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Leawood Chamber Member Memo — July 23, 2014

Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.

Leawood Chamber Events

General Membership Luncheon & Debut

Aug. 12, 2014, 11:15am at Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park, 66221
Cost: $25 members, $40 non members (advance payment required). If you are interested in learning more about Chamber membership and would like to attend this event, please contact Beth Johnson at 913-498-1514 xt 2, or bethj@leawoodchamber.org, for more information.

By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

Members & Non Members use the link below to register:

Join Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members for some of the area's best networking while enjoying an informative program and a great meal. We will also debut the newest Chamber Members of the last quarter!

Our featured presentation will be on KU Edwards' new Degree in Three program.
Presenters include Chad Ralston, director of the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), Steve Hansen, professor and co-chair of computer science at Johnson County Community College, Steve Case, director for the Center for STEM Learning at KU Edwards Campus and Lauren McEnaney, BSIT advisor at KU Edwards Campus.

A partnership between the Blue Valley School District, Johnson County Community College, and the KU Edwards Campus, allows students to earn college credits in high school, complete an associate’s degree one year after graduating, and finish their bachelor’s degree two years later.

Designed in collaboration with business leaders, the BSIT degree meets industry’s growing IT demands. Through high-quality academic instruction and engagement with local IT firms, graduates emerge with the valued technical skills and business savvy needed in today’s workforce. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) from the KU School of Engineering in 3 years.

Chamber Members: As an added benefit, members will receive via email a spreadsheet with contact information of all the other member attendees at the event. This is another way we're working to make sure the Leawood Chamber is a great networking resource for Chamber members.

Use the Register Online link below and sign up today!

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

Don't miss this informative program and the chance to make new business connections! The reservation deadline for this event is Thursday, August 7th, by 10:00am!

Register Online

Meet the Candidates Forum & Breakfast

Jul. 23, 2014, 07:30am at Overland Park Marriott Hotel, 10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, 66210
Cost: Reservations are $25 for members, $30 for guests. Full tables of 8 available; $225 for members and $270 for guests.

Online registration for this event has closed.

Johnson County Public Policy Council presents:
Johnson County Commission Chairman Election - Meet the Candidates Forum & Breakfast

Don't miss this chance to meet the candidates who want to lead the Johnson County Commission for the next four years. Hear about their visions for the County, their qualifications and the opportunities and challenges they anticipate for this economic engine of the state. This is event will be moderated by Steve Kraske of KCUR.

The candidates are:

Ed Eilert
Particia Lightner
Ed Peterson

Reservations are $25 for members, $30 for guests.
Full tables of 8 available; $225 for members and $270 for guests.

Complete voter information can be found at VoteJoCo.com.

This candidate forum is hosted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council, a coalition of the 10 chambers of commerce serving Johnson County.

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

House District 8 Candidate Forum

Jul. 28, 2014, 03:30pm at Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, 9001 W. 110th St., Overland Park, 66210 — Register Online
Cost: This is a FREE event.

Johnson County Public Policy Council presents:
House District 8 Candidate Forum

This is your chance to meet the candidates for House District 8, hear about their vision and goals for the area, and ask the questions on your mind!

Candidates invited:

Craig McPherson
Stacey Schlimmer

There is no cost to attend this event.

Complete voter information can be found at VoteJoCo.com.

This candidate forum is hosted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council, a coalition of the 10 chambers of commerce serving Johnson County.

Use the link below to register today!

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

County Commission District 4 Candidate Forum

Jul. 30, 2014, 03:30pm at Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, 9001 W. 110th St., Overland Park, 66210
Cost: This is a FREE event.

Johnson County Public Policy Council presents:
County Commission District 4 Candidate Forum

This is your chance to meet the candidates for County District 4, hear about their vision and goals for the area, and ask the questions on your mind!

Candidates featured:

Jason Osterhaus
Curt Skoog

There is no cost to attend this event.

Complete voter information can be found at VoteJoCo.com.

This candidate forum is hosted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council, a coalition of the 10 chambers of commerce serving Johnson County.

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

Leawood Community Events

IT, Engineering & Project Management Info Session

Jul. 23, 2014, 6:00pm at KU Edwards Campus - BEST Building Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, 66213
Weblink: http://www.edwardscampus.ku.edu/info

Learn about our undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Technology as well as our graduate programs in engineering and project management. Meet KU advisors and get your questions answered.

Dinner provided.

KU offers rates equal to in-state rates for Missouri residents in 11 qualifying counties.

