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Another fun week of bowling in the Rotary League 100th season. We had some high scratch scores:
Ralph Decker 224
Steve Lafara 223
Don Lorenz 208
Don Klackner 204
Pete Milne 200
Rose Cooper 163
Jeanine Conway 142
Since I am doing Alleygations and we were in last place we will hear about the last place battle this week. In the battle for last place Team Lorenz faced Team Cowell. Team Lorenz had their best night in a long time and took Team Cowell for 22 points anchored by Steve Lafara in his first night back from Florida sabbatical. Steve bowled a 612 scratch series and that catapulted Team Lorenz from 8th to 6th place as Team Weiss took 16 from Team Cooper and dropped them to 7th place. It looks like next week’s position night will NOT be a rematch of Team Lorenz and Team Cowell battling for last place as we all expected.
Even though Team Cooper lost 16 points their captain Rose Cooper took down Team Weiss’s number one bowler, Don Lorenz, in a head to head match beating him handily. Rose bowled well and Don not quite as well.
Team Kocher took down Team Harris 16-6 even though Team Harris had a visiting fan from the U.K. (Dan and Jeanine Conway’s daughter was in town from London). Team Soifer took 14 points from Team Decker despite captain Ralph Decker’s 622 scratch series. Nice bowling Ralph.
Dan Scott took home the 50/50 money for the week,
See everyone next week for the 3rd quarter position night.
Thank you Club 11 Rotarians! Elections for 2019-20 Officers and Board members are complete.
Bob Garagiola – President
Kent Steinbrueck – President Elect
Don Lorenz – Active Vice President
Mike Regan – Active Vice President
Dan Conway – Sergeant-at-Arms
Katie LaMarsh – Director
Matt Weiss – Director
Terry Werner – Director
Help them make Club 11 bigger and better every year.
It was Monday night at Olivette Lanes…the *best bowling alley in Missouri. And I’m not making that up! Congratulations to Don Klackner for earning this designation! There is no better alley for St. Louis Rotary to be rolling through our 100th year of league than at Olivette Lanes; only the best for the best!
Yes, it was Monday, October 22nd and our eight teams showed up to bowl, laugh, and enjoy the evening, just to name a few reasons.
Captain Jonathan Soifer included in his observations that “there is the fact that one Rose Cooper was enjoying bowling so much that she forgot to collect information. Alley wide, there was the moment of silence for Jim MacDonald and the welcome of Buzz Gerber” (and Joyce).
Captain David Cowell reports that “Bob Barnes and Dan Conway led the way in 16-6 victory for Price over Cowell. Newsy would have been a tired man if he had been shuffling with every strike. Bring back the shuffle!” Rumor has it that there will be tryouts on Monday for back-up “Newsy Shufflers”.
Captain Matt Weiss: “The only thing I can say is that we can’t have this much
fun legally anywhere. The Weiss guys have gone 38 & 6 the past two weeks leaping
to 4 points out of first place. Should be a fun Monday position night.” That’s right, Monday, 10/29 is our first quarter roll-offs.:
On lanes 17 & 18 our first place Kocher team will roll 2nd place Cooper team.
League president, Ralph Decker personally named the Cooper team “Crackin’ Rosie’s” LOL and that name appears to be working for us. I’m loving it that when we don’t watch our teammate Gary Jones bowl he marks more.
On lanes 19 and 20 you will find 3rd place Weiss team bowling 4th place Cowell team.
Going into the roll-offs the teams are very close in points won so the evening will be competitive and fun! Same-o same o…
High Scores for the Women on 10/22/18:
145 Rose Cooper
138 Katie LaMarsh
Games over 200 – **Regardless of Gender 10/22/18
236 Dan Naes
224 Steve LaFara
219 Ralph Decker
210 Blake Critzas
202 Rick Tinucci
**Yes, I see there are no women in the “Games over 200” this week but keep watching!
I leave you with this deep thought 😊:
” A happy bowler 🎳is a Weiss one!”
Here’s to Rotary Club 11 Bowling and YOU!
