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Carol Staenberg

Carol Staenberg calls herself a \u201cpuzzler.\u201d

Visit her home in Old Town Clayton, and it\u2019s a sure bet you\u2019ll find an intricate jigsaw puzzle that she is working to complete. Also an avid fan of crossword puzzles, she enjoys finding just the right letters to fit into tiny white squares. But those puzzles are just for fun, to challenge her mind. What genuinely distinguishes this Staenberg is the ingenuity, creativity, knowledge and compassion she exhibits to put together the intricate puzzle pieces of helping other people. Honored as a Woman of Achievement in 2012, she is a tireless volunteer for several nonprofit organizations, ramping up their events, fundraising, visibility and outcomes.

As president of College Bound, she has been a steadfast and powerful leader for the 12-year-old organization. Through a multiyear commitment, College Bound\u2019s mission empowers promising students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve bachelor\u2019s degrees and fulfilling careers. It commits to its students for seven to nine years, increasing ACT scores, mastering Algebra 11 and coping with life cycle events like grief, college financial literacy, first internships, first suits and first jobs.

\u201cJust one adult with a college degree can change the cycle of poverty in a family forever,\u201d says Staenberg, who joined College Bound\u2019s board in 2009. At the time, the organization had 300 students and a dream to propel low-income, first-generation St. Louis students to and through college. Since then, Staenberg has remained a powerful and steadfast leader for the organization, which now serves 600 students through its full-service program.

College Bound\u2019s success rates are astounding. Since its creation in 2006, a perfect 100 percent of its students have graduated from high school. Nationally, just 51 percent of low-income students enter college after graduating high school, but locally, Saint Louis Public Schools graduates matriculate at a rate of 72 percent, while College Bound students enter college at a rate of 93 percent.

Scott Baier, College Bound executive director, lauds Staenberg: \u201cWe could not have asked for a more committed chair to lead College Bound. Her thoughtfulness, humor, dedication and smarts are but some of many gifts she\u2019s given us. She breathes our mission. Not a day goes by that I don\u2019t think about how lucky we are to have her time, mind and heart on our team.\u201d

The soft-spoken 61-year-old talks with excitement about College Bound\u2019s Cap and Gown gala on June 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. \u201cGuests will hear the heartfelt voices of a few of our students, whose inspirational stories of their life experiences will inspire the guests of the event to make a donation to help the kids further their aspirations through the College Bound program,\u201d Staenberg says. She\u2019s co-chaired the event for several years to bring in needed dollars for the students.

\u201cWhen I listen to our students, I am grateful for how lucky I am to have the life that I do and the parents who nurtured me to be the person I am today,\u201d she says.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Staenberg was the youngest of three children. Her father was a psychiatrist, and her mother reentered school later in life, earning a degree in educational psychology. \u201cThey were both active in social justice causes,\u201d she says. \u201cMichael and I have always wanted to be good role models for our three daughters, who all care about volunteering and giving back.\u201d

In addition to College Bound, Staenberg helps put together strategic fundraising pieces at St. Louis\u2019 Holocaust Museum & Learning Center as chair of development. Chairman Myrna Meyer speaks of her with admiration: \u201cCarol has volunteered for the museum for six years. She is that go-to person in our community. I have had the pleasure of working beside this humble, capable woman over many years and continually find that I can learn from her. She sets high goals for all that she undertakes and has the leadership skills that encourage others to follow in her path.\u201d

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which provides food, personal-care items and community resource referrals to help individuals and families through difficult times, also benefits from Staenberg\u2019s humanitarian efforts. \u201cI have built meaningful relationships with the volunteers because we all have a commonality: helping those in need,\u201d Staenberg says. \u201cThe clients at the pantry are the most thankful and humble people. You want to do what you can to make their lives better, plus make the experience at the pantry a positive one.\u201d

In keeping with Staenberg\u2019s mantra to be healthy in mind, body and spirit, she enjoys reading, travel and exercise. \u201cI enjoy traveling, cycling and skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado,\u201d Staenberg says.

She applauds her husband\u2019s entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit. \u201cMichael has influenced me; he inspires me with the amount of time he spends giving back,\u201d she says. \u201cBecause of him, I always want to do more. We both believe strongly in social responsibility. It is so easy to write a check. What we thrive on is making relationships and understanding what someone else might be going through. Helping others feels good for me. It gives me a purpose in life beyond myself.\u201d

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The mercury\u2019s rising, birds are singing, flowers are blooming \u2013 yet it seems each hour of each day, the media smother us with details of a seemingly dysfunctional world, one marked less by hope and optimism and more by confusion, controversy and chaos.

Nationally, the first quarter of 2018 alone involved the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Tales of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood and in Washington, D.C., bombarded us. Almost daily turmoil and turnover embroiled the White House staff, while special counsel Robert S. Mueller III continued to investigate potential Russian tampering in U.S. elections. Add to all of that the ongoing battle over immigration regulations, a missile scare in Hawaii, budding trade wars, a roller-coaster stock market and ongoing planetary environmental concerns.

With almost daily violence on our own area streets, of course, the local front scarcely remains immune to bad news, which also has included gubernatorial constroversies, the sale of Express Scripts, Bayer\u2019s acquisition of Monsanto and St. Louis\u2019 drop from the top 20 largest U.S. cities \u2013 all in all, enough to make one crawl back into bed and hide under the covers.

Of course, we can\u2019t do that. Life goes on, and frustrated and depressed though we may be by current events, we must carry on.

The fact that so much has happened in so short a time supports the belief that we live in a world of no guarantees. At an event a few years ago, the late management and leadership guru Warren Bennis addressed the challenges people face in such a world. Bennis shared six points he once found on a company\u2019s bulletin board, which speak to today\u2019s U.S. corporate culture:

Bennis\u2019 overarching point? In the current dynamic, corporations no longer make the kinds of promises they once did. So how do workers develop the psychological fortitude, leadership and managerial skills needed to navigate this perilous landscape?

