June 17, 2017
Kansas City Airport Embassy Suites • Kansas City, Mo.
… as Rotarians from Africa and area clubs come together to enjoy fellowship and celebrate the centennial of our dynamic Rotary Foundation that has been a powerful, life-saving force throughout the world.
Start off at the Presidential Reception where you will get acquainted with other Rotarians as well as our African guests – a great way to build friendships and develop relationships. You’ll also meet Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith and other senior Rotary leaders.
The Centennial Banquet will feature our honored guest, Ray Klinginsmith. The Kansas City Club will be honored for its $26.50 gift that launched the foundation.
After the banquet, hit the dance floor and “get down” and live it up!
Schedule & Fees
6:00: Presidential Reception: $26.50
7:00: Dinner & Dance: $40
For those under age 40: $20
Hosts of African Guests: $75 (all events plus Saturday lunch)
Attire: Rotary casual
Why is Kansas City the location of the Celebrate Rotary event?
Russell Greiner, a member of the Rotary Club of Kansas City who served as Rotary International President in 1913-1914, was good friends with Rotary International President Arch Klumph and organized a collection of funds for a gift for him as President Klumph left office in 1917. After buying the gift, the Rotary Club of Kansas City had $26.50 remaining which they deposited in a savings account in the Union Trust Company of Chicago and, as they say, the rest is history – this account became an endowment fund which grew into the Rotary Foundation that 1.2 million Rotarians support today. It started in Kansas City. How wonderful to celebrate the Foundation’s 100 years of “Doing Good in the World” in Kansas City.