Welcome new member Anita Shikany

Welcome new member Anita Shikany

Brandon Welch introduced her on Jan. 5.  Her co-sponsor is Randy Mayes.

Anita is a physical therapist who owns Bring It Home PT and Fitness Training.  She provides preventive services for baby boomers through fall prevention, personal fitness training, and physical therapy for chronic pain management.  Most services are provided in clients' homes.

Anita is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is certified as an Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult.

She is an active volunteer for hospice and has volunteered for Ronald McDonald House and the Victim Center.

Growing up in Gainesville, she spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the lakes and rivers and feels at home in the Ozarks.  She lives in Ozark with her husband, Jim, who is a retired social studies teacher, and their son, Jace, who is 10.  When she's not with clients, she loves to read a good book, run with her friends, and is active in the church, The Venues.

Anita's favorite desserts are hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie, and death by by chocolate!

Welcome new member Scott Meier

Welcome new member Scott Meier

Gary Whitaker introduced him on Dec. 22. His co-sponsor is Brian McDonough.

Scott is originally from north Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse in 1976 and did graduate studies at Notre Dame University.

He has been involved in sales, management and ownership of radio and TV stations and sports marketing enterprises in Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Detroit and now Springfield, where he's been general manager of the four radio stations of Midwest Family Broadcasting since February 2016.

Scott has lived the motto of Service Above Self as a leader on numerous nonprofit and community organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, and chambers of commerce in Michigan and Ohio, as well as the March of Dimes national board in New York City.

On the personal side, Scott was his hometown's marble champion in the fifth grade, made his mother teach him how to polka before his first date, and may be the only college radio station volunteer employee to be fired by his college dean.

Scott has been married to Brenda for 38 years. They have four grown children and two beautiful granddaughters.

Welcome new member Allen Jones

Welcome new member Allen Jones

Sam Hamra introduced him on Dec. 15.  His co-sponsor is Linda Ramey-Greiwe.

Allen was born and raised in Springfield and graduated from Pleasant Hope High School. In 2005, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University.

Allen has worked for Gannett Company since he graduated from college. He held positions as automotive account executive, advertising manager, and classified advertising manager with the Visalia times-Delta Newspapers in Visalia, Calif.

Allen returned to Springfield in 2008 to work for the News-Leader as the automotive/real estate manager, classified advertising manager, and senior advertising manager. He then rejoined Gannett's Central and West Groups in California, where he served as senior automotive manager and director of automotive from 2014 to 2016.

Allen because president of the Springfield News-Leader and Baxter (Ark.) Bulletin in 2016.

Allen's wife is Heather and they have three children, with a fourth one on the way. He enjoys hiking, camping, and watching all the major sports.

Welcome new (former) member David Sims

Welcome new (former) member David Sims

Mike Moon introduced him on Dec. 15. His co-sponsor is Mark Vincel.

David has conducted business in the Springfield area for 30 years. He owns the David Sims Coaching Company.

David has worked with hundreds of local and national businesses, ranging in size from a single entrepreneur earning a few hundred dollars a month to a client whose income is more than $100 million a month.

David has consulted with The Dwyer Group, one of the largest franchise organizations in the United States. He has been a business adviser for Dan Kennedy, worked with Walt Disney's creative director, Mike Vance, and many of the leaders in the personal development field, including Zig Ziglar, Michael Gerber, and Dan Sullivan.

David has been a board member of the Boys and Girls Club, a division chair for The United Way, and has worked with Junior Achievement as well as a number of other nonprofit groups.

On a sports note: David coached the racquetball team at Missouri State University for 17 years.

David is married to Jill. Together, they have two children: Eddie, 7, and Amanda, 10. David and Jill educate their children in their home. David and his family live in a house they built on a ridge close to the James River just south of Hootentown .

Welcome new member Dr. Luke Van Kirk

Welcome new member Dr. Luke Van Kirk

Michael Wehrenberg introduced him on Dec. 1. His cosponsor is Gary Whitaker.

