Institute Details

Registration Desk

The Institute Sessions, House of Friendship and the Registration Desk are all located on the first level of the Wyndham hotel. The adjoining businesses and other downtown attractions, including shopping are all located within easy walking distances.

The Springfield Visitors Bureau will be in the House of Friendship and be able to assist with free time activities.

Arrival Time/Key Information

  • DGEs and DGNs should plan to arrive at the hotel on Tuesday, September 5, in time for the welcome reception and dinner starting at 6pm.
  • DGs should plan to arrive at hotel on Wednesday September 6, in time for the evening event at the Old State House, 6pm and followed by a Hog Roast.
  • PDGs - "Senior leaders update and Open Forum" begins 3:30pm, Thursday, September 7.
  • Emerging Rotary Leaders, District Membership Chair and District/Club Paid Staff Seminars begins 8:00am on Friday, September 8.

Institute Service Project
Rise Against Hunger

More than 40 percent of Rise Against Hunger’s meals are distributed to school feeding programs around the world. Those meals encourage school attendance and help put these children and their families on a path out of poverty.

On Thursday, September 7 from 1-3pm Rotarians will package 15,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger, but we need your help. Please consider contributing to our event. You can help make sure children get the nutritious meals they need to grow and succeed.


Hospitality Suites

  • Hospitality suites, hosted by PDGs, DGs, DGEs and DGNs will be open after the last scheduled event of the evening in the following rooms:

House of Friendship

  • Official opening is Thursday, September 7 at 11:00am and closes at 5:00pm
  • Friday, September 8, opens at 9:00am and closes at 5:00pm
  • Saturday, September 9 is the final day and will close Saturday at 4:00pm

What to Wear

In early September the day temperatures are high 70’s and evenings around 50. As with many downtown locations, you may experience strong winds. There are no fashion police in Springfield, but we do have some suggestions to make it easy for you:

  • Daytime-Rotary business casual
  • Evenings (except Thursday and Saturday) - Rotary business casual
  • Thursday-Class reunion dinner - (all classes to wear class jackets and theme tie/scarf.)
  • Saturday evening banquet - Black tie optional.
  • General guideline: no jeans, shorts, t-shirts.
  • Business casual – Rotary logo wear,slacks for men, comparable for women

Wi-Fi in the Hotel

Complimentary internet access is provided in all hotel rooms.

Plan your activities during the Institute

By using your mobile device and the AnyEvent App you can find the schedule of events, speakers, trainers, map of the downtown Cincinnati and Hyatt, etc. The free APP may be downloaded from the APPLE STORE or GOOGLE PLAY. Sign Up Now. The Event Code is 425185.


Rotary Leaders Bios

Ian H.S. Riseley

Rotary International President 2017-18
Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
TOPIC: Rotary, Making A Difference

Ian H.S. Riseley says that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future.

“We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” says Riseley. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximize our public awareness exposure for future partnerships.”

Riseley is a practicing accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., which specializes in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs. He received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in 2002 in recognition of his work in Timor-Leste. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for service to the Australian community.

“Governments see Rotary as positive representatives of a civil society,” he says. “We should work with them to advocate for peace and conflict resolution, just as we are advocating for polio eradication.”

A member since 1978, Riseley has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor.

He is also a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Juliet, are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

Greg Yank

Rotary International Director 2017-2019
Zones 30-31
Rotary Club of O’Fallon, Illinois, USA
TOPIC:  Leadership and Lincoln

Greg Yank serves on the 17 member Rotary International Board of Directors 2017-19.

A Rotarian since 1978, Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of O’Fallon, IL where he served as Club President in 1992-93, and then as Governor of District 6510 twice in 2001-2002 and again in 2010-11. District 6510 is comprised of 48 clubs and 1600 members in Southern Illinois.

He has held positions as the Regional Membership Plan Project Plan Lead (Membership Chair) for Zones 30 and 31 (2015-17), chair of district 6510’s Club Visioning Initiative, International Training Leader twice, Membership Coordinator for Zone 29 and Rotary Institute Chair 2013.

