The agenda from the meeting can be found below.
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The agenda from the meeting can be found below.
This was bowler appreciation week and we were treated to food for the evening. Many thanks go out to Don Klackner, who is also very much appreciated. Team Barnes was very thankful also to team Linton-Finch for helping them to hold on to first place.
Jack Windish had a pretty neat occurrence not only getting a spare, but also knocking out the pin that was stuck in the gutter.
Beth Russell won 50/50 at $57.00.
Honors for the night: Scratch game Matt Weiss with a whopping 235, Ralph Decker 234 Don Klackner 222 and Dave Cowell 216. Handicap Series Gary Jones 659, Matt Weiss 652, Don Klackner 643, Richard Loscaile 637, Jim Cavanagh 633, David Cowell 626 and Linda Decker 621.
If you have not signed up the Columbia trip, you better hurry.
Hey, Hey, Hey, all you Monday night Bowlers, what a great 2nd week for Cow-bells Cowell, 50-50 money winner two weeks in a row! You’ve won as many times in two weeks than I have in the last 15 years! Congrats! I was lucky enough to have a couple of visitors, wife Michelle and number one daughter Alexandra, which reminded me of my new 60 year old age and cheer me on for a couple of games. Best treat of all was the cake, very good, so if you need a special treat for an occasion just go to https://www.facebook.com/cinnamonwhisk/ , she can make a custom design of any kind. That was the second time that day I was eating cake, GOOD DAY!
Eight weeks to go with team Barns and Wicks starting out strong, 21 to 20 points the first week. But in the News once again are those Cow Bells, what a great series, 207, 236 and a 232, 675 scratch, nice! Playing second fiddle, that would be me, with a 226. Don the Legend, rolls a nice 202, and a few other nice scores over average, Dan Scott was 46 pins over average with a 185, Richard Loscaile was 40 over/w 177, Tom Keeline was 34 over/w 152, and Ken Schuman was 31 over/w 178.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Bowling Trip on April 17. Also the Charity Golf Tournament at Forest Park is rapidly approaching so get your group signed up!
See you all next week for another week of great scores! Everyone be safe out there…………………….
President Beth Russell called the meeting to order at noon followed be the Pledge of Allegiance and the recital of the Rotary 4 Way Test
Bill Piper then lead us in a group in a wonderful rendition of the Beatles song “Here comes the Sun” during a time of grey dreary days.
President Beth made the announcement of the untimely resignation of Michelle Fassler. Michelle took a new job that will not allow her time to devote to Rotary. Bob Sherrill will take the President position in the next Rotary year. A replacement for Bob’s position will be completed by vote soon.
There will be joint happy hour with the Chesterfield Club on April 3rd at Edgewild Wines in Chesterfield.
Mike Regan made the announcement that we are in need of invocators and scribes. A sheet to sign up is being circulated.
Bob Sherrill passed around a bucket for a new campaign – Spare Change for Alzheimers. Please donate any loose change you might have to this terrible illness.
Sargeant at Arms Mike Mosella was next on the agenda introducing guest and visiting Rotarians We had 3 guest today including David Cowell’s better half, Jean Cowell and Honey Beth Higgs from North Carolina. And as usual our favorite visiting Rotarian J. Gary Neal was present.
He also introduced new member Nicole Roberson to our club. Welcome Nicole
Helen DiFate introduced our Program for today, Mr. Chris LImbergh with the Prison Performing Arts.
The Prison Performing Arts (PPA) performed an inspiring original play created an performed by the Alumni Company of PPA. The play called “Think” was first performed about a year ago and has gone through a few changes.
PPA gives inmates and “Alumni” a chance to work on something good and in return the get skills back that can help them in life. Most of the performers stay our of trouble in jail and when the get out. The success rate is very high. Interesting group and project that seems important in todays society.
Since the 50/50 has started the 2nd deck of cards we had the drawing after the program. Bob Kocher had the winning ticket but was unsuccessful and the drawing continues next week.
