Your club can receive funding from The Rotary Foundation for your priority projects. 

    Grants Erik McGuire 2024-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Peace Fellowships

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    Since 2002, Rotary has awarded Peace Fellowships to leaders with professional work experience in Peace and development.   Up to 130 fully funded fellowships are awarded annually for study at one of Rotary's Peace Centers, with 1700 Peace Fellowships awarded to people who work in 140 countries to date. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for Peace.

    Rotary Peace Fellowships Cassy Venters 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0 Peace Fellowships
    Rotary Fun-Vention 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0 District Conference

    Positive Peace

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    People frequently feel detached from the presence or absence of Peace in society.  As if Peace is something over which they have limited influence.  However, the concept of Positive Peace can change that perspective because Positive Peace emphasizes and describes “attitudes, structures, and institutions that underpin and sustain peaceful societies.  Positive Peace is the presence of something good, like education, sustainable resources, human capital, or a functioning government.”1   In learning about Positive Peace, we begin to see how we can impact and create conditions where Peace can flourish.
    Positive Peace Cassy Venters 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0 Peacebuilding,World Peace

    Missouri RYLA Hiring

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    Missouri RYLA is seeking qualified candidates for the Executive Administrative Director position that supports RYLA throughout the year.  This position is ideal for someone that has great organizational skills, excellent communication skills and a little free time to spend changing the world and building future Rotarians.  This is a paid position, offering a stipend of $6,000.00 annually, which will be processed via a 1099 form for tax purposes.  

    Missouri RYLA Hiring 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0 RYLA

    District Governor Nominations

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    It is time again to select a future District Governor of our District 6040. This selection will be for the Governor that serves in the Rotary year 2027-28. Everyone receiving this email has served your Club in numerous capacities. Many of you have also served the District and beyond in various positions. Your club is being invited to submit nominations for District Governor for Rotary year 2027-2028.   You, as a Rotarian in good standing, may submit to your Club President and Secretary, the name of a Rotarian in your club who you believe would be willing and qualified to serve as District Governor.  

    District Governor Nominations 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

    Celebration Ray Klinginsmith’s Life

    Celebration Ray Klinginsmith’s Life 

    Ray, a wonderful and inspiring man has passed, and many of us feel the tremendous loss. Why is the loss so great? Because with Ray as a friend, colleague, acquaintance, neighbor, and/or fellow Rotarian, we had so very much.

    Ray did not wish to have a somber funeral or memorial service and instead wished to be remembered through a Celebration of Life.
    Anyone wishing and able to attend is welcome. In his obituary (with the link below) Ray suggested that attendees wear apparel that represents their connection to him. (Putnam County, Truman State, Mizzou, Rotary, CVA. Kansas City Chiefs, etc,)

    If you cannot attend, you are encouraged to toast Ray’s life on February 10 wherever you are and every day that you are so inclined. He would want you to continue to do good in this world and to promote peace whenever possible. A great part of Ray’s legacy will be the warm memories that each one of us cherishes. If we can keep the memories alive, Ray is still with us.

    Ray is survived by his son, Kurt, of Kirksville; by his daughter and her husband, Leigh and Bob Perkins, of Liberty, Missouri; and his three grandchildren, Morgan (Perkins) Dawson, Grant Perkins, and Sydney Perkins. If you are moved to write or email a letter about your experiences with Ray, the family would welcome them at Leigh’s email: or at Ray’s P.O. Box 1061, Kirksville, MO 63501. The stories will be compiled for current and future descendants of Ray.
    If you wish to donate in Ray’s name, here is the address to his named charity: Truman State University Foundation, 100 East Normal, Kirksville MO 63501. Under memo write Ray & Judie Klinginsmith Nursing Scholarship Fund.
    Celebration Ray Klinginsmith’s Life David McCaughey 2024-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

    Dynamic Speaker:  Sigrid Solomon

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    Sigrid Solomon an independent diversity consultant and a frequent presenter at conferences on the topic of diversity leadership. She will speak during Saturday’s lunch. Sigrid has more than 30 years of higher education experience and serves as the VP, Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students at Wilmington College    in Ohio.
    Dynamic Speaker: Sigrid Solomon 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary


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    Early Show Me Rotary PETS registration begins Jan 1. Those who sign up during the month of January are eligible to win four tickets to Silver Dollar City. The names will be entered into a drawing.
    Go to the Show Me Rotary website ( for sign up information.
    Registration 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Friday Entertainment: Ashley Dawn

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    Our entertainment during Friday evening’s dinner will be Ashley Dawn, who was Branson’s Terry Music Female Vocalist of 2022. She is a seasoned Nashville recording artist with country, bluegrass and southern gospel roots.  who channels the music of Reba, Dolly, Miranda Lambert, Shania, the Judds, etc.
    Friday Entertainment: Ashley Dawn 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Making a Move

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    Show Me Rotary Presidents Elect training has been in Jefferson City at the Capital Plaza hotel for many years.  However, throughout those years, the hotel has deteriorated more and more each year.  Last year 75 PE’s responded to a survey saying the hotel was the biggest negative factor in attending PETS.  Two years ago, it was cold and they had no heat.  Last year, it was hot and they had no air conditioning.  Rooms were showing a lot of wear and tear.  I could go on and on; but, the bottom line is, we had to make a change.
    Making a Move 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Dynamic Speaker: Stephanie A. Urchick

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    Stephanie A. Urchick: The incoming president (2024-25) of Rotary International, Stephanie Urchick, will be the featured speaker at Friday evening’s dinner. A Rotary member since 1991, she is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania.   Stephanie has been an RI director and Rotary Foundation trustee. She has served RI in numerous capacities, including as training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and RI president’s representative.
    Dynamic Speaker: Stephanie A. Urchick 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Dynamic Speaker: Beth Stubbs

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    Beth Stubbs, Rotary International Director for Zones 30 and 31, will be Friday’s luncheon speaker. She first started frequenting Rotary club meetings at age 8 with her father and joined the Rotary Club of Maryville, Tennessee, in 1991. Beth served her district in several capacities including as chair of its finance, Foundation, and leadership development and education committees.
    Dynamic Speaker: Beth Stubbs 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Dynamic Speaker: Michael Angelo Caruso

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    Friday morning’s speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, teaches people how to be better speakers and presenters so they can help more people and amp up their careers. He utilizes his unique background in the technology sector and a separate career in the entertainment business to deliver keynote speeches that feel like a combination of your best teacher and your favorite comedian.  
    Dynamic Speaker: Michael Angelo Caruso 2024-01-04 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Show Me Rotary 2024

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    If you haven’t yet heard the news, we are tremendously excited to share that Show Me Rotary President-elect and President-nominee training (PETS) will be held Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. This is a different location than in prior years. In addition to the new location, there are many other reasons why every Rotary club will want to send 2 representatives, ideally the club’s President-elect (2024-2025) and President-nominee (2025-2026), to PETS.

    As part of each club’s district dues that District 6040 directly passes on to fund the PETS training event, each club is assessed for 2 people to attend. Realizing that this can be a challenge for some clubs, for 2024-2025 only, District 6040 will offer a “free” district grant, that doesn’t require a club match (of course the match is still recommended and will result in a larger project) of $2,500 for every club that sends their 2 representatives PETS in 2024. There are a few other training requirements and deadlines that must be met to qualify, the details of which will be shared at PETS.
    Show Me Rotary 2024 2023-12-05 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Foundation HOOP-la Success and Thank You

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    The District Foundation HOOP-la was a success raising almost $65,000, which will be available for future District and Global grant projects.  Randy Steinman, District Governor, and Frances Reddis, HOOP-la Committee Chair, want to thank the Rotarians of District 6040 who helped plan and participated in the annual District Foundation fundraiser, HOOP-la, at the College Basketball Experience on November 4, 2023. 
    The following clubs contributed $39,000 by attending and sponsoring tables at the event:  Kansas City Plaza (four tables x $2,500 = $10,000), Kansas City (two tables x $2,500 = $5,000), Lee’s Summit ($2,500), Liberty ($2,500), Lee’s Summit Sunrise/Sunset ($2,500), Lexington ($2,500), St. Joseph East Side ($2,500), Lawson ($2,500), Waldo/Brookside ($2,500), and Trenton ($2,500).  The Independence and Kirksville/Kirksville Thousand Hills Clubs each sponsored four reserved seats for $1,500 each.  Kansas City South and Parkville each sponsored two reserved seats for $500 each.  There were 73 other individual Rotarians and guests that purchased tickets for the event, totaling $9,125.
    Foundation HOOP-la Success and Thank You 2023-12-05 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Foundation Dinner,Grants

    Lumpuma Rural Health Centre Project

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    The Raytown Rotary Club is working with the Kitwe-North Rotary Club in Zambia to bring water supply to the GG 2238560 Lumpuma Rural Health Centre in rural Zambia.  Recently the Rotary Club of Kitwe North visited the Lumpuma Project to monitor the progress.  Direct water supply to the health centre is critical for their operations.  
    Lumpuma Rural Health Centre Project 2023-11-07 06:00:00Z 0 Grants

    Celebrating Success

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    Congratulations to the Rotary District 6040 Clubs who were recognized for their success during the 2022-2023 year.  Awards presented included the Star Awards – Annual Fund/SHARE; End Polio Now Awards – Polio Giving; Three Highest Per Capita Giving Awards for Annual Fund/SHARE and Polio; Rotary Citations; The Klinginsmith Cup;TRF Giving Banner - Clubs who had 100% participation in TRF Giving (any fund of The Rotary Foundation) and achieved $100 or more in average TRF Giving; and Every Rotary Every Year Giving Banner - Clubs who had 100% participation in EREY and achieved US $100 or more in Annual Fund Per Capita Giving.
    Celebrating Success 2023-11-07 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    A Moment For Peace

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    In this month following the start of the Israeli/Hamas conflict, focusing on children seems an important topic for A Moment for Peace.  It seems to be a good time to think about Conflict Resolution activities and programs for schools.
    A goal of conflict resolution programs in schools is often managing the conflict that arises in everyday life.  Conflict Resolution concepts cover principles of dignity, trauma and resiliency, empathy, emotional regulation, conflict choices, perspective and identity.    One program in Missouri, the Center for Conflict Resolution, uses TALK as an acronym:
    T-take a breath
    A-ask for a person's perspective and share your own
    L-list the options to move forward
    K- keep it real; make a plan
    A Moment For Peace Cassy Venters 2023-11-07 06:00:00Z 0 Conflict Resolution

    23rd Year of Shoes for Orphan Souls

    23rd Year of Shoes for Orphan Souls

    Greetings to each of you in the Rotary Clubs of District 6040!

    After another successful year of shoes collection for orphan and vulnerable children, I am honored to again serve as the Shoes Cheerleader for Rotary District 6040.  Thank you.
    While each year of this service project is great, our 23rd year will be special.  Rotary District 6040 will be joined by District 6060 and District 6080 in this year’s collection, and I am extremely excited about this development.

    Our District 6040 Governor, Randy Steinman, has encouraged the Rotary Clubs throughout the great state of Missouri to join the Shoes for Orphan Souls efforts.  District 6060 Governor Valerie Sorensen, and District 6080 Governor Jimmy Standfast, are joining Randy to spread the word as we hope to collect 50,000 pairs of shoes across the state of Missouri this year.
    I know I can count on each of your Rotary Clubs to participate at meaningful levels again this year.  I must say that District 6060 has begun a “Let’s Bury Larry (in shoes)” campaign…and from what I have seen on social media, they are off to a great start.  
    In April 2024, we will again do our Shoes Caravan, and on the weekend of April 19-21, 2024 our efforts will culminate alongside the efforts across the state of Missouri at a Joint District Conference at the Margaritaville Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks!
    With it being Back to School Season, it is a perfect time to secure the current deals at your local retail stores, and I encourage you to do so.  Let’s make our Shoes collection efforts this year a year-round effort!
    I was privileged to recently speak at the Trenton Rotary Club about the Shoes project, and it certainly raised my excitement levels once again for Shoes for Orphan Souls.
    If you have any questions, please reach out to me at
    I am here to serve you.  Grateful for this 23rd Year of Shoes for Orphan Souls.
    Larry Lunsford
    District 6040 Shoes Cheerleader 


    23rd Year of Shoes for Orphan Souls Larry A. Lunsford 2023-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Shoes for Orphan Souls 

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    While each year of this service project is great, our 23rd year will be special.  Rotary District 6040 will be joined by District 6060 and District 6080 in this year’s collection, and I am extremely excited about this development. Our District 6040 Governor, Randy Steinman, has encouraged the Rotary Clubs throughout the great state of Missouri to join the Shoes for Orphan Souls efforts.  District 6060 Governor Valerie Sorensen, and District 6080 Governor Jimmy Standfast, are joining Randy to spread the word as we hope to collect 50,000 pairs of shoes across the state of Missouri this year.
    Shoes for Orphan Souls Larry A. Lunsford 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Shoes for Orphan Souls

    Purple Pinkie Donut Program

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    We are excited to announce we are doing the Purple Pinkie Donut program again this year to help raise money for PolioPlus for you and your clubs. 
    Over the last 5 years Districts from Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Kansas partnered with Dunkin Donuts to give donuts away in exchange for PolioPlus donations.  It has become a very successful campaign and generated over $5,000,000.00.  The Clubs in our District last year raised close to $13,500.00, and with the matches of the District, Rotary International and the Gates Foundation, that turned into almost $102,000.00 for PolioPlus.
    Purple Pinkie Donut Program Kent Shelman 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

    World Polio Day

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    World Polio Day is October 24th!  Our District has some new programs we are doing for Polio Plus this year including a new Polio Plus Society,  A Candle Against The Dark and more.  
    World Polio Day Kent Shelman 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Become a Paul Harris Fellow

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    Across the district and within all of Rotary International being a Paul Harris Fellow is meaningful. It signifies that you support The Rotary Foundation, its causes and the work it funds around the world. 
    So, are you interested in becoming a Paul Harris Fellow?

    Well, we have a program this year that can help you get there a little faster. I'll be sharing various incentives throughout the Rotary Year.

    Become a Paul Harris Fellow Amy Chinnery-Valmassei 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0


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    The Rotary Club of Scotland County (Memphis, MO), just completed its annual fundraiser at the Antique Fair held on the Memphis Square. The club hosts three nights of BINGO as well as a Saturday lunch bbq of Chicken or Chop, beans, slaw and a drink.  All proceeds from the BINGO go towards scholarships for local Scotland County R-1 High School Seniors and proceeds from the BBQ go towards local charities.
    BINGO 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

    A Second Moment for Peace 

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    A Rotary project is helping victims of war in Ukraine.  Since the start of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian power grid has been a target of Russian airstrikes.  The Ukrainian power grid is essential for citizens as they depend on it to charge cell phones, a critical lifeline.  Cell phones let people know when to evacuate or take shelter, where they can find food and medical assistance, and how to check on the status of loved ones fighting to defend their country.
    A Second Moment for Peace Cassy Venters 2023-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Polio Plus Society Kicks Off

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    District 6040 is pleased to kick off the PolioPlus Society in an effort to increase sustainable giving.  The PolioPlus Society (PPS) was formed to encourage Rotarians to commit to a minimum of $100 per year to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eradicated from the face of the earth. Any Rotary member in our District that pledges to give at least $100.00 per year by October 24th, 2023 to Polio Plus, may submit an Application and become a Charter member of the Polio Plus Society. If you have already given $100.00 or more since July 1st of this Rotary year, you can apply for the Membership and be a Charter Member of  our Polio Plus Society.
    Polio Plus Society Kicks Off 2023-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

    A Moment for Peace

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    In this space each month, I hope District Rotarians will take a moment to think about PeacePerhaps in taking that moment, you will think about Peace differently.  And think differently about what you can do as an individual or a Rotary Club to bring about Peace. When Rotary first designated Peace and Conflict Resolution as an area of focus, I think many of us initially thought about Peace as…. War and Peace.  Something BIG and removed from anything we could influence.  But, studying the Rotary resources and club programs around Peace shows us there is much that can be addressed by us as individuals and through our Rotary Clubs.
    A Moment for Peace 2023-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Shoes for Orphan Souls

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    Greetings to each of you in the Rotary Clubs of District 6040! After another successful year of shoes collection for orphan and vulnerable children, I am honored to again serve as the Shoes Cheerleader for Rotary District 6040.  Thank you. While each year of this service project is great, our 23rd year will be special.  Rotary District 6040 will be joined by District 6060 and District 6080 in this year’s collection, and I am extremely excited about this development. Our District 6040 Governor, Randy Steinman, has encouraged the Rotary Clubs throughout the great state of Missouri to join the Shoes for Orphan Souls efforts.  District 6060 Governor Valerie Sorensen, and District 6080 Governor Jimmy Standfast, are joining Randy to spread the word as we hope to collect 50,000 pairs of shoes across the state of Missouri this year.
    Shoes for Orphan Souls 2023-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Making a Difference in Hawai'i

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    August 9, 2023 was a tragic day for our Rotarians, families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. Truly devastating. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted. As people of action, we can take immediate action. As we come together to recover and rebuild, we need to support each other. We need to Create Hope for Maui.

    Making a Difference in Hawai'i 2023-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Show Me Rotary Training 

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     Please save the date for Show Me Rotary Presidents Elect and Nominee training to be held March 22 and 23, 2024.  This year’s event will be held at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield and we have many exciting things planned for you this year.  We listened to the evaluations from last year and our entire focus this year will be on best practices for Rotary Clubs and how to make your Rotary club the best it can possibly be. District 6040 will also have 4 sessions focused on our local initiatives and support to clubs in our district.
    Show Me Rotary Training 2023-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Independence Uncorked

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    The Rotary Club of Eastern Independence invites you to the 10th annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival on September 9, 2023. Come enjoy a day of wine, music, art, food, and so much more! Your ticket helps to support numerous community service and betterment projects. Rotary Club of Eastern Independence Is Proud to have donated over $400,000 to local non-profit programs.   You can learn more about Winefest at  

    Independence Uncorked 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Service Above Self

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    The Kirksville-Thousand Hills Rotary Club dedicates one meeting each month to completing a service project. These projects are designed to benefit individuals and organizations in the local community. The project for July was assembling dishwashing kits for distribution to patrons of the Pantry for Adair County. The kits included dish soap, a dish towel, sponges, and hand-knitted dishcloths. Pictured are PAC manager Krista Tinney and Kirksville-Thousand Hills Rotary service project chair Marilyn Romine.

    Service Above Self 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Scotland County Holds Annual Banquet   

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    The Scotland County Rotary Club held their annual banquet on June 28, 2023, for the purpose of presenting scholarship recipients with a check and installation of officers. Rotary club members and invited guests enjoyed a meal catered by Elaine Forrester at the Scotland County Rec Plex.  The scholarships totaled $3,000 this year and $500 checks were presented to six 2023 Scotland County Seniors. The scholarship recipients are: Lauren Triplett attending the University of Missouri, Abby Doster attending the University of Missouri, Ethan Blessing attending State Tech, Sean Schroeder attending Maryville University, Hanna Anders attending Moberly Area Community College and Elsie Kigar attending the University of Missouri.

