Message from DG Faron Barr
Dear Fellow Rotarians in 5710,
And here we are. Finishing up one of the most challenging years any of us can remember. In a year that had a Rotary International theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, how could anyone know that we would have to seek out so many new opportunities just to stay connected and be able to meet our goals? Our clubs have been resilient. Many clubs have succeeded in accomplishing at least some of their goals and I am aware of a few more events that could possibly help even more clubs to meet their goals. At the district level, we have met many of the goals that were set before the 2020-2021 year began. We had our very first FALL District Conference and figured out how to do it as a hybrid event. We held our very first Gathering For Good Foundation event where we had a great time raising $15,370 for The Rotary Foundation. We were approved for two internal global grants by partnering with several districts from all over the world and we have reciprocated with many of these districts for global grants in their countries. We have partnered with our neighboring district, D5680, in Kansas on our Rotary Smiles project and by getting out PSAs about getting vaccinated with Statewide coverage. We chartered a new Rotary club in January 2021! The newest member to the D5710 family, Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT), held a successful Education Summit for people in the education field which had great attendance from our district and other districts in the US. We have another satellite club forming with the Manhattan Konza club. Please read the article below for more details. I have mentioned at every club visit that my #1 goal for this year was increased club collaboration. I am happy to see many of you embracing this idea by creating new opportunities to work together. I am continually amazed at how powerful Rotary can be when we work together with our respective skill sets!
June is Rotary Fellowships month. During this month, I hope that each of you take the time to reflect on your clubs’ successes and explore the reasons you remain a member of your club. Rotary has been helping people all over our planet for 116 years and has seen some astonishing achievements. However, the connections that we make throughout all of these endeavors could be the biggest impact that Rotary can have on any of us. Please do not hesitate to share your Rotary experience with someone who might benefit from being a member.
We will be interviewing candidates for the Rotary Peace Fellowship this month and I hope we are successful in having yet another person from D5710 earn this honor. Thank you to Chuck Udell and his Peace Fellowship committee for continuing our efforts to find eligible candidates for this prestigious opportunity. We hope to have at least one person to endorse from D5710 by the end of this month.
I am so excited about our incoming Governors! I have had the pleasure of working with them over the last several years and know that D5710 is in great hands. Vern’s District Conference committee has developed a wonderful event that I am anxiously awaiting. Vern is also quickly filling up his calendar with club visits. I wish him the best of luck in being able to visit all of our clubs. The goals that I have heard from Vern, Stephanie, and Jenalea make me feel confident that we will be very strong as a district for many years to come.
I have two more club visits scheduled for this month. I was not able to visit every club, but I have attended most of our clubs. Club visits are my favorite part of being a District Governor. I get to meet new Rotarians and hear about your projects and fundraisers some of which are quite unique. Thank you to each and every one of you for what you do for Rotary, the world, your communities, your clubs, and your fellow members. This is what making the world a better place looks like!
It has been an honor and a pleasure to be your District Governor over this year. I wish you all well in the coming 2021-2022 year and many years to come.
Faron E. Barr
District Governor 2020-2021 

Club & District News and Events

Rotary and Polio Plus
With the significant donor support of Polio Plus provided by the Rotary Clubs of District 5710, along with clubs and districts around the world, Rotary International has been able to make key effective contributions to the major information dissemination and vaccine distribution and immunization efforts of the GPEI in Pakistan and Afghanistan this year.  Those efforts have brought about the amazing success this year of keeping the Wild Polio Virus at bay with ONLY TWO CASES so far this year, one in each country, compared to 59 at this time last year as shown in this month’s Countdown to History!
This ROTARY year the 44 Clubs of District 5710 were challenged to reach a POLIO PLUS Funding Goal of $100,000, and we have just 4 weeks left to get there. SO we are asking you, If your club has not donated to Polio Plus yet this year or is still short of meeting the Polio Plus Goal set by your Club this is the week to go to work to make it happen.
In supporting those efforts, last month’s Newsletter asked each Club to respond to Two Special Requests to wrap up the year and prepare for a major Polio Plus fundraising push toward getting to ZERO cases next year.  FIRST we asked that you request your club members to participate in and complete the Polio Survivors Survey to locate Rotarians and friends who can help tell their stories to encourage donations this year and next.  See the May Newsletter for the Survey.  SECOND we asked each Club to assign a Polio Plus Chairman to lead your Club’s end-of-year Polio Plus Goal request and to then take on the challenge of next year’s support Goal.  See the May issue for a helpful guide to this important Rotary Committee Leadership position. Please send the name and contact information of your Club’s Polio Chairman to our District Polio Chair, Jim Arnett.
And finally, a THIRD REQUEST:  Ask your members and your community’s friends of Rotary to consider donating once more to POLIO PLUS, to try to reach the Club POLIO DROP $1,200 donation level and help District 5710 reach our $100,000 Goal.  
Remember: “We Are This Close” and by this fall we want to be “Fourth Down and Inches” from Eradication!
Jim Arnett, Polio Plus District Chair - (913) 200-0514 - 
Wild Poliovirus Weekly Update
Week Ending 26 May 2021
Total number of wild cases in 2018:  33
Total number of wild cases in 2019:  176
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2020: 140
     Total # of wild poliovirus cases this week: 0
     Total # of wild poliovirus cases in 2021: 2
      (compared with Total of 59 for the same period in 2020)
Total number of Circulating Vaccine Derived cases - 2021: 85
 (vs. totals in 2019: 378 & in 2020: 1086; & 122 by this date)
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RYLA 2021
RYLA will happen this summer over the course of three different weeks. Two camps will be day camps where parents (or students) will need to drive to and from daily. One camp will be virtual.
Both day camps can accept 30 students and will cost $250 while the virtual camp can accept 36 students and will cost $50.
The deadlines for the camps all vary due to the dates of the camps. That's why there are three different applications!  The highlighted yellow section is for your club to decide a due date for your applicants. Your club will fill that in after you download it from the 5710 website.
If you have any students who are good candidates, but your club has not set aside enough funding for them, please send those 'extra'  RYLA applications to me (not Mandy). Often there are clubs with extra funding, but not enough students that have applied.  
Otherwise, everything is submitted to Mandy via email ( with the checks being mailed to the address on the form.
Please visit the RYLA page of the website for applications and brochure!
Message from DGE Vern Henricks
I want to take this opportunity to share what pleasure it has been to spend quality monthly moments with Governor Barr, Governor Nominee Meyer and Governor Nominee Designate Randall this past year. We are excited to work for District 5710 Rotarians and hope you enjoy the results of our efforts. Rotary truly opens opportunities.
This is the time of year for clubs to wind down one year and ramp up another. I want to emphasize the importance of planning for the upcoming year, setting goals and getting them in Club Central on
I want to thank the clubs who have already scheduled their District Governor visits for the 2021-22 year and remind those that have not yet done so to contact me at so we can get a date set.
The District 5710 Conference Planning Committee has been doing a great job in preparing for the 2021 District Conference that will be on October 22-23 at the Hilton Inn-Manhattan Conference Center in Manhattan, KS. There will also be a pre-conference golf outing on the 21st followed by a presentation and social in the evening by the Fort Riley Commanding General, Major General D. A. Sims.  You will be receiving more information in the weeks ahead.
I want to also remind members that we will have a special moment for District Rotarians that have had a close association with Polio so please send me or Jim Arnett names and information.
Thank you all for your service and a Rotarian and I look forward to meeting you all soon.
District 5710 Survey for Polio Survivors and Caregivers
The 2020-21 Rotary year is nearing closure and plans are taking place for the 2021-2022 year.  The conference will be held in Manhattan on October 22-23, with a theme focused on Rotary’s Polio Eradication--Fourth and Inches (our Sports take on “We Are This Close”).
As we plan for the conference, we are asking that each Club survey their membership and identify any member who has; personally experienced polio, has provided care for family members, and/or is acquainted with members of your community with similar connections. 
The District would like to invite Rotarians that have these experiences to be recognized and share their experience during the conference--if they are comfortable in doing so.  We ask that names and contact information be sent to our District Polio Eradication Chair, Jim Arnett, by Friday, May 21, 2021.
Thank you for your attention to this request and thank you for your service.  We look forward to hearing from you soon and finally getting into the endzone of polio elimination.
Vern Henricks, District Governor Elect
Jim Arnett, District Polio Eradication Chair
Please circulate this survey to your membership as soon as possible.
