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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is watching one of my family’s favorite movies; It’s a Wonderful Life. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.
The message in this film is one of courage and sacrifice for the greater good as George Bailey, a man with big ideas about seeing the world, continually forsakes his own desires to do what is right for the town. The second message is that each life is important. No matter how insignificant we feel we are, we are all inextricably linked to each other and play an important part in the fabric of one another’s lives.
Our membership in Rotary provides us with the opportunity to make lasting friendships within our Club, our District, and with Rotarians throughout the World. It is because of these friendships we are able to work together to help others less fortunate than ourselves and in the words of past Rotary International president Arch Klumph “Do good in the World”.
The movies powerful message, that we all can make a difference in the lives of others, is clearly felt within our Rotary community. Through the generosity of our members, we have provided solar lights to school children in Rwanda, clean water for families in Chaloma Honduras, and books to Family Resource Center here in St. Louis. These projects were all supported by matching funds from The Rotary Foundation and with a spirit of “Service Above Self” allowed Club 11 to make a difference in the lives of those we may never know.
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, members of St. Louis Rotary Club 11 once again participated in the Old Newsboys Day paper drive by selling special edition newspapers at various locations downtown. This is part of an annual campaign that takes place throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. All funds raised by this event go towards supporting local children’s charities. Despite the early “rise and shine”, we had a good response for this year’s event.
I would like to thank the following “newsboys” for their participation:
The top three “newsboys” this year were Bill Purcell at $222.61, Phil Roush at $294.45 and Earl Poe at $311.90.
All together, Club 11 raised $1,760.35 for local children’s charities.
Thank you to all who participated in making this year’s event successful!
Sean M. Smith, #463
Old Newsboys Day Chairperson
it’s time for the 8th Grade Awards and the New Generations Committee is in need of presenters. Most Rotarians agree that this is one of the most rewarding experiences we can participate in while giving our time to the community. Presentations will begin in a couple of weeks and will require about an hour of time to highlight 8th Grade students in Saint Louis, our club and Webster University.
Please take a look at the attached dates and sign up to give a presentation of these long standing awards.
Thank you in advance,
Here is a big shout out to Michelle Fassler who headed up our participation in the St. Louis Spring Fling, with our Jewelry sale. The weather was perfect (we beat the late afternoon storm for tear down) and sales were good. Rotarian’s helping out included Don Fuller, Scott Caswell, Rick Tinucci (Diane), Ed Harris, and President Mary Jane Thomsen with husband Mike. Donations from Club members were cataloged and researched by Michelle to be priced appropriately. We all worked the booth to assist shoppers, which turned out to be plentiful. Not only did this event help raise money for our Welfare Fund, but it was also a great way to promote Rotary and the work we do for the St. Louis community. Thanks to everyone for a job well done.
Thank you to Club 11 Rotarians who donated to the All in One Fund, which is the charitable arm of our club.
$30,000 in grants will be awarded to seven (7) of our community service partners for 2016. These organizations have a strong record of service and are aligned with the mission of Rotary Club of St. Louis and Rotary International.
|Annie Malone Children & Family Service Ctr||4,000|
|Boys Hope Girls Hope||4,000|
|Home First STL||3,000|
|Lift for Life Gym||5,000|
|Little Bit Foundation||4,000|
|St. Louis Public School Foundation (Nahed Chapman New American School)||4,500|
At our June 2nd meeting we will be celebrating our grant recipients, learning about their projects and presenting our checks to them. This meeting would be a great opportunity to bring a friend/potential member to our club meeting in order to learn about the great work we do.
On Saturday, April 16th, Rotarians Scott and Laure Caswell , Bill and Rose Cooper, Bob Sherrill, Don Fuller, Michelle Goad, Phil and CarolHesley, Richard Losciale, Derrick and Leia Wendling, Michael Borough and Ed Harris showed up to help the Girl Scouts!
It was a bright sunny spring day and was fun to see all those Girl Scouts and their leaders dropping off bags and bags of personal care items. We worked from10:30 Am until 2:30PM at the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel, 824 Union Rd, St. Louis, 63125.
The Rotarians primarily manned different boxes of baby products, toothpaste, deodorant, make up, lotion, band aids, etc. The Girl Scouts assisted by Scott Caswell sorted the donated bags of personal care items by product into boxes. As the boxes filled up we would tape them up and take them to an area in the Salvation Army gym where the boxes were palletized for warehousing. We would ensure boxes were constantly available for the different personal care products being sorted.
