Sep 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Lunch and Entry Complex Tour
Lunch and Entry Complex Tour

Our meeting today will be held at Sedgwick County Zoo 

INSTRUCTIONS: Parking at the Zoo is free and you can park anywhere in the Zoo parking lot. To enter, go through the main admission gates. The ticket scanners will be informed about our meeting; just state that you are with the Rotary Club event and the staff will let you through.We will meet for lunch in the POET Gazebo which is at the front of the Zoo. It’s about a two minute walk or less from the entry gates. After lunch, we will head to the new entry complex for a tour. 

Dr. Jeff Ettling, Executive Director

After getting his start in zoo leadership at Sedgwick County Zoo in the 90s, he spent 22 years as a curator in St. Louis. He was named Executive Director of the Sedgwick County Zoo in 2018 following Mark Reed's retirement.  Dr. Jeff will give us a tour of the new entry complex. 

The new entrance includes eight ticket windows, compared to four previously, which will improve guest experience by reducing wait time to enter the Zoo and a new state of the art membership office with seating in the waiting area. The new administration building replaced the small 60-year-old office and features a board room with an aquarium. The expanded gift shop is double the size of the former facility and has a kennel on the parking lot side to provide out of town guests traveling with their cat or dog a safe, climate-controlled place to house their pet while they visit the Zoo.

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Rotary Club of West Wichita
Annual Wine Dinner Fundraising Event
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m.   
Newman University -
Dugan-Gorges Conference Center
 $75 per person or purchase a table of 8 for $550
Paid reservations due September 30
Project Chair: Colin McKenney
Project Management: DeAnn Sullivan
Make reservations now to attend! 
The evening will begin with a Silent Auction and music by Trevor Stewart and his Chapman stick. Following will be a wonderful 3-course dinner and dessert each paired with the perfect wine. There will be several fabulous live auction items presented by guest emcees, The Other Mike Ludlow and Rob "The Mad Scientist" Archibald, plus a wine pull for $20 each - bring cash that evening if you want to participate! Proceeds from our Wine Dinner are used to fund our club's charitable activities throughout the year.
We would like to see the WHOLE CLUB involved in some way. Opportunities available: make reservations to attend; invite your friends, co-workers, neighbors, family to attend; be a sponsor (contact Kandace Day); 
provide auction items (contact Colin McKenney); 
bring bottles of wine to our club meeting to donate; 
volunteer to help with whatever is needed. 
Please note this about payments: 
1. Payments for reservations are due in advance.
2. Preferred method of payment is with cash or check made payable to West Wichita Charitable Foundation.
3. Payments can be given to Diane Walker at our club meeting, or mailed to Rotary Wine Dinner, 11617 W. Binter Ct., Wichita, KS  67212.
4. We will have a credit card set up the evening of the event for AUCTION ITEM purchases. Due to high credit card transaction fees, it is to our club's advantage to use other payment methods when possible.
There will be a Wine Dinner Committee Meeting immediately following today's meeting at the zoo. We will return to the Poet Gazebo after the tour of the new Entrance.
Last week's meeting at
WSU Tech was interesting and informative!
Last meeting: 54% 
Membership: 59
Last year: 48% (zoom only meeting)
Membership: 60
Geri Appel - Downtown Rotary
Isaac McNary - El Dorado Rotary
Bob Benson................... September 2
Century II
225 W. Douglas Ave.
Thursday, September 23
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our club will have a booth to promote membership in our Rotary club. We will need at least 2 members per two hour shift. 
We have a 12:00 and 2:00 time slot left to fill. Sign up at the meeting. 
For a little inspiration, here are some pictures from our last Wine Dinner Event (2019):
The 4-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
This "test" is great to memorize for our weekly meetings but even better when it's applied to our daily activities!