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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 Ludke
Board Members:
Harry Mitchell
Bonnie Styles
Karen Schainker
Home Page Stories
Tom and Karen Paisley Presented
With Community Service Paul Harris Fellowships
On February 20th Tom and Karen Paisley were recipients of our 2017 Community Service  Paul Harris Fellowships.   For 25 years, the Paisleys have supported the Rotary Citrus Campaign which raises money for local charities.  Use of the Underfanger Warehouse has enabled our club to raise over $650,000 which supports at-risk Springfield families.  The Paisley's are a tremendous asset to our community and clearly represent the very best of Rotary ideals.
Every year they generously open the Underfanger Moving and Storage warehouse for our Rotary Citrus Delivery Dock.  This includes the free use of their warehouse, dock, office space, unloading and organization of tons of fruit.  Kevin Johnson of their staff has been a vital key to efficient  distribution operations of fruit to our customers.  The generosity in hosting our club has been a valuable gift to our fund raising program.
They have always greeted us with kindness and respect and we are pleased to recognized them for their continued support to our community.
Evelyn Brandt Thomas Recognized as a Community Paul Harris Fellow
During our holiday party your Rotary Club honored Evelyn Brandt Thomas as our 2016 Community Paul Harris Fellow. Evelyn Brandt Thomas' selection recognizes her outstanding contributions as a businesswoman, philanthropist, and community leader. The selection committee noted that “Evelyn’s dedication to community service demonstrates a shared purpose with Rotary.”
Evelyn and her brother Glen started the family business over 60 years ago and developed it into Brandt Consolidated, Inc., a thriving agri-business that has helped family farmers across the world incorporate new technologies.  She has shared her successful business strategies and inspired many young women and men in our community and beyond. She is a community leader who has made numerous contributions to educational, civic, and nonprofit organizations, including universities, 4-H Clubs, the Illinois Women’s Symphony Guild, Illinois Agri-women, Women in Leadership, Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois, Lion’s Club, Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Illinois State Museum Society, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and Memorial Medical Center Foundation. She has been honored as the State Journal-Register’s First Citizen, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals’ Outstanding Philanthropist, Illinois Agri-Women’s Outstanding Woman in Agriculture, and received an honorary doctorate from University of Illinois Springfield. 
Our Club made a donation of $1000 in her name to The Rotary International Foundation to name her as a Paul Harris Fellow. For twenty years we honored an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the community. The presentation was made at our annual holiday dinner on Monday, December 19, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Rod Buffington recognized her achievements and presented her with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate. President Karen Schainker and Selection Committee Chair Bonnie Styles presented her with her Paul Harris Fellow pin and medallion. 
This recognition is named for Paul Harris, the Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary International in 1905. Rotarians across the country have established the tradition of supporting the Rotary Foundation by honoring others.  Many notable individuals have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including Mother Teresa, entertainer Pearl Bailey, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Dr.  Jonas Salk.  Karen Schainker, President of the Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown), commented “We are honored to add Evelyn Brandt Thomas to this prestigious list.”
Salvation Army's Christmas Castle Program
Our Rotary Club sponsored this year’s Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle event in Springfield. We received a $1000 grant from Rotary District 6460 and contributed an additional $1000 from our club foundation.
Rotary Club President Karen Schainker presented Salvation Army Captains Joshua and Rhegan Stansbury with a check for $2,000 to purchase more food certificates for the low income families and seniors who signed up for the event.  With the Rotary Club’s contribution, the Salvation Army distributed $6000 instead of $4000 in food gift certificates.  Families will use the certificates to purchase nutritious food for their holiday meals.
Our Club also provided 25 volunteers for the event, which was held in the Salvation Army’s new headquarters in the former Gold’s Gym Building. From December 12-16, Club members and their families helped sort donated toys and clothing for Angel Tree gifts for 493 children and organized other contributed items in preparation for the event.
At the Christmas Castle program on December 20—21, our volunteers helped families chose a game, pick up the Angel Tree gifts, and select stocking stuffers and coats for their children, and Captain Rhegan Stansbury distributed the food gift certificates. The 98.5 hours of labor contributed by our volunteers helped make the 2016 Christmas Castle event a great success.
Club members found the work to be rewarding. Families receiving the gifts and Captain Rhegan and other Salvation Army staff and volunteers thanked us for our help. 
Congratulations to our own Rotarian Robert Moore
At their December 14 meeting, the Board of Directors of Network Knowledge (WSEC-WQEC-WMEC) presented
their Special Community Service and Programming Recognition Award to Robert Moore, Retired US Marshall “for tireless work in search of justice and creating community connections.” The award recognized Bob's introduction of the video on the “Ten Rules for Dealing with Police” to the Network Knowledge viewing area and promoting its use.
Bob had been invited to speak to Network Knowledge Board members from across the viewing area at the meeting, but the presentation of the award plaque was a surprise. In a note to our Club President Karen Schainker, Bob thanked the numerous Rotarians who took part in producing the community segment of the video, those who served as panelists, and those who attended numerous presentations at different venues. He graciously commented that he “accepted the award on behalf of all of Rotarians".
Greetings Downtown Rotary, 
On behalf of the UIS Rotaract Club, I would like to thank you for your donation to our UIS Cares food pantry. Because of your generous donation, we were able to provide food items to 39 students on Thursday, November 17, 2016. We serviced 22 more students than last month! We cannot thank you enough for your very kind donation to UIS Cares. Your collective commitment to community service is incredibly helpful and your support means so much to UIS, especially the students.
Thank you again for your continued dedication to UIS. We all appreciate you. I have attached pictures of the pantry before and after serving the students. 

