April Service Project 

We enjoyed a work day today putting together birthday bags for the Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri!
Bags included a birthday card, a birthday crown, a birthday snap bracelet, a birthday sticker and balloons!
April Service Project Ramey D Weichelt 2024-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

2024 Ray Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Courtney Bonnell of the Thousand Hills Rotary Club, and Bill Lovegreen of the Rotary Club of Kirksville for winning the 2024 Ray Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Award.
Additional congrats to nominees John Dungan & Erick Hanson! Special thanks to Ron Gaber for chairing the award ceremony committee. 
2024 Ray Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Award 2024-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

March Service Project 

Rotarians were hard at work during this weeks club meeting! We made over 100 unhoused kits for Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri. 
Each kit included:
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Body wipes
A hand written note!
Special thank you to Kirksville Dental Group and Van Soest Dentistry for donating the dental items!!
March Service Project Ramey Weichelt 2024-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

4-Way Test Speech Contest

4-Way Test Speech Contest
Video Submissions Due March 24, 2024
Every year the Rotary Clubs of District 6040 hold the 4-Way Test Speech Contest for area students to compete for cash prizes. From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is the 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. The premise of the 4-Way Test is to ask the following four questions of the things we think, say, and do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Rotary Club of Kirksville will sponsor one contestant. Any high school student enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a public or private school, home school, or exchange program may participate in the speech contest. Former winners may compete again, if otherwise eligible. District-wide prizes are First Place $1000, Second Place $750, and Third Place $500. The contestant chosen by our Club to compete in the District contest will receive a $150 honorarium for presenting their speech to our Club regardless of their ranking at the District contest.
Any topic which a contestant feels is timely, interesting, and important may be used for the contest speech as long as it is not profane, obscene unpatriotic or racist. If a contestant or coach has any doubts at all, he/she should clear his/her topic with the Contest Chairperson for the next level where he/she will speak. The decision of the Chairperson is final.  The speech must apply the Rotary 4-Way Test as a standard in connection with other topics or life experiences or as a main topic. It need not include all of the 4 elements of the 4-Way Test, but may center on one or more, demonstrating the impact of the Test upon life or society.  The topic must be specifically subjected to the Rotary 4-Way Test. It must be used throughout the body of the speech and is not to be reserved for the beginning or concluding statements only.
Please see the Rotary District 6040 information page for more details by clicking here. To be considered for sponsorship by the Rotary Club of Kirksville, please submit your video before March 24, 2024 to Rotary Club of Kirksville President Melissa Stuart. Melissa can be contacted by clicking on her name in the Club Executives panel at left.
4-Way Test Speech Contest  Melissa Stuart 2024-02-29 06:00:00Z 0

Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship

2024 Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship
The Rotary Club of Kirksville will award two scholarships of $750 each to graduating seniors from high schools in Brashear, Novinger, and Kirksville. Completed applications must be returned to your Counselor by April 12, 2024. The application can be accessed here.
Award criteria include these six areas:
• Academic Achievement (Class Rank)     
• College Entrance Exam (ACT/SAT)
• Merit/Extenuating Circumstances           
• Knowledge of Rotary and “Service Above Self”
• School and Community Leadership and Service Activities        
• Financial Need 
Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship  Melissa Stuart 2024-02-29 06:00:00Z 0

Missouri RYLA Summer 2024

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.
Missouri RYLA Summer 2024 Melissa Stuart 2024-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

January Community Service Project

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.
January Community Service Project Ramey D Hoehn 2024-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

New Rotarian! 

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! 

New Rotarian! Ramey Weichelt 2023-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Bell Ringing For Salvation Army

Thank you so much to the Rotarians that braved the cold to ring bells December 2nd for the Kirksville Salvation Army!
We love to see club members (and future members💕) being involved in our community!
We are especially proud of our partnership with the Thousand Hills Rotary Club and ATSU Rotaracters!
Bell Ringing For Salvation Army Ramey Weichelt 2023-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

2023 Joint Service Luncheon

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.
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Kirksville Rotary Club 2022-2023 Awards

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!
Kirksville Rotary Club 2022-2023 Awards 2023-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Club Member & Past Rotary International President Wins Award

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. 
Club Member & Past Rotary International President Wins Award Ramey Weichelt 2023-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor Randy Steinman Visits Kirksville

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.
District Governor Randy Steinman Visits Kirksville Ramey Weichelt 2023-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates To NEMO United Way

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!
Rotary Donates To NEMO United Way Ramey Weichelt 2023-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Truman Homecoming Parade 

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.
2023 Truman Homecoming Parade Ramey Weichelt 2023-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Spruce Up Rotary Park Event

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.
Additional thank you to Rotary Park Chairs Danny Pagliai and Mark Burger for putting together such a great event!
Spruce Up Rotary Park Event Ramey Weichelt 2023-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Visit from youth exchange student! 

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!
Visit from youth exchange student! Ramey Weichelt 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Give Back

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.
Rotarians Give Back Ramey Weichelt 2023-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self

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!
Service Above Self Ramey Weichelt 2023-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Giving Back

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
Rotarians Giving Back Ramey Weichelt 2023-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Ernie Hughes - Fulbright Scholarship to Uganda 

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. 
Ernie Hughes - Fulbright Scholarship to Uganda Ramey D Hoehn 2023-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Welcome - Tom and Cathy Stinson

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!
New Member Welcome - Tom and Cathy Stinson Melissa Stuart 2023-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Pancake Breakfast - Red, White & Blue Festival

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!
Pancake Breakfast - Red, White & Blue Festival Melissa Stuart 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Shoes for Orphan Souls

The Rotary Club of Kirksville presented a check for $2436 on April 26, 2023 to Larry Lunsford, Rotary District 6040 cheerleader for the Shoes for Orphan Souls campaign. Pictured from left are Rotarians Dale Schenewerk, Larry Lunsford, Shoes Committee Chairman Rashmi Prasad, and Jeff Romine.
Shoes for Orphan Souls Melissa Stuart 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Welcome - Jennifer Chrisman

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!
New Member Welcome - Jennifer Chrisman Melissa Stuart 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Backpacks for FosterAdopt Connect

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.

Backpacks for FosterAdopt Connect Melissa Stuart 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Literacy Program

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.
Rotary Literacy Program Melissa Stuart 2023-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Announcement - Next Two Meetings @ Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheater 2023-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Welcome - Stephanie Mills

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.
New Member Welcome - Stephanie Mills Ramey 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Welcome - Ansh Atriwal

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! 
New Member Welcome - Ansh Atriwal Ramey Weichelt 2023-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship

The Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship will be awarded to two seniors in Adair County who have participated in leadership and service activities in their school and community, and who embody the Rotary motto "Service Above Self." The scholarship is named in honor of Kirksville Rotarian Ray Klinginsmith, who served as the President of Rotary International in 2010-2011. Applications for the $750 scholarship are due April 10, 2023.
Ray Klinginsmith Graduating High School Student Scholarship Melissa Stuart 2023-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Literacy Committee Update Michelle Lawrence 2020-12-30 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Little Free Library Michelle Lawrence 2020-03-12 05:00:00Z 0