IF YES:  MEMBER NAME:____________________________
              MEMBER EMAIL: ____________________________
              MEMBER Phone: (____) _____-________________
2608 W. 118th St., Leawood, KS 66211-3034
Rotary Youth Exchange
Youth Exchange is confident that it will resume operations for the 2022-23 school year. We will be accepting applications for outbound students this November for students aged 15 1/2 to 18 1/2. This program is open to relatives of Rotarians and is a wonderful study abroad option for high school students and gap year students. Clubs should be identifying potential students now and completing their applications and interviews as soon as the school starts in the fall. District interviews will be held either December 4th or December 11th. Please contact District 5710 YEO Stephen Wheatley at for more information.
Join the ESRAG Symposium
Join the members of ESRAG and other interested Rotarians as we explore ways Rotary can help protect the Environment!
The New Environment: The Annual Symposium of ESRAG RICON-TAIPEI-PRECON
Jun 11, 2021 08:30 AM Taipei REGISTER NOW!
MUST register in advance for this zoom webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.
New Satellite Club Forming
New things coming in Manhattan, KS – stay tuned!  Faron, Crystal, Michelle and Blanche met with the chairs of the new Manhattan Konza Rotary – Satellite Club in Topeka this month to discuss the inception of their new satellite club! One of the driving forces of the club will be to promote peace and fellowship. Very excited to get this club off the ground soon!
Remembering Rotary's Response to the Joplin Tornado - 10 years later
On June 18, 2011, a group of over 60 Rotarians, including DG John Vandewalle, PDGs Vickie Randel, Sandy Rieger, family and friends from District 5710 went to Joplin to help with the clean up after an F5 tornado ripped through and devastated the Missouri community, killing over 160 people on May 22, 2011.
As always Rotarians of District 5710 jumped at the opportunity to help our neighbors in need. We left early the very hot morning of June 18th and spent the day helping to pick up the debris left by the damage. Those of us that were a part of that cleanup could not believe our eyes when we arrived in Joplin and when we left later that day we couldn’t imagine the how long it would take to rebuild lives and the community. We left at the end of the day, hot, sweaty and tired, but with the knowledge we had help, in a very small way, with the start of a long process of clean up.
With the 10th Anniversary of the Joplin tornado being May 22, 2021, we are reminded of the devastation in Joplin and how far that community has come in 10 years.
The 10th Anniversary of the Redding, Kansas tornado was on May 21, 2021 and a month after being in Joplin, we again assembled a group of District 5710 Rotarians to go help with the cleanup in that small community.
When opportunities knock, Rotarians open the door, walk in and do the hard work. I’m proud to be a Rotarian and a part of District 5710.
Ottawa Rotary Club’s 100 Year Celebration
The Ottawa Rotary Club would like to invite all fellow Rotarians in District 5710 to our Chamber Coffee and Shelter House dedication to celebrate our club’s 100-year anniversary.  The coffee and dedication will be held at our new shelter house at Kanza Park at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 18th. The address is 200 W. 13th St, Ottawa, KS 66067. The rain-out location is the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium at 301 S. Hickory St, Ottawa, KS  66067. 
The Ottawa Rotary Club was chartered on March 1, 1921, and the club has been making a difference in Ottawa ever since. To show our appreciation for our town and its people, we have been “Sharing the Love” in 2021 through monthly Random Acts of Kindness, and the construction of the shelter house for community use. 
The Random Acts of Kindness in 2021 have included; paying the utility bill for five local families in need in January, purchasing drinks at two local coffee shops in February for one and all, providing admission to our recreation center during spring break for local teenagers, donating reusable stadium cups to each student at Ottawa Middle School in conjunction with Earth Day, and on May Day presenting a succulent plant to each resident at a local retirement home. We aren’t done yet! Now that our community is beginning to open back up, we are looking forward to getting more hands on with our Random Acts of Kindness for the remainder of the year. 
We hope that you can join us for our Chamber Coffee and Shelter House dedication on June 18th at 8:00 a.m. We are looking forward to dedicating the shelter house, presenting numerous Rotarians in our club with awards, and sharing our June Random Act of Kindness with the community. Please help us celebrate the Ottawa Rotary Club!
