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
Posted by Julie McCoy on Sep 17, 2018
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. 
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Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts Julie McCoy 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0 Relief Efforts
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.  
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Princeton Rotary Youth Turkey Calling Jerry Girdner 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities
Posted by Aaron Knipmeyer on Aug 30, 2018
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. 
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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...).
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THE R.E.A.L. TRAINING was R.E.A.L.L.Y. INSPIRING! Martial Thevenot 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 training
Posted by Lindy Chapman on Aug 30, 2018
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. 
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Chillicothe Rotary Provides Handicapped Accessible Playground Lindy Chapman 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club Activities
Posted by Julie McCoy on Aug 30, 2018
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 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
Posted on Aug 27, 2018

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.
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Paul Harris 1/2 Off Promotion david mccaughey 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Paul Harris Fellow,Paul Harris Society,Rotary Direct
Posted by Julie McCoy on Aug 24, 2018
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.
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Ready for a Rotary Day at the ZOU? Julie McCoy 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0 mizzourotary
Posted on Aug 24, 2018

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

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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
Posted by Rolfe McCoy on Aug 13, 2018
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
Posted by Frank Dixon
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.
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It's Membership Month Frank Dixon 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0 Membership
Posted by david mccaughey on Aug 13, 2018
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. 
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August Foundation Moment david mccaughey 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation
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
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
Posted by Marc Horner on Aug 03, 2018
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.
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Capture the Moment in Hamburg Marc Horner 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0 RI Convention,training
Posted on Jul 23, 2018
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.
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Do you know a good dentist? Julie McCoy 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0 service
Posted on Jul 20, 2018
 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.
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R.E.A.L. - Rotary Education & Action for Leadership 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0 training
Posted on Jul 11, 2018
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
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. 
Ian Riseley RI President
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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
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 & Public Image Tips for Clubs Kirby Asplund, District 6040 Public Image Chair 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0 training
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! 
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New Look. New Resources Bob Merrigan 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0 website
Posted on Jul 01, 2018
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.
Barry Rassin RI President
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Welcome to the New Rotary Year david mccaughey 2018-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Barry Rassin,RI President

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
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
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
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
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.


District 6040's inaugural Rotary Leadership Institute Jerry Venters 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
May 2014 US RotaryJazz Newsletter Kathryn Hahn 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Raytown Rotarian Kim LeSage selected as 2017-18 District Governor Kathryn Hahn 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
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
Shoes for Orphan Souls - Dominican Republic 02/2014 - Dan Hall Kathryn Hahn 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
US Jazz March 2014 Newsletter Kathryn Hahn 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
US Jazz - March 2014 Newsletter Kathryn Hahn 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
US Jazz - March 2014 Kathryn Hahn 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
The Three R's Kathryn Hahn 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Kansas City Day at the Royals Home Opener 4/8/13 Kathryn Hahn 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, wouldn't it be "beneficial to all concerned" if all Rotarians made a commitment to make every month Rotary Awareness Month?   Being a member of one of the worlds largest service focused organizations offers members a remarkable introduction to community accountability and global understanding.
Give a Shout-Out for Rotary James Hobbs 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Feb 04, 2012

By Chad Higdon - Being involved with District 6040 Rotaract and Interact efforts, I have the wonderful opportunity to learn about service of some of our future leaders in the area.  We have seen an increased interest in starting new Interact and Rotaract clubs in our territory, likely as a result of RI’s commitment to New Generations service.  If any clubs are interested in learning how their club might be able to support such an effort I would encourage you to contact myself or district leadership to help guide you through this process.

Being involved with District 6040 Rotaract and Interact efforts James Hobbs 2012-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Feb 04, 2012
By Dan Hall - Yes, I know we join Rotary to serve others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun as we “live the Rotary life of service.” The focus of this article is to acquaint not only new Rotarians, but even many long time Rotarians, with different programs that may be new to them. Ever hear of “Rotary Friendship Exchanges,” “Rotarian Action Groups,” or personal or vocational interest groups called, “Fellowships in Rotary?” Now let’s look at all three groups to see if you, like thousands of others, can gain more value from your investment in Rotary.
Get More From Your Rotary Dues Investment James Hobbs 2012-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Jan 08, 2012

By Kenny Harris, DGE - Service to their community is what Rotarians undoubtedly remember when they look back to the first six months of the 2011-12 Rotary year.

Every Rotary Club in our district had some sort of impact in their community.  On December 3, 2011, each club was invited to brag to other Rotarians about the good deeds they had completed.  Rotarians are usually reluctant to talk about the good they do, but this was an opportunity to share their good works with their peers in our District.

