The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has recognized local leaders for their dedication to serving the St. Charles County community.
Thomas E. Stephenson was named the chamber’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.
Born and raised in St. Charles, Stephenson is retired from the former McDonnell-Douglas [now Boeing Co.] and, later, became St. Charles’ first black mail carrier.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 457 and currently is a member of Post 312 and the Legion of Honor. A Korean War veteran, Stephenson recently was selected to participate with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Stephenson also is one of the first black members of the St. Charles Kiwanis Club, where he served as president and lieutenant governor. Other organizations in which Stephenson is active include the First United Methodist Church, the St. Charles Veterans Committee, Sage Club, Moose Club and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.
Along with Stephenson, the chamber will recognize the following Lifetime Distinguished Service award recipients:
David Borgmeyer will be recognized for his civic leadership. Borgmeyer is a retired banker and active in many civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of St. Charles, St. Charles American Legion Green Mules Drum & Bugle Corp, Knights of Columbus, St. Charles Historic Society, St. Charles Optimist Club, Community Council of St. Charles County, St. Charles Senior Center and St. Charles Crimestoppers.
Jerry Reese will be recognized for his cultural leadership. Reese has spent the past 24 years serving on the city of St. Charles School District Board of Education and the St. Charles City Council. Reese was instrumental in the approval of the city’s Meals on Wheels program that provides meal assistance to city residents five days a week.
Kelly Behlmann will be recognized for her humanitarian contributions. Behlmann is the founder of Disabled Athlete Sports Association, a nonprofit that offers the opportunity for all individuals to participate in therapeutic sports and fitness activities, regardless of perceived disabilities.
Catherine Lammert will be recognized for her humanitarian contributions. Lammert serves as the executive director of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. Having personally lost a child, she is an advocate for bereaved families and has authored perinatal bereavement materials and publications and provided hundreds of educational opportunities.
Jeff Waple will be recognized as the chamber champion. Wapple is the current co-chair of the ambassador’s committee. Due to his help and guidance, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber successfully created and implemented a program that has not only raised thousands of dollars in non-dues revenue for the Chamber, but also received national accolades from other Chambers professionals. Additionally, Wapple volunteers at the Chamber’s annual Golf Tournament, Sip & Savor and Santa’s North Pole Dash events.
The public is invited to share in celebrating these remarkable community leaders at the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards celebration from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Tickets and corporate sponsorships are available by calling Wendy Rackovan at (636) 946-0633 or emailing wendy@GSTCCC.com.