Who and What We Are
Cape Girardeau West became a Rotary Club because of the vision of Cape Girardeau Rotary Club leadership, members, and PDG John Blue. John Blue envisioned more Rotary members in Cape Girardeau, instead of an exclusive club. Cape West was chartered July 25, 1966, with 23 new members.
Many projects have left a legacy in our city through the contributions of Cape West Rotary to Scouting Programs, Boy’s and Girl’s clubs, Sports, Rotary Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange with countries throughout the world sponsoring Ambassadorial Scholars and too many local projects to list.
Rotary International, through the local Rotary Clubs, supports projects to improve lives of those in need in other countries. Cape West has sponsored drilling of water wells, cataract and ear surgeries, shoes for orphans, and funding for eradication of polio. These are only a token naming of projects where local Rotarians have contributed physically and financially.
We are bankers, lawyers, administrators, creatives, teachers, craftsmen, sales people, managers and many other things, but we all come together as Rotarians with one purpose: to put Service Above Self.
Your 2020-21 Leadership Team:
President – Ryan J. Dewrock
President elect – Mark Welker (Rotary Foundation Chair)
Immediate Past President – K. Scott McClanahan
Secretary – David Preusser
Treasurer – Les Tainter
James Newman; T.A. LaMantia II; Wil Gorman; Whitney Quick; Dustin Hoesli
Terry Godwin – Club Program Chair
Les Tainter – Membership Chair
Jill Glenzy – Club Communications Officer
George “Skip” Wrape, Jr. Asst. District Gov. 6060
What We Are and Do
Cape Girardeau West prides itself on the diversity of its membership. With that diversity comes more opportunity, as everyone offers something different to the collective effort of the club.
We utilize the skillsets of our membership to achieve many different goals. Between the Duck Regatta, our annual Radio Auction and the Scholarship Banquet, we raise funds that can directly impact local and regional organizations and individuals in need.
Beyond our major events, we are constantly working to better our community and the world. From putting in hours screwing in plywood for a new ceiling to volunteering with Read to Succeed through United Way to traveling to Haiti to build schools and provide opportunities to poverty-stricken youth, Cape West Rotary is a group focused on the greater good.
Being a member of Rotary isn’t all work and no play. We enjoy family-oriented events like barbecues and sports games, and look forward to a little down time now and then.
We encourage you to read more about the entirety of the Rotary International organization on their website at www.rotary.org. They offer a wealth of resources about what the organization does globally.
If you would like to make a local impact that rings around the world, join us today. We’d love to hear from you. Contact us HERE for more information.