Rotaract Bingo Bash
The Rotaract Club of Western Kansas City and Blue Valley North High School Interact Club are teaming up to host Rotaract BINGO Bash. This event will occur on June 17, 2021, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the Legends Outlets Rooftop Patio (1843 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111) (next to Dave & Busters). 100% of the net revenue incurred will go toward donating a bench to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, Kansas', Fisher Park, located at Fisher St. & Lake Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas, and Outreach International. Tickets may be purchased at
Each ticket sold includes at least three tacos and rice from Taco Naco KC, chips and salsa, 2 alcoholic drink tickets and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, visits to our photo booth, opportunities to win $25 gift cards via BINGO, opportunities to bid on silent auction items consisting of $500 worth of Russell-Hampton Co. items, K-State football tickets, Sporting KC tickets, Kansas City Royals tickets, Kansas City Monarchs tickets, a pet adoption basket which includes a $75 gift certificate to KC Pet Project, and more!
For more information, please reach out to Matthew Zayas, 2020-21 President of the Rotaract Club of Western Kansas City, at
Kansas City, Kansas
During the month of May, the Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Club focused on education by honoring some very deserving local educators and awarding several scholarships to local graduating high school seniors.
On May 4th, National Teacher Appreciation Day, we recognized outstanding educators from eight Wyandotte County high schools.  This annual program of the Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Club honors teachers in the county who represent the best of our community.  The teachers were introduced by each respective school’s administrator, and the Club learned of each teacher’s unique contributions to the individual schools.  Each educator received a certificate and a gift card to show our appreciation for their work during this particularly difficult year.  We are grateful to these teachers who give so much of themselves to educate and prepare our youth for the future.
Top RowBret Klankey, Turner High School;  Shawna Stevenson, Bonner Springs High School; Carol Grubbs, Piper High School; and Jasmine Lowe, Wyandotte High School
Bottom RowKatie Johnson, Sumner Academy; Hillary Klein, J.C. Harmon High School; Michael Boyda, F.L. Schlagle High School; and Maria Belaustegui, Bishop Ward High School
Also, during May, The Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Presidents’ Foundation made its scholarship award decisions for 2021.  The recipients of scholarships in the amount of $1,500 are Jazmin Graham from Bonner Springs High School, Elizabeth Thang from Turner High School, and Saul Franco Morales from Wyandotte High School.  Additionally, scholarships in the amount of $750 each have been awarded to Kenia Ramirez from FL Schlagle High School, Jennifer Obiesie from Piper High School, Aaron Johnson from FL Schlagle High School, and Christian Renteria from Sumner Academy. 
Each of these students will receive a one-time non-renewable scholarship award from the KCK Rotary Presidents’ Foundation.
Leavenworth Rotary
Leavenworth Rotary held its first Yard Sale this month and raised over $1100 in support of the Leavenworth Rotary Foundation; money raised will be used in support of youth programs.  Many thanks to all who contributed and supported this event with a special thanks going out to our Fund Raising Committee and President Timothy and his wife Peggy!

Many community members donated OTC Medications and money in support of our local Saint Vincent; thanks to all who contributed and worked this semi-annual service project.  Thanks to many generous community members, we were able to collect approximately 600 individual items with an in-kind value of $2,647.43 and monetary donations of $718.03 for a total donation of $3,365.46.  Thanks, too, to Dillon’s Grocery Store staff for their continued support of this event!

Recently, our Leavenworth High School Interact Club partnered with the local PEO Chapter to work at a supply drive in support of our Alliance Against Family Violence organization.

Annual scholarships were awarded to deserving seniors this month; pictured here are President Timothy Moran, William Ayers, Leavenworth High School, Charley Jo Monahan, Pleasant Ridge High School, Mia Mosher and Cameron Ernzen, Lansing High School. Three academic scholarships in the amount of $2000 and one $1000 VOTEC scholarships were awarded.

Rotary Park Clean Up found several volunteers working to help keep Leavenworth (our park) looking spiffy; park clean up will continue through November.  Thanks to Tony Kramer (and Stan Cherrie) for leading this effort.
Upcoming for Leavenworth Rotary:
Each Monday - Meals on Wheels Delivery
Monthly - Rotary Park Clean Up
Lenexa Rotary
The Peace Poles Community Art Project — a series of poles designed by community members and adorned with original art and messages of peace — is on display in Lenexa's Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park during the summer and fall of 2021. The purpose of the exhibit is to inspire peace, hope, creativity, and community involvement.
The Peace Poles Community Art Project is organized as a partnership between the Lenexa Rotary ClubRotary Club of Western Johnson County, the Lenexa Arts Council and the City of Lenexa. The Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony was 22 May at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. The peace poles will be on display through October 31 and will be auctioned on 12 November.
After the Peace Poles Dedication ceremony, The Lenexa Club held a Pop-Up social get-together. A small but happy group got to see other club members in-person for the first time in many months. The club plans to start meeting in person again in the near future. 
Manhattan Rotary
In support of Rotary’s focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Konza and Manhattan Rotary Clubs selected eight recipients (1st and 2nd place winners from kindergarten through eighth grade) and one honorable mention from the Rotary Youth Peace Art Contest submissions. In their submission, the students described what peace meant to them. Working in conjunction with the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation these youth will receive scholarships for art lessons at the Manhattan Arts Center.
On May 22, the Club was part of the volunteer crew for the Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon and 5K. Rotarians were directing runners, handling traffic and passing out water around the 11.5 mile marker.  
During the past fiscal year, the Club has honored 7 Paul Harris Fellows and 23 multiple Paul Harris Fellows and a major donor.
Join us for the installation ceremony for District Governor elect, Vern Henricks on June 28 from 6-7 at Colbert Hills Restaurant at Colbert Hills Golf Course (5200 Colbert Hills Drive, Manhattan). The ceremony will be available on the Manhattan Rotary Club Facebook page. Register here.
Manhattan Konza Rotary
During the month of May, Konza Rotary teamed up with the Salvation Army, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. (MESI), and The Flint Hills Volunteer Center for the Flint Hills Undies Project to collect much-needed underwear for the Manhattan community. Additionally, the club participated in two other service projects: the bi-annual Linear Trail clean-up on May 15; and helped with traffic control during the Bill Snyder half-marathon and 5K on May 22.
Members were also encouraged to participate in the club’s annual Paul Harris Fellowship game/fundraiser. Members purchased squares for $15 each; 100 squares were available. The $1,500 raised benefited the Club’s Annual Share Fund. Using Paul Harris points accumulated from previous years of fundraising, the club approved the game organizer to use 1,500 points to match the fundraiser’s monetary proceeds.
With the $1,500 in cash combined with 1,500 points, the club draws three winners of $500 plus 500 points each donated in their name to the Paul Harris Fellowship. This automatically qualifies them for their first Paul Harris Fellowship or in the case of already being a Paul Harris Fellow, this qualifies them for a level up.
Overland Park South Rotary
The 20th Annual Village Crawfish Festival, co-hosted by the Secret Order of Crawdaddies and the Overland Park South Rotary Club, was held on Saturday May 08, 2021. Attendees (from as far away as Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Albany, NY) enjoyed fresh boiled (on site) Crawfish, Sausage, Red Beans & Rice, KC Style BBQ Pork, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms. The crowd was entertained by the Ernest James Zydeco Band. 
The event raised over $20,000 for Sunflower House. They are the first and largest Children’s Advocacy Center in the state of Kansas. For more than 30 years it has been dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in Johnson and Wyandotte counties and has been a leader in providing child abuse prevention and intervention services in the community. Sunflower House addresses its mission by presenting child-abuse prevention education to approximately 20,000 children, parents and professionals, in addition to providing forensic interviews, family support, and therapy for more than 500 children alleging abuse and their family members each year. The vision at Sunflower House is to see safe children thriving in nurturing families and communities.
Overbrook Rotary
Overbrook Rotary held assemblies for kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders at the Overbrook Attendance Center to teach the rules of water safety: "learn to float" and to never swim alone. The children heard the "Josh the Baby Otter" book, sang the "Learn to Float" song, and received a coloring book. The materials were from the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation and made available through Overbrook Rotary's 2019-2020 District Grant.  The assemblies could not be conducted May of 2020 due to the school closure and the pandemic. The students loved learning about Josh the Otter and water safety. Gerry Coffman, club president, was assisted by Marian Massoth, Foundation Chair, and PDG Jon and Wanda Wilhite.  
Pictured: First graders are holding the Josh the Otter book after the assembly. Pictured with the class are Gerry Coffman, Club President; Wanda Wilhite; Shelby Dahl, Teacher; and PDG Jon Wilhite.  

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