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What Is An 'All Volunteer' Organization Worth?
BY: John Parker, Parker PR | Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:10 PM
Saint Louis Ambassadors is an all-volunteer organization that was
launched on October 28, 1965 by then St. Louis Mayor, A.J. Cervantes,
which also happens to be the same day the construction of the new
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was completed.
'St. Louis Gateway Arch' had finally arrived and our metropolitan area
was ordained with a new nickname…the "Gateway to the West". The Mayor
gathered support from a very diverse group of individuals that were
staunch supporters of the City of St. Louis and commissioned them to
"promote the city as a great place to live, work and start a new
business, plus give recognition to individuals and organizations in the
city that deserved to be saluted." Two local businessmen, Cicardi Bruce
and Ralph Turney, were among the first to become founding charter
members of the new effort and helped Mayor Cervantes build a very
diverse, talented and energized team of men and women from all walks of
life that gave untiring support to the new community service campaign.
Please visit their website athttp://saintlouisambassadors.comfor details on how you can volunteer your time to ‘help us help others’ in our St. Louis community.
March 14, 2002, the Saint Louis Ambassadors decided to expand its
volunteer services beyond the St. Louis City limits. They began to reach
out and provide volunteers and recognition to the entire bi-state
region. The St. Louis Region is now the 19th largest economic engine in
the U.S. with 2.8M residents and 193K businesses that support over one
thousand charities in the sixteen counties that surround the city and
its spellbinding monument - the St. Louis Arch. That evening they
launched the 1904 World's Fair Charitable Foundation at the 'Top of the
Chase Hotel' as a new all-volunteer group that was established to host
events in Forest Park for families and their children throughout the
year 2004 to celebrate the '100 Year Anniversary' of the 1904 World's
Fair & III Olympics.
Saint Louis Ambassadors President Frank Ferrara and MO Governor Bob
Holden read a Missouri Proclamation that appointed Cicardi Bruce as
Chairman and Rich Pisani as President of the brand new 501 (c)(3) public
charity. Nearly one thousand attendees were present at the event when
emcees Julius Hunter & Vicki Newton, then local news anchors from
KMOV TV-4, introduced a host of VIP's that were there to support the new
regional effort. This group included St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St.
Louis County Executive the late 'Buzz' Westfall, Archbishop Justin
Rigali, and a variety of VIP's from other media sources, the business
world and civic arena from the St. Louis metropolitan area. Local
officials from clubs that represented Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Optimist,
plus affiliates from the Regional Commerce& Growth Association and
local Chambers of Commerce where on hand to take part in the launch
the organization successfully ended their variety of events throughout
2004 the new group decided to continue in 2005 with a new goal, which is
to continually 'raise funds for the Forest Park 'beautification
program', the St. Louis Zoo 'special projects' and - most importantly -
other local charities. Please feel free to visit their site any time at
details. New volunteers are always welcome to join the organization and
the annual dues are a mere $19.04 per person, plus you will be invited
to all events!
August 18, 2014 the 1904 World's Fair Charitable Foundation, which
celebrates its ‘13th Anniversary’ in 2015, will again help the Saint
Louis Ambassadors by forming a new '50th Anniversary' leadership team. A
new set of officers and advisory board members for the Saint Louis
Ambassadors will be installed to help plan and execute a variety of
events throughout the entire St. Louis Region and to celebrate the '50th
Anniversary' of the Saint Louis Ambassadors and the accomplishments of
their 1904 World’s Fair Charitable Foundation.
honor of then St. Louis City Mayor A.J. Cervantes, who was the Founder
& First Honorary Chairman of the Saint Louis Ambassadors, the new
leadership will include his son, Barry Cervantes - Honorary Chairman,
Ralph Turney - Vice Chairman, Cicardi Bruce - Chairman, Rich Pisani -
President, Sean Clancy - Legal Counsel and Joan Bengston -
Secretary/Treasurer. The Advisory Board & Committee Chairs will be
Judy Bentley - Healthcare, Susan Bruce - Entertainment, Mark Johnson -
Newsletter, Wayne Kaufman - Veterans Affairs, Sean Keough - Videography,
Joel Kirk - Social Media, Dr. Jim Logan - Community Affairs, Ann
Morrison – Documentarian, Cheri Otzenberger - Member Services, Tom
Ousley - Scholarships, - John Parker - Marketing & Public Relations,
Vicki Schneider - Political Affairs and Sam Solomon - Sister Cities.
The Young Ambassadors will be led by local entrepreneur, Rachel Boone,
who will build a team of individuals from age 21 to 40 to ensure that
the organization will continue to move forward in the future towards
their '75 Year Anniversary.'
U.S. Small Business Institute, which is an all-volunteer group serving
small businesses and charitable foundations since 1985, has its ‘30th
Birthday’ in 2015 also. SBI has agreed to lend volunteer support from
its base of business owners and their upper-level managers to assist
both the Saint Louis Ambassadors and the 1904 World’s Fair Charitable
Foundation in their quest to help others who need assistance in the
metropolitan area. For more information on how entrepreneurs and
top-tier executives can ‘help us help others’. Feel free to visit and peruse their updated website
what’s the bottom line? Donating money is one way to help others, but
sharing your time as a volunteer to assist those in need is good for the
soul. As you can see, you have three local all-volunteer groups
working hand-in-hand promoting community service, raising funds for
local worthy causes and helping small businesses – at no charge - in the
entire St. Louis Region. And, because of the internet and social media,
the three groups have the ability to communicate with forty one
LinkedIn groups and with the push of the SEND button they reach over
13,000 digital contacts in cyberspace to get the word out, educate the
public, and ask for volunteers to help!
you would like to join their team of volunteers in any one of the three
organizations outlined, you can contact Richard T. Pisani at
314-952-2640 (c) or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
three groups work together to "Promote community service and goodwill in
the entire St. Louis Region." To review the main sponsor of the three
all-volunteer organizations above you can go to American Marketing
Group, Inc. and visit their website at http://www.americanmarketinggroupinc.com.
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