Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment reaches milestone

Our club celebrated the culmination of 8 years of work on May 16.  Rick Van Pelt, Steve Rice & Gary Whitaker outlined the journey creating and increasing the funds in The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment.

Van Pelt seized on the idea of creating an endowment fund about 10 years ago when he attended a meeting of leaders of large Rotary Clubs.  Many of the clubs already had endowment funds that allowed them to increase their contributions to local charities and projects.  Two years later, the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment was created.

A volunteer Board of Directors manages and promotes the endowment.  Steve Rice is the current chair of the board.  Its bylaws stipulated no earnings from the fund would be used until the principal reached $500,000.  Through a Founders Club drive, a Give 100 Drive, bequests and other donations, the annual Golf'toberfest, and an annual raffle of a vacation package, the fund has grown steadily.

The Endowment now stands at $550,000, which will enable the board to start distributing funds (approximately $18,000 next year).  The annual distributions will be added to the $10,000 that the club budgets each year from members' dues for Community Grants.   Steve Brooks, a past chair of the Community Grants Committee, said the funds will eliminate some of the hard choices that the committee has to make each year from the many worthy applications that it receives.

The club celebrated the milestone with champagne, "hand clappers," noise makers and roaring applause. All Springfield Southeast Rotarians who have contributed to the Foundation were also recognized, in particular Bill McNeill for his stellar work leading the annual Golf'tober Tournament and the annual raffle for a vacation trip.

Springfield Southeast Endowment fund

In May 2016, the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast established The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment, Inc.   It's a separate 501(c)(3) entity with a Board comprised of nine members to aid, secure, enhance, and expand our charitable giving.

The Southeast Endowment generates funds in perpetuity to address issues in Springfield and the surrounding community, including poverty, children, child abuse, housing, hunger, health, hygiene, education, and safety, plus Rotary's six areas of focus.

The Endowment accepts cash donations and also established the Sam and June Hamra Heritage Society for the purpose of accepting planned giving gifts, including insurance gifts, annuities, and bequests from wills or trusts.  You can also ask loved ones to designate the Rotary club of Springfield Southeast Endowment, Inc., as the recipient of memorials. The Hamras pledged $100,000 from their estate to this Heritage Society.

The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Endowment, Inc. is a way to permanently secure our charitable giving and service to Springfield and the surrounding community and to individuals in need.  This is truly an important part of Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast and lets us positively influence people's lives, especially in our community and region.

Donations may be sent to the office of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, 4730 S. National Ave., Bldg. A1, Springfield, MO 65810.

Designated Funds: Donations also may be made to particular authorized projects, and the funds will be used as specified.

There are many ways to give to the Endowment
  • Cash pledges or contributions
  • Gifts by bequest
  • Gifts through life insurance
  • Gifts through charitable remainder trusts
  • Gifts through charitable gift annuities
  • Gifts through charitable lead trusts
  • Stock donations
  • Tax-free rollover of qualified plans
  • Memorial and commemorative gifts

To contact us, email: or phone: 417-886-8606