December 20th

THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY - Covered in Coats from 2:00 to 4:00 then a club Holiday Mixer from 4:00 to 6:00!


NOTO Community Arts Center, 935 N Kansas Avenue


From 2:00-4:00 pm we will be helping over 100 children find a warm winter coat.  Bring your children and grandchildren - this will be a great family activity to celebrate the season and bring great happiness to those receiving a new coat..  


Then at 4:00 pm the club holiday mixer begins and lasts until 6:00.  Guests, family, prospective members are all invited to attend.  Drinks and snacks will be provided and there will be a visit from jolly Santa Claus at about 4:00. 

Rotary Holiday Mixer Linda Ireland 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Dec 13, 2016
When you volunteer for Covered in Coats, you build self esteem in our youngest citizens.  It is easy and fun - simply help a child choose a new winter coat to keep them warm.  These projects are funded by our Topeka Rotary Foundation and by a District Grant provided to our club based on your personal contributions to Rotary International.
Covered in Coats - December 20, 2:00 pm at NOTO Community Arts Center, 935 N Kansas Avenue.  We need 18 volunteers for this session.  NO NEED TO REGISTER - JUST COME AND HELP SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY CHEER AND WRAP A CHILD IN WARMTH.   There is always room for more volunteers!
Covered in Coats Linda Ireland 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Dec 08, 2016
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.
Our Scots Movement Rotary Interact Club Projects Linda Ireland 2016-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Nov 09, 2016
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
20. Edie Snethen, Retired, volunteer and Freedom Manager
21. Robert Raff, VP/General Manager, KSNT/KTMJ/KTKA
22. Mildred Edwards, Owner, ME Executive Consulting, LLC

Members Wanted Linda Ireland 2016-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Nov 09, 2016
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.
New RI Director Named from Topeka Downtown Rotary! Linda Ireland 2016-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Nov 09, 2016
It is Covered in Coats Time!  When you volunteer to help children find a new coat, you build self esteem in our youngest citizens.  We need at least 15 volunteers for this project.  It is easy and fun - simply help a child find a coat that fits.  This project is funded by our Topeka Rotary Foundation and by a District Grant provided to our club based on your personal contributions to Rotary International.

Meet at NOTO Community Art Center (935 N Kansas Avenue) at 1:00 until 3:00, Tuesday November 15.  You are encouraged to volunteer in advance (CLICK HERE), but if you can come at the last minute, please come buy to help.

Covered in Coats - November 15 Linda Ireland 2016-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Oct 19, 2016
4th Annual Topeka South Rotary Pumpkin Run - 5K Walk/Run plus a Family Stroll
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Lake Shawnee Shelter House #1, 3400 SE Leisure Lane
7:30 - Registration and packet pick-up
8:30 - Race/Stroll Begins
9:45 - Awards Ceremony
Cost:  $30, includes a spooky limited edition t-shirt - PolioPlus Fundraiser
CLICK HERE to register
Questions?  Contact Glenn Jagodzinske, Cell: 221-7336.
This is a family FUN event - Dressing in costume is highly encourages!  There will be a costume contest with a delicious Perkin's Pumpkin Pie as the prize for one lucky adult and one lucky child.
Topeka South Rotary - Pumpkin Run Linda Ireland 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Beck on Oct 11, 2016
If you know a high school age youth interested in studying abroad next year please let them know about Rotary Youth Exchange.  We are now accepting application for students interested in living and studying in a foreign country during the 2017-18 school year.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Appropriate age at the time of the exchange:  age 15-19, depending on the laws of the countries involved.  Generally you may not be older than 19 1/2 when the exchange year starts.
  • Above average academic performance and recommended by your school.
  • Ability to be a good representative of Kansas, the USA and Rotary
The first step is to complete a one-page club-level application and get a recommendation from your school.  Application are due by October 21, 2016.  If you have questions, please call David Beck, 785-817-0144 or email  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION AND INFORMATION PAGE.
Recruiting Outbound Youth Exchange Students - Deadline, Oct 21 David Beck 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Sep 07, 2016
The Center for Peace and Justice is our club's Signature Charity.  Rotarians can become Restorative Justice Circle (RJ Circle) facilitator.  Training will be held on September 30 and October 1, 8:30am to 4:30 pm each day at the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, 2914 SW MacVicar Ave, 66611.  For more information, click on the event listed under Upcoming Events.  THIS TRAINING SESSION IS FULL.  ANOTHER SESSION WILL BE HELD NEXT SPRING.
Facilitator Training - Topeka Center for Peace and Justice Linda Ireland 2016-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 24, 2016
(The Downtown Topeka Club's Signature Charity)
4th Annual Peace and Justice Party
September 22, 2016
  • Ramada Hotel and Convention Center
  • Doors open at 6:00, Italian buffet dinner at 6:30
  • Tickets $35 ($15 is tax-deductible)
  • One person or group in 5 categories will be honored for their efforts and accomplishments that advance the TCPJ vision of a world where people everywhere live in harmony.
2016 Peace Party Linda Ireland 2016-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 17, 2016
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.
Topeka Water Festival Linda Ireland 2016-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 02, 2016
Go Topeka'S Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development will honor six outstanding Women of Influence on Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Emerald Ballroom, Capitol Plaza Hotel.  THREE OF THE SIX WOMEN ARE MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB - Carol Bradbury (Community Service), Angel Zimmerman (Mentorship) and Joan Wagnon (Woman of Achievement).  This event is free but registration is requested (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER).  For more information about this event and to read the biographies of these amazing women, CLICK HERE.
Women of Influence - 3 of our members honored! Linda Ireland 2016-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Want a glimpse of the 2015-16 Year-In-Review book created for Curtis?  The pages have been added to our Photo Album.
2015-16 Year-In-Review Linda Ireland 2016-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 06, 2016
The Foundation Membership Leadership Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th. There will also be Grant Certification Classes and the first class of Rotary Leadership Institute.
Here are a few of the session topics for this year: 
  • Rotary Behind the Scenes
  • Facebook for the Non-Facebook User
  • Your Club/District in 10 Years
  • Rotary Club Central & Club Runner
  • Rotary for today: Membership and Fundraising Perspectives from the Field
The very special lunch speaker will be Past District Governor Aziz Memon from District 3270, Pakistan & Afghanistan. He is the Chairman of the Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, and his topic will be Polio Eradication.
You don't want to miss this FREE district event. 
Click the link below to get registered.

