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Welcome new member Sunni Nutt

Lori Barnes Miller introduced Sunni on Jan. 23.  Her co-sponsor is Bill Squires.

For the past four years, Sunni has been operations manager for Harmony House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, where she’s worked for seven years.  She supervises the shelter’s staff, manages its programs and policies, and oversees the administration of funds received from grants.

Sunni earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit and Civic Leadership at Drury University in 2019.  She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Missouri State University.

Sunni has lived in Springfield for 16 years.  She and her husband, Cody, live in the Grant Beach Neighborhood.  They have a terrier named Pluto and two cats named Prudence and Penny.  In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, road trips, yoga, and cooking.
 
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Welcome new member Travis Shaw

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced Travis on Jan. 9.  His cosponsor is Carol Embree.


Travis is in his third school year with the Springfield School District, where he is executive director of Operations.  He has worked in education for more than 20 years, including stints as superintendent of the Crane and Aurora school districts.


Travis earned a bachelor’s degree at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, a master’s degree at William Woods University of Fulton, and a doctorate at Lindenwood University in St. Louis.  He’s a past member of the Aurora Rotary Club and is a graduate of Leadership Springfield.


Travis and his wife, Amy, have two sons.
 
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Welcome new member Sam Blaine

Jon Taylor introduced Sam on Dec. 19.  His co-sponsor is Patrick Harrington.

Sam is sales manager for Atlas Security in Springfield, which his family started in 1962.  He started in 2001 as an alarm technician.  Now he's in charge of sales, marketing and hiring.  He's a member of the Business Exchange of Springfield.

Sam grew up in Springfield and graduated from Hillcrest High School.  At Drury University, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.  He and his wife of 20 years, Natalie, have four children: Drew, 19; Pete, 17; Emily, 15; and Lewis, 8.

Sam coaches his kids' club soccer teams and plays in a men's soccer league and tournaments.  He also volunteers with One Sole Purpose, Convoy of Hope, and PowerPacks, which provides food for students at Weller and McGregor elementary schools.

Sam says he tries to live by a saying of his father, Dr. Jim Blaine: "Always remember that a man is as only good as his word."
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Welcome new member Gregg Scholtens

Joe Page introduced Gregg on Dec. 19.  His co-sponsor is Brandon Dake.

Gregg is executive vice-president of Nabholz Construction, where he manages its Springfield and Southwest Missouri operations.  He's been with the company for 10 years and has been in Springfield  for about 18 months after moving here from Shawnee, Kansas.

Gregg started his career in construction at age 17 while working at his father's plumbing business.  It was there, he says, with a shovel in his hand, that he developed his strong work ethic and his appreciation for fine craftsmanship.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at John Brown University.

Gregg has worked in the construction industry for 22 years, including many projects in the health care and education fields in Georgia, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.  While in Springfield, he's been involved with construction projects at Wonders of Wildlife Museum and the Ozark Mill restoration and renovation.  He's a member of the American Institute of Constructors, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and Leadership Springfield Class 38.

Gregg is on the Facilities Committee of New Covenant Christian Academy, and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House, Light the Way Ministry, and Head for the Cure.   He and his wife, Nichole, have two children.



 
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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.

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 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. 
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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.
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Veterans

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. 

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.