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April 22, 2021 Newsletter

We had a great time painting the four Little Libraries that we will install in our community with support from a District Literacy Grant! 

President Dave's Message
A Press Release this week announced that Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow was named Police Chief of the Year by his peers. In the Release, one of the major contributing factors was the work done on the Ten Principles. Where have we heard of the Ten Principles before? Our Peacebuilders Committee, co-chaired by Bob Moore and Vicki Megginson, has heard of these because Bob Moore (image on right) has been the leader across the state in building consensus for them. Their purpose is to help end racism and build peace in relations with the police. That police chiefs throughout the state recognize the importance of this issue, and Chief Winslow’s strong support in these efforts, are great steps toward building long-term solutions. Thank you to Bob for your great leadership, and congratulations, Chief Winslow!
District Assembly ─ Training to Lead
The Annual District Assembly is being held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sessions will be virtual because of COVID limitations. Registration can be made at the District 6460 website.
The opening sessions involve conducting District business and hearing of plans for the coming year from Governor Elect Ryan Byers. Then there are breakout sessions and electives, including some led by our own Club Members. Vicki Megginson will co-lead a session on creating new clubs in new ways, and Bonnie Styles, who is the District Grants Chair, will lead the Foundation Grant Training session. Special training for club secretaries and treasurers will be led by former Club member and future District Governor Neal Miller. The day concludes with a session on RYLA.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the workings of Rotary, and you can participate from home.
Books, Literacy, and Libraries
Our District Literacy Grant provides for the construction and establishment of four little libraries near micro-pantries in our community. The little libraries have been constructed and painted (lead image and image on left) and are just about ready to go.
We have had about 60 cases of new books donated to us, and this Sunday at the Computer Banc Warehouse we are sorting and sharing them with other community organizations (see article below on volunteer opportunities). The Grant includes funds for buying books so we can fill in any gaps that we might have to help young readers. This is all part of our Club’s dedication to increasing Literacy in our community, especially in areas where access to books is not as easy for children.
Baseball is Back!
This week Rod Buffington announced the return of Baseball fundraiser for Literacy Grants with a Saturday night, May 22 game between the Cubs and Cardinals. Tickets are on sale for $55 and Rod has a limited number of tickets this year, so get them now! See story on Rotary Day at the Ballpark below. 
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April 26 Program Features Randy Erford
Randy Erford is our featured speaker for our April 26 program. Please join us in person or online for what is bound to be an entertaining evening. Our former "Sergeant Major at Arms" is known for his acute sense of humor and treasure trove of facts and stories about topics ranging from history to sports. The rumor is that we will have some sort of interactive experience.
Guests are welcome to join us, but must sign up ahead of time if they want to purchase a $15 meal for dinner at Maldaners Upstairs or for curbside takeout. Forward this Newsletter to prospective guests so they will have information on the meeting and reservations and access to the meeting link if they want to participate online. 
April 26, 2021 Meeting Menu and Reservation
The menu for indoor dining at Maldaners Upstairs and curbside pickup for the April 26, 2021 meeting is:
Beef Stew
Chef's Choice of Salad and Dessert
The deadline for signing up for in-person and curbside meals for our dinner is Sunday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m.  Please use the following link to make your reservations for the meal for indoor dining or curbside pickup by clicking RESERVATION. 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 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 and the meals are delicious.
Join Us for Rotary Day at the Ballpark!
Our traditional Rotary Day at the Ballpark will take place this year! Proceeds from ticket sales support our District Literacy Grant Program. There are 300 tickets available to the three participating Districts.
The game will be on May 22 at 6:15 p.m. in Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It will feature the grand rivalry of the Cardinals vs. the Cubs.
We have excellent seats in the right field loge in Sections 228 – 233. Seating will be in pods of 4, pods of 3, and pods of 2.
Tickets valued at $90 each are available to us for the amazing price of $55.
Please purchase tickets for this game and help us raise monies for literacy. To purchase tickets send a check payable to Rotary District 6460 Foundation to
BASEBALL, 2001 Barberry Drive, Springfield, IL 62704. Let Mr. Baseball, aka Rod Buffington, know your preference for pod size(s) when you buy your tickets.
March Madness Fundraiser for PolioPlus
This year we were able continue the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament fundraiser. This fundraiser has been used for many years to support Rotary’s international effort to eliminate polio. This year $896.00 was raised for Rotary’s PolioPlus program. Normally, we would raise $800.00, but this year several members donated a combined total of $96.00 of their winnings.

The first round of the tournament consisted of 68 teams. Members who participated were assigned a team that was drawn out of a hat on their behalf. The first-place prize of $75.00 went to Naomi Lynn who had Baylor. Because there were so many teams in the first round, a second-place prize of $40.00 went to Loretta Meeks who had Gonzaga.

The second round consisted of 16 teams. In order to get a broader participation, the pool for the second round consisted of doubling the 16 teams for a total of 32 possibilities. The two first-place prizes of $50.00 each went to Jim Applegate and David Fowler.

The third round consisted of four teams. Four club members each formed a team of club members to raise the $100.00 entry fee for this round. The entry fees totaled $400.00 and were split 50/50. Vicki Megginson’s team won this round.

One final note. The $896.00 that will be donated to PolioPlus will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a two for one basis, resulting in $2,688.00 being used to help eradicate polio!
Thanks to all who helped make this fundraiser a success!
Service Contributions and Opportunities
Little Libraries for District Grant Project
On Sunday, April 18, Vicki Megginson, Sheila Mack, Bonnie Styles, Christine Banks (image to right), and Barry Tobias had a great time painting the four little libraries in Barry's spacious home workshop in Sherman. We are just about ready to install these in our communities. The first installation will be at our adopted school, Ridgely Elementary. It will be positioned near our micro-pantry near the main entrance to the school (image on left below).
We will sort about 60 cases filled with over 1500 books at Dave Fowler's Computer Banc warehouse (1545 North 11th Street) on Sunday, April 25 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Kathryn Harris is coordinating the sorting and distribution effort. Books will be sorted by age groups, with some books stored to replenish the little libraries and others set aside for distribution to local organizations that serve literacy needs of our community. We have more books than we need so local organizations are being invited to stop by and pick up books for the children they serve.
Once the sorting is done, we will need volunteers to deliver the books to our four new Little Libraries.
Ridgely School Micro-Pantry
We thank Rod Buffington for monitoring the Ridgely micro-pantry (image on left) during the second half of April. We are looking for more monitors to check the pantry once a week for two week periods and stock items when it is low. Other volunteers are also providing food, and health, paper and cleaning items, and our task is to make sure it is well stocked. 
United Way Days of Action
Check the United Way of Central Illinois website for information about Spring 2021 Days of Action (April 30 to May 3). Volunteer remotely and make a difference.
Beautify our Downtown
May 8 we are cleaning up 6th Street and planting wildflowers in the street planters with Downtown Springfield Inc. Wear Rotary clothes and bring a trowel and gloves. Plants and clean up gear will be provided, and fun is assured.
Contact Vicki Megginson at to sign up or learn more about any of the projects listed above
Go the Extra Mile 5K 
We have some remote work volunteer slots still open to help with the Virtual 5K. These are spots that don’t require work outdoors or in groups. They are a great opportunity to perform service that honors the Front Line workers that have protected our community. Please contact Dave Kromphardt at if you are interested in volunteering to help with the Virtual 5K.
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
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