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July 1, 2021 Newsletter

The clouds parted and the rains subsided for our installation picnic and our celebration of the past and new Rotary years. We thanked 2020-2021 President Dave Kromphardt's team and installed our 2021-2022 Club President, Barry Tobias, and the Board. 

Celebrating 2020-2021 Accomplishments 
Dave Kromphardt summarized the Club's amazing accomplishments during the 2020-2021 Rotary year at the June 28 picnic. Dave reported many successes that we had during the pandemic. Here are some of the highlights of his report:
  • Our club was one of the first to hold virtual meetings and then one of the first to hold hybrid meetings when it was safe to do so.
  • Our club members served the community through 29 service projects.
  • We expanded the ways we served Ridglely Elementary School (our adopted school). In addition to purchasing school supplies, we collected cash so teachers and the administration could purchase what was needed. We also established and helped stock a micropantry at the school, and we will be adding a Little Library soon. 
  • We participated in several projects to feed homeless individuals in our community.
  • We launched a new Peace Builders Committee and met with community leaders on potential projects to increase civility and equity.
  • We brought in 9 new club members (two of which were inducted at the picnic, see story below).
  • We raised over $35,000 for our club foundation through our flag service project, the modified citrus sale that recognized former member John Montgomery (because we couldn't hold the catfish tournament fundraiser during the pandemic), and raised record amounts of monies through brag-a-bucks and our 50-50 drawing. These funds supported community grants, scholarships, and monies for the Land of Lincoln Honor Flights.
  • We contributed $19,000 to the Rotary International Foundation ($14,000 to the Annual Fund and $5,000 to Polio Plus). With monies that came back to our District through the RI Foundation, we participated in two International grant projects--one that provided computers to schools in Mexico and one that will provide easy access to water for a community in Nepal. We also participated in a joint District Club Grant project with the other Rotary Clubs of Springfield. These grants supported the purchase of whiteboards for online, at-home learning for students at Springfield schools. We also secured a District Literacy Grant to build four Little Libraries and purchase books for them.  
Before he donned his grand Pooba hat, he acknowledged the support of his wife Barbara and thanked the club for allowing him to be the president and to be himself.
2020-2021 Service Above Self Awards
2020-2021 President Dave Kromphardt presented Service Above Self Awards to club members who exhibited extraordinary service during the Rotary year at the picnic. The first award was presented to Stacy Kelly (image above), Club Service Director, for her service to the club through helping with online and hybrid logistics and arranging for speakers during the pandemic. He also acknowledged her participation in community service projects including establishment of the routes for the Flag Service Project.
The second Service Above Self Award was presented to Sergeant at Arms Nate Clemmer (image to left) for also assisting with logistics for online and hybrid meetings to accommodate speakers, brag-a-bucks, and the 50-50 drawing, and for arranging for invocations and participating in numerous service projects, including the construction of the little libraries. 
He presented the third Service Above Self Award to Membership Chair Travis Magoulias (image to right) for his efforts to help bring in, orient, and induct new members, as well as for his assistance with logistics for online and hybrid meetings and for this picnic, and his participation in numerous community service projects, including the flag service project.
Dave recognized Secretary Loretta Meeks (image below) with a Service Above Self Award for her outstanding performance as the Club Secretary and for participation in numerous service projects and committees, including the Peace Builders Committee. 
He presented a Service Above Self Award to 2020-2021 President-Elect Barry Tobias (lead image for newsletter) for his leadership to support our online and hybrid club and board meetings through Webex; his outstanding efforts for service projects such as the construction, painting, and installation of the little libraries; and his committee participation. 
In recognition of all Dave's accomplishments, Rod Buffington presented him with his print of the Rotary theme (Rotary Opens Opportunities) for Dave's Presidential year.
Two New Members Inducted at Picnic
Membership Chair Travis Magoulias formally inducted two new members into our club at the installation picnic. New member Jasmine Gibson (second from left) will be mentored by Dave Kromphardt, and Dave presented her with her red badge and rotary pin. Jasmine is currently a full-time students going to the University of North Dakota online for a B.S. in Health Education and Biology, hoping to become an epidemiologist. We learned that her favorite music genre is country western. Jasmine is interested in working with social media as a part of the Public Relations Committee. New Member Nicole Kinkelaar (second from right) will be mentored by Bonnie Styles. Bonnie presented her with her red badge and Rotary pin. Nicole is teaching in the Chatham School District. She recently moved to the Springfield-area with her husband Garrett Kinkelaar who is also a new member to our club. Nicole indicated that she did not have a favorite genre of music. However, she is bilingual (English and Spanish) and loves Latin music. Nicole and Garrett recently agreed to serve as the coordinators for our Little Libraries. We are thrilled to have Jasmine and Nicole as new members of the Rotary Club of Springfield.
