Our meeting was called to order promptly at noon by President Beth Russell, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, the recitation of the Four-Way Test and presented the invocation. Rick Tinucci led the singing of “R-O-T-A-R-Y”, which was followed after a brief interval for food by Phil Hartley alerting all to the pending club fishing trip.
After a brief run-through by President Beth on upcoming matters, Sergeant-at-Arms pro tem Jack Windish took the podium and introduced several guests:
Katie Warchol of Edward Jones (host – John Hongs)
Spencer Schaetzel of Presort, Inc. (Jeromy Fritz)
Doug Lorenz (brother of Don and guest of Matt Weiss)
Peggy Decker (a/k/a “Saint Peggy”)(mother of Ralph Decker)
Debra Veatch (Suzanne Sebert)
and visiting Rotarians:
Craig Milde (Cape Girardeau),
Gary Neal (Fresno Sunrise plankowner)
Next, President-elect Bob Sherrill presented the Community Service Grant Awards to these programs, each of which is making a difference to our community and can benefit propor-tionately from the grant:
Annie’s Hope, which provides comprehensive support services for families in grief. The grant will go to completing a group room.
Assisi House, which provides housing for those in need of it, especially in winter, and provides resources so they need not be homeless.
Assistance League of St. Louis, which provides school necessities (uniforms, supplies) for kids. As Rosie Randolph put it in accepting the grant, the members of the organization are 505 women and one brave man.
Biome School, a charter STEAM (that’s STEM + arts) a bit north and west of the Central West End.
Books for Newborns, which is the only US group dedicated to home schooling in low-income neighborhoods.
Boys Hope Girls Hope, which provides family-like homes and non-resident programs and plans to use the grant to fund special-interest summer camps for its students.
CHAMP Service Dogs – received by Diane Peters and Royal – which provides among other things, unusual-skilled service dogs like Wit, the balance dog.
Deaconess Nurse Ministry, which provides non-resident nursing services throughout the community. This grant will go chiefly to services at Every Child’s Hope.
Girls on the Run, dedicated to building positive experiences for girls in the community. The program is in over 65 schools now and it’s signal event is a 5-kilometer run.
Lifewaters SCUBA – Matt Wilson as sponsor accepted on behalf of the organization since this the annual dive week for the military vets and injured first responders it serves. The group has grown to being supported by five dive shops around the country, which has made it much easier to reach more participants.
Lift for Life, the goal of which is to provide a safe haven off the streets and build kids’ resilience. The grant will go to evening café program which serves over 13,000 meal yearly.
Little Bit Foundation, which provides schoolkids with health services in addition to uniforms and supplies for education.
Lydia’s House – a haven from domestic violence which now serves 50 mothers and 85 children and will use the grant for school supplies.
Our Lady’s Inn – a refuge for homeless pregnant women and their children, which will use the grant for a new floor for its South City shelter.
Sherwood Forest, which will use its grant for a new wood chipper for its summer camp. This will help the campers with soft physical landings as well as the emotional ones so many need.
AND FINALLY – $1,483.00 was at stake in the 50-50. But Jon Soifer only drew the Nine of Spades, so you, too, could win over $1500 6/14.