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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves

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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Member Birthdays:
  • Kit Whittington
    September 3
  • James Carlton
    September 4
  • Katie Fischer
    September 11
  • Jack Pirozzi
    September 15
  • Bob Smutz
    September 17
  • John Simpson
    September 22
  • Jere Dorough
    September 25
Missouri RYLA Academy will return in summer 2020.
The dates will be:
  • Session 1 - Sunday, June 28th to Wednesday, July 1st 2020
  • Session 2 - Sunday, July 12th to Wednesday, July 15th 2020
For more information see -
Pancake Day is almost here! Please join us on Friday, October 4th. Lunch is served from 11 AM - 1:30 PM and Dinner is served from 4:00-8:00 PM. 
Location: Webster Hills Methodist Chruch, Christian Life Center at Lockwood and Berry Road.
Tickets are $8 and are available from your friendly neighborhood Webster Rotarian or by calling Chris at 314-537-0216
Our speaker on September 6th was Bonnie Define, Community Relations Director at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Bonnie shared the ways in which the Crisis Nursery makes a positive impact around Webster Groves and the Greater St. Louis region.
Our club was pleased to appear in the Webster Groves Community Day Parade on July 4th. The music was a big hit!
Welcome President Chuck and New Board Members!
On June 30th we gathered at Westborough Country Club to install our new club president, officers, and board members. We also recognized new Paul Harris Fellows, Alan Hoener Awards recipients, and the Outstanding Rotarian of the Year (Dick Peterson). Congratulations to all!
Welcome Walt Schwarzenbach, our newest club member. His sponsor is Andrew Chao
Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change yourself and the world? Over 180 Missouri high schoolers are attending one of the two Missouri RYLA Academy sessions (June 23-26 or July 7-10) this summer.
These leaders of tomorrow made impressive team presentations on their service projects on June 26th and live-streamed their presentations. If you were not able to attend you may watch the presentations HERE
Impressive stuff...Amazing kids.
We were entertained today by the Arianna String Quartet. Members included John McGrosso (violin), Julia Sakharova (violin), Joanna Mendoza (violin), and Kurt Baldwin (cello). 
"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.
Our speaker today was Ruth Schneider from RISE Law Firm. This informative program explained the trends and risks in cyberbullying and stalking. Ms. Schneider's firm provides free and low-cost legal assistance to those experiencing this stress in their lives.
On March 1st, the Rotary Club of Webster Groves hosted the monthly InterCity meeting. Our program presentation concerned the Missouri Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).
Our speakers included Curriculum Director, Rich Linden and Administrative Director, Valerie Anderson, as well as student participants.
Missouri RYLA is considered an international model for this impactful program. In recognition of its unique and successful design, Missouri RYLA leadership will be presenting at the Rotary International Convention in June in Hamburg, Germany.
We were pleased to have a preview of this wonderful program.
The March Focus of the Month is Water and Sanitation.
Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children, stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
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
On February 22nd our club had an extremely moving presentation from two representatives from "Addiction is Real", (, Kelly Prunty and Pam Greenberg. We encourage all families to learn more about this important organization.
Our speaker on February 8th was Ralph Zuke, a Rotarian from Fairview Heights, Illinois. Ralph created "Ralph's Rickshaw Ride for Polio" where he rode from St. Louis to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto last June, raising money for Polio Plus. 
He was featured in the Rotarian Magazine in December.
What an amazing program we had on Friday, December 14th! Club members Seth H Langton and Frank Bloemke gave a presentation on the naval career of a former member, Werner Bauer. Werner was a naval ensign on the battleship West Virginia on December 7, 1941. Werner kept extensive diaries of his military experiences and therefore his first-hand account of that day is preserved. Also present were his son, Bruce, and his nephew, Reverand Ed Zumwinkel. Club members shared their fond memories of Werner, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 91.    
At our Annual Meeting on November 30, we elected the following members for the incoming Board of Directors to serve for Rotary Year 2019-2020:
  • Andrew Chao
  • Steve LaBarge
  • Guillo Rodriquez
We also elected our current Vice-President, Gerry Kettenbach, to serve as President-Elect for 2019-2020. In June 2020, Gerry will be installed as Club President for Rotary Year 2020-2021.
We are grateful to the other four club members who agreed to be placed on this year's ballot - Nancy Battersby, Ted Domino, Susan Fletcher, and Jack Pirozzi. Thank you.
The newly elected members will round out the 2019-2020 Board of Directors headed by Chuck Weed, Club President; James Carlton, Immediate Past-President; Harold Lumley Club Secretary; and Dick Peterson, Treasurer.
