Welcome new member Cody Danastasio

Welcome new member Cody Danastasio

Cody was sponsored by Gary Leonard and Ryan Murray.

Cody is a former member of Rotaract. He's a graduate of Drury University, where he obtained his degree in architecture.
After graduating he went to work as a project manager at Morelock-Ross construction. He was later hired by the O'Reilly family to act as the owner's representative to oversee the commercial construction of its Farmer's Park development.

After the completion of Farmers Park, Cody teamed up with architects Micheal Hampton and Tyler Hellweg, who are also Drury grads, and together they started Arkifex Studios, a design firm in Springfield.

Cody is the busy father of two energetic young twin girls (Brie and Olivia), and is the nephew-in-law of Tom Slate.

Cody is an avid fly fisherman, cyclist and has been known to enjoy an occasional rare bourbon.

Welcome new member Dana Maugans

Welcome new member Dana Maugans

Dana was sponsored by Bob Cumley and Phil Kinsley.

She's a graduate of Missouri State University with a BS in Hospitality and Business Administration. She's married to Shawn, who is in the chimney repair business. She has three children: Spencer, 23, a student at Ozarks Technical Community College, Chole, 21, who is studying cosmetology, and Michael, 13, who is in 8th grade at Cherokee Middle School.

Dana has been employed by the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau for 17 years. She's a member of the MSU Hospitality & Restaurant Administration Board of Advisors, the Missouri Travel Council, American Society of Association Executives, and the Missouri Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. She's also a Cherokee Middle School PTA volunteer.

Rick Van Pelt, club president

Rick Van Pelt, club president

Rick Van Pelt, 2015-16 club president, is an attorney.  He's been a club member since February 2005.  He's the club's 49th president since its founding in June 1967; 26 past presidents are still club members.

Rotary's six areas of focus
-- Promoting peace
-- Provide clean water
-- Saving mothers and children
-- Supporting education
-- Growing local economies
 

Annual shrimp feed

Annual shrimp feed

Our club's annual salad, toast and shrimp dinner, which is also our club assembly, at which club members assess the club's operations and goals, was Thursday, July 9, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Our Facebook page has about 90 photos from the Shrimp Feed.

Club members discussed how we can each be a "gift to the world" to fulfill Rotary's international theme for the year; their favorite and least favorite things about the club; making new members comfortable; encouraging greater participation by club members in fellowship and volunteer activities; and what we can do to improve the club. 

Southeast Rotary Inducts 2015-2016 Board

Southeast Rotary Inducts 2015-2016 Board

Southeast Rotary inducted its 2015-2016 board of directors on Thursday, June 25.  Past District Governor (and club member) Jerry Stiefvater, 90, [seen at right] conducted the ceremony.

President: Rick Van Pelt
President-elect: Bill McNeill
Past president: Heather Ramsey
Secretary: Robin Gann
Treasurer: Andy Clemens
Club service director: Bill Brell (interim);
Bob McLaughlin (permanent)
Community Service Director: Marc Mayer
International Service Director: Daniel Wooten
New Generations Director: Holly Stenger
Vocational Service Director: Lori Johnson Murawski

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.

To see Rick Gilmore's photos (140 of them) from the tournament, check out Southeast Rotary Club's Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofspringfieldsoutheast