By Emily Myers
Special to Stlouisrams.com
The St. Louis Rams are proud to present the 2013 Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Award to four outstanding volunteers in the St. Louis bi-state area. The award, sponsored by the St. Louis Rams and GFI Digital, Inc., honors individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication, and commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism. The winners were awarded a $5,000 grant for their individual organizations. Ms. Rosemary Galmiche is one of these winners for her volunteer work with inspireSTL.
Rosemary has made it her mission to see the youth of St. Louis succeed academically and professionally. As such, for the past two years she has dedicated herself to the St. Louis-based organization inspireSTL where she volunteers as a Crescendo Coach. inspireSTL educates and empowers the future leaders of St. Louis through recruiting the brightest underserved youth from inner city middle schools and placing them at top college-prep high schools, public and private. Although Crescendo Coaches are normally paid and work full-time, Rosemary chose to serve as a Crescendo Coach without accepting compensation aside from the gratification of seeing Crescendo Scholars succeed.
As a Crescendo Coach, Rosemary maintains face-to-face, phone, and email communication with 16 Crescendo Scholars, their families and administrators and teachers. With the Crescendo Scholars, she sets academic, character development, community service and leadership goals and creates yearly action plans. She also tutors at least twice a week and helps to coordinate special events for the scholars and their families. In addition to being a Crescendo Coach, Rosemary serves on the Board of Directors of inspireSTL, helping to transform it into a robust and credible education nonprofit.
Rosemary’s commitment to community service and inspireSTL impresses everyone that comes into contact with her, especially Charli Cooksey, Rosemary’s nominator and the Executive Director of inspireSTL. “The word ‘volunteer’ does no justice to express the contributions she has made to the program,” she says. “I cannot imagine someone who dedicates more time, energy, and love to an organization as a volunteer than Rosemary.” Rosemary embodies what the St. Louis Rams look for in a Community Quarterback. Through her various efforts with inspireSTL, Rosemary has demonstrated her commitment to empowering the youth of the St. Louis community.
Rosemary and her fellow winners were all invited to Rams Park for an award luncheon on November 22 to honor their efforts in the community. The winners will also be honored at the Edward Jones Dome prior to the Rams game on Sunday, December 22 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Awards, presented by GFI Digital, initially began in 2000 as the Community Quarterback Awards, but was renamed in 2008 to honor the late Rams’ owner and chairman, Georgia Frontiere. In the years that have passed, the Rams have donated over $250,000 to community organizations and charities as a result of the program.