July 24, 2014Order the Missouri Blue Book Today!

June 3, 2014 MPA Porter Fisher Golf Classic Approaching!

The MPA Porter Fisher Golf Classic is just A FEW DAYS AWAY!

GOOD NEWS: We still have room available for a few more four-person teams. So, get your buddies together, register, and get ready for some golfing fun!

The event is scheduled Thursday, June 26, at Eldon Country Club. Cost is $40 per golfer, which includes lunch and cart. Lunch is noon and tee time is 1 p.m.

There will be a putting contest; hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest putt prizes; and 50-50 tickets for sale. Any profit from the event or contests will benefit the projects of the Missouri Press Foundation.

We also are in need of money or donations for prizes. If interested in helping, contact Bryan Jones (bejones@socket.net) or Mark Nienhueser (mdnienhueser@socket.net). Or call: 573-449-4167 and ask for Bryan or Mark.

REGISTER your foursome TODAY!
A registration form is at www.mopress.com/current_forms.php (or contact Bryan or Mark).

See you on the course!

June 2, 2014The Missouri Blue Book is Available for Purchase!

The 2013-2014 Missouri Official Manual (Blue Book) is available for ordering. The 1,536-page, hardback book costs $24.99 per copy, plus shipping charges.  Click here to order the Missouri Official Manual today!

For more than 100 years, the State of Missouri published the Official Manual as a hardback book, then discontinued publication after the 2009-2010 edition. A statute passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2013, allows a not-for-profit organization to return the book to hardback form.

The book contains detailed information on local, state and federal government, as well as stories, essays and pictures that help preserve the state's heritage.

Questions may be directed to the Missouri Press Foundation at 573-449-4167.

April 30, 2014Melody Bezenek for Missouri Press Foundation Director

Missouri Press Foundation hires director
Melody Bezenek to focus on fundraising programs


Melody Bezenek began working Thursday, April 24 as the Missouri Press Foundation's first full-time director. The Foundation was formed in 1984.

Members of the Missouri Press Foundation Board of Directors, along with Missouri Press Association and Missouri Press Service board members, for the past year have been making plans to grow the Foundation. The Building For The Future campaign that kicked off in September included the hiring of a director.

The intent of the campaign is to continue the current Foundation activities, including the nationally-recognized Missouri Newspaper in Education program developed and led by Dawn Kitchell; scholarships and summer internships for college students studying community journalism; support for district press meetings,regional workshops and the annual Missouri Press Convention; the annual Missouri Better Newspaper Contest; the Missouri Newspaper Print Shop Museum in Arrow Rock; the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington, Mo.; new tools to enable Missouri Press members to demonstrate the value of newspapers to local audiences; and other endeavors to support the newspaper industry in our state.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve the Missouri Press Foundation and Missouri's newspapers," Bezenek said. "It is an honor to serve as a champion for Missouri's newspapers."

Jim Sterling, a Missouri Press Foundation board member, past president of the Missouri Press Association and Missouri Chair in Community Newspaper Management, said of Bezenek, "She's a bright young woman. She has a good track record in fund raising and should fit in nicely with the staff at MPA and will do a great job leading the Foundation into the future.”

Vicki Russell, MPF board member, past MPA president and publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune, said of Bezenek, “Melody’s standards of professionalism and commitment to her responsibilities will enable the Foundation to make great strides quickly, I believe. She comes with high recommendations and a solid record of achievement that matches the qualifications we outlined. In addition, I think her personality will mesh well with the organization and our members will enjoy working with her.”

Two of Bezenek’s initial goals as MPF director are to assist with the Missouri Press Association’s 148th Annual Convention and promote Society of 1867 membership and the Page Builder campaign.

“I’ve had the privilege to work with many outstanding board volunteers. They have taught me so much and helped me grow into the non-profit leader that I am today,” Bezenek said.

Bezenek brings extensive fundraising experience to the position. She served as executive director with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), an organization that provides services to those living with HIV/AIDS, volunteer training, HIV testing, and outreach education. While at RAIN, Bezenek wrote and successfully won a Ryan White Title III Planning and Capacity Building Grant for the formation of a clinic and assisted with winning HUD funding for long term housing solutions. In 2003, she became the executive director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri (RMHC). Shortly after, RMHC began the planning process for a $2.6 million Capital Campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald House. Bezenek oversaw the completion of a feasibility study, solicited volunteer help, created a case for support and raised funds for the new house.

Bezenek graduated from Rock Bridge High School and Columbia College.

She is married to her husband, Kris, and the couple has one daughter Mia Belle, born in 2012.

“I enjoy gardening, baking, attending Missouri festivals, listening to music, running, and spending time outside,” she said. “I also enjoy traveling the state touring wineries, shops, parks and local eateries.”

Missouri Press Foundation is supported by tax-deductible private contributions and memberships.


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Thursday July 24th

Do you understand the Campaign Finance Disclosure Law? Check out this Missouri Ethics Commission brochure, which outlines the laws regulating political advertising disclaimers. Link

Tuesday July 22nd

Have you seen the agenda for the Missouri Press Association Convention? It will take place September 25-27 in Columbia, Mo. We can't wait to see you there! Link