Our final meeting for the 2018-2019 year was yesterday, June 25th.  Thank you to our fellow Rotarian Alan for providing circus trivia and updating us on Scouts.  Martha Clark received the Award of Excellence for her efforts related to our Tree Project the past two years.  Don G received his PHF+1 and 6 other Rotarians received their first PHF.  The gavel was passed to 2019-2020 President Sara and her board was installed as our new officers.  Staci thanked her board and everyone for their time, talents, and $$$ this year along with a quick year in review.  Sara thanked Staci for her service and then announced our club, along with Southside and Eastside received our District Grants Award and discussed the fundraiser.  Along with Martha, Rotarian Alan from Trenton (Cody) was our guest.  Great finish to the 2018-2019 year.
Installation of 2019-2020 Officers and new PHFs 2019-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
The CVB announced a new app that launches self-guided tours of the Downtown Architecture and the Museums of St Joseph and Beth was here to show us how to add it on our smart phones using the GuidiGo app.  She also passed out a wonderful "Discover St Joseph" insert that was recently in the KC Star.  The CVB does a lot to promote our community.
SOA Brett had various non-themed trivia questions this week and Anthony from the Benton Club invited any Rotarian to join them for Dinner on various nights.  Next week Rotarian Jodi will discuss the Homeless Court in St Joseph.
 
 
Rotary meeting June 4, 2019 2019-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Did you know there is going to be a new women's shelter opening in late fall here in St Joseph?  Stacy Kerns, the Sisters of Solace Director spoke about the new shelter, its purpose, and being located in one of the St Pats Buildings for sale.
There were several laughs today at SOA Marci's Gunsmoke Trivia-great job!
Next week-Beth from the CVB-bring your cell phones for their new app.
Rotary meeting May 28, 2019 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Sgt Jake Angle for speaking to us today about the MO Highway Patrol-lots of good information.
SOA Alan educated us with Canada/United States trivia-only one table missed the answer this week.  The Benton Club has done a great job for us this year preparing meals and Anthony does a wonderful job taking care of us each week.  As the year is winding down-need to start planning for next year.  What is your inspiration?  What avenue of service do you want our focus to be?  Everyone joins Rotary for a reason-how do you want to be involved in our club next year?  Whether you are a new member or long-term there is a place for each of us.
Rotary meeting May 21, 2019 2019-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Lindsay from the RRT for speaking to us today about the wonderful programs and events they have going on-new season starts in September, but the musical Newsies is coming up soon.  She also talked about their new theatre The Ruby and all the work the volunteers and staff have done.  They now will have up to 200 seats for viewing as well as around 170 seats for the dinner theatre.
Pam introduced Tammy who we hope will join our club very soon.  Two more local contributions were presented.  SOA Marci made it Girl Scout Trivia day and also won the raffle ticket but didn't pick the Joker.  Rotarian Jim was in the Girl Scout sprit too.
Next week Sgt Jake Angle from the MO State Hwy Patrol will be here.
Rotary meeting May 14, 2019 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
One of our favorite programs-SCHOLARSHIP DAY!  It was so good to have 4 out of our 5 Scholarship winners attend our annual luncheon this year.
This year's Scholars-from left to right-Phillip Kanke (LHS), Madeline Arm (Benton), Sarah Aebersold (St Joe Christian), Liam Huey (Leblond), Tia Mehreen (Central) not pictured. Each spoke about their High School journey and where they plan on attending next year.
We also inducted Dr. Susan Charles as our newest member this year.  Assistant Governor Eric McGuire (East) and Faye (Don) were our guests.  Two more local donations were presented.  SOA Brett did river trivia.  Thanks to Gabe for greeting and Don for invocation.  
Next week Lesile Prawitz with Robidoux Theatre
Rotary meeting May 7, 2019-Scholarship Day 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
Crystal Stuck from the St Joseph Public Library spoke to us and there is so many things to do at the libraries in St. Joseph.  She talked about the summer program and also the program where books can be mailed to your home for people who have a hard time getting to the library.  They really take care of all ages-great information.
We also started disbursing our annual local contributions-love this time of year.
It was great to pin Becky her PH+1 pin-we are hoping to be 100% PH again this year.
We gave the most recent totals of the Shoes caravan, GSE update, and announced Dr. Susan Charles applied for membership. Guests included Fay (Done) Allison (Abe) John (Sara and CA Rotarian) and Neva (Marcie).  Thanks to Dick and Bob for greeting and Carmen the invocation.  Next week is our Annual Scholarship Luncheon-can't wait.
 
 
Rotary meeting April 30, 2019 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Dr. Doug Davenport for joining us today to discuss MWSU strategic plan.  We are excited for the future of MWSU.
Our shoes campaign is done and we did it again!  Great total and beat last year-thank you to all who contributed shoes and $.
Thank you to Joan for the invocation and Dave/Mary Beth for greeting.  Our guests included Marci's mom, Neva, James (Lasha), Dr. Susan Charles (Tim) and Alec Jennings from SS.  Marci also did a great job with Shakespeare trivia this week.
Next week-Crystal Stuck from the St. Joseph Public Library.
Rotary meeting April 23, 2019 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Sgt. Roy Hoskins from the SJPD presented the program today at Albrecht.  He is the crime prevention officer and talked about the various programs he does for the SJPD.  He spends a lot of time with children education, heading the neighborhood watch meetings, and is now doing a De-Escalating Conflict program.  He would be happy to conduct this program at your business if you are interested.  Several Rotarians asked questions about how St Joseph is doing concerning crime and the opioid crisis.
Thanks to Theresa's last effort for shoes-we should be close to our last year's numbers-thanks to everyone who contributed shoes or money.  Amy Ryan from St Joe East joined us and also talked about the Mayor's National Day of Prayer Breakfast on May 2nd.  SOA Brett's Trivia was about the wonders of the world and also helped our shoes campaign by rewarding no fines if you made a contribution.  Dr. Charles (Tim), Amy, and Carole (Carlos) were our guests today.
Next week-Dr. Doug Davenport from MWSU will be our speaker and we will be back at the Benton Club.
Rotary meeting April 16, 2019 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
We welcomed a new member today-Dakotah Bass from Border States.  Thank you Don for your sponsorship. Our Rotarian Dr. Jim Reynolds was our speaker today to educate us about the new Missouri medical marijuana law.  Jim provided great information about the history of MJ and how the process will work to receive a medical card.  Carmen had an update on our new District Grant submission for next year and Dr. Curry said the volunteer portal to help with the Dental Event is now open. Thanks to Doug for the invocation and Jim and Carmen for greeting.  Our guests included Andrea (Staci) Faye (Don)  and Dr. Charles (Tim).  SOA Alan did a great trivia about Dr. Suess.
Next week-we are at Albrecht again and Sgt Roy Hoskins from the SJPD will be talking about their De-escalating program.
Rotary meeting April 9, 2019 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Volunteer sign up portal is open for us to help at the Missouri Dental Ministry Event in August.  Dr. Curry spoke about this event earlier in the year.  Although this is not until August-they would like volunteers to start to sign up now.  Please go to www.momom.org to sign up.  When you start to enter your personal info-make sure you list Saint Joseph #32 Rotary Club for the organization.  After you put your info in another page will come up with a number of volunteer options-scroll down to item 7 and then you can pick what you would like to do.  Then scroll down to the other box and pick the time you want to work.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Curry or Staci
MOMOM Dental Event-link to sign up 2019-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
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The Aussies are here!  We had a great 3-club BBQ with the GSE team from Australia Sunday afternoon.  They are a very fun group, gave a great presentation, and we had around 50 Rotarians from all 3 clubs attend.  Monday morning they visited 4 schools and received a lot of good information of all the things the Teachers are doing for their students.  They got first hand information about our past district grants projects and also what their money they are donating for the global grant is going to do.  More good things are coming to the SJSD thanks to the Aussies and District 6040.  Thanks to Joan/John and Carlos/Carol for being host families again this year.  Check out the 2019 GSE photo album.
Next Meeting-April 9th at the Albrecht.
2019 GSE Visits and meeting 3/31/19 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
For the 3rd year in a row, our district grant project focused on helping children in our community with trauma.  This year we hosted a recertification seminar on Mar 27th at Stoney Creek.  Over 60 social workers, counselors, and people dedicated to this cause attended.  Several different school districts such as SJSD, Albany, and KC Schools attend, along with various organizations throughout Northwest Missouri.  Not only did several Rotarians from our club volunteer, but East Side and South Side too.  Jean West was the speaker who was very interactive with the group.  Many thanks to all who helped this year, especially Carmen, who for the past 3 years has lead the grant projects. Please check out our photo album for several pictures of the event.
 
2019 District Grant Project 2019-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Kappy Hodges was our speaker this week and gave a great educational program about the Friends of the Animal Shelter.  They are currently trying to raise money to move into a new facility out on Corporate Drive.  Kappy  gave us a lot of good information and answered questions.
SOA Brett had Pets in the White House Trivia-it was great and he raised a lot of money today.  We are still receiving monies for Shoes, so thank you to everyone who has given to this year's cause.  Thanks to Mary and Joan for greeting and Don for the invocation.  Carmen says we are in good shape for volunteers for our Trauma event.  We have a student from Central that will be going to RYLA this year and will come visit us when she gets back in July.  PETS is this weekend-we wish Sara and Dave lots of good time and know they will come back ready to lead us next year.  Our GSE BBQ event is Sunday-we have around 20 Rotarians able to come so we know it will be a good time.
We will not have a meeting on April 2nd-the BBQ is replacing that meeting.  We will be on the road at the Albrecht Apr 9th and 16.  Dr. Jim Reynolds will be our speaker on Apr 9th.
Rotary meeting March 26, 2019 2019-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Our fellow Rotarians Ray and Adam did their annual Real Estate Program this week.  Always a great turnout for this luncheon and they did an excellent job informing us of all the things happening in St Joe.  Thanks to Anita for getting their presentation ready too.
Thanks to Pam and Mary for greeting and Don for the invocation.  SOA Alan was quick today because he knew we have lots going on right now-Andrew K gave an update on attending part 1 of RLI, Theresa gave an update on Shoes, Carmen gave an update on our Service Day project next week-need several volunteers for that day-sign up using the link in Monday's email, and then the GSE BBQ signups were talked about on March 31st.  We also talked about our Arbor Excellence award and it was brought today so members could see it.  
Next week-Kappy Hodges will be here to talk about Friends of the Animal Shelter.
 
