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.
Visiting Rotarian from India Today 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Another Successful Pancake Festival 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Project to Save an Historic Chapel 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
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 -
RYLA 2020 is Coming! 2019-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
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
Pancake Day!! 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Bonnie Define, St. Louis Crisis Nursery 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Our club was pleased to appear in the Webster Groves Community Day Parade on July 4th. The music was a big hit!
We Love a Parade 2019-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Walt Schwarzenbach, our newest club member. His sponsor is Andrew Chao
Our Newest Member 2019-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
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!
2019 Installation Dinner 2019-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2019-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
We were entertained today by the Arianna String Quartet. Members included John McGrosso (violin), Julia Sakharova (violin), Joanna Mendoza (violin), and Kurt Baldwin (cello). 
May 17th Program - the Arianna String Quartet 2019-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
"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.
Rotary Club Donates AEDs to Police Department 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Ruth Schneider, RISE Law Firm 2019-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Trivia Night is Coming - April 13th! 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Superintendent John Simpson Speaks on April Ballot Issue 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
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
Renovating the Historic Chapel, San Esteban del Mar 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
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.
March is Water and Sanitation Month 2019-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Addiction is Real 2019-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Ralph's Rickshaw Ride for Polio 2019-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
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.    
Remembering Werner Bauer 2018-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary Election Results 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Nov 09, 2018
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. 
2019-2020 BOARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Ann McReynolds 2018-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Ambassadorial Scholarships Available 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Steve Tlapek is Our Newest Rotarian 2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
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.
A Visit from an "Old" Friend 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Andrew Hoy - Welcome to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves! (pictured here with his sponsor James Carlton, Club President)
Another New Member 2018-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
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:
Inspirational Speaker - Brryan Jackson 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Pancake Day is Coming!! 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Speaker on Sept 7 - Jack Baumann, Founder and CEO of Guidester 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
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 Newest Member - Mari Askew 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
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
Fred Domke, Founder and CEO, Bridge Bread, presented to the club on August 31st 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2018
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.
2018 FALL BBQ 2018-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
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.
New Paul Harris Fellows 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Our club members displayed our community spirit in the 4th of July Parade.
Rotarians On Parade 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Welcome to our New President and Rotary Board 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Theme for 2018-2019 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Donna Phillips from Powder Valley Nature Center Speaks to the Club 2018-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
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).
Another Rotary Scholarship Recipient 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
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).
Rotary Scholarship Winner 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
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).
New Members!! 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
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)
Rotary Scholarship Recipients 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
May 25th Speaker, Karen Aroesty from the Anti-Defamation League 2018-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
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!!
We Love Our New Members 2018-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
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.
A Fond Farewell to our Friends from Argentina 2018-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.
An Exchange of Club Banners 2018-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cultural Exchange Group Visits the Hawken House 2018-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Coach Blossom Speaks to Our Club 2018-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cultural Exchange Visits the Brewery 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Mayor Gerry Welch was our speaker on Friday, April 27th. She spoke about the economic impact of the arts in Webster Groves.
Mayor Welch Speaks to Our Club 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Appearance at FunFest 63119 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
We inducted our newest member on April 17th. Eleanor (Ellie) Wharton. She is the General Manager of KWRH Radio. Welcome Ellie.
Our newest member - Ellie Wharton 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
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
Rotarians Plant Trees on Arbor Day 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
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!!
St. Louis Browns Baseball 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
April 6th Speaker - ADG Richard Losciale 2018-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Tree Planting Project 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
March 16th Program Presentation - Joe Scherrer & The Leadership Crucible 2018-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Sarah Hobson, Community Allies 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
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.  
John Levis - Founder, Odd Couples Housing 2018-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Newest Member Inducted - Rob Magnon 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Come All Ye Trivia Experts 2018-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
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."
Reports From Our District's Youth Exchange Student in Japan 2018-01-14 06:00:00Z 0


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.

