Grandview director named to top 10
Dennis Randolph, Grandview’s Public Works Director, has been named as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders in 2015 by the American Public Works Association.
The award is presented for exceptional career service, expertise, service and personal contributions to improving the quality of life in the community.
APWA President Larry Stevens presented the award during a recent board of alderman meeting.
Randolph has been a practicing engineer for almost 45 years and has been involved in public works at the city and county level in three states for 39 years.
He has worked for the city of Detroit; Fairfax County Va.; Lansing, Mich.; and Grandview, Mo.
“I appreciate the recognition by the American Public Works Association both at the national and chapter level, and am greatly honored,” Randolph said. “I also appreciate the opportunity to be involved in what is becoming a great resurgence for the City of Grandview, and the opportunity to use my experience in the City as new development and redevelopment comes to the City.”
Grandview City Administrator Cory Smith praised Randolph in a news release for his extraordinary job in managing the Public Works Department and said he had been a dynamic force in leading the department to a new level of competence, productivity and creativity.
Cutline: (l-r): Renada Randolph [wife], Dennis Randolph and Larry Stevens.
Hosts needed for exchange students
Ayusa International is looking for families to host foreign exchange students during the 2015-2016 school year.
The non-profit program placed 700 students in the United States last year as part of their program to promote understanding among cultures and is launching the program this year in the Kansas City area, said Patsy Barich, a representative of Ayusa.
Ayusa — Academic Year in the USA — is a non-profit organization founded in 1981, and an official U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor.
Families of all kinds are invited to participate: retired, singles, families with children, empty-nesters, or military families in rural, suburban and urban communities.
“You don’t have to be a traditional family to take these kids in,” Barich said. “It’s like match.com for foreign exchange students. You go online and look at somebody’s profile.”
Families and students can Skype ahead of time to get to know each other.
Trained Ayusa representatives will provide support for the family, student, and the student’s school throughout the year.
Students are 15-18 years old and come from more than 60 countries. Each student is fully insured, brings their own spending money and is proficient in English.
Host families are not paid.
Interested families should go to www.ayusa.org or call 1-888-552-9872.
Lodge hosts High Five Tour
A benefit breakfast for the Wounded Warrior program will be held at Blue Springs Elks Lodge 8-11 a.m. May 23.
The breakfast is free to guests with military ID or DD-214. Others are asked to make a $5 donation.
“Money will go to the Wounded Warrior family support program,” said Lorelei Schieferdecker chairman of the Lodge’s Veteran’s Committee. “Come join us and honor our combat wounded.”
The High Five Tour 2015: Mobility is Freedom, started in San Diego and will travel to 48 states.
A Ford Explorer and F-150, specially equipped for wounded veterans and their needs, began the tour April 27. At each tour stop the public is invited to sign the vehicles with messages of support.
More information about the High Five Tour 2015 is available at http://www.highfivetour.com/.
The Blue Springs Elks Lodge is at 100 N.E. Brizendine, Blue Springs.
Chorus to perform at temple
The Liberty Community Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. May 31 at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence.
The concert, under the direction of Bryan Taylor, will showcase James Whitbourn’s “Son of God Mass.” This will be the first time it has been performed in Kansas City.
The concert is part of the Temple’s Dome and Spire free concert series, Music for a Sacred Space.
Guest musicians Dr. Jan Kraybill, organ conservator for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and Doug Talley, jazz saxophonist and member of the Doug Talley Quartet, will perform “Music for a Sacred Space” with the chorus.
Other selections are “Personent Hodie,” “Cantate Domino,” “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” and “The Call of Wisdom.”
Piano accompanist is Danny Baker.
| Norma King, Special to The Star