It’s Not Your Father’s Rotary.....
08/05/2019 09:39 AM

Social scientists tell us that we form opinions and perceptions at an early age.  Once formed these perceptions rarely change.  You may think of Rotary, while a beneficial service club, as mostly an old men’s club.  Frankly, that’s a common perception that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Founded in 1995, the Leawood Rotary club with over 55 members meets at Hallbrook Country Club each Thursday morning to network, enjoy each other’s company, and most importantly, look for ways to help. Today’s Rotarians are men and women who are active in (or retired from) professional, executive or managerial positions.  Since women first became Rotarians in 1987, their numbers have steadily grown, and they now serve in leadership roles throughout the organization.  In our Rotary Club, about a third of our members are women.

In addition to changing lives within their community, the women and men of local clubs connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Our largest and proudest effort to date is our work to eradicate polio, initiated in 1979, by vaccinating children in the Philippines.  With the help of our partners, we have since reduced polio cases worldwide by 99.9 percent.

The Leawood Rotary club continues to build ties with our city through adopting a half-mile of Tomahawk Creek Trail for spring and fall clean-up; continuing to develop the Leawood Rotary Tree Grove in Ironwoods Park — 40 planted, 20 to go; and, hosting the upcoming Leawood 5K Labor Day Run.  In addition the club supports numerous organizations and community projects annually to include: the REACH mentoring program at Bishop Ward High School, Christmas in October, RISE against Hunger, The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Shadow Buddies, Veronica’s Voice, and Rotary Youth Camp.

Clearly, it’s not your father’s Rotary … but it could be yours.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact membership committee co-chairs: Jake Schloegel ( or Mary Reed (



row 1: Rotarians planting trees in the Leawood Rotary Grove at Ironwoods Park;  Presenting check to Happy Bottoms

row 2: Spring cleanup along the Tomahawk Creek trail;  Packing diapers for Happy Bottoms.

Tom Koch
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