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40th Anniversary Celebration Recap

We officially rang in The Chateau's 40th anniversary this month with wonderful celebrations, full of many memories, laughs, community, and even some fireworks. We're so grateful to everyone who had a chance to join us in person. Check out some of the highlights from our celebration below! 

Our Anniversary Video


KC Video Productions put together this fantastic retrospective video, which was a huge hit with our guests at our anniversary ceremony. A big thank you to our staff members who participated in sharing memories for this special video. How many people do you know featured in this video? 

Highlights From Our Anniversary Ceremony 

CEO Keith Boeller shared highlights from The Chateau's great history, with help from Barbara Calvin, former Administrator of The Chateau and current resident. Barbara has been involved with The Chateau since the very beginning. She started out doing secretarial work for the original The Cape Retirement Community Inc. organization and even drew our original logo. Then she moved up to Assistant Administrator, and then Administrator, where she oversaw us receiving our first national accreditation as a CCRC. We're so glad Barbara joined us for this special evening. 

Chairman of our Board of Directors, Paul Cairns, and Mayor Emertis and resident Harry Rediger presented Rev. Ellen Gurnon of the First Presbyterian Church with a plaque. The First Presbyterian Church had the original idea for building a retirement community in Cape Girardeau. They kicked off the initial feasibility study, and as they say, the rest was history from there. The Chateau has never forgotten the contributions the church has made to our success. 

We were so excited that Carl Wilkins, our very first Administrator,  attended our celebration and shared a few words with the crowd. Many of our longtime residents and staff remember Carl well and enjoyed having him back under our roof! 

A wonderful display of old photos, newspaper articles, and internal flyers sent us all down memory lane. We found tons of fun facts when digging through our archives—did you know that residents' favorite activities at The Chateau during the early days were billiards and our woodworking shop?  

Mabel Weaver was our very first resident at The Chateau, a feat for which she was received this plaque.  We owe a huge thank you to Mabel and her family for starting us off on such a great foot! 

Our staff truly outdid themselves with the pre-ceremony meal, and the cocktails served by The Southerner were a huge hit. It was a wonderful turnout for our celebration—thank you to everyone who had the opportunity to join us! 

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