Saturday, April 21, 2007

Michelle D. McBride to Be Recognized

Michelle D. McBride to Be Recognized at the Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon for Her Outstanding Volunteer Contributions

Michelle D. McBride, Fiscal Manager for the St. Charles County Collector of Revenue, is also a dedicated volunteer who works tirelessly on behalf of the region’s young people. She will be honored for her tremendous volunteer efforts, at the 52nd Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon, on Tuesday, May 15th, at the Ritz Carlton, in Clayton She will be recognized as a Woman of Achievement for Citizenship because of her numerous accomplishments and role modeling within the community. Since 1955, when this prestigious recognition program was first established, over 520 St. Louis area women have received this coveted award.

Since Michelle was a young child, growing up in a rural community in the metro East, she has embraced the importance of volunteerism and good citizenship. Through her active participation in a variety of 4H programs, she learned about fundraising and volunteering to help others, such as veterans and the elderly. As an adult, in addition to her fulltime professional responsibilities, she has devoted herself to the community’s youth. For more than 14 years, Michelle has served in a variety of leadership positions in the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts and the Venture Scouts, including Assistant Troop Leader, Neighborhood Postal Express Girl Scouts Coordinator, Assistant Scout Master, Troup Treasurer, Troop Merit Badge Coordinator, Troop Ad Altare Dei Counselor, Venture Crew Advisor, Crew Committee Chair, Venture Crew Pope Pius Counselor and other roles. In the midst of her political campaign for St. Charles County Collector of Revenue, she volunteered half of her personal, vacation time to participate in Scout Summer Camp. Another example of her willingness to give of her time and energy occurred when a Girl Scout Troop needed a licensed Troop Camper, in order for its unit to camp at the neighborhood “Moving On Up” event. Unselfishly, Michelle volunteered her services and spent the weekend teaching third graders many of the necessary skills of fire-building, camp cooking and more. She created the “Moving On Up Bridging Ceremony” in which scouts move up from one level of scouting to the next, even utilizing her musical ability to write meaningful lyrics for the ceremony. Helping youngsters understand and appreciate the outdoors, while developing qualities of integrity and good citizenship, which will remain with them forever, has been a passion for Michelle. She has said, “If I can act as a catalyst to mold the characters of the youth of today into credible adults of tomorrow, then I have done my job on earth.”

In addition to her incredible commitment to scouting, Michelle has served as a volunteer organist for the St. Elizabeth/St. Robert Regional School in her parish for over 12 years. She adjusts her professional schedule to ensure that she is able to do her job and still have time to play the organ for and sing with the school children. She serves as an outstanding role model for the area’s children, demonstrating that it is more than possible for an individual to integrate God, Family and Career while serving others. Michelle’s influence on young people and her passion for volunteering have earned her the honor of being selected as a 2007 Woman of Achievement.

Reservations for the Women of Achievement Award Luncheon are $50 per person with seating at table of 10. For reservations or more information about the 2007 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon please contact Jenny Besser at 314-
584-6011. Please send checks to: Women of Achievement Luncheon c/o MAC Meetings and Events, 801 North Second Street, Suite 302, St. Louis, MO  63102. The deadline for reservations is May 1st. No reservations can be accepted after May 8th.