Friday, December 13, 2002

Don C. Bedell of Sikeston recently joined the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as a district director. Bedell is chairman of the board of Health Facilities Management Corp. He started the business in 1984, and it operates 27 nursing homes in Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. Bedell is the only person to hold all the offices of the American Health Care Association, and he has served a s a member of the executive committee and board of directors longer than any other person in the history of the association. He also serves as chairman to the National Policy Forum's Long Term Health Care Financing Task Force.

The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) has awarded Saint Francis Medical Center with Best of Show for its obstetrics outdoor advertising. At its annual Show-Me Excellence Awards, the MHA recognized nine marketing and public relations projects submitted by Saint Francis and its agency of record, The Roberts Group Inc. Saint Francis Medical Center received awards for the following health care projects: ... Best of Show - OB Outdoor ... 1st place, Health Page - Print Advertising ... 1st place, OB Outdoor - Special Visuals Advertising ... 1st place, Health Page - External Publication ... 2nd place, Doctors to the Highest Power - Outdoor ... 2nd place, 2001 Annual Meeting - Video ... 3rd place, New Medical /Web Sit Project - ... 3rd place, Heart Beat 2002 - Special Public Relations ... 3rd place, Medical Minute -Television Advertising. Annually, MHA celebrates excellence in hospital communications and public education efforts. Recipients are honored during a ceremony at the MHA Convention & Trade Show. The awards were accepted by Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE, Saint Francis Medical Center president and CEO. The Roberts Group Inc. of Waukesha, Wis., produced all nine projects.

Poplar Bluff's Steak 'n Shake was honored in Indianapolis at the end of October with the franchise Store of the Year award. Kristina Brassfield is the general manager. Brassfield said that the Store of the Year is chosen from 67 different franchises. The award is based on quality, service, cleanliness, the amount of sales and "secret shopper" ratings. The secret shopper is someone who is hired to go to one of the stores and give a rating. Management and employees of the stores are not notified these people are being sent. The Steak 'n Shake is owned by Chip and Debbie Peterson of Farmington.

Kathy Swan of JCS/TEL-LINK in Cape Girardeau recently attended the National Governor's Association at the invitation of Gov. Bob Holden and in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the National Commission on Entrepreneurship and the Missouri Department of Economic Development, which has been conducting a Missouri Policy Academy on Entrepreneurship. The goal of the Entrepreneurial Academy is to develop a set of action steps that Missouri can take to create an environment in Missouri that is conducive to small business and entrepreneurial development. Swan was invited to serve as a member of the Policy Academy and to attend the final Academy meeting on Nov. 14-15 in Excelsior Springs. She was one of nine Missouri entrepreneurs to participate in the Academy. The Policy Academy, comprised of key leaders from state government and the private sector, will identify Missouri's strengths and weaknesses and develop a set of recommended actions. The NCOE (National Commission on Entrepreneurship) concludes that high-growth entrepreneurial companies create at least two-thirds of jobs in the U.S. economy.

Charles Crawford, manager of Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative at Hayti, was recently appointed as a district representative to the Regulatory Compliance committee of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives in Jefferson City. As a member of the committee, Crawford will have the responsibility for reviewing federal regulations which affect Missouri's electric cooperative and ensuring that the co-ops are informed of these regulations. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives is the service organization of the state's 47 electric cooperatives, which serve more than 500,000 rural consumers.

Charles Medley, an attorney in Farmington, recently attended a Missouri Bar training session at the Lake of the Ozarks. Medley will be serving as a volunteer facilitator in The Missouri Bar's Complaint Resolution Program.

Eric Denson of Elite Travel Inc. and Cruises in Cape Girardeau, recently returned from a trip to Negril, Jamaica. While there, Denson stayed at Couples Negril. Along with site inspection, Denson also enjoyed a catamaran excursion and a trip to Rick's Cafe. Sandy Wahlsmith, also of Elite Travel, recently completed an education familiarization trip to the Grand Cayman Islands. In addition to site inspections at various hotels and resorts, she visited Georgetown Shopping Square, the city of "Hell," the world-famous Cayman Island turtle farm, as well as hands-on experience swimming with the stingrays and island marine life.

