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July 21, 2022 Newsletter

Join us at our July 25 club meeting at Maldaners Upstairs or online to meet and learn about plans for District 6460 from William Durall, our new District Governor. See President's message below for more information. 

President Randy's Message
August 25 Club Meeting Features New District Governor
We are honored to have as our guest speaker on Monday, July 25, 2022-2023 District Governor William (Bill) Durall, from the Rotary Club of Pike County, where he is a Past-President.
After graduating from Knox College in 1972, Bill enlisted in the US Air Force (AF) and served almost 10 years as an enlisted Russian voice processing technician. He earned his Air Force commission in 1982 and spent the next 27 years in a variety of leadership positions in the communications-computer arena. During that time, he served as commander of two communications squadrons and one communications group. He also served as a senior staff member on two AF major commands and one joint combatant command.
During his 37 years on active duty, Bill and his wife (Peggy) moved 21 times, serving in Europe, Asia, Canada, and all across the United States. He retired as a colonel in 2009 and joined the Pittsfield Rotary Club (now the Rotary Club of Pike County) upon his retirement.  Since retirement, Bill has served as an associate instructor of psychology for John Wood Community College (JWCC).
He has also been involved in a variety of volunteer activities, serving on the Pikeland Public Schools Foundation, the JWCC Southeast Area Advisory Council, and the Community Foundation Serving Northeast Missouri and West-Central Illinois.
Social Night Trivia Match
This past Monday, our Club enjoyed its first Social Night of the new Rotary Year, one of the ways in which we “Imagine Rotary.”  This was a sort of trivia event wherein the Club split into three competing teams.  Bonnie Styles’ team eked out a narrow one-point victory after launching into a large lead and then either becoming complacent or otherwise losing momentum toward the close of the evening. Ross Hodel’s group closed fast, but fell short. Sheila Mack's team knew some esoteric trivia, but came in third.
Springfield Club Presidents Meet
In other news, newly-appointed Area Assistant Governor Mark Hilliard (image to right) convened a meeting of the five Springfield Rotary Presidents this week. This group plans to meet at least quarterly. The group has agreed to plan a second annual Chicken Dinner fundraiser to be held sometime this autumn. I both congratulate and thank Mark Hilliard for his willingness to serve as Area Assistant Governor. Mark is a (twice) Past-President of the Springfield-Westside Rotary Club. 
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July 25,  2022 Meal Reservation
Our July 25 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 July 25 meeting is Monday, July 25 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!
Upcoming Programs and Events
Our New Club Services Director Ross Hodel is working to provide some great programs for us in the new Rotary year. Stay tuned for more details on programs for July and August.
July 25--Hybrid Club meeting at Maldaners and online via Webex
New Rotary District 6460 District Governor William Durall  will join us and speak about plans for the Rotary Year.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet and hear from our new District Governor, William Durrall (lead image and President's Message). His biography is provided in the President's Message (above). We were honored that he also joined us at our ceremony for the installation of our club officers for the 2022-2023 Rotary year. The image on the left shows him at that event.  

August 1--Hybrid Club meeting and online via Webex
Mark McDonald, producer of Illinois Stories, will be our speaker.
Mark McDonald excelled as the host and producer of Illinois Stories, a well-known series that has aired on Public Television for 19 years. It provides an up close look at some of the interesting people and places that make up our communities in central Illinois. Mark will share some background stories of his experiences with the series and remind us of the fact that there are many fascinating folks right here in our area.
Mark McDonald has worked in television and media relations for more than 30 years as a news reporter and anchor, public affairs specialist and as an Emmy award-winning chronicler of life in Central and West Central Illinois in Illinois Stories. When he spoke at our Rotary Club meeting in 2019 (image on right), he noted that while he enjoyed his positions in television news and media affairs, his job as producer and host of Illinois Stories was his favorite.
August 8--Hybrid Club meeting at Maldaners and online via Webex
Tom Swoik, Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, will be be our featured speaker.

Tom Swoik has been the Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association for nearly 20 years. He will join us on August 8 to discuss the history and status of gaming in Illinois including casinos, video gaming, horse racing and sports betting. He will particularly highlight its impact on Springfield.

