Announcements from District Governor Melvin Platt

Melvin PlattAnnouncements, District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

I want to urge you to attend the District Conference and to encourage his/her club members to attend the District Conference on October 28-29 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. We have an outstanding conference agenda planned that will be both informative and inspiring. Club officers, members of the Board, committee chairs, and past presidents are among those who should be attending the District Conference. Every club should be sending four to eight club members to the Conference. A copy of the agenda for the conference will be distributed soon. The deadline for registering for the Conference and for obtaining lodging at the Lodge of Four Seasons is October 20. All lodging reservations made after October 20 will not qualify for the Conference rate. I am also writing to announce the selection of Jacqueline Howard of the Pulaski County Rotary Club as the new District Governor Nominee Designate by the Governor Nomination Committee. That committee is comprised of three Past District Governors and two Immediate Past Presidents of clubs chosen by random. Jackie will be the District Governor during the 2020-21 Rotary year. Jackie is currently serving as the District Visioning Chair. I hope that many of you will want to send notes of congratulations to her. Jeffrey Long of the Branson-Hollister Rotary Club has been appointed to succeed Wade Robson who has moved to Bentonville, AR to accept a promotion in his bank. Jeff will serve the four Branson areas clubs. Assistant Governors may wish to send him a welcoming message. … Read More

2017 District Conference

Dick MazanecAnnouncements, Club Support

ALL Rotarians are invited to attend the Rotary District 6080 Conference Saturday, October 28 and Sunday morning, October 29, 2017 at The Lodge of Four Seasons, 315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozark. Lodging rates per night: Standard rooms, $110.00 plus tax. Other rooms, $130.00 and $150.00. For room reservations, call 888-265-5500. Deadline for making reservations at the Conference rate is October 20, 2017. Be sure to ask for the Rotary International District 6080 Conference rate. To register go to DaCdb Calendar. Also, Sunday morning, October 29 District Grant Management Seminar for 2018-19. The Lodge of Four Seasons. 9:00-1030 AM. (Mandatory for 2018 District Simplified Grants) No fee. Register at the seminar. At least two members from your club MUST ATTEND in order to be eligible for a 2018-2019 District Simplified Grant. Hope to see you at the District Conference October 28 & 29. ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE Dick Mazanec Rotary District 6080 Secretary

October 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Raymond PlueFoundation, Foundation Newsletters

Listing of all Rotary clubs and the percent of members who are Paul Harris Fellows. Where does your club rank? Listing of all District Simplified Grants 2017-2018. Report of DDF and Grants Account 2016-2017. Listing of requests/needs for international humanitarian grants. October 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue

Rotary District 6080 Secretary’s October 1, 2017 Memo

Dick MazanecAnnouncements, Club Support, Foundation

One-fourth of this Rotary year has already gone by. I hope your committees are all functioning and your club is busy with projects. A busy club retains members and grows. Continue to encourage your members to donate to The Rotary Foundation – $100 per member per year – and PolioPlus – at least $25 per member per year. Every Rotarian Every Year. Secretaries – Please submit your monthly attendance to RI by the 15th of the following month. OCTOBER Economic and Community Development Month 24 World Polio Day Host an event in your community to spread the good news about Rotary’s major role in the eradication of polio. Go to www.endpolio.org for resources. 28-29 District 6080 Conference The Lodge of Four Seasons, 315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozark. Lodging rates per night: Standard rooms, $110.00 plus tax. Other rooms, $130.00 and $150.00. For room reservations, call 888-265-5500. Deadline for making reservations at the Conference rate is October 20, 2017. Be sure to ask for the Rotary International District 6080 Conference rate. NO REGISTRATION FEE FOR CONFERENCE. PAY FOR MEALS ONLY. Register NOW for District Fall Conference or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here. Register NOW for District Grant Management Seminar for 2018-19 or send your regrets that you cannot attend. 29 District Grant Management Seminar for 2018-19. The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. 9:00-1030 AM. (Mandatory for 2018 District Simplified Grants) No fee. Register at the seminar. At least two members MUST ATTEND to be eligible for 2018 District Simplified … Read More

September 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Raymond PlueFoundation, Foundation Newsletters

You are encouraged to recognize October 24, World Polio Day. Do the necessary to inform your community of the accomplishments achieved by your club and it’s members together with all Rotary working mightily to eradicate the final pockets of the poliomyelitis virus from the environs of Pakistan and Afghanistan and hence, from the world. September 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue

Rotary Hurricane Harvey Relief

Melvin PlattAnnouncements, District Governor

Rotary Hurricane Harvey Relief

Dear Rotarians, Greg Yank, Rotary International Director for Zones 30 and 31, has written to request contributions to help flood victums in Texas and/or Louisiana. I am pasting Greg’s email below so that you have the full text. I have sent this information below to all club presidents and have asked them to share it with their club members. Melvin Platt Governor Rotary District 6080 To Governors Zone 30-31: As you know Hurricane Harvey made land fall in Texas and has left significant devastation. The amount of flooding has surpassed any recorded accounts. In the coming days, southern Louisiana will see even more flooding due to ongoing rains. The search and rescue for this disaster is underway and the relief efforts will begin soon. Clubs, districts, and individuals are asking the best way to assist the victims and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The best way to address the biggest needs can best be met with monetary donations. At this time, I want to remind our districts and clubs of the outstanding record Rotary holds for being good shepherds of funds and donations. All contributions will be designated to victims and communities of the hurricane and its disastrous floods. As in all disasters of this magnitude, those wanting to help are asking where to send funds. Rotary District 6200 has a 501c3 Foundation that can receive disaster funds. The Rotary District 6200 Foundation was established prior to Hurricane Katrina and has proven to be an effective and transparent way to accept and distribute funds especially … Read More

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies

Melvin PlattAnnouncements, District Governor

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday.

Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years. “Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.” Sam’s term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018. RI President-nominee Sam Owori Message from Rotary International on Vimeo. “Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.” Under Sam’s leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. Sam saw in Rotary members “an incredible passion to make a difference,” and wanted to “harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity.” Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank and managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has also served as corporation … Read More

July 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Raymond PlueUncategorized

Welcome District Governor Melvin Platt to Day 1 of 365 giving your servant leadership to the 2,700 Rotarians in 50 Rotary clubs, to 94 Rotaractors in six clubs and to countless Interactors in many of our District’s communities. July 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue

June 2017 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

David BixlerDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

Notes from the Governor

It is with a tremendous amount of emotion that I write my last Governor notes. I feel a bit like a marathon runner who has been on a record pace, but only by seconds. The finish line is so close there is nothing left in reserve and yet finishing the race at this record pace is the difference between success and failure. This has been the experience of a lifetime. Being Governor has shaped my life in ways that I have yet to even appreciate, and I owe all of you a debt of gratitude. I have had the privilege of seeing things and gaining perspective that only a few have been afforded.

I wish I had the words to give you the perspective that I have been afforded by serving you this year. It is truly humbling to see how many of you tirelessly go about the work of Rotary while people like me go around and take the bows for all your hard work. Words can’t express how grateful I am for your service and your generosity. Please know that what you are doing matters. If the world is going to be a better place tomorrow, it will be because you made that happen.

I am so proud to be part of a District that doesn’t just excel in the local mission of Rotary, you are making a huge difference in the international mission of Rotary as well. So much so that we have run out of money to do global grants. We now have global grants that are waiting to be funded. However, there is more good news, we are on the verge of a record breaking year for Foundation and Polio Plus giving, but only if we finish strong. The ability to fund all our local and global grants with Foundation dollars is hanging in the balance. It’s all coming down to the last few days of the year. Let’s finish this year like we started it. “Let’s do this.”

