Veterans Day 2019

The Veterans from Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast posed for a picture on November 7, after our program about the Missouri Veterans Cemetary. We are honored to know you and we thank you for your service. 

Nominated slate of 2020-'21 club officers

The Nominating Committee chose this slate of officers for next year.
  • President: Rusty Worley
  • President-Elect: Lisa Blumenstock
  • Secretary: Scott Rose
  • Treasurer: Scott Haney
  • Past President: Patrick Harrington
  • Board Members: Brian McDonough, Mike Pessina, Angela Smith, Mark Walker, and Ken Williams

We will elect our next ocers at the meeting on Nov. 21. 
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Rotary smiles all around

Past President Bonnie Keller, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks president and CEO, and Mindy Muñoz, program director of its Caremobile, hosted one of our Fellowship Lunches on Oct. 24, 2019.  They gave a tour of the RMHC Tooth Truck and the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South Hospital.  Afterwards, Rotarians posed with big smiles.

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio.

The Rotary Foundation awarded nearly $700 million in PolioPlus grants from 2010 to 2017. Rotary and its partners worked to reach 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization campaigns in 2017.

A big thanks to Watkins Outdoor Advertising for running our World Polio Day billboard today on several boards in south Springfield. 
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Welcome New Member Mark Long

Jon Baker introduced Mark on Sept. 26.  His co-sponsor is Gary Whitaker.

Mark grew up in Orange County, Calif.  He joined the Marines after high school, then returned and
joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, where he retired as a captain in 2015.   His college degree is in finance.

Mark and his wife, Shelly, moved to Springfield in 2015
to be near Shelly’s parents.  They have two children and one grandchild.  His son lives in Springfield and is married.  His daughter lives in Kansas City and plans to wed in May.

Mark and Shelly started a Garage Experts franchise in Springfield in 2018.  The company installs epoxy floor systems as well as cabinetry for garages in commercial, residential and industrial buildings.

Mark's hobbies include biking, running, travel, racquetball and spending time at their lake house.
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Welcome New Member Mike Sharp

Mike was introduced on September 12. He was sponsored into the club by Scott Meier and Bill Squires.

Mike moved his family to Springfield three years ago. He is a Partner and CFP with Heim Young and Associates.

Prior to coming to Springfield, Mike served as an officer in the Air Force, a consultant with Arthur Anderson, and worked at Intuit where he supported the TurboTax and QuickBooks offerings.

Mike received his undergraduate degree at the Air Force Academy and his MBA from the University of Arizona. In their free time, Mike and his wife Jessica share the duties of shuttling their 4 children to various sporting activities, church events and family outings. 
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Welcome New Member Brandi O'Reilly

Brandi was introduced on August 29. She was sponsored into the club by Jessica Pearson and Abby Akin.

Brandi was born and raised in Springfield. She studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Southwest Missouri State, graduating in 2005. She went on to receive her doctorate in Physical Therapy form Missouri State University in 2008.

Brandi is the founder and board president of Dynamic Strides Therapy, a full outpatient therapy facility that increases access to therapy services for children in our community.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Ryan, and their three children. She also enjoys spending time at the lake or doing yoga.
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Welcome New Member Sarah Schacher

Sarah was introduced on August 22. She was sponsored into the club by David Peck and Dave Bosso.

Sarah has lived in the Springfield area for 17 years. She is the VP of Administration for Jordan Valley Community Health Center, where she provides leadership for departments such as HR, IT, Patient Registration, Scheduling and Marketing.

Sarah lives in Springfield with her husband, Luke. She volunteers in many different aspects of our community, such as participation in MSU Alumni Activities and facilitating at the Center for Dispute Resolution. She is also an event volunteer for the Lost and Found Grief Center.

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.