An Amazing District Conference

We had many winners the day of the District Conference and Foundation Dinner.  I wanted to thank all who helped plan and execute the days events.  I am truly grateful to all of you who contributed in many, many ways. 
The winners of the McCoy/Horner Food Fight were announced at the District Conference…and the winner is…Team McCoy with 29,335 points!  Here are the highlights of the event:
Team Horner was a strong challenger with 28,064 points and had the top three clubs in each category.  Kansas City collected 1,193 pounds of food!  Gladstone gave the most money with a donation of $1250.00 and Excelsior Springs donated the most time with 137 hours! 
Other Team Horner clubs with impressive statChange s are donations of $1,000 from Independence, $978 and 110 hours of service from the Kansas City Club and $1,032 and 85.50 hours of service from the Waldo Brookside Club.  The top total points per club were #1 the Kansas City Club with 6,205 points followed closely by #2 Waldo Brookside with 6,152 points.
Team McCoy saw Kirksville Thousand Hills and Trenton donating $1,000 each, Cameron donating $750 and Lathrop donating $700!.  Kansas City Plaza collected 452 pounds of food and St. Joe East donated 117 hours of service and Trenton donated 100 hours of service.  And that makes Trenton the largest point getter for Team McCoy and #3 overall with 5,000 points!
But, there were no losers in this contest as the Food Banks and people of North Missouri Benefited from your generosity.  In total 3,048 pounds of food were collected, $10,949.46 was raised and 1,055 hours were spent in your communities.  Nicely done District 6040 Rotarians! 
So who won the Golden Tickets?
Mary Jo Eiberger from Cameron won the beach vacation.  Mary Jo said she hasn’t had a vacation in 5 years and is looking forward to visiting Daytona Beach in February with her girlfriends.
Karen Van Sickle from Saint Joseph Southside won the beautiful Rotary theme necklace donated by Trisha Kennedy.  Trisha is currently the Blue Springs Club President.  These two ladies made some incredible contributions to the Rotary Foundation that night and I appreciate their generosity and their love for Rotary.
You are my Inspiration!
Julie McCoy
Upcoming District Events
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Maryville
Nov 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Schuyler County
Nov 08, 2018 6:30 AM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Unionville
Nov 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Membership Facilitator Training (Presented by Zone
Liberty United Methodist Church (Rush Creek Campus)
Nov 10, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Odessa
Nov 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Pins for Polio
Ward Parkway Lanes
Nov 18, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

ShowMe Rotary PETs

ShowMe Rotary PETs is just around the corner on March 29-30, 2019.  This year we will be focusing on training the President Elects and President Nominees for our Clubs.  There will not be a specific Secretary training tract  this year for District 6040 club secretaries.  Our District leadership has decided to handle Secretary training; inside the District during April and May, at several sites across the District. We want to have more time for questions and to support our Secretaries differing levels of expertise and we feel this is the best way to handle it.  We will be announcing those dates and locations shortly.
All of the clubs in our District pay dues to support sending two leaders to ShowMe Rotary PETs.  The President Elect is required to attend a PETs training by Rotary International before they can serve their term.  Any of your other Club Leaders; but preferably the President Nominee, are also invited to attend.  They will be assigned to the President Nominee tract to prepare them for their future leadership positions.
Please begin making plans for your clubs President Elects and President Nominees to join us all in Jefferson City at the Capital Plaza Hotel on March 29th and 30th of 2019.
End Polio Now
Thanks to the Marriott Downtown, lights shown over downtown to showcase Rotary's fight against Polio.  

GSE Spotlight

Each month we will highlight another of our GSE Outgoing team members to Australia.  This month we would like to introduce Lisa Deatherage.  Lisa is a member of Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza.  Lisa also volunteers her time as a ShelterBox Ambassador and is currently the ShelterBox Lead Ambassador for the Midwest.  She participates in speaking engagements, community events and other fund raising and awareness activities as well as supporting her husband who is a ShelterBox Response Team member. She has been working with ShelterBox since 2008. 
Lisa is the Chief Operations Officer of S2000 Corp. a software and service organization with a suite of products providing insurance verification, electronic document issuance and pre-qualification services to companies around the world. We are excited to have Lisa represent the district!


People of Action

Rotarians are People of Action! In 2018, clubs throughout northern Missouri worked on hands-on, grant-funded projects to improve lives and communities. Take a look at this video:
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People of Action Awards
The district’s new People of Action Awards presented for the first time at the 19th Annual Foundation Dinner honor clubs that provide service through district grant projects in the 2017-18 Rotary year.   The awards consider humanitarian service, sustainability, measurable outcomes, creativity and Rotarians involvement.  The winners are:
Klinginsmith Cup

The Klinginsmith Cup was first awarded for the 2009-10 Rotary year and was instituted to honor our Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith (Kirksville Rotary Club) who served as RI President in 2010-11.  The award is presented to the club that meets two criteria that President Ray values:

1.       Earning the Presidential Citation for the Rotary year and

2.       Making the highest per capita contribution to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund/SHARE for the Rotary Year.

Seventeen Rotarians Graduate from Rotary Leadership Institute
This year, 17 District 6040 Rotarians have graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), bringing to 66 the number of District Rotarians to complete the three-day training course designed to build stronger club leaders and, ultimately, stronger and better clubs.  Since the start of the RLI program in District 6040 in August 2014, some 130 Rotarians from 28 different clubs have attended one or more of the training sessions. Sessions were held in St. Joseph (twice), Lawson and Chillicothe this year.  In 2019, all three Parts of the course will be offered in Chillicothe on March 9, and for the first time ever, we will have evening sessions for Parts II and III in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Tentative dates are March 19 and 26 for Part II and April 9 and 16 for Part III (locations TBD).  Participation on both dates will be required to complete each Part.  This will make it possible for participants to begin the course in March and graduate in April, if they wish.
High Schoolers Take Over City Hall

City Hall hosted 65 high school students for the 25th annual Student Government Day, put together by the Downtown Rotary Club 32 (St. Joseph). The teenagers shadowed department heads such as Police Chief Chris Connally, Fire Chief Mike Dalsing, and City Council members to gain a firsthand look at local government.

Students began with a tour of the Police Department, courthouse and area along the Riverfront the city is hoping to develop.

“It’s really cool to see everybody work on things that will impact the community, very directly, and working to make St. Joe just better all the time,” said Rylee Alden of Lafayette High School. She was city manager for the day. “I’ve been thinking of doing a career in government, so this has been really good to get some experience and seeing what it’s really like.”

Danielle Dotson from St. Joseph Central was mayor for the day. She also was interested in working in government after her experience at City Hall.

KCI Club Making a Difference for Homeless Families
The KCI Rotary Club sponsors one of the apartments at the local homeless ministry. Through this apartment we house a working homeless family, free of charge, while they complete the Hillcrest program. This program requires that they continue to work their full time job and includes case management, budget counseling, life skills and access to the food pantry. The goal is that the family saves every dime they make to pay off their barrier debt and build a savings so when they graduate the 90 day program, they can move into a place of their own with a budget in place to sustain them into the future. This picture shows a crew of rotarians cleaning the apartment after one family graduated the program in preparation for the next family to move in! We sponsor around 4 - 5 families each year! We also participate with the family by bringing them meals every once in a while and stocking their pantry upon move in and sending notes of encouragement. We are making a difference one family at a time! To quote Barry Rassin, RI president, "Together we can and we will change the world!"  Please note the link in the October issue with this story was incorrect.  To learn more, visit
Club 13 Takes on Harvesters
Club 13 had a great time at Harvesters packaging sweet potatoes and carrots as part of the District 6040 Food Fight. There were 26 volunteers that showed up for a light dinner and socializing before the tour and work began.  The tour was very impressive. Club members learned a lot about how it is a regional food bank that serves a 26-county area and how it operates. One in seven people in our region is food insecure. This means they do not know where their next meal is coming from.  They also learned that it is one of five regional disaster relief staging sites for Feeding America. They were preparing to provide aid to the people affected by the latest hurricane in the Florida Panhandle.
Blue Springs Works for McCoy/Horner Food Fight
The Blue Springs Rotary Club helped with food sorting for the Blue Springs Community Service League Center.  
Halloween Fun
The Blue Springs Rotary Club went to Rainbow Center to hand out candy to the special needs kids instead of their normal Wednesday program on Halloween. 24 rotarians attended, and had a blast!
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