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
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
Global Grant Approved
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. Thanks to the generosity of two non-Rotarian donors, who together gave 50% of the Grant money, we were able to apply and receive grant approval and complete the project in under 5 months. The grand opening of the completed project was celebrated on February 6th. Our thanks to West County Rotarian Nan Kulkarni for spearheading this project!
Rotary Club member Nan Kulkarni with students at the New English School in Satara, India.
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.
2019 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 $12. If you're interested in reading the club's bylaws, Click Here.
Rotary Convention keynote speaker Bill Gates spotlights historic fight, remaining challenges to reaching zero polio cases
Bill Gates, speaking on June 12th. at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, highlighted the extraordinary progress that’s been made toward a polio-free world, along with challenges ahead.
Gates reminded the audience of more than 22,000 attendees, who were given LED bracelets to wear, that the effort must continue and be strengthened before polio cases can be reduced to zero.
Gates thanked Rotary for being the catalyst and visionary partner for ending the paralyzing disease worldwide. “Rotary laid the foundation with its unwavering sense of purpose and its belief that anything is possible if you put your mind and body to it,” he said.
Since the GPEI effort began, polio cases have dropped a staggering 99.9 percent, from nearly 350,000 cases a year to only five cases reported this year, a record low. The virus has been eliminated in all but three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Gates noted that more than 16 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed by polio are walking today. “The scale of this effort is phenomenal,” he added.
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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.
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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 received a check for $5,490 from the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Department for our work for the city during the Taste of St. Louis event, held outside the Chesterfield Amphitheatre. Rotary Club members volunteered their time managing the parking facilities for the event, in exchange for a percentage of the parking profits. A special certificate of appreciation was given to 12 year old Aden Johnson who assisted the club during the parking event.
Members of the Rotary Club of West St. Louis County assisted in the 2018 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.