Some may find Bennis\u2019 perspective yet another sign of today\u2019s societal decay. I myself find it refreshing and realistic, though. True, employees (especially millennials) may face a very complicated business environment of no promises. But recognizing no guarantees while retaining realistic expectations marks the first step in dealing with chaos and change. With change as the only constant, we can plan accordingly and remain open to new ideas and new directions. As the late, great Stephen Hawking told us, \u201cIntelligence is the ability to adapt to change.\u201d

Adapting to change in a chaotic world that offers no guarantees will require not only intelligence but also patience, persistence and creativity \u2013 qualities on which our society was built. And I\u2019m confident such qualities remain our path to better days ahead.

I take joy in seeing young people expressing their anti-gun views openly, loudly and nationally. I marvel at the strength of the #MeToo movement and the courage of women to speak up for their rights. I marvel at the technological achievements our country consistently delivers, perhaps best symbolized by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk\u2019s red Tesla rocketing into space.

Finally, I look forward to the warmth Mother Nature and our own good natures likely have in store for us. As local weather shows, there are no promises or guarantees \u2013 but there\u2019s always hope.

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is the senior advisor to the chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis and former president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He has a Ph.D. in economics and previously served as dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.

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It\u2019s tough trying to discern what is and isn\u2019t real journalism in 2018, yet democracy demands a citizen endeavor to be as informed as possible to assume the freedom of educated voting.

Journalism is widely defined. My thoughts are largely shaped by my master\u2019s degree training from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. After that, I was a television news reporter in Detroit, in St. Louis and at CNN in New York City before working 20 years in corporate media training, and nobody ever completely agreed on this topic.

Classically, news should be \u201cnew\u201d \u2013 something you didn\u2019t know before but now need to know. When I was a news reporter, I always said to myself, \u201cHey, I\u2019m going to find out what\u2019s going on today while you\u2019re busy at work and tell you on the news tonight.\u201d

Journalists have a responsibility to be honest and fair. A reporter should not go into any story with a preset point of view unless he or she can prove it. We are to be inquisitive about things you want to know. Good journalism should also affect the most people to be relevant. The six \u201cBig C\u2019s\u201d are important: crime, corruption, catastrophe, chaos, competition and color. Then there are the \u201cthree H\u2019s\u201d: health, handbag, heart \u2013 because we are all concerned about staying alive, having enough money to pay bills and enjoying stories that affect our emotions.

Then, there\u2019s \u201cbreaking news\u201d \u2013 in my opinion, the most overhyped term on TV news today. Real breaking news is 9/11, a Syrian airstrike, a wildfire, a mass murder, a plane crash. But when a morning cable TV anchor says, \u201cBreaking news! The Fed is considering raising rates in discussions today,\u201d in my opinion, no, that\u2019s not breaking news. That\u2019s just an effort to grab the increasingly short attention span of a public overloaded by news choices in the 24/7 cycle \u2013 a TV station versus your phone. The danger of breaking news becoming a clich\u00e9 is public inaction when a real crisis occurs.

Most of all, journalists should be \u201cexplainers of complicated issues,\u201d a phrase Prof. Fred Friendly, the former president of CBS News, had printed on a card he gave to each of his Columbia students. (I still have mine.) But few reporters can do that in 2018. Digging doesn\u2019t break fast enough when you\u2019re running your own camera and have six live shots to fill per day! But the best keep trying.

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, résumés, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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In 2001, Rosemary Hanley was helping distribute slightly used coats to students in a St. Louis inner city elementary school when she saw a young boy wearing an oversize leather coat with its sleeves hanging to the ground. \u201cMy dad let me wear his coat today,\u201d the boy told her. Hanley gave the child a navy blue down-filled coat, zipped it up and put his hood on him. Grinning from ear to ear, he told her, \u201cMy dad will be so happy I am warm.\u201d

\u201cSomething changed in me right then, and I haven\u2019t been able to shake it,\u201d says Hanley, founder and executive director of The Little Bit Foundation. \u201cIt was a mystery to me that children who lived 15 minutes from my home in Ladue were not having their basic needs met. At that moment, I knew my life\u2019s purpose.\u201d

Fast-forward to May 12, 2018, when the mother of three was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She received the award for founding The Little Bit Foundation, which \u201chelps remove obstacles that stand in the way of students achieving a good education,\u201d she says.

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, embodies the spirit of America in its salute to tolerance, brotherhood, diversity and patriotism. Since 1986, seven U.S. presidents, several world leaders, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O\u2019Connor, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Jacqueline Onassis, Stan Musial, Muhammad Ali, two Nobel Prize winners and several world leaders are among those who have been so honored.

Hanley says she was overwhelmed with her selection and reminisces about arriving by private ferry to the celebration on Ellis Island, accompanied to the black-tie gala in the Great Hall there by her husband, family and friends.

\u201cI am excited that my award is shining the light on St. Louis and what is good and beautiful here,\u201d Hanley says. \u201cI feel incredibly blessed to be recognized with people who have done so much. My accomplishments are because of people and corporations believing in our children and wanting to help.\u201d

Last year, Hanley was honored as a Woman of Achievement. WOA President Gwendolyn Packnett says: \u201cIt is apparent that Rosemary cares about the plight of our children and families. With Rosemary at the helm, the children of our region are guaranteed to experience love, care and concern.\u201d

What began as a coat drive to serve one school with 250 students, The Little Bit Foundation is now a program serving 31 schools and 9,000 children. \u201cEach week, we go into the schools and determine specific needs for each child, and we answer those needs,\u201d Hanley says. \u201cWhether it\u2019s health and wellness or behavioral health support or the most-requested ask, new underwear and socks, we answer the needs. We make it possible for children to be able to concentrate on their education.\u201d

Today the foundation provides coats, hats, gloves, uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear, books and school supplies to children in the inner city and north St. Louis County. The 501c(3) organization also ensures that students have a nutritious meal after the school day, receive instruction in personal and dental hygiene, and have access to medical screenings and mental health intervention. \u201cWhen Little Bit is in a school, we see attendance increase, discipline problems decrease and an increase in readiness to learn,\u201d Hanley says. \u201cEverything we do is about the love and dignity for the child.\u201d

She continues: \u201cOur foundation\u2019s name came from a simple thought. If we can do a little bit, we can have a positive impact on the children we serve. It takes a community working together to create change. If everybody does a little bit, we can make a huge difference.\u201d

Ironically and touchingly, a young student who received a coat and gloves from The Little Bit Foundation wrote Hanley a note saying: \u201cI think you should change your name to Big Bits \u2026 because you do so much.\u201d\u00a0

The Little Bit Foundation, 516 Hanley Industrial Court, St. Louis, 314-669-0040, www.thelittlebitfoundation.org

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The list of reasons to love cars is long. Over the last 100 years, I\u2019d wager more engineering and design hours have been spent on the automobile than any other product. And today, what cars can do to the mind and soul is a testament to all that toil: electric cars that put any ride at Six Flags to shame, technology that can nearly remove a human driver from the equation, even a grocery-getter Honda Accord that can lap the N\u00fcrburgring faster than supercars of 20 years ago. And the rate of advancement seems to be continuously accelerating.

