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Leawood Chamber Member Memo — July 31, 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, Olathe 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.

Member Business represented at this event: Affinis Corp, AMC Theatres, Blue Valley Educational Foundation, Blue Valley Schools, Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies, BMO Harris Bank, Burns & McDonnell, Centriq Training, City of Leawood, Clawson Benefit Concepts, CrossFirst Bank, Davidson Promotional Products, Inc., Decker Chiropractic, Dental 133, Financial Advisory Service, Inc., Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas, Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park, Integrity Technology Systems, Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing, Johnson County Community College, Kansas Gas Service, Kansas City Power & Light, KU Edwards Campus, Legacy Financial Strategies, McAuley & Crandall, PA, Menorah Medical Center, Mercedes Benz of Kansas City, Polsinelli PC, Red Bridge Church of Christ, Residences at Park Place, SeniorBridge, Shafer, Kline & Warren, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Town Center Plaza, UMB Bank, n.a., Valley View Bank

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

Morning Mingling

Aug. 5, 2014, 08:00am at Country Club of Leawood, 12700 Overbrook Rd., Leawood, 66209 — Register Online
Cost: No charge for Chamber Members. $15 for non-members. 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 a guest pass.

Members & Non Members use the link below to register:

Think you know what Country Club of Leawood has to offer? Come check out their newly renovated facilities and find out why they are the club to join in Leawood!

Parking is located around the club, please start in the north lot.

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members are invited to join us for some great Leawood Chamber networking.

Member Business represented at this event: Aloft Leawood-Overland Park, American Family Insurance-Michelle Underwood Agency, American Family Insurance-Tom Mayfield Agency, Inc., The Athletic Club, Bank of Blue Valley, BMO Harris Bank, CBIZ Payroll, Chick-fil-A, City of Leawood-Police, Concepts on Hold, Inc., Country Financial, CrossFirst Bank, Cy Financial, LLC, Davidson Promotional Products, Inc., Digital Lagoon, Doc+Ink, LLC, Edward Jones - Mark Barone - Financial Advisor, First American Title, First National Bank, The Forum at Overland Park, Freedom 4 Life Fitness, Healthcare Solutions Team, Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park, Home Spot Realty, The Homestead Assisted Living of Leawood, Impact Interiors, Insperity, Integrity Technology Systems, Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing, JE Dunn Construction Company, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas Gas Service, Little Sunshine's Playhouse, J. Luengo Insurance Agency, Inc., Madison Dental Group, Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law, Mathis Photography, McAuley & Crandall, PA, Mercedes Benz of Kansas City, Muller Bressler Brown, NuSound Hearing Center, Panera Bread, Quantum Creative, Red Bridge Church of Christ, Rock & Brews Kansas City, Schifman Remley Associates, SeniorBridge, Sprint, Steve's Flooring, SummaCon Consultants, Michael Swisher, CPA, The Walking Life Coach, Training Umbrella, UMB Bank, n.a., VanBrock, The Venue In Leawood, Vista Productions, Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Use the link below to register today!

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

The registration deadline for this event is Friday, August 1st by 5:00 pm, so make your reservation today!

The Venue in Leawood Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Aug. 6, 2014, 04:30pm at The Venue in Leawood, 4800 W. 135th St., #107, Leawood, 66209 — Register Online
Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

Come out and celebrate the official Leawood and Leawood Chamber welcoming of The Venue in Leawood to our community! Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will be served immediately following the ribbon cutting so plan on joining us to learn more about The Venue and what we have to offer. To thank you for joining us we will also be handing out gift cards to Mio Trattoria and Mio Pizzeria to use for dinner THAT night. The Trattoria's card will be for $10 and the Pizzeria $5.
Don't forget that this event also lands on the restaurants "Wine Wednesday'" which gets you a complementary appetizer with a purchase of any bottle of wine.

Visit their website to learn more about The Venue in Leawood CLICK HERE .

Social Media - Online Reputation Management

Aug. 7, 2014, 11:30am at Country Club Bank, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 13451 Briar, — Register Online
Cost: $16.50

All Leawood Chamber members are invited for lunch and an educational program in continuing our mission to bring you the best programming available!

Topic: Social Media
       How does your online reputation effect your business and how do you manage it?

Many businesses wonder if they have a positive online brand or even show up in Google searches. This lunch and learn is designed to educate members about how to create and manage an online reputation. Topics to be discussed include:

1. What does a positive online reputation look like?
2. How does a business build an online portfolio?
3. What happens when you get a bad review?
4. What are tactics a small business can employ to effect positive search results?
5. How do you measure success?

Presenters: Valerie Jennings, CEO of Jennings Social Media Marketing and Chris Olsen, co-founder of FINDitKC.

Valerie Jennings started her business, JSMM, at the age of 24 in Overland Park, Kan. and has been awarded as a 2014 Most Influential Women in Business by KC Business magazine, featured as a Woman To Watch by FridayGirl TV, provided consultative advice to boards and charities and led publicly traded companies’ teams. Valerie is the founder and CEO of Jennings Social Media Marketing (JSMM) and Viral Bolt Media, located in the Kansas City metro but representing publicly traded to start up companies from all over the world. She has had the honor of working with major brands such as Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Time Equities, Inc., Green Plains Renewable Energy as well as many other established and up-and-coming companies around the world. Jennings Social Media Marketing has been at the forefront of social media media, launching campaigns in 2005 for publicly traded companies via other agencies.

