Wednesday, January 21, 2009

10 Questions With John Kiesling

We have another edition of 10 Questions with a Rotary Member. Today's guest is no other than John Kiesling.

1.What did you do in your working years?

I was in heavy and highway construction, mostly asphalt paving. (John always said he built the smoothest roads this side of heaven.) I added that, Doris

2. How long have you been a member of the Carterville Rotary?

I was a Charter member.

3. Whats your fondest moment of Rotary?

When I was awarded the Rotarian of the Year award.

4. Where were you born
and raised?

I was born in St. Louis County, as a kid we lived behind Grants Farm and I use to play over there all of the time.

5. Top 3 Reasons to live in Carterville?

the school district, JAL college and the people

6. What one word best describes you?

I guess Honest--Hard worker, ( Ask my wife)

7. What do you do for fun?

B.B. games, Plays, work in the yard and 6 grand kids.

8. Whats your top 3 favorite books?

I can't really put my finger on any favorites, but I enjoy reading history of So. Illinois.

9. What does Rotary mean to you?

I think Rotary is a very good service organization with all the members interested in projects to help the club

10. Favorite place to eat?

Doris's cooking is tops, after that I would say 17 Street, Applebees, and Red lobster and special occasions, Mary's in Herrin.

11. Something that many people may not know about you?

I was drafter in Feb. 1952, I volunteered for the Marine Corps and after boot camp I volunteered for Korea, where I served for 14 months.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitaion Coming to Carterville Rotary January 21st

To give advance notice, we wanted to let Carterville Rotary members and guests aware of a special meeting January 21st. Beverly Shofstall from the Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be joining us with 3 of her animals that they have rescued. It should be an interesting treat. Here area few pics from their website of animals they have rescued.

About Free Again Wildlife Rehab Center

Free Again, Inc. began in 1988 by Beverly Shofstall, while working as a veterinary technician at Central Hospital for Animals in Herrin. The facility has since grown and now takes in over 400 hundred animals annually.

The purposes of Free Again are:

  • to rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife for return to their natural environment
  • to study the behavior and diseases of wildlife
  • to educate the public on the importance of all wildlife in our environment.

Some animals, primarily non-releasable birds of prey, are kept for educational programs in order for Free Again to continue educating children and adults around the region.

You can visit their website at

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Member To The Group

Carterville Rotary welcomes Pat Adams to the group! Pat was originally from the Chicago area and has found his way back to Illinois. Pat works for Century 21 Real Estate out of Carondale, IL and is excited to join our group. Here you can see Rich (left) with Pat getting ready to be inducted.

Rich! Don't stick him too hard!

We had a really good turnout for our first meeting at the Crab Orchard Country Club. Look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Meeting Location at Crab Orchard Country Club

The closing of Pioneers Cabin left us scrambling for a new meeting location. After much research and discussion, the board has decided to try out two locations over the next couple of months.

During the month of January, beginning with our next meeting on the 7th, we will meet at Crab Orchard Golf Course. During the month of February, we will meet at John A Logan College. Later that month we will need to decide which location is the most favorable for us.