Rotary Awareness is Strengthened through Community Service James Hobbs 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Jan 08, 2012
By Charlotte F. Ruoff  - Over the years it has been interesting to observe the culture of the teachers who attend the seminars sponsored by Friends United in Honduras.  In the twenty-four years that the organization has been presenting professional development meetings, there has been many changes in the country.
He Came, Riding on a Horse - A Friends United Essay James Hobbs 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Jan 08, 2012

By DG Dan Hall - To borrow from the old 4-H Club motto: “To Make the Best, Better” is my challenge to District 6040 Rotary Club members and leaders. How can we as members and leaders act on this challenge?

"Make the Best - Better" James Hobbs 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Dec 04, 2011

DG Dan Hall - In our Rotary world, December is “Family Month.” Family Month celebrates the family of Rotary, which, in addition to individual Rotarians, includes all of those who are involved in Rotary's work from Rotary Foundation program alumni to participants in Rotary youth programs in thousands of communities around the world.

Spouses and the children (and grandchildren) of Rotarians play a vital role in Rotary too. Rotary clubs benefit immensely when they strive to achieve a balanced interaction between Rotarians and their families, enhancing home lives and family interactions.

In my home club, we have a person designated to be aware of both the positive and the sad things that occur within our “family of Rotary.” Should a member, his or her spouse, or other family member suffer an injury, illness, or even death, our “Family of Rotary” designee will make sure a “get well” or sympathy card is sent and, when appropriate, flowers are sent in behalf of our club.

Becoming a “Family Friendly Rotary Club” James Hobbs 2011-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Nov 05, 2011

In our Rotary World November is FOUNDATION MONTH. Now I could recite some statistics regarding the number of dollars raised for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International but you might get bored. So I’ve decided to make this months “read” more interesting by talking about the real children and adults served by Rotarians through their Foundation.

I joined Rotary in 1975 but what really got my attention was what happened in 1985---the start of Polio plus. The grand scheme was to wipe the crippling polio virus from the face of the earth. While this Rotary dream started in the middle America the dream quickly spread around the world thanks to the Rotary network of local clubs. Today, tens of thousands of men, women, and children have been spared from this horrible crippling disease thanks to your contributions to Polio eradication. It is now reported that India, a country of over one billion people, has not had a new case of polio in over six months! Phenomenal!

“It’s the Right Thing To Do” James Hobbs 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Nov 05, 2011

All around the world, Rotarians set aside November to celebrate the work of The Rotary Foundation during Foundation Month.  District 6040 celebrates as well by holding our annual Foundation Dinner.

We have often been asked why we give to The Rotary Foundation and other charities we believe in.  We all have our reasons to give; Medical Missions, Group Study Exchange, Rotary Peace Centers, New Generations…the work of our Foundation is nearly limitless.  But how often are we asked, “How” do we give?  How Rotary Clubs and Rotarians are as different as the 55 clubs in our district.  Some clubs assess Foundation Contributions in their dues creating a burden on the club officers to fill out the necessary forms.  Others depend on fundraisers and the initiative of Rotarians making their contributions.

“How “do you give to our Rotary Foundation? James Hobbs 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Oct 06, 2011


November 5, for a great night of fun, food and entertainment. Ray Klinginsmith, Past Rotary International President, will share past achievments and Rotary’s game plan for the future. The purpose of this dinner is to raise money for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Rotary International. Bring your checkbook, credit card or cash for some extraordinary silent auction items along with a professional auctioneer for the live auction.


VICTORY RALLY | District 6040 Foundation Dinner James Hobbs 2011-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Sep 29, 2011
As a small four -year- old child, I liked to visit my grandparents. They were both elderly and my grandmother had been blinded by diabetes for several years. Even so, she ever so loved her grandson. One morning after “the men” had finished hand milking their 18 cows, I watched as grandma strained (filtered/cleaned) the raw milk. Even though blind, she never spilled a drop which captivated my attention.
Walking the Talk of Vocational Service James Hobbs 2011-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Sep 28, 2011
Every Friday at the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club meeting, we end our Friday morning breakfast meetings by reciting the four-way test.  I love this tradition because the words echo in my head as I start my work day.  We all know how challenging work can be.  We are bombarded with bad news about the economy.  Most companies and their employees are doing more with less.  We are bound to encounter situations that test our ethics, whatever career we have chosen. I’m not talking Enron-level breaches of integrity that make headlines, but those daily situations that arise when one is tempted to cross the line.  Reciting the 4-way test is like being inoculated on a weekly basis against rationalizing or doing what’s expedient.  It is a reminder of the values that all Rotarians hold dear and that we can do our part to “encourage and foster” Rotary ideals in our workplaces, too.  We can bring the Rotary “secret sauce” to help our co-workers keep things in perspective and to maintain our own high ethical standards.
Vocational Ethics by Therese McGill, Vocational Service Chairperson at Kansas City Plaza Rotary James Hobbs 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Sep 28, 2011

Opportunities for specialized international travel and study are available for youth through young and seasoned professionals.


