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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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Club Executives & Directors
President
Club Treasurer
Club Secretary
President Elect
Director
Vice President
Sergeant at Arms
I-Past President
Public Image Chair
Programs Chair
 
 
 
Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Steve Kenny
    May 3
  • Dick Sant
    May 16
  • Phil Moppert
    May 26
 
 
 
 
Stories
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
On Friday, April 13th, we were visited by representatives from the St. Louis Browns Historical Society and Fan Club, Bill Rogers, and Ed Wheatley. Fascinating program!!
 
Our Rotary Club will be partnering with the City of Webster Groves on a tree planting event on Arbor Day, April 18th. 
 
We will begin planting at the Shady Creek Nature Reserve at 3:30 PM on April 18th. The planting area is along Kirkham between Elm & Gore. The Arbor Day Celebration will then follow next door at the Sculpture Park from 5:30 - 6:00 PM.
 
There will be parking along Kirkham (with caution). Orange safety cones will be set out to slow traffic or there is also parking on the nearby side streets.
More information is provided by the attached flyer.
Sarah Hobson, Ph.D., from Community Allies, LLC was our speaker on March 2nd. Her presentation discussed the Ethnodrama Program and the path it creates for inner-city students. Ethnodrama is an arts-based methodology for presenting participants' personal stories, which are often centered on social issues and traumatic, or significant events.
 
John Levis, the founder of Odd Couples Housing, was our speaker on February 9th.
Odd Couples Housing, a new organization, is a unique service that brings together healthy active older adults, residing alone, with compatible and responsible younger adults to share housing. The two generations often find mutual support, share expenses, and household responsibilities, and discover a range of social and educational benefits.
Webster Groves has been chosen to pilot their program.  
 
 
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Lauren Owens, is spending a year in Japan. Recently we received three letters from her describing events from October, November, and December of her exchange year. 
 
October - "In October I had my 17th birthday. It was so much fun, and my family had a little barbecue in celebration. I went to Nagasaki and got to see a festival with the exchange students from my district and Fukuoka. We also went to Huis Ten Bosch, an Amsterdam-themed park. Later I went to Meruhen-mura, which is a little theme park for kids, with my sister and her boyfriend. Even though it was very quiet and for little kids, it was still a lot of fun. I didn't do much for Halloween other than eat KFC with my family. I still am at school a lot, but I am used to it now, and I am good at getting things done. Every day I read a chapter of my grammar book, do a couple worksheets, practice kanji, work on a few online classes for my school in America, and work on things for college. Volleyball practice can be very tiring, but it's a good way for me to stay in shape, and I really like my teammates."
 
 
 
November -"I went to Karatsu with the students from my district. We stayed there for two nights. The first night we saw a bit of the Karatsu night festival. The second day the kids from the Fukuoka district. We went to a bunch of people's houses to eat, including the mayor's. Later in November, I went to Osaka and Kyoto with my host sister. It was a lot of fun, especially because I got to go to Universal Studios Japan. My favorite part was when I went to Harry Potter World because I really like Harry Potter, and it has been a dream of mine to go."
 
December - "I went to Kagoshima with my district, the Fukuoka district, and the Kagoshima district to visit the museum on the Kamikaze bombers and to experience a sand bath. At my school, the first and second years had a sports day, which was a lot of fun. My class won for basketball. The volleyball club got second in two tournaments. Some of my friends and I had a little Christmas party on Christmas Eve, and I celebrated Christmas with my family and some of the staff from my family's company. I went to Fukuoka with my cousin and was able to go to Space World, which was nice because Space World closed for good on the 31st."

APPLICATIONS DUE BY JANUARY 31st

Do you know a graduate student who could benefit from a $25,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship? Rotary Clubs are accepting applications until January 31. Applicants should be graduate students planning to study in the U.S. or abroad during the 2018-19 academic year.

Applicants must be able to:
* Complete a course of study at an institution of higher education and serve effectively as an ambassador of goodwill
* Show a strong record of success in his/her academic field
* Demonstrate fluency in the language of the country of study
* Articulate a convincing understanding of Rotary's mission and goals
* Possess well-developed communication skills
* Produce evidence demonstrating a personal commitment to community service
* Articulate well-defined and realistic study and career goals
* Explain in concrete terms how he/she will make advances within his/her chosen field
* Show promise of maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period

Preference is given to applicants with fields of study related to one of the areas of humanitarian need listed below:
* Peace and conflict prevention and/or resolution
* Disease prevention and treatment
* Water and sanitation
* Maternal and child health
* Basic education and literacy
* Economic and community development

Click here for more information and here for the application form. Or contact us if you have questions.