Seeking Applicants for $25,000 Ambassadorial Scholarships 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
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.
St. Louis Low Brass Collective 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Collecting Winter Outerwear 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Seeking Trivia Night Sponsors & Donors 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Our Club Election for Board Members for the 2018-2019 year, along with President for 2019-2020, will occur on December 1st.
The slate includes:
Ted Domino
Gerry Kettenbach
Chuck Weed
Chris Burke
Heidi Butts Wiegand
Susan Fletcher
Harold Lumley
Claire Winkler
(Names in bold are running for president)
Results will be announced at the Progressive Dinner on December 2nd.
Club Elections Coming on December 1st 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
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
Congratulations to our Webster Groves H.S. Interact Club 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
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. 
Report from Outbound Youth Exchange 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Pancake Day Success 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Pancake Day is Coming on October 6th!! 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Club Partners with WG High School Soccer Team 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on September 15th was Dr. Eric Miller, retired Sr. VP of Operations for the St. Louis Zoo. He spoke on the zoo's worldwide conservation efforts and partnerships, specifically in Madagascar. It was amazing to see all the good our renowned zoo is doing.
St Louis Zoo's World-Wide Conservation Efforts - Madagascar 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
On September 8th our speaker, Bill Feiner, spoke on the origins of home entertainment. Bill brought more than a dozen phonographs from his private collection, several of which were more than 125 years old.
A Brief History of Early Home Entertainment 2017-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on Friday, August 25th was Sheena Duncan, Executive Director of Pianos for People. 
In December of 2012, Pianos for People began delivering free, quality pianos to people who could not afford one on their own. In the short time they have been operating, they have obtained, serviced, and delivered over 150 pianos to people and community organizations all over the St. Louis metropolitan area. In the fall of 2014, they opened a free music school on Cherokee Street in South St. Louis, where they provide free piano lessons to more than eighty students, of all ages. Since opening the school, their work has further expanded beyond free pianos and free piano lessons to piano camps and special community- building events, which bring people from various backgrounds together around the piano.
Sheena Duncan, Pianos for People 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
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 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.    
Celebration of our Sponsorship 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
We will greatly miss our friend and long-time member, Warren.
Warren Russell Druschky, 98, longtime resident of Webster Groves, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Loving husband of the late Mary E. "Candy" Druschky; devoted father of Kathy, Karen, Jan and Beth, and beloved grandfather and great-grandfather. A Memorial Service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church has yet to be scheduled.
Warren joined the Rotary Club of Webster Groves in January 1967 and served as Club President in 1970. 
Warren Druschky 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Our hearts are saddened by a loss of a friend and long-time member of our Rotary Club, Kirby Smith.
Kirby J. Smith, Jr., a longtime resident of Webster Groves, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2017, at age 95.

He was born June 7, 1922, in Burt, Iowa, to the late Kirby and Mary Smith. After graduating from Coe College, Kirby earned his law degree from the University of Iowa. He proudly served his country, becoming a decorated Army lieutenant in World War II. Kirby was an elder emeritus at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church and a member of the Webster Groves Rotary Club. He was honored as “Pancake King” in the 2016 Fourth of July Parade.

He was the devoted husband of 63 years to the late Eleanor Smith (nee Hall); loving father to Susan Hannah of Atlanta, Ga. (WGHS class of 1967), Kirby Smith III of St. Paul, Minn. (WGHS class of 1970), and David Smith of Cumming, Ga. (WGHS class of 1981); dear grandfather of four and great-grandfather of three.

Services: A celebration of life will be held Friday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m., at Laclede Groves Chapel, 723 S. Laclede Station Road. 
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Posted on Aug 10, 2017
FROM 3:30 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.  K said they will be ready for visitors anytime after 2:00, if you'd like to come early. (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.
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Our Club President Elect and RI President Elect 2017-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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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.
Rotary Club Contributes to Spot Vision Screener 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Photos form Gail's Visit to the Fatima, Portugal Rotary Club 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0


