It is with great sadness that we announce District Governor Ken Thompson passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Ken was a great Rotarian who served not only his community but around the globe. Ken was incredibly passionate about ShelterBox, Rotary Youth Exchange, and helping the people in Caborca, Mexico. Ken traveled to Caborca multiple times assisting with polio immunizations and other projects. 
Ken's leadership and inspiration will be terribly missed.
DG Ken Thompson Passed Away Nov. 3 Harry Glidden 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vicky Magas
Rotary Leadership Institute classes provide new Rotary Members and Club Presidents and President Elects with a wealth of information on all levels of Rotary-----Club, District, Zone and Rotary International. It is training you will not receive in PETS.
RLI classes for 2018/19 will be held on the following dates Class 1---Saturday Sept 8, Class 2---Saturday Nov 3, Class 3---Saturday Feb 3. Classes start at 8:30 until 3. Breakfast snacks, coffee and lunch are provided. All classes are held in Slidell at Don Bryan's Church---First Pentecostal Church, 380 Robert Blvd, Slidell. Please go on line to to register.
Rotary Leadership Institute Vicky Magas 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Thompson
Zone 31 will be holding its Summer Leadership Seminars at the Holiday Inn Westbank, Gretna, LA, on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28. The Friday afternoon schedule will include a workshop specific to Assistant Governors, and a session on grant applications. Any Assistant Governor who has not attended a similar session last year is strongly urged to attend this year's offering.
Saturday's schedule will include sessions on Public Image, Membership, Foundation, and the integration of the three in our People of Action campaign. Register on the Zone website at
Zone Leadership Seminars Ken Thompson 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the new Rotary Year. And to your new District Governor, Ken Thompson. Rotary’s theme for the year is BE THE INSPIRATION. We hope this will be an inspiring year for everyone.
District Governors Message - July, 2018 Ken Thompson 2018-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Multi-District Conference Agenda Ken Thompson 2018-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in the Louisiana Tangi Territory, from Ponchatoula to Kentwood, invite you to join with us to make this year’s Toys for Tots a wonderful experience for the participating children and their families.
The Amite Rotary Club has partnered with the Independence Chamber of Commerce and “Toys for Tots” to expand the program to include arts and crafts, decorating cookies and entertainment. We also hope to raffle Christmas plants and trees for the families as part of “the Christmas Miracle.”  Could you help us double our funds? For example, our budget is about $500 for food, decorations, Christmas plants and entertainment. But with either your financial support, donations of these items or discount on the purchase of these types of items, we could provide more assistance and better quality.
Of course, cash donations will be gratefully accepted and should be made payable to Amite Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity, and mailed to PO Box 721, Amite, La.
We will certainly commend you for your generosity to those we are assisting. If you will help, please call Regina Wedig at her law office in Amite (985-747-0440), Dr. Gabriela Roman, DVM at (985)351-3933 or contact us by e-mail (; ). We look forward to speaking with you.
We invite you to visit our Rotary Club of Amite. We meet every week on Tuesdays at 11:45 am at Mike’s Catfish Inn. We would love you to come as our guest and meet your fellow community leaders.
Rotary Club of Amite Plans Christmas Miracle Harry Glidden 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 6840 Foundation, Inc. makes it easy to give by credit card via @pay.
Click on the title above to go to the link.
To District 6840 Rotarians:
Rotarians across the United States and world are learning of the devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused and continues to cause in Texas and surrounding areas. Search and rescue is underway as first responders follow set procedures and relief efforts will begin shortly.
Districts, clubs and individuals are asking the best and most efficient way to assist victims and communities affected by this massive, destructive storm. The answer to this question, which will address the biggest needs, is by monetary donations.
District 6840 experienced one of history's worst hurricanes twelve years ago today. Rotarians from other Districts and across the world immediately responded with funds and support. A few days after Hurricane Katrina, Rotarians from other Districts were in contact with our district and my home club in Pass Christian offering monetary and moral support.
