August 2018 District Governor Newsletter

Kathleen O'DellDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

Let’s try this again😀 happy August this is Susan Haralson your district governor and it’s Rotary‘s membership and new club development month where is the worlds oldest and most important service organization with over 1.2 million members and 34,000 clubs spread throughout 200 countries where we provide clean water to those without it feed the hungry bottles crippling debilitating and disfiguring diseases polio and helps people learn to read and write so that they can compete in the modern workplace.

June 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattAnnouncements, District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

I hope that your club is working to win the Rotary Presidential Citation. Rotary President Ian Riseley is asking all clubs to strive to achieve it. I have contended that the Rotary Citation is easier to achieve than any citation presented during the past five years. I believe also that it presents a more level playing field for small, medium-size, and large clubs than recent Presidential Citations.

March 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

I hope that your club is working to win the Rotary Presidential Citation. Rotary President Ian Riseley is asking all clubs to strive to achieve it. I have contended that the Rotary Citation is easier to achieve than any citation presented during the past five years. I believe also that it presents a more level playing field for small, medium-size, and large clubs than recent Presidential Citations.

February 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

If You Are Not Criticized, You May Not Be Doing Much – What a great line to remember if you are a leader breaking away from the buffalo herd! In the South, there are creatures called Blue Crabs. Let’s say you catch a bunch of Blue Crabs, and you put them in a bucket. You can walk away, leave your bucket, and you don’t have to worry about any of the crabs escaping, because when one of those crabs gets up to the top of the bucket rim, another crab pulls it back in the bucket.

January 2018 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

Rotary clubs around the world are experimenting with club flexibility and membership types, but how does a club go about offering an alternative membership type? Before making changes, clubs should ask themselves questions like:

Why do we want to offer this new membership type?
How would our club benefit?
What membership issues do we expect it to address?

If a club wants to engage family members, then offering family memberships may be a strategy to consider.

District 5710 in Kansas has a provisional club almost entirely designed around family memberships. A parent is listed as the active Rotarian, but the annual fees cover participation for the entire family. Meetings are held on Sunday afternoons and children are invited to attend meetings, projects, etc. The club also appoints an unofficial leadership role to one of the children, which rotates between the kids over time, to help them build leadership and responsibility skills. At the start of the year, eight families were participating and interest is growing!

December 2017 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

Would you like to enjoy a taste of French culture without traveling to France? You can do that right here in North America by attending the upcoming Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada, on June 24 through 27. You will rub shoulders with Rotarians from around the world at the convention. The convention schedule is filled with general sessions featuring reports by Rotary leaders and dignitaries as well as smaller breakout sessions on Rotary topics during which you can ask questions and contribute to the conversations. In addition, there will be time available when you can visit the House of Friendship where there are literally hundreds of booths publicizing club and district humanitarian projects, dispensing Rotary materials, advertising tours abroad, and selling a wide variety of products from around the world, including Rotary clothing, jewelry, logo pins, and more.

November 2017 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

Melvin PlattDistrict Governor, District Governor Newsletters

From all accounts, District Conference was a success. Attendees heard sessions on Rotary service, the Rotary Foundation, Visioning, Polio Plus, and reports on international humanitarian projects. It seemed that everyone had a favorite session. One Rotarian observed that she had not heard such a thorough explanation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, while another person marveled at the outstanding international projects underway in the District. Still another person was persuaded to push his club to hold another visioning session this year. Attendees heard presentations from visiting Rotarians Brent Rosenthal from Columbus, OH and Elizabeth Usovicz of Kansas City as well as persuasive speakers from District 6080. Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact clubs and Rotaract clubs were also featured. Special thanks goes to all those who led sessions and those were involved in planning and assisting at the Conference.

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

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

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

February 2017 Rotary District 6080 Newsletter

David BixlerAnnouncements, District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

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.