A very select group of 10 university students or recent students are chosen each year as International Peace Scholars. They will gain a unique experience in one of six centers around the world which will lead to a Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Peace and Conflict resolution. Another select group of 25 fellows at a time will be invited to participate in a three month Certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Thailand .

International Rotary Peace Fellowship Opportunities James Hobbs 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 31, 2011
As I viewed the continuing (3 months)Missouri River flood crop devastation west of Tarkio/Rock Port, listened to Rotary leaders speak about the damage to federal highway, bridge, and to railroad infrastructure, and then learn about the loss of jobs, plus loss of county and school revenue, I could only wonder “What have we done?”  That is, how could federal policy makers  justify the cost to farmers, the crop/food loss to consumers, the income loss to worker's families, the economic hardship to communities and the additional (unnecessary cost) of rebuilding expensive infrastructure.
What Have We Done? James Hobbs 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 31, 2011
At last year’s Rotary District Conference in Kirksville, current District Governor Dan Hall mentioned to me that he wished to form a new committee that would focus solely on Rotaract.  In the past Interact and Rotaract had been combined efforts under the direction of one subcommittee.  With Rotary International’s renewed focus on New Generations service, DG Dan saw a potential need to have more district leadership involved with the Interact and Rotaract programs.
I was honored when DG Dan asked me if I would like to assist with this committee, and in the past few months I have been learning more about the Rotaract program and various efforts to start Rotaract clubs in our district.  Rotaract clubs are part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.  Rotaract clubs are comprised of young men and women ages 18 to 30 , who serve the needs of their community, widen their personal and professional contacts, and increase their understanding of the world.
There are three focuses of a Rotaract club: 1) professional development, 2) leadership development and 3) service projects. 
Rotaract Clubs James Hobbs 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 28, 2011
“This experience has changed my life in a way that leaves me speechless, but ready to speak and share new ideas.”“I learned that service leadership comes in many forms.  You don’t have to be older to make a difference.  And you don’t have to change the world, but just change and improve someone’s world.”The Missouri RYLA Academy – Changing lives.  Developing leaders.  Making a difference.In just 3 and ½ days next June, and at a cost of just $400, your Rotary Club can change a high school student’s life and – just maybe – make a difference in the world.  The RYLA Academy is limited to 100 students from Districts 6040, 6060, and 6080 and is held each year at William Woods University, where professional high school counselors and volunteer Rotarian counselors help the students participate in team-building exercises, learn their personality characteristics in a “True Colors” exercise, and develop a start-to-finish proposal for a service project.


Missouri RYLA Academy James Hobbs 2011-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 26, 2011

Membership is the biggest challenge today.  We need Rotary there for our children and grandchildren, for our communities, our nation, and those all over the world that Rotary helps.  More hands strengthen our service projects; more resources make the Foundation stronger; and more hearts energize the fellowship that spurs all of us to work harder and better.

A straightforward approach is GROW.  The “G” challenges us to get organized.  As you know from your business, profession, career, or home life, nothing happens unless you get organized.  For yourself and for your club, ask “who, what, when, where, why, and how.”  Who am I going to ask to join Rotary, when, where, and how?  How can I help lead my club to add members, and keep those we have?


Let's Grow Rotary James Hobbs 2011-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 22, 2011

Rotary International District 6040 will be honored with the "Heartland Service Award" by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) at its 2011 Gala. The Gala will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the Independence Event Center. Chosen for its service to others in Missouri cities in northern Missouri and throughout the world, District 6040 demonstrates its commitment to the Gala's theme  "Service Above and Beyond."


All District Rotary members are invited to the Gala as one of our own members, Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith (Kirksville Rotary Club), will be accepting the award for the district. Also in attendance will be Past District Governor Jeff Romine and District Governor Dan Hall. Another member attending, Independence Rotarian Fred Hahn, has just completed two years as RI Director.

