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Manchester volunteers honored for service, named as parade grand marshals

Dr. Terry and Barbara Zenser

Dr. Terry and Barbara Zenser have been selected as Manchester Homecoming’s Grand Marshals for 2017.

The Zensers have lived in unincorporated St. Louis County for decades with their two sons. Together, they have generously given their time and talents to benefit people in the community and surrounding areas.

Among their many volunteer activities, the Zensers have coordinated volunteers and worked on a construction crew in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and Manchester United Methodist Church for over 20 years. In doing so, they have helped deserving individuals construct their homes and get settled into new neighborhoods in St. Louis City and County. The Zensers also have been involved in rebuilding communities after devastating floods and tornados in Eureka, Baton Rouge, Texas and Illinois.

Additionally, they volunteer at Epworth Children’s Home in St. Louis, where they connect with teenagers transitioning from foster care, work with homeless teenagers, serve meals and provide positive experiences whenever possible.

Barbara, a retired teacher and reading specialist, is active in “Reading is Fundamental,” a program that supplies books to inner city children and helps them to develop a positive attitude toward reading.

Dr. and Mrs. Zenser are honored to be recognized for their contributions to the community, but would like to accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers who give their support and energy to making the  world a better place.

The Homecoming Committee and city want to thank the Zensers for “encouraging people to share their talents, making a difference in people’s lives and setting an amazing example.”

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