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Mark your calendars for the upcoming Bowling Fundraiser for our Welfare/All In One campaign.
It will take place on Sunday, November 20th, from 1:00 – 4:00 at Olivette Lanes. Look for more information in your in-baskets and listen for announcements on Thursdays at the MAC.
Jon Soifer, Mike Borough, Don Klackner, Ken Schuman, David Hadler and Don Lorenz led the way with best handicap series for the evening. It was a good night for Schu as he also took home $40 in the 50/50. Yes, the pot was a little low with a total of seven blinds including Captain, Matt W. and his partner, Jack. There was a suggestion from Rose that the boys should send their 50/50 money via proxy if they can’t make it to Olivette. With the abundance of blinds, Ashley noted it was a slow bar night and considered subbing in for a few frames. More shots at the missing later.
The matches seemed a little one-sided except for the Wendling/Borough matchup on Lanes 17 & 18. This match saw Team Wendling win 3 individual matches but take only one game and 10 pts. With Captain Mike leading his team to a 12-10 victory.
On Lanes 19 & 20, Pete’s Bunch took care of Ralph’ Crew 18 – 4. Ralph’s outfit for the night was way out of bounds- he walked in with a Cubs hat on!
On Lanes 23 & 24, in a game with two blinds, Kocher and Wilson, Team Werner bested Team Finch 17-5. The blinds not only tied with their final handicap game scores but also had the same scratch game totals, i.e. they have the same average after 6 weeks. Although, Team Werner wondered how Wilson has an average. No one remembered seeing him yet this year.
There were 4 blinds on Lanes 22 & 23 where they finished there night around 7:20. Paul Holt did his best to carry the load but it was not enough. Team Lorenz led by Captain Don took down the leaderless Weiss, 16-6. Tim had a run of 5 strikes to aid in the victory.
This just in from WikiLeaks;
Somehow we have weaseled our way into a tie for 1st place after five weeks of bowling. It just HAS to be the fine leadership!!!……….which is about to end as I had committed to the Eagen family charity golf tourney on Monday
Playing with the South Florida alums, one of which is Windo who will attempt to play, but highly unlikely. Now that’s real leadership especially in the hunt of a chance to win a quarter!!
Naeser told me that he will likely miss this Monday as well, leaving us with just two bowlers, Tinuch & Paul to fight for the team.
If it is only two of you to bowl, put Windo as absent in the one hole followed by Paulie and Tinnuch with Naeser absent as the anchor.
If you get a bowler to substitute, put that bowler in the one hole leaving Naeser as the anchor.
If you happen to have two subs, put them in one & three with Tinnuch moving to anchor.
Whooooooo……… a lot of nonsense. I wouldn’t have agreed to play in this tourney had I knew we would lose a bowler, Marschke, Windo hurting his knee and Naeser unable to bowl this week.
You all can handle any adversity, that’s why you were chosen, bitch guys on a fun team! Only a few are the chosen ones!!!
Good luck Weiss guys!
Whooo is right! Like most of the WikiLeaks releases some amusing reading but nothing incriminating here. It does show in the heat of a race the “strategery” some guys will go to – whether the W. is a Bush or a Weiss.
See you ALL next week at Olivette Lanes!
Song Leader: Beth Russell singing “Side by Side”
Since giving scholarships for “Young Citizens Awards” Webster University has had 25 students take advantage of the scholarships.
November 9th is our next Membership Breakfast
November 10th is the Veteran’s Day Program
November 19th is Scouting for Food
November 20th is “Rolling for Rotary” Bowling at Olivette Lanes
Additional Information: Ken Schuman gave a great presentation on the endowment fund and where it stands.
Sergeant at Arms: Amie Bossi, Fun Facts- Did you know a hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards?
Program Summary: Steve Stenger was raised in Affton not far from where he now resides. At a very young age Steve’s parents, Pete and JoAnn, instilled in Steve the values of hard work and determination. His father supported the family working as a telephone lineman with Southwestern Bell for more than forty years. Steve, along with his sisters and brother, attended St. Dominic Savio Catholic Grade School and Bishop DuBourg High School. While in high school, Steve was on student council, a gifted singer, and played football.
Following his education at DuBourg, Steve put himself through college at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and within three years graduated with honors and his degree in accounting. Immediately following graduation from UMSL, he passed the Missouri Certified Public Accounting Exam on his first attempt. Steve went on to study law at St. Louis University School of Law (SLU Law) in 1993. During his time at SLU Law, he served as Assistant Editor of the St. Louis University Law Journal going on to graduate with honors in 1996.
To learn more about County Executive Stenger’s plan visit www.stevestenger.com.
