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September 23, 2021 Newsletter

The September 18-19 premiere of Annual Rotary Chicken Fry Fundraiser was a great success! Volunteers from our Club sold tickets, helped participants navigate the parking lot, and served the food. Thanks to all five clubs and our volunteers for making this event successful. 

President Barry's Message
Thanks for Your Support of Our First Annual Chicken Fry Fundraiser
I wanted to thank everyone for their personal support of the First Annual Chicken Fry that the 5 Rotary Clubs put on last weekend. I have heard some great reviews on the chicken itself, and it was wonderful seeing these 5 clubs work together for what looks to be the start of an annual event. Club members did a great job helping serve up the delicious chicken dinners (lead image and image to left) and also stood out in the hot parking lot to direct people to the correct entrance for picking up the meals and the exit to use from the parking lot. 
Please remember to bring your check or cash for any remaining tickets that you committed to so that we can get the money turned in.
Thanks to Randy Erford and KaiMook McWilla
I wanted to thank Randy for filling in while I was out this past Monday. I am sure that Randy put his own touch on the meeting, and it gives us a glimpse of meetings to come when he takes over as president. 
I thank our guest speaker Dr. KaiMook McWilla as well. It is great to have a past Rotary Youth Exchange Student come back and share with our club her successes. I have heard from members that she gave an extremely interesting presentation (image on right) on her experiences including receipt of her doctorate though work with five universities in five different countries and her current work as a neuroscience researcher studying post-stroke aphasia. Randy presented her with a well-deserved Rotary mug (image below).
President Barry Rides!
We are proud of our President Barry Tobias (image to left) for riding his bicycle with Gold Star Mission 500 on September 21-25. Gold Star Mission and this event honor our fallen soldiers from Illinois. He is riding 100 miles a day for the 5 days for a total of 500 miles. He is riding to honor US Army SPC Jacob Palmatier, who was killed in action on February 24, 2005. During the ride the participants honor the fallen and meet with their families and friends to share stories about their loved ones so they are not forgotten. The monies raised through this event and other activities go to support scholarships for young students in the name of each fallen soldier so their names are not forgotten. The image below shows Day 3 of their ride.  
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September 27, 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 September 27 meeting is Sunday, September 26 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!
September 27 Guest Speaker
On September 27, Chris Rys (image below), Systems Engineering Manager at Cisco (Cisco Public Sector Segment), will present on STEM & Girls in IT: Outreach Opportunities. She has worked with and helped head up CISCO's  interactions with STEM schools. She is a big promoter of girls in IT. She hails from Mt. Prospect, IL and is currently lives in Bartlett, Illinois. She has been in the IT field for her whole career. Upon graduating from high school she went to work for Cook County in the Computer Operations Department. Based on that experience, she took the opportunity to work for United Airlines in mainframe operations. At United, she worked her way up to Senior Manager of Network Implementation and Design, where she managed 42 engineers within the U.S. After 16 years with United, she was offered a position with Zurich Insurance where she led their IT operations and design and implementation teams focusing on building network infrastructure to serve as an IT outsourcer to other insurance companies. She joined Cisco Systems in 2005, where she has served in leadership roles in Systems Engineering. Her bio notes that she loves to give back. She clearly makes a great role model for young girls to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and IT.   
Rotary Scholarship Awarded by LLCC
In September, Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) selected a new recipient for our Club's 2021-2022 John Giavaris Scholarship. The student previously selected made a last-minute decision to go to Eastern Illinois University. They are happy to announce that the new recipient selected for this scholarship is Kendra Morenz (image to left)
Kendra is a 2013 graduate of Virden High School and is starting college at LLCC to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse anesthetist. She is a single mother of 2 daughters that she loves spending all her free time with and leading them by example to instill the importance of an education. She wrote in her scholarship essay about her hands-on relationship with her children and volunteering in their school classrooms to “strengthen their parent/child relationship” and how she enjoys seeing them grow outside of their normal day-to-day routine at home.
She is currently enrolled in the LLCC Associate Degree for Nursing Program. Our club's scholarship and her LLCC experiences are helping her to achieve her RN degree. Her class schedule conflicted with her work schedule, and this scholarship gave her the assistance and momentum necessary to keep her in classes. She plans to graduate from LLCC's nursing program in September 2023 and to enroll in a Nurse Anesthetist program to further her nursing career while working as an RN.
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.
Advice on Stocking Food Pantries
A friend sent me this information after learning about our Rotary mini-pantry and describing her experience working at a food pantry in DeKalb. I thought it might be worth sharing in the newsletter and with those who sign up to monitor the pantry. I hope you find this information useful.
Community Service Opportunities and Thanks
Chicken Dinner Volunteers
Thanks again to the numerous volunteers from our club who assisted with the Springfield Rotary Clubs' chicken dinner fundraiser on September 18 and 19. We clearly contributed to the successful implementation of this event. Special thanks to Christine, who not only volunteered, but sent in images of other volunteers. Thanks to Vicki for sending this image of Christine serving up chicken. 
Volunteer for our 5K
Numerous volunteers are needed for the 5K, For more information on the 5K, see article by Dave Kromphardt (above).
Ridgely School Food Pantry
At our September 20 club meeting, Vicki noted 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. Thanks to Ross Hodel who shared a note he received from a friend about what to stock in the food pantry (see story in this newsletter).
Volunteers are currently needed for: November 16-31, and for shifts in December.
Flag Service
At our September 20 meeting, Randy Erford thanked all of the Rotarians and Volunteers who helped pick up flags after Patriots Day (September 11).  This was our last flag pick up for this year! 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.
Update on Little Library Installations 
At our September 13 meeting, Nicole Kinkelaar (image to left) reported that the Little Libraries, built with support from a District Literacy Grant, have been delivered to Ridgely School, Enos School, and St. Johns Breadline, and two boxes of donated books were delivered for each little library. The location for the fourth Little Library has been determined, but not yet announced. A firefighter is installing the legs for the Little Library at Ridgely School. The St. John's breadline library will be deployed so that it can be rolled in out of their facility. Barry Tobias is building the legs for this Little Library and indicated that he could use some help with task. The Enos Little Library is currently set up indoors, but the school wants to move it outside. Nicole indicated that she needs volunteers to help her better sort the books to serve these Little Libraries. For example, she plans to primarily stock Ridgely and Enos libraries with books appropriate for Pre-K to 5 students, and include a larger assortment of books for the broader audience for the St. Johns Breadline Little Library.  
Have an idea for a new service project?  Contact Vicki Megginson.
To volunteer for any and all opportunities, contact Vicki Megginson at
Buy Your Tickets Now for October 3 Baseball Game
We are thrilled to announce that we will have another Rotary Family Day at the Ballpark on October 3, 2021 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. We will watch the 2:15 p.m. game between our favorite rivals -- the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. It may or may not be for the pennant! We have reserved right field loge seating in sections 234-228. 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. Order your tickets before they are all gone! Please share copies of the order form with your friends and colleagues. Please remember that proceeds from ticket sales support our District Literacy Grant Program. It's a Win for Literacy! Stay tuned for details on transportation to the game. 
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 serve the food for the Rotary Chicken Fry Fundraiser.
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