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President Beth Russell called the meeting to order at noon followed be the Pledge of Allegiance and the recital of the Rotary 4 Way Test
Bill Piper then lead us in a group in a wonderful rendition of the Beatles song “Here comes the Sun” during a time of grey dreary days.
President Beth made the announcement of the untimely resignation of Michelle Fassler. Michelle took a new job that will not allow her time to devote to Rotary. Bob Sherrill will take the President position in the next Rotary year. A replacement for Bob’s position will be completed by vote soon.
There will be joint happy hour with the Chesterfield Club on April 3rd at Edgewild Wines in Chesterfield.
Mike Regan made the announcement that we are in need of invocators and scribes. A sheet to sign up is being circulated.
Bob Sherrill passed around a bucket for a new campaign – Spare Change for Alzheimers. Please donate any loose change you might have to this terrible illness.
Sargeant at Arms Mike Mosella was next on the agenda introducing guest and visiting Rotarians We had 3 guest today including David Cowell’s better half, Jean Cowell and Honey Beth Higgs from North Carolina. And as usual our favorite visiting Rotarian J. Gary Neal was present.
He also introduced new member Nicole Roberson to our club. Welcome Nicole
Helen DiFate introduced our Program for today, Mr. Chris LImbergh with the Prison Performing Arts.
The Prison Performing Arts (PPA) performed an inspiring original play created an performed by the Alumni Company of PPA. The play called “Think” was first performed about a year ago and has gone through a few changes.
PPA gives inmates and “Alumni” a chance to work on something good and in return the get skills back that can help them in life. Most of the performers stay our of trouble in jail and when the get out. The success rate is very high. Interesting group and project that seems important in todays society.
Since the 50/50 has started the 2nd deck of cards we had the drawing after the program. Bob Kocher had the winning ticket but was unsuccessful and the drawing continues next week.
The meeting was adjourned at just past 1PM.
President Beth Russell, brought the meeting to order in the Missouri Room of the Missouri Athletic Club at 12:00 p.m. Everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4 Way Test. Phil Roush delivered a thoughtful community service themed invocation and Ralph Decker, decked out in his kelly green jacket, led the group in singing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. Well done gents.
Upcoming programs include the Prison Performing Arts play on March 22nd and author Bill Clevlen on March 29th. A Club happy hour is scheduled for April 3rd at Edgewild in Chesterfield. The annual Golf Tournament will take place on May 16th at Forest Park. A Club 11 Trivia Night Fundraiser will take place on June 9th.
The Program Committee is in need of scribes and invocators. Please contact Mike Regan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are willing to volunteer.
Sergeant at Arms Mike Mosella received his weekly customized introduction, this week to “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. Mike’s dance moves were in form after a week in Mesquite, Nevada. Mike then introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Mike Mosella presented a video of his interview with Bob (“Coach”) Kocher. Mike does a fantastic job with these productions, and this one was terrific. Bob talked about his career at Otis Elevator and the long and winding path he took to joining Rotary. He said his membership in Rotary has been life changing. Bob’s three best Rotary moments have been: 1) becoming President of Club 11; 2) participating in the GSE trip to Brazil; and 3) introducing Mike Mosella to Club 11.
David Pokorny introduced our guest speaker, Mona Langenberg, President of Go! St. Louis. Go! St. Louis is a non-profit organization that has been around for almost 20 years. Go! St. Louis organizes events throughout the year, but the group’s most well known event is the Go! St. Louis Marathon weekend which is scheduled this year for April 7-8, 2018. Go! St. Louis’ theme is “Inspiring Fitness One Step at a Time”.
Kent Steinbrueck’s ticket was drawn for the 50/50 raffle. Kent pulled the 4 of Spades so the drawing continues on next week with 43 cards (including the sought after Ace of Clubs) remaining. The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Events began promptly at noon with President Dr. Beth leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test. Dale Ruthsatz followed with an invocation calling on the blessing of the Great Engineer. Next came a new Juli Niemann adaptation for the occasion of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” led by our president.
