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 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 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.
Welcome to the penultimate issue of this Rotary year’s District 6080 Rotary Foundation Newsletter! There are 60 days remaining in which your goals for the Rotary year may be accomplished and your giving recorded. Your contributions to the programs of The Rotary Foundation last year under the leadership of District Governor Steve Dulle established records and set the tone for giving. That giving attitude has continued with the leadership of District Governor David Bixler, making it entirely possible that last year’s records will be exceeded. Be happy knowing your gift will make a magnificent difference in many lives. May 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue
Notes from the Governor
It’s here all ready the final quarter of the Rotary year. All those things you promised yourself in June of last year that you were going to accomplish in the 2016-17 Rotary year are either done or waiting to be completed before the ball drops on June 30 at midnight. There are less than ten weeks left in the 2016-17 Rotary year. As I’m looking at my own list of things I wanted to accomplish this year, I’m beginning to realize that I’m long on list and short on time. Doing some prioritizing seems to be in order.
My list of goals certainly contains things that are a higher priority than others. The important goals, however, always seem to be the most time consuming. As I prioritize, I’m looking for some lowhanging fruitthese items that with a little effort could make me feel better by getting a few things crossed off my list. Getting bogged down in a big daunting project has a way of undermining my enthusiasm.
Elephants are best eaten one bite at a time, and I certainly have more than one elephant on my list. I’m using every available resource to finish this year strong and get as many of my Rotary goals completed as possible. Don’t hesitate to use the resources that are available to you in the District as well. Even the Governor is willing to help. I, of all people, have a vested interest in helping you have the best Rotary year you and your club have ever had. So when it comes to eating your Rotary elephant, pass the salt and let’s do this together.
5 Reasons to join Rotary.
1. Increase your social capital. Ever heard the phrase it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Rotary can have a huge impact on how many people you know.
2. World perspective. Rotary is a great place to find out why your community does or doesn’t need something as well as an opportunity to gain insight on what’s happening in the rest of the world.
3. Community involvement. As rewarding as it is to do things in the community, it’s even more rewarding to do them shoulder to shoulder with friends. What would be a tall order for one person to accomplish can often be done by a Rotary club in hours.
4. Global community involvement. There is nothing like seeing a need in another country and being able to say, “We should do something about that problem,” and know that you have the resources of your club, your District, and the Foun-dation at your finger tips.
5.Personal growth and development. Rotary will constantly challenge you with opportunities to be a leader, stretch yourself outside your comfort zone, and do something you didn’t even know you were capable of doing.
Who do you know that might find one or more of these reasons compelling enough to join Rotary?
In the March 2017 Foundation Newsletter read about the Endowment Fund, complete the form and become a Benefactor and member of the Bequest Society. See the latest on polio and read the monthly report from the District 6080 Rotary Scholars. March 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue
Someone asked me the other day, “Why did you join Rotary.” I wanted to be able to say that I had this altruistic idea of helping make the world a better place, but the truth is that I joined Rotary to make connections with other people, hoping those connections would lead to a more successful business. Low and behold it worked. However, it took a whole lot longer than I was planning on—fifteen years longer to be exact.
Let the New Year’s resolutions begin. Whatever the good intentions last year, now is the time we all start fresh, highly motivated and ready to make a difference. I am certainly no exception. We are half way through this Rotary year. The first half I must say I feel pretty good about, but there is plenty more to be done and resting on what has already been done is not on my list of resolutions. My list goes something like this: I hope you are thinking about your list and what matters to you this year. There is never a better time to take a moment to be thankful for all our blessings and to do a little soul searching for what matters most to us. Don’t discount the power of writing down your goals. There is something about putting them on paper that makes a difference. Oh and by the way, if you really want to make sure you get your goals accomplished, tell someone your goals who will hold you accountable. In closing, let me just say thanks for helping me have a successful year by holding me accountable. David Bixler
Welcome to the New Year 2017. May you make this Rotary Foundation Centennial Year exceptional and shine a light on your community with the good works performed locally and internationally. Please see the January 2017 District Foundation Newsletter attached. Congratulations to those Rotary clubs that have already achieved and exceeded Star Club status. Make a goal to have your club listed and work toward the top of the Leader Board. Enjoy the excitement of two District 6080 Rotary Scholars as you read their latest report. January 2017 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue
Wow, where has this year gone? It’s that time of year when we all look back and reflect on the year and eval-uate all the things that went well and those things that didn’t go as well as we had hoped. While we are making these mental lists we begin to recognize all the things and people that have blessed us. At the top of my list of blessings are all my fellow Rotarians with whom I have had the privilege of working this year. I have been able to see and experi-ence things that I would not have been able to see and experience without be-ing in this position. I have met people that I wouldn’t have met and renewed friendships that I wouldn’t have even thought about renewing. Best of all, I have spent time listening to Rotarians talk about what they are doing to make this world a better place. I wish I could take all of you with me so that you could hear all the stories about how Rotary has enriched one Rotarian after another. Time and time again the reoccurring theme in the stories I’m told is that the initial goal when they set out was to bless someone else and the end result is that they were the ones who were blessed the most. The take away is that if you are feeling down and out, need a lift, or just need to feel good about something, the sure-fire solution is to do something for someone else. If … Read More
Welcome to the December 2016 issue of the District 6080 Foundation Newsletter. By reading I hope you gain a greater appreciation of how positively the Rotary Foundation is viewed in the world. I am proud! Will you inform others of the great news of what you and your Rotary club do for the good of your community and around the world by getting information into the local newspaper or other news outlets? Also see and congratulate the published Rotary clubs who have already achieved Star Club status by giving at least $100 per capita to the Annual Fund. Work to be sure that your Rotary club will be on the next published list. December 2016 – Foundation Newsletter Yours in Rotary Service, Raymond E. Plue