King's Daughters Organization

Circles of Friendship

Where the helping happens.

Our organization is made up of many “circles of friendship”, small groups who meet on a monthly basis to plan volunteer projects and enjoy each others company.

Each circle sets its own meeting times and projects. We welcome you to contact the circle leader of the one that bests fits your schedule to learn about joining us as a member. We are also open to starting new circles if you are unable to find one that you can attend.


Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle meets at a local restaurant in a private room at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (except January, May, July, and August). Although small in number at this time, our commitment to serving the elderly in our community is strong and most of our members take an active role including (but not limited to) volunteering with Red Cross Meals on Wheels, personal shopping (odd months) for residents of Fairhill Residence and assisting with needs at the Springfield Senior Services Center.

We enjoy visiting elderly shut-ins and being available to support the KDO through serving on committees that further the mission of the Organization.   As directed by the KDO, we contribute, if possible, to special events and projects.

Contact Cindy Lash (217-416-0526) or Mary Harney (217-793-0050 ) for more information. We will welcome you warmly!


Grateful Daughters Circle

Grateful Daughters Circle meets at noon on the second Tuesday of September and the first Tuesday of the month, from October through April (except January), at Illini Country Club.

Members collect food for seniors at the Presbyterian Church’s food pantry and take their KD Lady from Fair Hills Residence to visit other assisted care facilities and nursing homes to maintain contact with past King’s Daughters’ Home residents not residing at Fair Hills, as well as with members of her church. Members also volunteer at the Mary Bryant Home, Fair Hills Residence, various churches, and with Meals on Wheels.

Contact Karen Little (217-415-3297) or Caroline Cunnigham (217-787-2337) for information.


Margaret Garfield Circle

Margaret Garfield Circle meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month, from September through May (except January), at members’ homes where lunch is provided by other members.

Current activities include conducting a monthly bingo at Fair Hills Residence and delivering meals for the Senior Services Center Daily Bread Program. Canned foods are collected for the Springfield Senior Services Center holiday baskets. Our members are active on KDO committees and are dedicated to promoting the mission of the Organization.

Contact Sally Cadagin (217-502-0599; cadamyst@sbcglobal.net) or Teresa McElwee (217-793-6225; tmcelwee5@comcast.net) for more information.


Marjorie Post / Nightingale Circle

Marjorie Post/Nightingale Circle meets at 11:30 on the second Wednesday of the month, from September through June (except January & May), at various restaurants.

Members volunteer with Red Cross Meals on Wheels and Friends of Memorial Coral Coats.

Contact Karen O-Bierne (217-793-1189, obe25@sbcgloabal.net) for more information.


Mary A. Lawrence Circle

The Mary A. Lawrence Circle was founded in the spring of 1905. It is named in honor of one of Springfield former leading community members. Mrs. Lawrence, wife of Rheuna Lawrence for whom both Lawrence Aveune & Lawrence school are named, was also the mother of Susan Dana. She and her daughter Susan hosted many events to help the Springfield community in their beautiful home on South 4th Street, now known as the Dana Thomas House, a state historic site.

Mary A. Lawrence Circle meets at noon on the second Tuesday of the month, from September through April (except January), at the place of the hostess’s choosing.

Members volunteer with Red Cross Meals on Wheels and Springfield Senior Services Center Daily Bread Program. Canned goods are collected for the Loami Food Pantry as needed.

Contact Kay Gulley (217-546-7077); gulley8070@gmail.com) or Virgene Fair (217-341-2590); akafair@aol.com) for more information.


Mary H. Blackstock Circle

Mary H. Blackstock Circle meets at noon on the first Monday of the month, from September to May, at the home of one of the members. Lunch is brought by other members of the Circle.

Members help with May baskets at Springfield Senior Services Center, volunteer with Red Cross Meals on Wheels, and enjoy the company and friendships of our members.

Contact Cathy Schwartz (217-836-1137; cschwartz@rwtroxell.com) or Lisa Coakley (217-793-1448; klcoak@aol.com) for information.


The newest circle of friendship developed in 2013 in the name of Polly Roesch.  Polly was an outstanding citizen of Springfield and a long member of KDO.  The circle meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (except December) at various locations.

Contact Sue Shevlin (217-494-7738; sue_shevlin@comcast.net) or Barb Killian (217-787-3397; bakill49@gmail.com) for more information.

Polly Roesch Circle


Progress Circle

The Progress circle of friendship circle meets at noon on the third Wednesday of the month, September through April (except December), at Illini Country Club.

Contact Susan Fulks (217-816-8973; randyfulks@aol.com) or Jacqueline Price-Lucas (217-836-4051; jmaureen99@hotmail.com) )for more information.


Willing Circle

Willing Circle meets at noon on the first Tuesday of the month, from September through May (except January), at Illini Country Club.

Members volunteer with St. John’s Hospital Third Age Living and with the Senior Services Center for its Holiday Baskets and Daily Bread Program meal delivery.

Contact Sandy Beck (217-679-6533) or Lowanda Medley (217-546-0264) for information.