Digitalization of club Invoices

Rotary International is adopting a digitalization of the semiannual club invoices. With this option, they are embracing a cost reduction, time saving and environmentally friendly approach. If your club received invoices both by e-mail as well as by mail, you will receive the invoice only by e-mail from 1 January 2019 on. [If you prefer the paper form, you may change your delivery method in MyRotary before January 1st ].

Reminder On Club Elections

The deadline to enter officers for 2019-2020 in ClubRunner is December 31, 2018
Elections should be held on the first or second meeting in December for President Elect (2020-21) Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Foundation Chair for 2019-2020.

Save the Dates

February 23- Assistant Governor Training from 10-2 at Livingston County Library (Chillicothe)
February 25-PrePETs and Grants Training from 6-8 at Ameren UE (Kirksville)
February 26-PrePETs and Grants Training from 6-8 at Liberty United Methodist Church (Liberty)
February 27-PrePETs and Grants Training from 6-8 at  Perka Hybrid Buildings (St. Joseph)
March 29 & 30- ShowMe PETs at the Capital Plaza Hotel (Jefferson City)
Upcoming District Events
Rotary Club Officers Elections for 2019-2020
Dec 01, 2018 - Dec 08, 2018
Kansas City South Rotary Club 32nd Annual Senior Dinner
Armacost Museum
Dec 01, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Last Day to Make Member Count Changes in ClubRunner
Dec 20, 2018
Last Day to Report Elected Officers to District and RI
Dec 31, 2018

Who wore it best?

A little holiday fun with an ugly sweater contest.  We want to know of the photos below, who wore it best.  Let Julie McCoy know your vote by sending an email to
Marc Horner (DGE) and David McCaughey (DGND) at an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. 
Julie McCoy, District Governor.  
Russell Hampton
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A message from Julie McCoy

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Maya Angelou
I have to admit that I have had my many moments of awe this year and many of them have some from Rotary experiences.
Some highlights of this year that have made me smile include:
-My own song as sung by the Independence Rotary Club entitled, “Ole McCoy Had a Farm”.  I’m not sure how I feel about being called “ole”…maybe next time we can sing it as “The Real McCoy had a Farm”.
-I received two kisses by Maryville greeter, Bill Adams.  Hershey’s kisses that is and they were the best!  And, I loved singing his favorite song, “Home on the Range”.  However, I think it would be best to get a new pianist next time because this “ole” girl hasn’t had much time to practice this year.
-St. Joe Club #32 recognized me with a basket of goodies on boss’s day.  I have to admit that the Cherry Mashes didn’t make it to the parking lot…much less to my home.  (Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?)
Be sure as you go through this holiday season that you are searching out moments that will take your breath away, because that’s what we’re here for, to experience joy and awe and all of the good things that life has to offer.
Merry Christmas!
Julie McCoy
End Polio Now Day
District 6040 was at City Hall to receive the proposal and the resolution to make October 24, 2018 End Polio Now Day in Kansas City. PDG Sally Bibb (Club 13) and PDG Jerry Venters (Plaza Rotary), did us proud with a few remarks – they were impeccably delivered and perfect for the occasion!
Rotary Learning Center
Rotary's redesigned Learning Center is now available and your new club officer courses are ready.  Go to  Take the getting started with learning center course to see all the ways you can use the new Learning Center.  You can search for the learning plan for your role.  
Service Above Self
Recruiting is underway for District Grant Scholarships and Global Grant Scholarships.  District 6040, through the generous giving of Rotarians contributing to the Annual Fund/SHARE of The Rotary Foundation provides District Grant Scholarships and Global Grant Scholarships.  Applications are first vetted through your local Rotary Club.  Submission to a Rotary Club must occur at least five months prior to applicant's anticipated study departure date.  March 1 is the deadline for applications submitted to sponsoring Rotary Club for study in the 2019-20 Rotary Year.  
People of Action
Those of you who attended the District Conference and Foundation Dinner saw the new video celebrating People of Action, and the outstanding work being done by our clubs in District 6040, with the support of your hard work and District Grants.
Rotarians are People of Action! In 2018, clubs throughout northern Missouri worked on hands-on, grant-funded projects to improve lives and communities. 
Membership Update
As we are in the midst of the Holidays we are reminded of all the good things in life.  Rotary being one of them.  If you enjoy the Rotary family as much as I do, then gathering others to join our team is a gift beyond measure.  As you enjoy the Holiday season and prepare for the new year, I ask that you think about all the women and men you encounter and really share your story,  All of our stories are unique on what inspires us.  Many will look to turn a new leaf in the new year and this is the best time to capture their attention.  As a district we will be kicking off our District wide membership drive in January.  We have newly trained resources to help you create an attraction and engagement plan for new members.  We have $1200 prizes for a small, medium and large club that grow the most this Rotary year.  We also have very cool D6040 "Each One Reach One" jackets for the Rotarians who have sponsored the most new members at end of the year.  As a district we are at 2379 members, up from 2365 on July 1.  Congratulations to all the clubs for making a difference.  We still have a goal of a net gain of 250 for the year.  So lets give the best gift anyone could receive.  The gift of Rotary.   Respectfully DMC Frank Dixon 