District - Foundation Membership Leadership Seminar Linda Ireland 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Glenn on May 11, 2016
The deadline for additions and modifications to the Honor Roll for the Pocket Park has been moved to this Thursday, May 20th.  Donors giving $250 for the park may honor up to two people on a line.  Donors are encouraged to add the names of their spouse if they have not done so. For additions or changes, contact Grant Glenn at
Rotary Pocket Park Deadline Extended Grant Glenn 2016-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on May 01, 2016
COME JOIN FELLOW ROTARIANS AND GUESTS AT OUR NEXT CLUB SOCIAL!  Registration requested for a headcount for this event.  Club social at the 2016 Designers Showhouse, 4-7 pm, May 5th.  Admission for club members is paid.  Guests are $11.  Please utilize the shuttles from the Prince of Peace Lutheran church parking lot at 37th and Wanamaker Road.  Park on the east side of the parking lot.  Shuttles will run until 7:00 pm.  Limited parking at the Designer Showhouse, 6400 SW Suffolk Road.   TO SIGN UP - CLICK HERE.
TOPEKA ROTARY CLUB SOCIAL Linda Ireland 2016-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Would your family be interested in hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange student next school year, August 2016 – May 2017?  Jeff and Trish Geske will be the first host family for our youth exchange student from August through December.  Olga is from Italy and will be enrolled at Shawnee Heights High School.  We are recruiting for 2 or 3 families so the commitment would be for only 3 - 5 months, not the entire year.  The host families would need to be in the Shawnee Heights school district or be willing to commit to getting Olga to Shawnee Heights each day.  The host families do not have to be Rotarians!  See David Beck for more information if you're interested or know a family who might be.
David Beck 
o: 785 274-3382 m: 785 817-0144
Rotary Youth Exchange Families Needed 2016-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 06, 2016
Time for volunteers for Rotary Youth Career Days at Washburn Technical Institute.  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 Resources, Health Science, Technology and Transportation.  Eight volunteers are needed for each session - two sessions per day.  TO VOLUNTEER, CLICK ON CAREER DAYS IN THE UPCOMING EVENTS SECTION OR CLICK HERE
Dates are:  Friday, April 29, Monday, May 2 and Tuesday May 3 - TWO sessions per day.  Sign-up through the volunteer email!  Or contact Linda Ireland ( with the date/time to volunteer.
Career Days at Washburn Technology InstituTe - SAVE THE DATES Linda Ireland 2016-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Clara - Our Youth Exchange Student 2016-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2016
Join club members, prospective members, guests and friends at our club social.  Beer, wine and snacks.
MARCH 24 - 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Architect 1
906 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, 66612
Club Social - Architect 1 - MARCH 24 2016-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
CLICK HERE FOR RYLA APPLICATION - Due to the Rotary Office by April 8 (Topeka Rotary Club, 420 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66607)
WHAT IS RYLA:  RYLA is designed for high school students who are ready to explore and develop their leadership potential.  While RYLA is a Rotary-sponsored program, it is not necessary to have a family member in Rotary to attend.  Download the brochure for more details.
WHERE:  The University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Participants stay overnight at one of KU's most recently renovated residence halls and are provided three meals a day from KU Dining's recently renovated dining facility.
WHEN:  June 5-9, 2016
COST:  Our club has budgeted registration for a limited number of students this year, but we would like to sponsor as many as we can.  (If you as a member would be willing to personally sponsor a student so more can attend, please send an email to Linda at  The cost is $300 per student).  Please return applications to Topeka Rotary Club (420 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66607) office by April 8.
QUESTIONS:  Contact Faron Barr, RYLA District Chair,
RYLA - ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2016 2016-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland

Join us at the NOTO Arts Center this Thursday afternoon, February 25,  at 5:30 pm for our NEXT Happy Hour. 

See the beautifully renovated arts center, formerly the North Topeka Post Office.   You’ll see a beautiful photo of the Stan Teeter family…who made the renovation possible!
Browse the amazing art of Stephanie Munoz O’Neill in the Gallery while sipping wine and chatting with other Rotarians and guests.
It’s a great opportunity to avoid the wonderful crowds of First Friday and enjoy a private showing.
Bring your friends and introduce them to Rotary.
- See more at:
FUN CLUB SOCIAL! Linda Ireland 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jan 20, 2016
Did you miss the presentation by Ira Stamm last February to our club?  If so, you have a change to hear Ira speak.  His topic is "What is Love:  Reflections on Love and Marriage for Valentine's Day."  You can attend the Topeka West Rotary Club on Wednesday, February 10th or the Topeka South Rotary Club on Friday, February 12th to hear Ira speak.  Meeting details for the clubs are:
  • Topeka West, Wednesday, 7:00 am, Hy-Vee (Contact:  Spencer Duncan,
  • ​Topeka South, Friday, 7:15 am, Washburn University Student Union (Contact:  Faron Barr,
Our Own Ira Stamm to be Speaker at Topeka West and Topeka South Clubs Linda Ireland 2016-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2015
Volunteers are Needed!  Over 200 children will receive a new coat through our Covered in Coats project.  Coats will be given out at Pine Ridge Prep on Monday, 11/16 at 2:00 pm (50 children) and at NOTO Arts Center on Tuesday, 11/17 at 1:00 (150 children).  You can sign up online through the volunteer email sent to all members on Wednesday morning - or send an email to with the date to volunteer.

Volunteers Needed! Covered in Coats 2015-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Pyko on Oct 28, 2015
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

Topeka Water Festival Marie Pyko 2015-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
District Foundation Banquet Linda Ireland 2015-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lyall Ford on Oct 28, 2015
Check out the details of the club's first ever FOOTGOLF Tournament!  November 7th at the Forbes Field Golf Course at 11:00 am.  FAMILY AND CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!  Great family event - parents, children - grandparents, grandchildren!  Open to everyone so share with your friends!  SEE THE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION FORM UNDER CLUB EVENTS.
Proceeds of the tournament will be used to support and expand the Downtown Topeka Rotary club's PROJECT HOPE, which provides books to children and adults at the Topeka Rescue Mission Hope Center.

Downtown Topeka Rotary FOOTGOLF Tournament Lyall Ford 2015-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Oct 15, 2015
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.
Topeka Rotary Club Global Grant in Action - Bangladesh Linda Ireland 2015-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
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!

