Spirit of Hope 40th anniversary
The Spirit of Hope MCC congregation is celebrating its 40th anniversary with events from Wednesday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 26. If you missed Brad Osborn’s story about the anniversary in the July issue of Camp, you can read it at www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=1869.
A video presentation on The History of Spirit of Hope, narrated by Kansas City’s Roberta Solomon, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Solomon has done work through her company, VoiceGal, in major media such as HBO and ESPN, along with voiceovers in film trailers and commercials.
Other events include an Interfaith Service at 7 p.m. Aug. 22, congregational potluck and musical celebration at 6 p.m. Aug. 24, banquet at the Madrid Theatre at 6 p.m. Aug 25 (and the Rev. Kurt Krieger tells us that tickets are selling fast to the banquet and that the cutoff time to meet the caterer’s deadline is in early August).
It all wraps up on Aug. 26 with an extended morning workshop featuring the founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches, the Rev. Troy Perry, along with the Rev. John Barbone, pastor emeritus, and Krieger. The day will end with a festive concert by a duo popular in Kansas City, Jason and deMarco.
Spirit of Hope is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Details are available at www.spiritofhopemcckc.org, facebook.com/spiritofhope.mcc, or by calling 816- 931-0750.
We’re only weeks away from the annual Show-Me State Rodeo held over the Labor Day weekend. This will be the 19th anniversary of this great event sponsored by the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA). Mark your calendars now for Aug. 31-Sept. 2! If you’re thinking about having friends or family visit you, this would be an ideal weekend because attending the rodeo is great fun! Camp will publish its annual Gay Rodeo September issue on Aug. 24, one week before the rodeo, and it will feature all details about the rodeo, including a map to the Lone Wolf Arena, event schedules and more.
This year the Nickel Plate Road Band will play at the arena on Saturday, Sept. 1. A “Meet N Greet” show will be held upstairs at Missie B’s from 10 p.m. to midnight on Aug. 24.
Michael Mackie debuts on ‘Kansas City Live’
Michael Mackie, well-known to many in our community, has been chosen to co-host the new Kansas City Live infotainment show on the local NBC affiliate KSHB with Michelle Davidson. The show airs weekdays from 10-11 a.m. and premiered on Monday morning, July 23. It will run briefly in July and then be pre-empted for a couple of weeks for Summer Olympics coverage. The show will return to its daily schedule in August.
Mackie and Davidson appear to be a great team. Mackie, who was most recently a senior writer and director at a Kansas City advertising and PR firm, held his launch party July 20 at the new Crossroads restaurant, Affare.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Kansas City chapter is having its monthly Third Thursday event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Snow & Co., 1815 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. HRC moves the events around town. They’re a chance to see people from other LGBT-supportive businesses and organizations while enjoying the company of like-minded people.
HRC is also hosting the annual, Tee Up for Equality golf fundraiser on Aug. 25 at Swope Park. Tickets are available now. For more information, visit hrc.org/kcgolf.
Show Me Pride
Rick Bumgardner, president of Show Me Pride, sent me an email to report on the June 1-3 Pride festival. He wrote: “The festival itself was incredibly well-attended, with around 6,000 people there on Saturday night at 6 p.m. before the flip, with around 4,000 around 10:00 for Karmin. The flip caused a lot of people to leave and not pay that $15 for the evening entertainment, and we’re addressing that within our organization and we have spoken to the Power & Light people about it — should we determine to go there again next year.
“The street festival itself was very well-attended, and we’ve gotten a number of thank-yous and kudo letters and cards from our exhibitors and vendors.
“The Jones event was an incredible success, and we’re planning a Summer’s Last Blast on September 9, 2012, there to end up the summer. Admission will be $10 again – details are not all finalized yet, other than the date.”
If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2013 Pride festival, now is the time to let Pride know that you’re willing to step in. The group meets monthly and it’s open to the public. You can share your ideas on the events, location, entertainment and more. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. Details are at www.gaypridekc.com or facebook.com/pride.kansascity.
