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March 18, 2021 Newsletter

Nate and Barry built one of the Little Libraries for our District Literacy Grant Project! Check out the article on service opportunities. 

President Dave's Message
“Go the Extra Mile” 5K and Service Fun
The Virtual 5K “Go the Extra Mile” fundraiser has service opportunities for people who want to remain in their homes and those who wish to serve outdoors. Helpers are needed to help with registrations, the “I Run for ___” Tribute Collage, shirt orders, and manage the timing reporting of the runners. Outdoor helpers will help hand out shirts and gift bags before the two week running (or walking) period and the awards presentation at Southwind Park on Saturday morning, May 29. Sound like a fun way to serve? Let me know what you would like to do ─
Please also consider signing up to walk or run in this event and invite your family and friends to participate. Walkers and runners will participate independently and will be encouraged to run or walk to recognize a frontline worker or someone who is unable to participate themselves and will be recognized in the Tribute Collage. More details will be provided later.    
March Madness for Polio Plus
Our March Madness fundraiser will raise $800 for Polio Plus. Our contribution will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, all a part of Rotary’s Quest to eliminate Polio worldwide. Thus Polio Plus will benefit by $2,400. Congratulations to Bill Smith and Bill Sturm for once again organizing a successful event, and congratulations to the Club members for purchasing all the teams with absolutely no arm twisting. Well, maybe a little, Bill Smith can be very persuasive. Bill sent out the team drawings on Monday, March 15, but give him a call if you aren’t sure of your teams. Bill sent a second email on March 18 requesting $10 to select a team from the the two pools of the sixteen teams still in the running. Bill also announced that Vicki Megginson, Ross Hodel, Bill Kempiners, and Marty Michelson are coordinating teams to contribute $100 per team to participate in the selecting the potential champion from the Final Four.
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March  22, 2021 Meeting Menu and Reservation
The menu for indoor dining at Maldaners Upstairs and curbside pickup for the March 22, 2021 meeting is:
Chef's Choice of Salad and Dessert
Maldaners has relaxed the deadline for signing up for in-person and curbside meals for our dinner. The deadline for getting your order in is Sunday, March  21 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.
Special Speaker on March 22
Lori Younker will speak about the Lung HelpLine Resource at our Club meeting on March 22. Lori is the National Senior Director for the American Lung Association HelpLine Service, which also includes the management of the Illinois Tobacco QuitLine. These services have been active since 1999. The Lung HelpLine (800-LUNGUSA) is a free call-in service that allows the caller to speak with an expert. Lori has worked for the American Lung Association for over 30 years. She received a B.A. in Leadership Organization from UIS. She will present virtually.
Invite your family, friends, colleagues, and other prospective members to join us in-person or online for this special presentation!
Welcome to Two New Members!
At our March 15 meeting, we were pleased to formally welcome two new members into our Club. The pandemic clearly did not deter their enthusiasm for Rotary. Membership Chair Travis Magoulias led the induction ceremony with assistance from Dave Kromphardt, Bill Keminpers, and Loretta Meeks.  

Christine Banks (image on left) is a transfer to our Club. She previously was a member of the Rotary Clubs of Jacksonville and Mason City and served three terms as President of the Rotary Club of Mason City. She was also the Interact-Rotaract District Chair for almost three years. She is an administrator for the management group of the Mason City Area Nursing Home. She recently relocated to Springfield. Christine’s favorite Disney movie is Cinderella. Loretta Meeks virtually presented her with her blue member badge and will serve as her Club mentor. We are happy to have this experienced and active Rotarian in our Club.

Sai Kanu (image on right) is a native of Springfield and graduated from UIS. She is an auditor for the federal Department of Defense. She is a first-time member of Rotary, but her father was a Rotarian in Sierra Leone, Africa. Her favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. Bill Kempiners presented her with her red new member badge and will serve as her Club mentor. Sai told us that she has less travel in her work now, which gives her more time for public service, and we are happy that she chose to join us in serving the community.
Please join us in welcoming these two new members to our Club.
Service Opportunities
May 8 from 9-noon help beautify downtown Springfield
Join with Downtown Springfield Inc. to clean up Fifth and Sixth Street and fill pots with wild plants. Bring gloves and a trowel, everything else will be provided including smiles. Sign up now, details to follow.
Little Libraries
We are constructing several 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 (lead image and 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. 
We are loaded with case after case of new books for the libraries. We also have enough books to be able to donate books to local organizations. At least 50 cases of books are being stores at Computer Banc under the watchful eye of Dave Fowler, and we will need many hands to sort the books and place them in the installed little libraries. Kathryn Harris, our resident librarian, will keep us on task.  Date 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.
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. Most of us raid our pantry and pick up a few items on sale. Others add food in the pantry too so don’t go crazy with items. 
You can help with any and all of the above service projects. Contact Vicki at to sign up. 
2021-2022 District Scholarship Opportunities
Do you know any college students who are looking for scholarships? Encourage them to apply for Rotary Scholarships.
Domestic Scholarships
West-central Illinois undergraduate college students may apply for $3000 Rotary District scholarships to cover tuition, books, or other university fees to a college, university or an approved vocational school. Students must reside in, go to college in, or have graduated from a school in District 6460; have completed at least 24 university credit hours; and be pursuing a degree in a Rotary International Focus Area. The application deadline is midnight, May 28. For other requirements and the application, visit
Sophia Roth of New Berlin (image on left) received a 2020-2021 District Scholarship. She graduated from Springfield High School in 2018. She used her scholarship to support her studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville. She is working on a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in physiology. She plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and become a physical therapist.
International Scholarship
Applications for the $18,000 William J. Menghini International Ambassadorial Scholarship are also due on May 28. Eligible students must live in, go to school in, or have graduated from a school in District 6460 (west-central Illinois), and have completed a minimum of 48 university credit hours. The scholarship supports undergraduate or graduate full academic-year residential study in the applicant's chosen field at a university or college in a country of their choice. For more information and application guidelines go to
Nicole Knoles of Springfield was awarded a prestigious Menghini Scholarship. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2018 and applied for the scholarship in 2019. The photograph on the right shows Nicole (second from right) with members of the Rotary Club of Springfield and District 6460 at the 2019 Rotary International meeting in Germany. Because Nicole was working in Germany, members of this group interviewed her at the RI meeting and then nominated her for the award. The scholarship is supporting her work to complete a dual degree program in World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University and Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. The International Master's Degree Program in World Heritage Studies is the first to design its curriculum around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. 
Rotary really does open opportunities for college students to study in the U.S. or abroad. Feel free to refer prospective students to me at I serve on the District Scholarship committee.
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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