Our newest member was inducted on October 21st; Heidi Butts Weigand is pictured above with Vice President James Carlton, and her sponsor, Steve LaBarge. Although a former member of our club, Heidi had been inactive for a number of years; we are glad to welcome her back as an Active Member! 
Dr. Heidi is an orthodontist with a practice in Webster Groves. Born and raised in St. Louis, she has been serving the community’s orthodontic needs since 1999. After graduating from Cor Jesu Academy (1982) and Saint Louis University (1986), Heidi served as an Army helicopter pilot until 1992, and she graduated from the SIU School of Dental Medicine in 1996 and continued her education at Saint Louis University's Center for Advanced Dental Education, Orthodontics (1998). Upon completion of her extensive education, Heidi joined her father’s orthodontic practice.  She also serves as the State Dental Officer for the Illinois Army National Guard.


Heidi and her husband David G. Wiegand have three children: Cooper, Aaron, and Ruthie.


Welcome to Our Newest Member - Heidi Butts Weigand Nancy Battersby 2016-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds


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. 

Welcome to New Rotarian Andrew Chao Ann McReynolds 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
The Gift of Shelter Provides Hope 2015-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds
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.
KWRH Radio to Broadcast WG High School Football! Ann McReynolds 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Jul 11, 2015

Our members were greatly saddened to learn of the death of our fellow Rotarian, Ed Heigl, who died much too young on Friday, July 10, of colon cancer. Ed spent most of his life as a competitive runner, and he continued training and running throughout three years of treatment. He had been a member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves since spring 2009, and we were privileged to be included in regular updates regarding his condition. We will miss his energetic and cheerful presence. Please be sure to keep Ed's wife, Beth, and their three children in your thoughts and prayers.

Rotarian Ed Heigl Remembered by All Ann McReynolds 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2015
Thomas Boley was diagnosed with OMS last year and has had to see specialists all over the U.S. Thomas is the son of an Affton High School teacher; the students at the high school raised almost $15,000 to help pay for Thomas's medical expenses.
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Posted on May 31, 2015
Friday night, May 29, we celebrated the installation of our new Board of Directors with dinner at Westborough Country Club. Representing District 6060, Kate Schwadron installed incoming officers: President, Tim Graham; Vice President, James Carlton; Secretary, Ann McReynolds; Treasurer, Scott Krejci; Sergeant-at-Arms, Gerry Kettenbach; Director, Chuck Weed; President-Elect, Gail Fernandez; and Past-President, Kim White. 
New 2015-2016 Board Installed on May 29 Ann McReynolds 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on May 08, 2015
With great sadness, we report the death of Webster Groves Rotarian Avrom Handleman on May 6, 2015. Av first joined our club in 2005 and then spent a few years as an Indianapolis Rotarian, before returning to Webster Groves in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Claiborne, as well as to their children Edna and Clayton, and their families. A memorial service will be held at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, Ladue, on Saturday afternoon, May 23 at 2:30; it will be followed directly by a reception celebrating Av's life.
Av Handleman (1/23/1928 - 5/6/2015) Ann McReynolds 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
"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.
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Posted by Ann McReynolds on Apr 09, 2015
Congratulations to our own Kirby Smith, the 2015 winner of the Webster Groves Rotary Madness basketball pool. Kirby won with a resounding total of 94 points....although Tim Graham's wife, Margie, came in 2nd with 93!  (For the record, the low score was just 21, and the median was 66.) The annual March Madness men's college basketball tournament started Sunday, March 15th, concluding Monday night, April 6 with Duke scoring a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin. There were a lot of disappointed Kentucky fans!  Our Rotary Club's fifth annual fundraiser attracted 49 entries, each of whom paid $10 each; proceeds will benefit The Rotary Foundation. 
Kirby Smith wins 5th Annual WG Rotary Madness! Ann McReynolds 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Mar 21, 2015
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Rotarian Dick Harvey on March 15, 2015. Although born and raised in New York, Dick spent more than fifty years in Webster Groves and had been an active and devoted member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves since 2002. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on May 15 at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church. The family has graciously suggested contributions in Dick's memory be made to the Rotary Foundation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters, Kendra, Allison, and Jennifer, and with their families.
Dick Harvey Remembered Ann McReynolds 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Mar 18, 2015
Sixteen members and several spouses turned out for Happy Hour on St. Pat's Day at Llywelyn's Pub, marking the end of our 90th Anniversary Year celebrations. The perfect weather probably had a lot to do with this record-setting attendance for Rotary Happy Hour held at Llywelyn's on the third Tuesday of every month.... regardless of the weather!