Installation of New President and Board
A cast of governors installed Barry Tobias (far right in above image) as as our club's 2021-2022 Rotary President. The dignitaries (left to right in above image) include Tate Hartman (new Assistant Governor from the Rotary Club of Springfield, South), Bob Stuart (past RI Director and member of our Club), Tony Williams (past District Governor and member of our Club), Rod Buffington (past District Governor and member of our Club), and  Brian Barstead (past District Governor and member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise). 
Tate administered the pledge of office, and Barry promised to abide (image below). Barry received a standing ovation from our club. 
Barry proudly displayed the theme flag (Serve to Change Lives) for his Rotary Year (image on right).
Rod installed  2021-2022 officer Loretta Meeks (image below), who is serving another term as Secretary. Sheila Mack who is serving another term as Treasurer was not able to attend the event.
Tony installed the remainder of the Board of Directors (images on left and below)
Following the installation, Barry (image on left ) noted the importance of the support of his wife Shawn and previewed some of his plans for the new Rotary year. He acknowledged John James, a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participant from Springfield High that we sponsored, and his mother, Sacheen Simeon, and noted that we would be following through on the Bags of Hope project for the homeless that the RYLA students proposed. He hailed John as the future of  Rotary. Barry added that we would continue to work with the other four Rotary Clubs of Springfield on projects. He also described the 4-way test coins that we will use to bring in new members. 
Barry thanked Dave Kromphardt for his outstanding service as president, and indicated that he would be presenting him with a special plaque at our next meeting. 
The meeting concluded with Dave and Travis Magoulias presenting Barry with a special gift (image to right). The gift appropriately reflects Barry's passion for Rotary and cycling (image below) and is payback for the Grand Pooba headdress that Barry and Travis presented to Dave when he became president. 
We extend a warm welcome to our new first couple, Barry and Shawn!
A Special Note of Thanks from Dave
Thank you to everyone for your kind words and actions at the picnic on June 28. I also appreciate your support and kindness throughout this past year. The gifts, both fun and serious, are wonderful! The artwork from Rod will receive a custom frame  and be prominently displayed.
Thank you to everyone who helped in large and small ways to make this event happen. We appreciate the efforts our hosts Tony and Jan Williams made to make this a special time. Tony, the grilled hamburgers and brats were fantastic, and tasted great paired with the delicious food from Maldaners. Thanks to Steve Sowers for helping serve and for distributing the leftovers.
I hope everyone had a fun time at the picnic Monday night. It was great to see so many people together, and it was easy to tell that people enjoyed visiting with each other after what may have been a long time apart. I hope you all had an opportunity to meet John James and his mother Sacheen Simeon (on left in image below). John is a student at Springfield High School, and was one of the students that our club supported to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadershp Assembly. He helped plan the Bags of Hope project with the other RYLA students. We are looking forward to partnering with them on this project.
Rain or Shine: It's Always Sunny When Servning
Ridgely Food Pantry  Volunteers to check the pantry needed
       First half August 
       Second half August
       First half September
       Second half September
Chamber Golf Outing  Piper Glen, July 22 and 23
           11:45-2:15  Thursday July 22 -  two more volunteers needed
           11:45- 2:25   Friday, July 23 - two more volunteers needed
            2:00-4:340 pm Friday, July 23 - one more volunteer needed.
Hurrah! Garrett and Nicole Kinkelaar have volunteered to be Coordinators of our Little Libraries. They are pictured below volunteering for our downtown Springfield cleanup. We are so glad that they chose to be members of the Rotary Club of Springfield, and to be of service right from the start. 
Don't forget to keep saving items for our RYLA Bags of Hope. Bags will be filled and distributed to the homeless this fall. These RYLA students are exceptional. Let's ensure that the bags are stuffed to the brim.
Daily Bread volunteers needed at Senior Services.  Help deliver hot, nutritious meals to our seniors.  Contact Autumn Osborne at 217 528-4035, ext. 123 to sign up for one-day per week, Monday-Thursday. 10 am-noon. 
Contact to sign up for any of these great service opportunities. 
Encourage Membership in Rotary
Do you know or are you someone who has a passion to give back to your community? The Rotarians in this image are helping pack essential items for the Illinois Police Department to give to homeless individuals in our community. As a Rotarian, you adhere to the principles of the 4-way Test., which are:
  • Is it the Truth? 
  • Is it Fair to all concerned? 
  • Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships?  
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?  
If you find value in these ideals and want to be part of a great organization, right click on the attached link to open our Membership Application in a new window. You can also download a copy of the Membership Application from our Club's website Home Page ( in the Download Files section. You can send the completed application to the Membership Committee at We look forward to hearing from you! 

Downtown Rotary Membership Committee
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