The meeting was adjourned at just past 1PM.
President Beth Russell, 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 and the Rotary 4 Way Test. Phil Roush delivered a thoughtful community service themed invocation and Ralph Decker, decked out in his kelly green jacket, led the group in singing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. Well done gents.
Upcoming programs include the Prison Performing Arts play on March 22nd and author Bill Clevlen on March 29th. A Club happy hour is scheduled for April 3rd at Edgewild in Chesterfield. The annual Golf Tournament will take place on May 16th at Forest Park. A Club 11 Trivia Night Fundraiser will take place on June 9th.
The Program Committee is in need of scribes and invocators. Please contact Mike Regan (email@example.com) if you are willing to volunteer.
Sergeant at Arms Mike Mosella received his weekly customized introduction, this week to “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. Mike’s dance moves were in form after a week in Mesquite, Nevada. Mike then introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Mike Mosella presented a video of his interview with Bob (“Coach”) Kocher. Mike does a fantastic job with these productions, and this one was terrific. Bob talked about his career at Otis Elevator and the long and winding path he took to joining Rotary. He said his membership in Rotary has been life changing. Bob’s three best Rotary moments have been: 1) becoming President of Club 11; 2) participating in the GSE trip to Brazil; and 3) introducing Mike Mosella to Club 11.
David Pokorny introduced our guest speaker, Mona Langenberg, President of Go! St. Louis. Go! St. Louis is a non-profit organization that has been around for almost 20 years. Go! St. Louis organizes events throughout the year, but the group’s most well known event is the Go! St. Louis Marathon weekend which is scheduled this year for April 7-8, 2018. Go! St. Louis’ theme is “Inspiring Fitness One Step at a Time”.
Kent Steinbrueck’s ticket was drawn for the 50/50 raffle. Kent pulled the 4 of Spades so the drawing continues on next week with 43 cards (including the sought after Ace of Clubs) remaining. The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Events began promptly at noon with President Dr. Beth leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test. Dale Ruthsatz followed with an invocation calling on the blessing of the Great Engineer. Next came a new Juli Niemann adaptation for the occasion of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” led by our president.
The announcements were several but brief. I won’t repeat much of this because faithful readers will doubtless have info about these already. However, please note that the program on March 22 (Prison Performing Arts) can be expected to run over beyond 1 p.m. “a bit,” so please allow a little extra time that day. Also, be sure to note that the rescheduled Trivia Night (June 9) will be at Covo, (4th and Pine – once Mississippi Valley Trust) with complimentary parking at the Mansion House Garage across the street.
The Sergeant at Arms for the day, Dan Conway, then took the mike and introduced two individual guests – Lee Lammert, who is a repeat visitor, and Mike Borough, husband of former President Mary Jane Thomsen. They were followed by the ritual recognition of J. Gary Neil as a visiting Rotarian. Large groups of engineers were then recognized by Dan – Horner & Shifrin (in business in St. Louis since 1933), WSP (the former Parsons & Brinckerhoff), AGC (Associated General Contractors – only a few of the 550 members of the group), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and the Metropolitan Sewer District.
Before introducing the speaker, instead of humor, Dan brought up several interesting points from Mike Steinberg. One was that everyone needs to keep up with the state of information generation – your competition is doing it already. Also, since 2010, data (its management and control) has become more important generally to your business than cash flow. Finally, an estimated $5 TRILLION in cybercrime transpired last year. Steinberg sees this leading to jobs in cybersecurity tripling in the next five years.
THE MAIN EVENT – Bob Brinkmann, CEO of Brinkmann Constructors, which has built from a startup in 1984 to a $450 million annual business, spoke but with a different hat on. Bob recently became one of the six member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which he feels currently represents a good amount of diversity in backgrounds, professionally and geographically, which apparently has not always been the case. While the first legally designated road in Missouri (The King’s Highway) dates to 1808, the Missouri Department of Transportation, supervised by the Commission, really only dates to 1980 in its current form. Bob emphasized that MoDOT emphasizes safety, service and serviceability in its operations. Among the things the Department does is produce numerous publications, but Bob emphasized most material from the Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding.
