September is New Generations month. 
The future of Rotary in our communities begins by developing strong Interact and Rotaract clubs. Start raising Rotarians early and we are creating the next generation of Club members, Club leaders and District leaders.  An opportunity to teach young people the importance of service in their lives and their communities. A chance to teach them that service not only improves the lives of the people they serve but also their lives as well. One profits most who serves best!
A perfect month for your club to consider either creating an Interact Club or having a joint event with your existing Interact Club to strengthen the bond between your club and your Interact sponsor and students.
Not all communities have a College in their community where they can create a College based Rotaract Club.  If you do have a College or University nearby and there is no Rotaract there now reach out and find out what the rules are for starting a service club there.  If you have a club member who is employed there see if they can help you find a friendly member to the faculty to work with.
Community based Rotaract Clubs fit in almost anywhere.  If you have young people in your community who need a service outlet you can provide it by creating a community based club.  Young people who never went to College or have returned from college and are so busy in their careers that they can’t make weekly Rotary meetings are perfect targets for a Rotaract club.  You are building the Rotary spirit in them so that when they are ready they can join your clubs and they already know a lot about Rotary.  They also make good volunteers for your service and fundraising projects.  It will never hurt to try. Give it a chance.
Starting either one of these types of clubs or continuing to operate them will earn you a checkbox on the way to earning your Club a Rotary Citation.  We have extremely competent District leaders to help you with those programs.  PDG Jeff Romine for help starting an Interact Club and PDG Rick Simon for help with Community based or College based Rotaract clubs.
Our Foundation Dinner Raffle Tickets are now available for sale on our District website, .  A $100.00 ticket gets you a chance at one of two vacation condos or a beautiful custom designed piece of Rotary jewelry.   A $25.00 ticket gets you a chance at “Dinner anywhere in the World”.  A $5000.00 travel and dinner package.  Both tickets benefit the Rotary Foundation.
Yours in Rotary Service.
Marc Horner
District Governor
Save the Date: November 2, 2019 for the District 6040 Rotary Foundation Dinner

The District 6040 Foundation Dinner is always one of the highlights of the Rotary year. This year’s Dinner will be one of the great events of the decade: join us in celebration of all things Rotary, with our featured speaker, the president of Rotary International, Mark Maloney.

The Foundation Dinner will celebrate the contributions of District 6040 to the Rotary Foundation, including recognition of our 2018-19 District Grant Projects, culminating in the presentation of the People of Action Awards for small, medium and large clubs in the District.

Of course, there will be fun and innovative opportunities to drive funds for the Rotary Foundation – including a silent auction, two raffles with incredible prizes, and more. You’ll be hearing much more. For now, please lock that date on your calendar: Saturday, November 2, 2019, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.

