DAVID WEBER EXTRA EFFORT AWARDS Diane Walker 2022-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

African Region Certified Wild Polio-Free

Dear Rotarians,
It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.
Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world.
This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
African Region Certified Wild Polio-Free 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0


Our club participates in the Dillons Community Rewards Program. Our WEST WICHITA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION gets a small percentage of every purchase made with a Dillons card by members who are signed up for the program. If you aren’t already signed up with another organization, please consider linking our club’s Foundation with your Dillons card. It’s easy and it doesn’t take away from your personal Dillons rewards! If you are interested in signing up, please see Dave Abbott, project Chair.
Apr-2020 to Jun-2020
Households participating: 7
Total Rewards: $33.83
DILLONS COMMUNITY REWARDS Diane Walker 2020-08-03 05:00:00Z 0


Our April - June dues billing was e-mailed through our club's website (Club Runner) last Friday. As you will notice, meal credits were given for meetings that were scheduled but canceled due to coronavirus closures. Please pay your dues promptly along with any additional fees you have charged on your account. Mail your check to: Rotary Club of West Wichita, P.O. Box 12064, Wichita, KS  67277.
QUARTERLY DUES BILLING Diane Walker 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0


The Good Apple Award program allows schools and administrative support centers to recognize employees, volunteers and partners who provide exemplary service to the district and its students. Award recipients are nominated and selected at the building where their efforts are most profoundly felt. Twice each year, principals and selection committees take up the arduous task of reviewing the nominations and selecting only three award recipients for their buildings. This year, our Rotary Club was a recipient of this award, nominated by Lawrence Elementary. This is what the Lawrence staff submitted with their nomination: “The Rotary Club of West Wichita has wrapped their arms around west side schools including Lawrence Elementary. They provide support for a variety of needs for our families, as well as support teachers and students through recognitions, books, bookcases, donations and a variety of other services.“
The award ceremony schedule for April 6 was canceled to protect the health and safety due to the Coronavirus.
THE GOOD APPLE AWARD     Diane Walker 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0


Mark Hansen and his Easter Holiday Shopping crew: Randy Bowles, Phil Michel and Brian Goudie, will be purchasing and delivering groceries to 4 families (2  each from Lawrence and Benton Elementary Schools) this Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m.. They will be sure to remain compliant with the coronavirus mandates that are in effect. Our thanks to this crew and to Tony Morrow for making the arrangements.
EASTER GROCERY DELIVERIES Diane Walker 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0


We had 31 in attendance at our club social at the Crown Uptown Theater last Saturday night. We listened, sang along, and some danced to the band playing hits from the 50's & 60's. Our thanks to Sharon West for organizing this event. Be sure to see Mark Chamberlin's post on our club's website of pictures from the event, as well as, other recent club activities, such as the Open World team and the Interact Dodge ball tournament video. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/rotaryofwestwichita/posts/
SPRING SOCIAL  Diane Walker 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0


WEST WICHITA ROTARY CLUB OUTING is scheduled for Friday, June 12, in the picnic area at the new stadium. No charge for our club members + 1 guest for the game and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Additional guests are $35 each. John Oswald is organizing this event.
WIND SURGE BASEBALL OUTINGS Diane Walker 2020-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

WEST WICHITA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: Grant Request Applications being accepted

Due to the success of the Rotary Club of West Wichita’s fundraising efforts for our West Wichita Charitable Foundation (WWCF), we occasionally have a limited amount of funds available for additional charitable or educational initiatives. This year, a total of up to $7,500.00 will be used from our club’s Foundation fund;  $5,000.00 will be spent on gift cards for Lawrence & Benton Elementary teachers to help them buy supplies at the beginning of the school year and up to $2,500.00 will be available for additional scholarships to fund worthy projects in support of an educational initiative.  If a member of the Rotary Club of West Wichita would like to sponsor a project eligible to receive funding, that member should complete and submit the Grant Request form.  A project must be sponsored by a member in good standing of the Rotary Club of West Wichita.The WWCF is under no obligation to disburse these funds if no eligible projects are deemed worthy of funding.  All grant requests should be submitted to Diane by April 30, 2020. 
WEST WICHITA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: Grant Request Applications being accepted Diane Walker 2020-02-25 06:00:00Z 0


