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Bob Garagiola, President St Louis Rotary 2019-202


President’s Corner



Membership and Money! To me, those are the two significant takeaways from last week’s Annual Business Meeting.What was yours?

Much information was shared by all presenters: Finance, Membership, Social, Community Service, Fund Raising, Program, Publicity, New Generations, Endowment, and Rotary Foundation.  There were comments on administration and alternate meeting sites/times.  Going forward, plans to address Club issues were also highlighted.  

But, with our numbers down and running a deficit there are a lot of challenges to overcome if we want to keep our Rotary Club appealing to our members and attract new ones whether they be “Millennials”, “Gen Xer’s” or “Boomers”.  The state of the Club was thoroughly presented. I am grateful to all the chairs for their reports and especially their efforts to lead their committees.  Club 11 should be proud of the work they’ve done and we need to be ready to commit to support their efforts. We are “People of Action.”

What was your takeaway?  Do you still have questions?  Do you have suggestions?  What actions are you ready to undertake for Rotary?

E-mail me – 

President Bob


Juli Niemann Speaker Jan 16, 2020 @ St Louis Rotary

Order Trivia Night tickets with this Link:  TICKET LINK!!!! 

Lift for Life Gym Jan 21, 2020
MLS Soccer in Saint Louis - Jim Kavanaugh
January 2020 Speakers at St Louis Rotary
Get to Know Our Rotary Club Breakfast Feb 5, 2020

Hello Fellow Rotarians.

Membership Committee is hosting a breakfast at the MAC on February 5th from 8AM to 9:15AM. 
Please invite a guest for a FREE breakfast and to learn more about our great club. 
You are welcome to join your guest as well for a great breakfast of Networking. Please email the name and email address of your prospective member to Jeromy Fritz at

8:15AM-8:25AMIntroductions & Welcome, Jeromy Fritz (breakfast to be served) 
8:25AM-8:30AM-President Bob Garagiola, the roll of the Club President
Rotarian Nick Angelo,
-Upcoming Programs & Resources, Mike Regan
– Q&A
9:10AM-9:15AM– Closing Remarks, Jeromy Fritz

Rotary International Convention June 6-10, 2020
Rolling for Rotary


  • $3200+ Raised


  • So much fun raising money for our Rotary Welfare Fund!
Rolling for Rotary Fundraiser 11-24-19 - A great success

Rolling for Rotary ~ A Great Success

‘Our annual Rolling for Rotary fundraiser was a great success on Sunday Nov 24th by raising over $3200 at Olivette Lanes.  Thanks to the 11 Rotarians that sponsored lanes for $150 each including Beth Russell, Pete Milne, Matt Weiss, Doug Lorenz, Don Lorenz, Katie LaMarsh, Steve Rosenblum, Richard Warriner, Rebecca Richie, Terry Werner and Rose Cooper.  Thanks to Rotarians Ralph Decker, Don Klackner, Jean Cowell, David Cowell and Bob Garagiola who added personal donations to the total.  The silent auction netted another $475 and Rose Cooper was the 50/50 winner of $210.  A Lottery scratchers raffle netted $315.  The lanes were filled with Rotarians families and friends including a slew of young kids, the youngest just 2 weeks old (Terry Werner’s 1st grandson).  Our games of “Rob your Buddy” and “Heads or Tails” were a lot of fun and we even threw in a practice round of Trivia.  Team Werner was the Trivia winners with 13 of 15 questions answered correctly.   So much fun while raising money for the Rotary Welfare Fund.  Mark your calendars for the next year’s event in early November.

Class of 2020 Young Citizen's Award Winners

     Class of 2020 Young Citizens 

  • Tran Thach, Stephen Walker, Nottingham CAJT
  • Terriel Herndon, Andrew Hudson, Carnahan High School
  • Nikkita Dismuke, Ali Hall, Central Visual & Performing Arts 
  • Serenna Stocker, DeShaun Russell, Cleveland NJROTC
  • Gabriale Millender, Devin Harris, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
  • Asra Albaaj, Trishten Gregory, Collegiate School of Medicine & Bioscience
  • Jennifer Theodore, Pukar Basnet, Gateway STEM
  • Haley Clegg, Quinton Keller, McKinley CLA
  • Ava Farrar, Layth Aljorani, Metro Academic & Classical
  • Janell Johnson, Keisha Watkins, Northwest Academy of Law
  • Zarria Mackins, Maki Shukuru, Roosevelt High School
  • Brandnesha Duncan, D’Marco Gibbs, Soldan International Studies
  • Danise Harris, RaiSean Booker, Sumner High School
  • Fatima Ndon, Domonic Archie, Vashon High School



Helping out at the greenhouse with Forest Park Conservancy

On Saturday October 26th a group of Club 11 members gathered to plant tulips at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. Well we would of planted tulips had only the weather cooperated. Remember, Saturday was a solid day of rain. Not to be daunted by the weather, our group of hardy members potted Coleus instead. We all gathered at the green houses just south of the Jewel Box and following the instructions of master gardener Jack, learned about how cuttings from a few plants can make hundreds of plants which will then be used for both ornamental plantings around the Jewel Box and the Muny next summer, but also support the annual Mothers Day plant sale. Club 11 members participating included, President Bob Garagiola, Community Service Chair Phil Hesley, Bob Hesley, Mark Rubinelli, Rick Tinucci, and Eric Boston. The Community Service Committee is considering other options for volunteer opportunities and welcomes your ideas.

Old Newsboys Day ~ November 21, 2019


On Thursday, November 21, 2019, members of St. Louis Rotary Club 11 participated in the Old Newsboys Day paper drive by selling special edition newspapers at various locations downtown. This is part of an annual campaign that takes place throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. All funds raised by this event go towards supporting local children’s charities. I would like to thank the following “newsboys” for their participation: 1. Mike Borough 2. David Cowell 3. Bob Garagiola 4. Don Klackner 5. Doug Lorenz 6. Phil Roush 7. Sean Smith 8. Kent Steinbrueck 9. David Wicks The top three “newsboys” this year were Bob Garagiola at $180.05, Phil Roush at $258.84 and Kent Steinbrueck at $354.60. All together, Club 11 raised $1,356.64 for local children’s charities. Thank you to all who participated in making this year’s event successful!

Rotary Happy Hour ~ 08.29.2019 by Doug Russell
Rotary Happy Hour || 08.29.2019

A great evening of bowling and fellowship at Olivette Lanes last night to kick off the 102nd Year of Rotary Bowling! Thanks to Rotarian Don Klackner and the staff of Olivette Lanes for the great hospitality. Special thanks to Michele Goad, Chair of our Social Committee for her great work! Join us for our next happy hour on September 11th at Vin de Set!

Posted by The Rotary Club of Saint Louis on Friday, August 30, 2019
Great Fellowship….by Doug Russell
Great Rotary Fellowship!

More than 30 Rotarians and friends came out on Monday, August 12th for our first Rotary Social event of the year! A fantastic evening of wine, food and fellowship at Scarlett's Wine Bar! Thanks to our social committee and chair Michele Goad for a great event!

Posted by The Rotary Club of Saint Louis on Thursday, August 15, 2019