"Stories of Service"

District Conference
Friday, October 26
Harrah’s Casino
1 Riverboat Dr, North Kansas City, MO 64116


An invitation from DG Julie McCoy:
What is your story?  What is your Passion?  Why are you in Rotary? 
When RI President Barry Rassin spoke to incoming District Governors in San Diego this past January, he challenged us to “Be the Inspiration.”
He said, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting
change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Our 2018 District Conference focuses on creating and continuing this change through the work we do.
These are our stories. Stories of Service from fellow Rotarians. And in sharing these stories we all strengthen our own ability to serve and to create change.
Come casual and be comfortable. This is not about making first impressions, but about creating lasting change.

Foundation Dinner

5:00 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction followed by dinner and program.
Attendees will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner of brisket, pulled pork, fried chicken, three bean salad, fresh fruit salad, baked beans, au gratin potatoes, steamed broccoli, dinner rolls, and desserts.  
NOTE: Attire is Caribbean casual  in honor of President Barry. ( i.e.,  your basic Caribbean resort attire – island shirts and khaki pants or, for ladies, an Island  dress)
Keynote Address
“Inspirational and informative.” “Very inspiring and humorous.” “A home run.”
These are just a few of the accolades typically showered on Jean Irwin-Hatfield, a Deaf Educational Specialist and long-time advocate of the hearing impaired who is returning to District 6040 as keynote speaker for the 2018 Foundation Dinner.
Some 20-plus years ago, Jean received an Ambassadorial Scholarship that allowed her to do the groundbreaking research into reading and deafness which earned her a Master’s Degree from Nottingham University in England. Her commitment to that cause – and to Rotary – has been unwavering ever since. She has spoken at hundreds of Rotary Conferences and received numerous awards, including Rotary’s Service Above Self Award in 2009.
Jean considers one of her most important roles was serving as a grassroots coordinator for the passage of a Nevada bill requiring mandatory testing of hearing before a newborn can leave the hospital. Because hearing is so critical to language development, this assessment is particularly important. In the first two years after this bill was passed, Nevada moved from 36th to 8th in the nation for children tested at birth for hearing loss. 
 “Her inspirational stories of helping children will have you laughing and still feeling the tug on your heart strings.” says District Governor, Julie McCoy who invited her speak at this year’s dinner. “She inspires Rotarians to do more in the literacy area of focus. Every Rotarian interested in youth and education should attend to hear her presentation.”
Jean and her husband, David, live in Rancho Cordova , California. David is past-president of the Rotary Annes.

Hotel Reservations

Rooms are available for $99 per night if you book online.  If you call in, there is a $10 surcharge.  
Staying overnight?  Please join District Governor, Julie McCoy, for an after party in her suite at Harrahs Casino immediately following the foundation dinner.
You will need to know:
Group Code: S10ROT8
Reservations must be made by October 5, 2018.
To book your room you can call 800-427-7247


8:00-9:00 a.m.
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Program Sessions
11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Rotary Jeopardy
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Visit with a Comanche Warrior
1:30-1:45 p.m.
1:45-2:00 p.m.
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Program Sessions
5:00 p.m.
2018 Foundation Dinner & Silent Auction
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

