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November 19, 2020 Newsletter

Presidents Message and November 23 Meeting
My note this week is a short one. We have a club meeting with home grown talent at the center. Randy Erford (pictured to left) is going to surprise us with his unique brand of entertainment. We will have the 50/50 in hopes of breaking our string of losers, and lots of information from committees. PLUS, everyone is invited to create a unique Thanksgiving background for everyone else to see. Not sure how to do it (like me)? Contact Barry Tobias at and beg him for help!
Our speaker last Monday was Katina Kooi from Youth Service Bureau (pictured in the top, row center in the image below). Her presentation on helping kids get back on track, or managing a tough home situation, was enlightening. One important point came out of the Breakout Room discussion afterward; most of these young people have the same needs as many of the homeless people our club helped. Those items, clothes, coats, shoes ─ all are needed. Many kids only have what is on their back. Katina said they accept donations of these items and keep them on hand.
We heard about a lot of ways our club is helping people in our community, from helping children in need and the elderly all alone, to promoting literacy, to providing oranges to those needing food, to ringing bells. We are an active club with a focus on service! Every member is encouraged during this period of Thanksgiving to determine where they can serve others in need. Every Rotarian participating would be a wonderful thing this season!
The Thanksgiving Holiday gives us an opportunity to reflect on the blessings in our lives. This year has provided a definite challenge for all of us, from social isolation to fear of infection to loss of friends and other loved ones. When looking for blessings, I thought of a mixed one, a shift of the ordinary. I have gotten to know so many in this Club a lot more through our video adventures (see image from November 16 meeting to right) than if we had our ordinary meetings all year. This Club is a collection of amazing people with incredible talents, knowledge, and experiences. I am blessed and thankful for relationships with all of you!
Our next newsletter will feature the big news that we received today. District 6460 Governor Maura Donnelly informed us that Club member Neal Miller's nomination has been approved, and he will serve as the 2023-2024 District 6460 Governor. Please join  me in congratulating Neal.
Rotary Quote of the Week:
Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.
-- Holger Knaack, Rotary International President (pictured in the image to the left with President Dave at the PETS meeting)
November 23, 2020 Club Meeting Link
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November 23, 2020 Meal Reservation and Menu
The menu for curbside pickup for the November 23 meeting is:
Chef Choice of Salad and Dessert
Please use the following link by Friday at 2:00 p.m. to make your reservations for the meal for curbside pickup: This link has worked very well. Contact Dave Kromphardt at only if you have a late change.
For curbside users, please place your meal tickets or cash in an envelope with your name 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. 
Rutledge Youth Angel Tree Gifts
We will again be filling an Angel Tree for the youth of Rutledge. These are abused/neglected children who are living in foster care, intact families or independent placements monitored by Rutledge. There are 35 angels available for male and female youth, ages infant – 20, with the child’s name and gift suggestions printed. A gift of $25-50 is suggested.
If you are interested in participating please contact me via email to select an Angel(s): We can make arrangements to pick up your gift or schedule a time for you to drop it off, wrapped or unwrapped, at our office at Rutledge, 151 N Bruns Lane.
Thanks for your support.
Marty Michelson, Executive Director
Help Spread the Cheer!
Members of our Club will be ringing the bells for the Salvation Army at Schnucks at Montvale Plaza (2801 Chatham Road) on December 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There are four two-hour shifts, and three Rotarians may sign up for a shift. Check this sign up link to see which shifts are still open. The image to left shows Norm and me enjoying ourselves in 2019. If you are participating this year, you will need to wear a mask. Please join us in raising money for the the Salvation Army.      
We are also spreading a little cheer to seniors in our community. So many seniors are able to stay at home with assistance, but can feel isolated and alone, especially during Covid 19 restrictions and the holidays. In partnership with Home Instead, the Rotary Club of Springfield hopes to brighten the holidays for 20 elderly individuals with notes of cheer and an accompanying gift card, which are safer for distribution than wrapped gifts.
Please let me know at if you will gift one or more individuals. I will then assign names in order of replies received and send you an email with your assign name(s) and wished for gift card. Typically, gift card values are between $25 or $30.
Gift cards, along with a holiday card/note, must be received by Home Instead no later than December 4th.  You can mail your holiday card and gift card to Tina Prather, Home Instead 2040 West Isles Avenue, Suite A, Springfield Il 62704. Please let her know the name of your senior and that you are with the Rotary Club of Springfield. You can also drop off your card to Vicki Megginson, 2308 Ironoak Circle, Springfield, who will deliver the cards to Home Instead.
Thank you so much for your generosity,
Supplies for Homeless Delivered!
Thanks to Vicki Megginson and Norm Megginson for filling 50 ziplock bags with essential supplies and delivering them to the Springfield Police Department for distribution to homeless individuals in our community. Club members donated new hats, gloves, handwarmers, warm socks, hand sanitizer, masks, kleenex packs, lip balm, toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, hand lotion, and healthful treats.
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