Welcome to our club web site. I'm Rodney Durr, Club President for the 2023-24 Rotary year. Our club was created on January 1, 2021 when the former Wood River and East Alton clubs merged to become the Riverbend East Rotary club. Feel free to browse our newsletters, photo albums and other content you may find of interest. The club also sponsors a Facebook page. You may link to those sites below and to the right. Our club is located on the Illinois side of the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area. When you are in the area, please feel free to attend one of our meetings. 

Upcoming Programs
Amy Williams-Build a Bridge NFP
Apr 18, 2024
Program Host-Kyndra Green
Caleb Lewis-Alton Odyssey Tours
Apr 25, 2024
Program Host-Lori Palmer
Skhumbuzo Mbuyisa-Mbuluzi-Mbabane Club
May 02, 2024
Program Host-Rodney Durr
Jeremy Staicoff-East Alton Library
May 09, 2024
Program Host-Lori Palmer
RBGA-Young Adults Committee
May 16, 2024
Program Host-Lori Palmer
May 23, 2024
Cory Jobe-Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau
May 30, 2024
Program Host-Lori Palmer
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Paul Guccione
    April 10
  • Lori Palmer
    April 17
  • Tommie Myers
    April 23
  • Paul Hoover
    April 28
Join Date:
  • Rick Hooks
    April 4, 1991
    33 years
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
101 Eastgate Shopping Center
East Alton, IL 62024
United States of America
(618) 259-7522
(618) 259-7614
Our Mailing address:
POB 56
East Alton,IL 62024-0056
Home Page Stories
Mark your calendars and save the date! The Riverbend East Rotary Club 5K Color Run is back, baby!” It's scheduled for June 1 at Belk Park in Wood River (IL). Registration is $30 for ages 19+, $15 for ages 12-18, and free for those 11 and under.
Retired Methodist minister Mike Smith joined us to talk about his recently published book "Teaching the Preacher to Curse". It contains 47 of Mike's mostly humorous life stories and can be purchased on Amazon. 
Club president Rodney Durr talks about our potential international project in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Africa.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Illinois Executive Director Brianna Andersen spoke to us about the program that pairs children between the ages of 6 and 14 with an adult mentor. There is always a need for adult mentors. If you have an interest or need additional info you may call 618.398.3162 or visit http://bbbsil.org
Today's program was a double header, RobLeMarsh talked about the Wood River Heritage Council and Wood River Museum and club member Paul G spoke about his post-retirement masters history degree thesis, the Wood River neighborhood of Little Italy.
Oasis Women's Center Director of Client Services Tara Holland joined us to tell us about the shelter and support services offered to women who are victims of domestic violence.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources agent Randy Holbrook spoke to us about Pere Marquette State Park.
Wood River Fire Chief Wade Stahlhut was on hand to share his thoughts about the fire department.
Wood River Chief of Police Brad Wells was on hand to brief us on recent Wood River happenings. 
Riverbend Family Ministries Fund Development Director Rachael Craddick talks about their new facility and the nine organizations based there that provide free services to Madison County families in need.
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East Alton Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Lafferty joined us to talk about youth activities, including sports.
Lindsey Timmins joined us to talk about the Tyler Timmins Memorial Foundation, named after her husband who was a police officer killed in the line of duty in October 2021. 
Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. Peyton Douglas joined us to talk about the ASVAB (Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery) testing program for potential recruits. 135 questions are spread over nine different test segments. 
Playwright Eugene Baldwin was on hand to talk about the book he co-edited "A Black Soldier's Letters From Home" and share some troubling history about segregation within our military. 
Machinist Union District 9 Business Representative Roy Collins was in the house to give us an overview of the Machinist Union history and share some of the union benifits that are afforded their 700,000 members.
Dream Home program founder Sherry Gilleland joined us to tell us how the program has grown and prospered as it begins its 14th  year of bringing joy to the less fortunate in our area. Sherry can be reached at gilleland@sbcglobal.com.
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Rachelle Crowe, joined us to share some criminal prosecution success stories.
Roxana school district employees Ryan Peters and Bethany Martin tell us about the new Family Outreach Center and the services it makes available for students district wide.

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