It's time for Rock 'n Ribs, our club's signature fundraising project

It's time for Rock 'n Ribs, our club's signature fundraising project

The 16th annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival is April 24 - 25 at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds.  Several additions to the event will make it one of the premier special events in the Ozarks this year.

New this year is a second stage.  The two stages will host area bands on Friday night and Saturday.  Twenty-three bands will play between the two stages.  Popular acts include Candy Coburn, Members Only, Mark Chapman Band and Machine Gun Symphony.

Also new this year, is the addition of a second Texas Holdem’ Poker Tournament on Friday evening and an expanded Kids Zone, which will be moved inside to the E*Plex.

Cost for general admission to the festival is $10 per person at the festival gates. Tickets may be purchased before April 24 for $8 at more than 40 Kum & Go locations citywide.

The Rotary Clubs of Springfield donated $140,000 in 2014 from Rock 'n Ribs. They've donated more than $1.4 million since its inception in 2000.  The funding provides professionally supported programs and services to disadvantaged and at-risk children in our community.  All proceeds benefit seven local children’s charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Great Circle, Boy Scouts of America, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Harmony House, Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck, and the YMCA.

For more information and to find out how you can be a part of this year’s festival, go to .  Volunteers and sponsorships are needed.  For questions about being a volunteer, contact John Wilson at (417) 315-6138.  For questions about being a sponsor, call Scott Gibbins at (417) 631-1601.

The Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival is a non-profit organization that supports “The Children of the Ozarks” with the assistance of community leaders from five Springfield Rotary Clubs.

Hy-Vee is the presenting sponsor.

Welcome to Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast

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.

To see Rick Gilmore's photos (140 of them) from the tournament, check out Southeast Rotary Club's Facebook page.

Welcome new member Michael Kolstad

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.

2014-2015 Board of Directors

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Welcome new member Heather Landwer

Welcome new member Heather Landwer

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

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.

Barber Jim

Barber Jim

Welcome new member Jim Barber

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced Jim on Feb. 5. His cosponsor is Shawn Harris.

Jim is regional vice president and director of the Mercy Health Foundation. He oversees fundraising and operations of five Mercy foundations since moving to Springfield in January 2014. He's raised funds for foundations and nonprofit groups for 25 years, including the Via Christi Foundation in Wichita from 1999 - 2013; the St. Anthony Health Foundation in Denver from 1995 - 1999; and the St. Francis Foundation in Wichita from 1990 - 1995.

Jim is a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University. He's married to Trudy, and has two children. He's served on the Kansas Wesleyan Board of Directors, the Guadalupe Clinic Board, the Music Theatre of Wichita board, the Beryan Academy board, and the Mercy Research board. He's also a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.