November is Foundation month.
The Rotary Foundation provides the financial support for almost everything that Rotarians do from a philanthropic standpoint.  Our contributions to the Polio Plus fund are matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and provide Rotary’s contribution to polio eradication efforts around the world.
Our donations to the Annual Fund/Share provide the District monies we utilize as matching funds for District and Global grants.  It supplies the dollars we use for our Group Study Exchange Teams. An effort that exposes us to other cultures and them to ours.  And it provides the District scholarship(s) we offer to college students to support their studies abroad.
Our Rotary Foundation has achieved the highest scores available on Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates Charitable organizations in the United States.  Four stars and 100 points on a scale of 100 is the maximum rating available.  There is no better place for your charitable dollars. 
We have been honored this year in having our Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney assist us in our Foundation fund raising efforts by agreeing to be our keynote speaker at our 20th annual 2019 Rotary Foundation dinner at Arrowhead stadium.  Our attendance, silent auction and auction ticket purchases help us provide the Rotary Foundation with the funds they need to help “Rotary connect the World”.
Yours in Rotary Service.
Marc Horner
District Governor
Upcoming District Events
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Huntsville
Nov 06, 2019 12:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Moberly
Nov 07, 2019 12:00 PM
Executive Council Meeting
Nov 13, 2019 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Milan
Nov 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Feed Lee's Summit - Replaces Empty Bowls Event - Lee's Summit Sunrise
John Knox Village Pavilion
Nov 14, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Princeton
Nov 19, 2019 12:00 PM
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Vibrant clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects, and try new ideas.  This month's membership tip is to create practical committees for your club.  Small clubs consider how you can combine the work of committees.  Larger clubs create additional committees to get all members involved.  
Welcome to the newest Interact Club at Odessa High School.  The club was started by Rotary Club of Odessa.  
Andrew County Rotary Club presents Bonanza Bingo and Chili Supper on November 23.  Dinner is 5-6 and Bingo 6-8.  Tickets are $7 for adults and 12 and under are $4.  Monies raised will go to benefit the Andrew County Food Pantry.  
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
Around the District
Micocredit Project Receives Next Grant Installment
The Rotary Foundation notified the district’s Microcredit Chair, Randy Steinman (Kansas City Plaza Club), on October 24th the next $25,000 installment for the microcredit grant has been wired to the district. These funds are part of a $125,000, five year Global Grant project to provide business startup loans to women living in poverty in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
To date this project has helped approximately 80 women start businesses with small loans of $250-750 US. The profits from these businesses help repay the loans and create an income stream to help these women lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Of these women 32 have already repaid their loans in full. 
And the Winner is District 6040
It is award season… And the winner is… District 6040!
At the zone institute last month in Fort Wayne, Indiana, our district won the Brand Ambassador Award. This award is given out because our Rotary Clubs and our District excelled in the area of communication and Public image last year. My hat is off to Kirby Asplund (Lee’s Summit),David McCaughey (KC Club 13), Bob Merrigan (KC Plaza), and Stephanie Smith (E. Independence). This team completely revamped our website, streamlined meaningful Facebook posts, and reenacted our district newsletter.  And they promoted the Rotary People of Action Campaign with videos and interesting articles about our district.  I couldn’t be prouder of all of them! Congratulations on a job well done!
Grand Opening
The official opening of the Kinyin McKenzie Dialysis Centre in Pukatja (Ernabella), South Australia is taking place on Thursday, November 7th.  This project was made possible thanks to a Global Grant. Tjunkaya Tapaya took time to write a poem to honor this special occasion.  
Renovation of the New Peace Museum
The Rotary Club of Independence is helping with the renovation of the new Peace Museum at 607 W. Lexington in Independence.  The club raised $3,500 which was matched by the Kimbrough Challenge in Rotary District 6040.  The 3:1 match means that a grand total of $14,000 was enough to underwrite paint and supplies, carpet tiles, new decking for the outside handicapped ramp and more.  
Wine Trolley Tour With Richmond Rotary
The Richmond Rotary Club held a Wine Trolley Tour in September to help raise money to support the Rotary Clock on the Historic Richmond Square.  They visited Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery, Willow Springs Mercantile, and Four Horses and a Dog Winery.  A great time was had by all!
KCI Rotary Club Helps Promote LIteracy
KCI Rotary Club members were guest readers last week in three Platte County School District elementary schools as part of the Kansas City metro-wide “KC Rotary Reads” program. The program was developed to promote literacy—one of the six Rotarian pillars—throughout Greater Kansas City.  KCI Rotary Club volunteers read “Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure” to 400 students in 18 fourth grade classes at Siegrist, Compass and Pathfinder elementary schools. The book, written and illustrated by Rotary member Andrew J. Shoup, supports making good decisions based on the Rotary Four-Way Test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair for all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
Mega Polio Campaign
The Rotary Club of Agra Taj Mahal is conducting a Polio Mega Campaign in January 2020 as a final push to keep India Polio free.  You can participate and help make an impact.  Your participation gives tremendous boost to local Rotarians who have been managing booths regularly for many years and where undoubtedly fatigue is setting in.   

World Polio Day Recognition

City of Macon
Mayor Holman of the City of Macon presented the World Polio Day Proclamation to Avis Marshall, Macon City Administrator and member of the Macon Rotary Club.  The Rotary Club was excited about not only the local promotion of World Polio Day, but also their Shrimpfest event that will be raising funds to fight Polio.  
City of St. Joseph
Bill McMurrary, Mayor of the City of St. Joseph, issued a proclamation for World Polio Day.  A special thank you to the Rotary Club in St. Joseph for helping to spread the world and education on World Polio Day.  
City of Kirksville
All three Kirksville Rotary Clubs were represented at the City Council meeting when the City of Kirksville issued a proclamation for World Polio Day.  
City of Brookfield
Rotarian Gary Routledge received a Proclamation observing October 24 at World Polio Day in Brookfield.  
City of Grandview
The City of Grandview issued a Proclamation for World Polio Day.  
Knox County
County Commissioners signed a Proclamation designating October 24th as World Polio Day in Knox County.  The Knox County Rotary Club also ran an article and photo in the local newspaper to spread awareness about polio and encourage Knox Countians to donate to the effort to end polio.  Flyers were hung around town at local businesses and posted to social media to raise awareness and solicit donations.