Speaker Date Topic
Stan Hays Oct 16, 2019
Operation Barbeque Relief
Operation Barbeque Relief

Stan is the the Co-Founder & CEO of Operation BBQ Relief. Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition BBQ teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel.

They were able to serve over 120,000 meals over 13 days. Food was delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas. The operation was made possible by all who contributed food and supplies and funding from across the country.

Operation BBQ Relief continues to respond to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel.

Jim Arnett Oct 23, 2019
Polio Plus Day in Overland Park

The Mayor of Overland Park has signed a proclomation that October 24th is Polio Plus Day in Overland Park. The Governor of Kansas, as well as other cities, have signed similar proclomations. October 24 is also World Polio Day. On World Polio Day, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and fundraisers to recognize our progress in the global fight to end polio. Our group will be bringing in speakers to share about their experience with Polio and Rotary's fight against it.

Steve Hale Oct 30, 2019
2020 Census
2020 Census

The 2020 United States Census will be the twenty-fourth United States Census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, will be April 1, 2020. This is the first U.S. census to offer options to respond online or by phone, in addition to the option to respond on a paper form as with previous censuses.

Steve Hale joined the Census Bureau earlier this year as a Partnership Specialist. His primary responsibility with the Kansas 2020 Census team is the southern half of Kansas and parts of Johnson County.

Steve’s hometown is St. Francis in the extreme northwest corner of the state and where his father was publisher of the St. Francis Herald and the Bird City Times. He graduated with a Journalism degree from K-State and then embarked on a 20-year stint as a reporter, editor and publisher for newspapers in Kansas and Missouri.  His career then turned to public relations, marketing and economic development.

Steve is a Rotarian of 35 years and is past president of the Overland Park and Gardner clubs. He is a past school board member and city councilman and remains engaged in chamber of commerce and service club activities.

He and his wife, Sharyl, have lived in Gardner for nearly 40 years. They have two grown sons and two grandsons. He’s a fan of NASCAR and K-State and strives to get in an occasional round of golf.