Call for Help with Decorations
Rotarians, please dive into those old boxes in your garage or basement and let us know if you have any generic items – mirrors, vases, all things tropical, etc. – that can be used for decorating tables.
The Decorations Committee for the annual District Foundation dinner Nov. 2 is scouring 6040 seeking items that we could possibly use to make fantastic creative displays on our tables. And keep our budget down.
The overall theme, as you know, is “Connecting the World.” And we want to infuse some tropical elements to highlight the upcoming international convention next year in Hawaii.
If you have anything you think may be useful, please contact Jane Lee, Club 13, at
Book Your Room Early
For those Rotarians who plan to stay overnight for the Rotary Foundation Dinner, you will want to find your hotel rooms as early as possible as the KC Chiefs have a home game on Sunday, November 3.  
Who has the Golden Ticket?
Back for a Second year and better than ever is our Golden Ticket raffle.  Individuals can purchase a $100 ticket for the opportunity to win one of three great prizes.  A beautiful necklace donated by Trisha Kennedy of Kennedy Jewelers, a week in a Daytona Florida Condo, or five nights in a Colorado Condo.
The $100.00 Golden Ticket purchases will be directed to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Share and Rotarian's buying the ticket will be credited with the contribution.
The First ticket drawn has their choice of the three prizes, the second ticket drawn chooses between the remaining two prizes and the third ticket drawn gets the prize that is remaining. 
Dinner Anywhere in the World
New this year is our Dinner Anywhere in the World raffle.  Individuals can purchase a $25 ticket for the opportunity to win dinner for two anywhere in the world.  Includes airfare and accommodations valued at no more than $5,000.  If you prefer to cash out the raffle ticket the value is $ 3,000. 
The $25.00 dinner anywhere in the world ticket purchases will go to The Rotary Foundation World Polio Fund and it will be a bulk District contribution.  The individual will not be credited with the donation.
Hosting Opportunity
There will be Rotarians from all over northern Missouri coming into town for the District Foundation Dinner on November 2.  There is a Chief’s game on Sunday the 3rd that is going to make it hard to find a hotel room close to the stadium.
We would like to offer these Rotarians the option of a home stay instead of staying in a hotel.  I have stayed at Rotarian’s homes before when traveling to a Rotary event and it is a fabulous experience. Lasting friendships can be created.
Past District Governor Dan Hall has agreed to coordinate this effort.
Please let Dan Hall know at or 816-803-1048 if:
  1. You can host Rotarians in your home.  Dan will pair you up with an out of town Rotarian and let you know who it is.
  2. You would like to stay with a Rotarian the night of the event and you would like PDG Dan to arrange this for you.
Upcoming District Events
Governor Visit to Rotary Club Raytown
Sep 03, 2019
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Lexington
Sep 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Kearney
Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of John Knox Kirk
Sep 09, 2019 9:00 AM
Assistant Governor Meeting
Sep 09, 2019 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Independence
Sep 10, 2019
View entire list
Please take note
Club Presidents with Interact and/or Rotaract Clubs.  You must update the Presidents of the your Rotaract Clubs and the Sponsors of your Interact Clubs on Rotary International for you to receive credit for those clubs towards the Rotary Citation.  It is also necessary to make sure the clubs are considered current and are not allowed to expire.  Please take care of this in the next week or two.
Monthly Membership Tip
Vibrant clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects, and try new ideas.  This month's membership tip is to help you develop strong relationships within your club.  This month try sitting with different people at each meeting.  Click the link below for more relationship building ideas.  
Golf Out Polio
On Friday, October 4 the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit is sponsoring a special Glow Golf event at the Unity Village golf course.  It's a four person scramble to help Rotary rid the world of Polio!
Golf Out Polio
On Friday, October 4 the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit is sponsoring a special Glow Golf event at the Unity Village golf course.  It's a four person scramble to help Rotary rid the world of Polio!
Liberty Rotary Beer Garden
The Liberty Rotary Club will be hosting its 3rd Annual Beer Garden on September 26 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at the Liberty Rotary Plaza.  Funds raised will be used for the Liberty Rotary Readers Program.  
Calamity Jane Days 
The Princeton Rotary Club will be serving breakfast at Calamity Jane Days on September 21 from 7:00-9:00 a.m.  
You can also help with the Chennery Challenge to help end Polio by participating in the Baggo Tournament.  For details contact  
Frank Dixon met with Mark Baker of Cameron Rotary and presented him with a Rotary jacket for bringing in 2 new members last year.  According to Frank, Cameron is  a fun club and I benefited a lot from being at their meeting.  Congratulations Mark!
The Rotary Club of Odessa hosted Frog and Turtle Races at the Odessa's Annual Puddle Jumper Days Festival. The locally-beloved frog and turtle races, had 144 children competing with frogs and 45 competing with turtles. The club took over the event in 2018 to continue a tradition that brings many people to our downtown, growing the local economy. Six Rotarians, a prospective club member, two prospective Interactors and friends and family volunteered at the event. Club also collected donations to PolioPlus and promoted the Interact Club the club will sponsor beginning this fall.
The Rotary Club of Odessa also hosted an "Interest in Interact? Ice Cream Social" to promote the new Interact Club at Odessa High School. Last spring, club formed an Interact committee and sought students to volunteer on an eight-student Interact Steering Committee. Those committee members members met several times April-June to form the club's bylaws and determine service projects for the club's first year. At the ice cream social, those students and Odessa Rotary's interact committee chatted with other high school students interested in joining the club over ice cream donated by a local business.  The Rotary Club of Odessa's interact committee has three members as well as assistance from the club president and secretary. 
Russell Hampton
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Around the District
Kent Shelman Selected as District Governor Nominee Designate
District 6040 is proud to announce the selection of Kent Shelman to the position of District Governor Nominee Designate. He will become District Governor in July 2022, following current DG Marc Horner, District Governor Elect Don Gladhart, and District Governor Nominee David McCaughey. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit.
“I am very honored and humbled by this,” says Kent. “Being the Governor of District 6040 has been a long-term goal and ambition for me. I look forward to the opportunity to serve.”
Polio Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Immunizations
The Rotary Club of Agra Taj Mahal Initiative is conducting Polio Mega Campaign in 3-5 January 2020 , if any of club/district members are interested now is the time to sign up . Polio Volunteers will have the opportunities on upcoming Polio Immunization Round as Final Push “ KEEP INDIA POLIO FREE."  This journey will be a landmark event in your Rotary Experience.
