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Redington, Rick  Mar 01
Owen, John  Mar 06
Thibaut, Cheryl Mar 06
Browne, Jonathan  Mar 08
Sears, Bob  Mar 19
Nielsen, Bruce  Mar 20
Lazic, Zoran  Mar 21
Riggs-Swarts, Amie  Mar 25
Miller, Bob  Apr 01
Mosby, Bob  Apr 04
Ewing, Marge Apr 10
Hayes-Stewart, Gwenne  Apr 10
Patton, Russell  Apr 11
Bogetto, Peter  Apr 13
Schaefer, Paul  Apr 23
Robinson, John  Apr 26
Lessor, Deb May 08
McKone, Barb  May 12
Obert Jr., Chip  May 12
Amen, Charlie  May 14
Rose, Jim  May 15
Brown, Michael  May 22
Farris, Clyde  May 24
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, Sandy  Jun 16
McConkey, Trisha  Jun 22
Washington, Hardy  Jun 28
Brennan, Bob  Jun 29

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5 Rotary women leading the fight to end polio

On International Women's Day, meet a few of the women in Rotary playing a pivotal role in the effort to eradicate the disease...
Story Written By: Audrey Carl, Feb. 28, 2019
In every corner of the world, women in Rotary are leading the charge to make polio history. They are fundraisers, volunteers, polio survivors, and advocates from all backgrounds and walks of life with one thing in common: working to ensure that no child ever has to suffer the devastating and paralyzing effects of polio. In honor of International Women's Day, we highlight the work of 5 of the many women in Rotary leading the way in the fight to end polio.

Judith Diment

Diment, of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames, England, leads Rotary’s UK advocacy efforts, and is a passionate fundraiser and International PolioPlus Committee member. In 2017, she led Rotary’s efforts to create champions for polio eradication among UK political leaders, resulting in the country committing an additional £100 million to the global initiative. “On International Women’s’ Day, I salute the frontline women health workers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria for their dedication and commitment to ensure that all children under five are vaccinated, often risking their lives on a daily basis.” Hear more from Diment here.
Ijeoma Pearl Okoro
Ijeoma Pearl Okoro is a member of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Nigeria where she directs End Polio Now activities throughout sub-Saharan Africa. She leads efforts to build awareness around the fight to eliminate polio from Nigeria and engages other Rotary members and the public through events and promotional endeavors. Through a range of activities, like government advocacy, celebrity engagement, and fundraising, Okoro’s leadership helps ensure that polio eradication is a priority and every child is protected from the disease. “Until the last child is reached and immunized, no child in the world is free. Let us all support the cause to end polio now.”
Tayyaba Gul
A member of the Rotary Club of Islamabad (Metropolitan), Pakistan, Gul runs a Rotary-funded health center in Nowshera, working with teams of female vaccinators help reach neighborhoods of ethnic Afghan refugees displaced by conflict in tribal border regions. Gul’s teams use cellphones for daily data reporting on immunization progress, which helps health organizations analyze data and report back in real time. “I just contribute my part as a Rotarian. I’m happy to work in remote areas, especially with women, motivating them to play their role in society,” Gul says. Read more about Gul’s work in Pakistan.

Ann Lee Hussey

Ann Lee Hussey has led Rotary volunteers on nearly 30 trips to places like Pakistan and Nigeria to immunize kids against polio, the disease that has affected her since she was 17 months old. A member of the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club, Maine, USA, she is an outspoken advocate for polio eradication and immunization in general and has testified at state legislative hearings in Maine on the importance of vaccination. In January, Hussey spoke of her experience as a polio survivor and her Rotary service at Rotary’s International Assembly, highlighting the role of frontline polio workers: “Without question, the many health workers around the world—80 percent of whom are women—are the unsung heroes on the polio front. Without them, we would not be where we are today.”

Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua

Richmond-Ahoua joined the Rotary Club of Abidjan-Biétry, Côte d’Ivoire, in 1991, making her one of the first female Rotarians in Africa. When a general canceled a national immunization day during a 1999 coup in her country, Richmond-Ahoua appealed directly to the general’s family, pleading that innocent children had nothing to do with the war. Shortly afterward, the general granted her request and presided over the opening of the rescheduled immunization day. Richmond-Ahoua coordinates national polio immunizations and serves on the Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee. She also spoke at last year’s World Bank International Women’s Day event.
Nothing like a little role-reversal to increase empathy and pathos (thanks to photog Paul Paese for catching the "moment").
2018 Year-End Polio Eradication Update
2018 Kirkwood Rotary Teachers of the Year
2018-2019 RI Convention - Hamburg 
Drop anchor in Hamburg
Situated on the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, is the third-largest port in Europe, a thriving hub of global trade. The city will host the 2019 Rotary International Convention 1-5 June. Local Rotarians are hard at work planning activities that will help you capture the moment. In the September issue of The Rotarian, you will learn more about what you can expect during your visit to Germany's gateway to the world. Register by 15 December to take advantage of the early registration discount.
On Thursday, June 21st, our club held its annual installation dinner at Greenbriar Hills Country Club and installed its new leadership for the 2018-2019 Rotary.  Thank you to all of them and many thanks to the retiring leadership.
  New Leadership:
  Paul Paese
VP/President Elect
  Sarah Erwin
  Hunter Martiniere
Past President
  Bob Sears
Service Co-Director
  Larry Watson
Service Co-Director
  Mark Adams
Program Co-Director
  Barb McKone
Program Co-Director
  Karen Mize
Membership Co-Director
  Amie Riggs
Membership Co-Director
  Robert Thomure+
  Continuing Leadership:
  Pete Broeder
Foundation Director
  David Purcell
Sergeant At Arms
  Missy Shands
Public Relations Officer
  Barbara Byerly
Scholarships Officer
  Sandra Washington
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  Gerry DeWulf
IT Officer - Ramble Website/FB
  Missy Shands
IT Officer – Facebook
  Lindy Ross
Incoming President, Paul Paese, Challenges the club.
Outgoing President, Bob Sears, says 'Farewell & Thanks'

.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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Oct 11, 2018
Airport Development
Steve Chapman, STL Blues
Oct 04, 2018
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