Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival

Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival

More than 80 barbecue teams from all over will compete on April 20 - 21, 2018, at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in the 19th annual Rock 'n Ribs BBQ Festival.   The proceeds from the delicious, mouthwatering event benefit seven local Children’s Charities. 

This is an event sanctioned by Kansas City BBQ Society.  Thousands of people pay to enjoy chicken, pork and beef.  They also can enjoy 11 hours of live music, a Kids Play Zone and plenty of food and drinks.

This is the largest fundraiser for Springfield Southeast Rotary and the other Rotary clubs and Rotaract Club of Springfield.  The Festival has raised $1.8 million for these charities in the past 18 years. 

 

Event organizers need sponsors at levels of $100, $300, $500, $1,500, $2,500 and $5,000.  Go to https://rocknribs.com/support/ to see the perks of each level.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers for the three days before the event, the event itself, and the day afterwards.   Go to https://www.rocknribs.com/volunteer to see what shifts and positions are available.  More than 1,300 volunteers were at the event in 2017.

Our club's booth needs volunteers on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Contact Adrienne McCoy or Steve Gimenez to sign up to pass out samples to the public and have fun.   Volunteers here get a free ticket and parking pass. 

Welcome new member Ashley Walden

Welcome new member Ashley Walden

Bill Squires introduced her on Jan. 25.  Her co-sponsor is Bob Hammerschmidt.

Ashley was born and raised in Springfield.  She attended Glendale High School, where she played soccer, was a peer mediator, created artwork for the school’s art magazine, and received accolades in journalism and art.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration at Drury University, where she was active in Students in Free Enterprise and won the SIFE World Cup in 2003.  Ashley was also an Executive Committee member for two years in Pi Beta Phi fraternity.

Ashley served three years as Director of Operations for United Way of the Ozarks.  She became Executive Director of Springfield Ballet in early 2017 after former Springfield Southeast Rotary member Evan Bennett left that position for a job in another city.

Ashley enjoys volunteering for several organizations including Springfield Ballet Guild, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Advisory Board, Sporting Springfield Soccer Club, Girl Scouts, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Springfield Regional Arts Council.  She also was in Class 33 of Leadership Springfield.  She made her acting debut as the Maid in Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker in December 2016

Ashley and her husband, Amos, have three daughters and two pets.  They spend their weekends at soccer fields, a ballet studio, at home watching a movie or celebrating events with family and friends.

Welcome new member Meredith Bosso

Welcome new member Meredith Bosso

Nikki Holden introduced her on Jan. 18. Her cosponsor is Chelsey Bode.
 
Meredith is a native of Springfield who attended Glendale High School and Missouri State University. She earned a Master’s degree in accounting in 2009.
 
Meredith is a CPA and has been with KPM since 2015. She specializes in taxes as well as trusts and estates.
 
Meredith is a former member of Rotaract, where she spent seven years in various committee and board positions, including secretary and treasurer. She is on the board of Junior League of Springfield and Ozarks Counseling Center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing with her dogs. She also enjoys traveling and cooking.
 

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.