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Our meeting was called to order promptly at noon by President Beth Russell, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, the recitation of the Four-Way Test and presented the invocation. Rick Tinucci led the singing of “R-O-T-A-R-Y”, which was followed after a brief interval for food by Phil Hartley alerting all to the pending club fishing trip.
After a brief run-through by President Beth on upcoming matters, Sergeant-at-Arms pro tem Jack Windish took the podium and introduced several guests:
Katie Warchol of Edward Jones (host – John Hongs)
Spencer Schaetzel of Presort, Inc. (Jeromy Fritz)
Doug Lorenz (brother of Don and guest of Matt Weiss)
Peggy Decker (a/k/a “Saint Peggy”)(mother of Ralph Decker)
Debra Veatch (Suzanne Sebert)
and visiting Rotarians:
Craig Milde (Cape Girardeau),
Gary Neal (Fresno Sunrise plankowner)
Next, President-elect Bob Sherrill presented the Community Service Grant Awards to these programs, each of which is making a difference to our community and can benefit propor-tionately from the grant:
Annie’s Hope, which provides comprehensive support services for families in grief. The grant will go to completing a group room.
Assisi House, which provides housing for those in need of it, especially in winter, and provides resources so they need not be homeless.
Assistance League of St. Louis, which provides school necessities (uniforms, supplies) for kids. As Rosie Randolph put it in accepting the grant, the members of the organization are 505 women and one brave man.
Biome School, a charter STEAM (that’s STEM + arts) a bit north and west of the Central West End.
Books for Newborns, which is the only US group dedicated to home schooling in low-income neighborhoods.
Boys Hope Girls Hope, which provides family-like homes and non-resident programs and plans to use the grant to fund special-interest summer camps for its students.
CHAMP Service Dogs – received by Diane Peters and Royal – which provides among other things, unusual-skilled service dogs like Wit, the balance dog.
Deaconess Nurse Ministry, which provides non-resident nursing services throughout the community. This grant will go chiefly to services at Every Child’s Hope.
Girls on the Run, dedicated to building positive experiences for girls in the community. The program is in over 65 schools now and it’s signal event is a 5-kilometer run.
Lifewaters SCUBA – Matt Wilson as sponsor accepted on behalf of the organization since this the annual dive week for the military vets and injured first responders it serves. The group has grown to being supported by five dive shops around the country, which has made it much easier to reach more participants.
Lift for Life, the goal of which is to provide a safe haven off the streets and build kids’ resilience. The grant will go to evening café program which serves over 13,000 meal yearly.
Little Bit Foundation, which provides schoolkids with health services in addition to uniforms and supplies for education.
Lydia’s House – a haven from domestic violence which now serves 50 mothers and 85 children and will use the grant for school supplies.
Our Lady’s Inn – a refuge for homeless pregnant women and their children, which will use the grant for a new floor for its South City shelter.
Sherwood Forest, which will use its grant for a new wood chipper for its summer camp. This will help the campers with soft physical landings as well as the emotional ones so many need.
AND FINALLY – $1,483.00 was at stake in the 50-50. But Jon Soifer only drew the Nine of Spades, so you, too, could win over $1500 6/14.
Outing number four was held at beautiful Westborough Country Club. The weather as it is for all Rotary Outings was spectacular. It never rains on our parade. It was great to have a couple of new players: Richard Warriner and Tim Dolan. There is still plenty of outings for new players to join us with the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses in St. Louis.
Championship Flight: 1st place Steve Lafara 75 gross net67, 2nd place Earl Poe 88 gross net 69, 3rd place Mike Regan 80 gross net 70 A Flight: 1st place Doug Lorenz 88 gross net 67, 2nd place Tom Keeline 106 gross net67, 3rd place Rick Tinucci 103 gross net 68 Long Drive Kids Richard Warriner
Long Drive Old Guys Earl the pearl Poe.
Closest to the Pin Dave Wicks 5’ Doc Jones 15’ and Tim Dolan 29’
Next Outing Fox Run June 5th. Pars and Birdies Ken Schuman.
Honored Guests and members of the Police Officer Achievement Awards Committee were seated on the podium.
President Beth Russell opened the meeting promptly at noon with the Pledge-of-Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test. J. Gary Neal of the Fresno, California Sunrise Rotary Club offered the invocation. Bill Piper led us in an enthusiastic rendering of God Bless America. Vibrant three screen graphics set the atmosphere prior to the start of the meeting, supported the opening sequence and provided an informative background throughout the meeting.
President Beth reminded us to drop our spare change in the Alzheimer’s bucket and she extended an invitation to the Missouri Day open house at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois on June 8.
Bob Sherrill asked members to participate in the Red Cross Blood drive in the Eads Room.
He thanked Richard Losciale, Beth Russell, Doug Russell, Suzanne Sebert, Derrick Wendling, Lee Wendling Laurie Werner and Terry Werner for a successful April Showers Rotary project. They helped sort and pack over 500 boxes of personal care items collected by the Girl Scouts.
He also recapped a week of housing, feeding and escorting a Cultural Exchange Group from the Argentina / Uruguay Rotary District. Maggie Lampe coordinated all arrangements and activities. Suzanne Schoomer and Suzanne Sebert provided housing and meals. Suzanne Schoomer held a reception for visitors and Rotarians and entertained with a concert in Clayton. David Pokorny arranged tours of Bush Stadium, the Cardinals Hall for Fame and Fox Sports News facilities. Maggie and Tom Lampe and Bob Sherrill provided transportation.
Sergeant at Arms Mike “Motown” Mosella presented a slide of the social media sites where you can find Rotary Club 11. They included Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. He then welcomed guests.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Conway introduced selection committee member, Mary Jane Thomsen, who thanked all for attending today’s meeting. This meeting marks the St. Louis Rotary Club’s 20th anniversary of the St. Louis Police Officer Achievement Award. She gave a shout out to fellow Rotarian Chris Conner who has been involved with the annual award planning since its inception in 1995. Mary Jane announced our esteemed previous award recipients with special emphasis to those who were able to be with us.
Timothy Moore, 1995
Arnold Miller (1996)
Willard Lipe & Eric Lambing (1999)
Mark Hubbard (2000)
Kyle West (2001)
Charles Johnson & Harold Stone (2001)
Kevin Jones (2003)
Joseph Dobbs & Canine Indoe (2004)
Gabriel Keithley & Nicholas Sloan (posthumously) (2005)
Percy Bailey (2006)
Joseph Hecht (2007)
Todd Miller & Daniel Rayhawk (2008)
Harvey Burnett & David Calcaterra (2009)
Mark Sorocko (2010)
Kelli Swinton (1st Female Awardee) (2013)
Demuriel Young & Don McGhee (2014)
Lindsey Wethington (2015)
Corey Zinkl & Samuel Rachas (2016)
Mark West (2017)
Mary Jane thanked officers, past or present, families and friends and welcomed them to this awards program on behalf of a grateful Rotary Club of St. Louis
Master of Ceremonies Jim Conway introduced Colonel John W. Hayden, Jr. who emphasized that “Police Work is a Calling.”
Capt. Donnell Moore, Commander District One, commended Officer Jessica Welsh who puts “Service Above Self.” Officer Walsh graduated the police academy as her class president in 2016 and began making an impact right away. In just 2 months she received her 1st Award of Excellence. She is always ready for any situation the streets of the 1st district can throw at her. She has been involved in multiple high stress situations but is able to collect herself and get the job done, making sure she and her fellow officers go home safe every day. Though the tasks of policing are tiring and sometimes even scary, she has developed a mindset that helps her push through and respond valiantly and dig deeply to overcome fear and fatigue. Even through this she manages to keep a smile on her face, which helps the people around her stay positive as well.