  • Demonstrating to our partners UNICEF and WHO that Rotary is not just a fund-raising organization but world’s biggest service organization
  • Your Participation gives tremendous boost to local Rotarians who have been managing booths regularly for many years and where undoubtedly fatigue is setting in.
  • Most important of all, we get a higher turnout of children in a poor area or slum of Agra when there are strange foreigners with their bright faces and in yellow Rotary shirts asking for having 2 drops of Polio Vaccine.
  • Giving an opportunity to a person as volunteer in knowing have prevented dozens of children from this horrible disease and many find they had a very moving experience.
  • Indian hosts waiting to welcome with open arms creating unique and exceptional itinerary. In addition to Polio Immunization Rounds, you will participate in special Rotary activities , Social events and Rotary club projects visit.
The Challenge is On
The district is promoting membership growth by adding some incentives to clubs that take an active interest in growing membership in Rotary.  The clubs that grow by the greatest percentage will receive a $1,000 award from the district.  The award will be given to clubs in a small, medium and large club category.
To be eligible clubs must meet the following: Membership Chair in place and reported as a club officer in; The Club must have held a membership facilitation event with a trained district facilitator; and have reported to the district at least one attraction strategy and one engagement strategy they will be using in their club.
District 6040 Group Study Exchange (GSE) committee is proud to announce the selection of William (Bill) Schmidt of the Plaza Club as Leader of our GSE team to the Dominican Republic 2019-20.  The out-bound team will be in the Dominican Republic from Mid January to Mid February 2020.
The in-bound Dominican Republic team will be in our District from mid October to mid November 2019.  There is a survey going out to all club presidents for the hosting of the DR team this fall.
Just Ask
When the challenge was issued to grow our club’s membership by almost 20% for the Rotary year, the Eastern Independence Club accepted it with our usual competitive spirit.
Building upon the 18% growth last year, we found the simplest way to get new members is to…..
So that’s what we did. Membership Chair Joel Fleetwood kept it top of mind with emails and club announcements.  Most of the community is aware of our Independence Uncorked winefest in September and we’re proud to be the club that hosts that every year. It’s fun to tell our story!
Lifetime Achievement Award
Scott Farmer was the recipient of the Richmond Rotary Club Lifetime Achievement Award on August 9th, 2019.  The entire club met at their usual location for their lunch meeting, then went to Scott’s house to give him his award and to visit with him.  Each member had a Scott story to tell.  Scott was instrumental in getting the club's Reverse Raffle off the ground thirteen years ago and with its continued success over the years.  He participated in every project from picking up trash to ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.  Scott was a kind soul.  He was so loved by the community and by his fellow Rotarians.  
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
As usual, 2019 RYLA did not disappoint, it was the largest ever!  180 students from around the state came together for two separate experiences.
This year the South Kansas City Rotary Club was able to send three exceptional students from the Grandview C-4 School District to RYLA. Taylor Jones (10), EJ Atkins (11), and Jarri Brooks (11) all attended the second session of RYLA.  Here’s how Grandview High School sophomore Taylor Jones, describes her experience “One word that sums up my experience with Ryla is amazing. I loved every second even though at first I was skeptical of doing group activities. My counselors were such great people. I've never met an adult who didn't treat me like I wasn't their equal.”  Juniors, EJ and Jarri had similar RYLA experiences that they felt were eye-opening. 
Connecting with One Another
The KCI Rotary Club had a great presentation at this week’s weekly meeting from Allen Garner. Allen trained our members on how to use technology to connect with each other and others in Rotary. Allen helped members set up profiles through the Club Runner app and by logging into the KCI Rotary website. He also reviewed the many other online resources and applications available to help members maximize the many opportunities Rotary affords to them. 
Rotary District 6040 – Not Just Another District
I have been a Missouri Rotarian for many years, and I have always been proud of my relevant Rotary district, which is now District 6040.   And in thinking about the achievements of District 6040, just prior to Marc Horner’s installation as district governor, I jotted down some accomplishments that are clearly unique and important.
One of the clubs in our district, Kansas City, was one of the first 16 Rotary clubs in the world, and it participated in the first Rotary convention during August of 1910 in Chicago.   That convention formed the National Association of Rotary Clubs, which ultimately became Rotary International, and due to the good work of the new association, Rotary has become the large and significant organization we know and enjoy today.  There is no way to overstate the importance of the first convention, and the Kansas City club was a leader in that significant event!    
District 6040’s Rotary Leadership Institute completed our first session of this Rotary year with 7 Rotarians from 7 different clubs in Liberty on July 27th.  Gerry McReynolds, Kent Shelman and I had a blast with this group.  They were lively, fun and entertaining and I look forward to seeing them all again.
Parts I, II, and III of the RLI course will be held Sept. 14th in Chillicothe at the First Baptist Church, 1601 Bryan St.. 
Showing Up and Showing Off
Ruth Nelson, Weston Rotary, was good enough to take our Rotary wheel to the Platte County 4-H show and display it for three days, during the sheep and goat show, the hog show, and the cattle show.  There is ample room on panels for those that help to display signs.  The Rotary club's president was there all three days for an hour to two hours Friday thru Sunday.  A lot of volunteers displayed 'service above self'.  Weston Rotary has helped monetarily the past two years.  What a wonderful, growing,well-run show at Platte County Fair Time. 
Helping Students with Higher Education

The Scotland County Rotary Club held their annual banquet on June 26, 2019, for the purpose of new officer installation and scholarship check presentation. A catered meal was served, followed by the scholarship check presentations. The scholarships totaled $3,000 this year and $500 checks were presented to six Scotland County R-1 Seniors. The scholarship recipients are: Kaylyn Anders attending Mizzou and daughter or Rusty & Melissa Anders; Conner Harrison, attending Truman State University and son of Randy & Tonya Harrison; Jacob Kapfer, attending Northwest Missouri State University and son of Joel & Sheri Kapfer; Adam Slayton, attending Mizzou and son of Joe Slayton and Melanie Murphy; Luke Triplett, attending Mizzou and son of Jamie & Dawn Triplett and Gabby Zahn, attending Truman State University and daughter of Rob & Becky Zahn.

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