Please support your new board during the upcoming Rotary Year which begins on July 1, 2019.
Be the Inspiration with Rotary!
2018-2019 Nominating Committee
Ann McReynolds, Chair
Rod Cooper
Gail Fernandez
Tim Graham
Dick Sant
This year's Nominating Committee has completed its task to secure a slate of eight members to be considered for election to our Board of Directors for Rotary Year 2019-2020. Bylaws specify that only Past-Presidents may serve on a Nominating Committee; members of this year's committee are Ann McReynolds, Chair; Rod Cooper; Gail Fernandez; Tim Graham; and Dick Sant. 
The eight nominees include three who cannot commit to serving as President; their names are preceded by an asterisk: *Nancy Battersby, Andrew Chao, Ted Domino, *Ailce Duarte-Fletcher, Gerry Kettenbach, Steve LaBarge, *Jack Pirozzi, and Guillo Rodriguez.
We will vote for four of the eight nominees at our Annual Meeting on Friday, November 30; a second ballot of the four Directors-Elect will choose the President-Elect, who will serve as President for Rotary Year 2020-2021. The identity of the 2019-2020 President-Elect will be announced on Saturday night, December 1, at the close of the Progressive Dinner Cocktail Hour. Bylaws do not permit proxy voting; all votes must be cast in person. 
Our Rotary District 6060 is offering a $25,000 Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2019-2020.
The purpose of this program is to further international understanding and peaceful relations among people of different races, nationalities, ethnicities, and religions while pursuing a program of study at an institution of higher education either here in the USA or abroad in a foreign country.
Prospective scholars may apply through a local Rotary Club near their home or through a club in the community where they are attending a college or university, or through a club near where they are employed.
District Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded for one academic year of study abroad or in the USA in a specific academic field. Because this scholarship is limited to one academic year of study, recipients may not be able to complete the requirements for degrees, certificates, or diplomas during the study period. Rotary Scholarships cannot be combined with another study-abroad program or used for unsupervised research, medical internship or residency, or for employment on a full-time basis in the host country. 
The District Ambassadorial Scholarship is available for study in any academic field, but preference is given to those whose field of study is related to one of Rotary's six key areas of humanitarianism: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development.
For more information CLICK HERE.
For the application CLICK HERE.
Our former exchange student, Flo from Homburg, Germany, joined us last Friday at our Pancake Festival. It was wonderful to see you Flo and thank you for volunteering. She presented our president, James Carlton, with her local Rotary Club's flag.
Andrew Hoy - Welcome to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves! (pictured here with his sponsor James Carlton, Club President)
Our speaker on Friday, September 21st was Brryan Jackson. Brryan is a legacy coach and inspirational speaker. He was the recipient of the 2017 COCA Speaker of the Year award. His talk was about how hope has become his key to living life to the fullest. Brryan has overcome some incredible hardships and circumstances. His story is shocking, compelling, and uplifting. You can learn more at his website:
Our Club President, James Carlton, reading the induction ceremony for Mari while he hands her new badge to Steve LaBarge. Steve is standing in for Mari's sponsor, Ellie Wharton
Our very own Rotary auctioneer, Rod Cooper, auctioned off a dozen delicious bakery items from Bridge Bread at our August 31st meeting, while Bridge Bread Founder and CEO, Fred Domke, enjoyed the show. Fred's story of Bridge Bread's founding seven years ago...and its clear most compelling. See more about Bridge Bread here
FROM 3:00 TO 7:30
Once again, Jack and Mary LaBarge have graciously opened their home and yard for a potluck family BBQ, our traditional late-summer social event. The LaBarges will provide meat entrées and beverages! All you need to bring is a salad, vegetable, or dessert to share. Dinner will be served about 5:30, following libations and snacks. Please call Mary (961-1942) and let her know what you will be bringing, as well as the names of your guests.
You may also want to bring along a bathing suit! As usual, the LaBarges' next door neighbors, K and Paul Wentzien, will also open their pool for all who would like to swim.  (The Wentziens have plenty of room so you can change into dry clothes before dinner.) 
As always, this BBQ is a family event welcoming all Rotarians and their friends and families, including children and grandchildren. This is also a great opportunity to invite prospective members to get to know your fellow Rotary Club members in a relaxed, social setting, unencumbered by rigid time constraints.
Our club has recently added a number of new Paul Harris Fellows. Pictured below are Chris Berra (left) and Andrew Chao (center) with Foundation Chair, Gail Fernandez. The next photo includes Kit Whittington (left) with her husband Mark Whittington (center) with Foundation Chair, Gail. Kit honored her husband by making a Paul Harris Fellow donation in Mark's name.