    Rotary Club of Scotland County Holds Annual Banquet 2023-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

    HOOP-la Happens

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    The Annual Foundation Dinner is now Foundation HOOP-la! When you attend HOOP-la, you’ll: Celebrate District 6040’s championship spirit and the accomplishments of our 53 clubs’ work in the community, and help raise funds to support future District and Global grants.


    HOOP-la Happens 2023-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
    Weston Rotarians Sacking for Service 2023-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Community Garden 

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    Bethany Rotary Club members recently planted a row of mixed berry bushes in the Harrison County Health Department Community Garden. Pictured are Rotarians Shane Jones, Kurt Kimble, and Charlie Trump. The Rotary Club received a grant from Rotary International and Rotary District 6040 for the plants. The grant required a cash match and sweat equity from the club. The new berry garden will help provide nutrition diversity for Harrison County community residents.
    Community Garden 2023-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Waldo-Brookside Paw-tners with Pawsperity

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    This year the Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club decided to partner with The Grooming Project, recently rebranded as Pawsperity, a local non for profit that makes a difference in the lives of women and children within the Kansas City metro. We learned about the organization through one of our meetings where they were welcomed as a guest speaker and then wanted to help assist their efforts. Pawsperity trains impoverished parents in pet grooming and salon management, a high-demand, family-flexible trade, that pays a living wage.
    Waldo-Brookside Paw-tners with Pawsperity Jenna Nelson 2023-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Run For Rotary

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    Chillicothe Rotary is excited to announce a Fun Run Friday, June 16th at the Sliced Bread Innovation Center, in Chillicothe, MO.  We are proud to kick off a new Running event with a race that is truly for everyone! Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the race starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Sliced Bread Museum.  Directly following the race, tacos and tequila will be served. Run an exhausting .05K, 54 Yards or 162 feet, in the name of Rotary.  We will have a water top at the halfway marker!  Your $35 registration fee includes a race bib and commemorative T-shirt (if you register by May 16th).  Plus tacos and tequila (or a Mexican beer) after you push through the finish line. 
    Run For Rotary 2023-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Global Grants Can Be Fun!

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    Thinking about undertaking an International Project?  Global Grants are FUN! It is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from around the world; even if it is via ZOOM. You get to tell your friends and neighbors how your Rotary club helps people thousands of miles away through your club's sponsoring a Global Grant. There is a great deal of satisfaction in helping a community thousands of miles away improve the quality of life for their neighbors too.  Rotary International wants to help District 6040 clubs find good International projects. 
    Global Grants Can Be Fun! 2023-05-08 05:00:00Z 0


    April 25, 2023
    Shoes Cheerleaders in Rotary District 6040 Rotary Clubs –
    Two things today.
    1. SHOES CARAVAN ----- I am excited that we are just days away from our Shoes Caravan on April 26 through April 29.  The current caravan path is outlined below.  Check to be sure this works for you.
    2. SHOES ROLL CALL OF CLUBS (in a program slot between 3:45pm and 6:15pm on Saturday, April 29 ----- I am excited that for the first time in 4 years we plan to hold an IN-PERSON Shoes Roll Call on Saturday, April 29 at the District Conference – the entire program segment of the Conference is from 3:45pm to 6:15pm on Saturday, April 29.  I’ll be very hopeful that each club will plan to have a representative to participate in the lively Shoes Roll Call of Clubs..  The Shoes Roll Call will be near the end of the afternoon program segment, likely 4:45pm to 5;30pm or so.
    I look forward to seeing you this week.  Thank you.
    2023 SHOES CARAVAN Larry A. Lunsford 2023-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

    District Conference 2023

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    Dear District 6040 Rotarians,
    Hope you and your Club are having a successful Rotary year. Have enjoyed all the Club Visits and only have 7 Clubs left. We have a great District Conference planned for this year! 
    Friday April 28th
    Rotary Youth Camp
    22310 NE Colbern Road
    Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086
    Cookout and Campfire (Outside-Campfire attire)
    Fun, Fellowship, NFL Draft watch party and small Service Project
    6:00-9:00            No Charge as evening is sponsored by Lee’s Summit Rotary Club (Cash Bar available)
    Saturday April 29th
    Harry S. Truman Library
    500 NW US Highway 24
    Independence, Missouri  64050
    Agenda attached for all the activities for the day.
    Registration Fee includes Admission to Library, food, drinks, and cocktails.  ($65.00)
    Hotel Info:
    Hilton Garden Inn
    19677 E. Jackson Dr
    Independence, Missouri  64057
    ($153.00 for King Size Bed or 2 Queen Beds for $171.00)   (April 12 deadline)
    Please register for both days at:
    Thank you to David Gale, Tonya Parker, Kandi Kos and the Committee for helping to organize these events. Also, thank you to the Lee's Summit Rotary Club for sponsoring the Friday night cookout.
    Larry "Kent" Shelman
    District Governor 2022-2023
    District Conference 2023 Kent Shelman 2023-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

    2023 Shoes for Orphan Souls

    March 6, 2023
    To All Shoes Cheerleaders in Rotary District 6040 Rotary Clubs –
    Good morning to the Rotarians in north Missouri.  Please have a look at this Communication #2 regarding our Shoes for Orphan Souls project.
    Well, we did indeed get that Chiefs Super Bowl win – and we are now seeing the spring season beginning to come upon us.
    I am grateful to all of you for your efforts working on shoes again this year.  Our 22nd year.
    I hope and trust that your club President has received the informational/PR packets from Buckner – if you did not, or you need more of those materials, just let me know.
    As always, I hope and trust that you are engaging your club members, your Interact Clubs, your high schools and churches in your community. 
    I’m happy to remind you of our goals for this year.
    2023 Shoes for Orphan Souls David McCaughey 2023-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 Shoes for Orphan Souls

    Joining Forces for Good

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    The Thousand Hills Rotary Club partnered with FosterAdoptConnect in the Give Joy Rotary District 6040 Grant . The grant made it possible for FosterAdoptConnect to obtain the needed supplies to advertise, collect, store, and deliver gifts this holiday season to the children in foster care.
    Joining Forces for Good 2023-01-11 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,service

    SHOW ME Rotary 

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    District 6040’s President-Elects Training Seminar (PETS), known as Show Me Rotary will take place this spring March 23-25 at the Capital Plaza Inn in Jefferson City, MO.

    This is an opportunity for your club too exchange ideas with other Rotary leaders from around the state about service projects, international projects, and strategies for increasing membership and engagement.

    SHOW ME Rotary 2023-01-11 06:00:00Z 0 Show Me Rotary

    Keeping Our Club Alive

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    Our club was founded on March 26, 1999. I joined Rotary in 2018 and often heard our founding members talk about the glory days of our club when membership hovered around 50. By mid-2020 we were closer to 30 and one founding member expressed concern that our club was dying. Like many clubs, we’d add a new member only to turn around and lose a  member. We weren’t growing and were certainly smaller than many years ago.
    I had only been a Rotarian for two years when the concern surfaced. Being president nominee at the time, I was determined it wouldn’t happen on my watch. I really liked our club and, more importantly, the people who made up our amazing club. Wanting us to change our growth trajectory, I began to explore changes we could make to avoid dying.
    Keeping Our Club Alive David Fritz 2022-12-08 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Membership

    World Polio Day

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    World Polio Day was October 24th. Rotarians and Clubs in District 6040 did fundraising activities including Purple Pinkie Donuts, Cookies and other Donations. Total raised was $13,722.50 and with the District Match,  Rotary International Match and the Gates Foundation Match,  that will be a total donated to Polio Plus of $102,918.75. A big thank you to Lynn  McClure our Polio Chair and Marc Horner for getting the Donuts to our designated locations for Clubs to pick up. Also a big thank you to the Clubs Polio Plus Chairs and Foundation Chairs and all that participated and donated!
    World Polio Day 2022-11-10 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Polio

    Kirksville Club Partners with HyVee to Fight Polio

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    Hy-Vee Stores in Kirksville sold chocolate chip cookies to help Rotary International efforts to eradicate polio.  The sale ran from October 19-25 and $2 from the purchase of each box of coolies was donated to the Polio Plus Fund and with matching funds available from Rotary District 6040 and the Gates Foundation, each box of cookies sold resulted in $18 for Polio Plus.  
    Kirksville Club Partners with HyVee to Fight Polio 2022-11-10 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Foundation,Polio

    Rotary International Convention 2023

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    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending my first Rotary International Convention in Houston. It was amazing! Meeting Rotarians from other part of our country and the world and listening to them share their Rotary experience was one of the most profound things I have encountered in my Rotary journey. Not only did I make new friends and get reacquainted with Rotarians from the Philippines whom I have not seen since my GSE trip back in 2001, but I was able to bring ideas back to our district and share those ideas with Rotarians with specific project priorities. Projects addressing human trafficking, Alzheimer's therapies and better community engagement are now being implemented in our district thanks to International Convention.
    Rotary International Convention 2023 2022-11-10 06:00:00Z 0 RI Convention

    A Tale of Two Parkville Rotarians 

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    This is a story of two Parkville Rotarians, Dr. Steve Bleish, DVM & Edie Hays, a retired bank manager. They met when Edie joined Rotary in 2004. Through the years they attended many meetings & Rotary functions becoming Rotary friends. Steve also became Edie’s family veterinarian. 

    In February 2022, Edie’s husband, Kim passed away. Steve's wife, Mary Ann, passed away in March 2022. For the past 2 years Kim was on hemodialysis & Mary Ann struggled with pancreatic cancer.
    A Tale of Two Parkville Rotarians 2022-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,service

    Purple Pinkie Donuts

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    We are excited to announce we are doing the Purple Pinkie Donut program again this year to help raise money for PolioPlus for you and your clubs. 
    Over the last few years District 6760, 6780 and 6800 (Tennessee and Mississippi) partnered with Dunkin Donuts to give donuts away in exchange for PolioPlus donations.  It has become a very successful campaign and generated close to $1,300,000 in 2021. The Clubs in our District sold close to $10,000 last year of the donuts, and with the matches of the District and Gates Foundation, that turned into almost $80,000.00.
    Our District leadership has coordinated with several local Dunkin Donuts locations in the KC Area to offer, again, the same programming here in District 6040.  A franchise owner who has 7 stores (2 Missouri and 5 in Kansas) in the Metro KC area has agreed to work with our District this year.
    Purple Pinkie Donuts 2022-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Polio

    Save the Monarch Butterfly Tree Challenge

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    Save the Monarch Butterfly 60,000 Tree challenge North American Boxcar Tour was on Saturday, September 24th and was a great success for Rotary Club 13.  The Monarch Mariposa Boxcar, a custom designed boxcar that celebrates and raises awareness of the journey of the monarch butterfly, had traveled the path of the monarchs from Windsor, Ontario, and was on the rails beside Union Station.  
    Save the Monarch Butterfly Tree Challenge 2022-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Purple Pinkie Donut Program

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    We are excited to announce we are doing the Purple Pinkie Donut program again this year to help raise money for PolioPlus for you and your clubs. 
    Over the last few years District 6760, 6780 and 6800 (Tennessee and Mississippi) partnered with Dunkin Donuts to give donuts away in exchange for PolioPlus donations.  It has become a very successful campaign and generated close to $1,300,000 in 2021. The Clubs in our District sold close to $10,000 last year of the donuts, and with the matches of the District and Gates Foundation, that turned into almost $80,000.00.
    Purple Pinkie Donut Program Kent Shelman 2022-10-05 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Polio

    World Polio Day Oct 24th

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    World Polio Day (Monday, October 24th) is rapidly approaching.  This is the day Rotarians around the world and the communities we serve pause to acknowledge all that has been accomplished and prepare for the remaining work required to eradicate the world of the awful disease known as polio.
    The Rotary calendar also tells us that it is the time of year when we work with our individual clubs to raise funds that are funneled through our district and onto the international foundation for the purpose of continuing our polio eradication efforts and furthering all the many causes supported by Rotary.   Donated funds earn added value from matching monies contributed by the Gates Foundation and the International Rotarian Foundation. 
    Clubs across the nation use a variety of methods for raising funds.  The simplest of these methods is taking up a collection from among existing club members, however those clubs that engage their communities find that in addition to an increased level of gifting they are also able to educate others about the cause as well as the good works achieved by their club. 
    In addition to fund raising it is a GREAT time to get your club and its members out in front of the community.  Completing a proclamation with your local community marking October 24th as World Polio Day will get you recognized at a council meeting and in most cases get your clubs picture in the paper.  Hosting a fundraiser event will help spread the word as well. 
    For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE
    World Polio Day Oct 24th 2022-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Change-ing the World

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    Change-ing the World one jar at a time! Ask your members to bring their change to meetings and bring your total (in the form of a check) to the Foundation Dinner on November 5th for the Annual Fund!  Highest per capita giving club will get special recognition across the District!  
    For more information about the Foundation Dinner Click Here!
    Change-ing the World 2022-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    Brookfield 100 Year Anniversary

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    On Tuesday, August 30th, 2022 the Brookfield Rotary Club celebrated their 100th anniversary.  The club was organized on November 22, 1922 and was recognized as a Club by Rotary International on January 1, 1923.  Over the past 100 years, the club has participated in many community projects. 
    Brookfield 100 Year Anniversary Kent Shelman 2022-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Foundation Dinner

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    Mark your calendar for the District 6040 Foundation Dinner on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the Historical Elms Hotel.  The keynote speaker, Mike McGovern, has served as the chair of the Rotary International Polioplus committee since October 2014.  In addition, he served in many Rotary positions including Director and Vice-President of Rotary International and as a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Rotary Foundation. 
    For more information about the Foundation Dinner Click Here!
    Foundation Dinner 2022-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner
    Rotary Celebrates Newly Renovated Disc Golf Course 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities
    Romine Attends International Rotary Event on Behalf of Local Clubs  2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 service

    Trenton Rotary Club Honored for Participation in Rotary Foundation

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    The Trenton Rotary Club was featured on KTTN for their giving to the Rotary Foundation.  The Trenton Club was the top club in the district in annual giving to the foundation and was the only club to average over $400 per member. The club was also recognized as having 100 percent participation in foundation giving as 100 percent participation in the Every Rotarian Every Year Program. The club is also listed as a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club, meaning all members have been recognized with at least one Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of their participation in the foundation.
    Trenton Rotary Club Honored for Participation in Rotary Foundation 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Foundation

    Weston Rotary Club Makes an Impact

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    The Weston Rotary Club saw a need and a way they could help their community.  The club replaced an old sign the help to direct visitors to the community.   The sign supports visits to Weston from the campers and visitors in the Weston Bend Park.    
    Weston Rotary Club Makes an Impact 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Randolph County Observes Government Day

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    About 50 students from area schools traveled to the county seat in Huntsville April 20 to experience first-hand how their local government works. American Government students from Huntsville and Cairo gathered at the Randolph County Justice Center in Huntsville and were given a tour. Students met the county officials at their offices and learned of their duties.
    Students saw the “vault”, the records room kept by Mark Price, Recorder of Deeds. His office records real estate transactions, marriages and deaths, among other things. The vault houses all the records from the establishment of the county in 1829 to the present. Records are on acid-free paper and they are microfilmed and imaged. The original records, some bearing presidential signatures, according to Price, are on shelves of 400 books each protected by a fire suppression unit without water. Outside the office are computers where people can come look up recorded information. This is especially helpful to those doing genealogical work.
    Randolph County Observes Government Day 2022-07-06 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    New Rotary Year 2022-23 and Theme Imagine Rotary

    New Rotary Year 2022-23 and Theme Imagine Rotary
    Dear District 6040 Rotarians,
    Just a quick note to all our Rotarians in our great District 6040 of Northern, Missouri. I have been waiting for this day for some time to be your District Governor. Before any further comments I would need to thank David McCaughey, last year's District Governor, and all the District  Officers, Committee Chairs, and their committee members for such a successful year and lots of amazing events and activities that took place! Thank you David for your leadership of our District and for being such a great mentor for me to learn from. 
    We have a great team we are putting together for this Rotary year and are very excited to work with all of them. Can't wait to get out to see all of your Clubs and the great things all of you are doing in your communities and also outside the US with all of our different Rotary programs. Will be doing our monthly Newsletter as in the past and will also share a smaller version update on the 15th of each month to help share all the good things going on in the District.
    Our Rotary Theme this year is "Imagine Rotary". Imagine all the things your Club, your members, and new members can help do with the help of our District and Rotary International to do great things all over the world!  Look forward to working with all of you this year and more to come on the Theme, Club Visits, Polio Day, Foundation Dinner, District Conference, and all the wonderful things we do in our District!
    Thank you all for what you do for Rotary and please reach out if you have any questions or need help with anything this year!
    Larry “Kent” Shelman
    Rotary District 6040 District Governor 2022-23
    New Rotary Year 2022-23 and Theme Imagine Rotary Kent Shelman 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Annual Fund

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    Contributions to the Annual Fund-Share by Rotarians in District 6040 are what provide the funds for District Grant matches for local club projects, matches for Global Grants, scholarships, and other important projects funded through District 6040. All of the funds raised in the current Rotary year 2021-2022 will be available to put to work right here in Missouri as well as around the world in the Rotary year of 2024-2025.
    Annual Fund 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Shoe Caravan Update

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    It was simply great to see our Rotarians at each of our 42 stops over the past two weekends for the 2022 Shoes Caravan.  Tremendous Rotary spirit throughout Northwest Missouri, Northeast Missouri, North Central Missouri, West Central Missouri and the Kansas City area.  I’m told the two weekends totaled 1,600 miles of driving.  I believe it.
    Shoe Caravan Update 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 Shoes for Orphan Souls

    You Can Help

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    St. Joseph East Rotary is holding a sheet and pillow sale fundraiser to support club projects. All proceeds go towards projects including sponsoring students for RYLA, funds for their next district grant project to install a shed and gardening infrastructure for Midtown Community Gardens in St. Joseph, support towards PolioPlus and The Rotary Foundation projects, and numerous other local projects and causes in the St. Joseph area. There is an online store where the available items can be viewed and purchased.
    You Can Help 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Shoe Caravan

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    I am looking forward to our 21st year together, and I am looking forward to another year when all our Rotary Clubs participate in this meaningful service project.  In this 21st anniversary year and that children everywhere, including Peru, need us now more than ever.  I continue to encourage your efforts and want to share more information in the planning of our Shoes Caravan. I am extremely excited to let you know that just as we did a year ago…….we do indeed plan to come to EVERY ROTARY COMMUNITY (not every club, per se, but every Rotary community) this year. 
    Shoe Caravan Larry A. Lunsford 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0 Shoes for Orphan Souls

