Southeast Rotary helps The Fairbanks

Southeast Rotary helps The Fairbanks

Southeast Rotary teamed up with the Metro Rotary Club and applied for a District Simplified Grant to support the Drew Lewis Foundation's project to install playground equipment at The Fairbanks. The photo shows the check presentation at our club's meeting on Sept. 14 (from left to right: David Miller, a volunteer at The Fairbanks; Amy Blansit, who founded and directs The Fairbanks and the Drew Lewis Foundation in memory of her late husband, Michael Brady president-elect of Metro Rotary Club, and Springfield Southeast President Lori Barnes Miller).

The grant, including matching funds from each club, totals $20,000. The Drew Lewis Foundation was able to leverage that grant with a matching grant from KABOOM for a total of $35,000.

There will be a community work day on Saturday, Sept. 23, to help prepare the playground area as well as a beer tent from White River Brewing Company and a concert in the garden. Members from Southeast, Metro and Rotaract are encouraged to sign up to help, or just come out and enjoy the day.

Shifts on Sept. 23:
Set up: 10 - noon (10 people needed)
Playground prep and work: 11 - 2 (5 people needed)
Beer tent: 11:30 - 3; 3 - 6 (3 people needed each shift)
Check in: 11:30 - 3; 3 - 6 (3 people needed each shift)

Notify President Lori if you can help on one of these shifts.

Donate to Victims of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma through The Rotary Foundation

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The District Governors of Rotary Zones impacted by Hurricane Harvey have come together to discuss common problems, share responses, and focus relief efforts. The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund has been established under The Rotary Foundation to assist our Rotary brothers and sisters affected by what is being predicted as the costliest natural disaster in the history of the U.S.

To help with disaster relief and recovery, designate your donation to The Rotary Foundation to the following funds:
  • Hurricane Harvey: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund, #608
  • Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund, #296.
For more information, please visit or review the attached document  to make a contribution to either of these funds. To donate to either fund vai credit card, visit

Rotary District 6840, which includes New Orleans, the southeast Mississippi River Delta, and southern Mississippi, has a 501(c)(3) foundation, and they are prepared to collect and disburse donations in their District. Mail checks payable to District 6840 with "Hurricane Harvey Recovery" in the memo line to

Rotary District 6840 Foundation
384 Voters Rd.
Slidell, LA 70461

They are working to accept credit cards; check the District 6840 website periodically for that update.

Download "Combined Relief DAF and Ways to Contribute.pdf"

Welcome new member Austin Garrett

Welcome new member Austin Garrett

He was introduced on Aug. 24. His cosponsors are Adrienne McCoy and Marc Mayer.

Austin has lived in this area all his life, and in Springfield for five years. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in economics at Missouri State University and then served in the U.S. Army.

Since 2013, Austin has been a commercial lines insurance broker at Crane Agency in Springfield.

Austin was in Springfield Rotaract Club from 2014 until this year. He's also been active in other community organizations, including The Network, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Association for I.T. Professionals, Springfield Apartment and Housing Association, and Missouri Association of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Austin and his wife, Cassie, have three children.

Welcome new member Marty Goodnight

Welcome new member Marty Goodnight

He was introduced on July 24. His co-sponsors are Shallina Goodnight and Linda Ramey-Greiwe.

Marty Goodnight earned a degree in advertising from Kansas State University in 1998. He worked at the Kansas City Star from April 2003 to July 2008, advancing from account executive to interim vice-president of Advertising.

He moved to Nixa nine years ago and Springfield four years ago. Marty worked as the advertising director at the Springfield News-Leader for six years, then was self-employed in the advertising field for two years, worked one year for Whitaker Publishing, and in June 2016 became associate publisher of the Springfield Business Journal, where he's in charge of revenue, circulation, marketing, and events.

Marty is also an artist, and his work is featured in galleries and businesses throughout Springfield. He participated in Leadership Springfield Class 27, and is a past member of the Leadership Springfield board. He serves on the Springfield Regional Arts Council Board as president-elect and chairs Artsfest.

Marty and his wife, Shallina, have five children and live in Springfield.

Welcome new member Jay Guffey

Welcome new member Jay Guffey

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced him on July 20. His co-sponsor is Lisa Odom.

An advocate for community health for more than 35 years, Jay joined Jordan Valley Community Health Center in 2016 as vice president of administration after serving at Mercy Hospital for more than 30 years, most recently as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Jay’s education started with certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. He then graduated from St. John’s School of Respiratory Therapy and Missouri State University. Later he obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from MSU.

Jay has an impressive list of civic service including board secretary and treasurer of the Mid-America Transplant Foundation, Ozark Technical Community College Foundation, United Way of the Ozarks board, and Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce vice president of economic development, just to mention a few.

Active in the United Methodist Church, Jay has served as a lay leader, volunteer for international missions and conference pastoral support committee. Jay and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters.