Lawrence Central Rotary recently launched or 2018 fall and holiday decoration campaign. The money raised helps to do the service work of our club both locally and globally.
Supporting our fundraiser is easy… Simply order decorations for your home or to send to a friend or client and 20% of your purchase comes back to Lawrence Central. This year’s link is http://bit.ly/lcrholiday18
Fall decorations are available now and you can even pre-order your holiday wreaths and evergreen centerpieces or garland!
Thank you for helping us to continue to do the work we do!
Russ Johnson, the CEO of LMH, talked about the new LMH Health West Campus development that broke ground in September 2018. Joining him were Rebecca Smith, Executive Director of the LMH Health Foundation, and Karen Shumate, Chief Operating Officer and project manager for the new facility.
The West Campus expansion has been designed to provide outpatient services, the primary source of revenue that is anticipated in the health care industry in coming decades. The location of the new facility on Highways 10 and I-70 will be convenient for healthcare consumers. Plans for easy and adequate parking have been highly important in the plans, as the current hospital location lacks adequate parking. LMH West Campus will be 35-40% of the space at the current hospital. Johnson expects the new building to be ready for occupancy in July 2020.
Shumate highlighted key features in the floor plan of LMH West Campus. The goal is to build something “nice, but not ostentatious.” The building incorporates flexible space and room for expansion. There will be an outdoor ampitheater and a roof garden. LMH physical therapy services, OrthoKansas, a pharmacy, a lab, and several local physician practices will relocate. The second floor will be a Women’s Center, providing a continuum of care for breast patients at one location.
Leticia Cole stands with sponsor Steve Lane during her induction into Lawrence Central Rotary.
Leticia has worked for Paul Werner Architects for over 11 years. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lawrence and has been a board member of Catch-A-Break for the past two years.
On behalf of all of us at Lawrence Central Rotary, a big thank you!
On Saturday we hosted the 2nd ride of our “Community Bike Ride” initiative. In spite of warm weather, overlap with the KU football game, and a variety of other options, we were able to total 79 participants (by counting the waivers). We had another successful helmet giveaway – as well as providing neon safety vests and shirts.
For the year (both rides), we had 247 participants, we gave away 107 helmets, 98 vests, and 105 shirts (with shirt and vest totals only limited by our inventory). And, importantly, we had another successful year without injuries. We heard multiple people share that it was “…my first time on this trail!” and more than one family share that they were back with kids who had graduated from our training-wheel takeoff clinic (that Jane Huesemann leads).
Speaking for the group – each time we help fit a child (or adult) with a helmet – provide them with a bright (neon) vest or bright shirt – we know we are proactively promoting well being (safety). It means a lot to us – and we could not pull this off without your help.
Below is a gallery of pictures (thank you Lynn O’Neal, Tobin Neis, and the folks at Friends of Lawrence Area Trails). Our fall ride that started at the Haskell Stadium parking lot and went up along the Burroughs Creek trail and back.
We are looking forward to coming back in 2019 and we hope you choose to be along for the ride!
Community Bike Rides
Pictures from a community bicycle ride organized by the Lawrence Central Rotary Club. Starting at the Haskell Memorial Stadium and riding up and back on the Burroughs Creek Trail
Posted by Ride Lawrence on Monday, September 17, 2018
Eileen Horn, State Representative for the 10th District, highlighted action during the 2018 session of the Kansas legislature. Horn, a Democrat, was appointed to fill the House seat vacated by John Wilson in August 2017. She worked as the sustainability coordinator for the City of Lawrence and Douglas County until December 2017 when she resigned to focus on her legislative responsibilities.
Although State revenues have begun to surpass projections in recent quarters, Horn noted that state taxes are still lower than in 2012. She explained that after nine rounds of tax cuts, however, there were holes in the State budget that the legislature has had to address.
During its session last winter, the legislature found additional money for transportation projects, K-12 education, and child and family needs. The State is catching up on its contributions to KPERS. Higher education received 2% back from a prior cut. The State’s water plan is funded now. The judiciary and corrections each received money for staff. Telemedicine was approved.
Kansas has ongoing financial challenges, however, especially in K-12 eduction. In June, the State Supreme Court ruled that while the State’s new plan for funding education was now “equitable,” it was still not “adequate.”
Horn ways that the most rewarding part of her new work is to be able to help constituents with their problems. Her biggest frustration is that the schedule of the session and the low stipend mean that legislature is skewed to include those who are older and independently wealthy, that is, those who can afford the time and money to serve.