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
State Senators Erica Harriss & Jil Tracy
Jun 20, 2024
Program Host-Rodney Durr
Jul 04, 2024
Jul 11, 2024
Rusty Ingram-BJC Alton Memorial
Aug 01, 2024
Program Host-Rodney Durr
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Mark Allison
    June 5
  • Mark Vaughn
    June 5
  • Patrick Anderson
    June 9
  • George Moore
    June 23
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Denny Yount
    June 15
Join Date:
  • Darren Carlton
    June 1, 2006
    18 years
  • Mark Speciale
    June 1, 1974
    50 years
  • Scott Levan
    June 1, 1991
    33 years
  • Ty Bechel
    June 1, 2017
    7 years
  • Allen Hale
    June 5, 1975
    49 years
  • Erin Phillips
    June 14, 2007
    17 years
  • Patrick Anderson
    June 18, 2018
    6 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
Upcoming Events
Home Page Stories
We were joined by Melissa Erker, Director of Government & Community Relations, at the Phillips 66 refinery. She told us about recent activity at the refinery and answered a few questions. 
Newly appointed Wood Rover Parks & Recreation Director Pat Minogue joined us to talk about the park district and its new recreation center. It's off to a great start. Find out about it via this link  http://www.wrparks.org
RiverBend Growth Association (RBGA) Member Engagement Director Stefanie Withers joined us to talk about the RBGA sponsored Young Adult Committee program. She was joined by local high school seniors Emily and Josh.
We viewed a live video feed from Skhumbuzo Mbuyisa-Mbuluzi, President-Elect of the Mbabane, Swaziland Rotary Club, speaking about the potential partnership medical project.
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. 

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Mark Allison
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David Ayers
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Pat Boyle
Rod Croxford
Rodney Durr
Cory Gallivan
Paul Guccione
Allen Hale
Chris Herzog
Rick Hooks
Paul Hoover
Jean Kainz
Donna Karpan
Michael Kelly
Scott Levan
George Moore
Virgil Moore
Tommie Myers
Lori Palmer
John Pearson
Erin Phillips
Brad Pulaski
Bill Pyatt
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Henry Studnicki
George Tyler
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