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Table of Contents


Membership Directory Springfield Cares members listing


Big Brothers Big Sisters Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. William H. Darr


These Guys are SSSSSSSSSSMOKIN’! by Sharna Rittmaster

Advertising Directory Springfield Cares advertisers

10 Children’s Miracle Network


Sponsored by CoxHealth

12 Ambassadors for Children Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. William H. Darr

13 American Cancer Society Relay for Life

14 Victim Center Breakfast of Hope

15 Youth of the Ozarks YOTO Thrift Store

16 The Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet! Humane Society of Southwest Missouri

17 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


Man and Woman of the Year

18 Connecting Our Community Springfield CARES 2-Year Anniversary

20 Calendar of Events Charity Events for May

21 GYNCA Tee Up Fore Teal Inaugural Event

23 Lost & Found 3rd Annual Memorial Balloon Release and 5K

24 Not Too Fast...Preliminary Steps to Strategic Planning Center for Non Profit Communication

29 Sertoma Gives Back Springfield Sertoma Club


30 Rock ’N Ribs The Rotary Clubs of Springfield, MO

33 Games Sponsored by Service Noodle

34 There Can Never Be Too Many People To Love a Child LFCS


advisory panel

Amy Michael Publisher

Gerry Catapang PT, DPT Ken Childers Peter Edwards CIA Rebbecca Fenton COTA/L Jeff Gossman Becky Overend Sharna Rittmaster Beverly Roberts Chris Shaefer Ross Stoops Mary Valloni

Phil Dellasega Creative Director Cara Trask Editor


Michelle DeWitt Graphic Design/ Web Maintenance

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Springfield Springfiel ld CARES would like lik ke to thank all the advertisers a for the March issue. If you are e interested in adverting adve erting with us please plea ase email our sales department at sales@g 4

Membership Directory Springfield CARES would like to introduce the following Members of the magazine. Members must have non-profit status and provide services to our community. If you are interested in becoming a member, please give us a call for more information! Ambassadors For Children 627 N Glenstone Ave Springfield, MO. 65802 417-862-3586 ext. 236

1111 S Glenstone Ave Springfield, MO. 65804 417-864-6202

American Cancer Society (ACS) 3322 S Campbell Ave # G Springfield, MO. 65807 417-881-4668

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) 3372 W Battlefield St Springfield, MO. 65807 417-889-9136

Female Leaders in Philanthropy (FLiP) 320 N Jefferson Ave Springfield, MO. 65806 417-863-7700

Good Samaritan Boys Ranch

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO)

242 E Norton Rd Springfield, MO. 65803 417-864-6698

GYN Cancers Alliance (GYNCA)

330 N Jefferson Ave Springfield, MO. 65806 417-862-3838

3023 South Fort, Suite B Springfield, MO 65807 417-869-2220

Bridges for Youth

The Humane Society

1039 W Nichols Springfield, MO. 65802 417-864-4167

3161 W Norton Rd Springfield, MO. 65803 417-833-2526

Children’s Miracle Network 3525 S National Ave Suite 203 Springfield, MO 65807 417-269-5437

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Killuminati Foundation

March of Dimes 1722 S Glenstone W110 Springfield, MO 65804 417-889-9397

Pregnancy Care Center 1342 East Primrose Street Springfield, MO 65804-4224

United Way of the Ozarks 320 N Jefferson Ave Springfield, MO. 65806 417-863-7700

The Victim Center 819 N Boonville Ave Springfield, MO. 65802 417-863-7273

Women Connect 4 Good The following persons or businesses have sponsored our members: Women Speak, William H Darr, Tom Slaight, ANPAC, Elliot & Robinson, Southwestern Womens Health, dvLaRue Design and Development

Lost & Found Grief Center 1006 N Cedarbrook Ave Springfield, MO. 65802 417-865-9998

Mission: Springfield CARES and provide online and print media to the public to create awareness of charitable giving and healthy living in the area as well as give acknowledgment to local businesses that give back to our community. It is our goal to promote local business, provide information and savings to consumers and support the work of the charities where we live. 5



2012 BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank

March brought the 27th Annual

all the bowlers, sponsors, volunteers, and bowling alleys who participated in the

Bowl For Kids’ Sake presented by

2012 Bowl for Kids’ Sake! Without you, the

Fox KRBK to Springfield. Bowl For

event would not have been as fun, and Bowl

Kids’ Sake is a nationwide Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser that allows people from all walks of life to start

