This page is to honor the
Scarlets that Make A Difference!
Kathy Kahler, past president of the Alumni Association and East High graduate, brings new energy to east-side chamber
As the new executive director of the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Kahler said she has more than a few ideas.
"I'm excited to be here and get the ball rolling in a forward motion," she said. "I don't want to just come in and change everything. I think a lot of positive things have been going on, and I don't want to just walk away from what's been effective. I want to capture that and enhance it."
Kahler, 56, started her new job Jan. 18. It's a full-time position. As the 30-year-old chamber's only paid staff member, she is in charge of membership, planning, organizing, marketing and special events, plus the daily tasks of running the office. Read more here
East High graduate, Eric Crowell, receives Citizen of the Year award from the EDM Chamber of Commerce
Read more here
View photos from the Chamber event here
Check out the 3 DM East 4A Softball All State Team members here!
A Special Thank You From Bob Ligouri to the East High Softball players, their families and friends:
I wanted to take just a moment to thank each of our players/ parents/friends that have worked so hard this off-season to help with our community service projects. Since fall we have had 3 outstanding community service projects - none of which could have happened without your efforts:
1. Teammates for Life - Breast Cancer Family
2. Race for the Cure - Breast Cancer Research
3. Kids with a Wish - Children with Life Threatening Illnesses
All three of these projects were very successful not only for helping our community, but also giving our players some very positive "community first" experiences. In each instance we have had various parents/players/friends step up and take very positive actions to lead and help - for the right reasons!
The efforts of our players in these community service projects not only can be listed on applications, and resumes, but also are recognized by college coaches as true reflections of the character of a prospective athlete.
We are now starting our 4th Community Service project for the year - our 5th annual Scarlet Santa program, and through your efforts - we will have over $750 to spend on toys/food/clothes for economically disadvantaged East DM families with young children. Once again our players will take the lead role in putting this all together; identifying the families, shopping, wrapping and delivering the presents - and it appears that it will too be our best Scarlet Santa ever! I hope that each of you can see the joy on the faces of our families. Each year at Senior Night - our Seniors write down their favorite memories of playing softball at East - and so often each of them has written of their Scarlet Santa or other community service experience as a special memory for them. Your actions show our community that we truly are committed to it!
A heartfelt Thank you from both Vicki and I for all that you are doing to make participating in the softball at East special for our players.
Bob and Vicki Ligouri
P.S. It is so rewarding to see that we have 19 Varsity or JV players that have also earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. This too is a great reflection on our players and families. A job well done and appreciated!
I must also say that one of my greatest joys is when I hear from former players that tell me about some positive community service activities that they undertake in their lives - it is so neat to hear!