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March 25, 2021 Newsletter

Donor gifts 35 more boxes of books for Little Libraries! Check out Dave's Comments below.

President Dave's Message
100% Club Service
This year has provided a challenge for many of our Club Members to provide service to our community and our world, but we have done a lot of good during this time. We have had service projects in place every month of the year! And service also includes providing donations when needed.
It is a great thing when 100% of our Club members provide service during the year. We are getting closer to that point, and want to include the tasks and gifts of every club member. Included with each newsletter is a connection to a site to report your service activity (thank you, Neal Miller!).
Please consider submitting your volunteer times for the week on this link when you are done reading this newsletter. That extra minute or two will help show the Hearts for Service in our club, one of the things Rotary International values. Community Service Chair Vicki Megginson gathers this information as part of her role. If you don’t wish to use this link, please send her an email.
For the Love of Reading
Our Club has been gifted 60 boxes of quality books to seed our mini-libraries (lead image and image to left). Mike Greer of Edwardsville, a Sales Representative for Text Book Agency, donated the books over several installments. We express our sincere thanks to Mike for this wonderful gift. Thanks also to Barry Tobias and Vicki Megginson for making trips to pick up the books, the other volunteers who helped us load and unload the books, and Dave Fowler and Computer Banc for storing them for us.
These efforts are a great start, but we have a lot more books than we will be able to fit into the libraries. So here’s the plan to share our good fortune. There are many organizations in our community (and perhaps other communities) that would benefit from receiving some of the books. We plan to help others as well as stock our mini-libraries.
There are two volunteer opportunities. One is to come to Computer Banc and sort books. The second opportunity is also important. We need help to identify groups that would be able to use the books and encourage them to take advantage of this generous donation. Once the books are sorted, groups will be invited to come and take boxes that fit their group’s needs.
Our District Literacy Grant is to both build the libraries and also to stock them. Once we determine the book types for the libraries, we can supplement them with purchased books through the Grant and other donations.
The first two libraries have been built and two more are in the works. Thanks to Barry and Nate Clemmer for the construction, now on to painting in Rotary Azure and Gold by our painting volunteers. We are also looking for sites next to mini-pantries so families can get food for body and brain! Ridgely School is the first site, and we are looking for three more. Please let Vicki know if you see a great location that would benefit from a mini-library!
Volunteers Needed for Going the Extra Mile Virtual 5K
A dozen volunteers are needed to make our Virtual 5K a reality. Online Registration, Gift Bags, “I Run for __” Picture Collecting, and Time Tracking ─ these are things that can be done from home. Handing out gift bags, course layout, and handing out awards on May 29 ─ these are in-person things. We have service opportunities for both types. Please contact me at We have a few volunteers who have signed up, let’s get a dozen by the end of March.
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March  29, 2021 Meeting Menu and Reservation
The menu for indoor dining at Maldaners Upstairs and curbside pickup for the March 29, 2021 meeting is:
Roast Beef
Vegetable Lasagna
Chef's Choice of Salad and Dessert
The deadline for signing up for in-person and curbside meals for our dinner is Sunday, March  28 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.
Jim Watts Speaks about the Blood Center on March 29
Jim Watts, Manager of Donor Relations for the Central Illinois Community Blood Center in Springfield, will be the featured speaker for our March 29 club meeting. Jim manages donor and government relations for the Springfield, Peoria, and Urbana regions. Learn more about the needs of the Blood Center, recruitment of blood donors, and more. Rumor has it that Jim is interested in being a Rotarian, so please help us give him a warm Rotary welcome.
Invite your family, friends, colleagues, and other prospective members to join us in-person or online for this special presentation!
Bill Sturm Reviews a Book
Review of A Promised Land, 2020, Crown, New York
This memoir details the evolution of a young man finding himself and pursuing his ideals from a community organizer to the Presidency and his first term of office. Initial influences in his journey, as well as support, are credited to his mother and her parents. The impact of the Iowa caucus and of grass roots advocacy result in his election to the presidency in 2008. Immediately upon assuming office he is greeted by the recession of 2008-2009.
Throughout the book, Obama credits his wife Michelle for her understanding and support of his goals. He discusses the effect of the political arena on Michelle, an arena in which she was not anxious to enter. Obama understands her commitment to motherhood being balanced with her expectations of a first lady. Together they attempt to impart traditional values to their daughters and to raise them as much as possible in a normal environment, given they live in the White House. He is determined to spend as much quality family time as possible with his wife and daughters, because his early years were fatherless.
Reviewing his presidency, he discusses the power of the Presidency as well as the effects of partisan politics. Obama is introduced to international politics early in his term by attending his first G20 meeting.  As he does throughout the book, he comments on the personalities of other international leaders. As such, Angela Merkel is described as no nonsense, solid and analytical.  Nickolas Sarkozy is characterized as bold and displaying manic energy.  He describes his meeting with Vladimir Putin as listening to one who is used to having the floor. Further discussion is directed to legislative events leading to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and to the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Blowout. Relative to the probable location of Osama bin Laden, he notes that much thought went into various approaches to the successful accomplishment of Operation Neptune's Spear. Also discussed were the possible contingencies in case the raid failed. Following the successful raid, Obama tells of his first phone calls to the past presidents, international leaders and to Pakistan’s president and commanding general of the Pakistan Army.
This book should prove interesting to anyone interested in politics or presidential history
Service Opportunities
Help Beautify Downtown Springfield
Join with Downtown Springfield Inc. to clean up Fifth and Sixth Street and fill pots with wild plants on May 8 from 9-noon. Bring gloves and a trowel, everything else will be provided including smiles. Sign up now, details to follow.
Little Libraries 
We are constructing four little libraries to install in Springfield and Chatham as a part of our District Literacy grant project. If you enjoy carpentry work, let Barry Tobias know that you would like to help. Construction in underway by Barry and Nate (image on left).  
If you like to paint and decorate, please help Vicki, Sheila, Bonnie, and others paint and decal the little libraries (image on right) to attract readers. We will begin painting in early April. No need to be Rembrandt. 
See Dave's comments above on opportunities to sort books. We will need many hands to sort the books. Kathryn Harris, our resident librarian, will keep us on task. Sorting will likely take place in the second or third week of April. Dates will be announced once the paint is dry, and the little libraries are ready for installation. Just like Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy and the rest, we can whistle while we work one Saturday morning. Bring family to pitch in too. Once books are sorted, we will need volunteers to deliver them to our Little Libraries.
Ridgely Food Pantry
We need monitors to make sure that there is food for hungry families. Please sign up for a two week monitoring period in May, June or July. It requires that you check the pantry once a week and add some canned goods, boxed items, fresh fruit and vegetables and hygiene/cleaning items as needed. Others add food in the pantry too so don’t go crazy with items, and as noted in the story below some food items have been donated for the pantry. 
You can help with any and all of the above service projects. Contact Vicki at to sign up. 
Food Donated for Ridgely Micropantry
We thank Mindy McDonald of SPI Micropantry Helpers for providing food for the Ridgely School Micropantry. The Goddard School in Springfield collected the food items and gave them to Mindy for distribution to Springfield micropantries. Bonnie Styles, our Club's micropantry monitor for the second half of March, picked up the food over the weekend. The donation included five trays of canned and boxed foods, a bag including noodles and paper towels, and a large bag of toilet paper (image to right). We are happy that Mindy included the Ridgely School micropantry in the distribution of this food.
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 ( 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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