Record Happy Hour Closes 90th Anniversary Year Ann McReynolds 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Feb 22, 2015
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.
Hi-Tech Lunch with WG High School Robotics Team Ann McReynolds 2015-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds
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.
Global Therapy Group is a Haitian Success Story Ann McReynolds 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Dec 10, 2014
At the December Board of Directors Meeting this week, Kim thanked Scott Krejci and the Nominating Committee for their role in the December 5th election that resulted in three Directors-Elect for 2015-16: James Carlton, Gerry Kettenbach, and Chuck Weed, plus President-Designate, Gail Fernandez, who will serve as President-Elect on the 2015-16 Board. James is completing his second term on the Board as Co-Treasurer, while Chuck is the Director of Public Relations, which also includes overseeing the Club committees for Advertising/Marketing, Website/Social Media, Photography, and Special Events. Congratulations to all!
Club Election Results for 2015-16 Board of Directors Ann McReynolds 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Dec 10, 2014
It is with great sadness we learned of Bill Lange's death on Saturday, November 29th. Bill was a 17-year member of the Rotary Club of Webster Groves, having joined in June 1997; he served as President in 2008, following in the footsteps of his father, also named Bill, who was President in 1961. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 3rd, at Manchester United Methodist Church; interment was private. Please keep Bill's family in your prayers.
Bill Lange Remembered Ann McReynolds 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
WGHS Choir Is the Very Very Very Best Program 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Nov 20, 2014
Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch attended our meeting last Friday to present her annual State of the City talk. She then fielded questions for about 15 minutes, deftly providing details for every topic, and passed around several timely handouts about the many holiday events to be celebrated in Webster this year. Afterwards, President Kim White thanked Mayor Welch with a Rotary wheel pin.
State of the City Is Great! Ann McReynolds 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Oct 07, 2014

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.

Congratulations to Our Very Own Phil Wojak! Ann McReynolds 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Sep 17, 2014

Sunday, September 14 was a perfect afternoon for a Rotary Family BBQ. Members enjoyed a delicious meal on the LaBarges' patio, complete with a dizzying array of appetizers, hot dishes, salads, and killer desserts. After eating, there was a spirited game of horseshoes for the adults, and a whole bunch of little kids played a pick-up soccer game on the north side of that huge back yard. Thank you Jack and Mary!! It was great. (Check out all the pictures in the Photo Albums Tab on the left of this page.) Image


LaBarge BBQ Was a Ringer! Ann McReynolds 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Club Business & Bocci Ball Mix at Milo's on the Hill. Scott Krejci 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Aug 14, 2014


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. 

Welcome New Members, Andrew Nothum and Pat Voss! Ann McReynolds 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Aug 12, 2014


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). 

Gail Fernandez visits Colorado Springs for PHF Ann McReynolds 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Aug 07, 2014


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!

Welcome to Webster Groves from Taiwan Scott Krejci 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Aug 07, 2014


President Kim White installed Kevin Hough to the Rotary Club of Webster Groves during our August 8 meeting. Kevin his shown here with Kim and his sponsor, Dick Peterson.

Welcome New Member, Kevin Hough Ann McReynolds 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Jul 03, 2014


We are leaving the staging area to join the parade led by our District Governor Jill Walker and our own club's Assistant District Governor Dick Sant. The parade theme is "Stars & Stripes" and we are carrying our district's international flag set. Click here for a slide show of our prepping.

Community Days Parade! Scott Krejci 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Jun 27, 2014


Our new president Kimberly White (2nd from right) on the evening of her installation. Click here for a slide show. 

New President Kimberly White Scott Krejci 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on May 26, 2014

Our Webster Groves Rotary Exchange Student, Eugenia Arrieta, visited Webster's Historic Hawken House with Ann McReynolds on Sunday, May 25, for the opening of LIFE ON THE EVE OF WORLD WAR I.  This special exhibit featuring clothes, collectibles, and artifacts from the WWI era will be on display through Thanksgiving. Eugenia was delighted and surprised by the Webster Groves Historical Society's remarkable collection of authentic 19th-Century household most people she was amazed to see how long the famous Hawken Rifle is!


Eugenia Visits Historic Hawken House Ann McReynolds 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Apr 17, 2014

WG Rotarian John Dougherty made a fascinating presentation to our Club on April 18, explaining the plight of the towering American Chestnut, and how the Herculean efforts of dedicated molecular biologists have come up with a plan to save the species from extinction.After fielding a blizzard of questions, John handed out hybridized nuts along with planting instructions to those of us who wanted to try our hand in raising our own Chestnut tree.  John suggested we check out the American Chestnut Foundation website to read more about this remarkable scientific endeavor. Here is the link:



John Dougherty works to save the American Chestnut Ann McReynolds 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Apr 17, 2014


Once upon a time on a walk in Webster Groves, some children saw a home that looked like a giant gingerbread house. With the help of their teacher, they wrote a letter to the people in the house and told them how interested they were in its fanciful decorations. They also invited them to come to their school, the Walter Ambrose Family Center Preschool. The homeowner turned out to be Philip Wojak, who teaches physics at Webster Groves High School, and he accepted the invitation to visit the preschool to bake gingerbread cookies one day this spring. (On 4/18/14, this article was posted on faceBook by the Webster Groves School District.) Perhaps Phil will bake a big batch of cookies for us and bring them to our next Rotary meeting!

Phil Wojak, our very own Gingerbread Man Ann McReynolds 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Apr 17, 2014


"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. 

4-Way Test Essay Winner! Scott Krejci 2014-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Cooper on Apr 07, 2014

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)

Ln-4 Hands On Project Rodney Cooper 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Mar 30, 2014

The awesome team of presidents, secretaries, assistant governors and Show Me Rotary council members ready to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15!

Light Up Rotary! Scott Krejci 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Light up Rotary - The New RI Theme Scott Krejci 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Battersby on Feb 27, 2014


Webster Groves High School Basketball Coach, Jay Blossom, visited the club on February 28th. He spoke to us about the Statesmen Basketball, the season to date and hopes for post season play.

Coach Jay Blossom Visits the Club Nancy Battersby 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Feb 06, 2014

On Friday night February 7, The Rotary Club of Webster Groves was presented with the Heart of Gold Award at the Heart of the Community banquet by the Webster Groves, Shrewsbury, Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce. This annual event provides the communities the opportunity to recognize outstanding community service. Rotarian Nancy Battersby received the Rotarian of the Year Award; it was presented by President Scott Krejci, who accepted the Heart of Gold Award on behalf of the Club for its 90 years of service. More than a dozen Rotarians were present for the festivities.

Heart of the Community - Heart of Gold Award Ann McReynolds 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Dec 08, 2013

New directors-elect; Frank Bloemke, Tim Graham, Jim Schleiffarth, and Chuck Weed were elected Friday to the 2014-15 board. 


Tim Graham was recommended as president-designate for 2015-16. 

The officers and directors, so elected, together with Kim White as president-elect and Scott Krejci as immediate past president shall constitute the board-elect. Within one week after their election, the board-elect shall meet and elect from its members a president-designate and a vice president.  Within two weeks after the election meeting Kim White as president-elect shall appoint, subject to the approval of the directors-elect, a secretary, a treasurer, and a sergeant-at-arms who shall become members of the board with such responsibilities and privileges of membership as the board may determine. 

Congratulations to 2014-15 Directors Scott Krejci 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Vaccine Campaign Faces Opposition, Apathy in Pakistan Scott Krejci 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Battersby on Oct 13, 2013


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: & Photo Album

Gail Fernandez is Heading to Togo, West Africa Nancy Battersby 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Krejci on Oct 09, 2013


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.

WGHS Calculator/Thumb Drive CAP Grant Scott Krejci 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
St Louis HELP's Founder, Laura Cannon, Heads a Unique Agency Ann McReynolds 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Visitor from St. Louis College of Pharmacy Ann McReynolds 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Cooper on Jun 13, 2013

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
Latest Water Project in Honduras Complete! Rodney Cooper 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Jun 13, 2013

Back Row - Scott, James, & Chuck; Front Row - Ailce, Ann, Claire, & Kim

(Tim, Brian, & Jim not in photo)

Seven Members of 2013-14 Board Ann McReynolds 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Barb Altman Phil Moppert 2013-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann McReynolds on Apr 01, 2013


Our March 22nd speaker was most unusual....well, he brought along the most unusual companion. Shown here are Jeff Meshach, Director of the World Bird Sanctuary, and a Golden Eagle. The WBS was founded more than 35 years ago and is one of the nation’s largest facilities dedicated to the conservation of birds; its 305-acre site adjoins Lone Elk Park in southwest St. Louis County, near Valley Park. 

Big Bird Comes to Call Ann McReynolds 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Our New Rotarians Matt Goban & Susan Fletcher! Scott Krejci 2013-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim White on Feb 28, 2013


Rotarian Kim White (Left) presents a Big Check for $500 to Claudia Sittmann, WG High School, to provide club T-shirts for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD); pictured at right is Rotarian Sarah Riss, WGSD Superintendent. SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activist group dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide. The shirts are a simple and effective way to promote peer models and student awareness. Thanks to Claudia for sponsoring this group.

Club Presents $500 to SADD at Webster Groves High School Kim White 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim White on Feb 28, 2013


Rotarian Kim White (Left) presents a Big Check for $1,000 to Lena Eilermann (Right) of the Webster/Kirkwood YMCA to provide swimming lesson vouchers for the Club's swimming and water safety program targeting at-risk children, to make swimming and water safety available to everyone.

Club Gives $1,000 to Swimming Lesssons Kim White 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil Moppert on Feb 07, 2013


 Ailce Duarte-Fletcher installing our new member Ed Beck standing with him is club sponsor Mike Oppermann.(left to right)

Welcome New Member Ed Beck! Phil Moppert 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Cooper on Nov 11, 2012


Rod Cooper, our past pres, had to pay the debt owed from a challenge made to the past presidents of the Crestwood and Kirkwood clubs. Rod challenged Jennifer Bell and Robert Miller to a dinner to be paid by the president who's club brought in the fewest new members during 2011-2012 year. Rod said it really hurt when he had to pay. The meal, however, was enjoyed by all at The BLOCK in Webster. Great restaurant!

Past President Hosts a Dinner Rodney Cooper 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Cooper on Aug 17, 2012

Rotary Club of Webster Groves and local clubs in St. Louis and Honduras along with Engineers Without Borders of Washington University chapter team up with Primero Agua with a $56,000 grant to provide drilling equipment and training for fresh water.
The Latest On Our Water Project in Honduras Rodney Cooper 2012-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Massie Receives Special Recognition for Attendance Rodney Cooper 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Smutz on May 09, 2012
We received 12 entries from Affton HS, Nerinx HS, and WGHS.  Jane Knobbe (left), a freshman at WGHS was the 1st place winner, and Bobby Varghese, a senior was the runner up. Both Jane and Bobby presented their essays to the club. Read Jane's winning essay here.
2012 Four Way Test Winners Bob Smutz 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yvonne Johnson on May 09, 2012

Photo left to right: Kevin Redmond, Andrea Kopczynski, Cari Hill, Perri Edwards, and Morgan O’Connor.  Not in the photo is Andrew Webster.
The club awarded 6 scholarships to graduating seniors this year. Thank you to these extraordinary young people, and to the club and those who support Rotary for making a difference in forwarding them on in their education.

2012 Youth Scholarship Awards Yvonne Johnson 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
2013 Pancake Festival - Another Successful Year Nancy Battersby 0