NEW CLUB EMAIL ADDRESS 2015-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 26, 2015
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!
Welcome Clara! Linda Ireland 2015-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Pyko on Aug 26, 2015
TO VOLUNTEER ONLINE go to  Click on TOPEKA WATER FESTIVAL under UPCOMING EVENTS in the right column.  Click on TOPEKA WATER FESTIVAL under ONLINE REGISTRATION in the right column and login to the club's website (don't know your login - click on "New and existing users . . ."). Choose your session then click on SIGNUP then click on the circle before "MEMBER OF MY CLUB" and choose your name from the drop-down menu.  Super Easy!  Limited opportunities so reserve your spot fast!
Volunteers needed to host a booth for the Topeka Water Festival on September 17th at Garfield Community Center, 1600 NE Quincy Street, Topeka, Kansas 66608. We have two sessions from 9:00-11:30 and 12:00- 2:30. 
This is a community wide festival 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 will have 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.  We need at least 3 volunteers for the morning session and 4 volunteers for the afternoon session.
Your Chance to Volunteer - Topeka Water Festival Marie Pyko 2015-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2015
Don't miss out on this Northeast Kansas Rotary District FML (Foundation, Membership, Leadership) Seminar!  This is a FREE event.  If you are a new Rotarian that joined in the last few years, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Rotary and what Rotary does in the world.  If you want to become more involved, this is the place to be to learn from other Rotarians in the district.  If you want to become involved in club leadership, this seminar will help you along that path.  In other words - SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROTARIAN!
The FREE seminar is this Saturday at Washburn University Student Union. Registration begins at 8:00 with the first session at 8:30.  Light breakfast and lunch is included for FREE.  DON'T MISS OUT - BUT YOU MUST REGISTER TODAY AT THE LINK IN THE STORY BELOW.
Don't Miss This FREE Opportunity to Learn More About Rotary 2015-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 15, 2015
Northeast Kansas District 5710
Foundation, Membership, Leadership (FML) Seminar
August 8, 2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Washburn University Student Union
CLICK HERE FOR THE MEETING AGENDA.  Meet up with Rotarians from around the District!  New Rotarian?  FML is the best way to learn about Rotary in fun and varied sessions.  Club Leader?  Use the time at FML to set the tone for the new Rotary year.  All Members - Be inspired!  FREE EVENT - breakfast and lunch included.
Foundation, Leadership, Membership Seminar Linda Ireland 2015-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 15, 2015
July 9, 2015 - Topeka USD 501 Board thanked members of the Topeka Downtown and Topeka South Rotary Clubs for their Sole Mate program, in which they provide shoes, socks and coats for needy children. During the past three years, Rotarians have purchased clothing for an estimated 1,500 children by partnering with schools to identify children in need.  An award was presented to each club.  Mark DeGroff accepted the award on behalf of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club.
501 Board member Nancy Kirk said some Topeka families and children are facing difficult situations, and all help is appreciated.  “That’s just scratching the surface sometimes of the needs of our kids,” Kirk said. “That the community cares, too, is really important to us.”
USD 501 Board Awards Sole Mate Project Linda Ireland 2015-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jul 08, 2015
Dues Invoices for the October-December 2015 quarter will be coming next weeks to your email box!
DUES INVOICES! Linda Ireland 2015-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jun 24, 2015
The pictures are amazing!  Check them out and purchase a few of your favorites!

100TH GALA PICTURE LINK! Linda Ireland 2015-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2015
Blue Moose Bar and Grill
June 25th - 4:30-6:30 pm
Join as we celebrate the end of the 2014-15 Rotary year. 
Appetizers will be provided; Cash Bar available.
Hosted by IMMEDIATE Past President Chris McGee.  Spouses and significant others are invited to join in the celebration.
RSVP: (Not required, but appreciated)
If you decide that night that you can come, swing on by!
ONE LAST PARTY! Linda Ireland 2015-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2015
Looking for a Host Family!  Our club is sponsoring Clara Breuer from Belgium this coming school year to attend Topeka High.  Clara will arrive August 1.  Abby Moore will be her first host family.  The 2nd host family is processing, BUT there is an opportunity for a 3rd host family that would start around March 1, 2016 through the end of the school year.  If you are interested in hosting Clara or know someone who might be, contact David Beck for more information.  Clara will turn 18 in October this year.  She likes singing and all of the arts and says, "Life would not be worth living without music".  David Beck cell:  785-817-0144.
On the Hunt for Youth Exchange Student Host Family 2015-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
10 . .  You'll feel special on the RED CARPET entry  . .  with surprise music in the parking lot
9 . . . You'll enjoy having your picture taken in front of the Rotary backdrop
8 . . . You'll be surprised . .  but not afraid . . . of a "surprise guest:  . . who may be missing from the World Famous Topeka Zoo
7 . . . You'll chuckle, laugh, or laugh till you cry watching Shannon Reilly's skits Portraying Topeka Rotary's history . . . as it wasn't!
6 . . . You'll reminisce while you eat, chat and watch two screens scrolling our Rotary History during dinner
5 . . . You'll be dazzled by the unique "Display of Flags"
Want to know the difference in the reservations?  Go to and read all about it!
100th Anniversary Gala Committee Members:  Anita Wolgast, Chair; Greg Allen, Tom Gorrell, Terry Hobbs, Terri Murphy, Jim Ogle, Ramon Rowers, Chris Schultz, Doug Wallace, Chris McGee, Grant Glenn, Richard Ross
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 28, 2015
Used Books for Adults and Children at Topeka Rescue Mission
Bring your used books to any club meeting in May.  The Downtown Topeka Venture Rotary Group will be completing the 4th Annual Book Project at the Topeka Rescue Mission Hope Center.  The group will provide new books to all the children, but will collect used books for adults and children this year also.  BRING YOUR BOOKS TO ANY MEETING IN MAY!
BOOK DRIVE Linda Ireland 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 15, 2015
The  Downtown Topeka Rotary Club will be presented a 100 Year Certificate from Rotary International at the Eastern Kansas District Conference at the Saturday night banquet.  It would be great to have a large number of club members in attendance to receive this prestigious award.The Conference will be in Manhattan, Kansas on May 8-9.  To attend the banquet only on Saturday is $25 per person and guests are welcome! CLICK HERE for details and to register.
District 5710 Eastern Kansas Rotary District Conference 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Apr 06, 2015
imageREGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our Gala CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF ROTARY IN TOPEKA, June 4th, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, 5:30 pm.Regular tickets are $35.00 each.  You may reserve a two or four person table at the link below.  Check “The Fine Print” on the link for more details about how reservations and payment works:
Sponsor Tickets for the Event are $100 each.  In addition to giving you priority seating, other benefits to Sponsors include: First call to the dinner line; Opportunity to reserve tables of 2, 4 or 6, provided there are enough such tables; Recognition in the Program and the Screen; and finally, and most importantly, the satisfaction of knowing that your sponsorship has helped make a very special evening recognizing the accomplishments of the club possible. We would like to sell 75 or more Sponsor Tickets.  Sponsor Ticket reservations may be obtained by going to the following link: Check “The Fine Print” on the link for more details.
Either way, please “Like” the Event on Facebook and encourage your friends to attend!
RESERVE YOUR TICKET NOW! 100 Years of Rotary in Topeka RED CARPET GALA Linda Ireland 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
2015 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Topeka’s Walking for Water is a Rotary sponsored awareness and philanthropic initiative. Children aged 10-15 are sponsored to walk 6 kilometers while carrying 6 liters of water in a backpack. This is the average distance and weight of water that children in developing countries travel and carry home each day.

