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 …
The Rotary Club of Springfield will have a $12,000 impact on Eden Village in Springfield thanks to a $6,000 District Simplified Grant which the club matched this summer. The funds helped furnish the village’s community room that can be shared by all village residents and staff. Pictured above: Club President Dwayne Fulk, far right, and President-Elect Tamera Jahnke, presented the check to Eden Village's Dr. David Brown, second from right, and Nate Schlueter, far left.
Steve Crowell. President, Rotary Club of Jefferson City; Larry Linthacum; Superintendent of Schools, Jefferson City and member of the Rotary Club of Jefferson City; Carrie Tergin, Mayor of the City of Jefferson and member of the Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary Club; Jana Forck, 2018 Jefferson City Public Schools Eisinger Teacher of the Year; and Steve Newman a Past President of the Rotary Club of Jefferson City who provided the invocation. Mayor Carrie Tergin welcomed the attendees to the New Teachers Welcome Luncheon. Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum introduced the new teachers. 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, Jana Forck, spoke to the attendees about her experiences as a teacher and offered some practical advice to the new teachers. Ms. Forck’s comments were uplifting and inspiring. One quote Ms. Forck shared was “The benefit to losing is you get to learn from your mistakes.” Rotary Club of Jefferson City members Alice Bartlett, Christine Ellinger; Julie Allen and 6080 Assistant District Governor Pat Hiatte worked on the event. The greeters at the New Teachers Welcome Luncheon were Rotary Club of Jefferson City members Nick Monaco and Paul Jungmeyer. The Rotary Club Local Foundation, Pam Henrickson, President, provided financial sponsorship of the event. Brown Printing contributed the printing of the program. The New Teachers Welcome Luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jefferson City and the Rotary Club Local Foundation appeared in a local newspaper, the News Tribune, in Jefferson City Missouri.
A team of members from the Rotary Club of Springfield-Downtown pitched in for United Way’s Day of Caring on June 28 to clean up and spruce up the grounds of the Springfield Family YMCA in south Springfield. They came with rakes and clippers and limb snippers, drank gallons of water in the sweltering temps., and shared a great lunch of burgers and hot dogs provided by the fine folks at the Y.
BOLIVAR, Mo. — Governor Mike Parson made a stop in his hometown of Bolivar Wednesday. He attended the Bolivar Rotary Club’s Celebration of Freedom at Southwest Baptist University. This is the 38th annual event, which included a Veterans’ recognition program featuring the Governor as a guest speaker, a military jet flyover, a community picnic and a fireworks extravaganza. Todd Earl with the Bolivar Rotary Club says it’s wonderful to have a Governor who is still dedicated to the local community. “We had him booked as Lieutenant Governor and when he became Governor, he still honored his commitments,” Earl said. “He still wanted to be part of the celebration of freedom. It’s great to have someone who remembers his roots and be part of something that is longstanding in the community.”
We are regularly reminded to enhance the public image of Rotary through the use of electronic media, print media, and social media. One less-considered way to raise awareness about Rotary is through special Rotary license plates for cars and motorcycles.
The Rotary clubs of Columbia, plus visitors from Fulton and Jeff City, came together Nov. 21 to share a Thanksgiving meal to benefit hurricane relief efforts. Thanks to Lisa Ryan and Sunrise Southwest Rotary for organizing a great event and congratulations to Susan Hart on her big awards.
I am proud to inform you and your club that the Third Panama Project is underway. The process for this last project began 3 years ago when your club made a generous contribution as did 8 other clubs in the District and together we were able to raise $20,259.00. We applied for a global grant and together with RI and District 6080 we received a grant total of $71,259.00. AWESOME!
Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said. “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said. The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming. “It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.” Securing Rotary’s future In his address to the 2017-18 class of district governors, Riseley also urged clubs to improve their gender balance …
Racing mice will help the Rotary Club of Fulton raise money to support service projects in Callaway County. The club will hold the third annual Callaway Cup Mouse Races starting at 6:30 p.m. March 17 at 54 Country, 400 Gaylord Drive, in Fulton.
BRANSON, MO – The Rotary clubs of District 6080 in Missouri gathered in Branson Oct. 21-23 for their district conference. Held at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, the conference was a joint meeting with District 6110, which encompasses the corners of four states, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
FULTON, MO—The Rotary Club of Fulton put the finishing touches on its yearlong service project for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) this week, mulching around the new playset purchased by the club and staining a new gate. The Rotary club contributed $3,600 raised during the 2015 Callaway Cup Mouse Races toward helping CARDV and these funds were matched by Rotary District 6080, resulting in a $7,200 contribution toward purchases for the domestic violence organization. The donation allowed Rotary to furnish two “advocacy” rooms, where victims of domestic violence meet with an advocate, identify needs, develop individualized actions to meet those needs, and create a safety plan; completed improvements to the backyard playground (purchased new equipment), patio, and fencing, creating a safer place for children to play outside while their parents are meeting with an advocate, counselor, and/or in a support group environment. Rotary had partners who helped with the project. The men’s basketball team from William Woods University and the youth group from Heartland Nazarene Church helped stain and repair the fence, stain the side porch, install the locking gate, and haul the old play equipment and other miscellaneous items to the curb for trash pick-up. The new Rotaract club at William Woods stained the new gate.
FULTON, MO—Racing mice will help the Rotary Club of Fulton raise money to support service projects in Callaway County. The club will hold the second annual Callaway Cup Mouse Races starting at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at 54 Country, 400 Gaylord Drive, in Fulton.
Joel Henley and Jeanane Markway spoke about the Restorative Justice Program at Fulton Rotary July 1, and showed a bird house and blanket made by inmates. Tammy Wickham brought her Tower Garden to show how inmates could grow food year-round indoors and donate the food to food pantries.
The Rotary clubs of Columbia and mid-Missouri teamed up Saturday to reduce hunger and malnutrition. The clubs participated in a major work day at the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. Approximately 150 Rotarians and guests repackaged nearly 5,000 pounds of Rice Krispies for local food pantries.