Backstoppalooza a Success
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County once again volunteered to assist with the annual Backstoppalooza fund raising effort for the Backstoppers program. Backstoppers supports the families of first responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty. Backstoppalooza is a concert that's staged at the Chesterfield Amphitheatre in late August to help raise funds for the organization. Here's a brief interview with The Executive Director of the Backstoppers, Colonel Ron Battelle:
District Governor Speaks To West County Rotary
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County was honored recently by a visit by the Governor of Rotary District 6060, John Vietmeier. Governor Vietmeier is the official representative of Rotary International in the Eastern Missouri region. His mission is to lead clubs, inspire Rotary members, and engage the general public in the important role fulfilled by Rotary in our community. District 6060 includes over 50 local clubs with over 2,000 members, and runs along the eastern third of Missouri, from Hannibal in the north down to the southern tip of Missouri’s Boot Heel. You can watch his address here:
The West County Rotary Club Begins Experiment:
Live Facebook Broadcasts
In an effort to increase community involvement in our club, we're starting a experiment: broadcasting live via Facebook speakers that present interesting information during our noon meetings on Tuesday. The broadcasts will also be recorded, so viewers can watch at any time. Our first broadcast was during the July 9th meeting. President Joe Bartmess discussed our budget, with ideas coming from members on how we can improve our fund raising activities. Click on the picture to see the video:
How The West County Rotary Club Helps Our Community
Here is a partial list of the grants and scholarships the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County provided for local charities, students and groups in our community:
2019Dogs on Duty - $100
KidSmart St. Louis - $100
World Pediatric Project - $100
Caring Solutions - $3,000
Assistance League of St. Louis - $500
Wildwood Family YMCA - $1,200
Leukemia 24-7 - $100
Rotary Club Clayton - Ladue - $300
Circle of Concern - $400
Presbyterian Children's Home - $100
Noan El Armouzi Surgery - $250
Scholarships for seven high school seniors - $10,540
American Red Cross Blood Drives - $100
Equine Assisted Therapy - $100
Eagle Scouts - $700
Alzheimer's Association Missouri Chapter - $100
Metro West Fire Protection District - Cap Grant - $1830
St. Louis County Police Welfare Association - Cap Grant - $2224
Total - $21,744
2018Scholarships for seven high school seniors - $10,540
Backstoppers - $5,000
Caring Solutions - $3,700
Feed My Starving Children - $3,540
Hogan Street - $2,135
Rockwood Gives Back - $1,500
Wildwood Family YMCA - $1,200
Eureka - Pacific Elks Lodge Backpack Program - $1,100
St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association - $1,000
Focus Marines Foundation - $1,000
Bethesda Meadow - $200
Rotary Global Grant - $500, Our part of a $41,500 grant to provide for computer equipment at a school in India
Various Other Organizations - $1,988
Total - $33,403
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County Awards Scholarships
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County annouces the winners of our 2019 high school Scholarship awards program.
The winners are:
Rachel Malsch - Marquette High School
Kate Allred - Eureka High School
Kyle Mazza - Lafayette High School
Tess Allgeyer - Parkway West High School
Omar Farooq - Parkway South High School
Carson Sears - Valley Park High School
2020 Rotary Awards
How often do we regret our failure to praise someone for the positive influence they had on our lives?
This is your opportunity to recognize people for their outstanding contributions to our community.
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County is proud to present these awards:
The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County has added a new classification to our bylaws for business owners. It's a corporate membership. Now you can join Rotary, but if you can't attend a specific meeting, you can designate anyone from your office to attend. If you pre-pay for lunch, that person eats on your account. If you don't pre-pay for lunch, the charge is our normal $17. If you're interested in reading the club's bylaws, Click Here.
Plastic Cap and Lid Recycling Program
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County has launched a plastic cap recycling program. Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana builds the benches in exchange for plastic caps and lids collected by school children. We’ve partnered with elementary schools in the Rockwood school district to collect plastic bottle caps to provide plastic benches for schools. We’ll also donate benches this spring to the City of Ellisville for a new grove area in Bluebird Park.
Trees Planted in the new "Rotary Grove"
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County recently donated several trees for a new "Rotary Grove" in Bluebird Park in Ellisville. The grove is close to the Ellisville Dog Park.
Members of The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County at the tree planting in "Rotary Grove" in Bluebird Park.
Ellisville Mayor Mike Roemerman talks about the new "Rotary Grove" in Ellisville's Bluebird Park.
West County Rotary Club member Stephen Chismarich, who is also a Councilman on the Ellisville City Council, talks about the types of trees that were planted in the new "Rotary Grove".
People of Action
Power in Our Connections
Why Does Bill Gates Partner With Rotary To Eradicate Polio?
From Forbes Magazine, Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks with Devin Thorpe about why he supports the Rotary cause to eradicate polio:
Rotary Videos & Links
Rotary Rewards Website
Doing good in the community
2015 Mouse Races
West Newsmagazine story on $33,000 in Grants and Awards
Rotary is Service
Our club strives to reflect the DIVERSITY of our community in its mix of professions, genders, ages, and ethnicities. This ensures that a wide variety of expertise is available for club projects.
Rotary Club of West St. Louis County News
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County is very active in the community. Our various fund raising efforts during the year provide money that we gift back to our local community, the region, and the world. Our motto: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County recently completed a Global Grant project in Satara, India. Through this project, we were able to edigitize an entire school of 2100 students, and provide 45 edigitized classrooms, digital library and two STEM labs, along with teacher training and technical support for three years. This $42,500 project was conceived in September 2018. Our thanks to West County Rotarian Nan Kulkarni for spearheading this project!
Members of the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County assisted in the 2019 Backstoppalooza held at the Chesterfield Amphitheatre. Our club manned the concession stand at the event selling beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Money from the proceeds is used to support the Backstoppers program, which provides financial assistance to the families of fallen first responders.
Our Rotary Club helped pack 23,000 meals for children and we donated enough funding to feed 44 children for an entire year! Our club is making a huge difference in helping reduce childhood starvation worldwide!
Two local service clubs come together to raise money for great causes! It's the Annual Run for the Cheese Mouse Races fundraiser sponsored by the the Wildwood Area Lion's Club and the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County.