Lunch was better than advertised. The Salvation Army supplied deli turkey or ham with cheese, chips and a local bakery supplied six dozen fresh donuts at noon. The Salvation Army rule still applied. You had to volunteer at least one hour to get free lunch!
The personal care items collected helps local families and individuals in need who cannot purchase personal care items with SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) and boosts the supply of personal care items, which accounted for less than 1% of donations to local food pantries and shelters prior to the development of April Showers.The Girl Scouts asked for the following items:
Next time Club 11 has an opportunity to help the St. Louis Community consider donated a few hours of your time.
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
It’s that time of year -GOLF-!!!!
I am contacting you because you are the GREATEST SUPPORTERS of our club. Our annual Charity Tournament is coming up on May 18 at Forest Park Golf Course. The tournament is a four player scramble with a shot gun start at Noon. Lunch is served at 11:30 and dinner is at6:30. Refreshments are provided on the course and we will have an open bar before dinner. The cost per golfer is $150.
This year I’m handling sponsorships for the individual holes and the 19th hole.
You can be a hole sponsor ($100.00) which includes signage on one tee box.
You can be a 19th Hole Sponsor ($300.00) which includes prominent signage during cocktails and inner.
I am contacting you since were generous enough in the past to be a sponsor. I hope you can do so again.
The proceeds from the event go to Ride on St Louis. If you haven’t visited their facilities or web site please do and see all they do for the children.
Thanks, in advance, for your continued support of Rotary and our charities.
Please advise Maggie(firstname.lastname@example.org) which sponsorship you would prefer and if you need an invoice for tax purposes.
Thanks again for your continued support of are great club and this outstanding charity.
I will be following up with each of you in the next few weeks.
Fairways and greens
Bob “Coach” Kocher
Rotary Charity Golf Tournament committee member
The Rotary Club of St. Louis has again sponsored an Ethics Seminar at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) on April 5, 2016. We had almost 100 students from studies including business and healthcare. Representing Rotary at this program were Tom Teasdale and David Wicks.
The program was started more than eight years ago by Rotarian Tom Teasdale in collaboration with Prof. Michael Costello, COBA and Malaika B. Horne, PhD, director, Executive Leadership Consortium. We also have great support from Dean Charles E. Hoffman, College of Business Administration and Dr. Joe Rottman, chair, Global Leadership & Management.
Once each semester we expose the students to Rotary International and Rotary’s support for high standards and ethics through the Four Way Test. Tom Teasdale moderates the program, introduces Rotary International, and presents the Rotary Four Way Test as a model for personal ethics on an international scale.
This ethics program was developed to discuss Ethics and ethical dilemmas that arise in real practical professional situations to stretch an essential professional acumen for the students. The approach is a panel presentation and discussion about professional ethics that is campus-wide (multi-disciplinary) led by a cross-section of senior-level professionals, from business, medical and educational professions. The discussions are are practical and interactive. Students nowadays find very appealing and informative.
Thank you to all the Rotarians who generously donated toilet paper or money to our March toilet paper drive for the Salvation Army. Debbie Quesenberry, Community Outreach Director, at the Salvation Army Gateway Citadel said when they give out a box of food to a family, they include two or three rolls of toilet paper. If the family size is six, you know it doesn’t last. She said it means a lot to her, the Salvation Army and the families in the community that the Salvation Army helps.
After the April 7th Rotary meeting, we delivered and an SUV full of toilet paper and a check for $538.00 for the Salvation Army to buy toilet paper. Tony Intagliata and Gary Neal of the Fresno, CA club helped make the delivery.
Thanks again to all who donated.
Community Service Committee is again sponsoring a Toilet Paper Collection Drive.
Toilet paper is one of those basic needs that is not included in programs like food stamps. It represents a direct cash outflow to those with the least cash. The Salvation Army collects donations for toilet paper for distributions to needy families in the St. Louis area.
This was one program that was personally important to Rotarian Gordon Spicer. Make a donation to honor Gordon.
You can bring cases of Toilet Paper to any regular Club 11 meeting in March. You can also donate cash that we can use to buy Toilet Paper in bulk.
Rotary Club of St. Louis is now opening our charity grant process for 2016. Grant applications must be sponsored by a Rotarian from Club 11. Applications must be completed, signed off, and submitted with all documentation by February 12 to qualify.
Applications usually take a couple of weeks to complete and sign, so get started NOW.
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!
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.
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.…
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 …
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.