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The Cape Chamber is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 29th year of the Leadership Cape program – an innovative 7-month program that exposes participants to the opportunities, realities and challenges of our community, while creating opportunities for professional growth.

Leadership Cape is a program led by the Cape Chamber, designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders, and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to opportunities, realities and challenges of our area. Individuals who have a genuine interest in leadership, who desire to increase their own levels of involvement, and who wish to broaden their knowledge are encouraged to participate in Leadership Cape.

Class participants develop rapport with key community leaders, leading to long-term essential relationships. Those who participate in a leadership program such as Leadership Cape, benefit from the camaraderie developed among classmates, personal growth from session content, expanded knowledge of community structure, and an understanding of the importance of community involvement.

Kim Voelker, Cape Chamber Vice President, serves as the staff liaison for the Leadership Development committee at the Chamber. Voelker works closely with the committee to plan and execute the monthly classes.

“I have the pleasure of interacting with the participants and getting to know them on a more personal level,” says Voelker, “and that makes it very interesting!”

Leadership Cape Girardeau Class of 2018 graduates include:

Ms. Katherine Amrhein
Southeast Missouri State University

Lt. Rodney Barker
Cape Girardeau Police Department

Ms. Tiffany Barr
Ray’s Banquet Center

Ms. Erica Bogenpohl
Alliance Water Resources

Ms. Gayle Conrad
City of Cape Girardeau

Mr. Brandon Cooper
Moss & Cooper

Mr. Richard Crowley

Ms. Tammy Deimund
Saint Francis Health Care

Mr. Calvin Garner
Community Caring Council

Mr. Zachery Gendron
The Bank of Missouri

Ms. Amanda Geske
Banterra Bank

Ms. Patricia Harrell
Montgomery Bank

Mr. Dennis Kinkead
Southeast Missouri State University

Mr. Gunnar Knudtson
First Missouri State Bank

Ms. Taylor Laws
Cape Chamber

Pastor Jacob May
Christ Lutheran Church

Ms. Samantha Mlot
Old Town Cape

Mr. Todd Obergoenner
W. E. Walker-Lakenan

Ms. Katie Palisch
Realty Executives of Cape County

Ms. Debbie Pensel
First Midwest

Mr. Bruce Pfeifer
Drury Southwest, Inc.

Ms. Whitney Quick
Better Business Bureau

Mr. Larry Rhodes
Commerce Bank

Mr. John Ryan
Spencer Fane LLP

Ms. Mary Schabbing
Saint Francis Healthcare

Mr. Michael Siebert
Coalter Insurance Group

Mr. Greg Vaughn
Media Leaf, LLC

Mr. Mike Warren
Main Street Signs

Ms. Rinda Wiseman

Applications for the 2019 Leadership Cape class will become available at a later date. If you would like to receive notification of the opening of applications, contact Kim Voelker at


For more information about the Cape Chamber or the Leadership Cape program, visit

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We're celebrating the Spirit of Christmas in July! We will be showcasing our lineup of festive products, alongside delicious holiday inspired nibbles and drinks! There will be holiday themed mini projects to create while you mingle! Door prizes, games, trivia and MORE! You don't want to miss this special night!

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Betty Martin, Director of the Cape Girardeau Public Library for 21 years, will retire next month.
Martin has been a professional librarian for 41 years. Martin received her Bachelor of Arts from
the University of Connecticut in 1975, and her Master of Science from Southern Connecticut
State College in 1977. She began her career as the children’s librarian at Wallingford Public
Library in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1977. In 1992 she took a position as Director of Children’s
Services at St Louis Public Library where she coordinated children’s services at multiple

Martin was hired as the Adult Services Coordinator of the Cape Girardeau Public Library in
August 1994, and served in that role until June 1997 where she stepped into the position of
Library Director. During her 21 year tenure as Library Director, Martin oversaw the construction
of the current library building that opened in 2009 featuring a distinctive Mississippi River theme
that has kept pace with the rapid changes in cutting edge library services provided to the
community. Jean Martin, User Services Supervisor, said that “One of Betty's many legacies was
her tireless work to provide the community with a true destination library. As she shepherded
this project from drawing board to reality, the community now benefits from an outstanding
facility that offers a wide range of creative programs and services.”

Martin’s community involvement includes membership in the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau,
where she served as president from 2011-2012 and received their Distinguished Service Award
in 2010. Martin has also served on the Board of Directors for the Community Caring Council and

“The library has benefited from Betty’s background as a former children’s librarian. She has
always been a champion of children’s programming, supporting our efforts to create a vibrant
and energetic library space that is conducive to hands-on learning,” said Sharon Anderson,
Youth Services Coordinator at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.
Amy Trueblood, President of the Library Board of Trustees, stated that “Betty has quietly made
an incredible impact on our library and our community. She's turned the library into a
destination, even for people outside our district, and she's enhanced services and available
materials while being fiscally conservative. The Board is grateful for her excellent, consistent

In retirement she plans to catch up on reading and to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Everyone is welcome to attend an open house thanking Martin for her years of dedicated
service on Friday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Hirsch meeting rooms of the Cape
Girardeau Public Library.


