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Welcome new member Zora Mulligan

Brad Bodenhausen introduced Zora on Jan. 11.  Her cosponsor is Michael Wehrenberg.

Zora has been Missouri State University’s executive vice president, the second highest ranking administrative position, since July 2022.   Her job includes leading enrollment management, state and federal government relations, and the Alliance for Healthcare Education.  Ingram’s Magazine last year named her one of the “50 Missourians You Should Know.”  Likewise, the Springfield Business Journal listed her as one of the “12 People You Need to Know” in 2023.

Zora’s previous jobs were Missouri commissioner of Higher Education (‘16 – ‘22), chief of staff of the University of Missouri System (’14 – ’16), executive director of the Missouri Community College Association (’10 – ’14), assistant commissioner and general counsel of the Missouri Department of Higher Education (’07 – ’10), and assistant attorney general, deputy chief counsel, and manager of the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Unit (’03 – ’07).

Zora serves and has served on numerous boards and committees of many organizations, including United Way of the Ozarks’ Women United, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, and Jobs for America’s Graduates Board of Directors.  She’s also been a school volunteer.

Zora is a native of West Plains.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology at Drury University and a master’s degree in education and a law degree at University of Kansas.  At Drury, she was a member with Michael Wehrenberg of the Drury Singers.

Despite her brief exile in Kansas, Zora is a true Missourian – she likes spending time on the rivers and lakes, cheering for the Chiefs, Cardinals and, of course, the Bears.  Her daughter, Anna Lea, is a senior at Helias High School in Jefferson City, so she continues to spend a lot of time on the road between her home in central Springfield and Jefferson City.
 
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Welcome new member Tim Huddleston

Richard Baker introduced Tim on Dec. 14.  His cosponsor is Ray Meyer.

Tim is director of development and communication at World Serve International, an organization based in Springfield that is “dedicated to creating positive and lasting change in Africa and Navajo Nation.” It strives “to provide clean water, sanitation, education, and economic opportunities, all with the goal of alleviating suffering and fostering empowerment.

Tim has more than 30 years of executive experience across various sectors, including business, academia, and nonprofit organizations, including Ozark Mountain Country Cares in Branson, Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Ark., Windermere Christian Conference Center near Camdenton, Missouri Baptist Foundation in Jefferson City, Kids Across America in Branson, and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

Tim was a longtime member of the Branson-Hollister Rotary Club, and his father served as governor of this Rotary district in the late 1980s.  He was first introduced to Springfield Southeast Rotary Club as a guest of then-Springfield Mayor Mac McCartney, a former club president and district governor.

Tim has actively participated in various community service organizations.

Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management at College of the Ozarks and an MBA at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

Tim is a lifelong resident of the Ozarks.  He and his wife, Teresa, live in Clever.  They have been married for 37 years and are active in Second Baptist Church in Springfield. They have four children, all of whom are married with families of their own, and look forward to welcoming their 13th grandchild in the spring of 2024.
 
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Welcome new member Bryan Powers

Mike Cosgrove introduced Bryan on Dec. 14.  His cosponsor is Jeff Cumley.

Bryan is owner of a Mobility City store, a franchisee of a Boca Raton-based company that repairs, rents, sells and sanitizes mobility products.  After opening the store in Springfield in April 2023, he plans to open a second store in northwest Arkansas in May 2024. 

As an entrepreneur since 2000, Bryan has owned a recording studio, a live music venue and restaurant franchises, including Lenny’s Sub Shops and McDonald’s.  In 2013, Bryan started Family Home Solutions, a real estate investment company that included a local property management company, realty brokerage and a real estate acquisitions and dispositions company, and currently shares ownership in more than 400 rental units.  In 2018, Bryan started the Angler Aid Brand, a fishing first aid and safety company that sells online and through Bass Pro Shops.  He also started real estate investment companies in Memphis and Little Rock. 

Bryan's volunteer service includes 100 Fold Network, the board of Hope Homes of the Ozarks, and the board of Northside Recovery Community Center.  He also has served on the advisory council of two national franchise systems.

Bryan has lived in the Ozarks in two stints for 25 of the past 32 years.  He
 earned a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music Business at University of Memphis.  He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Nixa.  He is a father of three and a grandfather of one.  He loves time at the lake with family, travel, and music composition.
 

Community Grants, Fall 2023

Here are the grants that the Community Grants Committee approved in the Fall of 2023.  The funds come from members' dues.
 
  • Ozarks Literacy Council:  $1,000 for preschool reading program books
  • On Angels Wings:  $1,000 for a recipient family testimonial video
  • Junior League of Springfield:  $1,000 to underwrite changes to its Plaid Door funding source
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools:  $1,000 for the Wilder Elementary Wild About Books program
  • Good Dads:  $1,000 for its Strong School program for supplies and curriculum development

The Committee makes two rounds of grants in each Rotary program year.  The second round for 2023-'24 will be announced in the spring.
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