Bob pointed out that our state has the 7th largest road system in the country, supported by the 46th highest level of funding. In fact, 53% of the use of Interstate 70 can be documented as being by non-residents. Bob showed a chart explaining where the money for our highways comes from as well as where it goes, showing annual spending of about $900 million, of which practically nothing comes from the state’s general revenues, being derived mostly from fuel taxes and such.
This has to be applied to high periodic and unfunded needs – better bridges, roads, interstate highway reconstruction and improved multimodal (rail and water transport). The Commissioners must deal with 20 regional planning partners on how the available funds are distributed. Funding is a constant challenge and has become more of one all the time. 30 years ago, the Department could figure on 80% of a major interstate project being federally funded, leaving the state only 20% to come up with. A recent proposal from Washington would flip-flop those percentages, greatly slowing what can be accomplished.
The final part of Bob’s presentation was devoted to safety. By a number of statistical measures of highway deaths, Missouri has the least safe highways in the country. 94% of deaths were attributable to driver error. Approximately 67% of deaths were due to driver ejection, with a grossly disproportionate part of that due to the male 26-34 age group. Cable barriers in medians have been remarkably effective in dealing with crossover crashes but they are not enough. Perhaps if we no longer are one of the 3 states left in which most drivers can still legally text while in motion some of this would go down.
Q: Why no toll roads?
A: Can’t put a toll on a road already paid for (I-70, as if you couldn’t guess) though if a lane was added, that could be subject to a toll.
Q: Why not require trucks to pay tolls, given their part in the wear and tear caused by usage?
A: I’ll ask.
Q: What about a dedicated highway for over the road trucks, such as was recently announced in Georgia?
A: I’ll ask.
Q: Is increasing the state fuel tax a solution?
A: That’s a major goal. It has to be passed by the General Assembly and then be approved in a statewide referendum. The state Senate is generally in favor but the House has not been. A $.10 per gallon increase would raise $400 million.
Q: How do you deal with an advent of electric vehicles killing the gasoline tax as a source of funding?
A: Probably by some sort of flat fee on plates. We will see an all-electric vehicle situation in our lifetimes.
Meeting concluded at 1 p.m. No raffle.
We had a full house of bowlers for Week 23 of the 99th season of the St. Louis Rotary Club Bowling League. The high game of the night went to David Cowell with a 213. Followed by Don Lorenz with a 210 and a 203. Big Don finished the night with a 593 scratch series. Way to go Don! The other big game of the night went to Dan Conway with a 202. Dan had a great 3 game series of 543 scratch for a 181 average for the evening. Our Rotary Club President, Beth Russell had a high game of 144.
Our next night of bowling, March 12th will be position night for the 3rd quarter title. To date, The Wicks Team will be bowling against The Barnes Team……Team Critzas with be bowling against Team Decker.
Until then, stay out of the gutter and keep it on the lanes!
President Beth called us to order at noon sharp and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance in the MAC’s 3rd Floor Crystal Room (Our usual Grand Ballroom on the 2nd Floor was closed as the MAC set up for the annual Ozark Boxing event). President Beth also led us in the group recital of the 4-Way Test, a new tradition she has introduced this year.
Jay Ryan led us in prayer that included a sidebar prayer for the Golf Club folks heading to Mesquite soon for a week of links and sun and fun. Jay also remembered the students of Parkland High School, both the lost and the living.
Bill Piper led us in song to Stevie Wonder’s “I just called to say I love you”.