The group reports that they have confirmed their fundraising totals for AIDS Walk 2012. The walk raised more than $481,000, which is a 4.5 percent increase from AIDS WALK 2011.
AIDS Bicycle Cruise
The 8th annual AIDS Bicycle Cruise will be held Sept. 16. The ride has been renamed (from AIDS Bicycle Challenge), but the acronym of ABC stays comfortably the same! The new ride is less competitive and more fun in the spirit of raising money for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Kansas City community.
The ride will begin and end in Westport, with registration at 11 a.m. and the ride at noon that day. Pre-registration prices of $25 will end on Aug. 15, and registration thereafter is $30. The ABC website describes the new “Cruise” like this: “Join the fun on ANY bike! Ride as much, or as little, of the 20-mile, ribbon-shaped route as you want. Several unique stops at AIDS service organizations & well-known KC Entertainment areas provide food, fun & refreshments along the way! Stay for the Finish Line Raffle & Post Ride Party!”
Organizers report that they have a great new bicycling jersey that a rider can earn by either registering and raising $275 in donations or by registering for a flat fee of $295. To register or for more information, visit www.aidsbicyclechallenge.org.
Michael Lintecum, executive director of the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce sent me an update on how MAGLCC is doing since its launch in May.
He says the group is growing quickly and describes its goals: “We are an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The MAGLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in mid-America.”
Membership benefits that the chamber offers include networking events, business referrals, marketing opportunities, employee opportunities, mentoring opportunities, tickets to the annual MAGLCC Fall Business Conference, complimentary membership to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and supplier diversity and certification.
Those who join the MAGLCC (www.maglcc.org) by Dec. 31, 2012, will automatically be entered into a drawing for an AMC Special Pass, valued at $1,248, compliments of AMC, the MAGLCC new Chamber Executive Member. This pass allows the cardholder and a guest to attend as many movies as they would like for a year at any AMC Theatre in the United States and Canada. In addition, everyone who becomes a member by Aug. 31 will be entered into a drawing for two round-trip airline tickets, courtesy of Bishop-McCann. If your company has already joined, you can get additional entries into the drawing by bringing new members on board.
Also, all members that join by Dec. 31 will be recognized as MAGLCC Charter Members with annual membership renewal. See www.maglcc.org for details.
Hear Me Out Toastmasters
The Kansas City chapter of Hear Me Out Toastmasters just sent us the news that charter member David Whitner recently won election as Lieutenant Governor-Marketing for Toastmasters District 22. He began his term July 1. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization, founded in 1924, that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
The chapter’s press release goes on to describe Whitner’s background:
“He began his involvement in Toastmasters in 2005, with the formation of Hear Me Out Toastmasters club. The club chartered with the goal of supporting Kansas City’s gay and lesbian population in developing their public speaking and leadership skills.
“‘Because the speeches delivered in Toastmasters are drawn from personal experience and interests,’ Whitner says, ‘it’s important that one practices those skills in an environment in which one’s life experiences are relevant and understood.’ Of over 12,000 Toastmasters clubs in the world, Hear Me Out is one of fewer than 20 focusing on the development of LGBT individuals and their allies.
“In the first month of his volunteer duties as Lieutenant Governor-Marketing, he conducted numerous training sessions for club and district officers, participated in weekly conference calls and attended the demonstration meeting of a new prospective club. He also follows leads for new clubs in Kansas and western Missouri while collaborating on the continued success of the 100 clubs already in the district at the start of his term.
“When asked how he has benefited most from his Toastmasters experience, Whitner responds, ‘I joined to improve my verbal communication skills and to get rid of some bad speaking habits, but the greatest gift I’ve gotten is that I have a better understanding of how other people see me. That has been the most valuable part of this journey, and one I look forward to continuing and sharing.’”
Hear Me Out Toastmasters club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the LIKEME Lighthouse. For more information, visit hearmeout.toastmastersclubs.org.