October, 2011 Newsletter
District Governor Message

 Since the Joplin tornado earlier this year, we’ve had lots of interest for supporting a Missouri Rotary Disaster Preparedness Project. A new Committee has been formed; its purpose: to establish an effective, coordinated and immediate Rotarian response in the event of unforeseen disasters.

 So that we may assist the committee members, my fellow District Governors from 6040 and 6080 and I are requesting feedback from our respective members on such considerations as:


  • processes for funding and for local, hands-on responses
  • how to streamline the logistics for providing immediate support of any kind
  • Rotary joining forces with already established networks, i.e. Fire Departments, Red Cross, Salvation Army offices, food pantries, and the like.
  • methods to promote awareness within Rotary membership


Please submit your thoughts directly to me: ericpark6060@gmail.comby Monday, October 24th so that I may share them with the Committee at the October 26th meeting. Many thanks!

JOPLIN WORK DAYS COMING UP: October 30th & November 12TH

Sign up *by contacting: Joplin Rotary Tornado Chair Valerie Searcy: vsearcy@unitedwayswmosek.org

Thank you all for your continued support! As you hopefully know, our next work day is Sunday, October 30, 2011. We will be working with the Tulsa Habitat for HumanityBuild – 10 homes for Joplin. Habitat specifically requested us to help on Sunday and it will be the day after the walls go up, so there should be plenty to do! Feel free to bring your spouse, friend, or neighbor! You may bring a youth of 16 years or older. If you have a 16 year old, that youth must work with his/her guardian.

Our plan is to meet no later than 7:30 am at the Cycle Connection Parking lot, 5104 Hearnes Blvd.; I-44 to Main Street exit, South on Main Street . We will work from 8 am to 5 pm. We will also provide lunch for you. If you cannot work that entire time, please let me know.


Please return the attached form to Habitat prior to October 27th. (There is return information on the form) You will have to sign the form and show a picture ID that day. Habitat will have the form for you to sign.

---update courtesy of Joplin Daybreak Rotary’s Jenny Hocker, Immediate Past president

Vocational Service Month


Through the Vocational Service Avenue, Rotarians worldwide contribute their professional expertise and skills. The Four Way Test calls upon each Rotarian to encourage, teach, and promote ethical integrity in their vocation by devoting time and talent for community betterment.

Know of fellow Rotarians who are doing just that? We have members - old and new - that are often "unsung heroes” serving among us. Let’s cheer them on! Drop me a line so I may include their story in future newsletters.

From Group Study Exchange to Vocational Training Team

I wanted to take a brief moment to reiterate the new opportunity that exists to refashion the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program, discontinued under the past Humanitarian Grant program, into its new form, Vocational Training Team (VTT) at the District level. Under The Future Vision Plan, any of our Clubs wishing to continue this favorite project should understand the revised areas of responsibility.Briefly:

·A Club’s role and requirements change; enacting a VTT opportunity means that 100% of the planning, logistics, and implementation must be done locally at the grass root level.

·Rotary International will no longer execute any details. Staff at the Rotary Foundation Headquarters will continue to serve as a guidance and resource support regarding submission of grant applications.

I hope this summary is helpful. If it is important to your Club membership to move forward with the VTT Program, please let your Club President, the District Foundation Chair; Stacey Self: rotaryhalfpint@yahoo.com, and your DG (yours truly: ericpark6060@gmail.com) hear from you. It is our duty to serve our Clubs, and we look forward to hearing from our members!


Announcing our District Governor Nominee-Designate

I am pleased to announce the selection of Jill Walker as District Governor Nominee Designate for District 6060. Jill, who will serve as District Governor 2014-2015, has been a Rotarian for 13 years and is a member of the Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary Club. Jill served as Club President 2002-03 and also has received the club's Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Rotarian Award.

A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Jill has served in several District 6060 leadership roles, including Assistant Governor, Membership Chair, Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team Leader to Mexico District 4170, District Conference Chair and as a Rotarian counselor at Missouri RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Jill has been actively involved in the Show Me Rotary PETs Training Planning Counsel, now serving in her third term, where she has also participated as a trainer and facilitator. In 2011, Jill was appointed to the Rotary International Club & District Support Committee and presented at a breakout session at the RI Convention at New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jill’s professional career has mostly revolved around business and sales opportunities which she is currently expanding by earning her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Jill is a third generation Rotarian and the second member of her family to serve as District Governor. Her hobbies and interests include outdoor activities, such as camping and fishing, photography and scrapbooking. She and her husband, John, director of a non-profit chemistry research lab, live in Weldon Spring, Missouri with "The Boys”, their two black Labrador Retrievers, Zach & Scotty.

Please join me in congratulating Jill!

Great Moments in D6060

 History Moment - Interact

Did you know that the word ‘Interact’ is a combination of two words? Prior to preparing this History Moment, I didn’t know what the word meant. I thought perhaps it meant students "interacting” with society. Not quite right. The word Interact is a combination of two words.The name combines inter, for "international”, and act for "action”.

The history of Interact begins in 1960 when Rotary International took a new approach to its longstanding focus on youth services. RI President Harold T. Thomas, recognizing the untapped potential of young men and women, urged Rotary clubs around the world to find ways to:

1.Encourage service among youth

2.Foster their active interest in the community

3.And offer opportunities for them to develop as leaders.


Two years later, in 1962, twenty-three students at Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida came together to form the first Interact Club. The concept quickly spread and soon communities around the world benefited from the services of Interact Clubs. Rotarians seized the opportunity to not just help youth, but to empower them to serve locally and internationally with their Rotary club sponsors.

Today, Interact has a membership of over 250,000 youth in more than 11,000 clubs worldwide. The countries of Brazil, India, the Philippines and the United States boast the highest number of Interact Clubs.

My own club, the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Club, sponsors a very active Interact Club. This past spring 13 Interact students, accompanied by four club members, completed a service trip to Concepcion, Guatemala where the students helped to install thirty cooking stoves and twenty water filters.

Martha Henderson

District 6060 Historian

Council On Legislation

 Rotary International’s Council on Legislation meets every three years to debate and vote on proposed legislation submitted by clubs, districts, and the RI Board. The 2013 Council’s deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011.Submissions must be received by that date; there are no exceptions.

Legislation proposed by a club must first be endorsed by the clubs of the district in order to be presented to the Council. For the required form, guidelines, and complete details on the how-to process, please refer to the Council on Legislation page of Rotary.org.

Great People in D6060

 Members continue to enhance our Rotary experience!

Norma Johnson, District International Convention Chairman, suggests we


Save the Dates:

2012 Rotary International Convention May 6-9, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Why not turn your trip into an extended vacation? Exclusive Rotary Tours will be available, either before or after the actual convention: choose either

·River Kwai; 3 days from $719 per person: Train Ride on Death Valley Railway Train and half day elephant riding, bathing & learning and more!

·Chiang Mai; 4 days from $509 per person: includes private full day Elephant Safari, Rafting and more!

For more information, please contact me ASAP:

Norma Johnson @ (314) 968-9600, x 260 or 1-800-844-2494 or at home (636) 733-0734.

 Rose Cooper rcooper2000@aol.com invites us to join our LinkedIn Group:

Have you joined our Rotary District 6060 LinkedIn Group?

LinkedIn is a business oriented, social networking service; Basic LinkedIn is FREE...www.linkedin.com Find us in the group directory: "Rotary District 6060”. Promote your club and all the great things you do; share ideas and make connections!

Thanks, Rose