The announcements were several but brief. I won’t repeat much of this because faithful readers will doubtless have info about these already. However, please note that the program on March 22 (Prison Performing Arts) can be expected to run over beyond 1 p.m. “a bit,” so please allow a little extra time that day. Also, be sure to note that the rescheduled Trivia Night (June 9) will be at Covo, (4th and Pine – once Mississippi Valley Trust) with complimentary parking at the Mansion House Garage across the street.
The Sergeant at Arms for the day, Dan Conway, then took the mike and introduced two individual guests – Lee Lammert, who is a repeat visitor, and Mike Borough, husband of former President Mary Jane Thomsen. They were followed by the ritual recognition of J. Gary Neil as a visiting Rotarian. Large groups of engineers were then recognized by Dan – Horner & Shifrin (in business in St. Louis since 1933), WSP (the former Parsons & Brinckerhoff), AGC (Associated General Contractors – only a few of the 550 members of the group), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and the Metropolitan Sewer District.
Before introducing the speaker, instead of humor, Dan brought up several interesting points from Mike Steinberg. One was that everyone needs to keep up with the state of information generation – your competition is doing it already. Also, since 2010, data (its management and control) has become more important generally to your business than cash flow. Finally, an estimated $5 TRILLION in cybercrime transpired last year. Steinberg sees this leading to jobs in cybersecurity tripling in the next five years.
THE MAIN EVENT – Bob Brinkmann, CEO of Brinkmann Constructors, which has built from a startup in 1984 to a $450 million annual business, spoke but with a different hat on. Bob recently became one of the six member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which he feels currently represents a good amount of diversity in backgrounds, professionally and geographically, which apparently has not always been the case. While the first legally designated road in Missouri (The King’s Highway) dates to 1808, the Missouri Department of Transportation, supervised by the Commission, really only dates to 1980 in its current form. Bob emphasized that MoDOT emphasizes safety, service and serviceability in its operations. Among the things the Department does is produce numerous publications, but Bob emphasized most material from the Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding.
Bob pointed out that our state has the 7th largest road system in the country, supported by the 46th highest level of funding. In fact, 53% of the use of Interstate 70 can be documented as being by non-residents. Bob showed a chart explaining where the money for our highways comes from as well as where it goes, showing annual spending of about $900 million, of which practically nothing comes from the state’s general revenues, being derived mostly from fuel taxes and such.
This has to be applied to high periodic and unfunded needs – better bridges, roads, interstate highway reconstruction and improved multimodal (rail and water transport). The Commissioners must deal with 20 regional planning partners on how the available funds are distributed. Funding is a constant challenge and has become more of one all the time. 30 years ago, the Department could figure on 80% of a major interstate project being federally funded, leaving the state only 20% to come up with. A recent proposal from Washington would flip-flop those percentages, greatly slowing what can be accomplished.
The final part of Bob’s presentation was devoted to safety. By a number of statistical measures of highway deaths, Missouri has the least safe highways in the country. 94% of deaths were attributable to driver error. Approximately 67% of deaths were due to driver ejection, with a grossly disproportionate part of that due to the male 26-34 age group. Cable barriers in medians have been remarkably effective in dealing with crossover crashes but they are not enough. Perhaps if we no longer are one of the 3 states left in which most drivers can still legally text while in motion some of this would go down.
Q: Why no toll roads?
A: Can’t put a toll on a road already paid for (I-70, as if you couldn’t guess) though if a lane was added, that could be subject to a toll.
Q: Why not require trucks to pay tolls, given their part in the wear and tear caused by usage?
A: I’ll ask.
Q: What about a dedicated highway for over the road trucks, such as was recently announced in Georgia?
A: I’ll ask.
Q: Is increasing the state fuel tax a solution?