Program Details

The Heartbeat of Rotary
Presented by Dustin Mott
We’re not dreamers in Rotary, but doers,” RI President-Elect Barry Rassin said in his address to the 2018 International Assembly. And that’s our motto for the day as well. Drum Circles have long been a part of creating and strengthening community connections. In our opening session, we’ll use this innovative, interactive exercise to focus and energize us all as we come together to renew our commitment to service.
Be the Inspiration
Presented by Charles Rogers
We work to create lasting change — change for the good, change that will endure long
after our involvement has ended. Change across the globe, and in our communities —
reaching out to those we will never meet, and those closest to our hearts.
And change in ourselves — perhaps most important of all.”
Behind that calm demeanor and Caribbean shirt, RI President Barry Rassin is compellingly committed to the vision of what Service Above Self can accomplish. Special Representative, Charles Rogers, shares a personal message to District 6040 from the President.
Stories of Success
Presented by Thaddeus Rex
With your ideas and energy, you have the ability to lead us all to greatness, to bring our dreams to life. We need your vision to be shared. In this follow-up to his earlier presentation, Thaddeus Rex will show you how you can leverage the latest research in motivation and opinion formation to increase your ability to share the stories you’ve heard today!
A Visit with a Comanche Warrior
Presented by Dr. Jay Craig
Official warrior of the Comanche Nation. Highly decorated Marine. Drummer who played with the likes of Conway Twitty, Chuck Berry, and B.J. Thomas. Martial artist. Former boxer. 2,033 freefall parachute jumps. 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and District Governor Nominee, District 6110 in Oklahoma. Jay Craig is very proud of his Native American heritage … and he relishes the opportunity to share this uniquely varied and authentic perspective. You’ll find this “pep talk on our beloved organization” humorous, insightful and informative,.
Meeting the 21st Century Threats to Peace
Presented by Wyatt Hoffman
The pursuit of international peace and security faces unprecedented new challenges from emerging technologies.  New risks, such as cyber warfare, are escalating at the same time as old problems like weapons of mass destruction are evolving. Wyatt reflects on how his experience as a Rotary scholar helped shape his current efforts to develop and implement policy solutions to manage risks inherent in a range of threats to national and international security.
The State of Rotary
The responsibility we’ve been given is to build on the work of those who have gone
before us — and build a solid foundation for the work yet to come.” Again, the words of RI President-Elect Barry Rassin in his address to the 2018 International Assembly. Special Representative Rogers provides a brief update on the status of current major initiatives, including the eradication of polio, membership recruiting and retention, the Rotary Foundation and the importance of sustainability in all of our efforts.
A Rotary Pyramid in Zambia
Presented by Charles Erickson
How does a Nebraska native come to help develop and implement life-saving protocols for pediatric care in underdeveloped areas? Dr. Charles Erickson shares the story of his involvement with the Sons of Thunder Mission Farm, School and Orphanage near Livingstone, a town not far from Victoria Falls. Working with Neighborhood Health Workers and other non-government organizations, he has helped develop and implement life-saving protocols for pediatric care in underdeveloped areas.
The Science of Charisma
Presented by Thaddeum Rex
Charisma isn’t talent. It’s a skill. And this dynamic Rotarian will show you practical, proven ways to build yours. By understanding the science behind charisma, you can help the whole district (or your club …or your business… or your school or community group, etc.) build contagious enthusiasm for everything you have to offer. Learn how to unlock the Five Factors of Competitive Edge (hint: it helps to know what five things every person considers when making a decision) and how to understand (and avoid) the biggest barriers to rapport.
More Than Shoes: How Buckner is Working to Transform Communities
Presented by Rachel Wallis
You may know a lot about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, but have you heard about other cutting edge work the organization does. The mission of Buckner International is “to transform the lives of vulnerable children” which includes finding new ways to alleviate poverty and change communities. Rachel Wallis will share insights into some of the organization’s cutting-edge programs in both the developing world and the U.S., and discuss current findings on best practices.

Win the Golden Ticket

Only $100 … for a full week in Florida
$100 … for a custom-designed, sapphire & 10K gold Rotary necklace.
Two new options to show your support for the 2018 Rotary Foundation Dinner and both can benefit you, too. Limited ticket sales for each increase your chance of winning!
Tickets available on the Rotary District 6040 Facebook Page . The winner does not need to be at the Foundation Dinner to win.
Opportunity #1
Spend a full week – you choose when – in a 3-bedroom, 3-bath oceanfront condo in Daytona Beach. Includes $1,000 that can be used for travel expenses. Only $100 per ticket. No more than 100 tickets to be sold. Estimated value:time with your family – priceless.
Donor:Julie and Rolfe McCoy who are Chillicothe Rotary Club Members, Chillicothe – The Home of Sliced Bread.
We spent a week here last spring and I can attest – it’s incredible. It is right on the beach. Great restaurants and bars nearby. Bikes are available and we rode along the beach every day. You can bet I’m buying a ticket! – Carl Froeschle, Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotarian.
Opportunity #2
Win a custom-designed necklace made of multi-color sapphires in 10K gold with the “Be the Inspiration” ocean logo on one side and the Rotary wheel logo on the other side.It can be worn to display either side.No more than 100 tickets to be sold. Estimated value:$2000.
Donor:Trisha Kennedy of Kennedy Jewelers and a Blue Springs Rotarian.