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12-11-14 : Dennis Ulrich – Brian Sievers, Sievers Equipment, Agricultural Technology and Equipment

December 4, 2014

Ann Tosovsky presented Scott Rocca of Griffin 3-D printing!

Scott Rocca from Griffin 3-D spoke on 3D printing. His company, which is based in St. Louis, produces 3D printers. Scott is from Glen Carbon and went to SIUE as well as Mass. Institute of Technology’s fabrication academy.

He said 3D printing has been around for about 30 years. About 6 years ago Adrien Brody (Spelling?) in Australia started a replication prototyper that made the technology a lot more accessible. Machines available for less than $1,000.

Scott compared 3D printing to a loaf of bread. When you slice the loaf the individual slices are different. He brought a Filament Definition Machine to demonstrate.A number of programs exists to work with the 3D printers. They have names like Sketchup and TinkerCat. You take 3D objects and scan them and then you can print them out. At one conference he scanned a student from UMSL and in about 2.5 hours it printed out a little solid figure of the student.

He showed a sample of a prosthetic hand that was made out of a plastic with a 3D printer. The models are scaleable so you can just print out new ones as children grow. Scott reported there is a young man in Iran that lost a hand to IEDs. He now has a printer which he uses to make his own replacement hands. He scan its his and scales it to make prosthetics for other kids who lose hands as well.

All industries are interested in the 3D technology. It is open source which means usually anything you make you give away plans so everyone has access to it. It is really starting to catch on as a home based industry. Jay Leno makes parts for his cars at home.

Scott answered questions and one of the members said a 3D printer just went up to the station. The sample Scott brought along to demonstrate was $900. Has one model that is $300. MakerBot has one that is $7,000. Hal said the 3D scanners that can do a crown for a tooth is $250,000. Usually those are done in wax and then a mold is done so they can be cast. Scott gave an example of someone who had a broken jaw bone scanned and replaced with 3D technology.

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November 20, 2014

Carolyn Green presented Katie Hamilton and Lindsey Katz. Katie and Lindsey are both athletic trainers; Katie is assistant athletic trainer at Edwardsville High School. A very common happenstance is a concussion, a traumatic brain injury that is temporary and accompanied by side effects. Only 5% of persons lose consciousness; the cause is generally from a blow to the head or a violent shaking to the body, usually the head or neck.

In head injury, a coup injury occurs under the site of impact with an object, and a contrecoup injury occurs on the side opposite the area that was impacted.

A second impact syndrome can occur before the first impact recovery. The brain swells and often can occur days or months afterwards. Look for neck pain, loss of consciousness or abnormal motor response.

Assessment should occur immediately after the injury. Move the victim away to a quiet spot and look for signs and symptoms. Practice SCAT3 (standard
assessment of concussions) by evaluating their physical response, i.e. balance, visual, etc. and by testing memory with the delayed recall method. (Ask a person to remember three things and a few minutes later see how well they can recall those three things.)

Management of symptoms following injury includes a cognitive rest and informing school personnel such as the nurse and the teacher and an M.D. if needed.
Return to play protocol for sports is symptom-free for the student or victim. Note: House Bill 200 passed July, 2011 requiring the athlete to have a health care provider exam and written permission of the athlete. This pertains to football, lacrosse, soccer, cheerleading, hockey and wrestling.

There has been a lot of media coverage which has led to exposure of paid lawsuits. Often a big game player will continue to play because they are worried about their jobs instead of their health. Certain rule changes have occurred requiring the catcher and the runner to have more equipment for the head. With kids there may be other factors that keep them in play with a head injury … variation in physical size or strength or parent or peer pressure.

We received lots of knowledge from these two trainers. You may reach Katie at or 618-288-4233
You may reach Lindsey at or 618-477-8550

Thanks to all those invoved for this program.

November 13, 2014

Joan Evers gave the history of the first 25 years of our club! Joan shared many things about the history of our club and its relation to Edwardsville community history. Some of the facts she mentioned are listed below.

