President’s Message

Karl Zobrist

Although Harry Truman faced many crises during his presidency, he never faced anything quite like the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, his views on handling public health issues were clear.  In Years of Trial and Hope, the second volume of his memoirs, he explained why local communities and the federal government must support each other to protect the public.

“Too many communities have not met this responsibility and cannot meet it without help.  For one thing, diseases and epidemics are no respecters of city and state boundaries.  Our experience in the handling of polio and other threats to national health has proved that no one community can take care of itself.”

As the remarks of our 2020 Good Neighbor Award honoree Justice Anthony M. Kennedy note, President Truman’s leadership in the wake of World War II focused critical attention on stabilizing the economy after years of war, promoting international peace, and coping with the threat of nuclear war.

This year we honor the legacy of President Truman on his 136th birthday, as well as the distinguished service of Justice Kennedy whose eloquent remarks you can listen to nearby.

We also recognize former Army Major Mark Nutsch for his heroic combat service in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 terrorist attacks with the Philip Pistilli Silver Veterans Medal.  Finally, the Foundation is awarding $50,000 in scholarships to a number of deserving college students.

Thank you for visiting us.  We hope to see you on May 10, 2021 at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott in the Imperial Ballroom of the Muehlebach Tower.