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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 currently 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 Arhur 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.

2019 Shrimp Feed

Our annual club assembly on July 11 was a great event and provided a lot of feedback on club operations for this year's officers.  President Patrick Harrington hosted the Shrimp Feed, which was prepared and served by new members under the direction of some experienced members.

Sarge takes charge

President Patrick Harrington introduced his sergeant-at-arms for 2019 - '20 at our meeting on July  18.  He's Past President Bob Hammerschmidt.  He comes with a high rate of interest in our club, which means we can bank on some good times, so make sure you account for the accomplishments of yourself and others this year. (Photos by Dan Emrie)
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Snake you very much

Jason Brown had a chance to meet one of the residents of Dickerson Park Zoo on July 18.  Judge for yourself whether the snake or Jason is warier of the other. (Photos by Dan Emrie)

Recognition lunch 2019

Our club celebrated its successes in the 2018-'19 Rotary year, honored the Volunteer of the Year, thanked its leaders for the past  year, and installed its 2019-'20 leaders at our annual Recognition Lunch on June 20.

Tammy Mast presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Mark McNay.   Bill also honored our club's executive secretary, Kim Pittman, and assistant executive secretary, Linden Mueller.

Past Assistant District Governor and Past President Brad Bodenhausen installed our new officers.

The event then included the ceremonial passing of the gavel from our club's first president, Sam Hamra (1967-68), down the line through subsequent presidents to our newest president, Patrick Harrington (2019-20).  Patrick thanked Bill Squires for his service this past year and gave special recognition to Bill's wife, who had to deal with his extra absences from home in the past year as he dealt with Rotary business.

Dan Emrie took these photos.
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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.