For Kids’ Sake would not have been such a success. Through everyone’s efforts, $111,414.58 was raised for children in the Ozarks! The funds raised from this event will

something for a child. On March 8th,

help Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

10th, 11th, and 24th, teams of

continue to provide children facing adver-

friends, family, and co-workers came

sity with strong and enduring, profession-

together to help raise money for children in the Ozarks. Over the course of those 4 days, exactly 1,000 locals attended 11 different bowl-

ally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks or Bowl For Kids’ Sake, visit or call 417.889.9136.

ing sessions held at Lighthouse Lanes, Battlefield Lanes, and Century Lanes. Sponsor | Mr. & Mrs. William H. Darr



Sponsor | Dr. Nancy O’Reilly PsD

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THESE GUYS ARE By Sharna Rittmaster

If you have never attended a BBQ contest then you have missed out on a lot of fun and a lot of good food. I just attended the annual charity Smokin’ On Big Creek BBQ contest organized by Jeff Stith and Stan Hays, where I had time to walk from BBQ station to station and watch these expert cooks at work. These are professional BBQ cooks who travel around the country smoking their meats for trophies, prize money and most importantly the prestige of outdoing their competition. As I walked through the grounds, I couldn’t help but notice the laughter and goodwill between these competitors, but there is an underlying current of seriousness. These guys and gals know what they are doing. Each group has their unique techniques and “super secrets”. I dared to ask one for his rub recipe and got laughed at like I just told the best joke in the world! These teams compete in smoking briskets, ribs, chicken and pork butts. They are judged by professional judges and have a competition for Peoples Choice, where I could taste the food and judge, which I thought, was best. I have no idea how the judges could decide because everything I tasted was just delicious. There is a more serious side to these smoking experts and that was evident as I saw banners on some of the trailers and trucks that advertised their membership in OBR, which is Operation BBQ Relief. As you remember back in May 2011, Joplin was hit hard with tornadoes that devastated most of the town. Stan Hays, Jeff Stith and Will Cleaver, who are all BBQ cooks, decided to call some of their competitive team friends. With help from some sponsors they all went down to Joplin and set up cooking stations to feed all the displaced families and first responders. In the two weeks they were there, they served over 120,000 meals. The success in Joplin was so immeasurable and life changing for everyone involved, these men decided to form a non-profit disaster relief organization called Operation BBQ Relief.

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upcoming events Price Cutter Charity Championship

Mother’s Day Craft Sale Thursday, May 10 7 am – 4 pm Cafeteria A & B Cox South Portion of the proceeds to benefit CMN. Call 269-KIDS for more information

Win a 2012 Mustang or $10,000 CASH! Contact Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to purchase a $25 raffle ticket to win a new 2012 Mustang or $10,000 cash! This ticket includes admission to the Price Cutter Charity Championship Golf Tournament at Highland Springs Country Club on Thursday, August 9 through Sunday, August 12, 2012. Your raffle ticket will also be in a drawing for 125 daily prizes each day

Telethon T-Shirt Sales Wednesday, May 16 at Cox Walnut Lawn 7 am – 4 pm Thursday, May 17 at Cox South Cafeteria 7 am – 4 pm Monday, May 21 at Cox North Cafeteria 7 am – 4 pm Wednesday, May 23 at Cox South Cafeteria 7am – 4 pm

of the tournament.

21st Annual CoxHealth Medical Mile Race & 5k Join us for the 21st Annual Medical Mile and 5K walk/run presented by Verizon, which will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The CoxHealth Medical Mile is open to anyone who wants to run…children to senior adults, serious runners to casual walkers. This year will also be the 4th year for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 5K. Come out and push yourself on our exciting course through Springfield! Fun inflatables will be in front of the Meyer Center for the kids! For more information, call 417.269.3282 or register online at

Telethon 2012 Join us on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:30 pm to midnight and Sunday, June 3rd from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for our 27th Annual Telethon! It will be live on KY3 and will feature local stories of our Miracle Kids as well as check presentations from our generous sponsors and donors, and live interviews with our Miracle Kids! Tune in and call in your pledge to help local kids!

