Honored Guests and members of the Police Officer Achievement Awards Committee were seated on the podium.
President Beth Russell opened the meeting promptly at noon with the Pledge-of-Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test. J. Gary Neal of the Fresno, California Sunrise Rotary Club offered the invocation. Bill Piper led us in an enthusiastic rendering of God Bless America. Vibrant three screen graphics set the atmosphere prior to the start of the meeting, supported the opening sequence and provided an informative background throughout the meeting.
President Beth reminded us to drop our spare change in the Alzheimer’s bucket and she extended an invitation to the Missouri Day open house at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois on June 8.
Bob Sherrill asked members to participate in the Red Cross Blood drive in the Eads Room.
He thanked Richard Losciale, Beth Russell, Doug Russell, Suzanne Sebert, Derrick Wendling, Lee Wendling Laurie Werner and Terry Werner for a successful April Showers Rotary project. They helped sort and pack over 500 boxes of personal care items collected by the Girl Scouts.
He also recapped a week of housing, feeding and escorting a Cultural Exchange Group from the Argentina / Uruguay Rotary District. Maggie Lampe coordinated all arrangements and activities. Suzanne Schoomer and Suzanne Sebert provided housing and meals. Suzanne Schoomer held a reception for visitors and Rotarians and entertained with a concert in Clayton. David Pokorny arranged tours of Bush Stadium, the Cardinals Hall for Fame and Fox Sports News facilities. Maggie and Tom Lampe and Bob Sherrill provided transportation.
Sergeant at Arms Mike “Motown” Mosella presented a slide of the social media sites where you can find Rotary Club 11. They included Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. He then welcomed guests.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Conway introduced selection committee member, Mary Jane Thomsen, who thanked all for attending today’s meeting. This meeting marks the St. Louis Rotary Club’s 20th anniversary of the St. Louis Police Officer Achievement Award. She gave a shout out to fellow Rotarian Chris Conner who has been involved with the annual award planning since its inception in 1995. Mary Jane announced our esteemed previous award recipients with special emphasis to those who were able to be with us.
Timothy Moore, 1995
Arnold Miller (1996)
Willard Lipe & Eric Lambing (1999)
Mark Hubbard (2000)
Kyle West (2001)
Charles Johnson & Harold Stone (2001)
Kevin Jones (2003)
Joseph Dobbs & Canine Indoe (2004)
Gabriel Keithley & Nicholas Sloan (posthumously) (2005)
Percy Bailey (2006)
Joseph Hecht (2007)
Todd Miller & Daniel Rayhawk (2008)
Harvey Burnett & David Calcaterra (2009)
Mark Sorocko (2010)
Kelli Swinton (1st Female Awardee) (2013)
Demuriel Young & Don McGhee (2014)
Lindsey Wethington (2015)
Corey Zinkl & Samuel Rachas (2016)
Mark West (2017)
Mary Jane thanked officers, past or present, families and friends and welcomed them to this awards program on behalf of a grateful Rotary Club of St. Louis
Master of Ceremonies Jim Conway introduced Colonel John W. Hayden, Jr. who emphasized that “Police Work is a Calling.”
Capt. Donnell Moore, Commander District One, commended Officer Jessica Welsh who puts “Service Above Self.” Officer Walsh graduated the police academy as her class president in 2016 and began making an impact right away. In just 2 months she received her 1st Award of Excellence. She is always ready for any situation the streets of the 1st district can throw at her. She has been involved in multiple high stress situations but is able to collect herself and get the job done, making sure she and her fellow officers go home safe every day. Though the tasks of policing are tiring and sometimes even scary, she has developed a mindset that helps her push through and respond valiantly and dig deeply to overcome fear and fatigue. Even through this she manages to keep a smile on her face, which helps the people around her stay positive as well.
Ken Schuman presented Officer Walsh with the 2018 Police Officer Achievement Award
A bouquet of Flowers
A $100 gift Certificate to Al’s Restaurant
A $500 check
Cardinals baseball Tickets
and a basket full of Cardinals Gear.
Colonel Hayden answered questions from floor.
President Beth announced that a book will be donated to the Nahed Chapman New American Academy in Colonel Hayden’s honor.
Blake Critzas held the winning ticket for a chance to draw the Ace-of-Clubs and win the 50/50 pot of $1,361. He drew the Ace-of-Spades for a $10 payout instead.
President Beth adjourned the meeting.