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Why today matters: an introduction to Joplin’s bond issue

Joplin Schools Bond

Joplin Schools Bond

Today’s seemingly obscure date may not yet have much meaning to you.

But if you or your family, or even your heart or your mind are in Joplin, today, March 7th, 2012 is an extremely important date in Joplin’s history. Today is the last day to officially register as a voter.

Why does this matter now? Why should you nudge the Joplin citizen in your life to swing by an official voter registration station?

Because in just a few weeks, registered voters have a huge decision to make. A $62 Million, city-defining decision to make: do you approve a tax increase to rebuild the Joplin school system into a state-of-the-art, national example of education?

Yes or No? And only registered voters can decide.

For those of you unfamiliar with the bond issue, here is a quick introduction, assuming you are already aware of the current, post-tornado state of our Joplin schools.

  • The schools are asking for the $62 million bond for the entire school system.
  • The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is in favor of the bond.
  • Joplin’s citizens currently pay a lower property tax rate than virtually all area school systems.
  • Here is a breakdown of funds received and expected by the school if the bond is approved.
  • Joplin’s citizens approved a similar bond 5 years ago.
  • If this bond is not approved, Joplin schools may lose FEMA funding, but will bring a similar ballot back to the citizens.

You can find documents detailing more here:

So spread the word to those in Joplin. Today may be their last chance to have a say!


Help Us Get Lady Antebellum To Play A Show In Joplin!

Country superstars Lady Antebellum are running a contest beginning TODAY for the band to play a prom for a winning video submission about why they should pick you/your town.

Joplin Expats wants to encourage all students, alumni, supporters and expatriates to submit a photo of themselves holding up a sign with one of the following words:

Lady Antebellum please come play a prom for all of Joplin Missouri Our whole community needs you now so we can once again Own The Night

The Expats will take photo submissions at and on our Facebook page. We will be asking for a community prom that could be free for all Joplin students and sell tickets to non-students to raise money for ongoing relief efforts. We will be taking all of the submissions and editing them into a video showing recovery efforts, students, and what still needs to be done for the official contest. Imagine how much we could raise for relief efforts with an event like this!

Please take a moment out of your day to snap a quick photo and send it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We need all entries in by March 10th to ensure we have time to edit a winning video together!


Thank You to All Our Holiday Donors

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Thank You! From your fellow Joplin Expats, Joplin’s Boys & Girls Club, and most importantly, the families. And although these proud families wanted to remain anonymous, we received this heart-wrenching note from The Boys & Girls Club, on their behalf: Both … Continue reading

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Remember Joplin this Holiday!

The Holidays are here and some families in Joplin need our help! 

Reconstructing one’s life takes time, an enormous amount of energy and help from others.  Joplin received much kindness immediately after the tornado and the families were incredibly thankful. Six months later, however, a great deal of work and healing remain.

We are calling all Expats and Friends of Joplin to Step Up for their Community!

What was your favorite toy as a child?  Did you carefully stage an army led by G.I. Joe to storm the toy box?  Was your Barbie always elegantly dressed and styled, ready for her date with Ken?

There are many Joplin children who have lost their beloved toys – they were swept away in the wind or buried under the rubble of the children’s houses when an F5 tornado ravaged the city of Joplin on May 22.

This holiday season is difficult for most families in the Joplin area, as so many still do not have a permanent place to live or are in the midst of recovering from the trauma of that day.  They continue to put the pieces of their lives back together, finding new jobs, replacing necessities and finding a new definition of a normal day.

Everywhere they look, though, they are reminded of the devastation, the lost lives, the fear.  Even though the people of Joplin have shown such a strong sense of community and demonstrated countless selfless acts to help others, they can’t escape the sights of flattened neighborhoods or broken trees.  That stress takes a toll on a person.

Joplin Expats wants to help ease the stress for a few Joplin families this Christmas.  Our partnering organizations - Boys & Girls ClubBright Futures Joplin and the Lafayette House - are helping us choose the most deserving families in need, who will have no other support.   