Scott Van de Ven, a CPA with Schott and Van de Ven in Cape Girardeau, and Larry Kleffner, CFE, recently gave a presentation to the 107th annual convention of the Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Cos. The presentation covered preparing and filing the Missouri mutual annual statement with the Missouri Department of Insurance and common problems associated with the regulatory filing. Kleffner is a financial examiner with the Missouri Department of Insurance. The convention included nearly 700 insurance professionals that represent 119 mutual insurance companies from around the state. This year marks the 250th anniversary of mutual insurance in America. Mutual insurance companies exist solely for policyholders because there are no stockholders. Melvin Van de Ven, CPA, CVA, and Michael Radake, CPA, also attended the convention in Columbia. Schott & Van de Ven is an associate member of MAMIC. Also at that firm, CPA Lonnie Lusk has completed a class on payroll taxes and 1099s.

A certificate of excellence was recently presented to Randal Friend, community development manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office in Jackson. Friend received this award for making the only fiscal 2002 community facility guaranteed loan in the area. Friend has worked with the local rural development office for 27 years.

Southeast Missouri Hospital administrator James Wente has been re-elected as an at-large member with the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He will serve as a board member until Dec. 31, 2005. Wente was first elected to the MHA Board of Trustees in 1994 as a representative of District 6.

He has served as board secretary, a member of the executive committee, chairman-elect and, from 1997 to 1999, as chairman of the statewide body. He has served on a number of MHA committees, including the Bylaws Committee, the Nominating Committee, Finance and Budget Committee and the Energy and Environment Committee.

David Plassman, a CPA with Schott & Van de Ven in Cape Girardeau, recently completed the current developments in federal taxation class in St. Louis. The class covered federal tax developments in the last 18 months and focused on key tax issues in the Internal Revenue Code. He a member of the Illinois CPA Society and Jackson Rotary Club.

Donna Domian, the Cape Girardeau investment representative for Edward Jones, was recently honored by the firm for her job performance. This recognition earned Domian an invitation to Edward Jones' annual managing partners conference at the firm's headquarters in St. Louis. The three-day meeting pooled Edward Jones' most successful representatives for a discussion with John Bachmann, the firm's managing partner, on issues facing the firm and the financial-services industry as a whole.

Rick and Renee Aufdenberg of Jackson are new members of the American Angus Association. The association has more than 36,000 active adult and junior members and is the largest beef cattle registry in the world. Its computerized records included detailed information on more than 14 million registered angus.

Walter and Gerri Stone, owners of Professional Fashion Uniforms at the Town Plaza, attended the Fall Fashion Showcase of the Professional Apparel Association in St. Louis.

The national conference brings together retail shop owners, manufacturers and company owners to exchange ideas and see new products. The Stones attended management study sessions which included presentations on merchandising, cash flow and customer service. Employee Victoria Stone attended a session for an overview on computer program which is used by many retailers in the uniform industry. Employee Jean Ann Rice also attended a session on design and visual merchandising for decorating retail shops.

The Stereo One "Pressure Team" in Cape Girardeau won several awards at a sound quality competition recently held in Kansas City.

The sixth annual Water and Waste Conference was held in Columbia on Dec. 5 for 175 consulting engineers, regional planning commissions, community planners, grant writers and other consultants from across Missouri. Many local, state and federal officials were also in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss opportunities for communities and share information about the water and sewer programs. These programs are administered through a partnership of federal, state and local partners that work together to assist communities in rural areas of Missouri. Attending from the Jackson service area, which covers Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Perry counties, included Terry Luetkemeyer, rural development specialist for USDA Rural Development, Farmington Area Office. Anyone seeking more information about the Water and Waste programs or any other USDA Rural Development programs may contact Randal Friend, community development manager at 480 W. Jackson Trail in Jackson.

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