Rotary District 6040 to be honored with "Heartland Service Award James Hobbs 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 08, 2011
IRS LogoWhat follows is not tax advice, but general information, which may be useful.  Questions regarding any tax matters need to be referred to local counsel, your tax adviser or to the IRS. ( or 1-800-829-1040) General questions about this bulletin can be answered by your Club and District Support representative at


On 13 May 1958, the Internal Revenue Service declared that Rotary International (RI) and its clubs and districts are entitled to exemption from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.  While Rotary districts and clubs are exempt from paying federal income tax, the law does require Rotary clubs and districts to file an annual information return on IRS Form 990, on or before the 15th day of the 5th month following the close of the annual accounting period (15 November). Certain organizations, other than private foundations, that do not normally receive more than $25,000 in gross receipts in each taxable year are not required to file Form 990.

Rotary and the Internal Revenue Service James Hobbs 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 07, 2011

During my “official Governor” visits with Rotary clubs I have discussed what makes members want to come back each week to club meetings. Simple actually…good fun, food, and programs. Ask what makes a good program I always mention having members give “Classification Talks.”

Here is what the Rotary International website says about the member classification talk:
Know Your Members James Hobbs 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Aug 07, 2011

Recently, we received an e-mail from a person new to the Rotary organization asking about the age qualification for youth in the various “New Generations” Rotary programs:  “Those international Rotary youth projects are great!  I love international stuff.   Is youth defined as only high school?”

My short answer is “no.”  But to be more precise here is the age rundown for the various Rotary programs designed to serve young adults (from Junior High, High School, Graduate School to Young Professionals):

Youth and Rotary James Hobbs 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Jul 04, 2011

rotary-foundation-logoYou can sum up the work of The Rotary Foundation in five very simple, yet powerful, words:  “Doing good in the world.”  


Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians are engaged in the battle against Polio, the struggle for clean water, the endeavors of education, and the hope of peace throughout the world.   Therefore, each gift is of vital importance. 

The Rotary Foundation James Hobbs 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Hobbs on Jun 29, 2011
podcastIt’s Rotary is a weekly podcast that highlights news from District 6040 and blends it for mass appeal. You can think of a podcast as a modern day radio show, but more portable. The purpose of the podcast is to bring Rotary into the public eye on a regular basis. Listeners can download It’s Rotary from the website and take it with them where ever they go. 
The show’s format is broken into two segments. The first half includes a basic overview of what Rotary is as well as club news from around the district. The second half focuses on a weekly topic with a guest interview. These interviews are lively and hopefully entertaining!
Visit us at for more information.
It's Rotary James Hobbs 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
“Service above Self – Service Day” James Hobbs 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by --Select Editor-- on Jun 29, 2010
Excuse the problems caused by changing over to Club Runner's new web page format. Changes in the appearance of the web page and ability to navigate will be implemented in early July.
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Posted on Jun 24, 2010

The 2009-2010 Rotary year is beginning to wind down and Rotarians in District 6040 should be proud of their accomplishments this year.  We have met many of our strategic goals with increased membership, increased polio giving and a public relations boon from the Shoes Caravan.  In addition, we had a total of 35 clubs receiving the Presidential Citation.

In the words of Rotary President John Kenny, the work of Rotary isn't performed in Evanston, the work of Rotary is done in the club, making Rotary Clubs the most important unit of Rotary.

Please accept the thanks and congratulations of President John Kenny and myself for a great Rotary year.

