President Jim Evers and District Governor Stephanie Meyer

The new Rotary District 5710 Governor, Stephane Meyer, visited to talk about Rotary in eastern Kansas. Meyer is a member of the Shawnee Rotary Club and she conveyed energy and enthusiasm for her role as District leader. District 5710 consists of forty-three Rotary Clubs in Eastern Kansas, totaling 2,075 members. The district provides grants for local and global programs, sponsors youth programs, provides consulting and training, as well as other resources for member clubs. The District experienced a membership decline of approximately five per cent last year. Even before the pandemic Rotary Clubs were experiencing losses, a trend Meyer hopes to turn around.

Meyer has an interesting back story having overcome significant challenges in her youth, growing up in the Wichita area. She did undergraduate work at Kansas State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Kansas University. Meyer served on the Shawnee City Council for a number of years. She represents DLR Group in Overland Park as a consultant to public entities working to pass bond issues for building programs. Meyer loves to travel and is a big Chicago Cubs fan. She donated a kidney to the husband of a good friend and joined a group of kidney donors who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Governor noted that there would be a District Training session in Lawrence at the Cider Gallery on August 20 and the annual District Conference will be held at the Hyatt Place in Overland Park September 22-24.