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Alleygations for Week 5
Another fun week of bowling in the Rotary League started with a bang on Monday. In the first game we had some really fine scores:
David Cowell 256
Blake Critzas 247
Steve Lafara 237
Gary Jones 210
Derrick Wendling 205
Don Klackner 205
And that was just first game. David Cowell and Steve Lafara were bowling head to head and it was quite a strike fest. It must have taken all of David’s mojo out of him as he then went 15 frames without another strike, yikes.
Team Lorenz started the night in last place and ended in last place but we had our best night so far with 16 points (no thanks to their captain, I was too busy writing alleygations, that’s my story).
Team Weiss lost to team Cooper due to Don Lorenz not showing up (yes, they are throwing him under the bus). Katie LaMarsh commented that having the word ABS in front of Don’s name on the scoreboard would be as close as he gets to having abs (tough crowd you have to show up to defend yourself).
Team Kocher steams on in first place with a 21-point night over team Harris. They are tough to beat.
See everyone next week.
Week 4 – October 1, 2018
It was another exciting night at Olivette lanes. A lot of laughter was heard from lanes 21 & 22 were the Weiss and Lorenz teams were going head to head. Speaking of the Lorenz team – Steve LaFara won the 50/50. This is the 3rd time in the past 4 weeks that someone on the Lorenz team won the 50/50. Rigged? You be the judge.
Down on lanes 19 & 20, the Cooper and Cowell teams tied for the first game. Doc Jones pulled it out the tenth frame to tie the game. Next door on lanes 17 and 18, teams Kocher and Decker ended the first game two points apart.
Down at the far end of the alley, Price (or is it Prince) Harris had 4 strikes in a row in the second game. And Bob Garagiola had a great night with a handicap series of 725. Way to go Price and Bob!
There were a lot of good games:
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.
ROTARY GOLF LEAGUE
ALGONQUIN COUNTRY CLUB
September 5th, 2018
The Rotary golf league had another outstanding golf outing at Algonquin Country Club in Webster Groves. Many thanks to our host Flip Cady as well as the wonderful service at the club. We had 22 golfers with 20 staying for dinner. We were able to welcome guest Ryan Whittington from the Clayton Rotary Club as well as Jay Lockhart, a guest of Jay Ryan.
Algonquin was in great shape with hardly a blemish to be seen anywhere on the course. The temperature was once again in the 90s but we made it through the day..
Medalists for the event were Flip Cady, Blake Critzas and Jim Gidcumb each shooting 80. Low net for the day was Dave Wicks with a 64.
Youth division – Flip Cady
Masters division – Jay Lockhart
Closest to the Pin (#10)
1st Steve LaFara 36’1” (only one to hit the green)
3rd Place Rick Tinucci 106 net 70
2nd Place Gary Jones 100 net 70
1st Place Bob Garagiola 93 net 66
3rd Place Terry Werner 91 net 73
2nd Place Earl Poe 93 net 72
1st Place Dave Wicks 87 net 64
3rd Place Matt Weiss 90 net 74
2nd Place Flip Cady 80 net 72
1st Place Blake Critzas 80 net 69
3rd Place Gidcumb/Webster/Jones/Steinbrueck125
2nd Place LaFara/Whittington/Steinbrueck/Wicks 122
1st Place Critzas/Garagiola/Kocher/Cady 119
Most had plenty of time for fellowship following golf. About 7:15 we were ready for dinner and were served a nice dinner buffet featuring grilled chicken breast with vegetables, mushroom pasta followed by delicious vanilla ice cream with a hot apple crisp. Prior and during dinner, our host Flip Cady, made sure we had plenty of wine as he was nice enough to bring some of his personal stash from home. Thanks Flip.
After awards we were on our way home, waiting for the next outing scheduled for Tuesday September 25th at either The Legends or Glen Echo Country Club. Keep posted. Be sure to get your reservation into Dave Wicks and feel free to invite guests. It really is great fellowship and played on some of the nicest golf courses in the St. Louis area.
Hope to see you then,
The Golf League visited historic Glen Echo Country Club for our 9th outing. Glen Echo is the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi river and home of the 1904 Olympic Golf Tournament. The rumor that some of our members played probably is false. I am tempting fate by saying the weather gods have been good to our outings as the heat and humidity was pretty good for July in the Lou. Our host Jay Ryan joined us for dinner Hopefully Jay will be off the DL and back playing. The best shooting belonged to guests Mike and Eddie Mosella with net 62 and 64.
Next Outing Tuesday August 7 Sunset Hills. This gives us all time to work on our game.
Pars and Birdies Ken Schuman
The Rotary golf league had another outstanding golf outing at Norwood Hills Country Club. Many thanks to our host Gary “Doc” Jones as well as the great service at the club. We had 22 golfers with 16 staying for dinner. We were able to welcome new Rotarian Price Harris to the league as well as guest Cris Cady (Flip’s son in town from Hawaii), Rick Jones (from the West County Rotary Club), Tina Jones (Rick’s wife) and Roland Schriever.
Norwood was in great shape with hardly a blemish to be seen anywhere on the course. The temperature was once again in the 90s but the humidity was very low which made the day enjoyable.
Medalist for the event was Cris Cady with a splendid 75 which bested his dad who had 82. Bragging rights in the family until he comes back into town.
