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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
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Club Treasurer
Club Secretary
Sergeant-at-Arms
Director
Director - Program Chair
 
 
 
Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Phil Wojak
    December 5
  • Rob Wagnon
    December 15
  • Yvonne Johnson
    December 17
  • Frank Bloemke
    December 19
  • Jack Swanson
    December 19
  • Jean Magre
    December 30
 
 
 
 
Stories
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: www.brryanjackson.com
 
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 success...is most compelling. See more about Bridge Bread here
 
ROTARY FAMILY BBQ AT THE HOME OF JACK & MARY LaBARGE!
 
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8
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
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.
 
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.
 
"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.
 
 
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Susan Fletcher, Chair     
  • August 2018 - Ann McReynolds
  • September - Andrew Chao
  • October - Tim Graham
  • November - Tom Cooper
  • December - Gerry Kettenbach
  • January 2019 - Rob Wagnon
  • February - James Carlton
  • March - Jake Hobbs
  • April - Chris Berra
  • May - Jack LaBarge & Susan Fletcher
  • June - Lee Moss
  • July - Ted Domino
 
Speakers
Frank Bloemke
Dec 14, 2018
Werner Bauer and Pearl Harbor
Club Business Meeting
Mar 29, 2019
Club Business Meeting
May 31, 2019
 
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