He doesn’t carry pom-poms, execute toe-touches or lead chanting crowds, but Larry Lunsford has earned the reputation of “shoe cheerleader” in northern Missouri over the last 12 years of getting Rotarians pumped up to serve orphans.
It began back in 2001 as Larry Lunsford was preparing to become the next president of Rotary District 6040 and brainstorming ways he could build a sense of camaraderie between the clubs in his district.
During a visit to Texas to see his longtime friend Scott Collins, vice president of communications for Buckner International, Lunsford learned about a humanitarian aid project Buckner had recently taken over called Shoes for Orphan Souls.
“It was really a perfect meshing of goals that I had here in northern Missouri,” Lunsford said. “I was looking for a project that all of our Rotary clubs could do together, and I was hoping it would have some sort of international tie. It’s a tangible way for a lot of our Rotarians in the rural clubs to feel they are connected to the international aspects of Rotary International.”
Missouri Rotary District 6040 has done shoe drives for a dozen consecutive years, with around 55 Rotary clubs across northern Missouri and more than 2,500 individuals pitching in to help. Read the rest of this entry