February 2021
Club meetings are now held the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:15 - 6:30 pm at the Blue Moose restaurant, Woodland Rd and K10 in Lenexa.
Club social is still the 4th Tuesday.   Please see our calendar for specific time/location information each month.
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The Rotary Club of Western Johnson County and the Rotary Club of Lenexa have teamed up to promote peace throughout the Lenexa community. The two clubs have been working with the City of Lenexa and the Lenexa Arts Council to create the Peace Poles Community Art Project. This project will be a series of Peace Poles to be designed by community artists with messages specific to peace. The poles will be exhibited throughout Lenexa during the Summer and Fall of 2021 to promote peace, hope, and creativity throughout the community.
After exhibiting, the Peace Poles will be auctioned at an event being planned.
Please note sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged to support this worthwhile project.
More information can be found at www.lenexa.com. Click on "Things to Do" then "Art Programs" and there you'll find the link for Peace Poles Community Art Project.  Or contact club member Jim Houvener with questions.
On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, our club, along with the Lenexa Rotary Club, celebrated with the City of Lenexa, Kansas as they became a Purple Heart City!  As a Purple Heart City, Lenexa officially recognizes the sacrifices of the men and women who have served our country, particularly those who are Purple Heart recipients and their families.  The Purple Heart is the medal awarded to all U.S. military members who were wounded or killed in combat.  Congratulations Lenexa!  And THANK YOU to each and every service member that has served our country!
Pictured Above:  Jim Houvener (Past President - Western Johnson County Rotary Club), Sheila Houvener and Betty McCollum (Quivira Crossing DAR chapter), Lenet Compton (Lenexa Rotary Club), Walter Schley (Military Order of the Purple Heart), and Mayor Michael Boehm (Mayor of Lenexa, KS), along with other local VFW members.
Rotary Club of Western JOCO presented a $500 check to SYLVIA TERRY, President / CEO of Shawnee Community Services to use for their food pantry. Sylvia said we made her day! Our donation was made possible by members unused monthly food charges since we haven’t been meeting during the recent stay home orders. Pictured are Club President Jim Houvener with Sergeant At Arms Jody Adams, and Jim with Sylvia Terry.



Members of the Rotary Club of Western Johnson County found a nice warm Saturday in November to walk the Clear Creek Trail and pick up trash. This trail was adopted by the club several years ago, and members enjoy keeping it cleaned up several times a year! Pictured are: Kelly Vaille, President-Elect; Dave Huston; Leslie Nelson; Jim Houvener, President; Becky Metcalf; and Matt Wright.

The latest round of Happy Bucks collected and donated by generous members bought over 100 pairs of warm socks to donate to the Shawnee City Mission.

The Rotary Club of Western Johnson County donated Happy Bucks to Shawnee Community Services for food supplies. Pictured are the club's Sargent-At-Arms Jody Adams presenting the check to Shawnee Community Services President/CEO Sylvia Terry. To learn more about the good works being done by this organization, click on this link: https://www.scsks.org/
The Rotary Club of Western Johnson County raised $347 for Pints for Polio through beer sales donations and a gift basket raffle at Transport Brewery in Shawnee on October 22. Nice work team! Pictured is Christie Merandino, Operations Manager for Transport, drawing Mike Metcalf's name as the lucky winner of the gift basket.
Rotary Club of Western Johnson County members met at member Marla Williams' home to compete in a club chili challenge. Winners will recreate their recipe for the Lenexa Chili Challenge in October 11-12.  Along with chili, club members also brought kids coats for donation to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau for the upcoming 2019 Holiday Shop held December 4-11, 2019. Rotary District Governor Jason Leib also dropped in our meeting for chili and conversation. Pictured: Mike McVey and his winning cornbread recipe, the spread of goodies, Jim Houvener and his winning traditional chili recipe.
Several members of the Rotary Club of Western Johnson County got up extra early Saturday, August 24 to volunteer with Johnson County Parks&Recreation Kid's Triathlon held at Kill Creek Park. The day started out very rainy but began to clear up by event start time. Club members were there to clap and encourage kids to complete their events. It was a fun and rewarding day helping in even a small way to make a big impact in our community's kids lives. Pictured: President Elect Kelly Vaille, President Jim Houvener and Sheila Houvener. Not pictured: Past President Kristin Johnson, Terri Johnson, Caroline Beecher, and Leslie Nelson.
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