33 Rotary Clubs in Northern Missouri Participating in District 6040 Rotary Lives Here Service Day on Sept. 20

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Thirty-three Rotary Clubs in Northern MIssouri will be conducting 39 service projects in their respective communities on Sept. 20, 2008. Rotary service projects include bike safety checks, diaper drives, child ID testing and handing out infant car seats.

Thirty-three Rotary clubs in Northern Missouri will be conducting 39 community service projects during Rotary District 6040's Rotary Lives Here Service Day on Sept. 20, 2008. District 6040 represents 53 Rotary clubs in Northern Missouri from Kansas City to Kirksville.

The District's Service Day projects support Rotary International's goal to enhance child safety and well-being and reduce child mortality worldwide. The projects range from bike safety training to offering budgeting and life skills training for teenage mothers. The community service projects include:

  • Blue Springs Rotary will help build a Habitat for Humanity house.
  • Eastern Independence Rotary is conducting two projects: one is a "Bears on Patrol" project where members are collecting stuff animals for first responders to give to children affected by trauma; their goal is to collect 400 bears; the second project is "StarRight Teen MOMs Program where club members will provide budgeting and life skills seminar for teenage moms.
  • Higginsville Rotary will be responsible cleaning up the entire downtown area following the Higginsville Country Fair.
  • Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club is collecting diapers to deliver to Operation Breakthrough.
  • Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary will sponsor its 2nd Annual Chicken on a Stick fundraiser during the Red Barn Arts Festival.
  • Lee's Summit Sunrise Rotary will be partnering with Hope House and a local grocer to solicit donations of "life's essentials" products, including diapers and paper products.
  • Liberty Rotary will offer safe Halloween trick-or-treating tips at the opening weekend of Carolyn's Pumpkin Patch.
  • Parkville Rotary is collecting used luggage to give to children in crisis. The "Used Luggage for Kids in Crisis Day" is Sept. 19.
  • Platte City Rotary will partner with local YMCA to offer skateboard and bicycle safety tips.
  • Princeton Rotary will offer DNA child ID protection services during the Princeton annual festival
  • Raytown Rotary is collecting diapers, diaper wipes, children's vitamins, peanut butter and jelly for a local emergency assistance program.
  • South Platte Rotary will provide "PhotoFacts" booklets from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/Kansas City branch to children and their parents and grandparents during the Riverside Festival in Riverside.
  • St. Joseph Rotary is conducting two projects: club members will pack backpacks for America's Second Harvest Foodbank's Backpack Buddies program for needy children in the city. Their goal is pack 1,000 backpacks. The second project is a partnership with the Red Cross where members will help the Red Cross with a child CPR class.
  • St. Joseph Southside Rotary is partnering with the St. Joseph Safety Council and bilingual police personnel to provide infant car seats to St. Hoe's Hispanic community and to offer car seat checks during the Annual Southside Festival. Tarkio Rotary will install a bike rack at the Tarkio Resource Center.
  • Trenton Rotary will partner with the local police department to offer a bike safety course.

"Rotary is a service-oriented organization and the clubs in Northern Missouri are demonstrating Rotary's ability to come together on one day to provide important community service projects aimed at helping children," said District 6040 Governor Elizabeth Usovicz. "Rotarians are committed to giving back to their communities in a way that makes an impact. It is very exciting to see 60 percent of our 54 clubs, from Kansas City to Rock Port to Kirksville participating in District 6040's Rotary Lives Here Service Day."

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information on Rotary District 6040, visit http://www.rotary6040.org.

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