March 21, 2002

Rep. Berkowitz's District Forum Set For Friday

State Rep. Sam Berkowitz, D-Memphis, said everything is ready for the seventh in his continuing series of First District Forums this coming Friday, March 22 at Schuyler County High School in Queen City, "Leaders of Tomorrow Meet Leaders of Today" is the theme for the meeting which gets underway at 1:00 p.m. in the high school gym.

Rep. Berkowitz said he's especially looking forward to meeting with students from north central and northeast Missouri high schools. Students from 27 districts have been invited to hear from current community leaders including Lowell Mohler, Director of the Missouri District of Agriculture.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for our young people to meet with people who are making a difference in their communities and in Missouri every day," said Rep. Berkowitz. "The stories and the insights these leaders have will serve as an inspiration for the next generation of leaders who will be our special guests."

The group that will address forum attendees and then lead small group discussions includes Director Mohler, State Representative Nancy Copenhaver, D-Moberly; Scott Lakin, Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance; Brandi Baird, Director of Legislative Affairs for Missouri House Speaker Jim Kreider; Darcy Douglas, news anchor at KTVO-TV in Kirksville; Shan Whiston, news anchor at WGEM-TV, Quincy; Carol Sowers, news anchor at KHQA-TV, Quincy; Julie Sturm, Missouri Department of Transportation; and several university students currently serving as interns in the House of Representatives.

"This is an outstanding group of people, many of whom share much in common with the young people of the area," said Rep. Berkowitz. "They represent a cross-section of our state. Some have grown up in rural areas, some in big cities. Some are young, some are more experienced. But they have all risen to a level where they are trusted leaders in their fields and have a lot to share with our young people."

Rep. Berkowitz said he is looking forward to getting back home to meet with his neighbors in the First District after another week of trials and tribulations in the House of Representatives.

"This is turning into a real rough session with the poor condition of the state budget affecting almost everything we do," said Rep. Berkowitz. "I love coming home and recharging my batteries talking to my constituents. And while this forum is aimed at our youth, I would like to see a big turnout of all ages of people from throughout north and northeast Missouri. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the most important leaders in our state, and I'm sure you'll agree it will be time well-spent."

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