    Save the Date

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    On May 22nd, The Rotary Youth Camp will be introducing its new Health Lodge and Administration Building to the public. We are ecstatic for everyone to finally see this wonderful building and all that it will provide to our amazing campers.
    Save the Date 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    District Governor 2025-2026

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    Congratulations to Jodi Sundaram from the Liberty Club who has been selected to serve as the District Governor for 2025-26. She will join the current District Governor lineup July 1 as the District Governor Nominee Designate. Jodi has served the Liberty Club as President, Membership chair, Director, Chair of their major fundraiser this year and numerous other roles. 
    District Governor 2025-2026 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
    RYLA Student Sign-Up Deadline Approaching 2022-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 RYLA

    Malawi Cyclone Ana Relief Effort

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    Rotary District 6040 has had individuals and clubs donate to help in the relief efforts from Cyclone Anna.  Donations have helped to provide families with various items including plastic sheets, soya pieces, maize flour, beans, cooking oil, soap, and blankets.  Communication from D9210 PDG Hutch Mthinda said, “The main access road was cut off by the cyclone and they had to take a long, muddy and difficult route to reach the camp. Despite problems experienced at the camp  people still pull a smile and even dance. Amazing. Your donation is bringing a smile to many people. Rotary is serving lives here."
    Malawi Cyclone Ana Relief Effort 2022-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club Donates $13,035 to Ukrainian Relief Efforts

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    The 48 members of the Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club (WBRC) have lived up to the Rotary motto of “People of Action” and have donated $13,135 to the Ukraine Relief Efforts. This is their largest donation ever.
    On March 16th WBRC President-Elect Jenna Nelson brought forth to the board a desire to assist the Rotary Club Budapest – Central in Budapest, Hungary. They are providing aid and support to Ukrainian refugees. Current WBRC President Paige Fowler agreed, and after some discussion it was determined that the board would donate $5,000 split between the Rotary Club Budapest – Central and the Rotary Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.
    Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club Donates $13,035 to Ukrainian Relief Efforts  2022-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Foundation

    Impact of Cyclone Ana on our friends in Malawi

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    Our Rotary District had a Group Study Exchange with D9210 in Southern Africa last Autumn.  One of the countries in that district is Malawi. One of the members of their GSE team who visited us is Eveline Sibindi van Dam; currently the President of the Lilongwe-Lingadzi Rotary Club. 
    Our outbound team visited the area mentioned in the attached articles.  There are two Rotary Clubs in the affected area of Malawi; Blantyre RC and Blantyre-Limbe RC.  The people in the affected villages are some of the poorest people in the world and this disaster has destroyed what little that they had.  The Rotary Clubs of Malawi are requesting our help. I summarized the following from the attached letter.
    Impact of Cyclone Ana on our friends in Malawi 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Annual Fund Rotary Direct Points Match

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    District 6040 is offering a points match of 100 Paul Harris Fellow points for any Rotarian who isn’t yet signed up for Rotary Direct to sign up for Rotary Direct between January 1 and May 31, 2022 and contribute at least $100 towards the Annual Fund during this period. All Rotarians in District 6040 who sign up as new participants in Rotary Direct and contribute at least $100 towards The Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation between 1/1/22 and 5/31/22 will earn 100 bonus Paul Harris Fellow Points.
    Annual Fund Rotary Direct Points Match 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation


    In June, the RI Board of Directors strengthened its commitment to making diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) a part of all aspects of Rotary’s culture. That commitment includes evolving our approach to leading, motivating, guiding, and governing our clubs. You have the opportunity to help our members develop the skills they need to embrace all facets of diversity. You can ensure that everyone is included in our efforts to take action to create change. And you can promote equity so that every person who engages with us has access to the resources, opportunities, networks, and support they need to thrive. 
    Change-Makers 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 DEI,diversity,diversity,equity,equity,inclusion

    Rotary Brand Center

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    We’re introducing new templates to make it easier for you to create official club logos and to customize ads, social media graphics, and brochures. You’ll find these templates in the Brand Center after 15 February 2022.

    With these updated templates, you can:
    • Select Rotary images to use — or upload your own
    • Easily crop photos and images
    • Quickly add text and headlines
    • Choose options for printing on your own or by a professional
    Rotary Brand Center 2022-02-03 06:00:00Z 0 training

    Operation Pink Pail 

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    October 2021 brought some inspiring visitors from the African continent to District 6040! Hearing about some of the terrific projects of Group Study Exchange members are engaged in within District 9210, the #smallbutmighty North Kansas City and the Lilongwe Lingadzi, Malawi Club presidents developed a joint project to address the feminine needs and drop out rates of school girls in the region, based on the issue they do not have the appropriate health care items they need each month.
    Operation Pink Pail 2022-02-03 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Donations for Tornado Relief in Kentucky

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    Rotarians are People of Action. Throughout the world in disaster recovery situations, our compassion and commitment to service are a significant part of relief efforts. 

    Right here, right now, your help is needed here in our own zones.
    The tornado that touched down in Kentucky has devastated communities in 18 counties in our District 6710. The loss of life in many small towns, such as Dawson Springs and Mayfield, is heartbreaking, and survivors have lost their communities, their homes and livelihoods. In many areas, there is limited electricity, resources for food, gasoline and supplies and medical services. Now more than ever is the time for us to live our hashtag, #Rotary Responds.
    Donations for Tornado Relief in Kentucky 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

    Chillicothe’s 100th Anniversary Celebration was a Success

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    The Chillicothe Rotary Club’s 100th celebration is finally over and the third time was a charm!  The Trio of Club Presidents all did such a fine job at the event.  It really began in 2018-2019 with President Lindy Chapman beginning the planning process and achieving our first goal, which was to become a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club.  She was followed by President Adam Warren who kicked off 2020 with a New Years Eve party that was fabulous.  Then came Amy Supple who kept the ball rolling and initiated the 4th of July Freedom Festival and laid plans to hold a community concert (along with Lindy).  Finally President David Adam concluded our two year long journey by hosting the 100th celebration this past weekend.  
    Chillicothe’s 100th Anniversary Celebration was a Success Julie McCoy 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

    Global Scholarship Grants

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    District 6040 is getting ready to start a new cycle for Global Scholarship Grants for students traveling in the 2022-2023 academic year (AY23) and Rotary fiscal year. The AY23 academic year would include travel for fall of 2022 through the spring and summer of 2023.

    The District 6040 Global Grant Scholarship committee would like to ask you to notify your membership about these opportunities. While these scholarships are not available to Rotarians or their families, one of the best approaches is to identify key college and university contacts who may be able to inform students.

    Global Scholarship Grants 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

    Group Study Exchange Visit to Rotary District 9210; Malawi and Zambia

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    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
    Group Study Exchange Visit to Rotary District 9210; Malawi and Zambia 2021-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Dunkin' Purple Pinkie Day for Polio Eradication - 2021 Lynn McClure 2021-10-23 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Polio

    2021 Foundation Dinner - Nov 5th

    DISTRICT 6040 
    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2021

    All members of Rotary District 6040 are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Foundation Dinner” on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the Hotel Kansas City, once known as the Kansas City Downtown Club and the original meeting location of Rotary Club 13. Two years is too long not to come together in person with District 6040 Rotarians to celebrate the accomplishments of our individual District Clubs. 
    2021 Foundation Dinner - Nov 5th 2021-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations KCI Rotary Club

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    2019-2020 District Governor Marc Horner came to KCI Rotary’s 5th Wednesday Social event at Weatherby Lake Pavilion on June 30th to present Lynn McClure all of our awards from the 2019-2020 year, which included the Ray Klingensmith Traveling Trophy.  
    Congratulations KCI Rotary Club 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Independence Uncorked

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    The Rotary Club of Eastern Independence invites you to the 8th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival presented by Edward Jones will be held on September, 11th, 2021 from 1:00pm-6:00pm on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Independence Uncorked will be one of the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The cost will be $30 in advance and $40 at the door and will include a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people).
    Independence Uncorked 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    6040 Covid Relief Support

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    Eighteen months ago, none of us had heard of Covid -19.  When Covid suddenly appeared in February / March 2020, it was an unknown. Within a few weeks, we learned that it was spreading around the world rapidly. Because of Rotary’s immense global reach, it was a natural reaction that Rotary International would take action to help support communities around the globe. I know Covid impacted each of us personally and our Club’s in many ways. In this article, I want to share how our District supported several Covid related projects through the past 16 months with different financial contributions and efforts.

    In the spring of 2020, The Rotary Foundation funded a Covid Disaster Relief grant fund with $1 million.
    6040 Covid Relief Support  Donald Gladhart 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities
    Richmond District Grant 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants

    2020 Foundation Celebration

    District 6040 Foundation Celebration
    Saturday evening, May 22nd, 2021
    A huge thank you to all who contributed and supported our Foundation Celebration event and The Rotary Foundation. We raised over $73,000 during our Foundation Celebration from generous Rotarian's and participants. Thanks to the Rotarian's and friends of District 6040 we can continue Doing Good in the World in so many, many ways!
    2020 Foundation Celebration 2021-07-26 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    Teacher IMPACT Award Winners

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    For the past several years, the District has had two Teacher of the Year awards. The focus was on Literacy. This year, because it was such a challenging year in our schools, due to Covid, the decision was made to expand the awards to teachers who took on the challenges of teaching, with different methods, both in the classroom and virtually that changed frequently throughout the school year.
    Teacher IMPACT Award Winners 2021-07-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Rotarians in Honduras and Missouri Partner to Combat the Pandemic

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    Covid-19, a global pandemic that changed the lives of individuals and families around the world, claiming lives and forcing everyone to adjust to new social distancing rules and country wide lock downs to keep others safe. One of few things that was found to aid in preventing the spread of the disease when close contact with others was unavoidable is the use of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, recommended everyone use PPE when going in public including the use of things like face masks, gowns, gloves and sanitizer. Unfortunately, this high demand of PPE to keep safe caused a shortage of supplies for some, including hospital staff in the Covid-19 wards in Honduras. This is where Rotarians in Missouri (District 6040) and Tegucigalpa Honduras (District 4250) stepped in. With the help of donations from various Rotary clubs in the 6040 District, the WaldoBrookside Rotary Club and Villa Real de Tegucigalpa Rotary Club applied for, and were granted, a Global Grant through Rotary International to provide $169,000 of PPE to hospitals across Honduras.
    Rotarians in Honduras and Missouri Partner to Combat the Pandemic 2021-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants

    4 Way Speech Contest Results

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in the District 6040 4 Way Speech Contest.  First place went to Madi Norris entered by the Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit.  Second place went to Emma Rule entered by the Rotary Club of Chillicothe.  Third place went to Seth Jahraus entered by the KCI Rotary Club.
    4 Way Speech Contest Results 2021-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Making an Impact

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    The Weston Rotary Club held a Ribbon Cutting, June 19th,  as part of their grant to the City of Weston for three new park benches near the entrance to Holladay Park at Thomas and Blackhawk Streets and two refurbished benches disassembled, power coated, reassembled and placed at the Holladay Park entrance at Short and Main.  This was a grant from Weston Rotary and Rotary District 6040 for the new benches with $5000 divided between the  two sources and Weston Rotary donating expenses of $1000.00 to complete the project.  Pictured L-R, Rotarians Lynn Johnson, Dorothy Emery, Richard Emery, Ted Wilson, Lee Robertson, Mayor Ken Stelljes; past alderman, Michael Goentzel , city representative of the grant; Rotary President, Chris Donnelli; Kevin Harper, Louis Smither, Jerry Adams. 
    Making an Impact 2021-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants

    Parkville Rotary Celebrates 75 Years

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    Seventy-five years ago, today, the Parkville Rotary Club was founded. I want to first point out that Dave Napoli, Homer Williams, Kent Mayfield, Steve Bleish, Dave Overman, Bob Stone, and Tony Tognascioli have been members for more than half of those years.  Bill Quitmeier, Don Breckon and Scott McRuer have been members for nearly half of our history.  I am certain you all join me in thanking them for their loyalty and service to our Club.
    Let’s look back with pride. Approximately nine months before the Club was founded, WWII had ended.  The war had been disastrous, with husbands and sons and some daughters sent overseas to fight.  Many of them did not return alive.  Many families were grieving, and those who did return alive had to face a rapidly changing world.  People returned having to find jobs, and being frustrated by the confines of what they had left, after the greatest adventure of their lives. Our founding fathers were in the midst of a world of instability and uncertainty. 
    Parkville Rotary Celebrates 75 Years Don Breckon 2021-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Grow Your Membership

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    Membership should always be a priority in our clubs.  Not for the sake of finances or to satisfy any Rotary International policies. Instead, because we need to make sure that our clubs have enough members to provide the services our communities need our clubs to provide.  Every year we have club members die, or move, or decide that Rotary does not provide the value to them that they were looking for when they joined.  That is why membership should always be a priority. Several truths exist that we need to accept to grow our clubs.
    • We can't solve our clubs membership issues by staying with the same old membership plans or no plans at all.
    • We need to make changes to our clubs to make them more attractive to potential members. Changes like dues, locations and times.
      • Not all changes have to be earth shaking. 
    • We need to consider the way we 'sell" Rotary and our clubs to potential members.
      • We are a service organization so we need to find folks who are interested in service and provide that opportunity to them.
    Grow Your Membership 2021-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Meet Another Rotary Leadership Institute Grad

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    Meet Ryan Elam from the Lee's Summit Rotary Club and a recent Rotary Leadership Institute grad.  "The RLI program was a fantastic way to explore Rotary on a deeper level.  The program provides an opportunity to not only strengthen your individual knowledge of Rotary, but inspires you to do more as a Rotarian.  The discussions with the facilitators and participants builds upon each other and truly opens opportunities for partnerships and new ways to make an impact," said Elam.  
    Meet Another Rotary Leadership Institute Grad 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0 RLI,Rotary Leadership Institute

    Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1

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    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Part I is coming to you online via Zoom in April.  An agenda is attached for your convenience.  Also attached are couple of documents: "Preparing to Participate in RLI Part I Online 2021" and " Tips for Participating in an online meeting".  They both give you the guidelines for the class.  Please note that you must attend all nights in the April session. 
    The dates are noted below:
    Tech Night-Tuesday April 13 from 5:30 to 6:00 
    Night One - Monday April 19 from 5:30 to  8:15
    Night Two -Monday April 26 from 5:30 to 8:15
    Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0 RLI,Rotary Leadership Institute

    District Governor 2024-2025

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    Congratulations to Erik McGuire of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph East on being named our District 6040 Governor, 2024 - 25! Eric Erik joined the Rotary Club of Burlington, KS in 2008. After moving to St. Joseph, MO he joined the Rotary Club of St. Joseph East in 2012. Being a part of this great club inspired Erik to get involved with a variety of service projects, and to complete the Rotary Leadership Institute. Erik had the opportunity to serve as the club’s President in 2016-2017. Other roles he has served in at the club level include meals on wheels coordinator, sergeant-at-arms, spaghetti fundraiser chair, leading the 2015-2016 district grant to install a play-path at Northeast Park in St. Joseph, and The Rotary Foundation chair.
    District Governor 2024-2025 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

    6040 Foundation Virtual Celebration May 22

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    Please mark your calendar and join us virtually on May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This celebration will be our annual awards evening replacing our Foundation Dinner that was canceled due to Covid last November. We will celebrate the conclusion of the Kimbrough Challenge which funded many significant projects throughout the District and worldwide through our 6040 Grants during the ’19-’20 year. We will also have the opportunity to donate to the Foundation through auctions and raffles, which will provide funding for future District and Global grants.
    Our Keynote speaker will be Brenda Cressey. Brenda is a Rotary Foundation Trustee.
    6040 Foundation Virtual Celebration May 22 2021-03-02 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    Rotary Leadership Institute News

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    18 participants graduated from RLI Part 3 in February of 2021.  This makes 50 RLI graduates since April of 2020 when we moved the program to an online format.  Meet one of our most recent graduates, Jennifer Bergman.  Jennifer is from the KCI Rotary Club and hears what she has to say.
    The RLI class was very helpful.  The speakers have so much rotary knowledge and experience.  You will walk away with pages of notes and practical ideas to take back to your club and implement right away.  My favorite part was the break-out rooms with the other participants.  It is a great way to meet other Rotary members and share best practices.  This is definitely worth the investment of your time.
    Rotary Leadership Institute News Julie McCoy 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0 RLI,Rotary Leadership Institute
    Global Grant Makes an Impact in the Fight Against COVID 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants

    Geeks for Kids

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    Members of the Waldo Brookside Rotary Club volunteered with in their Geeks for Kids program, assembling 3 custom, electric cars for local kids with movement disabilities. These modified cars give kids with movements disabilities the freedom to explore, learn, and interact with their peers.  Waldo Brookside and Overland Park South Rotary Clubs have provided $5,000 each to the program to help with their mission.  
    Geeks for Kids 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Geeks for Kids

    Show Me Rotary PETs Training

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    Registration is now open for Show Me Rotary PETS on March 27th at Show Me Rotary Leadership Institute by clicking here.  Show Me Rotary Leadership Institute helps Club Presidents-Elect and Presidents-Nominees prepare for the year of leadership they provide their Rotary Clubs.  Breakout sessions on increasing impact, enhancing member engagement, increasing our ability to respond to change and planning to serve will help you focus on the needs of your club.
    Show Me Rotary PETs Training 2021-02-02 06:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary
    2021-2022 Rotary Theme Announced 2021-02-02 06:00:00Z 0 RI President

    20th Anniversary of Shoes for Orphan Souls

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    It is time to kick off the 20th Anniversary of our Shoes for Orphan Souls project in north Missouri.  Informational and PR packets are on the way to club presidents.  With many of our clubs meeting via Zoom, I know that can add unique challenges to our opportunities to “get out” and perform service.  That is why we are extending our efforts into May this year, while encouraging you to plan accordingly in your clubs to be generously generous again this year.
    20th Anniversary of Shoes for Orphan Souls Larry A. Lunsford 2021-02-02 06:00:00Z 0 Shoes for Orphan Souls
    KCI Rotary Club and Empowering Women in Rotary hosted Jennifer Jones, speaking on Advancing Women in Rotary David McCaughey 2021-01-27 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Jennifer Jones,RI President,Women in Rotary

    Merchants' Harvest Days

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    On a chilly day in October (October 24, 2020) in Kansas City, Missouri two dedicated rotarians from Waldo-Brookside Rotary Club combined their talents and energy to educate and engage visitors to the Brookside Merchants' Harvest Days Event about the on-going war to eradicate polio worldwide.  The two objectives on this World Polio Day were to share information about efforts to eradicate this debilitating and life threatening disease and to share information on how to make donations to this cause directly to the Polio Foundation.
    Merchants' Harvest Days 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Polio

    Rotary Leadership Institute 

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    RLI is HAPPENING…and it is ONLINE…and we are having great results.  We are still making new friends and enjoying each other’s company…it is just now via Zoom. 
    We did have a few classes in person in early 2020.  Since I am an accountant, I do love numbers.  We had 9 participants complete Part I and 16 complete Part II before the pandemic set in.  So, my fabulous team of facilitators decided that COVID19 wasn’t going to stop us and we began converting our materials to an online format.  As a result, we have had 31 take Part I, 18 take Part II and we have 32 new graduates of the program completing Part III! 
    Rotary Leadership Institute Julie McCoy 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0 RLI,Rotary Leadership Institute


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    We are now several  months down the road from the end of our year as Rotary leaders responsible for our Clubs and the District. This is typically the time of year when we get to celebrate the accomplishments of our clubs at the District Foundation dinner. As the Foundation dinner is currently scheduled for May 22nd and it will be many months before we get together again we wanted to share this information with you now.
    It was the toughest year that any President of a Rotary Club could have.  Best laid plans were suddenly cancelled in the third quarter of the Rotary year. A lot of clubs had to cancel major fundraisers for the year which impacted clubs abilities to meet giving/gifting goals. Everyone had to cancel meeting in person for a long time which impacted the fellowship and any membership building efforts planned. 
    Enough about the troubles we faced last year. Let's catalog the things we did accomplish.  Here is a summary of our District's accomplishments.
    Celebrations 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    The Christmas Spirit

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    In December the members of the Brookfield Rotary Club purchased $3,000 in Christmas gifts for 47 needy children in Linn County.  Congratulations on one of the biggest community service projects of the year in cooperation with Brookfield High School and other community groups.  
    The Christmas Spirit 2021-01-07 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Leave it to the Dogs

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    The St. Joseph School District received on Tuesday a grant to support a therapy dog program for local students.  The local Rotary International district, which is composed of three clubs, presented the grant valued at just under $2,500 to support the Behavior Animals Rescuing Kids (BARK) program focused at Coleman Elementary and Mark Twain School.  The dog training program is designed to promote student social and emotional wellbeing, and presents key health benefits. Donald Gladhart, Rotary district governor, said research shows that young students often suffer from hypertension. In a given class room, more than 25% of kids might register elevated blood pressure driven by stress.

