Volunteer of the year

Volunteer of the year

The Rotary Volunteers committee selected Irwin Cohen, left, as the club's Volunteer of the Year.  That's the club's highest award, and is given for service outside of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club.

Committee chairwoman Barbara Lucks read the citation for Irwin at the club's annual recognition lunch on June 30.

Here's her citation:

"Those of us who serve or seek to recruit others to serve often speak of one giving of one’s time, talent , or treasure.

"Most frequently, recognition is offered to those who serve by giving of their treasure.
Sometimes, recognition is given to those whose service takes the form of giving the precious gift of their time.

"And, somewhat less frequently, we hear a “Thank You” offered to one whose service represents the utilization of a special skill or talent.

"The 2016 recipient of the Rotary Club of Springfield – Southeast Volunteer of the Year Award has an extensive service resume that includes significant, long – standing contributions in all of these very valuable areas.

"Our recipient possesses an impressive track record of service in leadership roles in a diverse mix of organizations including serving as
* Incoming President of the Springfield Symphony Board. As a board member, he co-chaired a major fund raiser which raised over $45,000 for the Symphony.
* He is currently the treasurer of Temple Israel, receiving their Volunteer of the Year Award last year for his service the past 15 years.
* He serves as a current member and past Chair of the City Utilities Advisory Council.
Our recipient could very easily just be sitting on his front porch, watching the world go by, but, rather, he has chosen to take an active role in the shaping of the future of that world.
* He served on the City’s citizen planning effort – Field Guide 2030 -- drawing on his valuable professional experience in the transportation field.
* He is the current Chair of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Transportation Task Force researching transportation
challenges and barriers of the under-resourced in our community.

"As you would imagine, this is only a part of his very impressive community service resume.

"His personal style does not seek attention for his service. We know him as being warm, friendly, gracious and at once, both quite sharp witted and sincere and he is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He is truly a very valued asset to our Club and to the broader community -- making a positive difference in the lives of those who call Springfield home.

"Our recipient today, receives our heartfelt thanks and recognition for exemplifying Rotary’s Service Above Self.

"We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Rotary Club of Springfield - Southeast Volunteer of the Year Award is Irwin Cohen."


Nominations are submitted by our club members and the final selection is made by the Rotary Volunteer Committee that consists of:
Barbara Lucks, as current chair
Tom Slaight
Carol DeHaven
Dan Emrie
Doug Nickell
Anne Soots

Previous recipients of the Volunteer Award include:
2015 -- Doug Nickell
2014 – Steve Rice
2013 – Gordon Elliott
2012 - Kirk Elmquist
2011 - Dennis Whaley
2010 - Gerry Lee
2009 - Rick Hughlett
2008 - Gary Deaver
2007 - Bob Hammerschmidt
2006 - Doug Pitt
2005 - Anne Brown
2004 - Todd Parnell
2003 - Joy Lamberson Klock
2002 - Steve Scott
2001 - Barbara Lucks
2000 - Mac McCartney
1999 - Bill Reser

New Board of Directors takes office

Bill McNeill, 2016-17 club president, took his oath of office on June 30 as new board members and the rest of the club looked on.  Past president and past assistant district governor John Horton administered the oath to Bill and the other board members.

The 2016 Board of Directors includes Lori Miller, president-elect; Irwin Cohen, secretary; Andy Clemens, treasurer; Rick Van Pelt, immediate past president; Ned Caldwell, Club Service lane director; Jennifer Baker, Community Service lane director; Mark McNay, International Service lane director; Luke Westerman, New Generations lane director; and Ryan Murray, Vocational Service lane director.

Rotary International Convention

Springfield Southeast Rotary 2016-17 President Bill McNeil and his wife, Terri, attended the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea, from May 28 to June 1.  Here are some of his photos.

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

Annual club canoe trip

Rick Gilmore took these photos at the end of the canoe trip on the Elk River near Noel on June 2.  More photos from Rick's gallery are on the Springfield Southeast Rotary Facebook page.