July was an intense month of 16 official club visits to clubs all around the district. It has been my pleasure to see the wonderful diversity of our clubs. Each has a different personality and priorities. The common bond though is the values of Rotary that bind all of us together to do good in the world. A consistent goal of each club is to find ways to connect . . . with their communities, with each other and with the Rotary world. It was clear to me everywhere I went that Rotarians in our district genuinely enjoy each other – Rotary fellowship is alive and well in Missouri. There are many fund raisers being planned, community projects being organized and connections being made to launch global projects through the Rotary network. Future updates will include reporting on the good that comes from all this work. Presentations to Rotary Clubs highlight the Fall Connection on November 9 in Warrensburg where we will celebrate awards and accomplishments from the last Rotary year and showcase projects and plans for this year. We will convene at 10am and wrap up by 3pm with luncheon served at University of Central Missouri. This is a great opportunity for connection and fellowship, and I hope all clubs in the district will be represented. Registration is available on dac.db. Next spring we will gather in Springfield at the Doubletree Conference Center for our district conference “The District Connects”. The committee has been at work for months on making this one of the …
What a great way to launch my service as District Governor. My thanks go out to the Centennial committee who worked diligently on every detail and did an outstanding job planning this wonderful event. We had 175 Rotarians and guests in attendance for a gala celebration at Hickory Hills Country Club! My good friend and Rotary International Director Greg Yank from O’Fallon Illinois officiated at my formal installation and did a great job. Greg and his wife Catherine traveled from their home in Illinois along with good Rotarian friends Lynn and Lanis Lenker to make it a very special and memorable event for me.
Please join District Governor Paul Reinert on August 1, 2019 at Rotary Day at Wonderland Camp. Rotary is partnering with Wonderland Camp to bring you Rotary Kids Week, July 28th – August 2, 2019. Rotary will be sponsoring 30 children with disabilities, ages 6-17, FREE OF CHARGE to attend week 10 of camp. Thank you Jerry W. Franklin, Cathy Libey, and Jim Libey for spearheading this great event.
Springfield, Missouri, businessman Paul Reinert was installed as Governor of Rotary District 6080 for 2019-2020, which includes 50 Rotary Clubs and 3,000 members in southwest and central Missouri. In that role, Reinert works with those clubs to carry out humanitarian projects that address issues such as poverty, health, hunger, education and the environment in their communities, state and internationally.
Springfield Sunrise Rotary raised over 2k dollars in 15 minutes at their last meeting for the Annual Fun’d Day festivities! Thank you for being #PeopleofAction while swapping points and playing cornhole!
MARK DANIEL MALONEY President, Rotary International, 2019-20 Jennifer Jones Rotary International Vice President, 2016-2017 Jeffry Cadorette Rotary International Director, 2018-2020 Rich Linden Valerie Anderson & Rich Linden
Last evening a devastating tornado struck in Ozark just south of Springfield and completely destroyed the home of District Governor Susan Haralson and her husband Shannon. Fortunately they were able to make it to a shelter area of their home and were spared any physical injury. I attended the meeting this morning of Susan’s Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club and witnessed the incredible love and support flowing from this great group of Rotarians to support the Haralsons in every way. After hearing of the tragedy, President G.R. Stovall and President-Elect Anthony Roberts immediately went to the site around 10pm last night to offer their support and provide an assessment of the damage. They report that while the emotional trauma of their loss is deep, the Haralson’s are grateful that they were not injured and thankful that the losses that they suffered can be replaced through time and with love and support from their many friends. G.R. and Anthony suggest that the best suggestion to those wanting to help at this time is to send out your support, thoughts and prayers.
Our 4 female Rotary District Governors want all Rotary women in Missouri to invite their friends and potential Rotarians to this powerful event. Fun, special projects, leadership training, and acknowledging the power of Women and all its potential. Saturday, May 11th 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Hawthorn Bank 3600 Amazonas Drive Jefferson City, MO 65109 Learn about three amazing service projects and hear from dynamic women in leadership Mayor Carrie Tergin Elizabeth Usovicz Pamela Stewart Rita Esterly Special Guest Speaker $25 charge. REGISTER ONLINE
The Rotary Club of Warrensburg recently received the attached letter from one of our past RYE students. I believe this letter embodies RYE better than anything I have ever heard. I also believe it epitomizes one of our reasons for existence as Rotarians.
All six Columbia Rotary Clubs worked together to raise $51,000 for the Clary-Shy Community Park project in Columbia. Rotary Club representatives presented the check to the Columbia City Council on Monday, Dec. 17. The check will help fund the park’s new farm-themed playground. The playground will be built in the existing Clary-Shy Park, a 20-acre area located between West Ash Street and Clinkscales Road that has previously housed the Columbia Farmers Market. The playground is part of a larger master plan, which will include a pavilion for the farmer’s market and amphitheater. Mike Griggs, director of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, first received the idea for a playground in an email from Jan Grossmann, president of Columbia Rotary South, 14 months ago. As of December, $2.9 million has been collected for the park in donations and grants, Griggs said. “It is such a tremendous asset to have those guys here in town,” he said. Grossmann said the collaboration between the six clubs has been a positive experience. “It’s the first time all six of the clubs have joined together in partnership to do some kind of a local project that would benefit the community,” Grossmann said. Rotarians said they hope to have the playground completed by March 2019.
We sell the 4.5- 5-pound roasts freshly smoked, chilled or frozen through our local meat processor Alewel’s Meats. They provide the roasts at their cost and we sell them for $25 each. We always have good return customers, so it’s not re-inventing the customer list each year. We net $5,000 to $6,000 for special projects in the community. We also do a catfish fry dinner at one of our area wineries. It’s a good community interaction/social, but nets only $1,500 to $2,500, so we’re thinking about making it a meal delivery opportunity on a work day. It will lose the social aspect, but it may sell more meals. We’ll see what the committee decides. The Warrensburg Early-Birds has the KING fundraiser in our county — The Taste of Johnson County — in which area restaurants showcase their cuisine. Tickets are $12 or $15 and the restaurants take on the food costs. They usually bring in $10,00 to $13,000.
Our Rotary District 6080 Partnership with Wonderland Camp is expanding to include “Rotary Kids Week At Wonderland Camp”. Kids with disabilities, ages 7-17 will be sponsored by Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and private donors, to attend Camp “free of charge”. Sponsorships can include: full at $1,000.00, or partial with any amount appreciated. Specific kids can be named, sponsored and registered or sponsorship can be for any qualified kid to attend. Contact the coordinators to learn more about “Rotary Kids Week” and other opportunities of service to benefit people, especially kids, with mental and physical challenges.