Look North Awards
Deb Hermann and Kirk Davis were each presented with a Look North Leadership Award at the Clay County Economic Development Council’s Leadership Breakfast, Oct. 7.
The annual award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to economic development and quality of life in Clay County.
Hermann is a former Kansas City councilwoman. She serves as executive director of Northland Neighborhoods Inc.; is chairwoman of the Public Improvement Advisory Committee for Kansas City; and served on the Kansas City Planning Commission.
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As Gladstone city manager, Davis led the effort to develop Gladstone’s new downtown, which included the 78,000-square-foot community center, the construction of Linden Square, and partnerships that created the Northland Innovation Center.
The theme for the annual event was “Develop Locally, Compete Globally,” and featured keynote speaker Joy Wilkins, a nationwide advocate of economic development.
Gladstone promotes heart safety
Gladstone is offering free CPR sessions the third Thursday of each month.
The classes and other outreach training have helped Gladstone earn the HeartSafe Community designation.
HeartSafe Communities promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Bystander CPR can more than double a patient’s chance of survival, according to the American Heart Association.
The Gladstone Fire/EMS encourages local business, civic groups, and other organizations to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED); and offers CPR American Heart Association courses to groups for a nominal fee.
Senior Resource Fair
The Clay County Senior Resource Fair is planned for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Kansas City YMCA, 1999 Iron St., North Kansas City.
The free fair is for senior citizens, family members, caregivers and friends.
“Families should be prepared because life turns on a dime,” said Melissa Moran, vice president of the board for Northland Professionals in Aging which sponsors the annual fair. “Too often they wait until they are in crisis mode and they don’t have choices. It’s about information so seniors and their families can come.”
About 60 vendors will be on hand to answer questions about services they offer to seniors and their families such as home health, hospice, VA benefits, falls prevention, and retirement communities.
Free health screenings will be available for bone density, audiology, and low vision. Memory screenings can be scheduled at the fair to be taken at another time.
Door prizes are planned and everyone will go home with giveaways from the vendors.
A light breakfast will be served throughout the event, provided by Stonecrest at Burlington Creek.
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KCI Auto Auction recognized
KCI Auto Auction has been recognized as the Western Region Auto Auction of the Year for Excellence in Community Service.
KCIAA has donated more than $441,136 to local charities serving families since it began its KCI Cares Campaign in 2012.
The award was given by the National Auto Auction Association.
“KCI Auto Auction’s annual contribution of time, talent and money have had a huge and lasting impact on our ability to rapidly increase and deepen services to help the growing number of at-risk women and children, foster children, and children impacted by cancer in our community,” said Martha Gershun, executive director of Jackson County CASA.
Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates); along with Camp Quality, a summer camp and year-round support program for children with cancer; and Sheffield Place, a treatment and supportive housing program for homeless mothers and their children, nominated KCIAA for the award.
The nomination indicated that the donations the charities had received from KCIAA were their single largest and most significant donations from a business. The award included a $5,000 donation for the charities.
Money for the charities came from a portion of KCIAA’s profits, as well as through employee payroll deduction, special events, and donations from auction vendors and customers. Employees at KCIAA also donate their own time to help the charities and have collected and donated sheets, pillows, towels, laundry detergent, diapers, wipes and many other items.
“It’s the most amazing thing; it’s been such a gift to us,” Gershun said. “And they are a small private company and they choose to do this.”
Liberty Rotary Celebrates Centennial
In honor of the Rotary Foundation’s centennial year, the Liberty Rotary Club hosted the community at its Rotary Plaza during the Liberty Fall Festival.
The Rotarians and the William Jewell Rotaractors held a fundraiser at the Rotary Plaza near the downtown square, shared information about Rotary’s mission, and provided a viewing area for people to watch the parade.
Also this year the rotary sponsored the new Heritage Middle School Interact Club for students and restored a Hillcrest Transitional Housing playground.
The Liberty Rotary Club was founded in 1935. The group is made up of 65 women and men who follow the creed, Service Above Self. For information go to www.libertyrotaryclub.org.
Breckon tells Park story
Don Breckon, Park University president emeritus, will speak on “The Amazing Story of 140 years of Creating and Maintaining Diversity and Inclusion at Park University,” at 3 p.m. Oct. 19.
The free event is open to the public and will be held in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center in the Parkville Commercial Underground.
Park’s history of serving an ethnically diverse student body began in its first year in 1875 when women, Native Americans and men were all enrolled. In the 1950s Park opened its residence halls to African-American students.
Presently there are more than 370 international students from 60 countries attending Park.
Breckon led Park from 1987 to 2001.
“I hope that attendees will leave with the impression that Park University has a 140-plus-year history of doing what most colleges and the nation as a whole are trying to do — give the feeling of inclusion to those who may feel alienated because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender orientation,” said Breckon in a press release.
By Norma King, Special to The Star