About Rotary District 6040
Greetings 6040 Rotarians and other Friends of Rotary. 
 
It is my great pleasure to serve as your District Governor for 2020-21. When the calendar turned to 2020, we had no idea that a pandemic was a few weeks away. In fact, in January two of my life’s great events happened. All 528 incoming District Governors from around the world gathered in San Diego for a week of training. It was never clearer to me how incredible Rotary International’s global footprint is. Six weeks later, nearly all of the 203 Countries with Rotary Clubs were impacted by the Coronavirus. The second great event was the Kansas City Chiefs kept winning and won the Super Bowl for the first time since I was in University. Obviously, it has been a unique and challenging year so far. I know many of our Club’s, their events and our Rotarians personal lives have been disrupted since March.
 
However, while there is still uncertainty, we have the opportunity to make it a great year. When incoming RI President Holger Knaack revealed his theme for ’20-’21, he chose “Rotary Opens Opportunities”. Given what has happened, it is more appropriate than ever. Take a few minutes to consider all the Opportunities Rotary has Opened for you. Then, take a few more minutes and consider all the possible opportunities open through our Clubs, our District and Rotary International. Rotarians are often known for their leadership in our communities. This year, we have the opportunity to expand our impact on our communities and the world through Rotary. We are part of the World’s Greatest Service Organization. The Possibilities are Endless!
 
For the past twelve years, I have been a member of the Rotary Club of St Joseph #32. My wife Karen and I have 3 wonderful children who live in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona: along with our beautiful grandchildren. There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how we feel about our grandchildren. Having been around them for several days recently, it also makes me realize how many children around the world are suffering today because of their circumstances. Once again, Rotary offers opportunity after opportunity to support children, mothers, literacy, clean water, and many more.
 
I am pleased to serve with a great group of Rotarians on the Executive Council this year. The Council consists of Immediate Past District Governor Marc Horner, DGE David McCaughey, DGN Kent Shelman, DGND Randy Steinman, Treasure Shelly Hulet, Secretary Ruth Bowers and PDG Kim LeSage who now serves as our District Foundation Chair. This is a dedicated group of individuals representing District Clubs across Northern Missouri. Our executive secretary, Jonah Terbovic will continue with us. We are well-positioned for leadership over the next several years with this outstanding group.
 
District 6040 leadership also includes 13 Assistant Governors and numerous Program Chairs and their committees. We are also fortunate to have 56 hard-working Club Presidents leading their Clubs daily.  All these leaders, join a long list who have served our District over the years, including Past RI President’s, RI Directors and Past District Governors. All these truly represent “Service Above Self”.
 
Despite our current challenges, let’s make it a great year! One of my favorite writers is CS Lewis. He once said “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” We are truly fortunate to have Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith living in District 6040 and a member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville.  10 years ago, when he was the International President, Ray wrote in the Rotarian magazine “Rotary has changed the world, and Rotarians will continue to change it in a positive way. The formula is simple. For us to succeed, all we need to do is to focus our best efforts on doing what Rotarians are passionate about and what Rotarians are the best in the world doing, which is Building Communities – Bridging Continents”. Thank you for all you are doing and will do for Rotary this year.
 
District 6040 News
In Lee’s Summit more than 12 tons of food, diapers, and toiletries have been collected in an “Eight Week Neighborly Competition” conceived of and organized by Rotarian Laura Maxwell.  “It’s been amazing to experience how the various neighborhoods have attempted to out-do each other in donating to Lee’s Summit Social Services and Coldwater, our local food banks” stated a broadly-smiling Laura.  “The reality far exceeded the idea.”  
In Response to the nationwide COVID crisis, the Rotary Youth Camp and Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club (Club 13) allocates $50,000 to aid the families and organizations they serve. Donations, both monetary and in-kind, will be sent to families and the 13 organizations who were signed up to use the camp over the summer.  In an effort to strengthen their camping community in these uncertain times, the Rotary Youth Camp launches the “Rotary Cares” assistance program for organizations using the camp and camper families. The goal of the program is to aid as many families as possible as well as the organizations that host summer camp at the Rotary Youth Camp. Organizations that were scheduled for the 2020 summer season will be targeted.
Shoes for Orphan Souls
Here is a thank-you message from Dickson Masindano, the Executive Director of Buckner Kenya. Every year, Kenya receives part of our District 6040 Shoes collections, but this year we're specifically targeting Kenya. In this video, Dickson is thanking our District all for all of the shoes we have sent in the past, and for all of the shoes we will collect this year. Please note -there is a huge danger of jigger parasites for children in Kenya, so the shoes we collect this year will not only send children to school but they will also keep their feet clean, healthy, and free from jiggers. Let's make this shoe drive the best so far!
 
 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 
Dear Rotarian,

I’m delighted to let you know that Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just announced the extension of our fundraising partnership. The Gates Foundation will continue matching donations to Rotary’s PolioPlus program 2-1, up to $50 million every year.

Share your commitment by showing this video from Bill Gates at your next club meeting or event and help Rotary and the Gates Foundation spread the word about our extended fundraising partnership. You can also share this news by forwarding this email to your Rotary network.

Whether you’re a new Rotary member, or you’ve been fighting polio for decades—there’s a role for you to play in ending this disease. Visit endpolio.org to learn more and donate.

Sincerely,

John Germ
Chair, End Polio Now Countdown to History Committee
Rotary Foundation Trustee
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