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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.

Installation Picnic, Vaughn-Trent Needs and Club Member Updates

On June 26, the Bonner Springs Rotary Club hosted the annual Installation Picnic at Wyandotte County Park to celebrate the past year and announce new officers.

New 2013-2014 Bonner Springs Rotary Club Officers: Bruce Coleman, Judy Miksch, Bill Miller and Del Coleman.

New 2013-2014 Bonner Springs Rotary Club Officers: Secretary Bruce Coleman, President Judy Miksch, Vice-President Bill Miller and Treasurer Del Coleman.

Special thanks to all who cooked and brought food. The passing of the gavel was accomplished amidst much thanking for support and hopes for our club’s future.

Past President Judy Cox presented with a parting gift by new President Judy Miksch.

Past President Judy Cox presented with a parting gift by new President Judy Miksch.

The now Past-President Judy Cox emphasized the importance of membership growth and community recognition as a focus for Rotary and shared accomplishments to be proud of, which will continue to thrive in 2013-2014. Congratulations to the club leadership in the past and continued success this year.

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Judy Cox thanked Al Ramirez, Roger Miller and Del Coleman for the weekly singing and praying.


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Del Coleman received the Paul Harris Fellowship pin for the 7th straight year. Congratulations, Del!

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The intrepid golf team that braved the elements at the Spring Hill Rotary Tournament. Bill Miller, Dean Buhrle, Roger Miller and Al Ramirez.

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Judy Cox honoring Marva Sproules for her help throughout the years. She is an amazing. dedicated Rotary club member.




































Vaughn-Trent Community Services Needs Food Donations

Food PantryThe pantry is running short on the following items: Jelly, Canned meat (tuna, chicken), Chili Saltine Crackers, Skillet Meals (tuna helper, hamburger helper), Potatoes, and Sides (miscellaneous pasta and rice sides). The office address is 304 Oak Street Bonner Springs, KS 66012 and hours are 9 a.m. – Noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You may also drop items off at Hidden Treasures at 205 Oak Street Bonner Springs, KS 66012. If any questions, contact Executive Director Debbie Lohmann at 913.441.0461 or Learn more at


Club Member Updates

Warren Hanks – He is home and says he is doing better, but progress is slow. Hopes the THIRD procedure they did to solve the urinary tract infection will be a success. So do we, Warren! He probably will not be able to return to Rotary for two or three more weeks. Take care, we miss you, and return when you are able.

Sol Jacobson – Unfortunately, they had to take their son Silas to the ER at Children’s Mercy Hospital last Sunday. He was admitted and is still in the NICU. Hemoglobin counts were low, and he had an infection. They have had to reduce his feedings due to the IV fluids, and he has had a blood transfusion. Silas will be two months old this week and remains at six pounds. Sol says there is no time frame to bring him home and that it has been a roller coaster. Sol, Ali & Silas, all of us send our thoughts and prayers, and remember, WE ARE  available if there is anything you need.

35th Annual Tiblow Trot 2 Mile Walk & 5 Mile Run, August 24

2013 Tiblow Trot Shirt Design

2013 Tiblow Trot T-Shirt Design

The 35th Annual Bonner Springs Rotary Tiblow Trot 2 Mile Walk and 5 Mile Run is August 24th at 7 a.m. 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.


Tiblow Trot 5 Mile run: $20 until August 21 / $25 Day of Race

Tiblow Walk 2 Mile Walk: $20 until August 21  $25 Day of Race

Kids Run or Walk (12 and under): $10 until August 21 / $11 Day of Race


Friday, August 23

Packet Pick-up and Pre-Registration
6:00 – 7:00pm
Second and Elm Street


Saturday, August 24
Packet pick-up and Registration
6:00 – 6:30am
Second and Elm Street

Division: Male and Female 29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over


  • T-shirts for the first 250 entrants
  • Trophies to the 1st through 3rd finishers
  • Trophies to the 1st male and female finishers
  • Trophies to the 1st and last walkers, youngest walker and largest group
  • Traveling trophy for USD 204 school with the most participants
  • Drawing for prizes donated by the Bonner Springs merchants will follow the awards ceremony
  • All race finishers and walkers are eligible for the drawing

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

Bonner Springs Rotary Donates to Agricultural Hall of Fame

Charley Vogt checkBonner Springs Rotary Treasurer Del Coleman presents Agricultural Hall of Fame Board Member Charley Vogt a check for $332.13 to support Children’s Programs. The donations were raised during the Royals Paper Day event. Rotary designates half of the money raised for a local charity each year; The other half goes to support the Rotary Kids Camp in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Thank you to those Rotary members who were up early and braved the morning traffic to collect donations.

Rotarian Charley Vogt Shares Group Study Exchange Hosting Experience

Fellow Rotarian Charley Vogt shares his six day experience as an East African Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team host. Charley, wife Val and daughter Kelly hosted a doctor from Kenya “Jacob” who was part of a five member medical team from East Africa. See the outline of doctors, where they are from, the GSE Home Hosts and the GSE 2013 Month Itinerary.