After first responders completed rescue efforts and worked to stabilize the communities, Rotarians across the world provided recovery support to our district to provide assistance to individuals and communities.
Rotarians are the people who continue after a disaster and partner with other organizations to help rebuild lives!
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Harry Glidden 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Evelyn ford (Pass Christian), Joe Rochelle (St Charles), Carrie Thomas (St Charles) and Peter Waring ( New Orleans) graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) on April 22, 2017.  The RLI consists of three separate training sessions which are given in District 6840 four times per year between September and April each year.  Rli is designed to increase Rotary knowledge and leadership skills and is open to all Rotarians.
Four Graduate from RLI April 22, 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 was excited to pick up their latest addition from Gator Trax Boats in Springfield. Pictured (front) from left: Parish President Robby Miller, TPFD#1 Fire Chief Bruce Cutrer, Rotary District 6840 Governor Randy Feldman and Amite Rotarian Regina Wedig stand in front of TPFD#1’s new rescue boat. They were joined by several members of TPFD#1, the co-owners of Gator Trax Boats and several Rotarians. Parish Rotary Clubs contributed $17,500 toward the purchase. Tangilena Media/ Sara  Patrick.
Rotary Provides Funds for Rescue Boat Harry Glidden 2017-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Registration is now open for the District Team Assembly, to be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Pearl River Community College, Poplarville, MS. The target audience are incoming club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, and committee chairs, particularly for administration, membership, public relations, The Rotary Foundation, and service projects. The sessions are designed to prepare you for the Rotary year to come beginning July 1st, and to make your club a vibrant, successful one.
The Assembly will conclude with lunch provided by the college cafeteria staff. Following lunch, the District Advisory Council will hold a meeting. Register here. There is no fee for the event.
Plan to Attend the District 6840 Training Assembly April 29, 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
You are cordially invited to the biggest event the District holds every year:  the District Conference, May 19-21, this year known as MOBILE-IZING ROTARY.  Districts 6820 and 6840 are again joining forces bringing us to Mobile to have a grand celebration of all that you have achieved this past year. 
We will have everything from the Food Fest at the U.S.S. Alabama battleship to the venue of Mobile’s beautiful Battle House, a fiesta break complete with margaritas to a grand banquet, and from Jeopardy to the Academy Awards (really!).  Not to mention a pie in the face or two.
Along the way you will hear the inspiring words of Past Rotary International President Ron Burton, Rotary International Director Brad Howard, and our own International Director Karen Wentz, and learn some successful techniques for service, membership, fund-raising, public relations and lots more.
It’s our way of celebrating what you have accomplished with Rotary’s 100 Days of Service as well as everything else you do in your community and around the world.
Take advantage of this experience.  If you hear of a club that has won an award in an area you are interested in, corner them and pick their brain.  If you are looking for a partner club, or have a question that needs answering, or an idea you want to share, go to the Idea Exchange in the House of Friendship or just look around and see what the clubs are doing.
Registration is easy REGISTER and then call the Battle House for your room.
For hotel Reservations contact:
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
26 N. Royal St.
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 338-2000
Rotary blocked rooms are under code RCBS or mention Rotary District Conference when you make your reservation.
So, have a great time as we all look at this past year of Rotary Serving Humanity.
Plan to Attend the Mobile-Izing Rotary District Conference Harry Glidden 2017-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Ole Man River President Elect Training Seminar 2017 Harry Glidden 2017-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Latest Graduates from Rotary Leadership Institute Harry Glidden 2017-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
April 26, 2017
NUMBER OF PROJECTS REPORTED                                                            207
NUMBER OF PEOPLE SERVED                                                                       23,515*
NUMBER OF ROTARIANS TAKING PART                                                  1,112**
TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS ROTARIANS SERVED                              7438.25
NUMBER OF CLUBS                                                                                            38***
NUMBER OF DAYS                                                                                              1942
NUMBER OF NON-ROTARIANS TAKING PART                                      825
*In some projects we did not include the number of people served because the results would be skewed, e.g. city clean-ups and parades.  If these are included, the numbers are well over 50,000.  In other projects there were no people to count, e.g. the one project that provided services to puppies.