Swoik led the Association through some interesting and hectic times, including helping his members navigate and advocate for the repeal of a 70% tax rate that nearly devastated the industry. The Association also helped its members mitigate the impact of the statewide smoking ban and most recently the gaming industry’s responsibility to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the course of nearly 20 years, Swoik helped the Association reach consensus to help shape innumerable proposals to expand and/or change gaming policy in the state.

Swoik has been involved and represented the casinos of Illinois at numerous regional and national forums and has led the industry in various activities related to Responsible Gaming including acting as the Chairman of the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling.

Tom's previous experience included serving as Deputy Administrator-Finance and Administration from November, 1994 through March of 2002 of the Illinois Gaming Board and for a short period in 2001 as Interim Administrator. The Illinois Gaming Board is the regulatory body governing the State’s riverboat gaming industry.  As Deputy Administrator he was responsible for budgetary matters, legislation, data processing, personnel and all accounting for the operations of the Gaming Board.

Tom, who was a career government official, served in various managerial positions at several state agencies.  Prior to going to the Gaming Board he was Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for three years and prior to that served in various capacities at the Illinois State Board of Education for nearly sixteen years.

He is also a former member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. Swoik has a Masters Degree in Education Administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Murray State University in Kentucky.

Tom and his wife recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

August 15 – Hybrid Club Meeting at Maldaners and Online Via Webex

Kam Cox, UIUC INFLUENCE Program (NIL-Name, Image, and Likeness) Coordinator and Kent Brown, Associate Athletic Director for Media, will discuss the NIL Program and its challenges and other developments in the Big Ten and UIUC Athletics. 

Kam Cox (image on right) joined Illinois Athletics in June of 2021. His role synchronizes the various aspects of the INFLUENCE program, and he serves as the external and internal point person for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics' approach to NIL. Prior to joining the Illinois staff, Kam practiced business law in New York City at two of the nation’s most prestigious firms, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Covington & Burling.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from Vanderbilt. In addition to legal practice, he has had experience with athletic programs at Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Rutgers.
Kent Brown (image on left) began his career in athletic communications as an undergraduate student at Illinois in 1986 and served as a graduate assistant from 1987-89. Brown was an assistant sports information director at the UI from 1989-96 before being named the Sports Information Director at Kansas State University in July 1996, where he helped the Wildcats begin competition in the Big 12 Conference. In 2000, Brown returned to Illinois, and has directed the Athletics Communication office since that time. During his career in intercollegiate athletics, Brown has helped publicize teams in two men's basketball Final Fours (1989 and 2005) and 16 football bowl games, including the 1997 Fiesta Bowl, 2002 Sugar Bowl and 2008 Rose Bowl. At Kansas State, he publicized 13 national football award finalists, including the 1998 Davey O'Brien Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up (Michael Bishop). At Illinois, Brown has led publicity efforts in men's basketball for two National Players of the Year (Dee Brown, Ayo Dosunmu), three Big Ten Players of the Year (Frank Williams, Brian Cook and Dee Brown) and six consensus All-Americans (Dee Brown-twice, Luther Head, Deron Williams, Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn). With the football program, he helped lead publicity efforts for 1994 Butkus Award winner Dana Howard, 1995 Butkus Award winner Kevin Hardy and 2011 Hendricks Award winner Whitney Mercilus. During his career, Brown has worked with Hall of Fame Coaches Lou Henson, Bill Snyder, Bill Self, Lon Kruger, Gary Wieneke and Itch Jones and has worked under Athletic Directors Neale Stoner, John Mackovic, Ron Guenther, Mike Thomas and Josh Whitman at Illinois, and Max Urich at Kansas State. 
August 6 Rotary Family Day at the Ball Park
Rotary's Family Day at the Ball Game for Literacy presents  a BONUS game on August 6, just 3 1/2 weeks away,  between the New York Yankees and the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St Louis beginning at 6:15 p.m. 

The seats are in Sections 271 and 272 (Big Mac Land).  The price of the tickets is a real bargain -$45 - half the retail price. Go to the front page of the Rotary District 6460 Web page, print out the ticket form and follow the directions for ordering and receiving your tickets.

We only have 200 TICKETS FOR THE GAME.  They're going FAST! ORDER NOW! Let's sell them all, so we have some great Literacy Grant resources! We have raised over $1/2 million in nineteen years! 