Our Sgt at Arms, Motown Mike Mosella, whistled a lovely rendition of the main theme from The Andy Griffith Show and introduced several guests. Meeting day (2/22) was National Margarita Day! It will soon be good margarita weather here in the Lou, dear dead-of-winter fellow Club 11ers!
Upcoming Club 11 Programs include a 3/1 Bellerive PGA Event overview, 3/8 Engineer’s Day (an annual program for Club 11 for decades and always a full house draw!) and a 3/15 presentation from Go St Louis!.
As all of us know, membership is one of the key life bloods for good old Club 11 and Jeromy Fritz’s Membership Committee is hosting a Prospective New Member breakfast at the MAC (usually in the 4th Floor Veterans’ Room) at 8am March 13th. All Club 11ers are urged to invite and accompany new member candidates to this short, delicious, free and well-planned event. Look for updates on this important event and do let Jeromy, Maggie or any member of the Membership Committee know of any guests you may want to bring!
Also know that our Annual Golf Tournament at Forest Park Golf Course will be May 16th. This event is the single-day largest fund raiser on our Club 11 calendar and your participation as a player, a foursome organizer, auction item contributor or volunteer is welcome. Please see Chair Jack Windish for more conversation and commitment chat.
Future (2019-20) Club President Bob Sherrill’s Community Service Committee will meet on March 15 after our luncheon program. The non-profits’ annual grants winners will be selected at that event as the culmination of a long and very well-vetted grant review process headed by Marcia Barber and Phil Hesley. We will publicly award and honor all winning organizations in May…..More to come on that! This year, we are able (thanks to all members’ generosity and support) we are awarding $35,000 in grants! Way to be great Rotarians, Club 11ers!
Also, on March 20 late afternoon, we are preparing and serving dinner for the youth at the Lift for Life Gym. Please see Vic or Helen DiFate or Maggie for further details on this powerful but short monthly service opportunity.
The lunch of Beef Stroganoff was well received and the Apple Crumb Cobbler dessert was generous and oh so good!
Bob Zangas introduced our guest speaker, Mr. John Eyres, owner of Business Connections Consulting Company, an 11 ½ year old contracted cold-calling firm of about a dozen cold-calling specialists who, from virtual offices around the region, make over 50,000 outbound phone calls annually on behalf of its clients’ businesses.
Mr. Eyres shared the following tips and tricks on how to maximize cold calling success:
The meeting ended with Kent Steinbrueck winning 10$ in our progressive 50/50 with the elusive win pool now sitting over $730 going into next week!
That’s it for now, dear Club 11 readers…..your faithful scribe Richard Losciale signing off with gratitude for knowing you all!
It was a dark and cool night at Olivette Lanes. The lanes were full but the chill seemed to affect the team scores.
The 50-50 drawing was won by our neighbors. It was about $55.00.
On lanes 17-18 and 19-20, In the first two games, there were no 800 series, and no 200 games amongst the 4 teams.
On lanes 23-24, first game, Ralph Decker bowled 200. A philosophical discussion ensued after he claimed he broke 200. Many claimed that to break 200 you would need to bowl 201. Since Ralph is the President, this scribe sides with the “Pres”.
On the same lanes, there was an #metoo incident. A fair young lady reported that her opponent took advantage of her. She said he was too aggressively trying score.
On lanes 19-20 it was the Hadler-Hadler vs. the Barnes team. In game 2,Don Klackner bowled 7 strikes in a row and finished with a 236 in the second game.
Star bowler of the night goes to Doc Jones. He bowled a 659 scratch series with a 221 second game and followed with a 250 3rd game on lanes 23-24. Congrats to Doc.
“Bowl and never grow old” was a saying by George Fliehman, a long time Secretary of the bowling league in the 60-70’s. Back when there were over 120 bowlers and our club had over 500 members.
On 16 lanes, we bowled 5 bowlers per night per lane and he recorded all the scores by hand. He also was responsible for computing the averages all the bowlers every week.
CLICK HERE for photos from the luncheon courtesy of Doug Russell.
