Rotary holds polio conference
Area Rotary Clubs are celebrating Rotary’s 30-year effort to eradicate polio at conference aptly titled, “Rotary Day for Polio Eradication,” on May 23 in Independence.
The Parkville and Independence Rotary Clubs are co-sponsors of the event, which is open to the public.
“Polio was an international disease in many countries including the USA back in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, and with the leadership of Rotary International it has been eliminated from all other countries except Afghanistan,” said Don Breckon, a member of the Parkville Rotary Club and former president of Park University.
The Parkville Rotary has contributed $459,000 toward the eradication of polio since 1985 when Rotary International began the campaign to eradicate polio, Breckon said.
Rotary International has raised $1.3 billion and given countless volunteer hours to immunize 22.5 billion children in 122 countries. In recent years fundraising by Rotarians has been enhanced by generous donations by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The conference will feature national and international speakers addressing history, experiences, Post-Polio Syndrome, and an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is a time to celebrate, number one; and number two, let communities know what we’re all about,” said Fred Hahn, an event organizer and member of the Independence Rotary Club.
The Independence Rotary Club will be presenting $130,000 to Rotary International for the polio eradication program during the banquet planned Saturday afternoon at the conference, Hahn said.
The conference will be held at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence.
Tickets are $99 and can be purchased online at www.endpolio.info; by calling Kay Woodruff at 816-769-3442 or at the door.
Clay historic photographs
The Clay County Museum and Historical Society’s Third Thursday program will feature a presentation on historic photographs by Chris Harris.
The program will be held at the Clay County Historical Museum at 7 p.m. May 21 at 14 N. Main, Liberty.
Tickets are $2.
For information call 816-792-1849 or go to http://www.claycountymuseum.org/.
Platte historical officers
Susan Hurd of Platte City was elected president of the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society at the group’s annual spring dinner. She has been a part of the Society for 35 years, serving as president in 1991-92 and is a volunteer at the Ben Ferrel Museum.
Other officers are: Anne Jones, first vice president; Becky Bauer, executive secretary. Elected directors are Ken Klamm, Betty Soper, John Jackson, Sharon Aring, Matthew Silber and Lisa Wittmeyer.
Community invited to plan
The Northland Coalition is inviting the community to help plan programs and events to promote safe, substance abuse-free communities.
A luncheon meeting is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the Human Services Building on Maple Woods Campus, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
“Everyone has a role to play to keep their kids safe and healthy. It’s not only a reactive approach; we work to take a proactive approach. We encourage people to get involved,” said Kara Siefker, prevention specialist at Tri-County Mental Health.
“We take the pulse of the community at these meetings to see what’s really going on and who needs to be around the table to solve some of these issues.”
Reservations are requested for the luncheon, which is free.
The Northland Coalition is made up of volunteers from Clay, Platte and Ray counties. The organizations programs are funded through grants, community donations and with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services.
For information visit www.northlandcoalition.com or call 816-877-0401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park pianist to perform at Folly
Park University artist-in-residence Behzod Abduraimov will present his debut piano recital at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.
Abduraimov is the 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition, and has been compared to Vladimir Horowitz.
The program will include: Beethoven’s “Appassionata Sonata No. 23, Op. 57;” Chopin’s “Ballades Nos. 1 and 4”; Tchaikovsky’s “Original Theme and Variations, Op. 19, No. 6’; and Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 6.”
Tickets start at $25 and are available at http://follytheater.org/events/behzod-abduraimov-pianist or by calling 816-474-4444.
The Eighth Annual Woofstock Festival for Dogs & People is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Zona Rosa Town Square.
The family friendly festival features a 5K and a 1 mile WOOF Walk which begin at 9 a.m.
Activities include live entertainment, a dog fashion show, PAWArt, pet kissing booth, pet photos, dog wash, as well as dog agility and stunt demonstrations. A yoga warm up is at 8:40 a.m. followed by Blessing of the Pets at 8:55 a.m. Low-cost pet micro chipping will be available.
Dog rescue groups will also be on hand with pets needing a home.
Fees for the 5K or 1 mile walk are $30. The first 150 entrants will receive a T-shirt.
For a complete schedule or to register online go to www.pcnaws.org.
The event is sponsored by the Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS). All proceeds from Woofstock will support the new NAWS Low Cost-Spay Neuter Clinic.
Zona Rosa Town Square is at 8640 N. Dixson St., Kansas City, North.
For information call 816-830-7759.
Park to host Armed Forces Day 5K
Military veterans at Park University will host an Armed Forces Day 5K race Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in English Landing Park, Parkville.
The event is limited to 75 participants. Fees are $25. Funds will go to the Park Student Veterans of America [SVA] chapter. The SVA’s goals are to ensure all military veterans attending Park have the opportunity to advance their academic goals; and to create a network of student veterans locally and nationally.
To register, contact Jason Matthews at email@example.com. Registration is also available the day of the event.
First place male and female winners will receive tickets for the Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids game that night. Second and third place finishers will receive $75 and $50 gift cards.
Park teacher honored
Park Hill teacher Deborah Still has been given the 2015 Christa McAuliffe Award by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The annual award is given to an outstanding Northland educator who exhibits the kind of innovation, motivation and spirit demonstrated by Astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger Explosion in 1986.
Still, a science teacher at Congress Middle School, received the award at the NRCC’s Excellence in Education Banquet in April.
Author to speak at Senior Star
Motivational speaker and “Chicken Soup” author LeAnn Thieman will speak on “Balancing Life in Your ‘War Zones,’” May 19 and 20 at two Senior Star locations.
Thieman, a nurse who was caught up in the 1975 Vietnam Orphan Airlift, has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and is a co-author of 12 “Chicken Soup” books.
She will speak 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Senior Star at Villa Ventura, 12100 Wornall Road, Kansas City; and 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 20 at Senior Star at Wexford Place, 6500 North Cosby Ave., Kansas City, North.
The program is open to the public. Call to request reservations, which are requested by May 18. The first 12 people who register at each community will get a copy of her book, “Balancing Life in Your War Zones.”
For information or to register call 816-941-0525 for Villa Ventura and 816-587-5700 for Wexford Place.
Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton
Bob and Rosemary Yoe will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton.
The Yoes, from Independence, will be joined by Chuck and Elaine Copenhaver and Dan and Kathy Marsh. The group will sing gospel and bluegrass.
A free-will offering will be taken.
Gospel Music Heritage is at 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
For information call 816-532-2485 or go to gospelmusicheritage.net.
| Norma King, Special to The Star