I\u2019ve alluded in the past to how my personal taste and love for motoring were formed at an early age, with my first car being a \u201974 MGB. Light, agile, two-seat convertibles connect the driver to the experience like nothing else can. But the trade-offs of luxury accoutrements and comfort they provide are unacceptable to most and make the two-seat roadster a dying breed. It takes a driver of singular mind to make that choice \u2013 at least, that\u2019s what I always thought.

One of the first and few cars to chip away at that mentality of the driving experience above all else was the Volvo XC90 T6. Sure, its driving experience is fine for an SUV, but the XC90 makes its case based on a fresh and airy interior, brilliantly executed technological interface and those seats \u2013 my goodness, those seats!

Since then, Volvo has introduced the S90 sedan and V90 wagon to the lineup, based on the same architecture as the XC90, but lower and lighter. In theory, they should deliver a more connected road feel to the equation. Of course, it doesn\u2019t always work that way, as chassis-tuning choices of the engineering team trump the \u201call else the same\u201d physics of how a car feels. And then there\u2019s the delicate balance of ride comfort, road holding and responsiveness.

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Inside the S90, I immediately feel happy. Its combination of light and dark leathers, real open-grain wood, aluminum accents and ample ambient light through the laminated panoramic moonroof are uplifting. And because the S90 sports the same seven-years-to-design seats as the XC90 Inscription, it takes mere minutes before I feel muscle tightness disappear and heart rate slow. It\u2019s been 18 months since driving the XC90, but the same infotainment appears in the S90, and within a few pats on the touch screen, I have it down again thanks to the superbly intuitive design and clear, bright screen. The same class-leading Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound stereo system is here, as well. The difference between a great stereo and a good one is that the great system will create the illusion of performers floating in space, and the Bowers & Wilkins system does that as well as any factory stereo I\u2019ve yet heard.

A new twist in the S90, which is now also available on the XC90, is a luxury package that adds a massaging function in addition to the heated and ventilated seats. And this functionality covers not only the front seats but also the rear passenger seat. In addition, the rear passenger has a larger center armrest with additional storage and connectivity, as well as its own set of controls to move the front passenger seat fully out of the way to make full use of the class-leading rear legroom. The back seat could arguably be the best in the house!

Under the hood is where, on paper, shoppers might lose interest. A big luxury sedan with \u201conly\u201d a 2.0-liter four-cylinder? Well, in case you haven\u2019t noticed, the days of displacement are waning fast. And this isn\u2019t some passing fad; the need for efficiency is here to stay, and the Volvo engineers developed a unique way to skin this cat. Utilizing a small turbocharger that delivers instantaneous boost at low rpm and a supercharger that takes over at higher revs, this pint-size cog delivers a stout 316 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque. The same engine was more than adequate in the XC90, and here, with a bit less girth to lug around, it feels quite eager. Zero-to-60 time is quoted as 5.7 seconds, and that may even be a bit conservative. The engine is smooth and responsive at any speed, and there are no irritating lulls or gaps in power delivery. During driving, I counted the number of times I wished for a larger V-6 engine and came up with a nice round zero.

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Is it sporty? Yes and no. Yes, in that the steering feels more connected than that in many competitors. Yes, in that there are good cornering balance and very little perceived body roll when the drive mode is set to dynamic. Yes, in that the engine is rewarding and revs freely to redline. But there\u2019s no hidden aspiration of using the S90 for weekend track time like that of an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio. In the S90, there are no paddle shifters or means of manual gear selection (although the eight-speed Geartonic automatic transmission does an excellent job of self-determination). And the dynamic drive mode is only slightly sharper all around than eco mode. Boiling it down, the S90 is sportier than I expected and every bit as much as required for what the car is.

Just as the Volvo XC90 SUV made me wonder what kind of car I want to live with daily in the future, the S90 luxury sedan reinforced that dilemma for all the same reasons. As before, this is a car that brings things to the table I want in my life regularly. The entire package is so smartly executed that all the decisions made might very well be the same, as if I had been given the reins of the design team. Time and time again, I found myself in a better mood when stepping out of the car than when I got into it. Had I never driven the XC90 or S90, it would be safe to say I would be the last potential Volvo buyer around. Now that we\u2019re acquainted, I\u2019m smitten, and I believe there is very likely one in my future.

LOANER FROM: West County Volvo, wcvolvocars.com

PRICE AS TESTED: $68,690

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Today\u2019s youths are rebelling less than past generations, it seems. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking, illicit drug use, sexual activity and binge drinking by teens have hit their lowest levels in decades \u2013 so today\u2019s parents must be doing something right!

One growing trend, though, is significantly harming our children: vaping with electronic cigarettes (commonly, e-cigs) and similar devices like personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Vaping has risen in popularity despite state laws against such devices\u2019 sale to minors. Marketed toward kids, they easily sell online to many teens who fake their age.

One of the more trendy and dangerous devices, the Juul, comes from two Stanford graduates who sought to use their design background to invent an \u201cattractive alternative\u201d to cigarettes. They succeeded. In fact, this device has grown so popular that many teens have verbalized its name and talk about \u201cjuuling\u201d daily.

