2012 Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival, New Location Proves A Success!

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August 20, 2012(Springfield, MO)…All the bills are paid and the audits are done for the 13th Annual Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival and now it’s time to distribute $150,000, to seven children’s agencies in the Ozarks. This year’s proceeds bring the 13 year total to $1,155,000 distributed by Rotary’s Rock n Ribs, to children’s charities in the Springfield area. A new location this year at the Community Blood Center drew a record number of 60 teams and an estimated 35,000 in attendance. Rock n Ribs Bar-B-Q Festival is presented by the five Rotary Clubs’ and the Rotaract Club of Springfield. This was the 13th year for the festival. Over 1,000 Rotarians and community volunteers worked on the event April 20-21, 2012. Rock n Ribs is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event and this year 60 BBQ cooking teams competed for blue ribbon bragging rights. The Rotary Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival has become one of the best know events in the area, and one of the most anticipated. “The success of the Rock ‘n Ribs event weekend is reflected in the commitment of our generous sponsors, Rotarians, all the volunteers and all those who attend the festival for great food and family fun,” comments Steve Scott, Rock ‘n Ribs chair. “We are so happy that we can present the organizations with these checks. We know that these proceeds help create positive, long-lasting changes in the lives of at-risk children in the Ozarks.” Beginning on Tuesday, August 21, Rock ‘n Ribs Executive Committee will present …

Dedication of Springfield Wagon Play Feature

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Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board dedicated the new Springfield Wagon interactive play feature Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the K-Park portion of downtown Springfield’s Jordan Valley Park, near the intersection of East Trafficway and Sherman Avenue. The Springfield Wagon interactive play feature resembles an 1880’s-era open-top wagon, with a wooden bed, wagon wheels, seat, break lever and tongue all molded out of fiber-reinforced concrete. The wagon is ADA-accessible and includes a ramp and a slide, and is surrounded by rubberized safety flooring. The play feature was inspired by the Springfield Wagon Company, which built thousands of farm, freight, log, circus and other horse-drawn wagons in Springfield from 1872 to 1941. The wagons were painted a signature green and were nicknamed “Old Reliable.” The manufacturing plant was located one block north of what’s now Jordan Valley Park, on land now owned by Harry Cooper Supply Company. The $50,000 wagon was designed and built by GameTime and was entirely funded by the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, which also donated funds for the Kinetic “K-Man” and the Climbing Rock feature, all located in the K-Park kids’ play area of Jordan Valley Park. Brent Baldwin, President of Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, said development of K-Park has been a long-term commitment for his club since 2005, when it was identified as a service project to mark Rotary International’s 100th anniversary. “Our Rotary club has focused on kids and making the community better for children,” said Baldwin. “Jordan Valley Park was …

Increase Your Club’s Public Image

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Hi, I am Angie Ganson, District Public Image Director. My job is to help every club increase their public image of Rotary in their Community. We will be working on things such as what to put on your own club website. What is the best way to promote your club. Let’s look at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and other social media avenues to strengthen your club. Bring on the questions that is why I am here. I’m looking forward to working with each club to find out what their challenges are and to help them overcome them. Let me help you….let’s blog!