All funds go directly to the project and financing the backpacks. The chosen project is called Max Value for WASH. It aims to reduce child mortality and morbidity by implementing safe water, sanitation, hygiene education, safe motherhood in Bluegold Polders in Patuakhali Sadar, Bangladesh.

This will enable 70,000 extremely poor people living in hard to reach areas moving towards healthy life through access to WASH and Safe motherhood.
We are looking for more than 25 volunteers. The goal participation is 200 children. This gives us roughly 8 participants per volunteer. Parents are welcome to walk with their kids.  To volunteer, contact Amanda Brown:
Location: Landon Trail next to Brown v. Board of Education
Volunteer Set Up: 8:30am
Participation Registration: 9am
Walk Start Time: 10am

WALKING FOR WATER 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Gas up your car  and give it a coat of polish as this spring we will be meeting at Washburn Tech on March 26, Cappers April 30 and the Topeka Zoo June 11.  It will be important for you to make reservations with our online reservations system for each of these meetings when the opportunity is available.


Please reserve e for Washburn Tech to learn more about our great partner, by going to this link:   


Plan to come early for Washburn Tech.  Please try to make your reservations at least two days in advance; the deadline for reservations is the day before the meeting.  Reservations assure that we have enough box lunches ordered for everyone.  Reserving if you do not come incurs additional expense and unnecessary waste.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN! WASHBURN TECH - MARCH 26 Linda Ireland 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Mar 04, 2015
SURVEY CLOSES AT 5:00 FRIDAY, APRIL 3.  Do you have service projects you really like or others you may not?  Complete the short survey to give your club leaders a better understanding of what projects the club should support with its money and time going forward as they plan and budget for the next Rotary year.  Your club leaders want to learn from you what is working and what can be done better. 
It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey at this link:
TOPEKA ROTARY CLUB MEMBERSHIP SURVEY Linda Ireland 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bryan Falk on Mar 04, 2015
Wine and Cheese Social - Membership Recruitment!
Thursday, March 12th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Ann Palmer's - 303 Greenwood Avenue, Topeka, KS 66606
Bring friends, business associate and family members who would make a great Rotarian.  Share the gift of Rotary in an informal setting.
Posted by Grant Glenn on Mar 02, 2015
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.
FIRESIDE CHATS RESERVATIONS Grant Glenn 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Glenn on Feb 24, 2015

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!

WE ARE GOING TO THE DOGS! Grant Glenn 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Feb 17, 2015
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 FellowUNTIL MARCH 31, 2015, 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,
Limited Time! Club Giving Matching Points for Rotary International Foundation Linda Ireland 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Murphy on Feb 03, 2015
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,
CAREER DAY - 2015 - At Washburn Technical Institute Terri Murphy 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jan 13, 2015
Come to the all club Wine & Cheese Membership Recruitment Social, January 22 at Rehan Reza's home, 3733 SW Cobblestone Place from 5:15 to 7:00.  Bring at least one guest who you think would make a great Rotarian.  Information about Rotary and the club will be shared with the guests in an informal setting.  Free to all members.
Wine & Cheese Membership Recruitment Social Linda Ireland 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Glenn on Nov 18, 2014

Special Downtown Rotary Meeting Thursday December 4, Noon

Capitol Plaza Hotel Emerald Ballroom 


We are having a special program on December 4.  The program will be a press announcement concerning Rotary’s 100th Anniversary in Topeka and our effort to participate in Downtown Redevelopment.


  • We are inviting members from the other Topeka Rotary clubs as well as the press to attend.
  • We want the Community to learn about our big plans and we want to show the representatives of the press that we are excited about our future.

Please make a special effort to attend.  The meeting room is in the hotel and not the Expocentre so you should park on the east side of the hotel. Terry Cook from Visit Topeka has been rescheduled to speak March 12.


This will be fun!

Special Downtown Topeka Rotary Meeting, December 4 Grant Glenn 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Grant Glenn on Nov 18, 2014
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.

Topeka Rotary's Pocket Park Grant Glenn 2014-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
If you attended the Annual Banquet on June 26 at the Topeka Country Club and have not paid yet (by credit card or check to the Rotary office), please send your check for $35/person to the Rotary Office, 420 SE 6th Avenue, Suite 121, Topeka, KS 66607.
ANNUAL BANQUET PAYMENT Linda Ireland 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 27, 2014
Downtown Topeka Rotary Club will meet at the Post Office in the historical old federal courtroom on the third floor for a brief program about the site and a tour Constitution Hall.  A box lunch will be provided.
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.  CLICK HERE - DETAILS, PARKING PASS (IN LEFT COLUMN UNDER EVENT ATTACHMENTS) AND REGISTRATION.  Already registered and need the parking pass?  Click on the above link and download the pass in the left column under Event Attachments.
September 11 - Special Freedom Day Meeting at the Post Office Linda Ireland 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Pyko on Aug 26, 2014

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
Topeka Water Festival Marie Pyko 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 24, 2014
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.
Welcome Claudio! Our Youth Exchange Student from Italy. Linda Ireland 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Aug 24, 2014
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!
Our Youth Exchange Student Arrives! Welcome Claudio! Linda Ireland 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Washburn Technical Institute Article Linda Ireland 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on May 15, 2014
Rotarians and their guests will have a very special opportunity to see the restored grandeur of the Kansas State Capitol and to begin the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in Topeka.

5:30 p.m. - Meet at 212 SW 8th for hors d' oeuvres and a special presentation by State Architect Barry Greis.

6:30 p.m. – Walk across the street to the newly renovated Kansas State Capitol. Take a tour or follow a self-guided tour on your own.

Ticket price includes a copy of the official Kansas State Capitol book produced by the Kansas State Historical Society.  TO ORDER TICKETS BY CREDIT CARD, CLICKHERE.To order tickets with a check, send an email to:  Include your name and the name of your guest if ordering two tickets.  Mail checks to:  Rotary Club of Topeka, 420 SE 6th Ave, Suite 121, Topeka, KS 66607.
$60 per person
$100 per couple (includes 1 book)

Proceeds help fund local Rotary service projects, scholarships and 100th Anniversary celebration events.
AN EVENING AT THE CAPITOL Linda Ireland 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joyce Martin on May 13, 2014
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.
2014 CAREER DAYS A HUGE SUCCESS! Joyce Martin 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2014
LIKE the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club on FACEBOOK!   Invite your facebook friends to LIKE us also!  CLICK HERE or on the FACEBOOK graphic to go to the Club's page.

LIKE us on FACEBOOK 2014-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2014

Pictured:  Joyce Martin and Jamison Law at the 2013 Career Day.
Downtown Rotary Club has been a partner in Career Days at Washburn Tech for the past six+ years. The project started as a display of a few pieces of heavy equipment at a park for children to view.


This year - for the first time - due to additional financial support from our district - we will be supporting tours for ALL USD 501 seventh grade students....totaling around 1000 students! 

CAREER DAY - 2014 - At Washburn Technical Institute 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Mar 11, 2014
Applications and Brochures for RYLA can be downloaded from the DOWNLOAD FILES on the club's website.  RYLA will be June 1-5, 2014 on the campus of Kansas University in Lawrence.
2014 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) Linda Ireland 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Ireland on Jan 07, 2014
Sole Mates is a project that gives the opportunity to a select group of children at USD 501 to earn a pair of new shoes and socks.  The childrn complete 100 minutes of community service at their school and are then awarded a "check" valid for one pair of shoes.  The children are then brought to the North Payless Store on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm (October-April) to be paired up with a Rotary volunteer to shop for a new pair of shoes.  We need 12-15 volunteers each month that can commit approximately 30 minutes to assist these children in picking out a new pair of shoes.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Jessica Goubeaux: or call 608-1022.
SOLEMATE PROJECT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Linda Ireland 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
A shot inches wide by Sporting Kansas City in the extra minutes of Tuesday's game against Real Esteli FC left fans clenching their fists in frustration as the final whistle sounded in the 1-1 draw in CONCACAF Champions League play.
Tuesday's game was the Topeka Rotary Club's second visit to Sporting Park this season.  The club watched a 3-2 loss to the Portland Timbers on April 27th.
Thirty Rotarians and their guests attended Tuesday evening's match.
Topeka Rotary Club Watches Sporting 1-1 Draw on Tuesday 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0




Club Vocational Speakers”—Rodger Fry, General Manager, Ramada Downtown and Kevin Smith, General Manager, Capital Plaza.  We will be treated again to interesting presentations from two of our own about their choice of vocations, how they got started, the challenges they face, and the rewards they have enjoyed from choosing their unique pathway to service.



GREETERS :  Martha Hagedorn-Krass, Mike Hall, Max Halley, Stacey Hammond, Mark Harris, Jill Harrison

CUP MONEY:   Antioch family Life Center


MENU:  Tossed Salad; Ambrosia Salad; Sliced Roast Pork Loin w/Merlot Demi Sauce; BBQ Chicken; Peas &* Pearl Onions; Scalloped Potatoes; Jello; Chocolate Mousse for Dessert; freshly brewed Coffee and Iced Tea; Individual Whole Fresh Fruit

Vegetarian Plate (upon request) – Chef’s Choice

NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTION:  Willie Brooks, General Contractor, KBS Constructors, Inc. 

NEW MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS:  (10-day waiting period 2nd Time)

1)   Susan Carlson, Counselor/Social Worker, MHN & Magellan (Anita Wolgast)

2)   Mark DeGroff, Development Manager, Easter Seals Capper Foundation (Phil Oliver)

August 29, 2013 MEETING REMINDER 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Aug 26, 2013


We've been talking about our new publication, Service Above Self, and now it's live.  In this issue, featuring our new magazine style layout, we look back at our visit from Rotary International President Ron Burton and our club president, David Beck, tells us what it means to our club.  We've got much more in this issue and you'll learn what our goal is for our publication.  Let's just say we set our bar for success pretty high.   


Introducing Service Above Self, our new online publication Gregory Hill 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Beck on Aug 14, 2013


Jodie Ladner has arrived at her new home in Santiago, Chile! Jodie is a Topeka West High School student spending a year in Chile as a Rotary Youth Exchange student sponsored by our club.  She is shown here with her first host family mom.  

Jodie Ladner, Rotary Youth Exchange Student David Beck 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jamison Law on Aug 04, 2013

Washburn Tech Imagehas a long history of providing technical education in Topeka, tracing its roots back to the beginning of World War II. Legislation passed created a vocational program in the 1960’s which gave college goers a different approach to starting college, besides jumping in head and wallet first. Many students not knowing exactly what they want to do, now had a vessel for testing new waters, without the full financial burden of two years. Kaw Area Technical School provided many students a vast array of technical skills they could acquire. However, being a technical school, some credits would not transfer to four year college programs. 

Washburn Tech Offers Vocational Programs to Community Jamison Law 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Underwood on Jul 31, 2013

The Topeka Rotary Foundation is now accepting proposals to fund social service, public health, public safety, arts, culture, recreation and entertainment projects in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Foundation President Kirk Johnson said members and friends of the Rotary Club of Topeka (also known as Downtown Rotary) provide funding for the local foundation. 