Around the District

A Special Gift for Our District Governor
The Odessa Rotary Club and Shannon Quick presented Julie McCoy with her most prized possession from 2018.  According to Julie, "You are my Inspiration!"
Maryville Celebrates 90 Years
The Maryville Rotary Club celebrated its 90th Anniversary with a holiday dinner.  Two members Bill Adams and Jim Whan were recognized for their 50 years of service to the Maryville club and community. Three members Jim Bagby, Mark Thomsen and Carrol Hess were recognized for their 40 years of service to the club and the community. Shown from left are Bagby, Thomsen, Hess, Whan, President Brandon Stanley and Adams.  Maryville Rotary Secretary Tye Parsons presented club member J.R. Kurz a certificate designating him as a Paul Harris Fellow. Maryville Rotary member Megan Jennings presented Lynn Felton, a friend of the club, a certificate designating her as  an honorary Paul Harris Fellow.
Our World Lost a Great Rotarian
South Side St. Joseph long time Rotarian Richard "Dick" Leo Meng 84 passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Mosaic Life Care Hospital. Dick was very active in the community and a member of many social and fraternal organizations but he gave the most of himself to a 55 year "life time membership" in the South Side Rotary Club.  A Paul Harris Fellow, he presided as President in 1973-74, was given a Rotary Club lifetime achievement award in 2017 and devoted countless hours to raising money for High School Scholarships most notably through the ANNUAL SOUTH SIDE ROTARY CHILI SUPPER FUNDRAISER that he began some 36 years ago.   To this day the Chili is still made with his famous and closely held secret Chili sauce recipe (handed down only a few years ago to a trusted colleague!) ...  (The next Chili Supper Fundraiser will be held as a memorial ti Dick in February 2019; - stay tuned for details!)
Celebrating World Polio Day
On World Polio Day, October 24, Grand Lake Rotary hosted a fundraising event at the home of Bonnie Severson. DeeAnn and Ken Stock from the Raytown Rotary Club had the opportunity to attend.  World Polio Day is a worldwide observance celebrating Rotary International's 30 year effort to eradicate polio, educating the public (, and raising funds to continue immunizations. Rotary International started this effort in 1988 when there were 125,000 polio cases worldwide. Today, so far in 2018, there have only been 20 cases diagnosed in 2 countries - Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
The guest of honor at the event was Bonnie's Aunt Martha Engelbert, a 95 year old polio survivor. After an interesting and heartfelt presentation of her experiences as a 32 year old mother of 2 when she was diagnosed, attendees donated $2200 to Rotary International's continuing efforts. All funds raised by Rotary are matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Shown in the photo are Martha Engelbert and Grand Lake President Michael Long.

District Grant Scholarships and Global Grant Scholarships

Recruiting is underway for District Grant Scholarships and Global Grant Scholarships. D6040, through the generous giving of D6040 Rotarians contributing to the Annual Fund/SHARE of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) provides District Grant Scholarships and Global Grant Scholarships. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please encourage them to apply.
District Grant Scholarships provide a stipend of $2,500 for one or two semesters of undergraduate or graduate level coursework abroad.  Global Grant Scholarships provide up to $70,000 for graduate level studies at a university outside the United States.
The number of grants available vary from year to year but typically include one to three District Grant Scholarships and one Global Grant Scholarship of $70,000 (or two scholarships of $35,000 each per year).  The number of scholarships funded is dependent upon Annual Fund/SHARE contributions from clubs and individuals three years prior to the current Rotary year.
Applications are first vetted through your local Rotary Club. Submission to a Rotary Club must occur at least five months prior to applicant’s anticipated study departure date.
District Scholarship Application Deadlines
March 1, 2019 - application submitted to sponsoring Rotary Club for study in the 2019-20 Rotary Year
March 1-30, 2019 – sponsoring Rotary Club members interview the scholarship applicants
April 1, 2019 - application submitted to Rotary District Scholarship Chair for study in the 2019-20 Rotary Year
Global Grant Application Deadlines (for August 2019 starts):
March 1, 2019 - application submitted to a Grants Qualifies sponsoring Rotary Club for study in the 2019-20 Rotary Year
Applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed by the District 6040 committee around the end of April.
Questions about District and Global Grant Scholarships should be sent to D6040 Scholarship Sub-Committee Chairperson, Brad Kleindl,
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