Posted by Barry Tobias
1st Annual Chicken dinner on September 18 and 19
I wanted to remind everyone that the 1st annual Rotary Chicken Dinner that all 5 Springfield Rotary clubs are participating in is this weekend. You have done a great job at committing to and selling tickets for each day. We ended up committing to 101 tickets on Saturday and 146 tickets on Sunday out of the 300 total tickets. Please bring your money that is owed for these tickets to our meeting next Monday if possible or mail your checks.
 
We are still in need of a couple of volunteers on Saturday so please help if you can. Please show up a half hour early if you are a volunteer for either day. Great job again and thanks for all you do.
 
Springfield Rotary Presidents Meeting and Update
On September 14, all 5 Springfield Rotary Club presidents met for our monthly meeting with Assistant District Governor Tate Hartman. At this month’s meeting we looked at other ways that all 5 clubs can continue to work together to show Springfield the power of Rotary. Topics that we discussed included the 1st Annual Chicken Dinner, the new member engagement session and orientation, the Cards-Cubs game on October 3, putting together a database of speakers that could be shared across our clubs, the Pints for Polio fundraiser (image above) that would occur in conjunction with World Polio Day (October 24), Rotary day at UIS basketball, and possibly participating in a city-wide Blood Drive in January for national blood month. The momentum to stay in touch and work on shared projects is growing and we will keep you up to date on where we are at on all of these plans at our weekly meetings and through the newsletter. Please let us know if you have any ideas or would like to work on any of these projects.
 
Hear Randy Erford and Speaker KaiMook McWilla on September 20
President Elect Randy Erford will lead the meeting this coming Monday while I am out for the week at the Gold Star 500 bicycle ride. Randy is always entertaining and brings a unique sense of humor to make the meetings a fun time.
 
At this meeting, we will hear from KaiMook McWilla (lead image). She is a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Thailand who lived with a family in Pleasant Plains 15 years ago and is leading a very interesting life. She just received her Doctorate in Neuroscience and has studied and lived in many countries. She is currently working in the Department of Cognitive Science with the Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Human Sciences for the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University in Australia. Don't miss this presentation.