Foundation Celebration 2021

May 22, 2021

The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund-SHARE is the source much of the great work done in the district - District Grants, Global Grants, Rotary Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges, and much more. The District 6040 Foundation Celebration, May 22, 2021, will celebrate these great works, and raise funds so that the work can continue in the District! Visit More Information
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
Congratulations to Erik McGuire of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph East on being named our District 6040 Governor, 2024 - 25! Eric Erik joined the Rotary Club of Burlington, KS in 2008. After moving to St. Joseph, MO he joined the Rotary Club of St. Joseph East in 2012. Being a part of this great club inspired Erik to get involved with a variety of service projects, and to complete the Rotary Leadership Institute. Erik had the opportunity to serve as the club’s President in 2016-2017. Other roles he has served in at the club level include meals on wheels coordinator, sergeant-at-arms, spaghetti fundraiser chair, leading the 2015-2016 district grant to install a play-path at Northeast Park in St. Joseph, and The Rotary Foundation chair.
Please mark your calendar and join us virtually on May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This celebration will be our annual awards evening replacing our Foundation Dinner that was canceled due to Covid last November. We will celebrate the conclusion of the Kimbrough Challenge which funded many significant projects throughout the District and worldwide through our 6040 Grants during the ’19-’20 year. We will also have the opportunity to donate to the Foundation through auctions and raffles, which will provide funding for future District and Global grants.
Our Keynote speaker will be Brenda Cressey. Brenda is a Rotary Foundation Trustee.
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

Rotary District 6040 - It's Time to Kick Off Shoe Season!

As you may have heard, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Shoes for Orphan Souls project in Rotary District 6040 – and this is the start of “shoes season!”
Since the start of the program in 2001, District 6040 Rotarians have generously donated 356,000 pairs of shoes. (That’s three hundred fifty-six thousand lives touched by YOUR generosity. So far.)
For this anniversary year, our Shoes Cheerleader, Larry Lunsford, has issued a challenging but inspiring goal:  to collect 20,000 pairs of shoes for distribution to orphans and other vulnerable, economically challenged children in Honduras!
To help in achieving that goal, he has prepared a challenge video, which you can see on the D 6040 Facebook page or on YouTube.  Now, we need your help.
Please begin the process of collecting shoes, appointing your shoes drive chairperson and rallying your club and your community to the effort. (The video has details.)
Go to the District 6040 Facebook page, “like, comment and share” this video to your club’s Facebook page, to help give the project visibility to your members and throughout the community.
If practical, please show this video at an upcoming club meeting to inform and challenge your members to great levels of – as the video says – uncommon generosity.
Let’s make 2021 a great year for shoes, and for the children of Honduras.
Thank you for your efforts, and for being a Rotarian!
Kirby Asplund
District 6040 Public Image Chair
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 to learn more and donate.


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