Rotary meeting March 19, 2019 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
It was a great day to be in St Louis Thursday-along with Eastside and Southside Rotary-we received one of the 2019 Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence sponsored by the Missouri Community Forestry Council for our Trees project last year.
The collective effort along with the partnerships with ForestReLeaf, City of St Joseph, Arborist Martha Clark, and our local MO Conservation Department lead to us being nominated.  We sat with the current President of the National Forestry Council and met several great people who work very hard for our state.
 
Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
It was a great day to hear about a new company in town, Yellow Frog Graphics.  Kyle Arnold joined us and even brought us marketing pens (thank you).  We learned how the company started and how far they have come-they will be a great addition to our community.
It's a busy time for us right now-
Shoes-collected another $550 this week $900 collected so far.
GSE-BBQ at Pony Express Museum signups for March 30th will be next week.
Trees-going to pick up an State award for our Trees project with the other clubs on Thursday in St Louis.
District Project-signups for volunteering on the 27th will be sent out on Monday.
Thanks to Dr Brett for the submarine trivia (LOL) and Cody for the invocation and Pam/John as greeters
Good to see 4 guests this week-Faye (Don) Jody (Christy) Carolynn and Shania (Staci).
Next week-Rotarians Ray and Adam will give us a real estate update.
 
Rotary meeting March 12, 2019 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Do you know what time it is?  It is Shoes time!  The annual Shoes for Souls kicks off this week for Club 32-thank you to Teresa who is overseeing this campaign this year-we would like to have an average of 5 pairs per member if possible and I think we can do it!  SOA Marcie also jumped into the spirit of Shoes by a trivia of shoes questions in which with the person wearing the socks at each table answered.  We already collected $350 this week!  Thank you to those who have given so far-bring your shoes next week.
Thank you to Chelsea Howlett from The Noyes Home and Meadowview who talked about the history of both and what they are doing now.  It is amazing what the Noyes family has done for our community and how their legacy lives on.  Julie introduced Chelsea and there was also a lot of information on the tables for us to take with us.
Jean West stopped by to hand out flyers for our Trauma seminar we are sponsoring and also gave us an update.  Bobby brought a guest (Ben) who we hope to see again.  Along with Carlos, Joan is also going to host a GSE team member, thank you to both for volunteering.  Next week Kyle from Yellow Frog Graphics will be here to talk about his new company.
 
Rotary meeting March 5, 2019 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Rotarian Dr. Tim Curry for speaking to us this last week of February about Dental Health.  He gave us great information and stats about dental health in our community. (Sorry no pic this week of Dr Curry)  We also had Treasurer Bob and future District Governor Don talk about the Foundation-specifically-Every Rotarian Every Year.  The Rotary Foundation hopes that each club have an annual giving to EREY of $100 each member.  We have met that goal for the past several years and hope to continue.  Bob gave us some useful information about the different way to give, most members just have it added to their quarterly bill.  Don talked about how the money is used-3 years from the time it is collected 50% comes back to the District, then clubs apply for service grants.  It was good to have a refresher and for the new members to hear about this part of Rotary.  Thanks to Mary for greeting and Don for the invocation.
Starting to work on 4-Way Test contest and RYLA Student this month.  Please reach out to Doug if you know any student for the 4-way Test or Staci for RYLA.  The Shoes campaign starts next week-Teresa will kick off our campaign! 
Next Tuesday Chelsea Howlett from the Noyes Home will be here and also on Tuesday there is a member volunteer opportunity from 5-7 at Second Harvest with the Rotary Happy Hour Club.
Rotary meeting February 26, 2019 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Mary Beth, Doug, and Jodi who volunteered to read to the children at a local school of Feb 21st.  Each Rotarian read a book which was a challenge by our District this week to celebrate the 114th Birthday of Rotary.  #Rotary #District6040 #peopleofaction
Reach out and Read Challenge 2019 2019-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
We had a full house for our luncheon this week-thanks to Dr. Van Zyl and fellow Rotarian Dr. Edgar for speaking to us about the upcoming levy vote in April.  Both gave us good information about what the levy monies will go for and answered many questions.  If you would like to volunteer to help or give to the campaign please contact Seth.
We had delayed Valentine's gifts-thanks to Don and Abe for working on this for us.  Thanks to Abe for greeting and Doug for the invocation.
Our guests today included-Larry K-School District, Diane W (John), Faye (Don) and Dakota B (Don)-who has applied for membership.
Please reach out to Mary Beth if you can read to the kiddos Thursday for the District Read Challenge and we have one host family for our GSE visit (Thanks Carlos!) and would like to have at least one more.  Also-we announced a BBQ at the Pony Express Museum for the GSE visit on March 31st which will be a 4-club event.  Lots of things happening next month in March.
Next week-Dr. Curry will be our speaker.
Rotary meeting February 19, 2019 2019-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary meeting February 12, 2019 canceled 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
District 6040 Membership Chair Frank Dixon was our Speaker this week.  He challenged us to work on membership-people come and go so we need to have a membership plan.  He provided some stats regarding our club and some ideas other clubs have used.  He also announced that there will a membership training coming up for each club.  Thank you Frank for joining us.
Thank you to Tammy and Rodney for greeting and John for the invocation.  SOA Alan really challenged us this week with trivia-who know those things about magnets and groundhogs day?  Ryan from Eastside was our guest and talked about their annual fundraiser coming up on Mar 1-their spaghetti dinner.  Don M had an update about the Valentine's Party next week-we will have a plated meal with steak and potatoes and Sara Elder will be our program.  Sara always has great stories to tell us, so I am sure it will be entertaining.
Please bring a guest next week to Rotary to celebrate Valentine's Day.
 
Rotary Meeting February 5, 2019 2019-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Our own Rotarian Dr. Tim Curry was our speaker this week talking about an event coming to St Joseph on August 16, 2019.  The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is a one day event at the Civic area which will help over 1000 people with free dental care.  Dr. Curry and his business partner, Dr. Taylor are chairing the event which moves around Missouri each year-this is the first time it is coming to St Joseph.  He discussed all what is involved to get the event ready and what we as Rotarians can volunteer to help with that day.  Once the volunteer signup is posted in April, we will get involved.
Thank you to Joan, Cody, and Jodi for the volunteer duties this week.  Julie announced we may have a Teacher of the Year nominee, Abe announced the Valentines Luncheon is Feb 12th, and then our favorite Arborist Martha Clark came to lunch today to announce all 4 NW Rotary clubs have been awarded a Missouri State Arbor award!  All clubs should be getting notice in February and the luncheon to receive the award is in March in St Louis.  It was a great day for announcements!!!!
Alec Jennings from Southside Rotary attended to announce their annual fundraiser Chili Supper is Feb 2nd and Dr Reynolds brought a guest,  Julia who is working with him.  Alan quizzed us about winter weather and Andrew won the raffle but not the prize this week.
Next week-Frank Dixon, the 6040 District Membership Chair will be here-a great refresher program about membership.
 
Rotary meeting January 29, 2019 2019-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
It's always good to hear from Patt Lilly with the Chamber-he always has relevant topics to talk about regarding our community and we thank him for speaking to us this week.
Thanks to Jim and Bob for greeting and Sara for the invocation.  Alan from Eastside was here to promote their annual spaghetti fundraiser for March 1st.  Don's daughter Fay was here too.  We have had over 50 guests since July-that is wonderful.
We are excited to have 2 new members join our Club-Cody Oshel from Ashland UMC and Tammy Killin from the YWCA.
They have their badges, packets, and new orientation info so they are ready to go!   Look for them to be greeters the next few weeks and welcome them to the club.  Thank you to Doug and Jean for nominating them.  Please make sure you check out the Events calendar on the website-there are several things happening from Feb-May, please try to help as much as you can.  Lots of good things are happening at Club 32!
 
Rotary meeting January 22, 2019 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
We had another great program today-Adam and Shannon from MoDOT and Josh from HG Consulting discussed the I-220 Interstate issue that they have been working on.  They have held several public meetings and conducted surveys to gather information to formulate options for our community regarding what is going to be done with the double decker interstate.  Good questions were asked and it was very informative.
SOA Marcie recruited assistants Becky and Joan today-and they collected a good pile of cash-with members answering questions related to the hats they were wearing-great job ladies! 
Thank you to Abe for the invocation and Bob and Louie for greeting.  We had 3 guests-Amy (Christy), David (Dick) and Ryan-President from Eastside.
The 3-club Happy Hour was Tuesday night too-Christie Miller and Detective Jason Strong gave a powerful presentation about Human Trafficking-around 20 Rotarians attended-it was a good meeting too.
Next Week-Patt Lilly-CEO from the Chamber will be here.
Rotary meeting January 15, 2019 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome to 2019 Rotary!  We had a great program with Mayor McMurray.  He talked about what the council and him have done since taking office and things they are currently working on.  There is no picture this week because the Mayor walked around a lot and was very interactive with the group.  He encouraged citizen involvement-attending council meetings, getting on a committee, and making your voice heard.  It was a great program to start the new year.
 
The Teacher of the Year Contest started this past week-the link to the flyer is on the main page under photo albums-if you know a Teacher who would be interested in applying please send them to Doug Walter or Staci.  We would love to submit a Teacher again this year.
 
Thank you to Mary Beth and Jim for greeting and John for the invocation.  
Next week-MO DOT discussing Interstate 229.
 
