Greetings 6040 Rotarians,
It is my great pleasure to serve as your District Governor for 2020-21. When the calendar turned to 2020, we had no idea that a pandemic was a few weeks away. In fact, in January two of my life’s great events happened. All 528 incoming District Governors from around the world gathered in San Diego for a week of training. It was never clearer to me how incredible Rotary International’s global footprint is. Six weeks later, nearly all of the 203 Countries with Rotary Clubs were impacted by the Coronavirus. The second great event was the Kansas City Chiefs kept winning and won the Super Bowl for the first time since I was in University. Obviously, it has been a unique and challenging year so far. I know many of our Club’s, their events and our Rotarians personal lives have been disrupted since March.
However, while there is still uncertainty, we have the opportunity to make it a great year. When incoming RI President Holger Knaack revealed his theme for ’20-’21, he chose “Rotary Opens Opportunities”. Given what has happened, it is more appropriate than ever. Take a few minutes to consider all the Opportunities Rotary has Opened for you. Then, take a few more minutes and consider all the possible opportunities open through our Clubs, our District and Rotary International. Rotarians are often known for their leadership in our communities. This year, we have the opportunity to expand our impact on our communities and the world through Rotary. We are part of the World’s Greatest Service Organization. The Possibilities are Endless!
For the past twelve years, I have been a member of the Rotary Club of St Joseph #32. My wife Karen and I have 3 wonderful children who live in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona: along with our beautiful grandchildren. There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how we feel about our grandchildren. Having been around them for several days recently, it also makes me realize how many children around the world are suffering today because of their circumstances. Once again, Rotary offers opportunity after opportunity to support children, mothers, literacy, clean water, and much more.
I am pleased to serve with a great group of Rotarians on the Executive Council this year. The Council consists of Immediate Past District Governor Marc Horner, DGE David McCaughey, DGN Kent Shelman, DGND Randy Steinman, Treasure Shelly Hulet, Secretary Ruth Bowers and PDG Kim LeSage who now serves as our District Foundation Chair. This is a dedicated group of individuals representing District Clubs across Northern Missouri. Our executive secretary, Jonah Terbovic will continue with us. We are well-positioned for leadership over the next several years with this outstanding group.
District 6040 leadership also includes 13 Assistant Governors and numerous Program Chairs and their committees. We are also fortunate to have 56 hard-working Club Presidents leading their Clubs daily.  All these leaders, join a long list who have served our District over the years, including Past RI President’s, RI Directors and Past District Governors. All these truly represent “Service Above Self”.
Despite our current challenges, let’s make it a great year! One of my favorite writers is CS Lewis. He once said “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” We are truly fortunate to have Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith living in District 6040 and a member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville.  10 years ago, when he was the International President, Ray wrote in the Rotarian magazine “Rotary has changed the world, and Rotarians will continue to change it in a positive way. The formula is simple. For us to succeed, all we need to do is to focus our best efforts on doing what Rotarians are passionate about and what Rotarians are the best in the world doing, which is Building Communities – Bridging Continents”. Thank you for all you are doing and will do for Rotary this year.
Don Gladhart
District Governor 2020-21

Sir Clem Renouf, the 1978-79 Rotary International president who helped propel Rotary toward its top goal of eradicating polio worldwide, has died at age 99.

Renouf was a member of the Rotary Club of Nambour, Queensland, Australia, for 70 years. He served as RI director, Foundation trustee, district governor, RI committee member and chair, and International Assembly discussion leader.

The Weston Rotary Club moved their meeting outside to be able to social distance and still meet in person. 
Russell Hampton
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KCI Rotary Club Hosts Virtual Bingo Fundraiser
Host a polio fundraiser during a pandemic you ask? No problem said the Rotary Club of KCI, accepting a challenge from District Governor Marc Horner and putting (virtually) a whole new spin on the game of Bingo!
The Rotary Club of KCI hosted a fundraiser, “Bingo to End Polio Now,” on Thursday, May 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Because of in-person gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, the club used the Zoom online platform to carry out the event, which allowed participants to connect remotely from the comfort of their own homes while also doing good for the world.
Rotarians Deliver Over 12 Tons of Food
In Lee’s Summit more than 12 tons of food, diapers, and toiletries have been collected in an “Eight Week Neighborly Competition” conceived of and organized by Rotarian Laura Maxwell.  “It’s been amazing to experience how the various neighborhoods have attempted to out-do each other in donating to Lee’s Summit Social Services and Coldwater, our local food banks” stated a broadly-smiling Laura.  “The reality far exceeded the idea.”  
75 Years of Weston Rotary
Weston Rotary Club’s adventure began on June 20, 1945 at its charter presentation in West Platte High School auditorium.  Officers were President, Ralph Pettis; VP, Earl
Folely; Secretary, Raymond Felling; Treasurer: M.M. Ohlhausen; Sgt.-At-Arms, Lewis Calvert.  Weston Rotary charter was sponsored my St. Joseph South Side Rotary Club
which was well represented.
The 25th anniversary of Weston Rotary was held July 17, 1970 at the Molia Temple, St. Joseph, Missouri.  Officers:  President, L.Dale Hagerman; VP, Charles D. Fisher;
Secretary, William McGee; Treasurer, Joseph Pepper; Sgt.-at arms, Carl Gebhardt; Anniversary Chairman, L.R. Vaughn.
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