Paint the Night: "Around the World" Street Fair

Jul. 26, 2014, 5:00pm at Park Place, 116th Ash Street, Leawood, 66209
Weblink: http://www.parkplaceleawood.com/special-offers/street-fair/

Paint the Night "Around the World" Street Fair 
Destination: Park Place 
When: Saturday, July 26 (5-10pm) 

Join the Park Place community for one special night when Leawood is transformed into an old-fashioned street fair. Ash Street and 116th Place are closed as guests travel around the world with a magical night of festivities, fashion, food and fun at Park Place’s annual street party. 

This year's "Around the World" street fair will be dedicated to celebrating the arts with a spectacular feast of dance, music and art from the region’s best talent. All of the legendary Park Place restaurants will line the streets with food and drink booths as they offer a culinary sampling from around the world — Japanese, Mexican, Italian, American and more. In addition, the Park Place boutiques will offer a dazzling display of men’s, women’s, children and bridal fashion in a ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Royals Charities 5K Run/Walk

Aug. 2, 2014, 8:00am at Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, 64129
Weblink: http://www.royals.com/run

Royals Charities 5K Run/Walk

Get your running/walking shoes on and join the Kansas City Royals for the Royals Charities 5K Run/Walk at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Form a team and get ready to run (and fundraise) for Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City and Royals Charities! Sign-up early and don't miss out!

 

Sunflowers to Roses Bike Tour

Aug. 3, 2014, 7:30am at Starts and Finishes at Bike Source: 135th & Quivira, Overland Park,
Weblink: http://www.sunflowerstoroses.org

This 12th Annual Bike Tour to fight cancer will take place on Sunday, August 3rd at 7:30am. Various length tours will start and finish at Bike Source at 135th & Quivira, including tours ranging from 12 – 72 miles, plus a 4 mile family loop.  There will be a great post ride party back at Bike Source that is sponsored by Imo’s and Sports Cave with live music, a bounce house for the kids, and a beer garden.  

This event raises money in the fight against cancer and over 90% of our donations stay here locally in Kansas City. Our benefactors are Cancer Action and Children’s Mercy Survive and Thrive program. We have wonderful riders, volunteers and fundraisers helping to make this event a huge success and provide back to the Cancer Community.


Questions? Please contact:

Megan R. Case
megan.r.case@sprint.com

 

Paint it Pink

Aug. 6, 2014, 6:00pm at Pinot's Palette, 5235 W. 116th Place, Leawood, 66211
Weblink: http://menorahmedicalcenter.com/calendar/detail.dot?event_id=434661ca-dafb-461e-a5a2-dbf52d93150b&start_date=08062014180000&end_date=08062014203000&ev

Menorah Medical Center is hosting a night of painting, socializing and celebrating survivorship at Pinot’s Palette. Paint by instruction or create your own masterpiece to submit as part of the Lilly Oncology on Canvas art competition. $20, with a portion benefitting the American Cancer Society. Register online at www.menorahmedicalcenter.com/paintitpink.

MoKan CARSTAR Golf Tournament

Aug. 14, 2014, 8:00am at Staley Farms Golf Club, 10310 N. Olive Avenue, Kansas City,
Weblink: https://www.facebook.com/events/1450087161904642/

CARSTAR is hosting a fall invitational tournament to raise funds to grant 3-year-old Becquer, from Overland Park, his wish with Make-A-Wish Kansas City. Kansas City Live TV Show Host Michelle Davidson will emcee the awards ceremony. Tournament is a 2-person scramble with a shotgun start at 9am.

Cost: $200 per team. Includes box lunch, 1 mulligan, and 2 drink tickets.

Please email Leilani Haywood at metcalf-marketing@carstarusa.com for more information.

Click here to learn more about Becquer’s wish!

News & Announcements

“Around the World” Street Fair Comes to Park Place, July 26

Make plans for the outdoor celebration of the summer as Park Place hosts an “Around the World” Street Fair, this coming Saturday, July 26. The free, open to the public event will offer a taste of various cultures, through live music, street performers, fashion, food and drink, art and more.   Park Place will close Ash Street and 116th Place, Leawood’s downtown-style Main Streets to transform into a full-blown street fair.   Guests can explore with refreshments in hand beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Two stages will showcase a variety of multi-cultural local and regional music and dance acts for all ages to enjoy, from Italian opera to mariachi to Irish rock, culminating in a grand finale of Pan-Asian aerial acrobats and fire dancing. A choreographed fashion show will feature men’s and women’s fashions from Park Place boutiques, set to a live rock symphony performed by the Metropolitan Strings Academy.  
During the fair, the streets will be lined with tents offering food and drink specials from Park Place’s restaurants and cafes. For guests who want to stay at Park Place for the evening, Aloft Hotel is  offering a special “Stay and Play” rate. Click here for details.

