Welcome new member Royce Reding

Noah Alldredge introduced Royce on Jan. 28.  His co-sponsor is Brian McDonough.

Royce is a co-founder of Nevont, a company in Springfield that develops and administers companies’ employee benefit programs.  Nevont started in 2018.

Royce attended William Jewell College in Liberty on a debate scholarship and earned a BS in political science.  His college debate team was nationally ranked.

Royce has worked on local, state and federal election campaigns.  He worked for U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R – Mo. 7th District, for eight years, including as Long’s district director and election campaign director.  He learned a lot about the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), as well as about about regulatory compliance issues that businesses face.

In December, Springfield Business Journal named Royce one of its 40 Under 40 honorees for 2021.

Winter Blood Drive

We had 37 donors give blood on behalf of Southeast Rotary during our annual winter blood drive.  Special thanks go to Gary Leonard and Steak N Shake for being a part of the club’s blood drives over the years.  The winners of the $50 gift cards will be announced at the meeting on Jan. 28.  The club and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks thank all who were able to donate during this period of fewer-than-normal donations.
Scott & Teresa Haney
Tad Moseley
John Horton
Bill Saddler
Lori Johnson Murawski
Rex Johnson
David Yancey
Todd Carter
Kelly Parker
Mike Sharp
Brett Sheets
Art Hains
Judy Bilyeu
Celeste Skidmore for Judy Bilyeu
Clayton Compere for David Compere
Mike Pearl
Gene Hartley
Marc Mayer
Brent Baldwin
Andrea Sandoval for Jim McLeod
Rusty Worley
Ray Meyer
Francetta Wheeler for Scott Haney
Carl Hutchison
Fergus Monaghan
David Pomerenke
David Caey
Dan Emrie
Everett Bedinghaus for Matt
Brennan Pratt
David Peck
Sarah & Luke Schacher
Doug LeBolt for Denise LeBolt
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Five organizations receive Community Grants

The Springfield Southeast Rotary Club’s Community Grants Committee awarded $1,000 grants to five organizations in the fall of 2020.  This is the first of two grant cycles in this Rotary year.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks thanked the club on Nov. 5 for its grant for its mentoring/youth development program called Mentor SFG.   Mentor SFG is a broad program that positively impacts students in grades K-12, with an emphasis on students of color and those that face an opportunity gap.   It facilitates these opportunities through after-school clubs with an emphasis on college and career readiness, and more.

The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools received its grant on Nov. 12.  The funds are for its Back to School program, which helps meet classroom education needs.  These funds will support literacy projects requested by educators.

Club member Jason Hynson, executive director of Springfield Victory Mission, told the club on Nov. 19 (photo at right) that its grant will cover part of the cost of a bed bug prevention heating unit.  He also talked about Victory Mission’s extra costs during the pandemic from doing more laundry of bed clothes in its living units.

A representative of CoxHealth Foundation was at the meeting on Dec. 5 to accept its grant, which will buy tools for Amanda Belle’s Farm, a new farm being created at Cox South Hospital that will increase access to healthy food. The farm will grow a variety of seasonal produce to benefit patients with dietary needs.

OATS Transit was awarded the fifth grant, which will help fund senior transportation services.  That agency specializes in transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income individuals, veterans, and the rural general public.

Community Grants in the second cycle of this Rotary year will be awarded in the spring.  The funds come from club members’ dues.  Steve Brooks chairs the committee this year.
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What "Rotary" Really Means

Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast 2017-'18 President Lori Barnes and 2018-'19 President Bill Squires discuss what people should know about Rotary and why it matters.