DG John

Thank you for being a Rotarian 2010-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John R. Gill on Apr 24, 2010
PDG Carl Chinnery was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions to the effort of eliminating Polio. The Service Award for a Polio Free World was established by The Foundation Trustees to recognize outstanding contributions to the effort of eliminating Polio. The award is given to 10 persons annually in our World Health Organization Region which includes all of North, South and Central America. Carl has been an outstanding advocate for polio eradication since 1992, truly in fact, for his entire life.
Rotary Foundation Award for a Polio Free World given to PDG Carl Chinnery John R. Gill 2010-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John R. Gill on Apr 03, 2010
Recently, my team returned from a month in Taiwan and we were very warmly greeted and treated with overwhelming acts of kindness and gratitude. Principal differences that we noticed began with the food we ate. Our chopstick skills improved greatly while we were there. We ate very little fried foods and never had bread with our meal. All of the seafood, fruits and vegetables are very fresh and hardly ever more than a day or two old. The central part of Taiwan is very fertile and fishing is very plentiful. The Rotary nicknames generally reflect the industry you are in, such as ÃÆ'¢â‚¬ËÅ"DentyÃÆ'¢â‚¬â„¢ for Dentist, ÃÆ'¢â‚¬ËÅ"ArchiÃÆ'¢â‚¬â„¢ for Architect and so on. This is very unique throughout Taiwan.
Taiwan Cultural Awareness by GSE Team Leader, Tom Gibbens John R. Gill 2010-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John R. Gill on Mar 21, 2010
Rotary International's Service Above Self Award is the highest honor any individual Rotarian can recieve. After receiving nominations from around the world, the RI Directors select only 150 Rotarians to receive this prostegious award. Bob Magee of the North Kansas City Rotary Club, was presented this award on Friday March 19 in front of his home club and many district dignataries gathered for their meeting that day. For Bob's story, read on...
Robert W. Magee wins Rotary International's Service Above Self Award John R. Gill 2010-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John R. Gill on Feb 02, 2010
Our District Polio Committee, led by Gladstone Rotarian Dennis O'Hara, has selected February to be Polio Month in 6040. The committee has planned TnT...Text and Terminate. Text "Polio" to 90999 to make a $5.00 contribution to help meet the Gates $200m Challange, But only do it the week of February 21-27. We are having a contest with Districts 6060 and 6080! Elimination of Polio Rotary's Heartfelt Promise!
It's Polio Month in District 6040 John R. Gill 2010-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John R. Gill on Jan 11, 2010
The KCI Rotary Club is pleased to announce that as of January 8, 2010 they are the authorized contractor for the Platte City Fee Office located at 500 Third Street in Platte City (across the street from the County Offices). All proceeds from this fee office will be used by the KCI Club to fund scholarships for Platte County high school seniors and for international or community projects. We encourage all local Rotarians to purchase their license tags and renew their driver's license at our office to support our new cause.
KCI Rotary Club Wins Bid for Missouri Fee Office John R. Gill 2010-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John R. Gill on Jan 10, 2010
Beginning July 1, 2010, Kirksville Rotarian and PDG Ray Klinginsmith will take over as President of Rotary International. This is a wonderful honor for Ray, his wife Judi and everyone in District 6040. To permanently honor Ray, we are introducing The Klinginsmith Cup. This traveling award will be presented annually to the club with the highest average giving to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund plus receiving the Presidential Citation.
Introducing the Klinginsmith Cup John R. Gill 2010-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
Several generous Rotarians in District 6040 banded together to sponsor a Rotaract student to join the North Kansas City Rotary Club on their annual medical mission to Jamaica.  The winner of the scholarship is Christine Campfield.  Christine is a Junior at William Jewell College in Liberty Missouri.  Christine is majoring in pre-med, biochemistry, clinical laboratory science and Act-In.  Christine has a history of service to her community and also international missions.  Christine hopes to use her mission experience to narrow her medical field of interest.  Congratulations Christine!
Christine Campfield Wins Rotaract Scholarship 2009-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cassy Venters


Two cool ideas today from Platte City Club President, Tom Rycezk, President-Elect Kevin Humiston, and Immediate Past President Craig Bennett.  After participating in Club Long Range Planning several years ago under then-President Kelly Parkhurst, the Platte City Rotary Club organized an Interact Club with 40 students at the chartering.  Today, these students help with many club activities including helping with a local food drive.  Rotary and Interact club members stand outside their local Price Chopper and handout lists of needed food to the people entering the store.  When people exit, they give the food they have just purchased to the Rotary Club for distribution from the food bank.  The picture shows the results of one food drive collection. 

Another great youth activity is Fifth Quarter.  During the fall, local groups sponsor a Fifth Quarter gathering for high school students after the football game.  Rotary takes a turn in sponsoring the event and providing the food.

Platte City Club Visit - July 8, 2014 Cassy Venters 0
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Posted by Jeffrey M. Romine

Due to popular demand, D6040 will again hold a mega-training event in Chillicothe MO, the home of sliced bread.  No matter how you slice it, the Rotarians that attended last year said many good things about the first mega training session.  They also indicated other topics they would like to see.  The offering at this year's mega training will be expanded and cover additional topics as well as the favorites from last year.  "We want Rotarians to have have a good time while they learn about Rotary." said co-trainer Marilyn Romine.

Mark you calendar for Saturday August 24 and start making plans to share rides with your fellow Rotarians.  The event will be held at the same site as last year at the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe, 1604 Bryan Street, Chillicothe, MO.  The event will begin around 9:00 and conclude at 2:00.  Lunch will be provided by D6040 and prepared by the many Rotary chefs from Chillicothe MO. 