    Leave it to the Dogs 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants

    MDA Distinguished Service Award

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    Dr. Joel Pratt, member of the Unionville, Mo. Rotary Club, has been honored with the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Distinguished Service Award.  The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member with a long history of exemplary service and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry.  Dr. Pratt’s commitment and dedication to the dental profession and organized dentistry is evidenced by his 43 consecutive years of membership and during this tenure, service in numerous leadership roles on the local, state and national levels.

    MDA Distinguished Service Award 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Veterans Fishing Deck Making an Impact

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    The Cameron Rotary Club Cameron Rotary Club dedicated a ADA Veterans Fishing Deck with Ribbon Cutting at Camron’s Sunrise on September 24th. Following months of construction, officials of the Rotary Club, City of Cameron, Chamber of Commerce and Park Board joined for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new, covered ADA compliant Fishing Dock. Cameron Public Works Director Drew Bontrager described the project as the centerpiece of Sunrise Lake. The fishing dock was conceived as a way to allow disabled veterans access to Sunrise Lake.
    Veterans Fishing Deck Making an Impact 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants

    Butt Buster BBQ -COVID Style

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    The Rotary Club of Liberty, MO traditionally hosts a "Butt Buster BBQ" Fundraiser each May which raises funds for scholarships and other youth programs throughout the year.  They have been blessed to present high school seniors with $22,500 in scholarships each spring over the past 4-5 years with the proceeds from the event.  This year they had to change it up and instead of preparing 1,000 meals of yummy BBQ, they did an exercise challenge to "Busting our Butts - Covid Style".  They used as the tool to capture participants as well as donations. 
    Butt Buster BBQ -COVID Style 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Rotary Youth Exchange

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    Calling all Clubs & Students seeking Adventure!  Rotary Youth Exchange has been suspended for this year, but it is time to get ready for next fall.  If you know any students or clubs  interested in long or short term exchanges, please contact Wendy Coffey at or call 816-868-5474.  The adventure of a lifetime does have a deadline of 11/30 for completed applications for long term students and February 1st for short term & host clubs.
    Rotary Youth Exchange 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange

    Feed Lee's Summit

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    We know it has been a long time since you've heard those words! But we have a date you truly need to SAVE and something you can look forward to this fall. Feed Lee's Summit is coming 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12! And yes, we are VIRTUAL that evening! Give us an hour of your time and we will dazzle you and your friends with a phenomenal silent auction, soulful blues, jammin' jazz, inspiring video presentations from local celebrities and endless opportunities for you to support FOUR wonderful nonprofits that truly work each day to FEED Lee's Summit: Coldwater of Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit Social Services, Meals on Wheels Lee's Summit and One Good Meal.

    Feed Lee's Summit 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Relief Efforts

    Food for the Needy

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    Weston Rotary Club has adopted the Weston Food Pantry and is now in charge of "food for the needy" and helping administer the USDA food program which started earlier this year at West Platte R-II School District as the Rotary Club assisted West Platte personnel.  For the final two weeks of this program the distribution was moved to an outside location as West Platte opened for school this week and traffic demands were better addressed off of the school sight. 
    Food for the Needy Louis Smither 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Relief Efforts

    Peace Pavilion Gets a Makeover

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    The Rotary Club of Independence (RCI), under the leadership of President Cindy Isabel, completed its 2019-2020 Kimbrough Challenge District Grant Project at the end of August 2020.  RCI’s renovated an existing 15,500 sq ft structure to meet the growing needs of the Peace Pathways’ Peace Pavilion.  The Peace Pavilion has been promoting and educating adults and children about peace and conflict resolution for the past 23 years.  The current Peace Pavilion operates in 2,400 sq ft area. Thousands of youth groups, schoolchildren, families and individual visitors pass through the Peace Pavilion every year.
    Peace Pavilion Gets a Makeover 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants,Kimbrough Challenge

    Disc Golf Anyone?

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    The Andrew County Rotary Club is hosting a Disc Golf Tournament on October 17th in Savannah as a fundraiser.  Proceeds from the event will support Andrew County Rotary Club projects and activities such as a cold storage expansion at a local food pantry, coat purchases for children in need, Polio eradication efforts, and Shoes for Orphan Souls purchases.  There is a competitive and a recreational round available.  This is a fun sport for all ages to play!
    Disc Golf Anyone? Chad Higdon 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Mother's Refuge Gets an Update

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    The Rotary Club of Eastern Independence participated in the Kimbrough Challenge District Grant Challenge for the 2019/20 Rotary Year. The Club project was to assist Mother’s Refuge in upgrading their computer and I.T. capabilities to better support their pregnant and teen mother clients. Mother’s Refuge is a local non-profit organization with a much needed humanitarian mission – “Our mission is to shelter and educate homeless, pregnant and parenting young women by providing comprehensive services that empower them to make successful life decisions for themselves and their babies.”
    Mother's Refuge Gets an Update 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants,Kimbrough Challenge

    Holladay Park 

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    On Sunday, September 20, at 1:00 PM,  Weston Rotary members, members of the Weston Park Board, City of Weston officials, Rotary District 6040 Governor Don Gladhart, and Weston Chamber had a ribbon cutting to conclude the $14,000 grant obligation  from Weston Rotary and Rotary Foundation.
    This grant undertaking was to advance Holladay Park, located in the center of the business district of downtown Weston, into a  more children friendly park.  Improvements were made to improve the park's ability to accommodate a wider range of children age wise and need wise.
    Holladay Park 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Grants,Kimbrough Challenge

    Corn Hole Challenge

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    The KC South Rotary Club is hosting a Corn Hole Challenge on Thursday, October 22 at Rosehill Gardens in Kansas City.  The cost is $50 per two person team.  Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.  Come join the fun with beer tastings, food trucks, and more!  
    Corn Hole Challenge Kristen Goodson 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Poker Run

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    The Andrew County Rotary Club is hosting a ATV/UTV Poker Run on September 26th.  There is a $25 entry fee that includes one poker hand.  The ride is being held to help raise funds to support the addition of the Cold Storage Facility to Andrew County Food Pantry that was completed in June 2020.  
    Poker Run Erik McGuire 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Pro Deo/Rotary Learning Garden

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    A partnership between St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the Rotary Clubs of Lee’s Summit and Pro Deo Youth Center has transformed unused green space into a vibrant raised bed learning garden to serve northeast Lee’s Summit. Our vision is to use the community garden as a laboratory for learning, production, and recreation accessible by Pro Deo Youth Center and St. Matthews pre-school and others in the church. The garden will produce a year-round schedule of harvesting dependent upon the season. Community volunteers with expertise in urban gardens will assist to ensure oversight fo the care, maintenance and beautification of the garden.
    Pro Deo/Rotary Learning Garden Karla Williams 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    UnWineFest Raffle

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    2020 has been turned upside down and the Eastern Independence Rotary Club had to cancel Independence Uncorked but there is still a chance to enjoy some wine!  The club is selling raffle tickets to win a Wine County adventure (a $5,000 value)  You receive a trip voucher for $5,000 and yu can customize your trip with Mary House-Cruise Planners.  Plus you will be entered to win more than 20 other prizes including a private tent and 6 VIP tickets at Independence Uncorked 2021.  Come join the fun at the live drawing on September 12 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at 3 Trails Brewing in Independence.  
    UnWineFest Raffle 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Looking for a Club Program?

    Members of the Rotary District are available to give presentations to clubs on MyRotary website.  They have a zoom presentation that is a 20 to 30 minute program that is great resource for club members as well as club executives.  There is a learning center, online newsletter and magazine, forms, discussion groups, and so much more.  
    Looking for a Club Program? 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Candle Against the Dark

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    You’re Invited to a One-of-a-Kind Fundraising Event Honoring the Battle Against Polio.  Announcing the Premiere of Candle Against the Dark at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 13, 2020, via Facebook Live.  All proceeds will benefit End Polio Now.  This special fundraising event is a three-act radio play, centering on the family of Past District Governor Carl Chinnery in their struggle against polio, and including the role of Rotary International and others in bringing us “thisclose” to eradicating this dread disease from the face of the earth.
    Candle Against the Dark 2020-08-03 05:00:00Z 0 Carl Chinnery,Club Activities,Polio

    Empowering Women in Rotary

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    You are all invited to join us this fall for the virtual 20-21 Series Empowering Women in Rotary.  This inspirational series is for all to learn and grow as Rotarians in support of the Difference we can make when working together.  Each of these sessions will leave you inspired and challenged as we hear from these incredible leaders and hear the impact they are making to empower us all. 
    Empowering Women in Rotary 2020-08-03 05:00:00Z 0 Women in Rotary

    KCI Rotary Club Hosts Virtual Bingo Fundraiser

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    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.
    KCI Rotary Club Hosts Virtual Bingo Fundraiser 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    75 Years of Weston Rotary

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    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.
    75 Years of Weston Rotary Louis Smither 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Rotarians Deliver Over 12 Tons of Food

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    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.”  
    Rotarians Deliver Over 12 Tons of Food 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Relief Efforts

    Rotary Cares Assistance Program

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    In Response to the nationwide COVID crisis, the Rotary Youth Camp and Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club (Club 13) allocates $50,000 to aid the families and organizations they serve. Donations, both monetary and in-kind, will be sent to families and the 13 organizations who were signed up to use the camp over the summer.  In an effort to strengthen their camping community in these uncertain times, the Rotary Youth Camp launches the “Rotary Cares” assistance program for organizations using the camp and camper families. The goal of the program is to aid as many families as possible as well as the organizations that host summer camp at the Rotary Youth Camp. Organizations that were scheduled for the 2020 summer season will be targeted.
    Rotary Cares Assistance Program 2020-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Relief Efforts

    Liberty Rotary Club

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    The Liberty Rotary Club has been busy helping in their community during this pandemic.  They have been donating fabric for the construction of face masks, funds to The Liberty Hospital Foundation’s frontline fundraiser and to their requested needs of sani-wipes, brown paper lunch bags, toilet paper, snacks & sanitizer just to mention a few.  Members have been supporting local businesses & non profits with E-Cards for Hair Therapy and providing egg cartons to Mimi’s Pantry.

    Liberty Rotary Club 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Meetings,Online Meetings
    Eastern Independence Rotary Club 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Meetings,Online Meetings
    KCI Rotary Club 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Meetings,Online Meetings

    Rotary Club 13

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    Rotary Club 13 has been helping with monatary donations during the pandemic.  The club's foundation donated $5,000 to Harvesters and The club (along with D6040) donated $2,000 to Truman Medical Center for their Healthy Harvest, which is providing $10 bags of fruit and veggies to 100 employees each week. The club has written thank you notes to go in each bag.
    Rotary Club 13 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Meetings,Online Meetings

    Raytown Rotary Club

    The Raytown Rotary Club is hosting weekly Zoom meetings for their members.  During the meetings members share out giving and volunteer opportunities.  One of the best parts about doing Zoom meetings is allowing the club to connect with members who have moved away and/or traveling during the winter.  The club's future plans include looking into doing a virtual social gathering or happy hour.  
    Raytown Rotary Club 2020-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Meetings,Online Meetings
    Lee's Summit Rotary Club 2020-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Meetings,Online Meetings

    Youth Peacebuilder Award

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    Rotary International District 6040 (Kansas City and northern Missouri) has selected the winner of its inaugural district Youth Peacebuilder Award.
    Amy Montalbano, a senior at Park Hill South High school and Parkville resident, was selected by a district committee to receive the award, which includes a $2500 scholarship.
    Youth Peacebuilder Award 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0 Youth,Youth Peacebuilder Award

    Literacy Teacher of the Year Awards

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    The Rotary District 6040 Teacher of the Year Award was established to honor a teacher who is a powerful proponent of literacy and who has made significant contributions in the teaching of reading. Awards are given to one Elementary teacher, grades K-6 and one Secondary teacher, grades 7-12. This year we received 17 nominations all of which were outstanding. The following clubs nominated a deserving teacher(s) from their area:The Rotary District 6040 Teacher of the Year Award was established to honor a teacher who is a powerful proponent of literacy and who has made significant contributions in the teaching of reading. Awards are given to one Elementary teacher, grades K-6 and one Secondary teacher, grades 7-12. This year we received 17 nominations all of which were outstanding. The following clubs nominated a deserving teacher(s) from their area:
    Literacy Teacher of the Year Awards Janet Gooch 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0 Literacy

    Service Above Self Award

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    During my very first training session to be a District Governor, It was suggested to select a Past District Governor to be my mentor…and I choose Cassy Venters.  Everything she does, she does well and she does right.  And I knew I would be in good hands.  I know Cassy didn’t have an easy childhood. 
    Service Above Self Award Julie McCoy 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0 Service Above Self Award

    International Youth Exchange

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    For the first time in modern history, we are experiencing a major global humanitarian challenge that all of humanity is working hand-in-hand to overcome.  In some cases, it seems that COVID-19 has taken from us more than we can bear, and asked of us more than we can provide. Yet amidst the fear, turmoil and global divisions, somehow we have found ways to stay connected.  Perhaps one of the best ways to stay engaged and connected on a global scale is International Youth Exchange. What better way for the global youth of today to meet the global challenges of tomorrow than building bridges of cross-cultural understanding! 
    International Youth Exchange 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange

    Rotary Leadership Institute is Breaking Barriers

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    Rotary Leadership Institute or RLI went online for the first time in April.  This was  largest class I’ve ever participated in with 18 attending the online class.  It was also the first time we have had Rotaract Students from Kirksville in the classes.  Three young med students joined us in Kirksville for Part I and Part II and completed the classes with our online version.  These are awesome young people and I wish them much luck in their future.
    I couldn’t have done this without my facilitators who ventured into new waters.
    Rotary Leadership Institute is Breaking Barriers Julie McCoy 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Overcome Your Fear of Online Meetings

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    With everything that’s going on with the quarantine and social separation – Rotary Clubs around the world are looking for ways to engage their membership and continue their Rotary camaraderie and connection.  Many have turned to online video meetings, such as Zoom.
    While it’s not a perfect solution, it is proving to be a very adequate substitute in the interim before we can resume our full, in-person meetings.
    As a District, we want to encourage and challenge you to jump into the world of online meetings. Following is a list of resources that will quickly bring you up to speed. And remember – your meeting doesn’t need to be “perfect.” Our members are friends and will celebrate with you the opportunity to get together in Rotary fellowship. Just begin!
    Overcome Your Fear of Online Meetings Kirby Asplund 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0 Meetings,Online Meetings

    Update on Kimbrough Challenge Grants

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    These are challenging times in too many ways.  The pressures being exerted on our families, friends and institutions is painful.  But what is even worse is the not knowing what to expect; when will shelter in place end, when can I go back to work, to worship and to serve.
    A lot of you have reached out with questions regarding your District Grant projects.  We recognize that it is likely impossible or at least improbable that many of our “Kimbrough Challenge” 2019-2020 District Grant projects will be completed in time to create a final grant report by May 31, 2020.  The weather was an issue in many areas this winter but the overwhelming issue now is the pandemic.  In light of this we are extending the date for the completion of the projects and the filing of the final reports until September 30, 2020.
    Update on Kimbrough Challenge Grants 2020-04-02 05:00:00Z 0 Kimbrough Challenge

    Randy Steinman to Serve as District Governor in 2023-2024

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    Rotary District 6040 is proud to announce the selection of Randy Steinman to the position of District Governor Nominee Designate. He will take the helm as District Governor in July 2023, following current DG Marc Horner, DG Elect Don Gladhart, DG Nominee David McCaughey, and DG Nominee Designate Kent Shelman. He is a member and immediate past president of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club.  “I am deeply honored to have been selected for this service role,” says Steinman.  “I look forward to working with our clubs to achieve the goals of Rotary.”
    Randy Steinman to Serve as District Governor in 2023-2024 2020-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Warm Up Kirksville

    Posted by Debra Boughton
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    Recently the Kirksville Rotary Clubs worked together on a Warm Up Kirksville project which was organized by the Andrew Taylor Still University (ATSU) Rotaract Club.  These busy medical students discovered that the Community Mission was in need of blankets.  Wyatt Eikermann and his fellow Rotaract members scheduled a Saturday in January that volunteers from the 3 Kirksville Rotary Clubs, the 2 Rotaract Clubs  (ATSU and Truman State University), and the Interact Club at the Kirksville High School  all made blankets.  Rotary Clubs donated funds to buy the materials. Nobody had to know how to sew.  The volunteers cut and tied fleece blankets all day.
    Warm Up Kirksville Debra Boughton 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,service

