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July 8, 2021 Newsletter

We extended a warm welcome to our newly installed 2021-2022 President Barry Tobias and his wife Shawn at our June 28 picnic. We also thanked our 2020-2021 President Dave Kromphardt and his leadership team for their numerous accomplishments. 

Serve to Change Lives
As we transition into the new Rotary year, we have seen tremendous growth in how we as Rotarians have opened new opportunities. Little did we know at that time, but that theme would really bring forth new leaders within Rotary who would step out of their comfort zones. This club led in the efforts to open these new opportunities and became stronger and closer I believe because of these efforts. Vicki and Dave, along with all of you, I want to thank you for your leadership this past year and a half and all that we have accomplished.
As we move into the new Rotary year, our new international president Shekhar Mehta announced a new theme, which is “Serve to Change Lives.” It’s important to understand how Shekhar came up with this new theme. He explained that in India when you want to serve someone you hold your hands out to your friends, family, and the community and people we serve. The globe and all the colors on the globe represent the diverse cultures, equity and inclusion we serve. This is a powerful message and one that we can all embrace moving forward.
As we look at last year’s presidential theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and this year’s theme of "Serve to Change lives," it is very easy to see how these two themes go hand in hand. Shekhar’s priorities this year are quite simple.
  • First, we are asking that each Rotarian bring a guest to a meeting. This is referred to as “Each one brings one.” By doing this we can increase our membership across the globe.
  • Second, he is asking us to focus on Rotary Days of Service and larger-scale service projects and to increase our public image. Locally, all 5 clubs have been working together to look at how we can do this, and this fall we will have a fundraiser together across Springfield. We are also looking at how we can work together moving forward and to make these events annual events.
  • Third, we need to empower girls under the age of 18. He has put together a presidential task force for this, and we will hear more about it soon. RYLA will play a huge part in this, and I believe that focusing on STEM schools and how we can help these young minds excel through mentoring will play a huge part in helping them to succeed.
As I put my hands together and look at all our members, potential new members and family and friends, I offer my hands to you as a servant to help us accomplish our goals and to impact our local and international communities.
 I have one ask of you going forward and that is to have you think about how you can serve others to help change a life or many lives. We can and will work together to be leaders in these times of change to show others across our communities and world why and how Rotary brings people around the globe together to help change lives. Collaboration and teamwork will help us to accomplish these goals, and I look forward to working with you this year.
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July 12, 2021 Meal Reservation
Now that we are back to full capacity, we will no longer announce the menu for dining at Maldaners Upstairs or for curbside pickup. The meal will be Chef's Choice as it was prior to the pandemic.
Please continue to make reservations for in-person meals so we can estimate our seating needs and for curbside meals so Maldaners knows you are coming. The deadline for reserving dinner for the July 12 meeting is Saturday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m. Please use the following link to make your reservations for the meal for indoor dining or curbside pickup by clicking: 
For curbside users, please place your meal tickets or cash in an envelope with your name and “for Sheila Mack” on the outside of the envelope and give it to the Maldaners staff member that gives you your food. They will get the envelopes to Sheila Mack. Curbside pickup is between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m. To pick up food, turn into the alley behind the building and pick up the food at the back door. It's easy to pick up your food an the food is delicious!
Thank You from a Scholarship Recipient
In June, the Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Foundation notified us that they selected Haley Mlinar as the recipient of our 2021-2022 John Giavaris Scholarship. This $1500 scholarship is supported by monies we raise from Brag-a-Bucks, the 50-50 Drawing, and our service projects.
Haley is a 2021 graduate of New Berlin High School and has an impressive list of academic and extracurricular achievements. She was a member of Honor Band and IHSA Solo and Ensemble and received three silver key awards at the Scholastic Art Fair, second place at the Old State Capital Art Fair Poster Contest, and was selected as the student of the month several times. Haley is also very involved in her community. She is a Festival of Trees and Sangamon County Art Fair volunteer and assists at many special events. Haley is pursuing a career in art and wants to make it her own business. She noted in her personal essay, " I want to be able to do this passion every day and use it to inspire others and make people happy." She looks forward to her coursework at LLCC. We thought you would enjoy seeing her thank you letter.
Dear Donor,
I am writing to express my gratitude for being selected as a recipient of the John Giavaris Scholarship. Thank you for your consideration and decision to select me as a recipient, I am beyond grateful to have been chosen.
Your generosity with this scholarship will allow me to put this money towards my classes and supplies for my upcoming school year at Lincoln Land Community College. I am excited to attend Lincoln Land this year as a freshman and your scholarship has made it easier for me to do so. I plan to major in Fine Arts to learn and practice as much as I can to reach my goals. I was super excited to learn that I had received this scholarship. Thank you so much for the support! I look forward to putting this generous scholarship towards my goals and studies at Lincoln Land, thank you again.
Haley Mlinar
Kempiner's Book Review
THE MAN I KNEW: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post Presidency
By Jean Becker
This is a love story. George Herbert Walker Bush (41) loved his wife, his extended family, his country, everyone he met, and even his adversaries such as Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Clinton.
Jean Becker, a former reporter, was Bush 41’s Chief of Staff during the post Presidential years and gives us a look at Bush 41 as a human being. Yes, there are references in the book to his Presidential successes and failures, but it is mostly about what she saw in him after he was President. She expounds on his love for Barbara Pierce Bush and his belief that he cheated death multiple times and took that as a sign God had a higher purpose for him.
He related to everyone he met and talked to. Becker shares the time he and Barbara went to the local grocery store in Houston. She went to do the shopping while he went to the cheese section to decide which cheese and crackers he thought he might like with their afternoon cocktails. Another shopper came to the section and was unsure of what she wanted, so he told her about the various cheeses and what crackers went best with them. When he and Barbara went to check out, there was a long line.  The store manager offered to ring up their purchases, but they insisted they would wait in line like everyone else.
He was a man of empathy. Just a few examples she cites:
  • Shaving off his hair when the young son of one of his secret service agent lost his during chemotherapy.
  • Cold-calling George Clooney, whom he and Barbara liked watching on TV re-runs but never met, to enlist his aid to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Joining with Bill Clinton to raise funds for the victims of a major Southeastern Asia tsunami.
  • Planning with a disabled friend when, he himself was in a wheelchair, to ride the buses of Houston to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was one of his Presidential accomplishments.
Jon Meacham, his biographer and friend, closed his eulogy at President Bush’s funeral with these words:
”He was always extending a hand, always opening that big, vibrant, inclusive, all enveloping heart.  And if we listen closely enough, we can hear that heart beating even now, for it is the heartbeat of a lion – a lion who not only led us, but who loved us.”
Jon Meacham’s words encapsulates what Jean Becker has written. This book should be assigned reading for anyone going into public service.
Rain or Shine: It's Always Sunny When Serving
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 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Thursday July 22 -  two more volunteers needed
           11:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m.  Friday, July 23 - two more volunteers needed
            2:00-4:30 p.m. Friday, July 23 - one more volunteer needed.
Hurrah! Garrett and Nicole Kinkelaar have volunteered to be Coordinators of our Little Libraries. 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. 10:00 a.m.-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
Thank you. 

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