~The Edwardsville Club began May 12th, 1925 with 25 members.
~The Alton club began in 1921: Granite City in 1924.
~In ’25 time RI had 108,00 members and 2096 clubs.
~There was one member per career classification.
~St John’s United Methodist Church on St. Louis St. was where they
met for many years.
~Tom Williamson was the first district governor that came from
our club.
~One of the early projects was to take children to the Sportsmen’s
Park for baseball.
~In 1938 we sponsored the Highland Rotary Club – Clint Rogier was
a member here first, before our club.
~Ten club members served in WWII.
~In 1941 we co-sponsored the Bethalto Club; in ’45 we sponsored
Collinsville; in’46, Roxana.
~Women were called Rotary Anns back then and their activities
differed from the male members.
~In 1947 Paul Harris, founder, died. Shortly after RI set in action
the Rotary Foundation.
~In 1950 Olin Wetzel joined. At that time our club had 60 members
and it was the year of our 25 year anniversary.

Joan always works hard to dig up local history for our interest. She has promised to summarize our next 25 years in the near future. By the way, Joan, thanks for sharing the story about postponing your wedding because of a district conference. We enjoyed your program!Joan25

Pictured is Joan with fellow Rotarian, long time friend, and former career associate Olin Wetzel!

November 6, 2014

Ed Romney introduced Richard Coolbaugh for the Polio Foundation and gave us some of his background as a Rotarian. He was a former member of the St. Clair West Rotary Club District 6510 where he was Polio Chair for 3 years and the District achieved the highest per capita in donations in the Zone. He was Asst. Governor District 6510. a Paul +7 Society, Director for District 6510 Rotary Leadership Institute, a Rotary Benefactor and served on the District Visioning Team. While at St. Clair County West, his project donated 5 wells in Malawi in the names of the District Governors from that Club. Since Tom Ripperda became a District Governor from St. Clair County West he donated an Outhouse in his name. He later went to Malawi and was the first one to use it at the Embengue School which had only 2 outhouses for 2500 persons.

Richard told us that the Type 1 virus is the only one we’ve seen in the last few years. Type II and III are gone, attributed to a new vaccine and a better delivery system. During the National Immunization Days vaccines are transported in cold cases; GIS trackers placed in the carrier so as not to miss anyone during the delivery effort.  The third reason for the success in eradication is partnerships with the CDC, WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who have matched $2.00 for every $1.00 donated.

The polio vaccine does not last long outside the body, but it is crucial to completely eradicate it. We have had 2 outbreaks recently: 194 in Somalia and 35 in Syria. Those infected traveling into safe countries are infecting others. The last 3 countries that are on the target list are Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. India has been certified polio free for the last 3 years.

It has been estimated that we will save 50 billion dollars in the next 25 years if polio is eradicated. The year 2018 is the current estimate for this goal. Polio Plus helps citizens in poor countries with other health issues such as nutrition and diet.

It costs only 60 cents for one child to be immunized.

Thanks to Richard for his finite knowledge of Rotary Polio Plus.

October 30, 2014

Brian Mulhall presented the annual Citrus Kickoff for our citrus sales! As Captain Orange, Brian rolled around the room to “Start Me Up” to get everyone excited about our single largest fundraiser. Updated information and packets were passed out to members (contacts if you missed yours!) and teams were set! He even offered some fun incentives ranging from gift cards to a polar plunge to motivate us!

October 23, 2014

Rod Vaught invited “The Steak Whisperer,” John Tarpoff! He was presented with the Community Service Award for his contributions to the community. John has also donated his time and beef to several national charitable events. He has greatly contributed to the beef industry!

John, the Steak Whisperer

John started working for his dad when he was 8 years of age and performed every job there was in the meat packing industry. With his knowledge of biology and beef he began to improve the cattle by focusing on genetics and nutrition and soon 50% of his cattle were grading at Prime. After the family business in Granite City closed in the early 200’s due to an illness in the family he was recruited by Niman Ranch. Now in charge of the beef product John applied the animal husbandry approach with the help of Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal science. A new approach of stress reduction on the cattle led to superior beef. Providing fresh water daily, cleaning the pens daily, furnishing a lean to with hay bales helped to protect the cattle from ice and mud and wind. John says the two most important things to him in his endeavor with Niman are integrity and character. Care is taken who they buy their cattle from and who they sell them to. John’s insight and efforts have increased Niman’s business from 30 million dollars to 350 million dollars.

