Rotary Club of Springfield, Illinois
Service Above Self

Club Executives & Directors

VP & President Elect
Community Service Director
International Service Director
Vocational Service Director
New Generations Service Director
Past President/Director
Sergeant of Arms
Membership Chairperson
Fellowship Committee Chairperson
Springfield Rotary Foundation Chairperson



Club Information

The Rotary Club of Springfield, Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . Phone 217 566-4326


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 05:30 PM
Maldaner's Restaurant - Upstairs
222 S. 6th St.
2nd Floor
Springfield, IL  62701
United States
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Downtown Rotarians raised nearly $1,000 toward the eradication of polio after testing their luck and skill during the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The club raised nearly $1,000 to be matched by twice that amount from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Congratulations to the winners:  Sheila Mack drew UConn in the round of 68 and Dave Parsons, drew Kentucky.  In the field of 16, Vicki Megginson and Joe Ludke each drew UConn.  For the final four, Randy Erford's team of Academic Ineligibles defeated Vicki Megginson's Divas Are Us by correctly picking UConn.  Bill Smith and Bill Sturm, who ran the program, thank all those who have participated in this years contest generating nearly $3,000.

Dr. John Martin, UIS Professor of Astronomy and Physics, spoke to Rotary on April 7.  Dr. Martin discussed a three year National Science Foundation grant-funded project relating to the life-times of massive bright stars, or more specifically, super-nova and supernova imposters, stars hundreds of times larger than our own sun. Professor Martin will collaborate with researchers at the University of Minnesota to observe and model the stages of some of the most massive stars in the universe.  Dr Martin also reviewed the schedule for the upcoming Friday night star parties at UIS in April, Sept. and October and the history of the star parties. 

On Monday, March 31st, Stuart Shiffman, a retired Judge, talked to our Club about works of fiction that has the legal profession as a centerpiece. Stuart talked about the top ten works of fiction that he has read and why they were chosen. John Grisham is predominant among the authors that belong to this illustrious group and his works were discussed extensively. 

 If you gave the Springfield Rotary Foundation $250 or more in 2013 and
wish to take a federal tax deduction in 2013 for that gift, you must
have a letter setting forth your donations for the year in your
possession prior to filing your return. If you do not, getting the
letter later will not help as the deduction is lost if you do not have
the actual letter in hand when you file.

If you gave the Springfield Rotary Foundation less that a total of
$250 in 2013, your canceled checks or charge card statements are
sufficient for the deduction.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our planning session on February 21st .  And thanks again to Bonnie for allowing us to meet at the  Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center.  It was a great facility.

Our discussions led to us reaching agreement on several topics and identified several others that require some research and further consideration.  Based upon my notes, I developed the attached minutes.   We covered a lot of ground .  I ask that each of you thoroughly review the notes that are attached. 

Also, please keep in mind that we have begun a strategic planning process in order to provide our club direction over the next five years.  There are many issues that will be addressed as part of that plan that cannot be tackled within one Rotary Year.

I believe we are off to a great start.  I look forward to working with all of you.





   On Thursday. April 3rd. Several Rotarians volunteered at the Central Illinois Foodbank. Randy Erford, Harry Mitchell. Norm Meggison and Joe O'Beirne spent two hours organizing the various food products that are used by the various food pantries that serve the area.


The latest District Newsletter is attached and the link to the district web site is also enclosed to view previous District Newsletters. You can get information about Rotary Days at the Ball Park at the District Site.


President Joe wants all members to know that there is a new member proposal form on the Club web site and you can get there by going to edit download files in the administrative page of the web site. If anyone wants a Word document of the form (maybe easier to fill out using the computer) or a hard copy of the form, have them give Joe a call.

Here is a copy of the correspondence I received regarding how to access the e-club makeup feature at


Springfield Midtown- Inn at 835 (835 S 2nd St) at 11:45am, Tuesday

Springfield Sunrise- Hoogland Center for the Arts (420 South 6th St) at 7:00am, Wednesday

Springfield South- Centrum Cafe (1370 Toronto Road) at Noon, Thursday

Springfield West- Brickhouse Pub and Grill (3136 W Iles) at Noon, Wednesday




President David wants to remind all club members that make up slips need to be in writing for you to get proper credit for your make ups. Please make sure that you get a slip from the club that you are making up and give that slip to Jan Nelle when you come back to our club. Thank You.


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