David Bixler

Rotary District 6080 Installation Banquet A Success

Mary Ann BeahonAnnouncements, District Governor

Paul Reinert, Susan Haralson, David Bixler, Melvin Platt and Larry Lunsford

Approximately 80 Rotarians from Rotary District 6080 celebrated club and district achievements under 2016-17 District Governor David Bixler of Springfield and installed 2017-18 District Governor Melvin Platt of Columbia at a dinner June 25 at the Isle of Capri Hotel Ballroom in Boonville. Also installed were Susan Haralson as district governor-elect, Paul Reinert as district governor nominee, associate and assistant governors and club presidents. Larry Lunsford of Kansas City, former Rotary International director and current chair of the RI membership committee, was the master of ceremonies.

June 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Raymond PlueFoundation, Foundation Newsletters

June 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Welcome to the penultimate issue of this Rotary year’s District 6080 Rotary Foundation Newsletter! The District 6080 Foundation Newsletter for the month of June encourages you to make the public aware of the good The Rotary Foundation has done and continues to do. The Annual Fund giving record of clubs is recorded. Great news and prayers answered on news that only 5 cases of polio paralysis have been diagnosed this 2017 calendar year with no cases seen since February 21. Our 2 Rotary scholars have also written of their current studies and activities. Make your community aware of the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation and it’s many accomplishments. June 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue

The Power 0f Rotary Partnerships – Wonderland Camp, A Camp for People with Special Needs

Mary Ann BeahonAnnouncements, Community Service

The Warrensburg Noon Rotary Club and the Warrensburg Early Birds Rotary Club joined together as part of a 19 Rotary Club effort, with private donors and The Rotary Foundation, to form a Powerful Partnership to bring the Rotary Accessible Playground to Wonderland Camp.  Wonderland Camp is situated at The Lake of Ozarks and serves people from throughout the State, including Johnson County. This Partnership provided funding to establish:  the Tree Top Bridge, Merry Go Round, Climbing Wall, Wobbly Bridge, Musical Interactive Music Stand, Tree Climb, and Chamberlain’s Giant Swing.  Serving as the lead Rotary Club and recognizing their level of giving, the “Rotary Club of Warrensburg Climbing Wall” was so named. The Dedication activities, May 7th at Wonderland Camp, included a Work Day at Camp.  150 people including 100 Rotarians, planted flowers and trees, spread mulch around the new playground equipment, and witnessed a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the playground’s new elements, Chamberlain’s Giant Swing.  Chamberlain’s Giant Swing is so named to recognize a special needs child, Chamberlain of Warrensburg, Missouri. Dedication remarks were heard from the president of Wonderland Camp Foundation Board, the past president of the Foundation Board, Rotary District Governor David Bixler, and Rotary Past District Governor and Chairman of the Project Jerry W. Franklin.  All commented on the collaborative efforts and partnerships that came together to make the Rotary Accessible Playground a reality. Franklin was quoted as saying “Special needs people can now enjoy additional playful and fun activities at Camp, that, but for the Power of this Rotary … Read More

Rotarians Attend Leadership Training

Mary Ann BeahonAnnouncements, Club Support, Training

Columbia: from left, (front row) Linda Ladd, Margie Meyer, Jody Rae Miller; (back row) Neil Carr, Bob Churchill, Mike Randerson, Marty Walker, John French, Al Tacker and Melvin Platt.

Rotarians from District 6080 attended the Club Leadership Mega-Training Seminar April 29 in Osage Beach, led by District Governor-Elect Melvin Platt of Columbia. “In spite of illness, accidents to family members, and the inclement weather, we had 80 persons in attendance at the training seminar,” Platt said. “I am just delighted beyond words that we had so many Rotarians attend. This may be one of largest attendances we have had at this particular training session in recent memory.” During the daylong leadership training, participants learned more about various Rotary programs, including youth services, community service, international service, enhancing public image, attracting and keeping members, the Rotary Foundation, polio eradication and visioning. In addition, breakout sessions were conducted for presidents-elect and president-nominees, secretaries, treasurers, membership chairs, Foundation chairs, public relations chairs and service chairs.