Telethon 2011 Sponsor |


CoxHealth Medical Mile and 5K Saturday, June 2 The Meyer Center Call 269-3282 to register Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon on KY3 Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 Foster Auditorium at Cox South Interested volunteers call 269-KIDS

A Story Told, a unique hair and fashion show presented by The System, was held Monday evening April 16 at historic Gilloiz Theatre in downtown Springfield to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth. Several area stylists and salon owners served as judges for the event, which featured creative hair and makeup designs by future professionals, who are currently students at the local Paul Mitchell school. Kelly Cardenas, owner/stylist of three high profile salons across the US announced at the event, which also featured two of our local CMN Miracle Kids as the guest of honor. Suzanne Hyde, Education Coordinator at The System, coordinated the show and fundraising event for the school’s owners, Greg and Stephanie Kellogg.


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Expanding—New Location!

Our new office will open in mid June 2012 and will feature all programs in 1 location, including: The Kid’s Clothes Closet, Tutoring Program and tutor resource library, Project Self-Esteem, Pack-a-Bag program, Adopt-a-Caseworker, and Christmas program. These programs have provided resources and support to over 6,000 local abused and neglected children (including foster children) and their caregivers. The Programs focus specifically on enhancing the self-esteem and self worth of maltreated children so they may be empowered to realize their potential and ability to break a family cycle of abuse and neglect. Our expansion creates a 1-stop resource center for foster children and families, renewing hope for children, for families, and for our community.

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The Council of Churches announced the expansion of Ambassadors for Children in March! This is made possible by a generous pledge through the Council of Churches Foundation to match, dollarfor-dollar, all donations for our expansion project up to $150,000 over the next 3 years. This “Renewing Hope” campaign will help sustain Ambassadors for Children in a new 4,000 square foot office to continue services for local abused and neglected children. This lays the foundation to serve up to an additional 1,500 abused and neglected children from surrounding counties within the next three years.

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My name is Ken Childers and I am the Executive Director of Youth of the Ozarks, Inc., or as we nicknamed it, YOTO Thrift Store. For nearly four years we have been offering customers a

10am-5pm at 2140 S. Campbell Avenue. Just 2.5 blocks

great deal on choice merchandise as donated by the good

south of Bass Pro, 1 block north of the original Ziggie’s and

people of the Ozarks. People donate to us daily as to ben-

directly across the street from Rick’s Automotive. We do

efit the recipients of our store profits; we rotate our

NOT charge sales tax because we are a not-for-profit

donations quarterly to the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield,

agency. We also accept donations of YOUR unwanted

the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America and

inventory six days a week. Feel free to give us a call with

the Girl Scouts of the Heartland. The company was formed

any questions at all (417-890-7283).

under a plan of ‘social entrepreneurship’ and evolved into a recognized 501 © 3 in July of 2011. YOTO Thrift Store specializes in furniture, gently used clothing and a fine selection of general merchandise including but not limited to collectibles, antiques, retro and vintage décor. We also offer our customers a ton of décor items from such name brand stores as Pier One, Kirkland’s, Hallmark and more. We take these unwanted items in, clean and select the best stuff and then put it on our retail shelves at low, low prices. Last fall we added a special weekly sale to Monday’s when we made ALL General Merchandise 50% off all day long. This sets nicely alongside our 50% off all clothes, shoes, purses, belts and accessories every Wednesday. We also routinely run 50% off sales on furniture, books, framed art, TV’s, lamps and mattresses. YOTO Thrift Store is dedicated to the principals of recycling, reducing and reusing and makes very efficient use of the items we are given. We are a little proud of the fact that we have the smallest dumpster of any major thrift store in town. Items that we don’t sell, we recycle for profit and includes clothing, shoes, purses, belts, pillows, toys and books to name a few. We are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday


The Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet! If you have come to The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and adopted a pet or you already own a pet, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spay/Neutering will vastly improve your pet’s behavior, keep him close to home and offers lifelong health benefits. Spaying your four-legged family members helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, and frighten children. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Sponsor | Dr. Nancy O’Reilly PsD

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Ma May ay 01, 9:00am: Discovery Center - Summer Su ummer W orkshop Workshop Registration open. Discovery D Center workshops will be offered o fered Monday of through thr ough Thursday, 9am-3pm m-3pm for 1-6th grade and 9am-12pm for Pr Pre-K e-K and K (ages 4-5). Grades 1-66 (full days) $150 members, $175 non-members. mbers. Pr Pre-K e-K (half day) cost is $75 members, mbers, $85 non non-members. Pre-registration Pre-registration tion and pr preepayment required. required. Chec Check ck the website for further details on classes ses or call Guest Services at 417-862-99100 Ext. 706.

