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Club Officers & Directors

Past President/Director
Vice President/President Elect
Club Service-Director
Community & Vocational Service-Director
International Service-Director
New Generations-Director
Director at Large
Director at Large
Sergeant at Arms
Springfield Rotary Foundation Directors
Joe Ludtke
Board Members:
Harry Mitchell
Bonnie Styles
David Stake
Welcome to the Downtown Rotary Club

Welcome to our club

Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

We meet at Maldaner's Upstairs on Mondays at 5:00pm.  Guests are welcome, please contact our Program Director for details.


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  Subscribe for Rotary Flag Service Today
Displaying our Country’s flag is affordable, easy and automatic when a person enrolls their home, business or neighborhood association in the Rotary Flag Service program. The Rotary Club of Springfield initiated this rewarding project in 2016. All proceeds allow us to support many important local, national and international projects. The Springfield Rotary Club will come to your designated location and place a pole holder in the ground, properly positioned on your property. All installations are coordinated with JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators). An American Flag, along with a solar light, will be placed prior to each scheduled holiday. Subscribe today, and please encourage your friends, neighbors, and local businesses to subscribe as well. The annual subscription includes the following:
  • The flag and light will be installed before and picked up shortly after each of the Flag Holidays.
  • The flags are stored and refurbished when necessary.
  • Here is the 2017 schedule:
    • May & June: The flag is placed at your home or business prior to Memorial Day - May 29. It will remain in place through Flag Day - June 14 and will be picked up shortly after that.
    • July: The flag is placed prior to July 4 and picked up shortly after the holiday 
    • September: The flag is placed prior to Labor Day September 4 and remains in place through September 11. It is picked up shortly thereafter.
All of this service comes for an annual fee of only $50.00. Proceeds from this program are used to support our wide range of projects and grants with an emphasis on those that deal with hunger and literacy. The easiest way to subscribe is to click on this link: Then click on the menu item Order Form and fill out your information. This link also provides information regarding some of the many projects Rotary has helped fund in the past.

Our Own Rod Buffington's Baseball Success Story
On May 13, thousands of Rotarians and friends traveled to cheer for the Cardinals or/and Cubs. More than a game, this event was started by Rod Buffington as a way to utilize good fellowship and a legendary rivalry to earn some money for literacy projects within Rotary District 6460. That was well over $300,000 ago. All of this thanks to one Rotarian with a commitment to baseball...and service above self.
Arriving at the stadium, we were all welcomed by a hearty wave from Rod and his friend Fred. Rosemary waved back with a Cub fan - Downtown Rotary has loyalty to the game and not the teams.
Hi Rosemary!!                                     Hi Rod and Fred!!
Downtown Rotary has an Opportunity for International Service
Our Rotary Club’s Board has endorsed an international clean water project in Central America, most likely in El Salvador.  Club members, their spouses or others can join a hands-on work-service team for a one week trip to assist in the drilling of our well, piping clean water, providing sanitary education, and dedicating the plaque for the well.  Work opportunities are available for all adult ages, so no-one is too old to go.
Tentative Dates are November 12-18 or December 10-16.  We need at least 5 members on our team and can have as many as 12.  To date, four individuals have expressed interest in going, so we need additional folks to join the team.
El Salvador is a small country the size of Massachusetts with a population of over 6 million.  Over 400,000 individuals living in rural areas of El Salvador are without running water.  Only half of the sewage in the country is processed and environmental regulations are nearly non-existent, so our help is needed in providing clean water.
Our club is partnering with Living Water International on the project and for a tax deductible fee of $1950 you will be provided with airfare, lodging, transportation, food, interpreters, health information and security for the trip.  We will stay in hotels near the well project.
See Ross Hodel or Bill Kempiners if you are interested in this service opportunity.
April 2017
David Fowler's Computer Banc makes a SPLASH in the District Newsletter
September 2016
District 6460 Scholarship in Memory of our own Bill Menghini

Meeting Information

Downtown Rotary
Mondays 5:30 - 7pm
Business Meeting
at 6:00pm
Maldaner's Restaurant
222 South 6th St. 
at Capitol Avenue
2nd floor
Special Tour of The Hoogland
Jun 05, 2017
Tour follows dinner at Maldaners
Amanda Brett
Jun 12, 2017
Hope School