Ken Schuman presented Officer Walsh with the 2018 Police Officer Achievement Award
A bouquet of Flowers
A $100 gift Certificate to Al’s Restaurant
A $500 check
Cardinals baseball Tickets
and a basket full of Cardinals Gear.
Colonel Hayden answered questions from floor.
President Beth announced that a book will be donated to the Nahed Chapman New American Academy in Colonel Hayden’s honor.
Blake Critzas held the winning ticket for a chance to draw the Ace-of-Clubs and win the 50/50 pot of $1,361. He drew the Ace-of-Spades for a $10 payout instead.
President Beth adjourned the meeting.
CLICK HERE to see photos from the Luncheon courtesy of Doug Russell.
President Beth opened the meeting promptly at noon
Following the acknowledgement of the Rotary Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance, Phil Polster gave the Invocation and Ralph Decker led us in song (or was it a Rotary Rap) “It’s a great day to be in Rotary”!
President Beth congratulated the Golf Committee for putting on a great day of golf & fellowship yesterday at Forest Park. Evidence of this achievement is available on Flickr courtesy of Doug Russell who was another of the hard working Rotarians making this event a success.
Ralph Decker returned to the podium to announce the winners of the 99th Rotary Bowling League Season 2017-18 —– Team Decker! Credit was given to all members of the team –while some grumbling was heard around the room by, I suppose, those that were not on the winning team.
Thursday May 24 – Club 11’s 20th Police Officer Achievement Award – St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden Thursday May 31 – FBI Special Agent Matt Giegling Thursday June 7 – Community Serevice Grants. $35,000 will be awarded to 15 organizations
ROTARY IN ACTION
Volunteers are still needed to present 8th Grade Awards – see Michele Goad
Coins for Alzheimer’s Collection are on-going at our weekly meeting – look for the can.
Thursday May 24 Blood Drive – contact Suzanne Schoomer
Friday June 8 – Missouri Day at Rotary International Headquarters Evantston Illinois – see The PepperBox for details
SGT. AT ARMS
Sgt. at Arms “Motown” Mike Mosella welcomed our guests: Tom Lampe (Maggie Lampe); Mike Miller (Bob Zangas); Jean Cowell (Dave Cowell); Ginger Reinert (Nicky Robertson); Laura and Bob Sforza; Melanie Delkamiller; and J. Gary Neal
Robert Driver, a former member of Club 11, visiting from the Columbia-South Rotary Club introduced our speaker & advised us to pay attention beccause we are all going to have orthopaedic issuess in the future —- Dr. James Cook of the Mizzou BioJoint Center
Inspired by his grandfather who received one of the earliest knee replacement surgeries in the country…..and unfortunately, many more…seven in all, Dr. Cook set out to study better ways for improving this type of treatment. What he found was that younger candidates would have to endure multiple replacements over their lifetimes vs. older adults.
Using organ and tissue donors, the Center developed improved osteochondral allogratf transplantation techniques that are successful for adults under the age of 55.
Dr. Cook shared examples of this success in “…just a mom” and his Secret Weapon, Buddy, a dog who had the first successful BioJoint surgery.
Watch for the Mizzou BioJoint commercials on TV highlighting the recoveries of athletes and military personnel.
Finally, Dr. Cook’s Rotary connection is through his grandfather, who had perfect Rotary attendance for 70 years, attending meetings in 46 countries.
$1,307.00 was available but Bob Sherrill pulled the 3 of spades, so the pot will grow.
President Beth adjourned the meeting at 1pm
The last alleygations this year!
I hope everyone had a great season! And now looking forward to great golf season!! If you missed the results read em and weep or cheer, but we had fun doing it!! 😁
El Presidente will fill you in with all the details at LoRusso’s Monday night. Looking forward to seeing everyone there, CHEERS TO ALL! 🍻🍹
CLICK HERE for pictures from the luncheon courtesy of Doug Russell.
President Beth called our meeting to order promptly at 12:00 noon. President Beth passed on the sad news that two former Rotarians – Bill Gonterman and George Kreiger died the previous week.