“Downtown Rotarians are pleased to support community-based needs in the Topeka area, much like the Rotary International Foundation supports needs worldwide,” Johnson said.  Since its creation in 1976 to present date, the Foundation has contributed nearly half a million dollars in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Joanie Underwood, chair of the Foundation’s Gifting Committee said, “Our Foundation grants have funded many worthwhile projects in the Topeka area over the years and we look forward to receiving applications for new projects that will enhance the quality of life for residents of Topeka and Shawnee County.”
Topeka Rotary Foundation taking applications for community-based projects in Topeka area Joan Underwood 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self (May- June 2013) Gregory Hill 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Topeka Rotary Club Partners in Solemates Project Gregory Hill 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Blanche Parks on Mar 27, 2013

ImageThe Downtown Topeka Rotary was a co-sponsor of the Peace Forum at Kansas State University on February 23, 2013. The Forum sponsors were the Manhattan  Konza  Rotary Club and  Manhattan Rotary Club. 

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, challenged all Rotary clubs to sponsor at least one peace forum during the 2012-13 year. Tanaka established “Peace Through Service” as the theme for Rotary International and asked Rotary clubs worldwide to host Peace Forums discussing how their respective communities could effectively contribute to peace and conflict resolution.  Our club surpassed the challenge by sponsoring or co-sponsoring a total of six Peace activities.                                                                         

President Blanche served on the Manhattan conference planning committee.  Larry Dimmit served as a panelist on a panel session titled, “Humanitarian Assistance Projects”. 

The keynote speaker was Mary Eisenhower, Granddaughter of Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  She is President & CEO of People to People International. This organization is dedicated to “peace through understanding”.         

The purpose of the Peace Forum was to help educate and heighten awareness of people of all ages, backgrounds and interests regarding peace related issues.  Participation in the event helped to empower attendees with new knowledge and understanding of how each of us can contribute to a more peaceful world through their local, state and international community.  Session topics included peace related student and citizen exchanges and study abroad programs, peace related service and projects abroad, peace and conflict resolution in our schools & communities, peace advocacy groups and efforts, peacekeeping matters related to diplomatic and military service. 

At the request of the Downtown Topeka Rotary, City of Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten proclaimed February 23, 2013 as Peace Day in the City. 

Rotary Co-Sponsors Peace Forum Blanche Parks 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Aeschliman on Jan 07, 2013

(Topeka) - The Topeka Rotary Foundation is issuing a Request for Proposals to award grants totaling $15,000 within the next few months. 

             The Foundation is the charitable gifting arm of the Topeka Rotary Club (downtown), and has recently adopted a new approach to gifting and civic support, said Joanie Underwood, chair of the foundation’s gifting committee.


Topeka Rotary Foundation Offers Grants Roger Aeschliman 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Aug 02, 2011

Anita photo

 Hello Downtown Rotary Members,

What an honor to come before you as your 2011-12 president. This is a club held with high regard in the community, and I am humbled to assume leadership of such an outstanding organization.

A Message from Anita Gregory Hill 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Aug 02, 2011
Hours after a massive earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, Claude Surena, a physician, turned his home into a makeshift triage center, sheltering more than 100 injured people.

Using the limited supplies of medicine and food that Rotarians had managed to collect, Surena, his wife, and other volunteers cared for victims, many of whom were in critical condition. The capital city of Port-au-Prince was damaged extensively, making communication almost impossible and resources scarce.

The Doctor is In Gregory Hill 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor John Vandewalle Motivates Club Gregory Hill 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Aeschliman on Apr 06, 2011

Two top Topeka Rotarians talked about their terrific vocational topics Thursday, April 7.

Jeff Moe, Scout Executive at the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Jim Leiker, President and CEO of Easter Seals Capper Foundation, presented a vocational program featuring service to youth. Each had a unique twist. 
Jeff Moe and Jim Leiker give vocational program Roger Aeschliman 2011-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Valentine on Mar 29, 2011
 I clerked for the Sloan Law firm while I was in Washburn Law School. When I graduated in 1969 I had a 2 year obligation as a 1st Lt in the Army. The firm offer me a job as a new associate and would hold that job until I returned from Viet Nam two years later. I spent 25 years first as an associate and then as a partner with the Sloan Law Firm.
Thanks Eldon 

Thomas A. Valentine
Valentine, Zimmerman & Zimmerman, P.A.

Letter to the Editor Thomas Valentine 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 28, 2011
The Topeka Rotary Club is planning a group outing for June 17th (7:30 PM)  against the San Jose Earthquakes and August 13th (7:30) versus MLS powerhouse LA Galaxy featuring international superstar David Beckham and the leader of the United States World Cup team, Landon Donovan.  We need 20 people for both games to get the group tickets. Please email Greg Hill as quickly as possible with your plans to attend. We are looking at tickets of about $15-$20 so this would be a great event for your family and friends.  For more information on the Sporting Kansas City and their new, state-of-the-art stadium, visit
Sporting Kansas City Soccer Gregory Hill 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Topeka Rotary Club Celebrates Eldon Sloan's 102nd Birthday Gregory Hill 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 28, 2011
 To shake a man’s hand is a simple gesture, often of introduction or more commonly, a formal way to say hello or goodbye. It’s something I do almost daily in my life. Sometimes, however, the opportunity to shake a person’s hand leads to an appreciation of so much more. 
Shaking the Hand of History Gregory Hill 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 23, 2011
Sarah Forrest, a photographer with clients which include Fitness Magazine, Runner’s World, the Economist and Wine Spectator, was the guest speaker at the March 24, 2011 Topeka Rotary Club Meeting.  
Photographer Speaks on Ethiopian Women's Health Gregory Hill 2011-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 17, 2011
 There is no question that the health care reform package passed last year is both complicated and controversial.  Nevertheless, Kansas is working diligently to develop programs to meet the 2014 deadline.

Matt All, General Counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, spoke to the Topeka Rotary Club and helped explain both the requirements of the law along with what he expects to happen once the act is fully implemented. 


The Quandary of Health Care Reform Gregory Hill 2011-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 16, 2011

 Ira is a psychologist in private practice in Topeka where he does psychotherapy with adults and adolescents and marital and family therapy.

He was born and raised in Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan of New York City. His mother, Sylvia Langfield, emigrated from Russia to Manhattan in the early 1900s. At the age of twelve she worked in the garment industry sweat shops of the Lower East Side. 

Welcome Ira Stamm to Rotary Gregory Hill 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 16, 2011

I appreciate all of the feedback from last week’s bulletin.  My goal, while not always achievable, is to send a Friday bulletin that covers the previous day’s meeting.  In that bulletin, we will have a story, photographs and if available, the video from the meeting.  


