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Community. Connection. Caring.
Dates to Remember
Bellefontaine Cemetery 2 Hour Tour
July 14th, Tuesday
Master guide and bus transportation provided to this historic burial ground.
Meet at the Forest Park Visitors Center at 8:30
$10 for members
$15 for non-members
STL Village presentation
"Aging in Community:
It takes a Village"
July 25, Saturday
Skinker DeBaliviere Community Association
Free and Registration is not required.
Day at the Ballpark
August 16, Sunday
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Miami Marlins
Game time is 1:15 pm
Call 314-802-0275 for more information and purchase tickets.
Please RSVP for any of these activities to: firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 802-0275
|Spotlight on STL Village Volunteer Ginger Reinert By Jane Baker|
Ginger Reinert and her husband, Mark, moved to their Lindell Avenue condominium 15 years ago. The international décor fits Ginger perfectly. "In an ideal world, I'd travel about 50% of the time," she confides. "I love St. Louis, but my true passion is travel." It shows.
Ginger and Mark Reinert at the
STL Village USO Canteen Party
in November of 2014.
Ginger met her husband while he was training at the naval air station where her Dad worked. They married in 1967, after she graduated from Texas A&I University.
Mark was then sent to Vietnam for a year. Upon his return, the two moved to Chicago where he flew for commercial airlines while she taught Junior High School Literature to seventh and eighth graders in the Chicago public schools.
After five years in the Windy City, they moved to Webster Groves with their two children, son Craig, now an Executive Chef, and daughter, Gretchen, a pharmacy sales rep. Ginger returned to teaching part-time. That's when serendipity intervened. A friend suggested to Ginger that she'd be great in the travel industry; another friend told her about a job opening at Meridian Enterprises. Ginger interviewed, liked the opportunity, and took the job. In fact, she spent the next 20 years there putting together sales incentive programs and tours. Her average tour had 300 people, a challenge in itself. Add to that, transportation strikes and the excitement that only Mother Nature can provide in the form of volcanic eruptions that grounded all air traffic. Her small group of 350 doubled to 700. Do you still think the logistics of your family vacation are trying?
"I loved my job there," she notes, "especially the people I worked with." Her favorite tours include a Mercedes car rally from Geneva to Cannes, cruises down the Nile River and around the Greek islands, and visits to colonial cities in Mexico. In fact, she enjoyed colonial Mexican culture so much that she started up a 50-year hobby of collecting Mexican folk art. If you're ever invited over, be sure to see her vibrantly joyous Mexican room. "That room says a lot about me," she comments.
Ginger retired as their Director of Travel Operations in 1998. Not leaving room for the paint to dry, she accepted a position with Stevens Institute, where she currently serves as Department Head for Tourism and Hospitality Management.
"When you combine all the related businesses, tourism is the third largest industry in the world. It's a field just full of opportunities."
Her experience in travel carries over into her spare time interests and priorities. A voracious reader, she also likes to explore new fields. She's currently taking an audio class on cultural geography and enjoys delving into the spiritual realm. "Being exposed to different areas and cultures of the world really speeds the need for lifelong learning," she remarks. "I also put a high priority on maintaining friendships. That probably comes from being a Navy brat. While my parents were wonderful, it was hard being uprooted so often. I'm really close to my siblings and get together with my high school friends at least every other year."
"I also like meeting new people," she adds. "And I'm delighted that I've met new friends while helping out at STL Village events. It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since we held the STL Village's launch. I admire what this group has put together, and I congratulate everyone, especially Madeline Franklin, on their progress. As an organization, STL Village serves the community well. I look forward to continuing to help out with event planning whenever I can. "
Future plans? Over the years, she and Mark have traveled extensively and lived abroad, including a year in Argentina and six months in Paris. But she's hardly done. Her ambitious bucket list includes trips to China, Indonesia, and India. For now, though, it's enough to go on a summer road trip with their 15 year old grandson, off to the wide open stretches of Montana and Wyoming.
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo
|Interview with Village Member Eric Friedman By Larry Skinner|
Most of us appreciate the architectural beauty of the Central West End, but few of us have done as much to preserve the neighborhood as Eric Friedman. When he talks about his achievements and future plans, he becomes infused with excitement and energy.
STL Village Member Eric Friedman
The first project funded by the Missouri Historic Tax Credit was the renovation of the Chase Park Plaza. The success of the Chase ignited much of the redevelopment as well as new construction in the Central West End. By analyzing sales, developers could see there was a market for new and updated property in the neighborhood.
He has also worked to enhance and preserve neighborhoods where incomes and property values are lower than in the Central West End. As president of Housing and Community Solutions, a not-for-profit organization, he helped develop and secure funding for renovating the historic Winston Churchill apartments on Cabanne and Belt in the Visitation Park neighborhood. In addition, he owns a real estate brokerage, consulting and development company, Friedman Group, Ltd., which he says helps "pay for his work in community and economic development."
