April 6, 2021
To All Shoes Cheerleaders in Rotary District 6040 Rotary Clubs –
Good afternoon.  I hope this finds each of you safe and healthy.
In my “2021 kickoff” communication to you on January 22, I outlined where I see our efforts headed in this 20th anniversary year and that children everywhere, including Honduras, need us now more than ever.  In my next communication to you on March 8, I continued to encourage your efforts and also outlined two separate weekends when we would be planning our Shoes Caravan.
Now that March Madness is behind us and we move into April, I write you today to share how good I feel about our efforts to date with the Shoes for Orphan Souls project.  I am personally committing to increase the number of pairs of shoes I personally donate this year, and I trust you and your Rotary Clubs will do the same.
While encouraging safety and good health at every step, our goal for this year is 20,000 pairs of shoes in our 20th anniversary year.  Very soon, I’ll be sending to your club’s President the history of your club’s efforts over the past 19 years, with encouragement to “do it big” this year.
As we look ahead to mid-May and our biggest-ever Shoes Caravan, I am extremely excited to let you know that we do indeed plan to come to EVERY ROTARY COMMUNITY (not every club, per se, but every Rotary community) this year.  It is our way of saying “THANK YOU” not only for your collection efforts this year, but your tireless collection efforts over 20 years in partnership with all our clubs, and with Buckner International.  It is the least we can do in our 20th anniversary year.
So we want to see many Rotarians from your club at the caravan stop in your community.  For many reasons, including that we plan to do a “video roll call report” at each stop, and then put together all those videos for our Shoes Roll Call of Clubs this year.
We will definitely come to each community, so bring your collected shoes then.  If you have checks, you’ll make them payable to Shoes for Orphan Souls….but hold onto the checks and we will pick them up during the caravan stop.  I want to personally greet you and thank you, and get your video roll call report.  And, as always, you can use the caravan stop as a public relations opportunity for your Rotary Club(s).  I certainly hope you will do so.
While we are working on times for each of these days, and things are still subject to change, for your planning purposes, please begin to take note of the day for your club’s tentatively scheduled caravan stop.  These day listings are listed in the contemplated order of the day.
DAY 1 – Thursday, May 13 – 8 clubs - Cameron, Gallatin, Bethany, Albany, Maryville, Tarkio, Rock Port, Andrew County
DAY 2 – Friday, May 14 – 11 clubs - Brookfield, Marceline, Huntsville, Moberly, Kirksville, Knox County, Scotland County, Schuyler County, Macon County
DAY 3 – Saturday, May 15 – 13 clubs - Milan, Unionville, Princeton, Trenton, Lathrop, Plattsburg, Lawson, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Smithville, Weston, Platte City, Gladstone
DAY 4 – Thursday, May 20 – 8 clubs - Blue Springs, Odessa, Lexington, Independence, Raytown, Kansas City South, Parkville
DAY 5 – Friday, May 21 – 11 clubs - Higginsville, Richmond, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Chillicothe, St. Joseph
DAY 6 – Saturday, May 22 – 5 clubs - North Kansas City 9:00am to 10:30am including transfer to UPS trailer (anticipating some Kansas City-based clubs will bring to North Kansas City as they have done in prior years, perhaps Club 13, Waldo-Brookside, KCI Airport, KC Plaza, North Kansas City)
For those that are counting….yes….that is 30 caravan stops the first weekend, and 14 caravan stops the second weekend, for our 56 Rotary Clubs.  Our biggest-ever Shoes Caravan…..44 caravan stops!!
As always, I am here to answer any questions, and try to meet your needs.
Thank you for your unending support of this project, helping children you may never meet, just because.  And thank you for being a Rotarian.  I encourage your efforts, and I look forward to seeing you in mid-May.
Your proud shoes cheerleader,
Larry Lunsford