Springfield Rotary Club holds “Service Above Self” luncheon


Three prominent men received recognition on Thursday for their community service.

Hundreds attended the Springfield Rotary Club’s 9th Annual Service Over Self luncheon at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Basketball Coach and Hall of Famer John Calipari and Springfield businessman Jeb Balise were saluted for their charity work.

National honoree John Calipari told 22News that, “When I look at this, I think probably many more people should be honored before me.”

“I’m a little embarrassed because I always feel like I’m least deserving,” local honoree Jeb Balise said. “I look at all the people in the Balise team that do all the volunteering and all the work.”

Jim Russell received the lifetime achievement award in honor of his 53 years as a Springfield Rotarian. 

Russell explained his lifelong priority is, “To give back to mankind… to have the opportunity to have met these men and women over the past half-century.”

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