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For July 30th, we had hoped to be in-person at our old home, the Webster Presbyterian Church. However, due to safety concerns, we have decided to meet via Zoom instead. A link will be sent to members.
 
We also had planned to meet at the Hearth Room at the Hawken House on August 6th and 13th. However, in light of new safety information from the CDC and St. Louis County, we may change that. Information will be sent to members as those dates get closer.
 
 
July's Hawken House Concert is Monday night, July 12, featuring Miss Jubilee and the YAS YAS Boys on the front lawn of the Historic Hawken House Museum, 1155 South Rock Hill Road (Southwest Park), Webster Groves.  Bring a chair or blanket, along with your own snacks and beverages and enjoy this entertaining music of the twenties and thirties. This is a great networking opportunity for us to talk about Rotary and enhance our presence in the community.  AND....the weather is expected to be perfect!!  
On June 25th, we held our first in-person club meeting in about 15 months. We met at Olive + Oak on Lockwood in Webster Groves. Dereck Bastian, Director of Webster Rock Hill Ministries was our guest speaker. It was wonderful to all be together and to hear about WRH Ministries and their work in our community. This is an organization our club supports.
 
Rev. Dereck Bastian speaks to our Club on June 25th
 
Club members Chuck Weed and Steve Turner present a donation to
Webster-Rock Hill Ministries
 
 
 On April 14th and May 8th, members of our Rotary Club of Webster Groves and students from Webster Groves High School held a work day in the Alan Hoener Memorial Garden. This garden was dedicated to the memory of Alan Hoener, a beloved Rotarian. His involvement with our Rotary Youth Exchange, and many other projects with our club and in the community, was legendary.
 
From left to right: Guillo Rodriguez, Phil Moppert, Franceca and Kerry Arens
 
 
The Rotary Club of Webster Groves has completed the second phase of an international project with the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga. This project provided urgently needed water storage tanks for a primary school in the Village of Houma, located on the Tongan island of ‘Eua. This project came about at the request of Lonita Benson, a 2014 graduate of Webster Groves High School, who was serving with the Peace Corps in Houma.
 
For many years, the village primary school was forced to operate with an insufficient supply of potable water, which meant the school was routinely forced to close after lunch, and the fifty young students were sent home. Our club contributed a total of $5,600 to purchase the three water storage tanks having a total capacity of 5,800 gallons, and the Nuku’alofa Club oversaw their purchase and installation. 
 
More photos of this project are available in the slide show link "Tonga Water Project" in the lower left column of this website.
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Webster Groves recently expanded the Ambrose Family Center lending library.  With a $2000 Community Assistance Program Grant, the club donated 165 books that provide greater depth and diversity for young readers.  In recent years the Rotary Club has focused its grants on early literacy, providing books to individual families.  This year, the club wanted to make books available to more families and, at the same time, provide young people with more books that featured fictional and real characters who reflect the community and give them current and historic figures who make great contributions to society but are often not recognized.
 
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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.
 
 
In January 2020, our club collaborated with the Rotary Club of Nuku'alofa in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga, to provide an urgently needed water storage tank for a school in the Village Houma. This project came about at the request of Lonita Benson, a 2014 graduate of Webster Groves High School, who was teaching for the Peace Corps in Houma, which is located on the Tonga island of 'Eua.
 
Although the Houma primary school compound had two water tanks, only one of them was suitable for storing drinking water. As a result,  the fifty students were routinely sent home after lunch, after all the potable water had been consumed.  Our club contributed $2,600 to purchase a 12,000-liter water tank (about 3,200 gallons), which collects rain water for the school children.
 
(This story was updated on March 4, 2021, to include details about two more tanks that were funded in December 2020. 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 have returned to in-person meetings. On July 23rd, we will meet at Olive + Oak. On July 30th we will be back at the Webster Presbyterian Church.
 
Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Paul Mesnier
    July 10
  • Dan Moore
    July 20
  • Kerry Arens
    July 24
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Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Co-Sergeant-at-Arms
Co-Sergeant-at-Arms
Director
Immediate Past President
Future Programs & Speakers, Chair - Sue Fletcher
Meeting via Zoom this week
Jul 30, 2021 12:10 PM
Tentative Meeting Location - Hawken House
Aug 06, 2021 12:10 PM
1155 S Rock Hill Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Tentative Meeting Location - Hawken House
Aug 13, 2021 12:10 PM
1155 S Rock Hill Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Tentative Meeting Location - Webster Presb. Church
Aug 20, 2021 12:10 PM
45 West Lockwood
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