2022-'23 Club Officers

The club approved this slate of officers for 2022-'23 at its meeting on Nov. 18.  The Nominating Committee proposed the slate a few weeks earlier.

President - Lori Johnson Murawski
President-elect - Michael Wehrenberg
Past President - Lisa Blumenstock
Secretary - Steve Brooks (first year of two-year term)
Treasurer - Greg Beck (second year of two-year term)
Directors - Meredith Bosso, Jason Hynson, Candice Reed, Margo Spilde, Ashley Walden

New officers begin their terms on July 1.
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Welcome new member Halston Adams

Past President Rusty Worley introduced Halston on Nov. 4.  His co-sponsor is Past President Bill Squires.

Originally from central Florida, Halston followed his passion for working with kids and their families and moved to Springfield to attend Baptist Bible College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Intercultural Studies.  While attending BBC, he got an opportunity to turn that passion into a career.

It was 18 years ago at an after-school program offered by the YMCA in partnership with Springfield Public Schools that Halston’s journey for serving families in the Ozarks began.  He first served as president of the Missouri Afterschool Coalition, an organization that advocated for kids and their families in Jefferson City while working closely with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), helping to provide training to professionals who work with children in afterschool programs across the state.

Halston then became executive director of the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA in Hollister, where he helped provide programming and resources to children in both the Branson and Hollister school districts.  He also worked with organizations such as Jesus was Homeless and Faith Community Health to help provide health opportunity and programs for those struggling financially in the Taney County area.

Working closely with city administrators and the Taney County Health Department, Halston strived to help address the various challenges in the community such as the opioid crisis, childhood obesity, and access to healthy lifestyle initiatives.  He also was a member of a Rotary club in the Branson/Hollister area from 2013 – 2018.

Halston returned to Springfield several years later to become executive director of the Pat Jones YMCA on East Republic Road.  He’s responsible for day-to-day operations of that facility.

In his spare time, Halston volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and other organizations.

Golf'toberfest 2021

The annual Springfield Southeast golf tournament was Oct. 4 at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club.   It grossed $30,299 and netted $21,058 after expenses; $2,500 goes to Don't Meth With Us and $18,058 goes to the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment.

Here are the winners of the various contests, as provided by tournament director Bill McNeill.

Closest to the Pin
#8 Michael Widman
#5 Marc Mayer
#15 Gene Lafaro
#17 Jim Towery

Men's long drive
#7 Nate Angus

Women's long drive
#18 Andrea McKinney

1st Flight
1st Brett Sheets, Steve Cook, Wayne Sheets, Nate Angus
2nd Bob Beine, Jim Towry, Brent Dunn, Ken Stephens

2nd Flight
1st Mike Sharp, Josh Bade, Ethan Wallace, Eric Bruning
2nd Marc Schuster, Justin Ridgway, Devan Bestgen, Chris Lambert

3rd Flight
1st Bill McNeill, Kent Farrar, Jim Farrar, Gregg McKinney
2nd Dave Sawyer, Marty Blount, Doug Lebolt, Rick Herchenroedetz

Greg Beck took these photos.
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Welcome new member Jeff Smith

Scott Rose introduced Jeff on Oct. 6.  His co-sponsor is Jason Hynson.

Jeff has lived in Springfield for 35 years after moving here as a teenager.  He is the Community Development Manager for The Salvation Army in Springfield.   He oversees fundraising, donor cultivation, online giving, social media and website, grant applications, networking, and news media interviews.

Jeff has worked at The Salvation Army since 1998.  He started as a housing/follow-up specialist, served as program director for 10 years, social services director for almost nine years, community relations director for three years, and was promoted to his current position last July.  Along the way, he’s worked with or overseen The Salvation Army’s Family Enrichment Center (shelter/transitional housing for homeless families), Harbor House (home for single men), New Start Housing Program, Front-Line Feeding Program, Emergency Social Services Program, and seasonal programs.

Jeff graduated from Parkview High School in Springfield and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development at Southwest Missouri State University in 1997.  While taking classes for seven years part-time at SMSU, he worked as a commercial photographer at Sothern Studio, sold cameras at Ozark Camera, developed pictures at Bass Pro’s photo lab, and served as a substitute teacher in several districts.