 
Rotary meeting January 8, 2019 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays!  We had a great program today!  Jean and Pam did a great job organizing the event-we had a quartet play Christmas Carols and they were wonderful.
Jean them led us in a game of candy canes and the reading of The Night Before Christmas.  Winners received the centerpiece wreaths.
Marcie then told a story about Katherine Kennicott Davis who wrote The Little Drummer Boy and she is from St Joseph, her parents are at Mount Mora.  We then did several drawings for Christmas "Spirits".  Merry Christmas and we will see you Jan 8, 2019!
Holiday Luncheon December 18, 2018 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Today was our Annual Meeting with lots of good information to talk about.  We started with great news-Dr Tim Curry received his PH +4 and Jean Brown received her PH+1.  We presented our Local Foundation Chair Julie W with a check for $3,000 so this group can begin work on the this year's scholarships. Brett K raised a good amount of money this week as SOA and Jean B announced the that we should bring a donation for Second Harvest next week at our Holiday Party.  
 
We called our meeting to order, Bob discussed our financials through Nov 30th.  We then announced the slate of officers and board for 2019-2020 and called for nominations from the floor.   Doug W said he would serve as Service Chair.  Jodi B made a motion to accept the candidates, Rodney H seconded and a vote of Yes was complete.
 
Jean West then announced the date of our District Grant Project-March 28th and discussed what would be done this year.  Carmen B then passed out signups for the project and would follow up with everyone after the break.
 
We are on track for the Presidential Citation, but Membership needs to be a priority-must have a net gain of 1 and a net gain of 1 Female members.  We have one member that is going to transfer to the Happy Hour Club in January.  Sara talked about next year-along with the other 2 St Joe Clubs will be applying for a Global Grant and the District Grant together to continue the efforts of helping children with Trauma in our community.  A good group of Rotarians from all 3 clubs are working on getting this started.  Staci attached a review of what has been done so far this year and what we will be accomplishing the rest of the year.  
 
Next week-our annual Holiday Party, please bring a guest and a donation for Second Harvest.
 
Rotary meeting December 11, 2018 2018-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Our own Rotarian Louie DeLeon gave a great program today about the Middlemen in business and how to pick the right person for the job.  Louie is always engaging and even gave us some useful tools we may want to try when looking for a new employee.
Abe announced we raised over $4014 for The Salvation Army by ringing bells last Saturday.  We are also excited to announce we will have 3 new members of our Club soon-Cody O (Doug) and Tammy K (Jean) are sending in the applications shortly.  Brian Sears (below) is our newest member and will be a Satellite Club Member representing Club 32 at the Happy Hour Club-his induction was last night.  We are excited to see what Brian will do.
Next week at lunch is our annual meeting-lots of good things to talk about and the election of the new slate of officers.
 
Rotary meeting December 4, 2018 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Dr. Marlie Williams and Carie Liles along with 3 Students-2 from Central and 1 from Benton that are in the SJSD Apprentice Program.  Local businesses are employing 12 students teaching them mechanical skills for employment to get a job right after graduation.  Industrial Maintenance Techs, Welders, and Precision Machinists are a few of the positions.  The program is in the Junior and Senior years.  Dr. Williams also showed a video they created educating the public about the program, in which SJSD is only one of two in the state.
Joan announced the sign ups for our Annual Salvation Army Bell ringing at Hyvee Dec 1st.  
Next week-Students from MWSU discussing their Downtown St Joseph Research project with Annette Weeks.
 
Rotary meeting November 20, 2018 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
107th years as Club 32!  It was a great day to honor the Veterans and Military who attended this year's Birthday Party.  Over 65 attendees with 20 being our honorees.  The luncheon started with Colonel Retired Jim Beesley and the Boy Scouts/Central Jr ROTC presenting the Colors/Flags.  Past President Jason Horn then introduced the honorees by Military Branch and then SOA Alan Franks led us with Veterans Day Trivia and giving away Boy Scout popcorn to our honorees.  Melissa Chestnut, our Speaker with Warriors' Best Friend-a Foundation based in Liberty, MO spoke about how the Foundation has now matched 22 service dogs with Veterans.  Melissa gave a very informative presentation with a video done by the KC Royals and we presented her with a check for $350.  Past President Christy Rippe closed our luncheon with a poem she wrote in honor of today. Everyone paused as Patrick Bracciano played Taps.  It was a great celebration.  Here are some pics-we have posted a Photo Album too.
Honorees attended include-Rotarians Bob, Louie, Jason, Jim R, Rodney, Ray, Ross, Terry, Judge Merrill Steeb, Staff Sgt Terry Snider, Dr.Bill Gondring, Jeff Whitehead, Darin Ramey, Michael Meierhoffer, Jerry Thornton, John Bigham, Jackie Ross, John Murawski, Alec Jennings (SS Rotary), Jim Beesley.  Additional guests included Karyn (Don),  Mrs. Moya (Carlos), Mrs. Gondring (Barb), Nita (Staci), Brian (Satelite), Tim (Lees Summit Rotary), Sue and LaDonna (DAR)
 
Thank you to the committee for all their work, the Benton Club, and our luncheon sponsors.  
No Rotary next week-see you Nov 20th-Dr. Marlie Williams from SJSD will be our speaker.   Nominations meeting will be at 11:15 on Nov 20th before the meeting.
 
 
107th Birthday-Veterans-Military Luncheon 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Happy Halloween!  Our own Dr. Jim Reynolds was our program this week talking about Forensic work and sharing insights on how the facility is run here in St Joseph and the State of MO-Thank you Dr Jim.  We had 1 guest this week-Will (Jim R).
We had a great time at the District Conference and Foundation Dinner last Friday-thanks to Don who was involved in the dinner and to Jim/Rosalie/Dave/Dina and Sara who attended.  
We have such a giving club-these are the awards we received this year for 2017-2018 year
Presidential Citation (All 3 St Joe Club received this year)
District 6040 Star Club $200+ in annual giving-Level 2
End Polio Now $50 Level 2 (we were 3rd in the district in highest giving per capita)
Louie and Tim had good weather this last Saturday to complete-Play for Polio-we have already raised $6000 this year!
Next week-we celebrate our 107th Birthday Party by honoring Veterans and Military in our community-please join us.
Rotary Meeting October 30, 2018 2018-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
What a great day to be a Rotarian!  65 Students attended this year Student Government day held at City Hall.  Four High Schools attended this year-Benton, Central, Lafayette, and St Joe Christian.  The day began with a visit to the Police station and then see the Sewer project/Drilling Tunnel.  The student then returned to City Hall and worked in their various city departments getting ready for the mock City Council meeting at 12:30.  Several Rotarians helped the students and served them a Hyvee Box Lunch.  During the City Council meeting, students worked on 7 proposed ordinances-ranging from CIP tax to a law prohibiting using hand-held devices while driving.  Each student received a Certificate and a 4-way test Rotary coin.  We received great local coverage from the Newspress, KNPG, and KQ2.  It was a great day and there was a lot of student engagement.  Thank you to the City staff and several Council members who where able to attend.  Can't wait till next year.  Please check out the Photo Album-several pictures.
 
Student Government Day-October 23, 2018 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
What an honor it was to have our District Governor Julie McCoy at our meeting this week.  She gave a great program about finding your passion in Rotary and showing things that she has done in her Rotary journey.  It was great to have her present our newest RLI graduates Dave and Mary Beth their certificates.
We have some great things to celebrate this week-we just found out we are 1 of 13 clubs in the district that received the Presidential Citation for 17-18.  Past President Mike Lane sent an email of congratulations to the club for this achievement.
We also have a new Play for Polio total-$4021!  Closer to our $5000 goal.
Julie told us that we have had the most Rotarians attend RLI in our district, we hope to continue that tradition and send a couple more in the spring.
Sara announced that next year we are looking to do a Global Grant and District Grant with the other 2 clubs in St Joseph-this is a wonderful announcement and we hope to make another major impact dealing with trauma and students.
 
We had 4 guests this week-Erik-Eastside, Tim-Raytown, Seana and Wes (Tim's Guests)
Next week-we are at City Hall for lunch and the day at our 25th annual Student Govt day.
Rotary meeting October 16, 2018 2018-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
We had a great meeting on the road at Albrecht!
 
Our speakers were the Circuit Court Judge Candidates - David and Kate speaking to us-about why they want to be Judge and the issues relevant to them.
Several Rotarians attended and many guests joined us-Faye (DonM), Mignon (Dick), Will and Peter (JimR), Allison (Andrew), Theresa (Sara), and Southside President Jackie.  Thank you to Nick and Randy for greeting and Doug giving the invocation.
 
Announcements-Congrats to Dave and Mary Beth graduating for RLI.  It is a great program-hopefully they will have a spring session in St Joe so club members can sign up.  We have 8 attending the District Foundation Dinner and 3 attending the Conference on Oct 26th.  If you would like to attend one or both, please let Staci know-there is no cost to attend, covered by the club.  We are looking for program sponsors for the Nov 6th Veterans/Birthday Luncheon-please let Staci know if you are interested.
 
Next week-our District Governor Julie McCoy will be here-she has the Rotary Passion so look for a great message.
Rotary meeting October 9, 2018 2018-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
It was great to get an update on what is happening at the 139th from Vice-Wing John Cluck.  He talked about the economic impact the Guard has on St. Joseph and showed a couple of videos of things going on.  We are fortunate to have them in our community.
We have raised over $3,746 for Polio! Great job Rotarians!  We will still be collecting monies until the District Conference.  We discussed a Global Grant Opportunity District 6040 discussed with a 3 club group last week-please be thinking about your schedules for next year-we are going to want to have a group from our club specifically dedicated to this mission if we move forward.  Please talk to Staci, Sara, Dave, or Don about it.  We had one guest Dakotah (Don)-we hope to see him again.
Remember-next week we are NOT meeting at the Benton Club-we are meeting at the Albrecht-please park in back and if you have a name tag wear it-we will have paper name tags there.  The Judges Candidate Forum will be our program.
Rotary meeting October 2, 2018 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Bees! Thank you to Deb and Ray from the St Joe Swarm Chasers-great program. Loved seeing the hive box and Deb even gave away a jar of her honey-congrats Becky!  We have had great programs through our first quarter of the year-13 weeks are gone already.  We had 3 guests-Jacob (Rodney) and Cassie and Karyn (Don) who are District officers this year.  Brian also made an announcement about the Satellite Club that is kicking off next Tuesday at 5:11 pm at the Ground Round-if you know of anyone who has a hard time meeting during the day, this is the Rotary Club to join-meets every other Tuesday.
 