For more information:
Stacy Dohogne Lane
Vice President, Cape Girardeau Public Library Board of Trustees

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St. Mary Cathedral School
10:30 a.m


Join us for the 150th Anniversary of the Church and School on August 26th. Mass with Bishop Rice at 10:30am followed by the Parish Picnic in the parking lot! Music, Food, Fun, and Games!

Inaugural Alumni Golf Tournament also to celebrate on August 25th.

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Welcome Back Picnic

Show Me Center
4-6 pm


We’re busy here on campus planning for this year’s incoming class and Opening Week activities- including, of course, the Welcome Back Picnic! We'd love for you to join us, but booth space is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience. The picnic will take place Sunday, August 19th at the Show Me Center between 4:00-6:00 P.M.

To register, please visit

If you have any questions, feel free to contact New Student Programs at 573-651-5166 or

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Stuff the Bus

Various Walmart Locations


School buses will be parked in front of participating Walmart stores on August 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Missouri’s tax-free weekend to collect school supplies for area students who need it most. Every year it is estimated that around 1,000 families in our area cannot afford the school supplies needed for their children to confidently begin another academic year. That is why United Way is partnering with KFVS12, Withers Broadcasting and Walmart to collect basic school supplies for children in need during their annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

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Back to School Kickoff

CJHS Tiger Field House


The Back to School Kickoff is a collaborative effort of United Way of Southeast Missouri, The Salvation Army, Cape Girardeau Public Schools, ABC Today/Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Urban Kids Project, and many nonprofits and businesses in the area. In addition to providing registration for free school supplies, the fair will offer many resources for families, including free immunizations, dental screenings, and health insurance counseling. Free hotdogs, pizza, chips, and ice cream will be provided along with many fun activities for all ages. Various door prizes and items will be given away, such as baby wipes, school supplies, and coupons for haircuts.

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1st Class Travel
6:00 pm


1st Class Travel presents a Winter 2018 tour. Delight in a single hotel stay in the charming town of Innsbruck, alive with holiday cheer. Travel through Austria and Germany to explore the history and tastes of this region and to spend time browsing its famous Christmas markets. Join a local guide to discover Innsbruck – you choose either historic or architectural perspectives. Be introduced to the exciting city of Munich on a panoramic tour. Venture by train into the mountains to the charming village of Seefeld to warm yourself with a glass of schnapps and enjoy a traditional carriage ride. Journey to Salzburg for a walking tour with a local expert and a delightful dinner at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant. Relish the holiday season that adorns the region in lights, energizes it with activity, and decorates it with market stands filled with handmade crafts

1st Class Travel will host a FREE TRAVEL SHOW about the trip:
Monday, July 23rd at 6pm
3443B William St., Cape Girardeau, MO (next to Cape Wal-mart)

The Travel Show will include detailed information about the trip itinerary, accommodations, inclusions and costs.

To R.S.V.P. for the Travel Show or for more information about the trip in general, contact Shari Elfrink or Leigh Segraves at 1st Class Travel, 573-651-0088 or email

Visit the site to find out more:

OR if you can't make it to the presentation that evening, Sign up to watch the Webinar here:

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Have you ever wondered how local government really works? Ever wonder why the police department has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how the Engineering Department determines which roads will be built each year? Where your tax dollars go, how a building plan goes through the approval process, how snow plowing on city streets is prioritized after a snowstorm? We will tell you, through the City of Cape Girardeau's Citizen Academy! The Citizen Academy is a free 8-week series of classes designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them.

The program is a way to take a behind the scenes tour of local government, pointing out its role and limitations, as well as a glimpse into the long-term planning that makes Cape Girardeau what it is today. The City of Cape Girardeau hopes to empower its' citizens through this program. It is our hope that participants will: learn about city government operations and services, participate in dialogues with city leaders, city staff, and other civic-minded residents, see taxpayers' investments at work, expand their knowledge and become more informed on current and proposed projects within the city, gain appreciation for the city's resources and capacity to meet the needs of the community, and learn about opportunities to become more involved and help build a sustainable community. The program will run every Wednesday from late August to mid-October. To learn more go to this website:

If you are interested in the program, please use the link above in the location section to apply!

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339 Broadway, Suite 214


We Love our Clients at Semo Media LLC!!

To show our appreciation we invite everyone to join us on Fri, July 20th at our office lobby located inside the Broadway Federal Building in Downtown Cape Girardeau. Door Prizes and Giveaways!

Catering will be provided by Smokehouse 61 including beverages and an open bar!

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