Luke was born in St. Paul, Minn., and lived in New Orleans, La., and Olathe, Kan., when he was growing up, He attended Evangel University in Springfield, where friends and professors helped convince him that he should go to medical school. He also met his future wife, Denae, there.

Luke got his medical degree at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Cal. He only applied to osteopathic schools because he wanted to learn how to manipulate spines and bodies. He initially wanted to go into emergency medicine but soon found he loved continuity of care and getting to know his patients. That made family medicine the most obvious choice for him.

Luke and Denae started dating just prior to medical school. The relationship became long distance since she was in nursing school in Springfield. He opted to do a rotation at Cox Family Medicine residency so he could be close to her.
Luke's residency at CoxHealth started in July 2012 and ended in June 2015. He planned at first to do a mix of ER work and outpatient family medicine. Soon, though, he found he really liked direct primary care (DPC) so he changed his focus. Luke opened his own DPC practice, Command Family Medicine, in Springfield on Dec. 1, 2015.

Luke and Denae have been married for six years and have two boys, Max, 3, and Jet, 11 months. Luke loves spending time with his family, working out, playing golf, and daydreaming about buying a Tesla.

What Rotary means to members of the club

What Rotary means to members of the club

Club member Jacob Neimeyer, owner of Baseline Media in Ozark, made this video with the thoughts of some members of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club.

Sailing the Great Loop

Past President Jim Conley (2013-2014) and his wife, Mandy, are on an adventure. Starting in early October, they are cruising continuously on their boat, following the Great Loop, the nautical circumnavigation of the eastern United States. They expect to be away from Springfield for approximately one year. You can follow their journey by going to their website which will include a blog.

The secure website is www.theshellbelle.com, which requires you to request access. After being granted access you will be able to visit at anytime and automatically receive blog updates. Feel free to contact PP Jim during his absence by either cell phone or e-mail as they should have cell service for about 95 percent of the trip.

Southeast Rotary Local Service

Southeast Rotary Local Service

Since our club's founding in June 1967, we have been heavily involved in service to others through many types of projects. (Video produced by ADsmith Marketing and Advertising)

Rotary International Service

Rotary International Service

Rotary International, through the Rotary Foundation, works with clubs and districts around the world to help people in need. (Video produced by ADsmith Marketing and Advertising)

Welcome new (former) member Jim Barber

Welcome new (former) member Jim Barber

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced him on Nov. 17.

Jim is chief operating officer for all three regions of the Mercy Health Foundation as well as vice president of Philanthropy for the Mercy Central Region.

Jim and his wife, Teresa (Trudy), moved to Springfield from Wichita in January 2014 as Jim became vice president of Philanthropy for Mercy’s Central Region.  Jim became a member of Southeast Rotary in February 2015.

Diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Trudy was well into her battle with cancer when the family moved to Springfield.  Although Mercy offered treatment options that originally yielded positive results, Trudy unfortunately lost her battle with cancer in February 2016, twenty-nine years after she and Jim were married.  Jim and Trudy have two sons, Blake and Brady.

After Trudy’s death, Jim received a serendipitous call from the Kansas City Medical Center recruiting him to head its philanthropic efforts.  Since their youngest son, Brady, was in the Kansas City area, Jim felt right about accepting the job.

Three months later, Mercy lost its head of philanthropy in St. Louis, so its management asked Jim if he liked his new job and inquired if he would like to come home in an expanded role.

Missing Springfield, Southeast Rotary and the wonderful mission of Mercy Health System, Jim jumped at the opportunity to return “home.”  Brady also lives in Springfield now and is considering a career in missions.

On the boards of Mercy Research Institute, the Berean Academy and the Catholic Care Center, Jim is also a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. 

Welcome new (former) member Mark Walker

Welcome new (former) member Mark Walker

Rick Van Pelt introduced him on Nov. 10. His cosponsor is John Twitty.

Mark has been chairman and chief executive officer of TransLand since April 2013. That's a Springfield-based trucking company founded by his parents in 1982. Since then, he's split his time between Springfield and California.

Transland's fleet of 170 trucks and 230 employees serve customers throughout the United States with dry van, flatbed, and brokerage transportation services.

