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About Bonner Springs Rotary Club

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations. The Bonner Springs Rotary Club has supported the Bonner Springs community for more than 80 years.

Volunteer for the Speakeasy Fundraiser

At the 1927 Rotary Convention in Ostend, Belgium, San Antonio Rotarian Harry H. Rogers said “Let the slogan this year be Make Rotary Effective. Where it exists, make its influence felt. Where it does not exist, if possible, extend it. Let courtesy abound, widen acquaintance, intensify friendships, and put the program over in every club.”

Like all civic organizations The Rotary Club thrives on volunteers efforts.  However, not all volunteer opportunities give you the chance to step back in time to a place that only exists in history books.  “Where it exists, make its influence felt.”  Please join us in our effort to make the Bonner Springs Rotary’s influence felt within our community.  The Speakeasy event will benefit for Vaughn-Trent as well as the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, both organizations are part of the greater influence within Bonner Springs.

“Let courtesy abound, widen acquaintance, intensify friendships.” Working together for the greater good has been proven to bring friends closer to one another.  You will be working with those you know, those you’ve seen walking down the street or maybe even those you’ve never seen before.  Volunteering at the Speakeasy is a great way to widen acquaintances.

Look through our list of needed volunteers.  Interested in volunteering? Contact Bonner Springs Rotary President Judy Miksch at

  • Set-Up Team: Requesting 2-3 volunteers to help move furniture and set up the day of the event on Nov.1. 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Silent Auction Set-Up: Requesting 1 volunteer to help with setting up items on tables with bid sheets. 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Bouncer: Requesting one person to act as our Bouncer for the night when guests check in. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Bartenders: Requesting 2 volunteers to serve as bartenders for the night. 5 – 10 p.m.
  • Gambling: Requesting 4 volunteers to assist with Blackjack and other Gambling needs. 6- 10 p.m.
  • Check-In Station: Requesting 2 volunteers to manage the A-M & N-Z last name list when checking in guests. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Silent Auction Checkout Station: Requesting 3 volunteers using 3 I-Pads to check out guests with credit cards and also collect cash/check. Will have at least 2  i-pads but if you have one, that’s a plus! 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sell Raffle Tickets: Requesting 3 volunteers to walk around collecting raffle ticket money, providing guests with their raffle ticket, gathering tickets to be put in the raffle, and drawing the raffle ticket at the end of the night. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Table Movers: Requesting 2 volunteers to move dinner tables out for the dance floor. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Table Bussers: Requesting 3 volunteers to clear tables after guests eat. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Dishwashers: Requesting 3 volunteers to wash dishes. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Training begins at 5:00 pm for some volunteer positions on November 1st. Dress in your best 1920’s garb or in black, casual attire. Volunteer name tags and dinner is provided.

Thank You, Speakeasy Sponsors!

flappersThe Bonner Springs Rotary is excited to announce our sponsors for the Speakeasy event, coming up on Nov. 1st, 6-10 p.m. at Lake of the Forest Clubhouse.     The Cat’s Pajamas $500

The Bee’s Knees $150

In-Kind Sponsors

We are very excited to have these companies and individuals on board with us. The Speakeasy event benefits two local non-profit organizations, Allegro Choirs of Kansas City and Vaughn-Trent Community Services. Are you interested in becoming a Speakeasy Sponsor? Sponsor levels include: $1,000 The Big Cheese; $500 The Cat’s Pajamas; and $150 The Bee’s Knees. Download your form by clicking here: sponsorships or silent auction donations form. If any questions, please contact Nicole Gerken at 913.548.8875 or You can also still purchase your tickets online here or to purchase with cash or a check, contact Marva at 913.441.2584.

Step Back in Time to Benefit Our Future

f58c4804e437f7d5c8f868a708cc41e3The start of the roaring twenties brought with it a multitude of history making events. Women began working while men were away at war and continued working even after their husbands returned.  Americans began moving into the city and the nations wealth had doubled. The growth of wealth, mass produced goods and music, access to vehicles, and women’s independence didn’t sit well with all Americans.  Many thought the culture had become much too “racy” and made it their mission to end the free spirited movement that was overtaking their society.  To these Americans, the passage of the Volstead Act, prohibiting “intoxicating beverages”, was a means to moving back in time to a place they were more comfortable with and where change wasn’t prevalent.

