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!

Springfield Southeast expands anti-meth effort

Springfield Southeast expands anti-meth effort

Here's a news release from the Springfield School District after a presentation to Don't Meth with Us committee chairman and founder John Horton at our club meeting on Jan. 29, 2015.

The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast has raised more than $2,200 to provide a classroom Jeopardy! system for every SPS middle school. The interactive learning devices will be used year-round in middle school health classrooms. In addition, the systems will be utilized during the Rotary Club's "Don't Meth With Me" presentations, facilitated by the club's Don't Meth With MO nonprofit.

"Don't Meth With Missouri presents to every SPS student three times: once in fifth grade, seventh grade and when they're in high school," said John Horton, past president of the Rotary Club and Don't Meth With MO board member. "With our seventh-grade program, we've really tried to figure out a way to engage with kids to be able to educate them without preaching to them or lecturing them about not doing drugs. So we came up with this Drug Jeopardy! game."

Previously, Don't Meth With MO volunteers would travel with and set up one of three classroom Jeopardy! game systems prior to each presentation and return them for the next presentation. But instead of having the learning devices go unused for several months of the year, the Rotary Club decided to provide funds for the purchase of a classroom Jeopardy! system at every middle school, said Horton.

"If we donated a console to every school, we would accomplish two things. We wouldn't have to shuffle these games around for our volunteers, but secondly, we would have these great learning devices that we felt like the schools could use nine months out of the year instead of us using them in a school one or two days a year," Horton said.

The purchase of the new Jeopardy! game systems is just one way that the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, Don't Meth With MO and Springfield Public Schools are partnering to provide an engaging anti-drug education to students, said Dave Schmitz, director of secondary education.

"Don't Meth With Missouri is really educating our students so they know the dangers and the challenges and helping them to make good choices, while making them aware of options they have," said Schmitz. "It's all about building awareness for our kids, and partnerships like this are important so that students can see that not just their teachers, but their entire community, values our students and wants them to make healthy choices."

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.

Rotary basketball practices are underway

Rotary basketball practices are underway
Basketball practice 2014

The 2015 Rotary Basketball Tournament for Special Olympics will be March 16, 17, and 19 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University.

Our practices are every Sunday through March 15, followed by social events after practice at SMC Electric that are open to any club member -- player or not.

Practices are at the O’Reilly Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact Marc Mayer at

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

2014-2015 Board of Directors

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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.

Welcome new member Ken Treat

Welcome new member Ken Treat

Our newest member is Ken Treat. Sam Hamra and Dwayne Holden introduced him on Dec. 4

Ken grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 - '79, and then attended University of Illinois, where he graduated in 1985.

Ken went to work as district manager for H&R Block in 1985. He served as executive vice president and chief operating office from 1989 - '98 of the largest major franchisee of H&R Block, managing 535 stores in south Texas.

He served as senior vice president of H&R Block in Kansas City from 1998 - 2010, overseeing 4,000 franchise locations with $800 million in sales. From 2010 - '14, he owned and operated 20 H&R Block offices in southwest Missouri. He sold the offices back to the company in 2014.

Ken has been married since 1988 to Laura. They have two children. Taylor, 24, lives in Springfield and Chase, 22, is a senior at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, where he's studying engineering.

Ken's interests are golf, scuba diving, water sports and international travel.

Special Olympics basketball game, March 2014

Special Olympics basketball game, March 2014
Special Olympics game at 2014 tournament

You can see more photos from this game under Photos on the blue navigation bar at the top of this page.  The game between two Special Olympic teams is the highlight of the annual Rotary Clubs of Springfield basketball tournament that raises money each March for Special Olympics.  This year's tournament is March 16, 17 and 19, at O'Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University.