I would like to start off by sending our heartfelt condolences out to Paul Holt and his family on the loss of his wife, Cheryl, over the weekend. Cheryl had been battling cancer and had been under Hospice care for the last month. Please keep Paul and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Week 2 of the 100th season is in the books and it would be hard to match the happenings of Week 1. Especially when Coach Decker decided to sit Blake with his 230 average. At least that is what Blake reported. It appeared to work out well for Team Decker- read on. Blake, you do need to bowl 60% of the nights or 20 weeks to qualify for high average. Captain Ralph had the high average last year and has a tall hill to climb- 186 after 2 weeks.
The night saw the top 4 teams from Week 1 squaring off. Once again it was a full house with all spots taken.
It all starts where you walk in the door- Lanes 23 & 24. At least that’s how it’s getting reported this week. I was subbing for Captain Matt of Team Weiss who was up against Team Kocher. Bob and his bunch prevailed 16-6 under his leadership and bowling (a 201 scratch game and 646 handicap series). He also got some help from Bob Garagiola who had a 658 handicap series. Warning to teams bowling against these guys. Don’t get Bob G started talking about Italian food it seems to really spice up his game. Katie LaMarsh and Paul Holt had good nights for the Weiss guys but it was not enough.
On 21 & 22 it was Team Cowell who was victorious over Team Soifer 20-2. I would like to take credit for the coaching decision to put me on the bench/ Team Weiss but my schedule is always predetermined. Much of the credit for this victory goes to Beth Russell who had a 690 handicap series. She also took home a nice pot of $63 in the 50/50. Team Soifer had a rough night with a high handicap game of 768 for the night.
On 19 & 20 Team Cooper won a good match over Team Lorenz 14-8. Rose watched her team take Game 1 and then headed out turning the reins over to Arnie Hadler for the rest of the night. Dave Wicks (678 handicap series) and Doc Jones (216 scratch game & 651 handicap series) had strong performances for Cooper just besting Rick Tinucci (226 scratch game & 676 handicap series) and Kent Steinbrueck (642 handicap series).
And way down on Lanes 17 & 18 it was Team Decker giving lessons to Team Harris, 16-6. Mike Borough had a good night for Decker with a 648 handicap series. Jeannine Conway led Harris with a 615. Price is new to the league and already taken on a leadership role as Team Captain, bravo! I noted that Ralph was giving some instruction after the match.
Ralph made his normal mid-game announcements and asked why should bowling alleys be quiet? So you can hear a pin drop! Wha! Wha! Wha! Can’t wait for Thursday when Ralph take the podium for Sergeant at Arms duties.
Well that wraps it up. See you again next week at Olivette Lanes.
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
The agenda from the meeting can be found below.
April 9, 2018
Another fun night at bowling. If you have not bowled with us, come on out to join us. Pick a team to cheer on. Getting involved with our bowling league is one of the best ways to really get to know most of our really active members.
This is our 99th year. Be a part of history, join us next year for 100th!!! We ought to have 100 bowlers for year 100. Wouldn’t that be cool???
Although our hard core members are there rain, shine, snow, and injured, we did have several out on the disabled list (DL). The Linton-Finch Team could not field a player and Team Decker gained all 22 points. But, Ralph was the only member of his team for the first game. He didn’t slack off though rolling a 222 in the first game. He received reinforcement in game 2 and 3 from his lovely wife, Linda, so it wasn’t just a one man show. This moved Team Decker into 2nd place only 1 point out of 1st.
Speaking of DL, Terry Werner of the Wicks Team has been DL for several weeks. Ever since coming back from his “Down Under” trip he has been suffering back problems. We have been missing him, but also want him completely healed. Maybe he was jumping with the kangaroos too much??
Jon Soifer was the big winner for the 50/50 drawing netting $45. I think he got the tickets that were supposed to have been mine. Oh, well next week.
Lots of people were well above their averages for the night. Six bowlers were more than 37 pins over average for the 3 game series. Notably, Vic DeFate, Doug Lorenz, and Carl Lane were 77, 69, and 67 pins over series average for the night.
Really big games were fewer, Ralph Decker, Steve LaFara, and Black Critzas had the top games at 222, 211, and 199 respectively.