I am writing this week’s Alleygations under protest. Captain Pete Milne arranged a trip to France and Normandy during his week to do Alleygations and drafted me for the job.
Week 5 has passed with two weeks remaining before the first quarter roll off. Michael Borough’s team remains in first place but team 1 lead by Captain Matt Weiss scored 18 points and moved into a first place tie. The Lorenz, Werner, Cowell and Milne teams trail the leaders but remain close enough to shake up the standings in the coming weeks. Team 8 remains in eighth place but with Captain Ralph “Dapper” Decker on the bench the team scored ten points thanks to Don Klackner’s 238 scratch game and 633 scratch series.
Other bowlers with some good games were Dan Naes (219), David Hadler (208) and Jim Cavanagh (203). Kevin Hadler, Blake Critzas and Steve LaFara followed closely with high games in the 190’s.
The role of handicaps in determining winners and losers was well demonstrated as Amie Bossi won two points competing against Arnold Hadler. Several bowlers pointed out Katie LaMarsh’s ability to double up strikes, with four doubles last week and two doubles this week.
Matt Weiss pointed out his winning $50 in the 50/50 drawing, his first win in two years. He was so excited that he plans to double up at the weekly 50/50 drawings at Thursday meetings. He forgot that only Matt Wilson has been able to win back to back drawings.
See you all next Monday evening.
President-Elect Dr. Beth Russell, standing in for President Richard Losciale, brought the meeting to order in the Missouri Room of the Missouri Athletic Club at 12:00 p.m. Everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. John Reed delivered a thoughtful invocation and Bill Piper led the group in singing “God Bless America”. Acting Sergeant at Arms Mary Jane Thomsen introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Immediate Past President Mary Jane Thomsen served as the emcee for the 2016 Young Citizens Award Program. This annual program, a partnership between Club 11 and the St. Louis Public Schools, honors one young man and one young woman in the graduating class from each St. Louis Public High School. The program was preceded by mentoring sessions between the honorees and Rotarians.
Dr. Beth Russell introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools. Dr. Adams congratulated all of the honorees and remarked about the prestigious nature of the award. He encouraged all of the honorees to be proud and be positive. Dr. Adams thanked Club 11 for its long-standing partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools. He also thanked Webster University for its contribution of the scholarship awards to the honorees.
Dr. Russell introduced Webster University President Beth Stroble and Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Julian Z. Schuster, for a special announcement. President Stroble announced that each honoree would be receiving a $5,000 scholarship to Webster University renewable for 3 years. She invited all honorees to apply to Webster University. This special announcement was greeted with enthusiastic applause and appreciation.
Each honoree was presented with an award certificate, gift certificates, Webster University scholarship award certificate and other goodies. Several students approached the podium and reported things they discussed and learned in the mentoring sessions.
Following a group photo of all of the honorees, the meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Standing in for President Richard Losciale, President Elect, Beth Russell rang the bell at noon bringing the meeting to order at the appointed time. She informed the club that President Richard Losciale had experienced a medical emergency yesterday afternoon and was in the ICU at BJC. Maggie Lampe will push out information as more information becomes known.
The invocation was given by Ed Harris who honored Mother Theresa and us by reciting one of her prayers. Rick Tinucci stepped up for Ralph Decker and led the membership in a rousing rendition of America the Beautiful, which served to remind us of the steadfastness of our great nation in spite of inhospitable storm Matthew bearing down on the coast of Florida and the wackiness of our election.
President Elect Russell made several announcements:
Progressive 50/50 update
Sergeant at Arms, Amie Bossi recounted the history of Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Noting that native people lived here before America was “discovered,” she made an appeal to her fellow Rotarians to support a change to Indigenous Peoples Day.
Amie welcomed the following guests: Jessica Dederer and Tina Nelson from the Family Resource Center; Kris Sirevaag, a guest of Governor Holden; John Marr Hongs, a guest of Jeromy Fritz. She welcomed fellow Rotarians, Keith Faulkner from Sydney Australia, Salvador Farfan from Long Beach, Heather Vilhaur from Dougherty Valley/San Ramon and of course, J. Gary Neal from the Fresno Sunrise Club.
Beth Russell introduced the keynote speaker for the day, former Governor Bob Holden. Gov. Holden was the 53rd Governor of Missouri. He served from 2001-2005.
Gov. Holden opened his remarks by recognizing the St. Louis Rotary Club for their outstanding work over the years and congratulated the Family Resource Center for their work in the community in countless ways.
