Rotary Close to Ending Polio


End Polio

Polio is a terrible disease that is still threatening mainly children, particularly under the age of five. Great progress has been made so far, but the guard should not be lowered. As reported by the Rotary official web-site, fewer than 250 polio cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don’t stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus Program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication. In 1988, The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed, as a public-private partnership including Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Many Rotarians around the world have donated their time and personal resources to this project. Get involved!

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Rotarians Rock for Children’s Charities

Rock n Ribs


For a few Downtown Rotary members, the motto might just as well include “Service Above Sleep” as well as “Service Above Self.”

They’re the ones who pull all-nighters every year so that the club can compete in the annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival presented by the Rotary Clubs of Springfield Missouri. This year, Thomas Runion will be Downtown Rotary’s chief barbeque cook for the festival taking place April 24-25 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

This will be the 16th year for Rock’n Ribs, which distributed more than $1.5 million to seven children’s charities in the Ozarks. The recipients of the annual festival proceeds are Big Brothers Big Sisters, Great Circle, Boy Scouts of America, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Harmony House, Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck, and the YMCA.

It takes thousands of volunteers to pull off the annual festival, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Downtown Rotary members join the cook team to set up and decorate the booth, pull pork, fill sample cups and pour on the sauce to serve the thousands who attend the festival in a smoky, sticky weekend of fun and support for kids across the Ozarks.

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Rotary Board Provides Club Leadership

Board MeetingThe Downtown Rotary Club of Springfield offers nine leadership opportunities for its members via its governing board of directors. The executive committee consists of:

  • Past President
  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Our board strives to be diverse in its membership including young and seasoned professionals that bring varied experiences and skills to their volunteer leadership role.

The board of directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:45 a.m. at Kentwood Hall.

The typical agenda will include approval of the meeting minutes and financials, approval of new and outgoing membership, and full committee reports.