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Bob Garagiola, President St Louis Rotary 2019-202


President’s Corner



At last Thursday’s meeting, I stated that our Club 11 membership now stands at 133.  We have added 8 new Rotarians since July 1 and there are 8 or 9 prospective members in the pipeline.  Another Get to Know Rotary Breakfast is scheduled at the M.A.C. for March 18.


Here’s another number to consider, 44.  That’s how many Club 11 Rotarians, Satellite Civilians, and Rotaracts attended last week’s Happy Hour at Pietro’s. (There might have even been a few more) Check us out on FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter to see pictures of a fun evening of members, friends, family and business associates having a good time … Rotary-Style!


See for yourself that Club 11 is becoming a melting pot of ages and backgrounds and interests; but, in the final analysis, we are Rotary!  It is all of our people that  make our club strong and make it attractive.  


Why Rotary?    Why not Rotary!


President Bob



P.S. Don’t forget to reach out to those members that we haven’t seen recently.  Invite them to re-join us on a Thursday.  Or, join us at a Trivia Night…..or at a Happy Hour …..or .. ???

They Will Run - Authors

Molly Butterworth and Thomas Eyssell, Authors of “They Will Run” are the speakers at St. Louis Rotary on February 20, 2020

Trivia Night 2-29-20 $25 per person/ $200 per table

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

Explore St Louis 2-27-20 Get to Know Rotary 3-18-20 February Programs 2020 St Louis Rotary Rotary International Convention June 6-10, 2020

Community Service Programs and  Projects | Fundraisers 

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!