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Welcome new member Jim Hoovens

Noah Alldredge introduced Jim on Sept. 29.  His co-sponsor is Judy Bilyeu.

Jim has been in the t-shirt screen printing business for 27 years.  He’s been co-owner and director of operations for Wise Guys Screen Print on East Chestnut Expressway since 2009. 

Jim has lived in Springfield for 40 years.  He’s a native of Webb City, where he was the starting quarterback in the late 1970s.   He played football for two years at Pittsburg State (Kan.) University before earning a bachelor’s degree in business communications at Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).

Jim and his wife, Cristal, have been married for 18 years.  They have two children and two grandchildren.  In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing and golf, and claims two holes-in-one.   
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New Member Orientation

Experienced Springfield Southeast Rotary Club members met with new members on Sept. 27, 2022, at Pitch Pizza and Pub to provide an overview on club operations and programs.  (Photos provided by Lori Johnson Murawski)
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Welcome new member Jeff Stanford

Randy Mayes introduced Jeff on Sept. 22.  His co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Jeff is the Springfield regional director for First Priority of America, where he’s worked since August 2011.  First Priority strives to spread the messages of the Gospel; Jeff oversees campus outreach clubs at middle schools and high schools.  He’s also a sales and service representative for the local office of Geico Insurance, where he’s worked since June 2020.

Jeff is a native of the Austin, Texas, area, where he graduated from Pflugerville High School.  He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Liberty University in Virginia.  He and his wife, Brandi, have two children, and live in Nixa.  He volunteers with the Faith and Business Network and 100 Fold.
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Welcome new member Benjy Lampert

Robert Hawkins introduced Dr. Benjamin "Benjy' Lampert on Aug. 25. His co-sponsor is Jennifer Baker.

Benjy spent 42 years as an anesthesiologist -- a pain management specialist. He was section chairman at the Mercy Center for Pain Management in Springfield and served on the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, including a time as chairman in 2015. He also was a research investigator for several national multi-institutional clinical studies on different ways to treat and eliminate pain in people. He earned an undergraduate degree and a medical degree at the University of Alabama.

On the side, Benjy is a land developer, photographer, and trumpet player in the doctors' band in Springfield.

Benjy's wife, Lori, is pastor of the Downtown Church on Jefferson Avenue at Walnut Street. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
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Welcome new member Ken Taylor

Lori Johnson Murawski introduced Ken on Aug. 4.  His co-sponsor is Angela Smith.

Ken is president of Adsmith Marketing and Advertising, where he has worked since 2018.  Ken has been in marketing and advertising his entire career.  He's worked at four advertising agencies, with a large percentage of his career being at Noble & Associates.

Ken grew up in a big Catholic family in the small town of High Ridge, Mo., just south of St. Louis. He is the youngest of six boys.

Ken came to Springfield in 1995 to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).  He met his wife, Kim, who is a Kansas City native, at SMSU.  They ended up settling down in Springfield because they loved the community so much.

Ken and Kim have been married for 22 years and have four children: Aiden, 19; Rory, 17; Mara, 13; and Brenna, 12.  Kim is a 3rd grade teacher at David Harrison School.