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November 4, 2021 Newsletter

Our November 8 club meeting features guest speaker Kaitlyn Keen, Cancer Control Strategic Partnership Manager for the American Cancer Society. Don't miss this special presentation! See story below for more information. 

President Barry's Message
Dinner Reservations for Monday Evenings
I just wanted to remind everyone to please use the link that Bonnie puts in the newsletter to make your reservation for either picking up a dinner or for eating at Maldaners. If you are picking up your dinner Maldaners has asked that you pick your dinners up between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m.
District Grant for the Homeless
As many of you are aware we combined our efforts with 4 Springfield Rotary clubs to assist with the homeless in Springfield. With the cold coming on many of these people have limited or no access to shelter. Our 4 clubs are combing efforts to provide the necessary items and help serve a meal to those in need. Eileen Tepatti from the South club will be taking lead in the effort of the 4 clubs working together. Within our own club, I have asked Dave K. and Vicki M. to lead our club’s efforts with this team approach of the 4 clubs in Springfield.  
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November 8, 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 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 November 8 meeting is Sunday, November 7 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!
Citus Sale Orders Due on November 15

John Montgomery Memorial Citrus Drive!

This year we have again named our Annual Citrus Drive in memory of long-term Rotarian John Montgomery. He was an important Past President of our Club who had perfect attendance for club meetings during his entire tenure in Rotary (over 50 years)! The Rotary Annual Citrus Sale has raised over $1.4 million for grants to local charities! 
We obtain fresh-picked seedless Navel Oranges and Ruby Red Grapefruit from the Indian River Groves in central Florida and bring them to you for the Holiday Season. These Grade A oranges and Grapefruit are a favorite for gifts to family, friends, employees, and business associates.
Donors can designate a gift of oranges to the Central Illinois Foodbank or a Food Pantry of your choice through this program. Our club is again providing Ridgely School with an orange for each of their 300 students. If you would like contribute to the purchase of the five $45 cartons of oranges for this effort, let me know. 
Please participate in this fundraiser by selling citrus to your family, friends, and co-workers or by telling them how to order online or through the Internet.
Phone orders: 217-566-4326
Internet Orders:
The ordering deadline is November 15. Citrus Pick Up and Delivery Dates are December 10-11.
40 lb. cases of Oranges, Grapefruits or Mixed Fruit are $45 per case. 20 lb. cases are $30 per case. Gifts of oranges to the Central Illinois Foodbank or another Food Pantry of your choice may be made for either size.
Help us sell healthful, fresh citrus today and order some for yourself too! We are half way through the citrus sale, and $7,500 in sales have been reported thus far. Help us reach our goal to sell $20,000 worth of citrus and remember that our proceeds support grants to non-profits.  

Help us Improve our Plan for our 5K Event!
During COVID we have had to postpone the Go The Extra 5K several times. Well, folks, this is another one. Optimistically we are looking forward to a safe and expanded event next Spring. Our club takes great pride in providing safe and meaningful events, whether large-scale as in our Flag Program or selling citrus, or small scale in ringing bells for The Salvation Army. We evaluate situations so we can comfortably run our service projects, and right now that means we wait for a while. Anyone who registered for the event is being given a refund. 
To all who volunteered to help, thank you! We hope you continue your enthusiasm for when we can make our event a reality. We will continue our planning efforts and are considering ways to restructure the event to attract a broader audience and increase interest from families. If you would like to participate in planning, please let me know ( 
Community Service Opportunities
Go the Extra Mile 5-K
The event has been postponed, but planning will continue. We hope to expand our partners and make this an even better event. Let Dave Kromphardt know if you would like to help with planning for this  event ( The planning committee will continue to meet at 4:30 p.m. prior to club meetings.
Ridgely School Micro-Pantry
Volunteers are needed to monitor and stock the micro-pantry for the first and second half of December. Contact me at the email address below if you are interested in taking a shift. Thanks to Harry Mitchell for sending us the image to the left of the stocked Ridgely micro-pantry and the image below of our Ridgely School micro-pantry and Little Library. 
Little Libraries
Nicole Kinkelaar reported at our October 25 meeting that the Little Libraries at Ridgely and Enos schools are being used, but are awaiting the installation of legs so they can be more portable. Nicole will be arranging dates in November for volunteers to presort books for delivery to the little libraries at both schools and for the one at St. Johns Breadline. Special thanks to Harry Mitchell for sending the image on the right of the fully stocked Little Library at Ridgely School!
District Grant Project for the Homeless
We will learn more soon about our upcoming project to work with RYLA students and three other Rotary Clubs in Springfield on gathering supplies to help Homeless people in our community.
Boys and Girls Club Baskets
We have been asked to assist with care baskets being prepared by the Boys and Girls Club, but are awaiting details.
Home Instead
Please let me know if you think our club should again participate with Home Instead to provide holiday and gift cards for seniors. 
Have an idea for a community service project or want to help in other ways, contact
Special Speakers for November
Mark your calendar now to be certain you hear our special speakers for November club meetings. Bring a friend or colleague along with you! 
November 8 Speaker
Kaitlyn Keen, Cancer Control Strategic Partnership Manager for the American Cancer Society, will present "The Fight Against Cancer Starts with Me." Kaitlyn is passionate about empowering everyone to take charge of their health to prevent Cancer. 
November 15 Speaker
Dr. Mehul Trevidi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Clinical Neruropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine, will speak about the LCAS study, a memory study focused on memory changes that occur with aging.
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. 

Record Your Service Hours and Contributions
Please remember to report your service hours and related contributions. Just follow this link:
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 on the right shows Rotarians helping make mixed boxes of oranges and grapefruits for a previous citrus drive. 
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