Rotary Club 32
St Joseph MO, USA
The History of Rotary Club 32
1980 to 1986
|Preface||Club 32 beginnings|
|Club 32 First Members||1911 - 1919||1920-1929|
|1930 - 1939||1940 - 1949||1950 - 1959|
|1960 - 1969||1970 - 1979||1980 - 1986|
|1987 - 2002||2002-2003|
Denton Matteson President 1980-1981
Rotary International President: Rolf J. Klarich, Helsinki, Finland
District 603 Governor: Charles W. Sheppard, Tarkio, Missouri
Rotary International celebrated its 75th Anniversary at the International Convention in Chicago where International President Rolf Klarich announced the theme of Rotary to be “Take Time to Serve. Our club adopted the same thesis for the year 1980—1981. In addition, the Club’s goals were to increase committee activity, improve attendance, gain new members and seek more involvement in the community through sponsorships. We also decided to improve the quality and regularity of singing at least one song after the singing of “America.”
On August 8, “All Rotary Day” was held at the Country Club. The District Golf Tournament was the feature attraction, and it was followed by a dinner in the evening.
On September 14, a group traveled to Kansas City to attend the Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouse featuring “The Sound of Music.” The “Y” Drive was held under the leadership of Chairman Max Blair. The Club had an active softball and bowling team.
The 69th Annual Birthday Party was held on October 28 at the Country Club with 110 members and Rotary Anns attending. It was the best attendance in quite a while for this event.
The Salvation Army bell ringers worked on December 17, and the Student Christmas Party was held on December 30. Jim Hower was chairman of the event, which was attended by 23 students from various colleges.
The Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to Sam Maddox by our district Governor Chuck Sheppard.
On January 17, Rotary hosted the presidents of the various Junior Achievement companies. There were 15 companies represented by their presidents, and an excellent program on Junior Achievement was presented to our members.
During this year, Club #32 made donations to the Performing Arts of $200, United Way of $110 and Junior Achievement of $525.
There were nine new members inducted during the year. The District Conference of District #603 was held on April 24—26 at the Ramada Inn in St. Joseph with an excellent attendance of over 200 present. Our own Marv Looney was elected as District Governor for the next year.
This Rotary year came to a close the end of June and was considered to be a very successful year, thanks to the participation of our good members.
Rotary International President: Stanley E. McCaffrey, Stockton, California
District 603 Governor: Colin Campbell, Parkville, Missouri
In looking at the history of the 1981—1982 year of St. Joseph Rotary Club 32, one of the Highlights would have to be the weekly programs. A variety of programs was presented, including information on the Columbia Space Shuttle, sports music, Rotary, State Government, local government, and many other programs of interest to the membership. One of the measures by which the program could be judged was the number of major articles in the St. Joseph newspaper concerning the Rotary program. Numerous programs were covered during the year by the newspaper, which certainly helped the public image of the Rotary Club.
One annual event of the Club was the annual All Rotary Day, which was held at the St. Joseph Country Club on August 14, 1981. Rick Beaulieu was chairman of the All Rotary Committee. There were 114 golfers and eight tennis players entered in the tournaments, and 96 Rotarians and guests at the buffet dinner. Seventeen clubs were represented from the District.
The Club was visited by District Governor Colin Campbell on August 18, 1981, at our regular meeting, at which he set out the goals and objectives of the District for the year.
During the year, Club 32 sponsored a number of worthy civic projects, including contributions to the YMCA Capital fund, Boy Scouts of Pony Express Council, Junior Achievement, Salvation Army, and United Way. A number of fellowship activities were held during the year with a group attending Waldo Astoria Theatre in Kansas City on September 13, 1981. The 70th birthday of Rotary Club 32 was celebrated with a party at the Moila Country Club on November 12. Ninety-nine members were in attendance at the dinner-dance party.
