The agenda from the meeting can be found below.
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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.
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,
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