Springfield Rotary Club

Tuskegee Airmen
Oct 23, 2017
Lt. Col. (ret) Harold Brown
Crayons to Classrooms
Oct 30, 2017
Steve Rubenstein
Arts in Education
Nov 06, 2017
Cadence Musical Group
Artists from the Hatch
Nov 13, 2017
Kelley Booze and Gary Blevins
Wittenberg Update from the President
Nov 20, 2017
Dr. Micheal Frandsen
Rocking Horse Dental Services
Nov 27, 2017
Kent Youngman
Christmas Party Prep
Dec 04, 2017
Bonita Heeg and Pete Noonan
Annual Children with Disabilities Chirstmas Party
Dec 11, 2017
At Wittenberg University
Holiday Program
Dec 18, 2017
SAC Youth Arts Ambassadors
Dec 25, 2017
Jan 01, 2018
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275 S. Limestone Avenue
Springfield, OH  45506
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This month's After Hours event will be held at Seasons Bistro on Wednesday, October 18th at 4:30pm.  Guests are encouraged, as this is the perfect time to share Rotary with others. 
The cost is $5 at the door.  Please RSVP to Leigh Anne at info@rotary98.org.  Remember you will receive a meeting make-up credit for attending the After Hours event.
Monica Piper (Mini) is a proud native of Springfield, OH. She graduated from Springfield Catholic Central High School in 1987. She then received her BA in Psychology from Cornell University in 1991. After working in Columbus for two years in finance, she attended Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and received her MBA in 1995. She then moved to Chicago and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC as a consultant for seven years.

During this time in Chicago, Mini met her husband Jeff at PricewaterhouseCoopers. They had their first son, Shawn, on January 1, 2003. When Shawn was around 2, he was diagnosed with autism. He started ABA therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis) which truly helped him learn, communicate, and blossom. Mini then decided to go back to school and obtain her degree in ABA. She received her MA in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2011. She is now a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Mini also works with her son Shawn on his blossoming musical career! Shawn sings in perfect pitch, and has started performing at various events. Shawn always responded to music, even as an infant. He always preferred music toys, and he still does. After Shawn was diagnosed with autism he started all kinds of therapies including ABA (applied behavior analysis), speech therapy, occupational therapy, and music therapy. Through ABA and his other therapies, Shawn was able to learn academics, communicate better, and increase his attention and focus. His first music therapist noticed that Shawn hummed in perfect pitch. Since then, every music therapist that he worked with noticed the same thing – he sang in perfect pitch.

In 2016, Shawn’s love of music blossomed into performing in front of crowds. In his first performance, he sang Fight Song at his middle school talent show in front of around 500 people. He was relaxed and comfortable on stage, and just enjoyed singing. He received a standing ovation. After that performance, he got an opportunity to sing at a charity event for Music Movement – a non-profit organization that provides music programs for kids with special needs across the country. He sang Fight Song and he also sang Vertigo (by U2) with Billy Dawson, an up-and-coming country singer. Billy and Music Movement were so impressed by Shawn’s abilities that they flew him to Nashville to record Vertigo in a professional studio. 

Mini has developed a passion to spread the message that kids with special needs have a lot of talents and gifts that they can share with the rest of the world. She wants Shawn to be a beacon of hope to families of kids with special needs.



Our speaker for October 23, 2017 will be Retired Lt. Col. Harold Brown and Marsha Stanfield Bordner with the topic: Keep Your Airspeed Up- The Story of a Tuskegee Airman. Harold Brown grew up in Minneapolis and went through flight training at Tuskegee Institute in the early 1940’s.  He became part of the group now known as the Tuskegee Airmen.  The persistence and courage of these men in flight led to the desegregation of the military—a necessary first step in our country’s move to integration in the country’s laws and society.   Harold came home from World War II and served in the Strategic Air Command before earning his Ph.D. and serving as an administrator at what is now Columbus State Community College in Ohio.

Marsha Stanfield Bordner has always felt a passion for language—from getting a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, to serving as a faculty member at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, to becoming a college president at Terra State Community College.  Most recently, she has put those skills to work in writing her husband’s story as a black man growing up in America, as one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, and as a college administrator.  "Keep Your Air Speed Up" is being published by the University of Alabama Press and became available in August of 2017.  Signed copies of the book will be available before the start of our meeting. 





October 23

Invocation- G. Morris

Fellowship- S. Neely

50/50 Tickets- S. Dhingra

Greeters- B. Dixon, K. Ehman, W. Hallmark, W. Kobler


October 30

Invocation- R. Schmunk

Fellowship- S. Moody

50/50 Tickets- M. Foley

Greeters- V. Richards, D. Ericksen, C. Widener, J. Curtis









The men and women of the Rotary Club of Springfield, Ohio are business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and resources to help others in their local community and throughout the world.
Rotary is an international service organization of business and professional men and women. Founded in 1905, Rotary was the world's first service organization. Today, Rotary has more than 30,000 clubs in over 160 countries around the world.
The Rotary Club of Springfield, Ohio is guided by Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" and Rotary's Four-Way Test:

* Is it the truth?

* Is it fair to all concerned?

* Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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P. O. Box 608
Springfield, Ohio 45501--0608
Phone: 937-322-3050
E-mail: info@rotary98.org 
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P.O. Box 608
Springfield, Ohio 45501-0608
Phone: 937-390-8760
E:mail: bonita@rotary98.org
629 East High Street
Springfield, Ohio 45505