MARK DANIEL MALONEY President, Rotary International, 2019-20 Jennifer Jones Rotary International Vice President, 2016-2017 Jeffry Cadorette Rotary International Director, 2018-2020 Rich Linden Valerie Anderson & Rich Linden
Last evening a devastating tornado struck in Ozark just south of Springfield and completely destroyed the home of District Governor Susan Haralson and her husband Shannon. Fortunately they were able to make it to a shelter area of their home and were spared any physical injury. I attended the meeting this morning of Susan’s Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club and witnessed the incredible love and support flowing from this great group of Rotarians to support the Haralsons in every way. After hearing of the tragedy, President G.R. Stovall and President-Elect Anthony Roberts immediately went to the site around 10pm last night to offer their support and provide an assessment of the damage. They report that while the emotional trauma of their loss is deep, the Haralson’s are grateful that they were not injured and thankful that the losses that they suffered can be replaced through time and with love and support from their many friends. G.R. and Anthony suggest that the best suggestion to those wanting to help at this time is to send out your support, thoughts and prayers.
Our 4 female Rotary District Governors want all Rotary women in Missouri to invite their friends and potential Rotarians to this powerful event. Fun, special projects, leadership training, and acknowledging the power of Women and all its potential. Saturday, May 11th 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Hawthorn Bank 3600 Amazonas Drive Jefferson City, MO 65109 Learn about three amazing service projects and hear from dynamic women in leadership Mayor Carrie Tergin Elizabeth Usovicz Pamela Stewart Rita Esterly Special Guest Speaker $25 charge. REGISTER ONLINE
The Rotary Club of Warrensburg recently received the attached letter from one of our past RYE students. I believe this letter embodies RYE better than anything I have ever heard. I also believe it epitomizes one of our reasons for existence as Rotarians.
All six Columbia Rotary Clubs worked together to raise $51,000 for the Clary-Shy Community Park project in Columbia. Rotary Club representatives presented the check to the Columbia City Council on Monday, Dec. 17. The check will help fund the park’s new farm-themed playground. The playground will be built in the existing Clary-Shy Park, a 20-acre area located between West Ash Street and Clinkscales Road that has previously housed the Columbia Farmers Market. The playground is part of a larger master plan, which will include a pavilion for the farmer’s market and amphitheater. Mike Griggs, director of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, first received the idea for a playground in an email from Jan Grossmann, president of Columbia Rotary South, 14 months ago. As of December, $2.9 million has been collected for the park in donations and grants, Griggs said. “It is such a tremendous asset to have those guys here in town,” he said. Grossmann said the collaboration between the six clubs has been a positive experience. “It’s the first time all six of the clubs have joined together in partnership to do some kind of a local project that would benefit the community,” Grossmann said. Rotarians said they hope to have the playground completed by March 2019.
We sell the 4.5- 5-pound roasts freshly smoked, chilled or frozen through our local meat processor Alewel’s Meats. They provide the roasts at their cost and we sell them for $25 each. We always have good return customers, so it’s not re-inventing the customer list each year. We net $5,000 to $6,000 for special projects in the community. We also do a catfish fry dinner at one of our area wineries. It’s a good community interaction/social, but nets only $1,500 to $2,500, so we’re thinking about making it a meal delivery opportunity on a work day. It will lose the social aspect, but it may sell more meals. We’ll see what the committee decides. The Warrensburg Early-Birds has the KING fundraiser in our county — The Taste of Johnson County — in which area restaurants showcase their cuisine. Tickets are $12 or $15 and the restaurants take on the food costs. They usually bring in $10,00 to $13,000.
Our Rotary District 6080 Partnership with Wonderland Camp is expanding to include “Rotary Kids Week At Wonderland Camp”. Kids with disabilities, ages 7-17 will be sponsored by Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and private donors, to attend Camp “free of charge”. Sponsorships can include: full at $1,000.00, or partial with any amount appreciated. Specific kids can be named, sponsored and registered or sponsorship can be for any qualified kid to attend. Contact the coordinators to learn more about “Rotary Kids Week” and other opportunities of service to benefit people, especially kids, with mental and physical challenges.
The Rotary Club of Springfield is so proud of our member and District 6080 Governor-elect Paul Reinert & Carol Reinert for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Their generosity has led them to achieve Major Donor status, level 2. Thank you for making a difference through the Rotary Foundation and your leadership!
The Dream Center is a community resource center in northwest Springfield, an area of the highest poverty and greatest need of assistance. Resources include a food pantry, clothes closet, a free after-school program for area children, high school equivalency classes to assist those attempting to get their GED, a community dinner every Wednesday evening, a host site for the local Circles Program that teaches financial literacy classes and provides mentors for the families, and parenting classes, to only mention a few. The Rotary Club of Springfield North has partnered with the Dream Center on several projects to enhance the delivery of those services to the community. The most recent project was to provide much-needed video equipment for the Circles education center. Prior to this project, they did not have the equipment needed to show financial educational videos as part of their financial education classes. The equipment provided was a 65-inch “smart” television, a laptop computer, a Blu-ray DVD player, an Apple TV that allows wireless connection between the laptop and television, a sound bar to enhance the audio, two dry-erase boards, a wireless mouse, pointer, and all the required cables. Only time will tell the number of individuals and families whose lives will be improved through the enhanced educational opportunities provided by this equipment. A portion of the funding for this project came from a District Simplified Grant from Rotary District 6080 with matching funds from the Rotary North Club. This is just one project out of several dozen Rotary projects to improve lives throughout …
Peace Disease Prevention Water & Sanitation Maternal & Child Health Literacy Economic Development If you wish to make your donation online at Rotary.org, please inform David Bixler of the donation to obtain your point match. Susan Haralson, District Governor
November is Rotary Foundation month. PDG Jerry Franklin and PDG Mark Pearce provide insight on exactly what the foundation does to help fulfill the mission of Rotary.