15 May 2019

Honors for My PR, Editing, and Blogging

Last Saturday (11 May), I braved the rain to drive to Mike Duffy's Pub & Grill in Kirkwood (http://mikeduffys.com/kirkwood/). This was for the Missouri Professional Communicators (https://www.facebook.com/MissouriProfessionalCommunicators/) Communications Contest Celebration. This event honored MPC members whose work in 2018 was judged worthy of an award.

My friend Linsey Daman (https://linseydaman.blogspot.com/) was there as my guest. We and the other attendees ordered lunch off the menu, and we had some nice conversations. Linsey had to leave to take care of some personal matters, but I did cover her lunch bill and I also gave her money in return for an airplane model kit she wanted me to build for her.

After the luncheon, MPC's Janice Denham presented the awards certificates, with judges' notes on what they were for and what the contest judges thought about these submissions. Yours truly received four awards for my work: A First Place and three Second Place honors. The First Place was for a press release I wrote and distributed on behalf of IPMS Gateway (https://sites.google.com/view/ipmsgatewaychapter/home) about its $371 donation last December to Toys for Tots (https://bridgeton-mo.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx). The judges noted that this release was well-written and organized, and there was nice coverage. The judges also liked how the release detailed how the money was raised and the history of the club's Toys for Tots drive. This First Place honor made my release eligible for consideration in the annual Communications Contest run by the MPC's affiliate, the National Federation of Press Women (https://nfpw.org/).

Another IPMS/Gateway press release--one announcing the club's annual model contest and swap meet in September--took second in the same category as the Toys for Tots release. Judges mentioned in their notes that this release was nice written and organized.

Another Second Place award was for The Arch Scaler News, IPMS/Gateway's monthly member newsletter. The judges praised it for being very nice and packed with information for its intended audience, and for the great deal of work that went into the publication. Additionally, judges liked the live links for websites and emails in The Arch Scaler News, and the nice photos in each issue.

Finally, this blog took second place in the category of personal blogs. This is a fun blog, according to the judges, who especially liked the entry from last October on the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show, with all the photographs in that post. They also thought the slideshow of photos as a nice idea. Judges told me to keep up the good work, and thought this blog looks like a lot of fun. (I agree!)

After the awards presentation, the event broke up. Denham took my picture with the certificates, then I headed to Starbucks (https://www.starbucks.com/) on Kirkwood Road to celebrate with a hot beverage. While there, I chatted with my acquaintance, Glenna Gossett (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ggossett/), who happened to come by. She was very happy to hear of my honors from MPC, and we got caught up on things. I stopped by the nearby Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery (https://www.smallcakescupcakery.com/) to get a cupcake to take home.


08 May 2019

A Book Fair and a Model Show

Last Saturday morning (4 May), I was at the Greensfelder Recreational Complex at Queeny County Park (https://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/RecreationComplexes/GreensfelderRecreationComplexinQueenyPark) for this year's Greater St. Louis Book Fair (https://stlouisbookfair.org/). It's an annual charity book sale, held since 1950, where hundreds of used and rare books are sold. Proceeds from this event go to St. Louis area non-profit education and literacy programs.

I was there as a volunteer, which I have done for the past few years. I helped with making sure everything was in place and ready to go when the show opened to the public. Then, I spent most of my shift walking through the aisles, answering customer questions and helping restack misplaced items. The last half hour was at the area where books are restocked.

After my shift ended, I did a bit of shopping, buying three books and a movie DVD for myself. It was a very nice time as always.

The threat of flooding caused postponement of that night's scheduled match between Saint Louis FC (https://www.saintlouisfc.com/) and Ottawa Fury FC. It will be rescheduled for a later date this season.

The next morning found me at the Kirkwood Community Center (https://www.kirkwoodparksandrec.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/3/445) for the spring show of the Midwest Model Vehicle Association (MMVA) (https://sites.google.com/view/ipmsgatewaychapter/mmva-page). I was there at this model car contest and vendor swap meet representing IPMS/Gateway (https://sites.google.com/view/ipmsgatewaychapter/home). Our club had a table with several models I brought and some club flyers. Bill Wagner, IPMS/Gateway's vice president, also manned the table with me.

I browsed among the vendors, chatting with several of them, and looked over the models entered in the contest. Our table had several visitors, who chatted with Bill and I. It was a nice show and a good way to promote our club and hobby.

The MMVA Fall Show will be held on Sunday, 27 October at the Kirkwood Community Center.


30 April 2019

Supporting Saint Louis FC Against Swope Park Rangers

Early last Saturday night (27 April) was another home match for Saint Louis FC (https://www.saintlouisfc.com/) at Toyota Stadium of World Wide Technology Soccer Park (https://www.saintlouisfc.com/soccerpark). I arrived early as usual for the St. Louligans (http://stlouligans.com/) tailgate in the parking lot. I enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and Schlafly (http://www.schlafly.com/) Ale d'Or beer on tap from the St. Louligans' trailer.

My high school friends Paul Trelford and Tom Mantych came to the tailgate again to take in the scene and to chat with me before going to their seats for the match.

We St. Louligans marched into the stadium about 30 minutes before kick off and assembled in our usual section. Saint Louis FC was hosting cross-state rivals Swope Park Rangers.

The home side scored late in the first half and early in the second half to take a 2-0 lead. Swope Park pulled one back midway in the second half before Saint Louis added an insurance goal late in the match. Saint Louis FC won 3-1 to stay in first place in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship (https://www.uslsoccer.com/usl-championship). The players joined us in the corner to serenade us.

I went home happy about another win for my side. Saint Louis FC is back in action this Saturday (4 May), hosting Ottawa Fury FC .


28 April 2019

Watching World War II Reinactors at Jefferson Barracks

Yesterday morning, I drove out to Jefferson Barracks County Park (https://stlouisco.com/Parks-and-Recreation/Park-Pages/Jefferson-Barracks) in Lemay for their annual World War II Weekend. This is an event featuring military reinactors who camp out in the park like soldiers in World War II. Participants are reinacting United States, Canadian, British, Soviet, German, and Italian troops. They wear authentic uniforms, use authentic equipment--down to reproductions of grooming kit--and operate weapons and vehicles of the period.

This event is organized by the U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion of St. Louis, Inc. (https://www.facebook.com/2ndRangersSTL/), one of the reinactor groups taking part. Other groups come from around the Midwest for the weekend, which began Friday night and ended late Sunday afternoon.

I arrived on the site just after it opened for the day at 9:00 am. It was overcast and there was some slight rain overnight. I walked around the encampments, photographing the tents, equipment, weapons, and troops. A building hosted vendors selling gear for reinactors, and a display by the Military Vehicle Modeling Association (https://www.militarymodel.org/#!) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/514075095676962/).

Then, I walked about 0.25 mile (0.4 km) to a field, where a battle took place. The reinactors either marched or rode in vehicles to the field for a mock skirmish. It rained slightly during this time. Firing blank ammunition, they simulated small unit infantry combat as done during World War II. The firefight--the first of three that weekend--lasted about 25 minutes and the crowd applauded the participants for their performance.

After the battle, I walked back to the encampment for some more viewing and taking more photographs. However, during my walking, the sole on one of my boots came off, so I had to cut short my stay and headed back home. Before going to my car, I did chat with an acquaintance who was one of the German reinactors this weekend. Still, I had a fine time at this living history event.