Southeast Rotary helps The Fairbanks

Southeast Rotary helps The Fairbanks

Southeast Rotary teamed up with the Metro Rotary Club and applied for a District Simplified Grant to support the Drew Lewis Foundation's project to install playground equipment at The Fairbanks. The photo shows the check presentation at our club's meeting on Sept. 14, 2017 (from left to right: David Miller, a volunteer at The Fairbanks; Amy Blansit, who founded and directs The Fairbanks and the Drew Lewis Foundation in memory of her late husband, Michael Brady president-elect of Metro Rotary Club, and Springfield Southeast President Lori Barnes Miller).

The grant, including matching funds from each club, totals $20,000. The Drew Lewis Foundation was able to leverage that grant with a matching grant from KABOOM for a total of $35,000.

Community Grants

The community grants committee of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast is charged with the responsibility of recommending to the board of directors those charitable contributions made in the club’s name for the Rotary year. (Rotary years begin July 1 and end June 30.) The funds for the year are generated from the service fund assessment.

Organizations are welcome to apply for a community grant; however, all applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

CHARITABLE. Grants must be used for a charitable purpose by a 501(c)3 organization.

LOCAL. Grants must used within southwest Missouri.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT. Proposals must specify a community benefit. Requests for funds for general operating expenses are discouraged.

RECOGNITION. Proposals must specify how the contribution will be acknowledged in a way that promotes community awareness of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast.

Springfield Southeast wishes to utilize community grants to achieve the greatest possible impact across a broad range of projects each year. To do this, we award grants ranging from $500 to $1,000+.

Every year, Springfield Southeast determines its scope of grant interest based on Rotary International’s goals and club goals. Usually, grants are focused on literacy, hunger, and health; however, occasionally, other areas are considered.

Application Process

Applications for grants are reviewed by our community grants committee. Requests for funds come from Southeast member suggestions, mail solicitations, personal solicitations from community organizations, and ideas generated by committee members.

There are two grant cycles every Rotary year, and organizations are encouraged to submit their proposals any time throughout the year to be considered for the next review cycle on the calendar.

The grant process includes two steps:
1) A review of the proposal by the committee
2) An in-person presentation (approximately 10 minutes) by the applying organization to the committee.

After presentations, the committee reviews the proposals and makes a recommendation to the board of directors. After the board of directors approves the grants, the committee notifies applicants.

Submit your proposal by email as an attachment, as well as proof of your 501(c)3 status, to

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.

World Community Service Auction

World Community Service Auction

Our program on Feb. 23, 2017, 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.