A: That’s a major goal. It has to be passed by the General Assembly and then be approved in a statewide referendum. The state Senate is generally in favor but the House has not been. A $.10 per gallon increase would raise $400 million.
Q: How do you deal with an advent of electric vehicles killing the gasoline tax as a source of funding?
A: Probably by some sort of flat fee on plates. We will see an all-electric vehicle situation in our lifetimes.
Meeting concluded at 1 p.m. No raffle.
President Beth called us to order at noon sharp and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance in the MAC’s 3rd Floor Crystal Room (Our usual Grand Ballroom on the 2nd Floor was closed as the MAC set up for the annual Ozark Boxing event). President Beth also led us in the group recital of the 4-Way Test, a new tradition she has introduced this year.
Jay Ryan led us in prayer that included a sidebar prayer for the Golf Club folks heading to Mesquite soon for a week of links and sun and fun. Jay also remembered the students of Parkland High School, both the lost and the living.
Bill Piper led us in song to Stevie Wonder’s “I just called to say I love you”.
Our Sgt at Arms, Motown Mike Mosella, whistled a lovely rendition of the main theme from The Andy Griffith Show and introduced several guests. Meeting day (2/22) was National Margarita Day! It will soon be good margarita weather here in the Lou, dear dead-of-winter fellow Club 11ers!
Upcoming Club 11 Programs include a 3/1 Bellerive PGA Event overview, 3/8 Engineer’s Day (an annual program for Club 11 for decades and always a full house draw!) and a 3/15 presentation from Go St Louis!.
As all of us know, membership is one of the key life bloods for good old Club 11 and Jeromy Fritz’s Membership Committee is hosting a Prospective New Member breakfast at the MAC (usually in the 4th Floor Veterans’ Room) at 8am March 13th. All Club 11ers are urged to invite and accompany new member candidates to this short, delicious, free and well-planned event. Look for updates on this important event and do let Jeromy, Maggie or any member of the Membership Committee know of any guests you may want to bring!
Also know that our Annual Golf Tournament at Forest Park Golf Course will be May 16th. This event is the single-day largest fund raiser on our Club 11 calendar and your participation as a player, a foursome organizer, auction item contributor or volunteer is welcome. Please see Chair Jack Windish for more conversation and commitment chat.
Future (2019-20) Club President Bob Sherrill’s Community Service Committee will meet on March 15 after our luncheon program. The non-profits’ annual grants winners will be selected at that event as the culmination of a long and very well-vetted grant review process headed by Marcia Barber and Phil Hesley. We will publicly award and honor all winning organizations in May…..More to come on that! This year, we are able (thanks to all members’ generosity and support) we are awarding $35,000 in grants! Way to be great Rotarians, Club 11ers!
Also, on March 20 late afternoon, we are preparing and serving dinner for the youth at the Lift for Life Gym. Please see Vic or Helen DiFate or Maggie for further details on this powerful but short monthly service opportunity.
The lunch of Beef Stroganoff was well received and the Apple Crumb Cobbler dessert was generous and oh so good!
Bob Zangas introduced our guest speaker, Mr. John Eyres, owner of Business Connections Consulting Company, an 11 ½ year old contracted cold-calling firm of about a dozen cold-calling specialists who, from virtual offices around the region, make over 50,000 outbound phone calls annually on behalf of its clients’ businesses.
Mr. Eyres shared the following tips and tricks on how to maximize cold calling success:
The meeting ended with Kent Steinbrueck winning 10$ in our progressive 50/50 with the elusive win pool now sitting over $730 going into next week!
That’s it for now, dear Club 11 readers…..your faithful scribe Richard Losciale signing off with gratitude for knowing you all!
CLICK HERE for photos from the luncheon courtesy of Doug Russell.
