Welcome new member Lisa Farmer

Welcome new member Lisa Farmer

Bill White introduced Natalie on Oct. 1.

Lisa is a graduate of Drury University. In 2008, Drury honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement.

She started her professional life in the nonprofit sector, working with United Way of the Ozarks, where she secured a HUD grant and developed New Start Housing, the first transitional housing program for homeless families in Springfield.

Later, as area director of the American Cancer Society, she developed what would become Missouri's first Relay for Life fundraiser.

Lisa also spent four years as executive director of The Victim Center and developed that organization's signature fundraising event.

In 2000, Lisa joined St. John's, now Mercy Health. Over the next 12 years, she moved up to executive director of marketing and communications, where she developed strategic marketing plans for Mercy's three Arkansas health systems.

In June 2014, Lisa's career came full circle when she returned to her first love, the nonprofit sector. She is now the executive director of Harmony House.

Welcome new member Natalie Murdock

Welcome new member Natalie Murdock

Nancy Riggs introduced Natalie on Sept. 24.

Natalie began her fundraising career in 2005 after graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in public relations. She has a background in both fundraising and marketing.

Natalie has been honored by the Springfield Business Journal (40 Under 40), Q102 (Q Awards) and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Springfield and 2013 graduate from the Missouri State University GO LEAD program.

Natalie is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals previously serving as the chapter secretary, currently serving as membership chair and a member of The Network of Springfield’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee.

As the Director for the Foundation of Springfield Public Schools, she is responsible for overseeing Foundation operations, establishing goals and objectives and representing the Foundation in the community.

Natalie has been an active member of Rotaract and Springfield Metro Rotary.
She is married to Brad Murdock and they also own Murdock Motors and Springfield Quick Stop.

Southeast Rotarians in service

Southeast Rotarians in service

The Hands-on Committee recruited members and spouses to work at the Meals a Million event at the Springfield Expo Center on Sept. 13, 2015. Southeast Rotary members joined volunteers from churches and other community groups who measured, weighed and packaged a million pasta-and-cheese meals for people in the United States and around the world.

The people who participated are Rick and Kay VanPelt, Anne and Burl Brown, Irwin Cohen, and Lori Barnes-Miller.

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

Welcome new member Jon Baker.

Welcome new member Jon Baker.

Jon Baker has lived in Springfield for 31 years. He spent eight years running Wiese USA as chief operating officer in St. Louis but kept his home here. He moved back full time in 2013 because he loves the Ozarks. He’s still on its board and helps with several companies that Wiese USA owns.

Jon is married to Jo – for a long time. They met in college and he says she has put up with him for almost 40 years. They have no children.

He’s also on three other corporate boards, and serves as an executive advisor at Brewer Science. He’s also on the advisory board of the Missouri State University College of Business.

Jon’s passion is mentoring young men who need help. He’s on the board of Good Dads. In addition, he’s mentoring three young men.

He’s from Ohio, where he attended Kent State University, and is a big fan of Ohio State University.

He loves what Rotary stands for, and says he’s blessed to be a part of it.

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. 

Welcome new member Cody Danastasio

Welcome new member Cody Danastasio

Cody was sponsored by Gary Leonard and Ryan Murray, who introduced him on July 23.

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, who introduced her on July 23.

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.

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