So excited to announce we have raised over $3300 for Play for Polio this Year-great work Rotarians!
Get ready for great October programs and we are traveling 2 weeks in Oct-so check out the calendar of events.
Next week Vice-Wing John Cluck from the 139th will be our speaker. 
Busy October so watch the website and your email.
Rotary meeting September 25, 2018 2018-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
We kicked off our Play for Polio last week with raising over $1,530!  Great Job Rotarians-keep up the good work the next few weeks asking people you know if they will give to this great cause.  Dan Danford joined us to discuss items to consider when you are faced with a death in your family.  Good information and stories of things no one wants to go through during this time.  Thank you for joining us Dan.  We had 2 guests  - Dave (Sara) and Gracia (Marcie).  Joseph Robidoux (aka Marcie) and his companion (aka Gracia) also led us in St Joe trivia to raise funds for Polio-great job ladies.
Gracia also came to Rotary to ask us to donate any old sports equipment or tennis shoes we may have-she is doing a project with the Barlett Center for Leadership St Joe.
Get ready for the Bees next week-The St Joe Swarm Chasers are joining us.
Rotary meeting September 18, 2018 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Today was a great day for our club-the kick off campaign for Play for Polio!  Our Rotarians Tim and Louie were entertaining and educating speakers-stumping us with Polio Trivia and then updating us on the international efforts of Rotary.  We thank Tim for talking about his personal story of polio too.  They will be golfing again-hoping we will help them raise $5000 for this year's campaign.  They were successful in raising a great starter amount-we will announce it at next week's meeting.  They also placed cards on each of our tables-asking us to send them to people in our community who will join our campaign with us.  For the next several weeks, until Rotary Polio Day in Oct we will be raising funds.  Thank you Tim and Louie-you always do a great job and it is exciting to see your passion for this area of Rotary focus.
We also paused for a moment to reflect on 9/11 this year and signed cards we will be sending out to local police, sheriffs, ems, fire, and the 139th-thanking them for their continued service to our community.  We had one guest this week Nathan (Becky).  Hope to see everyone next week with Dan Danford as our speaker.
Rotary Meeting September 11, 2018 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
It was great having MWSU Coach Sundance Wicks join us at Rotary this week.  His C.E.O (Chief Energy Officer) attitude was both uplifting and refreshing.  He has a great message for his team and we hope to see him around our community.  Thank you to Jean and Pam for greeting and Doug for the invocation.  Alan did a great job questioning us about Labor Day Trivia and we raised a good amount this week for the foundations.  Guests were Chad from Andrew County and Brian (soon to be member).  Chad explained the District Food challenge this week-we will see if we can schedule a time to volunteer at Second Harvest soon.
Next week is the kickoff for Play for Polio-Our own Tim and Louie will be our program-they always provide us with a great reminder why this platform is so important.  It is also 9-11, so a day of reflection for us all-we will have a special thank you project that day too-hope to see you there.
 
Rotary Meeting September 4, 2018 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Catfish Chasers Tournament in July was a great community event and we were excited to hear about it today from Craig Collins with Catfish Chasers.  He talked about what a catfish tournament is, this tournament's success, and the potential impact it could make in our community for next year.  A couple of extra fishermen joined us today-Bill (Jean), Cameron (Brian), and our newest potential member Brian.  We welcomed Dr. Gabe Edgar, the new CFO of the SJSD, as our first new member to join us in the new Rotary year.  Gabe is a transfer Rotarian from the Marcelline Rotary and we are very excited to have him join our club.
Special thanks to SOA Bennett for raising many $$$ with her version of catfish trivia. 
Next week Sundance Wicks will be joining us-he is the new Men's Basketball Coach at MWSU.
Don't forget the Rotary Food Fight going on the next few weeks-if you give $ or time to Second Harvest-make sure Chad knows you are #32 Rotarian.
Have a great Labor Day.
Rotary Meeting August 28, 2018 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
It was great to have Dr. Doug Van Zyl at Rotary today talking to us about his new role as Superintendent for the SJSD.  There was a great turnout to hear him speak, great questions so Thank You Rotarians!  I was so busy, I did not get any pictures today, sorry.  Thank you to Randy and Alan for greeting and Doug for the invocation.  We had 3 guests-the wonderful Diane (John), Lute (Seth) and Brian (Doug).  Hope to see them again.
 
Couple of announcements-I will send out the email from Governor McCoy later this week about Rotary Day at Mizzou.  There is a District Rotary Project dealing with contributions or volunteer time to Second Harvest-if you do donate $ or time please email chigdon@ourcommunityfoodbank.org and let him know and that you are in Club #32 Rotary so it counts towards our club and Team McCoy.  REAL Saturday was attended by Dave, Don, and myself-learned a lot and will be passing along some info the next few weeks.
 
Next week-Craig Collins with Catfish Chasers will be speaking-if you know someone that loves to fish-please invite him to our Rotary next week!
Rotary meeting Aug 21, 2018 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
This is always one of our favorite presentations-the annual High School Football Coaches program.  It was great to hear why they do what they do and how they work so very hard to help develop the youth in our community.  Three are first year head coaches in their schools-Benton, Central, and Lafayette and all have the passion for what they do.  Leblond's Coach Dudik has over 30+ years of experience and still loves what he does each season.  The Jamboree is Friday and they hoped to see us there.  We wish all of them the best this fall. 
Thank you to Aimee (Staci), Mike (Don G), and Tanna (Jim R) who joined us as guests today-we hope to see them again.
Next week is Dr Van Zyl with the SJSD.  Have a good week.
Rotary meeting Aug 14, 2018 2018-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
It was great to hear Rotarian Joan Hickman talk about her trip to Guatemala to distribute all the shoes collected for District 6040.  She presented great information about the area they were in, the centers where they met the children, and all the hard work it took daily to make sure all of the received shoes.  Not only did Joan go, but her husband and one of her grandsons went so it was a family trip.  We appreciate Joan being the inspiration of what a Rotarian does to serve others.  Make sure you check out our FB page to see her pictures of the trip.
Next week-are you ready for some football?  The High School Football Coaches will be here and they are always a great presentation.
Rotary Meeting Aug 7, 2018 2018-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
For our 5th Tuesday social we decided to try something new-a breakfast get together. Based on those that attended...it was a success!  Thank you to Michael Meierhoffer for hosting and telling us about his family history of being in business over 100 years in the St Joseph community.  Thanks to Jane for all the help too.  Breakfast was great and even though it was a smaller crowd, Rotarians know how to mingle.  Bobby brought a guest, Gabe, we hope to see him again.  Normal time next week-looking forward to hearing about Joan's trip for delivering the shoes.
 
Wake up to Rotary July 31, 2018 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Alan Van Zandt for joining us today and talking about his experience with the GSE trip to Chile.  Alan was such a good ambassador for not just Rotary, but our community as well.  It was a great program and sounded like it was a life-changing journey for him.  The next GSE experience will be going to Australia and signups are happening right now if anyone from our club is interested.
 
Don't forget-next week 5th Tuesday-Wake up with Rotary breakfast at Meierhoffers at 7am-our own Rotarian Todd Meierhoffer will speak about his family business.  We will have a wonderful breakfast, no formal meeting, and a few giveaways to please join us to support Todd and get to know your club members.  No noon meeting will take place on July 31st.
 
Rotary Meeting July 24, 2018 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you Colleen for talking to us and getting us ready for Trails West 2018.  A couple of new things this year-no buttons, tickets instead to get a wristband and Sunday will be a free day with local merchants having items for sale too.
 
Thank you to Andrew and Jodi for greeting and Joan for the invocation.  We wish Joan and the other Rotarians and their families heading to Guatemala next week to deliver the Shoes we collected this Shoes for Orphan Souls Campaign this year.  It was good to see guests Gabe and Terry.
 
New News-July 31st-our 5th Tuesday social will be a get together at Meierhoffer Funeral Home in their meeting room located in the back in the MORNING-WAKE UP WITH ROTARY.  A light breakfast and Rotarian Todd Meierhoffer will be discussing his family business and their long history in our community.  Come start your day with us-start at 7am and will be done before 8am so you can get to work on time.
 
Rotary Meeting July 17, 2018 2018-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
It was a great day to hear about the CIP tax coming up to vote this August at today's Rotary.  Brad McAnally and Mary Robertson joined us today to discuss the previous projects and the new projects coming up if the tax is passed.  At the end of the month, volunteer opportunities for Stuff The Bus for United Way and School Supplies Distribution at the Salvation Army will be sent out.  Guests were Reba, Gary, and Dave.   Thank you to Pam and John for greeting and Don for the invocation.  Hope to see everyone next week.
Rotary Meeting July 10, 2018 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the new year of Rotary!
It was exciting to have the new year start with a celebration of our country's independence-John Watson gave a 
wonderful patriotic invocation and Jodi read the Rotary Moment discussing the use of cell phones in the fight against polio.
 
Our speaker, Brooke Rich, gave a great summary of her recent teacher conferences to Virginia to learn more about the civil war and South Carolina to honor Korean War Veterans.  Thank you Brooke!
Our guests today were Lauren-guest of David Cripe, Ryan (Eastside President)-guest of Marci, Alexander-Brooke's husband, and Jerry and Nita-guests of Staci.
 