Chris Olsen spent more than a decade in the television news business, working for both ABC and NBC affiliates in Kansas, Texas and West Virginia. Chris has been a Sports Anchor, Morning News Anchor, Weekend News Anchor, Reporter, Photographer and Producer. Chris has also done freelance work for national networks covering violent crimes, forces of nature, and numerous elections. His reports have been seen by a global audience by way of TMZ, FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC and as an individual broadcaster Chris has won dozens of state, regional and national awards. In 2012 Chris was able to add a few startup accolades to the list, helping him build some street cred in the entrepreneurial community as FINDitKC was named one of Kansas City’s Hottest Startups by Tech Cocktail (Tech.co), he was named one of the Top Young Entrepreneurs to Watch in the United States by Under30CEO, and FINDitKC was also nominated as one of the KC Chamber’s Small Businesses of the year.

Use the Register Online link below and sign up today!

Since available seats for this event are limited, please make plans to attend for the entire time. If you are not able to attend for the duration of the event, we ask that notify us at least 2 business days in advance so that we can make your spot available to another member.

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.

The reservation deadline for this event is Monday, August 4th by 5:00 pm!

Leawood Community Events

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


Working Professional MBA Information Session

Aug. 4, 2014, 12:00pm at KU Edwards Campus, 12604 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, 66213
Weblink: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/overview-masters-business-administration-mba

Join the directors of the MBA program for lunch in a casual business atmosphere and get the insider view on the University of Kansas MBA program.

Especially designed for students interested in the working professional MBA program, you'll be able to enjoy lunch, key information, and be back at work in good time. Please RSVP to bschoolMBA@ku.edu.

Paint it Pink at Menorah Medical Center

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!

Inspired Fundraising Summit 2014

Aug. 14, 2014, 1:00pm at Goppert Theatre at Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, 64145
Weblink: http://www.avila.edu

Professor Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D., is one of the world’s most respected voices and researchers in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. He is Visiting Hartsook Professor for the Hartsook Institute at Avila University and director of the Center for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in Great Britain. He has been named to the prestigious Nonprofit Times’ Top 50 Power and Influence List and is a world-class speaker on the business of nonprofit philanthropy.

Sargeant will share his research on philanthropic psychology and how to grow giving through impactful communication. He will discuss how an understanding of donor identity can increase giving by up to 30 percent, while at the same time making donors feel better about their giving and boosting retention.

The schedule for the Inspired Fundraising Summit 2014 is as follows:

1 p.m. – Presentation by Adrian      Sargeant, Ph.D.

3 p.m. – Philanthropy panel,      featuring Henry Bloch, Bill Dunn, Sr., Jeanne Hamilton Ol ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Blue Valley Recreation Strut for the Streaks 5K

Aug. 16, 2014, 8:00am at Blue Valley Recreation, 9701 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, 66221
Weblink: http://www.bluevalleyrec.org/page/strutforthestreaks.php

News & Announcements

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).

F ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Changes to Leawood Chamber Bylaws

The Leawood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, at their regular meeting on July 28, 2014, unanimously approved the following changes to the Leawood Chamber’s bylaws:

Article VI, Section 1, formerly read “The Chair of the Board of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce must have a business location in Johnson County, Kansas.”

It is amended to read “The Chair of the Board of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce must be an employee of a member in good standing of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce.”

Background: The original bylaws were drawn up when the Chamber was all volunteers. It was important for service of legal process and other official matters that the designated legal representative of the Chamber (the Board Chair) be domiciled in the County where the Chamber is legally domiciled. Now that the Chamber has an office, plus a legal registered agent, the original need that the bylaws addressed is no longer of concern.

Article VII, Section 3, formerly read “The Board may refer matters of business to a standing committee.  The Board shall cause to be reviewed annually, by a committee of three (3) directors, the books of account of the Chamber at the termination of each fiscal year and at such other times as it may deem necessary, and shall report its findings to the Board and to its membership.  These Directors must not have had signature authority on bank accounts during the preceding fiscal yea ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Anthem Publishing, Inc. tabs Allyson Ellis as Senior Account Executive

Anthem Publishing, Inc., a division of Anthem Media Group, is pleased to announce the addition of Allyson Ellis as Senior Account Executive.

In her role, Ellis will develop and manage strategic partnerships while creating innovative programs to exceed clients’ marketing goals.

An award-winning sales and marketing veteran serving Johnson County and Kansas City for more than 20 years, Ellis began her career in advertising at Montague–Sherry after graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has held sales positions at KSMO, KYYS, Chiefs Radio Network and 435 Magazine. Ellis has been named Print Sales person of the year twice. 

“We’re excited to have Allyson join our established team,” said Robin Atkins, Publisher. “Her strength in long-term partnerships and producing results for her clients will be a valuable asset for our partners.”


Robin Atkins | Publisher
Anthem Publishing, Inc.
4303 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209

... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Degree in 3 Adds Olathe School District to partnership

A new collaboration between the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and the Blue Valley and Olathe school districts that will enable secondary students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in information technology three years after high school graduation, will be the featured presentation at the Leawood Chamber August 12th Luncheon and Debut.

The Degree in 3 program represents an innovative way for students interested in an IT career to accelerate education, get access to internships, become acclimated to the business world and save money on higher education.

KU Edwards Campus and JCCC also are exploring ways to expand Degree in 3 to additional fields of study and to more school districts, according to David Cook, KU Edwards Campus vice chancellor.

“Industry is asking for this,” Cook said. “The IT workforce needs are out there, and there is business interest in meeting the need. As we have launched our new Bachelor of Science in information technology, we are constantly talking with our partners. Kansas legislators also have suggested we explore options such as this.”

Degree in 3 works like this:

•        Students in the Blue Valley and Olathe school districts develop an academic plan t ... (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

City Councilman Robinett Resigns Leaving Open Ward 3 Seat

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!

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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