Mr. Holden remarked that this is a “fascinating” political year and unlike any we have ever seen. Although he did not reveal who he was supporting for president, he clearly was not a fan of the republican nominee. He touted the attributes of Governor John Kasich of Ohio for his thoughtfulness, inclusiveness and progressiveness. Kasich is also presiding over a dynamic Ohio economy.
Gov. Holden talked about the importance of the Midwest Region of the country of which Missouri is a part. The Region represents the fifth largest economy in the world, sandwiched between Germany and Great Britain.
He expressed some frustration that there is “meaningless competition” taking place in our Region, i.e., Missouri vs. Kansas, rural vs. urban, St. Louis City vs. St. Louis County, that impacts our ability to compete in the global economy.
He framed the election in terms of these two choices, “what we aspire to be or what we had.” In addition, he noted that hardcore campaigning begins earlier and is more intense because early voting has already started and nearly forty percent of the total votes are cast before Election Day. In a contest, where every vote counts, it is important for campaigns to “ramp up” early.
He suggested that this was a “change election.” While Democrats historically have an advantage over Republicans, Republicans are running on a message of change. The election will be won or lost on the ability of the two major parties to connect with people on the basis of age, gender, race and sexual orientation. The challenge of the parties is to form messages that resonate with the various constituencies comprising the electorate. He also notes that people seem to be more scared this year than in the past as the “future is uncertain and the path is unclear.” This is an opportunity for new ideas to take hold, but as is often the case, “everybody likes change unless it affects them.”
Governor Holden closed his formal remarks by lamenting that this was the most “contentious and degrading” election in his lifetime.
Governor Holden took six questions from club members.
Amie Bossi joined Gov. Holden and Beth Russell on stage to draw the 50/50 winner. The pot started at $310.00. An additional $74.00 was added today as the result of $148.00 being raised from ticket sales. Jeromy Fritz won $9.00 after he drew the 9 of Hearts.
President Elect Beth Russell adjourned the meeting shortly after 1:00 p.m.
The Olivette Lanes came to life as Rotarians of Club 11 slowly filtered in for another great experience of bowling, laughter and BS. As always things started slow and gradually got to the point of people incriminating themselves so I had something to write about.
First of all I would like to congratulate Don Klackner. Don and his family were celebrating their 5th year anniversary of owning Olivette Lanes. St Louis Rotary Club thanks Don for his continued support in Rotary and providing our bowling league with a premier establishment to enjoy our Monday nights together. Also a big thanks to Don’s wife and family for joining us Monday night and providing cake in celebrating with Don.
After the celebration the typical Rotary bowling night began. Right out of the gate Team Werner was celebrating their first “hanging” of the year. Kent Steinbrueck was the lucky recipient of that award.
On the lanes next to us, Matt Weiss and his merry men seemed to be giving Paul Holt more than his fair share of attention from his teammates by getting hung multiple times.
On those same pair of lanes Pete Milne’s team was short a man so Bob (Newsie) Barnes filled in. Seems Pete is trying to line up for Bob’s trade to his team! Details on financial side will be disclosed later. Rumor has it buckets of beer may be changing hands.
On the far end from our team word came down the line that Blake Critzas was putting together quite the 1st game. He ended up having 6 in a row and improving the league high single game (which he held) by two to 268.
Bob Kocher won $57 in the 50/50 and after taxes will be able to make a down payment on that new car.
Finally Team Lorenz had many opportunities for hangings but son Tim Lorenz was only able finalize the deal on one of them. Lucky John Guilfoy was the recipient of, I believe our only hanging. As Dan Naes taught me, never leave free beer on the table!!
Strikes and Spares for everyone next week! See you there.
WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHTS: -Team Werner caused a 5 frame delay malfunction on lane 21, possibly due to Richard Warrior’s 20+ mph armswing. After several attempts to resolve the issue, Team Werner and Team Borough relocated lanes. That’s why I got home so late. -Katie LaMarsh earned her 1st Turkey (+ 1 more strike) of the year -Arnold Hadler received the most hugs (from Katie LaMarsh) as he shoved other teammates aside to congratulate her -Matt Weiss made a 4-7-10 -Steve LaFara made a 2-8-10 -Paul Holt made back to back gutter ball spares (Maybe Paul should talk to Matt and Steve) -Mike Borough learned that “Scratch” isn’t just something you do to your head when you’re wondering why all the pins didn’t go down -Bob Kocher made the seemingly wise decision to ride his Schwin to bowling that night, in the belief that no one would want to steal that – he was wrong
After the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation, it was time for a different sort of “song”. Ralph Decker took the podium and introduce the Rotarettes cheer team – Beth Russell, Wendy Schlesinger, Mark Roock and your humble scribe. Showing some evidence of rehearsal, Ralph and the team led the club in the “Rotary Club 11 Cheer.” Judging from some people’s slow recovery from the beginning “lawn mower” position, this will take a few more tries before we get it right – to which Ralph will gladly attend.