President Beth Russell opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and reading of the Rotary Four Way Test. Sergeant Dan Jennings’s invocation reminded us of the gun violence tragedy in Florida yesterday. Ralph Decker managed to get Walter Knoll, Mandel’s for Matt Weiss, and Al’s for Gary Neal into the same song. Beth reminded us that next week’s meeting will be in the Crystal room. The Women in Rotary event is February 17. Lift for Life gym meal preparation is Tuesday, February 20. Let Helen Difate know if you are available to help. The SLU Rotaract group extends an invitation to a fundraiser at Chipotle at 212 South Grand on Monday, February 19 from 4:00 to 8:00. Download a coupon from the Pepperbox link for 50% of your bill to go to SLU Rotaract. Rotary Trivia night is February 24, and can use more players and auction items. Intercity meeting is Tuesday, March 6 for those who would like to extend friendships beyond this club. The Annual Golf Tournament is May 16. Sergeant at Arms Motown Mike Mosella introduced two guests and permanent visiting Rotarian Gary Neal.
Dan Conway introduced Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Webster University, who is joining us for his fourth or fifth time. After mentioning that his group was decimated by a stomach bug, Dr. Carter introduced two of his students. Amy Mazzeo is a graduate student in voice performance, focusing on opera. She sang a French love song, a German lament, and later an aria from La Boheme. Dr. Carter himself sang “If Ever I Should Leave You” from Camelot, and later a British comic interlude called “And Her Mother Came Too”. Student Chris Brent Davis, who is majoring in Musical Direction for Musical Theater, sang more contemporary songs, including “Run Away With Me”. Dr. Carter and Chris Davis alternated accompanying on piano. All three answered questions from the club about their musical lives.
The 50/50 raffle is still going strong. Don’t forget to buy tickets.
President Beth rang the bell at precisely 12 noon to begin the meeting followed by our customary citing of the Pledge of Allegiance, The Four Way Test and singing led by Bill Piper to the tune of “Meet Me in St. Louis”.
It was an exciting day as two new members, Marti Kelly of Deaconess Nurse Ministry and Rebecca Richie from Warehouse of Fixtures were formally inducted into Club 11. Following the Induction Ceremony Rose Cooper, Club 11 member and current District Governor awarded Past-President Richard Losciale with the Rotary International Citation Award for 2016-17. Our Club, as Rose described it, was led by Richard to achieve a difficult number tasks ranging from new member acquisition, community service projects and garnering publicity for our club and RI. Richard graciously accepted the award with a brief statement of “this is your award” to the club.
Motown Mike Mosella introduced our guests and showed a Rotary “Five in Thirty” video with Bob Kocher. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
Kent Steinbrueck introduced the week’s guest speaker, Sarah Melinger, Director of Development for Gateway Arch Park Foundation. Sarah showed us some photos and videos of the new entrance and museum areas to open at the park. She described the new entrance as a “hug from the arch welcoming you in”. She noted the focus on adding windows and lighting to make the museum seem as if its at ground level and went on to describe a new experience that will be made available to those who can’t or don’t want to take the trip to the top of the Arch that will allow them to see the view as if they had made the trip.
Sarah also shared information about many of the events that have taken place and was eager to share about the many events that will be continuing. The events include Blues @ the Arch, ArchBark, Winterfest and a return of Fair St. Louis (including the Air Show) this summer to the Arch Grounds. One of the goals of these events it to ensure that the St. Louis community is engaged with the Arch instead of feeling it’s just a place to take visitors. You can keep abreast of all that is happening at the Arch by downloading their new app or by going to archpark.org
We also heard some breaking news that the official new name of the park is the Gateway Arch National Park. Be sure to check out their website for more information and learn how to become a member of the Arch Park Foundation.
The meeting ended with the Progressive 50/50 drawing and Mike Mosella pulling a Jack of Clubs. The raffle continues…
CLICK HERE for pictures from the luncheon courtesy of Doug Russell.
Meeting was called to Order by President Beth Russell.