Greg is married to past district Governor Catherine Taylor Yank. The Yanks are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris and Bequest Societies (level 3). Greg was honored to receive the Service above Self Award in 2014. He has travelled to Malawi, Ecuador, India and Belize on Rotary on Rotary projects.

The Yanks are avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fans. Greg has been a proud Green Bay Packer fan since 1957 and owns one share of the team. Catherine is the owner of Jim Taylor Inc. a roofing contracting company located in Belleville, IL. The Yanks have three grown children, one who works in the family business, and three grandchildren.

Professionally Greg has had three different career paths starting with 9 years in the Catholic seminary. He was never ordained. He then spent 25 years in health care executive management and leadership serving twice as a hospital CEO and as President and CEO of a Catholic Health System.

For 11 years, Greg owned a business coaching/peer advisory board franchise called The Alternative Board TAB. He currently continues to be a business coach mentoring/working with six business owners on a monthly/bi-monthly/quarterly basis. He is the principal in GY Consulting & Facilitation Services specializing in business coaching, strategy, facilitation, strategic governance and board development/education.

Greg is actively involved in his community. He is a Commissioner of the Metro East Park & Recreation District; Advisory Board member for the Nielsen Healthcare Group in St. Louis; and a Board Member of the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of its strategic planning committee.

Greg believes that Rotary enables him to live a life that matters as lives in our communities and the world are changed because of what we do!


John GermGerm-web

Past Rotary International President 2016-17
Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
TOPIC: Polio Update

John joined Rotary In 1976 and has served R.I. as district governor, committee member, delegate to and Chairman of the Council on Legislation, task force zone and area coordinator, Aide to 2007-08 RI President, Chairman of the nominating committee 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2014-15, International Assembly Training Leader (two years), Vice Chair of TRF Stewardship Committee, Chairman of TRF Investment Committee and TRF Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of the Bangkok Convention Committee, Chairman of Rotary's U.S. $200 Million Challenge Committee from 1 December 2007 thru 30 June 2012, as well as 2014 Chairman for IPPC and an advisor to the RI Communications Committee. He has received RI's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary's Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards. He and his wife Judy are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of the Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Ron Burton

Past Rotary International President 2013-14
Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Burton retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the bar associations of Cleveland County and the state of Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Active in his community, Burton is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation, and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation. A recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, he is a past vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Burton believes that Rotary's promotion of high ethical standards is one of the qualities that sets it apart from other organizations.

"It assures those dealing with us that we can be trusted," he says. "Most of us are in a business or profession that already has a code of ethics. Vocational service in Rotary just adds to that responsibility. We have an obligation to go above and beyond to make sure that all our actions are above reproach."

A Rotarian since 1979, Burton is vice chair of the Future Vision Committee and a member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the United States. He has served RI as director; Rotary Foundation trustee and trustee vice chair; International Assembly moderator, assistant moderator, and group discussion leader; and
district governor.

His other service to Rotary includes chair of the 2011 New Orleans Convention Committee, vice chair of the Investment Advisory Committee, liaison trustee of the Vocational Service Committee, Permanent Fund national adviser, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator. He was aide to 2006-07 RI President William B. Boyd. Burton has received the RI Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award

Burton and his wife, Jetta, have two children and three grandchildren.

Larry Lunsford

Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza,
Missouri, USA
Director, Rotary International, 2013-15

Larry’s passion for Rotary, and his first invitation into the Family of Rotary, began during his college years when in 1982 he was selected as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to Australia. He was invited to Rotary membership in 1991, was President of the Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri in 1997-98, and served as District Governor of Missouri D6040 in 2001-02.

Larry currently serves as the Chair of the RI Membership Committee, and as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of a Rotary Action Group, Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA), which provides Rotary Family Health Days to countries in need.

Larry has also served RI as Director, Chair of the Executive Committee, Lead Seminar Trainer at the International Assembly in San Diego, RI training leader, RI president’s representative, committee member, and session facilitator at numerous RI events. He has served his Zone 31 as Regional Rotary
Foundation Coordinator, Regional Public Image Coordinator, Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinator, Council on Legislation delegate, institute chair, task force coordinator, regional scholar orientation chair, district Rotary Foundation chair, and GETS training leader.

A certified public accountant, Larry is SVP/CFO of Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc. in Kansas City, MO. Larry and his wife Jill, have two college-age children, Trent and Cara. He enjoys blue and yellow M&Ms, all sports, travel, and collecting sports memorabilia, and waits patiently for the day when the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl.

Guest Speakers Bios

Lee Cockerell

Creating Magic...10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies
Friday Morning Speaker

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. "As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world."

One of Lee's major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of Florida United Way, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.

He is now dedicating his time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership, management and service excellence titled, Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney. which is now available in 13 languages and his latest book, The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Lee also performs leadership and service excellence workshops and consulting for organizations around the world as well as for the Disney Institute. Lee has received the following awards;

Lee and his wife Priscilla live in Orlando Florida.

Chantal Vallée

Head Coach - Women's Basketball
University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Friday Morning Speaker

Chantal Vallée is in her eleventh season as the Head Coach of the Windsor Lancers Women's Basketball program.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Coach Vallée has built one of the top women's basketball programs in the country here at the University of Windsor, capturing five straight CIS national titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

It was another remarkable season for Coach Vallee in 2014-15, as she led her team to a historic 5th straight CIS national championship. In her tenth year at the helm of the Lancers, Chantal led her squad to an impressive 19-1 conference record and their sixth OUA title in the past seven seasons. Ranked #1 heading into nationals, her team knocked off Laval, Saskatchewan, and McGill to make history and claim their fifth consecutive Bronze Baby trophy as national champions, becoming only the second team in CIS history to do so. The Lancers extended their CIS post-season win streak to 21-0 and Chantal was honoured as the CIS women's basketball coach of the year for the second consecutive season.

In the playoffs, Windsor became only the fourth team in CIS women's basketball history to capture three straight CIS national titles. Coach Vallée's Lancer squad held off Carleton to win their fourth provincial title in five years, and capped off their undefeated season at the national championships with a convincing win over the host Regina Rams in the gold medal game.

In recognition of her outstanding coaching accomplishments, Chantal has captured as many as nineteen coach of the year awards since joining the Blue & Gold including:

  • CIS Women's Basketball Coach of the Year - 2013-14, 2014-15
  • OUA Fox 40 Overall Female Coach of Year – 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2015
  • OUA West Women's Basketball Coach of the Year 2009, 2011 & 2012, 2014, 2015
  • University of Windsor Gino Fracas Coach of the Year 2008, 2009 & 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • WESPY Awards Coach of the Year - 2012, 2013

Prior to coming to Windsor, Coach Vallée served as the Head Coach of the Vanier College Women's Basketball program for three seasons. During that time, she led Vanier to a considerable resurgence, as the team moved from missing the post season to being ranked as high as number five nationally in 2005.

In the off-season, she still works with the Canadian Junior National team as an assistant coach.Chantal is a certified level 3 NCCP coach and has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Quebec-Montreal and a Master of Physical Education degree in Coaching and Sport Psychology from McGill University.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Track and Field Athlete

Born on March 3, 1962, in East St. Louis, Illinois, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the first American to win gold for the long jump and the first woman to earn more than 7,000 points in the seven-event heptathlon. She's ultimately won three golds, a silver and two bronze, making her the most decorated female athlete in Olympic track and field history. She's gone on to advocate for children.

Joyner-Kersee attended the University of Califonia, Los Angeles on a full scholarship, and continued to gain fame on both the court and field. However, in 1981, at the age of 19, she began to focus on training for the Olympics, specifically for the heptathlon—an Olympic track-and-field event comprised of seven separate events, including the 200-meter run, 800-meter run and 100-meter hurdles. She graduated from UCLA in 1985.

Regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in history, Joyner-Kersee won a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics, as well as gold and bronze medals in the long jump in 1988 and 1992, respectively. She is currently the heptathlon world record-holder, scoring 7,291 points—she's set a record in the heptathlon four times—at the Summer Olympics in 1988, and taking home a gold medal. Joyner-Kersee is also a former long jump word record holder; she tied world long-jump record in 1987, with a 7.45-meter jump (her record was broken in 1988 by Galina Chistyakova, who jumped 7.52 meters). Joyner-Kersee is currently the American record-holder in the long jump.