His work includes five years of international leadership of corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, and employee engagement as managing director of Global Community Affairs at Applied Materials and executive director of the Applied Materials Foundation in Santa Clara, Calif. Before that, he was president and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley in San Jose for six years.

Mark worked in corporate, government, and community affairs management during a 23-year career with SBC Communications (later AT&T again) in Missouri and California. He worked for SBC when he was a previous member of Springfield Southeast Rotary in the 1990s.

He graduated from Drury University in 1979 with degrees in Business Administration and Economics.

Mark's passion for community service is evident. He is or has served on Drury University's Board of Trustees, the board of Partners in School Innovation in San Francisco, Rotary Club of San Jose, the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Missouri Trucking Association and a private family foundation in San Jose.

Mark now lives in Springfield with his wife, Mary, after spending 19 years in the San Francisco Bay area. They have three grown children: Andrew in St. Louis, Patrick in Phoenix, and Catherine in San Jose.

Welcome new member Candice Reed

Welcome new member Candice Reed

Brandon Dake introduced her on Nov. 10. Her cosponsor is Mike Pruett.

Candice is a Springfield native and Kickapoo High School graduate. In elementary school, she aspired to be a meteorologist but her aspirations changed to fashion in junior high. She graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising.

She moved to Kansas City after college and was discovered by fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. He offered her an internship in New York City but she declined. She then spent four years selling drugs as a vaccine sales rep for GlaxoSmithKline.

Candice returned to Springfield in 2006 and obtained her real estate license. She took her love for design and her experience in sales and became a matchmaker, introducing families to their new homes for Murney Associates. She began a career in finance in 2007 and is now a vice president and wealth management advisor at Central Trust Company.

Candice has two sons: Tate, 13, and Landon, 11.

On Feb. 6, 2015, her life changed forever when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which turned her world upside down. Candice didn't stay down for long, however. She has taken her bright smile, her engaging personality, and her love for people, and is making a difference for others. She is a mentor for other breast cancer patients, sharing what she's learned and giving them hope and guidance.

Candice is a member of the American Cancer Society, Go Red for Women, and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. She is also a member of the Greene County Estate Planning Council, and is a Community Foundation of the Ozarks Professional Advisors Council member.

Welcome new (former) member Stephen Benton

Welcome new (former) member Stephen Benton

Barbara Lucks introduced Steve on Oct. 27.

Steve was introduced to Rotary when he participated in a Rotary six-week Group Study Exchange in England and Wales in 1974.  He later joined the Group Study Exchange's sponsor, the Lafayette (La.) Rotary Club.

Steve moved to Springfield in 1982 from Santa Barbara, Calif. to be administrator of Smith-Glynn-Callaway Clinic. He soon joined Springfield Southeast Rotary Club, where he became club president in 1990. Steve is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor.

He moved in 1995 to Boca Raton, Fla., to be vice president of MedPartners. He later returned to Springfield and continued his career performing consulting activities, primarily as a medical practice interim CEO for large physician groups.

In 1998, The University of Texas, Galveston Medical Branch, asked Steve to help design a physician healthcare system for Dubai, one of the seven Emirates (States) in the United Arab Emirates. He designed the financial and clinical aspects with the next operational phase executed by the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Steve is a tenor saxophone player and was a charter member of Caduceus, The Doctors Band, in 1989. He also plays in his church orchestra.

He completed the Civilian On Patrol Academy (COPS) with the Greene County Sheriff's Department, and volunteers in the patrol, traffic control and prisoner transfer divisions. Steve is a Certified Pistol Instructor by the NRA and is happy to assist anyone in the proper use of a handgun. He was the 2011 and 2012 Missouri State Senior Bullseye Champion and continues to compete. He is a rated expert in Bullseye shooting.

Steve earned Bachelor, MBA, and PhD degrees in business administration with concentrated studies in medical practice management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He also is fluent in French and made two trips to Belgium as a photographer for three documentaries regarding the price of freedom. Steve served as a captain in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Air Force for 6 1/2 years.

He is married to Loralynn Benton and they have nine grown children. They now enjoy visiting and assisting their children and using their RV to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada.