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January 2015
A Quarterly Publication
 stl village news

Community.  Connection.  Caring.

Reflections from our Board Co-chair
Jennifer Kovar Co-Chair, Board of Directors
Jennifer Kovar Co-Chair, Board of Directors

We are greeting the New Year with enthusiasm at STL Village!

I am so proud to be a part of this vibrant and intentional community of movers and shakers. We are the future and we are going to grow in 2015! Here are a couple of New Year’s resolutions that will ensure the success of our Village:

More Village members! Do you know someone in or near the Village footprint who believes in staying active in their community? Is there a neighbor who would like just one number to call if they need something? Do you have a friend who will pay it forward by joining now, knowing that
they will benefit from the Village in the future? Get ready because we will see a new initiative for members: Each One Bring One! The idea is simple – each member should bring a new member to the Village. Imagine this amazing Village becoming twice as fun and twice as strong!

More participation in Village activities! There are a lot of fun activities lined up for 2015. You can find them in your calendar planner, our website calendar, e-mail blasts, and newsletters. But that’s not all, folks! You can also create your own activities based on your interests. Would you fancy attending a film, dining out, walking in the neighborhood, or creating some art? Chances are several other members would have a great time participating in the same activity with you. Make it a habit in 2015 to have a good time!

Remember, we are just a phone call away. If you would like more information on how to enlist a new member or how to participate in an activity, call us at (314) 802-0275 so we can make it happen. Here’s to an amazing 2015 at STL Village.

Jennifer Kovar, Co-Chair,
Board of Directors
Dates to Remember

Live & Learn Educational Gathering
Thur. January 8, 2015
10:00 AM
Central Library 1301 Olive St.
Join STL Village for a tour of this beautifully renovated historic library led by STL Village member George Nikolajevich who served as lead architect for the project.

Souper Sunday Discussion Group
Sun. January 11, 2015
4:00 PM
Executive House Library
4545 West Pine
Join STL Village members for engaging conversation and a hearty bowl of soup.

STL Village Board of Directors
Open Meeting
Tues. January 20, 2015
5:30 PM
Brown-Kortkamp Realty
4709 Delmar Blvd. (at Walton )
All STL Village members are invited to come and share their comments and suggestions with the Board of Directors of STL Village. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP for any of these activities to: or (314) 802-0275

Page 2     STL Village News       January 2015
Interview with STL Village Volunteer Maggy Malcolm    Article by Larry Skinner
CWE neighborhood designation sign
Central West End neighborhood
designation sign

The money to finish and maintain the signs came from the CWE South Business District where Maggy has been a commissioner for the past 19 years. Maggy has a lot of responsibilities, and I asked her how she can juggle so much volunteer work with her busy professional life. She answered, “I put everything in folders.” Perhaps this organized approach to life is the reason Maggy gives the appearance of calm and the sense that things are under control and in order. At home, however, she relinquishes control to her and her mother’s cat Julie, who “rules the roost.” Given her experience and skill, we are lucky that Maggy volunteers as STL Village Director of Marketing. She calls the STL Village the “final piece in the puzzle” that makes the Central West End a complete neighborhood. “You couldn’t age as well in your home without the Village.” Her motivation for volunteering for the Village was to help create a support network for her 87 year-old mother Marie, who will be moving in with her soon. She also cites the example of Gloria Gordon as an inspiration. It was Gloria who had the idea to start the Village in St. Louis. As Maggy says, “It only takes one person to make a difference.
Maggy Malcolm's professional life and experiences as a volunteer in the CWE uniquely qualify her for the volunteer post of Chair of the Marketing Committee for the STL Village.

She works as a Broker/Sales Associate at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Alliance serving the CWE, Creve Coeur, and Clayton among other areas. If a client needs to update a home, Maggy can manage the project as well as market and sell the property.

Maggy Malcolm
Maggy Malcolm and Julie

When she started in real estate in 1981, she bought foreclosures from a bank, rehabbed them and sold or rented them. In 1991 she ended that career and moved to the CWE and a condo to enjoy a lifestyle change.