On February 14, a Valentine Sweetheart party was held at the Swiss Chalet. On May 22, the first annual picnic was held at the RTE Angus Ranch where the members and families enjoyed charcoaled steaks as well as many other activities during the afternoon such as horseback riding, horseshoe pitching, and others.
The Club was pleased to select Barent Springsted to receive the Paul Harris Fellow award, which was presented on November 17.
Fifty-year awards from Rotary International were also presented during the year to Russell Peck and Chris Ellinger.
As part of youth activities, the Student Christmas party was held on December 19. The party was chaired by Bill Carpenter with 51 students attending from 29 different colleges and universities. The speaker was Congresssman Tom Coleman.
Student leaders in Junior Achievement were recognized at the meeting on January 16. The ten top presidents were recognized as the J.A. achievers.
Attendance was stressed during the year, and numerous perfect attendance pins were given, including one for 42 years to Emmett Beckley and one for 34 years to Ed Schneitter for perfect attendance.
During the year, attention was given to updating the constitution and by-laws, and as a result, a revised constitution and by-laws was approved by the membership.
During the year cooperation between the three Rotary Clubs of St. Joseph reached a new high. Monthly meetings were held with the three presidents, and during the year three joint meetings were held between the three clubs. The first was for a presentation by the University of Missouri president, James Olson. The clubs also joined together to hold a luncheon meeting of Rotary International presidential nominee, Harry Finks of Clinton, Missouri.
A number of members of Club 32 with their wives attended the District Conference, which was held April 30—May 2 at the Hilton Airport Plaza Inn. The Rotary International Convention was held in Dallas June 6—9 and President-Elect Fred Stoll attended.
President Fred Stoll 1982-1983
Rotary International President: Hiroji Mukasa, Nakatau, Otto, Japan
District 603 Governor: Marvin O. Looney, St. Joseph, Missouri
The first special event was the Annual All Rotary Day held at the Moila Club August 6, 1982. there were 102 golfers and eight tennis players participating in the day’s activities.
On September 14, Darell Huggins, Director of the YMCA gave a talk and demonstration about Rotary youth work and the YMCA.
Club 32 celebrated its 71st birthday on November 17 at the St. Joseph country Club. Seventy-six Rotarians and guests enjoyed a fun evening.
On December 28, we had our Annual Student Christmas Party. Jack Barclay gave a talk about the free enterprise system in our country. We had 44 students representing 26 different universities and colleges attend the meeting.
On February 15, a special Valentine’s Day luncheon was held. We had 35 Rotarians attend our meeting.
April 28, a joint meeting was held with the South Side Club. David Blake, the Governor’s representative from District 125 in England and his Group Study Exchange Team gave us an excellent program about their impressions of our country.
Our annual picnic was attended by 90 Rotarians and their families at Frank Reynolds’s ranch. Everyone enjoyed themselves very much.
President Jim Bocell 1983-1984
District Governor 603: Larry Reynolds, Chillicothe, Missouri
Prior to assuming my duties as President, I had the privilege of attending the Rotary international Convention held in Toronto. At that time, I was introduced personally, to Bill Skelton, the president Elect of Rotary international, who became President during my term.
My adopted theme for the year was “Do All Things with Fervor,” and, thus it all began with ringing the gong at each meeting “with fervor.”
With regard to Club #32, our first big event of the year was the Annual All Rotary Day, which included golf, tennis, dinner and prizes. This was held on September 16, 1983 with golf being played at Fairview golf course, tennis at Noyes Court and dinner served at the Moila shrine Temple. Charles Bayer was the master of ceremonies and 88 participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The next big event was our Club Birthday Party, which was held November 9th at the St. Joseph Country Club, observing the 72nd anniversary of the founding of our club. An excellent dinner, door prizes and bingo were the order of the evening, all of which was meticulously engineered by the chairman of the birthday committee, Rick Beaulieu, assisted by the following committee members: Kurt Connor, Dave Rowe, Van Vander Molen and Rob Houp.
