Posted by Vicki Megginson
Covid 19 has changed the way we interact with each other and our community, but it has not changed the Rotary Club of Springfield’s commitment to improving literacy and eradicating hunger in our community. ImagicNation now enjoys a new Little Library (image to left), while we continue to provide it with books for children to enjoy. White boards are being distributed this month to four elementary schools in Springfield that will help children learn from home or school through a District 6460 Club grant we wrote jointly with the other local Rotary Clubs.
 
To help reduce hunger, our club joined with United Way Days of Action to stock micro-pantries throughout Springfield, and we provided cans, cartons and cases of food items on September 26. Plans are now underway for us to provide a dinner meal through the Meal Train on October 29 for 55 homeless men and women staying at the Cooling & Warming Center on 1015 E. Madison Street. We will provide the meals, desserts, beverage and disposable service items. For many, it may be the only hot meal they will have that day. Stay-tuned for more details on how to help with this project.
 
We plan to make the holiday season a bit brighter as we partner with Home Instead to provide small gifts and cheery cards to isolated seniors. Home Instead will provide us wish lists in November, and our gifts and cards will be delivered in early December for the seniors to enjoy. We will continue to provide holiday cheer for youth as well through our continued partnership with Rutledge Youth Foundation.  Look for the paper angels with a child’s name and wish list to be distributed at meetings.
 
On Saturday, December 5 we will ring the Salvation Army bell at Schnuck’s on Chatham Road. We will ring joyously between 11 am and 7:30 pm.  A sign-up sheet will be coming as the date grows near.
 
On December 12, we are going the Extra Mile, our Fun Walk, to celebrate all who provide for our health and welfare. Look for more information soon.
 
Don’t forget to log your service hours. Just click on this link: https://airtable.com/shr4cB7BpJjpwXDEr
 
If you need to record your hours at another time, you can go to the “Download Documents” on the left side of the Home Page Website (www.spirotary.org), click on the “Record Your Rotary Volunteer Hours” file, and then click on the link. The form is easy to fill out!