Club establishes local endowment fund

Club establishes local endowment fund

The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment, Inc. is the entity that complements the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast's philanthropic activities. It is established to receive and disburse funds in support of the issues of Springfield and the surrounding community, including poverty,· children, child abuse, housing, hunger, health, hygiene, education, and safety and, in addition, Rotary's six (6) areas of focus, including peace and conflict prevention/ resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.

The Endowment Fund, in providing funding and implementation of these philanthropic activities, will directly serve young people, aged and disadvantaged persons and other groups.

Donations may be .sent to the office of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, 1717 E. Republic Rd., Suite A, Springfield, MO 65804. To contact us: Email: Phone: 417-886-8606 Cash Gifts:

Donations may be made to the Endowment to grow the funds from which the interest earned will be used for charitable giving. Planned Giving: Make a donation of cash or stock from your estate or ask loved ones to designate the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment, Inc. as the recipient of memorials. Designated Funds: Donations may be made to particular authorized projects, and the funds will be used as specified.

There are many ways to give to the Endowment

  • Cash pledges or contributions
  • Gifts by bequest
  • Gifts through life insurance
  • Gifts through charitable remainder trusts
  • Gifts through charitable gift annuities
  • Gifts through charitable lead trusts
  • Stock donations
  • Tax-free rollover of qualified plans
  • Memorial and commemorative gifts

Club attendance policy remains unchanged

The Board of Directors recently decided not to change the club's long standing attendance policy.  Club members discussed whether it needs to be revised at the Shrimp Feed (club assembly) in July.

In order to maintain good standing, members must maintain at least 50% attendance and cannot miss four or more meetings in a row. Members must attend at least 30% of their home Rotary club’s meetings in each six month period. Membership in the club may be terminated by a majority vote of the board if a member’s percentage of attendance is less than 50% during the first and second six months of the club’s fiscal year. Failure to comply with any of the above requirements may result in termination upon review by and approval by the board.

What Rotary means to members of the club

What Rotary means to members of the club

Club member Jacob Neimeyer, owner of Baseline Media in Ozark, made this video with the thoughts of some members of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club.

Sailing the Great Loop

Past President Jim Conley (2013-2014) and his wife, Mandy, are on an adventure. Starting in early October, they are cruising continuously on their boat, following the Great Loop, the nautical circumnavigation of the eastern United States. They expect to be away from Springfield for approximately one year. You can follow their journey by going to their website which will include a blog.

The secure website is, which requires you to request access. After being granted access you will be able to visit at anytime and automatically receive blog updates. Feel free to contact PP Jim during his absence by either cell phone or e-mail as they should have cell service for about 95 percent of the trip.

Welcome new member Scott Gallentine

Welcome new member Scott Gallentine

David Caffey introduced him on Sept. 29.
Scott graduated in 1983 from Nixa High School, where he was on its first varsity football team. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1989 with a degree in Accounting.

Scott started working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1990 with a goal of working his way back to Springfield in 10 years. He worked in five prisons as he moved up through the system.

His first prison was in Greenville, Ill., where he started as an accountant and worked up to controller in five years. He was there for a big riot in 1995 that was called the "crack cocaine riot." All prisoners were in lockdown for 30 days and the staff worked 12-hour shifts every day.

Scott then worked in prisons in Oklahoma, Colorado, Kentucky, and Marion, Ill. He returned to Springfield in 2000 at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. He retired from the Bureau of Prisons this year and immediately found another job.

Scott is now shadowing David at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and will become senior director of operations when David retires on Dec. 31.

Scott is a member of Riverdale Baptist Church. His wife, Kerry, who is from Lamar, is a supervisor in the Radiology Department at Mercy Hospital. Their son, Ethan, was a manager for the Missouri State University men's basketball team and graduated in 2013. Ethan is a teacher and head varsity boy's basketball coach at East Newton High School in Granby after stints at Springfield Catholic and Logan-Rogersville high schools.

Scott is already working with Rex Johnson and David Caffey on promoting the Rotary Clubs of Springfield blood drive from Dec. 19 - 31.

Southeast Rotary Local Service

Southeast Rotary Local Service

Since our club's founding in June 1967, we have been heavily involved in service to others through many types of projects. (Video produced by ADsmith Marketing and Advertising)

Rotary International Service

Rotary International Service

Rotary International, through the Rotary Foundation, works with clubs and districts around the world to help people in need. (Video produced by ADsmith Marketing and Advertising)

Welcome new member Scott Smith

Welcome new member Scott Smith

Chelsey Bode introduced him on Aug. 18.  His co-sponsor is Rick Van Pelt.

Scott is an attorney with Rooney McBride & Smith.  Prior to forming that firm, Scott practiced with a nationally recognized product liability law firm in Springfield, where he represented catastrophically injured individuals in cases all over the United States.

Scott is admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy, family law, Social Security disability, personal injury, and traffic law.

Scott earned a B.S. in Biology in 2001 at Missouri Southern State University, where he was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and an officer on the student senate.  He earned his law degree in 2004 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he also was a teaching assistant for first-year law students.

Scott is a member of the Commercial Insolvency, Young Lawyers, Social Security, and Family Law Committees with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.
He was selected in 2011 by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri to provide training to attorneys on representing debtors in bankruptcy litigation. Scott has also completed Civil and Family Mediation Training through Missouri State University’s Center for Dispute Resolution.

Scott is a member of Second Baptist Church.  He also is a charter member of Business Exchange of Springfield and serves as vice president/membership chair of that professional organization.

Scott and his wife, Brooke, who is also an attorney, have three sons. Scott enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

Welcome new member Bruce Long

Welcome new member Bruce Long

Scott Bailes introduced Bruce on Aug. 11.

Bruce is president and chief operating officer of Ozarks Coca-Cola since last January. He's worked for the company for more than 15 years. He began there as the corporate convenience manager and corporate marketing manager. Prior to being named as president and COO, Bruce served as vice president of Marketing/Business Development.

Bruce has a BS and a Master in Education from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. Previous jobs include regional vice president of sales at Teters Floral Products, head baseball coach at SBU, and a professional baseball pitcher in the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies minor league systems from 1983 to 1988.

Bruce attends Ridgecrest Baptist Church and is active in several industry organizations.