Joyner-Kersee's last Olympic run came in 1996, when she took home a bronze medal in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She did not compete in the heptathlon that year due to a pulled hamstring.

A sufferer of exercise-induced asthma, Joyner-Kersee officially retired from track and field in 2001 at age 38. Following her retirement, she founded the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation, which is aimed at encouraging youth in her underprivileged hometown to play sports. Additionally, in 2007, Joyner-Kersee helped establish Athletes for Hope along with such sports heroes as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali and Mia Hamm. This organization supports and encourages athletes "to make a difference in the world," according to its website.


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Training Schedule


TUESDAY, September 5
1:00 - 5:00 pm Registration
6:00 - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception, DGE, DGN, S/P
7:00 - 9:00 pm Class Dinners, DGE, DGN, S/P
9:00 - 11:00 pm Hospitality Rooms

WEDNESDAY, September 6
8:00 - 11:45 am Morning Sessions, DGE, DGN
8:00 - 11:45 am Morning Sessions, S/P
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:15 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Sessions, DGE, DGN
1:30 - 4:00 pm Off-site event for S/P
4:30 pm Parade to State Capitol
6:45 - 9:00 pm Hog Roast & Entertainment, DG, DGE, DGN, S/P
9:00 - 10:00 pm DGE reception
9:00 - 11:00 pm, Hospitality Rooms

THURSDAY, September 7
8:00 - 11:45 pm  Morning Sessions, DG, DGE, DGN
8:00 - 11:45 am  Morning Sessions S/P of DGE/DGN
8:00 - 9:45 am  Morning Sessions S/P of DG
10:00 - 11:45 am  Off-site The Lincoln House for S/P of DG
12:30 - 1:00 pm  Lunch at the Capitol
1:00 - 4:30 pm  Afternoon Sessions, DG, DGE, DGN
1:00 - 2:15 pm  Institute Service Project for S/P
2:15 - 2:45 pm  Partner Reception Honoring Juliet Riseley, Jetta Burton, & Catherine Taylor Yank
5:00 - 6:00 pm  Cash Bar Reception
6:00 pm  Class Reunion Dinner
9:00 - 10:00 pm  DG Reception

FRIDAY, September 8
ERL - Emerging Rotary Leaders, 8:00 am till 5:00 pm
DMC - District Membership Chairs, 8:15 am till 4:45 pm
STAFF - District and Club Professional Staff,  8:00 am till 4:00 pm

12:30 - 2:00 pm  All Club Luncheon


Times and events subject to change.
Updated 09-05-2017

Institute Schedule

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THURSDAY, September 7
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Feed the Hungry Institute Project,  1:00 - 3:00 pm

S/P TEA RECEPTION, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
---- Juliet Riseley, First Lady


RECEPTION, 5:00 - 6:00 pm (cash bar)

---- DG Class Presentation
---- DGE and DGN Class Reflection

---- Entertainment

Hospitality Rooms, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

FRIDAY, September 8
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Breakfast on your own

GENERAL SESSION I, 8:30 am - 9:35 pm
---- Chantal Vallée, University of Windsor, Championship Basketball Coach

GENERAL SESSION II, 9:45 am - 11:00 pm
---- Lee Cockerell, former EVP Operation Walt Disney World resort

MORNING PANEL, 11:15 - 12:15 pm
---- Chantal Vallée
---- Lee Cockerell

Meet and greet with Ian Riseley and local Rotarians, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

ALL CLUB LUNCH, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
---- Keynote Speaker: Ian Riseley, President, Rotary International, Rotary: Making A Difference

GENERAL SESSION III, 2:30 - 3:45 pm
---- Larry Lunsford, PRID, Membership updates
---- Peter Davey, PGBIP, Membership updates

Walk over to evening event at the Lincoln Museum

RECEPTION, 6:00 - 6:45 pm (cash bar)

DINNER, 6:45 - 9:00 pm
---- Entertainment

Hospitality Rooms, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

SATURDAY, September 9
MAJOR DONOR, ARCH KLUMP and BEQUEST SOCIETY BREAKFAST, 7:30 - 9:00 am (by invitation)

HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

GENERAL SESSION IV, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
---- Peter Davey, PGIBIP, The Importance of Leadership from PDG's

GENERAL SESSION V, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
---- John Germ, PRIP,  Polio Update

PANEL: POLIO, 11:15 - 12:00 pm
---- District Recognition Awards

LUNCH, 12:15 - 2:00 pm
---- 2018 Institute Promotion
---- Ron Burton, PRIP

Balance of the afternoon is free

DIRECTOR'S RECEPTION, 5:45 - 6:30 pm (cash bar)

DIRECTOR'S BANQUET, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
---- Presentation of DGE class
---- Jackie Joyner Kersee,

Hospitality Rooms, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

SUNDAY, September 10

BREAKFAST, 9:20 - 9:45 am

CLOSING SESSION, 9:45 - 10:00 am
---- Convener's Closing Remarks; Greg Yank, RID


Times and events subject to change.
Updated 08-26-2017

Traveling By Car


Parking at the Institute will be included if your are staying at the Wyndham hotel.

Traveling By Air

Ground Transportation

  • Ground transportation provided by local Rotarians will be from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport SPI.  The airport is served by American Airlines, United and Allegiant.
  • If you are arriving by air, local Rotarians will pick you up at the airport. Everyone should complete and return the Transportation & Arrival Departure Form. You must fill out this form if you want transportation from the airport and return form by August 21.
  • The Wyndham hotel is 4 miles south from the airport. (About a 12 minute drive depending on traffic)
  • Please contact Transportation Chair, Bill Smith for special arrangements.

Transportation options from St. Louis Lambert Field (STL) to Springfield, IL

The distance from St Louis, MO to Springfield, IL is about 106 miles


The Gateway Transportation Center is the hub for Amtrak in St. Louis and is located at 430 South 15th Street. The location is one block east of Union Station. Currently, trains depart for Springfield at the following times: 4:35 AM, 6:40 AM, 7:55 AM, 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM. Travel time to Springfield is about two hours. Tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak website which is https://www.amtrak.com/home/

By using the Destinations link on the website, a tab will appear where you can enter St. Louis Gateway Station (STL) as the point of origin and Springfield, Illinois (SPI) as the destination. After entering the departure date and the number of travelers, select the Find Trains link. This will show the availability of trains to Springfield.

The MetroLink can be used to get from Lambert Field to the Gateway Transportation Center. The destination point on the MetrLink for the train station, is the Civic Center which is near the train station. Travel time on MetroLink is 30 minutes. Other options to get to the train station are Uber or a cab.

For travelers originating from Northeastern Texas, Central Arkansas or Southeastern Missouri, Amtrak’s Texas Eagle may be an option. The Texas Eagle originates in San Antonio and travels through Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois and stops in Springfield on its way to Chicago.

Greyhound Bus

The Gateway Transportation Center is also the hub for Greyhound buses. Currently, a bus departs for Springfield at 8:30 AM and 7:20 PM. Travel time to Springfield is less than two hours. Tickets can be purchased on Greyhound’s website which is https://www.greyhound.com/

Shuttle Van

The Bart shuttle van offers door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service in a 6-passenger conversion van. The current cost to travel to Springfield is $65.00 for one passenger and $55.00 for a companion. Reservations can be made at the company’s website which is https://bartshuttle.com/



Come to see historical sites such as the Abraham Lincoln Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House, or the Air Combat Museum. Dine at the Walnut Street Winery, where small batch wines are made with grapes gathered from around the globe, or at the Cozy Dog Drive-in, a Route 66 diner. Whatever you enjoy it is available to you in Springfield.


dana-thomashouseWe have a fantastic lineup of speakers ready for you in Springfield. Three time Olympic gold medal winner Jackie Joyner Kersee will be with us, as will Lee Cockrell, the former Vice President of Operations at Walt Disney World. Joining them will be Peter Davey, Past President of RIBI. All three have amazing leadership stories. That's just the start of a stellar lineup of speakers as we sharpen our leadership skills in the home of Lincoln, one of our country's greatest leaders.