President Tim Graham installed Andrew Chao as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves on Friday, February 12, 2016. Pictured here with Andrew are his sponsor, Ann McReynolds, and Tim. Welcome, Andrew! We're delighted you've joined us.
On Friday, February 12, President Tim Graham and Rotarian Harold Lumley presented a "big check" to Gerry Pagano on behalf of our club. A friend of Harold Lumley, Gerry is a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra trombonist and the founding member of the St. Louis Low Brass Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes education and performance for low-brass musicians throughout our region. Each year, the LBC brings top national artists to St. Louis for master classes, commissions both compositions and arrangements, and hosts an annual Gala concert. They also present a new trombone to a deserving music student; the Rotary Club of Webster Groves was pleased to contribute $500 to the LBC to help off-set the cost of this year's trombone.
At a well-attended lunch meeting on December 4th, members elected four directors to serve on the 2016-17 Board of Directors to be headed by President Gail Fernandez: James Carlton, Adam Hughes, Gerry Kettenbach, and Ann McReynolds will hold Board positions for that year. James is currently serving as Vice President, and Gerry is Sergeant-at-Arms; Ann is in her third term as Club Secretary, and she now also holds the title of "President Designate," having been elected as President for 2017-18. The new officers and directors will be formally installed in late June, 2016 at the Installation Dinner.
The delicious taste and aroma of pancakes may linger still, but it is already time again for our most popular annual social event, the Holiday Progressive Dinner, traditionally held on the first Saturday of December. This year’s event on December 5th opens with a cocktail party at Jack and Janet Pirozzi's and winds up with dessert and coffee at the home of K & Paul Wentzien. Formal invitations will be mailed in a couple of weeks. Please discuss it with your significant others and respond as soon as possible, so we can begin to make plans to accommodate everyone. Dinner assignments and other details will be sent out a few days before the event.
The cost of this elegant evening includes cocktails, sit-down dinner, and dessert. Members who do not serve as dinner hosts will be asked to bring either an appetizer or dessert for all to share. Besides being the best buy in town for just $20 per person, it’s a wonderful occasion for our members, spouses, and guests to get to know one another. New members particularly enjoy this festive fellowship occasion, due to the evening's easy and friendly format.
Our speaker on Friday, August 28 was Maggie Ryan, founder and Artistic Director of Insight Theatre Group, one of the St. Louis region's newest equity companies, and it's located right here in Webster Groves. Insight offers summer productions at Nerinx Hall's delightfully cool Heagney Theatre, helping to provide year-round employment to local actors and other theatre professionals. “Spinning into Butter” is closing out the 2015 season….just two more weeks to go.
Our members were greatly saddened to learn of the death of our fellow Rotarian, Ed Heigl, who died much too young on Friday, July 10, of colon cancer. Ed spent most of his life as a competitive runner, and he continued training and running throughout three years of treatment. He had been a member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves since spring 2009, and we were privileged to be included in regular updates regarding his condition. We will miss his energetic and cheerful presence. Please be sure to keep Ed's wife, Beth, and their three children in your thoughts and prayers.
We had no idea what a treat was in store for us when Jim Flint-Smith came to visit our club on March 20. Jim and his fellow Company C Cavalrymen reenactors have appeared in dozens of staged historical battles throughout the country, as well as in numerous movies and documentaries. Jim brought just a few of the authentic items used to outfit both himself and his horse. He also urged us to attend a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob on April 10-12 in Pilot Knob State Park. That historic reenactment opens the 2015 event season, allowing Jim and his comrades to practice their skills after a long winter.
(Check out this link! http://mostateparks.com/…/battle-pilot-knob-state-historic-… )
Webster Groves Rotarian and high school physics teacher Philip Wojak has just been honored with Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education Award, which presents teachers with a $1,000 prize and recognition at an annual reception. Honorees are chosen by a committee of educators and business leaders. Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch said in a nomination letter to Peabody Energy that Phil's “passion and love for teaching and for physics is coupled with a creative ability to take difficult concepts and bring them to life in a unique, thoughtful, and often humorous teaching style.” In this photo, Peabody's Maureen Moore leads applause for Phil during the presentation at Webster Groves High School on October 8..
Sunday, September 14 was a perfect afternoon for a Rotary Family BBQ. Members enjoyed a delicious meal on the LaBarges' patio, complete with a dizzying array of appetizers, hot dishes, salads, and killer desserts. After eating, there was a spirited game of horseshoes for the adults, and a whole bunch of little kids played a pick-up soccer game on the north side of that huge back yard. Thank you Jack and Mary!! It was great. (Check out all the pictures in the Photo Albums Tab on the left of this page.)
President Kim White installed Andrew Nothum and Pat Voss to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves during our August 15 meeting. Kim and Pat's sponsor, Charles Schneider are shown here on the left, next to Pat, and Nancy Battersby, who stood in for Andrew's sponsor, Jim Schleiffarth, stands on the right, next to Andrew.
Our club's Rotary Foundation Co-Chair, Gail Fernandez, traveled to Colorado Springs last week to attend a meeting with her former club, where she presented two Paul Harris Fellows awards to Barry and Cass Mullane. Pictured here with Gail and the Mullanes are Warren Hill, the Colorado Springs Rotary Foundation Chair, (left) and Clyde Church, Governor of Colorado District 5470 (right).
