BOA meeting November 30th
by Harry Kennedy–This past week the Board of Aldermen held their weekly meeting, presided by Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen.
There were twelve bills introduced and read for the first time at this past week’s Board of Aldermen meeting. For a complete listing of all of the new legislation along with the complete agenda of the meeting please click on this link:
The Board of Aldermen from time to time stop in their deliberations to recognize citizens or groups for their outstanding contributions to the betterment, of not only the City of St. Louis, but of the entire region.
President Reed and Alderman French sponsored Resolution # 183 which recognizes the contributions of Ms. Kathy Hall.
Ms. Hall began her scouting career as a Den Mother for pack 213 at Mount Bethel MB Church. As a scout leader Ms. Hall provided the young men of her troop an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards.
In addition Kathy is the first female to become an Order of the Arrow Member as well as first African American female to be selected for the Wood Badge staff.
She is a member of the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese Scouting Committee and has acquired a B.S. in Commissioners Training. Ms. Hall is a Cub Master and Scoutmaster for Pack 220 which is associated with St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Alderwoman Marlene Davis sponsored Resolution # 181 which honors William Guest. William F. Guest is one of the founders of the sound of what we come to know as the Soul sound of Motown, William F. Guest a R&B/soul singer, best known as a founding member of the legendary group, Gladys Knight & the Pips for over 35 years. He helped start the group the Pips at the age of 18 with his sister Eleanor Guest and cousins Gladys Knight, Brenda Knight and Merald “Bubba” Knight.
This was the beginning to what became a string of hit singles for the group on Motown’s “Soul” record label and Buddah Records. These included “I Heard It through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia”.
Mr. Guest has received eleven gold certified albums and was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame.
Mr. Guest is the recipient of five American Music Awards, six Grammy Awards, the Soul Train Heritage Award, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award and the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alderman Terry Kennedy sponsored Resolution # 186 honoring Mr. William Summers Mr. Summers has an extensive musical career that now spans over four decades that includes film scores for various movies such as The Color Purple and the television miniseries Roots with Quincy Jones.
Mr. Summers has also played with Herbie Hancock during the Headhunter years, and is mentioned in the liner notes of the Headhunters’ 2003 release Evolution Revolution as contributing to that recording.
Mr. Summers heads the Summers Multi Ethnic Institute of the Arts in New Orleans dedicated to world peace and cultural respect and understanding through the arts which provides a plethora free services for young and aspiring artists thus nurturing the next generations of talent that will help bring cultural understandings and heal the world.
The Summers Institute encompasses musical traditions from around the world in a unique setting on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana and has hosted many musical greats such as Jason Marsalis, George Clinton, Chief Bey and Nicholas Payton.
Seeing no further business before the Board, President Reed adjourned the meeting until Friday December 7th, 2012.
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