Let’s make Christmas 2011

one they will never forget!

With  YOUR help, we will fulfill some of the children’s Christmas wishes and provide a warm meal for the family to share.  Every family deserves a time to relax, celebrate each other and simply be together.  That chance means even more to families in Joplin this year, as they have been forced to consider the alternatives.

Your contribution will help us provide up to $500 for each family to purchase toys and provide a warm meal for the family to share.  100% of your donation (less transaction fees) will go directly to these efforts for the chosen families.

Donate now!

Tell others about the difference

they can make this holiday!

share this in e-maiL, ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER

The More Money We Raise = The More Families We Help

Some of the children’s wishes to santa include:

  • Winter coat and clothes
  • Shoes
  • Star Wars toys
  • Legos
  • Transformers
  • Bop It game
  • Makeup
  • Books in the Hunger Games series
  • CD / MP3 Player
  • Bey Blade Metal Fusion Battle Top
    Yes, some of today’s favorite toys may require more batteries than when we were children, but they are prized possessions, nonetheless!

your gift will truly put a smile on a child’s face and will certainly warm a family’s home – wherever it may be right now!

Donate to Joplin!

Featuring: Awesome Expats and “Re-Pats”

Who is this Joplin Expat

Who are these Joplin Expats?

In the coming months, your Joplin Expats team will be bringing you exclusive stories that take you behind the scenes with many of our most interesting Expats–as well as “Re-Pats” who have returned to their home town for good.

Find out who they are, where they are now, and what makes them tick. We already have a growing list of very interesting local and global entrepreneurs, community leaders and world travelers–all with their heart in the Joplin area. If you have any suggestions for featured Expats, email us at info (at) joplinexpats (dot) org.

Our first feature is coming at the end of January: Chicago-based Expat Tyler Huffman will discuss Big Bad Chubba’s upcoming benefit and Reunion show, as well as the constant chaos in his most interesting educational and entrepreneurial life that he and his wife have built.

Big Bad Chubba, (a 90′s Ska band formed in Joplin) will perform at the Blackthorn in Joplin on December 23.

“We arranged the night so there could be a lot of catching up with old friends.” said Huffman “I am really looking forward to people coming out to the show and making music with some great friends.”

The event will provide some talented Joplin natives an opportunity to share their love and support for their hometown.   All proceeds will benefit those impacted by the May 22 tornado and the efforts to rebuild.

Big Bad Chubba Reunion and Joplin Fundraiser

Big Bad Chubba Reunion and Joplin Fundraiser

“This is important to me because music always leads me to the best things in my life.” said Huffman, “I know it will be a wonderful time.”

If you will be in the Joplin area over the Holidays, don’t miss this exciting show. Tickets can be purchased at the Blackthorn for $10.

The final list of donated items for St. Louis’s Happy Hour Fundraising Event

Joplin Expats of St. Louis

Joplin Expats of St. Louis bring you dozens of quality donation items for Joplin Schools Foundation

Not only do we have two live musical performers (including Joplin’s own Adam Stanley), tremendous drink specials, and a live radio broadcast, but we now have a list of 32 auction and raffle items worth from tremendous businesses worth a total of over $5,000! Make a donation by purchasing an optional advanced ticket here:

Items include:

