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 left) 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.

Another grant is for the CoxHealth Foundation.   It 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 Winners

Our annual Golf-toberfest fundraiser 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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Welcome new member Brennan Pratt

Mike Pruett introduced Brennan on Sept. 17.  His co-sponsor is Gordon Elliott.

Brennan has been an attorney for six years in Springfield at Pratt and Grisham, where he works with his father, John Pratt.  The firm specializes in family law.

Brennan is an Eagle Scout.  In addition to the Boy Scouts of America, Brennan has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Judicare  Program of Legal Services of Southern Missouri, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Brennan grew up in the Springfield area and attended Greenwood Laboratory School and Missouri State University.  He has an undergraduate degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin and Saint Louis University Law School.  He is engaged to be married to Victoria Marszalik.
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Welcome new member Allison Robertson

Nate Dunville introduced Allison on Sept. 3.  Her co-sponsor is Nikki Holden.

Allison has lived in the Springfield area for 36 years.  She's been the program director since September 2018 for Empower: Abilities, 2864 S. Nettleton Ave., in Springfield.  That organization provides services to people with disabilities to help them live independently.  She manages several departments, including Independent Living, Access and Technology, Community Outreach, and Transportation.

Allison previously worked for CoxHealth from 2006 to 2018 as manager of Case Management at its hospital in Branson, as a social worker in Adult Psychiatry, and as a social worker at its Center for Addictions.   She also worked a side job at Gorman Scharpf Funeral Home for 10 years.

Allison has been active for many years in Junior League of Springfield, where she has chaired projects and served on the board.  She is Junior League president-elect and preparing to become president in 2021.

She's been active in about 20 community organizations, including serving on the boards of Freedom's Rest Domestic Violence Shelter and Growing Healthy Families.  She's also a member of the National Council for Independent Living, and is a graduate of Springfield Leadership Signature Class 38 and Lakes Area Leadership Academy 2016.

The Springfield Business Journal named Allison one of its 40 Under 40 honorees for 2020.   She is a member of the
Community Emergency Response Team and is trained in crisis intervention stress management.

Allison earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in Social Work and a master's degree in Healthcare Administration, all from Missouri State University.  She and her husband, Paul, live in Ozark with their two children.
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