    Kirksville Rotary Raises $10,000 to Eradicate Polio

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    Members of Kirksville’s three Rotary clubs, along with honored guests, celebrated Rotary’s 115th Birthday on February 23.  The featured speaker was Carl Chinnery from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, who has had a very distinguished Rotary career, including serving as District Governor in 2002-2003 and receiving numerous Rotary International awards thereafter. Carl and his four brothers were all polio victims, and one brother succumbed to the disease. In a televised interview with KTVO, Carl said, “We need to eradicate this dread, awful, ugly, nasty, evil disease. It will be the second disease that has been eradicated worldwide after smallpox. Rotary has been on this venture for the better part of 40 years, and we are very, very close to eradicating that disease.” Past District Governor Jerry Venters (who also had a mild case of the disease at age six) told us about a very sad letter written by Carl’s mother in 1999 about her family’s experience with polio in 1942. Current Rotary District Governor Mark Horner said the letter is available on the District’s website,, under “Foundation.”  
    Kirksville Rotary Raises $10,000 to Eradicate Polio 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 Chinnery Challenge,Polio

    Youth Peacebuilder Award

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    Peace always been central to the mission of Rotary International. In recognition of this, Rotary District 6040 is sponsoring a Youth Peacebuilders Award to recognize outstanding efforts by a student within the district to assist the disadvantaged, build bridges between communities, and/or prevent or resolve conflicts. This award, a $2500 scholarship, will not only celebrate the winner’s peacebuilding efforts, but encourage future peacebuilding initiatives by youth in the district.
    Youth Peacebuilder Award 2020-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 Peacebuilding

    Literacy Teacher of the Year Awards

    Posted by Janet Gooch
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    Great teachers deserve to be recognized so clubs are encouraged to nominate outstanding teachers in your community who are powerful proponents of literacy and have made significant contributions in the teaching of reading.  The deadline for applications is February 21, 2020.  .  Special consideration will be given to candidates who actively participate in local, state and/or national youth or vocational services, effectively interweave literacy into their involvement in these areas, and positively promote the ideals of Rotary. 
    Literacy Teacher of the Year Awards Janet Gooch 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0 Literacy

    Play 4 Polio

    Posted by Jo Lynne Dorr
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    The Lawson Rotary Club, along with the Lawson Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a "Be the Good" Play 4 Polio Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  Tournament registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and each disc golf participant receives a "Be The Good" Rotary T-Shirt.  Lunch will be provided after the tournament ends.  Why play?  Rotary International has an "End Polio Now" campaign that raises money every year for the eradication of this crippling disease worldwide.  In 1985, Rotary International launched their "Polio Plus" campaign to immunize the world's children against Polio.  
    Play 4 Polio Jo Lynne Dorr 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0 Chinnery Challenge,Polio

    Getting the Word Out

    Posted by Louis Smither
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    Have you ever really wanted to get your club information in the local newspaper?  Take a note from the Weston Rotary Club, send it, send it, send it.  Every time your club gives away money, participates in a service project, receives an award, etc. send the information to the local paper.  Will it get printed every time, probably not, however nothing will ever print if you don't send it.  
    Getting the Word Out Louis Smither 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0 training

    Mardi Gras

    Posted by Nancy Kimak
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    The Rotary Club of Independence, in collaboration with KC Scholars, presents Mardi Gras 2020!  Experience the fun and food of this incredible evening for the benefit of the KC Scholars program for Independence area students.  A New Orleans-style dinner and live music along with thrilling entertainment and surprises will bring the fun of Mardi Gras to the Kansas City area.  There will be crazy fun games of skill and chance, and of course, a colorful Mardi Gras backdrop of beads, masks, and costumes parading down Bourbon Street showcasing craft beers and signature drinks.  Join the fun Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Stadium North Club.  Tickets are on sale now at  
    Mardi Gras Nancy Kimak 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Rotary World Peace Conference

    Posted by Steven Youngblood
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    (Ontario, California)--Like most attendees at the Rotary World Peace Conference last weekend in Ontario, CA, I came away with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I depart deeply concerned about conflicts that plague our world. On the other, I head home encouraged and inspired by the amazing work being done by Rotarians and others in the cause of world peace.

    My presentation on the basics of peace journalism typifies this binary. I started my presentation with a discussion about low public approval ratings of the media, and the ills that plague the profession. Then my talk took a hopeful turn as I described peace journalism and its ability to create an atmosphere conducive to peace without compromising the principles of good journalism. A large, engaged audience showered me with perceptive questions both during and indeed after the presentation. One attendee wanted to know if anyone is practicing peace journalism. I mentioned the Guardian, Nicolas Kristof, and many radio journalists in Cameroon and Uganda as positive examples.

    It was interesting to see many of the themes I touched upon in my talk echoed by other speakers at the conference. This includes the need to reject divisive “us vs. them” constructs, and to give a “voice to the voiceless” in everything we do.

    Rotary World Peace Conference Steven Youngblood 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0 World Peace

    Membership Drive Underway

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    Do you want to attract more members in your club and engage them in more service to your community?
    Let me share how you can attract energetic, inspired, excited new members while keeping the current members engaged.
    We have introduced a Membership Initiative team in your District to do just that! Some clubs are having success with annual net growth, yet many others are staying neutral, or losing members each year. 
    Our clubs incorporating a more flexible model are having the most success and attracting newer, engaged members.  We don’t just need younger members, we need young thinkers, open minded individuals who are willing to try new things in new ways to be an attractive organization in today’s busy society.  Rotary offers what statistics show people are looking for; a chance to join like minded people to network and make a difference.  So how do we share that opportunity and keep our members engaged?
    Membership Drive Underway 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Connecting the World

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    Rotary District 6040 is a contributor  year in and year out to the Rotary Zones 30-31 Heart to Heart (Mexico) projects.  There is a diverse listing of projects that take place and our District is proud to be part making differences around the world.  These seven global grants total $832,030, and the Rotary Foundation match comprises $407,425 of that total. 
    Connecting the World 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0 Heart to Heart

    Brush Fires in Australia

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    As you may be aware Australia has been undergoing a severe drought for the last decade and brush fires are currently active in all of the states.  It is a huge country so this involves a tremendous area.  Imagine if  brush fires were to break out in most of the continental United States at the same time.  That is a roughly equal to what they are facing. Fires have now spread into South Australia and Tasmania.  I mention those two provinces specifically because I have been in contact with their District Governors to see if we can be of any assistance. I know DG Tim Klar (D9520) and DG Michael Cooke (D9830) from my District Governor training and you may remember the Group Study Exchange team that visited us from D9520 during IPDG Julie McCoy's year.  They were well  received here and they treated our outbound team very well too.
    Brush Fires in Australia 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0 Australia

    Rotary Club helps with Regulation Rooms

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    The three St. Joseph Rotary Clubs have helped the St. Joseph School District to create regulation rooms.  Kids who are acting out or over-emotional in the classroom now have a place to go to clam down and learn coping skills on how to deal with their stress.  "It's designed to help kids regulate their emotions.  It is designed around the areas of the brain and how the brain regulates, " said Jean West a social worker a certified trauma trainer with the St. Joseph School District.  In addiiton to Rotarians volunteered their time helping to assemble the rooms.  
    Rotary Club helps with Regulation Rooms 2019-11-25 06:00:00Z 0 service

    KCI Rotary Club Helps Promote LIteracy

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    KCI Rotary Club members were guest readers last week in three Platte County School District elementary schools as part of the Kansas City metro-wide “KC Rotary Reads” program. The program was developed to promote literacy—one of the six Rotarian pillars—throughout Greater Kansas City.  KCI Rotary Club volunteers read “Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure” to 400 students in 18 fourth grade classes at Siegrist, Compass and Pathfinder elementary schools. The book, written and illustrated by Rotary member Andrew J. Shoup, supports making good decisions based on the Rotary Four-Way Test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair for all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
    KCI Rotary Club Helps Promote LIteracy 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Literacy

    Renovation of the New Peace Museum

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    The Rotary Club of Independence is helping with the renovation of the new Peace Museum at 607 W. Lexington in Independence.  The club raised $3,500 which was matched by the Kimbrough Challenge in Rotary District 6040.  The 3:1 match means that a grand total of $14,000 was enough to underwrite paint and supplies, carpet tiles, new decking for the outside handicapped ramp and more.  
    Renovation of the New Peace Museum 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Foundation,service

    Grand Opening

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    The official opening of the Kinyin McKenzie Dialysis Centre in Pukatja (Ernabella), South Australia is taking place on Thursday, November 7th.  This project was made possible thanks to a Global Grant. Tjunkaya Tapaya took time to write a poem to honor this special occasion.  
    Grand Opening 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Grants

    Micocredit Project Receives Next Grant Installment

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    The Rotary Foundation notified the district’s Microcredit Chair, Randy Steinman (Kansas City Plaza Club), on October 24th the next $25,000 installment for the microcredit grant has been wired to the district. These funds are part of a $125,000, five year Global Grant project to provide business startup loans to women living in poverty in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
    To date this project has helped approximately 80 women start businesses with small loans of $250-750 US. The profits from these businesses help repay the loans and create an income stream to help these women lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Of these women 32 have already repaid their loans in full. 
    Micocredit Project Receives Next Grant Installment 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Grants


    Posted by Steven Youngblood
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    Steven Youngblood, with the Parkville Rotary Club, wrote an opinion piece for The Kansas City Star about peacebuilding/Peace Day that features KC peacebuilding organizations, including a plug for Rotary.  The article mentions that Kansas City is fortunate to have numerous "rock star" peacebuilders and peacebuilding organizations.  "While it's understandable to be discouraged by the violence and discord around us, conversely, it's easy to be encouraged by the numerous peacebuilding efforts in Kansas City, and to be empowered by the knowledge that each of us can help make our world a more peaceful place," said Youngblood.  
    Peacebuilding Steven Youngblood 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Peacebuilding

    The Chinnery Challenge

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    All clubs have been asked by District Governor Marc Horner to schedule or hold an event by Polio Day to raise money for Dollars for Polio.  A few clubs have already started the challenge and even created more awareness for Rotary's fight against Polio.  
    The Chinnery Challenge 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Chinnery Challenge,Polio

    District 6040 Global Grant in Action

    Posted by Maureen Phillips
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    The Australian District we partnered with for our GSE last year also gave us the opportunity for a Global Grant.   
    After many years, the first remote renal dialysis service recently opened on the APY lands in far north South Australia at Pukatja (Ernabella). Known by the name of Purple House, the facility is run by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT), with its CEO Sarah Brown. WDNWPT is run by Aboriginal people from remote communities with input and leadership from the Pukatja Community Council, the APY Council, NPY Women’s Council and the APY Art Collective. There has also been a growing association with Rotary clubs over the past ten years. Their CEO, Sarah Brown, has been a popular motivational speaker at District conferences and Institutes over the past few years.
    In 2017, she presented at a District Conference in Mount Gambier and talked of her experiences with the existing Purple House facilities and, of course, the Purple House bus, a mobile dialysis unit. Many present that day were inspired by her presentation, and talk began about Rotary Clubs joining forces to provide much needed assistance to this latest project.
    District 6040 Global Grant in Action Maureen Phillips 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Australia,Foundation,Grants

    Polio Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Immunizations

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    The Rotary Club of Agra Taj Mahal Initiative is conducting Polio Mega Campaign in 3-5 January 2020 , if any of club/district members are interested now is the time to sign up . Polio Volunteers will have the opportunities on upcoming Polio Immunization Round as Final Push “ KEEP INDIA POLIO FREE."  This journey will be a landmark event in your Rotary Experience.
    • Demonstrating to our partners UNICEF and WHO that Rotary is not just a fund-raising organization but world’s biggest service organization
    • Your Participation gives tremendous boost to local Rotarians who have been managing booths regularly for many years and where undoubtedly fatigue is setting in.
    • Most important of all, we get a higher turnout of children in a poor area or slum of Agra when there are strange foreigners with their bright faces and in yellow Rotary shirts asking for having 2 drops of Polio Vaccine.
    • Giving an opportunity to a person as volunteer in knowing have prevented dozens of children from this horrible disease and many find they had a very moving experience.
    • Indian hosts waiting to welcome with open arms creating unique and exceptional itinerary. In addition to Polio Immunization Rounds, you will participate in special Rotary activities , Social events and Rotary club projects visit.
    Polio Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Immunizations 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Polio


    Posted by Rolfe McCoy
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    District 6040 Group Study Exchange (GSE) committee is proud to announce the selection of William (Bill) Schmidt of the Plaza Club as Leader of our GSE team to the Dominican Republic 2019-20.  The out-bound team will be in the Dominican Republic from Mid January to Mid February 2020.
    The in-bound Dominican Republic team will be in our District from mid October to mid November 2019.  There is a survey going out to all club presidents for the hosting of the DR team this fall.
    Congratulations Rolfe McCoy 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0 GSE

    Dinner Anywhere in the World

    Posted by Steph Smith on Jul 31, 2019
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    In celebration of our Rotary 2019-20 theme, Rotary Connects the World – a new raffle will be held, with a prize of dinner anywhere in the world.  (The prize will include travel and expenses for a trip for two – including that special dinner – anywhere in the world, with a travel voucher valued at $5,000.00.  For this special event, one-thousand raffle tickets will be sold, priced at $25.00 each – with proceeds going to the Polio Fund.  
    Dinner Anywhere in the World Steph Smith 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    Golden Ticket

    Posted by Steph Smith on Jul 31, 2019
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    Back by popular demand: a replay (and enhancement) of last year's raffle.   Your single $100 raffle ticket will put you in the three drawings for these fabulous prizes.  (Why stop at one ticket? You deserve more chances to win!)
    • A week at a Daytona, Florida ocean-side condo, donated by immediate PDG Julie and Rolfe McCoy of the Chillicothe club
    • A one-of-a-kind Rotary pendant (or tie-tac) hand crafted by Trisha Kennedy
    • Five nights Copper Mountain, Colorado, condominium, donated by Mark Comfort of the Parkville club – to be used between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2020.
    Note: any Rotarian who buys a $100.00 raffle ticket will get credit for the donation to the Rotary Foundation. Proceeds will go to the Annual Fund.
    You can buy your ticket online at HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/ROTARYGOLDENTICKET
    Golden Ticket Steph Smith 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    Rotary Zone 30-31 Newsletter

    Posted on Jul 31, 2019
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    In introducing this year's theme, R.I. President Mark Maloney said, "Rotary allows us to connect with each other in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences.  Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal.  In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all."  He urged us to identify segments of our communities not represented in our clubs by creating a membership committee with diverse members. 
    Rotary Zone 30-31 Newsletter 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0 RI President

    Cruise Around the Hawaiian Islands After the Rotary Convention

    Posted on Jul 31, 2019
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    The Rotary International Convention in Honolulu next summer ends on Wednesday June 10, 2020.  In case you want to do something else while you are 3,896 miles from Kansas City we have a deal for you.  In fact if you are not going to the convention we still have the same deal.  A Norwegian Cruise Lines cruise leaves Honolulu on Saturday June 13, 2020 to take you all around the Hawaiian islands.  It is a nice cruise.
    Cruise Around the Hawaiian Islands After the Rotary Convention 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0 RI Convention

    Chinnery Challenge for Polio

    Posted on Jul 31, 2019
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    It is our intent in 2019-2020 to have a multi-level District effort to raise awareness and monies for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. For each club in the District to have a Polio Awareness and Fund Raising Event.  No matter how big or how small to let people know that even though “we are this close”, Polio is still claiming the lives and limbs of children in the world today and we need to eradicate it forever. 
    Chinnery Challenge for Polio 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0 Polio

    2019 Foundation Dinner

    Posted on Jul 14, 2019
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    The District 6040 Foundation Dinner is always one of the highlights of the Rotary year.
    This year’s Dinner will be one of the great events of the decade. You won’t want to miss it.
    Save the date:
    Saturday, November 2, 2019
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, Missouri
    2019 Foundation Dinner david mccaughey 2019-07-14 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner

    Rotary District 6040 – Not Just Another District

    Posted by Ray Klinginsmith on Jul 05, 2019
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    I have been a Missouri Rotarian for many years, and I have always been proud of my relevant Rotary district, which is now District 6040.   And in thinking about the achievements of District 6040, just prior to Marc Horner’s installation as district governor, I jotted down some accomplishments that are clearly unique and important.
    One of the clubs in our district, Kansas City, was one of the first 16 Rotary clubs in the world, and it participated in the first Rotary convention during August of 1910 in Chicago.   That convention formed the National Association of Rotary Clubs, which ultimately became Rotary International, and due to the good work of the new association, Rotary has become the large and significant organization we know and enjoy today.  There is no way to overstate the importance of the first convention, and the Kansas City club was a leader in that significant event!    
    Rotary District 6040 – Not Just Another District  Ray Klinginsmith 2019-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
    Dominican deaths dampening enthusiasm for Rotary trip david mccaughey 2019-07-05 05:00:00Z 0 GSE

    So long farewell, auf weidersehen goodbye…

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Jun 28, 2019
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    So long farewell, auf weidersehen goodbye…
    Picture me singing one of my favorite ”Sound Of Music” songs as I fleet, I float, I fleetly flee I fly...
    Wow, I can’t believe that this Rotary Year is over…and I have all of you to THANK for making this year one of the most memorable years of my life!  District 6040, you are simply THE BEST!
    So long farewell, auf weidersehen goodbye… Julie McCoy 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

    2019-2020 Rotary Friendship Exchange

    Posted by Dan Hall on Jun 04, 2019
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    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.
    2019-2020 Rotary Friendship Exchange Dan Hall 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Friendship Exchange

    Giving Back to the Community

    Posted by Trisha Kennedy
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    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.  
    Giving Back to the Community Trisha Kennedy 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    District 6040 Teacher of the Year

    Posted by Roberta Donahue on Jun 04, 2019
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    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.
    District 6040 Teacher of the Year Roberta Donahue 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Literacy

    Gremaud Receives JC Penny Award

    Posted on Jun 04, 2019
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    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.

    Gremaud Receives JC Penny Award 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    The Should be Rotarian

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Jun 04, 2019
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    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. 
    The Should be Rotarian Julie McCoy 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    The Greatest Show in Rotary

    Posted by Martial Thevenot on Jun 04, 2019
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    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.
    The Greatest Show in Rotary Martial Thevenot 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 PETS,Show Me Rotary

    Camp Rise

    Posted by Laurie Mozley on Jun 04, 2019
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    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!
    Camp Rise Laurie Mozley 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Camp Rise,Club Activities

    Group Study Exchange

    Posted by Rolfe McCoy on Jun 04, 2019
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    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.
    Group Study Exchange Rolfe McCoy 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 GSE

    Helping Those In Need

    Posted by Dalyn Novak on Jun 04, 2019
    Recently the Parkville Rotary Club donated $2,236 to help with flood relief.  The donation went to in Nebraska.  This is just one of the many way Rotary clubs in our district are helping those in need.  
    Helping Those In Need Dalyn Novak 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Getting Their Hands Dirty

    Posted by Donice Mahan on Jun 04, 2019
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    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!
    Getting Their Hands Dirty Donice Mahan 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    District Establishes New Peacebuilding Ambassador

    Posted by Steven Youngblood on May 03, 2019
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    When District Governor Elect Marc Horner asked me to be District 6040’s Peacebuilding Ambassador, I imagined that, as an ambassador, I would hobnob with glitterati, attend swanky receptions and high-brow cultural events, rub elbows with the rich and famous, and advise powerful government officials.

