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Elite Travel President and Travel Expert Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf) joined travel professionals across the nation for an international humanitarian cause in the “Agents Give Back” movement.

“We are so lucky to live in a country like America, where our kids can go to school and not worry about clean water and school supplies” says Sandgren. “At Elite Travel Inc., we are always looking for ways to give back to our community as well as the world abroad and this event allows us to be a world citizen helping those less fortunate then us”

The event sponsored by Apple Leisure Group and hosted by the Nicolodean Resort Punta Cana allowed the Elite Team to bring school supplies as well paint an elementary school Escuela Basica Porfirio de Pena located in the mountains outside of Punta Cana.

Travel experts had an intensely entertaining showdown of painting skills complete with local live stock grazing in the school yard, to a running of the bulls moment during the work project.

More information is available by following #elitetravelexperts and #agentsgiveback on all social media channels.

Elite Travel, Inc. was founded in 1992 by people who love travel for its ability to enrich our lives and increase our appreciation for the world in which we live. By sharing our knowledge and experience with other travelers, and offering useful and appreciated travel vacations and products we are there to ease the bumpy roads, we help make travel a more comfortable, safe, and rewarding experience.
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Elite Travel, Inc. was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award from tour operator Apple Vacations, the leading name in all-inclusive vacations to beach hot spots in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Golden Apple travel agencies are among the top sellers of Apple Vacations packages in the U.S. and receive extra benefits with Apple Vacations such as educational site inspections, exclusive promotions, cooperative advertising funding and more.

“Golden Apple travel agents deserve much of the credit for making Apple Vacations America’s Favorite Vacation Company by embracing our quality products, exclusive vacations flights and value-added incentives,” said Tim Mullen, president of Apple Vacations. “We are happy to award Golden Apple benefits to our loyal travel agent partners.”

Elite Travel, Inc. was founded in 1992 by people who love travel for its ability to enrich lives and increase appreciation for the world in which we live. For more information about the agency and the services they provide, visit the offices located on South Silver Springs Road, call 573-334-1234 or visit us at
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October 15th, 2018
6:00 pm
Saint Francis Medical Center (fountain entrance - #1)


Join us to learn more about the Christmas on the Danube visiting Germany and Austria, featuring a 6-night Danube River Cruise, Winter 2019 trip. This 9 day tour leaving December 2, 2019 features a Danube River Cruise, visits to Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Hofburg Palace, the Christmas Markets and so much more!

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 1st Class Travel, 573-651-0088 or email

To view more about the trip - view here:

Can't Attend ? Call us to view our Webinar.

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October 10th, 2018
6:00 pm
Bella Italia Restaurant - 20 N Main St., Cape Girardeau, MO


Join us at Bella Italia Restaurant to hear more about the 2019 Italy trip. Order up some Italian Cuisine or a fine glass of wine to learn about the 10-day, guided tour of Italy leaving the Cape Girardeau area on June 19th, 2019. Highlights include: Rome, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Assisi - including the Basilica of St. Francis, medieval Perugia, Siena, Florence, Statue of David, Chianti winery, Venice, Murano Island, Doge's Palace, Milan and more!

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

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy some appetizers or dinner before the presentation. After the presentation Patrick Koetting with Major Brands will be guiding the group through the various styles of wine during a wine tasting.

RSVP for the show or for more information contact 1st Class Travel at (573) 651-0088 or email

To view more about the trip - details here:

Can't Attend? Call us to view a webinar!

Thank you to our Sponsors Bella Italia Restaurant and Patrick Koetting with Major Brands

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October 10th, 2018
4:00 pm
Cape Girardeau Public Library


Join us for a FREE Travel Presentation about the 2019 Canadian Rockies featuring the Rocky Mountaineer Trip. This trip leaves the Cape area on July 10th, 2019 for 7 days. Highlights include: Vancouver, tour of Stanely Park, an overnight stay in Kamloops, Banff, Icefields Parkway, Peyto Lake and a ride on the domed coach on the Rocky Mountaineer.

The travel show will include detailed information about the trip itinerary, accomodations, inclusions and costs.

To RSVP for the show or for more information about the Canadian Rockies trip in general, contact 1st Class Travel at (573) 651-0088 or email us at

View more here:

If you can't attend the show - call us so you can watch a webinar about the trip!

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Senior Matters 2018

Oct 6, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

Coming up in October is an opportunity that will bring an interesting group of our community together. “Senior Matters” expo is a unique event which will be held on Saturday, October 6th that aims to reach out, help and support seniors over age 55 and seniors from 10 surrounding high schools. The 4th annual “Senior Matters” expo is being held at the Drury Plaza Convention Center in Cape Girardeau. This charity event is unlike any other because it brings vendors to one central location for all of the seniors in our community to be able to find resources such as products, services, organizations and companies geared solely towards them.

