New Food Pantries in Springdale

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Rotary Club of Springdale announced its latest project to improve the lives of people in Springdale: three Little Free Pantries stocked with nonperishable food items. The Three Little Free Pantries are installed at Springdale's Senior Center, the Youth Center, and adjacent to the Rotary Adventure Park on 48th Street.

From President Greg Collier: "This Project wouldn’t have happened without the help of Springdale Rotarians, and I’d like to take a moment to recognize some of them. Again, these are ALL Springdale Rotarians! Steve Miller was instrumental in helping get the project off the ground! He provided materials for the pantries and purchased the first pantry himself. Heather Lind and Cram-A-Lot assembled and delivered the Pantries. Ron Amos with Minuteman Press donated and installed the signage. Jeri Hill provided the Rotary plates. Steve Langton with Ace Handyman, permanently installed the structures. Mayor Sprouse and Patsy Christie gave their blessing from the City to do this project. And then finally, our membership gave of their money in the form of dues to purchase and stock the pantries.

"Our hope at Springdale Rotary is that those in our community needing assistance will use these pantries, and those in our community that are able to, will help stock them. This has been a blessing to our Club, and we look forward to continuing to serve our city, state, and beyond."

Those in need are invited to take what they need. We invite the community to join us in supporting the health and nutrition of our community by contributing what they can to the pantries. All items should be nonperishable and packaged in non-glass durable packaging.


What is Rotary?

We are business and professional leaders joining together to make an impact on our local and global communities. Learn how we can do more with you!

Rotary International is the world’s first service club. The first club was the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The club was formed February 23, 1905 by lawyer Paul Harris and three friends. The name “Rotary” was derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among the members’ offices.

The Rotary Club Springdale, Arkansas, is an affiliate of Rotary International. We are an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Springdale members have the option of attending weekly meetings locally on either Monday at noon or Thursday morning. Both meetings are currenty at the First Security Annex in Downtown Springdale. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for our noon meeting, and the program begins at noon.  Thursday doors open at 7:30 AM, and the program begins at 7:45 AM.

Since being chartered in 1925, the Rotary Club of Springdale has maintained an impressive commitment to camaraderie among its members and service to the community. The Springdale Rotary Charitable Trust Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, funds many of the Club's projects. The Rotary Club of Springdale, with nearly 200 members, is active locally and globally providing service in many areas. Learn more about our projects below, or contact us for more information.


Springdale Rotary Charitable Trust Gives $5,000 to Springdale Schools Robotics Team

Monday, October 7, 2019
The Springdale School District's Robotics Team at the Don Tyson School of Innovation was the winner of the national robotics competition.  The team will represent the entire United States at the international competition in Dubai later this month.   The Springdale Rotary Club's Charitable Trust donated $5,000 to the team along with other community donors to assist with cost associated with transportation of the team and their equipment to Dubai.  Initally, not all team members could go due to the expense of travel and freight.  The students have also been doing fundraising on their own to help with expenses.  Springdale Rotarians pictured with the team from left to right:  Treasurer Sabra Jeffus, Secretary Clinton Bell, Randall Harriman (in back), President Heath Ward presenting the check to the team, and far right, Rotarian and State Representative Clint Penzo.                         Share

Rotary Clubs of Springdale and Fayetteville Host Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking

Updated June 30, 2018.

The Rotary Club of Springdale and the Rotary Club of Fayetteville joined forces to present A Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. This program, sponsored in part by the Jones Center, was designed to bring awareness, attention, and understanding to the issue of human trafficking in Northwest Arkansas.

Thank you to all our presenters, attendees, and volunteers who made this Day of Awareness possible. Together, we can make a difference in this issue in Northwest Arkansas.

Human trafficking, sometimes called modern slavery, is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or services or a commercial sex act. Any commercial sex act involving a person under the age of eighteen is unlawful in Arkansas and under federal law. Sex trafficking is better recognized and more frequently prosecuted, but both sex and labor trafficking are a growing concern in the United States, and in Northwest Arkansas. In order to address a problem, we first must recognize it exists: that knowledge was the purpose of Rotary's Day of Awareness.

Speakers addressed a wide range of perspectives. Topics included general information on human trafficking; incidences of trafficking in Arkansas; recognizing trafficking in various setting; remedies and assistance for survivors; and protecting children online and in social media. Two hours of continuing education credit for licensed counselors and social workers, six hours of continuing legal education credit, and six hours CLEST credit were available.

Additional resources are available below.

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Rotary Club of Springdale Joins Rotarians Worldwide to End Polio Now

Why are our
Pinkies Purple?

So you will ask, and we can tell you that there is this devastating disease called POLIO that has killed and paralyzed hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, mostly children under five. There is NO CURE for polio, but there is a VACCINE, and thanks to a vaccine, the United States saw its last case of polio in 1979. But while the United States was polio-free, children around the world continued to suffer, so in 1985 ROTARY launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Since 1988 we have reduced the number of cases 99.9%! Now, in 2017 to date, there have only been 12 cases of the wild poliovirus diagnosed around the world!


While this is a huge accomplishment, it is not enough, because unless polio is completely eradicated, it could come roaring back with as many as 200,000 new cases a year within 10 years! No child is safe, because polio is literally only a plane ride away. Around the world Rotary and its partners are working to vaccinate every last child against this devastating illness, and children’s pinkies are often marked in PURPLE to show volunteers that they have received the vaccine.

© Rotary International/Alyce Henson

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Four Way Test Speech Contest

The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Attention High School Students in Springdale

The Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas invites high school students from the Springdale community to present a speech on the subject of Rotary’s Four-Way Test. Participating students are asked to select a subject and apply the Four-Way Test to it. The Four-Way Test is one of the key elements of Rotary.

The top three students receive a cash prize. The winner of the Springdale Rotary contest will then go on to compete at the District level.  Winner at the District level contest will receive a significant college scholarship.

Would you like to participate in the contest? Contact us today!


Rodeo of the Ozarks

For more than 65 years Springdale Rotary Club members have served as ushers for the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks held in Springdale each summer. Ushers direct attendees to their seats, answer questions, and represent our city and our club.


Rotary District 6110 Foundation Banquet Honors John Brodbeck and Marilee

This year's Rotary District 6110 Foundation Banquet honors Springdale's own John Brodbeck and Marilee with a theme of "Celebrating Ordinary Rotarians doing Extraordinary Things"


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