After the meeting was called to order by President Rich Losciale, looking very dapper in his shades, Phil Hesley delivered the invocation, and Ralph Decker led us in song- that OLD Rotary standard “It’s a Great Day to be a Rotarian”.
Rich had our speaker draw a playing card for an absent Kim DeMotte to complete last week’s progressive 50/50. It was the 4 of Hearts so the game continued. Rich then made a few announcements detailing upcoming programs and committee meetings including but not limited to; next week’s Rotary Club 11 Golf Tourney, June 1st program honoring our Community Service Grant recipients ($45,000 in grants awarded), volunteer opportunities at Lift For Life Gym on May 16th and the Blood Drive on May 25th (Rich will pay for any guest who donates blood), Club 11 sponsored RYLA participant, SLU Rotaract Celebration and announcement that those who had photos taken can view them online at (https://glennmadefilms.shotproof.com/gallery/STLRotaryClubHEADSHOTS/). The Paul Harris quote reminded us that there is always work to do, “There is no part of Rotary that cannot be improved.”
Rich introduced our substitute at Sergeant at Arms and Past President of Club 11, Mary Jane Thomsen, to introduce our Guests and Visiting Rotarians.
The program was our annual SLPD Police Officer of the Year Award. Rich called on former Mayor of the City of St. Louis and Past President of Club 11, Jim Conway, to make a few remarks. This Award is now nearly 20 years old. Our Rotary Club receives from 3-8 applicants from the Police Department. From those applicants we choose one officer for the award. Jim also thanked Mike Regan for his work on the selection committee.
Jim introduced Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole, Acting Police Commissioner. Lt. Col. O’Toole expressed the need for community/citizen involvement in crime prevention and prosecution. We have to work together as one community. The Officer from the 1st District that our Club selected was also the Officer of the Year as selected by his District. He could not be with us at the Award ceremony because he is currently on administrative leave. Officer West is skilled at locating witnesses in particular one recently that lead to the conviction of a murder suspect. He has exemplary law enforcement skills and is a valuable asset to the 1st District.
Captain Miller from the 1st District was in attendance to accept the Award for Officer West. He proudly told us that this is the 3rd time we have selected an officer from his District. Ken Schuman,, on behalf of the Endowment Fund, also presented a check for $500 to the Captain for Officer West. The Captain jokingly said he will make sure Officer West received the Award. Which led to a quick response form Jim that there could be an investigation. The laughter brought our program to a close.
Jeromy Fritz’ ticket was drawn for our progressive 50/50 but he could not close the deal. I believe he received $8 for the 8 of Spades, so the pot continues to grow.
President Rich adjourned the meeting at 1:00.