Next week-CIP Tax discussion-see you then.
Rotary Meeting July 3, 2018 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
Thank you!
I truly appreciate the opportunity to serve as your president for the past year!  I look forward to providing you with a report at the meeting on Tuesday.  In this year of the presidential theme:  “Rotary Making a Difference,” I believe our club has truly made a difference in our community!
 
As president I have had the opportunity to witness the difference our members make.  This club has an outstanding list of members willing to help when asked.  All of our events and projects had leadership and participation from many club members and that is what made this a successful year.
Allow me the opportunity to say “Thank you!” to my Board members.  Each has performed at a very high level to accomplish the objectives of the year!  Board Members are:
 
  • Staci Thornton
  • Sara Wilson
  • John Hickman
  • Don Montgomery
  • Bob Crouch
  • Mary Beth Revels
  • Sam Ghattasheh
  • Julie Walker
  • Rodney Hummer
  • David Cripe
  • Joan Hickman
  • Andy Windhorst
  • Carmen Brown-Jenco
  • Jodi Bloemker
 
Each of you has done everything I have asked and done it well.  Our club is successful because of your efforts!  Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!
 
We made progress this year and I am very confident that the club will flourish under the leadership of Staci and Sara over the next two years!
 
It has been a true privilege to serve you!  Many thanks and best wishes!
Mike
Thank you! Mike Lane 2018-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
RI President Riseley Visit 2018-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
It was a great day to be a Rotarian in St Joseph.  RI President Riseley planted a tree at the CVB in honor of all 4 clubs planting over 200 trees.  He attended a 4 club luncheon, honored several new PHF, toured the Pony Express Museum, and toured various parts of the parkway system.  It was a busy day and a once-in-a-lifetime Rotarian event.
RI President Ian Riseley Visit 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Trauma Project:
Thursday evening the Club hosted participants of our Trauma Project in the St. Joe Schools this year.  It was truly a heartwarming event.  Lead by Jean West, participating teachers Angie Klaassen from Webster and Beth Ann Reinert from Central shared their stories from this year and their plans for the future.  In addition to the teachers participating in the training and implementation we heard from members of their reading groups (also teachers and some administrators) who are also learning about the inability of people (young and old) to function under conditions of significant stress.  I admit, I do not understand the science, but I do understand the commitment of these outstanding educators!
Suffice it so say the two years of this grant represents monies VERY WELL spent!!!  The at-risk students in SJSD are receiving education in a way that few other have the opportunity to receive.  I think about the impact of just one of these young people being “saved” by these teachers and multiply that by the reach of the five primary teachers in the program and those also learning about the impact of stress (trauma) on learning.
As a club we owe a great debt to Carmen who has guided this project along, planned the events, maintained contact with Jean throughout and visited some of these teachers in their institutions!  Thanks also to all who came to the dinner which had great food, really great deserts (thanks for the CC Cookies Carmen!) and wonderful fellowship!  Rest assured Club 32 is having a positive impact on our schools and our Community!
Teacher Dinner 5-10-18 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Congrats to our 2018 Scholarship Students 2018-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
This week's City of St Joe newsletter has a great article about our tree project. Page 7
 
City Link-Trees Article 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Chile GSE team visited today. A total of 56 Rotarians from all 4 clubs were represented today. It was a great day and it was announced there will be a Rotary Day at the Mustangs game May 31st for all Rotarians-wear your Rotary Gear and get your ticket for $5. Thank you to everyone who attended the lunch today and thank you to Ross (32) and Ed (East) leading our group in "Let there be Peace on Earth". Click on the Photo Album on the right for more pics.  Our Annual Scholarship luncheon is next week, one of the club favorites. #Rotary #PeopleofAction
GSE Chile Team Visit 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

#Rotary takes action to improve the lives of others, especially children. Like providing the training and equipment for educators in the St. Joseph, Missouri School District to help at-risk children manage traumatic experiences and focus on learning. Transforming lives in our communities - that’s what the St. Joseph Rotary Club does. We are #PeopleofAction.

Club #32 People in Action-Trauma Project 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
President Ian is coming!  The Rotary Clubs of Saint Joseph are honored to announce that Rotary International President Ian Riseley will visit St. Joseph on May 30, 2018.  This is a result of the three St. Joseph clubs all participating in the plant a tree initiative.  More specific plans will follow in the next couple of weeks but please hold that day for the ceremonial tree planting (at the CVB) and a luncheon (location to be determined).
Tree Planting:  We are still on hold pending a deliver date for the trees.  We would like as many Rotarians as possible for photos and “volunteer time.”  Watch for an email message which we will send when we have a date!
Mayoral Candidates:  It is that season again.  Elections are April 3rd.  Next Tuesday we have the two mayoral candidates for St. Joseph.  Come listen to what they have to say and ask questions!  This is a great opportunity to learn about the candidates as we change our City leadership!
Many Thanks!  Many of you are aware that my travel schedule has been a little nuts at the beginning of this calendar year!  Please join me in thanking President Elect Staci Thornton for all the additional work she has done during this period.  I also thank Sara Wilson for covering the week both Staci and I were unavailable.  You truly have a great team moving forward into next year to lead this club!
March 20, 2018 2018-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you Gary Wescott for joining us today to talk about the Jefferson City Highway and Pikes Peak Highway.
Shoes campaign is going strong-if you would like to give a cash donation, please contact Bob.
RLI is April 7th in St Joseph-please contact Staci or Bob if you want to attend.
Please click on the link to a 60 minutes story coming up Mar 11th about Children Trauma-it is very relevant to our
Rotary March 6th Meeting 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Sara is leading the meeting today-so be sure to tell her if you
need to make announcements.
 
Come hear about a new company in town-Doculock.
 
We need greeters and a Rotarian to give the invocation today,
so if you are one of there first ones there-please take one of these
positions. March signups will go out at the end of this week.
 
Have a good meeting Rotarians. 
Rotary Tuesday Feb 27th 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians-due to the weather, we are canceling the meeting today-stay safe and we will see you next week. 
Please join us to hear about the new company in town, Doculock, next week.
No Rotary Today 2-20-18 due to weather 2018-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Trauma Project:
Thursday evening the Club hosted participants of our Trauma Project in the St. Joe Schools this year.  It was truly a heartwarming event.  Lead by Jean West, participating teachers Angie Klaassen from Webster and Beth Ann Reinert from Central shared their stories from this year and their plans for the future.  In addition to the teachers participating in the training and implementation we heard from members of their reading groups (also teachers and some administrators) who are also learning about the inability of people (young and old) to function under conditions of significant stress.  I admit, I do not understand the science, but I do understand the commitment of these outstanding educators!
Suffice it so say the two years of this grant represents monies VERY WELL spent!!!  The at-risk students in SJSD are receiving education in a way that few other have the opportunity to receive.  I think about the impact of just one of these young people being “saved” by these teachers and multiply that by the reach of the five primary teachers in the program and those also learning about the impact of stress (trauma) on learning.
As a club we owe a great debt to Carmen who has guided this project along, planned the events, maintained contact with Jean throughout and visited some of these teachers in their institutions!  Thanks also to all who came to the dinner which had great food, really great deserts (thanks for the CC Cookies Carmen!) and wonderful fellowship!  Rest assured Club 32 is having a positive impact on our schools and our Community!
Meeting 5/15/18:
Join us Tuesday to hear from Wes Cowins from Daily’s Premium Meats!
 
President Ian Risely Visit:
Just a quick reminder that the Tree planting dedication will be held beginning at 10:45 on Wednesday May, 30 2018 at the CVB.  Please come and show your support for the visit of the International president!  A lunch meeting follows for all who have made reservations at the Pony Express Museum!
Trauma Project-Teachers meetings 2018-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
It was a wonderful day Tuesday as we celebrated Valentine's Day as Rotarians.
We also inducted Bobby into our club and it was great to have his
wife Ashton join us too.  Several other guests joined us for this special luncheon and
our Storyteller Will Stuck told us "Love" stories that made us all laugh.
It was a great time-Thank you to Pam for decorating and the Benton Club for
a wonderful meal.  Thank you to Carmen for donating cookies along
with our centerpieces and wine for give-aways.  It was a great meeting.
Valentine' s Day Party 2018 2018-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Happy 2018!
 Welcome back from our Holiday break!  We are back to our normal meeting time tomorrow!  Come and learn more about Jr. Achievement!
 Board Meeting
 The next Board meeting will be held at 10:45 on 1/16.  The agenda will be sent later this week!
 
Happy New Year Mike Lane 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays!
 
What a wonderful celebration at the meeting today.  Many thanks to Becky Boerkircher for planning and organizing such a wonderful celebration!
 
What a wonderful event with parents, spouses, children and grand children in attrnendance!
 
It is privilege to serve such a caring and giving group of Rotarians this year.  As the calendar year approaches its ending and the Christian year begins anew with the Advent Season it is time for some family time, some rest, relaxation, and some peace.
 
My wish for each of you is an enjoyable and peaceful, family time.  A time to reconnect with old friends and a wish for each of you to remember the real meaning of the Season.  I wish traveling mercies on any who are travelling from here and for family or friends who are travelling to St. Joe.
 
Have a wonderful holiday season and may all your holiday wishes come true and may the blessing of Christmas be with you every day!
 
Reminder:
No Meetings the next two weeks!  Enjoy the time with family!
 