We also had the pleasure of meeting with John’s mother and wife, Mary and Joyce, respectively. You can have one of those great Certified Angus Beef steaks when you visit Andria’s, their family-owned restaurant.

Many thanks to Rod and John and family for our program. Educational handouts are available if you missed our session last week. Consult Rod Vaught for more information.

October 16, 2014

This week, Jason Stevens presented Marcel Brown for “The Cloud.” Marcel Brown is owner of his own company, Marcel Brown Technology Services. Recent mobile computing changes have made the general public more aware of the term, ‘The Cloud.’

The ‘cloud’ is just a fancy term for an internet based service. Services like Dropbox, Quick Books Online, and Google apps are examples of services that are stored on the internet for our use. The advantage here is that small businesses can now use these services that only large businesses once used. Besides less technology and less cost there are data advantages as well. For example, data sharing, built-in mobility, device independence and the ability to provide off-site backup are clearly handy. On the other hand, concerns of security, internet outages (not so much these days) and cost can be negative aspects.

Marcel Brown specializes in small business and home; MAC, PC and network support; Cloud and mobile computing; and social media and website technologies. For questions you may reach him at and may view his website at

Thanks to Jason Stevens and Marcel Brown for our program.

October 2, 2014

District 6460 Governor 2014-2015 Dave Knieriem and Assistant District Governor Maura Donnelly visited! Dave is a technology consultant, owning DK Office Consulting in Mason City, IL, specializing in educational institutions, small/medium businesses and home users. He served in the USAF for 20 years, retiring as a Major in 1995. Dave joined Rotary in 1997 with the Rotary Club of Mason City. He served as Club President for 3 years and as Club Secretary for 5 years. He served as Asst. Governor in our district for four years , on the District Training Committee for four years, one year as a District Trainer. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Bequest Society member. His wife Bonnie (her photo in district newsletter) is also a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Bequest Society member. She is a Past Club President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Mason City.

Also active in community, civic and church affairs he has found time to visit 49 clubs in the district, ours being the 44th club. There are nearly 2500 members in our district and we are planning on growing. Maura Donnelly is a member of the Highland club and she assists the Edwardsville, Collinsville, Goshen, Highland and Silver Creek (Troy) club. She is the Chief Financial Officer for Terra Properties located in Highland, IL.

Dave shared that we light up Rotary when we share our service, strengthen our club and work on our community image. We should encourage our spouse and family members to join and reach out to the youth exchange members. As Rotarians we invest our time, money, and our expertise. But we should also consider giving to Every Rotarian Every Year, Rotary Direct, Paul Harris Circle of Friends, Rotary foundation and Bequest Estate.

District Governor Dave spoke of the near future of Rotary. The goal of Rotary is 1.3 million members, and soon, since we’ve had 1.2 million members for several years. The Polio Plus End Date target is 2018. We will see it happen. Dave suggests we try new ideas as a club. Don’t be afraid of failure. Catch the vision and the enthusiasm of Rotary and ask others to join! Dave Knieriem extended his invitation to the District Conference this weekend for more fun and learning.

Thanks John, Dave and Maura for your program.

September 25, 2014

Todd Sivis presented Richard Avdoian of the Midwest Business Institute.  Richard Avdoian is a nationally known speaker, executive coach and consultant who works wi th businesses and associations committed to training highly motivated productive employees. Having worked with clients in over forty different industries, and as the the president/CEO of the Midwest Business Institute, Richard can share with us employment training and development.

The younger generation has a different work attitude toward employment. They will loan themselves to an employer as long as it is in line with with where they’re going. These employees are looking for training. Today’s companies do not want to invest in training or wellness, so internet interviews have become popular. A personal interview may follow.
Don’t be surprised if one of these younger employees only sticks around for 3 months before they’re leaving for somewhere else.
As time is of the essence today, the younger workers want some value or benefit for their time. What can the employer do? Let the more seasoned employees train the new incomers. Hire for their skills, not the job. You probably won’t have time to groom them.
Treat your employees with respect … leave them alone to do their job … they will want training and techniques to further their employment repertoire.

