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June 2017
Board Meetings
2nd WED  (BYO coffee)
• 8:30 Royal Bank - Kirkwood
Kersting, Jean   Jun 02
Dentinger, Brian   Jun 03
Walsh, Joe   Jun 03
Broeder, Pete   Jun 04
Adams, Mark   Jun 12
Jordan, Terry   Jun 14
Washington, Sandra   Jun 16
Washington, Hardy   Jun 28
Brennan, Bob   Jun 29
Paese, Paul   Jul 05
Hutchison, Kirk   Jul 11
Bieber, Dave   Jul 15
DeWulf, Gerry   Jul 21
Shands, Missy   Jul 23
Humphreys, James   Jul 25
Russell, Mary   Jul 28
Durbin, James   Jul 30
Erwin, Sarah   Aug 05
Bissell, Hugh   Aug 08
Vitt, Dennis   Aug 17
Kleinknecht, Gil   Aug 29
Mowrey, Bryan   Sep 04
Plummer, Jack   Sep 05
Heimburger, John   Sep 11
Thomure, Robert   Sep 11
Watson, Larry   Sep 11
Byerly, Barbara   Sep 19
Diel, James   Sep 19
Littlepage, Sterling   Sep 19
Keightley, J. Robert   Oct 02
Cayce, Ginger   Oct 04
Lavender, Deb   Oct 11
Hawes, Russell   Oct 28
Lumley, Carl   Oct 28

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.2017 Russ Patton Receives Honorary Doctorate.
MacMurray College’s 166th Commencement ceremony took place May 13 when 127 graduates crossed the stage in Annie Merner Chapel. During the ceremony, the college awarded an honorary doctor of commerce, accountancy and business to Russell Patton, owner and president of Byerly RV Center.
Russ attended MacMurray for three years before joining the Marine Corps in the 1960s.  Although he completed his bachelor of science in business at Washington University in St. Louis, he serves as a lifetime trustee of MacMurray College. While Russ currently sits on the board of directors for the RV Dealers Association’s Mike Molino RV Learning Center, he has also previously served as president of both the Missouri State RVDA and the Midwest Gateway RVDA.
Russ is the owner and president of Byerly RV Center in Eureka, Missouri (Byerly RV was founded in 1948). He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri working in his father's service station, a business that existed until his father bought Byerly. Before taking his turn working at Byerly, Russ spent a total of three and a half years at MacMurray College. He left before completing his degree because he always felt that his education was "more focused on the journey than the destination."  However, he never forgot the lessons he learned from the late Dr. Palmer, a professor that has continued to inspire him.
After he left MacMurray, he joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. That experience helped him understand one of Dr. Palmer's lessons: "Knowledge is a combination of the conceptual and experiential." Russ grew to understand that balancing the two and investing in yourself is the best approach to doing good and prospering.
Once he finished his service with the Marine Corps, he moved to California where he spent some time selling insurance. He then moved to Indiana where he began an RV manufacturing business with another man for about a year, but he eventually sold his share of the company so that he could return back home to help his father run Byerly and attend Washington University. He met his wife, Adrienne, while at Washington and he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.
Russ later bought Byerly from his father in the late 1980s. When he began working at Byerly in 1972, it was a small manufacturing business of residential and vacation trailers with only seven employees. Today the company employs over 60 people and has become one of the largest RV dealerships in the Midwest. His son, Warren, will soon be taking over the leadership of the family business.
Russ has served as the president of the local and state Recreation Vehicles Dealer Association (RVDA) and is also the director for the National RVDA Learning Center, which develops training and certification programs for RV dealer employees. He is also involved in Rotary. He has worked on projects in Mexico with the Rotary Club and the University of Illinois. For 12 years, he coordinated. the Rotary student foreign exchange program for students within his community. He is also a Lifetime Trustee of the College, and most recently he has been working on a project to honor his mentor, Dr. Palmer.
.2017 Project NOW (Nutrition on Weekends.
On Thursday March 23rd, Kirkwood Rotary members were able to help Project NOW (Nutrition on the Weekends) after our regularly scheduled by gathering at Webster Groves Christian Church (1320 W Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63122) to help stuff bags.
Every week Webster Groves Christian Church packs bags for families from Educare Headstart in Meacham Park that contains enough food for two meals and two snacks for Saturday and Sunday.
Additionally, through the club’s efforts, Project NOW received $3,000 from Rotary Ramble proceeds.
Looks like we have one "dead" bike rack in front of Billy G's. 
Thanks to Pete Broeder for rescuing the sick puppy.
There may be hope that we can straighten this guy out.  We'll keep you posted.
2016 KWD Rotary Installs Three More Bike Racks.
Over the holidays, Kirkwood Rotary members installed new three more bike racks at (in order left to right) St. Louis Community College - Meramec Campus; Kirkwood McDonald's and the Stonecrest Apartment complex in Meachem Park.
Pictured (l - r) are our member/installers:
Tom Riggs, club president John Owen, and Mike Lucey.
Thanks, guys, for a great job!