If you can't attend the game, help sell tickets to your Cardinal fan friends or Yankee fans! It's a FUNdraiser! 
The image below is from our Rotary Family Day at the Ball Park on June 26.
Springfield  Frontiers August 27 Golf Outing
For a number of years we have supported the local chapter of Frontiers International in a number of ways:
            1. Youth they support have attended RYLA.
            2. We have a strong attendance at the annual Martin Luther King breakfast in January.
3. A number of members play in the annual golf outing that raises funds for their scholarship programs. 
This year the golf outing will be held on Saturday, August 27 at the Rail Golf Course (image above). Registration and lunch are at noon with a 1:00 p.m. shot gun start. The cost is $125 per golfer.
I am happy to serve as the coordinator for our club's participation.  If you are interested in a fun afternoon with fellow Rotarians and providing support for another community organization, please let me know ASAP.  I will contact Frontiers and inform them of how many golfers we have. You can pay when you register on August 27.
Thanks for all you do for Rotary and for our community.
Harry Mitchell
The Rotary Club of Springfield
2022 Volunteer Opportunities and Thanks
I am so honored and thankful to have been chosen to take over the Director of Community Services position, and I wanted to give a huge shout out to the incomparable Vicki Megginson for working so hard these past few years and giving me so many amazing contacts and information to start this Rotary year off right!
Clean Up Robin Roberts Stadium and Watch a Lucky Horsehoes’ Game on Aug. 4
Nichole Pacheco, President Rotary Club of Springfield-Westside has invited all the Springfield Clubs to participate in this upcoming service and social event. On Thursday, August 4, friends and families of Westside Club will help clean up Robin Roberts Stadium between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. People are welcome to stay for the Lucky Horseshoes' baseball game, which starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets to the game can be purchased ahead of time (at the Lucky Horseshoes' website) or after clean up ends at the ticket window. It's the “Shoes Faith & Family Night” with special guests, Zooperstars. The Flyer for the event including a qr code is shown below. By scanning the qr code, you can get more information about the event, directions, and rsvp for the event via Facebook. Please share this event with others who you think might be interested in joining Rotarians for a night of fun and service! As our Director of Community Service, I am planning to sign up. Let me know if you are interested in participating by emailing me at
Ridgely School Micropantry
I'm asking my fellow Rotarian's to continue help with the Ridgely School micropanty (image on right). It's currently inside their school, but will be brought out and positioned at their main entrance at the beginning of August. Please let me know if you are able to help with this amazingly successful  project by taking a two week slot.
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). Feel free to add food to the pantry anytime you are in the area.
Thank you so much for your responses to help with the Ridgely pantry! Between everyone, we are good to go until mid December! I will send out reminder emails a few days in advance of your chosen shifts. 
August A: Bill Sturm
August B: Vicki Megginson
September A: Christine Banks
September B: Harry Mitchell
October A: Kathryn Harris
October B:  John Loftus
November A: Kirk Kellus
November B: Jim Applegate
December A: Megan Norman
December B:
Thank you so much to everyone! Please let me know if you would like to take the second half of December. 
Have an amazing weekend! 
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. Feel free to add books to the Ridgely School Little Library at anytime. Information on our other Little Libraries will follow soon.
Flag Service Project
We have collected and stored the flags until our next deployment for Labor Day (September 5) and Patriots Day (September 11). We installed 550 flags for our Flag Service Project. Thank you to the volunteers who installed flags and lights and collected flags. All flags were in place before the Memorial Day (May 30) weekend and remained in place through Flag Day (June 14) and the Fourth of July holiday.

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 ( or Marty Michelson ( 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. 

As I start to get more comfortable and used to this new title, I will implore each one of you to never be shy in offering suggestions for service projects, and I will try my best to fill the big shoes left by Vicki Megginson!
Thanks you for everything you do for the community!
Megan Norman, Community Service 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 ( in the Download Files section. You can send the completed application to the Membership Committee at We look forward to hearing from you! 

Downtown 2022-2023 Rotary Membership Chair
Tony Williams
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.
Be sure to turn in your Flag Service Project hours and any other volunteer hours that you have not reported. 
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