Our club members displayed our community spirit in the 4th of July Parade.
On June 29th, we welcomed our new president, James Carlton, and the board of directors, at our installation dinner at Westborough Country Club.
In the photo below James is installed as Club President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year.
Pictured below our new Club Board of Directors (L to R) - Claire Winkler, Susan Fletcher, Gail Fernandez, Chris Berra, Harold Lumley, Ann McReynolds, James Carlton, Chuck Weed, Dick Peterson, Gerry Kettenbach.
One of our favorite things, as Webster Rotarians, is awarding scholarships to local high school students. Here is our latest recipient, Stephanie Brown (pictured with member Gerry Kettenbach).
Each year our Rotary Club awards a number of college scholarships to worthy local high school students. This past Friday we were pleased to have one of our scholarship awardees present, BriAsia, Warren. She will be attending Howard University next fall, with plans to study Pre-Med (pictured here with club member, Bill Gussner).
We are pleased to welcome Miki McKee Koelsch and Sharon O'Neal-Oakes to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves (pictured here with Club President, Ann McReynolds and Membership Chair, Jack Pirozzi).
The Rotary Club of Webster Groves annually awards scholarships to outstanding local graduating seniors. Congratulations to:
Caroline Fellows, Anna Pendleton, Emma Von Weise, Daria Clark, Mary Katherine Townsend (left to right)
Membership Committee Chair, Jack Pirozzi has been doing a fantastic job this year in bringing new members into our club. The latest additions are Rebecca Blair and Steve Allen. Welcome!!
In one of their final activities in our area, the Rotary Cultural Exchange visitors from Argentina attended the Downtown St. Louis Rotary Club's luncheon at the Missouri Athletic Club, along with Webster Groves Club members Ann McReynolds and Guillo Rodriguez.
Per tradition, our Cultural Exchange visitors from Argentina exchanged banners with our club. The tradition of visitors trading small club banners with their hosts goes back to 1913 when the Rotary Club of Galveston, Texas, first began doing this. By 1959, exchanging banners had become extremely popular with clubs worldwide. Rotary International has over 20,000 banners in their historical archives, including some that are handpainted or hand-sewn.
Pictured below are the Rotary Cultural Exchange visitors from Argentina as well as club members, Ann McReynolds, Chuck Weed, Jack and Steve LaBarge, and Rob Wagnon.
On Friday, May 4th, Coach Jay Blossom spoke to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves with an update on the Webster Groves High School Basketball Team.
Mayor Gerry Welch was our speaker on Friday, April 27th. She spoke about the economic impact of the arts in Webster Groves.
We inducted our newest member on April 17th. Eleanor (Ellie) Wharton. She is the General Manager of KWRH Radio. Welcome Ellie.
On Wednesday, April 18th, our club members participated in a tree planting project in cooperation with the Webster Groves Parks Department, in which approximately 150 trees were planted. Our group was responsible for planting about 60 of those trees. The following were planted: Aromatic Sumac, Shortleaf Pine, Downy Serviceberry, Smooth Sumac, Cherrybark Oak, Shumard Oak, Riverbirch, Persimmon, Pecan, Hazelnut, Elderberry, Witchhazel, Flowering Dogwood, Hawthorn, Spicebush, Blackhaw Viburnum, and Winterberry Holly. Happy Arbor Day!
 Rob Wagnon & daughter Sophia  
 James Carlton & Lee Moss
  Club President Ann McReynolds
 Chuck Weed
  Tom Cooper
 Gerry Kettenbach
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Susan Fletcher, Chair     
  • July 2019 - Ted Domino
  • August  - Ann McReynolds
  • September - Andrew Chao
  • October - Tim Graham
  • November - Miki McKee Koelsch
  • December - John Dougherty
  • January 2020 - Rob Wagnon
  • February - Becky Blair
  • March - Lee Moss
  • April - Seth Langton
  • May - James Carlton
  • June - Gerry Kettenbach
  • July - Steve Tlapek
Paul Steger, Dean
Sep 20, 2019
Initiatives at the College of Fine Arts at Webster University
Amanda LaPlante, Host, Get Real 2 Heal
Sep 27, 2019
Healthy Eating and Living Your Best Life
Dr. Dan Bruzzini
Oct 11, 2019
Historical Perspective on the Development of our Healthcare System
Monica McDonald
Oct 18, 2019
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Club Business Meeting
Jan 31, 2020
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