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Saint Louis Ambassadors

Volunteers promoting community service and goodwill in St. Louis...since 1965!

The Unification of 3 All-Volunteer Organizations:

     Effective January 3, 2015 the Saint Louis Ambassadors [SLA] formed a 'partnering effort' with two groups it launched, which include the U.S. Small Business Institute [SBI] and the 1904 World's Fair Charitable Foundation [1904]. SLA was launched in 1965 and it launched both SBI in 1985 and 1904 in 2002. All three are related and have a combined strength of 1,444 members, supporters and volunteers.

36 Committees and Chairs:

(alphabetical order for all 3 organizations)

All meetings are called by Committee Chair on an ‘as needed’ basis.

1) Annual Holiday Event Committee – Joanie Bengston [[email protected]]

      - plans our annual board member and guest holiday 'black tie optional' gala to thank and recognize individuals

2) A Weekly Networking Group - Rich Pisani [[email protected]]

     - we have been meeting every Monday since 2007 at Mimi's Cafe in Chesterfield Valley to help each other in the charity and business

3) Archives Council – Rob Mitchell [[email protected]]

     - archives photos of our events and places them in our 'Time Capsules' at Saint Louis University Archives

4) Community Through Unity Council – Dr. Jim Logan [[email protected]]

     - works with civic, business and political leaders to promote goodwill throughout the St. Louis Region

5) E-Newsletter – Mark Johnson [[email protected]]

     - communicating updates to our members about events, projects and general information on a monthly basis

6) Executive Board – Rich Pisani [[email protected]]

     - individuals who act in an advisory capacity to give suggestions and advice to the officers of the organizations

7) Executive Committee – Cicardi Bruce [[email protected]]

     - individuals who act in an advisory capacity to give ideas, and advice to the Co-Founders of the organizations

8) Finance Committee – Sean Clancy [[email protected]]

     - our Treasurer & Legal Counsel handles our income, expense and IRS responsibilities

9) Golf Tournament Committee – Wayne Kaufman [[email protected]]

     - we give volunteer support to an annual golf tournament that funds the needs of Children & Veterans

10) Healthcare Council – Judy Bentley [[email protected]]

     - we give volunteer support to a free health care clinic in St. Louis that handles over 50K patients annually

11) I -net Newspapers Committee – John Parker [[email protected]]

     - we operate 3 newspapers that disseminates 'fresh news twice daily' to 967k e-contacts in the 46 LinkedIn groups 

12) I-net Radio Team – Mark Kasen [[email protected]]

     - we operate 2 radio stations that offers both live,talk radio and music as a complimentary benefit to our me mbers

13) Membership Committee – Cheri Otzenberger [[email protected]]

     - we gain and maintain members and help place them on the right committee 

14) Mentorship Council – David Nations [[email protected]]

     - we consult, coach and mentor both students and entrepreneurs

15) Officers & Executive Board – Rich Pisani [[email protected]]

     - we work with the leadership to gather ideas and advice to operate the organization

16) People With Disabilities Council – Frank Meyer [[email protected]]

     - we train people with disabilities to become volunteers in order to help others

17) Political Affairs Council – Vicki Schneider [[email protected]]

     - we work with local, county and state officials on issues that affect our community 

18) Public Relations & Communications – John Parker [[email protected]]

     - we send out press releases on an 'as needed' basis to alert and solicit others help

19) Regional Affairs Council – Rick Stream [[email protected]]

     - we interface with community groups and supply volunteers in the St. Louis Region

20) Racial Equality Council – TR Carr [[email protected]]

     - we work with local groups that are continually trying to 'ease racial tensions'

21) Scholarship Committee – Tom Ousley [[email protected]]

     - we work with high school seniors on scholarship funds so they can progress to college

22) Sister Cities Council – Sam Solomon [[email protected]]

     - we work with the local council to address issues in our fifteen St. Louis Sister Cities

23) Small Business Council – Rich Pisani [[email protected]]

     - we consult, coach and mentor small businesses at no charge

24) Small Business Support Group – Andrew Armstrong [[email protected]]

     - we work with businesses thru our SBA 'SCORE' support program for business owners

25) Small Business Funding – Dennis Melton [[email protected]]

     - we work with small businesses on their start-up funding and continued capital needs

26) Small Business Development – Ralph Turney [[email protected]]

     - we work with business owners to help them with their 'entry and exit strategies'

27) Small Business Planning Team – Dr. Jerome Katz [[email protected]]

     - we help create short and long term business plans for the success of the company

28) Small Business Expansion Group – Dick Mueller [[email protected]]

     - we discuss the possibility of expanding your firm by franchising

29) Small Business Coaching – Barry Cervantes [[email protected]]

     - we offer business coaching to upper level executives and owners of small businesses

30) Social Media Team – Joel Kirk [[email protected]]

     - we show charities and businesses how to use social media to market their organization

31) Speakers Bureau – Cicardi Bruce [[email protected]]

     - we make presentations to local organizations on important events and topics

32) Special Events Committee – Fran Capra [[email protected]]

     - we handle the planning and execution of special events for our three groups

33) Time Capsule Committee – John Walsh [[email protected]]

     - we have 'Time Capsules' with items secured in the Saint Louis University Archives Dept. 

34) Young Professionals – Rachel Boone [[email protected]]

     - we encourage professionals under 40 to join one of our committees to support St. Louis

35) Veteran’s Affairs Committee – Wayne Kaufman [[email protected]]

     - we support Veteran's groups and those who have 'kept our country free'

36) Website Development Team – Rich Pisani [[email protected]]

     - we solicit ideas to continually improve our three organizations websites