Ma ay 05, 5:00pm: May American rican Diabetes Association - W ill be b Will holding ng their 9th Annual Red Ball Gala with th the th heme of "Unmasking the Cur e" Join us u theme Cure" at the he University Plaza Hotel Convention on Center ter for a night of dinner d dinner,r, dancing, and a live e and silent auction. If you have any ny questions tions contact ct please cwade@diabetes.or Ma ay 10, 7:00am: May Cox Network - Mother’s Day Craft Sale le fr om 7 am – 4 pm in Cafeteria A & B at Co ox from Cox South. h. Portion of the pr oceeds to benefit fit proceeds CMN. N. Call 269-KIDS for mor e information. information.. more

Ma May ay 02 6:00pm: Habitat For Humanity of Springfield Application Sessions will w be held during April and May to take e applications for Habitat for Humanity's 's home buying program. currently pr ogram. Applicants must mu ust curr ently live in Greene, Gr eene, Christian or Webster Webster County, and follow curr current ent guidelines. lines. For more more information, go to infor mation, ttp:// d/. Call 417-829417-8294001 or 417-496-2187 to register register and more more information. infor mation.

Ma ay 12, 6:00pm: May Big Brothers B others Big Sisters - Battle of the Br he Badges ges is the Springfield Police ce Department's artment's 7th annual charity basketbasket ettournament ball tour nament against the Greene Greene ne Sheriff's County nty Sherif f's Department. The event will w take place at Glendale High School (2727 27 more S. Ingram gram Mill Road, Springfield). For mor re information, Jaeger, infor m mation, contact Erin Jaeger err, ejaeger@bigbr j ger@bigbr

May Ma ay 05, 05 9:00am: 9 00am Will Discovery Center - W ill celebrate Japan Children's Childr en's Day. This is celebrated each year to honor childr children. en.

May Ma ay 14, 11:30am: Good d Samaritan Boys Ranch - Bolivar ar Insulation/Empire Insulation/Empir ation/Empire Bank Charitable Gold ld held at Millwood Country TTournament ournament n ry are Club south of Springfield. TTeams eams ar e $600 00 for a four person scramble. Lunch is at a promptly 11:30, 0, golf begins pr omptly at 12:30. Call all more the Boys Ranch for mor e details

Ma May ay 05, 10:00am: March Mar ch of Dimes - Jordan Jorrdan Valley Valley Park Registration begins at 10:00 The walk begins at 11:00 We We willll have food and family friendly activities such as arts and crafts, bounce house, animals from from the

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May Ma ay 16, 7:00am 7:00am: m: Cox Network - TTelethon elethon T-Shirt Sales Wednesday, Walnut W ednesday, May 16 1 at Cox W alnut Lawn, 7 am – 4 pm Thursday, rsday, May 17 at Cox South Cafeteria, 7 am – 4 pm Monday, May 21 at Cox North rth Cafeteria, 7 am – 4 Wednesday, pm W ednesday, May M 23 at Cox South Cafeteria, 7am – 4 pm May Ma ay 19, 10:00am 10:00am: m: Discovery Center - Science Behind Hitting Cardinals & Pitching with Springfield S Car dinals 10am-12pm. Located ted at the Springfield Cardinals Pre-registration Car dinals TTraining raining Facility. Pr e-registration pre-payment through and pr e-paymen nt required required thr ough Center.. $30 per non-member Discovery Center and $25 per member mber includes ticket to Cardinal May 19, 2012 Springfield gfield Car dinal vs. TTulsa ulsa game at 6pm. May Ma ay 21, 8:00am 8:00am: m: CASA - CASA's run n for a child!!! @3057 S. Fremont *You Fr emont 5K/8K Run n for Children Children *Y ou must before partici-sign up on CASA's website befor e partici pating May Ma ay 22, 9:00am 9:00am: m: Discovery Center - May 22 - September 9, Are 2012 - Traveling Traveling ling exhibit h hibit - RACE: Ar A e We We So S Different? RACE Dif ferent? ---The RA ACE exhibit is part of a larger education project lar ger public edu ucation exhibit pr oject from Anthropological Associa-fr om American Anthr nthropological Associa Ford tion and funded by b the For d Foundation Science and the National Sc cience Foundation. The project pr oject is intended d to inform inform and shape the national dialogue gue about race.

