Foundation Celebration 2021

May 22, 2021

The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund-SHARE is the source much of the great work done in the district - District Grants, Global Grants, Rotary Scholarships, Group Study Exchanges, and much more. The District 6040 Foundation Celebration, May 22, 2021, will celebrate these great works, and raise funds so that the work can continue in the District! Visit More Information
Shoes for Orphan Souls

Rotary District 6040 - It's Time to Kick Off Shoe Season!

To All Shoes Cheerleaders in Rotary District 6040 Rotary Clubs –
Good morning.  I hope this finds each of you safe and healthy.
Ten final points for your reminder/consideration – thank you.
  1. For Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 – we will be pulling a smaller trailer so can be even more nimble for those caravan stops.  Day 5 and Day 6 – we will have the 53’ trailer.
  2. We definitely are coming to your community, whether you have shoes, checks, both, or none.  We want to say thank you for this year, and for 20 years, and we have built a six-day schedule based on being in every community.
  3. At each stop, we will do a short 10-15 second video for the Shoes Roll Call Report for each club.  Be ready!!
  4. Checks made payable to Shoes for Orphan Souls.
  5. Best packing for shoes is to have them in boxes like those you’d use to move things from your house.  Easy to load and unload for those working the caravan.
  6. I appreciate the 30 caravan stop locations that have been identified to date in the following Rotary communities – we will see you there at your scheduled day and time as outlined below - Cameron, Gallatin, Bethany, Albany, Maryville, Tarkio, Rock Port, Savannah, Brookfield, Marceline, Edina, Macon, Milan, Princeton, Trenton, Plattsburg, Lawson, Smithville, Gladstone, Odessa, Independence, Raytown, Kansas City South, Parkville, Richmond, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Chillicothe, St. Joseph, North Kansas City.
  7. I appreciate the efforts of the 14 remaining caravan stop locations to finalize their caravan stop locations – please let me know where you would like to meet us at your scheduled day and time as outlined belowneed the locations for Huntsville, Moberly, Kirksville, Memphis, Lancaster, Unionville, Lathrop, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Weston, Platte City, Blue Springs, Lexington, Higginsville.
  8. Hope you’ll use this as an opportunity for some Public Image in your community.
  9. Any questions please let me know.  Larry cell number 913-269-7131.
  10. I look forward to seeing you soon on our caravan over the next two long weekends.  20,000 pairs, here we come!
WEEKEND 1 - DAY 1 – Thursday, May 13 – 8 clubs – small trailer
Stop 1 – Cameron – 8:30am to 8:45am
Stop 2 – Gallatin – 9:15am to 9:30am
Stop 3 – Bethany – 10:15am to 10:30am
Stop 4 – Albany - 11:15am to 11:30am
Stop 5 – Maryville – 12:15pm to 1:15pm (includes lunch stop)
Stop 6 – Tarkio - 2:00pm to 2:15pm
Stop 7 -  Rock Port - 2:30pm to 2:45pm
Stop 8 - Andrew County (Savannah) – 3:45pm to 4:00pm
Arrive at Chillicothe HUB at 5:30pm for unload and overnight
WEEKEND 1 - DAY 2 – Friday, May 14 – 11 clubs – small trailer
Stop 9 – Brookfield - 8:00am to 8:15am
Stop 10 – Marceline – 8:30am to 9:00am
Stop 11 – Huntsville – 9:45am to 10:00am
Stop 12 – Moberly – 10:15am to 10:30am
Stop 13 – Kirksville (3 clubs) – 11:30am to 12:30pm (includes lunch stop)
Stop 14 - Knox County (Edina) – 1:00pm to 1:15pm
Stop 15 - Scotland County (Memphis) – 1:45pm to 2:00pm
Stop 16 - Schuyler County (Lancaster) – 2:30pm to 2:45pm
Stop 17 - Macon County (Macon) – 3:45pm to 4:15pm
Arrive at Chillicothe HUB at 5:15pm to unload and overnight
WEEKEND 1 - DAY 3 – Saturday, May 15 – 13 clubs – small trailer
Stop 18 – Milan – 8:00am to 8:15am
Stop 19 - Unionville – 8:45am to 9:00am
Stop 20 – Princeton – 9:30am to 9:45 am
Stop 21 – Trenton – 10:15am to 10:30am
Stop at Chillicothe HUB to unload and lunch – 11:30am to Noon
Stop 22 – Lathrop – 1:00pm to 1:15pm
Stop 23 – Plattsburg – 1:30pm to 1:45pm
Stop 24 – Lawson – 2:15pm to 2:30pm
Stop 25 - Excelsior Springs – 2:45pm to 3:00pm
Stop 26 – Kearney – 3:15pm to 3:30pm
Stop 27 – Smithville – 4:00pm to 4:15pm
Stop 28 – Weston – 4:45pm to 5:00pm