Song Leader and Song: Mark Roock – The Missouri Waltz
Pledge of Allegiance and Four Way Test
Prayer led by Mary Jane Thomsen
David Pokorny & MJ Thomsen hosted a blood drive with the Blues resulted in 80 units
Richard Losciale will be presented with the Presidential Citation 2/8/18
The Program Committee will meet on 2/12/18
Trivia Night will be 2/24/18 at COVO downtown
Women in Rotary event will be 2/17/18
Inter-City will be 3/6/18
Community Service applications due 2/16/18
Sergeant at Arms Mike Mosella introduced four guests and new member Steven Fluhr, a local attorney
Mike Regan introduced Dr. Frances Levine, President – Missouri History Museum
She began by reminding us that the Missouri Historical Society has three properties – The History Museum in Forest Park, the Library and Research Center on Skinker Blvd. and now the Soldiers Memorial downtown opening November 3, 2018. In 2017 the current two properties served over 400,000 visitors, including some 48,000 students. The Society employs 218 people and its collection includes some one million photographs, 180,000 artifacts and 100,000 books. She outlined the current exhibits at the Museum including the Civil Rights exhibit that has had some 210,000 visitors so far. She also reviewed the upcoming exhibits including in June, 2018 100 years of the Muny, the Mighty Mississippi exhibit in 2019, and said that plans were underway for exhibits as far out as 2023. She reviewed recent publications of the Society including a new book that is about to be released about the great St. Louis fire of 1849.
Answers to questions: Thomas Jefferson’s driver’s license was for carriages; photos of the great mounds will be included in the Mighty Mississippi exhibit; special events for the Soldier’s Memorial will include week long activities; a search is about to be concluded for a new operator of the restaurant, but now several caterers can be used for special events; the Society is looking forward to the opening of the Trolley, but hopes people will not park by the Museum to use it; and more artifacts are always welcome for Soldier’s Memorial, particularly related to the Viet Nam war era.
The meeting concluded with the drawing.
CLICK HERE for pictures from the Luncheon courtesy of Doug Russell.
President Beth Russell called the meeting to order at noon followed be the Pledge of Allegiance and the recital of the Rotary 4 Way Test
Bill Piper then lead us in a group in a wonderful rendition of “Getting to know YOU” After a delicious meal of Swiss Steak with onion gravy President Beth brought a few up for special announcements.
Ken Schuman introduced the winners of the golf league. James Webster won the A flight, Matt Weiss won the B flight as well as the Most Improved Golfer and Steve LaFara won the Championship flight. This is his 12th time winning the Championship flight. Should they start thinking of naming the trophy after him?
Amie Bossi reminded us that The Rotary Trivia night will be at on February 24th this year. MARK YOUR CALENDARS.
Sargeant at Arms Mike Mosella was next on the agenda introducing guest and visiting Rotarians We had 5 guest today including David Cowell’s better half, Jean Cowell. And as usual our favorite visiting Rotarian Gary Neal was present.
As is a monthly custom Mike had the Rotary Spotlight. This month he introduced Matt Weiss and Jack Windish. Their frank answers with a few smart-aleck remarks gave us a real insight into their strong character and devotion to Rotary. They are really two true leaders of our CLUB. Doug Russell as usual did an outstanding job of filming and editing the segment.
Bob Sherrill introduced our Program for today, Mr. Luke Babich.
Mr. Babich started by giving us an outline of his experience and background that got him to where is today. After growing up in St. Louis he went west and graduated from Stanford and then working in Silicon Valley. At age 22 he came back to STL and ran for City Council in University City and came very close to winning.
He is an editor at EQ Media and runs the St. Louis office for L & T digital marketing company. He discussed using forums and other social media a more effective way of marketing is to have the client seek you out and learn about your business rather than the traditional marketing with advertisements, flyers, direct mail, etc. It is not just selling but discussions on a product or service. He gave many wonderful examples of how the use of discussion forums is much more effective and cost efficient. He had the room silent as we were intrigued by his wisdom. After 4 or 5 questions the program concluded, and he had numerous people surrounding him for additional questions after the meeting. Great Program Luke and good luck with everything in the future.
