Five organizations receive Community Grants

The Springfield Southeast Rotary Club’s Community Grants Committee awarded $1,000 grants to five organizations in the fall of 2020.  This is the first of two grant cycles in this Rotary year.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks thanked the club on Nov. 5 for its grant for its mentoring/youth development program called Mentor SFG.   Mentor SFG is a broad program that positively impacts students in grades K-12, with an emphasis on students of color and those that face an opportunity gap.   It facilitates these opportunities through after-school clubs with an emphasis on college and career readiness, and more.

The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools received its grant on Nov. 12.  The funds are for its Back to School program, which helps meet classroom education needs.  These funds will support literacy projects requested by educators.

Club member Jason Hynson, executive director of Springfield Victory Mission, told the club on Nov. 19 (photo at left) that its grant will cover part of the cost of a bed bug prevention heating unit.  He also talked about Victory Mission’s extra costs during the pandemic from doing more laundry of bed clothes in its living units.

A representative of CoxHealth Foundation was at the meeting on Dec. 5 to accept its grant, which will buy tools for Amanda Belle’s Farm, a new farm being created at Cox South Hospital that will increase access to healthy food. The farm will grow a variety of seasonal produce to benefit patients with dietary needs.

OATS Transit was awarded the fifth grant, which will help fund senior transportation services.  That agency specializes in transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income individuals, veterans, and the rural general public.

Community Grants in the second cycle of this Rotary year will be awarded in the spring.  The funds come from club members’ dues.  Steve Brooks chairs the committee this year.
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Golf-toberfest Winners

Our annual Golf-toberfest fundraiser was another success.  Event chairman Past President Bill McNeill reports we netted $2,500 for Don’t Meth With Us and $12,500 for Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment.

The tournament had 84 golfers and 44 sponsors.  Here are winners of the various competitions:

Brett Sheets, Mark Schuster, Rylan Schuster, Nate Angus:  First Place, First Flight

Bob Beine, Jim Towery, Ken Stevens, Brent Dunn:  Second Place, First Flight

John Horton, David Hamm, Denise Lebolt, Chelsie Bode:  First Place, Second Flight

Mark Walker, John Twitty, Gary Garwitz, Greg Beck:  Second Place, Second Flight

Kathy King, Dana Ausburn, Tani Banta, Laura Calvert:   First Place, Third Flight

Terri Davidson, Becky Hogan, Kathy Grant, Judy Brier:   Second Place, Third Flight

Nate Angus: Longest Drive, Men

Kelly Parker: Longest Drive, Women

Photo: Mark Schuster, Facebook
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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.