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.

May 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Raymond PlueFoundation, Foundation Newsletters

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

April 2017 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

David BixlerAnnouncements, District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

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.

David Bixler

March 2017 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

David BixlerAnnouncements, District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

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?

David Bixler

March 2017 Rotary District 6080 Foundation Newsletter

Raymond PlueFoundation, Foundation Newsletters


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