Five organizations receive Community Grants

The Springfield Southeast Rotary Club’s Community Grants Committee awarded $1,000 grants to five organizations in the fall of 2020.  This is the first of two grant cycles in this Rotary year.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks thanked the club on Nov. 5 for its grant for its mentoring/youth development program called Mentor SFG.   Mentor SFG is a broad program that positively impacts students in grades K-12, with an emphasis on students of color and those that face an opportunity gap.   It facilitates these opportunities through after-school clubs with an emphasis on college and career readiness, and more.

The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools received its grant on Nov. 12.  The funds are for its Back to School program, which helps meet classroom education needs.  These funds will support literacy projects requested by educators.

Club member Jason Hynson, executive director of Springfield Victory Mission, told the club on Nov. 19 (photo at right) that its grant will cover part of the cost of a bed bug prevention heating unit.  He also talked about Victory Mission’s extra costs during the pandemic from doing more laundry of bed clothes in its living units.

A representative of CoxHealth Foundation was at the meeting on Dec. 5 to accept its grant, which will buy tools for Amanda Belle’s Farm, a new farm being created at Cox South Hospital that will increase access to healthy food. The farm will grow a variety of seasonal produce to benefit patients with dietary needs.

OATS Transit was awarded the fifth grant, which will help fund senior transportation services.  That agency specializes in transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income individuals, veterans, and the rural general public.

Community Grants in the second cycle of this Rotary year will be awarded in the spring.  The funds come from club members’ dues.  Steve Brooks chairs the committee this year.
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Golf-toberfest 2020

Our annual Golf-toberfest fundraiser last October was another success.  Event chairman Past President Bill McNeill reports we netted $2,500 for Don’t Meth With Us and $12,500 for Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment.

The tournament had 84 golfers and 44 sponsors.  Here are winners of the various competitions:

Brett Sheets, Mark Schuster, Rylan Schuster, Nate Angus:  First Place, First Flight

Bob Beine, Jim Towery, Ken Stevens, Brent Dunn:  Second Place, First Flight

John Horton, David Hamm, Denise Lebolt, Chelsie Bode:  First Place, Second Flight

Mark Walker, John Twitty, Gary Garwitz, Greg Beck:  Second Place, Second Flight

Kathy King, Dana Ausburn, Tani Banta, Laura Calvert:   First Place, Third Flight

Terri Davidson, Becky Hogan, Kathy Grant, Judy Brier:   Second Place, Third Flight

Nate Angus: Longest Drive, Men

Kelly Parker: Longest Drive, Women

Photo: Mark Schuster, Facebook
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Rotary Basketball Tournament 2020

Despite the cancellation of the annual Rotary basketball tournament, sponsors' donations still allowed us to give $13,886 to help Special Olympics athletes in the Ozarks.   The three-night tournament at Drury University's O'Reilly Event Center was canceled in March because of restrictions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robin Anderson, development director for Special Olympics Missouri's southwest region, accepted the check from Rotary Club representatives on June 17.

The tournament is more than 30 years old.    All the clubs in Springfield, including the Springfield Rotaract Club, plus the Ozark Rotary Club, spend hours and create buckets of sweat getting their teams ready for the tournament.  Southeast Rotary Club usually has about 20 players and sometimes fields two teams.   In the early years of the tournament, clubs in Branson, Lebanon, Bolivar and other cities participated, and some games were held in other cities.

Most of the revenue for the tournament  is from sponsors and club donations.   We're grateful to all the sponsors for their support even though we were not able to play.

Marc Mayer (second from left) chairs the Springfield Southeast Rotary Club Basketball Committee.

Community Grants criteria

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.

Community Grants 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

Community Grants proposal form