Welcome new member Ken Williams

Welcome new member Ken Williams

President Lori Barnes Miller introduced Ken on Jan. 11.  His co-sponsor is David Reid.

Ken is a financial consultant who is celebrating his 24th year of helping clients manage their accumulated wealth and meet financial goals.  Ken is a branch manager and vice president of Investments at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.  He manages its branches in Springfield, Joplin, and Rolla.   He moved from Joplin to Springfield in April 2017 to serve in his expanded role with the company.

Ken's experience with Rotary began in 1994 as a member of Rotary Club of Odessa and continued with Daybreak Rotary Club of Joplin.   In Joplin Daybreak, he served in many capacities, including president in 2011-'12 as Joplin started its recovery from the devastating tornado in May 2011.   During that time, he helped build two Rotary Habitat for Humanity homes and Rotary Miracle Field of Joplin.  He also has been fortunate to be able to attend two Rotary International conventions in New Orleans and Bangkok.

In addition to Rotary, Ken serves the community as a board member and past president of the Children's Center of Southwest Missouri.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with his son, Connor, 20, and daughter, Anna, 17.  Ken is also a runner and tries to run three or more half-marathons each year.

Welcome new (former) member Judy Bilyeu

Welcome new (former) member Judy Bilyeu

Bill Squires introduced Judy on Dec. 21.  Her co-sponsor is Jason Brown.

Judy is is a prior 10-year member of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club who received our club's Lend-a-Hand Award in 2010.  She is corporate marketing director for Metro Appliances and More, an employee-owned company with nine stores in four states.  She's worked there since 2003.

Judy's hometown is Sikeston.  She studied public relations and marketing at Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).

Judy also hosts "Dishing it Up with Judy Bilyeu," a cooking show featuring local chefs that airs on Medicacom cable channel 22.   She was honored in 2008 by Springfield Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Women of Springfield.

Judy has a special place in her heart for homeless people.  She's serving her sixth year on the Board of Directors of The Kitchen, Inc.  She's also a volunteer at The Gathering Friends, an organization that helps homeless people who may not qualify for resources offered through The Kitchen.  She previously served as president and board member for several years for the Regional Girls Shelter, which is now known as Ashley House.

Judy is a member of Springfield Design Association and serves on the church council of The Venues Church.

Judy has a son and a daughter, both married, and recently became a grandmother for the fourth time.


Welcome new member Tammy Young

Welcome new member Tammy Young

Brent Baldwin introduced her on Nov. 2.  Her co-sponsor is Gary Leonard.

Tammy was born and raised in Wayne,  Neb.  She 
received her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Wayne State College in 1994.

She and her husband chose Springfield as their home because it's between Nebraska and Atlanta, where he grew up.

Tammy is a CPA and partner at RMMC (Roberts, McKenzie, Mangan & Cummings).  She has more than 20 years of experience, mostly in public accounting, but also several years as the controller of a large company. 
 She specializes in taxation, controller/CFO outsourcing, and computer consulting for small to medium sized companies.

Tammy has a passion for civic involvement.  Her volunteer service includes the American Red Cross, United Way, Relay for Life, The Summit Preparatory School, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, and the Republic Athletic Booster Club.   Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Golftoberfest 2017

Our club's annual golf tournament on Oct. 9 raised about $12,500 for our Don't Meth with Us school program and the Springfield Southeast Rotary endowment fund.

The Lederhosen (major) sponsors for the tournament are Bill McNeill, Van Pelt & Van  Pelt, SMC Packaging, Zynergy Financial Group, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Custom Metalcraft, KPM, and Wil Fischer.

Several other companies and individuals also provided sponsorships.