Upcoming District Events
Rotary International Convention
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 05, 2019
Tarkio Club 17th Annual Golf Tournament
Tarkio Golf Club
Jun 04, 2019 8:30 AM
Rotary Night at the Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Jun 13, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Officer Inauguration
Mark One Electric Company
Jun 27, 2019 12:00 PM
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Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
As most of you know, I love kids and anything that involves education or literacy.  I wanted you to know where some of our District Designated Funds went this year.  Our district is participating in a Global Grant to honor Sam Owori.  Sam would have been the Rotary International President in this Rotary year. Sadly, Sam died in July of 2017 before he could take office.   My District Governor friends in zones 30 and 31 have gone together to build The Sam Owori Memorial School in Uganda.  Sam valued education and was a man that felt that through Rotary, he’d helped someone else live better.  That is our intent with this grant…to help many children live better and have access to a good education.
Julie McCoy
District Governor
Sam Owori Memorial School Classroom
People of Action
The Should be Rotarian
Meet Keith Grigsby.  He is not a Rotarian; but he should be.  He is a dentist that has traveled to Jamaica with NKC Rotary in each of the last 20 years to provide dental services to those in need.  Keith told me that he came to serve; but, in the end, it was him who was served.
I have met so many people this year that have a heart for service…that’s what makes Rotary such a great organization.  And, I would have to agree with Keith.  In my Rotary world, the life most often changed is my own. 
District 6040 Teacher of the Year
Diane McGinnis, Adair County R-II School in Brashear, was nominated by the Kirksville North Star Club. Diane is the school’s only English teacher for grades 9-12. She fills her classroom with books at her own expense so that her students have easy access to reading material of interest to them. Diane challenges her students to read 40 books a year, requires them to write about their reading, and helps them make connections between what they read and their own lives.
Gremaud Receives JC Penny Award

JCPenney general manager Janet Lee Gremaud, of the Kirksville store, was recently awarded the company’s prestigious Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in 2018.  Janet is a member of the Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary, the District 6040 4-Way Speech Contest chair and Past Assistant Governor.  

The Founder’s Award highlights store leaders excelling in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise. With more than 860 JCPenney stores across the country, Gremaud was one of 80 leaders presented with the Founder’s Award.

Group Study Exchange
The dates for the Dominican Republic Group Study Exchange is set for January 20 to February 20, 2020.
The Team Leader Application deadline has been extended.  This application is due June 15, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. and can be emailed to or mailed to 850 Fairway Drive, Chillicothe, MO  64601.   
Please note:  Team Member applications will be publicized and due later in the summer.
Camp Rise
Rotaract Kansas City is proud to be entering our third summer of hosting Camp Rise, a free overnight summer camp opportunity for youth in Kansas City living at or below the poverty line. Held at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee Summit Missouri, Camp Rise is an all inclusive experience for our campers. Upon arrival, campers receive a backpack full of all the gear necessary to enjoy their time at camp and then take with them in preparation for the new school year. In order to provide these backpacks we rely on the generosity of our community! Please help us by visiting our Amazon wish list! All items purchased directly benefit our campers and a portion of Amazon wish list sales are donated right back to the Rotary Youth Camp!
The Greatest Show in Rotary
It’s that time of year again – it’s CUP CRAZY time for any hockey fan – and especially exciting as our own MISSOURI team – The St. Louis Blues!
On another note – it would be a SUPER GREAT SERVICE if you would open your calendar and CIRCLE/BLOCK/SAVE this date: SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 2019.
Our District Governor Elect, Marc Horner & the cracker jack TEAM working with him, will be presenting a Reprise of THE GREATEST SHOW IN ROTARY theme that we used at PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) back in March…  you may have heard a thing or two about it.
Getting Their Hands Dirty
The KCI Rotary Club recently repainted the apartment they sponsor to house a family who is struggling with homelessness. A big group took on the task of painting the ceiling and walls throughout the apartment. It is now ready for the mom and her 4 kids who will be calling it home for the next 90 days. During their stay in the program the KCI Rotary Club will provide meals and encouragement for the family. This will help the mom to be successful paying off her debt and developing a savings. Her goal is to move into a place of her own with a budget in place to sustain her. KCI Rotarians appreciated the camaraderie while providing a better life for a local family. Service Above Self is exactly what is happening in the pictures here!
Giving Back to the Community
The Blue Springs Rotary Club held their 28th Annual Car Raffle on April 27th.  They raised over $38,000 to give back to the community.  Think about the difference they are making and what your club can do to help support your communities.  
2019-2020 Rotary Friendship Exchange
Our District 6040 has accepted the RI District invitation to visit their district on the dates they proposed:  the first day to be Sunday, 29 of September 2019, and the ending day to be 11 of October 2019, on Friday morning. Our District 6040 team will be in Romania/Moldova for 12 nights divided into three locations, with four nights in every area. 
We will stay in the homes of Romanian Rotarians while visiting their District 2241. Our Rotary District 6040 Friendship Exchange Team will consist of twelve persons (six couples). They request only couples, not single persons, as the makeup of our team going to Romania/Moldova.