Message from Mark Maloney and Holger Knaack, President and President-Elect of RI

Paul Reinert Announcements

Dear Fellow Rotarian, The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together. We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country. Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world. As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations …

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The Rotary Club of Springfield awarded Jordan Valley $109,402.77 towards the purchase of a new dental mobile unit, with contributions from members of several area Rotary Clubs.

Kathleen O'Dell Community Service, Projects

Rotary Club of Springfield President Tamera Jahnke and Past-President Dwayne Fulk, with Betsy Fogle, Jordan Valley director of Program Advancement and Dr. Nick Pfannenstiel, vice president of Oral Health Services at Jordan Valley. The Rotary Club of Springfield awarded Jordan Valley $109,402.77 towards the purchase of a new dental mobile unit, with contributions from members of several area Rotary Clubs. Jordan Valley Community Health Center can expand oral health care services to hundreds more children in 20+ schools in southwest Missouri with this recent addition of a second mobile dental unit. The mobile dental unit funding from the Rotary Club of Springfield was given in honor of its centennial celebration. The club was founded in 1919 and was the first Rotary Club in the Springfield area. There are now five Springfield Rotary Clubs and a Rotaract Club for young professionals. Rotarians chose to support the dental mobile unit funding as its centennial gift to reflect one of Rotary International’s primary concerns of child and maternal health care. “The addition of our new mobile unit allows us to provide vital oral health services to more children in the southwest Missouri region. We are so thankful for this opportunity to serve even more kids in a non-traditional way,” said Dr. Nick Pfannenstiel, vice president of Oral Health Services at Jordan Valley. Children, teens and adults live with dental pain every day because they don’t have access to care. It’s one of the leading reasons for hospital emergency room visits, missed school days, missed work, speech and eating difficulties, along …

District Governor Newsletter

July 2019 District Governor Newsletter

Paul Reinert District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

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 …

RI Director Greg Yank

Springfield Rotary Centennial and District Governor Installation – June 28

Paul Reinert District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

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.

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Rotary Day At Camp Wonderland – August 1, 2019

Don Alberti Announcements, District Governor

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.

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Paul Reinert Installed As Rotary District 6080 Governor for 2019-2020

Kathleen O'Dell Announcements, District Governor

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.