Lawrence KS Rotary ArboretumThe weather spirits were with us the third weekend in July when we arrived to set up at Lawrence’s Rotary Arboretum for our 4th Community Bike Ride.

Over 100 families and approximately 200 people came out to enjoy the summer morning with one of three bike rides.

There was a 10 mile (actually 11.1) mile ride that rolled out at 8:00am followed by a three mile ride out to Clinton Park’s Sander’s Mound at 8:30 whole local kids rode around the 1 mile closed loop at around the Arboretum throughout the morning.

Funds raised were used to purchase kid’s bike helmets that were free to kids who came and they were also fitted on-site to make sure there was a proper fit.

We’d again like to thank all the sponsors who make this event possible:  Anderson Rentals, The Merc, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Lawrence Econolodge, Ryde Barre, Ortho Kansas, McDonalds, GP Velotek, Lawrence Bicycle Club, Lawrence Community Hospital, Safe Kids Douglas County, and Bev West Creative.

We’re in the planning stages for a new fall Community Bike Ride on Lawrence’s East side starting from the Haskell University Stadium Parking lot and riding the Burroughs Creek Trail. The Ride is scheduled for September 20th and more information if coming soon. If you’d like to be a part and volunteer or help sponsor please email us at

For a gallery of the individual pictures we took that day navigate your browser over to  Below is a picture pile.


Summer Community Bike Ride 2014

Lawrence Kansas Community Bike RideLawrence Central Rotary Club is hosting a Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 19, at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St., near the Youth Sports Complex soccer fields. The event is open to anyone and there is no cost to participate.

There will be three rides to choose from and they all travel along the South Lawrence Trafficway bicycle path, a paved surface that is a car-free environment:

  • Ten-mile ride. It begins at 8 a.m. and travels almost to the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike and back.
  • Three-mile ride. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and goes to the Clinton Lake Overlook and back.
  • One-mile ride. It loops around the pond at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum and is available anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Other activities from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. include:

  • A Training Wheel Takeoff. Experts will help children who are ready to take off their training wheels in a safe environment.
  • Safety Zone. Safe Kids Douglas County will help outfit children with helmets while supplies last and provide bicycling safety tips.

“We hope more and more people discover cycling as a fun and healthy activity,” said Steve Lane, a member of Central Rotary Club. “This event is a great opportunity for families and individuals to enjoy cycling in a safe and scenic area of Lawrence.”

Participants should wear a bicycle helmet and they are encouraged to bring water and wear sunscreen. This is the third year for the Community Bike Ride. The first event in 2011 drew 50 participants, followed by 125 in 2012. Last year’s event was rained out.

If it is raining July 19, the ride will be held on Sunday, July 20, at the same times. Registration for the event is required and can be done before the event. For more information, visit

Releases will be available at the event or you can download one HERE.


Safe Kids Douglass County Econo Lodge University KS153 Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop Ortho Kansas RydeBarre Cycle & Sculpt Lawrence Memorial Hospital Lawrence Bicycle Club McDonalds Ride Lawrence Bev West The Merc Lawrence Central Rotary Team GP VeloTek Anderson Rentals Map to Lawrence Rotary Arboretum Lawrence Central Rotary


Korso The CuriousLawrence self-described illusionist, magician, sleight of hand artist, pickpocket, thief, conman and master of deception Korso the Curious joined Lawrence Central Rotary for an impromptu performance and discussion on his life as a performer.
Originally from San Diego, but attended high school in Manhattan and then made his way to Lawrence, but he travels around the country performing.
Originally intrigued by theatre and acting, but yet keenly aware of staging and the technical aspects of performance, Korso soon found interest in the physicality of mime and then slight of hand and up-close illusions.  He especially likes entertaining for small groups and crowd work during cocktail hours that let guests seamlessly glide from arrival to the main event without the dull time in between.  Korso the Curious moves group to group entertaining and involving everyone in the fun by making seemingly normal objects will do extraordinary things such as coins traveling through the air, cards vanishing all while witty banter abounds. 
Glen Davis | Korso the Curious

Glen Davis chooses a card from local illusionist Korso the Curious

He also told us about his one man show “My Road as a Magician” he would be performing in Kansas City at the Kick Comedy Theater. Located beneath the Westport Coffee House Sunday July 13th.  Doors open at 7:00 pm ~ Show starts at 7:30 pm.

For more information about Korso check out his Facebook page at Or you can follow him on twitter @korsothecurious.

Symbolic passing of the gavel to new Lawrence Central President Carolyn DeSalvoA July tradition at Rotary – The passing of the gavel. Today Carolyn DeSalvo took the reigns of Lawrence Central and Tobin Neis joins the club of past presidents. Here’s to a wonderful Rotary year 2014-2015!

Dezeree HodishDezeree Hodish spent the summer of 2013 in Moscow, Russia, as an intern in the United States Embassy there.  Lawrence Central Rotary helped make her adventure possible with a grant to help pay for her airfare.  Last week, Dezeree told club members about her internship.
The residence in which interns and short-term contractors are housed is located many miles away from the US Embassy itself in Moscow.  The collection of pre-fab townhouses are made in America and furnished just as American homes would be furnished.  As an intern, Dezeree had the advantage of living in that free housing.

To get to work, Dezeree could take the daily chartered bus to the embassy in downtown Moscow, a 1.5 to 2 hour ride one way.  If she wanted to get the embassy more quickly, she could take a shuttle to the Metro, ride the Metro into the city, and then walk about five blocks to the Embassy—an hour-and-a-half journey.  The lengthy commute was the most difficult part of the internship experience.

Most of Dezeree’s hours were spent in the embassy compound itself.  The compound is guarded by Russian guards and high gates.  On the interior, US Marines are present.  The Russian Embassy is considered to be the second most secure in the world, next to embassy in Baghdad.  The United States hires many Russian nationals to work at the embassy.

Dezeree was one of ten summer interns from America working at the embassy.  The application process and security review were long and rigorous;  she applied in the fall of 2012 for the summer 2013 internship.  Her assignment was in the press office of the press section of the Public Affairs division.

Dezeree’s job was to read the Russian media and write English summaries for the ambassador and U.S. Department of State community.  The object of her work was to convey the mood of the Russian press to the Ambassador.  Dezeree has advanced proficiency in the Russian language in connection with her doctoral studies in Russian history at KU, and she was surprised to find that very few of the Americans on staff at the Embassy could speak Russian proficiently.  All her writing was done in English.  Once she was finished with a piece, translators translated her ideas into the Russian language.

Edward Snowden arrived in Russia during Dezeree’s time in Moscow, so she spent significant time reading what the Russian press thought about him.  She noted a change in the Russian media after Snowden came which she attributed to a tightening of state control and increased censorship.  Dezeree also planned social media campaigns presenting the point of view of the United States.   In preparation for the Olympics held in Russia last winter, the Embassy press office focused on promoting human rights awareness.

In addition to her work in the press office, Dezeree was assigned to monitor a Russian news crew, helped to plan a Fourth of July party at the ambassador’s residence, worked with the American culture camps, and met her counterparts in the Russian foreign service.  She was surprised and especially pleased that she had personal access to the Ambassador himself during her stay.

Since all personal services were available to employees within the Embassy compound, staff had little reason to leave and get to know Moscow.  Dezeree spent her free time exploring the city, however.  She enjoyed the murals and artwork in the metro stations, saw a ballet in the Bolshoi Theater, visited Red Square and its tourist attractions, and explored the many public gathering places in Moscow such as Gorky Park and its gardens.  She did not visit a Rotary club there because of a recently passed Russian law that places restrictions on Russian NGOs’ interactions with foreign organizations. She commented that the stereotype of Americans in Russia is that we are rich and selfish, but many of these stereotypes are challenged when Russians and Americans interact on a personal level. She also told Rotarians that Putin was very popular in Russia, especially in smaller towns and villages.

Dezeree continues her commitment to public affairs as she works on her dissertation.  She is currently employed by the State of Kansas as a Fiscal Analyst in the Legislative Research Department in Topeka.

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