With Kind Regards,​
Malayzja D. Anderson B.A.
World History Masters Candidate
Graduate Assistant Diversity Center
University of Illinois/Springfield

Downtown Rotary Receives Presidential Citation

Past District Governor Steve Hopper presents the 2015-16 Rotary International Presidential Award to Bonnie Styles in recognition of club completion of specific goals in all Avenues of Service and membership development. This award was only two clubs in District 6460 received this prestigious award.  
While, this award recognizes clubs within District 6460, the accomplishment is really recognition for President Bonnie's success in providing a full array of "Service Above Self" during her term in office.  We should all congratulate Bonnie on her achievement.
Bonnie Styles was also honored with Rotary International's Club Builder Award for 2016-16 in recognition of her member recruitment, Rotary training, vocational service and participation in district meetings.  We are proud of our Bonnie!

Welcome New Rotary Leaders

On July 11, the Rotary Club of Springfield welcomed Karen Schainker as the 2016-2017 Club President. She introduced the new Board of Directors and Committee Chairs (see list to left on our Website Home Page).  On August 8, Tony Williams the new District Governor for District 6460, met with our Board of Directors and addressed the Club.  President Karen and the Leadership Team reviewed our Club’s accomplishments over the last year and our goals for the coming year with District Governor Tony and the Club.  The goals established through our productive visioning process will continue to drive our actions. Karen challenged all members to “Get involved” with our rich suite of service projects and other activities.

Congratulations Rod Buffington

Rod Buffington, long time member of the Rotary Club of Springfield, has been presented with the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self award.  Only 150 of Rotary's 1.3 million members can receive this award in a given year.  Rod was recognized for his consistent efforts on behalf of Rotary projects that have helped many people in Central Illinois and elsewhere.   Pictured here presenting the award are Greg Yank, Rotary International Director Elect, Rod Buffington, Rosemary Buffington, District Governor Steve Hopper and Past Rotary International Director Bob Stuart.

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
Larry Golden
Feb 27, 2017
INC Project
Carole Andrew
Mar 06, 2017
Rotary School
David Mitchell
Mar 13, 2017
"River of Life" - New piano arrangements of four American Spirituals by our own David Mitchell
Harvey Koplo
Mar 20, 2017
Professor Tikphen Ting
Mar 27, 2017
Osprey Resh - UIS
Roger Leach
May 01, 2017
Agriculture Today
Vern Lagesse
May 08, 2017
Nipper Wildlife
Amanda Brett
May 15, 2017
John Slaton
May 22, 2017
Illinois State Fairgrounds