The Rotary Club of Springfield awarded Jordan Valley $109,402.77 towards the purchase of a new dental mobile unit, with contributions from members of several area Rotary Clubs.

Kathleen O'Dell Community Service, Projects

Rotary Club of Springfield President Tamera Jahnke and Past-President Dwayne Fulk, with Betsy Fogle, Jordan Valley director of Program Advancement and Dr. Nick Pfannenstiel, vice president of Oral Health Services at Jordan Valley. The Rotary Club of Springfield awarded Jordan Valley $109,402.77 towards the purchase of a new dental mobile unit, with contributions from members of several area Rotary Clubs. Jordan Valley Community Health Center can expand oral health care services to hundreds more children in 20+ schools in southwest Missouri with this recent addition of a second mobile dental unit. The mobile dental unit funding from the Rotary Club of Springfield was given in honor of its centennial celebration. The club was founded in 1919 and was the first Rotary Club in the Springfield area. There are now five Springfield Rotary Clubs and a Rotaract Club for young professionals. Rotarians chose to support the dental mobile unit funding as its centennial gift to reflect one of Rotary International’s primary concerns of child and maternal health care. “The addition of our new mobile unit allows us to provide vital oral health services to more children in the southwest Missouri region. We are so thankful for this opportunity to serve even more kids in a non-traditional way,” said Dr. Nick Pfannenstiel, vice president of Oral Health Services at Jordan Valley. Children, teens and adults live with dental pain every day because they don’t have access to care. It’s one of the leading reasons for hospital emergency room visits, missed school days, missed work, speech and eating difficulties, along …

Six Rotary Clubs in Columbia come together to fund new playground

Kathleen O'Dell People of Action, Projects

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.

The Warrensburg Rotary Club does a Pulled Pork Roast Sale each October.

Mark Pearce People of Action, Projects

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.