Welcome new member Zach Hulm

Welcome new member Zach Hulm

Adrienne McCoy introduced him on June 15. His co-sponsor is Michael Wehrenberg.

Zach was born and raised in Lebanon. He joined the Air Force Reserves after high school and was stationed at Whiteman AFB near Knob Noster, where he served as an A-10 hydraulics mechanic. While in the Reserves, he attended University of Missouri - Columbia, where he earned a degree in business marketing and psychology.

Zach felt a desire for a greater challenge to serve his country and was selected for the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program. After completing that program, he was stationed in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and served as the 2nd Marine Logistics Group budget officer, managing operations and maintenance funding.

Zach voluntarily took a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. He was the fiscal officer in charge of the stability operations section in Helmand Province, managing humanitarian and construction projects. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Action for his actions.

After returning home, he was assigned to Bloomington, Ind., as the Marine Corps officer selection officer. He was responsible for recruiting, screening and preparing college students and graduates for the rigors of Marine Corps Office Candidate School.

Zach still serves as a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. He returned to Missouri in 2014 and purchased CertaPro Painters. He believes it provides the right professional environment and culture for focusing on taking pride in your work and giving back to your community. His goal is to create an extraordinarily positive experience for every employee and customer.

Welcome new member Rebecca Welsh

<span><span>Welcome new member Rebecca Welsh</span></span>

John Horton introduced her on June 1. Her co-sponsor is Ray Meyer.

Rebecca was born in St. Louis, move to Springfield during elementary school, but moved to Texas and graduated from Texarkana High School.

With a family in the roofing business, she naturally had a love of the construction industry and received her BS in construction management and a MBA from Missouri State University.

After 10 years at DeWitt & Associated as a project manager, she took over as a branch manager at Flynn Midwest, a building envelope subcontractor.

She is active in the Springfield Contractors association, Tri-state Contractors, Construction Specifications Institute, US Green Building Council and serves on the Kitchen Board.

She has two children who both attend MSU. Christopher is a geology major and Savannah is starting work on a degree in psychology.

She is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, where she is on the welcoming committee.

Our latest contribution to K-Park at Jordan Valley Park

Our latest contribution to K-Park at Jordan Valley Park

Springfield Southeast Rotary Club and the Springfield - Greene County Parks Department dedicated the new "shade sail structure," picnic tables and the Ted Andrews Memorial Bench contributed by our club and Andrews' family.

The dedication took place during the club’s meeting at the site on May 25, 2017.

The shaded picnic area is in the K-Park section of the park, an area that also includes the K-Man kinetic sculpture, the climbing rock and the Springfield Wagon play feature, all funded entirely through donations now totaling more than $100,000 from Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast.

“We’re proud of our partnership with Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, which has donated so many one-of-kind play features at Jordan Valley Park,” said Jeff Cumley, superintendent of Jordan Valley Park and a member of the club. “When the kids aren’t playing in the fountain, they’re on these play features, and now parents and kids have a shady spot to eat lunch while at the park.”

The picnic tables are arranged in the shape of the Rotary logo.  Tables, the underlying concrete pad and the shade sail are in Rotary colors of blue and yellow.

The Ted Andrews Memorial Bench honors the late Rotarian, who worked extensively on the shade sail project. The bench was funded by his family.


Welcome new member Lynette Weatherford

Welcome new member Lynette Weatherford

Ken Stephens introduced her on May 4. Her co-sponsor is John Horton.

Lynette is founder and president of Human Resource Advantage. She's been in the field of Human Resources for more than 20 years.

Lynette earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Ottawa University and a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University.

She is a member of the Springfield Area Human Resources Association, Branson Tri-Lakes Human Resource Association, Springfield and Branson Chambers of Commerce, and the National Society for Human Resource Management.

This is why we have a Rotary Basketball Tournament

This is why we have a Rotary Basketball Tournament
Basketball teams from Rotary clubs in Springfield and Ozark, and other towns at times, and the Rotaract Club of Springfield have been playing each other in an annual basketball tournament for 30 years. The tournaments raise money for Special Olympics basketball teams to travel to state and regional tournaments. This video shows Special Olympics team players showing their skills on the last night of the 2017 Rotary tournament at Drury University's O'Reilly Family Events Center.

What Rotary means to members of the club

What Rotary means to members of the club
Club member Jacob Neimeyer, owner of Baseline Media in Ozark, made this video with the thoughts of some members of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club.

World Community Service auction

World Community Service auction

Our program on Feb. 23 raised about $9,400 for World Community Service projects, including our club's $7,500 commitment to I Pour Life's mentoring program in Korah, Ethiopia.   That program helps ostracized women with AIDS, leprosy and other diseases improve their families' literacy and financial knowledge so they can earn livings and afford better housing.  Our club's commitment is part of a Springfield-wide effort by all Rotary clubs that included district and Rotary International matching funds.

Here's a video about I Pour Life introduced by World Community Service committee chair Sharyn Dawson.


In the past three years, our club's WCS auctions have raised more than $45,000 for 18 international projects.

Along with the funds from the auction and raffle on Feb. 23, the Board of Directors also budgeted $4,000 for World Community Service projects, so our total donations to those programs in this program year will be about $13,400.

Southeast Rotary Local Service

Southeast Rotary Local Service
Since our club's founding in June 1967, we have been heavily involved in service to others through many types of projects. (Video produced by ADsmith Marketing and Advertising)

Rotary International Service

Rotary International Service
Rotary International, through the Rotary Foundation, works with clubs and districts around the world to help people in need. (Video produced by ADsmith Marketing and Advertising)

Sailing the Great Loop

Past President Jim Conley (2013-2014) and his wife, Mandy, are on an adventure. Starting in early October, they are cruising continuously on their boat, following the Great Loop, the nautical circumnavigation of the eastern United States. They expect to be away from Springfield for approximately one year. You can follow their journey by going to their website which will include a blog.

The secure website is www.theshellbelle.com, which requires you to request access. After being granted access you will be able to visit at anytime and automatically receive blog updates. Feel free to contact PP Jim during his absence by either cell phone or e-mail as they should have cell service for about 95 percent of the trip.

Welcome new member Jason Hynson

Welcome new member Jason Hynson

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced him on April 27. His co-sponsor is Cindy Howell.

Jason is executive director of Springfield Victory Mission.  He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Oklahoma.

Jason has previous Rotary experience in the Osage Beach Daybreak club and, most recently, the Camdenton club, where he was on the Board of Directors. He has also served on the board of directors of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau and is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.

Jason is married to Tiffany and they have five children.

Welcome new member Lee McLean III

Welcome new member Lee McLean III

Chelsey Bode introduced Lee on March 30. His co-sponsor is Krystal Russell.

Lee was born and raised in the Springfield area. He attended Willard High School and Drury University.

Lee has been in the real estate business for his entire professional life, beginning in his father's real estate development company, McClean Enterprises, and then focusing on the brokerage side of real estate for the last 10 years.

Lee currently is a senior advisor for SVN/Rankin Company, formerly Sperry Van Ness, and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation.

Lee is active in the community, including the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services of Missouri, as well as the finance committee of his church. Free time is spent at baseball tournaments, basketball games and dance recitals.

Lee is married to Cheyenne and they have three children, Hudson, 8; Lila, 5; and Maci, 4 months.