April 2018 - In this Issue:
Together, Shaping the Future of North County

April is in full swing at North County Inc.! We're just a little over a month away from our 41st Annual Leadership Breakfast on May 18. If you haven't registered, now is the time to do so, as our event sells out each year. Tickets are $45 each. Please RSVP to purchase a ticket or table.

This popular event is our opportunity to share the productive initiatives and projects occurring throughout North County. It's also our pleasure and honor to recognize businesses and individual leaders who have made an impact in North County.

To help make NCI's Leadership Breakfast a success, we welcome your sponsorship support. The deadline is April 16 to sponsor at the Platinum, Premier and Corporate levels and May 1 for Supporting and Table sponsor levels.  Click Here for Our List of Sponsorship Opportunities.

Together we're shaping the future of North County!

Best Regards,

Rebecca Zoll
President & CEO

Photo Credit: Kent Miller Photography
Welcome New Members!

We are pleased to welcome our newest members to North County Inc.! Thank you
for your support.
  • Earth Dance Organic Farm School
  • Mercy
Sr. Karl Mary Winkelmann of Trinity Catholic High School & NCI Board Member Retires

Sr. Karl Mary Winkelmann, SSND, president of Trinity Catholic High since its establishment in 2003, will retire. Winkelmann has served the mission of Catholic education in some capacity for 54 years, 48 of which were spent in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

On July 1, Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ, will succeed Winklemann as president of Trinity Catholic
High School.

Winkelmann also served on NCI's board of directors, and we are grateful for her guidance and leadership. Click here for additional information.

Here's What Our Members are Saying...

"NCI is an alarm center for urgent concerns impacting North County. It serves as
a c
learing house for identifying North County-wide long-range priorities and works to continually focus community attention on those priorities. For example, NCI did an outstanding job keeping the I -270 Highway Study and Funding initiative top of mind. NCI ensures we celebrate that which makes us great and those who contribute to
our excellence."   

 ~ Mayor Thomas P. Schneider
    City of Florissant                                            

NCI Announces Its New Board
of Director

NCI is pleased to welcome a new leader to our board of directors.  Don Kalicak, Mercy  vice president of regional development.  We are most grateful for Don's expertise, time and talents! 

Click here for complete list of the board
BJC Leader Gives Latest Healthcare Outlook to NCI Board

Thank you to BJC's Director of Government Relations Leann Chilton for briefing the NCI board of directors on the current political landscape of healthcare on a local, State and Federal level.  

NCI's policy agenda includes several items around healthcare issues as it relates to the quality of life impact on North County residents.

Pictured from left: NCI Chair Dr. Chris Kilbride, BJC Leann Chilton, NCI President Rebecca Zoll and NCI Vice-Chair Rick Stevens.
John Kemper to Succeed David Kemper as CEO of Commerce Bancshares

Commerce Bancshares President and Chief Operating Officer John Kemper will succeed his father as the bank's CEO effective August 1. 

John W. Kemper, 40, currently president and chief operating officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., will become president and CEO, assuming the CEO role currently held by his father David W. Kemper, 67, who will remain active as executive chairman. John Kemper has been with the bank since 2007, and was named president and COO in 2013.

Click here for more information.
Congratulations to Riverview Gardens School District for the Passing of Proposition R

Proposition R will not raise taxes. Rather, it will generate approximately $11.7 million in funds to help repair, renovate and revitalize all Riverview Garden School District facilities and benefit students and teachers. 

It is estimated that $8.4 million will be used for a prioritized scope of needed work, while $3.3 million will be used to pay off 2009 leasehold bonds.

"Our scholars and teachers deserve safe, comfortable schools and classrooms. Prop R will allow us to address many district-wide pressing needs such as safety and security upgrades, rooftop repairs, HVAC upgrades, classroom renovations, and technology upgrades among other needed work," said School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Spurgeon.
NCI Helps Judge 2018 Missouri Poison Center Posters

Apart from a day of meetings and running North County Inc., President Rebecca Zoll enjoys giving back, especially when it involves children.

Last month, she joined other business leaders as a judge of the  2018 Missouri Poison Center poster contest. 

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital displayed the posters in its atrium and honored the children artist winners on March 21.
Join Us April  12 for Our NCI Member Mix & Mingle 

NCI invites its members to attend a free membership networking event 4 - 6 p.m., Thursday, April 12 at SSM Health DePaul Hospital's May Center, 12303 DePaul Drive in Bridgeton. We appreciate your membership support and hope you will enjoy the opportunity to network and get to know fellow members as well as past leadership award recipients.

Stop by, say hello, enjoy refreshments and meet business, civic and community leaders who, like you, are making a difference in North County!

A special thank you to NCI partner, SSM Health DePaul Hospital for generously hosting our Mix and Mingle member event.
To attend, please RSVP to Nancy Schiller . We look forward to seeing you 
April 12!
Library Boxes Installed at Four North County Metro Stations in North County

Metro Transit, St. Louis Promise Zone and St. Louis County Library partnered to promote literacy and reading. They also hope it adds to a rider's commute experience.

The community library boxes are filled with a variety of reading materials including novels, children's books and magazines. Riders can select an item to read and return it when they are finished without late fees or due dates. The reading materials come from a surplus donated to the libraries. Click here for more information about the partnership project.

"The love of reading, especially at a young age, opens the door to new opportunities, good grades in school and a foundation that can lead to successful careers," said Hazel Erby, St. Louis County Councilwoman for District 1. "This program isn't just about making books available, it's about making the love of reading available, to everyone."

You can find the library boxes at these four North County metro stations:
  • North Hanley Transit Center
    4300 North Hanley Road
  • Wellston Transit Center
    6342 Plymouth Avenue
  •   Rock Road Transit Center
    7001 St. Charles Road
  • North County Transit Center
    3140 Pershall Road