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August 2017
Board Meetings
2nd WED  (BYO coffee)
• 8:30 Royal Bank - Kirkwood
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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St. Louis Metro InterCity Fellowship
Since 1958, the Metro St. Louis InterCity Fellowship has promoted, on a monthly basis, Rotary fellowship among clubs within a reasonable driving distance.   The larger clubs help the smaller ones by swelling attendance in order to enable topnotch programs.  Rotarians from member clubs have the opportunity to visit Host Clubs and discover old/new friends and check out "makeup" locations. 
Rotary District 6060 or Rotary International does NOT fund InterCity.  Each month the famous World Globe is passed and if $100.00 is collected the money is used to award a $100.00 Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member donation in the name of one of the attendees at the meeting.  This donation is donated to The Rotary Foundation.
Each Host club makes meeting notice sheets and mails them to the other clubs in the Metro area. They also get the speaker for their meeting. At the meeting sign in sheets are provided and are used as “make ups” for those attending. The purpose of IC meetings is fun and fellowship of Rotarians from local clubs throughout the area.  Lunch meetings usually begin at noon and end by 1:30 p.m., including speaker time and award time.
Lloyd Schneiders has agreed to be our liaison for the Inter-city meetings for yet another year.  He has been a tireless advocate for Inter-city and has worked to keep us informed and to encourage our participation.  We have not done very well at all as a club attending these meetings.  It has not been something that has received much emphasis in the past.  I would like to encourage members to attend when they can.  It will reflect well on our club to do so.  To give you each a heads up on meetings dates and to allow you to have a reference for your files, I have included the schedule for upcoming meetings. The schedule is at the end of this email. 
St. Peters 
 Sept 11 - noon
District Conference 
 October 6
 November 1 - 7 AM
Lambert Airport 
 December 1 - 12:15 PM
St. Charles Sunrise 
 January 3 - 7 AM
Crestwood/Sunset Hills 
 February 7 - 12:15 PM
 March 5 - 7:30 AM
.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.
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 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)

.Kirkwood Rotary's Community Projects Over the Years.

 If YOU know of any additional projects OR have info. and pics on these projects
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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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