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January 6, 2022 Newsletter

Mark your calendar and purchase your tickets for the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Wyndham Springfield City Center on January 17, 2022 (see story below). 
President Barry's Message
Thank to Randy and Stacy for Support During My Absence
This week we offer thanks to two special Rotarians, Randy Erford and Stacy Kelly. My illness with pneumonia prevented me from leading the meeting on January 3, and Randy stepped in and ran the meeting. He also had to improvise when we needed to reschedule our speakers to February 7. Thank you, President-Elect Randy!
Stacy Kelly also stepped up and soloed handling the technology that night. There were extra challenges with the sound system, and she made sure everyone heard all the action at the podium. Thank you, Stacy!
The January 3 meeting also showed a challenge we have with hybrid meetings. Typically we have four people present who can manage the sound and video to people in person and at home. For January 3, we had three gone due to illness and family travel, and we were very fortunate to have Stacy present. Had she been otherwise obligated or ill we would have had no one to provide the link to our home attendees.
Per my doctors orders he has asked that I stay remote for another week or two until I am fully recovered. I have had pneumonia several times, and this episode is taking a little longer to recover from.
Going forward we would like to have at least seven Club members be able to handle the technology link. It’s not complicated but it is precise. Interested? Contact me at and we will add you to our “roadie crew.”
One final note: The January 3 presentation on Peacebuilders was rescheduled because it is an important topic for our club, and we want to provide the biggest audience possible. Illness was a big factor. We have rescheduled this presentation. Please plan to attend, either in person or at home, on February 7 to hear about being a Rotary Peacebuilder Club. Bob Moore and Vicki Megginson have led a committee that has worked thoroughly and carefully since September, 2020, and are now ready to discuss this next step. And we have guests from Urbana who are already part of a Peacebuilder Club to share their information with us on February 7!
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January 10, 2022 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 make reservations for in-person meals so we can estimate our seating and food needs and for curbside meals so Maldaners knows you are coming. The deadline for reserving dinner for the January 10 meeting is Saturday, January 8 at noon. Meals are $15 each. 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!
2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
Robert Moore has notified us that the Frontiers International Springfield Club plans to hold the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in person this year. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the breakfast on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. It will be held in the Wyndham Springfield City Center at 700 E. Adams. Please participate in this important community event. We are hoping to have enough participants from our Club to reserve at least two tables. Bob Moore already has a table and is looking for more Rotarians to share it. Please let Barry Tobias ( know if you are planning to attend so we can get a count for our tables. To purchase a ticket, contact Bob Moore ( or Frontiers International Springfield Club, P.O. Box 3522, Springfield, IL 62708.
Frontiers International has scheduled Dr. Charles Person to speak. Dr. Person was the youngest of the original 13 Freedom Riders sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). He was on the Trailways bus attacked in Anniston and Birmingham. Click on Dr. Person Bio to see a full copy of his inspirational biography, which we copied from the Frontiers International Springfield Club Website. 
Stay tuned for more information on this event. 
Club Assembly on Peacebuilders on Feb. 7
As stated by Rotary International:
Rotary creates environments of peace.
As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.
By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
The Rotary Club of Springfield’s Ad hoc Peacebuilders Committee was formed 18 months ago to explore ways that our club may further improve civility and peace in our community through service.
The Club Assembly has been rescheduled for February 7 and will provide members with the Committee's report including the committee’s specific objectives, research findings, and recommendations for 2022 and beyond that will hopefully help to address underlying causes that inhibit a fairer and more just community. We will also consider the Club’s application to be an official Rotary Action Group for Peace and why this will be useful. 
Joining us for this assembly will be Barbara Jones and Timothy Bartlett from the Rotary Club of Urbana, an officially designated Rotary Action Group for Peace club. 
Please join us in person at Maldaners or virtually via Webex on February 7. The online link will be provided later. Click on  Peacebuilders  to view a copy of the PowerPoint for this presentation.
Welcome to Alli Goldasich
On December 13, Alli Goldasich introduced herself to us at our club meeting (image to left) and applied for membership. Alli recently relocated to Springfield and is looking for ways to give back to the community. She attended Saint Louis University and was a member of Rotaract while on campus. She currently works for Memorial Medical Center as a project manager. 
Alli will make a great Rotarian, and her membership application was unanimously approved by the board just before the holiday break. We look forward to Alli being a new member of our club. Please extend her a warm welcome. 