Our Interact Club (sponsored by WW & WSC Rotary clubs) is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament, Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m., Colwich Elementary to raise funds for their service trip to Panama over Spring Break. Our club has been challenged to put together a team for the tournament.(FYI: our club's team has placed 1st in several of the past tournaments!) The teams will consist of 6-10 players with at least 2 girls per team. The entry fee is $10 per person. The winners receive bragging rights and prizes! If you cannot participate in the tournament, sponsorships are available or cash donations would be appreciated. Checks should be made payable to: Sunrise Charitable Fund and can be mailed to 11617 W. Binter Ct., Wichita, KS 67212 or brought to our Rotary meeting. 
INTERACT DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT Diane Walker 2020-02-22 06:00:00Z 0


TODAY is your last chance to nominate a fellow member of our WW Rotary Club for our club's Service Above Self Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize a fellow Rotarian for the outstanding contributions they make to the community, our club, social, religious, educational, business ethics, and/or other worthwhile activities which make Wichita a better community. These current members who are past recipients are not eligible: Bob Goebel, Roger Bowles, Mike Ludlow, Michael Phipps, Shelli Kadel, DeAnn Sullivan, Mark Hansen, Phil Michel, Jack Flesher, Sharon West, Brian Goudie, Jamie Wise, John Mosley and Mark Chamberlin.
If you would like to nominate a fellow Rotarian, send an e-mail to me (Diane) with the following information:
            The NAME of the Rotarian you would like to nominate
            The REASON you feel they deserve this award
Our Selection Committee, consisting of past recipients, will review all nominations to select this year’s winner. 
SERVICE ABOVE SELF NOMINATIONS Diane Walker 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
RITE Teacher & Host Gathering Diane Walker 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

RITE Teachers

This year's inbound RITE (Rotary Intercountry Teacher Exchange) teachers (2 from Argentina; 3 from Panama) spoke to our club last week. They are pictured here with Armida Hight, who initiated the RITE program with her husband, Ralph, in 1996 and Dalia Hale (Sunrise Rotary) and Shelli Kadel who have organized this project for the past 10 years.
RITE Teachers Diane Walker 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0


We had a nice turn out of our members to help hand out bookshelves last week to the first graders at Lawrence and Benton Elementary schools! Our thanks to the Lawrence staff for treating us with a nice box lunch after the delivery! It's always fun to hear the comments of the 1st graders as they receive their bookshelf, 2 books and packet of decals. We heard many "thank you's" along with several boasting that they now have their very own bookshelf since their friends or siblings already have one. Some carefully decorated their new bookshelf with the decals, while others were anxious to start reading one of their new books. 
Thanks to Mark Chamberlin for taking pictures and posting them on our club's Facebook page! To see more photos, go to: https://www.facebook.com/rotaryofwestwichita/photos 
BOOKSHELF DELIVERIES Diane Walker 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Happy Holidays...

Be sure to pay attention to our meeting schedule with the holidays and with Rolling Hills Country Club being closed the first 3 weeks of the new year!
Happy Holidays... Diane Walker 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0


Our membership voted to approve the following slate of Officers & Directors at last week's club meeting.
This board's term begins July 1, 2020.
2020-21 Board of Officers & Directors
President - Colin McKenney
President-Elect - Randy Bowles
Secretary - Dustin Riley
Treasurer - Sean Babjak
Club Service - Kandace Day
Community Service - Allan Sands
Vocational Service - Pam Chambers
International Service - Mark Hansen
Foundation - Monty Allen
Membership - Joey Timmer (one year to serve out Randy Bowles' term)
Past President - Vern Klassen
2020-21 BOARD APPROVED Diane Walker 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0


Thanks to Randy & Roger Bowles for delivering Dictionaries to the third graders at Lawrence and Dodge Elementary schools this past week. This is an annual project generated and funded by the Downtown Rotary Club with delivery help from our area Rotary clubs.
DICTIONARY DELIVERY Diane Walker 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0


Thanks to our members who volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army last Saturday!
Randy Bowles (organizer), Stan Krehbiel, Lori Taylor, Vern Klassen, Jodi Besthorn, Bob Goebel, Roger Bowles, Rod Brown, Ed Frey and his wife, B.J. (pictured), Brian Goudie and Allen Sands.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING Diane Walker 2019-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
DAVID WEBER EXTRA EFFORT AWARDS Diane Walker 2019-11-26 06:00:00Z 0


