We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
101 Eastgate Shopping Center
East Alton, IL  62024
United States of America
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Feb 21, 2019
Program Host - Joe Silkwood
Todd Kennedy - Eastgate Plaza
Mar 07, 2019
Program Host - Sherry Tite
Sheila Vaughn - Project Read
Mar 28, 2019
Program Host - Jamie Wells
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These lads constitute our official fire watchers brigade
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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Wood River, IL based Operation Blessing Executive Director Karen Wilson talks about her organization and the 6,000 local residents served in 2018.

Madison County (IL) Circuit Judge David Dugan shares his thoughts and concerns about judicial independence and the diminishing rating of the U.S. judiciary in the view of the American public.

Oasis Women's Center Client Services Coordinator Marcy Jacobs describes the services offered and the clients served by the Alton, Illinois agency.
Rotary District Governor Brian Barstead shares some thoughts (and his theme pin belt) during his annual club visit.

Bellefontaine Cemetery (St. Louis, MO) Event and Volunteer Coordinator Daniel Fuller talks about the history of the cemetery and some of the famous people that call it their final resting place. More information can be found by linking here http://bellefontainecemetery.org/

Lindsey presents a scholarship check to Allison for $1450. She will be attending Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL). We wish Allison great success.

Mayor Marty Reynolds talks about all the great things that are happening in Roxana, Illinois.

Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau President Brett Stawar shares what's new with area tourism.

Rotarian Tim Gutknecht talks about the Rotary District 6510 sponsored program, the Belize Children's Project, now in its 41st year.  For additional information about hosting a child contact Chris Lashley (618.691.9523) or Charlene Brennan (618.691.9120).

Phillips 66 refinery Director of Government and Community Relation, Melissa Erker, talked explained the use of "flairing" in  the oil refining process.

Refuge Executive Director Erin Bickle provides an overview of her agency that serves the needs of children in Madison County (Illinois) who have experienced the trauma of violence, neglect and abuse. More information can be found ahttp://www.refuge4kids.org
Tyler Elbrecht talks about the new hockey training facility that will open in early June adjacent to the Ice Arena in East Alton, Illinois.
Volunteers Kathy Hunt and Lynn Wuebbels describe the English as a Second Language program
Columbians Deisy and Claribelle are joined by Panamanian Ana to perform a Columbian folk dance.
The Riverbender's (Alton, IL)  Dan Brannan talks about the book he coauthored with his good friend Andy Yakstis, You Can't Kill the Dream.  Here's an Amazon link to the book https://amzn.to/2jOzFoS
East Alton (IL)  School District Superintendent Virgil Moore explains the new Illinois school funding formula and it's impact on the area school districts. He is assisted by incoming district Superintendent Emily Warnecke.
Rotarian Dave Miller describes several  knots that are useful while on a boat (land too).
Mustard Seed Peace Project representative Allen Oertel describes the good work that the organization is doing in Guatemala
Illinois Attorney General Military & Veterans Rights Bureau Chief Tom Banning describes the services offered by his office.
Chris wins the $160 50-50 jackpot. Lindsey approves.
Lewis & Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL) Director of Institutional Research & Library Services, Dennis Krieb, describes the economic impact that the college has on the local economy.
Madison County (IL) Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Sheriff, Major Jeff Connor, provides an overview of the St. Louis Major Case Squad operations.
Alton (IL) Memorial Hospital Development Specialist Jeanne Truckey offers an insight into the hospital's history via a series of trivia questions.
Alton Family Martial Arts & Fitness owner Adam Marburger and instructor Cort Wahle describe the variety of family friendly options available at their Alton, Illinois center. Additional information can be found by following this link http://www.martialartsalton.com
Madison County Sheriff Department Lt. James Goeken talks about "situational awareness" and shares some tips on how to be aware.
Alton, Illinois Parks and Rec Director Michael Haynes talks about recent Gordon Moore Park upgrades and future plans.
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
(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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East Alton Rotary Club Foundation


Welcome to our club's website. I'm Patty Wooff, Club President for the 2018-19 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. 

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