Upcoming District Events
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza
Jan 08, 2021
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Trenton
Jan 14, 2021
Executive Council Meeting
Jan 25, 2021 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Unionville
Jan 28, 2021
Assistant Governor Meeting
Feb 01, 2021 4:00 PM
Executive Council Meeting
Feb 22, 2021 4:00 PM
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In Your Thoughts

Rotarian Greg Yank passed away.  Greg served as RI Director of Heart of America Zones from 2017-2019.  He also served as District Governor of 5610 in Southern Illinois twice.  Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  
Judie Klinginsmith, wife of Ray Klinginsmith, passed away.  Ray was International President in 2010-11 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville.  

Thinking Outside the Box

Instead of a Christmas party this year, Gladstone Rotary did "Party on the Porch" where they took a gift to their houses.  They also used this time to hand out some Paul Harris Awards.
On Saturday, December 5, Club 13 members Kara Bennett, Mary Kingsley, Linn Mills, Jessica Block, and Barbara Dolci delivered Christmas gifts to families in need at the Westside Community Action Network Center, thanks to the generous contributions of Rotarians from our club.  Along with other community groups, Club 13 helped to provide and distribute toys to 273 children through coordination of the Westside CAN Center.  In addition to club support, a $1,000 Venture Fund grant from the Rotary Club of Kansas City Foundation to the Westside CAN Center helped provide what was not donated by members. Hopefully the holiday will be just a bit brighter for these families.
We are People of Action, serving Kansas City for 110 years!
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Rotary Leadership Institute 
RLI is HAPPENING…and it is ONLINE…and we are having great results.  We are still making new friends and enjoying each other’s company…it is just now via Zoom. 
We did have a few classes in person in early 2020.  Since I am an accountant, I do love numbers.  We had 9 participants complete Part I and 16 complete Part II before the pandemic set in.  So, my fabulous team of facilitators decided that COVID19 wasn’t going to stop us and we began converting our materials to an online format.  As a result, we have had 31 take Part I, 18 take Part II and we have 32 new graduates of the program completing Part III! 
We are now several  months down the road from the end of our year as Rotary leaders responsible for our Clubs and the District. This is typically the time of year when we get to celebrate the accomplishments of our clubs at the District Foundation dinner. As the Foundation dinner is currently scheduled for May 22nd and it will be many months before we get together again we wanted to share this information with you now.
It was the toughest year that any President of a Rotary Club could have.  Best laid plans were suddenly cancelled in the third quarter of the Rotary year. A lot of clubs had to cancel major fundraisers for the year which impacted clubs abilities to meet giving/gifting goals. Everyone had to cancel meeting in person for a long time which impacted the fellowship and any membership building efforts planned. 
Enough about the troubles we faced last year. Let's catalog the things we did accomplish.  Here is a summary of our District's accomplishments.
Merchants' Harvest Days
On a chilly day in October (October 24, 2020) in Kansas City, Missouri two dedicated rotarians from Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club combined their talents and energy to educate and engage visitors to the Brookside Merchants' Harvest Days Event about the on-going war to eradicate polio worldwide.  The two objectives on this World Polio Day were to share information about efforts to eradicate this debilitating and life threatening disease and to share information on how to make donations to this cause directly to the Polio Foundation.
The Christmas Spirit
In December the members of the Brookfield Rotary Club purchased $3,000 in Christmas gifts for 47 needy children in Linn County.  Congratulations on one of the biggest community service projects of the year in cooperation with Brookfield High School and other community groups.  
Weston Rotarians assembled benches provided by a Rotary Foundation grant/ Weston Rotary grant adding new benches to the City of
Weston in the area of public restrooms on the north side of Thomas Street. 
Given Rotary's experience with the polio vaccine - and being "ThisClose" to eradicating polio from the face of the earth, it's not surprising that Rotarians are stepping up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available. Here's Kansas City Club 13 Rotarian Dr. Ted Higgins - "I had the Pfizer shot yesterday (December 23rd). A second is scheduled in 21 days. No pain, no problems."

District Governor in Rotary year 2024-2025 

Your club is invited to submit nominations for District Governor for Rotary year 2024-2025.  You, as a Rotarian in good standing, may submit to your Club President and Secretary, the name of a Rotarian in your club who you believe would be willing and qualified to serve as District Governor.  This person should be voted on by your club and his/her name, along with the application and all needed signatures, submitted to the District Nominating Committee.  The District Nominating Committee, in accordance with Section 14.020.3 of the RI Bylaws, will consist of the last five Past District Governors.  They are the voting members.  The current District Governor, Governor-Elect, Governor-Nominee, and the Governor Nominee-Designate will also serve on the committee as non-voting members. 
Please note that under the Rotary International Bylaws Qualifications for District Governor Nomination, a qualified candidate must meet all of the following seven criteria:
  1. A Rotarian in good standing of a functioning club in District 6040. (RI Bylaws 16.070.1)
  2. A Rotarian maintaining full membership qualification. (RI Bylaws 16.070.2)
  3. The Rotarian must have served a full term as Club President, or as charter president from the date of charter to 30 June (six-month minimum), at the time of nomination. (RI Bylaws 16.070.3)
  4. Be willing and able to fulfill the duties of District Governor (as described in RI Bylaws 16.070.4) and further outlined in Duties of a Governor (RI Bylaws 16.090)
  5. Have been a member of a Rotary Club for at least seven years. (RI Bylaws 16.080)
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of Governor and submit a signed statement that the Rotarian understands clearly the qualifications, duties and responsibilities.  (RI Bylaws 16.070.5)
  7. Is willing to attend the International Assembly (as District Governor Elect) prior to taking office.  (RI Bylaws 16.080)
Selection is done now so this person can be included in leadership discussions and meetings, long-range goal and policy setting to improve continuity and to participate in preparatory training and District activities.  The selected person would begin participating in the District Executive Council meetings after selection.  Full participation from 2021-2024 is essential to help the individual prepare for the 2024-2025 District Governor year.
Immediate Past District Governor Marc Horner, Nominations Committee Chair, will convene the District Governor Nomination Committee Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1201 Burlington Street in North Kansas City for candidate interviews. 
  1. The District Governor nomination form must be completed fully.
  2. All required signatures must be on the document – Club President, Secretary, and applicant.
  3. Nominations shall be submitted in the form of a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the Club naming the suggested candidate.  A club may submit only one of its own members as a candidate for Governor-Nominee.  (RI Bylaws 14.020.4)
Return this application (and any additional documentation) via email to Immediate Past District Governor Marc Horner, mhorner@aol.com  no later than March 1st,  2021.  This is a firm date for submitting nominations.
  1. Nominees are encouraged to submit a detailed biography and additional information including details of their Club, District and international experiences in Rotary.
If you have questions about this process, please contact me at the email or phone number listed below.
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