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On July 11, 2019, our club will host the St. Louis Metro InterCity Fellowship. Our speaker is Fred Pestello, President of St. Louis University.
Last week Bob Garagiola and I attended the 110th Rotary International convention in Hamburg, Germany. Just as Club 11 delegates at the first International Convention in 1910, Bob acted as our official delegate voting to select the RI President for 2020 -21. But RI convention are much more than business meetings. Rotary conventions are intended to inform and inspire Rotarians from around the world. And this year 35,000 Rotarians arrived in Hamburg to be inspired, to renew old acquaintances, and to make new Rotary friends.
The breath of Rotarian service from around the world is just mind boggling. At a session on Monday morning we heard RI General Secretary John Hewko inform attendees that over the last year Rotarians had performed 45 million hours of volunteer service and donated $850,000,000 toward local community projects. This is above and beyond the nearly $200 million donated to the Rotary Foundation. The countless booths we visited in the House of Friendship,staffed by Rotary Clubs showcasing their projects, was further evidence of the great work Rotary Clubs are doing around the world.
We were encourage to hear several great speaker on a variety of topics, but I was impressed by both Interact and Rotaract speakers extolling the how these programs have changed their lives and those of thousands of others. Hearing these stories makes me proud to part of this great organization.
Monday, April 1, 2019 starts the unfortunate countdown to the end of the season. Only 3 more weeks of bowling – and the stakes are becoming hot for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. But more of that in a bit.
Monday marked the beginning of retirement for Don Lorenz. Despite having just retired, he reported to have gotten up bright and early to work on his boat. His family showed up along with Sue Weiss to celebrate. There were cake and cupcakes (made by Katie) to celebrate. Additionally, former bowlers Loni Ramos and Julie Onesty (??) came to visit.
Going into Monday night, 2nd place team Soifer trailed first place Team Price by 7 points, and 3rd place team Cowell trailed team Soifer by 14 points. Team Soifer battled it out with Team Price on Lanes 17 and 18. In the first game, Dan Conway Conway fell one pin short of winning the game for team Price, and Soifer and Price tied the first game. In the third game, Team Price won by 3 points. In the end, Team Soifer took 14 points, and team Price took 8 points. Down on Lanes 23 and 24, 3rd Place Team Cowell took on Team Cooper, With great bowling by Tim Lorenz and Jim GGidcumb the Cowbells tool all 22 points. At the end of the night, Team Harris was one point ahead of team Soifer (with 89 and 88 points respectively), and Team Cowell is in striking distance with 82 points. Dave Cowell has left instructions for his team to move ahead one place in the standings for the next two weeks.
We had a few 200’s Monday; Steve Lafara and Jim Gidcumb both rolled 200’s, and Blake Critzas bowled a 202. There were also a lot of great handicap totals.
Mike Regan – 675
Matt Weiss – 655
Tim Lorenz – 652
Curt Linton – 642
Jim Gidcumb – 641
Jeanine Conway – 636
Kent Steinbruek – 628
Dave Wicks – 628
Steve Lafara – 627
Bob Kocher – 613
Don Klackner – 603
Rose Cooper – 601
Good luck to all.
Olivette Lanes served up a complimentary food buffet on Bowler Appreciation night with Toasted Ravioli, Mostaccioli, Chicken Fingers, Sopapilla and Salad, and of course buckets of beer to wash it down. Don’t get excited boys of Mesquite you would have had to pay for the buckets.
I will start down by the doors and save the best for last.
On 23 & 24, Team Soifer still stinging from their loss to Team Decker in the 3rd quarter finals looked like a team on a mission. They took 20 points from Team Kocher and sit atop the 4th quarter standings. Their Captain, Jon, led the way with a 641 handicap series and all his merry men (Milne, Linton and DiFate) were above average. Team Kocher was carrying a blind and only Don Fuller could hit his average.
On 21 & 22, Team Cowell squared off with Team Weiss. With their Captain in absentia, Team Weiss went down 16-6. Things could have been worse but Katie LaMarsh rallied the troops with a 142 to take Game 3. She “got by with a little help from her friends”. Yes, there was Beatles on the jukebox. Actually the tunes were good all night and cranking with the Seniors in Mesquite. Dan Naes had a 621 handicap series in a supporting role and took their other two points. It was Bob Zangas leading the way for Team Cowell with a 673 handicap series. With that lefty hook he was doing his impersonation of Earl Anthony. Keep it rolling, Bob!
On 19 & 20, Team Lorenz was outmanned (3-2) but not outgunned as they took a 15-7 decision from our 3rd quarter champs, Team Decker. Adam McNutt led the way with a 638 handicap series and nice 188 scratch/241 handicap in Game 1 to set the tone. No one from Team Decker, hungover from their 3rd quarter win, could make their average. After seeing Ralph’s score the first two games I was wondering if he was pulling a Don Lorenz and bowling left handed. He came around in Game3 and posted a 200 game- only one of two on the night- read on. Tom Keeline was the 50/50 winner – $51- not bad at all for a slightly smaller crowd of 24 bowlers (75% attendance).
That takes us down to 17 & 18 where the real bowling happened. Team Cooper forgot it was Monday night- with the exception of Arnold Hadler. Rose, you shouldn’t really leave Arnold alone like that. Shame on you. Arnold had a great night with a 664 handicap series but Team Harris was on fire and Arnold could only take care of his man in a 20-2 decision. Jeannine Conway started off the night with a 221 SCRATCH game/ 294 handicap as Team Harris posted a 911. Jeannine had a 683 handicap series and would only be outdone on the night by husband, Dan, who had a 692. Carl Lane posted a 638 and Team Harris is hot on the heels of Soifer sitting in 2nd place only 8 points back.
See you ALL again next week at Olivette Lanes. I don’t want to see any blinds on the board. No excuses, let’s make it happen!
Week 24 witnessed strong performances by Don Lorenz (High game 237) and high scratch series (614). Other notable scores were turned in by Jim Gidcumb (235), Blake Critzas (220), and Don Klackner, who only rolled 199, but he is included since he is providing free food next week. Special notice to Jon Soifer who rolled his highest ever game of 184.
It has come to my attention that some bowlers complain about their scores on lanes 23 and 24. The following graph shows there may be some validity to their gripes. Maybe the pictures on the wall distract the bowlers or old remembrances of dalliances at the Coral Court. Whatever the reason, averages on the end lanes are lower.
As a group we have fared well for the past 6 weeks with averages steadily rising and tying an all season high of 152.
Standings at the top did not change with Soifer and Kocher occupying #1 and #2 respectively. The Weiss team made the biggest leap by virtue of its 20 to 2 thrashing of the Decker team. The winner of the 50/50 was Jack Windish who apparently did not bowl. Guess it was just a coincidence that Jack’s team was 2-20 the last week he bowled and 20-2 the week he sat out.
Everyone show up next week for the FREE FOOD and other prizes.
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!
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.
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 …