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Morning Flight- Men's Flight Starting at 7:00am

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Operation BBQ Relief was modeled after the Joplin experience. OBR is now deployed for disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes. These volunteer cook teams are always on the move and ready at any moment. With the help from teams, volunteers, and sponsors such as Sam’s Club and Stubbs BBQ, OBR has served in seven other disasters and have given just over 150,000 hot meals in just one year since its creation.

Ron Penney CFP®, ChFC® Private Wealth Advisor

Last week OBR ended their most recent operation down in Royse City and Forney, Texas. In conjunction with cook teams, a number of volunteers and helpful corporate sponsors,

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they were able to serve just over 2,500 meals. As I write this on April 15, there have been news reports of multiple tornadoes in the Midwest and OBR is deciding where they will be most needed. You can help whether you cook or not. Visit their web site and join them on Facebook to become involved or to make a donation. This is a perfect and most amazing example of communities coming together to help others in need.

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Balloons are biodegradable, hand tied and inflated to capacity so they will rise and burst. Strings will not be attached.

Thursday May 24, 2012 Jordan Valley Park • Balloon Pick Up/Sales 5:45PM • Balloon Program 6:15PM • Balloon Release 6:30PM • 5K Run/Walk 7:00PM • $10 Balloon Sales • $20 Adult Pre-5K Registration • $10 Child Pre-5K Registration

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Not too fast... preliminary steps to strategic planning


trategic planning is simply the methods or strategies you use to get your work done. In my 25 years of public health experience, I’ve seen more than one organization engage in the

strategic planning process. Someone once said to me,

“Everyone has their own perception of reality.” That is, does your staff know the mission of the agency? I’ve witnessed agencies that have several versions of a mission. Do they know all the activities, the outputs, and the desired outcomes of that work? If you asked your staff to identify each of these elements, would there be congruence? Would they give you similar answers? I suggest the following exercise to bring everyone to the center:


steps 1 2 3

Convene your group of staff in a room that is not too large, but offers an intimate setting.

On the wall, place the words in the bulleted list below on paper large enough to be seen from the back of the room.

Provide a stack of sticky notes and colorful markers. Tell them they are charged with recording words or phrases in response to the following questions. Do one element at a time. Introduce each of the six elements and ensure they understand their meaning. One answer per sticky note. Participants place their answers under each of the elements on the wall. • Mission. What is [agency name] mission statement (word for word if they can)? For example is it to raise funds or reduce burden of disease? • Inputs. What existing resources does [agency name] have that allows us to do our work (e.g., money, time, funding, community support)? • Activities: What are the activities of our agency (e.g., health fairs, screenings, education, advocacy)? • Outputs: What are the direct results of our activities? For example, if you hold health fairs in the community, then an output would be distribution of X number of pamphlets on blood pressure, for example. Or, it could be a policy is developed or number of meetings with legislators. • Outcomes. What are the outcomes as a result of our activities? Outcomes can be categorized as short, mid-term, and long-term (e.g., from changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes to policies and practice to eventually reductions in disease and death rates. Do not confuse them with outputs, as outcomes tend to be harder to achieve. • Contextual Factors. What are the challenges in our environment that keep us from achieving our mission (e.g., morale, economy, geography, cultural beliefs)?


When finished, gather all of the sticky notes, keeping them separated by element. The facilitator can either ask the group to organize each of the responses by grouping duplicates or they can prepare a report. You could extend this exercise and vote on the accuracy of responses. If your responses are similar, then your staff are grounded and on the same page; If there are dissimilar answers, then some discussion are in order. Either way, your staff will feel heard. Beverly Triana-Tremain, PhD Research, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement Services for the Public Health Workforce Public Health Consulting, LLC 417.485.3876 417.207.5558

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con’t from page 12 Help us Cut-Out Child Abuse April 27th-May 29th 1st Annual “Cut-Out Child Abuse” fundraiser will raise funds for Ambassadors for Children while also raising awareness about foster care and child abuse and neglect. We have partnered with several local businesses, churches and organizations to sell Child Cut-Outs for $1 each from April 27th-May 29th. This fundraiser and awareness effort is timed to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and May as National Foster Care Month. Special Thanks to our Fundraising Team for organizing this effort and to the following businesses for your support! For a full list of “Cut-Out Child Abuse” sale site locations, or to sign-up to be a sale site location, please visit or contact Sondra at 417-862-3586 ext 236 or


Donations can be made to:

Ambassadors for Children 627 N. Glenstone Ave. Springfield, MO 65802 or by calling 417-862-3586


Since 12/15/08, YOTO gives to 3 different organizations a significant portion of the profits each quarter. Recipients are The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, The BSA Ozarks Trails Council and The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.