Since the 50/50 has started the 2nd deck of cards we had the drawing after the program. Bob Kocher had the winning ticket. Bob drew the 7 of spaded and won $7. Congratulations Bob.
The meeting was adjourned at just past 1PM.
President Beth Russell, brought the meeting to order in the Missouri Room of the Missouri Athletic Club at 12:00 p.m. Everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4 Way Test. Bob Kocher delivered the invocation and Ralph Decker led the group in singing a special Rotary Club 11 themed song.
Upcoming programs include Luke Babich (New Approaches to Digital Marketing) on January 25th and Dr. Frances Levine (Missouri History Museum) on February 1st. The Women In Rotary event will take place on February 17th. A Club 11 Trivia Night Fundraiser will take place on February 24th.
Nick Angelo and his wife are making a mission trip to Guatemala. Nick asks that Rotarians consider donating toothpaste, toothbrushes and deflated soccer balls to assist with their efforts.
Sergeant at Arms Mike Mosella received his weekly customized introduction, this week to “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. Mike introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Before doing so, Mike went around the room and asked veteran Rotarians to comment on why Rotary is special and what Rotary means to them.
Ken Schuman introduced our guest speaker, Joe Reagan, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has 1,100 members and covers a 16 county area stretching from Mascoutah, Illinois to Union, Missouri. The Chamber seeks to be the voice of the St. Louis region and provide leadership. The goal is for St. Louis to be a place where people want to live, work and invest in.
Joe remarked that population growth is an important statistic for any community and that St. Louis needs to do better. He did indicate that St. Louis is doing great at attracting foreign-born individuals. Joe talked about exhibiting an “abundance mentality” as opposed to a “scarcity mentality”. He feels that the St. Louis Region is currently asset rich and collaboration poor, but feels that St. Louis has many opportunities for improvement.
If you are interested in learning more about the St. Louis Civic Pride organization and becoming a city Ambassador, you can find their webpage by CLICKING HERE.
Phil Hesley’s ticket was drawn for the 50/50 raffle. Phil did not pull the Ace of Clubs so on to the next drawing we go. The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
President Beth called the meeting to order promptly at noon, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, accompanied by a Four Way Test slide.
Mike Regan saved us 15 minutes over last week by giving a short and sweet invocation.
“Double Duty Juli” Niemann led the choir in a rousing rendition of “We’re In The Money”, giving us a glimpse into her report on the economy.
President Beth canvassed the crowd for January birthdays. Apparently everybody is very busy in April, because there weren’t any.
Amie Bossi let us know that our Annual Trivia night will be February 24th. We still don’t know where it is going to be, which prompted a suggestion that this could be the first Trivia question.
Marcia Barber announced that Community Service grant requests are now being accepted.
Michelle Goad spoke on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Applications are being accepted through January 31st.
SAA Motown Mike introduced numerous visiting Rotarians and guests. Mike likes to showcase new Club Members during this time, but explained that new member Mary Lee Block didn’t want to come up to the podium because she has stage fright. After that announcement, she now has angst over just being in the audience. Seriously, welcome Mary! We are very glad to have you in Club 11!
Juli Niemann returned to the podium. She turned on her overhead projector. It made some noises. We waited for the light. President Beth made a filler announcement about something. Now it was humming, and yes, it was working!
Juli claims the projector is only 8 years old, but I think she was referring to the bulb. And when that burns out, she might as well retire, because there is not a replacement for it anywhere on the planet.
A word of advice to future scribes: If you are asked to document a presentation from Juli Niemann, call in sick that day. There is not a single thing she says that isn’t worth reporting. You will be so busy scribbling notes that you can forget about eating your Kale salad. But here are the highlights, distilled as precisely as possible.
