Southeast Rotary inducted the 2015-2016 board of directors on Thursday, June 25:
PRESIDENT Rick Van Pelt
PRESIDENT-ELECT Bill McNeill
PAST PRESIDENT Heather Ramsey
SECRETARY Robin Gann
TREASURER Andy Clemens
CLUB SERVICE DIRECTOR Bob McLaughlin
COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTOR Marc Mayer
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTOR Daniel Wooten
NEW GENERATIONS DIRECTOR Holly Stenger
VOCATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTOR Lori Johnson Murawski
Welcome new member Alison Rosebrough
Janet Weber introduced Alison Rosebrough on May 7. Her co-sponsor is Irwin Cohen.
Alison and her husband, Dan, have been married 22 years and have three children in the Springfield Catholic school system. Alison is involved in St Agnes parish and with the Catholic School system.
Alison has lived in the Springfield area all her life, and attended Drury University. She owns Seminole Paint & Decor, a company started by her parents, at 1815 E. Seminole St.
Welcome to Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast
The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast is a member club of Rotary International, the world’s largest service organization. Located in Springfield, Missouri, we are the largest Rotary club in southern Missouri. From 32 charter members in 1967, Southeast has grown to more than 230 members today.
Our members are known for their leadership in the workplace and the community. They work in government, universities and health care organizations as well as in business, law and medicine, Many of our members are engaged in entrepreneurial activities in the business community.
In addition, we’ve built a strong relationship with local government, school districts and other Rotary clubs. This provides the foundation for our members, many of whom have chosen to live “Service Above Self” by taking volunteer leadership roles in many charitable organizations and activities throughout our community.
Yours in Rotary,
Heather Ramsey President 2014-2015 Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Springfield, Missouri
2015 Rotary basketball tournament was another success
Eight teams competed for fun, fellowship, and funds in the annual Rotary Clubs of Springfield basketball tournament for Special Olympics on March 16, 17, and 19.
Noah Alldredge introduced Bill Southworth on April 23. His co-sponsor is Kevin Killian.
Bill has lived in Springfield for 58 years. He's worked for Barker-Phillips-Jackson for 39 years and now is a vice-president and one of the co-owners. He's worked in the insurance field for 42 years.
At his company, Bill works with commercial insurance sales. He serves on the company's board, consults with customers, and mentors other staff members.
Bill attended Southwest Missouri State College (now MSU) in 1968-69 and then earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Missouri in 1972. His professional organization memberships include Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Missouri Association of Agents, and Springfield Executive Breakfast Club.
Bill has done community service work through the Jaycees, Ducks Unlimited, and Arc of the Ozarks. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Springfield.
In his introduction, Noah mentioned that Bill once shot a hole-in-one on the golf course. That, of course, led to a sergeant-at-arms fine on his first day in the club.
Welcome new member Michael Kolstad
Welcome to new member Michael Kolstad. Bob Hammerschmidt introduced him on April 9. His co-sponsor is Lisa Odom.
Michael has lived in the Springfield area for 24 years. He's vice president for advancement at Evangel University. He oversees public relations, fundraising, marketing, and communications.
Michael has a bachelor's degree in Musical Instruments from Evangel; plus a master's of Music and a doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. He's active in several music organizations, his church, and the Nixa Community Foundation. He also is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement & Support of Education.
Little known fact about Michael: He once worked for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circuses, where he played the trombone. He also knows the secret to wrestling alligators, and has put his head in an alligator's mouth and survived!
Michael and his wife, Paula, live in Nixa. They have two children.
Troy Kennedy introduced Heather on March 19. Bill White was her co-sponsor, and Steve Rice was her past president adviser.
Heather is regional director of advancement for Great Circle's campus in Springfield. She plans and oversees all the agency's fundraising, including individual, corporate, organization and foundation giving in southwest Missouri.
Prior to working for Great Circle, Heather was a co-founder and client services director of ITI Financial Management, an investment management company. She assisted in the acquisition of new clients and public relations, and was the executive representative for the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in theater, at University of Missouri. She is the membership chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of the Association of Women in Communications.
Heather has served as chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, secretary of the board of the Irish Festival Association, on the Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee to the Springfield City Council, and on the Doula Foundation Advisory Council. She was a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange team that went to Germany in 2006.
Members of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club and Parkview High School's Interact Club volunteered at a recent Springfield School District Mobile Food Pantry. Families of Jarrett Middle School students received nearly 12,000 pounds of food and supplies!
Welcome new member Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Rick Van Pelt introduced Lisa on Feb. 19. Her cosponsor is President Heather Ramsey.
Lisa was born in Springfield and raised in Jefferson City, where she graduated from high school. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Missouri.
She moved to Springfield after law school and in 1986 joined the law firm of Lowther, Johnson, where she practiced primarily in family law. She concentrated to a greater degree in the area of family law mediation.
The Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers magazine named Lisa a Super Lawyer from 2006-2012. In 2008, she was honored as one of the top 50 women attorneys in Missouri.
She has also been named as a Best Lawyer in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" since 2007 in the areas of family law and mediation. That same publication in 2013 named her Lawyer of the Year in family law in Springfield. In 2014, she received the nationally ranked Top Ten Attorney Award for excellence in the fireld of family law from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
In addition to being active in her church, Lisa is active in the community. She has served on the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs board, the Court Appointed Special Advocates board, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief board, the Regional Girls Shelter board, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council board.
Lisa and her husband, Dan, live in Republic, close to her stepchildren and her granddaughter, Amelia.