This is why we have a Rotary Basketball Tournament

This is why we have a Rotary Basketball Tournament

Basketball teams from Rotary clubs in Springfield and Ozark, and other towns at times, and the Rotaract Club of Springfield have been playing each other in an annual basketball tournament for 30 years. The tournaments raise money for Special Olympics basketball teams to travel to state and regional tournaments. This video shows Special Olympics team players showing their skills on the last night of the 2017 Rotary tournament at Drury University's O'Reilly Family Events Center.

Rock'n Ribs is club's largest project and fundraiser

Rock'n Ribs is club's largest project and fundraiser

The Rotary Clubs of Springfield's Rock'n Ribs supports seven local children's charities that impact thousands of kids.  The first Rock'n Ribs was in 1999 and the event has grown every year. Southeast Rotary is a major source of needed volunteers to make this event happen.  Pre-event set-up (April 17 - 21, 2017), the event weekend (April 21 - 22), and tear-down (April 23) are all volunteer opportunities for us to show our support for our community.

Volunteers can go to RockNRibs.com, use the Volunteer tab, and commit to volunteer for the event.  If you registered last year, use your same log-in information.  If you are a new volunteer, just follow the registration instruction and you will quickly be linked to the volunteer sign-up page.

If you have issues in signing up, contact Steve Gimenez at 417-862-8962, ext. 2110, or sgimenez@orymca.org.

This year our club has a fun new volunteer opportunity at Rock’n Ribs!  Wil Fischer Distributing and Lane Pratt are providing two beer kiosks (picture a refrigerated U-Haul on steroids)!  These kiosks will be placed in the cooking teams area and loaded with ice cold bottled beer to sell at the event.  We need two to three beer-pushing volunteers at each kiosk for four shifts Friday night through Saturday.

Sign up on your own or with friends and plan on a great time supporting Southeast and Rock’n Ribs! Interested? Sign up at SignUpGenius.com.

Shift Times:
Friday April 21 — 4:30 to 8:00 and 7:45 to 11:00
Saturday April 22 — 10:00 to 2:00 and 1:45 to 5:00

 

Welcome new member Lee McLean III

Welcome new member Lee McLean III

Chelsey Bode introduced Lee on March 30. His co-sponsor is Krystal Russell.

Lee was born and raised in the Springfield area. He attended Willard High School and Drury University.

Lee has been in the real estate business for his entire professional life, beginning in his father's real estate development company, McClean Enterprises, and then focusing on the brokerage side of real estate for the last 10 years.

Lee currently is a senior advisor for SVN/Rankin Company, formerly Sperry Van Ness, and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation.

Lee is active in the community, including the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services of Missouri, as well as the finance committee of his church. Free time is spent at baseball tournaments, basketball games and dance recitals.

Lee is married to Cheyenne and they have three children, Hudson, 8; Lila, 5; and Maci, 4 months.

Welcome new member Ron Hill

Welcome new member Ron Hill

Gary Whitaker introduced Ron on March 16.  His co-sponsor is Rick McElvaine.

Ron was born in St Louis and lived mostly in St. Charles while growing up.  From 1975 to ’80, he studied at School of the Ozarks (now College of the Ozarks) and earned a BS degree in Industrial Technology.

In 1984, Ron helped St. John’s Hospital (now Mercy Springfield) as a paramedic, along with wife, Marilyn, start Springfield’s first Helicopter Critical Care Service: Hammons Life Line.  He was on its first flight.

In 1987, Ron married to Marilyn Hill.  She met all the pre-marital requirements: she was a nurse, had two kids out of diapers, and had a great ski boat.

In 1987, Ron started a paramedic service in Kimberling City for St. John’s.  In 1992, he went back to school for a post graduate degree from Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture.  He’s been designing homes since 1978.

In 2000, Ron worked with Millwood to design St. Andrews Club and San Poppi.  In 2003, he established Euro World Design to design homes with the character found in Old World communities.  His company’s home designs are throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.  He’s won the 417 Magazine Home of Year award numerous times.

In 2013, Ron established On The Hill.  It presents dinners that are auctioned by local not-for-profit organizations to raise money for special causes. Ron and Marilyn and chefs donate dinners at their home, which has the ambiance of stepping out of the United States into a French or Italian scene.

Ron was recently honored as one of 2017’s 50 People You Need to Know by Ingrams.

 

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.

World Community Service auction

World Community Service auction

Our program on Feb. 23 raised about $9,400 for World Community Service projects, including our club's $7,500 commitment to I Pour Life's mentoring program in Korah, Ethiopia.   That program helps ostracized women with AIDS, leprosy and other diseases improve their families' literacy and financial knowledge so they can earn livings and afford better housing.  Our club's commitment is part of a Springfield-wide effort by all Rotary clubs that included district and Rotary International matching funds.

Here's a video about I Pour Life introduced by World Community Service committee chair Sharyn Dawson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqkuX6Gm5jo&feature


In the past three years, our club's WCS auctions have raised more than $45,000 for 18 international projects.

Along with the funds from the auction and raffle on Feb. 23, the Board of Directors also budgeted $4,000 for World Community Service projects, so our total donations to those programs in this program year will be about $13,400.

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)

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.