We are in the longest Bull market in history. Somehow Juli attributed this to the Grateful Dead, but I failed to see the connection.
We are experiencing steady, albeit somewhat slow, growth, with very low inflation. This is a good thing, as the Federal Reserve could kill this by raising interest rates. An added benefit is that the rest of the world is recovering right along with us.
The recent tax cut was ill advised timing, and only substantially benefits the upper 1% of our population. We have about the same number of those people in our Club as January birthdays.
Corporations are going to be making lots more money, so look for an increase in Mergers and Acquisitions, and corporate stock buy backs. These increased profits will be good for those with 401(k) plans, IRA’s etc., so there is some good news for those of us in the lower 99%.
Juli applauds the relaxation of regulations (at least in terms of its positive impact on small business), stating we were in “regulatory overkill”.
Unemployment is at a very desirable 4.1%, but future jobs are going to be greatly affected by technology. Unfortunately, hourly wages have barely kept up with inflation.
The U.S. is now essentially energy independent. We are now exporting a good amount of our energy resources. Juli sees oil settling in somewhere around $55/barrel. Still cheap. Major reason is we have a glut of inventory. There are even a bunch of ships sailing around in circles in the world’s oceans waiting for someone to tell them when to dock and unload their cargo. Can you imagine what shore leave is going to be like when those crews hit port?
Fracking is a major reason there is such a huge surplus of oil. Plus it causes earthquakes in Oklahoma, which in my book beats the hell out of the tornadoes they have. Also, apparently there is someplace in Pennsylvania where you can set your tap water on fire. Did anyone read the warning labels on these fracking machines?
But not all the news was wine and roses. Juli sees a few threats to our economy and general well-being. The biggest being the proverbial Red Button. However, I fail to see how Staples could have that big of an impact on our economy.
Juli engaged in some political commentary as well, characterizing both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un as “unstable”. If this presentation had been given in Pyongyang, this probably would have been the end of the meeting, working projector bulb or no.
Cyber terrorism is a threat. Trading these days is done by computers in literally nanoseconds, which can lead to glitches known as a Flash Crash. Juli’s advice is DON’T PANIC, especially if the economy is healthy. Corrections will also occur, but she advises to ride these out.
Here are Juli’s recommendations on what to do:
Thank you Juli for your always entertaining and insightful presentation!
Meeting adjourned at 1:15pm.
President Beth Russell called the meeting to order promptly at 12 noon in the Missouri Room of the Missouri Athletic Club. Everyone was asked to rise and join in the Pledge of Allegiance. Jay Gary Neal continued with the respectful invocation and the singer of the day Mark Roock led us in a great rendition of “If I Had A Hammer”
We were then seated for lunch. President Beth continued with announcements referring to upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. President Beth also noted our upcoming speaker Juli Niemann will be letting us know where to invest our money for 2018. President Beth also mentioned our upcoming social event at The Salvation Army at 3010 Washington Ave, January 17th.
Rick Tinucci reported on our Keeline Challenge. He announced we had raised the $12,500 of matching money. Great job Club 11 #Rotaryproud.
President Beth continued the Club 11 business meeting by thanking her board and presented the year 2017 in-review. Some of the highlights for 2017, Club 11 has met all the goals for the Rotary Presidential Citation. We adopted the new bylaws, have had great successes with more media coverage, we have had many social events and looking forward to more. We have adopted the #Rotaryproud which seems to be catching on.
Bob Garagiola then gave us the financial status of the club. Bob mentioned club 11 was debt free and continued to maintain financial liquidity. Bob also mentioned that if everything goes as planned there could be a surplus. He then handled a question and answer period.\
Ken Shuman reviewed the Club 11 Endowment Fund and noted we approximately $850,000. He mentioned the scholarships, young citizen awards, policeman of the year award and 8th grade awards are all sponsored by the endowment fund.
