Upcoming District Events
Chillicothe Rotary 100th Anniversary Celebration
Bishop Hogan Memorial School
Dec 04, 2021
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
AG Meeting
Dec 20, 2021 4:30 PM
Beer with the DG
Dec 21, 2021 5:30 PM
District Executive Council Meeting
Dec 22, 2021 4:00 PM
District Executive Council Meeting
Jan 26, 2022 4:00 PM
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RLI News

My good friends and RLI facilitators Cassy and Jerry Venters and Gerry McReynolds have retired from RLI and moved on to retirement homes in some really fun places.  While I wish them the best, I will truly miss them.  But, the good news is that I have several new RLI facilitators ready to share RLI in-person and online with you all.  Please welcome Day Ryan from Waldo Brookside, Erik McGuire from St. Joe East, Amy Chinnery-Valmassei and Kent Shelman from Lee’s Summit.  We have just complete two session of Part 1 this fall.  Part 2 will be held Jan. 11 and 25 and Part 3 will be held Feb. 1 and 8.  Both will be online via zoom from 5:30 to 8 each night.  So, look for those sign ups soon.  In the mean time, please see some thoughts about RLI from the most recent RLI graduate, Debbie Atwood from Lee’s Summit. 
Julie McCoy
RLI Coordinator for District 6040
Debbie Atwood-Lee’s Summit noon Club
I feel that joining a Rotary Club not only makes you an ambassador for that club but also for the organization as a whole. Participating in the Rotary Leadership International (RLI) classes gives new and seasoned members an opportunity to learn more about Rotary by providing an overview of all things related to the work of Rotarians locally and worldwide. I learned so much about the leadership structure of Rotary, how projects are structured and funded, and how to keep members engaged in their clubs. I learned about tools and resources that are available to strengthen my knowledge and ability to be a good ambassador for my club. Most importantly, the engaging discussions that took place during RLI helped me to see where I can jump in and help while walking out the idea of "service above self." 

Shoes Caravan/Roll Call 2021

In May, 2021, Rotary District 6040 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Shoes for Orphan Souls program in the District by collecting more than 15,000 pairs of shoes for the orphan and underprivileged children of Honduras.
The 2021 Shoes Caravan visited every community in the northern tier of Missouri which is home to a Rotary club. At every stop, representatives of those clubs participated in the tradition of the "shoes roll call," as the tally mounted over the course of six days, spread over two weekends, with the District's "Shoes Cheerleader," Larry Lunsford.
Russell Hampton
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Dear Rotarians:
In the Rotary Magazine you recently received, RI President Shekhar Mahta’s monthly President’s Message (attached) mentions the Honduras PPE Global Grant so many of you supported a year ago. This was a tremendous response for an urgent need for PPE for the frontline healthcare workers of Honduras supporting Covid patients.  Waldo Brookside was the sponsoring Club, along with the Rotary Club of Villa Real de Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What made this grant extra special was the fact that 22 other 6040 Clubs and 21 individual Rotarians also made financial contributions to this $169,347 Global Grant. Thanks to all of you and especially to Karyn Eppler, our Global Grants Chair, who helped manage all the moving parts so effectively.

If your new or a longtime member, who hasn’t made this part of your monthly reading, I urge you to find some time in your busy schedule to read through the magazine. It’s very inspiring. Rotary International is doing many, many important projects around the world.

We are making a difference. Thank you for all you are doing for Rotary in your communities and around the world! Take Care!

"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change -- across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."

Don Gladhart
District Governor 2020-21

Around District 6040
Rotary eWASH Uganda and Kenya projects!
One of the members of a Rotary eWASH club, Chris Roesel of Roeland Park, in collaboration with Grandview plumbing company, CEO, Jeff Morgan and D9213 Rotarians in Arua and Yumbe, works with the most impoverished communities in Uganda. This year, their integrated WASH program has benefited more than 10,000 rural people.
Group Study Exchange Visit to Rotary District 9210; Malawi and Zambia
The team consisted of Marc Horner, Therese McGill a Rotarian in the Kansas City-Plaza Rotary Club, Lindsay Jarquio of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Engoma Fataki a former Interactor and Rotoractor most recently at Missouri Western University in St Joseph, Missouri. The team left for Malawi on September 30, 2021, and arrived in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe, on October 2nd midday. They were in Malawi visiting clubs and projects through October 10th when they flew to Lusaka, Zambia for the balance of our visit to D9210. The team left Zambia for a return flight to the United States on October 30th. After a long layover in Washington DC they finally returned to Kansas City the evening of October 31st
Rotary Club Celebrates Completion of Global Grant

The organizations that partnered with the local Rotary Clubs in having staff receive training include the St. Joseph School District, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph Health Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mid-City Excellence, Family Guidance, Catholic Charities, YWCA, Wyatt Park Christian Church, Progressive Community Services and Missouri Western State University.

The next phase of the project will include holding a series of informational events for parents in the community about the causes and signs of childhood trauma, and ways to help children cope with their experiences. For more information about the signs and impact of childhood trauma, visit developingchild.harvard.edu.

Rotary All-Member Survey
There is still time to complete the 2021 Rotary All-Member Survey. This is your opportunity to tell us what you like about being a Rotary member and how we can improve your membership experience. The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and will be open until 10 December 2021.
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