Once every month, the Mexico, Mo. Chamber of Commerce hosts events at different businesses and organizations around the community. “Business After Hours” was held at Missouri Military Academy Tuesday, September 18 in the rotunda of Stribling Hall. About 60 guests were on hand to chat and enjoy refreshments with other business owners and community members. Pictured below is Mr. Bruce Oliver (left) of Edward Jones enjoying a conversation with Academy president Mr. Charles A. "Tony" McGeorge and Admissions Director Phillip Dunbridge.
Missouri Military Academy played an important role in constructing a new sign to welcome visitors and residents alike to the community. Organizers of the project came up with the idea in 2008, the sign’s construction met several delays. In 2011, MMA president MajGen Robert Flanagan contacted those organizers again to put the plans back in motion. After consulting Reinhardt/Wilson Construction, the Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and other community groups, all the proper materials were gathered to add the sign to the corner of Business Route 54 and Teal Lake Road on the south side of town. Flanagan was there Friday to assist with the sign’s unveiling along with Mexico Mayor Ron Loesch, Chamber of Commerce Director Dana Keller, and other city officials.
MMA received the Mexico Chamber of Commerce Civic Award for the first time as a result of numerous community service projects in which the school’s cadets have participated.
MMA began its community service program in 2008 and since that time, 493 cadets have contributed over 18,000 hours of community service hours. Cadets have had a hand in service projects in Mexico, Mo. and surrounding communities, in international cities as part of school-sponsored Educational Tours, and in their home towns around the world.
Mexico Chamber of Commerce Board President Tony Robertson presents MajGen Flanagan the Chamber’s Civic Award. The organization recognized MMA for its contributions to the Mexico community in the past year.
Some examples of the service cadets provide to the community include: raising money for and sometimes assisting with Special Olympics events, volunteering for Red Cross blood drives, tutoring local children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, packaging food for the Buddy Packs program and local food banks, placing American flags at the Missouri Veterans Home, serving as Salvation Army bell ringers, policing grounds at local public parks, and visiting elder care facilities.
The Educational Tours also encourage cadets to serve communities internationally. MMA cadets have worked at a food kitchen for the homeless in Montreal and also helped rebuild a school in Costa Rica.
Flanagan says he and the school’s faculty and staff are proud of the support the cadets have given to local and international communities. He added that the cadets have shown they understand the real value of selfless service, and says he hopes future cadets continue to learn that lesson.