I feel like the whole world has changed since our last newsletter was published.  Back then we thought we would be welcoming a District Group Study Exchange Team from District 9210 in Africa on April 1st.  We thought we would be having a District Conference at the end of April at the Lake of the Ozarks.  We were still rushing into stores to buy inexpensive shoes for the Shoes for Orphan Souls caravan in April.  Our clubs were still meeting face to face, eating meals, sharing stories, planning projects and enjoying Rotary fellowship with one another.
  • ZOOM was something that you saw in a balloon on a comic strip that indicated speed.
  • Sheltering in place was for people caught in the middle of hurricanes who did not evacuate in time.
  • And social distancing? Well I remember a Nun at a CYO dance long ago explaining it to me.  But that is as close as I can get.
Yes, things have really changed in a very short time and there is no end in sight to the impact it may have on our lives, our families and our Rotary Clubs.
I am very proud of the way I have seen clubs adapt to these new realities.  We now have at least 13 clubs, that I know of, having virtual meetings.  They are listening to speakers, joking with one another, paying fines, and planning for the future.  They are utilizing these virtual tools the way it fits their club and their club’s culture.  I have seen clubs say the Pledge of Allegiance, recite the Four Way Test, sing patriotic songs and pray.  They are keeping Rotary alive in and for their communities.  If your club is not meeting right now and you want to make use of ZOOM or some other platform send me an email and the District team will help you find the resources to do it.  It is not expensive!
We need to find ways to help our communities through this crisis.  They will remember us for that.  I have seen clubs make lots of contributions to food banks as well as packing meals for school children .  I have heard of clubs sewing mask covers for their local health care workers.  I have heard of clubs delivering supplies to shut ins (I guess we are all shut ins now). A lot of good work is going on with more to come I am sure.  Write me an email with what your club is doing so we can collect and write them up for next month’s newsletter.
And be patient.  We will reschedule the Shoes for Orphan Souls caravan. Our GSE team has been selected and will leave for Africa this summer. The GSE Team from Africa will be here for our Foundation dinner in November. Our Four Way Test speeches and Teacher of the Year Awards are still moving forward to their normal conclusions.  We postponed our District Conference until August; more on that later. And, we need to are giving you more time to complete your District Grant projects and get the final reports into the District. Rotary will get back to the new normal; whatever that is, soon.  Remember; Rotary Connects the World!
Yours in Rotary Service.
Marc Horner
District Governor
Around the District
Randy Steinman to Serve as District Governor in 2023-2024
Rotary District 6040 is proud to announce the selection of Randy Steinman to the position of District Governor Nominee Designate. He will take the helm as District Governor in July 2023, following current DG Marc Horner, DG Elect Don Gladhart, DG Nominee David McCaughey, and DG Nominee Designate Kent Shelman. He is a member and immediate past president of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club.  “I am deeply honored to have been selected for this service role,” says Steinman.  “I look forward to working with our clubs to achieve the goals of Rotary.”
Overcome Your Fear of Online Meetings
With everything that’s going on with the quarantine and social separation – Rotary Clubs around the world are looking for ways to engage their membership and continue their Rotary camaraderie and connection.  Many have turned to online video meetings, such as Zoom.
While it’s not a perfect solution, it is proving to be a very adequate substitute in the interim before we can resume our full, in-person meetings.
As a District, we want to encourage and challenge you to jump into the world of online meetings. Following is a list of resources that will quickly bring you up to speed. And remember – your meeting doesn’t need to be “perfect.” Our members are friends and will celebrate with you the opportunity to get together in Rotary fellowship. Just begin!
Update on Kimbrough Challenge Grants
These are challenging times in too many ways.  The pressures being exerted on our families, friends and institutions is painful.  But what is even worse is the not knowing what to expect; when will shelter in place end, when can I go back to work, to worship and to serve.
A lot of you have reached out with questions regarding your District Grant projects.  We recognize that it is likely impossible or at least improbable that many of our “Kimbrough Challenge” 2019-2020 District Grant projects will be completed in time to create a final grant report by May 31, 2020.  The weather was an issue in many areas this winter but the overwhelming issue now is the pandemic.  In light of this we are extending the date for the completion of the projects and the filing of the final reports until September 30, 2020.
Disaster Response Grants
We know that disasters can devastate a community, leaving people in urgent need of medical care, housing, and other necessities. Unlike most natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a global impact that affects all of us. Rotarians like you are people of action even in a time of crisis, and Rotary is uniquely prepared to help communities around the world. 

Clubs and districts can apply for Rotary disaster response grants to support COVID-19 relief efforts. These grants can be used to provide supplies and medical care and to support rebuilding efforts. 
Upcoming District Events
Assistant Governor Meeting
Apr 06, 2020 4:00 PM
Spring Session - Rotary Leadership Institute III
Paradise Park
Apr 06, 2020 5:30 PM –
Apr 09, 2020 8:45 PM
Executive Council Meeting
Apr 08, 2020 4:00 PM
Spring Session - Rotary Leadership Institute III
Paradise Park
Apr 09, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Spring Session - Rotary Leadership Institute III
Chariton Valley Association
Apr 20, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Governor Visit to Rotary Club of Platte City
Apr 21, 2020 12:00 PM
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Global Grant Scholarship
Rotary District 6040 Global Grant Scholarships awards range from $30,000-$70,000 and fund graduate level coursework or research for one to two years at an educational institution in another country. Global Grant Scholarships are not awarded until The Rotary Foundation (TRF) approves applicant’s online grant application.  
4-Way Speech Contest
 the speech contest will still be held this spring, with the video submission date extended till April 10.  The final 3 contestants will be chosen and notified April 16, with the finals still held April 25 from 10-noon via Zoom.  Checks will be mailed to the sponsoring clubs' speech contest chairperson to present to the student.  Contact Janet Gremaud for additional information at
Russell Hampton
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