How The West St. Louis 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:
2020Assistance League St. Louis - $100
Burns Recovered - $100
Wildwood Family YMCA - $1,500
Camp Circle Star - $100
Backstoppers - $5,000
Caring Solutions $3,200 - Gala Sponsorship
A.R.C. Angels Foundation - $100
The Rotary Foundations - $3,700
Metro West Fire Protection District - $112.37 (We pay for purchase of visual smoke alarms for hearing-impaired households)
Scholarships - $12,000 (six $1,500 scholarships to individual students, $1,500 to Fern Ridge High School, $1,500 to Circle of Concern (Scholarship Program)
Feed My Starving Children - $3,800
Daily Essentials Collection Drive
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County completed it's fall Daily Essentials Program, collecting goods from five subdivisions in West County. 116 collection bags of goods were dropped off at The Circle of Concern in Valley Park. The neighborhoods where goods were donated included Dougherty Lake and Four Winds Farms in Des Peres, and The Arbors, Claymont and Wynncrest subdivisions in Ballwin and Wildwood. The Daily Essentials Drive was started back in 2014 by Rotarian Paul Shaver and his wife Joan.
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County Assists in Covid Disaster Relief
The Rotary club of West St. Louis County was fortunate enough to receive a Covid disaster relief grant from Rotary International. We purchased 500 washable, reusable cloth masks with a filter, and are donating them to at risk populations. We purchased them from Bags2Masks who agreed to donate an equal number in the Los Angeles area.
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County member Nan Kulkarni with the Superintendent of Rockwood School District Dr. Mark Miles, and Brenda Kirchhoefer, Coordinator of Purchasing for Rockwood.
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County delivers masks to help prevent the spread of Covid. The masks were delivered to the Principal of St. Clare of Assissi School, Angie Lund, by Rotary Club member Roland Schriever.
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County Awards Scholarships
The Rotary Club of West St. Louis County announces the winners of our 2020 high school Scholarship awards program.
The winners are:
Caroline Cudney - Marquette High School
Patrick Markovitz - Eureka High School
Thomas Trout - Lafayette High School
Katelyn Chapman - Parkway West High School
Adela Keller - Parkway South High School
Bailey Greer - Valley Park High School
Power in Our Connections
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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.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
The Rotary Club of West St Louis raised $830 and was recognized as a CHAMPION in the annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Walking for the club’s team, from left to right are Vickie Knight (holding our team’s mascot, Louise, who walked with the team!) Doug Krofft, Erin Bartmess, Rotary President Joe Bartmess, Rene’ Seabaugh, and Scot Seabaugh.
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".
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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.