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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.
The Rotary Golf League season is winding down. Only one more official outing scheduled – Glen Echo, Tuesday, October 10. More on that in a separate announcement.
Now we are focused on the coveted annual winners of the Rotary Cups. We have three traveling engraved trophy cups, one for each of:
The seasonal flight points before the last outing are:
For all practical purposes, Steve LaFara is the winner of the Championship Flight. However for A and B Flights, the outcome is not so certain.
For A Flight, Matt Weiss has a significant lead over Dave Wicks, but a flight win plus standing in the CTP at Glen Echo could mean a win for Wicks. Weiss will have to defend. Ken Schuman or others could be spoilers for Wicks if they take the flight win at Glen Echo.
For B Flight, we have an anyone can win situation. Tom Keeline, James Webster, Bob Garagiola, and Bob Bauer all could win with an event flight win and/or CTP points.
Most improved player is also up for grabs. One of several players could win this depending on the outcome at Glen Echo.
The only way to know for sure is to signup and play. We will have the flight leaders play in the same tee group to maximize the competitive spirit.
Great fun. And a wonderful course and club for the finish.
The Flight winners will have accumulated the most points in the season for their flight. Points are won as follows:
1st Place 30 points
2nd Place 25 Points
3 rd Place 20 Points
Depending on the event attendance, 2 (up to 20 players), 3 flights (21 or more players). Event flights are based on an equal number of players in each flight by handicap index.
We award additional skill prize points for Close-To-Pin on a designated hole. Three positions are awarded based on distance. These are not flight based. Only one CTP hole and 3 positions are awarded for an event.0
Closest 15 points
2nd 10 points
3rd 5 points
We break the membership into 3 season long flights based on yearly starting handicaps. The member who accumulates the most points in each seasonal flight is the winner.
Good day to all and thank you for joining us on the first night of our 99th year with the Downtown Rotary Bowling League! Ralph Decker is our new league President and he kicked off the 2017 season paying our respects to the passing of our very dear friend Kevin Hadler. Our time on this planet is very short and when we have friends like Kevin and family members alike, I would consider ourselves very lucky that we’re able to share some of those good times together. My father passed away in 2017 and bowled 45 plus years, but it wasn’t for the love of the game, it was for the fellowship, he always said it was the heart and soul of Rotary! Also to kick off the season Ralph played the national anthem to pay our respects to all of our lost comrade’s and military personnel. The lanes became silent as everyone alley stopped and joined in with our group.
August 29, 2017
Another great day in the golf league. It really was a GREAT day.
We had 21 players who had a wonderful time. The course was in great shape. The weather was virtually perfect. Joe Valenti, friend to several in the league, was our club host.
We also had guests.
Jay Ryan brought Lol Barton and Mark Olsen.
Cris Conner brought Tim Dolan.
Matt Weiss brought Matt Mathis.
I have to apologize to all because I selected probably the most challenging hole for the long drive, #18. Long, narrow and sloped to the right. Only one player was in the fairway – Mark Olsen, a guest of Jay Ryan.
Closest To Pin
This was also a difficult hole, but we had four players on the card. The winners:
1st Place Pete Milne 12′ 10”
2nd Place James Webster 17′ 9”
3rd Place Blake Critzas 18′ 0”
Flip Cady 72 65
Matt Weiss 85 67
Jay Ryan 80 71
1. Our host, Joe Valenti had a 75 net 65. He volunteered to host at Persimmon again next year and hopes to join us at Westborough next year.
2. Jay Ryan shot his age, not many can claim that.
Rick Tinucci 101 64
Frank Brandhorst 99 66
James Webster 101 67
Special note – James Webster is one of our newest members of St. Louis Rotary.
Our next outing is next week, September 6, at Algonquin. Join us at a great course with a great group of guys.
President Beth opened our meeting at 12:00p.m. Beth offered a moment of silence for the loss of our friend Kevin Hadler. That was followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance” and the invocation by Dale Ruthsatz. Singing was to be led by Ralph Decker; however, Ralph’s train derailed and he was late, so Beth filled in.
Upcoming events were announced: August 31 will feature Mayor Lyda Krewson. September 7 we will have our Speaker Series and Expo. RSVP please for September 7.
Registration for the District Conference is still open for October 6 & 7. Advertising in the District Conference booklet is still available. Sign up for Rotary Bowling. Don Klackner is hosting a social event at the Olivette Lanes on September 7. Don’t forget KidSmart Push for Pencils is still on through August 31.
After a video of questions and answers by Mike “The Hitman Mosella taken place at Otis Elevator, he introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Mike also introduced our speaker, Tom Sieckhaus of Clayco.