Charley shares:

“The team lived with eight different families while they were here. As they toured our district, a USA team led by Shawnee Rotarian Dr. Rick Randolph led a team of doctors and nurses to east Africa as part of the medical team exchange. At a party hosted by District Governor Kevin Tubbesing in Shawnee, both teams converged for the first time since they met at an East Africa District 5002 conference in early May.

Interesting Notes to Share

East Africans:

  • Tired of BBQ and cheese on everything
  • Loved fish and Foosball
  • Had initial bad impressions of Americans until they arrived; All had never been to the States before
  • Only one person was a Rotarian, the rest were medical doctors
  • Biggest challenge was getting their luggage to fit the 50 lb. /23 kg limit per bag


  • Feasted on fried crickets and goat meat, to name a few of the different foods they ate
  • Were concerned about the government supporting outdated medical equipment and lacking medical supplies
  • Were pleased most of the East Africans knew English (because they are a former British colony) and not only their native language Swahili
  • How nice the East Africans were to them

Our favorite hosting stories revolved around eating. East Africans eat their fish fried or poached. We eat ours grilled at home. I taught our guest how to cook salmon and vegetables on the grill. For breakfast, we like to make banana nut pancakes. Our guest had eaten pancakes, banana’s (11 varieties in Africa) and nuts, but never all together. Taking them off the grill, he rolled them up like a hot dog, placed them in a napkin, and ate them like eating an ice cream on a stick. Tried the plate with maple syrup, but went back to the roll up the next morning.

Another favorite story involved Foosball. We have a Foosball board in our rec room basement, and we introduced our East African guests to the game, which many had not played before. After more than two hours of playing (and hooting as goals were scored) non-stop, they declared Jacob the Kansas Foosball Champion. I worked with a local T-shirt vendor and had a shirt made with that inscription. Dr. Bruce Hodges, Dr. Jacob and Dr. Elizabeth

All three of us loved the hosting experience and would not have traded it for the world. Dr. Elizabeth even ran the 8K Amy Thompson run on Memorial Day Monday morning in the pouring rain and was pleased to be a part of a benefit for the brain injury association of greater KC. Amy Thompson Run 2013

Jacob and I are trading texts now, and I plan to arrange a Doctor Pack application for his rural clinic from the Heart to Heart group and any other medical groups who would be willing to donate medical supplies and equipment to his clinic.”

If interested in helping with this initiative or serving as a Group Study Exchange Host, please contact Charley Vogt for more information.

Welcome, Silas. Rotary Welcomes Another New Baby to the Family

The Bonner Springs Rotary Club congratulates Sol and Allison Jacobsen on the recent birth of their son Silas Solomon Jacobsen on Friday, May 3. We do, however, ask for everyone’s thoughts, as Silas is still at Children’s Mercy Hospital as he continues to show progress with his health. Sol Jacobson's SonHe may have a surgery involving a feeding tube and then hopefully he will be home in the coming days. Best wishes to you, Sol. We’re anxious to hear of upcoming news.

Bonner Animal Rescue Presents at Bonner Springs Rotary Club Meeting

Janet Crouch, Bonner Rescue Cat Coordinator

Janet Crouch, Bonner Rescue Cat Coordinator

Last week, Bonner Animal Rescue served as the weekly Bonner Springs Rotary program. Information shared includes:

  • Bonner Animal Rescue saved 250 animals in 2012.
  • It is a volunteer organization that is a 501(c)3 and is funded 100 percent by donations.
  • Located at 104 Forest St. next to the Bonner Springs veterinary clinic.
  • Plans of partnering with one of the funded groups in Kansas City such as Wayside Waifs.
  • Offer animals for adoption at Pet Smart stores and other locations.
  • You can assist by providing foster care for a pet until its owner or a suitable home is found, networking, or helping various needs of the organization.
  • Animals are euthanized when the may be dangerous, diseased or mortally injured.
  • Learn more at and LIKE the Bonner Animal Rescue Facebook page.

Bonner Rescue

Thank you, Janet Crouch for your time!

Bonner Springs Rotary Club Honors BSHS Students with Three $1,000 Scholarships

Fellow Rotarians presented three $1,000 scholarships at the Rotary Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Tall Oaks. 2013 Scholarship AwardeesBSHS Senior Scholarship awardees from left to right are Andrea Wiglesworth – RICHARD BURNS AWARD, Jordan Lackner – DEL HININGER and Cassady Holloway – ROBERT CLARK AWARD.

In addition, Juniors Scholars were also honored from left to right are Emily Prince – LANGUAGE ARTS, Tre Scott – SCIENCE, Austin Schuler – MATHMATICS and Ryan Turner – INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY. Denni Pressley, Rachel Barber, Brianna Sawyer and Justin Carroll were not present for the photo. Ryan Turner’s dad, Mike, was the recipient of the same recognition for Industrial Technology in 1972.

Scholarship funds were raised through various local fundraisers by the Bonner Springs Rotary Club.