    It wasn’t until I was stuck behind a stinky semi on my way to Jeff City for the state conference that cold reality struck.

    My name is Steven Youngblood, and I am breaking in the new job of district peacebuilding ambassador. While my new job isn’t exactly glamorous, the opportunity to work with my fellow Rotarians on peacebuilding projects is nonetheless exciting.

    District Establishes New Peacebuilding Ambassador Steven Youngblood 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0 Peacebuilding Ambassador

    Shoes Enthusiasts 

    Posted by Larry A. Lunsford on May 02, 2019
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    Thank you to everyone who helped their club and our District with our Shoes Caravan.  We were able to collect 18,819 pairs of shoes, 3,744 pairs of socks, 1,578 pairs of shoelaces, and $12,772 in cash donations!  So which clubs took the lead in each category?  
    Shoes Enthusiasts Larry A. Lunsford 2019-05-02 05:00:00Z 0 Shoes for Orphan Souls

    Eleven More Rotarians Graduate From RLI

    Posted by Jerry Venters on May 02, 2019
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    At the conclusion of very successful evening sessions in March and April, eleven more District 6040 Rotarians graduated from the District’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).  This brings to 82 the number of graduates from the club leadership program since its inception in 2014.  They have come from 26 different Rotary clubs.
    The newest graduates (pictured) are Dalyn Novak and Sandy Knoernschild, Parkville; Frank Dixon and Pat Knauss, Liberty; Trish Kennedy and Donna Best, Blue Springs; Jordan Assel, Cameron; Beth Franklin and Ilene Shehan, Independence; Matt Sanning, Lee’s Summit; and Becky Treccariche, Richmond.
    Eleven More Rotarians Graduate From RLI Jerry Venters 2019-05-02 05:00:00Z 0 RLI

    Member Honored with Peace Award

    Posted by Andrea Kantner on May 02, 2019
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    Sister Andrea Kantner, member of the Rotary Club of Independence, was the recipient of the prestigious International Peace Award from the Community of Christ.  Sister Andrea is the founder of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse.  She was presented the award at the Community of Christ's World Conference.  
    Member Honored with Peace Award Andrea Kantner 2019-05-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    2020 Group Study Exchange

    Posted by Rolfe McCoy on Apr 05, 2019
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    Have you ever wanted to travel to the Dominican Republic?  Plans are underway now for the Districts 6040-4060 Group Study Exchange in 2020.  GSE provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries.  Teams are comprised of four team members who may be Rotarians or non-Rotarians.  All team members must commit to assist in humanitarian service projects upon completion of the GSE experience.  The team leader is a Rotarian.  
    For three to four weeks, team members observe and participate in the Rotary District and Club humanitarian service projects and observe how their vocations are practiced abroad.  They develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.   The teams are home hosted for lodging and meals and group travel within the host country.  District 6040 pays for round-trip airfare to the host country.
    2020 Group Study Exchange Rolfe McCoy 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 GSE

    ShelterBox Update From Malawi

    Posted by Marc Horner on Apr 05, 2019
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    Cyclone Idai ripped through Southern Africa and millions have been affected in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after what the UN says could be the worst natural disaster ever to hit the southern hemisphere. Floods have affected almost 1 million Malawians and forced at least 125,000 from their homes and sadly these numbers continue to rise. District 6040 has multiple projects in Malawi.  
    ShelterBox is determined to reach as many families as possible.
    ShelterBox has a team en route to Malawi to assess damage to homes and to coordinate support for families to recover as the floodwaters recede. 
    ShelterBox Update From Malawi Marc Horner 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 ShelterBox

    2019-2020 Rotary Friendship Exchange

    Posted by Dan Hall on Apr 05, 2019
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    Our District 6040 has accepted the RI District 2241 (2241 includes Romania and Moldova) 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.
    2019-2020 Rotary Friendship Exchange Dan Hall 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 Friendship Exchange

    The Power of Giving! The Power of Rotary!

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Apr 05, 2019
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    What started as an auction item for one last lei left on the podium at the end of Show Me Rotary, ended up as a huge gift to The Rotary Foundation and our Polio Plus eradication efforts.  Two people were bidding on the lei, then two tables and then random people from all over the ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel started coming forward to donate money to Polio Plus.  Many of those donating money were from District 6040.  
    The Power of Giving! The Power of Rotary! Julie McCoy 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 Polio

    Five Rotarians Graduate from RLI

    Posted by Jerry Venters on Apr 02, 2019
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    In March, five more District 6040 Rotarians joined the ranks of Rotary Leadership Institute graduates, bringing to 71 the number of D 6040 Rotarians to have graduated from the premier Rotary leadership program.  They are (L-R) Frank Grimshaw (Macon County), Kurt Hueschen and Dan Ryan (Waldo-Brookside), Janet Gremaud (Kirksville Thousand Hills), and Penny Donnelly (Blue Springs).  Members of 24 different Rotary clubs have graduated from the three-day course since it was started here in 2014.
    Five Rotarians Graduate from RLI Jerry Venters 2019-04-02 05:00:00Z 0 RLI

    The Power of Women in Rotary

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Apr 02, 2019
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    Dear Women in Rotary: My fellow District Governors in Missouri:  Jayne Lowe (6110), Linda Puchbauer (6060) and Susan Haralson (6080) and I are hosting the first ever “Power of Women in Rotary Conference.”  It will be held in Jefferson City on May 11th from 11-4.  The cost is only $25 and includes your lunch for the day.  We have filled the day with an action packed list of powerful women speakers. 
    The Power of Women in Rotary Julie McCoy 2019-04-02 05:00:00Z 0 Women in Rotary
    Happy 40th Anniversary Julie McCoy 2019-04-02 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    The Power of Women in Rotary

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Mar 09, 2019
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    Women in Rotary, please join me for the first ever Power of Women in Rotary event.  We will celebrate of the first time in history that Missouri Rotary has been governed by four Women.  Linda, Susan, Jayne and I have set aside Saturday, May 11th as a dynamic day to learn about women in service and women in leadership.  The cost is only $25 and I can assure you, it will be an action packed day.  Space is limited; so, please sign up at I look forward to seeing you there!
    The Power of Women in Rotary Julie McCoy 2019-03-09 06:00:00Z 0 Women in Rotary

    Paul Harris Society

    Posted by Kenny Harris on Mar 07, 2019
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    It may surprise some of you to learn that the Paul Harris Society is a relatively new recognition program that became an official Rotary Foundation program in 2013.  This new program was developed to recognize those members who generously contribute significant sums of money regularly to the Rotary Foundation. 
    There is a difference, and some confusion, regarding being a Paul Harris Fellow and being a Paul Harris Society member, and I will attempt to explain the difference in this column. 
    Paul Harris Society Kenny Harris 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris Society

    Shoe Caravan

    Posted by Larry A. Lunsford on Mar 07, 2019
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    The 18th annual “shoes season” is off and running.  We are two months away from the Shoes Caravan (April 25-27), and Caravan Driver John Gill and I have developed a tentative Shoes Caravan schedule.   
    Both UPS and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway have again agreed to assist us with the transport of your shoes to Dallas, to be prepared for international shipment.  Our UPS truck drivers, Patrick and Roger, will be with us again.
    It was a resounding consensus at our fall 2018 District Conference to send our shoes this year to KENYA, along with some distribution in the UNITED STATES.
    We will have our annual SHOES ROLL CALL OF CLUBS on April 27th at the District Assembly in Cameron.  Our plan is to have the “John Gill trailer” at the District Assembly…with our traditional Shoes Caravan to precede with a few stops on Wednesday, April 24, then full days on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, culminating at the District Assembly in Cameron on Saturday, April 27th.
    Shoe Caravan Larry A. Lunsford 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0 Shoes for Orphan Souls

    Everyone Loves a Good Book

    Posted by Debra Boughton on Mar 06, 2019
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    The Kirksville Rotary Club donates books to the Adair County Public Library as a thank you to their guest speakers. Each meeting the speaker is given a book mark from the Adair County Public Library.  Recently, President Randy Smith and President Elect Debi Boughton met with Librarian Sonja Hannah to purchase $250.00 worth of new books for the Library. 
    The members of the Kirksville Rotary Club also take a week each February and reads to all the third, fourth and fifth grade classes in the community.  Dale Schenewerk, Rotarian and volunteer reader explains, “The students and teachers always enjoy having a fresh face come into the classroom. The opportunity to read allows us a chance to focus on the importance of reading and to introduce Rotary to the kids.”
    Everyone Loves a Good Book Debra Boughton 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities,Literacy
    Registration for MO RYLA Julie McCoy 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0 RYLA

    St Joseph area clubs win Arbor awards 

    Posted by Donald Gladhart on Mar 05, 2019
    Last May, the St Joseph area community and the four local clubs were honored to have RI President Ian Riseley come to St Joseph for a day. President Riseley had set a goal as he entered his Presidency of "planting a tree for every Rotarian somewhere in the world (1.2 million trees). The 4 clubs here accomplished the goal. 
    The Clubs were just notified recently that they were selected as winners of the 2018 Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence.
    St Joseph area clubs win Arbor awards Donald Gladhart 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    RLI Classes Coming Soon!

    Posted by Jerry Venters on Mar 05, 2019
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    Leadership skills are yours for the taking this spring in District 6040!
    District 6040’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) offers a unique opportunity for District Rotarians to complete the three-day course in just five weeks in March and April.
     The series will begin in Chillicothe on Saturday, March 9, when all three Parts of the course will be available.   Those sessions will begin with a light breakfast at 8 a.m. and will conclude by 3:30 p.m.   Rotarians are high achievers, but it is not possible to take more than one Part in a single day because each Part is a full-day course.   The registration deadline for all three Parts is Tuesday, March 5.
    RLI Classes Coming Soon! Jerry Venters 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0 RLI

    Each One Reach One

    Posted by Frank Dixon on Feb 04, 2019
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    We wanted to be sure that all Rotarians knew about the exciting opportunity to MAKE some $$$$ and enrich the lives of others.
    I know, is this another gimmick, or what? wait, please read on.
    Seriously, this will be your clubs easiest and most rewarding way to make $1,250 dollars this year.
    How does it work?  All your club has to do is grow your membership by the largest percent with like size clubs.  The club size categories are below.  We are basing growth off of July 1, 2018 numbers.  
    Small clubs are <23 members
    Medium clubs are 24-45 members
    Large Clubs are >45 members
    As a quick shoutout,  the following clubs in each of the categories are off to a great start
    Small: Andrew County and Marceline
    Medium: Parkville, Schuyler and Trenton
    Large: Blue Springs, Independence and Waldo Brookside
    Each One Reach One Frank Dixon 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Kimbrough Global and District Challenge Grants

    Posted by Kent Shelman on Feb 04, 2019
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    The Global and District Grants programs for 2019-2020, as most of you know now, will be an exciting year due to the generous donation of the Kimbrough's 3 years ago to the Share program with the Rotary Foundation. Because of this, we are moving the times of training and applications to be submitted deadlines up, so that we can try and use all those funds for lots of projects locally and international as well. Did you know you can do a Global Grant for an international project of $50,000.00 with no money needed from your Club due to the Kimbrough donation ! The Global Grant Guidelines are attached for those details and you can contact Karyn Eppler at eppler.karyn for more information
    Kimbrough Global and District Challenge Grants Kent Shelman 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Kimbrough Challenge

    Guten Tag from MO RYLA

    Posted by Valerie Anderson on Feb 04, 2019
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    A Rotary International youth program found throughout the world, RYLA has over a 25 year history in western Missouri, which began under the leadership of Rotary Director Fred Hahn from Independence.  To date, over 2,000 Missouri high school students can proudly call themselves “RYLArians.”
    Fifteen years ago, RYLA expanded its framework to become the tri-district Missouri RYLA Academy.  High school students from Districts 6040, 6060, and 6080 come together each summer to spend four days on the William Woods University campus in Fulton, Missouri.  Because of the program’s outstanding curriculum and achievement, the academy now offers two sessions each summer, capable of hosting 100 students per session. 

    Considered the Rotary International model service leadership development curriculum for high school aged participants, students dive deep into learning about Rotary and the power of service above self. 
    Guten Tag from MO RYLA Valerie Anderson 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 RYLA

    Who was Ben Holladay?

    Posted by Jerry Adams on Feb 04, 2019
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    Members of the Weston Rotary Club and other members of the community are working with the City of Weston in hopes of establishing an annual event recognizing Ben Holladay.  But unless you are a resident of Weston, Missouri or a history buff of the Old West, chances are you may have never heard of Ben Holladay.  For Visitors to Weston or for those who grew up in the area, Ben Holladay is known as “The Stagecoach King”; founder of the local distillery in 1856; owner of the fabulous three-story International Hotel opened in Weston in 1858, but burnt down during the American Civil War.  The site is now the location of the Weston Historical Museum. Other than these locally promoted facts on Holladay, very few people in the region know the complete story of this truly historic and iconic individual or the fact he was a resident of Weston for approximately 20 years before becoming famous and moving on.  The local group is hopeful in establishing an annual event honoring Ben Holladay, starting as early as April of 2020.  Travelers to Weston always seem to find one reason or another to visit the historic Rivertown, but they are hopeful this new event will attract additional visitors to the city.    
    Who was Ben Holladay? Jerry Adams 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 Ben Holladay

    2020 Rotary Peace Fellowships

    Posted by Brad Kleindl
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    Rotary International is now accepting applications for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship. The Rotary Peace Fellowship covers tuition and living expenses for students in a 15 to 24 month program at one of Rotaries five Rotary Peace Centers at leading partner universities. The Fellowship also covers expenses to increase the capacity of existing leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through academic training, field experience, and professional networking.
    The spike in regional and local conflicts around the globe has boosted the need for peace and development leaders skilled in building positive social change. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world. More than 1,200 program alumni are working in over 100 countries as leaders in national governments, NGOs, social enterprises, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations.
    2020 Rotary Peace Fellowships Brad Kleindl 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 Peace Fellowships


    Posted by Janet Gooch on Jan 16, 2019
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    February 23, 2019 is Rotary International’s 114th birthday. What better way to celebrate than to “Reach Out and Read”? Can we get EVERY club in district 6040 to reach out and read to a group of children, teens or adults during the week of Rotary International’s birthday (February 17th – 23rd, 2019)?
    The Challenge:
    During the week of Rotary International’s birthday, February 17th through February 23rd, 2019, organize members of your club to reach out and read in your local school, a nursing home, a residence for individuals with disabilities, etc. Be the inspiration and spread the joy of reading.
    Take a picture of your club’s effort and send to Janet Gooch, District 6040 Literacy Chair at and I’ll post it on the 6040 website. Let me know how many members were involved, the number of hours served, and other details that highlight the project.
    Use the event to promote Rotary and your club via Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media. I will attempt to post the success of the district project on Rotary Showcase.
    Think about the impact on our communities if every club in our district reaches out and reads, connecting with others and spreading the joy of literacy in celebration of Rotary International’s Birthday.
    THE REACH OUT AND READ CHALLENGE Janet Gooch 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0 Literacy,Reach out and Read

    Group Study Exchange Gears Up

    Posted on Jan 16, 2019
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    This month is all about the Group Study Exchange to Australia.  There is great information for clubs on our team and the visitors coming to District 6040.  
    Host Australians in District 6040
    This is a Great Time for District 6040! We have an exciting Group Study Exchange--- Oceans to Outback between Southern Australia and Rivers to Ranges of Northern Missouri! We are beginning to arrange the visit of our Inbound GSE from Rotary District 9520 Australia and YOU will want to be a part of that!     
    District 9520 is part of four states--South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.  There are about 1400 Rotarians in 51 Clubs in the district.  The main population center is Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.  The team leader is a Past District Governor and there are 4 professional women who make up the team.  They will be in our district from March 31-April 28, 2019.  Clubs may host the team for 3-4 days during this period. 
    Now is the time to let us know of your interest hosting, (or co-hosting with other clubs) for 3-4 days during this spring.  Several clubs near each other can have great fun sharing the group and enjoying International Rotary Fellowship.  

    Please complete the survey this week, so we can include you! 
    Group Study Exchange Gears Up david mccaughey 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0 GSE

    #GivingTuesday - Nov 27, 2018

    Posted on Nov 19, 2018
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    #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
    We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.
    You can start the holiday season on a charitable note by donating on Giving Tuesday, November 27th.
    Why should Rotary be your charity of choice?
    Because our 1.2 million members see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
    #GivingTuesday - Nov 27, 2018 david mccaughey 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    People of Action Awards

    Posted by Cassy Venters on Nov 01, 2018
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    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:
    People of Action Awards Cassy Venters 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Klinginsmith Cup

    Posted by Cassy Venters on Nov 01, 2018
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    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.

    Klinginsmith Cup Cassy Venters 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    People of Action 2017-18

    Posted by Kirby Asplund on Oct 30, 2018

    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:

    If you want to make a real difference in your community, join the Rotary!


    People of Action 2017-18 Kirby Asplund 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Sep 17, 2018
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    As you know hurricane Florence has wrecked havoc on the East Coast and the damage is significant.  Rotarians are by nature very generous and always interested in helping with the relief efforts, especially when they strike so close to home.  I have been in contact with several groups that are or will be on the front lines shortly.  They will do their part in the clean up that will be needed and provide aid in the form of food and shelter to those in need.
    Rotary International Director David Stovall from our neighboring Zones of 33-34 is working diligently on the efforts to help in the best way possible. His two zones have established a donor advised fund to direct any contributions to help in the relief efforts.  The flyer with instructions on how to contribute to this cause can be found here. 
    Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts Julie McCoy 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0 Relief Efforts

    Princeton Rotary Youth Turkey Calling 

    Posted by Jerry Girdner on Aug 30, 2018
    Princeton Rotary Club hosted a Youth Turkey Calling Competition this past spring. Princeton Rotary started this event about 15 years ago.  It ran consecutively for 9 years. Our present Rotary Club has revived the event with the addition of a few more programs.  Princeton High School archery students competed in an archery tournament during the event in the elementary gym.  We will also had a trophy deer display for those who wish to display their trophies for the kids and attendees.  
    Princeton Rotary Youth Turkey Calling Jerry Girdner 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Service Above Self

    Posted by Aaron Knipmeyer on Aug 30, 2018
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    On Sunday, July 22, I was truly able to act up the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.”  On that day, I was blessed to lay the cornerstone of the new teacher’s quarters at St. Kizito Namusera Primary School in the Wakiso district of Kampala, Uganda.  A pretty big step for a Rotarian from Higginsville, MO Rotary Club in District 6040. Leading up to that moment were many events in the life of new Rotarian.  I am an educator by profession.  Mike Warneke has been a family friend for 18 years, but in the past six years he has grown an international non-profit organization - Fields of Dreams Uganda - whose mission is to provide hope to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education.  Through this organization I was able to travel to Uganda this July with Mike and 10 other individuals. 
    Service Above Self Aaron Knipmeyer 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities


    Posted by Martial Thevenot on Aug 30, 2018
    With over 100 attendees - it is being hailed as one of the best attended and most "inspiring" training event in our District to date!  With the right Energy, the right LEADERSHIP, a CLEAR vision and a hockey stick - it's amazing what can be accomplished!   Two minutes for "hooking" our hearts, eh?

