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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves
www.webstergrovesrotary.org

Webster Groves

The city of beautiful trees where roots of community service run very deep.

We meet Fridays at 12:10 PM
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
45 West Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves, MO  63119
United States
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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
A taste of independence
Modena, Italy, is known for fine things. The region is home to manufacturers of Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini automobiles. It’s where the artisan cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano is made, as well as Lambrusco wine. And it’s the only place in the world that produces traditional balsamic vinegar. The vinegar is a delicacy – sweeter and thicker than the kind usually found on restaurant tables, refined and aged in casks up to 25 years. The process has been handed down from generation to generation; the casks are often bequeathed to children or used to celebrate milestones such as weddings and...
Giving Tuesday winners announced
Rotary extends its thanks and congratulations to the Rotary Club of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, for having the most club members (35) who made personal contributions through My Rotary on Giving Tuesday, 29 November. The club will receive a copy of our Foundation's centennial book, "Doing Good in the World, The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years." The districts with the most donors who made personal online contributions that day are District 9102 (Benin, Ghana, Niger, and Togo), with 80 donors; District 4400 (Ecuador), 76 donors; and District 7670 (parts of North Carolina,...
2016-17 Directors-nominee announced
On 2 December, RI President John F. Germ declared the following candidates for the 2018-20 Board of Directors. The announcement came one day after the deadline passed for receiving proposals of additional candidates, in accordance with the Rotary International Bylaws. The directors-nominee, who will be elected at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, are: Zone: 3 Director-nominee: Akira Miki  Rotary club: Himeji, Hyogo, Japan Zone: 7A Director-nominee: Rafael Garcia III  Rotary club: Pasig, Rizal, Philippines Zone: 12 Director-nominee: Francesco Arezzo Rotary club: Ragusa,...
 
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Join us at the Shrewsbury City Center on April 28th.
Support Your Community. Test Your Knowledge. Have Fun
Katie McKearn from Eye Care Charity of Mid America, President Gail and Linda Neumann display the new piece of equipment - the Spot Vision Screener. Our Rotary Club supported the purchase of this fabulous new tool which will assist with eye screenings for area school children.

 

Our newest member was inducted on October 21st - Heidi Butts Weigand. Heidi is an orthodontist with a practice in the Webster Groves area. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Heidi has been serving her community’s orthodontic needs since 1999. After graduating from local schools like Cor Jesu Academy (1982) and Saint Louis University (1986), Heidi served as an Army Pilot until 1992. She graduated from the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1996, and continued her education at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, Orthodontics (1998). Upon completion of her extensive education, Heidi joined her father’s practice.

She is married to David G. Wiegand with three children: Cooper, Aaron, and Ruthie. She serves as the State Dental Officer for the Illinois Army National Guard.

We are glad to have Heidi back as a member of our club

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.

Here is the list of nominees for this year's election on December 4th; James Carlton, Adam Hughes, Yvonne Johnson, Steve Kenny, Gerry Kettenbach, Harold Lumley, Ann McReynolds, and Lee Moss. Congratulations and thank you for offering to serve your club as a board member. We will elect 4 new board members from the eight nominees and a new president-elect from the four board members-elect to serve as our club president in 2017-18. Our president-elect, Gail Fernandez, may appoint 4 additional members to the board in the positions of; vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and sergeant at arms.

 

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.

Founder of KWRH and General Manager Ellie Wharton visited our meeting today, to tell us all about our new community radio station, the only one like it in this part of the world. We were particularly delighted to hear that the Webster Groves High School football games are to be broadcast live, beginning tonight, August 21 at 7:00.
 
   
COME ONE, COME ALL TO THE ROTARY FAMILY BBQ AT THE HOME OF JACK & MARY LaBARGE!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 FROM 3:00 TO 7:00
                                 
 

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.

Thomas Boley was diagnosed with OMS last year and has had to see specialists all over the U.S. Thomas is the son of an Affton High School teacher; the students at the high school raised almost $15,000 to help pay for Thomas's medical expenses.
Friday night, May 29, we celebrated the installation of our new Board of Directors with dinner at Westborough Country Club. Representing District 6060, Kate Schwadron installed incoming officers: President, Tim Graham; Vice President, James Carlton; Secretary, Ann McReynolds; Treasurer, Scott Krejci; Sergeant-at-Arms, Gerry Kettenbach; Director, Chuck Weed; President-Elect, Gail Fernandez; and Past-President, Kim White. 
With great sadness, we report the death of Webster Groves Rotarian Avrom Handleman on May 6, 2015. Av first joined our club in 2005 and then spent a few years as an Indianapolis Rotarian, before returning to Webster Groves in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Claiborne, as well as to their children Edna and Clayton, and their families. A memorial service will be held at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, Ladue, on Saturday afternoon, May 23 at 2:30; it will be followed directly by a reception celebrating Av's life.
"The Truth is very important not only telling the truth but hearing it as well." With those words Jordan Shumate's essay was selected as the top finisher in our club's 4 way test essay competition. Thank you Jordan for sharing yourself in such a powerful and inspiring way. Looking for truth, fairness, goodwill & better friendships, and beneficial to all concerned as guiding principles compels us to look at our own life's relationships and their impact on ourselves and those around us. Generating that insight and sharing it is Rotary. Read Jordan's entire essay here.
 