Available in many attractive shapes and colors, Juuls look like USB flash drives. Their size \u2013 small enough to be palmed \u2013 makes it easy to hide Juuls from disapproving adults. When used, the aroma of a Juul\u2019s light vapor often smells pleasantly like moisturizer or perfume. Adding to the Juul\u2019s allure, a \u201cstarter\u201d kit costs more than $50, making ownership something of a status symbol.

E-cigs and similar devices were created to offer a safer substitute to traditional tobacco products \u2013 and to be fair, such devices produce no cancer-causing smoke. Vaping does, however, expose users to such toxic substances as the cancer-causing agent diacetyl and nicotine, humanity\u2019s old nemesis, whose addictiveness can rival that of heroin or cocaine.

Most vaping devices (Juuls in particular) involve a nicotine platform. Unfortunately, many adolescents view them as risk-free because they produce no smoke. Anytime teens ingest nicotine with frequency, though, they\u2019re stunting their cognitive growth and contributing to a potential addiction that could last a lifetime, as the developing adolescent brain becomes conditioned to seek the damaging chemical.

If you suspect your teen is \u201cjuuling\u201d or otherwise vaping, parents, ask him or her if that\u2019s the case. Then, if so, start a conversation instead of lecturing on the dangers of e-cigs. (When adults criticize, most adolescents automatically dismiss the parental viewpoint because of negative presentation.) As part of the conversation, share facts and educate your child about the health hazards of vaping, thereby encouraging her or him to make an informed decision.

Life as a parent would involve a lot less stress if we could lay down the law and our kids happily followed our directives. Unfortunately, we know that\u2019s not likely. Teens, by nature, are impulsive, and experimenting with risky behaviors remains developmentally appropriate. Still and all, most adolescents do care what their parents think and will take fewer risks when their mothers and fathers stay involved and treat them with respect. The best way to keep your child safe involves maintaining a positive dialogue.

Prior to going into private practice as a psychotherapist and learning-disabilities specialist, Russell Hyken, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.A., LPC, NCC, worked for more than 15 years as an English teacher, school counselor and school administrator. Visit him online at ed-psy.com.

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Confidence may build from the inside out \u2013 but remaking your outward appearance can certainly give you a boost. Your chest may not hang like it used to or surgery scars may have you feeling insecure. Occasionally, curves prove too much of a burden to bear, causing pain in the lower back and beyond. That\u2019s when West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University steps in.

\u201cMany women feel a boost of confidence after cosmetic breast surgery,\u201d Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum says. \u201cIt can help them to feel more youthful or like an improved version of themselves.\u201d

It\u2019s not surprising that many women opt for breast augmentation, the most common type of surgery requested, although breast lifts, corrective breast cosmetic surgery and breast reductions are also popular choices.

Dr. Terry Myckatyn delves into how the practice makes women\u2019s bodies work for them. \u201cFat can be harvested from areas typically treated with liposuction, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner or outer thighs, or the bra roll area,\u201d he describes. \u201cThe fat is processed \u2013 by separating it from other tissues and fluids \u2013 and concentrated. Then, it is reinjected in small amounts through tiny incisions into the breast. We often combine implants with fat to create a more natural, smooth look for patients.\u201d

\u201cNewer implant technology has dramatically improved the choices women have,\u201d Tenenbaum adds. \u201cIt really allows us to tailor our patients\u2019 results [according] to their wishes.\u201d

Patients of the practice are highly satisfied with their cosmetic breast surgery results, leading to a better fit in clothing and an increase in self-esteem.

\u201cIt is important to seek out a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with experience in the specific area of cosmetic breast surgery,\u201d Myckatyn reminds. \u201cMake sure you are comfortable with them and their strategy, and that they discuss realistic expectations with you. Everyone is different \u2013 and a personalized strategy is best.\u201d

When it comes to strategizing a custom solution for correcting that image you see in the mirror every day, the experienced doctors at West County Plastic Surgeons have you covered.

West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University; West County, 1020 N. Mason Road, Suite 110, St. Louis; Central West End (by appointment only), 4921 Parkview Place, Suite 6G, St. Louis; 314-996-8800, westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu

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The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association tournament tees off this month, but before hitting those figurative links, let\u2019s revisit last year\u2019s top MAGA players, shall we?

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Sam Migdal, Men\u2019s Player of the Year

For the second year straight, Sam Midgal of Ballwin earned the association\u2019s Men\u2019s Player of the Year honor. He also numbered among MAGA\u2019s 2017 Players of the Year in a ceremony at Ladue\u2019s Old Warson Country Club.

Migdal continued his 2016 season by commencing \u201917 with a victory in the 2017 Old Warson Cup in May. His hot start to the season continued at the U.S. Open Qualifying, where he advanced to sectionals. He thereafter finished runner-up at the Missouri State Amateur, vying for back-to-back titles.

Migdal qualified for his second USGA championship last July at Alton, Illinois\u2019 Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in the U.S. Amateur Qualifier. His 2017 campaign continued with the title in the Missouri Stroke Play Championship. In Migdal\u2019s last event to earn points, the Metropolitan Amateur Championship, he survived the cut to ensure inclusion among the 2017 Players of the Year.

Jeff Johnson, meanwhile, earned his fourth Senior Player of the Year Award, having previously landed it in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Johnson\u2019s strong play began at the Normandie Amateur, where he was second low senior. He tied for low senior at the East Side Amateur and made match play at the Missouri State Amateur. Johnson also numbered among the three seniors to survive the cut at the Metropolitan Amateur Championship and finished tied for 13th place at the Metropolitan Senior.

A ninth-place finish in the St. Louis District Golf Association\u2019s Senior Championship set Johnson up to make a run at the Senior Player of the Year title going into the Missouri Senior Championship. A tie-for-fourth finish on his home course, St. Charles\u2019 Bogey Hills Country Club, in the MGA Senior locked up the 2017 Senior Player of the Year race.

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Elsewhere, St. Albans\u2019 Kathy Glennon has enjoyed a few great years on the links, having won the Missouri Women\u2019s Golf Association\u2019s Senior Player of the Year in 2016. This season, Glennon captured the MWGA Mid-Amateur title, qualified for the U.S. Women\u2019s Mid-Amateur and was chosen to represent Missouri on the USGA Women\u2019s State Team Championship. She tied for 18th in the MWGA Amateur Championship at the Algonquin Golf Club and, after leading the first round of the Metropolitan Women\u2019s, finished tied for fourth for the championship. Glennon completed her summer by winning the St. Louis Women\u2019s District Invitational title.