President Beth Russell opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and reading of the Rotary Four Way Test. Sergeant Dan Jennings’s invocation reminded us of the gun violence tragedy in Florida yesterday. Ralph Decker managed to get Walter Knoll, Mandel’s for Matt Weiss, and Al’s for Gary Neal into the same song. Beth reminded us that next week’s meeting will be in the Crystal room. The Women in Rotary event is February 17. Lift for Life gym meal preparation is Tuesday, February 20. Let Helen Difate know if you are available to help. The SLU Rotaract group extends an invitation to a fundraiser at Chipotle at 212 South Grand on Monday, February 19 from 4:00 to 8:00. Download a coupon from the Pepperbox link for 50% of your bill to go to SLU Rotaract. Rotary Trivia night is February 24, and can use more players and auction items. Intercity meeting is Tuesday, March 6 for those who would like to extend friendships beyond this club. The Annual Golf Tournament is May 16. Sergeant at Arms Motown Mike Mosella introduced two guests and permanent visiting Rotarian Gary Neal.
Dan Conway introduced Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Webster University, who is joining us for his fourth or fifth time. After mentioning that his group was decimated by a stomach bug, Dr. Carter introduced two of his students. Amy Mazzeo is a graduate student in voice performance, focusing on opera. She sang a French love song, a German lament, and later an aria from La Boheme. Dr. Carter himself sang “If Ever I Should Leave You” from Camelot, and later a British comic interlude called “And Her Mother Came Too”. Student Chris Brent Davis, who is majoring in Musical Direction for Musical Theater, sang more contemporary songs, including “Run Away With Me”. Dr. Carter and Chris Davis alternated accompanying on piano. All three answered questions from the club about their musical lives.
The 50/50 raffle is still going strong. Don’t forget to buy tickets.
President Beth rang the bell at precisely 12 noon to begin the meeting followed by our customary citing of the Pledge of Allegiance, The Four Way Test and singing led by Bill Piper to the tune of “Meet Me in St. Louis”.
It was an exciting day as two new members, Marti Kelly of Deaconess Nurse Ministry and Rebecca Richie from Warehouse of Fixtures were formally inducted into Club 11. Following the Induction Ceremony Rose Cooper, Club 11 member and current District Governor awarded Past-President Richard Losciale with the Rotary International Citation Award for 2016-17. Our Club, as Rose described it, was led by Richard to achieve a difficult number tasks ranging from new member acquisition, community service projects and garnering publicity for our club and RI. Richard graciously accepted the award with a brief statement of “this is your award” to the club.
Motown Mike Mosella introduced our guests and showed a Rotary “Five in Thirty” video with Bob Kocher. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
Kent Steinbrueck introduced the week’s guest speaker, Sarah Melinger, Director of Development for Gateway Arch Park Foundation. Sarah showed us some photos and videos of the new entrance and museum areas to open at the park. She described the new entrance as a “hug from the arch welcoming you in”. She noted the focus on adding windows and lighting to make the museum seem as if its at ground level and went on to describe a new experience that will be made available to those who can’t or don’t want to take the trip to the top of the Arch that will allow them to see the view as if they had made the trip.
Sarah also shared information about many of the events that have taken place and was eager to share about the many events that will be continuing. The events include Blues @ the Arch, ArchBark, Winterfest and a return of Fair St. Louis (including the Air Show) this summer to the Arch Grounds. One of the goals of these events it to ensure that the St. Louis community is engaged with the Arch instead of feeling it’s just a place to take visitors. You can keep abreast of all that is happening at the Arch by downloading their new app or by going to archpark.org
We also heard some breaking news that the official new name of the park is the Gateway Arch National Park. Be sure to check out their website for more information and learn how to become a member of the Arch Park Foundation.
The meeting ended with the Progressive 50/50 drawing and Mike Mosella pulling a Jack of Clubs. The raffle continues…
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