The Ambassadors of Lake Saint Louis is a community service organization that truly cares about the City of Lake Saint Louis and its people. Our not-for-profit club is dedicated to promoting civic, cultural, and educational growth of our city; and we strive to make it a better place to live, work, and play. Membership is open to all individuals who want to see Lake Saint Louis prosper, want to learn more about our community, and want to stay in the mainstream of local happenings. The Ambassadors meet every Friday morning from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Community Association Clubhouse. Please join us for breakfast and a pertinent presentation on a topic of community interest. To support the club's activities, quarterly dues of $75 are received. The Ambassadors take part in numerous activities designed to provide support for community organizations and local charities. Many of these activities are described on other pages of our website. If you care about Lake Saint Louis, you need to be an Ambassador!
Most Recent Speakers
US Navy LT Austin Hulsey Lt. Austin “Tofu” Hulsey of VAQ-138 Squadron United States Navy visited the LSL Ambassadors on 18 June 2021 and gave us a presentation on his career, his aircraft and on his current assignment. Lt Hulsey went to Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation where he studied aircraft systems. He had not decided just yet on what his career path might be. He did not go to a service academy, the usual path for US military pilots. While at college, he met a retired USN admiral who interviewed him and suggested that he pursue a military career as a pilot. After several attempts, he was finally selected for Officers Candidate School, followed by maintenance officer assignments starting at NAS Lemoore, CA. He continued to pursue a pilot training option. After a considerable amount of perseverance, he was eventually able to become an EA- 18G pilot. He is currently stationed in the Seattle area at Whidbey Island, WA where he is a pilot in the VAQ-138 Yellowjackets squadron. He flies the EA-18G “Growler”, an electronic warfare aircraft, whose role is to attack enemy radar and other targeting systems and to provide targeting information to friendly aircraft. Primarily it is an enemy Radar suppression system to disable the enemy Radar systems. He also discussed the electronic system the EA-18 G uses and the weapons it carries on its missions. It was great to hear an active duty USN pilot talk about his education, training and his current role in his squadron.
Vine Wealth Management On June 11th Louis Wray of Vine Wealth Management visited the LSL Ambassadors to present an update on the stock market situation. He showed a graph of the S&P 500 which identified the inflection points on the curve. Currently, the market is pricey but still appears to be good. The growth cycle has been ongoing since 2008 and still the P/E ratio is 16.5. When asked about “Robin hood” accounts, he said they were ok but that most of an investor’s money should be in a regular market account. As far as inflation being a major concern, Wray said the bond market “is about right” meaning that currently inflation doesn’t seem to be a major issue with investors. The Government bond interest rate shows a flat line after seven (7) years meaning interest rates are somewhat low which is a plus for equity investors. Currently, the best opportunity is in International markets. Vaccination rates are up to about the US level so the EU will be opening up. Europe is already starting to see fundamental changes. For additional information call Louis Wray at 636-561-5559 or go to www.vinewm.com.
PhasedLogix visits LSL Ambassadors On Jun 4th, Kevin Stevenson of PhasedLogix, an IT specialist visited the Ambassadors to discuss Cybersecurity and such IT topics as ransomware, phishing, scam calls, malware and where to find some pointers on how to protect one’s email, computers, phones and other electronic devices. Today, Cybercrime captures approx. $1.5 Trillion per year using both direct attacks and sneak attacks! In 2018, 6 billion business data records were exposed and while each record may have a small value, they add up quickly. A credit card record might sell for $2-$5 per record, but customer personal identity information and employee identity information bring $20-$450 per record. Attempted hacks on your systems can be reported and if you think you have been part of an online data breach you can find out by going to https://monitor.firefox.com. To check out Kevin’s company website go to the PhasedLogix website : https://getmethegeek.com/
Chabad Jewish Center--St. Charles County On May21st, Rabbi Chaim Landa spoke to the LSL Ambassadors about the Jewish community in St Charles County. Rabbi Chaim and his wife, Bassy, are co-directors of the new Chabad Center for St Charles County which is planned to be the community center of Jewish life in St Charles county. The Chabad is a branch of the Chabad in St Louis which was established in and follows the influence and spiritual leadership of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. The establishment of the Chabad is intended to provide a space for every Jew in St Charles county to feel at home and to eventually grow into a spiritual and educational center for the St Charles county Jewish community. Rabbi Chaim was born and raised in the St Louis area and after high school studied in Toronto, New York, LA and Israel. Bassy was born in LA and hater high school she attended Machon Shoshanat Seminary in Jerusalem, Israel, where she completed her early childhood and teacher training. For more info, see www.JewishStCharles.org. Today there are approximately 4,000 Jews in St Charles County and about 60,000 in the St Louis area. The Rabbi left us with a small ark and a message from Rabbi Schneerson to carry forward, “Small acts of kindness can not only change the lives of those around us but change the world for good.” The Rabbi asked us to fill our arks and 1) Choose a charity, 2) Give every day and 3) Give even just a penny!
Karen Cooper, Special Needs Advocate On May 14th Karen Cooper, a F.A.C.T. volunteer, spoke to the Ambassadors. F.A.C.T. is a Family Advocacy and Community Training non-profit organization that provides services to families who have adults or children with disabilities and has operated in St Charles County since 1988. F.A.C.T.’s Parent Support Partners, who are parents of children with disabilities, provide guidance to families using a peer mentoring approach. They focus on helping families navigate systems, understand their child’s diagnosis, and access community resources. The program goals are to keep children and youth at home, in school and in the community. Another goal is to keep children free from law enforcement involvement and to support them in educational pursuits. When are these services needed? Whenever a child is struggling in school, when a family has concerns about their child and don’t know how to address it, when a family doesn’t know what services are available or how to get them. The family or child must be a resident of St. Charles, Lincoln, or Franklin Counties and must have a mental or behavior health diagnosis. This support party must have a documented developmental disability and family members must be eligible for St Louis Regional Center Services. F.A.C.T. personnel will assist eligible families through the Regional Center application process. More information is available at www.factmo.org.
LSL Ambassadors 2020 Annual Report On May 7, Treasurer Don Hammond gave us an update on the Ambassadors activities, membership, service to the community, speakers and the fireworks funding for the 2021 July 4th celebration. In 2020, we had planned to support 14 civic events but due to Covid-19, only three of these were held which severely curtailed our activities. We held speaker series meeting 31 times and lost 16 opportunities due to suspended meetings. We had 16 cancelled meetings which saved expenses we would normally have. As a result, we donated the $2300 saved to charities, organizations, and individuals impacted by Covid-19. In 2020, we cancelled the July 4th fireworks and put a plan in place to contract for a BIGGER and BETTER show in 2021. It is now on contract. We are planning an energetic fund raising effort to raise the money to cover these costs. We gave out two scholarships to local students in 2020 and in 2021. Planning is under way to add a third scholarship, with an emphasis on trade or technical education. Overall, Ambassadors sought out community areas where we could be of service and hope to never see a year like 2020 again!
Interested in Joining?
It is easy to join our club. Contact a club officer or one of our members to learn more about the club, or just show up for a Friday morning meeting at the Lake Saint Louis Community Association Clubhouse at 7 am. Breakfast is catered by Bob Evans Restaurant. A schedule of speakers at our Friday meetings can be found below.
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July 23 Emma Klues, VP of Communications & Outreach for the Great Rivers Greenway organization
July 30 Patrick Glynn, Admissions Counselor for Ranken Technical College
August 6 David Schmoll, O’Fallon Hoots
August 13 Dice Perkins, “Let’s Enjoy Life”
August 20 Chris DiGiuseppi, Lake St. Louis Police Chief