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November 11, 2021 Newsletter

Our November 15 club meeting features guest speaker Dr. Mehul Trevidi, Ph.D., SIU School of Medicine. He will discuss his research of memory changes with aging. Don't forget (teehee!) to attend this special presentation! See story below for more information. 

President Barry's Message
RYLA Bags of Hope with Salvation Army and 4 Springfield Rotary Clubs
On November 10, the RYLA Bags of Hope committee and all four Rotary Clubs involved in the project met to kick off the District 6460 club grants we received for $9300 to assist Springfield’s homeless. This project will be a great way for four Springfield Rotary Clubs, RYLA, and the Salvation Army to work hand in hand to help the homeless in Springfield. This grant project will have two phases to it. Phase 1 will be the gathering of the items, putting them together within our clubs, and then they will be distributed on December 14 at the Salvation Army. In addition, on December 19, the four clubs and RYLA will get together to serve a meal to those in need. We will pick a date prior to December 14 to gather before one of our Monday meetings at Maldaners Upstairs to help put these bags of items together as we have done in the past. The image to the left shows bags for homeless individuals that we assembled for a previous project. This is a great event and way for four Springfield Rotary Clubs to help those in need during the holiday season. We will let you know when we will meet soon.
No Rotary Meetings on December 20 and the 27
Just a reminder as we approach the holiday season that our club will not meet at Maldaners on December 20 and December 27. Please take this time during the holiday season to spend time with your friends, family, and co-workers.
Planning for Holiday Party
Rod Buffington and the Fellowship Committee are planning to hold our holiday party on the week of  December 13-17. We will post the date and location soon. 
Book Reorganization for the Little Libraries on November 14
With two of our four little libraries in service at Ridgely and Enos Schools, the kids have been taking advantage of utilizing and reading the books we have provided for the libraries. The image to the right shows the Little Library at Ridgely School. Part of keeping the books replenished in the little libraries involves going to the Computer Banc warehouse to organize the cases of books that we have assembled for this project. We need your help this coming Sunday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will meet at Computer Banc warehouse to reorganize books for the little libraries and apply our Rotary stickers to each book. If this is something that you would like to help with, please come to the Computer Banc warehouse, 1545 N. 11th Street in Springfield to assist. Please reach out to Nicole Kinkelaar or Vicki Megginson if you have any questions. We hope to see you this Sunday.
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November 15, 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 15 meeting is Sunday, November 14 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.  

Citrus Sale Wrap Up Information
This coming Monday, November 15, is the deadline for reporting citrus sales. If you will not be at this meeting, you can bring your sales information to my house at 800 Wythe Road in Springfield. Call me at 217-303-9896 to coordinate the timing of the delivery. If this is not convenient, you can email me ( to report your sales and submit money for the citrus at a later date.
It is important to report your current sales by November 15 so there will be sufficient time to process the sales. If there are a few additional sales after this deadline, they can still be accepted if reported by Monday, November 22. If I don’t hear from you by next Monday, I may call you to make sure I get your sales. If you don’t have any sales to report this year, you can respond to this email to let me know.
Thank you for your support of the Citrus Sale! This program provides Grant Money to many valuable organizations in our community.
Bill Smith
Citrus Warehouse Manager.
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 commonly meets at 4:30 p.m. prior to club meetings, but check with Dave to be certain a meeting is scheduled.
Ridgely School Micro-Pantry
Volunteers are needed to monitor and stock the micro-pantry. 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. 
Volunteer to Sort Books for Our Little Libraries on November 14
The Little Libraries at Ridgely and Enos schools are being heavily used! As noted in Barry's comments above, the date of November 14 has been arranged for volunteers to help sort books at the Computer Banc warehouse for stocking the Little Libraries at Ridgely and Enos Schools. See Barry's story above for times and the warehouse address. Thanks to Harry Mitchel for the images of the Little Library at Ridgely School above and on right.
District Club Grant Project for the Homeless
As reported in Barry's comments above, we will working with RYLA students, the Salvation Army, and three other Rotary Clubs in Springfield on gathering supplies and assembling them at a club meeting prior to December 14 and providing and serving a dinner on December 19 to help Homeless people in our community. More information will be available soon. Let Vicki Megginson and Dave Kromphardt know if you would like to volunteer for this rewarding project.
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
If you would like to participate in a project for Home Instead to provide holiday and gift cards for seniors, please let Vicki Megginson know.  
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 15 Speaker
Dr. Mehul Trevidi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist 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.
November 22 Speaker
Reverend Margaret Ann Jessup, Pastor at the Douglas Avenue Methodist Church in Springfield, will speak about the Wooden it Be Lovely nonprofit social enterprise founded by Reverend Jessup and members of the Church congregation. This program assists women in transition from lives of poverty or in recovery. It provides employment, develops job skills and recovery tools, and also provides mentoring and love. The women refurbish used wood furniture and sell it to the public. 
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
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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 on the right shows Rotarians helping make mixed boxes of oranges and grapefruits for a previous citrus drive. 
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