Chris Conner standing in for Jeromy Fritz, reviewed the current membership demographics and discussed what the committee was doing to add members and what we as individuals can do to assist in gaining membership.
Mike Mozella then announced guests at our meeting which there was only one. Our favorite guest of all Jay Gary Neal. Mike also reviewed the survey which 70 people completed.
Meeting was adjourned 1:00 pm January 4th, 2018
President Beth Russell opened the meeting to order and led the club in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Helen DiFate presented the invocation followed by The Wassail Song led by Bill Piper.
President Beth reminded us that no meeting will be held of December 28 and wished everyone a Happy Holiday and New Year. The first meeting of 2018 will be an All In Club Meeting on January 4. The January 11 meeting highlights the State of the 2018 Economy presented by club 11 member Juli Niemann.
January’s social event on the 17th will be hosted by the Salvation Army at 3010 Washington Apartments. The club’s second annual Trivia Night will be held on February 24. Club members were reminded to make their gifts to the Rotary Foundation and to the All-In-One Campaign.
The Club was visited by Santa Claus (Mike Mosella) and his helpful elf (Maggie Lampe) as they HO HO Hoed each table distributing high fives and candy canes. The good cheer was accompanied by President Beth singing “Santa Baby”. Santa then recognized guests and their sponsors. The club was then treated to a video featuring Jim Conway being interviewed by Mike Mosella. A riveting interview as Jim talked about his company’s fiftieth year anniversary, his political career in the state legislature and St. Louis City Mayor, and his community service involvement with the Police Commission and the St. Louis Zoo.
Helen DiFate introduced architect John Guenther and a long list of his projects in the St. Louis area.
Mr. Guenther visited Cuba as part of an architecture group visit to three Cuban cities and presented many pictures of buildings in three Cuban cities with most featuring Havana. Cuba has many buildings that at their origin were spectacular in design and construction but have shown lack of attention and decay since 1959 due to the revolution led by Fidel Castro. The automobiles, almost all predating 1959, are examples of time standing still. In October, 1960 all American owned hotels were taken over by the Cuban government.
Pre 1959 many buildings were designed and built by Americans. For a few years after 1959 Russia provided money for the Cuban economy but when they stopped funding Cuba in the mid 60’s buildings began to show the lack of maintenance. The once beauty of these buildings was evident in the photographs but the deterioration was evident. Mr. Guenther cited that some renovation of some historic cathedrals, public buildings and parks has been underway in recent years and funding is still limited but with some easing of travel restrictions there is hope that restoration will continue.
The meeting ended with a video of President Beth wishing us all Seasons Greetings.
CLICK HERE FOR LUNCHEON PHOTOS courtesy of Doug Russell
President Beth called the meeting to order promptly at 12:00 Noon and lead us with the Pledge of Allegiance. Phil Hesley provided the invocation and Ralph Decker lead us in song to get things off on the right foot.
Announcements from President Beth:
Sargent At Arms Mike Mosella announced our regular visiting Rotarian, Jay Gary Neal. We also introduced new member Dr. Ben Brown.
Mary Jane Thomsen gave a wonderful introduction for our speaker, Rotarian Dan Jennings, (click here for more background information on Dan.).
Dan told us a lot that most of us didn’t know about the Salvation Army.
Tom Teasdale asked about the many SA facilities in the St. Louis area. For the St. Louis area, Dan operates 23 large buildings for multi-use in St. Louis and 14 surrounding counties. Harbor Light System also operated by SA has special PTSD services for veterans.
Jack Windish remembered tavern bucket collections by SA. Tavern Bucket collections still continue. Dan as an intern made many tours of taverns for collections.
Funding for SA is
40% of the $15m in donations from St. Louis come in the Christmas holidays.
Women Only Substance Abuse services are just now starting (in Chicago). Dan is expecting this to expand in the near future in the St. Louis area.
Phil Hesley made a moving statement of support as the SA had helped him and his family many years ago.
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!
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.
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.