The Rotary Club of
Springfield
 
 

June 9, 2022 Newsletter

Our club is sponsoring a second Rotary Outbound Youth Exchange student! At our June 6, club meeting, we presented Carmen Correa with a scholarship to help support her participation in this wonderful program. See story below for more details.

We are looking forward to hearing from our members who participated in the Rotary International Convention in Houston!

President Barry's Message
 
 
Year-end Celebration and Welcoming of New Club President
On Monday June 27, we will once again have a year-end celebration and cookout at our hosts Jan and Tony Williams home. The image to the left shows last years cookout. This celebration allows us to reflect on what we accomplished as Rotarians during the 2021-2022 year and look ahead to the 2022-2023 year. We will also welcome President Elect Randy Erford as our new President and be introduced to his new leadership team.
 
 
 
This is a time for Rotarians and their spouse or significant other to get together and share a few laughs and memories and to enjoy the cookout and maybe share a cold one or two. We do need to hear from you though as we make the final arrangements for this event. So please let us know if you and a guest will be joining us so we can get the correct headcount. The Upcoming Programs and Events calendar listing below provides the email address for rsvps and the address for Tony and Jan's home.
 
Tony Williams Honors two Community Leaders on June 13.
On Monday June 13, Tony Williams will be honoring two community leaders by making them Paul Harris Fellows. As we all know, being named a Paul Harris Fellow is quite an honor, and it allows us to recognize someone whether they are a Rotarian or not. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. Be sure to join us at Maldaners next Monday for this special event.
June 13, 2022 Meal Reservation
 
Our June 13 club meeting will be hybrid with the opportunity to dine in person at Maldaners Upstairs or dine at home by ordering a meal to pick up behind Maldaners. In either case, make a reservation!
 
All meals include the main course, sides, salad, and dessert. Take out meals are well packaged, and are hand deliverd by Maldaner's staff, sometimes by Chef Michael Higgins!
 
Please make reservations for dining in or take out so we can estimate our food needs and so Maldaners knows you are coming. The deadline for reserving dinner for the June 13 meeting is Monday, June 13 at noon. Meals are $15 each. Please use the following link to make your reservations for the meal for dining in or pickup by clicking: 
 
 
 
 
For curbside takeout, 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!
June 13, 2022 Meeting Link
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Outbound Exchange Student Bound for Germany
At our June 6 club meeting, Bill Kempiners introduced us to Cindie Carmen Correa (image above). She is the second Rotary Outbound Youth Exchange student that our club is sponsoring for 2022-2023. Carmen is a 16 year old Springfield High School student with great poise and enthusiasm for educational experiences and world travel. She recently attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program with a friend, where she heard about the opportunity to be an outbound exchange student. On the bus back from RYLA, she initiated her application to be an exchange student. Her application was approved at record speed. In August, she will head to western Germany where she will live with a German host family and attend a school comparable to a U.S. high school in a town near Cologne. She is co-sponsored by a German Rotary Club and will have opportunities to interact with them. 
 
Dave Fowler, representing the Springfield Rotary Foundation Board, presented her with a Bellatti Kincaid Youth Exchange Scholarship certificate and check to help her with expenses. Our club's foundation manages the Bellatti Kincaid Fund, which helps support inbound and outbound students participating in the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This summer, Carmen is busy preparing for her trip and taking a crash course in German and is excited to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet and hear her thoughts on benefits of this opportunity. 
Upcoming Programs and Events
June 13 Club Meeting -- Join us for a jam-packed evening of Rotary and a fine meal. 
Past District Governor Tony Williams will recognize two more community leaders as Paul Harris Fellows. Join us to find out who will be recognized. If the stars align, we also plan to formally induct Jacqualine Jarju as a new and active member of our club.
 
June 20 -- Presentation of Our Club's Community Grants 
We will be presenting 14 community grant awards for a total of $31,500. Please join us to meet and hear from the recipients. 
 
June 27 --  Rotary Year-end Celebration and Induction of New Leadership Team
On Monday, June 27, at 5:30 pm, our Club will be celebrating at the home of Anthony and Jan Williams located at 1027 Hoechester Drive to mark the transition of our current president, Barry Tobias and the induction of Randy Erford as our new president. There will be food catered by Maldaners and Tony, as well as great conversation with fellow Rotarians and a fun evening. Please respond to Loretta Meeks (lmeek@gmail.com) to let us know if you will be attending and if you will be bringing a guest. 
 
We look forward to hearing from you. The image below shows last summer's year-end celebration at Tony and Jan's home. Please join us!
 
June 26 is Rotary Family Day at the Ball Park
Mark  your calendar and order your tickets now! We have scheduled our annual Rotary Family Day at the Ball Park for June 26 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Our game time is 1:10 p.m. and will feature another exciting match up of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. I have 1500 tickets for Rotarians in District 6460 to sell.  On May 1, ticket prices increased, but are still a bargain at $55 each. So buy your tickets right away to be sure that you will have a spot at the stadium. 
 
Please remember to sell tickets to friends, neighbors, relatives, colleagues, or anyone who would enjoy a great baseball game and the opportunity to support literacy projects. Proceeds from ticket sales support District 6460's Literacy Grant Program that funds projects proposed by clubs in our district. So sell as many tickets as you can and be certain that our club submits a proposal for a literacy project to benefit the community. To purchase tickets now click on Ticket Order Form or download this form from the download files section on our website homepage (www.spirotary.org).
 
There are only about 240 tickets left to sell. I have arranged for a bus, and the bus is full! 
Baseball Tickets are Still a Bargain
 
Our "Early Bird" sale for our annual "Rotary Family Day at the Ball Park" is over, but tickets are still a bargain at $55 each. The game is June 26 in St. Louis between your favorite Cardinals or your favorite Cubs!  Go to the front page of Rotary District 6460 website  or click on Ticket Order Form here to get the order form.  At our June 6 meeting, Rod announced that there are only 240 of the original 1500 tickets left to sell. Keeping selling until they are all gone.
 
Game time is 1:10 p.m. at Busch Stadium, St. Louis.
 
The seats are in the Left field loge - Section 267 next to McDonald's Land.  
 
Our annual game has raised over one-half million dollars over the past19 years for helping children and adults gain literacy skills within our Rotary Communities.
The Bus to the Baseball Game is Full!
The Rotary Club of Springfield Downtown is sponsoring a bus to the annual "Rotary Family Day at the Ball Park" on June 26 for the game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Cubs.
 
Rotarians and friends sent a $30 check to Rotary Club of Springfield to reserve their seats! Rod announced at our June 6 club meeting that the bus is full! Thanks to everyone who reserved a seat.
 
The bus will leave from the parking lot behind Macy's upper level at White Oaks Mall
 
Bus arrival at White Oaks parking lot:  10:00 a.m. (Sunday, June 26)
 
Bus departs from Springfield for trip to St. Louis:  10:30 a.m.
 
Bus departure after the ball game:  The bus will leave one hour after game with a tentative departure time from St. Louis of 6:00 p.m.*
 
*The bus departure time after the game is tentative. However, the decision was made to depart one hour after game to give fans time to return to the bus without rushing. 
 
I hope to see you on the bus and at the game! Thanks for supporting our literacy grant program.
2022 Volunteer Opportunities and Thanks
HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital Seeks Volunteers for June Event
On May 31, Barry Tobias emailed club members the following call for volunteers that Vicki Megginson received from St. John's Children's Hospital. Please let Vicki, Barry, or Randy Erford know if you are interested in volunteering for this activity. 
 
We have a volunteer opportunity available, please let me know if you are interested in helping 🙂. 
Little Miracles 5K, was postponed due to weather, and the NEW date is June 11th, we are needing volunteers for the 10th and the 11th, please email back for more details.         
 
Thank you! 
Katie Sundby
Program Director
HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital
 
Flag Service Project
We installed 550 flags for our Flag Service Project. Thank you to the volunteers who installed flags and lights. All flags were in place before the Memorial Day (May 30) weekend and will remain in place through Flag Day (June 14) and the Fourth of July holiday. Then our crews will collect and store flags until our next deployment in September for Labor Day (September 5) and Patriots Day (September 11). Then we will collect and store flags until the process begins again in May 2023!

Many hands make light work! We are recruiting for more folks to help with conduit installations (for new customers) and to take or team up with a spouse/friend/child/fellow Rotarian for a distribution route. This is an excellent service opportunity for just a few hours work. Please consider helping out with this.

Contact John Loftus (jlloftus@aol.com) or Marty Michelson (exdirector@rutledgeyouthfoundation.com) if you have any questions and about what you could do to volunteer and sign up for this worthwhile projects. Proceeds from flag program help support our community grants program. 

 

Ridgely School Micropantry

Volunteers are needed to monitor and stock the pantry for two shifts each month (Shift A during the first half of the month and shift B during the second half of the month). The image on the left shows the micropantry at Ridgely School.
 
Thanks to the Rotarians who helped stock the pantry during May and are helping in June!

We are looking for additional volunteers to carry us through the summer shifts. Please consider signing up for a two week shift, provide food to the individuals stocking the pantry, or drop off items anytime you are in the vicinity of Ridgely School. Use of this pantry has been very heavy during the cold weather. The following article provides good guidelines for the types of items that are needed.  Contact Vicki at megginson.vicki@gmail.com if you wish to help stock the Ridgely School Micropantry. 
 
 
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.. Barry Tobias needs help locating movable carts for two little libraries that are otherwise ready to be installed.
 
 
Contact Vicki at megginson.vicki@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer or suggest new projects in June. In July, Megan Norman will become our Community Services Director.
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.
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 (www.spirotary.org) in the Download Files section. You can send the completed application to the Membership Committee at illinoisdelta@hotmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! 
 
Regards, 

Downtown Rotary Membership Committee
 
Thank you. 

Travis
 
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 bonstyles@yahoo.com. It's easy to take pictures if you have a smartphone, but even an old style camera works just fine. Send me an email (bonstyles@yahoo.com) to let me know when you will be volunteering for a service project, and I will come out and take some images.
 
Be sure to turn in your Flag Service Project hours and any other volunteer hours that you have not reported. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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