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“The reason to donate here is the same reason to shop here”

You’ve had the Chili and the Hot Wings... so you know the name Sertoma. But did you know that Springfield Sertoma Club has just recently donated over $42,000 to local charities? Here’s the breakdown on the generous donations most recently given to our community. Boys and Girls Club-Camp ..............$10,500.00 Boys and Girls Club-Invest to Inc ......$3,000.00 Boys and Girls Club-XMass...............$1,000.00 Boys and Girls Club-Science..............$3,350.00 Boys and Girls Club-Tech .....................$944.00 Boys and Girls Club-Mentoring.......$10,000.00 Boys and Girls Club-ONE CAMP ..........$500.00 Boys and Girls Club-Steak n Stk...........$750.00 Boys and Girls Club-Golf Event .........$2,400.00 Sunshine Elementary ...........................$500.00 Hope ....................................................$250.00 Code 3 .................................................$500.00 Harmony House ................................$2,500.00 Child Advocacy Center ......................$1,500.00 CASA ................................................$1,000.00 DEC...................................................$1,000.00 Make a Wish .....................................$1,000.00 Lost and Found .................................$1,000.00 FLIP...................................................$1,000.00

So the next time you join us at a Sertoma event, you’ll know that those dollars spent having a great time with friends is also helping those in need in Springfield and surrounding areas!





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Dennis and Pam Howard may look like your average couple. They are proud parents and grandparents to children who they love. They like to spend time with each other, relishing every day as an opportunity to give thanks for what they have and what is to come. They have many friends in the area and are active in their church home. But Dennis and Pam are much more than just an ordinary family. They have been serving as foster parents in the Springfield area since 1993. During the past 19 years, Dennis and Pam have had over 100 children placed with them for temporary care. Pam states that foster parenting was something she

such joy. They encourage others to open their hearts

was born to do. She says, “My parents were foster

and homes to children in need. Currently, there are

parents when I was a child. After school, I would run

approximately 11,000 children in Missouri’s foster care

out to my parent’s car and peek in the window to see

system, and over 200 foster children in the Springfield

if they had picked up a new baby that day.” Pam

area who are waiting for their forever family. These

remembers those times fondly. She grew up wanting

children not only need the support of a family who is

to help others and care for children who needed love.

willing to care for them, but they deserve it.

When she and Dennis decided to become foster par-

In May, we celebrate Foster Parent Appreciation

ents 19 years ago, they knew their hearts and their

Month. LFCS would like to recognize and give thanks

family would be

for our every day heroes who choose to serve children

forever changed

in need. We believe that it is never too late to give

for the better.

the gift of a happy childhood. Thank you to Dennis,

Dennis and Pam

Pam, and the other foster parents out there who

agree that their

choose to make a difference!

motto as foster

If you are interested in serving children, like Dennis

parents has al-

and Pam, please contact Lutheran Family and

ways been “there

Children’s Services (LFCS) at 417-862-1972. We are

can never be too

recruiting foster families for children in need. The

many people to

average age of a child in foster care is 10 years old.



We need families who are willing to take school-age

Their family and

children and sibling groups. LFCS is a proud member


friends have been

of the United Way, serving 28 counties in southwest

supportive of their

Missouri. LFCS provides pregnancy counseling, adop-

decision to foster children in need. When placed with

tion services, and foster care services. Services are

Dennis and Pam, the children become a part of their

available to families regardless of age, faith, gender,

family. They will go with Dennis and Pam to family

national origin, or race.

get-togethers, church events, and much more. Pam expresses that opening her heart to children has been the easy part. She knows that she is making a difference in a child’s life and that is something that cannot be taken away. Pam also recognizes that fostering isn’t always easy. She and Dennis understand their role is to fill the “gap” between the time when a child is reunited with the biological parents or with an adoptive family, and they relish this role. Pam and Dennis agree that providing love and nurturance for children brings them


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