Assistance League of St. Louis celebrates 35 years: INSPIRED BY THE PAST & FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE!
One hundred twenty-five Assistance League members gathered at their Ellisville headquarters on a glorious autumn afternoon for a ribbon-cutting at their new garage storage addition. With a drone hovering overhead photographing the event, members in bright yellow hard hats cheered President Pam Bogosian and Past-President Yolanda Perez-Cunningham, as they cut the ribbon. The excitement for this long-awaited storage addition continued inside headquarters with flutes of bubbly and appetizers created from recipes in the members’ own Fare to Remember cookbook. The cookbook was composed by members as a fundraiser in the chapter’s early days, and the recipes continue to inspire newer members. A drawing for two signed copies of the cookbook gave the lucky winners their own link to the past. The nostalgic “walk down memory lane” allowed members to look through many of the chapter scrapbooks lovingly displayed on the chapter’s Board Room table. The beautifully designed scrapbooks captivated old and new members as they could feel the loving hands that created each one and see the incredible chapter history unfold in photos and memorabilia. As part of the 35th Anniversary celebration, the new chapter timeline was unveiled so members could learn about significant chapter milestones. The timeline is displayed along a headquarters wall, featuring seven large posters, each capturing five years of chapter history. The timeline was meticulously researched by members of the Archives Committee and traced the chapter’s history creatively and concisely with graphics, photos, and bullet points. Jeanne Belle, a Charter member of the St. Louis chapter, deserves accolades for her tireless work to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of the timeline. The 35th Anniversary year will continue to celebrate the volunteer members,