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Ballot Initiative for 911 Funding

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:27 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoAt the March 20 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, Fire Chief Jim Hughes spoke about an initiative on the April 2 ballot for Adair County to impose a monthly fee of $1.00 per cell phone (or any other device enabled to contact 911) to increase user funding for 911 services in the county. Since 2001, operational costs have increased 170% while the amount collected from the landline fee has decreased by 57.4%. Although funding is decreasing, the call load for the E-911 Communications Center has increased by 166% from 2007 to 2018. This supplemental funding will help maintain services, supporting technology, equipment and personnel. Pictured from left are Rotarian Dale Schenewerk who did the introductions, Fire Chief Jim Hughes; Chris Killday, Director, E-911 Communications; and Sara Holzmeier, Truman State University Director of Public Safety.

March 13, 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:25 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoThe speaker at the March 13 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting was Richard Yampanya. Richard, who is of Congolese birth, came to this country without his family in 2010 as part of the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, a Federal program. He was able to bring his wife, Celeste, and their five children to America four years later. He said his primary reason for wanting to come to America was to provide education for his children which is very expensive in the People’s Republic of Congo. Richard works a 48-hour week at Kraft Foods, earning 10 times what he made as a diplomat in the People’s Republic of Congo. He also works many hours each week for the Community Action Agency where he helps other Congolese individuals, including serving as a translator. He is pictured with Club President Randy Smith (left) who introduced him.

Mark Twain Transmission Project

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:23 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoThe speaker at the March 6 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting was Jim Jontry, an engineer and project manager of the Mark Twain Transmission project. This project, building a high voltage line 96 miles from Palmyra, Missouri through Kirksville then north to the Iowa border was approved to proceed by the Missouri Public Service Commission on January 10, 2018. The new line will carry 345,000 volts for the entire distance plus two existing local power lines of 161,000 volts each, one for Ameren Missouri from Kirksville north and one for Northeast Power between Kirksville and Palmyra. The north-south portion is expected to be completed by June with the remaining portion to be completed by December, 2019. Among its several benefits to northeast Missouri is improved access to renewable sources of energy, including wind energy. Pictured from left are President Randy Smith, Jim Jontry, John Waterhouse of Ameren Transmission and Rotarian Annette Sweet, an Ameren Missouri official, who introduced the speaker.

Community Opportunities in Kirksville

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:19 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoThe speaker at the February 27 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting was Katy Fine-Newman, executive director of Community Opportunities in Kirksville. Katy said its Sheltered Workshop, one of 86 in Missouri, employs 53 disabled individuals. Services provided at its 1001 S. Osteopathy St. facility include small parts assembly, car detailing, confidential document destruction, and a recycling program which is available to individuals and businesses. She said they pick up at businesses as far away as Edina, La Plata and Lancaster, but individuals must bring their material by their office. They accept paper, books, magazines, glass and aluminum but no plastics. She said those who want to keep the proceeds in Kirksville should use their services rather than curbside pickup. Their hours of operation are M-F, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., however, recycle bins are available around the clock in the back of their facility. The speaker is pictured with President Randy Smith and Rotarian Barbara Smith-Mandell (center), who introduced her.

Detweiler Receives Sixth Paul Harris Fellowship Award

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:16 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoAt the February 27 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, Foundation Chair Jeff Romine (right) presented a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Pete Detweiler, a six time recipient, for his significant financial contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary uses the money to improve living conditions and health around the world and for various grants, exchanges and scholarships designed to promote peace and better world understanding between cultures.

Pantry for Adair County

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:13 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoThe speaker at the February 20 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting was Lisa Ahrens, board director at Pantry for Adair County. Lisa said that hunger is a reality in Adair County, which ranks 11th in the state for food needs. After first working with the Mobile Food Pantry in 2016, the Pantry began operating out of a building at 2012 S. Halliburton St. on July 18, 2018. In 2017, the Central Church of Christ had offered use of a metal building rent free on its property provided the Pantry did needed repairs and renovations. With this building, they are now able to serve many more Adair County families. The Pantry for Adair County is open Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1-3 p.m. The speaker is pictured with Rotarian Barbara Smith-Mandell (right) who introduced her.

Valentine's Day History

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:09 PM by Bryan Krusniak   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 6:09 PM ]

PhotoAt the February 13 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, fellow member Barbara Smith-Mandell spoke about the history of Valentine’s Day. It dates back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia celebrated on February 15 to bring health and fertility to crops and women. Barbara said there were several early Christian saints named Valentine connected to romantic themes. One was a Roman priest who performed secret marriages. Another was a man who helped prisoners escape who fell in love with a jailer’s daughter and wrote her a letter before he died signing it “from your Valentine” and a third was the bishop of Terni who also performed secret marriages. The St. Valentine whose feast day was February 14 was more popular and celebrating his feast day replaced Lupercalia. St. Valentine was one of the most popular saints in the middle ages. Cards were first printed in the late 1700s and mass produced handmade cards in America date to the 1840s. Hallmark began mass producing affordable printed valentines in 1913 and they became very popular. Barbara Smith-Mandell is pictured with Club President Randy Smith.

Gaber Receives Ninth Paul Harris Fellowship

posted Mar 30, 2019, 6:00 PM by Bryan Krusniak   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 6:01 PM ]

PhotoAt the January 30 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, Foundation Chair Jeff Romine (left) presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Ron Gaber, a nine time recipient, for his substantial contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary uses the money to improve living conditions and health around the world and for various grants, exchanges and scholarships designed to promote peace and better world understanding between cultures.

New Members Inducted

posted Mar 30, 2019, 5:52 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoAt the January 30 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, President Randy Smith inducted four new members. Pictured from left are Ralph Cupelli, Chade Shorten, Lt. David Ward, Amanda Langendoerfer, Jonna Lovenduski, and President Randy Smith. Chade Shorten, sponsored by Ralph Cupelli, is manager of Wrong Daddys Nightclub. Professsor of Military Science Lt. David Ward is sponsored by President Randy Smith. TSU Vice President for University Advancement Ernie Hughes is sponsored by Amanda Langendoerfer. Jonna Lovenduski, CFO of Alliant Bank, is sponsored by President Randy Smith.

January 30, 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 5:48 PM by Bryan Krusniak

PhotoAt the January 30 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, newer members Marie Murphree and Amanda Langendoerfer gave classification talks in which they spoke about themselves and their careers. Marie, a native of Holden, Missouri, is a newcomer to Kirksville. She serves as the director of development for planned giving at Truman State University. Amanda, a Kirksville resident since 2005, is currently serving as associate dean of libraries for Special Collections and Museums at Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University. Pictured from left are Rotarian David Nichols, Marie Murphree and Amanda Langendoerfer.

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