Sarge takes charge

President Patrick Harrington introduced his sergeant-at-arms for 2019 - '20 at our meeting on July  18.  He's Past President Bob Hammerschmidt.  He comes with a high rate of interest in our club, which means we can bank on some good times, so make sure you account for the accomplishments of yourself and others this year. (Photos by Dan Emrie)

Snake you very much

Jason Brown had a chance to meet one of the residents of Dickerson Park Zoo on July 18.  Judge for yourself whether the snake or Jason is warier of the other. (Photos by Dan Emrie)

2019 Shrimp Feed

ur annual club assembly on July 11 was a great event and provided a lot of feedback on club operations for this year's officers.  President Patrick Harrington hosted the Shrimp Feed, which was prepared and served by new members under the direction of some experienced members.

Annual recognition and installation banquet

ur club celebrated its successes in the 2018-'19 Rotary year, honored the Volunteer of the Year, thanked its leaders for the past  year, and installed its 2019-'20 leaders at our annual Recognition Lunch on June 20.

Tammy Mast presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Mark McNay.   Bill also honored our club's executive secretary, Kim Pittman, and assistant executive secretary, Linden Mueller.

Past Assistant District Governor and Past President Brad Bodenhausen installed our new officers.

The event then included the ceremonial passing of the gavel from our club's first president, Sam Hamra (1967-68), down the line through subsequent presidents to our newest president, Patrick Harrington (2019-20).  Patrick thanked Bill Squires for his service this past year and gave special recognition to Bill's wife, who had to deal with his extra absences from home in the past year as he dealt with Rotary business.

Dan Emrie took these photos.
 

2019 Four-Way Test Award ceremony

Dan Emrie took these photos on May 23, 2019.  They show Four-Way Test Award winner Brandi O'Reilly, nominator Abby Akin (center), and Committee Chair Bob Hammerschmidt.

As all Rotarians know, we encourage high ethical standards in all professions and foster the ideal of service in all aspects of our lives.  We see these values well-articulated in “The Object of Rotary”, as well as our motto, “Service Above Self,” and, of course, “The Four-Way Test,” which we recite at each meeting.

The Springfield Southeast Rotary Club’s Four-way Test Committee chose to present the 2019 Four-Way Test Award to Brandi O’Reilly, founder and board president of Dynamic Strides Therapy, for demonstrating the fundamental ideals of Rotary through high ethical business standards and service to others in her professional, community and personal life.

Dynamic Strides Therapy lets children with special needs experience the therapeutic benefits of equine movement, a unique sensory gym and the compassionate support of skilled, certified therapists.

Nominator Abby Akin states in the nomination form, “Brandi volunteers full time without pay. She puts the needs of these kids above everything else.  Brandi chose to put her own time, money and work into this place because she saw kids who were not able to get help they   needed . . . and felt it was unfair.”

The thing that really impressed us about Dynamic Strides is that it takes people in order, without regard of ability to pay.  With a waiting list of more than 120 kids, she could easily fill the slots with private pay or Medicaid patients but made the conscious decision to take everyone.

The Four-Way Test Committee is chaired by Bob Hammerschmidt.  The other committee members are Bonnie Keller, Dan Emrie, Danny Correll and Vocational Lane Director Lisa Odom.

 

Legacy member

Springfield Southeast Rotarians Dan Emrie, Deryk Morelock, Wayne Morelock, and President Bill Squires celebrate Deryk's introduction into the club on Feb. 28, 2019.  Dan sponsored Wayne as a new club member in 1988 and co-sponsored Deryk, Wayne's son, in 2019.

Olympic medalist

Carmelita Jeter, an American sprinter who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Olympic Games in London in 2012, spoke at our club meeting on Feb. 28, 2019.  Afterwards, she stuck around for photos with club members and guests. (Photos by Dan Emrie)