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Rotary Clubs Of Springfield gathering Next Week

Rotary Clubs Of Springfield gathering Next Week

By Joe Rios. CREATED May 8, 2013

Information from news release . . .

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Rotary Clubs and Rotaract Club of Springfield, Missouri will hold their annual citywide luncheon on Wednesday, May 15 at the Bass Pro White River Conference Center. Doors open to the invitation-only event at 11:30 a.m.
The keynote speaker is Rob Keck of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team and Bass Pro Shops’ Director of Conservation. He’s also the Chairman of the Board at Wonders of Wildlife. Keck’s leadership as the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, for almost three decades, fueled the return of the wild turkey in North America. Keck will travel to Springfield for the event from his home in South Carolina.
Keck has influenced conservation and natural resource policy issues, having been appointed and served on the Sporting Conservation Council, has produced and hosted award-winning television shows and has been a U.S. Open and World Turkey Calling Champion. Keck served as the Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s Atlanta 500 for four consecutive years, and his dedication and leadership to the nation’s hunting heritage prompted Peterson’s Hunting magazine to name him one of “Hunting’s 25 Most Influential Personalities of the 20th Century.”
Springfield has more than 500 Rotarians from the Downtown Rotary, Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, Sunrise Rotary, Rotary Club of Springfield North, Rotary Club of Springfield Metro and Springfield Rotaract.
The individual Rotary Clubs meet weekly, while Rotaract meets twice a month; the citywide meeting occurs every spring and brings together all Springfield Rotarians. This year, the Presentation of Colors will be conducted by the Willard High School Navy JROTC, and students from the Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility, and animals, will greet Rotarians at the White River Conference Center. The event is coordinated by all Springfield clubs’ current president-elects. A past-presidents reception is held prior to the luncheon.