World Community Service auction

World Community Service auction

Our program on Feb. 23 will raise funds for 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.

 The World Community Service committee is still soliciting auction and raffle items for the event.  Please contact Sharyn Dawson if you have something to donate.

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

Some of the items that will be auctioned include tickets for Chiefs and Cardinals games.

Welcome new member Anita Shikany

Welcome new member Anita Shikany

Brandon Welch introduced her on Jan. 5.  Her co-sponsor is Randy Mayes.

Anita is a physical therapist who owns Bring It Home PT and Fitness Training.  She provides preventive services for baby boomers through fall prevention, personal fitness training, and physical therapy for chronic pain management.  Most services are provided in clients' homes.

Anita is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is certified as an Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult.

She is an active volunteer for hospice and has volunteered for Ronald McDonald House and the Victim Center.

Growing up in Gainesville, she spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the lakes and rivers and feels at home in the Ozarks.  She lives in Ozark with her husband, Jim, who is a retired social studies teacher, and their son, Jace, who is 10.  When she's not with clients, she loves to read a good book, run with her friends, and is active in the church, The Venues.

Anita's favorite desserts are hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie, and death by by chocolate!
 

Welcome new member Scott Meier

Welcome new member Scott Meier

Gary Whitaker introduced him on Dec. 22. His co-sponsor is Brian McDonough.

Scott is originally from north Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse in 1976 and did graduate studies at Notre Dame University.

He has been involved in sales, management and ownership of radio and TV stations and sports marketing enterprises in Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Detroit and now Springfield, where he's been general manager of the four radio stations of Midwest Family Broadcasting since February 2016.

Scott has lived the motto of Service Above Self as a leader on numerous nonprofit and community organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, and chambers of commerce in Michigan and Ohio, as well as the March of Dimes national board in New York City.

On the personal side, Scott was his hometown's marble champion in the fifth grade, made his mother teach him how to polka before his first date, and may be the only college radio station volunteer employee to be fired by his college dean.

Scott has been married to Brenda for 38 years. They have four grown children and two beautiful granddaughters.

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.

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.

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)

Welcome new member Allen Jones

Welcome new member Allen Jones

Sam Hamra introduced him on Dec. 15.  His co-sponsor is Linda Ramey-Greiwe.

Allen was born and raised in Springfield and graduated from Pleasant Hope High School. In 2005, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University.

Allen has worked for Gannett Company since he graduated from college. He held positions as automotive account executive, advertising manager, and classified advertising manager with the Visalia times-Delta Newspapers in Visalia, Calif.

Allen returned to Springfield in 2008 to work for the News-Leader as the automotive/real estate manager, classified advertising manager, and senior advertising manager. He then rejoined Gannett's Central and West Groups in California, where he served as senior automotive manager and director of automotive from 2014 to 2016.

Allen because president of the Springfield News-Leader and Baxter (Ark.) Bulletin in 2016.

Allen's wife is Heather and they have three children, with a fourth one on the way. He enjoys hiking, camping, and watching all the major sports.

Welcome new (former) member David Sims

Welcome new (former) member David Sims

Mike Moon introduced him on Dec. 15. His co-sponsor is Mark Vincel.

David has conducted business in the Springfield area for 30 years. He owns the David Sims Coaching Company.

David has worked with hundreds of local and national businesses, ranging in size from a single entrepreneur earning a few hundred dollars a month to a client whose income is more than $100 million a month.

David has consulted with The Dwyer Group, one of the largest franchise organizations in the United States. He has been a business adviser for Dan Kennedy, worked with Walt Disney's creative director, Mike Vance, and many of the leaders in the personal development field, including Zig Ziglar, Michael Gerber, and Dan Sullivan.

David has been a board member of the Boys and Girls Club, a division chair for The United Way, and has worked with Junior Achievement as well as a number of other nonprofit groups.

On a sports note: David coached the racquetball team at Missouri State University for 17 years.

David is married to Jill. Together, they have two children: Eddie, 7, and Amanda, 10. David and Jill educate their children in their home. David and his family live in a house they built on a ridge close to the James River just south of Hootentown .

Welcome new member Dr. Luke Van Kirk

Welcome new member Dr. Luke Van Kirk

Michael Wehrenberg introduced him on Dec. 1. His cosponsor is Gary Whitaker.

Luke was born in St. Paul, Minn., and lived in New Orleans, La., and Olathe, Kan., when he was growing up, He attended Evangel University in Springfield, where friends and professors helped convince him that he should go to medical school. He also met his future wife, Denae, there.

Luke got his medical degree at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Cal. He only applied to osteopathic schools because he wanted to learn how to manipulate spines and bodies. He initially wanted to go into emergency medicine but soon found he loved continuity of care and getting to know his patients. That made family medicine the most obvious choice for him.

Luke and Denae started dating just prior to medical school. The relationship became long distance since she was in nursing school in Springfield. He opted to do a rotation at Cox Family Medicine residency so he could be close to her.
Luke's residency at CoxHealth started in July 2012 and ended in June 2015. He planned at first to do a mix of ER work and outpatient family medicine. Soon, though, he found he really liked direct primary care (DPC) so he changed his focus. Luke opened his own DPC practice, Command Family Medicine, in Springfield on Dec. 1, 2015.

Luke and Denae have been married for six years and have two boys, Max, 3, and Jet, 11 months. Luke loves spending time with his family, working out, playing golf, and daydreaming about buying a Tesla.  He's also joined the Springfield Southeast Rotary basketball team for the tournament in March