Kenneth E. (Kenny) Harris & Donna

Welcome to District 6040

District Governor:
Kenneth E. (Kenny) Harris 

Posted by Susan Coffman

Proposals to increase dues by $1 a year, to authorize the RI Board of Directors to change district boundaries, to assess $3 a year per member to support the annual international convention, and to allow clubs to set their own attendance requirements are among more than 180 items that will come before Rotary International’s Council on Legislation in April 2013.

The Council on Legislation, sometimes referred to as Rotary’s Parliament, meets every three years.  Each of Rotary’s 532 Districts is represented by a single delegate.  Past District Governor Jerry Venters of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club is District 6040’s delegate in 2013, and PDG Sally Bibb of the Kansas City Rotary Club is the alternate (to serve in case Jerry is unable to serve).

The Council will meet for a week in late April in Chicago.  Also participating from District 6040 is PDG Duane Benton, who serves as the Council’s parliamentarian.

Among the legislative proposals, which were submitted before the December 31, 2011 deadline, are these:

·         Increase RI dues by $1 per year per member for three consecutive years, starting 2014-15.  The increase would raise $1.2 million a year.

·         Require clubs to pay $3 per member per year to cover the costs of RI conventions; correspondingly, registration fees for a convention would be capped at $100 unless the Board of Directors sets a higher maximum.  (Proposed by the Rotary Club of Kirksville.)

·         Establish “Service Above Self” as the permanent annual theme, ending the practice of having a different theme each year.

·         Authorize the Board of Directors to change the district boundaries of districts with more than 100 clubs and to adjust the boundaries of adjacent districts.

·         Permit clubs to set their own attendance requirements, including allowing participation in service projects and similar events to count toward the attendance requirement.

·         Allow a District Governor to merge a club with another club if the first club has fewer than 25 members for three consecutive years.

·         Establish a Council of Past Governors in each district to consider matters referred by the District Governor and to give advice to the DG.

More than 30 resolutions are to be submitted to delegates for their consideration.  A resolution is a non-binding recommendation that the Board of Directors take certain actions or create certain programs.  Some of the resolutions to be presented in 2013 would request the Board to:

·         Consider supporting programs to stop the practice of child slavery, to prevent sexual mutilation, and to make it a priority of Rotary to stop the proliferation of land mines and to aid their victims.

·         Consider designating the Rotary Leadership Institute as an RI affiliate or as a structured program of RI.

·         Consider lowering the minimum age for Interact members to 11 (from 12) and raising the maximum age for Rotaract members to 35 (from 30).

·         Consider including Preserve Planet Earth, a program started by Past RI President Paulo de Costa, as an RI structured program.

·         Consider making children and grandchildren of Rotarians and their spouses eligible for Foundation awards programs.

All of the legislative proposals can be found on the RI Web site,  If you have comments or suggestions concerning any proposal, please communicate them to Jerry Venters at [email protected]
Posted by Susan Coffman

You may have heard about the new model of implementing Rotary Foundation Grants and programs, commonly referred to as the Future Vision Plan.  This new plan begins officially on July 1, 2013 and our clubs need to be preparing for this exciting change. 

                What must you do?  Attend a Club Qualification Seminar.  These seminars will give you the basis to implement the programs in your club.  One is in Jefferson City on March 23 from 2:00-4:00pm, right after PET’s.  The second is April 26 from 9:00-11:00 am, just before the District Conference in Blue Springs.  These seminars, led by our Grants Chair, PDG Elizabeth Usovicz, will give you all of the information you need to know to be effective in utilizing Rotary Grants for your clubs projects.

                The upcoming changes will give Rotary clubs easier and quicker access to funding for both Global and District Grant funds.  For more information, click on the “File Cabinet for Grants July 1, 2013” tab on the left.  Also, check out our Face Book page, Rotary District 6040 Foundation Page.   

Posted by Susan Coffman

Kenneth E. (Kenny) Harris

Rotary International 

District 6040 Governor 2012-2013 

Blue Springs, MO 64015

January 12, 2013

Introducing our D6040 District Donor Advised Fund.

Have you, or someone in your club, wished there was a way to contribute to a “cause of your choice”, either locally or internationally, that was an “honest to goodness” tax deductible contribution? 

The D6040 District Donor Advised Fund will allow any club, individual Rotarian, or non-Rotarian to contribute to a charity of their choice, providing this charity is an IRS Approved Charity.  Your club can use this as their own “Foundation” without all the paperwork and reporting requirements that go along with operating your own Charitable Fund.   For example, some clubs have established their own Foundation for use in supporting scholarship efforts in their community. 

It is extremely important to note this fund is NOT to be confused with each individual Rotarian’s responsibility to support the Rotary Foundation.  Nor should this DDAF be considered to be in competition with The Rotary Foundation.

Some of you may be aware that a few other districts already have such a fund, and some of you may have perceived our need for such a fund.  Recent disasters have caused District Leaders to realize that D6040 did not have a “charitable fund” which would allow Rotarians to contribute to a charity of their choosing. 

Instituting this DDAF will allow persons to donate to a fund and control to which charity their 100% tax deductible contributions would go.

More information and applications are posted on the District 6040 website:

Please review with your board and take advantage of this opportunity to promote Peace through Service

District Events
4-Way Test Speech Contest Chillicothe Comfort Inn & Suites
Mar 30, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
District Conference 2013 Adams Pointe Conference Center
Apr 26, 2013 09:00 AM - Apr 28, 2013 11:00 AM
List of committees
District Conference Registration Form
Form 990 EZ
Four Way Test Speech Contest Letter to Presidents, 2012-13
Q and A
Donor Advised Fund Application
District 6040 Global Grant Guideline 2013-2014
Club Champions Information Form
Club Champions Letter to Presidents
Club Memorandum of Understanding 2013
D6040 District Donor Advised Fund Details
Application Dominican Republic 2013
Four Way Test Speech Contest Guidelines and Rules for Clubs and Participants
Form 990 EZ Instructions
Rotary Foundation Speakers Bureau 2012-2013
Four Way Test Speech Contest Entry Form 2012-2013 District 6040
Club Transition to Future Vision
Service Report Form
Summary of Advisory Committee's work on April 21, 2012
2012-13 Attendance Reporting Form
Matching Grant Guidelines 2012 2013
Matching Grant Application 2012 2013
Schedule and detailed program for 6040 Mega Training August 25
District 6040 Grant Planning Horizon
2012-13 Presidential Citation Worksheet
District Simplified Grant Guidelines 2012 2013
Member Access Registration Instructions
District Simplified Grant Application 2012 2013
Grant Terms and Conditions
Calendar of Events for District 6040 2012-2013
Governors Club Visit Schedule
Manual of Committees and Responsibilities 2012-13
Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs
RYLA Highlight Flyer
Rotaract Handbook
Interact Brochure
Short Term Exchange Application
Group Study Exchange Introductory Material
What Does Your Club's Future Look Like?
Group Study Exchange (GSE) Frequently Asked Questions
Suggestions for Short Term Exchanges
Interact Handbook
RYLA Timeline for Registration
RYLA Application 2011 in MSWord
RYLA Application
RYLA Participant Application 2011 in MS-Word
RYLA Participant Application
RYLA Parent Letter
RYLA Club President Letter
Guidelines for clubs
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