Hotel reservations for Margaritaville Lake Resort are open and can be made until the cutoff date of March 22 or until the room block is full. The code to use is ROTA, or anyone calling can let the reservation agent know they are with Rotary. Here is a link for online reservations:
A golf tournament will be held Friday morning April 19, with tee times starting between 9 a.m. and noon and the tournament wrapping up about 4:30. There is room for 18 teams/72 golfers. Details to follow.
Thinking About Rotary Leadership Institute?
I have been a Rotarian since 2007 and our club President back in 2014/2015, again serving as President this year in 2023/2024.
I have held about every position in our club over the years and finally last year I decided to attend Rotary Leadership Institute.
All I can is that I wished I would have done it years ago. The breath of knowledge that you get out of attending RLI and interacting with the seasoned instructors as well as the other clubs throughout the district is well worth the investment of time. I highly recommend for the new Rotarian and even the experienced members of Rotary, there is so much you can learn from others attending RLI.
Jeff Penland, St. Joseph South Side Rotary Club

December 12th, Platte -Clay Electric Cooperative representatives presented a  $1000 check to the Weston Food Pantry.

Rotarians pictured: Zim Hull, Louis Smither, Lynn Johnson, Platte Clay representative, Ruth Nelson.


Weave Gotcha Covered! Receives Business Award from Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club

Weave Gotcha Covered!, an inner-city Kansas City business that fabricates soft goods for the home, has received the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club’s RISE Business Award, presented to minority and women-owned businesses that practice high ethical standards as espoused by the Four-Way Test followed by Rotarians worldwide. Twelve Kansas City businesses were nominated for the first annual award.
The award was the first ever presented by the Club and was initiated by the Club's Justice Committee, which was formed in 2020 and is focused on addressing issues of social justice and systemic racism in the community.
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Show Me Rotary PETS
Making a Move
Show Me Rotary Presidents Elect training has been in Jefferson City at the Capital Plaza hotel for many years.  However, throughout those years, the hotel has deteriorated more and more each year.  Last year 75 PE’s responded to a survey saying the hotel was the biggest negative factor in attending PETS.  Two years ago, it was cold and they had no heat.  Last year, it was hot and they had no air conditioning.  Rooms were showing a lot of wear and tear.  I could go on and on; but, the bottom line is, we had to make a change.
Early Show Me Rotary PETS registration begins Jan 1. Those who sign up during the month of January are eligible to win four tickets to Silver Dollar City. The names will be entered into a drawing.
Go to the Show Me Rotary website ( for sign up information.
Dynamic Speaker: Stephanie A. Urchick
Stephanie A. Urchick: The incoming president (2024-25) of Rotary International, Stephanie Urchick, will be the featured speaker at Friday evening’s dinner. A Rotary member since 1991, she is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania.   Stephanie has been an RI director and Rotary Foundation trustee. She has served RI in numerous capacities, including as training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and RI president’s representative.
Dynamic Speaker:  Sigrid Solomon
Sigrid Solomon an independent diversity consultant and a frequent presenter at conferences on the topic of diversity leadership. She will speak during Saturday’s lunch. Sigrid has more than 30 years of higher education experience and serves as the VP, Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students at Wilmington College    in Ohio.
Dynamic Speaker: Beth Stubbs
Beth Stubbs, Rotary International Director for Zones 30 and 31, will be Friday’s luncheon speaker. She first started frequenting Rotary club meetings at age 8 with her father and joined the Rotary Club of Maryville, Tennessee, in 1991. Beth served her district in several capacities including as chair of its finance, Foundation, and leadership development and education committees.
Dynamic Speaker: Michael Angelo Caruso
Friday morning’s speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, teaches people how to be better speakers and presenters so they can help more people and amp up their careers. He utilizes his unique background in the technology sector and a separate career in the entertainment business to deliver keynote speeches that feel like a combination of your best teacher and your favorite comedian.  
Friday Entertainment: Ashley Dawn
Our entertainment during Friday evening’s dinner will be Ashley Dawn, who was Branson’s Terry Music Female Vocalist of 2022. She is a seasoned Nashville recording artist with country, bluegrass and southern gospel roots.  who channels the music of Reba, Dolly, Miranda Lambert, Shania, the Judds, etc.

Rotary District Grant Series
Part 3

District grants give Rotarians freedom in determining how to best spend funds donated to The Rotary Foundation in their district. Each Rotary year, districts may apply for one district grant, which can be used to support one or more projects, based on that district’s interests and needs.
The Rotary Foundation funds district grants with District Designated Funds (DDF). Each year,
your district may request up to half of your available DDF, which in turn represents half of your district's Annual Fund donations from three years earlier. This system, known as SHARE, enables Rotarians to benefit from the short-term investment of their donation dollars.
In part 3 of our 4 part series we will look at grants around Rotary District 6040 from the 2022-2023 grant cycle.  We hope this series will give clubs ideas for future grant projects.  There were so many great projects that our three part series is turning into a four part series to capture all projects.   
Waldo Brookside
The Waldo Brookside Rotary Club worked with Pawsperity in the Grooming Project that trains disadvantaged students in pet grooming.  
The Tarkio Rotary Club worked with the Tarkio Technology Institute to improve access and appearance on campus.  
The Richmond Rotary Club provided pavers to help to create an area to aluminate the Rotary Clock on the Richmond Square.  
The Raytown Rotary Club Installed specialized play equipment for special needs children at Kenagy Park.  
The Marceline Rotary Club purchased an installed a set of concrete Corn Hole Boards in Walt Disney Park.  
Lee's Summit
The Lee's Summit Rotary Club worked to help support Project CURE that works with a hospital in Lusaka Zambia to provide needed equipment.  
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