Welcome to our club's website. I'm Bill Pyatt, Club President for the

2017-2018 Rotary year. 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.

 

 

 

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
JULIA'S BANQUET CENTER
101 Eastgate Shopping Center
East Alton, IL  62024
United States
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East Alton-Wood River High School graduate Vivian (top) and Roxana High School graduates Brendan and Sawyer display their names on the scholarship plaques.
 
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Lewis and Clark Community College (IL) President Dale Chapman and welding program director Travis Jumper talk about campus programs and the new Weber Workforce Center.
Madison County (IL) Judge Barbara Crowder shares highlights of the Elder Justice Initiative providing improved access to the court system for citizens age 60 and above.
Long time club secretary Lori Palmer accepts her "Difference Maker" award from Rotary district governor Doug Huff.
Bethalto (Illinois) Cedarhurst Assisted Living Community Outreach Coordinator, Eliza Pautz, provides an overview of the company and the new Bethalto assisted living/memory care facility. Additional information can be found at their Facebook page or by linking  here http://www.cedarhurstliving.com
 
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Managing Attorney, Clarissa Gaff, describes the variety of services that her agency offers to lower income and older citizens. Her office is located in Alton, Illinois. Additional information can be found at the Land of Lincoln web site http://www.lollif.org
 
Long time East Alton, Illinois resident Judy Richie shares some East Alton historical highlights and her recently published East Alton pictorial book.
President Bill presents the Business of the Year award to Rick Wooley of B & R Auto Body
Zeke Jabasch and Benjamin Godfrey make a presentation about the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail and share a bit of Godfrey's historical impact in the Alton, Illinois area.
 
While East Alton Rotarian Brad Lavite was station in Iraq he had the opportunity to visit the ancient city of Ur. He shares his memories.
"Just Keep Walkin'" founder Jack Wilcox talks about the efforts of his organization to assist people suffering with opiate related problems in Madison County Illinois
American Cancer Society Community Development Manager Sheena Whitehead talks about the variety of services the ACS offers to people dealing with cancer. 
 
 
East Alton Rotary Club member Paul Hoover shares his observations about a recent visit he made to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Pat Gauen shares some stories with the club. Pat recently retired after  a 47 year career with the Collinsville Herald, St. Louis Globe-Democrat and the Post-Dispatch.
Ty Bechel shares some mileposts along his trip to opiate addiction and eventual recovery.  The book about his journey is called "Heroin Rising: A Tale of True Terror".  The electronic version is available for free via Amazon http://tinyurl.com/mj8zll2
 
 
Boys and Girls Club of Bethalto (IL) Director Kathy Wilson talks about the history of the club and the wide variety of programs that are offer at their facility. For additional information please visit http://www.bgcbethalto.com
Explosive Ordinance Disposal (bomb disposal) expert and Vietnam era vet Mike Weber talks about his recent trips to Southeast Asia.
 
 
Madison County (Illinois) board member and Southwestern Illinois Employers Association President, Mike Walters, talks about what is happing at the county board level and shares some Illinois State Capital anecdotes.
 
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Political Science Department Chair, Andrew Theising, talks about his passion for collecting St. Louis area memorabilia.
 

Madison County (Illinois) Coroner Steve Nonn describes some of the issues with the heroin abuse epidemic and the resources being used to help save lives and reduce heroin use.

 
The Bank of Edwardsville Vice President of Operations and Information Security, Jane Morris, discusses some cybersecurity methods to protect against phishing and ransomware. 
Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL) Associate Dean for Adult Education, Valorie Harris, describes the adult ed programs available at the four college campuses.For additional information link to http://www.lc.edu/adulted
(The following is a note from club project coordinator Wendell Ross providing a July 2016 update from the 2014 project. Additional photos have been added to the international project photo album on the right.)
Recently  I visited the hospital where the Crilap Foundation that the East
Alton Rotary Club and Barranquilla Oriente Rotary Club cosponsored was
located. I found out that it had moved to a location in the annex of a new
hospital called Puertoazul in February.  So the wife and I took a taxi to
it.  The sad news is that the director I first met had past this last
January. Her then assistant Katia Mendoza is now Executive Director.  And
now the Crilap foundation is called Fabrica de Sonrisas Foundation. 
Website www.fabricadesonrisas.co.  There is a page where you can make
private donations.
When I entered the office and mentioned East Alton Rotary Club you should
have seen their faces light up. It was very heart warming. We talked about
the project.  Our clubs project helped 15 children's lives change.  There
were  surgeries this day for 2 more  happening.  Also the foundation had
35 applicants for  surgeries.  So as in many places in the world this is a
continuing need.  I was glad to be a part of helping so many children in
need via using Rotary International.
On the offices walls were 5 pictures/photos of
some of the children that they helped.  4 of the 5 pictures/photos are of
the children that were helped from our Clubs project.
 
(What follows is the timeline and reflections of the cleft palate international project coordinator Wendell Ross. A photo album titled "international project" can be found in the right side of our home page.)
It is interesting how things in life turn out.  I went to Barranquilla Colombia for some cold business calls in Sept. of 2010. At the hotel I was staying at there was a photographer taking some pictures. I started talking to him  to try and get some business leads and also to get some ideas of the culture of the country. I mentioned Rotary. He told me there were 3 Rotary Clubs in Barranquilla. We got talking about Rotary International projects an he mentioned about a school in the Pueblo that his aunt ran that was having problems with the building.
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President Roger inducts new member Chris while Allen prepares to present the Rotary pin.
Sponsor Rhonda and President Roger welcome newly minted Rotarian Mark, henceforth know as Mark 4

 

President Roger welcomes Rotary District Governor Steve Hopper to his 41st district club visit.
Brad pins new Rotarian Fred
The 2015 5th-6th grade basketball tournament was held on January 31st. Lori took some 'action' photos and they can all be found under the 'photo album' column on the right side of this page.
Scholarship student Jordan M. receives her $2100 check from Scholarship Committee Coordinator Erin.(President-for-a-day Bill looks on) Jordan will be attending Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.We wish her much success and hope to see her in the very near future.
...Chile for my Rotary Exchange year (Katie) and Lewis & Clark Junior College (Caleb with $2150 check) for my associates degree in graphic design
 
 
 

East Alton Rotary Club Foundation

 
Speakers
Adam Marburger - Alton Family Martial Arts
Nov 16, 2017
Program Host - Ty Bechel
Rick Hooks
Nov 30, 2017
Member Classification Program
Randy Nelson
Mar 29, 2018
Member Classification Program
 
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