Rotary Sunrise – Springfield, Illinois, USA Home Page


Welcome to Springfield Illinois

 Route 66, the State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln are all a part of Springfield, Illinois.  Lincoln-Herdon Law Office Lincoln Tomb Dan Thomas House Old State Capitol 


Hometown of Abraham Lincoln, Vachel Lindsay, John L. Lewis

State Capital of Illinois

Home club of District Governor 2006-2007 Dick Robinson

Home club of Past District Governor John Forbes


*  Club meeting information

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*  Contact Information

*  Projects

*  Club History

*  Upcoming events


Club meeting information

Our club meets weekly from 7 AM to 8 AM for breakfast at The Hoogland Center for the Arts Room, 420 S 6th, Springfield, IL in historic downtown Springfield, in the heart of all of the popular Lincoln sites. We meet exactly two blocks west of the Abraham Lincoln Home, three blocks south of the Lincoln Herndon Law Office and Old State Capitol, and five blocks south of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and three blocks east of the State Capitol Campus.


Stop in for a make up and see the Lincoln sites while you are in town or doing business!


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Link to our district and Rotary websites

* for other clubs and meeting times and locations in the area


* for more information about Rotary and Rotary International

* for more information about Springfield



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Contact Information – Officers for 2011-2012

President – Brian Dickerson  

President – Elect – Becca Nix

Treasurer – Dick Livingston

Secretary – Chris Berger

Past President – Don Sharp


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Projects and Recent Community Service  -- A little club can do a lot!

*  Springfield Green Adopt a Street Program – In 2006, we adopted one mile of East South Grand Avenue from Taylor to Dirksen Parkway, and we pick up trash four times per year. For more information about how your club or organization can adopt a street see

*  Citrus Sale Fundraiser – October through November each year, raises thousands of dollars for local charities for local Rotary clubs which participate

*  State Fair Parking Fundraiser

*  Club routinely hosts and sponsors inbound and outbound exchange students each year.

*  Sponsor of “This I Believe” essay contest for local area high school students in conjunction with local public radio.

*  Rotary Park beautification

*  Ronald McDonald House

*  Provided volunteers for the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in April of 2005, helping with crowd control for the official visit of President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

*  Contributing to local charities that help kids.

*  Sponsored a books-in-the-schools program for Dubois Elementary School.

*  Partnered with a club and district in the Phillipines. We raised and provided funds, with district matching grants from our District, Rotary International and the district in the Phillipines to provide over $6,000 that provided food for 125 Children and nutrition education for their families in the worst slums of Manila for one year ending in 1999.

*  It is estimated that our club has raised and donated over $100,000 in its history for local charitable causes and club projects. We’ve also raised more than thousands of dollars for Polio Plus, which has helped inoculate thousands of children in developing countries around the globe.

*  Co sponsored and coordinated the “Hats Off to Mr Lincoln” public art project that put giant artist-painted stovepipe hats all over downtown during 2009 Lincoln bicentennial. Some of the hats have become permanent local art icons which have delighted locals and visitors alike.


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Club History


Compiled by John Forbes, PDG, Charter member, Club Historian


Rotary Club of Springfield-Sunrise met for the first time on February 4, 1987 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel at First and Adams. Thirty Two Charter Members formed the club. Currently there are three charter members still in our club – John Forbes, Charles Hammond and Mario Perrino. Bob Stuart, PDG and current member of the board of Rotary International, and the late John Giavaras, PDG D 6460 were instrumental in helping form the club. On February 25, 1987 the Club adopted its Charter and By-Laws.


Our club received its charter on April 7, 1987, becoming the third chartered club in the history of Rotary in Springfield.


In June of 1987, Rotary Sunrise became the first club in Central Illinois to admit women to its membership. Patti Donsbach was the first female Rotarian in Springfield history becoming a member in July of 1987.


Rotary Sunrise was also the first Rotary Club in Springfield to elect a female club president. Eileen Montgomery served as our president for 18 months from January of 1997 through June of 1999.


Past Club Presidents (D- Denotes those who became District Governors)



Club President



Mario Perrino



Kent Jones served 3 months


John Forbes (D ) served 9 months

Insurance Underwriter


Property Mgr


Charlie Hammond

Bank Trust Officer


Roy Nash

Hospital Chaplain


Drew Davis

Financial Adviser


Mike Logan

Accident Recovery Attorney


Al Laabs

Hospital Administrator


Dick McDaniel



Brian Barstead

Financial Adviser


Tom Wakefield (moved away before serving)

Eileen Montgomery (served 18 months)

Doug Nelson (served 18 months)

Furniture Store Mgr


Golf Course Mgr


Business systems company owner


Dick Robinson (D)

State Agency Grants Mgr


Dick Morse



Dick Livingston



John Harris

Police Chief


Don Sharp

Public Television Financial manager


Brian Dickerson

Computer recycling repair owner


Paul Sims



Cindy Davis

Business Furniture Store Owner


Becky Miller

Financial Advisor


Jim Norris

Business consultant


Brent Borah






Don Sharp

Brian Dickerson


Becca Nix

Business manager

Computer recycling repair owner

Group Insurance



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