Weekly Newsletter September 12, 2019

Rotary Club of St. Louis -

Dr Nicole Conaway

Dr Nicole Conaway, Speaker September 12, 2019 @ St Louis Rotary

Dr Nicole Conaway, Principal Nahed Chapman Academy with 2 students from school
Dr. Nicole Conaway moved with her family to St. Louis from the Chicagoland area in 2008. She has worked in St. Louis Public Schools for 10 years. She spent 7 years as Principal of Mann Elementary School. She has been the Principal at Nahed Chapman New American Academy(NCNAA) for the past 3 years.

Nahed Chapman New American Academy is a St. Louis Public School serving only students who are new to the United States and do not have enough English proficiency. The students can stay at NCNAA for only up to four semesters before they must transition to a St. Louis Public School with ESOL services.

Nicole absolutely loves being surrounded by the diversity at NCNAA! In her spare time, she does animal rescue and spends time with her sons, Cory and Holden.

Lunch Menu - September 12, 2019


Southwest Caesar ~Chicken Enchiladas w/ Green Chili Sauce Refried Beans & Spanish rice

Special Menu Requests For members and guests with dietary restrictions, alternate meals are available, but they must be ordered by no later than 11:30 am on Wednesday September 11, 2019

Alternate meals may be ordered by emailing the Club @ or online with this link:

Please select your choice of Fish Plate, Fruit Plate, Chef Salad, or Vegetable Plate

President's Corner - Are You Related?

Bob Garagiola, President St Louis Rotary 2019-202
"Are you related to....?""Did you grow up on The Hill?"

These are questions that I'm usually asked when I meet someone for the first time.

There are two possible answers to Question #1 - Uncle Joe. Joe Garagiola was a St. Louis Cardinal ballplayer and broadcaster (with Harry Caray & Jack Buck), Yogi Berra's friend, announcer for NBC's Game of the Week, All Star Games and World Series, co-host of the Today Show, regular guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, hosted numerous games shows, Baseball Hall of Fame award winner, supported many charitable causes (nationally & locally). He's my dad's brother. (I've been asked if I'm related to Joe on my father's side or my mother's side of the family --- really!) He was genuine. There was no act. He was Uncle Joe whether he was interviewing a celebrity or eating risotto in the basement of my parents' home.

Mickey Garagiola is my father. He is, perhaps, as well known locally as his younger brother, Joe. Mickey was a waiter for 46 years at Ruggeri's (on the Hill) then at Pietro's for another 15. That's 61 years serving dinner. Customers would wait in order to be seated at one of his tables - even if other tables were open. He had a following. Dad was also the Ring Announcer for Wrestling at the Chase from 1969 to 1982. He loved that job and found that he had a "cult" following. Plus, he enjoyed hanging out with the wrestlers - like Dick the Bruiser, Gene Kiniski, Bulldog Bob Brown who, when not in the ring, were regular guys.

Answer to Question #2 - Sorry to disappoint, but I did not grow up on The Hill. We lived on The Hill until I was 3 years old on the 5500 block of Columbia - not far from Cunetto's. We moved to the Lindenwood neighborhood where I did my "growing up" in Epiphany Parish. (FYI--St. Louis U. High)

I'm proud of my family and its ties to The Hill. My mom lived across the street from my dad on Elizabeth Avenue - aka Hall of Fame Street. Small world. My dad either worked or visited The Hill almost everyday of his life. Uncle Joe always wanted to know what was going on at St. Ambrose.

I could go on...….

Scribe Report September 5, 2019

Rick Tinucci was called to the podium to reveal new Paul Harris Fellows. New inductees include Dan Conway, John Grizzell and Phil Hesley. Recognition and medals were given to out members who have been multiple times donors to the Rotary Foundation. They are Phil Polster, a plus three donor, Chris Conner +4, Bob Kocher +6.

Additional announcements include the golf league event on 9/17 and the start of the bowling league next Monday, 9/9 at Olivette Lanes. Dan Peterson's birthday is August 6 and Grant Ankrom has his 8th anniversary as a member of Club 11.