In addition to serving up plenty of food, fashion and fun, the “Around the World” street fa ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

It’s Primary Election Time - Your Vote DOES matter!

In our Johnson County, history tells us that winners of the primary elections many times go on to win the general election, so if you want to have a voice in who represents you, getting out for the August 5, 2014 primary is especially important.

If you don’t know where the candidates stand on issues, we have a tool to help. The  Leawood Chamber has partnered with other Chambers in the area and put together a site www.VoteJoCo.com that is a great voter assistance resource. Read candidate profiles, their answers to key business issues, find how you can vote, and where you can vote.

Here are some key dates for the Primary (you can still register to vote in the general election, but primary election registration has ended).

For additional voter information, go to the Johnson County Election web site a ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Two Saint Luke’s hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Saint Luke’s Hospital and Saint Luke’s South Hospital have been recognized on the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospitals rankings, released July 15.The rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City ranks No. 2 in Missouri, No. 2 in the Kansas City metro area, and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in northwestern Missouri.

Three specialty programs of Saint Luke’s Hospital are nationally ranked in the top 50. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.


Saint Luke’s nationally ranked programs are:

• Cardiology & Heart Surgery (No. 47)

• Gynecology (No. 39)

• Urology (No. 48)


Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kan., is ranked No. 3 in Kansas, No. 4 in the Kansas City metro area, and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in northeastern Kansas. Saint Luke’s South Hospital also ranks as high-performing in Orthopedics.

“It is a tremendous honor to again be recognized by

Leawood Ward 3 City Councilman Resigns

At the July 7, 2014 City Council meeting, Ward 3 Councilman Tom Robinett announced he will be resigning his seat on the Council effective 7/31/14. Robinett stated that his new employer has a personnel policy that prohibits employees from holding elective office. 

It is expected in early August that a committee of the Mayor, the other Ward 3 councilperson (Carrie Rezac) and the presiding officer (Julie Cain) will begin accepting applications from Ward 3 residents to fill this position. Their recommended replacement will be forwarded to the full City Council for approval.

Not sure what Ward you're in? The City of Leawood offers a map on their site that shows the boundaries of the Wards at http://www.leawood.org/council/wardmap.aspx.

Stay tuned to LeawoodChamber.org for more information in the coming weeks on the process of how to submit your resume and apply for this vacant position, or contact the City of Leawood at 913-339-6700.

 

 

Leawood Chamber joins Twitter!

You read it right; the Leawood Chamber has joined the lively world of Twitter!  We want to make sure we are always keeping our members, and the community, up-to-date on exciting news, upcoming events, and our wonderful experiences at member businesses.  Make sure to grab your phone or login online, and follow us at @leawoodchamber.

We can't wait to tweet about your success!

Johnson County Meals on Wheels Needs YOUR Help!

Did you know that 1 in 6 seniors go hungry? Help fight hunger by joining Johnson County Meals on Wheels. We have eight pick-up locations in Johnson County to choose from. Children and grandchildren are welcome to accompany you for any route.

Meal deliveries are Monday - Friday from 10:45 - 12 noon. With just one hour, you can brighten someone's day with a smile and a meal. Contact Brandy for additional information: 913-715-8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org 

Member Profile

Nicole L. Feltz Agency, American Family Insurance

After 15 years in the insurance industry, Nicole Feltz decided to build her own agency right here in Leawood, drawing on her personal experience, strong commitment to customer service, and her respect for American Family’s claims satisfaction history. She now serves clients in both Kansas and Missouri.

The Nicole L. Feltz Agency prides itself in two areas: outstanding customer service and giving back to the community. A strong child advocate, Nicole has shared her story with diverse audiences, through speaking events and countless interviews. Her family’s home is a state licensed foster care home and, in recent years, has provided foster care for eight children. Her agency proudly sponsors children’s organizations and events throughout the area. The Feltz Family also holds an annual fund raising event called Mid-Winter Blues benefiting a local children’s shelter that Nicole once called home. (The Salvation Army Children’s Shelter)

The Nicole Feltz Agency offers multiple lines of insurance through American Family, including: auto, home, renters, life, umbrella, business, health, farm and ranch, and a full line of retirement products. ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for complete profile)



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