- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Strattman to step down as principal at St. Mary (4/28/17)1
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- New ride-hailing law draws praise from carGo official (4/25/17)
A salute to Denise Stewart
To the editor:
An important servant leader in our community has recently moved away with little or no fanfare or recognition. I'd like to thank Denise Stewart for her years of service as executive director of our Otahki Girl Scout Council in Cape Girardeau. The Girl Scouts has reorganized and consolidated several local councils into a regional office that has caused some restructuring. Denise was planning to retire. But she has decided to continue her service to the Girl Scouts as a statewide director in Arkansas. Our loss is their gain.
Denise has been one of the most effective executive directors I have had the pleasure to work with. She represented the Girl Scouts proudly in our community and represented our community proudly in many national Scouting activities and programs. And she is also a dear friend to many. I remember when we moved into our home here over 12 years ago. I barely knew Denise, but she was kind enough to bring us sandwiches so we wouldn't have to stop to get or fix food.
It just didn't seem right for Denise to leave our community without saying goodbye, although I understand why. Goodbyes are so hard. So, Denise, please continue your servant leadership in Arkansas knowing that Cape Girardeau is a grateful community, grateful for the passion you had for our girls and for the many leadership roles you took on at other organizations such as the Rotary club and area chambers of commerce. You will be missed.
NANCY JERNIGAN, Executive Director, United Way of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau