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September 30, 2021 Newsletter

It's time to start thinking about selling delicious oranges and grapefruits! Prepare yourself for the 2021 John Montgomery Memorial Citrus Drive! See President's Comments below and learn more at our October 4 club meeting.  

President Barry's Message
Citrus Campaign Launches in October
We will launch our annual Citrus Sale Drive on October 4 at our club meeting. This is a great time to remind all your friends, family, and co-workers that the oranges and grapefruits they love will be available for them to order. This is also a great time to purchase a few cases to donate to our the local food bank to help them through the holiday season. The image on the left shows the oranges that Rotarians and our clients donated to the Central Illinois Food Bank in 2020. You can download a copy of the 2021 Citrus Flyer by clicking on this link or from the downloadable documents section on our website home page ( It's a word file that you can modify it to suit your needs.
COVID and Flu Season
As we have all seen the spread of COVID can affect any of us. As most of you know my wife was diagnosed as COVID positive, and she is battling fatigue. My son and I have been staying in our camper so that we are not exposed. In addition to our family, we have also seen a member or two affected in our club. Please stay safe out there and take the necessary precautions. If everything goes as planned, I will be out of quarantine by this Sunday and should be back in person on Monday. We will continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at our club meetings to help keep everyone safe.
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October 4, 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 continue to make reservations for in-person meals so we can estimate our seating needs and for curbside meals so Maldaners knows you are coming. The deadline for reserving dinner for the October 4 meeting is Sunday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m. 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!
Hope to See You at the October 3 Baseball Game
We are thrilled to be headed to Rotary Family Day at the Ballpark on October 3, 2021 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Past District Governor Maura Donnelly will throw the first pitch. We will watch the 2:15 p.m. game between our favorite rivals -- the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.
We have reserved right field loge seating in sections 234-228. It's never to late to order a ticket. Your discounted price for the tickets is $55.00. You can download the ticket order form from our Website Home page by clicking on the highlighted link. However, given that the game is on Sunday, it would be best to contact Rod Buffington ( if you want to try to get a ticket. We are not arranging for a bus this year, but there are numerous Rotarians driving down from Springfield.  
Please remember that proceeds from ticket sales support our District Literacy Grant Program. It's a Win for Literacy!
Club Visit to the African American History Museum
Mark your calendar now! For our October 18 club meeting, we will visit the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM). Located on 1440 Monument Avenue at an entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery, this museum features programs and exhibitions on African American heritage and contributions. During the time of our visit, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the museum and see an exhibition on Negro Baseball Leagues (Negro Leagues Beisbol). This exhibition honors and explores the connections of African American baseball history to Hispanic cultures, communities and countries. Includes profiles of players and a timeline of baseball history. The exhibition was produced by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO  and is on loan from them. It will be at the AAHM  from through October 30, 2021. Stay tuned for more details on our visit to this wonderful museum.

Registration is Open for Our 5K Event
Our club's "Go the Extra Mile 5K" will premiere at Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St in Springfield, IL on Saturday, October 30. This family-friendly event honors frontline workers. Online pre-registration is required. To register, click on this link: 
The registration link is also provided on our Facebook page as an event and a post. Please share the Facebook Event with your walking and running friends! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to pre-register and will receive a free t-shirt if they register before October 10. Registered participants may pick up their packets at Hope Pavilion near the Rotary Sunflower Sundial in Southwind Park on Friday, October 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. or at check-in on race day. All runners and walkers will check in at 7:30 a.m. at Hope Pavilion on October 30. The 5K will start at 9:00 a.m., and a separate race for children 10 and under will also be held. The top 3 finishers for each age class in the 5K will receive medals. All participants in the Children's Race will receive medals. 
Planning for this event, was supported through a Rotary District 6460 Club Grant. Please join us for this event and help us honor our frontline workers. Runners and walkers will be asked to identify a frontline worker that they will run/walk for, and we will take their picture with that person's name. We will create a collage with all the images to celebrate the event and the workers.
Spread the Word and Volunteer for our 5K
You can help us by sharing this newsletter or our Facebook Event post. You can also direct people to the lead story on our website homepage ( We will be bringing some flyers that you can distribute to friends and colleagues and post in public venues.
Please join one of the committees that we have established. Those who are already serving on or want to volunteer for a committee are invited to join us at an upcoming committee meeting. We need a volunteer to take pictures of runners holding the signs with the name of the individuals they are honoring for our collage. Images taken with a cell phone would be fine for this purpose. 
The seven planning committees are:
Race Technology
Honors Collage
Shirts and Awards
Race Day
Please let me know if you can’t make the meeting but want to be a part of the planning group - or 815-488-2787.
Community Service Opportunities
Volunteer for our 5K
We need help now with preparations for our inaugural 5K and on the day of the event (October 30). For more information on the 5K, see article by Dave Kromphardt (above).
Ridgely School Food Pantry
Vicki regularly reminds of the continued need for volunteers to help monitor the micro-pantry. You can choose the first or second half of a month. You will need to check the pantry each week and help round out the supply with dry and canned goods and other items. Inclusion of hygiene and cleaning products is greatly appreciated. Adding a few treats for children is also appreciated. As it cools off, but before we hit freezing temperatures, it is possible to stock the pantry with fresh produce. 
Volunteers are currently needed for: November 16-31, and for shifts in December.
Flag Service
Please consider volunteering for our Flag Service Project. There are many maintenance activities that will take place before we will install flags in 2022.  For example, we will be replacing the faded flags with new flags. Contact John Loftus ( if you are interested in helping.
Have an idea for a new service project?  Contact Vicki Megginson.
To volunteer for any and all opportunities, contact Vicki Megginson at
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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