With only 4 weeks left in the 4th Quarter the top 4 teams are separated by only 6 points. The next 4 weeks should be really competitive.
Tuesday, 4/17 is our annual St. Louis / KC Tournament in Columbia. Our team is a little smaller this year, but we plan to beat the socks off of KC. The we’ll have a good meal in fellowship.
FYI – the trip is included in our annual bowling fees. This is great fun and a real highlight for the year. Just another reason to join our bowling league.
If you want to see the full results CLICK HERE
We have a fantastic lineup of great clubs. Nothing better than an afternoon in friendly competition with friends at a beautiful golf course.
Members can play as many or as few outings as they wish. No obligations. Members are encouraged to stay doe the dinner and prize awards. However, you may play golf and skip dinner.
We open reservations about 10 to 14 days before the event, We require reservations about 5 days before the event to arrange tee groups and make dinner, usually by Thursday. Early cancellations are possible, but late cancellations or no-show will require assessment to cover event costs.
Rotary Golf League membership benefits:
We welcome players of all ability. Flights are set for Championship (Handicap 0 – 15), A Flight (Handicap 15 – 25) and B Flight (Handicap 25+). We mix all players throughout the season. We also have team (4-some) competitions. Skill prizes – Close-To-Pin and Long Drive are also included.
We have simplified rules for more fun and speedy play – examples – maximum score Bogey 3, stroke and distance for OB, gimme putts inside leather.
Only Rotary Club 11 members may join the Golf League. Complete the membership form at the bottom of the schedule (see below) and send in your check. Simple!
Club 11 Rotarians who do not join the Golf League may participate in a few outings per year. However, Golf League members will have priority for outing with space limitations.
We do allow members to being non-Rotarian guests. Golf League members will have priority for outings with space limitations. Guests may be added after member reservations close.
Elections for officers and board members for 2018-2019 will be held over the next 2 weeks. All members of the Rotary Club of St. Louis in good standing will receive an official ballot in the mail. Ballot packets will be mailed to all members from PreSort (Jeromy Fritz’s company) the week of Monday, December 4.
Members are requested to review the ballot, mark their selections from the candidates for officers and board members as directed on the ballot. Ballots MUST be mailed to the Rotary address or delivered to Maggie Lampe in the sealed (signed) ballot envelope. All ballots must be received in the Rotary Office no later than Wednesday, December 13 2017.
On the morning of December 14, all ballots properly received, and properly completed will be counted by the official Tellers as assigned by President Beth Russell. Final results of election for all positions will be announced by the Tellers at the regular Rotary meeting on Thursday, December 14.
This is your duty to select the leaders of our club for the future. Each of these candidates has been qualified and is willing to accept the responsibilities of their office. They will be donating their time, energy, and passion to moving our club forward. Please respect them and the club by participating in the the election process with your ballot.
Rotary Club of St. Louis is now opening our charity grant process for 2018. Grant applications must be sponsored by a Rotarian from Club 11. Applications must be completed, signed off, and submitted with all documentation by February 16 to qualify.
Applications usually take a couple of weeks to complete and sign, so get started NOW.
Applications and more information can be found on our website by CLICKING HERE.
Well one of our treasures is the “Black Book”. This is the rules, scores and handicaps book that has been passed down to each Handicap Chair for many years.
The first records in the “Black Book” start with 1968 with entries for golfers in every year through the 2005 season. Form 2006 to 2017, our scores and handicaps have been handled through a PC with our own golf software system.
The entries pages remaining from 1968 were well organized in alphabetical order. Each player had a page with their name and business information and contact neatly typed. Only 9 of the original member pages are still in the book. But some will recognize these Rotarians:
|Melvin Barad||Bob Harper||Robert Hellrung|
|Gunther Kohn||George Kuechler||Lee Matthey|
|Jim McDonald||Walter Muckerman||Roger Shirtum|
Jim McDonald is in our first sheets in the Black Book for 1968. It looks as though Jim played most or all of the outings in the early years. Jim continued to play in the league until 2010. I have Jim’s records for 27 years. Missing is a sheet that probably would have covered the years from 1983 to 1997.
About 300 Rotarians have played in the league over these last 50 years.
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.…
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 …
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.
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!