Maggy has found time to volunteer while running her successful business. She was a board member of the CWE Association. As the Chair of the Marketing Committee, and noticed that people did not know where the CWE was when they were standing at the corner of Maryland and Euclid.
She organized focus groups with community residents that led to the hiring of Werremeyer advertising agency to brand the CWE with signs. She raised the money to fund the project with the CWE Association and many local businesses making donations.
CWE Wafarer Sign
Wayfarer Directory Map for the
Central West End

The signs are the circles with the red arrows and CWE logo along Lindell, Kingshighway, Euclid and the Forest Park Parkway that identify our neighborhood. In addition, the CWE association placed the Wayfinder directories in front of Einstein's Bagels on Laclede/Euclid and other locations. Other neighborhoods have imitated our signs, most recently the Grove. Maggy's efforts in our neighborhood illustrate a passage from The Prophet: “Work is love made visible.
"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
 For, indeed, that's all who ever have."
Margaret Mead

STL Village News       January 2015     Page 3
STL Village USO Canteen Party a Grand Success    Article by Jon Case
On November 8, 2014 a capacity crowd of over 140 people attended STL Village's USO Canteen Party to celebrate Veteran's Day and to honor the USO. The 17 piece band, Second Generation Swing, led by Larry Koesterer, had the people hopping until 11:00 pm with a rich variety of numbers from the forties, fifties, and sixties.

The Mahler Ballroom on Washington Avenue near Euclid was decorated in red, white, and blue streamers, bunting, flags, balloons, and table center pieces. During the band's break, the audience was treated to dance performances, a combination raffle-50/50, and recognition of veterans in attendance by Colonel Lisa Hansen, U.S. Air Force, Retired.

Madeline Franklin, Executive Director of STL Village welcomed the guests and mentioned the purpose of the Village and excitement it has generated in our community.

A full bar and light refreshments were served. The delicious sandwiches and sides from Caruso's Deli were disguised in plain brown boxes marked C-Rations in keeping with the night's theme. For dessert, fresh donuts from World's Fair Doughnuts were passed out through the crowd.

Professional dancers, Vassily and Amelia, of the Ball Room Dance Academy of St. Louis, performed a variety of dance styles from the 1940's era.

Photos of the event are available for viewing at:
Outside the entrance to the ballroom, Military Vehicle Restoration provided a restored WWII jeep and four men in full uniform. Many attendees stopped to be photographed in the jeep by photographer Jim Singler.

The raffle-50/50 brought in over a thousand dollars. Some of the raffle prizes were gift certificates from Wildflower Restaurant, Scape Restaurant, Evangeline’s Bistro, Cucina Pazzo, Hacienda Restaurant, and Gamlin Whiskey House. Other prizes included a massage and manicure at Philip Johnson Salon, a print by artist Anne Rowe, and a Twosome of golf with cart at Gateway National Golf Links. The two top prizes were a Flight Simulator Session at Flight Safety International, and half of the proceeds from the 50/50.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds was donated to the USO, and twentyfive percent went to STL Village.

Mary Kellogg and Robert Powers
Mary Kellogg and Robert Powers seated in a WWII Jeep. Photo by Jim Singler

Stephanie Henderson
Stephanie Henderson wore her dad's WWII Army cap. Photo by Jim Singler
STL Village USO Canteen Party
Over 140 people attend the party at the Mahler Ballroom. Photo by Bev Berner
St. Louis trivia:
Who is St. Louis'
most famous poet?

Answer on page 5
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Page 4     STL Village News       January 2015
STL Village Members
Zuleyma Tang-Martinez and Arlene Zarembka
   Article by Jane Baker
Even their names hint at international ties. A brief interview with them confirms that connection plus a large dose of intelligence and a good dollop of humor. Arlene grew up in Clayton, MO in the 1950's. Her Dad was Polish; her Mom, a WASP. From early on, her parents made a point of being inclusive, respectful, and thoughtful. Ethnic jokes of all types were banned. Letters to the editor (Arlene wrote one at age 12) were encouraged as was Arlene's playing on an African American softball team. This inclusive upbringing prepared her well for liberal arts college (Swarthmore) where she majored in Economics and minored in Russian.

After college, Arlene traveled to the Kenyan Highlands to live with her brother and his Kenyan wife for a year. She found herself teaching subjects she knew very little about and being responsible for a 4-acre farm. Perhaps her lack of farming expertise is best reflected in a favorite family story. The story describes a time when she was woken up late at night by a loud noise. She thought that a thief had come on to the farm. She came out of her thatched roof mud hut and yelled for help. Repeatedly, until she woke everyone up. It turns out that the noise was the sound of goats mating.

While Arlene may have failed as a farmer, she learned in many other ways, chief among them was the role of race. The 1960's Civil Rights movement in America called for black pride and black power. While she opposed racism, she did not understand why black pride was important. But as she taught African students, she realized that many of them had internalized feelings of inferiority as a result of British colonialism. She returned to the United States a different person, both internationalized and radicalized.

She decided to pursue her interests in challenging the status quo. She attended St. Louis University Law School, and took her first job in Legal Services in West Virginia where Black Lung disease was a common condition among the miners. In 1976, she transferred back to St. Louis and continued her work in Legal Services, focusing on the urban issues for the poor. She wrote her first book entitled The Urban Housing Crisis. When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she helped her Mom through the difficult transitions that come with the disease.