 
 
 
On December 8th, we had the opportunity to hear the melodic sounds of the St. Louis Low Brass Collective Project featuring Gerry Pagano (with the St. Louis Symphony) and young musician Kevin Green. Our sponsorship of the Low Brass Collective enables them to purchase instruments for worthy aspiring musicians. Thank you for a wonderful program.
 
 
The Webster Groves High School Interact Club packaged 1,548 meals on World Food Day. They also volunteered over 100 service hours during the month of October, volunteering at Make a Difference Day, Trick or Treat for Unicef, and the Rotary Club's Pancake Festival. For more photos from their fabulous month of service, CLICK HERE
 
Report from Lauren Owens
Outbound Youth Exchange Student in Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                            School started September 1st—the first three days were the school festival, which was a lot of fun. I participated a bit during the sports festival. Unfortunately, my team didn’t win, but I had fun anyways. School isn’t exactly exhilarating, but it’s fun being with my friends. When I am in a class that I can’t participate in, I study Japanese or read a book. I read The Wild Geese by Ogai Mori the other day. I really liked it, but it wasn’t long enough and I finished it in a few class periods. I haven’t gone a lot of places so far, but I have been to Fukuoka and Nagasaki. I am pretty busy between school and volleyball club because I arrive at school at 8:00 AM and after school finishes at about 4:30, I go to volleyball club until 7:00 PM. I don’t have volleyball Sundays or Mondays, but I do have it Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. I’m a bit busy, but it’s a lot of fun, and everyone’s very nice, so I don’t mind! I have tried a lot of Japanese food, an d I like a lot of it, although sometimes it’s a bit out of my comfort zone. I am enjoying the higanbana blooming right now, and I really like my host family. They are very kind and fun. 
 
 
Tim Cashel, Webster Groves High School Men's Varsity Soccer Coach sent a photo to illustrate their thanks for our club's donation to the building of the press box at the high school soccer field. The banner pictured below now hangs at the soccer field.
Welcome Wendy and John!
 
                        
 
 
Earlier this year, our club inducted two new members: Wendy Giltner and John Simpson, pictured below with Gail Fernandez, Club President 2016-17.
 
 
This is an invitation to the WGHS opening home soccer games this Saturday, August 19, where they will unveil the new press box and celebrate those who sponsored its production....like the Rotary Club of Webster Groves! Tim Graham and Ann McReynolds will be there for the dedication ceremony, but all are welcome. Please let Pat Voss know if you plan to be there! 
 
Thank you to Tim for taking charge of managing all of the details of this project, which will result in great visibility for our club....a Rotary Blue and Gold, 3-foot X 8-foot sign that will be visible to a lot of people in our community.    
 
 
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.

 

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. 

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.
 
 
"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.
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.

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.

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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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"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. 

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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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.

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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. 

Please congratulate Gail on this wonderful opportunity, and follow her on her blog: gailmfernandez.blogspot.com/ & Photo Album

Goals & Objectives:

There were three goals of the MOU between Primero Agua and Rotary International:

1.    Install five drinking water wells and outfit the wells with hand pumps

2.    Conduct public meetings associated with the well to promote health and hygiene and proper operation and maintenance of the wells

3.    Use the well drilling activities to provide equipment and train local persons to install additional wells and pumps

Toward these goals, four wells were drilled in 2012 during two field sessions (a session in February that installed two wells in La Urca, and a session in August that installed one well in La Urca and a second in Eguerito Central) with El Agua Tu Prioridad members receiving training in all aspects of drilling. Link to Water Project Final Report 4-27-13
 
 
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   Susan Fletcher, Chair           
 
     MONTHLY CHAIRS
July                                  
     Susan Fletcher
August                       
     Ann McReynolds
September                         
     Jean Magre
October                          
     Andrew Chao
November                        
     Jack LaBarge
December                     
     Gail Fernandez
January 2018           
     Gerry Kettenbach
February                        
     Wendy Giltner
March                                
     Seth Langton
April                                 
     Harold Lumley
May                              
     Guillo Rodriguez
June                                      
     Ted Domino
July                                  
     Susan Fletcher
 
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