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Through the efforts of Kirksville Rotary volunteers, citizens of Kirksville can show their support for our country, neighborhoods, and loved ones during the flag holiday seasons. Displaying the flag is an outward expression of gratitude for our country and its citizens. All funds raised will be utilized to improve our community and world.
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Missouri RYLA Summer 2024
 
Warrensburg, Missouri
University of Central Missouri
 
Session 1: June 23-26, 2024
Session 2: July 7-10, 2024
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2024
 
MO RYLA (Missouri Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) is a four-day/three-night service leadership academy that introduces Rotary’s “Service Above Self” philosophy.  The curriculum, developed and administered by professional educators, includes a personality self-assessment, team building activities, and a two-day service project simulation.  Our program is recognized by Rotary International as one of the model RYLA programs in the world. 
 
MO RYLA has been going strong for over thirty years!  In the last three decades, over two thousand students statewide having participated.  Missouri Rotary Districts 6040, 6060, and 6080 partner to administer this premier academy.  The staff is comprised of professional high school guidance counselors, educators and outstanding Rotarians from around the state. 
 
The Rotary Club of Kirksville and the Rotary Club of Kirksville-Thousand Hills are working together to select 4 incoming high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors from Adair County, for whom we will pay the $500 MO RYLA registration fee.  Sessions are capped at 100 participants.  For more information, see the link at http://www.missouriryla.com/.
 
An application form can be accessed here.
 
At the January 10 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting, fellow member Ramey Weichelt (right) led the club in producing braided dog toys as a community service project for the Adair County Humane Society (ACHS). Weichelt is pictured with fellow Rotarian Salvation Army Lt. Chris Clarke who provided the tee shirts used in the project. Weichelt gave a short history of the ACHS, the recipient of the dozens of dog toys made today.
We're so happy to welcome new Rotarian Chris Clark Rutledge! We cannot wait to see all of what Chris will accomplish in our club! 
 

 
Thank you so much to the Rotarians that braved the cold to ring bells December 2nd for the Kirksville Salvation Army!
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We love to see club members (and future members💕) being involved in our community!
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We are especially proud of our partnership with the Thousand Hills Rotary Club and ATSU Rotaracters!
The 2023 Joint Service Clubs Luncheon was hosted by The Rotary Club of Kirksville-Thousand Hills on November 21 in the Georgian Room of the TSU Student Union. The featured speaker was Carl Chinnery, member of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club. 

Carl joined Rotary International in 1977 and has served in several Rotary leadership roles, including District Governor of District 6040 from 2002 to 2003. Carl has committed most of his adult life to the elimination of polio. During his message to the Joint Service Clubs, he shared a letter written by his mother describing the impact that polio had on his family. Carl was instrumental in the immunization of 160 million children during India’s National Immunization Day. He received the District 6040 Humanitarian Award for Polio Eradication, the 2010 Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World and the International Service Award for a Polio Free World.
 
Despite the serious nature of Carl’s message, his sense of humor shined as he proudly accepted the crown bestowed by the Thousand Hills Club in appreciation of his service.
 
President Melissa Stuart and Past President Marie Murphree were able to display our clubs 2022-2023 awards that include Rotary Citation, 3 End Polio Now Awards & Star Club membership!
The Mizzou Alumni Association presented a prestigious Faculty and Alumni Award for distinguished service to Ray Klinginsmith, a member of the Kirksville Rotary Club and Past Rotary International President. Our club is incredibly proud to call Ray a member and a friend. 
 
Thank you so much everyone that came out to visit 6040 District Governor Randy Steinman last week!
We were able to hear about some of the projects most important to him, including microcredit loans, the PolioPlus Society, and fostering cooperation among district Rotary Clubs.
 
