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Bob Garagiola, President St Louis Rotary 2019-202


President’s Corner



Thanksgiving is behind us.  I hope all Rotarians enjoyed their family and friends and … the Turkey Burp!  November was a busy month for Club 11 and December will probably be just as busy.  It will have fewer Rotary events but more preparations for the Christmas holiday.
The PepperBox covers the schedule of up-coming December programs and events.  I’ll mention one that has plenty of Rotary goodwill for all.  Our Holiday Party is December 13.  Dinner, Dancing and Holiday Fun.  Get your RSVPs in ASAP or you will be OOL (out of luck).  Ho! Ho! Ho!
If year-end giving is part of your Holiday activities, don’t forget Club 11’s All-in-One Fund and the Rotary Foundation.  Our programs rely heavily on the generosity of our members.  Thank you for joining in on that part of Rotary.
Finally, I have a couple of reminders.   

  • “Rotarians needing Rides”    If you’re a Rotarian who needs a ride to one of our luncheon meetings or social events, let me know.   If you’re a member who can provide a ride for your fellow Rotarian, let me know.
  • If you haven’t seen one of our members recently, stop wondering about it and give them a call.  Make sure they’re getting the PepperBox or invite them to a luncheon or the Holiday Party.

See you Thursday!

President Bob

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.

Holiday Card Signing

Presents and cash donation deadline is December 12, 2019.

We are helping 7 families that have been homeless and have recently been placed in temporary housing. Families vary in size from 2 to 4 members. Rotary members can choose a tag to help a specific individual or a family.

Suggestions for presents will be on a sheet next to the Christmas Tree. Cash donations are welcome. The Community Service Committee will purchase bus tickets and presents for the families with the cash donations received.

One of the items that the women request is bus tickets to help them travel to and from work. Our goal is to purchase 10 bus tickets for each family. $30.00 will purchase 10 tickets; we have 7 families to help.

Phil Hesley

Chairman Community Service Committee.

Lift for Life Gym Holiday Party Decorating December 17-2019
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