Matters moved mercifully on to the general announcements and the progressive 50/50 update, which has worked its way up to $218.50 before the day’s additions. Several upcoming programs were mentioned: Dr. Kelvin Adams of the St. Louis Public Schools will be the prime speaker for the Young Citizens Awards on October 13th, former Governor Bob Holden will have a political forecast for us on October 6th, and in nearest future, THERE WILL BE CAKE on September 29th, as we have an all-in meeting and new member recognition ceremony featuring MUCH CAKE.
Also, by the time you see this, the District 6060 conference will have taken place, featuring, among other things the well-deserved honoring of Wally Knoll as our club’s exemplary Rotarian. It truly couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Few committee meetings were mentioned but the Publicity Committee is due to meet after the October 6th meeting, on the second floor of the MAC.
David Cowell stood in for the mysteriously absent Amie Bossi and, after updating us on the wonderful event at KDHX the previous night, introduced our guests, Pam Neill (spouse to J. Gary), George Warner of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa (guest of Fred O.), Ron Charles (guest of Dale Ruthsatz), as well as the perpetually visiting J.G.Neill himself, and Tom Feutz of the Napa Sunrise Club, who cheerfully exchanged banners with President Richard.
The President’s next order of business was to introduce recent District 6060 Ambassadorial Scholar Gretchen Kohl to tell us about her experiences in Barcelona, (still) Spain. A graduate of Lindbergh H.S. and the University of Evansville, Gretchen mentioned how her interest in foreign study had been piqued by her family’s having hosted exchange students while she was in high school and so she applied for the program, which involves only 11% North Americans, and was assigned to Barcelona, where she became involved intensely with Rotaract, which has 30 clubs in Barcelona. One project which was a major effort involved the club providing food for the homeless and another was a cooperative effort with medical students to educate people in general about first aid. Gretchen commented on the many things which are close, but different. For example, gifts are exchanged on Three Kings Day (Epiphany), rather than on Christmas Day, which is usually a quieter family observance. Some of the differences to which she was exposed were the openness of Holy Day observances; the local sport of building human pyramids; and the substitution for what looked like a wine bong instead of chugging from a beer mug. A more profound point was a photo of a sign which boiled down to “Hello tourist, we hate you”, something which has grown since the Olympic Games in 1992. Tourists are wonderful for the economy but catering to them has priced out some of the small business and residents from occupying places they have traditionally been in. There is also the possibility of the secession of the region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital, from Spain as a whole. Gretchen saw no great agitation for such a referendum but it’s certainly possible. Any more details anyone wants can be had at Gretchen’s blog – gkohlblog.wordpress.com.
Then Jim Sheets introduced the main speaker – Wayne Schoeneberg of the Live Beyond Fear Project. Wayne is an attorney who also coaches small businesses. He noted that when he started in business, some years ago, there was not such much undifferentiated fear abroad. He is interested in how does fear affect performance and profitability. He sees this as a spectrum of potential for success – the less fear, the more success. A major point is that no one is fearless – those that are called such are simply people who have found a way to expand their comfort zone of what is a reasonable fear. In a way, we are all the descendants of cowards – the brave guys who were always going out to kill the sabre-toothed tiger didn’t always come back, while the cowards at least would make it back to the cave (if they weren’t killed by something else first).
Here are Wayne’s most common roadblocks – the GAILs:
G = Gremlins – that which holds you back.
A = Assumptions – the belief that the past will invariably repeat – if you failed before, you’ll fail again.
I = Interpretations – our beliefs – people, things, events we think true.
L = Limiting belief – what keeps you from pressing on.
Wayne sees as a key idea the courage to be confident – to believe in yourself and to know your subject matter. Today is the sum of what you’ve done so far. How do you boost that confidence? Go out and lose – you won’t get better playing against people you know you can beat. Also, your destiny is in your dreams – but dreams don’t work unless you do. And, you can’t let fear interfere with fun. Wayne told of waiting to doing a parachute jump, sitting next to a Special Forces colonel who admitted he’d jumped something over 900 times and still got the same grip in the stomach Wayne was worried over.
Also, you must accept that things will go wrong – and you just have to go on. Wayne closed with a recitation from memory of Kipling’s poem “If”, written in the wake of a South African escapade gone horribly wrong, later turned to triumph by the sheer force of will of Cecil Rhodes (beautiful full color rendition available from yours truly on request).
After a good q&a with both speakers, meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
W. R. Piper
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