Kentucky Tornadoes Disaster Relief
Our Rotary club and other Rotary clubs are assisting with disaster relief for the tornadoes in Kentucky. Ameren is donating almost 100 pallets of hand sanitizer, wipes, and antiseptic cleaner for Kentucky.  We made two trips with our Computer Banc truck to pick up the supplies from Ameren in Decatur and brought them to our warehouse (image to left). There were 50 pallets of donated supplies at the Computer Banc warehouse as of December 21 (image below).
On December 16, the Rotary Club of Edwardsville organized a small shipment for delivery to western Kentucky. Computer Banc delivered six pallets of Ameren donations for this trip. The image below shows me and Tina Denman from the Rotary Club of Edwardsville.
The Ameren Dorsett facility in St. Louis has about the same number of pallets (50+) to donate. The Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Pawnee Illinois will assist us by picking up this donation after the holidays and has also committed a semi-trailer truck to assist in this effort.
Donations stored at Computer Banc in Springfield will go to organizations in Kentucky when they are ready to take deliveries from Rotary officials on the ground. The tornadoes caused so much destruction that few buildings were available for storage of donated items in the impacted areas. 
Special thanks are due to Ameren for making these donations and to Rotarians in Illinois and Kentucky for storing and delivering the supplies when local organizations are ready to receive them.
2022 Volunteer Opportunities
Ridgely School Micropantry
Volunteers are needed to monitor and stock the pantry for the last two weeks in February and for March. The image on the left shows the micropantry at Ridgely School. Thanks to Bonnie Styles for monitoring and stocking the Ridgely School micropantry during the first two weeks in January (see story below). 
Little Libraries
There will also be opportunities to assist with our Little Libraries by sorting and stocking books. The image below shows the Little Library at Ridgely Elementary School. Details will follow soon from Nicole Kinkelaar.
Thanks to all of you who volunteered for our numerous service projects in 2021! 
Contact Vicki at if you wish to:
Help stock the Ridgely School Micropantry and Nicole Kinkelaar if you are interested in helping with the Little Libraries
Stocking the Ridgely School Micropantry
When I monitored our Ridgely Micropantry on January 5, 2022, I was shocked to find it so empty (image to left). This pantry is clearly well-used and badly needed. I happily filled the shelves with items that I had selected based on the recommendations from people who rely on food pantries to help feed their families (see article below). The image below shows the pantry after I had finished stocking it. Volunteering to stock the food pantry is a rewarding task. I hope others agree and will sign up for two weeks shifts so we can keep this pantry well stocked.
Suggestions for Pantries from People Who Use Pantries
We are repeating a list of suggestions of foods and other items to stock in the Ridgely Food Pantry. These suggestions came from people who use food pantries to help feed their families. 
1. Everyone donates Kraft Mac and Cheese in the box. They can rarely use it because it needs milk and butter, which is difficult to get from regular food banks.
2. Boxed milk is a treasure, as kids need it for cereal, which they also get a lot of.
3. Everyone donates pasta sauce and spaghetti noodles.
4. They cannot eat all the awesome canned veggies and soup unless you put a can opener in too or buy pop tops.*
5. Oil is a luxury and needed for Rice a-Roni, which they also get a lot of.
6. Spices or salt and pepper would be a real Holiday gift.
7. Tea bags and coffee make them feel like you care.
8. Sugar and flour are treats.
9. They fawn over fresh produce donated by farmers and grocery stores.
10. Seeds are cool in Spring and Summer because growing can be easy for some.
11. They rarely get fresh meat.
12. Tuna and crackers make a good lunch.
13. Hamburger Helper goes nowhere without ground beef.
14. They get lots of peanut butter and jelly but usually not sandwich bread.
15. Butter or margarine is nice too.
16. Eggs are a real commodity.
17. Cake mix and frosting makes it possible to make a child’s birthday cake.
18. Dishwashing detergent is very expensive and is always appreciated.
19. Feminine hygiene products are a luxury and women will cry over that.
20. Everyone loves Stove Top Stuffing.
* At our November 29 club meeting, Ross Hodel reported that he followed this advice and stocked numerous can openers in the Ridgely Pantry. He noted that they were quickly snapped up.
2021 Holiday Party Photo Album
Did you enjoy the images from the 2021 Holiday Party in our January 3 Newsletter? We uploaded all the images from the holiday party in the Photo Gallery on our website homepage. Just click on 2022 Holiday Party to see and download images from our wonderful event.
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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Record Your Service Hours and Contributions
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Please email images of service activities to Bonnie Styles at It's easy to take pictures if you have a smartphone, but even an old style camera works just fine. Send me an email ( to let me know when you will be volunteering for a service project, and I will come out and take some images. The image below shows David Fowler with supplies Rotarians are storing and delivering to local organizations in Kentucky following the devastating tornadoes there.    
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