37th Annual Tiblow Trot 2 Mile Fun Walk & 5 Mile Run, August 29

Tiblow TrotThe 37th Annual Bonner Springs Rotary Tiblow Trot 2 Mile Fun Walk and 5 Mile Run is August 29th 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 and 2 Mile Fun Walk: $25 until August 28 / $30 Day of Race
Kids Run or Walk (12 and under): $10 with shirt (free without shirt)




Packet pick-up and pre-registration

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Second and Elm Street



Packet pick-up and registration

6:00 – 6:30 AM

Second and Elm Street

Race begins promptly at 7:00 AM – rain or shine.

Parking: We suggest parking at Bonner Springs Elementary School or along the nearby streets (2nd, Forest, Neconi). Downtown streets (Elm, Oak, Cedar/32) will be closed for Tiblow Days. Using the school parking lot will allow you a nice warm-up run or walk up the 2nd street hill to registration at Kelly Murphy Park at 2nd and Elm. Note: Neconi is a southward one-way street between Shadyside and 2nd Street. You can enter the school parking lot from 2nd Street just west of Neconi. Click on the map below to view a larger version.


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

Awards at 8:15 a.m. (approximately):

  • T-shirts for the first 200 entrants
  • Trophies to the 1st through 3rd finishers of each division
  • Trophies to the 1st male and female finishers
  • Trophies to 1st and last walkers, youngest walker and largest group
  • 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 bruce@colemanequip.com.


Speakeasy Thanks You!

IMG_0898Thank you for contributing to the Bonner Springs Rotary’s “Speakeasy: An Evening of Live Music and Fun!” held on Saturday, November 1 at Lake of the Forest Club House. The event benefited Bonner Springs community partners Allegro Choirs of Kansas City and Vaughn-Trent Community Services. It is only with the help of volunteers and supporters like you that we are able to provide support to these two amazing organizations that are making a difference in the community. Please recognize our sponsors and our silent auction donors listed below. We are proud to announce that we raised more than $7,000 during this special night.

IMG_2037 IMG_3394Please make sure to check out the Bonner Springs Rotary Facebook page to see all of the fun photos of the night.

We appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing the impact this night makes possible for these organizations.


The Cat’s Pajamas $500

The Bee’s Knees $150

In-Kind Sponsors

Thank you to the following individuals, businesses and organizations who donated silent auction/raffle items. Check out the Speakeasy Catalog that lists more than 70 items donated. These were displayed on every table for guests.

Allegro Choirs of Kansas City
Back In Thyme
Berning Tire
Betty Coleman
Bodyworks Massage Therapy LLC
Bonner Springs YMCA
By B Boutique
Chateau Avalon
Chris Wood
Coleman Equipment Inc.
DiAnne’s Alterations
Dorothy Buhrle
Dub’s Dread Golf Course
EJ’s Coffee Shop and Bakery
Face It…Beautifully!
Family Eyecare Center of Bonner Springs
Feldmans Farm & Home
FLiP Kansas City
Grand Slam Liquor
Harrison Capital Management
Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery
Jason & Kathleen Schram
Judy Miksch
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City T-Bones
Kobi’s Bar & Grille
Leon & Linda Bauman
Miller Tax Service
Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio
Moon Marble
Old World Balloonery
Paradise Tan
Porter’s Buggy Bath
Predator Termite & Pest Control Co.
Provence on the Prairie
Roger Miller
Roth & Moon Orthodontics
Story Hair Salon
Sunflower Hills Golf Course
Teresa Nelson
The HALO Foundation
Twisters Bar and Grill
Union Bank
Valley Feed & Supply Co., Inc.
Walter’s Dance Center
X-Cess Self Storage

Thank you to the amazing volunteers committed to making the Speakeasy a success!

  • Caroline Boyer
  • Katie Buenger
  • Nicole Gerken
  • Echo Hartig
  • Judy Miksch
  • Bill Miller
  • Dan Miller
  • Mary Miller
  • Meghan Miller
  • Marva Sproules
  • Nancy Winchip
  • Bonner Springs High School NHS Students
  • Bonner Springs Rotary Club Members

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 judymiksch@gmail.com.

  • 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 nicolepericagerken@gmail.com. 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 nicolepericagerken@gmail.com. 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!