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Jul 10

JULY FOCUS meeting – Springfield Brewing Company

July FOCUS Meeting will be held this tuesday evening at 7pm at Springfield Brewing Company, 302 S Market Street. Come early and enjoy socialization and a time to meet the group. Learn about LGBT Events that are happening in the coming weeks.

Hope to see you there.

Membership dues are due for those of you who have been members before January 1st of this year.

$30.00 per person.

Make checks Payable to FOCUS, Inc.

Mail to:

PO BOX 4628

Thanks and look forward to seeing you there.

Paul Rucker
Executive Chair

Mar 18

Bar n Bites March 26th at the Old Glass Place from 6 -10pm

Hey FOCUS Friends! Don’t forget the Bar & Bites Fundraiser for the FOCUS FOUNDATION Scholarship. Coming up in a week! Mark your calendars and pass the word. March 26th from 6-10. Let’s make this one a rousing success for a great cause! Come out to the Old Glass Place and enjoy good food and drinks provided by APO, OLGA, GALAGXY Youth Group, Red Top Oven, Realty Executives, Randy Doennig & Stephen Adams AND The Old Glass Place bartenders! Raise a glass with friends and support LGBT students. Get the word out – tell your friends.




Mar 06

Happy Hour this Friday

FOCUS Happy Hour for March will be held at the southern Big Whiskeys on west Republic this coming Friday, March 11th. Please bring a friend and plan to join us for good food, good fellowship and great friends from 5-7 pm. We will probably stay there to eat as well. Hope to see everyone on the sunny patio

Mar 05

Monthly Membership Meeting at Springfield Brewing Company Tuesday March 8th

I am excited to announce that we are having CASA speak to us this coming Tuesday evening. They will share what is happening in the Springfield area and detail what they do to assist children in dire situations.

I hope to see you at the meeting and look forward to hearing what’s new in your life. Looking over the names in the emails I know some of you are still in the area, while others have moved away. It has been awhile since I have seen you. I want you to know that you are missed and never too far from my thoughts. This past year has been a busy one for all of us. Looking forward to a great 2016.

We have been very successful with the scholarship fund raising and look forward to March 26th Bar n Bites starting at 6pm. The price for bar n bites this year will be $25.00 if you purchase beforehand, otherwise it will be $30.00 at the door. This year we will be located at The Old Glass Place, thanks to Al and Roger graciously hosting the event. We plan on having drink and food stations as well as a cash bar. There will be flyers at Tuesday night meeting with additional details. Bring your cash or checks to purchase your tickets and we will bring Spring in style at Bar n Bites.

Also want to congratulate Steph Perkins as the new Director Executive Director of PROMO. It has been my pleasure the past several years to know Steph and the leadership he has provided to our community and at a state level representing us and alerting us to agendas and bills that would not favor who we are in this area.

So come out Tuesday night and show us you haven’t forgotten about us – Happy Hour starts at 6pm, you don’t have to drink, we meet at Springfield Brewing Company upstairs in the big back room so lots of time to socialize. If you can’t make it email me and let us know that you are still alive and kicking. It would be great to hear back from those who have moved away or can’t attend due to scheduling or health issues.

FOCUS, Inc is a social group that serves the LGBT community by providing scholarships to better our youth. We have annual social events and fund-raisers that provide our members with opportunities to both socialize and contribute. Our calendar is available at our meetings and at www.focus-inc.org

Paul Rucker
Executive Chair

Dec 24

2016 Online Scholarship Application is now online

Reminder the 2016 Online Scholarship Application is online.
Choose Focus Foundation at the top of the page and then click on the Grant Application link to begin.
If you know anyone who is LGBT or a child of a LGBT parent, please direct them to the site and have them fill out the online application.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at pr7296@sbcglobal.net.


Dec 22

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours

I want to personally thank each of you for making 2015 an awesome year!! You have given with your hearts and your wallets to assist The Rare Breed, Scholarships, and to our membership. I look forward to another amazing year and am thankful for each and every one of you and your support.

May you have a great holiday and a Happy New Year!!!

Look forward to seeing all of you soon.


Dec 11

Happy Hour tonight @Cafe Cusco’s 5-7 pm

Hey folks, come join the FOCUS drinkers for happy hour in the Summit lounge couch sitting area (upstairs at Cafe Cusco’s). We can eat there or decide once there for another eatery. Hope to see all!

Dec 06

FOCUS Annual Christmas Party this Tuesday Night at 7pm – Springfield Brewing Company

We are looking forward to our annual Naughty Santa Christmas Party at Springfield Brewing Company, this coming Tuesday – December 8th.

Happy Hour starts at 6pm come out and get to know us. Meeting starts at 7pm and our party starts shortly after.

Invite a friend and come out and have some fun.

Look forward to seeing all of you there!

Thanks for a great year!!

Paul Rucker
Executive Chair

Oct 12

FOCUS bob Fire, wiener roast AND 7th Annual Martini Party

Please make plans to join the FOCUS Family this coming Saturday night, October 17th at 7 pm for a bonfire/wiener roast followed by the 7th Annual martini party at John & Roberts home at 3287 E. Smokey Ln. We will light the fire at 7 pm and follow up with the martini mixing contest in the newly remodeled house😊😊. Bring you mixing liquiors of choice and join in on the martini contest -prizes of course for the best martini as well as encouragement to “dress up” and put on the best showmanship -last year Jeremy Kirkland won……this year we will only let non-professionals win:). Bring your friends, a finger food and your best party attitude for a night of fire & ice!! I want to make sure our ladies join this year, I promise to be much less tacky😛

Oct 06

FOCUS Monthly Meeting Tuesday October 12th at Springfield Brew CO – 305 S Market

Come out to Springfield Brew Co, our new membership meeting home. Located at 305 S Market in downtown Springfield. Plenty of parking and space. We meet upstairs starting at 6pm for “Happy Hour” to greet and meet and get to know more about each other. 7PM starts the membership meeting where we discuss community happenings and other events plus our fund raising activities.

Black tie is coming up Saturday November 14th starting at 6pm at University Plaza. Tickets can still be had by going to http://springfieldblacktie.org. Tables of 10 will get you a discount so invite your friends and let them know not to miss this great annual event that has made an impact on Springfield and our community.

Thanks to everyone for your support

Your Executive Chair,

Paul Rucker

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