Our club was happy to hear from Amanda Selby, United Way Campaign Drive Chair! Thanks to our clubs fundraising efforts, we were able to present a $1,000 check towards the United Way's 2024 campaign!
Thank you so much everyone who came out for the Homecoming parade on Saturday! We had a great turnout and enjoyed treats together at the end.
Thank you so much everyone that came out this Saturday for our Spruce Up Rotary Park event!! It was a misty morning but we were still able to plant some new trees. Rotarians and ATSU Rotaracters made a great team.
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Additional thank you to Rotary Park Chairs Danny Pagliai and Mark Burger for putting together such a great event!
We were happy to have youth exchange student Lynn Buchen was a visitor at the September 27 Rotary Club of Kirksville meeting. Lynn has visited us all the way from Kiel, Germany!
We love when Rotarians come together to make a difference in our community!
This morning members helped get buddy packs out to local schools.
Pictured from left to right is: David Nichols, Randy Smith, Larry Whitney, Tom & Cathy Stinson, Jennifer Chrisman, and Uyilawa Okuaihesuyi.
On Sept. 20th fellow Rotarians got together to participate in a street clean up along Baltimore. Thanks so much Melissa Stuart, Craig Shorten, Debi Boughton, Ron Brand, Osariemen Okuaihesuyi, Uyilawa Okuaihesuyi, (not pictured) Scott Beard, and Anne Beard for volunteering!
 
On Sept. 21st we were all smiles partnering with the Mizzou Alumni Association and Thousand Hills Rotary Club to volunteer at the American Red Cross Blood Drive! Pictured is Treasurer Jonna Lovenduski, President Melissa Stuart, and Director of Community & Joint Service Ramey Weichelt. Not pictured is Director of Club Service Tasha McKim
Fellow member Ernie Hughes said he was pleased to be a part of a Fulbright Scholarship Specialist Program on business administration (designed to be 2-6 weeks long) in Uganda this summer. Two Uganda universities were involved in the program: Makerere University, established in 1922, which became an independent national university in 1970 (35,000 students) and Makerere University Business School, founded in 1997 (20,000 students). The Coca-Cola Foundation and Spencer Foundation were also involved. Ernie said this is the first Fulbright trip by Truman in 25 years! This is Ernie’s sixth trip to Africa. He said China’s influence is everywhere in Uganda, which is basically a third world nation. While there Ernie visited the Rotary Club of Kampala Kibuli, a club with 22 members. The District Governor was also there. Music was a large part of the meeting. Ernie is pictured with President Melissa. 
Fly the Flag
The Rotary Club of Kirksville has initiated a new project for Kirksville MO.  The club is making flag subscriptions available to Kirksville area residents and businesses.  It is not uncommon for a Rotarian to fly a flag from or near their home.  This project will feature flags being displayed near the street.  The flags will be set back 8-10 feet from the street and when numerous neighbors subscribe, will create a corridor of flags.  Display the flag is an outward expression of gratitude for our country and its citizens.  100 percent of the funds raised will be utilized to support Rotary projects in the community.  Rotarians will be displaying the flag on 6 "flag" holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day, and Veteran's Day.  If you are interested in having a flag displayed in your yard or business, please click the words "Fly the Flag Program" in the menu bar above.
 
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We're so happy to welcome new Rotarians Cathy and Tom Stinson! The Stinsons jumped in feet-first by helping out at the Pancake Breakfast during the Red, White, and Blue Festival a couple of weeks ago. Tom is a solutions architect with Cyderes, a cybersecurity services provider. The Stinsons were sponsored by Jeff Romine. We're glad to have you in our club!
 
The Rotary Club of Kirksville and Rotary Club of Kirksville-Thousand Hills helped with the pancake breakfast on July 1, 2023 as part of the Red, White & Blue Festival. Hundreds of hungry Kirksville residents and visitors were served hot cakes, sausages, coffee and juice at Lupita's restaurant on the downtown Kirksville square. Many thanks to Rotarian Erick Hanson for providing the griddles, and to Hy-Vee for preparing the beverages and sausages. Lupita's, you were a gracious host on a fun but rainy morning!
 