    The theme was to change the MUSIC so we can change the Dance to take better care of our Membership Experience to Inspire the Inspired to Inspire!   

    A big HUGE Thank You goes out to our DG - Julie the REAL McCoy for leading the choreographing of the event, and to the LEADERSHIP TEAM and Presenters who went ALL IN 110%.   Also, and especially, to all those who took action to wake up, pray up, wash up, dress up, prep up, drive up and SHOW UP on a warm August Saturday morning in Chillicothe MO!    Everyone rose to the call and moved the yardsticks forward seeking out solutions to further our quest for NEW MUSIC for Rotary and our world!!  All this towards a NEW Dance for MORE Peace, Joy, Health, Compassion, FUN, Harmony, Prosperity, Abundance, LOVE!!! (Just to name a few...).
    THE R.E.A.L. TRAINING was R.E.A.L.L.Y. INSPIRING! Martial Thevenot 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 training

    Chillicothe Rotary Provides Handicapped Accessible Playground

    Posted by Lindy Chapman on Aug 30, 2018
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    In May 2018, the Chillicothe Rotary Club, with the help of the City of Chillicothe, the Rotary Foundation and the Chillicothe Rotary Foundation, purchased and installed three pieces of handicapped accessible playground equipment in Simpson Park.  Mike Palmer, 2017-2018 Chillicothe Club President, was instrumental in getting this partnership together and ensuring that the equipment was installed. 
    Chillicothe Rotary Provides Handicapped Accessible Playground Lindy Chapman 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities

    Play for Polio

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Aug 30, 2018
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    Last year District 6040 Clubs raised over $83,900 for Polio.  In addition we raised over $100,000 through Play for Polio and $300,000 with the Gates Foundation match.  This year clubs are asked to set a fundraising goal to help District 6040 raise $35,000.  How can you do that?  Designate a champion, a person who will communicate the details, motivate the club members, coordinate the process, and calculate the fundraising.  You can plan fun events during the month of September such as golf, bowling, softball, pickelball, poker tournament, disc golf, etc.  Collect your donations by September 30th and send them to The Rotary Foundation.  Don't forget to send your total monies raised to  
    Play for Polio Julie McCoy 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Polio

    Andrew County Rotary Mexican Fiesta

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    Andrew County Rotary hosted the annual Mexican Fiesta on May 4th outside on the square in Savannah, MO. The annual event is held to raise funds to support rotary projects as well as engage the community to become involved in Rotary. Rotarians sold tickets to guest for a fajita bar and a margarita or soda, entertained with live music, a piñata  and the entire evening was complimented with beautiful weather. 
    Andrew County Rotary Mexican Fiesta Carrie Turner 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

    Paul Harris 1/2 Off Promotion

    Posted on Aug 27, 2018
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    Paul Harris 1/2 Off Promotion for  2018-2019

    District 6040 Annual Fund Chair DGND David McCaughey is pleased to announce that, once again, Rotary Foundation recognition points are available to match unrestricted cash contributions to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund-SHARE. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to become new Paul Harris Fellows. Do take advantage of this generous donation and support the wonderful work of Rotary International.
    Paul Harris 1/2 Off Promotion david mccaughey 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Paul Harris Fellow,Paul Harris Society,Rotary Direct

    Ready for a Rotary Day at the ZOU? 

    Posted by Julie McCoy on Aug 24, 2018
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    Do you like football?  Enjoy watching the Tigers play?  I am an avid Mizzou football fan and I would love for you to join me at the 2018 Rotary Day at the Mizzou Stadium.  We will be gathering for the Mizzou/Kentucky game on October 27th.  The game time is yet to be decided; but don't worry.  Chillicothe Rotary will be hosting a tailgate before the game in Lot N or at the NW corner of Champions Drive.  The Leamer brothers are known far and wide for their tailgate experiences.  So, we'd love for you to join us before the game too.
    Ready for a Rotary Day at the ZOU? Julie McCoy 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0 mizzourotary

    2018 Foundation Dinner

    Posted on Aug 24, 2018
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    Save the Date Friday October 26!

    Rotary District 6040

    2018 Foundation Dinner


    Please join us!  Share!  Learn!  Celebrate!

     You are the inspiration!


    Our speaker, Jean Irwin-Hatfield, Ambassadorial Scholar and Teacher of the Deaf

    2018 Foundation Dinner david mccaughey 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation Dinner
    A mother’s horror: Her polio-stricken son died while ‘tied to the bed’ 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0 Carl Chinnery,Polio

    Group Study Exchange

    Posted by Rolfe McCoy on Aug 13, 2018
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    Just ask any of last years GSE team about their trip to Chile and you will immediately see smiles across their faces.  Alan Van Zandt (St. Joe East), Leslie Gasser (KC #13), Rolfe McCoy (Chillicothe) and Ernesto Marquez are pictured here along with the beautiful scenery in Chile. 
    Are you interested in going to Australia this year?  It is not too late to apply.  Contact Rolfe McCoy for an application at
    Group Study Exchange Rolfe McCoy 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0 GSE

    It's Membership Month

    Posted by Frank Dixon
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    August is Membership Month for Rotary.  Many District 6040 clubs have set goals for the new year, to help the achieve the district goal of 250.  There are many ways to "be the Inspiration" of Rotary to attract good people.  Active plan and goal for your club or establish and sponsor a Community Rotaract Club.  Also, another way is to analyze a need in your community and start a Satellite club.  That is exactly what the good Rotarians of St. Joe are doing.
    It's Membership Month Frank Dixon 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0 Membership

    August Foundation Moment

    Posted by david mccaughey on Aug 13, 2018
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    Longer-term Rotarians often talk about using their Foundation Points and newer Rotarians sometimes look confused as they listen to this discussion.
    What are Foundation Recognition Points and Who Has Them?  Foundation recognition points (sometimes just referred to as Points) are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) through the Annual Fund/SHARE or PolioPlus or who contribute to sponsorship of a Foundation grant.  Donors receive one recognition point for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds.   So every donor to TRF has points. 
    August Foundation Moment david mccaughey 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Spreading the Rotary Word Cooperatively

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    During the last quarter of the 2017-18 Rotary year District 5710 invited our Rotary District to participate in a joint Public Image Campaign to raise awareness and perhaps boost interest in membership in Rotary. Since our Districts split the Kansas City metro media market, it made sense to support the collaborate effort. The effort was initiated, planned and conducted by several Rotarians in District 5710, spearheaded by Pat O’Donnell the District 5710 Public Image Chair.  Individual clubs and Districts 5710, 6040, 5670, and 5690 with a huge assist from RI, funded and monitored the campaign.
    Spreading the Rotary Word Cooperatively 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Who is Dr. Jay Craig

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    He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Sustaining Member, Past President of the Rotary Club of Bristow, and a graduate of the Rotary District Leadership Academy. He is a member of the District Club Visioning Team, and is a Facilitator and Evaluator at Mid America PETS. He went on a Rotary Wheel Chair Mission to La Paz Mexico. He also volunteers to be the RYLA Camp Doctor every year. He attended the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea, as well as the International Convention in Atlanta, Ga.  He was selected as a Paul Harris Society Coordinator for the State of Oklahoma.
    Jay was named the 2016, District 6110 Assistant Governor of the Year, and has since been elected as the District Governor Nominee.  He will be serving as the District Governor in 2020-2021.
    He is very proud of his Native American heritage, and of being an official Warrior of the Comanche Nation. He performs his Native American Program for clubs all over our district, as well as other districts.
    Now, sit back and enjoy a visit with a Comanche Warrior at the District 6040 Conference in October.  
    Who is Dr. Jay Craig 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Capture the Moment in Hamburg

    Posted by Marc Horner on Aug 03, 2018
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    At our 2019 convention, Rotary members become insiders — the first to discover the latest news, along with the ideas and strategies that drive Rotary. Whether it’s a chance meeting at the House of Friendship that leads to a new project partner, or a speaker who inspires you to take action, you’ll find plenty of excitement around you. Interact with people whose ideas are transforming lives.
    Capture the Moment in Hamburg Marc Horner 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0 RI Convention,training

    Do you know a good dentist?

    Posted on Jul 23, 2018
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    Do you know a good dentist?  I was asked this question six years ago by Dr. Bob McGee of North Kansas City Rotary.  When I told him I was related to six, I think he almost fainted.  But, this question and a subsequent discussion lead to a medical and dental mission trip to Jamaica for my husband and myself.  There we treat the Jamaican people with their medical and dental needs.  I'll have to say that it is the most rewarding week of my year.
    Do you know a good dentist? Julie McCoy 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0 service

    R.E.A.L. - Rotary Education & Action for Leadership

    Posted on Jul 20, 2018
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     The R.E.A.L. is coming to you…and I’m going to call it The R.E.A.L. because I am the “REAL McCoy”.  This is an annual training event (formerly known as Mega Training) to be held in Chillicothe on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  The District Leadership Team will be at the First Baptist Church, 1601 Bryan Street in Chillicothe.  The Rotary Education and Action for Leadership day is designed to give you hands on training and tools in many areas of Rotary.
    R.E.A.L. - Rotary Education & Action for Leadership 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0 training

    RI Extends Deadline for Clubs to Enter Achievements

    Posted on Jul 11, 2018
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    Recently, a water leak at Rotary International World Headquarters damaged critical hardware in our data center. We’ve replaced the damaged equipment, but as a result you may not have been able to access the Rotary sites and online tools you use to report Rotary Citation achievements. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. 
    RI Extends Deadline for Clubs to Enter Achievements 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

    RI President Riseley Visits St. Joseph

    Posted by Don Gladhart, Past President St. Joseph & District Governor Nominee
    The four St Joseph area Rotary Clubs hosted RI President Ian Riseley on May 30. He attended a tree planting ceremony at the new Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in downtown St. Joseph. President Ian participated in a press conference, a ceremonial tree planting, received a Key to the City, received proclamations from the Mayor and the State Legislature and gave a short presentation to those gathered. 
    RI President Riseley Visits St. Joseph Don Gladhart, Past President St. Joseph & District Governor Nominee 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0 Ian Riseley,RI President

    Rotary Facebook & Public Image Tips for Clubs

    Posted by Kirby Asplund, District 6040 Public Image Chair on Jul 03, 2018
    Facebook can be a powerful tool for Rotary clubs, helping you to keep your members informed and engaged, and at the same time informing and engaging others in your community about Rotary!  A few suggestions for putting the power of Facebook to work for you:
    • Assign a member (someone who enjoys social media) to set up a Facebook page for your club.
    • Post items about your club’s meetings or activities two to three times per week – with photos or videos if possible.
    • Encourage your members to “like,” “comment on” and “share” the club’s posts. This will really help extend your reach. (This is what the “social” in “social media” is all about – interaction and engagement.)
    • Why not post a notice about a particularly exciting program or service project coming up – and invite non-members to join you?
    The ideal scenario?  When others see what your club is doing in and for your community – and they see the camaraderie and engagement of your members – they’ll want to join!
    Rotary Facebook &amp; Public Image Tips for Clubs Kirby Asplund, District 6040 Public Image Chair 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0 training

    New Look.  New Resources

    Posted by Bob Merrigan
    Don’t look yet, but the District 6040 website is undergoing an overhaul.  “It really started as a simple initiative to update information,” District Governor McCoy explained.  “But as we looked at what we wanted to do, the project grew. The objective is fairly simple: to make it easy.”  Easy for members to find out about district initiatives and events and to register, where applicable. Easy for club leadership to access support materials or other resources (through the officers’ file cabinets, for example). Easy for non-member visitors to learn about types of membership, clubs in their vicinity, etc. And, with the introduction of the new ClubRunner App, easier than ever to access! 
    New Look. New Resources Bob Merrigan 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0 website

    Welcome to the New Rotary Year

    Posted on Jul 01, 2018
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    My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders,

    Today marks the beginning of the 2018-2019 Rotary year, and the beginning of our time together in Rotary office. It is the day that we accept the baton of leadership from those who held our offices before us, and begin the task of preparing to pass those batons to our successors. If we do our jobs well, we will leave office, one year from now, with clubs and districts that are larger and stronger, more efficient and more effective, and more fully committed to the work and the values of Rotary.
    Welcome to the New Rotary Year david mccaughey 2018-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Barry Rassin,RI President

    District Officer Installation

    Please join us

    for the installation of the
    District 6040 Officers
    Julie McCoy, District Governor
    and the
    2018-2019 Chillicothe Club Officers

    Sunday July 8, 2018

    Chillicothe Country Club 1900 North Washington Street
    5:00 pm    Wine tasting with Black Silo Winery 6:00 pm    Dinner and Officer Installation
    Cost: $20/person payable at the door upon arrival
    You must register for this event!
    Evening’s Emcee - Larry Lunsford
    Rotary Casual Attire

    Click Here to Register

    District Officer Installation 2018-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Foundation(al) News

    This newsletter is begun with the hope that it will inspire, communicate and motivate clubs to take full advantage of the opportunities The Rotary Foundation presents.  Indeed, The Rotary Foundation is  foundation(al) to what Rotary can and does accomplish.  Send your story ideas and questions to Cassy Venters, District Foundation Chair,
    Foundation(al) News 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

    Foundation Contacts

    Annual Fund - Kirby Asplund -                       
    Endowment - Roger Samuel -
    Paul Harris Society - Kenny Harris - 
    Polio - Frank Dixon -
    Polio - Mark Bertrand -                   
    District Grants - Kent Shelman -
    Global Grants - Randy Steinman -                   
    Scholarships - Sherri Hahn -
    Group Study Exchange - Amy Supple -       
    GSE Inbound Chair - Barbara Dolci -
    GSE Outbound Chair - Rolfe McCoy -             
    Foundation Alumni - Bill Cosgrove -           
    District Foundation Chair - Cassy Dierking Venters -
    Foundation Contacts 2018-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

    Independence Club Visit - July 1, 2014

    Posted by Kathryn Hahn on Jun 30, 2014

    ImageBig News from Independence Club President, Billie Ray Preston.  A New Fundraiser for 2014-15 will be a Mardi Gras Party and Dance in Independence.  They are hoping for 300 people at this fundraiser on Friday, February 13, 2015.  Money raised from the Mardis Gras event will help the club put on a Polio Rotary Day on May 23, 2015.

    Independence Club Visit - July 1, 2014 Kathryn Hahn 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
    July 2014 US RotaryJazz Newsletter Kathryn Hahn 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

    District 6040's inaugural Rotary Leadership Institute

    Posted by Jerry Venters on Jun 21, 2014

    Be the first! Register now for District 6040's inaugural Rotary Leadership Institute, starting August 23, at  Scroll down until you see the calendar on the left.  Under the heading of Up-coming RLI events look for and click on the event titled Rotary Leadership Institute - Part 1.

    For more RLI information, click on Rotary Leadership Institute - Part I and then under the heading of Related Files, click the link titled RLI Website Package.


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    District Governor Nominations for Rotary year 2017-2018

    Posted by Kenneth Harris on Mar 16, 2014

    Dear District 6040 Rotarians,

    You are invited to submit nominations for District Governor for Rotary year 2017-2018.  You, as a Rotarian in good standing, may submit to your club president and secretary, the name of a Rotarian in your club who you feel would be willing and qualified to serve as your District Governor.  This person will then be voted on within your club and, if approved, will be submitted to the District Nominating Committee.   This committee consists of the last 5 Past District Governors (voting permissions), the current District Governor, Governor Elect, Governor Nominee, and the Governor Nominee Designate (non-voting).

    Please note that under Rotary International Bylaws Qualifications for Nomination, a qualified candidate will include all of the following six criteria:

    1.            Rotarian must have served a full term as club president, or as charter president from the date of charter to 30 June (six-month minimum), at the time of nomination. (RI Bylaws 15.070.3)

    2.            Member of a Rotary Club for at least seven (7) years. (RI Bylaws 15.080)

    3.            Rotarian in good standing. (RI Bylaws 15.070.1)

    4.            Rotarian maintaining full qualification of membership. (RI Bylaws 15.070.2)

    5.            Willing to fulfill duties of Governor (as described in RI Bylaws 15.070.4)

    6.            Will attend the International Assembly (for District Governor Elects) prior to taking office.

    (While not required, having served as an Assistant Governor is a “plus” for a nominee.)

    Our District Executive Officers would like to see this nominee selected earlier in the current Rotary year so this person can be included in officer discussions to improve understanding and continuity from year to year.


    Immediate Past District Governor Kenny Harris, Nominations Committee Chair, will convene the District Governor

    Nomination interviews on April 24, 2014, at a location central to a majority of the applicants.  This location will be determined once the slate of candidates is identified.



    -         Your clubs’ completed District Governor nomination form must be completed fully.

    -          Notice all the signatures required (secretary, and applicant).

    -         Return this application (and any additional documentation) via electronic media to District Governor Rick Simonricksimon6040@gmail.comno later than April 17, 2014.

    -         (Be advised, this is a firm date for submitting nominations).


    If you have questions about this process, please contact IPDG Kenny Harris at

    To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below: 
    DGN DistrictElectionGuidelines 2013EN.docx
    DGN Data FormApplication.doc

    If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:

    District Governor Nominations for Rotary year 2017-2018 Kenneth Harris 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
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    District 6040 Donor Advised Fund for Philippine Relief

    Posted by Kathryn Hahn on Nov 13, 2013

    Rotarians are asking how they can help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  

    With our District Donor Advised Fund, we have established the Philippines Relief Sub Account where you can make a tax deductible contribution to help in the relief efforts.  We have enlisted the help of District Rotarians that have served that area for many years to help us determine the best use of these funds.


    You may donate by check, payable to:

    District 6040 Donor Advised Fund for Philippine Relief

    And mail directly to:

    District 6040

    1201 Burlington

    North Kansas City, MO 64116





    Rick Simon

    District 6040 Governor





    District 6040 Donor Advised Fund for Philippine Relief Kathryn Hahn 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

    Council On Legislation Increases Dues, Take Other Actions

    Posted by Susan Coffman on May 06, 2013


    Ray Klinginsmith, Jerry Venters, Robert Ryan

    Delegates from Rotary’s 532 districts, meeting for the 2013 Council on Legislation in Chicago, approved a $1-a-year increase in per capita dues, removed limits on e-clubs, and changed the name of the Fifth Avenue of Service to Youth Service.

