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George Sanders


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City of Saint Robert

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Saint Robert

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Fort Leonard Wood Guidon


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Public Building Corporation


American Legion 331


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Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

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City of Saint Robert's Mayor George Sanders presented Michael Blankenship and staff at the Saint Robert's Colton's Steak House with a plaque in appreciation for their contributions to the City of Saint Robert Parks and Recreation!

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Mayor: George Sanders


Snapshots: Mayor Sanders reflects on past and discusses future plans
The walls of St. Robert Mayor George Sanders' office are cluttered with unique pieces of prideful history. One of the displays stands out immediately-a pair of overalls. They are stitched together over and over again at the seams, and in some places are simply falling apart. Mayor Sanders wore the overalls as a little boy, and his mother who sewed them back together a hundred times decided to frame them many years later. Along with the overalls are his childhood sling shot, a handful of marbles, and a beautiful poem, all to serve as a reminder of his humble beginning and how far he has come. Mayor Sanders celebrated his 74th birthday this year. Sanders was elected into office in April 2005, making his 74th birthday coincide with the last year of his term-a perfect time to reflect on the last seven decades, his long journey to the Mayor's office, and his goals for the next 12 months. Early Beginnings Mayor Sanders was born in Lawrence County, Alabama in 1940, and moved to Huntsville, Alabama when he was 10 years old with his mother, stepfather, and older sister. Education was extremely important to his mother, so George and his sister walked two to three miles and rode a boat across a creek to get to the closest school every day. There was only one room, with sheets hung from the ceiling to separate the different grades. From that one room schoolhouse, Sanders went on to attend William Hooper Councill High School-the first high school for black students in Huntsville named after a former slave who later became President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU). Sanders followed in his footsteps and earned a degree from AAMU in Business Administration, paying for the tuition by working for the local newspaper and performing countless hours of yard work. But it was not an easy time for a young black man to live and earn an education. "We would go into the bus stations and there were only two benches where we were allowed to sit and we had to get our tickets in a special line," Sanders said. " Water fountains were 'white' and 'colored' and you better not get caught drinking 'white water'....it's something that happened, but if you've never been there, you will never know what it's like to be spit on and called names." Civil Rights movement Sanders became very involved in the Civil Rights movement through his local community, leading fundraisers, making public speeches in local churches, and participating in marches and sit-ins. He even met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when Dr. King came to Huntsville to speak and prepare the local fundraising groups in the early 1960s. Page 2 of 3 - When Sanders describes the sit-ins, his eyes grow somber. "We would go into sit-ins and order food and they would serve you but they would either throw it on the floor or serve it full of mustard and slam it on the table. And you had to pay for it. But the key, he explained, was self control. Sanders and his friends could not retaliate, and "even if you got slapped in the head, you had to restrain yourself." Despite the difficult times surrounding his youth, Sanders maintained a positive outlook during the interview and said he actually reunited with his wife of 52 years at a Civil Rights March. The two knew each other as young children, and Mayor Sanders told her back then that he wanted to marry her someday. They saw each other again at the Civil Rights March and later married when he was 22 and she was 18 years old. They remain happily married today. Military and family Mayor Sanders was drafted in 1963, a year after their wedding. He served in the military for 23 years, first as a medical logistics Soldier and later as medic. His career took him all over the world, with two tours to Germany, a year in Korea, 30 months in Okinawa, and several tours in the continental United States. He retired as a Master Sergeant and spent the last seven years of his career at Fort Leonard Wood, but his favorite duty station was Germany. Soldiers were said to bring two things back with them from Germany-a stereo and a baby. Mayor Sanders said, "We brought both." That was the beginning of the Sander's family, and now the Mayor has two daughters, four grandchildren, a great grandson, and a great granddaughter on the way. His daughters are what kept him in the Fort Leonard Wood area after retiring from the military. Both girls graduated from Waynesville High School, and Mayor Sanders wanted to give them stability in their education. His daughters later earned their Bachelors and Masters Degrees, and all their children either graduated from or are currently attending college. Sanders sustained his mother's emphasis on education and is very proud of all that his family continues to accomplish. Political beginnings In addition to raising his family, Sanders continued his federal service as a civilian for twenty years before entering into politics. He said that politics was always an interest of his from a very young age, but that becoming a Mayor was not necessarily the goal. He just wanted to get involved any way that he could, so he said that he started as an Alderman for the City of Saint Robert before "a good friend of mine, Mayor George Larson, asked me to run." Page 3 of 3 - During his nine years in office, Mayor Sanders has certainly experienced ups, downs, and challenges, but he said that through it all he strived to "push this city forward and make the strong suggestions and bring in a city of diversity. His proudest accomplishment is creating an integrated and stronger community. But he's not done yet-Mayor Sanders has big plans for his last year in office. Looking forward The now 74-year-old Mayor said he wants to "continue the progress that I've started, get as many businesses as I can in here, and make the city proud of its accomplishments. There are also plans to memorialize the USO club that formerly stood outside the gates of Fort Leonard Wood, back when black Soldiers were not allowed in the USO or any other club on post. The building was torn down but the chimney remains. Sanders already has blueprints for the future memorial, where the chimney will be rebuilt with the original bricks, surrounded by a circular brick path, benches, and picnic tables. Sanders is working with several Senior Noncommissioned Officers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood and hopes to bring the local NAACP chapter in on the project. The goal is to have the monument completed by the end of his term. But everyone wants to know-will he run for mayor again next year? According to Mayor Sanders, you'll have to ask his wife that question. "I don't mind running again, it's my wife's decision that she will have to make," he chuckled. For now, Sanders is content with completing his term honorably and with conviction-and celebrating his 74th birthday, of course. He spent the big day with his family in Kentucky at the house of his eldest daughter, just relaxing and reflecting on the many years he's had and the many years he has left. "My father lived to be 90 years old, my mother is still alive at 96, so I guess I got about 100 more years left on me! Sanders said during a birthday party thrown by coworkers.


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George Sanders Mayor, City of St. Robert, Missouri

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