Yueh (nickname York) Lee, our new youth exchange student, presents President Kim White with a banner from the Rotary Club of Fengshaw, Taiwan. Welcome to Webster Groves, York!
President Kim White installed Kevin Hough to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves during our August 8 meeting. Kevin his shown here with Kim and his sponsor, Dick Peterson.
We are leaving the staging area to join the parade led by our District Governor Jill Walker and our own club's Assistant District Governor Dick Sant. The parade theme is "Stars & Stripes" and we are carrying our district's international flag set. Click here for a slide show of our prepping.
Our Webster Groves Rotary Exchange Student, Eugenia Arrieta, visited Webster's Historic Hawken House with Ann McReynolds on Sunday, May 25, for the opening of LIFE ON THE EVE OF WORLD WAR I. This special exhibit featuring clothes, collectibles, and artifacts from the WWI era will be on display through Thanksgiving. Eugenia was delighted and surprised by the Webster Groves Historical Society's remarkable collection of authentic 19th-Century household items...like most people she was amazed to see how long the famous Hawken Rifle is!
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Ruby Vargehese is this year's essay winner! In the photo left to right is Kit Whittington, essay committee chair presenting a $500 check to Ruby, and club president Scott Krejci. Click on More to read the essay.
WG Rotarian John Dougherty made a fascinating presentation to our Club on April 18, explaining the plight of the towering American Chestnut, and how the Herculean efforts of dedicated molecular biologists have come up with a plan to save the species from extinction.After fielding a blizzard of questions, John handed out hybridized nuts along with planting instructions to those of us who wanted to try our hand in raising our own Chestnut tree. John suggested we check out the American Chestnut Foundation website to read more about this remarkable scientific endeavor. Here is the link: http://www.acf.org/
Once upon a time on a walk in Webster Groves, some children saw a home that looked like a giant gingerbread house. With the help of their teacher, they wrote a letter to the people in the house and told them how interested they were in its fanciful decorations. They also invited them to come to their school, the Walter Ambrose Family Center Preschool. The homeowner turned out to be Philip Wojak, who teaches physics at Webster Groves High School, and he accepted the invitation to visit the preschool to bake gingerbread cookies one day this spring. (On 4/18/14, this article was posted on faceBook by the Webster Groves School District.) Perhaps Phil will bake a big batch of cookies for us and bring them to our next Rotary meeting!
The St. Louis group of volunteers from God's Child Project just returned from Antigua, Guatemala where they trained the medical staff on fitting the Ln-4 hand prosthetic device. The medical staff will be selecting candidates for the prosthetic in the next few months. the hands will be fitted when a group of volunteer physical therapists will arrive later this year. The group from Washington Missouri Mission Overseas along with some Washington Rotarians just returned from Honduras where they successfully fitted some hands on some lucky Hondurans. (pic insert)
The awesome team of presidents, secretaries, assistant governors and Show Me Rotary council members ready to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15!
Webster Groves High School Basketball Coach, Jay Blossom, visited the club on February 28th. He spoke to us about the Statesmen Basketball, the season to date and hopes for post season play.
On Friday night February 7, The Rotary Club of Webster Groves was presented with the Heart of Gold Award at the Heart of the Community banquet by the Webster Groves, Shrewsbury, Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce. This annual event provides the communities the opportunity to recognize outstanding community service. Rotarian Nancy Battersby received the Rotarian of the Year Award; it was presented by President Scott Krejci, who accepted the Heart of Gold Award on behalf of the Club for its 90 years of service. More than a dozen Rotarians were present for the festivities.
New directors-elect; Frank Bloemke, Tim Graham, Jim Schleiffarth, and Chuck Weed were elected Friday to the 2014-15 board.
Tim Graham was recommended as president-designate for 2015-16.
The officers and directors, so elected, together with Kim White as president-elect and Scott Krejci as immediate past president shall constitute the board-elect. Within one week after their election, the board-elect shall meet and elect from its members a president-designate and a vice president. Within two weeks after the election meeting Kim White as president-elect shall appoint, subject to the approval of the directors-elect, a secretary, a treasurer, and a sergeant-at-arms who shall become members of the board with such responsibilities and privileges of membership as the board may determine.
Thank you Webster Groves Rotary Club from Webster Groves High School! The Rotary club has purchased more than 100 calculators and thumb drives with lanyards for students in need at Steger Sixth Grade Center, Hixson Middle School and Webster Groves High School. In this picture, Rotarians (from left, at table) Charles Schneider, Scott Krejci and Ron Hamberg with some of the calculators. At rear Webster Groves School District social workers Todd Weston, Mary Ellen Trachsel and Pat Ferrugia as well as counselor Anne Gibbs, social worker Jim Griffard and Superintendent Sarah Riss.
One of our club's members, Gail Fernandez, has responded to the invitation to volunteer in October for a trip to Lomé, Togo, West Africa to deliver polio immunizations.
The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary's Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians. This will be a hands-on project that will profound impact on the people served, and on the Rotarians who volunteer.
Laura visits with Nancy Battersby and Dick Sant after the meeting.
About Our Club
Kit WhittingtonSeptember 3
James CarltonSeptember 4
Scott KrejciSeptember 5
Jack PirozziSeptember 15
Bob SmutzSeptember 17