Special Olympics basketball 2013
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,
Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast
2014-2015 Board of Directors
New member: Adam Woody
Adam Pihanna introduced Adam Woody on Nov. 20.
Adam Woody graduated from Drury University with a double major in Criminology and Psychology, and a minor in global studies. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law.
Immediately after law school, Adam went to work as a Missouri state public defender. He handled numerous trials at both the misdemeanor and felony level in state courts.
After a few years as a public defender, he began working for the Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise in September 2007, where he specializes in criminal law at the municipal, state, and federal levels.
Adam is active in the community and various legal organizations.
He received a Springfield Business Journal 40 under 40 award for community and civic achievement in 2009, and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Springfield. Adam has also served on the advisory board of The Network, a professional organization promoted by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, since 2011.
He is also active in the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, serving on the Criminal Law Committee and the Young Lawyers Section, and is a board member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Adam was one of only four attorneys in southern Missouri to receive the prestigious Up and Coming Attorneys Award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2011. He is also a member of the invitation only group, National College for DUI Defense, and is a member of the Missouri Bar, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
He is married to his wife Katie, and has a son, age 2, and a daughter, age 6 weeks.
New member: Brad Baker
New Generations Lane Director Don Harkey introduced him on Nov. 13.
He's been a resident of Springfield for 37 years. He's an architect and his company is GHN Architects + Engineers. He's the company president, and oversees business development and management.
Some of his community activities include Shapes Mentoring Program, Jeffries Elementary School PTA, Second Baptist Church community service projects, SEMA/SAVE volunteer structural inspector, and treasurer of the Southwest Timbers Homeowners Association.
His professional organizations include American Institute of Architects, NCARB, Springfield Contractors Association, Drury to Drury Network, AIA-MO Board of Directors, and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Brad graduated from Drury University. He's married to Heather and has three children.
New member: Lisa Odom
Past President Bob Hammerschmidt introduced her on Nov. 13.
She lives in Nixa, where she's a lifelong resident, and is married to Bill. She has three children.
Lisa works at Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, where she's the vice president of administration. She oversees the departments of finance, human resources, information technology, business office, facilities and housekeeping at JVCHC's campuses in Springfield, Marshfield, Republic and (soon) Hollister. She's worked for Jordan Valley since early 2011.
Lisa attended Missouri State University, where she earned a B.S. in accounting. She's a licensed certified public accountant.
She serves on the The Kitchen Clinic's Advisory Committee and the Nixa Education Foundation's Finance Committee. Her professional memberships include National Association of Community Health Centers, Missouri Primary Care Association board, and Medical Group Management Association.
New member: Ken Stephens
Jerry Morgan introduced Ken on Oct. 23.
Ken has been in the Springfield area for 34 years. He’s a native of Bolivar and graduated from Bolivar High School in 1980.
He attended Southwest Baptist University before transferring and graduating from Southwest Missouri State University in 1984 with a BS in business/finance and insurance.
He established Stephens Insurance & Financial Services in 1985 specializing in Life, Health, Disability, Investment Planning and Financial Services. In 1997, he co-founded Employee Benefit Design, LLC, which serves individual and employer group clients with insurance and financial needs, including 401(k), Simple IRA and other qualified Retirement Planning programs.
He and his wife, Diane, live in Springfield. They have three children: Kimberlee, Kaylee, and Drew. His activities include golfing, boating and water sports, hunting, fishing, snow- skiing, and spending time at his hunting farm near Stockton Lake. He’s active in my church and volunteers for various charitable community organizations.
He's a former member of Sunrise Rotary Club. His community service includes being a board member of BBBS. His professional organizations include the Springfield Association of Health Underwriters, and the National Association of Health Underwriters.
New member: Sharyn Dawson
Don Harkey introduced Sharyn on Oct. 2.
She moved to Springfield in 1990 to attend MSU and loved the area so much that she decided to stay.
She's married to Jerry Dawson, an account manager at Humana. They have two daughters: Jocelyn, 22, in her last year of working on her Dietetics degree at MSU; and Aliya, 10, a 5th grade volleyball player with a wicked overhand serve.
Her professional career consists of many years as an account manager in advertising and commercial printing, including owning her own business. She took over as the Division Director for the March of Dimes in mid-2013. She says it's the best job in the world: saving babies!
New member: Scott Bailes
Scott joined the club on Sept. 4, a couple of weeks after regaling us with his introduction to minor league and major league baseball.
Scott is manager of Market Development for the Springfield Cardinals. He played college baseball as a left-handed pitcher for Southwest Missouri State University, and then managed to wrangle himself an invitation to a minor league spring training camp. He eventually pitched for three teams during a nine-year major league career: the Cleveland Indians, California Angels and Texas Rangers. With Cleveland, he set a record for most relief wins by an Indian rookie with eight.
After his professional baseball career, Scott returned with his family to Springfield. From 2009 to 2013, he served on the Springfield City Council. He has a long list of volunteer positions, including as director of the Special Olympics, an organization close to the heart of Rotarians in Springfield. Scott and his wife, JoAnne, have three daughters: Alli is a graduate of the University of Missouri who now works in the Admissions & Recruiting Office at MU; Tara is a former member of the women's soccer team at Missouri State University and is completing her Law degree at Mizzou; and Mandy is a junior at Mizzou.