Four-Way Test Award

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Springfield Southeast Rotary is seeking nominees for our Four-Way Test Award.  Its purpose is to recognize a person who consistently demonstrates the fundamental ideals of the Four-Way Test and the Object of Rotary in his or her business, profession, personal and community life.

Southeast Rotarians are not eligible for nomination.  It is possible that a nominee may not be aware of the ideals of Rotary but nonetheless demonstrates high ethical standards in her or his business affairs and maintains a commitment to serving others.

To obtain a nomination form, please email

The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

First, is it the truth?
Second, is it fair to all concerned?
Third, will it build good will and better friendships?
Fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

I. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
II. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and  the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
III. The applications of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;
IV. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Rock 'n Ribs, April 25 - 27, 2019

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The Rock 'n Ribs BBQ Festival has contributed about $1,9 million to seven local children's organizations and charities over the last 19 years.  The 20th Festival will return to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds on the last weekend of April.

The event takes more than 1,200 volunteers and more than 200 sponsors to be a success.  Sponsorships are available in amounts of $30,000, $20,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, $500, $300, and $100.  Contact Sarah Watson at (417) 421-0010 or by email at

Signup for volunteer tasks and shifts hasn't started.  That'll happen in the spring through the Festival's website.

Welcome new member Kathryn Custer

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Bill Squires introduced Kathryn on Jan. 3.  Her co-sponsor is Rusty Worley.

Kathryn is the chief executive officer of the Ozarks Regional YMCA, which includes  two locations in Springfield and branches in surrounding cities.  She started her YMCA career in 2003 in Atlanta and has moved around the United States with the YMCA.   Her husband, Jason, is from Springfield and they moved here, along with their two sons, in 2017.

Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Science from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  She is also a member of Junior League of Springfield.

Miracle of Giving Blood Drive

The Rotary Blood Drive ends on Jan. 13.  You may schedule an appointment at  Donate by Jan. 6 and receive a long-sleeved shirt!  For information, call: or call 1-800-280-5337. 

Welcome new member Donald Mihalevich

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Sam Hamra introduced Donald on Dec. 13.  His co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Donald has lived in the Springfield area since 1970.  He is owner and chief executive officer of Paladin Managed Solutions, a Konica Minolta and Hewlett Packard dealership that he founded in 2016.   Before that, he was owner and CEO of Luminozity, a company that provides software and hardware to the banking industry.

During 20 years in the IT industry, Donald has also been chief technology officer for Standleys System of Oklahoma City, a senior digital solution specialist and sales manager for Ricoh Corporation of Springfield, a senior engineer for Springnet at City Utilities of Springfield, and a senior engineer for Corporate Business Systems of Springfield.

From 1987 to 2007, Donald was a captain, headquarters commander and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army National Guard and Missouri Army National Guard.  He had deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan from November 2005 to November  2006.   He attended several Army courses, including Air Assault School and Military Police Officer Course.  He was awarded an Air Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal.

Donald earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry and Military Science, at Southwest Missouri State University in 1997.  He is married to  Winnie and has one child.
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Check Presentation to YMCA and Good Samaritan Boys Ranch

Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast was honored on Nov. 29 to give funds raised by the 2018 Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival to Good Samaritan Boys Ranch and Ozarks Regional YMCA. We are so proud of the work that these organizations do for our community.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to Rock'n Ribs. What a great event!
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Springfield Southeast Rotary Club 2019-20 Officers elected

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The Nominating Committee recommended these members to be officers for the Rotary year that starts July 1, 2019.  The club unanimously approved the slate on Nov. 29.
  • President:  Patrick Harrington
  • President-elect: Rusty Worley
  • Secretary: Bill White (second year of two-year term)
  • Treasurer: Scott Haney (first year of two-year term)
  • Past President: Bill Squires
  • Avenue Directors: Carl Hutchinson, Adrienne McCoy, Bob Newell, Lisa Blumenstock, Jim Towery
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GOLF'toberfest 2018

Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast held its 4th annual GOLF'toberfest event on October 1. Funds raised go to Don't Meth with Us and future endeavors through the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment. Thanks to all who participated. 

What "Rotary" Really Means

Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast 2017-'18 President Lori Barnes and 2018-'19 President Bill Squires discuss what people should know about Rotary and why it matters. 
What "Rotary" Really Means