January is Vocational Service Month.
Vocational Service encourages members to serve other people through their vocations, education and skillsets and to encourages high ethical standards.   We need to look for opportunities to use those strengths and skills that we have developed in our careers to help Rotary and our communities.
High Ethical standards are best represented through the importance of the Four Way Test in all that we think say and do. Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack made the statement at our recent Zones meeting that the reason Rotary is growing in his home country of Germany can be attributed largely to Rotary’s commitment to integrity, high ethical standards and the four-way test.  Integrity is one of Rotary’s core values and it should make us proud of our history and excited for a future based on such a solid footing.
January also marks the beginning of the second half of our Rotary year.  All of the clubs should have held their club elections and entered their officers into Clubrunner.  The Club President’s Elect and President’s nominees should be making plans for attending the Show Me Rotary PETs training in Jefferson City on March 27th and 28th.  It is time for your club officers to start to review the club’s progress on the Rotary Citation.  The 2019-2020 Rotary Citation Achievement Guide is an excellent guide to tell you the status of citation and what you need to do to get it accomplished.
Club District Grants should be well underway with plans in place to complete the project and the reporting by no later than May 31, 2020.  We have more active projects than we have ever had; thanks to the Kimbrough Challenge, and it will take a lot of work on the part of the District Grants Committee to close out all of these projects and release the funds for 2020-2021.  Thank you in advance for your help in getting this done on time.
I hope your Holiday Season was one filled with family and love and that you created some great memories.  We have another opportunity for you to create some great memories at our 2020 District Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks this April 24-26th.  A Golf Tournament, great speakers, great activities, the Shoes for Orphan Souls rollcall and a fabulous resort. Please click here to register for the conference.  I hope to see you all there.
Yours in Rotary Service.
Marc Horner
District Governor
Upcoming District Events
Assistant Governor Meeting
Jan 06, 2020 4:00 PM
Executive Council Meeting
IHD Solutions
Jan 08, 2020 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Lathrop
Jan 09, 2020 12:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of North Kansas City
Jan 10, 2020 1:00 PM
2020 Winter Celebration
Rotary Youth Caomp
Jan 12, 2020
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Maryville
Jan 15, 2020 12:00 PM
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You are invited to the 2020 Winter Celebration supporting the Centennial Campaign New Health and Administration Lodge for Rotary Youth Camp.  The event takes place on Sunday, January 12 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  
This will be a great day featuring a South Coast Music Infusion From Antoine Diel and the New Orleans Misfit Power
BBQ, Gumbo, and Kings Cake from NOLA with beverages provided. 
We ask folks to bring other side dishes or treats as they like to share at this festive event.
Russell Hampton
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District 6040 Conference...More details!
Join us April 24-26, 2020 for some R&R…Rotary and relationship building! The 2020 District Conference will be a multi-day, destination event held at Margaritaville Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) in the Lake of the Ozarks.   
The district conference will include the Chinnery Challenge Golf Tournament, dynamic speakers from across the Rotary world, Shoes for Orphan Souls Caravan, fellowship events, Teacher of the Year Awards, a family-friendly service event, the Four Way Test Speech Contest, entertainment, and more!
Featured Speakers for District 6040 Conference
There are three featured speakers for our District Conference in April.  LaShonda Delivuk is a Corporate Film Producer and serial entrepreneur from Dinwiddie, VA who has successfully launched five organizations since the age of 18.  Floyd Lancia serves on the 17 member Rotary International Board of Directors and has gone from educator to award winner.  Chris Wells countered the inevitable existential graduate bother of his 20s by founding a Rotaract club in Market Harborough, England.  
All three speakers have a vast amount of knowledge to bring to share with our members.  
Membership Drive Underway
Do you want to attract more members in your club and engage them in more service to your community?
Let me share how you can attract energetic, inspired, excited new members while keeping the current members engaged.
We have introduced a Membership Initiative team in your District to do just that! Some clubs are having success with annual net growth, yet many others are staying neutral, or losing members each year. 
Our clubs incorporating a more flexible model are having the most success and attracting newer, engaged members.  We don’t just need younger members, we need young thinkers, open minded individuals who are willing to try new things in new ways to be an attractive organization in today’s busy society.  Rotary offers what statistics show people are looking for; a chance to join like minded people to network and make a difference.  So how do we share that opportunity and keep our members engaged?
Brush Fires in Australia
As you may be aware Australia has been undergoing a severe drought for the last decade and brush fires are currently active in all of the states.  It is a huge country so this involves a tremendous area.  Imagine if  brush fires were to break out in most of the continental United States at the same time.  That is a roughly equal to what they are facing. Fires have now spread into South Australia and Tasmania.  I mention those two provinces specifically because I have been in contact with their District Governors to see if we can be of any assistance. I know DG Tim Klar (D9520) and DG Michael Cooke (D9830) from my District Governor training and you may remember the Group Study Exchange team that visited us from D9520 during IPDG Julie McCoy's year.  They were well  received here and they treated our outbound team very well too.
Connecting the World
Rotary District 6040 is a contributor  year in and year out to the Rotary Zones 30-31 Heart to Heart (Mexico) projects.  There is a diverse listing of projects that take place and our District is proud to be part making differences around the world.  These seven global grants total $832,030, and the Rotary Foundation match comprises $407,425 of that total.