St. Louis Community Service
The Rotary Club of St. Louis, the 11th club founded, has served the St. Louis community for over 100 years. Historically Club 11 has focused our local community service in disadvantaged areas and people of St. Louis.
With a focus on youth and education and in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools, we have recognized, encouraged and rewarded students through:
- 8th Grade Leadership Awards – Recognition, leadership retreat and a college scholarship
- Rotary Young Citizen Award – Recognition, mentoring, reward for up to 30 high school graduates
- Rotary Youth Leadership Academy – Annual Student Selection and Scholarships
- INTERACT – Rotary Sponsored High School Service Clubs
- Rotary Youth Exchange – Year long study abroad, free to selected high school students and we also fund foreign exchange students who come to the St. Louis area.
Our annual St. Louis Police Award recognizes heroic efforts of our local police for their efforts in crime prevention and safety.
Every year we raise between $30,000 and $50,000 and use these funds for service projects and for community service grants to support local charitable and not-for-profit organizations serving St. Louis. We also organize collections of materials, supplies, and funds for students and teachers, babies, and homeless and mental health facilities.
In addition, we organize and run several direct hands-on service projects to help local organizations. These have included “done in a day” projects like painting a building or installing a playground. We have also assisted at food banks, soup kitchens, and youth and homeless service facilities. Spouses and other family members are welcomed as we feel service is a family and livelong commitment.
Any of our Rotarians can sponsor community service grant applications, or suggest, organize and lead a hands on volunteer project. We have members who are ready to help, simply ask.
Individual Rotary Clubs fund and execute community projects like installation of playgrounds or public toilets or local literacy programs or scholarships for their own communities. Individual clubs also partner with other international clubs to serve disadvantaged areas and regions.
On a global scale. Rotary Clubs worldwide have collaborated to organize and fund disease control including one of the largest programs in the world – eradication of polio.
Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water and sanitation
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Economic and community development
Rotarians are business and community leaders with a passion for service. Rotary allows them to harness their experience, technical and professional knowledge, and leadership skills to make the world better.
Rotarians are also active in Vocational Service. Rotary follows and encourages the highest of ethical standards in our business, community and personal lives. Along with service, the Four Way Test is one of our strongest traditions.
Rotarians are among the best examples of ethical behavior in our dealings with Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Club 11 volunteers have for several years lead Business Ethics seminars for local business and medical school students
In addition, Rotarians are experienced business professionals who can offer advice and guidance. They can and will share their network of professionals as may be needed.
Finally as a Rotarian you can connect with the Rotary network worldwide for service, business, and fellowship. You will be welcomed at any Rotary Club meeting worldwide. This can help build you professional network with Rotarians who are examples of high ethical behavior. Locally we sponsor visits to other Rotary Clubs in the St. Louis area at least monthly to build stronger relationships in the region.
If you want to build and develop your leadership skills, Rotary also offers many opportunities. Committees are the operational heart of the club. Serving as a Chairperson can be very rewarding. Serving on the Board of Directors and as an elected officer is an honor and an opportunity to lead the club and the community. Club officers will work with experienced Rotarians who are committed to the overall success of the programs, Club 11 and you.
Rotarians know that any endeavor is handled better when working together with friends. Fellowship is a key component in making Rotary work. Rotary International sponsors many International Fellowships focused on hobbies or sports so that Rotarians can build closer relationships or friendships. These will lead to stronger partnerships for service in all areas.
Club 11 Fellowship opportunities include:
- Bowling League – one of the oldest west of the Mississippi, great fun for all skills.
- Golf League – play many local private golf clubs with Rotarian friends
- Business Network / Happy Hours – Social and business networking
- Dinner Dances – Include spouses in a wonderful evening with Rotarian friends
- Annual Picnic – Include the family and extended family for a great afternoon
- St. Patrick’s Day Rotary Float – Fun for the family.
- Social/Community Events – Several events organized for Rotary
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