A traditional event with our club is the Student Christmas Party, which was held January 3, 1984. The committee was chaired by Don Dyer with the following committee members: Dennis Christgen, Merlin Hasenbank, Bob Nelson and Jerry Troester. Various colleges and all four local high schools were well represented.
District conferences are always a highlight and our club was well represented in Chillicothe on April 27—29.
Frank Reynolds again extended an invitation to our club to hold a picnic at his ranch, which is just north of Savannah, Missouri. The entire event turned out to be a huge success. The weather was perfect, steaks were great and side dishes were tasty. A job well done y the Fellowship Committee chaired by Chris Jones and assisted by Bart Ford, Dave Rowe, Russ Peck, Archie Weeks, Jim Miller and Erv Cook.
In addition to the above events, other items are of note.
Our club participated in a drive for funds for the YMCA and the Club team chaired by Chris Jones won a first place trophy in the fund drive campaign.
During the year, St. Joseph Rotary Club Foundation awarded 14 scholarships totaling $3,675.
The Club mad contributions to the following for the fiscal year:
· Heartland Art Fest
· Junior League (The chemical People Program)
· Junior Achievement President of the year Contest
· Junior Achievement Rotary Pledge
· United Way
· Handicapped Children
Gifts to memorials totaled $2,387.
Two Paul Harris Fellows were awarded. One to Fred Stoll and the other posthumously to Warren Letts who had served as our Club Treasurer for many years.
Sincere thanks to Lilly Porter for her “above and beyond the call of duty” performance as Executive Secretary.
President Jack Carmody 1984-1985
Rotary International President: Carlos Canseco, Monterrey, Mexico
District 603 Governor: John T. Schott, Parkville, Missouri
Prior to the start of his year in office, President Elect John A. Carmody and his Rotary Ann, Dorothy, attended the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England from June 3 through 6, 1984. This convention was the third largest in Rotary history with 23,500 Rotarians in attendance. The convention closing date was also the 40th anniversary of D-Day in Europe, so the large contingent of U.S. Rotarians was augmented with an additional 50,000 American Veterans who attended memorial ceremonies in England and France.
The first major event of the 1985-86 year was All Rotary Day, which was held on October 1 at Moila Country Club. This was the 30th Annual All District event. Twelve clubs were represented with 75 golfers teeing off at noon.
The banquet was attended by over 90 Rotarians, with Jim Bocell acting as Master of Ceremonies.
Jim Hatton was chairman and his committee members, Barent Springsted, Ray Woody, and Ray and Vern Weddle, did an outstanding job of organizing this event at Moila Country Club.
A Rotary team headed by Chris Jones captured 1st place in the YMCA membership Drive. This was the first time in 20 years that the Rotary team took first place.
Club 32 celebrated its 73rd birthday on November 16, with a dinner and a Las Vegas Party at the St. Joseph Country Club. President Jack Carmody was unable to attend, having undergone surgery at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City. Jim Hatton and Jim Bocell did a great Job in making this event a memorable one. Jim Hatton ably conducted the three regular meetings that President Jack missed.
The Annual Student Christmas Party was held on December 28 at the YMCA. Dr. Jim McCarthy from Missouri Western State College gave the 14 student guests a challenge to their leadership and delivered an excellent talk on the importance of leadership to an individual’s success in the business world.
The most important event of the year was the 76th Annual Rotary International Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri, from May 26 to May 29, 1985. Members of our club participated in greeting arriving Rotarians at the Kansas City Airport. Several of our members attended the daily events that were held at the Municipal Auditorium and Bartle Hall in Kansas City. A total of 13,784 Rotarians and guests from 87 countries were registered for the convention.
The highlight of the International Convention activities for members of Club #32 was the Home Hospitality event on the last night of the convention. Ten Rotarians and their Rotary Anns entertained 34 visiting Rotarians and their wives from the USA and foreign countries, some as far away as South Africa.
Murray Williams, as International Service director, created renewed interest in Paul Harris Fellowships and Sustaining Memberships. On May 31, 1985, our club established a new plateau of contributions of $19,000 or $190.77 per capita. Total dollar contributions reached $26,158.