    Council On Legislation Increases Dues, Take Other Actions Susan Coffman 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Shoes for Orphan Souls Kathryn Hahn 2013-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

    Charlotte Ruoff Receives the Service Above Self Awards

    Posted by Susan Coffman on Apr 30, 2013


    Charlotte Ruoff, a member of the Independence, MO Rotary Club since 2002, was nominated for and awarded Rotary’s coveted “Service Above Self” Award.  This special award is awarded to only 150 Rotarians worldwide, out of over 1.2 million Rotarians, who truly exemplify Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.


    Kenny Harris, Charlotte Ruoff, Cassy Venters

    Charlotte Ruoff Receives the Service Above Self Awards Susan Coffman 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

    Carl Chinnery Receives Distinguished Service Award

    Posted by Susan Coffman on Apr 29, 2013


    Carl Chinnery and Kenny Harris

    Past District Governor Carl Chinnery, a member of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club, was nominated for and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award.  This award is an internationally competitive award granted annually to a maximum off fifty Rotarians who have exhibited exceptional active service to The Rotary Foundation.  To qualify for this award, Rotarians must demonstrate a broad range of service over an extended period of time.

    Carl Chinnery Receives Distinguished Service Award Susan Coffman 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
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    Merry Christmas 2012

    Posted by Kenneth Harris on Dec 20, 2012

    On behalf of the District 6040 Leadership, I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2013.

    This Christmas season allows all of us to pause and reflect where we have been, where we are currently at, and where we want to go with our personal, professional, and yes even our Rotary life. 

    We have been conditioned to think of Christmas as a season of giving and receiving gifts.  I believe all of us know this is not the real reason for Christmas, but lets visit the gift giving/receiving thought for a moment.  Allow me to ask a few questions to promote some thought....

    Since each of us are charged with promoting Rotary and to develop our membership,  

         - Do you feel you received a gift when someone invited you to Rotary?

         - Have you given the gift of inviting someone to join Rotary? 

    Merry Christmas 2012 Kenneth Harris 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

    Go On a Rotary Friendship Exchange to the Caribbean

    Posted by Dan Hall on Dec 06, 2012

    You are invited to become part of the Rotary District 6040 Friendship Exchange (RFE) with Rotarians in the Dominican Republic. This RFE will depart on February 1, 2013 and return on February 15, 2013. Couples are welcome so long as one is a Rotarian. Individual Rotarians are also welcome.

    The Dominican Republic has beautiful beaches on the south shore and lush jungle and coffee plantations in the high mountains where also rare gems are mined. Average temperatures will be 68 low to 82 high. Why not escape Missouri's cold, snow and ice for two weeks in February? 

    In the Dominican Republic you will stay free in the homes of Dominican Rotarians who also provide your meals, but, you pay for your own airline tickets (RT on Delta $650). Group tours of points of interest are arranged by local Rotarians. It is the VERY BEST way to travel and see a country and make lifelong friends.
    The trip takes 6 ½ hours and arrives in Santo Domingo at 2:35 in the afternoon. With only two time zone changes the trip is less exhausting than travel to Europe or Asia.

    Under Rotary's Future Vision direction, Rotary clubs and districts will be focused on sustainable humanitarian and literacy projects. We will meet with over 25 clubs at a one day conference where Dominican projects are on display. This RFE will serve a dual purpose of forming new friendships and possible humanitarian service. 

    For your RFE application contact Dan Hall at <>

    Go On a Rotary Friendship Exchange to the Caribbean Dan Hall 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

    Now is the time to mold the Future of District 6040.

    Posted by Kenneth Harris on Sep 25, 2012

    These few months before the Holidays are busy with Rotary business that allows you, as a District 6040 Rotarian, the opportunity to shape your District in the future.  Possibly most impactful is the opportunity for you to encourage and nominate someone from your club to be D6040's District Governor for 2015-16.  I have to admit, this is the most rewarding, busy, fulfilling,  and fun body of volunteer work I have ever been involved with and I would encourage you to consider yourself or someone you know.
    Now is the time to mold the Future of District 6040. Kenneth Harris 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

    District 6040 Mega Training a Huge Success.

    Posted by Kenneth Harris on Aug 26, 2012
    By Kenny Harris, District Governor

    Outstanding......Just Outstanding......

    This is how I would describe the first-ever Mega Training event, which was held in Chillicothe, MO on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Yes, we had outstanding presenters sharing information in their areas of expertise in a relaxing, give and take fashion. Yes, the meal that the Rotary Club of Chillicothe prepared for us was tasty. Yes, the venue at the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe was perfect for what and how we wanted to share the information. 

    What was truly outstanding however, was the over 115 Rotarians who attended the Mega Training who wanted to improve their knowledge of this wonderful organization of Rotary. They wanted to ensure that their clubs have every opportunity to succeed and improve. And in doing this, they were ensuring that they were going to be successful also.

    This is how we make Rotary better. Every person who attended Mega Training has made their
    District 6040 Mega Training a Huge Success. Kenneth Harris 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

    Changing of the Rotary Guard

    Posted by Kenneth Harris on Jul 02, 2012
    A new Rotary year is upon us. The 2012-13 Rotary year promises to be filled with high expectations, work, excitement and, most importantly, FUN.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Past District Governor Dan Hall for his friendship, tutelage, tireless work for District 6040, and his undying love of Rotary. My wife Donna and I will always be a good friend to Dan and Phyllis. Always the teacher, he answered my questions quickly, calmly and accurately. He was supportive of everyone on his team of officers and directors and I will rely on him more than he knows....or wants. I have learned a lot from PDG Dan Hall. Thank you Dan Hall for your hard work and dedication.
    Changing of the Rotary Guard Kenneth Harris 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

    Wow… you did it!!!

    Posted by James Hobbs on Jun 17, 2012

    By: District Governor Dan Hall

    Thanks to all of you 2011/202 Club Presidents and Committee Chairs for a job well done. Thanks, too, goes out to the outstanding group of Executive Officers who helped guide your
    District 6040 this year. Likewise I am grateful for the work done by District Committee Chairs and committee members Thanks to all the Assistant District Governors. While it would take too long to list all of you individually, my deepest thanks go to Secretary Gerry McReynolds and my good Rotary friend, who served you as our Deputy District Governor, Paige Scott. 

    One of our District goals was to strengthen the New Generations Avenue of service with our clubs. That was accomplished with several clubs starting High School Rotary Interact clubs where there had never been a club before. Two new Rotaract clubs were initiated. Our District will send  more High School students than ever to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. Our High School 4-Way test speech contest had excellent participation.

    A second goal was to enhance the work done in International Projects. Several clubs were involved in significant projects in foreign countries. The St. Joseph East club initiated  twenty new water purification projects serving economically needy schools and villages in northern Thailand. We had a first, for our district, with our Group Study Exchange. We sent four young professionals and a Rotary team leader behind the former “iron curtain” to the country of Romania. We learned much about Romania from their GSE Team as they toured our district and met many of you reading this newsletter (for more insights see GSE feature article in this newsletter). Lastly we began development of a District 6040 Caribbean Micro-Credit initiative in one of the very poorest parts of the Dominican Republic. Thanks to you our Rotary District raised a net of  $20,000 for The Rotary Foundation at our annual Foundation Dinner.

    Wow… you did it!!! James Hobbs 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

    Romanians tour Vernon County farm

    Posted by James Hobbs on Jun 06, 2012

    By Rusty Murry, Nevada Daily Mail (Edited by Dan Hall & reprinted with permission)

    In an effort "to promote good will and understanding" the Rotary International Foundation brought its Group Study Exchange participants to Vernon County. The group was from the Eastern European country of Romania (RI District 2241); and the three men and two women visited the northern part of Vernon county on Monday, as part of their month long tour of sites throughout Missouri.

    Dan Hall of Lee's Summit, Mo., Rotary International District 6040 Governor, has property in southern Bates County that has been in his family for several generations. Hall, who served as tour guide, was accompanied on this trip by Chad Waldo, Lee's Summit, incoming president of the Lee's Summit Sunrise Rotary Club. Hall, is a graduate of Rich Hill High School.

    The five Romanian professionals also spent time in the northern half of the state and in the Kansas City area, where they visited museums, as well as Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums. Despite the discrepancies between life in America and in Romania, Ciprian Badila, 30, an area sales manager for a paint and chemical manufacturer, said, "We noticed more similarities than differences."

    Each member of the group stayed with several host Rotary families and during that time saw some farmland in northern Missouri, but they hadn't seen anything like the old order Mennonite store, and the Dan Hoover farm on northern edge of the county.

    Even though there was a recent death at the Hoover farm, neighbor Ethan Brubacker agreed to give the group a brief tour of the horse-powered wood and metals shop. Brubacker discovered that one of the group, a college English teacher named Acna Banescu, 30, spoke German and he told the group that members of his order "read, speak and sing" what is known as "high German." The tour moved on to the store and then to the farm of Dennis and Jan Reed near Metz, Missouri.

    Romanians tour Vernon County farm James Hobbs 2012-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

    Greater Kansas City Day Recap

    Posted by James Hobbs on Apr 29, 2012
    By Jane Lee | Rotary Club 13

    More than 1,500 volunteers, primarily Rotarians, braved the early morning rush hour on street corners throughout the metro area April 13 to sell special editions of The Kansas City Star in the massive effort to raise funds for the Rotary Youth Camp and other charities for children. 

    It was the 25th annual Greater Kansas City Day. But this was no unlucky Friday the 13th. Kansas Citians donated more than $100,000 (and growing) in what is the city’s largest single-day fund-raising event based on the number of volunteers. 
    Some motorists paid $1, others $20 or more, for a copy of the newspapers donated by The Kansas City Star.

    “Thunder claps at 5 in the morning when most volunteers are arising to sell papers is not a good thing!” said Club 13’s Mike Horton, KC Day steering committee chair. “In spite of this, most volunteers donned their rain gear and hit the streets.  Fortunately, where there was rain it was brief and sales were a great success!”

    Rotarians were joined by local celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and other volunteers in raising money for the charities. The largest recipient, however, is Club 13’s youth camp on Lake Jacomo that offers free camping experiences to disabled children and disadvantaged youth.  But there’s more to the event than street corner sales. A Presenting Sponsor, corporate sponsorships and bundle sales allow the business community to participate.
    Greater Kansas City Day Recap James Hobbs 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

    District 6040 GSE Team

    Posted by James Hobbs on Apr 29, 2012

    By Allen Garner | Independence Rotary Club

    T Minus 51 Days

    The team selected to represent District 6040 on the Group Study Exchange to Romania and the Republic of Moldova has been hard at work preparing to travel as worthy ambassadors of the District, the Clubs sponsoring each member, Rotary International, the State of Missouri and the United States of America.  One of the original members of the team, Carolyn Chrisman, received “an offer you cannot refuse” in the form of a job opportunity which precluded her from staying on the team.  With the help of members of the Rotary community in District 6040 a worthy replacement, Brandon Armstrong, was found teaching math at Truman High School in Independence.  He has rapidly made up for time missed due to his late addition.  The team now consists of Brandon, D’Onica Hodgkin, Shatomi Luster, Jared Summerville, and team leader Allen Garner.  The clubs providing sponsorships are Lee’s Summit Sunrise, Plaza Club, Independence Rotary, Rotary Club of Blue Springs, and Independence Rotary Club (two sponsorships), respectively.

    Departure, Arrival, Departure, Arrival

    The team has successfully navigated the requirements of international travel booking and will depart from Kansas City on Delta Flight 959 leaving Terminal B at 3:11 p.m. on May 20, 2012.  On the way to Bucharest the flights will pass through Minneapolis and Amsterdam before arriving at Bucharest at 4:25 p.m. (Bucharest time) on May 21st.  The team will remain in Bucharest until June 21 at which time they will leave Bucharest at 9:25 a.m., travel through Paris (no leaving the airport) and Detroit, with arrival scheduled for 8:36 p.m. in Kansas City.  Two members of the group are planning to extend their stay by a few days which they will use to visit Rome.

    District 6040 GSE Team James Hobbs 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

    Making a Generational Difference

    Posted by James Hobbs on Apr 27, 2012

    By Adriann Sullivan | Plaza Rotary Club

    As we move Rotary forward with a renewed emphasis on youth involvement and the expansion of our New Generations programs, it’s important that we take a second to get to know our “New Generation”. Generations, like people, have personalities, and Generation Y/ Millennials – who are in their mid-20s or younger – have begun to forge their own.

    A few of their distinguishing characteristics include:


    • Three-quarters of Millennials have created a profile on a social networking site, compared with half of Gen Xers, 30% of Boomers and 6% of Silents.

    • They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults.
    • They are more open to change than their predecessor generations.
    • They're on track to become the most educated generation in American history.

    But, did you know that they are also on track to become the most civic-minded and socially conscious generation?

    Making a Generational Difference James Hobbs 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

    District 6040 Rotarian receives Presidential Service Award

    Posted by James Hobbs on Apr 20, 2012

    Plaza Rotary Club Member, Jeff Deatherage, has earned a national award for efforts following Japan earthquake and other disasters.  He was recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his efforts during 2011 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide.


    In the aftermath of disasters such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami last March, many watched on the television wishing they could make a difference. Deatherage knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity, would be on the scene delivering it’s iconic green box containing a family tent, water purification, a cook set and stove along with other lifesaving supplies. Through Deatherage’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to provide more than 17,600 ShelterBoxes to families throughout the world in 2011, including the tornadoes in the southern U.S., drought and famine in East Africa, widespread flooding in the Philippines and the subsequent earthquakes in Turkey.


    District 6040 Rotarian receives Presidential Service Award James Hobbs 2012-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

    Paraiso, Dominican Republic Micro-Enterprise/Credit Bank Possible

    Posted by James Hobbs on Apr 10, 2012
    By DG Dan Hall

    (Editor’s Note: Rotaray International District Northern Missouri Governor, Dan Hall, and Kansas City South Rotary Club member, John Duffey, recently traveled to the Caribbean Island of the Dominican Republic to study the possibilities of establishing a Micro-Enterprise Bank in the economically depressed southwestern region. This is a report on what they learned).

    icrocredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to poor borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history. It is designed to spur entrepreneurship, increase incomes, alleviate poverty and often to empower women. As of 2012, microcredit is widely used in developing countries and it is presented as having, "enormous potential as a tool for poverty alleviation." The United Nations declared 2005 the International Year of Microcredit . (source: Wikipedia)

    Dan Hall and John Duffey, both from Lee’s Summit, from March 25/ 29, met with Dominican Rotarians and several other key leaders regarding the possibilities of establishing a Micro-Enterprise Bank in Paraiso, Dominican Republic. They met on March 28th with Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Intergral (IDDI) Executive Director/Founder, David Luther and the IDDI chief financial officer (CFO), Geronimo Chotin. They also had a dinner meeting with the Dominican Rotary District Governor and District Governor Elect from Rotary District 4060 (65 clubs in 4060) and with an Assistant District Governor, plus some other Rotary leaders. These were in addition to several other meetings with key persons currently involved with micro finance in the Dominican Republic. In these and other meetings, the opportunity of establishing a Micro-Enterprise/Credit Bank was strengthened.
    Paraiso, Dominican Republic Micro-Enterprise/Credit Bank Possible James Hobbs 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

    Letter to a New Rotarian Friend

    Posted by James Hobbs on Apr 10, 2012
    By DG Dan Hall

    When this Rotary "lotion of service" is generously applied, Sarah, it results in the softening  of the heart and the transformation of human lives of both the giver and those who receive.”)

    Dear  Sarah,

    Every person who joins Rotary is welcomed....but , you, my longtime friend, are especially welcomed.

    Knowing you, as I do, I am sure you will become a strong club member and contributor
    to society through Rotary service. You already have "what it takes" which is a heart of service
    above self which is the motto of Rotary.

    While Rotary is non-political and not-religious in nature, still you will find that Rotary’s "good works"
    will fit nicely into your personal philosophy.  As a Christian, I have found nothing in Rotary’s ideals conflicts with my basic moral beliefs.  People of other faiths have told me the same thing.

    As you have seen, we start each meeting with the ring of the bell followed with a prayer and pledge.    As you have seen, every meeting is filled with fellowship, fun and kidding one another...which makes
    weekly participation so enjoyable. Good food just adds to the enjoyment.

    Letter to a New Rotarian Friend James Hobbs 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

    Literacy Month

    Posted by James Hobbs on Mar 03, 2012
    By Fred Hahn - In 2004, the Council on Legislation directed the Rotary Board and Administrative Staff to review Rotary’s Strategic Plan every three years.

    The 2010 edition describes Rotary as “A worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.”

    Literacy Month James Hobbs 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

    Introduction --- New Generation Exchanges (NGE)+

    Posted by James Hobbs on Mar 03, 2012
    By Jeff Deatherage - As you may know, several years ago the Rotary International Board of Directors authorized a program for young adults 18-25 to participate in Youth Exchange, this program is called New Generations exchange (RCOP 41.080.6). These exchanges operate similar to the short-term youth exchange program.
    Introduction --- New Generation Exchanges (NGE)+ James Hobbs 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotary International Assembly in San Diego

    Posted by James Hobbs on Mar 03, 2012

    On January 15-21, 2012, my wife, Donna, and I were honored to represent Missouri District 6040 at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego. That week of Rotary filled both my wife and myself to the brim with the spirit of Rotary. That week of Rotary work was exciting, invigorating, exhausting, thrilling, and enlightening.  We exchanged business cards and pins, many new friends were met, many rotary connections were made. There are many great things happening in the Rotary world, things we should all be extremely proud to be a part of.

    Rotary International Assembly in San Diego James Hobbs 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

    March into Literacy Month…A Fundamental Skill for Success

    Posted by James Hobbs on Mar 03, 2012

    By Clark Mershon, District Chair Literacy | Gladstone Rotary Club

    During his reign as the 2009-2010 Rotary International President, John Kenny commented, “If Rotary is to stay relevant in the 21st century, it must work to improve access to clean water, combat hunger, and expand literacy.”  With March being “Literacy Month”, this article will focus on a brief overview of national trends as it relates to literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).  I have also included some great examples from our various Rotary Clubs in District 6040 on ways they are supporting literacy.

    March into Literacy Month…A Fundamental Skill for Success James Hobbs 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

    Literacy – Key to Humanity

    Posted by James Hobbs on Mar 03, 2012

    By Dan Hall - Promotion of literacy is a key goal for Rotarians.  As Rotarians, we value public and private education in our local schools and institutions of higher education. We honor students for exceptional civic and academic achievement. This is done universally, in all of our fifty five clubs, who are part of RI District 6040.

    Literacy – Key to Humanity James Hobbs 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

    Give a Shout-Out for Rotary

    Posted by James Hobbs on Feb 05, 2012
    By Rita Weighill - As a Rotarian please help to advance the Rotary story of service. While January was Rotary Awareness Month,