The MAGA\u2019s highest honor in 2017 went to Bob Phillips, who earned the Meritorious Service Award for his 24-plus years of service and commitment to the association and amateur golf in the area. Phillips began volunteering with MAGA when, as president of north St. Louis County\u2019s Norwood Hills Country Club, he sought a USGA championship for the club. Phillips went to Tom O\u2019Toole Jr. (an area golf supporter and a founding member of the law firm of Mickes O\u2019Toole, LLC) and started securing the 2001 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. He\u2019s best-known for his position at the first tee as a starter for a majority of these years.

MAGA 2018 Tournaments

For its 2018 championship schedule, the MAGA features another solid slate of venues.

In 2017, the association moved the Metropolitan Open Championship to June, where it remains this year. The Country Club of St. Albans, the annual host for 12 years, will welcome golf professionals nationwide to again compete for a $25,000 first prize June 6 to 8.

In August, the top amateurs from the region will tackle the Lewis and Clark Course, as St. Albans will play host to the 28th Metropolitan Amateur Championship. St. Albans hosted the championship once previously, in 1994, when Jim Holtgrieve captured his amateur title. Shawn Jasper will defend his title where he twice hoisted the James Manion Trophy as the open champion.

The ladies will visit Sunset Country Club June 20 and 21 to compete in the 26th Women\u2019s Amateur Championship. McKenna Montgomery, the defending champion, won the title at Sunset Hills Country Club in 2017.

Area juniors will visit Forest Hills Country Club July 16 and 17 to compete in the 19th Junior Amateur Championship. Max Kreikemeier and Claire Solovic captured the boys and girls championships, respectively, in 2017.

St. Louis area seniors will compete at Weldon Spring\u2019s Persimmon Woods Golf Club Aug. 27 and 28 in the 26th Senior Amateur Championship. Jim Holtgrieve won the 2017 title at St. Louis County\u2019s Westborough Country Club.

The Four-Ball Championship will make its way to St. Charles\u2019 Old Hickory Golf Club Oct. 12. Michael Fowler and Nick Profancik earned the open title at the Algonquin in 2017, while Larry Laramie and Doug Williams captured the net title in a playoff.

The 32nd Normandie Amateur will take place in its annual slot the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, May 19 and 20, while the East Side Amateur will move to July (with the open staying in June) \u2013 specifically, July 14 and 15 at the Spencer T. Olin.\u00a0

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Cosmetic procedures are no longer taboo for men. These days, local plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in male patients pursuing minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, a practice that traditionally has been more common among women.

At Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center in St. Louis, facial plastic surgeons Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. John Chi are experiencing an uptick in men coming in for cosmetic consultations. \u201cWe have definitely seen more men who are more open to [cosmetic surgery],\u201d Branham says. \u201cIt is becoming more acceptable, so more men are having procedures \u2013 maybe he has a spouse who is encouraging him, or he is in a [life] transition like divorce or changing jobs.\u201d

And nowadays, men are very informed and direct about what they want when it comes to cosmetic work, Chi explains. \u201cMen tend to be more aware of changes and fear an overdone appearance, so they want the results to be very subtle and natural,\u201d he says.

The cosmetic procedure process typically begins with a consultation to determine the patient\u2019s wants and needs and establish a treatment plan, which can include both noninvasive treatments and minimally invasive surgeries.

Noninvasive Treatments

At Ridenour Plastic Surgery in Creve Coeur, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brock Ridenour says the most popular procedures are noninvasive treatments, such as Botox injections and injectable fillers. \u201cThey produce the subtle but noticeable results that men favor,\u201d Ridenour says. \u201cIn women, fillers are used to create smooth skin and soft curves. In men, fillers are more often used to strengthen masculine [facial] features, such as angular cheekbones and a strong jaw line.\u201d

Botox also is the most common treatment men request at Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center. Male patients, typically around the age of 40 and older, often desire Botox in two facial areas, Chi explains: around the eyes to diminish smile lines and on the forehead to soften horizontal wrinkles. Treatments take approximately 15 minutes and need to be repeated every three to six months. Patients may return to work the same day and can expect to see results in three to five days.

Another popular procedure Ridenour performs is CoolSculpting, a noninvasive body contouring treatment that uses a handheld device to precisely freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells below the surface of the skin. \u201cMen are using [CoolSculpting] to manage fat bulges in their flanks, chest and abdomen,\u201d he says. \u201cThe procedure is completely noninvasive and does not involve needles, scalpels or cannulas [tubes]. In one or two painless sessions, men experience permanent fat reduction in areas that have been resistant to exercise and dieting.\u201d

Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Among the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic surgeries, men are seeking rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, brow lifts and facelifts, local plastic surgeons say.

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, reshapes the nose to correct both function or aesthetic concerns. \u201cRhinoplasty is sometimes performed to correct a crooked nose deformity from sport-related trauma,\u201d Ridenour says. \u201cMore recently, men also are seeking rhinoplasty to achieve better facial harmony and a more pleasing aesthetic appearance, often balancing a disproportionate nose with their chin and other facial features.\u201d The procedure can last an hour to four hours and typically involves about a week of downtime for patients, where they will have stitches in their nose and wear a cast, Chi explains, adding that some bruising and swelling usually is apparent for one to four weeks.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, takes about one to two hours to perform and entails about seven to 14 days of downtime for bruising and swelling to resolve. \u201cDroopy eyelids make men look older, tired and less energetic,\u201d Ridenour says. \u201cEyelid surgery removes excess skin from the upper eyelid and reduces puffiness and bags under the eyes that make men look worn and tired.\u201d

Another common procedure for men is a brow lift, which reduces both the horizontal wrinkle lines across the forehead and the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, Chi says. The procedure typically lasts about an hour and a half and requires a week of downtime.

Facelift operations, which lift and firm sagging facial tissues to restore a more naturally youthful facial appearance, also are slowly becoming more common among men, Ridenour says. In addition, more men are having breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia, which is swelling of the breast tissue caused by a hormone imbalance, he adds.