From the Editor Gregory Hill 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Probasco on Mar 15, 2011
I have been interested and involved with Washburn for several years, both undergrad and law school. When I started in 1946, just after WW11, with lots of other G I Bill students, the school had a fine foundation a good history of ok finances and good conservative leadership. The student body grew rapidly. Prior to the war the school has an estimated enrollment maybe between 4 to 700, mainly traditional students. After graduating in 1951 and for some time did not have much contact with the school, but later started taking various courses.
A Letter to the Editor Wayne Probasco 2011-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Mar 09, 2011

We are in a crisis of civility in this country according to Dr. Jerry Farley, President of Washburn University, who spoke at the weekly meeting of the Topeka Rotary Club.

“About every three weeks or so, we invite about thirty to thirty-five students over to our house and we will discuss a particular topic,” said Farley. “We try to pick a topic that will stimulate a lot of discussion about things they may have not ever thought about before.  But about twice a year, we will talk about either ethics or civility."


Washburn's Jerry Farley Speaks on the need for civility in our society Gregory Hill 2011-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 24, 2011

 It’s hard to dispute the value of knowledge, hard work and attitude.   But for Turner Gill, Head Coach of the University of Kansas football team, those words have deep meaning within them.

Coach Gill was the speaker at the weekly Topeka Rotary Club meeting on Thursday at the Ramada Inn.

“I’m here today talking to the Rotary club because we are connected as people who are trying to help our state become better,” Gill said, beginning his presentation.  Rather than focusing on Jayhawk football, Gill spoke mostly on a leadership philosophy that begins with those three words.
University of Kansas Head Coach Turner Gill Defines the ABC's of Leadership Gregory Hill 2011-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 23, 2011

EVANSTON, Ill. U.S.A. (17 February 2011) -- What do Italy’s Trevi Fountain, India’s Charminar monument, and the New York Stock Exchange building have in common?

Each of these iconic landmarks will provide a dramatic backdrop for an equally dramatic message: End Polio Now. Those three words – representing Rotary’s pledge to rid the world of this crippling childhood disease -- will be projected onto each structure during the week surrounding 23 February 2011, the humanitarian service organization’s 106th anniversary.  

Rotary clubs light up the world to end polio Gregory Hill 2011-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 20, 2011
Finally!  I hope you have noticed the new Rotary webpage and the club bulletin you have been receiving.  As with any change, especially when it is volunteer driven, it takes a while to complete.  I happy to say that I think we are there. 
From the Editor Gregory Hill 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
KU Head Football Coach Turner Gill to speak to the Topeka Rotary Club Gregory Hill 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 20, 2011

Each month, Rotary International highlights a piece of Rotary history and shares an inspirational quote from pat Rotary leaders. 


Understand and be Understood Gregory Hill 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Reynolds on Feb 17, 2011
No need to worry. ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies.
How secure is all this data? Ruth Reynolds 2011-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Reynolds on Feb 17, 2011
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
Welcome to our new website! Ruth Reynolds 2011-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 16, 2011

The Downtown Topeka Rotary Club is hosting the delegation for Open World. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level. 

Missed our meeting?  Watch it here.

Russian Delegation Visits Topeka and the Topeka Rotary club Gregory Hill 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 09, 2011

Joanne Budler was appointed State Librarian for the State of Kansas in March 2010 by Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson.  Before coming to Kansas, Budler served as the State Librarian of Ohio for six years.  Previously, she was the deputy state librarian for the Library of Michigan and the director of Network Services and NEBASE, the State of Nebraska’s Online Computer Library Center network.

We welcome our newest member, Jo Budler Gregory Hill 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gregory Hill on Feb 09, 2011

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  At least in the Topeka television broadcasting market anyway.  

“If my predecessors would have gotten up and given this presentation in 1971, they would have said there was one license for public television and there was WIBW and one other television station in Topeka,” said Jim Ogle, General Manager of WIBW television in Topeka.  “Guess what, it’s back to the future.  We are returning as a television market to basically where we were in 1971.”  


Local broadcasters speak at the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club Gregory Hill 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ruth Reynolds on Feb 08, 2011

On January 29, 2011, Kasasofficially began a year-long celebration in recognition of its 150th year.  The Downtown Topeka Rotary Club will participate in the Sesquicentennial Celebration.  The club has launched the project with a Kansas Sesquicentennial license plate for Rotarians.  The plates are availble for a suggested price of $20 with profits going towards Polio Plus.  This is a WIN-WIN endeavor -- promote Rotary and help to eradicate polio worldwide.  If you do not have your license plate yet, contact Anita Wolgast at:  To learn more about Polio Plus, watch the video below.  To make a contribution to Polio Plus, CLICK HERE.


This Close - EN from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Kansas Sesquicentennial and PolioPlus Ruth Reynolds 2011-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Beck

Volunteers are needed for the Make A Splash Topeka Water Festival September 19th.    This annual festival is at Garfield Park and we need at least 8 volunteers to fill the time slots between 9:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.  Rotary volunteers help 4th grade students with an activity called The Incredible Journey.  The activity has students pretend to be water drops, rolling dice to see where they go next in the water cycle.  Students collect colored beads as they travel as different forms of water, ending up with a water cycle bracelet. Club members who have volunteered in past years say this is a fun project!  


You can sign up to volunteer for a shift at the festival at the club meeting or e-mail Marie Pyko [] for more information. 

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Posted by Gregory Hill

by Greg Hill


A full house at the Topeka Country Club witnessed Rotary International President Ron Burton from Norman, Oklahoma deliver one of his very first speeches during his term in office.  Burton spoke to the Topeka Rotary Club on July 18th to a special joint meeting of the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club and other Topeka and area clubs.

Rotary International President Ron Burton Visits Topeka Gregory Hill 0
We Welcome our new President, David Beck Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill
LISBON, Portugal (27 June 2013) — Rotary's annual meeting held at Lisbon´s Pavilhão Atlântico and Feira Internacional de Lisboa on Wednesday, 26 June concluded with new funding to end polio, several humanitarian projects showcased and plenary speeches that inspired the more than 20,000 member attendees from around the world. 
Rotary concludes international convention in Lisbon Gregory Hill 0
Meet RI President, Ron Burton Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill



Topeka Downtown Rotary Club members, it's important that you register for our meeting on July 18th when Rotary International President Ron Burton is visiting our club. Even though your meal is paid for, the club still needs a count before opening the registration to surrounding clubs.



Look for further developments and information.

