President's Year in Review

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As another Rotary year comes to a close, I believe a recap of accomplishments is appropriate. A look back on what we have done in this Rotary year with pride. The theme for this year, "The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands", signified a call to action on the part of all club members to shape the future of their club, become more involved in club committees and activities as well as recruit new members.

It refers to the importance of the efforts of individual Rotarians and the individual clubs in each district as the underpinnings of a global service organization. I believe our club was successful in all of these areas and true to the theme.

The final push by Rotary International to eradicate polio worldwide "PolioPlu$" - began in earnest. Our club met its financial obligation and promoted the campaign to the community in various ways.

The Webster Groves Rotary Club also took a lead international role in a new clean water project in the La Casitas community in Cortes, Honduras, thanks to Rod Cooper, working with Engineers Without Borders. Our club will apply to continue to expand this project next year.

This year's CAP grant project assisted the refurbishment as well as the purchase of new books for the children's library at the Shining Rivers Waldorf School in north Webster. These efforts exemplify both the global and local aspects of Rotary charity.

Fund raising escalated this year also. Of course, the Pancake Festival (in its 49th year) was a resounding success. The Jazz & Snazz Car Show, initiated in September, holds good promise as an ongoing profitable activity, held in conjunction with the annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival. The Charity Dinner Dance had its best year ever. These efforts enhance our ability to continue funding charitable giving in the future. All toll, our fund raising revenues increased by 20%!

The Club's involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange continued with Stephanie from Austria and Ray from Taiwan, both of whom connected with many club members in a meaningful way. The High School Scholarship program and Career Day activity strengthened our ties with local youth in the Webster area. Our club continued to be the primary St Louis County-based club to host the GSE team from Denmark. A new charity activity, the ARK award (Act of Random Kindness), selected a local community service/charitable group to receive a matching monetary award.

As for recruiting new members, seven joined our club this year, an increase of approximately 10%! This is an exceptional accomplishment of which we all can be proud. And it speaks volumes about the fellowship one finds amongst our members. Fellowship is what brings us back week after week.

We met our goal of raising at least $7,500.00 for the Rotary Foundation. Thank you to everyone. We continue to add new Paul Harris Fellows, in turn raising funds for the Rotary Foundation.

The Webster Groves Rotary Club continues to make a significant impact in our beautiful community. The energy we built and the progress we achieved foretells good things for the future of our club.

A special thank you goes out to this years' officers and directors. Their efforts and commitment were an inspiration. I am honored to have worked with them. Thank you for the opportunity to be your club president this year.

Daniel D. Moore
President 2009-2010