This pattern of social involvement and writing on the side continues to this day where she practices law four days a week and writes on the fifth.
STL Village Members, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez and Arlene Zarembka
STL Village Members, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez and Arlene Zarembka
She has written a book with Patricia McKissick, To Establish Justice, about the history of struggle for civil rights with a focus on Supreme Court decisions. In her law practice nowadays, she focuses on estate planning and adoption, but she also pounds the pavement for LGBT issues. In fact, she and Zuleyma were one of the 10 plaintiff couples who recently won a milestone lawsuit. This victory guarantees that same sex marriages performed legally in other states/ countries are now recognized in Missouri. In a nutshell, this means that Arlene and Zuleyma, married in Canada 9 years ago, now have Social Security spousal benefits, an important financial consideration for many.

Zuleyma was born a world away, in Venezuela. While raised in a traditional Venezuelan home, her father worked for American oil companies. Because of his position as a translator, his family lived in the American camps at a number of oil company sites. The camps, surrounded by chain link fences, were a world unto themselves and Zuleyma enjoyed a carefree childhood where she and her friends climbed trees, observed iguanas and snuck their first smoke. Summers were spent visiting relatives in villages where she woke up to the smell of burning wood and the sound of roosters.

Her father working for an American company and living at their facility gave her family opportunities that most Venezuelans were not offered, including a two year stint in Tulsa, OK while her father got a degree in accounting and an education in racism. When her father first read the airport segregation signs for “Colored Water,” he misunderstood and thought that the drinking water came in actual hues of color. He was appalled and deplored by the inequality.

Another benefit was access to the American schools. When the school system ended in ninth grade, Zuleyma's parents sent her to a Catholic boarding school in Tampa, Florida. With graduation drawing near, the nuns asked her what she wanted to be. Since she liked Biology, she responded that she'd like to be a doctor.

Armed with that response, the nuns helped her apply to the pre-med program at a good Jesuit college, St. Louis University. At SLU, she quickly decided she didn't care for the cutthroat nature of medical school and reconsidered her goals, settling on cancer research. Her college mentor encouraged her to apply to the graduate program at University of California at Berkeley. Once there, she discovered that her real passion was animal behavior and created a hybrid degree combining zoology and psychology. She got her PhD in 1974 and, following that, did post-doc work in British Columbia. Returning to St. Louis, she joined the faculty at UMSL where she was attracted to the older student body and greeted by friends on staff from SLU and Berkeley. She served as a faculty member teaching all levels of Biology for 38 years, fully retiring in 2014. Today, she serves as Professor Emerita and still enjoys an on-campus office.

Arlene and Zuleyma describe their romance as a “political courtship.” The two met while car-pooling to a speech by Angela Davis. Indeed, their stories share similar chords. Politically aware, they are both committed activists dedicated to the causes in which they believe. Social justice, Alzheimer's and LGBT issues top the list. Similar outlooks are also reflected in common values: love of travel and a high priority on learning.

They are also founding members of STL Village. "We were attracted to the concept of developing a community of support." notes Zuleyma. "We hope that STL Village will become an even bigger part of our lives and we look forward to attending more events. This year we especially enjoyed going to the Cardinals game and the thoughtful presentation about race relations," adds Arlene.

These two wise women also realize that support from STL Village may help them extend their stay at home when the time comes. Right now, their causes keep them intellectually strong, their trainer helps them stay healthy, their Tai Chi class keeps them balanced, and their dog, Allie, keeps them amused. Yes, Allie, you can get off the couch now.

STL Village News       January 2015     Page 5
New Members since October 2014
  • Lois Tegethoff
  • Claudette Walker
  • Melody Walker
  • John Barth

Sign up and get involved!
Contact us at: or (314) 802-0275

We invite comments and suggestions:

St. Louis Trivia Answer:
Maya Angelou.
Born: April 4, 1928.
Died: May 28, 2014.
Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou became one of the most prolific writers of poetry in America.
Strategic Partners
We wish to acknowledge and thank our Strategic Partners for their generous support.

St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors
A faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.
A nationally known and certified woman-owned, multidisciplinary design firm located in St. Louis that creates fresh, intelligent, appropriate design solutions.

STL Village Leadership:
Madeline Franklin, Executive Director

Board of Directors:
Jennifer S. Kovar, Co-Chair
Sally Nikolajevich, Co-Chair
Arthur J. Culbert, Ph.D., Vice Chair
David S. Weber,
    Secretary & Treasurer
Gail A. Brown
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Mary Alice Ryan
Ron H. Smith
Gloria C. Gordon, Ph.D.,
    Board member emeritus
Natalie Galucia, Ex Officio

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