The best candidate for any cosmetic procedure is a relatively healthy nonsmoker with no disabling medical conditions that can impair healing, Ridenour notes. \u201cThe most successful candidates have a positive outlook, realistic goals and are not risk averse,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s important that men choosing cosmetic surgery must accept the importance of taking the proper time to heal, and they must agree to remain inactive in the first several critical days following surgery.\u201d Healing time varies according to several factors, including the patient\u2019s age, his overall health and the extent and complexity of the procedure, he adds.

As more men are becoming educated about cosmetic work, there is less stigma surrounding the subject, local plastic surgeons say. \u201cToday\u2019s men are more open about cosmetic surgery,\u201d Branham says, \u201cand they are less concerned about others knowing about a cosmetic procedure.\u201d

Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center, 1020 N. Mason Road, No. 205, Creve Coeur, 314-996-3880, facialplasticsurgery.wustl.edu

Ridenour Plastic Surgery, 12460 Olive Blvd., 2nd Floor, Creve Coeur, 314-878-8600, ridenourplasticsurgery.com

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Three times more women experience migraine headaches than men, according to the American Migraine Foundation, and the Migraine Research Foundation reports about 18 percent of all women experience migraine headaches.

Migraines are notorious because of their potential severity and associated effects, such as sensitivity to light or sound and nausea or vomiting. \u201cMigraine is a disorder of recurrent attacks,\u201d says Adriane Spruell, a certified adult nurse practitioner with The Orthwein Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke\u2019s Hospital. \u201cIt\u2019s a type of headache with a combination of symptoms. The pain is usually moderate to severe and has a significant impact on a person\u2019s ability to perform their regular daily activities.\u201d

Women can blame a lot on their hormones, and one of the more unpleasant side effects of being female is menstrual migraines. While estrogen levels aren\u2019t the only thing that triggers migraine headaches in women, they are a significant factor for many, notes Dr. Rachel Darken, a neurologist for Washington University in St. Louis.

\u201cIf you look at when women tend to get migraines, it often starts going up in terms of prevalence around the time girls start having periods and tends to go down in prevalence around menopause,\u201d she says. \u201cSo for a lot of women, in terms of migraine triggers, the menstrual cycle can be significant.\u201d

Migraines tend to run in families, and other common triggers include stress, sleep disturbances and particular foods. Even the weather can trigger a migraine, Darken says. \u201cBarometric pressure changes are a big trigger, and in St. Louis, we seem to experience those regularly, especially at certain times of the year.\u201d As winter turned to spring, with its swings between weather extremes, Darken noticed an uptick in calls about severe or frequent migraines.

Tracking and identifying migraine triggers can be key to prevention. Sadly, this may include avoiding chocolate, wine or cheese, which are among the more common food triggers. And although women can\u2019t avoid their hormones, if migraines clearly are related to changes in the menstrual cycle, then some hormonal therapies, such as oral contraceptives, can be helpful for some women.

\u201cPreventive treatment, which consists of daily measures and medication to help eliminate headaches over time, is usually considered when headache frequency or severity increases to a point when it is significantly interfering with work, school or social life,\u201d Spruell says. \u201cThe choice of preventive agents should be individualized according to patient-specific characteristics. For example, Botox is an effective treatment for those with chronic migraines, which consist of 15 or more \u2018headache days\u2019 a month for at least three months.\u201d

Migraines often respond well to ibuprofen and naproxen, two types of over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, Darken notes. \u201cThey\u2019re more likely to work the earlier in the headache that you take them,\u201d she continues. \u201cHowever, there\u2019s something known as \u2018medication overuse headache\u2019 \u2013 if you take acute pain medications too frequently, they can actually make headaches more frequent and severe. So we recommend not taking an acute medication for headache more than two days a week.\u201d

For those who find that over-the-counter remedies aren\u2019t enough to control their headache symptoms, prescription medications are available to help with pain and nausea. \u201cWhen headaches are impacting a person\u2019s ability to perform their activities of daily living, they should seek treatment,\u201d Spruell says. \u201cThose with debilitating headaches should have a plan in place and effective medications to use when they get a headache. The goal is to improve function and quality of life.\u201d

Darken adds that lifestyle measures are also important in preventing and controlling migraines. She advises going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time regularly, even on weekends, and getting enough sleep. Eating regularly and staying hydrated, as well as getting regular exercise, are other helpful habits.

A new type of treatment also is on the horizon and may be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within the next year, Darken notes. Recent research has supported the use of calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonists. \u201cThis is completely new and novel,\u201d Darken says. \u201cWe don\u2019t have any approved medications out there right now that work through this mechanism.\u201d

Regardless of your specific triggers, if you suffer from migraines that affect your ability to enjoy life, there are resources available, Spruell says, adding: \u201cIf someone is experiencing any type of headache \u2013 even if it is a migraine a few times a month \u2013 know that there are specialists available to help you and walk you through treatment options to best fit your needs.\u201d

Orthwein Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke’s Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, 314-205-6060, stlukes-stl.com

Washington University Physicians, wuphysicians.wustl.edu

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Frank Cusumano

Here\u2019s my unofficial 10-point plan for May, folks!

1. In my opinion, Blues fans should be ticked off. Fifty-one years and counting \u2013 and no playoffs? A total of 16 teams make the playoffs. Please! G.M. Doug Armstrong is a really smart guy, and he\u2019s surrounded by really smart people. I think the toughest decision they have to make is about the goaltender. He was pretty good in the final game of the season; however, can you win it all with Jake Allen between the pipes?

2. I think it\u2019s insane that high school basketball superstars have to go to college for a year. What\u2019s the point? They go to class the first semester, and then they can blow off going the second semester, instead leading their school to the NCAA tourney. Are they really college athletes? No \u2013 so let them go straight to the NBA.

3. I\u2019m addicted to the Showtime series Billions. Damian Lewis, as Bobby Axelrod, is the new J.R. Ewing. Paul Giamatti, as Chuck Rhoades, plays a ticked-off role better than anybody. Maggie Siff, as Wendy Rhoades, is so provocative. I\u2019d rather watch it than sports.

