District Conference

Carl Chinnery

Carl Chinnery

Foundation Centennial Dinner Keynote

Carl was Vice-President of Kansas City Life Insurance Company until 1976 when he established his private law practice, now known as Chinnery Evans & Nail, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, concentrating on estate planning, probate, business law and real estate. Carl joined Rotary in 1977 and served as District Governor of District 6040 for 2002-2003. That year he received the Presidential Citation. He was 2007 Convener for Nomination of International Director for Zones 30 and 31. He was 2010 delegate to the Council on Legislation. He is a Major Paul Harris Donor, Level 6, and Benefactor, a member of the Inaugural Class of the Paul Harris Society of District 6040, and the Arch Klumph Society, Chairs Circle. He has served as Major Donor Advisor, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Endowment Major Gift Advisor and RI President’s Representative.

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. He received the Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Membership Development and Extension Award. He has also served as Polio Plus Chairman for District 6040, was a Rotary International Polio Plus Partners Task Force Member, and is a Moderator/Trainer for EMGA’s. He participated in an NID to India. Carl has done legal work for over 130 non-profits, including churches, athletic organizations, humanitarian groups, and civic and service clubs.

In addition to providing legal help, Carl has served on many Greater Kansas City area boards. He is past president of the following Lee’s Summit groups: The Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, Chapter of Red Cross, and the R-7 School District. He also chaired the Jackson County Coalition of Chambers, the Missouri Yacht Club, Summit Bank of Kansas City, International Dull Men’s Club and the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He received the Bishops Shield for the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri. He has been Chairman of the Planned Giving Committees of the Eastland Community Foundation, Truman Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital. He has been awarded the Metropolitan Community Colleges President’s Citation and is installed in the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. Most recently, he was honored with the Lee’s Summit Cares Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carl enjoys working with wood and has built two sail boats and two canoes among other wood projects. He enjoys traveling, gardening, sailing and golfing. Between them, Carl and Jean have eight children and eighteen grandchildren. Every member of Carl’s family is a Paul Harris Fellow. During his Rotary career, Carl has sponsored over 165 new members and the installation of three new clubs.

Dr. Jay Craig

Dr. Jay Craig

Friday Speaker

Dr. Jay Craig, Assistant Governor, District 6110, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He grew up, however, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was very active in Sports, as well as music. He played drums with the likes of Conway Twitty, Chuck Berry, and B.J.

Thomas, and also worked in Las Vegas for years as a musician, singer, and comedian.

Jay had a distinguished career as a U.S. Marine. He was both a Reconnaissance

Marine, and an Air Traffic Control Officer. For his action in combat in Vietnam he was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and numerous other awards. Upon his retirement, after twenty years of active service, and having attained the rank of Major, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Jay attended Parker University College of Chiropractic, and became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1993. He practiced in Tulsa, prior to his retirement there. He was voted Tulsa’s “Best Chiropractic Physician”!

He is a martial artist, a former boxer, and has 2,033 parachute jumps.

He is a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, and is Past Master of the Bristow Masonic Lodge.

He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, Past President of the Rotary Club of Bristow, and a graduate of the Rotary District Leadership Academy. He is a member of the Club Visioning Team, and is a Facilitator at MAPETS. He also volunteers to be the RYLA Camp Doctor every year. He was selected to attend the Rotary Zone Institute in Cincinnati as an “emerging Leader”.

He is very proud of his Native American heritage, and of being an official Warrior of the Comanche Nation.

His interests now are golf, tennis, OU Football, his horses, Rotary Service, and his lovely bride of four years, Frankie.

Pam Toler

Pam Toler

Saturday Morning Speaker

Pam Toler is a Regional Coordinator for Arkansas State University Childhood Services where she specializes in early childhood education. In addition to her work with A-State, Pam is the Coordinator of Imagination Library of Saline County, Coordinator of the Bryant Early Education Coalition, and serves on the advisory board for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library-Arkansas.

District Conference and Assembly 2017

Looking Back, Moving Forward

District Conference/ District Assembly/ Foundation Centennial Celebration April 28-29, 2017 Clarion Hotel, 4813 Central Ave. Hot Springs, Arkansas


Friday April 28, 2017
2:00 Registration opens Clarion
3:00 Council of Governors Meeting Clarion
5:00-6:00 Reception/cash bar The Center at Forest Lakes
6:00 Conference Dinner Forest Lakes Event Center

Welcome DG Allen Morgan
Invocation Robert Thompson, Pres.
RC West Pine Bluff
Pledge Karen Garcia, Ass’t. Gov
Video Karen Wentz, RI Director
Rotary Minute—Polio drops PDG Barbara Finley
Introduction Karen Garcia, Asst. Gov.
Speaker Jay Craig , AG RI District 6110

Saturday April 29, 2017
7:30-9:00 Registration Clarion
8:00-9:30 Breakfast Opening Program Clarion
Buffett from 8:00 – 9:30

Welcome DG Allen Morgan and DGE Jennifer van Houtte
Invocation Gary Troutman, Pres.
RC Hot Springs N.P.
Song-Star Spangled Banner Karen Robinson-Smith
Pledge DGN Dennis Cooper
Music – Rotary Song Betty Gentry RC Arkadelphia-Sunrise
Rotary Minute—Hoops for Hunger Stephen Jones, Pres.
RC Russellville
Awards DG Allen Morgan
Introduction Elaine Kneebone, PE.
RC Arkadelphia-Sunrise
Speaker Pam Toler Imagination Library

9:30-9:45 Transition to sessions
9:45-10:45 Session I Breakout: 3 sessions Clarion