Mark Hansen reported that all went well with the grocery shopping and deliveries last Saturday. The crew consisted of club members: Mark Hansen (organizer), Terry Gardner, Randy Bowles, Scott Hinderliter, Bob Broeckelman, Jon Roper, Brian Goudie and Rod Brown, along with Interact students: Halle Zwetow, Andi Zwetow and Evan Dome. They delivered Thanksgiving groceries to two families from Lawrence and two families from Benton Elementary Schools. The Christmas Holiday grocery shopping and delivery will be on Saturday, December 21.
HOLIDAY GROCERIES Diane Walker 2019-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
BLUE BADGE PRESENTATION Diane Walker 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Bookshelf Building Project

180 bookshelves built in 180 minutes! It's quite an impressive process...just like Santa's workshop! Our thanks to Roger Bowles for organizing this project and Bob Goebel for providing the wood, supplies and workshop! A special thanks to our District Governor Kurt Harper and Jessica, 4th grade teacher from Lawrence Elementary for taking time out of their evening schedule to lend a hand! All those in attendance last Thursday evening include: Roger Bowles, Rod Brown, Bob Broeckelman, Bob Goebel, Grady Goff, Cindy Hand, DG Kurt Harper, Jessica (teacher), Shelli Kadel, Vern Klassen, Dan Kreis, John Mosley, Jonathan Roper and Diane Walker. The bookshelves will be delivered to the first graders at Benton and Lawrence Elementary schools on Tuesday, January 21, during our regular club meeting time (mark your calendar now). The remainder of the bookshelves will go to another area elementary school.
Bookshelf Building Project Diane Walker2 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Copy of Bookshelf Building Project Shelli Kadel 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

7th Annual Wine Dinner

Posted by Mark H Chamberlin on Sep 28, 2019
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Connecting the World

A special evening with wines from around the world.

Great wine, food, and friendship.

6:30 to 9:30 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport

7th Annual Wine Dinner Mark H Chamberlin 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0 rotary,wine,wine_dinner

Teachers get gift cards

Posted by Mark H Chamberlin
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Members from Rotary Club of West Wichita present teachers at Benton Elementary and Lawrence Elementary with gift cards. Teachers use the funds to purchase school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Teachers get gift cards Mark H Chamberlin 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0


At induction, new members are presented with a temporary red badge to wear at our meetings. They are asked to choose five of the ten categories listed below and complete at least one item from each of those five categories (if there are multiple items to choose from). Upon completion, they receive their permanent blue badge. The goal of this program is to help new members expand their knowledge of Rotary and present opportunities for Rotary service and fellowship.

RED BADGE PROGRAM 2019-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Bookshelf_Delivery_Lawrence_Elementary Mark Chamberlin 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0 Lawrence_elementary,Lawrennce,books,bookshelves

We're Ready to Paint the World

Posted by DeAnn Sullivan
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We've done lots of playground maps using a stencil of the United States. We just completed creating a stencil that will let us do a world map.
Next up will be to actually put a map on a playground. Anyone have a location in mind?
We're Ready to Paint the World DeAnn Sullivan 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp) May 29-June 2 Southwestern College, Winfield, KS 2018-02-16 06:00:00Z 0


Our club awards three $1,000 high school scholarships to graduating seniors in our area. Information and applications have been distributed to the schools but if you know someone that is eligible, please encourage them to apply!
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club buys holiday groceries for needy families Mark Chamberlin 2017-11-19 06:00:00Z 0 Holiday,Mark Hansen,groceries,holidays,shopping

West Rotary at look back at 30 years

Posted by Mark Chamberlin on Nov 04, 2017
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In 2017, West Rotary turned 30 years old. This slideshow captures some of the memorable activities and events undertaken by members during its first three decades
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Bookshelf Building Project West Wichita Rotary 2015

Posted by Mark Chamberlin on Nov 20, 2015
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Bookshelf Building Project
Annual project by Rotary Club of West Wichita. Members gather to build small bookshelves in the woodworking shop of Bob Goebel. Completed shelves are given to local school children to inspire a love of reading.
Bookshelf Building Project West Wichita Rotary 2015 Mark Chamberlin 2015-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Playground Map Paintings 

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President Jamie has plans to paint United States maps on up to 11 area elementary school playgrounds and has secured a matching grant to help achieve that goal. 
Playground Map Paintings 2015-07-25 05:00:00Z 0