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MRPC to present 10 volunteer awards at Annual Dinner Event is planned Oct. 26 in Salem

For immediate release

For more information, contact
Tammy Snodgrass at (573) 265-2993

ST. JAMES—Each year Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) honors residents of the Meramec Region who give to their communities by volunteering their time, talents and support. This year, 10 awards will be presented at MRPC’s 2017 Annual Dinner Oct. 26 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory at 1200 W. Rolla Road, Salem, MO.

MRPC will recognize the following volunteers for contributions to their communities:

  • Henry and Mary Wansing of Vienna, nominated by MRPC chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze;
  • Bill Reynolds of Loose Creek, nominated by MRPC Board Member Dr. Don Claycomb;
  • Sean Wilson of Waynesville, nominated by Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman;
  • Neil Richards (posthumously) of Potosi, nominated by Caledonia Chairman John M. Robinson.

Youth nominees:

  • Tyler Roberds of Meta, nominated by MRPC chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze;
  • Baylee Rebecka Bilyeu of Salem, nominated by Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles;
  • Maxwell Butler of Belle, nominated by Belle Mayor Steve Vogt.

Community organization:

  • Ya Ya of Belle, nominated by Belle Mayor Steve Vogt.

Local Agency Representative:

  • City Administrator Harold Selby of St. James, nominated by Mayor of St. James Jim White.

The Eugene E. Northern award, the highest honor given by MRPC for volunteers and community service, will also be announced at the annual dinner. The award recipient is kept secret until announced at the Annual Dinner.

The public is invited to attend the event at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory in Salem. A reception, featuring wine from Red Moose Vineyards, will be held prior to the event at 5:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction and exhibits. Dinner, catered by Country Seasons Catering, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a program and awards presentation to follow.

Tickets for the event will cost $30. For reservations, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 16.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 23, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.orgor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.