Our annual club assembly, at which we do some planning and get some feedback on club operations, was July 14 at the home of Past President Pat Harrington. Before the serious stuff happened, club members enjoyed a meal of boiled shrimp, salad, and buttered toast. New members from the past year helped with the preparations, under the guidance of some of our experienced chefs. (Photos by Dan Emrie)
Annual Celebration and Installation banquet
Springfield Southeast Rotary on June 30, 2022, celebrated its 2021-22 program year and installed new officers for 2022-23.
District 6080 Governor John Horton, a past president of our club, also took his oath of office for the coming year. Past district governors were on hand to pass the torch to John and to offer their support.
Club President Lisa Blumenstock highlighted the Club's accomplishments and contributions this past year. She thanked Sergeant-at-Arms Brent Dunn for enlivening the meetings and thanked her husband, Dan, for his support during her term.
Lori Johnson Murawski is our new club president for 2022-23. Her father is Rex Johnson, a longtime member and club president in 1984-85. Lori is our first second-generation president. Rex shared some stories and funny moments about Lori before she was installed.
Past club presidents, starting with Founding President Sam Hamra, passed the ceremonial gavel to Lori.
(Photos by Dan Emrie)
Lori, Lisa and John
Lori and Rex
Lori and husband, Randy
2021-'22 Gov. Joan Kramer
John accepts a symbol of his office
Lisa celebrates the past year
Lori and Rex share a special moment
Sam starts the gavel-passing.
The club's annual float trip was on June 17, 2022, on the Niangua River. (Photos supplied by David Hamm)
Paul Harris Fellows Reception
Springfield Southeast Rotarians enjoyed a beautiful evening on June 9, 2022. Our club annually rewards members and their spouses who are Paul Harris Fellows with a reception at the home of one of our members. This year, Jim Towery hosted about 55 people.
A Paul Harris Fellow is someone who has donated at least $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation funds humanitarian projects around the world that advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
(Photos provided by President Lisa Blumenstock)
Fellowship at Springfield Cardinals game
Springfield Southeast Rotarians and guests enjoyed a Fellowship event on a chilly night at a Springfield Cardinals game on May 3, 2022. They also enjoyed the 12-5 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Springfield Southeast Rotarians served supper at The Fairbanks on April 21, 2022. The Drew Lewis Foundation at The Fairbanks strives to help people in Northwest Springfield improve their lives by offering classes on money management, parenting, resume writing, and other life skills. The once-a-week Thursday suppers resumed in March after being canceled during the pandemic. Springfield Southeast Rotary serves the suppers on the third Thursday of each month. (photos provided by Lisa Blumenstock)
Fellowship grows at the Vineyard
Springfield Southeast Rotarians enjoyed a Fellowship event on April 19, 2022, at Vineyard Market in Ozark. Other Fellowship events that are coming up include a Springfield Cardinals game on May 3 and a float trip on June 17. (Photos provided by Lisa Blumenstock)
After attorney Paul Harris and three business associates formed the first Rotary Club on Feb. 23, 1905, in Chicago, the group rotated its meetings among members' offices, giving the organization its name. Although clubs now typically anchor themselves to one meeting spot, periodic Fellowship meetings at different club members' places of employment harken back to the early days of the organization.
Springfield Southeast Rotary has Fellowship Lunch meetings away from Ocean Zen a couple of times each year. On April 7, that tradition continued.
The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks was one of the sites. Joe Daues, chief executive officer of BCFO, was the host. He talked about the organization's mission and efforts to help people with breast cancer. (first two photos, provided by Lisa Blumenstock)
Brandi O'Reilly, chief executive officer and physical therapist at Dynamic Strides Therapy, hosted another lunch. Rotarians toured the Pediatric Therapy Clinic that provides occupational, physical and speech therapy to children in southwest Missouri. They learned about the mission of Dynamic Strides Therapy and its Opening More Doors and Ponies with Purpose programs. The nonprofit organization will provide more than 10,000 hours of therapy services to children in need this year. (photos 3-6, provided by Angela Delahoussaye)
Circuit Judge Jason Brown hosted another lunch in his courtroom at the Greene County Judicial Courts Facility on Boonville Avenue. Brown and five other judges talked about how their courtrooms operate, their typical weekly schedules, and caseloads. Rotarians were able to ask questions and enjoyed learning about the judicial process and challenges in Greene County. (photos 7-9, provided by Lori Johnson Murawski)
The Child Advocacy Center and Past President Lori Barnes Miller hosted another group. The CAC provides a safe and comfortable space for victims of abuse to be interviewed as part of investigations of their abusers. (photos 10-11, provided by Michael Wehrenberg)
Springfield Victory Mission and executive director Jason Hynson hosted the fifth group. Rotarians toured the Men's Shelter, then ate lunch at Victory Mission's headquarters and heard from Daniel and Rebecca. Daniel is in phase 3 (the final phase) of its Men's Restoration Program and Rebecca is in phase 3 of its Women's Restoration. They both shared a bit about what their life was like before going to Victory Mission and how they came to join the Restoration Programs. They also spoke about their plans after graduating from the programs. (photos 12-14, provided by Lindsey Whitford, content manager for Victory Mission)
New Members Orientation
New club members got an in-depth orientation on how Springfield Southeast Rotary Club operates on March 29, 2022, at The Pitch Pizza and Pub. Experienced members described club operations and how new members can be involved in committees and activities.
One aspect of the orientation is speed networking, where new members rotate to talk individually with experienced members.
(Photos and text provided by Lori Johnson Murawski)
For the first time in two years, Springfield Southeast Rotarians performed Hands-on Service at The Fairbanks on March 17. The Drew Lewis Foundation at The Fairbanks has resumed serving weekly community dinners as part of its efforts to help people in need in northeast Springfield.
For a year or more before the pandemic, club members performed this service monthly. About a dozen Rotarians showed up on March 17 to help serve the meal and clean up afterwards. Some then moved to another establishment to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
If all goes well with the continuing decline in COVID-19 cases in the city, we'll perform this service on the third Thursday of every month.