Rotarians gather in Branson for district conference

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Mary Zitter of the Rotary Club of Thayer-Mammoth Spring receives awards for her club from Steve Dulle (left) and Raymond Plue.

The Rotary clubs of District 6080 in Missouri gathered in Branson Oct. 21-23 for their district conference. Held at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, the conference was a joint meeting with District 6110, which encompasses the corners of four states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.

District 6080 Governor David Bixler of Springfield and District 6110 Governor Don den Daas of Tulsa presided over the conference, which attracted nearly 400 Rotarians.

In addition to numerous awards presentations, Rotarians heard from four guest speakers: Alina Lehnert of Springfield, an expert in leadership and strengths development; Larry Lunsford of Kansas City, former Rotary International director; Tom Krause of Boonville, motivational speaker; and David C. Forward of Medford N.J., author and founder of International Children's Aid Foundation.

Special guest was Chris Lewis of Los Angeles, president of the American Wheelchair Mission and son of Jerry Lewis of the MDA Telethon, who spoke about working with Rotarians to place wheelchairs in third-world countries.

During the District 6080 business meeting, Steve Dulle, immediate past district governor, and Raymond Plue, district Rotary Foundation chair, presented awards to Rotarians and Rotary clubs in the district for service during the last year.

Thayer-Mammoth Spring earned the Governor's Citation. This was given to clubs that increased their membership and foundation contributions each by three percent over the prior year. In addition to a certificate, they received a check for $500 from the district to be used for a service project this year. The club also earned a membership award.

Seth Bryant of Thayer-Mammoth Spring received a District Service Award for work to achieve Foundation goals.

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