Our next meeting is January 9, 2018 when we will surprise you with the program!
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
 
Happy Holidays! Mike Lane 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Annual Meeting:
Please join us Tuesday as we move forward into the future of St. Joseph Rotary Club 32!
                                                           Annual Meeting Agenda
                                                                      Benton Club
                                                                 December 12, 2017
                                                                    12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
 
  1. Call to Order                                                                                       Mike Lane
  2. Special Presentation                                                                            Jerry Venters
  3. Financial Report – 11/30                                                                     Bob Crouch
  4. Consideration of Proposed Constitution                                            Jodi Bloemker
  5. Consideration of Proposed Bylaws                                                    Jodi Bloemker
  6. Election of the 2018-2019 Board and Officers (Slate Attached)      Mike Lane
  7. Membership Campaign                                                                       Rodney Hummer
  8. Update:  Continuation of work with the School District                   Carmen Brown-Jenco
  9. Strategic Planning Update (Ideas)
    1. Trees
    2. Group Study
    3. Student Exchange
  10. Rotary Wheel Placement                                                                    Sara Wilson
  11. Other Business
  12. Announcements:
    1. Fifth Week Social – January 30, 2018 Hosted by Us at the
Benton Club 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Please plan to attend!
  1. No Meetings 12/26/17 & 1/2/18
  1. Adjourn
Annual Meeting 2017-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Join us and learn about the business opportunities available for purchase in St. Joseph and the surrounding area.  Annette Weeks will give us an update on the progress of the Center for 
Entrepreneurship in the Craig School of Business at MWSU.  Hear about the newest project, a site to list busin4esses for sale!
Thanks to all the Ding-a-lings!
Thank you to all the volunteers who rang bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday.  I do not know what the total was but I am sure the “kettle” total was much higher this year than either of my past ringing experiences.  It was a great opportunity to let our community know that the St. Joseph Rotary Club cares about this community!
Annual Meeting Reminder
Club 32 will hold an annual meeting on December 12, 2017.  There are a few important items to consider (all of which you will receive in advance).  Watch your email over the next two weeks for the revised Constitutions and By-Laws, the nominating committee’s slate for 2018-2019, and our membership drive!
Happy Holidays celebration
December 19th will be our Holiday luncheon.  Please plan to bring your favorite guest to join us.  Becky Boerkircher is arranging the party and I hear she is really good at it!
Reminder:  We will not meet December 26th or January 2nd!
Business Opportunities Mike Lane 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!
Wow!  What generosity we have seen from the members and friends of Club 32!  In the past two months you all have contributed more than $9,000 between Pars for Polio and the matching fund for our district grant.  That represents an increase of more than $500 over last year which was already outstanding!
As Rotarians we are committed to serving our community and the world.   Your support of RI’s effort to eradicate Polio from the planet is awesome!  Your support of the Trauma project which helps school children In St. Joseph is incredible!
In this season of Thanks I want to say THANK YOU for all you are doing through Rotary for St. Joe and for the world!  Your efforts and contributions truly make a difference!  Remember the $5,000 raised for Pars for Polio is really $16,200 thanks to the Gates Foundation Match!
I will be away this Tuesday visiting Peggy and preparing to cook on Thursday.  My thanks to Staci for filling in!  I wish you all a peaceful, restful, family-filled Thanksgiving!
 
Thanks you for all the hard work!
            Once again I want to thank Joan Hickman, Mary Cornett, Barbara LaBass, and Pam Wall for all their hard work on the Birthday party!  What a great event!  I also thank John Hickman for a great job of being or Master of Ceremonies for the night.  (I am still waiting for my 4 of diamonds to be called!)  Thank you to all of you!!!
 
Annual Meeting Reminder
Club 32 will hold an annual meeting on December 12, 2017.  There are a few important items to consider (all of which you will receive in advance).  Watch your email over the next two weeks for the revised Constitutions and By-Laws, the nominating committee’s slate for 2018-2019, and our membership drive!
Happy Holidays celebration
December 19th will be our Holiday luncheon.  Please plan to bring your favorite guest to join us.  Becky Boerkircher is arranging the party and I hear she is really good at it!
Reminder:  We will not meet December 26th or January 2nd!
Thank you!!!! Mike Lane 2017-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Tuesday:   With the world moving in more violent directions you might want to have an understanding of how to react in an “Active Shooter” situation.  Come Tuesday and learn!
Looking Forward:
We have a few important events coming up. 
  • Happy Birthday Club 32!  First and foremost, don’t miss our birthday party and help us meet our grant match fund raising goal!  Western attire is the call for the evening!  In the immortal words of my alma mater “Howdy Rotarians!”  (“Howdy” is the traditional greeting to all visitors at Texas A&M.)
  • Go Fund Me Page for the Trauma Project.  Help us join the digital age of fund raising.  Staci has create our page at:  https://www.gofundme.com/rotary32traumaproject.  Be among the first to go digital and support our Trauma Project with SJSD!
  • Annual Meeting:  Club 32 will hold an annual meeting on December 12, 2017.  There are a few important items to consider (all of which you will receive in advance).  Watch your email over the next two weeks for the revised Constitutions and By-Laws, the nominating committee’s slate for 2018-2019, and our membership drive!
  • Happy Holidays celebration:  December 19th will be our Holiday luncheon.  Please plan to bring your favorite guest to join us.  Becky Boerkircher is arranging the party and I hear she is really good at it!
  • Reminder:  We will not meet December 26th or January 2nd!
November 7, 2017 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
GoFund Campaign Live for Trauma Project Staci Thornton 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Students in Government Day:
Many thanks to Jodi for organizing this wonderful event for our high school student!  Thanks too to all who came to City Hall and participated.  I know the students had a great experience and learned a few things!  This is a great ongoing project for Club 32 as we continue to serve the youth of St. Joseph!
Tuesday:   With the world moving in more violent directions you might want to have an understanding of how to react in an “Active Shooter” situation.  Come Tuesday and learn!
Looking Forward:
We have a few important events coming up. 
  • Happy Birthday Club 32!  First and foremost, don’t miss our birthday party and help us meet our grant match fund raising goal!  Western attire is the call for the evening!  In the immortal words of my alma mater “Howdy Rotarians!”  (“Howdy” is the traditional greeting to all visitors at Texas A&M.)
  • Go Fund Me Page for the Trauma Project.  Help us join the digital age of fund raising.  Staci has create our page at:  https://www.gofundme.com/rotary32traumaproject.  Be among the first to go digital and support our Trauma Project with SJSD!
  • Annual Meeting:  Club 32 will hold an annual meeting on December 12, 2017.  There are a few important items to consider (all of which you will receive in advance).  Watch your email over the next two weeks for the revised Constitutions and By-Laws, the nominating committee’s slate for 2018-2019, and our membership drive!
  • Happy Holidays celebration:  December 19th will be our Holiday luncheon.  Please plan to bring your favorite guest to join us.  Becky Boerkircher is arranging the party and I hear she is really good at it!
  • Reminder:  We will not meet December 26th or January 2nd!
Halloween! 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Tuesday’s Meeting Location:  We will be upstairs in the side room this week!
 
New Member Proposed:  The Board has voted to approve Doug Walter, proposed by Pam Wall as a new member of Club 32!
 
LET’S PARTY!  HELP NEEDED!
Our Birthday Party, November 14th is right around the corner! Please consider bringing a couple of extra guests [bidders].  (Maybe even a potential Rotarian!)
 
Mary Cornett and Joan Hickman are working to create a more extensive group of raffle items that will be raffled off in a fun way, using playing cards.  They will be asking specific members to solicit bundles of gift cards totaling $100-150 in value from specific kinds of businesses.
 
We have created flyers for members to use when requesting gift cards…listing the purpose of the fundraiser on one side and our tax exempt letter on the reverse.  We will place a table tent on each table at the dinner listing businesses that donated gift cards to meet their possible advertising needs.
 
Live auction items are needed, and we will be contacting members to help obtain a great selection of these offerings.  We’d like to have the gift cards in hand by November 1st as well as a list of intended live auction items you will provide.
 
This timing will allow for advertising, completing necessary paperwork, etc.  PLEASE WATCH YOUR INBOX for requests, and do accept the challenge to help.
 
Chuck Wagon Dinner Menu (price to be determined, but shooting for $30/person range)
Appetizers:
Cowboy caviar with chips
Mini corn bread and trail blazer chili
Dinner:
Fire pit simmered beef bourguignon
Pan smashed red potatoes
Camp fire grilled green beans
Cast iron apple cobbler
Coffee, Tea, Water
 
Cash bar, including tumbleweed cocktails.
 
Thanks to DG Allen Garner!  Many thanks to our District Governor for the time he spent meeting with our Board and his presentation at the meeting.  I think he was right on point we need to adapt to a new kind of future member who might not be available for lunch every week!
 
DO you know a person who might be a great Rotarian but cannot make lunch every Tuesday?  We could look at creating a Satellite Club (it is part of our club not separate) which meets every two weeks in the evening at a local establishment?  This does not require a change in behavior or attendance (unless you want to!).  As we look at ways to keep St. Joseph Rotary Club #32 alive and well, this is certainly a possibility to investigate!
 
Holiday Schedule:
The Holiday season is fast approaching!  For planning purposes our schedule is:
December 5 – a regular program
December 12 – Annual Meeting including election of officers and Board members.
December 19 – Annual Holiday gathering – plan to bring your favorite guest!
 
WOW!
We may not be finished quite yet but allow me to thank the members of Club 32!  As of this morning (Friday 10/13) we have exceeded $5,000 collected for Pars for Polio!  Great job to all who contributed and gathered pledges.  Again, many thanks to Tim and Louis for co-chairing the event (and playing golf for the day!).  Final totals should be in by October 24th.  Does anybody know why?
October 17, 2017 Mike Lane 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
THIS AND THAT!
 
ONE MORE CHANCE TO HELP END POLIO!
Please help us that Tim and Louis for their willingness to take on our Pars for Polio efforts again this year!  You can still give money to the effort!  We are behind last year’s total in giving by non-Rotarians.  Your friends can still help!!!
 
District Governor Allen Garner to speak to us on Tuesday!
Come hear what the DG has to say.  I know he is interested in having a conversation so bring your questions and ideas with you!  I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
 
Don’t Forget Student Government Day on 10/24 – Meet at City Hall!
 
