April 7, 2022 Special Projects Committee

Deputy Jimmy Moore of the Pettis County Sheriff Office and Officer Shania Fox of the Sedalia Police Department, both K9 handlers at their agencies, gave an informative and entertaining presentation about canines in law enforcement and what to do if you suspect illegal activity in your neighborhood.

Officer Shania Fox of the Sedalia Police Department was recognized at SBW’s April 7 dinner meeting with a Certificate of Appreciation which read, “For breaking the glass ceiling by being the first female K-9 handler at the Sedalia Police Department, the Sedalia Business Women acknowledges Officer Shania Fox . May you continue to ‘Encourage ~ Inspire ~ Empower’ in law enforcement and other areas of your life.”

SBW President Robin Balke presenting Certificate of Appreciation to Officer Shania Fox

The proceeds from the SBW annual chicken dinner were disbursed at the dinner meeting to six different local non-profits The following organizations received $600 each:

Meals on Wheels – The Meals on Wheels program provides nutritious home-delivered meals to homebound individuals regardless of age so they can maintain independence and quality of life Meals are delivered in Sedalia City Limits only.

Pettis County Children’s Fund – The Pettis County Children’s Fund is utilized to help foster children from Pettis and Cooper Counties participate in extra-curricular activities. This fund helps to provide equipment, instruments, prom and graduation costs, camp fees, etc so foster children can enjoy the same activities as other children their age.

Community Cafe – The Community Café strives to improve the food security of the Sedalia and Pettis County communities by providing nutritious meals to combat hunger and malnutrition through community partnerships.

Sedalia Senior Center – Now located in the new Heckert Community Center, the Sedalia Senior Center is under the umbrella of Care Connection for Aging Services. The meals program at the Sedalia Senior Center cooks and serves nutritious, delicious meals for people 60 and older. Contributions are encouraged; however, people 60 and older may enjoy lunch regardless of their ability to contribute. Meals are available on site and home-delivered to older adults. Open Door’s “Go with the Flow”

Community Santa – Community Santa is a charitable organization whose prime focus is making Christmas wishes come true. The process starts with families filling out applications and ensuring that those who truly need help are in fact the ones who get it, as well as communicating with other local charities to ensure there is no overlapping. Volunteer workers will acquire children’s wish lists for Christmas. Each child will receive two toys off their list as well as a new book, a family game and a ‘lovey’ (stuffed animal). Items are black bagged and given to parents who are then able to wrap the gifts.

Michelle Sparks read the Slate of Officers for the 2022 – 2023 term to be installed at May’s dinner meeting: President – Robin Balke, President Elect – Julie Slocum, First Vice President – Janice Cones, Second Vice President – Tanya Martin, Secretary – Katie Kirby, Treasurer – Della Schnakenberg, and Director – Debbie Ulmer.

Membership dues of $62 will be collected in May.

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