Youth division – Matt Weiss
Masters division – Ken Schuman
Closest to the Pin (#10)
3rd Gary Jones 45ft 1 inch
2nd Earl Poe 27ft 1 inch
1st Price Harris 6ft 7 inches
3rd Place Tom Keeline 110 net 70
2nd Place Rick Tinucci 107 net 70
1st Place Dave Wicks 88 net 64
3rd Place Matt Weiss 89 net 73
2nd Place Terry Werner 89 net 70
1st Place Kent Steinbrueck 83 net 70
3rd Place Weiss/Werner/Kocher/Webster
2nd Place Steinbrueck/Harris/Milne/G. Jones
1st Place Cady/Cady/Wicks
Most had plenty of time for fellowship following golf as the last group had a slow day out there. About 7:15 we were ready for dinner and were served a nice stuffed chicken breast with glazed vegetables followed by delicious gold brick ice cream. During dinner, our host Gary Jones, made sure we had plenty of wine as he was nice enough to make the purchase. Thanks Gary.
After awards we were on our way home, waiting for the next outing scheduled for Tuesday July 17th at the historic Glen Echo Country Club. Jay Ryan will be our host. Be sure to get your reservation into Dave Wicks and feel free to invite guest. It really is great fellowship and played on some of the nicest golf courses in the St. Louis area.
Hope to see you then,
President Beth welcomed all to the McDonald Pavilion at the St. Louis Zoo. After a lunch buffet, President Beth reminded us all of the two upcoming regular meetings and then introduced Jim Conway. Jim and his son made all the arrangements for today’s event. He introduced Dr. Bonner from the St. Louis Zoo.
When we were last here, we focused on the new Sea Lion exhibit. Today we will visit the new Polar and Grisly Bear exhibits. Dr. Bonner also called our attention to the eight teen age cheetahs that are now available for viewing.
He pointed out that the recently acquired North County property from the Pipe Fitters Union would provide the Zoo with many opportunities. Part of its future depends on passage of the 1/8 cent sales tax in St. Louis County on November 7th.
Currently, $11.5 million in updates are underway at the Primate House built in 1927, including providing outside areas for the animals that will include tunnels for children to climb through. Also underway is a new Starbucks, a candy store and major upgrades to the aging water lines and sewers
The Zoo is proud to be voted #1 Zoo in US and #1 free attraction.
There are only 51 Polar Bears in US zoos; reproducing them is a real challenge when most zoos only have one.
The property south of I-64 is part of a 25 year plan – currently, there is a search for a major anchor that could develop a portion of the land. Its real value is that it will eventually allow the 8 acre south parking lot north of I-64 to be repurposed as part of the zoo exhibit space.
The Zoo attracts about 3.2 million visitors each year. 40% are visitors from outside of the region. The Zoo generates about $40 million per year for the region. On a good summer weekend day, there will be 25-30,000 visitors.
President Beth Russell opened the meeting to order and led the club in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Jack Windish presented the invocation followed by Ralph Decker leading a rousing “It’s A Grand Old Flag”.
Michele Goad recapped the 8th Grade Award presentations then recognized this year’s 15 presenters and any presenters from past years. President Beth cited that 23 awardees had enrolled at Webster and 10 had graduated and there are 2 current students. Nick Angelo presented slides of his Guatemalan trip to dig a well. Very evident that the village was poor and sanitary water a blessing. In addition to the well the group provided good hygiene lessons.
Upcoming meetings include a visit to the St. Louis Zoo next Thursday (June 21), St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28 and The Changing of the Guard on July 5. A note about the Zoo. Parking will be across IS64 at the old Deaconess Hospital grounds. Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. between the parking area and the Zoo’s South entrance.
Richard Warriner reminded all of the need for more contributions to the All In One fund. We have reached 61 percent of our $31,000 goal. The goal is important for us to support our charitable organizations. Also, volunteers are needed on June 19 for the Lift For Life Gym.
Sergeant-At-Arms Mike Motown Mosella cited our increasing use of social media to provide information about our Rotary Club. The exposure is important to support our Membership Drive which is headed Jeromy Fritz. SAA Mike then introduced our guests and visiting Rotarian.
Pete Milne was called upon to introduce our speaker, Susan Pollman. Pete’s last assignment prior to his retirement from the Air Force was with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGA.
Ms. Pollman, a native St. Louisan, is program director for the “Next NGA West”, the new facility that will be built in North St. Louis. St. Louis was chosen after a lengthy selection process that include numerous options outside of St. Louis. This new facility will replace a 1918 building that is crowded, expensive to maintain and out of date for today’s and future missions of the NGA. The building is being designed for the next 100 years. The site at Jefferson and Cass Avenues provides access to high tech neighbors.
The site is currently owned by the City of St. Louis who will prepare the site. When prepared site ownership will be transferred to the Air Force. The Kansas City District Corps of Engineers will oversee construction of the building. The building will have three distinct areas; a learning center with public spaces, an Innovation Center for interaction with scientists and academiicans, and a Research Lab which will be restricted access due to dealing with classified issues.
The new facility will house about 3,700 employees when it opens in late 2024 or early 2025. Recruitment is a critical process as 60 percent turnover from now until opening is projected due to retirement of current employees. The staff is working with Ameren on power requirements although they will have internal power sources as their missions cannot have power outages. They are also working with neighborhood groups to be a good neighbor and not appear as a fortress. There is also the need to develop streets and enhance bus, metro and bike routes.
The 50/50 Jackpot continues to grow as Jack Windish won only $9.00. Hope remains for at least two more weeks as there will not be a drawing at the Zoo meeting.
President Beth closed the meeting shortly after 1:00 p.m.
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