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2022 – 2023 CHURCH SERVICE LEAGUE PROGRAMS

All programs begin at 12:30 PM in the Great Hall.
Reservations are appreciated to provide for seating.

Contact CSL Co-President Sandra Vuitel at sandravuitel@gmail.com or 314.300.8858.

September 20, 2022
Kimberley Vuitel,
Export Trade Specialist at the World Trade Center St. Louis, will discuss the center’s role in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. From customized research to business training and accessible resources, the WTC advances economic development by supporting organizations’ efforts to capitalize on globalization. At WTC, Kimberly identifies and supports new exporters, with a strong focus on minority-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses. Previously, she was VP of International Sales and Director of Product Management for Victorinox Swiss Army. She led a team that grew its share of international business revenue from 15% to 35%. She also conceived and directed the go-to-market strategy for the launch of Wenger travel gear in more than 30 international markets. Other interests include serving as Board Chair of CASA of St. Louis, which advocates with the courts for children in foster care. Kimberley earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Towson University in Baltimore and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

October 4, 2022
Jim and Aleda Littlefield, known as “travelers,” have visited 44 countries and all 50 states. These trips have allowed them to take a plethora of compelling images and to accumulate more than a few adventure stories. October 4, they will show slides and discuss their most recent trip–a Mediterranean cruise from Spain to Italy, which included several ports along the eastern Adriatic Coast. From opposite ends of the state of Pennsylvania (Aleda from Eire and Jim from Philadelphia), the adventurous couple met in the middle at Penn State. Aleda taught early education for many years, including at St. Michael’s and at Eden Lab School. Jim also taught high school before going on to med school at Temple University. There was also a two-year sojourn together for them in the Peace Corps, serving in Jamaica during the late 1960s. Jim’s medical specialty was Nuclear Medicine, an esoteric branch of Radiology. He practiced at Saint Louis University Medical Center and then Mercy Hospital for 33 years before retiring several years ago. Aleda and Jim have been members of St. Michael’s since 1985, and their two children, Leanne and Mark, attended St. Michael’s School.

 

 

October 11, 2022
Stephen Kidwell founded Energy Transition LLC after a successful 34-year career at Ameren Corporation. His last role at Ameren was as Vice President for Corporate Planning. During his tenure at Missouri’s largest energy company, Ameren established a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Ameren is also targeting a 50% carbon dioxide emissions reduction by 2030 and an 85% reduction by 2040 based on 2005 levels. How will this largely coal-fired utility reach that goal?  What effect will climate change have on the reliable delivery of electricity?  What role will electric vehicles have in the demand for power? Will investment in infrastructure and shortages in fuels like coal and natural gas cause reliability problems and result in rate increases for natural gas and electricity?

 

November 1, 2002
Dan Burkhardt,
a highly successful retired partner of Edward Jones Investments, is the co-founder of Magnificent Missouri. Magnificent Missouri has published books, created a PBS documentary, planted trees and prairies, and sponsored many events—all designed to conserve and enhance the Katy Trail corridor along the last 100 miles of the Missouri River Valley. Through Magnificent Missouri, Dan published Trail Blazers: The Free-Spirited and Extraordinary Lives of Ted and Pat Jones. Chosen for the October CSL Book Club discussion on October 25, this book covers the story of the unselfish philanthropy and savvy business judgment of a remarkable couple, Ted and Pat Jones. Ted Jones built what is now one of the world’s most widely held and successful financial partnerships—Edward Jones. Pat crusaded for environmental issues. The two were the driving forces and major private donors behind the creation of the Katy Trail, the nation’s longest recreational rail trail covering 280 miles. Proceeds from sales of the book help fund the work of Magnificent Missouri. Dan will discuss this extraordinary couple and the critical importance of individual commitment to protecting the Missouri River and wild things and wild places throughout our state.

November 15, 2022
Roberta Woods, a highly respected scholar and linguist, specialized in French literature in college before studying at the prestigious University of Paris’ Sorbonne. Her November 15 presentation, titled “Science and the Romantic Poets,” will offer a spiritual journey into the influence scientific discoveries had on the 18th and 19th-century romantic poets of England. She will discuss several of the most famous scientists and their discoveries while demonstrating how the romantic poets were inspired by those discoveries. Roberta will show that, despite what would seem to be a mismatch, the poetry of young romantic poets—Shelly, Keats, Coleridge, and Byron—embraces scientific discoveries, perspectives and ideas. Roberta will also focus on the thrilling beauty of the verse of John Keat’s exquisite poem, exploring the themes of metamorphosis, reality and unreality – all in dramatic motion.

December 6, 2022
David Nicklaus
has covered business for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and stltoday.com for more than 40 years. He retired from full-time journalism in January 2022 but continues to write a semi-regular Sunday column and do a weekly video discussion series with long-time colleague Jim Gallagher. Nicklaus, a native of Iowa, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University and a master’s in economics from the London School of Economics. He lives in Webster Groves with his wife, Carol, and they have three grown children and six grandchildren. David will discuss the factors behind the disappearance of corporate headquarters and of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the St. Louis region since he came to St. Louis in 1981 and what the future holds for our region.