George Brett pine tar incident serves as inspiration for kids book. An aspiring author is using the story of a Mission Hills resident named George who had an important accomplishment at work undermined through the subterfuge of a competitor as the basis for a children’s book. Kansas City, Mo., resident Steve Bennaka has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to help fund the publication of “George and the Pine Tar,” a children’s book that would tell the story of a “George, a young superstar who hits a monster home run to give his team the lead, only to be wrongly punished for using too much pine tar. George, in his own special way, makes it clear to the umpire that he disagrees with the call, setting off a series of bizarre and unprecedented events. Will justice prevail, or will the poor decision stand?” Check out the Kickstarter page here.
Star editorial urges Roeland Park to pass anti-discrimination ordinance. An editorial in today’s 913 section urges the Roeland Park city council to pass the anti-discrimination ordinance it has been considering since March. “Realistically, the ordinance likely would have little effect on day-to-day life in the city of just under 7,000 people. But simply having the law on the books should help build awareness that discrimination won’t be tolerated in the city,” reads the editorial. “Roeland Park can show other, larger Johnson County cities such as Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Lenexa and Leawood that moving ahead with this kind of law can be done in a thoughtful manner.”
Mission Hills native make U.S. Under 23 Rowing team. Jackson Anderson, a Mission Hills native and recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, has been named to the 59-member team that will represent the United States at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Varese, Italy later this month. Anderson will row in the men’s quadruple sculls.
Dean Davison elected to lead Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. The Shawnee Mission Education Foundation has elected Dean Davison of the Lockton Companies as its new President of the Board of Directors. Other officers elected at the Annual Meeting were: Vice President, Dave Kight, Jackson Lewis P.C.; Secretary, Shawna Samuel, Trozzolo Communications Group; and Treasurer, Dan Schipfer, Cerner. Also elected to the SMEF Board were new directors: Tim Goodger, Mize Houser & Company P.A.; Edward Marquez, Community Volunteer; Angela Smart, Hall Family Foundation; and Anthony Springfield, Polsinelli.