Be sure to watch the web site for important details and registration materials. 



Mark Your Calendar for Mega Training - August 24 - 2013 Jeffrey M. Romine 0
Posted by Susan Coffman

April 1, 2013

Dear Rotary District 6040:


Our daughter, Kate Morris, has been in Austria since August as a participant in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. We not only want to thank you for sending her to Austria through your program, but we also would like to explain exactly why we are so grateful to you.

Heartfelt Thank You From the Parents of a RYLA student Susan Coffman 0
GSE Team Visit Robert D. Stone 0
Posted by Susan Coffman



From Left to Right:  3rd Place - Michael Doman - Sponsored by the Kirksville Rotary Club, 2nd Place - Damon Brown - Sponsored by the Eastern Independence Rotary Club 

and 1st Place - Becca Stevick - Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit

4 Way Test Speech Contest Finalists Susan Coffman 0
Posted by Susan Coffman


Looking at the group picture, going Left to Right:

Kara Jackson - Sponsored by the Schuyler County Rotary Club, Michael Doman - Sponsored by the Kirksville Rotary Club, Damon Brown - Sponsored by the Eastern Independence Rotary Club, Becca Stevick - Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lee's Summit, Hannah Thieme - Sponsored by the Chillicothed Rotary Club, Tyler Small - Sponsored by the Scotland County Rotary Club, Whitney Barr - Sponsored by the Kansas City International Rotary Club, Faith Orie-Okpewho - Sponsored by the Raytown Rotary Club, Emily Meyers - Sponsored by the Maryville Rotary Club, Kassidy Newell - Sponsored by the Indepdendence Rotary Club

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Posted by Susan Coffman

You may have heard about the new model of implementing Rotary Foundation Grants and programs, commonly referred to as the Future Vision Plan.  This new plan begins officially on July 1, 2013 and our clubs need to be preparing for this exciting change. 

                What must you do?  Attend a Club Qualification Seminar.  These seminars will give you the basis to implement the programs in your club.  One is in Jefferson City on March 23 from 2:00-4:00pm, right after PET’s.  The second is April 26 from 9:00-11:00 am, just before the District Conference in Blue Springs.  These seminars, led by our Grants Chair, PDG Elizabeth Usovicz, will give you all of the information you need to know to be effective in utilizing Rotary Grants for your clubs projects.

                The upcoming changes will give Rotary clubs easier and quicker access to funding for both Global and District Grant funds.  For more information, click on the “File Cabinet for Grants July 1, 2013” tab on the left.  Also, check out our Face Book page, Rotary District 6040 Foundation Page.   

The transition to the Future Vision Plan is NOW! Susan Coffman 0
Posted by Susan Coffman

Kenneth E. (Kenny) Harris

Rotary International 

District 6040 Governor 2012-2013 

Blue Springs, MO 64015



January 12, 2013

Introducing our D6040 District Donor Advised Fund.

Have you, or someone in your club, wished there was a way to contribute to a “cause of your choice”, either locally or internationally, that was an “honest to goodness” tax deductible contribution? 

The D6040 District Donor Advised Fund will allow any club, individual Rotarian, or non-Rotarian to contribute to a charity of their choice, providing this charity is an IRS Approved Charity.  Your club can use this as their own “Foundation” without all the paperwork and reporting requirements that go along with operating your own Charitable Fund.   For example, some clubs have established their own Foundation for use in supporting scholarship efforts in their community. 

It is extremely important to note this fund is NOT to be confused with each individual Rotarian’s responsibility to support the Rotary Foundation.  Nor should this DDAF be considered to be in competition with The Rotary Foundation.

Some of you may be aware that a few other districts already have such a fund, and some of you may have perceived our need for such a fund.  Recent disasters have caused District Leaders to realize that D6040 did not have a “charitable fund” which would allow Rotarians to contribute to a charity of their choosing. 

Instituting this DDAF will allow persons to donate to a fund and control to which charity their 100% tax deductible contributions would go.

More information and applications are posted on the District 6040 website:

Please review with your board and take advantage of this opportunity to promote Peace through Service

D6040 District Donor Advised Fund. Susan Coffman 0
Posted by James Hobbs
The RI President each year sets goals a club should attain.  On the recommendation of Governor Dan, he awards a Presidential Citation to successful clubs.  In terms of membership, there are three areas of interest this year.

Let’s finish the job on growing Rotary this year! James Hobbs 0
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