Congratulations to our own Kirby Smith, the 2015 winner of the Webster Groves Rotary Madness basketball pool. Kirby won with a resounding total of 94 points....although Tim Graham's wife, Margie, came in 2nd with 93!  (For the record, the low score was just 21, and the median was 66.) The annual March Madness men's college basketball tournament started Sunday, March 15th, concluding Monday night, April 6 with Duke scoring a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin. There were a lot of disappointed Kentucky fans!  Our Rotary Club's fifth annual fundraiser attracted 49 entries, each of whom paid $10 each; proceeds will benefit The Rotary Foundation. 

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-… )

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Rotarian Dick Harvey on March 15, 2015. Although born and raised in New York, Dick spent more than fifty years in Webster Groves and had been an active and devoted member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves since 2002. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on May 15 at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. The family has graciously suggested contributions in Dick's memory be made to the Rotary Foundation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters, Kendra, Allison, and Jennifer, and with their families.
Sixteen members and several spouses turned out for Happy Hour on St. Pat's Day at Llywelyn's Pub, marking the end of our 90th Anniversary Year celebrations. The perfect weather probably had a lot to do with this record-setting attendance for Rotary Happy Hour held at Llywelyn's on the third Tuesday of every month.... regardless of the weather!

President Kim White installed Dan Schulze as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves on Friday, February 27. Shown below are Kim, Dan, and Dan's sponsor, Nancy Battersby. Welcome, Dan!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, February 20 was a treat in so many ways. Thanks to Pat Voss and the WGHS Alumni Association for providing a terrific lunch for several dozen Rotarians, along with students from both the WG High School Interact Club AND the Robotics Team. The team's faculty sponsors, Jeanette Henken and Nicholas Kirschman, introduced a half-dozen of the team members, who were there to talk about how the Robotics Team is important to their aspirations for STEM careers. And, of course, there were demonstrations that made most of us realize how mundane our own high school activities had been! Afterwards, Club President Kim White presented the team with a check representing our continued support for the Robotics Team's activities.
This morning, our own Rod Cooper posted on FaceBook a great American Red Cross article that addresses the success of Haiti's Global Therapy Group, which has been loyally supported by the Rotary Club of Webster Groves for the past three years.  Rod first brought this project to the attention of our club and then set out to locate two structural engineers who volunteered their time to design this much-needed physical therapy clinic that receives major support from the American Red Cross. Here is a link to the article, which shows just a glimpse of the many successes achieved by the Global Therapy Group therapists....with the help of Rotary Club of Webster Groves.
At the December Board of Directors Meeting this week, Kim thanked Scott Krejci and the Nominating Committee for their role in the December 5th election that resulted in three Directors-Elect for 2015-16: James Carlton, Gerry Kettenbach, and Chuck Weed, plus President-Designate, Gail Fernandez, who will serve as President-Elect on the 2015-16 Board. James is completing his second term on the Board as Co-Treasurer, while Chuck is the Director of Public Relations, which also includes overseeing the Club committees for Advertising/Marketing, Website/Social Media, Photography, and Special Events. Congratulations to all!
It is with great sadness we learned of Bill Lange's death on Saturday, November 29th. Bill was a 17-year member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves, having joined in June 1997; he served as President in 2008, following in the footsteps of his father, also named Bill, who was President in 1961. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 3rd, at Manchester United Methodist Church; interment was private. Please keep Bill's family in your prayers.
Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch attended our meeting last Friday to present her annual State of the City talk. She then fielded questions for about 15 minutes, deftly providing details for every topic, and passed around several timely handouts about the many holiday events to be celebrated in Webster this year. Afterwards, President Kim White thanked Mayor Welch with a Rotary wheel pin.

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.Image.

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.) Image

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Click on the link to the album. Courtesy of Pat Voss. If you're on facebook follow the link and tag yourself. Hey - and like us!

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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. 

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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). 

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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Our new president Kimberly White (2nd from right) on the evening of her installation. Click here for a slide show. 

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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"Sometimes the line between right and wrong is blurred, and we have trouble making decisions that are both fair and perceptive of the people around us. The “Four Way Test” is a perfect solution to this classic problem. Following these four steps can help ensure my decisions are well thought-out and considerate of others."

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/

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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)

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The awesome team of presidents, secretaries, assistant governors and Show Me Rotary council members ready to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15!

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Adam Hughes, expert pancake flipper, at the successful Pancake Festival on October 4th. 

Click here for more photos taken that day by Rotarian Gerry Evans.

 
 
 
Speakers
Trivia Night Set-up
Apr 28, 2017
Club Business Meeting
May 05, 2017
Jean Magre
May 12, 2017
The Moon Car
Jay Quattlebaum
May 19, 2017
Well Drilling in Honduras
Gail Fernandez
May 26, 2017
Portugal and Spain Trip
Pratim Biswas, PhD, Washington University
Jul 21, 2017
Status of Energy Production in the U.S. and the World
 
 
Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Warren Druschky
    April 4
  • Chuck Weed
    April 21
  • Dick Peterson
    April 22
  • Gerry Evans
    April 27
  • Kim White
    April 27