Welcome new member Jason Gage

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President Bill Squires introduced Jason on Feb. 14.   His co-sponsor is Ray Meyer.

Jason became Springfield city manager in August 2018.  He previously served over the past 23 years as city manager in Salina, Kan.; Stillwater, Okla.; and De Soto, Mo.  He also served as Salina assistant city manager and as a management intern in Mexico, Mo., and Salina.

Jason was born and raised in Lamar, the birthplace of late former President Harry S Truman.   He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Missouri.

Jason is a credentialed International City/County Management Association member, a member of the Missouri City/County Managers Association, and has served on various community boards, including Salina Area United Way, De Soto PRIDE, and Stillwater Lions Club.  He is on the board of Community Partnership of the Ozarks in Springfield.  He also is a previous 17-year Rotarian in De Soto and Salina.

Jason in 2013 received the Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for Excellence in Public
Management from the the Kansas Association of City/County Management.

Jason enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball early in the morning at the YMCA, and physical fitness.  He also likes to camp and read in his spare time.  He and his wife, Lysonda, a real estate agent, have six children.

Welcome new member Matt Wehner

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Stan Krempges introduced Matt on Feb. 7.  His co-sponsor is Jim Conley.

Matt and his wife, Shelley, own Cabinet Concepts by Design, a cabinet manufacturing shop, and Simply Organized by Design, a closet and garage organization concept.

Matt was born and raised in Lebanon, where he graduated from high school in 1992.   He went to Missouri Southern State University, where Matt played football and graduated with a degree in secondary math education.  While attending MSSU, he met Shelley Tanking on a blind date and tricked her into marrying him.

Matt followed Shelley to Kansas City after graduation.  He coached football and wrestling at Park Hill South High School for a year.  After finding out teaching was not for him, he went to work for Edward Jones investments and was given an opportunity to move wherever he wanted.  He chose Springfield and worked at Edward Jones for two years until September 2001.

From there, Matt worked at Springfield Janitorial Supply and Mid America Surgical Supply before buying a small four-employee, 5,000-square-foot cabinet shop in November 2007.   After barely making it through the recession,  they grew Cabinet Concepts to a  29-person, 30,000-square-foot shop.

Matt is on the board of the Cabinet Makers Association and has served as president of his Homeowners Association.  He also is a member of Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield and the Kitchen and Bath Association.

Matt and Shelley have three children: Caden, Lyvia and Paxton.   They attend The Venues church.

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 bpre2d@gmail.com.

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.

Community Service grants

The Southeast Rotary Club's Community Grants Committee on Jan. 24 presented two non-profit organizations with $1,000 each.  These grants are from the club's Service Fund to which club members contribute with their annual dues payments.

Trish McAdams, executive director of Girls on the Run for Southwest Missouri, told the club that the funds will provide scholarships to girls who are unable to pay the registration fee for the program.  Mark Struckoff, executive director of Council of Churches of the Ozarks, accepted the funds on behalf of Crosslines Emergency Food Pantry.  The funds will purchase food for the Senior Meal Box program in Greene County.

The committee will soon announce other grants for the first half of the Rotary year.   It will make more grants from the Service Fund in the second half of the Rotary year.   Nancy Riggs is the committee chair.  The grant proposal form is here.

Welcome new (returning) member Julie Jones

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Lisa Farmer introduced Julie on Jan. 17.  Her co-sponsor is Linda Ramey-Greiwe.

Julie is a Springfield native and has
been involved in many different areas of our community.  Early in her career, she worked for United Way of the Ozarks as director of Communications and followed that with a five-year stint at the Springfield
Area Chamber of Commerce as director of Economic Development.

Julie left the Chamber in 1995 to join Mercy Health and held a variety of leadership positions for 23 years in Marketing/Communications, Planning, and Guest Services. Julie joined Abilities First in 2018 as assistant executive director.
Julie has served on a variety of boards, including United Way of the Ozarks and the American Diabetes Association, and was a founding member of the Lost and Found Grief Center's Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Leadership Springfield Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.  She was also recognized as one of Springfield’s Most Influential Women in 2013.
Julie is a former member of Sunrise Rotary and Springfield Southeast Rotary clubs in the 1990s and is a daughter of late longtime Springfield Southeast Rotary Club member Curt Brown.  She and her husband, Rodney, live in Ozark and have two children.
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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 info@rocknribs.com.

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.
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Welcome new member Donny Mihalevich

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

Donny has lived in the Springfield area since 1970.  His uncle is a member of Springfield (Downtown) Rotary Club.

He is owner and chief executive officer of Paladin Managed Solutions, a Konica Minolta and Hewlett Packard dealership that he founded in 2016.   He is also a consultant for a large financial institution.

Before founding Paladin, Donny was owner and CEO of Luminozity, a company that provides software and hardware to the banking industry.   During 20 years in the IT industry, Donny 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, Donny 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.

Donny earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry and Military Science, at Southwest Missouri State University in 1997 and hopes to finish a master's degree in Business Administration from Missouri State University in 2019.  He graduated in 1987 from Greenwood High School, where he was a receiver on its successful football team with quarterback Alan Rosen, a member of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club, and linebacker Mike Hamra, Sam's son.

He is married to  Winnie and they have one son, Mason, 15.
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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