His latest initiative is the Broadband Collaborative with a goal of offering affordable high speed broadband to
everyone. Availability of affordable high speed broadband is important because "the digital economy cuts across social and economic barriers." He wants to develop communities by bringing access to affordable high speed broadband to neighborhoods where public transit is or can be made available.
Besides the United States needs to "be competitive." Many European countries are already ahead of us in making broadband available to all children and students, a situation that helps improve "educational opportunities and attainment."
Given his interest in community development, he was one of the early members of the STL Village. He joined because he believes in "what the village stands for: aging in your own home." And the Village fits into his model of the ideal community by helping people to stay and thrive in a diverse neighborhood with access to public transit, medical care and, maybe one day, affordable broadband.
|Congratulations, STL Village|
You celebrated your first anniversary on June 1, 2015
How proud you must be of all you've accomplished in just twelve months. After two years of creative and persistent planning you blossomed at your launch at the Missouri History Museum on April 12th of last year. Then a few weeks later on June 1st you marked your opening at Scape Restaurant on Maryland Avenue.
Since then you've grown your membership, volunteers, services, activities, and visibility to a point where almost everyone in St. Louis knows of you and understands your mission.
The list of continuing activities you offer to your membership is impressive: from monthly Happy Hours at local restaurants to informative seminars on finances and safety to an outing at the Ballpark to a tour of the Central Library. And there's gardening, poker night, a writing group, even a USO Canteen dance party.
Here's wishing you many more years of successfully helping, educating, and entertaining your membership through community, connection, and caring.
STL Village Donors List
Fiscal Year 2013-2014
STL Village and its members express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to all who so graciously and generously donated to our organization and made our first year possible.
$10,000 and above
Wells Fargo Advisors
Ferring Family Foundation
The W & M Wischmeyer Family Foundation
Wm. & Gina Wischmeyer
Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli & Rowland, P.C
Dr. Gloria Gordon
Sally & George Nikolajevich
In Kind Donations
(donations of time, resources, and endorsement)
Better Family Life, Inc.
Judith Conoyer & Ted Branson
Heller Studio, LLC
Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.
Missouri History Museum
New City School
St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors System
St. Louis American
St. Louis Public Library, Schlafly Branch
St. Louis University School of Law - Legal Clinic
Washington University School of Law - Legal Clinic
West End Word
Mary Ann Tipton
• Gloria Gordon
• Gloria Gordon
• Gloria Gordon
T. Maria Allen-Koerner
• Christopher Monck
$999 and under
Age at Home Care
J. F. & P. A. Baker
Mary Jo Blackwood
Gerald & Mary Reid Brunstrom
Central West End Association
Sarah & Thomas Cohn
Dr. Arthur & Mrs. Nancy Culbert
Margo Decker & Margaret Nolan
Bonita Dickinson Dillard
Deborah & Robert Dolgin
James & Nicki Dwyer
Ethical Society of St. Louis
Patricia & Martin Fitzgerald
Eric Friedman & Miriam Wilhelm
Donald & Gloria Givens
Griswold Home Care LLC
Diana & Dan Gualdoni
Arnold & Nina Kaplan
William & Janice Kasalkko
Marie & Joe Koerner
Kovar Law Firm
$999 and under
Kenneth & Nancy Kranzberg
Mary Ann Lazarus
Katherine & Edward, Jr. McNamara
John & Constance McPheeters
George & Debbie Milne
Patrick & Ellen Murphy
John P. Owczarczak & Wendy Timm
Mary Lee Pankoff
Edward & Lana Pepper
John & Patty Pieper
Linda Pinsker & Mary Lynne Humphries
Mary Kellogg & Bob Powers
Kelly & Tim Powers
Quagga Accessories, LLC
Mark & Ginger Reinert
Mary & John Risberg
Linda & Robert Roell
Mary Alice & John Ryan
Annie & Joseph J. Schlafly
Susan Dietz Schmidt
Ronald H. Smith
The Vino Gallery
Mary Ann Tipton
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Contact us at: email@example.com
or (314) 802-0275
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, JD,Co-Chair
Sally Nikolajevich, Co-Chair
Arthur J. Culbert, Ph.D., Vice Chair
David S. Weber, Secretary & Treasurer
Gail A. Brown
Malaika Horne, Ph.D.
Tom Meuser, Ph. D.
Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D.
Mary Alice Ryan
Gloria C. Gordon, Ph.D., Board Member Emeritus
Natalie Galucia, Ex Officio
New Board Members
• Edmund Acosta
• Mac Findeiss
• Malaika Horne, Ph.D.
• Tom Meuser, Ph. D.
• Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D.
STL Village News
A quarterly publication of STL Village
6633 Delmar Blvd. 2nd Floor,
St. Louis, MO 63130
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