** Includes Interactors
*** Includes Interact Clubs
Participating Clubs:
Algiers, Amite, Bay St. Louis, Belle Chasse, Covington, Edgewater, Gautier, Gulfport, Gulfport-Orange Grove, Hammond, Hammond/Ponchatoula Sunrise, Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Sunrise, Kenner, Kentwood, LaPlace, Long Beach, Lucedale, McComb, Metairie, Mid-city New Orleans, Moss Point, New Orleans, New Orleans Riverbend, Northlake-Mandeville, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, Picayune, Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Interact Club, Poplarville, Richton, St.  Bernard, St. Charles Parish, Slidell, Slidell Northshore, and Westwego.
Rotary's 100 Days of Service Dashboard Harry Glidden 2017-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
It's time...A key piece of our District's Strategic Plan is to have more clubs engaged with Rotary Youth Exchange...if your club is interested in hosting a student next year, NOW IS THE TIME to make that commitment. Contact and we will provide you with the information you need. Things to think about: you need a school willing to host the student for a full academic year; you need at least 2 host families in your community to share the hosting responsibilities; you need 2 Rotarians to serve on the Youth Exchange Committee within your Club.
The RYE Committee is ready to come to your club and to provide all of the training and answer all questions. Students will arrive in August, 2017 and depart in July, 2018. The purpose of RYE is to Advance International Peace, Goodwill, and Understanding one community at a time. We do this by sharing our hearts and homes with teenagers from around the world.
Think Youth Exchange Now for 2017-2018 Harry Glidden 2017-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
District Response to the Tornado Disaster
in the Hattiesburg/Petal Area
March 9, 2017
1.  Cash Donations.  Foundation will receive and disburse financial contributions. 
            a. Clubs and individuals can donate at:
Rotary District 6840 Foundation
c/o Alford & Alford
384 Voters Road Suite 103
Slidell, LA 70461
Please put the word Disaster in the memo line.
b. Clubs may apply for a grant from the Foundation for recovery work.  Go to and click on the District 6840 Foundation tab.  On the next page click on the Project Request and Acceptance Form in the left column.
For questions about financial contributions or club grants, contact Ace Necaise at
2.  Service Opportunities and Item Donations
Volunteer Hattiesburg.   The Volunteer Response Centers have been closed for immediate disaster relief aid. To help with long-term recovery efforts, please contact Chris Adams at 601.818.5899.  There are several non-profit organizations that the local Rotary Clubs have supported that can be contacted for either services they provide or services they themselves need.  These include the Salvation Army Hattiesburg, Edwards Street Fellowship Center, Kuntry Kids Youth Foundation, and William Carey University.
Red Cross.  To find out what opportunities are available through the Red Cross, go to
District Response to Tornado Disaster in Hattiesburg/Petal Area Randy Feldman 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Thompson
We are in need of additional sponsors for 2017 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) coming up on March 17-18. Please consider making a contribution or contacting local businesses for support. Sponsorship letter can be downloaded from the website on the page District Events > President Elect Training Seminar.
PETS Sponsorships Ken Thompson 2017-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's 100 Days of Service Starts January 1, 2017 Harry Glidden 2016-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Thompson
District 6820 Governor Barbara Travis hosted a "Women in Rotary" Celebration Brunch on June 29 featuring Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, the first female Club President in Rotary's history, held at the Jackson Country Club. Dr. Whitlock had a fascinating tale of the court case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 to allow women to become members of Rotary. Her Rotary Club in California became known as the "Mouse that Roared". Dr. Whitlock speaks to about 25 Rotary Clubs a year, but this was her first trip to Mississippi.
Representing District 6840 were Deputy Governor Steve Howard, DGE Kathie Short, DGN Ken Thompson, and Rotaractor Victoria King. Additional photos can be found in the Photo Album on the lower left of your screen.
Women in Rotary Celebration Lunch Ken Thompson 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0