Terry Werner gave the invocation and reminded us of all that we have to be thankful for.
Juli Nieman led us in song as only Juli can.
Rick Tinnuci presented Paul Harris Awards which resulted from the Keeline’s challenge to raise money for a water well project in Guatemala. The Keelines matched up to $12,500. The club raised that amount and more from 29 members, and the contributions were matched, so that the total raised was $60,000. Congratulations to following:
|New Paul Harris Fellows|
|Mary Block||Radeep Rajendran|
|Gary “Doc” Jones||Mark Rubinelli|
|Rod Kerner||Craig Sorce|
|Don Klackner||Catherine Selby|
|Paul Harris Fellows +1|
|Bob Barnes||Ken Schuman|
|Paul Harris Fellows +2|
|Bob Bauer||Don Fuller|
|Flip Cady||J. Philip Polster|
|Dave Cowell||Tom Teasdale|
|Beth Russel||Mike Mosella|
|Paul Harris Fellows +3|
|Chris Conner||Dave Wicks|
|Paul Harris Fellows – Major Donor|
|Paul Harris Fellows +2|
|Tom and Marilyn Keeline|
Mike Mosella introduced our guests, which included the Cultural Exchange Program members from District 4945 in Argentina. A special thank you to Paul & Suzanne Schoomer, Suzanne Sebert, Bob Scherrill, and Tom Lampe for helping out and hosting.
Dan Conway introduced our guest speakers – our own Bob Bauer and his colleague who talked about the new tax law that went into effect on January 1st. This is the biggest revision of the tax laws in over 30 years, and primarily benefits the wealthy, big business and Wall Street. To say the least, the new tax code did not simplify the tax system. Thus, the tax law also benefits accountants and lawyers because it will keep them employed for years to come. Topics discussed include: the tax rate changes, the §199A pass through deduction (and its limits), the S Corp vs. C Corp decision, and business and individual deductions.
The second outing of the year was held at beautiful and historic Old Warson Country Club. Flashback: Last year at this time our group was hit with a deluge. Besides getting soaking wet the course became a swamp and carts were restricted. This year we were blessed with San Diego style weather and the course was in spectacular condition. A great day in paradise. Speaking of great days newbie Steve Rosenblum blew everyone away with a net 64. Handicap is coming down Steve. Many thanks to Bob Bodine for arranging our outing. Since I won the long drive for the old guys I thought I better mention that. Jack Windish’s guest Anthony Houska took the kids division . Next outing is the Rotary Tournament on May 16th followed by Winghaven on the 22nd.
1st place Steve LaFara and Flip Cady 78 gross net 70. [they tied and have identical handicaps] 3rd place Blake Critzas 84 gross net 72 B Flight
1st place Steve Rosenblum 95 gross net 64. 2ndplace Ken Schuman 93 gross net 73. 3rd place Doc Jones 102 gross net 77
Pars and Birdies Ken.
Our meeting was off-site at the St. Louis Public Library at 1301 Olive Street in downtown St. Louis. We enjoyed a box lunch prior to our Architectural tour of the facility.
Docents Marianne Murphy, Arnold Traubitz and Aarya Locker led our tour of the three floors of this historic building, a Carneghie Library completed in 1912. St. Louis was awarded $1M for public libraries by Andrew Carneghie with a stipulation that $500,000 could be used for the main branch location. Renowned Architect Cass Gilbert, also known for the St. Louis Art Museum, was the Architect for the Library. It is one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts Architecture in the United States.
We started our tour on the 1st floor in the Children’s Library – only kids allowed – unless you are accompanied by a child. This was one of the first libraries to have a Children’s Library. The entrance to the Children’s Library, like many doors, is adorned with ornamental iron. This door used to be an entrance but with new security concerns there are now only two main points of entry into the Library.
The 1st floor also contains an auditorium that seats 250 people where the old coal bin was located, and a Creative Experience room has four pods and a recording room for audio/visual projects.