The Rotary Club of Kirksville received a matching grant from District 6040 ($5,000 in total) to purchase supplies to create 110 Emergency Backpacks that FosterAdopt Connect will give to children who are removed from their homes and placed in foster homes. Each backpack contains underwear, socks, a toiletry kit, a fleece blanket, and a Rotary luggage tag. Sadly, children are often removed from their homes with only what they are wearing and what they can quickly put in a plastic bag. These backpacks will provide the children with something that is theirs to keep. The backpacks can be used many times including at school. One of Rotary’s goals is to help children locally and these quality backpacks and the contents will help children in NE Missouri. Rotarians purchased the backpacks and supplies with grant money and assembled them as a Club activity. Pictured from left to right: Angie Sullivan, Rotarian; Tanya Bane, FosterAdopt Connect; Marie Murphree, President, Rotary Club of Kirksville; Randy Smith, Grants Manager, Rotary Club of Kirksville; MaryLue Bell, Prevention Services Manager, FosterAdopt Connect; Dawn McVay, FosterAdopt Connect; and Sophie Nely, FosterAdopt Connect.

Jennifer Chrisman (center) was inducted as a new Rotarian by President Marie Murphree (left) at her last meeting as president. Jennifer, marketing and sales manager at NEMR, Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company, is also pictured with her Rotary sponsor, Debi Boughton. Welcome, Jennifer!
 
Stephanie Mills, manager of communications at Tri-County Electric, was inducted today by Ralph Cupelli (right), who was filling in for President Marie. Stephanie is also pictured with her Rotary sponsor, Danny Pagliai. She plans to attend one meeting each month at Schuyler County and Scotland County clubs, as well as two meetings with our club. Be sure to give Stephanie a warm welcome next time you see her.
Club President Marie Murphree inducted new member Ansh Atriwal. Ansh is new to town, coming all the way from California! He is the new Hospitality manager of La Plata's Depot Inn. We are so excited to have him in our club. Even better - he was inducted on his 26th birthday. Be sure to give Ansh a warm welcome and stop by the Depot Inn if you're in La Plata to say hello and check out his work! 
 
Scholarships Awarded
 
The Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship is awarded annually by the Rotary Club of Kirksville in honor of Ray Klinginsmith, a member of their club who served as President of Rotary International from 2010 to 2011. Criteria for the scholarship include academic excellence, service and leadership in the school and community, an understanding of Rotary's motto "Service Above Self," letters of recommendation, and financial need. Winners of the two $750 Ray Klinginsmith Scholarships from the Class of 2023 were Brashear High School senior Wesley McGinnis and Kirksville High School senior Cristian Mendez. A $250 Honorable Mention Scholarship was awarded to Kaylee Bishop of Novinger High School.
 
Pictured from left to right are Wesley and his mother Diane; Cristian and his mother Katie, along with Rotarian Mike Mitchell; and Kaylee with her academic counselor Kandice Robinson and Rotarian Melissa Stuart. Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!
 
 
 
4-Way Test Speech Contest Winner Announced
 
The 4-Way Test Speech Contest is held each year by the Rotary Clubs of District 6040 for high school students enrolled in grades 9 through 12. Contestants are asked to describe how one or more elements of Rotary's 4-Way Test impact life or society. The 4-Way Test instructs us to ask these questions of the things we think, say, or do:
 
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
This year the Rotary Club of Kirksville chose Kirksville High School sophomore Camden Wilson as the winner of the Club's 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Camden received a $150 cash prize for his entry. Pictured with Camden is Rotarian Melissa Stuart.  
 
 
One of Rotary's seven areas of focus is Basic Education and Literacy. Members of the Rotary Club of Kirksville contribute to the Literacy effort by reading to local school children to instill a love of books and learning. John Dungan (left) and Debi Boughton (center) are pictured reading at Faith Lutheran Church. Kevin Butner (right) read at Mary Immaculate School.
 
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