On November 1, we are stepping back in time, but not to hinder progress, to advance it for local charities dedicated to creating a better society for families in the Bonner Springs and surrounding areas.  Please mark your calendar and purchase your tickets for the Speakeasy benefiting Vaughn-Trent Community Services Inc. and Allegro Choirs of Kansas City.   For just $55 enjoy dinner, music, drinks, entertainment, dancing and two free drinks.

Online tickets available here.  To purchase with cash or a check, contact Marva at 913.441.2584.

Also, just in case you missed it, check out the recent Chieftain article about the Speakeasy event.  Click here.

Become a Speakeasy Sponsor or Donate a Silent Auction Item

The Bonner Springs Rotary presents “Speakeasy: An Evening of Live Music and Fun!” on Saturday, November 1, 6-10 p.m. at Lake of the Forest Club House. The event benefits Bonner Springs community partners Allegro Choirs of Kansas City and Vaughn-Trent Community Services. The evening features live entertainment by the Allegro “Brillante” Choir and The Kicks Band; dance lessons led by Shari Augustine from Walter’s Dance Center; gambling; a silent auction and prizes for best 1920s costume, with all guests encouraged to dress up. Tickets are $55 each, which includes dinner, music, entertainment and two free drink tickets. A cash bar is also available. Check out the Bonner Springs Rotary Facebook page to watch our Speakeasy promo video too!

For more than 75 years, the Bonner Springs Rotary has supported its community. Its mission is to build peace and good will in the world. This year, Rotary is so pleased to provide all Speakeasy funds raised to benefit Allegro Choirs of Kansas City and Vaughn-Trent Community Services. Both organizations are located on Oak Street in Bonner Springs and are making a difference in the community.

Here’s how you can help. Rotary is in need of securing sponsors and silent auction items. Sponsor levels include: $1,000 The Big Cheese; $500 The Cat’s Pajamas; and $150 The Bee’s Knees. Download your form by clicking here: sponsorships or silent auction donations form. If any questions, please contact Nicole Gerken at 913.548.8875 or Please return the form by October 1 to allow time for all promotion efforts.

Online tickets available here. Or feel free to contact Marva at 913.441.2584 if you would prefer to pay with cash/check. If you have contacts who would be interested in donating, please share the Sponsorship/Silent Auction materials here:

Speakeasy Sponsor/Auction Letter

Speakeasy Sponsor/Auction Form and Levels

The Bonner Springs Rotary appreciates your time, your consideration and most importantly, your support.


Speakeasy Fashion Inspiration

Who doesn’t want to get away?  To pause the world and enjoy an evening of elegance and fun.  Who doesn’t want to get thrown back in time, to a place where women began their independence, men were coming back from war and the history of the United States would be changed forever?  The Bonner Springs Rotary is giving you that chance.  On November 1, step back in time to the days of Speakeasies, flapper girls, and fedoras. great-gatsby-halloween-costume


Need some fashion inspiration? Check out these great 1920’s fashions!












Have you seen our fun promo video? Don’t be a lollygagger! Get your tickets now. Can’t wait to see your 1920s attire!


Are You Ready for the 36th Annual Tiblow Trot Race?

tiblow trot 2014-01Are you ready for the 36th annual Tiblow Trot in Bonner Springs? Mark your calendar for August 23. Plus, we have really cool t-shirts AGAIN by our designer friend Joel Kivett.

run_0089_s_jpgSaturday, August 23rd at 7 a.m. is the 36th Annual Bonner Springs Rotary Tiblow Trot 2 Mile Walk and 5 Mile Run. Register online now. Meet at Kelly Murphy Park at 2nd and Elm Street in Bonner Springs, KS. All funds raised go toward scholarships and the Rotary’s Polio Plus Program to end Polio worldwide.

For more event information, please contact Bruce Coleman at 913.422.3040 or

Interested in volunteering for the Bonner Springs Rotary? We need your help! Contact us today.