A bust of Missouri’s own Samuel Clemens is located just outside this room and was a gift from the Mark Twain Memorial Association of St. Louis. Benito Mussolini was a major contributor and for this reason the bust was in storage for a period of time.
The second floor is the level of the south entrance. The entrance leading to the Great Hall has church-like ceilings and stain-glass windows in the adjacent stairwells. This is not an accident. It has been said, “The Library is the Cathedral of the Mind”. Names of authors adorn the ceiling. Ornamental steel details are again prevalent on the vents and doors throughout the space.
The Fine Arts Room is west of the entrance and it was there we noticed the Architectural detail of the new book cases. Their interior lighting illuminates the books while casting an ornamental iron silhouette on the opaque glass end panels. Ornamental iron has also been incorporated in the way-finding at the entrance to the different rooms.
The Steedman Architectural Library located off the Fine Arts Room is available for separate tours and holds over 1500 volumes with Architectural significance. The St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects participates in the selection of books for the collection.
The Great Hall was restored without modification. The original marble floors were repaired with new pieces where necessary and you would be hard pressed to tell the new from the original. The original chandeliers were replicated from photographs and incorporated new LED fixtures by a local St. Louis company, St. Louis Antique Lighting. The original marble floor lamps were restored and updated. Restoration of the walls and ceilings after years of smoke from cigarettes, cigars and coal fired heat was also a huge challenge. The craftsman responsible for this work did an amazing job.
I think that everyone left with an appreciation of the Architectural significance of this St. Louis treasure. I know that I will return and it will be on my list of places to take visitors.
Opening Day of the Golf League was Tuesday at Annbriar in beautiful Waterloo Illinois. The Clydesdales were cancelled due to the wet golf course. Look at it this way cart path only is good for racking up the steps on out fitbits. At Blake’s request we had a great meal of fried chicken.
1st place Rick Jones 77 net 69
2nd Place Matt Weiss 86 net 70
3rd Place Steve LaFara 79 net 71
1st Place Dave Wicks 93 net 70
2nd Place Bob Garagiola 101 net 75
3rd Place Ken Schuman 97 net 78
Kids Division: Steve LaFara
Experienced Division: Pete Milne
Closest to the Hole: 1st Place Rick Jones 8ft, 2nd Place Black Critzas 15 ft, 3rd Place Steve LaFara 33 ft.
Our next outing is Old Warson Country Club on May 8th. Old Warson is one of the best courses in St. Louis. This outing is limited to 20 golfer so if you want to play let Dave Wicks know as soon as possible.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Charity Tournament on May 16 Pars and Birdies Ken Schuman
I joined the St. Louis Club in 1984 after relocating my family to St. Louis. A mentor suggested that belonging to a Rotary Club would be the quickest way to become a part of our new community. That is why I joined Rotary. I became a Rotarian several years later when I realized that through the bonds of fellowship, Rotarians, with a heart for service, could change the world. We put service above ourselves to help those less fortunate. And through that act we experience the greatness of …
Joining Rotary Club 11 has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The 4 Way Test, in reality a business code of ethics, is what most sold me in becoming a Rotarian in 1988. There is not an organization in the world whose members share a belief of service above self in the highest of ethical standards. My best friends are Rotarians.…
While I had been doing volunteer work over the years, I was looking for a large organization that gave back to the community in a significant way. I learned more about Rotary and found that it not only gave back to the community, but to the world…very inspiring…not to mention the great people!
33 years ago, one of the board members of the company I headed asked me to go to a Rotary meeting. I went, was impressed, and joined. Through the years, I have learned about and participated in many wonderful Rotary projects. As a large club, St. Louis Rotary attracts wonderful speakers and has multiple ways to participate both in sports and social events. A large percentage of my friends are also in the Rotary club.
I have been Rotarian in 5 different clubs for over 30 years. I have made life long friends, helped the fight to cure Polio, helped local charities, funded eye surgery s and water wells for people in India and Africa, made many business contacts and in the process had a ton of fun. Finest organization I have ever belonged to.