  • Eight (8) $25 gift cards for various St. Louis restaurants (Tim Hastey)
  • Black agate, red fossil, and sterling silver bracelet
  • Two tickets to St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concert in 2011-2012 season, Grand Circle or Front Parquet
  • Treat basket: two bottles of wine, a wine opener, candle, puzzle book, dark chocolate pretzels, gourmet coffee, flavored coffee spoons and biscotti wafers
  • Four (4) tickets, Rams vs Ravens, Sept. 25th, Sec. 143, Row Q, Seats 15-18 (donated by Nestle-Purina)
  • Two (2) nights deluxe accommodation, Renaissance Grand Hotel Renaissance Grand Hotel
  • Two (2) one-night-stays and dinner at the Old Dutch Hotel and Tavern; Washington, MO
  • Four (4) tickets for Rams vs. Ravens, Sept. 25th, Sec. 143, Row FF, Seats 13-16. Nestle-Purina
  • Four (4) tickets Cardinals vs. Mets, Sept. 20th, Bank of America Club Box, Row 1, Seats 1-4 Cardinals (donated by Nestle-Purina)
  • Four (4) tickets, Cards vs. Mets, Sept. 21st, Bank of America Club Box, Row 1, Seats 5-8 Cardinals (donated by Nestle-Purina)
  • Three (3) baseballs from Cardinals vs. Royals Joplin benefit game; not sold in stores, limited production (Rawlings)
  • Two (2) dozen Pro V1 golf balls (Nestle-Purina)
  • One (1) suite at a select Gateway Grizzlies game in the 2012 season
  • Extended weekend/week-long stay at a cabin at Table Rock Lake, south of Shell Knob. Four bedrooms, sleeps eight
  • Gift Card to Scotti’s Deli
  • Gift basket with six Halloween frames
  • Basket of men’s goodies and raquet bag (State Beauty Supply)
  • Two (2) tickets, Cardinals vs. Brewers, Tues. Sept. 6th, 7:15 p.m. Section 152, Row 24, seats 9 and 10. Cardinals
  • Two (2) tickets, Cardinals vs. Reds, Sat. Sept. 3rd, 3:10 p.m. Section 160, Row 25, Seats 13 and 14. Cardinals
  • Stan Musial autographed baseball
  • Chris Carpenter autographed ball
  • Gift Cards (Johnny Mac’s)
  • Two gift cards for $100 each
  • Gift Card (Roper’s Regal Beagle)
  • Gift Card (Ramon’s)
  • Gift Card (Meglio’s)
  • Gift Card (La Tejana)
  • Gift card (Chesterfield Sports Fusion)
  • Christmas holiday basket with red and green votive candles, 2 Holiday trays, 1 large round holiday cookie tin, and 3 smaller rectangular boxes for holiday treats
  • Chrome contemporary floor lamp with a swirled column and Italian glass shade (Amini’s)
Joplin Schools Foundation and Joplin Expats

The Joplin Schools Foundation needs you to win!

The list is so long that you should win something just for reading the whole thing! But you don’t ;) So show up this afternoon and bid away! All your winning bids are tax deductible, and 100% will go directly to The Joplin Schools Foundation.

Joplin Schools Inspirational Back-to-School Video is HERE!

“Opening Day” on August 15, 2011 kicked off the school year for Joplin School Teachers, Staff and Volunteers.  The event was capped off by this video collection of personal messages from Joplin High School alumni and Joplin expats from across the country and from around the world!  Even Barry Manilow, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and 3 Doors Down joined to celebrate Joplin’s return to school and to say thanks to all teachers and staff for their selfless service and dedication to Joplin’s youth. #eaglepridenationwide #eagleprideworldwide

St. Louis’s Back-to-Joplin-Schools Radio Broadcast Fundraising Happy Hour

King's Court and Joplin Expats of St. Louis

King's Court and The Joplin Expats of St. Louis partner to raise fund for Joplin Schools, and to celebrate their amazing return back to school on time

We’re at it again. And this might be the best one, yet, just a long drive away from the Home Town this is all for.

If you’re already convinced, you can make your donation ticket purchase right here:  If you need more convincing, read on! All ticket purchases and donations are tax deductible.

This time we’ve assembled an all-star cast to continue benefiting The Joplin School System. With nearly 50 Joplin Expats and friends in the St. Louis area already volunteering their time and resources, and with a live radio broadcast from one of the most entertaining radio talk show duos in the country, we are ready to raise more awareness and funds than any of our previous events!