4. The best bit of television in sports is the back nine of the Masters! I love basketball and deeply care about baseball, football and basketball; however, there\u2019s nothing like golf. CBS does it so well. By the way, I can\u2019t wait till the PGA Championship comes to our town this August.

5. I would\u2019ve preferred that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham had used better language when he talked to Sports Illustrated a few weeks back, but I also would prefer if every member of the organization were as committed to excellence as Pham. I have never seen him playing Ping-Pong or video games in the clubhouse. The man\u2019s all business.

6. We all know what it\u2019s like to go over budget. Maybe you spent too much money during the Christmas season, for instance. However, what the Rams are doing with their new stadium is preposterous. They were supposed to spend approximately $1.9 billion originally, but now they could be getting close to $5 billion.

7. We do these \u201cFrank\u2019s Food Picks\u201d on KSDK. It\u2019s really a tough job. We have so many incredible restaurants in our town. The beef Wellington at Herbie\u2019s was strong. Pappy\u2019s was out of sight. And the lobster rav at Gian-Tony\u2019s \u2013 wow.

8. I would never second-guess a young man about choosing a college outside of our area. Do what you want. However, I will say this. When a kid leaves town, we care a whole lot less. If a kid goes to SLU, Mizzou or Illinois, he won\u2019t be forgotten.

9. Doing talk radio, I get a pretty good view of how the town sometimes feels about sports figures. I can\u2019t understand for one second how in the world Bill DeWitt would not be considered great. He\u2019s the best owner our town has ever had. He conducts his business with dignity, and his success is undeniable.

10. If I were in charge of college sports, I would not allow a kid to be forced to stay at the university during the summer months. Kids should all go home and hang with their families. They spend too much with their sports and not enough with their brothers and sisters and moms and dads.

Frank Cusumano is a 17-time Emmy Award-winner on KSDK-TV; he also hosts The Pressbox on The All New 590 the Fan from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and contributes to The Dave Glover Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Follow him on Twitter @frank_cusumano.

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We live in a busy world \u2013 sometimes insanely so.

Parents like you are busy whether they work outside the home or spend time running kids around.

Physicians are busy, too \u2013 asked to see more and more patients and complete tasks to complement direct patient care, such as entering data into electronic health records, completing forms, addressing phone questions and more.

Still and all, you should expect your child\u2019s physician to monitor his or her health, growth and development. The physician also should explain what to expect as your child grows, diagnose and treat minor and routine illnesses, and collaborate with children\u2019s hospitals and pediatric specialists should your child experience more complicated problems.

Because of all this, developing a good relationship with your child\u2019s doctor remains imperative, to get the best value from your time together during visits. In that light, consider these tips for your next pediatric visit:

Don\u2019t hesitate to ask questions, and don\u2019t fear offering feedback about your experience with your child\u2019s physician and office co-workers. Good physicians and practices want to know they\u2019ve met your needs and how they can work better with you to do so.

For more information, visit mercy.net/laduenews.

Dr. Joseph Kahn is president of Mercy Kids (mercykids.org), an expansive network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.

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Only approximately 15 percent of today\u2019s private-sector employees have a retirement pension plan, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics\u2019 National Compensation Survey for 2017. For the vast majority, future financial security depends solely on saving, and meeting your financial goals can be daunting.

\u201cIt\u2019s easy to forget to save for the future,\u201d says Phil Klevorn, senior vice president and private wealth regional manager at UMB Bank. \u201cMany people think that saving enough for retirement is overwhelming or just outright impossible, but it is doable with a plan.\u201d Creating that plan is often easier with the help of a financial advisor or investment strategist who will help craft a plan based specifically on each individual\u2019s situation and needs.

Begin by meeting with two or three different advisors to get a sense of the best fit for your personality and goals, suggests Bob Wacker, senior vice president for investments with Wells Fargo Advisors. \u201cAsk what [his or her] typical client is like, what types of services [he or she] offer, and how and when you can expect [him or her] to communicate with you.\u201d

He emphasizes that advisors should explain how they work with clients to develop a financial plan, monitor and review that plan, and make sure financial goals are achieved along the way. They also should be transparent about how they charge for their services.

Patrick Britt, a managing director at Clayton Financial Group, notes that investments are just one aspect of good financial planning. \u201cOther areas, such as income tax planning, education funding, risk management (life, health, disability and long-term care insurance) and estate planning should all be considered and reviewed,\u201d he says. \u201cIt\u2019s never too early \u2013 or late \u2013 to build a plan or start investing. There\u2019s an ever-increasing number of options out there for investors to get started, but doing one\u2019s due diligence and finding someone that you can trust are key.\u201d

When it comes to investments, it\u2019s important to consider your overall financial goals, risk tolerance and anticipated time frame. Good financial plans contain a mix of short-, medium- and long-term investments. \u201cHaving some liquidity is key,\u201d Wacker says, adding that being able to access the funds needed to cover living expenses for a couple of years is important in case of job loss. Although some investments are designed to be held for many years, others, such as cash accounts, short-duration income bonds or certificates of deposit, provide short-term financial security.

Britt agrees that diversification is extremely important to an investor\u2019s long-term success. \u201cWe want to spread our \u2018eggs\u2019 into as many different baskets (asset categories) as we can \u2013 this reduces the volatility of the overall portfolio.\u201d

In fact, volatility is a current issue in investment circles since stock markets bounced up and down in the first quarter of 2018. \u201cAs you begin, make sure you understand the risks, and invest with intent,\u201d Klevorn says. \u201cYou are more susceptible to losses in a bear market, so diversify your portfolio to help mitigate risk.\u201d

However, most investors will see multiple bear and bull markets during their investing life, Wacker adds. \u201cVolatility is normal, so you really have to look at the big picture in terms of your plan and mix of investments.\u201d

Especially when the markets are volatile, advisors agree that panic is the worst possible response. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett famously said: \u201cBe fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.\u201d In other words, down markets can be good buying opportunities for long-term investors.