Session I 9:45-10:45
Breakout Group A: Foundation (Part One – Mandatory) Pam Gibson
Breakout Group B: Club Secretary/Treasurer Gail Greenburg
Breakout Group C: Club Membership Robert Thompson

10:45-11:00 Transition to Sessions
11:00-12:00 Session II Breakout: 3 sessions Clarion

Session II 11:00-12:00 Clarion
Breakout Group A: Club President -Leadership, S tephen Jones
Resources and Presidential Citation RC Russellville
Breakout Group B: Club Service Karen Garcia, Asst. Gov.
Breakout Group C: RI/District Resources Jonathan Canaday, DCO
including Rotary Central (Entering Club Goals) and DACdb

Schedule Continued

12:00 – 12:15 Transition to lunch
12:15 – 1:00 Conference Lunch Clarion
Invocation Bill Fish, Pres. RC Dermott
1:00- 1:15 Transition to Conference Meeting
1:15 Conference Business Meeting Clarion

Video RI President Ian Risling
Parade of clubs DG Allen Morgan
Rotary minute– Kids’ Closet David Hannah, Pres. RC Bryant
Awards DG Allen Morgan
Looking Back DG Allen Morgan
Closing song Betty Gentry, Arkadelphia-Sunrise

2:15 – 2:30 Transition to sessions
2:30—3:30 Session III Breakout: 3 sessions Clarion

Session III 2:30-3:30 Clarion
Breakout Group A: Foundation (Part Two – Mandatory) Pam Gibson
Breakout Group B: Fundraising DGN Dennis Cooper
Breakout Group C: New Generations Jamie Higgins
(Short/Long-term Youth Exchange/Ryla/Rotaract/Interact)

3:30-3:45 Transition to Business Meeting
3:45-4:45 Business Meeting DG Allen Morgan

Present 2015-16 financials PDG Bill DeVore
Present 2016-17 YTD financials DG Allen Morgan
Present 2017-18 Budget DGE Jennifer Van Houtte
Nominations Committee Report PDG Bill DeVore
Approve Dan Allen COL DG Allen Morgan
Last Session /Charge to the district DGE Jennifer Van Houtte
“Where in the world” draw? PDG Gaylen Schuck

5:30-6:00 Foundation Reception Clarion Ballroom
6:00-6:15 Transition to Dinner
6:15 Foundation Centennial Dinner

Invocation PDG Bill DeVore
Speaker – Looking Back: Zimbabwe PDG Ian Cosh
Speaker – Moving Ahead Heart to Heart Ron Appuhn
Award (our future) DG Susan Aldridge
Introduction DG Barbara Finley
Speaker Carl Chinnery, Polio Plus
Acknowledgement-Scott Moore family DG Allen Morgan
Closing and Award –Rotarian of the Year DG Allen Morgan

Fundraiser- Where in the World?

HOW IT WORKS: The District will sell a limited number of tickets (not to exceed 400) at $25.00 per ticket. At the 2017 District Conference, April 28-29, 2017, a winner will be selected by a random drawing from all tickets sold. The winner is entitled to two (2) roundtrip airline tickets – economy fare – to anywhere in the world they want to go plus dinner for two (2) at the destination chosen by the winner.

RULES: The maximum value to be awarded is $5,000.00 and may be used for only airfare and the dinner. Any upgrades in airline seating, lodging at the chosen destination, ground transportation or other related expenses are solely at the expense of the winner. The trip will be arranged by a travel agent chosen by the District, and must be taken within 6 months from the time the winner is announced. Failure of the winner to take the trip within the 6 months following the selection of the winner will result in the winner being awarded a cash prize of not more than 50% of the maximum value of the award, said amount not to exceed $2,500.00. Any tax liability resulting from the award of the prize will be the sole responsibility of the winner.

Additional: From these tickets we will also be drawing 4, two night stays at the Arlington Hotel for two and some other prizes being donated for the drawing.

For more information - or to purchase a ticket - contact PDG Gaylen Schuck (Rotary Club of Arkadelphia). The drawing will be held at Saturday’s closing session.

Report of Nominating Committee for District Governor 2019-2020

District leadership announcement to all District 6170 members:

We are pleased to announce that Robert Thompson of the Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff has been selected by the District 6170 Nominating Committee to serve as the District Governor for the Rotary year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Robert has been a Rotarian for 19 years, his first year in the Rotary Club of Russellville Downtown and 18 years in the Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff. One example of his commitment to Rotary is 18 years of perfect attendance. Robert has served twice as club president as well as in other club capacities. He has served in the district for multiple terms as both an Assistant Governor and chair of the Membership Committee. Robert is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

After graduating from Pittsburgh State University, Robert served seven years as a Field Artillery officer in the US Army. Upon separation, he moved to Arkansas, accepted his call to ministry and became a bi-vocational minister in the Baptist faith.

As well as being a pastor, Robert also works in the Title III Program Administration office at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and serves as an adjunct professor in the Humanities division of the English department. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Faculty/Staff Senate.

Robert served as the president of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Ministerial Alliance and the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Association. He also is a past President of the Neighbor to Neighbor Board, member of the JRMC Clinical Pastoral Education board, and member of the American Red Cross board. He serves as a member of the United Way Allocations committee, and he also serves on the board of Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare.

Robert and his wife Carolyn have nine children, of which five are adopted, and they have nine grandchildren. They both like fishing when they can find the time, and Robert loves doing handyman work to relax. He loves reading and sharing what he learns with others. Teaching has long been his passion, and he loves to serve whenever the opportunity arises.

The selection of Robert by the Nominating Committee will be presented for the approval of the District’s clubs during the district business meeting at District Conference in Hot Springs on April 29.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson