The early fund raising was done through "White Elephant" sales, and records indicate that events raised increasing amounts. One of the early sales brought in only $113 while some of the better ones yielded about $600. Where there was a community interest directly involved, our townsmen in the St. Louis Club came for "make-ups" and to make up needed funds. This was especially true in the campaign for the organ for the A Capella Choir. Between the era of the "White Elephant" and other methods of fund raising came the Fruit Cake Sales. This was in vogue for about three years in the early 1950s but was more work than the proceeds warranted.

The Pancake Festival
The Pancake Festival was begun in the fall of 1958 and has been continued ever since. It has been a chief supporter of scholarships and loan funds for students and other service projects and has netted varying amounts from $700 to $7,000 annually. The festival, which includes lunch and dinner services, was held for many years at the Congregational Church at Lockwood and Elm, but in 1999 was moved to the Webster Hills Methodist Church Christian Life Center at Lockwood and Berry Roads. For many years, Jack Swanson, Bob Smutz, and Bob Graham spearheaded this sweet and tasty fund-raiser. Frank Bloemke took the helm, or shall we say the spatula, during the 2000s.

Tropical fruits
Tropical fruits are always welcome in winter. The club has for many years sponsored a fruit sale fundraiser. Oranges and grapefruits are brought in from Florida or California to satisfy the demand for the "taste of the tropics" during the cold days of December. The fruit sales net between $1000 and $2000 per year.

Golf Tournament
The "Rotary 18 Way Test" was started in 1995, under the leadership of a group piloted by Mike Keenoy, as a gold fundraiser and includes a dinner and auction. Everyone pitches in. Not everyone plays, however. Some sell golfing slots, others sell ads and sponsorships, others take care of logistics during the tournament, a few provide items for the lively auction, and others just enjoy the scenery and fellowship during the tourney. The Rotary 18-Way Test Tournament, always held during the spring, has been played at the following courses: Cherry Hills, Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, The Legends, and Pevely Farms. The golf tournament has been one of the largest fundraisers and has averaged $5,000 to $7,000 per year rivaling the Pancake Festival.

International Charity Dinner/Dance
In 2006, Faith Markus suggested that the Club sponsor annual balls to raise money for local area charities, groups, and programs. The Club held its first international charity ball on May 5, 2007 (Cinco de Mayo). The large scale social event's main activity was dancing to Latin music. Attendees also enjoyed the cusine and beverages of Mexico. The Cinco de Mayo celebration commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In 2008, the event took us to Italy: the Taste of Italy dinner-dance was held at The College School of Webster Groves. Italian food and wines were enjoyed by all as well as musical entertainment in the Rat Pack style.

Brazil's carnival (Mardi Gras Brazil) was the theme of the 2009 dinner-dance with Brazilian food and caipirinhas. Pat Welch's chamber jazz band provided the entertainment playing samba and bossa nova in addition to jazz. The club raised about $3,000, and Rotarians and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening.

In 2010, Kim White chaired Fleet Night and the menu was Hawaian. Werner Bauer was the honorary chair and all military veterans and the U.S. Armed Forces were honored during the event. more than $4,000 was raised.

Rotary Hoops Madness
Through the efforts of Dick Sant and Scott Krejci, a new fundraiser was introduced in 2010. Rotary Hoops Madness is based on the format of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament where Club members, family, and friends pick their favorite teams and participate in a pool on the internet. Proceeds are split evenly between The Rotary Foundation
and the winner of the Rotary Madness pool.