In November 1920, Robert Robertson organized a Boy Scout Band, with nearly 40 boys showing interest in participating. Within three months Robertson invited parents to a concert of the new scout band, which was to grow to a 60-member band. The band’s first public concert was on Feb. 22, 1921, for the Rotary Club in the Colonial Hotel. After hearing the band, the club voted to raise funds to take the band to their Missouri-Kansas District Convention in April. The convention required the band to march so Robertson had the band rehearse each Saturday on the football field at Drury College. The Rotary Club raised $6,000 for the band to attend the district convention in 1922.

Band rehearsals were held in various Springfield churches and public buildings until 1926 when the third floor of the Greene County Court House became a training school for the Boy Scout band.

Boy Scout and Band Historian JOE SEILING 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
On March 10, 2018, the Rotary Club of Allen Sunrise planted thirty-six (36) trees in honor of the current members of the Club and members that have recently passed away. The Club purchased the trees with the assistance of the City of Allen and the Allen Parks and Recreation Department. The tree varieties included redbuds, Mexican white oaks, live oaks, cedar elms, Princeton elms, Chinese pistachios and pecans. They were planted in the playground area at the new Spirit Park. Allen Spirit Park is a proposed 75 acre community park with 25 acres being kept as natural areas. Phase I of the park will include a lighted adult softball complex, multi-use fields, nature trails, a playground and restroom facilities. The park is currently under construction. Joining current members of the Club in planting trees in honor of members who recently passed away were the families of John Sprague and Chuck Williams
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0