December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.  Our most important and obvious Disease Prevention program is our organizations commitment to eradicating Polio everywhere in the World.  Our District’s role in that area of service this year is focused on our Chinnery Challenge.  My request that all of our clubs participate in some kind of Polio awareness and fund raising effort during this Rotary year. But we have other very important disease prevention projects we are participating in as well.
One of our Districts other efforts in disease prevention involves our investment, along with many other districts in the Nigerian Family Health Days project.  Over 140,000 people were screened at 152 different sites for a variety of diseases, received treatment when available and at the very least were directed to providers of the various services they required.  This is a huge endeavor in Nigeria and would not be possible without District 6040 through the Liberty, Missouri Rotary Club acting as the Sponsor for this project.
Obviously our many water and sanitation projects directly contribute towards disease prevention but I will deal with those in another month’s newsletter.
And now, how about our own phenomenal Disease Prevention project.  Shoes for Orphan Souls.  Yes, it is a disease prevention project.  Shoes protect against disease and infection. In many developing countries, children walk barefoot in muddy, rocky terrain to gather clean water or go to school. Parasites and diseases, including hookworm, jiggers and tetanus, can enter the body through cuts in the feet. These illnesses can stunt a child’s growth and development, as well as cause lifelong mental damage.
The shoes we collect this year will be going to the Dominican Republic; the country we will be sending our Group Study Exchange team to this January and whose team we hosted in October and early November.
We are #PeopleofAction when it comes to Disease Prevention and Treatment.  Have a wonderful holiday season.  Enjoy friends, family and festivities. Most of all give thanks that “Rotary Connects the World.”
Yours in Rotary Service.
Marc Horner
District Governor
Upcoming District Events
Assistant Governor Meeting
Dec 02, 2019 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Bethany
Dec 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Executive Council Meeting
IHD Solutions
Dec 11, 2019 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Trenton
Dec 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Assistant Governor Meeting
Jan 06, 2020 4:00 PM
Executive Council Meeting
IHD Solutions
Jan 08, 2020 4:00 PM
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Congratulations to the Eastern Independence Rotary Club who were the winners of the Ray Klinginsmith Cup for donations to the Rotary Foundation.  

Welcome to Interact

The Rotary Club of Odessa held a Charter Banquet Thursday, November 14 for the Interact Club of Odessa High School. The club has 30 charter members, most of whom attended the banquet with their families. Guest speakers included Marc Horner, 6040 district governor, Dr. Jon Oetinger, superintendent of Odessa R-7 Schools, and Adam Couch, Odessa mayor. Interactors participated in a pinning ceremony and were presented with the club's charter. Club advisors were also pinned, and faculty advisors were announced as honorary Rotarians.

Making an Impact

The Richmond Rotary Club presented Mayor Mike Wright with $14,000 to the City of Richmond for a beautification project on the downtown square.
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
Around the District
Giving Tuesday happens once a year, but your gift of Rotary will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a special gift to The Rotary Foundation and together we can continue Doing Good in the World.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.
You can start the holiday season on a charitable note by donating on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd.
Rotary Membership Initiative
Do you want to attract more members in your club and engage them in more service to your community?
Let me share how you can attract energetic, inspired, excited new members while keeping the current members engaged.
We have introduced a Membership Initiative team in your District to do just that! Some clubs are having success with annual net growth, yet many others are staying neutral, or losing members each year. 
Our clubs incorporating a more flexible model are having the most success and attracting newer, engaged members.  We don’t just need younger members, we need young thinkers, open minded individuals who are willing to try new things in new ways to be an attractive organization in today’s busy society.  Rotary offers what statistics show people are looking for; a chance to join like minded people to network and make a differenceSo how do we share that opportunity and keep our members engaged?
2020 Rotary Coach Tour of New Zealand
Rotary members are invited to join the 2020 Rotary Coach Tour of New Zealand with the Rotary Club of Pakuranga September 11-28, 2020.  The tour includes two meals in Rotarians homes and two Rotary meeting visits.  The tour is limited to 26 people and accommodations will be 4 to 5 star and include breakfast.  Your tour will include two night stays in all big city stopovers and a professional tour guide throughout the entire trip.  
Rotary Member Recruitment
My father, Verle Kins, was a Rotarian by spirit and by his profession of facilitating the growth and development of youth (and the leaders who volunteered) through the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and YMCA. We moved every 4 or 5 years. And every time we moved to a new location, Verle would transfer his Rotary membership to the new Rotary club location. His advice on membership was to identify the new leadership in your community and invite the new leader to attend or participate in a club project that had personal meaning to that person.
Rotary Club helps with Regulation Rooms
The three St. Joseph Rotary Clubs have helped the St. Joseph School District to create regulation rooms.  Kids who are acting out or over-emotional in the classroom now have a place to go to clam down and learn coping skills on how to deal with their stress.  "It's designed to help kids regulate their emotions.  It is designed around the areas of the brain and how the brain regulates, " said Jean West a social worker a certified trauma trainer with the St. Joseph School District.  In addiiton to Rotarians volunteered their time helping to assemble the rooms.