The Rotary Club of
Springfield
 

December 17, 2020 Newsletter

President's Message
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Holiday Party, whether through meals, or the video Party, or both. It was good to have former members Gay Davidson (2nd row second from left) in Florida and Whitney Stoolman (4th row, left) in Idaho join us. This is the upside of our video meetings ─ guests from far away are able to join us! Thank you to Rod Buffington, Sheila Mack, and Loretta Meeks for coordinating the Party festivities. A special thanks goes to pianist Ed Clark (first row, third from left), who entertained us with a selection of holiday songs. We hope this is the one and only video Holiday Party. It will definitely be memorable as we move forward.
 
President Elect Barry Tobias presented his Board for next year, and the Club unanimously accepted his slate. While many serving are repeating their positions, some are new. Current position holders are encouraged to take the next six months to share their knowledge and wisdom to help those learning the ropes. One position remains open ─ the President Nominee to become President Elect. If you haven’t served yet as Club President, please give it consideration and speak to Barry. Speaking personally, this is one of the most rewarding and joyful experiences of my life. I completely recommend it!
 
We are sad to share that Rotarian Bob Lynn passed away on Saturday morning, December 12.  We grieve with Naomi and their family at the passing of this wonderful man. He was a friend and long-time leader in our club and served as president in the 2000-2001 Rotary Year. On August 24, we recognized him as an Honorary Member of our club. We featured his extraordinary career and contributions in our August 31, 2020 Newsletter. The image to the right shows Naomi and Bob at a previous holiday party when we were able to come together for fellowship.
 
There will be no club meetings held the next two weeks, December 21 or December 28. Harry Mitchell made a great suggestion to support our friends at Maldaners and enjoy a treat at the same time. They are still open for business during this time, Wednesdays through Sundays, with regular menu items plus what they call their TV Dinners. I took a peek and they look quite tempting. And they have a relationship with a delivery company if that will add to the temptation!
 
There will be no newsletter next week, but we will have a special issue on New Year’s Eve in two weeks. Our next club meeting will be on January 4, 2021. More information on this meeting will be shared in the New Year’s Eve newsletter.
 
 In the meantime, please take time to reflect on all the good done by the Rotary Club of Springfield this past year. This has been an unprecedented time in our country and world, and we have stepped up and provided for those in need. In our local community, we directly provided food, clothes, and personal items for physical needs, books and student whiteboard kits for intellectual needs, and greetings and gifts for emotional needs to those who are alone. We provided tools and education to improve food supplies in Zambia, school computers in Jamaica, and are working on providing clean and accessible water in Nepal and computers in Mexican schools. This is a wonderful group of people and I am thankful for each one of you. Together we make a powerful and lasting impact.
 
Dave Kromphardt
Club President
 
Holiday Party Contest Winners
We thank all the Rotarians and guests who participated in our contests for the best background, best ugly holiday sweaters, and the drawing for door prizes. All prizes were provided by Rod Buffington, and he served as master of ceremonies for this part of the party.
 
The competition for the ugliest sweaters was fierce because there were so many hideous sweaters to choose from. A secret judge selected Barry Tobias as first place for the men’s ugly sweater category for a truly tasteless sweater adorned with a cow and blinking lights. The sweater, proudly worn by Kathryn Harris, which proclaimed in large letters that it was “ugly” was a shoe in for first place in the women’s category. The ugliness of these sweaters could not be captured by the camera in our virtual setting, but if you have really good eyesight, you can see Barry and Kathryn's pride and happiness in the bottom row of the above image of Rod. Barry is pictured with a herd of cows and Kathryn is wearing a red hat. 
 
 
David Kromphardt, the judge for the best background competition, first selected Rod Buffington for his creative and tasteful holiday tableau (left image above). As Chair for the event, Rod graciously declined the award, and then David selected Harry Mitchell as the winner for his oddly colored, but festive background (right image). Harry's shock at receiving this recognition is readily apparent.
 
For the “door prizes,” Rod drew names of the four winners from all the participants at the event: David Fowler, Bonnie Styles, David Kromphardt, and John Loftus. Each won a beautiful poinsettia from Buckley’s Prairie Landscaping.
 
Angel Tree Gifts for Rutledge Youth

I thought you might like to see an image of the plethora of gifts we've received this year, many of them from Rotarians. We had such a positive response from folks that gifts have been provided for all our Angels, including those for youth that are coming into the program this week! It's wonderful that we've had such an outpouring of support, especially considering that Toys for Tots & The Tree of Wishes were unavailable to us this year because of Covid issues.

The Board and Staff of Rutledge have extended their thanks to our Rotary Club members for their generosity. Our Club members provided 40 angel tree gifts. The image shows Rutledge staff members Joe and Michelle organizing the gifts donated by Rotary and others. 

Thanks for helping brighten the holidays for the less fortunate.

Marty 

New Member Orientation Program
Did you know that the RI Foundation is one of the top-rated Foundations in the world? Most have met some of our Inbound and Outbound Exchange students.  Would you like to know how this amazing program works? And what is RYLA and who participates in it?  What about Rotaract and Interact? How do they fit into Rotary? New members in 2019 and 2020 are encouraged to attend the Gold Session of the New Member Orientation Program of the joint clubs of Springfield. This session provides valuable information on two gems of Rotary, the Rotary International Foundation and the wonderful Youth Programs Rotary offers.
 
This Orientation program was designed to help newer Rotarians learn about these important things. The more you learn about Rotary, the more impressive it is! January 14 at 7:00 p.m. via video! Save the Date!
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