Tom showed video and spoke about CCDI, which is Construction Career Development Initiative. This a program that offers youth the opportunity to become interested in and learn a construction trade. They look for underprivileged youths to give them a good opportunity to learn a trade. CCDI was formed as a direct result of the Ferguson issues. Kids that have no chance on their own get the chance for apprenticeships and scholarships to college. They get financial help to purchase cars so that they have transportation to get to work and to purchase tools of the trade. Many have gone from nothing to supervisors. High School teachers advise which students need more help. Many business’s partner with Clayco including Niehaus Construction.
After questions for Tom, he pulled our weekly Ace of Clubs ticket. Walter Knoll had the winning ticket for the day and drew the 3 of clubs. We live another week with a jackpot of near $3900.
President Beth adjourned the meeting at 1:00 p.m.
8th Golf League Outing for 2017 is August 8, Tuesday!
Location: Greenbriar Hills Country Club,
We still have five more golf outings scheduled for the Rotary Golf League. Two each in August and September and our final outing at Glen Echo in October.
St. Louis Rotary Club members and their guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of golf and fellowship at any or perhaps all of the remaining outings. This could be a great introduction for a prospective member, too.
Reservation announcements are made about 10 days before each event with reservations required about 4 days before the event (usually the Friday before each event).
Golf is followed by a social and dinner with awards for the event.
Wonderful golf, great fellowship, laughs, and a fabulous dinner. Not many better ways to cap off a Tuesday or Wednesday.
The remaining outings are:
Club 11 Rotarian Mary Lee Block is enjoying one of her favorite past times, traveling with her vintage trailer as part of a group called “Sisters on the Fly”. This summer she and her fellow “Sisters” are traveling a path they are calling their Lewis & Clark Expedition. But Mary Lee wasn’t leaving her Rotary hat behind. She took along several Club 11 Flags with plans to visit some clubs along her way. Recently she visited the Rotary Club of Lewiston, Idaho chartered in 1922. Here she is with President Robert Clifford.
Don Klackner was the Invocator and Beth Russell led the group in the singing of “Lean on Me”.
Announcements: President Losciale had several announcements including the Paul Harris quote on friendship, upcoming programs, the 3 committee meetings next Thursday and the need for additional participation in the Rotary Foundation (before June 15th for this year) and our All-In-One fund. He also pointed out that the new downtown Y opened this week.
Amie Bossi introduced five visitors and two visiting Rotarians.
Mike Regan introduced the speaker. He indicated that the St. Louis Blues has just celebrated its 50th year in St. Louis. Chris Zimmerman, its President, came with four of his key staff.
Mr. Zimmerman began by reviewing the teams history – only Boston has qualified for the playoffs more times that the Blues – 41 times. The ownership group who took over five years ago consists of 16 individuals headed by Tom Stillman. The team’s financial history has been dismal, but in the last 10 years the team has reconnected with the City resulting in it enjoying the 3rd or 4th highest TV market.
He pointed out that the January 1st Winter Classic at Busch Stadium (together with Alumnae Game the night before) attracted 90,000 people and brought $20 million to the City. The goal of the team is to win games, but also to make a difference to the St. Louis.
He then showed a video that captures the highlights of the season. In addition to normal activities, there was an exhibit at the Central Library commemorating 50 years of the club and an ice skating rink was placed near the Arch for the Christmas holidays.
The Scottrade Center and Peabody Opera House hosts over 200 events each year and the Center is now 23 years old, so Mr. Zimmerman outlined some seventeen infrastructure, technology and facilities improvements planned over the next 3 years with the help of $65 million approved by the City.
He then spoke of the 75 groups that the Club’s foundation helps to support, the new youth facility planned in Creve Coeur Lake Park, and answered questions focusing on players and coaches.
David Cowell had the winning raffle ticket and won $7 – only 18 cards left in the deck.
Location: St. Clair CC
St. Clair Country Club is located at 100 South 78th Street, Belleville, IL 62223
Date: Tuesday, June 27
Play: Standard Play for Individual Flight points and Team scoring.
Team: 4 Golfer Teams Assigned by Handicap (Guests assigned with hosts)
After Golf – Full Dinner and Prize Awards, Drinks charged to Rotary member number
Cost: Golf and Wager with After Golf Dinner – $122
Golf and Wager Only – $74
Note all drinks, snacks, lunch, and after dinner bar are not included in this cost and must be covered by the individual.
Open to all Golf League Members, all St. Louis Rotary members and their guests.
Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship.
Golf League Members
Prospective Golf League Members
St. Louis Rotarians (and your guests)
Reservations – Confirm Attendance by Email by Friday, June 23, before noon.
Email reservation to David Wicks email@example.com
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