Joplin Schools Foundation and Joplin Expats

The St. Louis Chapter will be raising funds for The Joplin Schools Foundation

When: August 23rd from 3pm to 9pm

Where: Graham’s Grill and Bayou Bar, 612 West Woodbine Ave. Kirkwood, MO 63122 (visit website)

Why: Raise money for Joplin Schools, and have fun doing it!

What: Great drink specials, celebrity hosts and live radio broadcast from 3-6pm, dozens of awesome silent auction items, and more!

There are still openings for additional sponsors and volunteers to make the event a success and help children of Joplin get back to school.

The St. Louis area has been key in Joplin’s rebuilding since the tornado, and we hope to continue its involvement by helping Joplin teachers and students make the most out of a challenging start of a school year.

Make your tax deductible donation or ticket purchase here:

New York City’s Back-to-Joplin-Schools Happy Hour Fundraiser

Joplin Schools Foundation and Joplin Expats

The NYC Chapter of Joplin Expats Raises Funds for The Joplin Schools Foundation

Joplin Schools are returning on time, even after the tornado devastation less than three months ago. And you can help! Have fun and show your support during Happy Hour on August 23rd, Joplin’s first full week back to school.

At 6pm Copia on 53rd & 2nd will host Broadway performers, some of the most talented DJs in NYC, Joplin Missouri natives and friends for an amazing night showing support for a school system recently devastated by an EF5 tornado. You can view the invitation, and make advanced donations by clicking here.

The night will begin with a cheerful Happy Hour where party-goers will have the opportunity to bid on fantastic silent auction items including professional massages, Broadway Show tickets and memorabilia, gift cards, hand-made jewelry boxes and Yankees tickets.

The public is invited to join in the fun from 6-9pm and enjoy the entertainment and festivities–all for a worthy cause.

Copia NYC and Joplin Expats

Copia NYC on 53rd & 2nd is the site for the Back-To-Joplin-Schools Happy Hour Fundraiser on August 23rd

Denise (Thomas) Joly, NYC Chair of Joplin Expats, is excited for the opportunity to help children in her hometown by raising funds for the Joplin Schools Foundation. “As if educating an entire city’s children is not enough,” says Joly, “the struggles faced by the School District since the tornado are unparalleled. Their needs are virtually endless, and we vow to assist”. Joly is doing just that, along with fellow Joplin Expats members in the New York City area.

During the May 22 tornado, over thirty percent of Joplin was leveled, destroying and damaging 10 schools. Joplin Expats hopes the Back-to-School Happy Hour Event will raise funds and show much support to a community in need. All funds will go to the Joplin Schools Foundation.

All donations are tax deductible. If you are unable to attend but still want to help, you can make an online donation of any amount by purchasing one of our available ‘virtual’ ticket options here:

Event Details

When: August 23rd @ 6pm
Where: Copia in Midtown (visit Copia website)
Why: Raise money for Joplin Schools, and have fun doing it!
What: Great drink specials, professional DJs, Yankees tickets and dozens of other awesome silent auction items
Who: The (official, non-profit) Joplin Expats of New York

Coty Beauty and Joplin Expats Co-founder Denise (Thomas) Joly Bring Smiles to the Faces of Joplin Women

Coty Beauty and Joplin Expats

Coty Beauty and Joplin Expats

Denise Thomas, a founding board member of Joplin Expats, and Coty Beauty “brought smiles to the faces of over 100 women” in Joplin by donating thousands of quality beauty supplies to the Lafayette House. Below you will see a gracious Thank You letter provided by Lafayette House.

Coty Beauty, Denise Thomas, and all The Joplin Expats are proud to have helped bring happiness to women in the Joplin area.

Lafayette House is grateful for the Coty Beauty and Joplin Expats donation

Lafayette House, Coty Beauty and Joplin Expats

Coty Beauty Thank You