November is Busy!
Julie Walker has planned some great programs for November meetings.  Remember November 14 there is no lunch meeting and we will have our annual fund raiser/birthday party!  Stay tuned for updates.
 
Also, November is a “Fifth Meeting month for South Side so they are hosting the Fifth Week event on the 30th!  More info to come!
 
Important Meetings in December:
We will only meet three times in December (5th, 12th, 19th) one program, one annual meeting and one party!  It should be an enjoyable month.  The annual meeting will include election of the 2018-2019 Board and Officers so they can begin working early!
 
Ideas for the Future?????
What are 2 – 3 characteristics you would like our club to have in five years?
Feel free to email me at lane@missouriwestern with any additional ideas or answers to that questions.  All responses will be confidential but will be shared anonymously with club members through future messages and meetings!  Thank you for your support!
 
Thank you!
My thanks to Staci and Sara for covering for me while I was out of town!  I know that both did a better job than I could have!
October 10, 2017 Mike Lane 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Have you pledged yet?
This Saturday (9/30) Tim and Louis will play 36 holes of golf to help end Polio!  Please help them by supporting their efforts.  We are close to ending Polio, let’s do our part to help raise the $1.5 billion to get to the finish line!
 
Is Chile on your bucket list of places to visit? Are you interested in going on a Group Study Exchange?
 
Now is your chance: the Deadline to apply has been extended to Friday October 6th.
 
Rotarians and non-Rotarians are invited to apply to be a part of the next GSE trip to Chile in April of 2018. Applications for team leader and team members are available at rotary6040.org at the bottom of the homepage under upcoming district events and deadlines. You can also reach Amy Supple at 660–247–3420 or Amy@visitchillicothe.com for questions. 
 
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a chance to build goodwill and better friendships in the spirit of Rotary!
District Governor Allen Garner will visit with us on October 10, 2017.  Please plan to attend!  Let’s have a great turnout for the DG!
 
Strategic Planning
Still looking for input to our Club Strategic Planning!  Where would you like to see our club in 3 – 5 years?  What can we do to increase membership?  What service can we perform to help our community?  What would you tell a prospective member is the benefit of a Rotary Club 32 membership?
October 3, 2017 Mike Lane 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
September 26, 2017
 
Group Study Exchange 2017-18 – Chile – Important – Date Sensitive
Rotarians are invited to be a part of the district Group Study Exchange (GSE) to Chile in 2017-18.  Rotarians have all air flights, food and lodging expenses paid and will be traveling from April 7, - April 27, 2018. The study exchange focuses on developing humanitarian service projects as well as vocational and cultural experiences.  The team will include three team members and one team leader.  Non-Rotarians are also invited to apply.  There are no age restrictions.  All participants will be asked to continue their contributions to Group Study Exchange in the future by hosting future exchange participants and participating in humanitarian service projects that are developed from the exchange.  The team member and team leader positions are all open.  Applications are due October 2.
 
Pars for Polio:
We still need your support for Pars for Polio Month!  Please pledge and ask some non-Rotarian friends to pledge!
 
Strategic Planning
Our discussion at the 9/19 meeting was very beneficial.  It was great beginning!  Here are some of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that we discussed!
Strengths: 
  • Mentorship – One member noted that the mentorship he received when he joined the club was of significant personal benefit!
  • Business Help – another member mentioned that whenever they had needed some help with an issue, challenge of a problem in their business, they were always able to contact another Rotarian for help.
  • We have good weekly programs!
  • We have an outstanding History as a club.
  • We have a very financially generous club!
  • We support youth development and scholarships.
Weaknesses:  
  • Some felt that we don’t have a strong Club identity.  (What are we known for in our community?)
  • We are not very active in services provided in our community.
  • We can sometimes be considered the “check writing club” rather than a service club!
Opportunities:
  • We need to develop a membership recruitment plan.
  • We need to develop a plan for increasing both membership retention in the club and participation (only about 33% of our members show up on any given Tuesday!
  • We need to explore alternative and/or additional meeting times (create an evening satellite club?)!
  • Let’s be deliberate about contacting downtown businesses as prospective members since we meet downtown!
Threats:
  • Businesses reducing support for employees to be members of service clubs.
  • Many opportunities to serve in other clubs.
 
We welcome more contributions to this discussion.  ALSO we need your input to this long-range question: 
What are 2 – 3 characteristics you would like our club to have in five years?
Feel free to email me at lane@missouriwestern with any additional ideas or answers to that questions.  All responses will be confidential but will be shared anonymously with club members through future messages and meetings!  Thank you for your support!
September 26, 2017 Mike Lane 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Pars for Polio Month

WOW! What a great initial response! At our 9/12 meeting we received pledges for $920! Many thanks to those who pledged! We still need help from the rest of the club! You will find a pledge sheet attached to this message for those unable to make it to meetings! Please consider making a personal pledge and asking your non-Rotarian friends to help out as well. Many small gives can make a big difference! Tim and Louis will be working hard on the golf course to play as many holes as they can! Let’s reward them for their efforts! My request is simple: please do two things as follows:  1. Make a pledge yourself!  2. Ask 5 of your non-Rotarian friends to make a pledge. It does not have to be large. If every member of our club solicited 5 people to pledge $10 each we would raise more than $3,000 from Non-members. Add that to our members pledges and we will make a real difference. Let’s have a banner year for Club 32 to help eradicate Polio from the earth! Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you!!!

Plan to succeed!

It is often said, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!  Rotarians would never allow that to happen!  Club #32 will be planning at the meeting on Tuesday.  The session will be co-chaired by Mike, Staci, and Sara as we look to the next few years for Club 32.
Please think about a couple of questions we would like to discuss:
  1.  What do we, as a club, do very well and do not want to change it in the future?
  2. What areas of Rotary service might we look at expanding for Club 32?  (We had several interesting ideas mentioned in July.)
  3. How can we attract new members to Club 32?  How could you help?
  4. What can we do so that you receive more benefit from your Rotary membership?
See you Tuesday!
Mike
September 19, 2017 Mike Lane 2017-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Pars for Polio Month

 

Your help is needed!  Beginning Tuesday, 9/12, 2017 you will find pledge sheets on your table.  Tim and Louis will be working hard on the golf course to play as many holes as they can!  Let’s reward them for their efforts!  I am asking each member to do two things as follows:

 

1.       Make a pledge yourself!  [I have pledged $250]

2.      Ask 5 of your non-Rotarian friends to make a pledge.  It does not have to be large.  If every member of our club solicited 5 people to pledge $10 each we would raise more than $3,000 from Non-members.  Add that to our members pledges and we will make a real difference.  Let’s have a banner year for Club 32 to help eradicate Polio from the earth!

 

Thank you,

Mike

 

Thanks to the 139th Airlift Wing Commander!

If you missed our meeting on Tuesday, you missed a great program.  Col. Ed Black provided an excellent overview of the role of the 139th in national defense, disaster relief, including to nearby states, and equally as important an overview of the more than $130 million economic impact the Wing has on St. Joe!  Remember to thank to think about:  Employing Airforce Reserve Members, they are well trained and have great skills!

 

Col. Black also offered an opportunity to Club 32 to tour the base.  If you have an interest, please let me know and I will work to set up a time.

 

Club 32 says huge “Thank you” to Col. Black and the men and women who serve the 139th Airlift Wing!

 

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund

By check:  Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801
By credit card:  Online at: 
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund (Account number: 608)
By wire transfer:  To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343 
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732 
For Further Credit: TRF DAF 
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer.
 
Join us tomorrow and learn more about the exciting things coming courtesy of the Allied Arts Council
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GREAT NEWS!
 I am pleased to let you know that we did receive a District Grant for $2,400 for the next phase of our project with SJSD!  Please join me in thanking Carmen for all her hard work.  It is now our turn.  We will have to raise our match for the grant and Joan and Mary have agreed to coordinate our Birthday party again this year so we can raise some money for this important project!
 
I look forward to celebrating another year of our Club and raising money for this worthwhile cause!  We will be discussing ways to participate in this project at future meetings.  Let’s see how many more of St. Joseph’s children we can help through their educational process!
 
SEPTEMBER IS PARS FOR POLIO MONTH!
Club $32 Chairs:
            Louis Deleon
            Dr. Tim Curry
 
Polio Facts:
  1. Mainly affects kids under 5
  2. No cure, but preventable with vaccine
  3. Only 3 countries remain endemic
  4. Cases reduced by 99.9% since 1988
  5. Every child at risk until we are done
 
Our Club Goal:
            BEAT LAST YEAR!
 
What can you do?
  1. Make a pledge!
  2. Solicit pledges from non-Rotarian friends and relatives (5 pledges per member)!
  3. Tell the story – we are this close!
 
Let’s be part of the final solution and make Polio only the second disease eradicated from earth!
 
HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF:
DG Allen Garner has asked me to share with you opportunities to help in the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey!  The three options presented below came from him.  Please help if you can!
Option 1
Rotary District 6200 has a 501c3 Foundation that can receive disaster funds.  The Rotary District 6200 Foundation was established prior to Hurricane Katrina and has proven to be an effective and transparent way to accept and distribute funds especially in disastrous events of this magnitude.  District 6200 DG Martha Collins and District 6200 Foundation Chair PDG Mike Collins have agreed to help Rotarians and likeminded benefactors with their donations toward hurricane victims.  Mike and Martha are in the process of assembling a representative advisory board to determine use of funds. This board, to include Directors and representatives from Texas and Louisiana, will ensure that funds will be used in credible ways to assist those in the disaster areas including Texas and Louisiana.  The proven method of disbursement of the funds used successfully following Hurricane Katrina will be employed by this board as well.  The administrative costs will be minimal.
 Make checks payable to The Rotary District 6200 Foundation with Hurricane Harvey Relief in the memo line. Please designate if you want these funds just for Texas, just for Louisiana or “all affected area.”
Send checks to:
Hurricane Relief
Rotary District 6200
2266 South College Road Ext., Suite C
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
 
Option 2
The Zone Disaster Coordinator has gathered from the three main Rotary districts affected by the Hurricane information on where to send any monetary aid you can gather up from your clubs and fellow Rotarians to help those in need, including the three names of the District Governors affected that will be getting requests from their areas’ clubs for help.
Rotary District 5930 is partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund - a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.  Please make checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund (Fed tax # 27-3855943) and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 W. Nolana, McAllen, TX 78504.
Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell 956-683-5706, bettylararotary@gmail.com , P O Box 3882, McAllen, TX 78502
Rotary District 5910 has a Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation and funds can be sent to:  Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX 77706.
Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Rhonda Herrington, cell 903-724-8515, rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com, 616 S Sycamore, Palestine, TX 75801.
Rotary District 5890 has a District 5890 Charities, Inc. and funds can be sent to: District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505
Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Bill Palko, cell 303-618-6859, home 713-450-2623, william.palko@amergybank.com, 202 Blue Castle Lane, Houston, TX 77015.
A receipt for the donations over $250.00 should be sent to the donors for tax purposes and if requested for any amount.
 