Stop 29 - Platte City – 5:15pm to 5:30pm
Stop 30 – Gladstone – 5:45pm to 6:00pm
Arrive at Liberty HUB at 6:15pm to unload
WEEKEND 2 - DAY 4 – Thursday, May 20 – 8 clubs – small trailer
Stop 31 - Blue Springs – 9:00am to 9:30am
Stop 32 – Odessa – 9:45am to 10:15am
Stop 33 – Lexington – 10:45am to 11:15am
Stop 34 – Independence (2 clubs) – Noon to 1:00pm (includes lunch stop)
Stop 35 – Raytown – 1:15pm to 1:45pm
Stop 36 -  Kansas City South – 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Stop 37 -  Parkville – 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Arrive at Liberty HUB at 4:00pm to unload
WEEKEND 2 - DAY 5 – Friday, May 21 – 11 clubs – large 53’ trailer
Stop 38 – Higginsville – 8:30am to 9:00am
Stop 39 – Richmond – 9:30am to 10:00am
Stop 40 - Lee’s Summit (3 clubs) – 11:00am to 11:30am
Stop 41 – Liberty (2 clubs) – Noon to 1:00pm (includes lunch stop)
Stop 42 – Chillicothe – 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Stop 43 - St. Joseph (3 clubs) – 4:30pm to 5:30pm
WEEKEND 2 - DAY 6 – Saturday, May 22 – 5 clubs – large 53’ trailer
Stop 44 - North Kansas City -  9:00am to 10:30am including transfer to UPS trailer (anticipating some Kansas City-based clubs will bring to North Kansas City as they have done in prior years, perhaps Kansas City Club 13, Waldo-Brookside, KCI Airport, KC Plaza, North Kansas City)
Exciting!!!!!!!!!  Our biggest-ever Shoes Caravan…..44 caravan stops, 56 Rotary Clubs!!
Hoping we will meet our goal, your proud shoes cheerleader,
Larry Lunsford
About Rotary District 6040
Greetings 6040 Rotarians and other Friends of Rotary. 
It is my great pleasure to serve as your District Governor for 2020-21. When the calendar turned to 2020, we had no idea that a pandemic was a few weeks away. In fact, in January two of my life’s great events happened. All 528 incoming District Governors from around the world gathered in San Diego for a week of training. It was never clearer to me how incredible Rotary International’s global footprint is. Six weeks later, nearly all of the 203 Countries with Rotary Clubs were impacted by the Coronavirus. The second great event was the Kansas City Chiefs kept winning and won the Super Bowl for the first time since I was in University. Obviously, it has been a unique and challenging year so far. I know many of our Club’s, their events and our Rotarians personal lives have been disrupted since March.
However, while there is still uncertainty, we have the opportunity to make it a great year. When incoming RI President Holger Knaack revealed his theme for ’20-’21, he chose “Rotary Opens Opportunities”. Given what has happened, it is more appropriate than ever. Take a few minutes to consider all the Opportunities Rotary has Opened for you. Then, take a few more minutes and consider all the possible opportunities open through our Clubs, our District and Rotary International. Rotarians are often known for their leadership in our communities. This year, we have the opportunity to expand our impact on our communities and the world through Rotary. We are part of the World’s Greatest Service Organization. The Possibilities are Endless!
For the past twelve years, I have been a member of the Rotary Club of St Joseph #32. My wife Karen and I have 3 wonderful children who live in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona: along with our beautiful grandchildren. There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how we feel about our grandchildren. Having been around them for several days recently, it also makes me realize how many children around the world are suffering today because of their circumstances. Once again, Rotary offers opportunity after opportunity to support children, mothers, literacy, clean water, and many more.
I am pleased to serve with a great group of Rotarians on the Executive Council this year. The Council consists of Immediate Past District Governor Marc Horner, DGE David McCaughey, DGN Kent Shelman, DGND Randy Steinman, Treasure Shelly Hulet, Secretary Ruth Bowers and PDG Kim LeSage who now serves as our District Foundation Chair. This is a dedicated group of individuals representing District Clubs across Northern Missouri. Our executive secretary, Jonah Terbovic will continue with us. We are well-positioned for leadership over the next several years with this outstanding group.
