94th Annual Assembly

St. Louis, MO
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pre-Assembly Ethical Action Project supporting Senior Connections


Inspired by Ethical Culture’s dedication to deed, thirty Ethical Culture volunteers and leaders will visit five St. Louis area nursing homes on Thursday, June 11, to provide music, fun, and companionship. This AEU project is supported by, and honors, Senior Connections, a St. Louis based non-profit. Senior Connection recruits, trains, matches, and supervises “relational volunteers” who are companions to elderly residents of nursing homes, particularly those who normally receive few visitors.


Volunteers are required to attend a training session/music rehearsal on Wednesday, June 10 from 7:00PM-10:00PM, a full day prior to the start of the Assembly. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own lodging. If you would like to be involved, please contact Hugh Taft-Morales, at or call 301-580-1481 as soon as possible. Given both the importance of not imposing on the nursing homes, and the fact that this is a pilot project, space is extremely limited. Priority will be given to those with musical or arts and crafts skills. 


Everyone is free to attend a workshop during the Assembly program offered by Eunice Hiott and Hugh Taft-Morales entitled “Bringing the Best in Later Years: Ethical Culture in Nursing Homes.” We will share some of our experience with the Ethical Action project, explore the challenges of aging in our society, and suggest how Ethical Culture can help meet those challenges and bring out the best in us all.


Ethical Society of St. Louis:  Is located at 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO, 63117.  The telephone number is 314-991-0955.  This is one of our larger Ethical Societies with a very impressive and unique building and a warm, welcoming congregation, so stop by and say hello during your stay in St. Louis.

St. Charles City: The St Charles historic district is where Lewis & Clark departed on their famous journey in 1804. The cities of St Charles and St Louis were founded within just 5 years of each other- 1769 vs 1764. The links below will take you to several visitor websites of St Charles city,    It includes Missouri's first state Capitol, which gives tours, and there are many restaurants and shops, both antique and other specialty, and at the north end of Main St/ Riverside Drive is the Foundry Art Centre   (There's also an art gallery/store on North Main St.)

Between Main St and the Missouri River is the KATY Trail, and a shop on South Main St rents bicycles by the hour and/or day. The AEU site mentions driving to wineries in Augusta, but a popular bike ride around here (~2 hours one-way) is on the Trail from St Charles to Augusta!
Every Thur evening in the summer, the St Charles Municipal Band performs for free in Frontier Park (off Main St) along the Missouri River, and that Sun they happen to have their monthly Big Band/Jazz concert too. The civic group, Jaycees, are sponsoring a free concert Fri 6/12 (probably a local rock or oldies band, but not announced yet). A special treat that Sat evening, 6/13, is the St Louis Symphony performing for free (courtesy of St Charles taxpayers such as myself once/year).

The Arch:     

The University City Loop: A vibrant six-block entertainment and shopping district with ten live music stages and an eclectic mix of retail and restaurants. Take MetroLink to the Delmar station and walk to the Loop. Check out Blueberry Hill, Brandt's and some of the local shops.  There is live music on weekends.

The Botanical Gardens: Is in the city of St. Louis.  The Garden is celebrating its150th anniversary this year.  Saturday mornings are free.  This would be a great time to visit the Rose Garden.  I like the Japanese Garden and the Climatron. 

Forest Park: The Art Museum is on the west end of the park. The Science Center is on the east end, part of it is across Highway 40. The Science Center is geared for children, but adults will enjoy it too. There's also a history museum, the Jewel Box, the Turtle Playground, The Muny (musical theatre) and the Boathouse. 

City Museum: Is an attraction in downtown St. Louis. While it's geared for children, it's an amazing place to visit. 
LaClede's Landing: Is on the riverfront and near the Arch. St. Louis is a river town, so a visit to the historic riverfront is a must. There are lots of neat restaurants and shops there and live music on weekends. You can take MetroLink to the Landing. It's on the same stop as the Arch.   

Jefferson Expansion Museum: Is located below the Arch.  You can ride to the top of the Arch.  If you want to do that, go early and get tickets.

St. Louis Opera: If you like opera, the Opera Theater of St. Louis will present La Boheme, Salome and Il Re Pastore that week.

Horseback Riding: There's a small stable near the hotel - Ace Stables.They offer trails rides (near the airport) about every hour.


Cherokee Antique Row:  For those that love antique shops. 

Wineries:  If you have a car and have time to drive, you can visit some of the wineries. Augusta and
Hermann, are in St. Charles County, about an hour west of the hotel.  Other nearby wineries that can be visited by car are Mount Pleasant and Montelle wineries. &





Contact Information

  • Law'nence "L" Miller
    Director of Administration
    American Ethical Union
    Phone: 212-873-6500 / Fax: 212-362-0850

Payment Instructions

  • CREDIT CARDS:  Required to reserve your hotel room but will not be charged by the Comfort Inn until you checkout, if you choose this as your form of payment.


    CHECK PAYMENTS:  Please make checks payable to the American Ethical Union and mail to 2 West 64th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY 10023. 
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