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April 15, 2021 Newsletter

Help us make our city Red, White, and Blue! Volunteer for the Flag Service Project! Contact John Loftus at if you want to help. 

President Dave's Message
Have You Performed Rotary Service This Year?
Our Motto is Service Above Self. Rotarians Do. This past year has been a genuine challenge as many Rotary service events around the world have been postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. Our own club has had this challenge and we have adapted with different, smaller service projects and await the day we can bring others ─ like the John Montgomery Fishing Tournament ─ back to our Service Portfolio.
Being limited in movement or going out has also challenged many Rotarians. As our world opens up again, slowly but steadily, I encourage each Club member to see if there is something of service you can do. Our Community Service Committee under Vicki Megginson has worked hard to provide a variety of service events that have parts people can do from home or in smaller environments. Our goal is 100% participation by all Club members in at least one event. It’s who we are and what we do for the community and the world. Please remember to report your service activities using the link provided at the end of the Newsletter.
District Assembly ─ A Place to Learn ─ April 24
District Assembly is the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of running a Club, and to share ideas on what has been successful in strengthening Rotary. The Rotary Club of Springfield has a long history of providing leaders and teachers for this event, and this year is no different. This is a great chance for new members to learn and I encourage everyone to participate in the Virtual Event this year. Click on this link to register and see the agenda for April 24.
Installation Picnic June 28
Tony and Jan Williams have once again agreed to host our Inauguration Picnic to install incoming President Barry Tobias and close out the Rotary Year of Yours Truly. Mark your calendars for June 28 to gather socially distant but close enough to have fun. The image on the right shows the 2020 Installation picnic. Those who attended last year had a wonderful outdoor experience with fellow Club members and significant others and we want to bring that great experience back!
April 19, 2021 Meeting Link
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April 19, 2021 Meeting Menu and Reservation
The menu for indoor dining at Maldaners Upstairs and curbside pickup for the April 19, 2021 meeting is:
Chicken Breast
Chef's Choice of Salad and Dessert
The deadline for signing up for in-person and curbside meals for our dinner is Sunday, April 18 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.
Service Contributions and Opportunities
Little Libraries for District Grant Project
Barry Tobias and Nate Clemmer have constructed four Little Libraries at Barry's workshop, and on Wednesday, April 14, they primed the libraries with assistance from Bill Kempiners (image on left). On Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m., Vicki Megginson, Sheila Mack, Bonnie Styles, Christine Banks, propsective new member Rochelle Arjmand, and Norman Megginson will gather for a painting party at Barry's House (7364 Bahr Road, Sherman). They will paint the Little Libraries and affix friendly decals. Much laughter is predicted.
We will sort over 50 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 and other Little Libraries in the community.
Ridgely School Micro-Pantry
We thank Bill Sturm for monitoring the pantry  (image to right) for the first half of April and Rod Buffington for covering the second half of April. We are looking for 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 supplement what may be needed.
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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