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Thursday, February 13, 2003

Three Rivers Board of Realtors in Poplar Bluff recently named Ruth Holloway as Realtor of the Year and Beulah Spradley as Realtor Associate of the Year for 2002. Both are affiliated with Ruth Holloway Realty. Holloway has been in business since 1984, and it has grown to be one of the top producing real estate agencies in the four-county area of Butler, Wayne, Carter and Ripley. Spradley has been a member of the Three Rivers Board since 1986, and has held the offices of president, secretary, treasurer and state director. She served on the St. Louis Board of Realtors from 1952-1955, and for four years she served as district vice president for the Missouri Association of Realtors Region 8, which includes the counties of Ripley, Butler, Wayne and Carter.

Bud Finley, a member of the service staff at Schaefer Water Centers in Cape Girardeau, has completed the professional service seminar at Kinetico's Service Academy. Finley participated in an intensive service training seminar conducted by Kinetico, a manufacturer of nonelectric, metered, demand-operated, twin tank water-softening equipment. The seminar was designed to reinforce previous training and sharpen service skills giving in-depth instructions on new products and new technologies in the water treatment industry.

Rick and Renee Aufdenberg of Jackson have been recently enrolled in the Angus Herd Improvement Records Program of the American Angus Association. Angus Herd Improvement Records is a comprehensive evaluation program used by registered Angus breeders to help them keep records of reproduction, and growth rate on individual animals. Each year, hundreds of Angus breeders use AHIR records to produce more profitable, efficient Angus seedstock, the group says.

Jim Maurer and Jim Hillin, both of Cape Girardeau, have been recently appointed to the board of directors of Reliable Community Bancshares Inc., the holding company for the Bank of Missouri. Both men served as community bank directors for the local Bank of Missouri board before being appointed to Reliable Community Bancshares Inc. Maurer is co-owner and financial officer of PAJCO Inc., Rhodes 101 Stops. He also serves on the board of directors for Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores, and is a trust director for the Fuel Marketers Insurance Trust Hillin has been a certified public accountant with Hillin and Clark, P.C., since 1969. He is a member of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accounts and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Cape Girardeau NFIB member Kathy Swan, owner of JCS Tel-Link, on Jan. 22 participated in a roundtable discussion lead by President Bush, which focused on small business' role in putting the nation's economy back on track. The event, which took place at St. Louis small business JS Logistics, allowed President Bush to hear the small-business viewpoints of five NFIB members. Following the roundtable discussion, President Bush rallied the support of a larger crowd for his new tax-relief plan, which will accelerate the income tax rate reduction from 2001 and increase small-business expensing limits by $50,000. Swan's father, Charles W. Johnson, began the wireless communication business in 1959, and her husband W. Reginald Swan, joined the firm in 1971. The Swans purchased the company in 1986, and Reginald Swan has been instrumental in expanding the products and services.

Sarah Holt, administrator of the Cape Girardeau Surgical Clinic, has been appointed to the American College of Medical Practice Board. This group is the standard-setting and certification board of the Medical Group Management Association. Holt was involved in starting the local MGMA chapter in the early 1990s, along with Gerald Nicholson and Bill Port.

Linda Puchbauer with Prudential Financial in Cape Girardeau has been awarded a professional degree in the field of long-term care. The program is independent of the insurance industry and focuses on providing insurance professionals the tools they need to meet their clients' long-term care needs.

Steven Bjelich, president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, has been appointed as secretary on the Missouri Hospital Association Management Services Corp. board of directors. The corporation is a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of MHA. MSC develops and provides high-quality, market-driven programs and services to hospitals in Missouri to enhance hospitals' effectiveness. The board of directors provides strategic direction and financial oversight for the corporation. Since its creation in 1922, the Missouri Hospital Association's membership has grown from 50 hospitals to nearly 140 hospitals and health systems. As a not-for-profit membership association, MHA represents every acute-care hospital in the state as well as most of the federal and state hospitals, rehabilitation and psychiatric care facilities, and specialty hospitals.

Jim Wente, administrator of Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, has been re-elected to the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees. His term began this month. As a member of the MHA Board of Trustees, Wente's responsibilities include overseeing the administration of MHA and developing association policies. Wente, a diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives, received a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. In 1975, he joined Southeast Missouri Hospital as assistant administrator and chief financial officer. Wente is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit organization in Jefferson City that represents 142 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health-care topics and seeks to educate the public and legislative representatives about health-care issues.

Dr. Steve Jordan of Cape Girardeau has received the Community Service Excellence Award from the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Jordan was recognized for leading a major information campaign about the dangers of concussions and how to prevent them. The campaign, reaching more than 20,000 people, sought to increase the ability of parents to recognize the signs of concussion and seek timely medical treatment to prevent brain injury. The Brain Injury Association of Missouri is a grass-roots community-based organization.

Glenn "Skip" Smallwood Jr. of Cape Girardeau is the newest member of the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri. Smallwood is the business development executive for economic development with Ameren Services and is replacing Mike Seabaugh, who has changed seats on the board. Seabaugh was serving as economic development member on the board, but has been moved to the One-Stop Partner position with the resignation of Tony Crawford. The Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri is made up of private and public sector members from 13 counties.

Mike Sisney and Mike Lindsey were recently honored for their hard work and dedication at Cott Beverages in Sikeston at the Employee Appreciation Dinner. Sisney, an employee with Cott since 2000, was selected as Sikeston's Employee of the Year. The Ron Duckworth Achievement Award was presented to Lindsey, who has been employed at Cott since 1994 as a batch blend technician. The award is named for Ron Duckworth who held the position of logistics manager at Sikeston from 1994 until his death in May 2000. Cott Corp. is the world's largest retailer brand soft drink supplier with the

leading take home carbonated soft drink market shares in this segment in its core markets of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Wally Allstun and Pat Murray of Regional Employee Assistance Program in Cape Girardeau, recently completed training for the new Department of Transportation Regulations, (Revised 49CFR-Part 40), as well as having passed the qualification examination as a substance abuse professional. Regional Employee Assistaance Program provides counseling, education programs/trainings for employees and supervisors. Allstun and Murray are qualified substance abuse professionals for DOT and non-DOT drug testing programs and currently provide services for many companies.

Cathy Willis, a member of Kies Eye Center's technical staff, has been certified by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. She was successful in passing an examination given by the commission in order to obtain this high degree of professional competence. The commission is considered the standard of excellence in ophthalmology.

Promotional Products Association International has honored Mary Ann Farmer of Magna-Tel Inc. with the 2003 PPAI Distinguished Service Award during a ceremony at The PPAI Expo 2003 held in Las Vegas in January. This award recognizes members who consistently share time and expertise with the association through volunteer service and leadership.

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