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October 7, 2021 Newsletter

Bill Smith, Maura Donnelly, and Rod Buffington served as Rotary ambassadors at Rotary Family Day at the Ballpark at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 3, 2021. Thanks to Ross Hodel for this great image. Check out Rod's story below.

President Barry's Message
John Montgomery Memorial Citrus Drive
October is the beginning of the Rotary Citrus drive in honor of John Montgomery. At our October 4 meeting, Bill Smith and Randy Erford helped kick off this annual sale of freshly picked oranges and grapefruits that come from Florida’s Indian River area. Our Citrus Czar Bill Smith donned an orange shirt for this special presentation (image to left). Club humorist and citrus promoter Randy Erford challenged members with seemingly endless citrus jokes (image below).
This fresh citrus is always a favorite each year and makes great gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. You can also help the local food bank by donating a case or two to help someone in need this holiday season. So please get out the word early by passing out postcards or filling out an order form with your favorite repeat or new customers. All the proceeds go to local charities and all 5 clubs are participating together in this annual event.
Club visit to the African American Museum
On October 18, we will have the opportunity to hold our club meeting at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. Located at 1440 Monument Avenue at an entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery, this museum features programs and exhibitions on African American Heritage and contributions. Parking is available at the Museum. This is an opportunity to bring a family member or friend to join us for a tour and to hear and learn about this museum. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6:00 p.m. We encourage everyone to eat prior to the meeting and visit because we will not be serving a meal that evening. 
If you are a baseball fan the museum is featuring an exhibition on the history of African American baseball players (Negro Leagues Beisbol), which will be quite amazing to see. This will be a meeting that you will not want to miss. Special thanks to Fellowship Chair Rod Buffingrton for arranging this special evening.
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October 11, 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 October 11 meeting is Sunday, October 10 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!
Rotary Family Day at the Ballpark!
Thanks to the Rotarians who attended the annual "Rotary Family Day at the Ballpark" on Sunday, October 3 (image to left). It was also a celebration for Mike Shannon as he ended his 50 years of being a player, an administrator, and most of all his career as the Cardinals lead announcer for KMOX.  As Rotary baseball coordinator, I had the privilege of three interviews with Mike about Rotary Days at the Ballpark. For the October 3 event, Bill Smith and I were field guests of the Cardinals along with Past District Governor Maura Donnelly (image above) who nailed throwing out the first pitch. Ross Hodel captured the image below of her getting advice prior to her perfect pitch. 
The Cubs won this game although it was shortened by three different rain stoppages. We all had exercise climbing up and down the steps from the second row of seats in Section 232. Congratulation to the Cardinals and their fans for the team playing on Wednesday, October 6 in the MLB playoffs. I tried to sell more tickets to the October 3 game by predicting that the Cardinals would have a great August run. Nobody throughout our Rotary District took the bait, therefore we had lower sales of tickets for Rotary Family Day than in previous years. Next year, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rotary Day at the games in St. Louis, therefore hopefully many tickets will be sold for the game. Over $520,000 has been raised to support literacy in our Rotary Districts in Central and Southern Illinois over the years through ticket sales for the Rotary Family Day games.    
Engage with New and Long-time Members 
It always nice to see fellow members at our weekly club meetings. At our October 4 club meeting, long-time member and District Treasurer Roger Randolph took the opportunity to get better acquainted with Kirk Kellus, a new member who will be formally inducted into our club during the coming weeks. Please join us in person or online. Rotary meetings are educational and fun.
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.
Help us 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 ( Travis Magoulias made a poster/flyer using the base image to the left, and he and Jasmine Gibson are distributing the flyers to hospitals, clinics, fire departments, police stations, and other venues that employ frontline workers. If you would like some flyers to distribute to friends, colleagues, and other venues, you can download the flyer by clicking on this link or from the download section of the web site home page.  
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. The seven planning committees are: Registration, Publicity, Sponsors, Race Technology, Honors Collage, Shirts,  Awards, and Race Day. We need a volunteer to take pictures of runners holding the signs with the name of the individuals they are honoring for the collage. Images taken with a cell phone would be fine for this purpose. 
Please let me know if you want to be a part of the planning group - or 815-488-2787.
Community Service Opportunities
Volunteer for our 5K
We need help now with preparations for our inaugural 5K and on the day of the event (October 30). For more information on the 5K, see article by Dave Kromphardt (above).
Ridgely School Food Pantry
Vicki regularly reminds of 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 John Loftus who is currently monitoring the pantry.
Volunteers are currently needed for shifts in December and beyond.
Flag Service
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.
Have an idea for a new service project?  Contact Vicki Megginson.
To volunteer for any and all opportunities, contact Vicki Megginson at
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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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 make mixed boxes of oranges and grapefruits for a previous citrus drive. 
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