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Welcome New Member Kevin Beck

Irwin Cohen introduced Kevin on Nov. 21.  His co-sponsor is Bob Hammerschmidt.
Kevin is director of Sales for Highline Aftermarket, which distributes oils, chemicals and parts to more than 10,000 domestic and international customers.  Kevin has worked there for 13 years.
Kevin is from Springfield and has lived here for 37 years.  He earned an MBA at Missouri State University.  He has been married for more than 16 years to Tauschia and has a 2-year-old son, Jackson, who keeps them busy.   In his free time, Kevin enjoys time with his family and golfing. In addition he is Irwin's running partner.
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Welcome New Member Cody Ritter

Cody joined on Nov. 14.  His sponsor is Sam Hamra and his co-sponsor is Amy Blansit.

Cody is the president of BASE Construction & Management.  His work can be seen in buildings such as the Fairbanks Building, Mount Vernon City Hall, Logan-Rogersville Community Shelter, Andy B's, and many more.  He studied Construction Engineering Technology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.

Cody has been in the area for 11 years and lives in Rogersville.  He supports organizations throughout the community such as Rogersville Wrestling Club, Rogersville Community Foundation, Dynamic Strides Therapy, Isabel's House, and Paisley Collins Foundation.  He is also a member of Springfield Contractors Association, Tristate Contractors Association, and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.  When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsay, and their two children. 

2020-'21 club officers

The Nominating Committee chose this slate of officers for next year, and it was elected on Nov. 21.  They will spend the rest of this program year planning, and assume their offices on July 1.
  • President: Rusty Worley
  • President-Elect: Lisa Blumenstock
  • Secretary: Scott Rose
  • Treasurer: Scott Haney
  • Past President: Patrick Harrington
  • Board Members: Brian McDonough, Mike Pessina, Angela Smith, Mark Walker, and Ken Williams
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Welcome New Member Nate Dunville

Nate joined the club on Nov. 14.  His sponsor is Sam Hamra and his co-sponsor is Daniel Wooten.

Nate is an attorney at Neale and Newman. He is a graduate of University of Missouri School of Law in 2015. He also attended University of The Western Cape School of Law in Cape Town, South Africa, in the summer of 2013.  He earned an MBA in 2011 and two Bachelor of Science degrees in 2010 at Missouri State University, as well as an Associate of Arts degree in 2008 at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Nate's involvement in the community includes being a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and the VP of the Board of Directors for Drew Lewis Foundation at The Fairbanks.  He is also a Young Ambassador for Lost and Found.  He received the President's Award from the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association in 2016 and 2018, and the Missouri Bar's Community Service Award in 2019.  He was in Leadership Springfield's Class 39 in 2018-'19.

Nate has been in the area for 31 years.  He lives in Springfield with his wife, Hannah, a teacher in the Springfield School District, and their son who was born this fall.

Veterans Day 2019

The veterans from Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast posed for a picture on November 7, after our program about the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. We are honored to know you and we thank you for your service. 
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Rotary smiles all around

Past President Bonnie Keller, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks president and CEO, and Mindy Muñoz, program director of its Caremobile, hosted one of our Fellowship Lunches on Oct. 24, 2019.  They gave a tour of the RMHC Tooth Truck and the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South Hospital.  Afterwards, Rotarians posed with big smiles.

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio.

The Rotary Foundation awarded nearly $700 million in PolioPlus grants from 2010 to 2017. Rotary and its partners worked to reach 430 million children in 39 countries during polio immunization campaigns in 2017.

A big thanks to Watkins Outdoor Advertising for running our World Polio Day billboard today on several boards in south Springfield. 
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Welcome New Member Mark Long

Jon Baker introduced Mark on Sept. 26.  His co-sponsor is Gary Whitaker.

Mark grew up in Orange County, Calif.  He joined the Marines after high school, then returned and
joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, where he retired as a captain in 2015.   His college degree is in finance.

Mark and his wife, Shelly, moved to Springfield in 2015
to be near Shelly’s parents.  They have two children and one grandchild.  His son lives in Springfield and is married.  His daughter lives in Kansas City and plans to wed in May.

Mark and Shelly started a Garage Experts franchise in Springfield in 2018.  The company installs epoxy floor systems as well as cabinetry for garages in commercial, residential and industrial buildings.

Mark's hobbies include biking, running, travel, racquetball and spending time at their lake house.
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Welcome New Member Mike Sharp

Mike was introduced on September 12. He was sponsored into the club by Scott Meier and Bill Squires.

Mike moved his family to Springfield three years ago. He is a Partner and CFP with Heim Young and Associates.

Prior to coming to Springfield, Mike served as an officer in the Air Force, a consultant with Arthur Anderson, and worked at Intuit where he supported the TurboTax and QuickBooks offerings.

Mike received his undergraduate degree at the Air Force Academy and his MBA from the University of Arizona. In their free time, Mike and his wife Jessica share the duties of shuttling their 4 children to various sporting activities, church events and family outings. 
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Welcome New Member Brandi O'Reilly

Brandi was introduced on August 29. She was sponsored into the club by Jessica Pearson and Abby Akin.

Brandi was born and raised in Springfield. She studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Southwest Missouri State, graduating in 2005. She went on to receive her doctorate in Physical Therapy form Missouri State University in 2008.

Brandi is the founder and board president of Dynamic Strides Therapy, a full outpatient therapy facility that increases access to therapy services for children in our community.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Ryan, and their three children. She also enjoys spending time at the lake or doing yoga.

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.