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April 29, 2021 Newsletter

We had an enriching experience sorting donated books for the Little Libraries that we will install in our community with support from a District Literacy Grant! 

President Dave's Message
Returning to Full Involvement
The last several weeks have seen more Club Members attending meetings in person. COVID vaccinations have reduced the risk, and this raises comfort levels to participate more.
Our meetings have gone from completely virtual to hybrid, back to virtual and back to hybrid, and our club members have rolled with it. One of the positive things is our hybrid meetings have given some members the chance to attend even when on vacation or wintering elsewhere. One thing has become apparent; hybrid meetings are here to stay.
This provides a great opportunity and additional challenges. I look forward to attending when on vacation in a few weeks. Some folks not feeling well can still join us virtually. Potential members can join virtually if they wish. But putting together a hybrid meeting is much like putting on a TV program, and making sure people in person and at home can see and hear clearly sometimes involves creativity and new technology. I am grateful to our members who stepped forward and help us week in and week out to provide hybrid success (and unusual solutions) to get the messages out.
We have been adding new technology over the last few months and more is in the works, all to make meetings better for everyone. But we don’t want to forget that Rotary’s greatest strengths are its relationships. The chat time before meetings allows people to catch up or keep up with Rotary friends. Our in person meetings are full of conversation and laughter. Messages about service opportunities are a key part of every meeting, and provide chances to work together with Rotary friends.
So where is this message going? It is circling back to the start. Our club has done well during a very challenging time, but now is the time to focus on renewing activities and events that have had to be cut back or halted during the pandemic. Our club is famous for service and generosity. We want to engage club members who may have had to step back for health or family reasons.
I am asking every club member to help all of our Rotary friends to jump back in, to go the extra mile to bring someone back into involvement, to bring potential new members forward. This is a time for great opportunity!
District Assembly
Our club was very involved in our online District Assembly on April 24, from leading education sessions and panel discussions to participating in virtual discussions. Rod provided an update from the District Literacy Committee, promoted Rotary Day at the Ballpark, and of course sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (image on right). Vicki provided an update on the new club model for an International Travel Club. Bonnie provided the qualification training for applicants for District Club Grants. Numerous club members attended the meeting. Thank you to everyone who led and followed this past Saturday. The registration for this event was twice as big as the in person events. Details of the Assembly will be shared at Monday’s meeting.
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May 3, 2021 Meeting Menu and Reservation
The menu for indoor dining at Maldaners Upstairs and curbside pickup for the May 3, 2021 meeting is:
Roast Beef
Chef's Choice of Salad and Dessert
The deadline for signing up for in-person and curbside meals for our dinner is Sunday, April 2 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.
Rotary Day at the Ballpark!
Thanks to everyone for purchasing tickets for our traditional Rotary Day at the Ballpark. All 300 tickets have been sold. Proceeds from ticket sales support our District Literacy Grant Program. 
I look forward to enjoying the game with participants. The game is 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 will be occupying excellent seats in the right field loge in Sections 228 – 233. Seating is in pods of 4, pods of 3, and pods of 2. Stay tuned for information on scheduling a roundtrip bus from Springfield.
If you could not join us this time, don't worry. We hope to schedule another game for a Rotary trip in the fall.
Help with our Rotary Flag Service Project!
The Flag Service Committee is gearing up for our Spring distribution, and we can use some volunteer help in a few areas:
  1.  We have about 70 people to call and follow up with about renewal since they have not responded yet to the invoice. This involves calling 8-10 people per volunteer and using a script to inquire if they wish to renew. 
  1.  We are in need of some folks to help with deployment of flags. A route usually takes a few hours, goes much more quickly with 2 people per route, and can be a lot of fun.          
If you can spare some time to assist with these needs, please call or email Bill Smith ( or Marty Michelson (    
Service Contributions and Opportunities
Little Libraries Project
On April 25, a large crew of volunteers including some significant others and prospective members (image above and lead image) sorted about 60 cases filled with over 1500 books at Dave Fowler's Computer Banc warehouse. We sorted books by grade level and age (elementary, middle, and high school, and adult). Staff from IMagicNation (far left in image on left) joined us and selected books for the little library on their property. Some books will be used to stock our little libraries and others will be distributed to other local organizations that serve community literacy needs.
Once our four new Little Libraries are installed, we will need volunteers to deliver the books to them.
Ridgely School Micro-Pantry
We thank Rod Buffington and Bonnie Styles for continuing to monitor the Ridgely micro-pantry (image on right) 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
Thank you. 

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