President Beth Russell called us to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance as we all faced the Club 11 Totem American Flag.
Tom Teasdale led us in a gracious prayer and Songleader and Song Committee Chairperson Ralph Decker led us in song, honoring Sherwood Forest and to the tune of Alan Sherman’s 1960’s hit “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”.
Club happening announcements by President Beth included celebrating the birth of Nandita Rajendran, an update on our recently retired member John Wharton whose new Florida Bonita Springs was miraculously not seriously affected by Hurricance Irma.
President Beth also thanked Club 11 members for the prior week’s $559 cash collection to assist Harvey victims and thanked Catherine Shelby for leading that fishbowl collection drive.
And Al’s Restaurant was given a shout out for its recent “Best of St. Louis” restaurant recognition.
And speaking of Al’s: This year’s day-after-Thanksgiving Turkey Burp will be held at Al’s Restaurant……More details to come on this annually very fun event….
Professional attainment shout outs also went to Jim Conway for 50 years at ACI Plastics and Bob Zangas for 30 years at Anchor Health and to the 12 Rotarians who purchased and staffed booths at the recent STL Business Expo held at the MAC and coordinated by our own Jim Sheets. President Beth thanked Catherine Shelby, Mary Block and Membership Committee Chair Jeromy Fritz for pulling in 30 potential new member prospects for Club 11! Bravo indeed…
Upcoming Club 11 Programs include 9/21’s Immortal Moments in Cardinal History with Ron Jacober, media personality. Our 9/28 program festures Go! St. Louis’ Mona Langerberg.
Dear readers, please note that our next meeting after 9/28 is a special event: We will meet together at the Rotary District Conference (DISCON 6060) at the Holiday Inn South County on Friday 10/6 (no meeting Thursday 10/5!!!). RSVPs required for this special event and please RSVP before 10/1 to Maggie at email@example.com
Know that partial and complete DISCON 6060 registrations are now open for you Club 11ers too…To learn more, please visit: www.6060discon2017.org …..This writer will be there from bell to bell and look forward to hanging with my fellow Club 11 folks there! Remember, we are the largest and oldest District 6060 Club and that our own Rose Cooper is our District Governor this Rotary Year….Always good to show Rose some extra Club 11 love☺.
Upcoming Committee meetings include Membership Tues 9/19 at noon in the Veterans Room on the MAC’s 4th Floor and Community Service Thursday 9/21 1pm at the MAC immediately following our Club program.
Speaking of Community Service, Committee Chair announced the Saturday (just passed 9/16) fishing field trip to Horseshoe Lake in northern part of Forest Part for some of the youth we serve from the Lift for Life Gym from noon-4pm. I am sure an enriching time was had by all and maybe a fish or two or three were caught too!
And speaking of Lift for Life Gym, please know that Tuesday evening 9/19 is our next dinner meals preparation service engagement. Members always welcome to participate…Please email Maggie or Helen DiFate (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in lending a Club 11 hand.
Our Social Committee Chair, Terry Werner, reminded us of the October 11th Social Event at the Anheuser Busch Biergarten. Please email Terry at email@example.com for more info and to sign up.
Our Club 11 annual Holiday Party will be Dec 8th at the MAC with St. Louis’ own Erin Bode (a fine cabaret songstress indeed!) will be our entertainment. Standby for more details, but do lock that evening in now before the busy holidays are upon us.
President Beth had several Rotary in Action updates for us too: One of the high school students who has benefited from recent Community Service Grants to Boys Hope/Girls Hope STL was named Student of the Month at her high school. President Beth then introduced Richard Nix of Books for Newborns, another recent Community Service grant recipient who thanked us by telling that our grant dollars purchased 246 -stocked book bags for city students! Way to go , Club 11….Know that our “Service Above Self” is more than mere words: Our individual and collective generosity really makes a difference in the lives of so many people….. That’s what we do and that’s who we are!!!
Our Acting Sgt-at-Arms, Bob “Coach” Kocher introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians, including a Rotarian all the way from Zimbabwe…..A long way for a great meal and Club 11 Fellowship. This author noticed our Zimbabwan guest enjoying a post-meeting chat with President Beth and Bob Zangas.
Amie Bossi, Club 11’s Fundraising Committee Chair and the Development Director for Unlimited Play, introduced our Featured Speaker, Ms. Amanda Westall, the Director of Programs for Sherwood Forest Camp (www.sherwoodforeststl.org)
Sherwood Forest Camp was founded in 1937 and provides both year-around and summer camps for low-income city youth. The camps vary in length from 7 Days Mini-Camps for 2nd graders up to 26 Day Summer Camps for older students up to 16 years old. Camp focuses include reading programs, academic skills and outdoor fun (rock climbing, water sports, ziplining, etc.), team building, conflict resolution, leadership skills and nature conservation. The 16-17 year olds can also attend a 10-Day College Campuses Tour Camp.
Metrics for Sherwood Forest are impressive: 1130 youth serviced in 2016 (with a constant waiting list of 70-80 more students), alumni enjoy a 100% high school graduation rate and 93% of them now live above the poverty line. All students’ camp fees are completely scholarship- funded with a $75 registration fee ($25 for each additional student from the same family) as out-of-pocket costs. Sherwood Forest is a non-profit and worthy of our support and promotion.
Lastly, the tension ran high as Club 11’s 50/50 fund-raiser. This week, $452 was collected and the shared cumulative take for the Club Welfare Fund and to the potential winner is now at $4283 each! Perry Bartels held the winning ticket and drew the 8 of Diamonds, leaving only 7 cards left in the deck…this means that sometime before the Holidays, some lucky Club 11er will walk away with a bundle of cash!
President Beth adjourned our meeting with the gaveled bell ring and off we went to do some good this week.
Respectfully submitted and 4-Way Always,
Your faithful scribe…..Richard Losciale