President Bob also made an unreasonable request for Scribes. (Importantly, more scribes will mean fewer
notes from today's scribe.)

Sargent-at-Arms Dan Conway opened his role by informing us that 22 of the 23 Blues Players had resigned with the club. Also, the gondolas on the Union Station ferris wheel were being installed. Four guests were announced but your scribe couldn't understand all the names but was able to recognize George Hessler as a guest of Pete Milne and Andrew Darling as Rose Cooper's guest. Rose also had a second guest, Matthew Maddox, and Mary Jane Thompson also brought a guest. And our favorite visiting Rotarian, J. Gary Neal, was present.

At 12:25 President Bob introduced Bob Kocher to announce our speaker. Bob's introduction included an abbreviated listing of Admiral Thomas Moore's many accomplishments since graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. Bob also mentioned his joining the class of 1966 in 1962 as a Smart Jock but his leaving the academy in 1964 as a Jock. Bob's humor turned serious with the presentation of a video entitled "Ragged Old Flag" and voiced by Johnny Cash showing the flag from Crossing the Delaware through our many wars and other crises until today.

Vice Admiral Thomas J. Moore is the Commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command
and is visiting St. Louis to celebrate Naval Week which also merited a visit by
the Blue Angels. Admiral Moore started
by mentioning our military like attention to time detail and noted that the 25
minutes allotted to him before the 1:00 p.m. cut off time. He displayed his humor by mentioning an event
between Winston Churchill and a guest speaker.
The guest speaker the difficulty of conveying his all his expertise in
25 minutes which prompted Churchill to tell the guest to speak slowly.

Admiral Moore
emphasized the importance of water to the world and the navy's role in
protecting U.S. interests. Seventy
percent of the earth's surface is water and 90 percent of global commerce is
done by sea. Also, 95% of international
telephone and Internet traffic is done through underwater cables. As many as 26 percent of U.S. jobs are tied
to global trade, 26 percent exports and 20 percent of agriculture. Thus, the navy has a critical role in
ensuring that U.S. interests are protected.

The navy has 290 ships in many configurations. The desired level is 355 ships which is still below the 592 ships during the Reagan era build up. Currently, 79 of the 290 ships have been deployed in foreign waters. Missouri has made its contribution to the Navy with ships such as the World War II battleship USS MISSOURI and the current USS Missouri, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and the USS Wayne E. Meyer. Wayne Meyer was a Missouri native who designed much of the electronic systems used in the fleets. Another connection between St. Louis and the Navy involves Enterprise Corporation founder Jack Taylor who named his company after the aircraft carrier Enterprise on which he served during his military tenure. The Navy has a number of new vessels being built, most with exotic designs and state of the art technology.

China is considered
the primary concern to the U.S. as China continues to expand its military size
and capability, its technology and worldwide involvement including building
ports in Africa and in creating islands with military bases in the South China
Sea. These islands provide challenges to
that area's shipping lanes. Russia is a
secondary threat, but its economy is dysfunctional although it continues to be
involved in the Middle East and its former territories.

Admiral Moore
accepted and answered several questions from the audience and ended at 1:00
p.m. He also picked the 50/50 ticket
which belonged to Ken Schuman who
proudly acknowledged that whereas he did not win the jackpot he did get his
ticket money back.

Meeting adjourned by President Bob at 1:07

Don Fuller, Scribe

Golf League Outing -Algonquin Country Club September 4, 2019

Kent Steinbrueck report on Persimmons CC Golf League Outing 8-20-19
The Rotary Golf League had another outstanding golf outing at Algonquin Country Club on Berry Road in Webster Groves. At this historic golf course, the fairways are lined with Oak trees and the greens are protected by many beautiful bunkers. Many thanks to our host Flip Cady as well as the wonderful service at the club. We had 19 golfers with 17 staying for dinner, joined also by our special guest Cris Conner who recently went through back surgery.

