Speaker Date Topic
New Rotary President, Andrew Comstock Jun 29, 2022
Changing of Leadership ceremony & Eye of an Immigrant Update
Changing of Leadership ceremony & Eye of an Immigrant Update

Komalpreet Kaur is a young community leader whose goal is to inspire, connect, and uplift her community. She was born and raised in Queens, New York and moved to Olathe, Kansas in 2017. Her parents immigrated from Punjab because of the Sikh Genocide. Whether it was immigrating to Queen and going through tremendous trauma or obtaining citizenship, an immigrant’s story is full of hardship, heartbreak, and adversity. Challenges like the language barrier, housing, transportation issues, medical services, the lack of employment opportunities, cultural differences, and prejudice are some of the many obstacles her parents faced. Komal’s parents worked hard to live their American Dream and it is her mission to give back to the country that gave them the ability to be strong individuals. She is the founder and president of Eye of An Immigrant. Eye of An Immigrant works to uplift and unite immigrants in the United States by storytelling, providing resource assistance and financial assistance. Eye of An Immigrant aims to help immigrant families overcome cultural barriers to achieve their American dream.

Komal graduated from Olathe East High School in 2022. She will attend the University of Kansas in the honors program and Legal Education Accelerated program. Komal plans on majoring in Political Science with a double minor in business and policy. Through the legal program, she will complete her undergraduate in three years and go to law school after.

Komal currently interns at the City of Olathe in the City Manager’s Office. She has been with the city for a year and will conclude her internship in July of 2022.

In her free time, Komal loves cooking with her parents and helping her brother on his project car. Currently they are working on an Audi and a motorcycle. 

Off for holiday - see you next week! Jul 06, 2022
Rodney Hammer Jul 13, 2022
Restoration House KC
Restoration House KC

Dr. Rodney Hammer became the Executive Director of Missions of the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association in October of 2008. In 2014, Dr. Hammer founded Restoration House of Greater Kansas City. He served as the Chairman of the Board until 2021 and is now the President.

Prior to 2008, he served for 18 years with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 10 years in China and Southeast Asia, and 8 years as the Regional Leader for Central & Eastern Europe. Dr. Hammer has both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Hammer is married to Debbie and they have one son, Luke. They reside in Lee’s Summit.

Josh Smith, JCCC Jul 20, 2022
Culture Changes to Fix Your Staffing Shortage
Culture Changes to Fix Your Staffing Shortage

Josh Smith is a Program Director in Business Solutions with Johnson County Community College. In this role, he helps serve as a strategic business partner/consultant by identifying the needs and developing educational leadership programs for area businesses through the Continuing Education branch at JCCC. Josh previously led the transportation training program which was the largest program in Continuing Education in 2021.  Josh has been a Director in the Continuing Ed since 2016 and a college employee since 2003.  Josh has also taught as an Adjunct Instructor in Business for the last 18 years at JCCC.  Josh’s background is extensive and includes working for five fortune 500 companies, 12 years in Human Resources, and several years as a Healthcare Director.

When Josh is not working, he, his wife, and their two teenage boys enjoy traveling. They have visited more than 45 national parks most recently returned earlier this summer from a trip in Europe where they visited Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

       Josh will speak about hiring and the unprecedented times in recruitment and retention which call for a different approach to hiring             and leading your team of employees. Learn the importance of creating value-driving relationships with your employees and the                 importance of dedicating time and resources to develop talent from within. Your staff is a precious commodity — we will share some tips and tricks to help show them that they are an important part of your business.


Katherine Holland, Director, KC 2026 FIFA Jul 27, 2022
Kansas City Bid for 2026 World Cup
Kansas City Bid for 2026 World Cup

Katherine assumed the role of Director of the KC2026 FIFA World Cup Bid after serving as Director of Marketing & Sales for the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation since early 2017.  She returned to Kansas City in late 2015 and served as Executive Director of the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  Katherine has cultivated a successful career focused in Sports & Entertainment Marketing.

She has sourced, negotiated and managed the activation of large-scale partnerships on behalf of several financial services companies including American Express, JPMorgan Chase and Visa.  She has also worked on the agency side with Momentum Worldwide as well as the property side as Vice President of Partnership Strategy for the Madison Square Garden Company in New York City.

Katherine grew up in Kansas City, MO before heading out east to attend Trinity College in Hartford, CT where she earned a BA in American Studies.  She later earned her MBA, with a double major in Marketing and Comms/Media Management, from Fordham University.

StartUp Rewind Aug 03, 2022
Stephanie Meyer, Rotary District Governor Aug 10, 2022
District news and progress
James Fain Aug 24, 2022
The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College – World’s Greatest Cross-Cultural Military Exchange

JAMES FAIN, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), US Army

Jim Fain is the Director, International Military Student Division, US Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Mr. Fain was commissioned into the Field Artillery through the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), at Marshall University, in 1984.  He served in a variety of command and staff positions – from platoon through division, to include combat duty with the US 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) during Operation Desert Storm.  Immediately prior to his current assignment, Mr. Fain was assigned as the Director, Office of Defense Cooperation, United States Embassy, the Netherlands.  In addition to his primary specialty, Mr. Fain is fully qualified in his functional area (Foreign Area Officer) and holds additional skill identifiers as a Strategist (6Z) and, Instructor (5K).

Mr. Fain is married to the former Angela Anne Carrico; they have three adult children, and three grandchildren.  He currently serves as a Joint Master of Foxhounds of the Fort Leavenworth Hunt (FLH) – the last remaining military affiliated mounted Foxhunt in North America.


Lauren Palmer Aug 31, 2022
Update from MARC
Update from MARC

Lauren Palmer, Director of Local Government Services, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

Lauren Palmer joined the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) in 2018. MARC is the regional council of governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization for the nine-county, bi-state Kansas City region. MARC’s local government services department manages shared services including the Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative, Government Training Institute, emergency management and homeland security services, regional 911, regional housing partnership, Communities for All Ages, First Suburbs Coalition, Managers Roundtable and more. Prior to joining MARC, Lauren worked for 14 years in local government administration, including serving as city administrator in Parkville, MO and assistant city manager in Independence, MO and Manhattan, KS. She began her local government career as a management intern and management analyst in Des Moines, IA. Lauren serves on the advisory board for the Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). She is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and was named a 2019 Woman of Distinction for Eastern Jackson County, Missouri. Lauren has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana University.


Hasna Salam Sep 14, 2022
Glass Artist
Tom Waggoner Sep 21, 2022
History of KC Sports Architecture
History of KC Sports Architecture

Tom Waggoner, AIA is a 1982 graduate of the College of Architecture & Design at Kansas State University.  Since 1988 he has focused his career in the sports facility design market- mainly on collegiate types of projects.  In 2004 he and others established 360 Architecture in Kansas City.  HOK acquired 360 in 2015 where Waggoner served as Managing Principal until 2018.  He founded T WAGGONER DESIGN + CONSULTING in 2020 and currently serves as a consultant in the planning & design of numerous university sports facilities.  Waggoner lives in Fairway, Kansas with his wife Peggy Perry Waggoner.  They have two daughters both working in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction industry in Kansas City.


Josh McCowan, Assistant Athletic Director KSU Sep 28, 2022
Update on KSU Athletics