Our St. Joseph Scholarship Foundation supported 14 students, with amounts ranging from $250 to $400, with a total fund of $4,000.
Additional activities by Club members:
· Show-Me Rotary—Jefferson City, MO—March 8 & 9, 1985
· District 603 Conference—KCI Plaza Inn—April 2—14, 1985
· District Assembly—Cameron, MO—September, 1984
Donations totaling over $1,800 were made by our club in 1984-84 to the Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement, St. Joseph School district, Salvation Army and other worthy organizations.
President Jim Hatton 1985-1986
Rotary International President: Edward F. Cadman
District 603 Governor: Harley Wyatt
As in past years, Club #32 continued to support many worthy organizations and projects. Contributions were made to the following:
During this year Club #32 got involved for the first time in fund raising projects for the Club. Among those projects was an auction that was held at Camp Geiger on 9/14/85, for which club members donated items for sale, and Club #32 Rotarians working various concession stands at the Apple Blossom Parade held on 5/3/86. The fund raising projects netted the Club a total of $700, which is not a bad start.
In addition to raising funds for the Club, members of Club #32 once again assisted the Salvation Army on 12/19/85 in their Christmas Bell Ringing Project.
Outstanding events of the Year
During the year Club #32 presented five people with Paul Harris Fellows. They were the following:
· Denton Matteson
· Dorothy Gee
· Jim Bocell
· John Karle
· Clarence Vander Molen
The Club’s Board of Directors voted at the August 1985 Board meeting to start enforcing the attendance rules as prescribed by Rotary International, effective January, 1986.
At the October, 1985 Board meeting, a resolution was passed that would allow Club #32 to match any contributions made by a Rotarian to the Rotary Foundation for a Sustaining Paul Harris Fellowship as the Club funds are available. For the year, the Rotarian contributions and matchings totaled $5,800.
Kerry Lynn Neylon, a nominee of club #32 was selected for a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship. Kerry is a journalism graduate from Missouri University and her choice of countries to study in was Australia.
Amy Hausman, a graduate of LeBlond High School, was awarded a scholarship from District 603. Amy was Club #32’s nominee for that District scholarship.
Club #32’s nominee, Frank Gee, was named district Rotarian of the Year at the District conference held in April, 1986.
Our own St. Joseph Rotary Foundation had another successful year. There were 11 scholarships, totaling $3,500, given to worthy area high school graduates.
The Club started the year with a total membership of 119. During the year there were eight new members inducted, 10 resignations and one death—Bob Finch. This left the Club membership at 106 at the end of the year.
President Eric Beaty Scott 1986-1987
Club 32 celebrated its 75th anniversary with International President Elect, Charles E. Keller as our guest of honor. The party was celebrated by over 200 guests from all over the U.S. at the Ramada Inn in St. Joseph.
International Rotary events included the RI Convention in Los Vegas and the induction of Rotary’s one-millionth member. The Polio Plus Program was initiated and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary in the United States could not deny membership to women.
Other significant events included the relocation of the club’s noon meetings from the YMCA to the Holiday Inn, the departure of long time Club Secretary Lily Porter and the hiring of Pat Lile as the new Secretary. The Einbender Medical Scholarship was created at Missouri Western State College, as was the first Award for Excellence. The Club’s first rose sale was a significant fundraising activity and 406 dozen roses were sold. The Club also sold Club Histories for the first time to raise money.
All Rotary Day was held at the Municipal Golf Course and Dick DeShon’s cabin on the river. The Club met at Camp Geiger with the Boy Scouts, and at MWSC for the Student Christmas party. The Valentine Party was held at the Holiday Inn. The Club hosted an exchange team from Germany. Membership remained constant at 104.
President Eric Scott was shown how to ring the Club bell for adjournment without rupturing the members’ ears and he gave a new meaning to the term “the late President” although he was on time for a few meetings.