Kiwanis – Building Community for 100 Years

Kiwanis – Building Community for 100 Years

By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Artistic Expressions Photography On April 1920, a group of Joplin businessmen organized to serve the community. The group formally became the third Kiwanis Club in Missouri May 17, 1920, joining groups in St. Louis and Kansas City. The...

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The Best Kind of Change

The Best Kind of Change

By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Mandy Edmonson   For years, Lori Marble was aware of every step she took. And sometimes those steps led to serious falls. “I have hemidystonia,” said Marble. “That means that there is a disconnect between my brain and the left side of...

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At Your  Service – Jonathan Dawson

At Your Service – Jonathan Dawson

By Kathleen Swift Jonathan Dawson is vice president and branch manager of the Zora branch of SMB. A native of Webb City, he graduated from Missouri Southern State University and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Missouri State University. “I came to...

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!Editor’s Letter


5 More Yards to Go!


Over the last several weeks, our lives have paused, changed and rearranged. Our children are adjusting to distance learning, many people are working from home and a once-simple trip to the grocery store has taken on a whole new meaning. As a country, a state and a community, we have been called to action. We have been called to make decisions that impact all the mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and grandparents of the world. We have been asked to think like a team. 


As always, the strength and perseverance of our community prevailed. With signs of light at the end of the tunnel, we must not stop now. We are 95 yards into our touchdown, and we must finish strong. This month, we have two reminders.


One: SMTO always promotes the importance of shopping local. It is at the heart of our mission. Right now, shopping local is more important than ever. Please think back on your children’s youth leagues and remember whose name was on the shirt. Please remember the last time you needed a donation or sponsorship and who rose to the occasion. Please be reminded of the last time you met with a local business owner and saw their passion and dedication through their hard work and customer service. 


Local businesses need our support. Please take advantage of their alternative service plan, call for carry out or delivery or purchase gift cards to be used at a later date. Local business owners have been the backbone of our community. It is our time to show our appreciation by offering them the support they need right now.


Two: SMTO is dedicated to highlighting the culture and lifestyle of our region, and we are not stopping now. We have the winner of our 18th Annual 4-State Baby Contest on the cover and all the loveable faces of our entries starting on page 34. Looking at these faces will surely bring a smile to your face. On page 48, we share the journey of 12 community members as they face the highs and lows of social distancing and isolation. See how and what they are doing during this unprecedented time.


Also, this edition brings you all the same feature stories you look forward to each month. We give you tips on buying and decorating a home, feature individual communities and their leaders, share the journey of local business owners and showcase local health care professionals as they give their expert advice. You can still count on us to be your magazine of choice!


Five more yards to go, and I know we can do it! As a team, we are strong! 


Lee Radcliff

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