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Dates to Remember
April Happy Hour
Thursday, April 23th
Tavern of the Fine Arts
Featuring photos by Elmer Burns
313 Belt Avenue
(Free. No RSVP needed )
STL Village First Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 13th
225 North Euclid
10:00 am to Noon
STL Village Old Fashioned Picnic
Sunday, June 28th
Tower Grove Park
Please RSVP for any of these activities to: email@example.com or (314) 802-0275
since March 2015
|Spotlight on STL Village Volunteer Jon Case By Larry Skinner|
He grew up in Lambertville, New Jersey, a small town of 5000 where his early educational experiences were "not inspiring." The era was the 1950's when teachers and schools divided students into "college material" and those suited for vocational training. However, a theater in his small town inspired him as his education had not.
Luckily, Lambertville had one of the first summer stock tent theaters in the United States. At 16 Jon got a job there and found his vocation. The artists who came to Lambertville were New York theater folk. Since Jon had just turned 16 and obtained his driver's license, the visiting artists often asked him to take them back to New York for errands and appointments. They introduced him to an incredible world of diversity, acceptance, and glamour where he knew he was at home.
Upon graduating from high school, he was awarded a scholarship
to study Theatre at Pace University in
Manhattan. He packed and left for NYC the day after he finished
high school. His mother thought
he'd move back to Lambertville and
said to him much later, "You never
He switched from the Theatre major to English after he learned about the insecurity of life in the theater. This was the first of his career changes. Then, lured by the excitement of air travel, he dropped out of college to take a job at Pan Am.
After seven years, he grew weary of New York,” missed seeing green,” and at the same time learned firsthand about the insecurity of the business world when his boss was abruptly fired at Pan Am. He moved to New Hope, PA where he mastered furniture design and managed the showroom of a furniture factory there. He lived in New Hope for twenty five years, eventually establishing an architectural design/ build business focusing on residential and commercial renovations.
When business for his small firm began to dry up because of larger competitors moving to town, he had to find a new career. He had become bored with New Hope, but to move he needed a job that could be performed anywhere. He studied graphic design and moved to Key West, FL. There he became a web site developer and after several moves to three different towns in Florida and to Franklin, NC, he ended up in Ashville, NC in 2010.
He soon yearned for the more cosmopolitan life he had experienced in New York City, but most of these cities had become unaffordable. A friend told him about life in the Central
West End of St. Louis,
which had quite a few similarities to neighborhoods in New York:
walkability, great restaurants, and
nearby cultural attractions like the
symphony and the art museum.
He visited, fell in love with the
neighborhood and its people, and
bought a condo in a high rise on
Lindell Blvd in 2013.
The only thing missing was a social life. A resident of his building, Gloria Gordon, one of the founders of the STL Village, introduced him to the organization. Jon had heard about the Village Movement started in Boston but didn't know there was one locally.
"It provides a safe and comfortable way to meet interesting people."
He initially joined because of the concept of aging in place but found the Village "much more valuable as a social venue." He appreciates the intelligence and the wit of the people he has met through the organization.
The Village can also provide a structure for those who are retired or about to retire and who may miss the routine and challenge of work. He is "easing out" of his web site business, and his volunteer work for the marketing committee is helping to replace the challenges of a job. He currently maintains and updates the Village website.
Jon says this move will be his last one since the Village meets the changing needs of a diverse group of people. Each person can take from it whatever he or she needs, and give back whatever he or she wishes.
"If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone."
- John Maxwell
|Interview with Village Member Elmer Burns By Mary Jo Blackwood|
Elmer Burns was a dedicated maintenance supervisor for the United States Postal Service until about 20 years ago.
Coming up on his first year
anniversary as a member of the
village, he says he has yet to fully
explore all the activities the Village
offers, but he's happy to be in the
village and living in his house of
30 years in the Central West End,
puttering around taking care of its
upkeep. His son, a restaurant chef,
lives there too and is gone most
evenings, so Elmer is happy to
have contacts with the village. His
daughter is nearby in University City.
At 83, he's decided to stop driving and likes the ease with which he can walk around his neighborhood to do
Photographer: Elmer Burns
Photographer: Elmer Burns
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St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors
A faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
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STL Village Leadership:
Madeline Franklin, Executive Director
Board of Directors:
Jennifer S. Kovar, JD,Co-Chair
Sally Nikolajevich, Co-Chair
Arthur J. Culbert, Ph.D., Vice Chair
David S. Weber, Secretary & Treasurer
Gail A. Brown
Mary Alice Ryan
Ron H. Smith
Gloria C. Gordon, Ph.D., Board member emeritus
Natalie Galucia, Ex Officio
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