\u201cA common message to our clients is to stay the course and remain disciplined to our rebalancing strategy in both up and down markets,\u201d Britt says. \u201cIt is key to condition yourself to not make rash, emotional decisions in times of economic downturn. If your portfolio is positioned appropriately in the first place, you should be able to weather the storm.\u201d

Clayton Financial Group, 165 N. Meramec Ave., St. Louis, 314-446-3250, claytonfinancialgroup.com

UMB Bank, 7700 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, 314-719-4376,

umb.com/personal/invest-and-protect/private-wealth-management

Wells Fargo Advisors, 8112 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314-746-2919, wellsfargoadvisors.com

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Whenever a new client arrives, my first impression occurs in approximately 6 seconds. It happens quickly since it\u2019s part of my job to analyze what an interviewer might think of a client.

The look in a client\u2019s eyes is most important, followed by facial and head movement. Together, they reveal energy, confidence, fear and complex emotions. That\u2019s why I work only one-on-one \u2013 because no two people are alike. Since they are seeking coaching, I do not expect them to be polished and interview-ready. Apprehension is normal, so I cordially welcome gently.

When a client makes eye contact, has a real smile and has a head straight-on, it says, \u201cYes, I\u2019m ready to try.\u201d Those with wandering eyes, though, suggest doubt or reluctance. Add in a blank expression and a head tipped to the side \u2013 signifying lack of interest \u2013 and all of that could mean \u201cNo, not ready \u2026 yet.\u201d But all of this just sets the starting bar for what we need to work on for this client\u2019s success.

Next, the handshake and first few words expand that initial impression to 30 seconds. The handshake is critical. A weak, sloppy handshake can leave a range of impressions from fear to boredom to \u201cI don\u2019t think you\u2019re worth it.\u201d None of these impressions is helpful for goals. Conversely, a hard, bone-crushing grip can backfire, revealing nerves or over-ambition and possibly causing real hand pain.

Both types of handshake are especially counterproductive when the interviewer is a younger potential boss of either gender or a senior female potential boss. The younger may think the bone-crusher is dominating. The senior may think the weak, sloppy handshake is an insult. Remember, that \u201clittle old lady\u201d on the end chair at the scholarship panel interview may be writing the biggest check! Her generation broke the \u201cglass ceiling,\u201d and she may expect to be respected for it. Thus, a weak handshake, from a man, can seem degrading or, from a young woman, a disappointment. Neither impression gets the scholarship.

The way to go is in the middle. A strong hand, direct eye contact, three shakes, each the same for every interviewer regardless of age or gender, and a smile with curiosity for a new adventure.

One minute in, you\u2019re seated in my office, where impressions grow and change through mutual respect and learning. Gradually, natural gestures come out that show your personality. Good! But never underestimate that first impression. Overcoming it later can be tough. With a good start, the race is always easier.

Janis Murray is president of Murray Prep LLC, providing communication training for individuals seeking college admission and career advancement. She works with students and professionals, creating successful strategies, résumés, cover letters, essays, and image and interview/presentation performances. Contact her at jmurray@murrayprep.com.

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For 20 years, Phyllis Langsdorf owned a stationery and gift store in Ladue, where she used her creativity and expertise to help her clients order invitations and party goods. She was also a willing source for clients\u2019 event planning. A gourmet cook, art collector, fashionista and party planner extraordinaire, Langsdorf combines her interests, experience and talents as chair of the 2018 Women of Achievement (WOA) luncheon.

A stickler for both detail and design, she is working with 18 WOA committee chairs to execute the minute details of a luncheon that welcomes more than 700 guests annually. The 2018 luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 15 at The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis in Clayton.

\u201cThe luncheon day for our WOA volunteers actually begins early, at 9 a.m., and lasts until 1:30 p.m.,\u201d Langsdorf says. \u201cCommittee members are there to greet the honorees and their guests, make sure all tables and centerpieces are set beautifully, ascertain that the food is plated elegantly and, of course, be diligent that our program starts and ends on time.\u201d

During the luncheon, each of the 10 honorees will tell the story of her volunteerism on a video crafted by Creative Producers Group. \u201cWhether you attend as a guest or as a sponsor, you will leave this luncheon feeling the need to give back to your community,\u201d Langsdorf says. \u201cThese women are incredible. Watching what they do and how they make a difference encourages other people to volunteer. Eternally positive, Women of Achievement take pride in planting seeds for others to volunteer.\u201d

Langsdorf has been a part of the WOA sisterhood since 2014, when she was honored in the Creative Philanthropy category. Always on the move with unmatchable energy and a desire to help others, she has served on many art and education boards and chaired events for a variety of local organizations. \u201cPhyllis is confident in leadership roles because excellence is her hallmark,\u201d Gwendolyn Packnett, WOA president, says. \u201cHer organizational skills, creativity and energy are just a few of her strengths.\u201d

A WOA board member, Langsdorf is also secretary of the board of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and president of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund founders board. She credits Susan Sherman for \u201ccreating the fashion fund to bring education and fashion back to St. Louis and Washington Avenue in particular.\u201d She is a member of the Beaux Arts Council of the Saint Louis Art Museum and was co-chair of the 2017 Gateway to Hope KaleidoHope gala. Forever creating innovative ways to help organizations with their programming and fundraising efforts, she is founder and co-chair of the National Council of Jewish Women\u2019s St. Louis (NCJW) Recycled Art Sale.

\u201cWhen a friend asked where to donate 30 paintings left to her by her mother, I suggested NCJW hold a sale and collect additional artworks to be sold to raise funds for advocacy and to provide for families in need,\u201d Langsdorf says. The organization honored her last year with its Volunteer of the Year award. She has also received the Woman of Worth award from the Older Women\u2019s League.

A Texas native and graduate of Leadership St. Louis, she has served as president of the Jewish Hospital Auxiliary and represented the auxiliary on the Jewish Hospital board. She was board vice president of New City School and served on the boards of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and Edgewood Children\u2019s Home. A past president of Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, she is a former board member of the Sheldon Arts Foundation, the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging Foundation and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

She and her husband, Kenneth, live in a co-op in St. Louis, where she collects owls, glass, paintings and teapots, grows herbs on her deck and makes homemade tarragon-flavored vinegar. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Libby and Sarah, and have three grandchildren.\u00a0

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