For more info contact Richard Avdoian 618-972-8588 or or
contact Todd Sivia at his email

September 18, 2014

Jared Siebert presented Patrick McKeehan from the Metro East Startup Challenge.  Patrick McKeehan is the Director of the IL Small Business Development Center School of Business located at SIUE. They are an excellent resource for existing small business and business startups. They offer seminars and undergraduate programs covering international trade, market research, investing and finance, and more.

What Mr. McKeehan covered in his program was the Metro East Startup Challenge, a business plan competition that rewards entrepreneurial excellence. University Park at SIUE is the competition sponsor; the St. Louis Regional Chamber and PNC Bank are the award sponsors.
This year Todd “Dutch” Eschman, founder of Old Dutch Classic Bats, in Swansea, IL won $10,000.00. Todd manufactures old bats used in vintage baseball where the players wear period reproductive uniforms and play by the rules from the 1800’s.
Adam Stumpf, president and CEO of Stumpfy’s Spirits Co., won second place, $5000.00. The distillery is located in Columbia on a 7th generation family farm and uses rains produced there.

Out of 100 online applicants 30 qualified; 15 were semifinalists; 6 became finalists. According to our speaker, Todd won because he followed the rules for the contest to the letter.

To reach Mr. McKeehan email him at
or phone him at 618-650-2647

Thanks to Jared and Patrick for our program.

September 11, 2014

Trish Shrewsberry presented Chris Tracy of Equipping the Called Adoption & Foster Ministry. In 2011, Chris and Julie Tracy started Equipping the Called Adopt & Foster Ministry” (associated with the Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, IL) after Chris realized this was his calling. He was nearly 50 years of age, had two children already, and was only 2 years from retiring from the Illinois State Police.

Today, he and Julie are the biological parents of a daughter (age 18) and a son (15). They have expanded their family with the addition of three more children: two daughters and a son! All three kids were born in the People’s Republic of China, but currently only their daughter (4) and son (2) are with them. Their third daughter (3) is still waiting to join this remarkable family, and they couldn’t be more excited!

Given that there are 125,000 orphans in the USA and 147 million orphans worldwide, the need for adoptive and foster parents is overwhelming. Chris wants to bring together those that have the calling to adopt and those that wish to assisted those who have adopted. The goals of their ministry are to assist parents with children in crisis, create awareness of adoptive parents and their needs, provide funding for orphans, collect items that the kids will need like diapers, clothing, and equipment, and support the missions of the parents and their kids.

According to Chris, 66% of people in the USA have thought about adopting, but only 2% have actually adopted (with one family from every three churches). If you are thinking about or interested in adoption or fostering, please give Chris a call at 618-806-7350, visit their website, or send them an email at


September 4, 2014

Mark Shashek presented Roger Cochran, Div Mgr, and Nick Bauer, Environmental Mgr, from Republic Services: Edwardsville and Roxana Landfill. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, this company merged with Allied Waste in 2008. They currently have over 30,000 employed in the USA and Puerto Rico. According to Subtitle D, operating standards were upgraded to monitor ground water, gas, storm water, and leachate. Roxana Village WWTP – nearly 7 MILLION gallons of leachate per year. Landfill gas is a 50/50 mix of methane and CO2 that can be destroyed with a flare or consumed for use. According to these knowledgeable guys, recycling really makes a difference with landfills. In Edwardsville, 25% of residents participate, with 20% of Glen Carbon joining in!

August 28, 2014

Ed Small introduced Dr. Dale Chapman, President of Lewis and Clark Community College,
Executive Director of the Lewis and Clark College Foundation
and Chairman of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

Dr. Chapman has a two-decade tenure at LCCC. His education, merits and affiliations with organizations are too numerous to mention, as are all the details he shared with us at out meeting.

Lewis & Clark, established in 1970, is a two-year college.
Some highlights are included below:

– Students from Edwardsville comprise 18% of LCCC.
– Approx. 2000 EHS and L&C students attend classes at
the N.O. Nelson campus.
– Environmental Science undergrads participate in a
research project and then defend their results from a
program called the National Great Rivers Research and
Education Center, partnered with Uof I, LCCC, and the
IL Natural Historic Society to benefit sustainability and
river research; i.e., soil and water conservation at Gulf
of Mexico, bird sanctuary, occupation protection.
– Advanced Technology for Fuel use partners are
Hortica and Ameren.

