The Alton Community Service League (ACSL), a volunteer organization founded in 1955, held its annual installation luncheon recapping the year’s activities and recognizing service hours provided by its members.
During the luncheon the league installed new officers and presented the annual Silver Bowl Award to President Jean Rathgeb for contributing the most service hours during the year.
Born and raised in Alton, Rathgeb graduated from the public school system and attended SIUE, earning an advanced degree in education. She worked as an educator for 16 years in the Roxana School District. For Rathgeb, volunteering is a way of life.
In 1980, Rathgeb enjoyed her first full-time volunteer position in health care as a coordinator for Boone Hospital, developing its Department of Volunteer Services while living in Columbia, Mo. At that time she was responsible for the supervision and activities of 300 volunteers who donated more than 35,000 volunteer service hours per year.
Rathgeb transferred to Barnes West in St. Peters, Mo., retiring in 2007 and relocating to Alton. She is a past president of the Missouri Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare and was professionally certified in volunteer management through the American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services. Today she enjoys the many volunteer opportunities available in the Greater Alton community.
“I am happy to have served as president of the ACSL,” Rathgeb said. “Its focus and commitment to volunteerism throughout the River Bend results in many good works for the Alton community.”
Rathgeb’s volunteer work includes Alton Memorial Hospital, where she serves as treasurer on the board of the White Cross Auxiliary. She also volunteers for the Alton Area Tax Project, as well as Alton Little Theater. Her volunteer work continues to include involvement with ACSL projects and activities with members who collectively donated more than 10,000 volunteer hours in just 12 months.
Rathgeb closed out her year of leadership with recollections of events and a big thank-you for the many good works performed by ACSL members.
“We had lots of fun while we were volunteering this year,” she said. “We volunteered for the rose garden and the gift wrap station; we met the Mississippi Belle when it docked in August, we ushered for Alton Little Theater, and enjoyed working for all the other organizations to which we each belong while raising money for local community nonprofit organizations.”
All fund-raising proceeds raised during the year are returned to the Greater Alton area and reallocated through the ACSL grant application process. These funds are awarded annually to other nonprofit organizations within the local community. Fund-raising for grants includes the popular annual gift-wrapping services at Alton Square Mall during the holiday season. This year’s recipients of the grant reallocations include: AAUW/GEMS Task Force, Alton Main Street, Alton Museum of History and Art, Alton Symphony Orchestra, Alton Youth Symphony, Art of Universal Language, Boys and Girls Club of Bethalto, Community Supported Garden at La Vista, Crisis Food Center, East End Association, Greater Alton Concert Association, Great Rivers Choral Society, Lucy Haskell Playhouse Restoration Association, Miles Davis Memorial Projects, Oasis Women’s Center, Operations Blessings Inc., Riverbend Head-Start, SAK (Serving Area Kids), formerly TWIGS; Sierra Club’s Three Rivers Project, St. Anthony’s Health Center, The Nature Institute, Tree House Wildlife Center, Wreaths Across America and 5A’s Humane Society.
Alton Community Service League Members join with the Greater Alton community in congratulating Rathgeb on winning the Silver Bowl Award and in thanking her for a job well-done.