Thanks to the support from corporate sponsors the event also awards $500 individual scholarships for any post high school education to local high school seniors. This year’s goal is to award at least 20 deserving students with much needed financial assistance and without the requirement of a particular GPA or written essay. To date, $20,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 40 students from local area high schools.

Additionally, The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the event. In fact, 99 units of blood have been collected over the last 3 years.

So, if you are a senior of ANY kind or just happen to KNOW any seniors….then make it a day to get out of the house and come to the Drury Plaza on October 6 at 3351 Percy Drive

from 10am-2pm here in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The “Senior Matters” expo is a great family affair that you certainly won’t want to miss because here in SEMO … Seniors really DO MATTER!


Phone: 573-334-7233

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Craft Beer Festival 2018

September 29, 2018
12:00 p.m.
FSCB Pavilion, Arena Park


7th Annual Cape Girardeau Craft Beer Festival at the First State Community Bank Pavilion in the Arena Park. Admission includes samples from microbreweries, along with a souvenir pilsner glass, live music and great food.

General Admission $30 ($35 at the door) includes:

• Souvenir pilsner and samples

• Live music

• Food for purchase

VIP Admission $50 (limited to first 150) includes:

• All General Admission benefits

30 minute early entry onto main floor

• Exclusive craft beer offerings for VIP area only

• Special VIP food at no additional charge

Tickets available: CCC Foundation 402 S Silver Springs RD, Cape Girardeau; 573-332-2795/; Primo Vino; Eventbrite. Must be 21+. No children allowed.

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Notre Dame Regional High School's Education Fund Foundation & 1st Class Travel recently partnered together in a Fundraising Project. The Fundraiser's proceeds from the Shades of Ireland trip went to the Alumni Scholarship Fund which helps to provide tuition assistance to Notre Dame students.

"It was an honor to partner together with Notre Dame Regional High School's Education Fund Foundation for this Fundraiser for the students. Giving back locally, especially to the kids is what this is all about! Project Suitcase, our Fundraising Travel Program, is dedicated to assisting organizations and/or businesses raise money for great causes." shares Shari Elfrink, President of 1st Class Travel.

The Ireland July 2018, 10-day guided tour, was a HUGE 1st SUCCESS! Highlights of the trip included a stay in an Irish Castle, seeing the sheepdogs in action on a working Sheep farm, a journey to kiss the Blarney Stone and the gorgeous Cliffs of Moher!

Pack your bags because we are off on another adventure to Italy June 19th-28th, 2019! Call us today to find out more!
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The CTC is continuing its WORKFORCE WEDNESDAYS program this school year and we are looking for businesses to take part in the program.

We know that business & industry has a constant need for workers; getting talent and opportunity to connect isn't always easy, and we want to help match our students with your company's workforce needs. To help make this a reality, CTC is asking area businesses to sign up for one of our Workforce Wednesday events. We know that when people make face-to-face connections, they are more likely to remember the experience and build on that relationship. We want our students & instructors to learn about the tremendous companies & opportunities that are right here in our local area! The program will run from September through early May and businesses can choose a convenient date to set up and spend the day at the CTC.

Once a business signs up for a Workforce Wednesday date, information is blasted out to CTC students, instructors, and staff to let them know what business will be visiting each week. Students then drop in on their morning and afternoon breaks to visit with that week's featured employer. Businesses are encouraged to share information about their company, inform students about internship & employment opportunities, and help educate students & instructors about the types of skills & qualities they looking for when hiring. Companies can even conduct on-the-spot interviews. Last year we had some companies sign students up for internships and a few hired students while they were here! With 20+ training programs, we have a wealth of skills and talent waiting to fit your company’s hiring needs.

There is no cost to participate in the program -- we simply ask that you let us know if you hire one of our students. Our hope is that both your company and our students will come away with a greater awareness of the opportunities and talent available here locally and that it's a win-win opportunity for both parties. As an added bonus, visiting businesses are invited to join us for our legendary lunch buffet hosted by our culinary arts program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

If you are interested in getting on the WORKFORCE WEDNESDAY schedule or have questions, please contact Workforce Development Coordinator, Kathleen Clayton at | 573-334-0826 ext. 6513.


Comments 0 Rating: Be the first person to rate this post. is Southeast Missouri State University's FREE online resource for sharing your company's part-time employment opportunities with our students. With this user-friendly system, we are able to target the specific students you're trying to reach with weekly email blasts and social media posts. Sign up for an employer account today at!

We invite you to contact the Office of Career Services with any questions you may have about Additionally, there are also numerous other ways that we can help you get the word out about your job openings, including social media promotion on the University's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We also offer opportunities to come on campus and interact directly with students.

Feel free to call our office for more information at (573)-651-2583, or email us at We look forward to partnering with your business!

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