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Last year our club collaborated with the Tonga Rotary Club Nuku Alofa to provide an urgently needed water tank for a school in Village Houma located on the island of Eura in the Kingdom of Tonga. This project came about at the request of Lonita Benson, a graduate of our local Webster Groves High School, serving in the Peace Corp in Village of Houma.
 
The primary school in this village lacked access to clean water for the students. Often, school terminated after lunch due to no running water. 
Our club contributed $5,700 to purchase three water tanks for the school. These new tanks collects rain water to supply water for the school children.
 
More photos of this project are available in the slide show link "Tonga Water Project" in the lower left column of this website.
 
 
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Three representatives from Autism Speaks (Staci Gerchen, Lisa Radtke, and Colleen Shinny's) presented our program on August 21st. We were pleased to hear about what your organization is doing in our community.
 
 
Earlier this year our club collaborated with the Tonga Rotary Club Nuku Alofa to provide an urgently needed water tank for a school in Village Houma located on the island of Eura in the Kingdom of Tonga. This project came about at the request of Lonita Benson, a graduate of our local Webster Groves High School, serving in the Peace Corp in Village of Houma.
 
The primary school in this village lacked access to clean water for the students. Often, school terminated after lunch due to no running water. There were two water tanks on the school compound but only one one was suitable for drinking water.
 
Our club contributed $2,600 to purchase a 12,000 gallon water tank for the school. This new tank collects rain water to supply water for the school children.
 
More photos of this project are available in the slide show link "Tonga Water Project" in the lower left column of this website.
 
 
 
 
We continue to meet virtually each week and it's lovely to be together. We continue our "Meet the Rotarian" series this month.
Thank you Kit. It was wonderful hearing about your professional and personal history. You are such an inspiration.
 
 After learning how the COVID-19 pandemic had severely strained the resources of the Hixson Middle School food pantry, the Rotary Club of Webster Groves sent the Webster Groves School District a check for $2,000 that was earmarked for Hixson’s food assistance program. The money was used to restock much-needed pantry items, since the normal supply chain has suffered during this time of lock-downs and social distancing.
 
Principal Grace Lee responded “It was a big surprise. Thank you!” The Rotary Club was honored to be able to provide this emergency assistance. 
 
 
          
 
RI President-elect Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.
 
 
It's always a treat to have visiting Rotarians from other clubs attend our club meeting. It's particularly special when the visitors are international. Today Nithil Jose, from the Rotary Club of Cochin Technopolis (in India), attended our club luncheon and exchanged club banners with our club president, Chuck Weed.
 
Friday, October 4th was our club's annual Pancake Festival. Lots of fun and pancakes were had by all. Check out our Facebook page to see more photos of our friendly members and happy customers.
 
 
Our own Guillo Rodriguez recently visited Gijón Spain where he was hosted by the local Rotary Club and visited a 17th century historic chapel (see photo below). This is the second oldest building in that Atlantic coast city in northern Spain. The chapel, San Esteban del Mar del Natahoyo, is in a precarious state of conservation. Our local club is one of the contributors to repair this building. The project consists of rehabilitating both the chapel and its surroundings so that it can serve as a space available for the people of Gijón as a community center.
 
"The Rotary Club of Webster Groves presented the Webster Groves Police Department with six Automated External Defibrillators (AED). A donation of $5,850 by the civic organization made the purchase of the AEDs possible. The Police Department will place the devices in vehicles designated for routine patrol." - from a Communications Release from the Webster Groves Police Department.
 
  
The Rotary Club of Webster Groves is partnering with the Rotary Club Gijón, Spain, as they rehabilitate the chapel of San Esteban del Mar. This historically significant, 17th-century chapel is being renovated to use as a community center. Our club provided $1,500 towards the project
 
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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 In Person
Fridays at 12:10 PM
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
45 West Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves, MO 63119
United States of America
WE ARE MEETING VIRTUALLY AT THIS TIME ON FRIDAYS AT 12:10 PM
 
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    March 4
  • Tom Cooper
    March 7
  • Ron Hamberg
    March 10
  • Miki McKee Koelsch
    March 13
  • Brian Corrigan
    March 18
  • Justilien Landry
    March 20
  • Heidi Butts Wiegand
    March 25
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Mar 12, 2021
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