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The ‘Can-Do’ Group Assistance League Celebrates 20 Years Of ‘Working Together … Making A Difference’ by ANITA NEAL HARRISON photos by L.G. PATTERSON Assistance League President Barbara Trabue (foreground) stands in the Upscale Resale shop with past-presidents (left to right) Lynnanne Baumgardner, Jan Beckett and Donna Beckett.

run entirely by volunteers — there are no paid positions — to maximize the funds going directly to those in need in mid-Missouri. From operating a retail store exclusively with volunteers to raising $1 million for Columbia Public Schools, Assistance League of MidMissouri is a strong contributor to the community. Chapter President Barbara Trabue and several past presidents agree on a quartet of factors that have strengthened this nonprofit over the past two decades: a strategic plan, shared leadership, committed members and a culture of loyalty.

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et a group of strong, determined women together, and there’s nothing they can’t do. Just ask the ladies of the Assistance League of MidMissouri. They’ve been going strong for 20 years now. The group is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year as an official chapter of the national Assistance League. With a reputation for being a “handson, can-do group,” the organization attracts volunteers who have “a heart for 42

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service,” says Jan Beckett, a past chapter president. “Assistance League of Mid-Missouri has been successful in growing, attaining its goals and helping people by remaining focused on our mission: ‘working together … making a difference,’ ” Beckett says. The philanthropic organization comprised entirely of women focuses its service programs on women and children facing various needs. The organization is

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri has a strategic plan to keep members focused on its mission — building the chapter through education, inspiration and support — and on its future. Trabue says the group keeps that plan front-ofmind for members. “We have posters of the plan in our building,” she says. “Each of our committees is asked to determine how they will support the plan.” The Assistance League accomplishes its vision — to meet the challenging needs of individuals in the community — through five core values: commitment, leadership, ethics, accountability and respect. “At each regular meeting,” Trabue says, “we highlight a core value or goal of the strategic plan.” The group evaluates its philanthropic programs each year and “tweaks” as necessary to better meet the needs of program partners, Trabue says.

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