Upcoming District Events
Governor Club Visit - Bethany
Jun 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Assistant Governor Meeting
Jun 07, 2021 4:00 PM
Governor Club Visit - Lexington
Margaret Gray Center
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
10th Annual Golf Tournament - Weston Rotary Club
Shiloh Springs Golf Club
Jun 12, 2021 1:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Scotland County
Jun 16, 2021
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Knox County
Jun 17, 2021
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The Trenton Rotary Club as 12 members were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows, making Trenton the ninth of 56 clubs on District 6040 to be a 100 percent Paul Harris club. District Gov. Don Gladhart was present to celebrate this achievement along with DG-Elect David McCaughey, who also talked about the Rotary Foundation. The club’s donation to the foundation allowed for the 12 members to be recognized as well as honoring the late Joe Brinser by designating Robert and Justin Brinser (brother and son) as honorary Paul Harris recipients. The new Paul Harris recipients are Brent Wyatt, David Bain, Dr. Borhani, Jacob Black, Michael Ormsby, Mike Stegman, Ryan Tepen, Tara Walker, Amy Lewis, Donita Youtsey, Mark Hackathorn and Micah Landes. Also recognized for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation was Dan Wilford.
The Princeton Rotary had 7 new Paul Harris Fellows and 1 second time recipient this year. We are very proud.
The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.
Back Row: Amanda Covey, Bruce Gamet, Don Gladhart (District 6040 President), Marcia Cox, Amanda Hibner-Zessi, Jerry Girdner. Seated: Peggy Boulware, Matt Krohn, Lori Young.
Russell Hampton
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Thank You All!

A big THANK YOU to every Rotarian in the District for the success of our recent District Foundation Celebration Event on May 22,2021.  Our 21st annual Foundation fundraising and recognition event was a big success. 
The recognition of the Clubs and the "People of Action" District Grant project video went very well.  This year, we also added a second video with a very good update on our District Global grant projects.
On May 22, at our Foundation Celebration we raised approximately $70,000 for the Annual Fund/Share through Rotary Club sponsorships, individual ticket registrations, silent auction proceeds and raffle ticket sales.  The final figure will be determined after expenses.
The winners of the raffles were all District Rotarians.  Linn Mills of Kansas City Club won the Florida Condo, Paul Gibson of St. Joseph South Side won the Big Cedar Lodge, Karen Van Sickle of St. Joseph South Side won the Crystal Bridges and David Gale of Lee’s Summit won the Diamond Earrings.  Congratulations to all of them.
We also had over 50 nice items for the Silent Auction. This was our first time to use an online bidding system. It all went well. Going forward we will be able to expand the uses of this software for additional Rotary events.
In summary, it was a great event. There were a few glitches which we are sure to learn from for future events.   We apologize to those who had difficulties getting online for the Celebration. We will be distributing video segments soon for you to view or use for a Club program. Your next opportunity to participate in The Foundation Dinner is November 5, 2021 at the Kansas City Hotel to honor the ’20 -’21 year’s award winners and to raise even more money for the Foundation.
Thank you to our amazing Foundation Celebration committee and all who helped plan and execute this event. 
P.S. There is still time to make a contribution to the Foundation before this year ends. If you go online this month, you can donate at my rotary.org under the Foundation tab. Thank you for your Foundation contributions. They make many of our projects possible.  If you have questions, please contact Foundation Chair Kim LeSage or myself.
Don Gladhart
District Governor 2020-2021
Around The District
Parkville Rotary Celebrates 75 Years
Seventy-five years ago, today, the Parkville Rotary Club was founded. I want to first point out that Dave Napoli, Homer Williams, Kent Mayfield, Steve Bleish, Dave Overman, Bob Stone, and Tony Tognascioli have been members for more than half of those years.  Bill Quitmeier, Don Breckon and Scott McRuer have been members for nearly half of our history.  I am certain you all join me in thanking them for their loyalty and service to our Club.
Let’s look back with pride. Approximately nine months before the Club was founded, WWII had ended.  The war had been disastrous, with husbands and sons and some daughters sent overseas to fight.  Many of them did not return alive.  Many families were grieving, and those who did return alive had to face a rapidly changing world.  People returned having to find jobs, and being frustrated by the confines of what they had left, after the greatest adventure of their lives. Our founding fathers were in the midst of a world of instability and uncertainty. 
Grow Your Membership
Membership should always be a priority in our clubs.  Not for the sake of finances or to satisfy any Rotary International policies. Instead, because we need to make sure that our clubs have enough members to provide the services our communities need our clubs to provide.  Every year we have club members die, or move, or decide that Rotary does not provide the value to them that they were looking for when they joined.  That is why membership should always be a priority. Several truths exist that we need to accept to grow our clubs.
  • We can't solve our clubs membership issues by staying with the same old membership plans or no plans at all.
  • We need to make changes to our clubs to make them more attractive to potential members. Changes like dues, locations and times.
    • Not all changes have to be earth shaking. 
  • We need to consider the way we 'sell" Rotary and our clubs to potential members.
    • We are a service organization so we need to find folks who are interested in service and provide that opportunity to them.
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