Foundation Dinner

We had our Foundation Dinner on Saturday November 5th at the Elms. Great event and want to thank our Chair Linn Mills and all the Committee members that made this a successful and fun evening. With all the Raffles, Auction Items and other Donation’s, we raised over $47,000.00 to send to our Annual Fund.
Our speaker was Michael McGovern who is Chair of Rotary International PolioPlus Committee. From our District efforts for World Polio Day with all the Purple Pinkie Donuts, Cookies and other Fund raisers across the District, we raised $13,787.00. With the District Match, Rotary International Match and the Gates Foundation Match, that turned into over $102,000.00 from our District to end Polio! With our partners at Dunkin Donuts and Dave Baumgardner down in Tennessee, I was able to present at the Foundation Dinner a check in the amount of $ 1,359,677.00 to Michale McGovern.  What a great Foundation Month we had in District 6040.
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A word from the District Governor

I made several Club Visits in the last few weeks. Went to our Clubs in Richmond, Tarkio, Parkville, St. Joseph Southside, Smithville, Albany, Plattsburg and KC South. Great clubs and great Rotarians. So impressed with all the projects and fundraising activities they have going on. Several new members in these Clubs. Got to see some of the District Grant projects that some of these Clubs have done over the last few years. Awarded some new Paul Harris Fellows and inducted a new member which was the first time I did that as a District Governor. Have several more visits scheduled in December and January. Just  enjoy doing these Club Visits and seeing all the great things we are doing in our District 6040 in Northern Missouri!
I want to wish all of you a Happy and Safe Holiday season and enjoy all your families and friends in this special time of the year!
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Keeping Our Club Alive
Our club was founded on March 26, 1999. I joined Rotary in 2018 and often heard our founding members talk about the glory days of our club when membership hovered around 50. By mid-2020 we were closer to 30 and one founding member expressed concern that our club was dying. Like many clubs, we’d add a new member only to turn around and lose a  member. We weren’t growing and were certainly smaller than many years ago.
I had only been a Rotarian for two years when the concern surfaced. Being president nominee at the time, I was determined it wouldn’t happen on my watch. I really liked our club and, more importantly, the people who made up our amazing club. Wanting us to change our growth trajectory, I began to explore changes we could make to avoid dying.
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