Wednesday, August 6, 2008

501 (c)(3) Incorporation

As of July 2, 2008, The John Locke Society of Greater Kansas City has been incorporated as a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization.
The By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation documents are up on the Internet. Go to . Select the Primary Website. You will see menu headings for these items. Click and you are there.
Now you can donate all the money you wish with the complete assurance that it will be fully tax deductible. Isn't that wonderful news!

Friday, June 13, 2008

UMKC School Volunteers

At a luncheon meeting on June 13, 2008, nine
first year UMKC medical students were inducted into the John Locke Society Medical Student
Outreach program. Top to bottom they are:

Amal Abukar
Erin Burns
Chen Thay Chau
Jason Edwards
Wesley Glick
Megan Mayer
Ryan Meintz
Maleeha Mohiuddin
Chris Morrison

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Patio Party

On Wed, June 4, the John Locke Society had a patio party at the home of Dr. and Mrs Keith Ashcraft. There was plenty of food, drink and good company. About 60 people attended including 3 of our Medical Outreach students. This was fun. We ought to do it more often.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don Blim Interview of May 13, 2008

The JLS interview of Dr. R.Don Blim is now up and running on the website and ready for viewing. Dr. Blim is a retired Pediatrician and former Director of St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the John Locke Society of Greater Kansas City. There are 6 short video clips. If you want to see them, click here or go to and select the website for videos.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

John Locke Society Reorganization

The John Locke Society of Greater Kansas City announces a major reorganization of its infra-structure to better serve the needs of its base. For over twenty years, the present organization has been successful in several projects which it has undertaken. Among other things, it has provided a forum for retired physicians to enjoy each others company and fellowship. It has conducted a program for teaching health and hygiene to 5th grade primary school students.. Our, “Oral History of Medicine” project has been very well received. Our, “Medical Student Outreach” program is under way. We have websites and a blog. These activities have been carried out with very limited resources and a limited part time staff. They were successful because of the hard work and dedication of a few individuals.
All of this has been extremely worthwhile, but the demand for services has been growing faster than our ability to meet it. In order to get to the next level of efficiency, we need to grow. In order to grow, we need to do the following things:

1. Expand our base of operations to include more of our membership.
2. Expand our operations to meet new needs in the community.
3. Formalize our identity by acquiring a physical location with secretarial services.
4. Formalize our finances by incorporating as a 501 (c)(3) organization.
5. Upgrade our fund raising efforts to provide adequate working capital.
6. Reform our organizational infra-structure with new by-laws, and an annual meeting.
7. Improve our public relations efforts to recruit all retired physicians who
wish to participate.

Steps are being taken to address all of these issues. It can be done. It will take hard work and time, but it can be done.
The present Board of Directors firmly believes there is a huge need for an organization to serve retired physicians. These physicians have much to offer the community. We hope that the John Locke Society will be the organization through which they can make that offer.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Marvin Dunn, MD, Interview of March 18, 2008

The JLS interview of Dr. Marvin Dunn is now up and running on the website and ready for viewing. Dr. Dunn is Professor of Medicine and former Dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. If you know Dr. Dunn, you will love this interview. He tells it like it is.
There are 13 short video clips.
If you want to see them, click or go to and select the website for videos.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

KC Hospice Seminars

The first KC Hospice Seminar was held Saturday, March 22, 2008. Present were 5 of the best looking medical students you ever saw, complete with white coats and stethescopes. Dr. Allegre made some introductory remarks and presented two current cases.
She then led ward rounds on the patients and began a conversation which lasted about 25 minutes with each patient. The students had ample opportunity to ask the patient questions concerning their situation. They were thoughtful questions.
The patients were well selected. They readily accepted the students and were very happy to talk with them even though one of the patients was experiencing some pain.
The group then retired to a conference room and discussed freely what they had just seen and heard.
It was an amazing morning. In my opinion, this is what medical education is all about. It could not have been better. Kudos to Dr. Allegre, the students who did very well, and the patients who had much to teach. Everyone learned something valuable. I think we have got something good going here.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Marjorie S. Sirridge, MD Interview

The Marge Sirridge interview of Feb 26th, is up on the website and ready for viewing. Go to Select the website for videos and then select the Sirridge interview. There are 10 short video clips. You will learn a lot about the UMKC School of Medicine.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

In Memory of Stanley R. Friesen, MD, PhD,

We were saddened to learn that Stan Friesen passed away on Feb 28, 2008. Those of you who knew him will be interested in the interview which he gave to the John Locke Society on Dec 6, 2007. Fifteen video clips totaling over 90 minutes of the interview can be seen on our website. Go to . Click on the website for videos (second one down) and select the Stan Friesen interview, or click here on
This interview speaks for itself and is a fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to medicine and teaching. Our condolances to his family, friends and the many students who loved him.
Rest in Peace, Dr. Friesen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

KC Hospice House Seminars

On Tuesday evening, Feb 19, 2008, the KC Hospice and Palliative Care Center hosted a dinner at the Hospice House for the Student Volunteers from UMKC and KUMC and the Faculty of the John Locke Elementary School Project who are working with them.
It was a most enjoyable evening and a historic one as well. It saw the launching of a joint project whereby the KC Hospice would conduct a Seminar on Death and Dying for the Student Volunteers on the fourth Saturday of each month beginning March 22. The Seminars will be held at the Hospice House from 9-11 AM and will be led by Dr. Ann Allegre.
We think this will be an exciting project.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

School Volunteers

Student medical student volunteers from UMKC and KUMC are now working with our JLS doctors in the Elementary School Health Program. Assignments have been made and classes have started. So far, it has been accepted enthusiastically by everyone involved.

We are now posting a JLS calendar so that everyone can keep up with assignments. You can access it by going to: and selecting the calendar.

Chris Thomas Interview

The Chris Thomas interview of January 8, 2008 is up on the website and ready for viewing. There are 10 short Video clips. You can access them by going to:
Select the Video website and you are in business. You may think you know Chris and St. Lukes Hospital, but you will learn something from this interview.