For information on LCCC programs and services visit their website.


August 21, 2014

Mike Semanisin introduced Rob Isringhausen and Phil Reis from the Lewis and Clark Council of Boys Scouts of America.
L&C council covers 15 counties. It serves over 20, 000 youths, and it’s the largest youth serving organization in southwest Illinois. Programs they have include the scouting for food program where 1/2 million items are collected and delivered to local food pantries. There is about 60,200 hours of service from the Boy Scouts.

There are 4 different camps in the area. They are used year round and have disability accessible units that are boundless for physical and mental limitations. These camps are made possible by community support. They did the program today to come and thank us for the support. BSA is seeing growth in numbers locally but a decline nationally.


August 14, 2014

Gerry Schuetzenhofer presented Dave Stoecklin, Executive Direction Mad Co Employment and Training! David is a graduate of Saint Louis University and the University of Phoenix. Jerry is the chairman of the Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board and said he has been very impressed with ow David works for business in the two counties.

David talked about the board and introduced board members in the room – Jerry, Laura Reed and Joe Stevens. The board has a field office in both counties. They work as a human resources support team to help businesses grow and develop.

One of the things the board works hard on is Workforce training and community education. We have a lot of manufacturing jobs but the employers are saying it is getting harder and harder to find the kind of employees they need. In David’s opinion we need to regrow manufacturing. We have some of the best transportation in the community. We have some of the nation’s best warehouses located on centralized rail, barge, highway lines between 3 airports.

We just need to strengthen the workforce. We support high schools and community college and help where we can to retrain workers. David handed out the Jobs Plus flyers. This job fair is focusing on helping Scott Airmen who have been downsized and other members of the community needing work. We would encourage everyone to participate and he encouraged anyone with questions or needing workers to call him. The job fair is free to employers.

Both offices keep a list of job openings in the area and how to apply. They also help people apply. Current opportunities out there include US Steel and Conoco Phillips where jobs can start at $75,000 to $100,000. High demand for Health Care. There is also significant need in the region for computer work like System Engineers, Software, etc where salaries often start at $60,000 per year.


August 7, 2014

On August 7, 2014, SJ Morrison presented a special program on the 5th Annual Criterium! In its 5th year, the Criterium will have 8 professional races, 4 kids races, live music, food and beverage storefronts (take advantage of that open container perimeter!), 200 volunteers, and 50+ local businesses and organizations contributing toward the event!

SJ gave us some great information on what the Criterium is – a crit is a closed course between .5 and 2 miles (ours is .7 miles!) and is USA Cycling sanctioned! Our payouts this year total $10,00, the largest single day payout in the region. He quizzed our Crit knowledge (I’ll take “pelaton” for 100, Alex) and even shared the heart warming story of Jodie Meyers Oates.

Oates is an Edwardsville native turned professional cyclist. In honor of her father, a fantastic Rotarian who unfortunately passed away in June, she will be racing in this year’s Criterium. Cheer Jodie on with us that day!

SJ also introduced Rotary to Tess Boyer, who will be singing at the Crit! Tess is a graduate of Edwardsville High School and contestant on season 6 of the popular show “The Voice.” Tess shared lunch and some of her experiences with us, making us even more excited for her performance. Be sure to stop by the concert stage 9:30 to cheer on our local talent, Tess!


July 31, 2014

The Illinois Business Journal reports on business and news in central and southwestern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolis.

Alan Orbtals, now president and publisher of the Illinois Business Journal has a background in economic development and real estate.  He and Dennis met at a Rotary Club in Granite City.  They both have ties to the Granite City Press Record and the Alton Telegraph.

The first issue of the Illinois Business Journal was in October, 2000.  Dennis Grubaugh just joined Al last year.  He has 35 years news background; has witnessed how corporations have taken over and made cutbacks in the news industry, thus leading to fewer reporters and more news on television, websites, etc.  Therefore the Journal is now into social media, websites and videos to report the news.  Since his union with Al he has learned more about the ownership and production side of the business.  The Illinois Business Journal is aiming for an online presence as large as their print presence.

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