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Welcome new member Angela Delahoussaye

Ken Williams introduced her on April 1.  Her cosponsor is Lori Barnes Miller.

Angela is a native of Lafayette, La.  She moved here in July 2020 after marrying Ken.

She has been a banker for more than 27 years, working at banks in Lafayette; Hattiesburg, Miss.; and Alexandria, La.  She is a Retail Banking Group manager at Guaranty Bank, where she oversees five banking centers.  Her office is in Farmers Park on East Republic Road.

Angela has been a Rotarian for more than 17 years, and met her husband at a Rotary meeting.  She was in the Lafayette Rotary Club and the Alexandria Rotary Club, of which she is a past president.  She also is a Paul Harris Fellow.

She has been an active volunteer with other groups, including as president of the River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria and a member of the Resource Development Cabinet of United Way of Central Louisiana.

Angela has a bachelor’s degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, making her a Ragin Cajun.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is an avid runner.
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Welcome new and former member Cliff Davis

Jim Towery introduced Cliff on March 25.  His co-sponsor is Bob Beine.

Cliff is president of Ozarks Technical Community College's Richwood Valley Campus and OTC system vice chancellor.  He has been an administrator for OTC since 2004.  He previously was president of the OTC Table Rock Campus and vice chancellor for Advancement, Student Affairs, and Strategic Planning, while also serving as Executive Director of the OTC Foundation.

Before OTC, Cliff was assistant to the president and assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs at Missouri State University.  He has taught undergraduate classes in communication and marketing at both MSU and Drury University and masters- and doctoral-level courses in higher education administration for Lindenwood University.

In 2014 – 2015, Cliff was chair of the Presidents and Chancellors Council for the Missouri Community College Association. He was appointed by the Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education to assist in developing the new coordinated plan for higher education in Missouri.

Cliff is on the CoxHealth System Advisory Board and previously was on the Branson Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.  He also worked with the Taney County Economic Development Partnership.  He now helps Show-Me Christian County Economic Development.

He has a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Lindenwood University.  His dissertation research is on the changing community college presidency.  He also has a Master of Arts in Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).

Cliff was a member of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club for about 10 years before he was president of the Table Rock Campus.    He's a native of Richland and lives in south Springfield.

Welcome new member Royce Reding

Noah Alldredge introduced Royce on Jan. 28.  His co-sponsor is Brian McDonough.

Royce is a co-founder of Nevont, a company in Springfield that develops and administers companies’ employee benefit programs.  Nevont started in 2018.

Royce attended William Jewell College in Liberty on a debate scholarship and earned a BS in political science.  His college debate team was nationally ranked.

Royce has worked on local, state and federal election campaigns.  He worked for U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R – Mo. 7th District, for eight years, including as Long’s district director and election campaign director.  He learned a lot about the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), as well as about about regulatory compliance issues that businesses face.

In December, Springfield Business Journal named Royce one of its 40 Under 40 honorees for 2021.
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Five organizations receive Community Grants

The Springfield Southeast Rotary Club’s Community Grants Committee awarded $1,000 grants to five organizations in the fall of 2020.  This is the first of two grant cycles in this Rotary year.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks thanked the club on Nov. 5 for its grant for its mentoring/youth development program called Mentor SFG.   Mentor SFG is a broad program that positively impacts students in grades K-12, with an emphasis on students of color and those that face an opportunity gap.   It facilitates these opportunities through after-school clubs with an emphasis on college and career readiness, and more.

The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools received its grant on Nov. 12.  The funds are for its Back to School program, which helps meet classroom education needs.  These funds will support literacy projects requested by educators.

Club member Jason Hynson, executive director of Springfield Victory Mission, told the club on Nov. 19 (photo at right) that its grant will cover part of the cost of a bed bug prevention heating unit.  He also talked about Victory Mission’s extra costs during the pandemic from doing more laundry of bed clothes in its living units.

A representative of CoxHealth Foundation was at the meeting on Dec. 5 to accept its grant, which will buy tools for Amanda Belle’s Farm, a new farm being created at Cox South Hospital that will increase access to healthy food. The farm will grow a variety of seasonal produce to benefit patients with dietary needs.

OATS Transit was awarded the fifth grant, which will help fund senior transportation services.  That agency specializes in transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income individuals, veterans, and the rural general public.

Community Grants in the second cycle of this Rotary year will be awarded in the spring.  The funds come from club members’ dues.  Steve Brooks chairs the committee this year.
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What "Rotary" Really Means

Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast 2017-'18 President Lori Barnes and 2018-'19 President Bill Squires discuss what people should know about Rotary and why it matters.