Posted by Randy Erford
Fletcher Farrar Reflected on the Illinois Times and Journalism
This past Monday, June 5, our Speaker was Fletcher Farrar (lead image and left), Editor and Owner of the Illinois Times, a weekly publication that remains vibrant today and is fast approaching its 50th anniversary.  Mr. Farrar gave an engaging presentation that chronicled the changes in staff and location of the Illinois Times throughout the years and then provided perspective on the recent diminishment of local journalism in Springfield and nationwide. He was introduced by a former Illinois Times staff member, our own Sharon Smith (below). Our club previously recognized Fletcher as a Community Paul Harris Fellow so he is well-known and was well-received by his audience.
      Presentation of Community Grants on June 12
At our club meeting on June 12, we will hold our annual Grant Awards Night.  We will be joined by representatives of more than a dozen local community organizations that are recipients of Rotary Club of Springfield 2022-2023 grants.
Celebrate Juneteenth
In two weeks, on June 19, on the Juneteenth National Holiday there will be No Rotary Meeting.
Installation of New Rotary Officers on June 26
Mark your calendar to join us at the home of President-Elect Travis Magoulias for a picnic on June 26, for our Installation of our 2023-2024 Officers. See Upcoming Programs and Events for more details on this event, our end-of-the-Rotary-year party!