Rotary Club of Kirksville-Thousand Hills
08 August 2019
PROGRAM: Kirksville R-III Superintendent; 
Bob Wells
Bob Wells is beginning his first year as the superintendent of the Kirksville School District. He moved from Colorado about a month ago and is very impressed with the Kirksville community. He and his wife have found the community very friendly and welcoming. Bob is also very impressed with the school district faculty and staff. He told us about the large amount of turnover in administrators and teachers and said that even though many look at that as a challenge, he views it more as an opportunity. Both the Primary School and Middle School have new principals this year, the high school has two new assistant principal "type" positions, and the tech center has a new head administrator. Additionally there are 28 new teachers in the district. He talked about some of the challenges the school system faces with regards to budget and teacher pay, and said that the governor recently stated he wanted to raise the state of MO's pay and benefits for teachers from 47th to 30th in the nation over the next five years.  He also discussed some of the initiatives that are taking place in the school district this year regarding academics and programming. Bob and his wife have five children, and are expecting their 12th grandchild in September. He was a superintendent in Colorado for seven years, and has been a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as a middle school teacher. He is very happy to be in Kirksville and excited for the school year to get underway.
Pictured below is our club president Jon Peck, with the Rotary Wheel perfectly (though unintentionally) placed so it looks like he is wearing it as a crown, and Bob Wells.
Our meeting on September 5th will be at The Pines.
This Saturday, the First Assembly of God church is hosting its annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH.  There will be fun games and activities for kids of all ages.  It will be going on all day long so stop by and check out the festivities.
Blessing Bowl: Christine Steele - $5. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and was in first grade when Mount Saint Helens erupted. She said she saved some ash in jars, and while her parents moved recently they uncovered some boxes with those jars in them, and sent them to Christine.  So she now has jars full of ashes at her house.
Bob Collenge, Bob Wells, and Jim Connor.
August 10th:   Movie in the Park hosted by our club.  WonderPark is the movie.  More details will come
                           as the time gets closer to the event.
August 15th:    Regular Club meeting.  Chanda C. and Jaren H. will greet us, and Karla D. will lead us in                              prayer.
August 17th:   REAL Training in Chilicothe.  Contact Marilyn R. for more details.
August 22nd:  Regular Club meeting.  Sandra W. and Matt W. will greet us and Marilyn R. will lead us in                            prayer.
September 5th:    Regular Club meeting will be held at THE PINES. 
September 14th:  North Star BBQ.  Jeff A. is putting a team together for our club.  Contact Jeff if you are                                  interested.
September 14th:  RLI Training Parts I, II, and III in Chilicothe.  Contact Marilyn R. for details if you are                                  interested.
October 1st:          District Governor, Mark Horner, will be at the Nazarene church for a visit.  Program                                      begins at 5:30PM. 
October 27th:       Noon Club Duck Dash at Days Inn parking lot.
November 2nd:    District Foundation Dinner at Arrowhead Stadium.
Nearly everyone put in a dollar for our guests and especially for the new superintendent, Bob Wells, being with us. Jim B. said he is taking three of his grandsons to a Cardinals game this weekend. Chanda C. said that she was glad to be with us after missing a few weeks, and is thankful for AFLAC as she is dealing with some illness in her family. Larry B. thanked the club for the well wishes and prayers. Bob Wells said that he is thankful for the Kirksville community and how welcome everyone has made his family feel. Christine S. put in a dollar for the new school year starting. Pat K. hopes everyone has a good day. Aaron P. said his son turns seven this week. Wally T. put in for the Chiefs. Jim Connor said it was good to be back and see everyone. Bob C. is happy that his 7 year old grandson had been staying with them this summer. Steve P. said that Freshman move in is next week and is looking forward to the new school year. Elsie G. put in for her 43rd anniversary coming up. Sue S. is happy that her grandkids from California were visiting for a while. Karla D. said she had a great vacation at the lake last week. Marilyn R. mentioned that John Settlage passed away, and said that she had a good trip to Iowa last week for the Romine family reunion. Linnette P. took her grandkids to the Cardinals/Cubs game last week. Andrea O. is going to the Chiefs/Bengals game this weekend. Jaren H. is looking forward to the weekend and taking his family to a waterpark in KC. Doug N. said his youngest daughter starts college next week, and his youngest child (son) will be a senior in high school this year. Wayne B. put in for football season. Zach S. said he will be working at the farm this weekend. Jeff A. is thankful for coffee this morning. And Ernie L. said he has a sore thumb – a thumb is no match for a table saw!
August 15th: John Dungan/Jenny Jesse - A trip to the Holy Land
August 22nd: Keith Jackson and Bill Castles - United Way
August 29th: Gabby Woodward, Riley Pinkerton, Jacob Doman, and Madeline McGinnis - RYLA
September 5th: Meet at The Pines!
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