The Rotary Club of
Springfield
 

November 12, 2020 Newsletter

President Dave's Message
Thank you all for attending our video meetings this month! We are fortunate that we had our system running through July and could resume video only meetings when COVID began rising again. And we held our first successful 50/50 by video link as well. Thank you to our Video Vanna Vicki for making it work.
 
Thank you also to everyone who bragged a lot this week. Our Scholarship Fund is benefitting from everyone who steps forward and participates in “Bragging Bucks.” This is especially fitting in this month of Thanksgiving. Even in this challenging time, we have much for which to be thankful.
 
We have been challenged by Rod Buffington this week on two Foundation programs. The opportunity to watch the Cubs to beat the Cardinals again in person did not happen, and the District 6460 Foundation is seeking to replace the missed funds for Literacy. They came up with the great idea to make the unused tickets Collectors’ Items and sell them for $20 each to raise monies to promote Literacy. A drawing for a box seat ticket for our next in-person game will be held for those who buy or sell to others $100 in tickets, which is a great motivator. Please contact Rod at rotaryrod@comcast.net to get your tickets.
 
Rod also challenged the club to fill two slots in the Circles for Paul Harris fellows. Two members of our club who were members of the Chancellor’s Circle passed away suddenly this year, and these two spots are open. The contributions for this program support the Rotary International Foundation. Each Circle gets to name a Paul Harris Fellow for a $1000 donation, and the Paul Harris Fellows are honored at our Foundation Night in February. Again, please talk to Rod about this program. New members, we will coordinate a special informational gathering to explain how our club supports our Foundation, the District Foundation, and the RI Foundation, one of the top-rated Foundations in the world.
 
Thank you all for your involvement in Rotary during these challenging times. Our Club helps a lot of people, locally, regionally and internationally. This is a wonderful group of people!
 
Dave Kromphardt
November 16, 2020 Meeting Speaker
Katina Kooi, Executive Director of the Youth Service Bureau, will talk about the 2020 grant project funded by the Springfield Rotary Foundation and how the pandemic has impacted their programs. The Youth Service Bureau is a licensed Child Welfare Agency that has been serving at-risk youth and their families for over 40 years. The agency provides services to young people between 11 and 24 years of age that are abused, neglected, runaways, or otherwise homeless. Their service area includes the counties of Sangamon, Menard, Mason, Logan, and Christian. Many of the client families do not qualify for food assistance programs but are below the poverty level. Hardships and needs are particularly acute because of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated unemployment. The grant was awarded to purchase food for some of the families who are in crisis and the older homeless youth population, and to help stock the recently established community food pantry on their property with nonperishable foods for those in need. 
November 16, 2020 Meeting Link
When it's time, join your Webex meeting here.
 
 
Meeting number (access code): 162 380 1771
Meeting password: 3pmQ7MjqrD5 
 
 

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only) 
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Join by phone 
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Global call-in numbers 
 
Join by video system, application or Skype for business
Dial 1623801771@webex.com 
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.  
From the Cisco internal network, dial *777* and the 9-digit meeting number. If you are the host, enter your PIN when prompted.  
 
November 16, 2020 Meal Reservation and Menu
The menu for curbside pickup for the November 16 Club meeting is:
Roast Sirloin of Beef
Vegetarian Pasta
Chef Choice of Salad and Dessert
 
Please use the following link by Friday at 2:00 p.m. to make your reservations for the meal for curbside pickup: https://airtable.com/shrqKNwjEJx7xVQQw. This link has worked very well. Contact Dave Kromphardt at dkromphardt@yahoo.com only if you have a late change.
 
For curbside users, please place your meal tickets or cash in an envelope with your name 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. 
Ridgely School Partnership Expanded with Micro-Pantry
There is not a week that goes by without news about hunger and the growing need for food throughout our community. Covid 19 has impacted employment and families are struggling, with, many worried for the first time about feeding their loved ones.
 
With encouragement from the Food Bank, a group of concerned citizens began a grass roots effort, forming a volunteer group on Facebook. They set about building micro-pantry structures, strategically placed around Springfield and nearby communities, and stocking them, along with groups and individuals who wants to add items. Communicating daily through Facebook, this group checks each pantry one or more times each day and puts the call out when items are needed.
 
Several of our Rotary members provided food for micro-pantries during United Ways Days of Service and conversations began about placing a Rotary micro-pantry at Ridgely School. With enthusiastic approval from Principal Ken Gilmore, a micro-pantry has now been installed at the front door of the school (first image). The body and shelves are painted a bright purple, and the door is gold (second image). Principal Gilmore is planning to decorate it with more decals, and Naomi and Bob Lynn have provided enough canned goods and other items to stock its shelves for a good start (third image). Rotary emblems and a plaque saying The Rotary Club of Springfield Supports Education & Eradicating Hunger decorates the inside of the door..
 
Please stop by Ridgely School regularly and help stock its shelves with food (e.g., canned goods, pasta, rice, bread, cereal), paper goods (e.g., toilet paper, paper towels), cleaning supplies, and hygiene items. You can pull right up to the front door walkway. Our pantry is on the left side of the front door alcove. The address is 2040 N 8th Street.
 
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