These rack's are being installed in connection with Kirkwood Rotary's annual community project.  "These bike racks respond to a need prompted by the popularity of the cycling public. In fact, the city is currently developing a plan, with the assistance of the park board, for Kirkwood to become a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community," said Tom Riggs, Rotary club past president. "It is a healthy, enjoyable activity for people of all ages and our club is pleased to join the effort."

.2016 KHS Jazz Choir Performance.

On December 8th, at our regular club meeting, Kirkwood Rotary was again fortunate to have the KHS Jazz Choir (under the direction of Mr. David Cannon) perform for us. This has now become an annual event on the 2nd Thursday of December. Kirkwood Rotary donates annually to this and other local groups.

Very talented group. Enjoy as we did.

.2016 KWD Rotary Gives to the Community.
(l-r:  Amy Benner LaBelle, Mark Adams, Barb Byerly, Bob Brennan)
(l-r: Tim Schulze, Russ Hawes, Gerry DeWulf, Dick Mueller, Bob Sears)
(l-r: Jonathon Browne, Molly Rockamann, Tom Riggs, Kevin Miller, Arthur McDonnell, Dave Purcell, Mark McLean)
(l-r: Gary Hartke, John Robinson, Ginni Hartke, Carl Lumley, Paul Paese)
(l-r: Hunter Martiniere, Russ Hawes, Brian Mowrey, Deb Lavender)
(l-r: Missy Shands, Jim Rose, Bob Keightley,  Eric Eickmeyer)
(l-r:  Dave Johnson, Russ Patton, Brian Dentinger, Paul Litzsinger,  Sarah Kaplan, Joe Walsh)
(l-r: Hardy Washington, Sandy Washington, Jim Durbin, Ginger Cayce)
.2016 - Kirkwood's Nipher Middle School to Carnegie Hall.
Nipher Middle School Orchestra (Fariga Etoza Drayton, Conductor) has been invited to perform in the National Youth Concert at Carnegie Hall ... the first middle school ever so invited.
They will perform Monday, March 14, 2016, on the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
Director’s Choice and Performing Arts Consultants are presenting the 12th annual National Youth Concerts at Carnegie Hall. Bands, orchestras, and choirs from across the nation have auditioned, been selected, and performed each spring in this series of concerts. These ensembles and their soloists have come from as far away as California, Texas, and Florida to participate.
Nipher has 62 students and 16 chaperones attending.  Their goal is to raise $35,000 and you can contribute here:  A special nod to the Rotarians in attendance at the meeting who passed the hat for a substantial donation to the cause.
See more at Nipher's Facebook Page or the Kirkwood Orchestra's website.

.Kirkwood Rotary's Community Projects Over the Years.

 If YOU know of any additional projects OR have info. and pics on these projects
please send them to:
Thank you.

Kirkwood Rotary has a long tradition of community projects.  Here is a partial list:

  1  Quarry Park Look-out/Education platform.
  2  Walker Lake Dock (1992)
  3  Farmer's Market Pergola
  4  Mudd's Grove Library Bookshelves (2009)
  5  Mary Culver Home Refreshment Station
  6  Manor Grove Gazebo
  7  Meacham Park Garden Shelter (2013)
  8  Four Rotary Bike Racks (2014)
  9  Four Rotary Bike Racks (2015)
 10  Walker Lake Dock Rebuild (2015)


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