Dear Fellow Rotarian, The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together. We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country. Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world. As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations …
I know it sure did for me…TRF GSE Alumni becomes DG 25 years later! Jacque Howard (District Governor July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) attends final DG training in San Diego. Approximately 530 DGE’s in attendance from over 200 countries.
Please join District Governor Paul Reinert on August 1, 2019 at Rotary Day at Wonderland Camp. Rotary is partnering with Wonderland Camp to bring you Rotary Kids Week, July 28th – August 2, 2019. Rotary will be sponsoring 30 children with disabilities, ages 6-17, FREE OF CHARGE to attend week 10 of camp. Thank you Jerry W. Franklin, Cathy Libey, and Jim Libey for spearheading this great event.
Springfield, Missouri, businessman Paul Reinert was installed as Governor of Rotary District 6080 for 2019-2020, which includes 50 Rotary Clubs and 3,000 members in southwest and central Missouri. In that role, Reinert works with those clubs to carry out humanitarian projects that address issues such as poverty, health, hunger, education and the environment in their communities, state and internationally.
Springfield Sunrise Rotary raised over 2k dollars in 15 minutes at their last meeting for the Annual Fun’d Day festivities! Thank you for being #PeopleofAction while swapping points and playing cornhole!
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
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.