Officers nominated for 2018 - '19

Officers nominated for 2018 - '19

The Nominating Committee announced its slate of officers, which will stand for election on Nov. 30.

They are:
- President: Bill Squires (center, in photo)
- President-elect: Patrick Harrington
- Secretary: Bill White
- Treasurer: Kelly Danielson
- Past President: Lori Barnes Miller (right, in photo)
- Board members: Chelsey Bode, Brandon Dake, Robin Gann, Lisa Odom, Rusty Worley

Golftoberfest 2017

Our club's annual golf tournament on Oct.9 raised about $12,500 for our Don't Meth with Us school program and the Springfield Southeast Rotary endowment fund.

The Lederhosen (major) sponsors for the tournament are Bill McNeill, Van Pelt & Van  Pelt, SMC Packaging, Zynergy Financial Group, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Custom Metalcraft, KPM, and Wil Fischer.

Several other companies and individuals also provided sponsorships.

Southeast Rotary helps The Fairbanks

Southeast Rotary helps The Fairbanks

Southeast Rotary teamed up with the Metro Rotary Club and applied for a District Simplified Grant to support the Drew Lewis Foundation's project to install playground equipment at The Fairbanks. The photo shows the check presentation at our club's meeting on Sept. 14 (from left to right: David Miller, a volunteer at The Fairbanks; Amy Blansit, who founded and directs The Fairbanks and the Drew Lewis Foundation in memory of her late husband, Michael Brady president-elect of Metro Rotary Club, and Springfield Southeast President Lori Barnes Miller).

The grant, including matching funds from each club, totals $20,000. The Drew Lewis Foundation was able to leverage that grant with a matching grant from KABOOM for a total of $35,000.

Donate to Victims of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma through The Rotary Foundation

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The District Governors of Rotary Zones impacted by Hurricane Harvey have come together to discuss common problems, share responses, and focus relief efforts. The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund has been established under The Rotary Foundation to assist our Rotary brothers and sisters affected by what is being predicted as the costliest natural disaster in the history of the U.S.

To help with disaster relief and recovery, designate your donation to The Rotary Foundation to the following funds:
  • Hurricane Harvey: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund, #608
  • Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund, #296.
For more information, please visit or review the attached document  to make a contribution to either of these funds. To donate to either fund vai credit card, visit

Rotary District 6840, which includes New Orleans, the southeast Mississippi River Delta, and southern Mississippi, has a 501(c)(3) foundation, and they are prepared to collect and disburse donations in their District. Mail checks payable to District 6840 with "Hurricane Harvey Recovery" in the memo line to

Rotary District 6840 Foundation
384 Voters Rd.
Slidell, LA 70461

They are working to accept credit cards; check the District 6840 website periodically for that update.

Download "Combined Relief DAF and Ways to Contribute.pdf"

Welcome new member Austin Garrett

Welcome new member Austin Garrett

He was introduced on Aug. 24. His cosponsors are Adrienne McCoy and Marc Mayer.

Austin has lived in this area all his life, and in Springfield for five years. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in economics at Missouri State University and then served in the U.S. Army.

Since 2013, Austin has been a commercial lines insurance broker at Crane Agency in Springfield.

Austin was in Springfield Rotaract Club from 2014 until this year. He's also been active in other community organizations, including The Network, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Association for I.T. Professionals, Springfield Apartment and Housing Association, and Missouri Association of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Austin and his wife, Cassie, have three children.