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April 1, 2021 Newsletter

Volunteer to build, paint, or sort books for the Little Libraries for our District Literacy Grant Project!

President Dave's Message
District Assembly
The District Assembly is a great Saturday experience to learn more about how Rotary works. It is set for Saturday, April 24. With pandemic restrictions, it is being set up as a virtual meeting. Club Officers have specialized training sessions, including sessions that make our Club eligible for District grants. We are consistently well represented at this event, and I encourage everyone, especially new members and club officers for next year, to participate. The agenda and registration for the event will be available on the District 6460 website. 
Downtown Springfield
Rod Buffington has stepped up to be our representative on the Downtown Springfield Board. He made a good point when he said that it would be beneficial to have a member of the Artist Community working with them. Thank you, Rod.
Rotary Citation Presented at April 1 Club Meeting
Our Club has a history of accomplishing many positive things for Rotary, and last year was no different. The recognition of this comes in a Rotary Citation that will be presented at this coming meeting. Past District Governor Mark Roberts will present our Past President Vicki Megginson (image on right) and our Club with a Rotary Presidential Citation. Please join us as we celebrate this accomplishment. Congratulations President Vicki!
Foundation Grants
The funds raised by our Club Events provide needed financial help to local not for profit organizations. Do you know of a 501c(3) organization that could benefit from a grant from us? Applications for 2021 grants can be found on our Club website Home Page (in the Download Files section). Encourage those organizations to get an application and submit it, or take the lead and send it to them directly. Promoting literacy and combatting hunger are priorities for grants, but other community needs will be considered. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 30.
For the Love of Reading Book Sorting 
April 25 is the date set to sort the 60ish boxes of books we’ve received. We have a couple slots left to be able to maintain socially distant work on this fun task at Computer Banc. Contact Vicki Megginson to reserve your spot to work under Librarian Kathryn Harris. For more information see article by Vicki below.
Go the Extra Mile 5K Service Volunteer Opportunities Still Open
We have five 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 if you are curious about the remaining positions.
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April 5, 2021 Meeting Menu and Reservation
The menu for indoor dining at Maldaners Upstairs and curbside pickup for the April 5, 2021 meeting is:
Beef Brisket
Macaroni and Cheese
Chef's Choice of Salad and Dessert
The deadline for signing up for in-person and curbside meals for our dinner is Sunday, April 4 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.
We Choose to be of Service
Our Little Libraries are in construction and will soon be ready for primer and paint at Barry’s workshop.  Rotary and friendly decals have been ordered. No talent is needed, and laughter is predicted. With a few more folks helping, our libraries will look gorgeous in just a few hours.
Over 1500 books are available and we need all-hands-on-deck to help sort over the 50 cases stored at Computer Banc with David Fowler’s help. Kathryn Harris is coordinating the sorting and distribution effort. Books will need to be sorted by age groups, with some books stored to replenish the little libraries and others for distribution to local organizations that serve literacy needs of our community. Hold Sunday afternoon April 25 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to help with The Little Library Literacy Labor of Love at Computer Banc, 1545 North 11th Street. Local organizations will be invited stop by and pick up books for the children they serve.
Ridgely School Micro-Pantry--Monitors are needed for the first half of May and also the first half of June.  The monitor checks the pantry once a week and stocks items when it is low. Others also provide food, 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.
Email me at to sign up or learn more
The Flag Service Project Needs You!
Memorial Day is Monday May 31, the start of Springfield Rotary Club’s Flag Project. Volunteers are needed.

When we receive an order for a flag, we notify JULIE, the Joint Underground Locator service. They mark utility and cable lines on the customer’s property. A Rotary volunteer, using a four-foot length of one inch diameter lead pipe and a sledgehammer, installs a 16-inch piece of one inch diameter PVC pipe in the customers front yard and records the location, e.g., 5’ x 5’. That would mean 5 feet from the sidewalk and 5 feet from the drive. We place a red plastic cap on the conduit. We need volunteers for this physically challenging task.

On May 24, one week before Memorial Day, we begin deploying flags. Our goal is to finish the Friday before Memorial Day. That way the flags are out for the weekend.

Two-person volunteer teams retrieve flags and lights from our warehouse and following a computer-generated route and using vehicle or phone GPS systems deploy the flags for all the customers on their list. They locate the red cap on the conduit and install a flag and a small battery powered spotlight. With over 500 customers, we will need at least 20 teams We will accept non-Rotarian volunteers. Several members have drafted their spouses. Not all locations have simple 5 x 5 coordinates. Even if they do, finding the red cap that marks the conduit location can sometimes be difficult, especially in the spring when lawns are thick.

We leave the flags out from Memorial Day until after July 4. Then the same volunteer teams retrieve the flags and return them to our warehouse. On Monday Aug. 30, a week before Labor Day, we deploy the flags again, retrieving them after September 11. We do not deploy for Veteran’s Day.

We charge $60 a year for a flag subscription. This is a big fundraiser that helps support our grants to nonprofits. It provides an excellent volunteer opportunity. The work is interesting. Although searching for the red caps can be a little frustrating, most of us find the job enjoyable. It is time consuming. A route may take at least four hours to complete. However, it is rewarding when you see all those flags flying throughout our community and think about the grants we will fund with the proceeds.

As Manager of the Flag Service Project, I will be contacting all club members soliciting your help. You can reach me 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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