Monday, October 24, 2016

Allendale Fourth at Missouri Community Betterment Awards

Twenty-one communities and 10 community leaders were honored at the Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) conference in Columbia. The 53rd annual conference included speakers from the Missouri Department of Tourism, Missouri Department of Economic Development, USDA, and Regional Planning Commissions and had keynotes from Author and Syndicated Radio Host, Les Norman and Kevin Laue, the 1st player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Missouri Community Betterment assists communities in their efforts to improve their quality of life through community and economic development efforts. Nearly 225 volunteers, community leaders and youth from across the state were in attendance.
The village of Cameron won the Gene Speichinger Community of the year award.  This award recognizes the outstanding community amongst the 21 communities entered in this year's Awards program. MCB judges and Board members were impressed with their outstanding community involvement and how strategic planning was evident in all projects.  Their projects had a wide impact on the community for its citizens of all ages.
"The Missouri Community Betterment Board congratulates all the volunteers from our communities all throughout the state," MCB President Brett Dinkins said. "These dedicated individuals and their collaborative community and economic development efforts continue to make Missouri's rural communities a place people want to call home." 
The Monday evening Awards Banquet is an integral part of the MCB program, which is administered by the Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund. MCBEF is a not-for profit organization made up of businesses, public utilities, community representatives, federal and state agencies and individuals. From 2008-2016 MCB communities poured more than $425,754,269 back into their local economies through their community development projects.
Following is a list of the community and individual award winners

Gene Speichinger Community of the Year Award       Cameron
Community Awards
Category I
First Place: Mayview
Second Place: Galena
Third Place: Ladonia
Fourth Place: Allendale
Fifth Place: Annapolis
Category II
First Place: Albany
Second Place: Reeds Spring
Third Place: Mansfield
Fourth Place: Steelville
            Fifth Place: Green City
            Certificate of Merit: Lowry City
Category III
First Place: St. James
Second Place: Houston
Third Place: Louisiana
Fourth Place: Fayette
Fifth Place: Malden
Category IV
First Place: Cameron
Second Place: Perryville
Third Place: Lamar
Fourth Place: Salem
Fifth Place: Trenton
J.C. Smith Youth Group of the Year Award      Steelville

Youth Groups
Category I
First Place: Galena
Second Place: Caledonia
Category II
First Place: Steelville
Second Place: Mansfield
Category III
First Place: Louisiana
Second Place: Houston
Category IV
First Place: Lamar
            Second Place: Perryville
Youth Leadership Award
Blayre Messner - Albany
Makayla Koch - Houston
Noah Shaw - Lamar
Dawson Miller - Louisiana
Makayla Cahill - Salem
Adult Leadership Award
Jackie Allenbrand - Albany
Artie Howell - Annapolis
Barbara McDaniel - Lamar
Patricia Bolton - Louisiana
Alex Sellers - Salem

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