District 6040 leadership also includes 13 Assistant Governors and numerous Program Chairs and their committees. We are also fortunate to have 56 hard-working Club Presidents leading their Clubs daily.  All these leaders, join a long list who have served our District over the years, including Past RI President’s, RI Directors and Past District Governors. All these truly represent “Service Above Self”.
Despite our current challenges, let’s make it a great year! One of my favorite writers is CS Lewis. He once said “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” We are truly fortunate to have Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith living in District 6040 and a member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville.  10 years ago, when he was the International President, Ray wrote in the Rotarian magazine “Rotary has changed the world, and Rotarians will continue to change it in a positive way. The formula is simple. For us to succeed, all we need to do is to focus our best efforts on doing what Rotarians are passionate about and what Rotarians are the best in the world doing, which is Building Communities – Bridging Continents”. Thank you for all you are doing and will do for Rotary this year.
District 6040 News
Congratulations to Erik McGuire of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph East on being named our District 6040 Governor, 2024 - 25! Eric Erik joined the Rotary Club of Burlington, KS in 2008. After moving to St. Joseph, MO he joined the Rotary Club of St. Joseph East in 2012. Being a part of this great club inspired Erik to get involved with a variety of service projects, and to complete the Rotary Leadership Institute. Erik had the opportunity to serve as the club’s President in 2016-2017. Other roles he has served in at the club level include meals on wheels coordinator, sergeant-at-arms, spaghetti fundraiser chair, leading the 2015-2016 district grant to install a play-path at Northeast Park in St. Joseph, and The Rotary Foundation chair.
Please mark your calendar and join us virtually on May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This celebration will be our annual awards evening replacing our Foundation Dinner that was canceled due to Covid last November. We will celebrate the conclusion of the Kimbrough Challenge which funded many significant projects throughout the District and worldwide through our 6040 Grants during the ’19-’20 year. We will also have the opportunity to donate to the Foundation through auctions and raffles, which will provide funding for future District and Global grants.
Our Keynote speaker will be Brenda Cressey. Brenda is a Rotary Foundation Trustee.
In Lee’s Summit more than 12 tons of food, diapers, and toiletries have been collected in an “Eight Week Neighborly Competition” conceived of and organized by Rotarian Laura Maxwell.  “It’s been amazing to experience how the various neighborhoods have attempted to out-do each other in donating to Lee’s Summit Social Services and Coldwater, our local food banks” stated a broadly-smiling Laura.  “The reality far exceeded the idea.”  
In Response to the nationwide COVID crisis, the Rotary Youth Camp and Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club (Club 13) allocates $50,000 to aid the families and organizations they serve. Donations, both monetary and in-kind, will be sent to families and the 13 organizations who were signed up to use the camp over the summer.  In an effort to strengthen their camping community in these uncertain times, the Rotary Youth Camp launches the “Rotary Cares” assistance program for organizations using the camp and camper families. The goal of the program is to aid as many families as possible as well as the organizations that host summer camp at the Rotary Youth Camp. Organizations that were scheduled for the 2020 summer season will be targeted.
People of Action
Rotary is made up of People of Action.  Rotary clubs throughout northern Missouri have been hard at work on grant-funded projects that improve lives throughout the District. If you want to make a real difference in your community, join your local Rotary club!

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