Option 3
Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations responding in the aftermath of this storm and providing assistance to the people and communities affected by it. Donors can designate their donations to the cause on the organization's website. However, at this point in time it is not certain that all these organizations will spend 100% of donations received on Hurricane Harvey relief.
If you're looking for a local charity to support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey please consider Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, or San Antonio Humane Society. These highly-rated organizations are located in the most-affected areas and are providing support to individuals and animals.
Designated donations made from this page will be applied to charity programs per each charity's designation policies.
 
Charity                                                                                                                        Rating
MAP International                                                                                          ****
American Red Cross                                                                                       ***
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago                                               ***
International Relief Teams                                                                              ****
Direct Relief                                                                                                   ****
Matthew 25: Ministries                                                                                   ****
St. Bernard Project                                                                                         ****
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston                       ****
Convoy of Hope                                                                                             ****
GlobalGiving                                                                                                  ****
Samaritan's Purse                                                                                            ****
Save the Children                                                                                           ***
Americares                                                                                                      ****
All Hands Volunteers                                                                                     ****
 
Ratings shown are by Charity Navigator
 
FIFTH WEEK SOCIAL!
Many thanks to Mellissa Koch and the East Side Club for getting this year’s city wide Rotary socials off to a great start.  Those who came enjoyed some inter-club conversations, liquid refreshments and a few snacks!  Thanks to District Foundation Chair Cassie venters for dropping in on her way home from Maryville (and for the Facebook comment!)
 
The Next “Fifth week social will be hosted by Southside on November 30th.  Details to follow.  Club 32 will be hosting the January 30th Fifth week social.  These are great opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow Rotarians!
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GREAT NEWS!
 
I am pleased to let you know that we did receive a District Grant for $2,400 for the next phase of our project with SJSD!  Please join me in thanking Carmen for all her hard work.  It is now our turn.  We will have to raise our match for the grant and Joan and Mary have agreed to coordinate our Birthday party again this year so we can raise some money for this important project!
 
I look forward to celebrating another year of our Club and raising money for this worthwhile cause!  We will be discussing ways to participate in this project at future meetings.  Let’s see how many more of St. Joseph’s children we can help through their educational process!
 
Fifth Week Celebration!
Remember to join us this WEDNESDAY at Norty’s for the fifth week social hour (5:00 – 7:00).  This event is hosted by the East Side Club.  Please come and support our efforts to raise the profile of Rotary across the St. Joe community!
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Rotary Leadership & Opportunities!
 
First, allow me to thank Staci for taking the reins last week for our meeting.  I appreciated the opportunity to spend some time away with Peggy before she leaves for Louisiana!
 
This week’s newsletter includes Rotary leadership for Club 32 and District 6040.  As you can see, the club has a couple of coordination opportunities available and we would love to have a volunteer for each.  We have a full agenda for the year which can only be achieved with the help of all members!  If you have questions or an interest in working on a project that has a Chair or coordinator, please contact them directly!
 
Brief opportunities include:
Volunteer to present (3 – 5 minute maximum):
  • A Rotary Moment (providing an overview of a program or project from RI or from an international club).
  • A Member Moment (providing your personal background in the following areas:  your professional background; some details of your personal life you are willing to share – family, hobbies, etc.; why you became a Rotarian.
 
Club 32 Board 2017 – 2018
President – Mike Lane
President elect – Staci Thornton
Past President - John Hickman
Vice President/President nominee – Sara Wilson
Secretary – Don Montgomery
Treasurer – Bob Crouch
Assistant Treasurer – Barbara LaBass
Sergeant at Arms – Mary-Beth Revels
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Sam Ghattasheh
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Julie Waker
Program Chair - David Cripe
Membership Chair – Rodney Hummer
Foundation President – Julie Walker
Director – Joan Hickman
Director – Andrew Windhorst (Membership)
Director – Carmen Brown-Jenco (Grant Director)
Director – Jodi Bloemker (Chair By Laws Review Committee)
 
District Leadership:
District Governor – Allen Garner (Independence)
District Governor Elect – Julie McCoy (Chillicothe)
 
Coordinators & Chairs:
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Coordinator – Pam Bowman
Holiday Party Coordinator – Becky Boerkircher
4-way Test Competition – Julie Walker
Teacher of the Year – Volunteer Needed
Pars for Polio – Louis DeLeon & Tim Curry
Birthday Party/Fund Raiser for Grant Match – Joan Hickman & Mary Cornett
Valentine’s Party Coordinator - Volunteer Needed
Shoes for Orphan Soles – Brett Knappe (Co-Chair)
Student Government Day – Jodi Bloemker
 
Your Rotary Leadership & Opportunities to Serve! Mike Lane 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Sheriff Bill Puett who was our guest speaker today.
Sheriff Puett talked about various items and issues facing our
community.  As always he was informative and provide insight
to the challenges his department faces each day.
 
This year's budget was approved.  Thank you to
Don and Bob for greeting and John for the invocation.
Thank you to all the Rotarians who have signed up to lead
several projects/events this year-we still need leaders
for the Valentine Party, Shoes for Orphan Souls and Teacher
of the year.
 
Have a good week!
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Trails West Program-
Thank you to Robbie Morton for speaking to us today about the 2017 Allied Arts Trails West Festival.
It will run 4 days this year-they are extending it to Monday for the Eclipse
It will be August 18-21st and there are great acts again this year.
Trace Akins, Claire Dunn and the Mummies are just a few of the headliners.
Theme this year is Total Eclipse of the Arts and buttons are on sale for $10.
Fun for the entire family
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President Mike Lane provided a brief overview of the Atlanta Convention and an update on some issues of RI scope.
 
Atlanta was great, although no intriguing sites like the 38th parallel!  It was an adventure attending a meeting with 42,000 of our closest Rotary friends.  Friendship house was a fascinating place with more than 300 “booths” many were vendors and many more were Rotary projects from around the world!
 
President Ian Riseley provided his vision for the next year.  The Theme for the year appears above “Rotary:   making a Difference.”  He re-emphasized the strategic goals for RI:
 
  1. Support and strengthen clubs.
  2. Focus and increase humanitarian service
  3. Enhance public image and awareness
  4. (From President Ian) Take care of the environment – plant trees!  (One tree for every Rotarian!)
 
We also received an update on Polio Plus:
  1. As of June 15, 2017 only 5 cases worldwide this year.
  2. Goal = Eradication
  3. Eradication = 0 cases for four years!
  4. Estimated Cost to eradicate = $1.5 billion
  5. Pledges to date $1.35 billion
  6. Gates Foundation increases 2:1 match to $50 million per year for 3 years yielding $450 million total.
  7. Let’s continue our leadership in St. Joe with many thanks to Louis and Tim!!!!
 
Mike then went on to discuss Club Goals as follows:
  1. District Grant application approved by Board and transmitted to District 6040 Grants Chair!
  2. Revise By-laws – Thanks to Jodi Bloemker for her leadership in this effort
  3. Strategic Planning – coming in September
  4. Membership & Dues
    1. Considering proposal for dues reduction for the first year to $140 per quarter
    2. Significant growth in the club will result in reduction in dues for all!
  5. Fund Raising Goals:
    1. $6,000 for St. Joseph Club 32 Foundation to fully fund our annual contributions
    2. EREY – 100% participation
    3. Paul Harris Fellows – Return to 100%
    4. Polio Plus (Pars for Polio) – Let’s beat last year!
    5. Shoes for Orphan Soles – Let’s beat last year!  (Volunteer Needed!)
  6. Membership (Categories set by RI)
    1. Increase membership by 5 members
    2. At least 2 under 40 years of age
    3. At least 2 women
  7. Difference makers
    1. Nominate a fellow Rotarian
    2. Identify the actions for which you are nominating them.
    3. Email to Mike Lane, Staci Thornton or Sara Wilson
  8. Other Rotary Programs
    1. Four-way Test competition
    2. Teacher of the Year
 
This was followed by an excellent club discussion of things members would like to see.  The following were suggested:
 
  1. Member Minutes (Alternate a,b, and c)
  2.  Rotary Minutes
  3. International Club Accomplishments  
  4. Rotary Fellowships
  5. Continue 5th Tuesday social events  
  6. More celebrations (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.)  
  7. Plan a Youth exchange (long- or short-term) – Probably for 18-19 year.  
  8. Celebrate some of the professionals in the community (like we did for CAN’s)
  9. Develop and staff some short-term service projects (1/2 – 1 day)  
  10. Bring Rotaract members to a meeting
 
Volunteers Needed for:
a. 4-Way Test Competition
b. Teacher of the Year
c. Shoes for Orphan Soles
d. Birthday party (especially if we receive a district grant)
 
Tim and Louis have agreed to Chair Pars for Polio again! Please thank them when you see them.
 
If you have other ideas you want to share with Mike, please feel free to email him at lane@missouriwestern.edu!
 
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