Carl Chinnery

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, Service Above Self 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 was the 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, Powell Gardens, 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, Commerce Bank Community Service Award 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. The Nature Trail at Unity World Headquarters bears his name.

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 185 new members and the installation of three new clubs.