Lee's Summit Journal

Lee’s Summit can now get their news from Alexa

Alexa is now delivering local news directly from the City of Lee’s Summit.
Alexa is now delivering local news directly from the City of Lee’s Summit. TNS

Alexa is now delivering local news directly from the City of Lee’s Summit. The Alexa Flash Briefing will provide a brief overview of Lee’s Summit city news, information and upcoming events.

Smartphone or tablet users can enable the Flash Briefing skill on their device through the Alexa app. Once the app is open, click the “Menu” icon in the upper left corner of the app and choose “Skills & Games.” Type “City of Lee’s Summit” in the search bar and click the “Search” button. Next tap the listing for “City of Lee’s Summit” and click “Enable Skill.”

Another option to enable the Flash Briefing skill is to simply ask Alexa, “Alexa, enable City of Lee’s Summit.” A short instructional video is available on the City’s website, cityofLS.net.

Once enabled, a user can ask an Alexa-enabled device, “What’s my Flash Briefing” to hear the latest updates from the City of Lee’s Summit. Flash Briefing content will be updated weekly.

To learn more about the Flash Briefing, visit cityofLS.net.

Lee’s Summit Chamber Breakfast

The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce will feature a 2018 Mr. KC Small Business of the Year Winner at its annual Breakfast for Champions. Josh Rowland is CEO and Vice Chairman of Lead Bank. He is also on the board of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Velocity Lee’s Summit will also present information about resources for entrepreneurs and local start-up businesses.

The event on Tuesday, Nov. 13 will be held at the Missouri Innovation Campus. Cost is $10 per person and includes a hot breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. It is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at LSchamber.com or by calling 816-524-2424.

Besendorfer joins Social Innovation Board

The chancellor of WGU Missouri is joining the board of the KC Social Innovation Center. WGU Missouri offers online degree programs as an extension of Western Governor’s University. Chancellor Dr. Angie Besendorfer has been with the nonprofit university since 2014. Under her leadership, the university has grown by 500 percent in just four years. Besendorfer previously served as the superintendent of Joplin schools.

KC Social Innovation Center focuses on learning as a way to create and deliver social impact. The organization is working to promote new education technologies. Besendorfer says she is looking forward to helping KCSIC fulfill this mission.

“The organization’s focus is appropriately aligned with WGU Missouri’s mission of providing residents across the state with access to affordable, high-quality, higher education and building a well-educated workforce,” said Besendorfer in a press release.

WGU Missouri was established through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. The university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs. It has a current enrollment nearing 3,000 and a staff of 159.

New Lee’s Summit finance director

The City of Lee’s Summit has a new finance head for the first time in more than 30 years. Bette Wordelman will direct and supervise the financial operation and reporting of all municipal funds as the Director of Finance for the City.

Wordelman has served as the City of Lee’s Summit’s deputy director of finance since February 2017. She has more than 36 years of professional experience in the public sector, serving as treasurer for the City of Columbia, finance director for Jefferson City and director of investments for the Office of the Missouri State Treasurer.

Wordelman replaces Conrad Lamb, who retired after serving as the City’s director of finance since 1985.

John Knox Village Hiring Fair

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8, John Knox Village will host a hiring fair at its Ambassador Room, 500 N.W. Murray Road in Lee’s Summit.

Attendees will have the chance to meet one-on-one with the hiring manager, learn about benefits and enter the chance for giveaways.

Current openings are described online at www.jkv.org/careers.

Parents of teens classes

Lee’s Summit CARES is offering a four-week parenting course for parents of teenagers. The classes will focus on how to parent children ages 11 to 17. The classes are a part of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way series offered by the organization. They will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 12 to Dec. 3 at Pleasant Lea Middle School.

Attendees will receive information on how brain development impacts teen behavior. Parents will also learn how to adapt their parenting styles to better guide their teens toward a successful future. Topics will include maintaining positive relationships, helping children handle peer pressure, developing communication strategies that work with teenagers, setting limits you can enforce and reducing parenting stress.

The fee for the class is $50. For more information about the course and the scholarships, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District residents should contact Hatley at 816-347-3259. If you live outside the school district boundaries, please contact Rachel Segobia, 816-347-3298.