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August/September Newsletter
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President's Corner
Hello August! Thank you for attending our July meeting, and thank you to our host Incredible Pizza, and our sponsors, Madden Media and The Aries Company! We really appreciate our sponsors - it is because of them we can put on great programs every other month! A very special THANK YOU to our presenters - Mark Hermes, Lindsay Van Quaethem, Danielle Stewart, and Sam Moore! Their insight was invaluable to many of our members, and we truly appreciate your time. Click here to read the full article.

Mark Your Calendar for the September 21st Meeting

Come join us on THURSDAY, September 21st, at Taubman Prestige Outlets for our networking luncheon. Please be sure to bring plenty of business cards and be ready to meet new contacts! The luncheon will be located in the Taubman food court, and Butler's Pantry will be providing a great lunch spread for us that you won't want to miss. See you there! Click here for more information and to register.

Thank You to Our Host
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Thank You to Our Sponsor
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Come Celebrate SLAA's 30th Anniversary on August 17th!
Join us for Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on August 17th at Majorette! In honor of our 30th Anniversary, the first 30 guests to arrive will receive one (1) free drink ticket! There are only 30 available, so be on time! This event is FREE; however we ask that you RSVP so that we may plan appropriately. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here for more information and to register.

Thank You to Our Host
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Thank You to Our Sponsor
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Help Us Grow SLAA!

Positive testimonials and word of mouth marketing from current members are some of the best ways for us to get the word out about the benefits of joining the Saint Louis Attractions Association (SLAA). Please be sure to share your positive SLAA experiences with others. If you know someone who would benefit from being a member of SLAA, please let the Membership Committee know. They would be happy to reach out to any prospective members to help them learn more about our great organization. To reach the Membership Committee, please contact Renee Eichelberger at Let's grow SLAA together!

New Members Helping Grow SLAA - Welcome!
Allied: Invelop
Kirk Schilling
Invelop provides cutting edge 3D virtual tours of commercial and industrial locations. These 3D models can also be converted into virtual reality and CAD-related formats and shared around the world.

Allied: Missouri Valley Conference Sports Properties - Learfield
Kurt Schumer
Align brands and their initiatives to college sports fans throughout the Missouri Valley Conference footprint. Leverage multi-media platforms surrounding games and campus events to develop strategic sponsorship programs.

Thank You!
Incredible Pizza Company was a great location and host for our Social Media Panel on Wednesday, July 19th. Guests were able to enjoy the delicious lunch buffet and learn more about social media from our great panelists. A big thank you to our panelists for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us as well: Lindsay Van Quaethem (City Block Communications), Sam Moore (Missouri History Museum), Danielle Stewart (Jewish Community Center), and Mark Hermes (Explore St. Louis).

A special thank you to our panel, Incredible Pizza Company, The Aries Company, and Madden Media!

Thank You to Our July Meeting Host!
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Thank You to Our July Meeting Sponsors!
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Scholarship Awards Presented at July Meeting
The Saint Louis Attractions Association was delighted to present two scholarship awards this year. Click here to read the full article.


Message From Fundraising Committee Co-Chair, Kelly Hutchison
Hello Members! I hope you enjoyed the meeting at Incredible Pizza Company as much as I did! Granted, I won the 50/50 Raffle, so there was that (after buying tickets for like, four years!). Our Trip Raffle was won by Sarah Bonderer, a guest from Fast Lane Classic Cars. Thanks to our Trip Raffle supporters, Explore St. Louis, Madden Media, PolePosition Raceway, and a mystery donor! We are always accepting donations for our Trip Raffles. It's a great chance to have your business showcased and mentioned to each attendee as we peddle tickets throughout the luncheon.

Rapidly approaching is the annual Silent Auction, benefiting the Carole Moody Scholarship Program. We had two amazing winners this year, and thanks to your attendance, purchases, and donations, we were able to award two $1,000 scholarships. I think we do the memory of Ms. Moody proud and look forward to the continued success of this program. This year the auction will be held at Das Bevo, a brand new venue in St. Louis. We are super excited to have you all there to shop, dine, and experience this new location! Be looking in your email and mailboxes for the donation requests in September. The auction can only continue being the raging success that it has been for years due to your generous donations.

Would You Like to Host a SLAA Meeting?
The Saint Louis Attractions Association is seeking members who wish to host the organization's bi-monthly meetings for the 2018 program year. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.

2017 Meeting & Happy Hour Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available!
Be sure to secure your spot early, as limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For only $200, you can sponsor a SLAA Membership Meeting or Happy Hour, and get the word out about your business or promote your upcoming events. This could be a great opportunity to update fellow SLAA members about something new, upcoming events, or promote partnership with other attractions.

Sponsorship of a SLAA Membership Meeting includes:
  • Opportunity to greet incoming guests at the door
  • Five minutes to speak at the meeting about your organization
  • A reserved table to distribute your organization's materials
  • Opportunity to distribute your organization's materials on each individual table
  • Recognition as a sponsor on email meeting notices
  • Recognition in the bi-monthly newsletter
Sponsor the new 2017 Happy Hour events! Includes:
  • Opportunity to greet incoming guests at the door
  • A reserved table to distribute your organization's materials
  • Recognition as a sponsor on email meeting notices
  • Recognition in the bi-monthly newsletter
Click here for information about additional sponsorship opportunities and to sign up! Questions? Contact Tricia Wisbrock or the SLAA office.

Submit Your Nomination for the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Awards!

Nominations for the Spirit of St. Louis Awards are accepted year-round. The purpose of the Spirit of St. Louis Awards is to honor those members of the attractions and hospitality industry who go the extra mile and put forth exemplary effort in helping to further the goals and objectives of the industry and the Saint Louis Attractions Association. The Association recognizes these noteworthy achievements each year at the January meeting.

Eligible nominees may have served in any of a variety of positions, ranging from front-line service to management, at an attraction, hotel, restaurant, or with any other associated or affiliated industry. Both members and non-members of SLAA are eligible to receive awards; however, nominations must be submitted by a SLAA member. You are welcome to make unlimited nominations.

Click here for more information and to submit your nomination.

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