RI President Ron Burton to visit the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill

ImageTopeka Police Chief Ron Miller was recognized by the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club with an honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award during the club's Annual Banquet held Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Miller accepted the award and spoke emotionally and at length about the loss of two police officer, Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly, who were killed in the line of duty last December in central Topeka after exchanging gunfire with a man.  Just last month, Miller spoke at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"When our soldiers go overseas to serve, our police officers take on the responsibility of protecting the homeland," Miller said.  

Each year, the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club presents an honorary Paul Harris Award to a community leader.  


Rotary Honors Topeka Police Chief, Ron Miller Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill

Club President Blanche Parks lists the many accomplishments of our club this past year that helped the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club earn the Presidential Citation Award.Blanche Parks

Club Wins Presidential Citation Award Gregory Hill 0
Posted by David Beck

Group Study Exchange 2013 - District 5710/District 9200

Group Study Exchange  is Rotary’s International Exchange Program for Young Professionals. The GSE team will visit District 5710  April 28 – May 28, 2013, and will be in Topeka Thursday May 9 - Sunday, May 12.  The team is from East Africa and all are medical professionals.  There are two opportunities to meet and visit with the team while they are in Topeka.   


·         All members are invited to attend the GSE Welcome Reception, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, 3030 SW Wanamaker Road, Thursday May 9th.   This event is open to all Rotary Club members and their guests who would like to meet the GSE team, and no reservations are required. Cash bar.   

·         If you would like to see the GSE team program you are invited to attend the South Topeka Rotary Club meeting at 7:15 a.m. Friday May 10th.  The South Club needs to know how many extras will be coming so that they can plan for seating and food service.  If you want to attend the South Club meeting please notify Roger Underwood by Monday, May 6th. The South Topeka Rotary Club meets in the Washburn Memorial Union. Breakfast will cost $10.

District 9200 comprises the six East African countries Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The geographical variation ranges from beautiful coastal beaches (both in Kenya and Tanzania), to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa. The Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - still roam our vast savannahs and bush land. The equator passes through Kenya and Uganda. The total population of all five countries is about 130 million in an area of 3,139,000 sq kms.


Group Study Exchange - East Africa District 9200 David Beck 0
Posted by Gregory Hill

A vocational community collaboration with Washburn Tech and area school districts for middle school students exploring vocation opportunities. 


Barbara Wiggins, Terry Wages, Frank Ybarra and Chis McGee  volunteer as part of the Career Day, a Topeka Rotary Club Project at Washburn Tech.

Downtown Rotary Club Career Day, May 6th Gregory Hill 0
Polio Plus Fund Gregory Hill 0
Rotary in 30 Seconds Gregory Hill 0
Venture Rotarians team up for Topeka Rescue Mission Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill

Our very own Janlyn Nesbett-Tucker spoke on the Topeka Metro.  Watch her presentation along with the rest of our club meeting from August 11, 2011.


August 11, 2011 Gregory Hill 0
Agricultural Deployment Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Roger Aeschliman
The Foundation meeting was called to order at 4 p.m. in the Board Room of the Topeka Rotary offices by Foundation President-elect Terry Diebolt. Attending were Roger Aeschliman, Nancy Daniels, Carol Wheeler, Scott Teeter, Jim Caplinger, Joan Underwood and Blanche Parks. Not attending were Tom Gorrell and Mike Worswick.
Minutes of the Topeka Rotary Foundation Roger Aeschliman 0
Posted by Gregory Hill
Adam Buhler woke from a nap after a long travel to Haiti in 2010 and as a photographer, looked off his balcony and photographed a beautiful church in Jacmel, a southern port city near Port-au-Prince.  Minutes later, that church was in ruins as a magnitude 7.0 earthquake ripped across the country.
My Experiences in Haiti Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill

While putting together this week's bulletin, I noticed that ClubRunner, the program that powers our website, has added some really great features.  

New Enhancements to ClubRunner Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill
 Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.  Click for photographs
Four Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Recognition. Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill
 ClubRunner is  now in the App Store for iPhones, iPads and iPods.  Search the App Store for ClubRunner or click here.  You can read the latest Rotary stories as well as access the club's member directory right from your mobile devices.
View ClubRunner from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Gregory Hill
 Greg Simms


  • Born in Kansas City, Missouri and so was  his wife, Trish.
  • Raised in the Overland Park and Shawnee areas.
  • Attended Shawnee Mission North High School and the University of Kansas.
  • Member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
  • Professional background is over 18 years in executive leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America and 2 years with the Girl Scouts of the USA in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
  • Eight and a half of my 18 years with the BSA were spent serving the Heart of America Council headquartered in Kansas City, and I earned my Eagle Scout rank as a youth.
  • Past Rotarian in the Kansas City, Kansas and South Overland Park Clubs, and also a current/former member of the Knights of Columbus, Big Brothers Big Sisters, several chambers of commerce, and trustee on various homeowners association boards.
  • Married to Trish with two daughters, Kaitlynn (12) and Addison (4).
  • Hobbies and interests include being an advanced SCUBA diver, youth sports coach, woodworking, and camping.


Welcome our Newest Member Gregory Hill 0
Posted by Joyce Martin
 Thank you to the following Rotarians helping with over 500 middle school students touring Washburn Tech on Rotary Career Day, May 6th:

Bob Clawson, Barbara Wiggins, Steve Knoll, Terry Wages, Chris McGee, Frank Ybarra (honorary Rotarian for the day), Glenda DuBoise, Eileen Caspers, Nancy Johnson, Fred Gatlin, Jane Mackey, Larry Dimmitt, Joan Underwood

Thank you to the Teeter Family Foundation through Topeka Community Foundation for their generosity in providing financial support for scholarly awards to middle school students. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded. The essay is open to those students participating in Rotary Career Day; the focus of the essay is the Rotary 4 Way Test.

Thank you to the following Rotarians serving as essay judges: Steve Knoll, Jane Mackey, Joan Underwood, Nancy Johnson, Fred Gatlin

Letter to the Editor Joyce Martin 0
Posted by Gregory Hill
Representative Lynn Jenkins believes that the size of government spending is growing out of control.  Few would probably disagree with her assessment, particularly given the gloomy scenery she painted with respect to the spending on discretionary items she says represents “ninety-nine percent of what Congress argues about.”  But now, given the projected costs of non-discretionary items such as Medicare and Social Security, pretty much everything is on the table. 


Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins Speaks to the Topeka Rotary Club Gregory Hill 0
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