He’s been married to Regina for 18 years, and they have a 14-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.   He is a youth group leader at his church, River Bluff Fellowship.  He’s also volunteered with Community Organizations Active in Disaster, Continuum of Care (now called Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness), and a local affiliate of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
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Welcome new member Connie Detoni

Nancy Riggs introduced Connie on Sept. 30.  Her co-sponsor is John Horton.

Connie is the team manager for the Bug Zero office in downtown Springfield.  She manages the office and day-to-day operations, including customer service, routing, technicians, and billing.

Connie was born in Houston, Mo., and raised on a dairy farm.  After high school and moving to Springfield, in 1991 she became the first full time employee of Bug Zero, founded in 1990 by Ivan Eftink and Terri Eftink, a former Springfield Southeast member.  She's held a variety of positions in the company, which now has 32 employees and two offices.  She is a member of the National Pest Management Association and Missouri Pest Management Association.

Connie attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.  She is a member of the Queen City Eagles Lodge and volunteers for the Nova Center of the Ozarks, where she helps organize its annual Shoot Out for Autism.

Connie and her Italian husband, Dale, have been married for 15 years.  They live south of Ozark.  They have two grown children, Alicia and Warren, and two grandsons.

In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.   
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Welcome new member Mike Cosgrove

Scott Meier introduced Mike on Sept. 23.  His co-sponsor is Gary Whitaker.

Mike is a manager of Client Services for Mercy Health System, where he's worked for six years.  He serves as a liaison between Mercy Springfield Communities and employers in the area.  He's been in the health care field for 12 years but has also worked in a variety of fields, including restaurants, residential construction and remodeling, window sales, medical device sales, and car sales.

Mike is a native of New Jersey but lived in St. Louis for 17 years before moving to the Ozarks about 10 years ago.

During a recent visit to the Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown), he learned about the friendly rivalry between clubs.  He had the opportunity to introduce a Mercy  cardiologist who made a presentation that day. Seeking to build some rapport with the audience, he mentioned he was in the process of joining Springfield Southeast.  Instead of applause, he heard a collective groan and quite a few “boos.”

"What I said may have been true, but it definitely did not seem to build goodwill and better friendships. Hopefully, I learn to score better on The Four-Way Test going forward," he said.

Mike has a bachelor's degree from University of Missouri - St. Louis.  He lives in Nixa with his wife, Jane.  They have two daughters, ages 14 and 16.  He loves to run, hike, bike and build.  They're members of Southland Christian Church.
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Welcome new member Steve Kirks

Anne Brown introduced Steve on Sept. 9.  His co-sponsor is Ray Meyer.

Steve has worked for Lumen Technologies, which used to be known as Century Link, for 13 years.  He now is a senior manager of fiber strategy for its subsidiary, Quantum Fiber, where he develops fiber expansion strategies for Midwest markets, including City Utilities of Springfield’s project to provide internet service.

Steve is a native of Clinton, Mo.  After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for several years as a nuclear power specialist.   After leaving the Navy 29 years ago, he moved to Springfield, which is where he met his wife, Tammy, who is Anne Brown’s daughter.  They’ve been married for 25 years.

Steve has worked in computers and technology all his career, including leading sales teams.  He used to travel extensively throughout the Midwest for his job but now works exclusively in Springfield.

Steve volunteers with Ozark Public Television, and formerly served on the city’s Cable Advisory Board.  He is a graduate of Leadership Springfield.   He and Tammy are the caretakers of three incredibly spoiled cats.
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Welcome new member Jason Flores

Bill McNeill introduced Jason on Sept. 9.  His co-sponsor is John Horton.

Jason joined Central Trust last spring as a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager. He helps clients with investment decisions, financial planning and estate administration.

Jason was born in southern California.  His father was an immigrant from Mexico and a Vietnam War veteran.  His mother was from Arkansas, and his family moved there when he was 7 years old.  He grew up in a small town, and spent most of his days and nights fishing and playing sports.

Jason joined the Army the day after his high school graduation and served a four-year stint.  After a successful tour as a tank mechanic in the Mojave Desert in California, he says he knew he was prepared to take on the world, reasoning that if he could fix a tank in the middle of a desert with four tools, he could handle almost anything.

Jason moved back to Arkansas and became a Razorback, managing to graduate after just 10 years in college.  More importantly, he says, he met the love of his life, Stephanie, who is now his wife.

After a few jobs in sales and management, Jason moved into investing.  He completed courses to become a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and to earn an MBA, all while he and Stephanie added three children to their family:  Jason, Addison, and Carson.
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