October is Economic and Community Development Month.  I believe our Rotary clubs have an opportunity and a responsibility to positively impact the lives of those in their communities and around the world. Through our work in economic and community development we can do just that.  Our new strategic plan calls for Rotary to increase our impact in our communities and economic development can be a critical part of that impact in 2019 and beyond.


Randy Steinman, our District Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation Ambassador, is working on a plan to have Rotary clubs participate in bringing micro credit loans to our communities in Northern Missouri.  He is available to speak to your clubs about that subject and the plan to address it.  In addition to this effort Randy has led our micro finance project in the Dominican Republic since its inception and has some inspiring stories on that effort as well. You can reach Randy at


In addition to Randy there is another Rotary resource available.  The Rotary Action Group for Microfinance & Community Development (RAGM). They have a website at . While a lot of their projects are overseas, there are an increasing number of them here in the United States including one in California that is highlighted in this article If your club is interested in the subject this Rotary Action Group is an important resource.


Marc Horner
District Governor 2019-2020


Membership Moment
Vibrant clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects, and try new ideas.  In this month's membership moment we take a look at communicating openly in your club.  Share information at club meetings, on your club website, and through social media, and check regularly to see how members are feeling.  
Steven Youngblood, with the Parkville Rotary Club, wrote an opinion piece for The Kansas City Star about peacebuilding/Peace Day that features KC peacebuilding organizations, including a plug for Rotary.  The article mentions that Kansas City is fortunate to have numerous "rock star" peacebuilders and peacebuilding organizations.  "While it's understandable to be discouraged by the violence and discord around us, conversely, it's easy to be encouraged by the numerous peacebuilding efforts in Kansas City, and to be empowered by the knowledge that each of us can help make our world a more peaceful place," said Youngblood.  
The Chinnery Challenge
All clubs have been asked by District Governor Marc Horner to schedule or hold an event by Polio Day to raise money for Dollars for Polio.  A few clubs have already started the challenge and even created more awareness for Rotary's fight against Polio.  
2019 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. You won’t want to miss it.  Join us in celebration of all things Rotary on November 2, 2019, at Arrowhead Stadium.  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.
Dinner Anywhere in the World
In celebration of our Rotary 2019-20 theme, Rotary Connects the World – a new raffle will be held, with a prize of dinner anywhere in the world.  (The prize will include travel and expenses for a trip for two – including that special dinner – anywhere in the world, with a travel voucher valued at $5,000.00.  For this special event, one-thousand raffle tickets will be sold, priced at $25.00 each – with proceeds going to the Polio Fund.  
Golden Ticket
Back by popular demand: a replay (and enhancement) of last year's raffle.   Your single $100 raffle ticket will put you in the three drawings for these fabulous prizes.  (Why stop at one ticket? You deserve more chances to win!)
  • A week at a Daytona, Florida ocean-side condo, donated by immediate PDG Julie and Rolfe McCoy of the Chillicothe club
  • A one-of-a-kind Rotary pendant (or tie-tac) hand crafted by Trisha Kennedy
  • Five nights Copper Mountain, Colorado, condominium, donated by Mark Comfort of the Parkville club – to be used between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2020.
Note: any Rotarian who buys a $100.00 raffle ticket will get credit for the donation to the Rotary Foundation. Proceeds will go to the Annual Fund.
You can buy your ticket online at HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/ROTARYGOLDENTICKET
District 6040 Global Grant in Action
The Australian District we partnered with for our GSE last year also gave us the opportunity for a Global Grant.   
After many years, the first remote renal dialysis service recently opened on the APY lands in far north South Australia at Pukatja (Ernabella). Known by the name of Purple House, the facility is run by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT), with its CEO Sarah Brown. WDNWPT is run by Aboriginal people from remote communities with input and leadership from the Pukatja Community Council, the APY Council, NPY Women’s Council and the APY Art Collective. There has also been a growing association with Rotary clubs over the past ten years. Their CEO, Sarah Brown, has been a popular motivational speaker at District conferences and Institutes over the past few years.
In 2017, she presented at a District Conference in Mount Gambier and talked of her experiences with the existing Purple House facilities and, of course, the Purple House bus, a mobile dialysis unit. Many present that day were inspired by her presentation, and talk began about Rotary Clubs joining forces to provide much needed assistance to this latest project.
Home on Dialysis
Party Time
Thank you
Upcoming District Events
Governor Visit to All Kirksville Clubs
Oct 01, 2019
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Macon County
Oct 02, 2019
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Excelsior Springs
Oct 03, 2019
Assistant Governor Meeting
Oct 07, 2019 4:00 PM
Zone 30/31 Training
Oct 08, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Brookfield
Oct 08, 2019 12:00 PM
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Jodi Krantz, Eastern Independence Rotary Club, received her jacket for sponsoring 3 new members in the 2018-2019 membership contest.  The club received $1,250 for winning the medium sized club category.  
Rotary Leadership Institute celebrated two graduates on September 14.  Steven Rotkoff of the KC Plaza Club and Pat Kurtzeman of the Kirksville Thousand Hills club.  Congratulations for having completed all three parts of the RLI program.  

Rotary In Action

The Weston Rotary Club took time to beautify the area by picking up trash along side of the road.  
Dan Ovaitt and Louis Smither presented the Weston Boy Scout Troop 249 and West Platte FFA donations from the Weston Rotary for their co-sponsored community dinner.  

Clubs Making a Difference

The Lee's Summit Sunrise Rotary Club is excited to announce Feed Lee's Summit on November 14.  Feed Lee's Summit will offer restaurants offering delicious tastings of soup, breads, and desserts.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Mizzou Idol Winner Bre Lahane.  Find out more or purchase tickets at  
The Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club is helping to host KC Games for Good on October 5th.  This is a city-wide event intended to showcase and celebrate service to the community and organizations that deliver it.  You can learn more at  
Russell Hampton
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