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I was fortunate enough to meet about 4,000-5,000 voters during the campaign. Unfortunately I have a difficult time remembering everyone's name. However, if I know what street you live on I (almost always) recognize your street. I think I have walked them all.
Being a member of the minority I have a very small office on the first floor. I like it because I am easy to find, so I get lots of visitors coming to tell me about how they feel on the various issues. Stop by any time that the legislature is in session. You'll find my office in Room 103B. If I'm not there, my Legislative Aid Glenda will have an idea when I'll be back.
For more on this past session please see the booklet we mailed to your home.
The 2013 legislative may have concluded, however that doesn't mean that I've been on vacation. This is a good time to learn more about what is going on in our state. Here are some of the places I've been, plus a few of the people and organizations I've met during the summer. Where possible, I've tried to provide a link that you can follow to get more information on some of these groups.
|Places I have learned about, and want to share with you
- St. Louis County Government Academy — This was a new 10 week program open to residents of St. Louis County at no charge, to help promote informed and involved citizenship. It is a designed to educate community residents; foster communication between residents and city government; and encourage future civic leaders.
I was a guest at the session dealing with Crime. We heard talks from detectives who explained what is and is not factual in TV programs like CSI; and showed us actual crime scene photos and described the investigation of those crimes. We had the opportunity to have a question/answer period with County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. The final piece of that class was a tour of the county jail in Clayton. Yes, we saw inmates and yes, we did get to see where they live while in jail, and learn some interesting details about the methods used to supervise them. Also the uniforms are tan, not orange. We were well protected during our visit. There is no word as to when the next Academy class will be scheduled, however for more information, call 314.615.7016 or email email@example.com
- Forest ReLeaf — This is an organization that nurtures seedlings into trees for use by communities and non-profits. They distributed 11,827 trees last year at no cost to the recipient groups (almost 1500 of which went to Joplin to replace trees felled by the devastating tornado of 2011). Among other activities, they periodically offer a Tree Keepers course that is regarded as one of the finest of its kind anywhere. The nursery is conveniently located on Creve Coeur Mill Road, on the south side of HWY 364. Volunteers are always welcome.
- Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis — Words are insufficient to describe the breadth of support, education and hope that this excellent organization provides to victims of cancer and their families. If you know of any family dealing with cancer please give them their phone number, 314-238-2000. This is a place of comfort, where they can connect with others dealing with the same issues and have someone to talk with who can answer those questions that are difficult to share with others. There is no charge EVER for their services.
- University of Missouri Extension Center — They have moved from Clayton to 10650 Gateway Blvd. (off of Warson, just north of Olive). Their open house gave me a great opportunity to learn more about the Extension's programs and how St. Louis County residents can benefit from their services.
Many people associate the Extension with agricultural services (which they provide) but they offer so much more that relates to our district residents; information and assistance offerings dealing with natural resources, lawn and garden, home and consumer life, nutrition and health and much more.
Educational tours to help me learn more about our state
- MOBIO's Legislative Benchmarking Tour — The our state is fast becoming the Silicon Valley of biotechnology. The purpose of MO BIO is to advance and champion the life sciences across Missouri; by accelerating bioscience comprehension throughout the state's elected leadership and citizenry. In addition to touring some of St. Louis' world class research and bio tech business incubators (like the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur), we visited other facilities in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Joe. Missouri's capacity and potential in this area is unmatched!
- Site Development — It is difficult to have insight on infrastructure unless you can see it. I can now say that I've seen a sewer line being laid, and that's some serious infrastructure!
- Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Tour — St. Louis is fortunate to have two of the finest children's medical facilities in the country. My meetings with the doctors and staff gave me a fresh perspective on the work they do at Cardinal Glennon; from the care and nurturing of a less than two pound preemie, to the nine year old undergoing a cardiac catheterization to save her life, for starters. They also maintain a large cord blood bank, which provides lifesaving stem cells.
Other meetings and events I have attended
You should have received my End of Session booklet, with a rundown on the significant legislation that passed this year, and I hope you find it informative.
- A neighborhood gathering in Westport Crossing — hosted by Rhonda Wren. I hope to have many more of these opportunities to meet with you in informal settings like this. Thank you Rhonda!
- Parents as Teachers meeting — you may not be aware that their national headquarters is located near West Port, in the heart of our 71st district.
- Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce — with West Port at its core, the Maryland Heights Chamber is in many ways the economic engine of the 71st district.
- Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce — their membership organizations span both the 71st and the 88th House districts. They are another major, major economic force for our region.
- Elmwood/Chicago Heights neighborhood meetings — a chemical spill from 30 years ago has created concern among the residents. These meetings include representatives from the EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and industry to keep the residents informed and update, plus giving them a chance to air their concerns regarding ongoing testing and remediation.
- Laclede Gas PSC meeting — discussing gas rates and the future of our gas utility
- Bridgeton Landfill Presentations — a joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to inform residents about the underground fire in the landfill and its potential impact. This landfill is located near the northwest quadrant of the intersection between I-70 and I-270.
- The St. Louis Pride Parade — Each year, thousands of people descend upon Pride St. Louis to view the second largest parade in the City of St. Louis. This year I was honored to ride in a classic Cadillac convertible on a beautiful day with an outstanding turnout along the route.
- Celebrating the 4th of July at the City of Chesterfield's event at Chesterfield Mall
- Joining Governor Jay Nixon at a bill signing at Children's Hospital
- Mt. Zion United Methodist Church —I was invited to join their ice cream social and discuss events with the members. Thank you all!
- Missouri Youth Leadership Forum — Participating in part of their program of leadership development and inclusion, by helping students with a mock House session and floor debate.
- CWA Public Forum — Learning about Social Services Providers and their concerns regarding Medicaid and service cuts.
- The National Council of Jewish Women's Back to School Store — During the Back to School! Store, each child is assigned an adult volunteer to help them shop for brand new clothing and supplies. In addition, community organizations offering services and information about child safety, nutrition, vision screening and health issues are part of the on-site family resource center for parents and guardians.
If you would like to host a Meet Your Rep Get-together (not a political event, and certainly NOT a fundraiser) in your home, I would love to chat with you and a few (or many) of your neighbors. We can talk about anything you'd like. Just give me a call at 314-878-2088 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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