Algonquin was in great shape with hardly a blemish to be seen anywhere on the course. The temperature was once again in the low 80s and the humidity was low which made for a pleasant day.

Medalists for the event was Steve LaFara with a 77 and low net for the day was Rick TInucci with a net of 61. Great shooting by both.

Long Drive:

Youth division – Steve LaFara

Masters division – Flip Cady

Closest to the Pin (#8)

1st Flip Cady 4’6” (he made the putt)

2nd Steve LaFara 5’0”

3rd Dave Wicks 26’3”

Flight Winners

A Flight

3rd Place Ken Schuman 90 net 68

2nd Place Bob Garagiola 93 net 65

1st Place Rick Tinucci 98 net 61

Championship Flights

3rd Place Blake Critzas 82 net 72

2nd Place Steve LaFara 77 net 72

1st Place Jack Windish 87 net 70

Team winners

3rd Place Critzas/LaFara/Fleischut 124

2nd Place Jones/Webster/Tinucci 123

1st Place Cady/Steinbrueck/Wicks/Garagiola 121

Most had plenty of time for fellowship following golf. About 7:15 we were ready for dinner and were served a nice dinner buffet featuring a ceasar salad, stuffed chicken breast with vegetables, twice baked potatoes followed by a delicious crème brulee. In addition, our host Flip Cady, made sure we had plenty of wine as he was nice enough to have some Pinot Noir available to during dinner. Thanks Flip.

After the awards, the beautiful evening was available to us on the veranda patio for some additional fellowship. The next outing scheduled for Tuesday September 17th at The Legends which continues to be improved over the last 12 months. It should be another good outing. Be sure to get your reservation into Dave Wicks and feel free to invite guests.

Our final outing will be at Greenbriar CC on October 8th. It was originally scheduled one week earlier so be sure to adjust your schedule.

It really is great fellowship and played on some of the nicest golf courses in the St. Louis area. As one of the Rotarians said that night – this golf league is one of the best bargains out there. Try to make one of the 2 remaining outings.

Hope to see you then,

Kent Steinbrueck


I am not sure how many of our members will remember George Gillerman. George was the longest-serving and oldest active member of the St. Louis Rotary Club when he died Wednesday May 26, 2010, at 93. George joined Rotary in 1949 and remained active in the Club for the rest of his life. He was president of Club 11 in 1991-1992 and was District Governor in 1994-1995, overseeing 62 clubs in then District 6050.

Born on November 23, 1916, to Gus and Sophie Gillerman, George was a St. Louis native. He was the youngest of 4 children. For all you St. Louisans, George graduated from Soldan High School. He earned a B.A. in Political Science at Washington University in 1937. After college, he joined his father's business, Gus Gillerman Iron and Metal Company.

In 1987, at age 13, Georges father Gus Gillerman, a Polish immigrant, came to St. Louis on his own. His sister was living here with her husband. Gus initially worked in the clothing industry but after a few years decided scrap iron was a better choice. His business operated a scrap metal yard and "brokerage for the purchasing, processing and sales of ferrous metals for remelting purposes" as stated in an 1965 Pepper Box ad. Gus was a Club 11 member as well joining Rotary in 1948 and remaining active until his death in 1970

George served in the Army in World War II. After the war, he rejoined the family business and took it over when his father retired in 1967. At one point, George ran three businesses: Gillerman Iron and Steel, Gillerman Steel Trading and Gillerman Iron and Metal. In 1996 at 80, George finally sold the businesses when he decided it was time to retire.

Those of us who were George's fellow members remember him as a generous and thoughtful person. He epitomized all of Rotary's values and showed concern for all. George was known for his gift of gab. I spent many hours with him discussing Rotary and Club 11. He was never without an opinion which could, if he was given time, span hours. I remember what his wife Skip would say; "George if you have a point, get to it".

Fellowship is the glue that binds Rotarians and is the force which allows us to "do good in the World". George Gillerman was as great example of Rotary's motto, "Service above Self". Those of us who knew him certainly benefited from his friendship.

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