Leadership Weekend 2019

Ken Disselhorst attended the Mizzou Alumni Association leadership \weekend that took place September 12-14, 2019.  He was one of 200 attendees..The group was able to tour the new south end zone facility.at Faurot Field.  The above picture was taken in front of the facility and with the tiger.

The group heard from Board of Curators Chair and Tiger Basketball legend Jon Sundvold.  Ideas were exchanged among fellow alumni leaders, and  awards were presented to various leaders and alumni groups.  Great River Tigers were recognized for their promotion of membership in the alumni association during their summer sendoff.  .


GRT Board Set 2020 Student Send-Off

On August 21, 2019, the Great River Tigers board members met at the Patio in Quincy, Illinois.  The following items were discussed:

  • Ken Disselhorst will attend the Leadership Conference in Columbia, Mo in September
  • A football watch party in Hannibal on November 9 against Georgia was discussed
  • Summer Send Off for next year was discussed and Saturday July 25 was set as the date.
  • A vote was taken to elect  officers for the coming year.
    • Ken Disselhorst–President
    • Richard Syrcle-Vice-President
    • McKenzie Disselshorst-Secretary
    • Kathy Fesler-Treasurer

GRT Gives $12,000 in Scholarships

The Great River Tigers gave out $12,000 in scholarships to 17 Mizzou students.  Congratulations.  Names are listed randomly.  

$1000 Merit Winners:  Incoming Students-Garrett Catron, Della Rodenbaugh, Maddie Janes, and Laueryn Hinthorne (not pictured)

Returning Students-Keller Shewell, Abby Laws, and Madison Kim(not pictured.)

Luck of the Draw $500 Scholarship Winners:  Emily  Dehner, Kyler Rademan, Olivia Foreman, Suzanne Wetton, Aubry Boulware

Kale Flaspohler, Adam Albright,,Trevor Straton and Scot Roberts

GRT Gives Local Award in 2019


The Great River Chapter always gives a local award to some organization or person that helps the association with their Summer Send-Off.  This year the award was presented by Sarah Bockhold, president, to Rachel Bringer-Shepherd on July 26, 2019, at Jackson Park Golf Course.  Rachel has contributed a $500 scholarship every year for as long as we have been having the summer event, which has been seven years. .



2019 Back to School Send-Off


The Great River Tigers Alumni Association sponsored their 7th annual Student Send-Off on July 26th, 2019 at Jackson Park Golf Course in Palmyra, Mo..  One hundred and eighty eight people were in attendance including 45 students.

Dean Daubert, vice chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, was the guest speaker. Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and his wife Melinda also attended the event.  Chancellor Cartwright spoke to the crowd about his goals for the university since he took over the job two years ago..

Jordan Frericks and her family attended the event again this year.  Jordan spoke about her year since graduating from the university and being a member of the girls’ basketball team.  Last year she spent playing basketball in Germany..

Earlier in the year seven merit scholarships were awarded by the GRT.  These students were given a certificate and introduced to the crowd.  Ten names were drawn at random  and 10 $500 scholarships were awarded.

$1000 Merit Scholarships $500 Luck of the Draw Scholarships
Incoming Students Sponsor Student  Sponsor
Garret Catron  MAA 4 year renewable Adam Albright Rachel Bringer-Shepherd
Lauryn Hinthorne  GRT Scot Roberts and Kyler Rademan Troy Disselhorst
Della Rodenbaugh  GRT Aubry Boulware Jerry and Carla Schoenborn
Maddie Janes  GRT Suzanne Wetton County Market
Returning Students  Sponsor  Emily Dehner Fiddlesticks
Madison Kim  GRT  Nolan Wasman Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu, and Mitchell
Abby Laws  GRT Olivia Foreman Jared and Gina Pontius
Keller Shewell  Lew Mar Kale Flaspohler GRT
Trevor Stratton GRT

Deam Daubert and members of the GRT helped serve the pork loin dinner.

GRT had several ways to raise money.  These included a signed football which was auctioned off, and selling tickets for a Mizzou firepit and football tickets to the Mississippi game.





Great River Tigers Alumni Chapter Earns Capstone Status

The Great River Tigers Alumni Chapter has achieved Capstone status for the 2018-19 year, the highest level of achievement for regional alumni chapters. By attaining this level of recognition, the chapter receives enhanced support from the Mizzou Alumni Association and is able to award scholarships to talented students in the area who aspire to be Tigers.

GRT Writes Congratulatory Notes To Seniors

Following graduation ceremonies in May, several members of the Great River Tigers wrote notes of congratulations to graduating Missouri students from the area.  This helped the association meet celebrating a Mizzou Tradition.

GRT Board Meets May 9th

On May 9, 2019 the Great River Tigers Alumni Association met in Quincy, Illinois at the Patio.  Morgan Kopitsky from the Alumni Association was present.

The following happened at the meeting::

  • The scholarship committee reported that they had chosen 4 incoming freshman and 3 returning students for merit scholarships.
  • Members of the board volunteered to write congratulatory notes to graduating seniors.
  • Plans were made for July 26th student  summer send off.  Fundraising, scholarships, and a speaker were discussed.

Summer Event Fund Raiser

Before our Summer event at the end of July, our association collects donations to help pay for the event and the scholarships that we give out that night. Many of our  board members and our new volunteer leader, Jennifer Wood, were involved in asking individuals and businesses to sponsor the event.



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