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January 7, 2021 Newsletter

We are off to a good start for the New Year!
President Dave's Message
Some folks take a break after the holidays and wait until warm weather returns to begin anew. Not us! Last Monday’s meeting was well attended and enthusiastic. We will do our best not to disappoint.
Micro-Pantry at Ridgely and Peace Builders Committee
Vicki Megginson brought us up to date on two areas of service. The first is about taking care of our new micro-pantry at Ridgely School. It is getting consistently more use and provides food to the Ridgely School area citizens. She asked for Club members to assist in keeping it stocked, a subject covered separately in this newsletter.
The second was a progress report on the new Peace Builders committee. Meetings with multiple possible partners have been held, and the committee will meet today to evaluate these meetings. Serious attention is being given in our community to the subjects of reconciliation and healing, and our Club Secretary Loretta Meeks has agreed to serve on a United Way Committee that will administer grants to organizations that will work in that direction. Committee Co-chairs Bob Moore and Vicki Megginson will provide more specific information at a Club Meeting in February.
Literacy Grant Application
I provided general information about our Literacy Grant Application for the District. Using the model of Neal Miller’s little library for IMagicNation (image to right) and our new micro-pantry for Ridgely, the proposal is to construct multiple little libraries and install them near micro-pantries, and keep them stocked with books for children K-12 and new readers. We will hear at the District Conference on January 22-23 if we are awarded a grant. Service opportunities will exist for design, construction, installation, and stocking ─ and perhaps negotiating book purchases and donations. Stay tuned!
Pandemic Financial Processes
This quarter’s meal tickets and invoices are going out in the next few days. COVID-19 has complicated the Club cash flow process, and we thank Sheila Mack and Bill Smith for their creativity and diligence during this time. Please address these items promptly, and ask questions if you have them. Bill Smith receives the monies for the Brag-a-bucks and 50/50 as they go to the Foundation for Scholarships. Sheila receives dues and meal monies. Thank you, everyone, for your generous support of our Club.
Potential to Return to Hybrid Meetings
One last note. As pandemic measurement levels give rise to the possibility of returning to our hybrid in person and video meetings, Maldaners must comply with directives from the Governor above any city or county regulations. Feedback given to me by Club members includes much interest in returning to the hybrid format when allowed, provided it is safe and Club members are not placed at risk in doing so. Some recommended considering vaccine availability in decision making. Thank you all for your feedback. I will keep the Club posted on how this progresses.
Dave Kromphardt
January 11, 2021 Speaker Connects With Youth
Erica Austin, Program Outreach Coordinator and Community Liaison at SIU School of Medicine, will be our featured speaker at our January 11 club meeting. She is active in the community working with Springfield youth.  Her topic will be Connecting with Youth. Erica will brainstorm with us about ways that Rotary might be able to positively impact area youth, along with potentially inspiring them to be future exchange students and members of Interact, Rotaract, and ultimately Rotary.
January 11, 2021 Meeting Link
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January 11, 2021 Meeting Menu
The menu for curbside pickup for the January 11, 2021 meeting is:
Vegetarian Lasagne 
Chef's 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 click 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. 
Volunteer and Help Eradicate Hunger
The Rotary Club of Springfield has two opportunities to help those worried about food for their families during this difficult time.
Let me know if you would like to help pack boxes of food at the Illinois Central Food Bank on January 19 from 10 am until noon. We can have up to 10 people.  Masks are required.
We also need members to check on the Ridgely School food pantry.  The little purple pantry is right outside the front door of the building.  Your responsible would be for a two week period, during which you would check the pantry once a week and help supply it with food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Others put in items, so you may only need to supply a modest amount. It's okay to raid your pantry at home and share some of your Rotary citrus too. 
Email me at to sign up for January 19 from 10-12 at Illinois Central Food Bank and/or to monitor and help supply our Ridgely Food Pantry. Once you email me to sign up for our Ridgley Pantry, I will work with you to select your two week period. 
Don't forget to report your service hours and expenses.
Let's help eradicate hunger!
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