Sherry and I have had the pleasure over the past couple years to talk about all the great events, activities, sites and organizations in the Boonslick that make this area such a nice place to live. Of course none of these events would be possible without the hard work and tireless devotion of individuals who make these things happen- they are Boonville champions. This past weekend, we lost one of these folks; Pam Davis’s absence will be felt for years to come.

Pam was a true believer in Downtown Boonville and Boonville’s renaissance. She pushed all of us to move beyond our comfort zone, she challenged us to see the potential of Boonville as a true undiscovered treasure with lots of life left. She didn’t subscribe or believe the idea that our future was bleak- she just believed that our future was perhaps going to look a little bit different from our past. She believed in the power of Main Street, small business development, retail, tourism, and bicyclists all belonged in Boonville’s bright future.

Last week, I wrote about my “dream” for Boonville and challenged everyone to have a dream and help make it happen. Pam was a true example of this- she had a dream and she worked hard to make the dream happen every day (with help from Stan). It is easy for all of us to point fingers or pontificate with comments around the coffee table about “what Boonville ought to do” but it is entirely a different matter to get out and do it! Pam and Stan believed in Main Street, historic preservation and so they became active and key preservationists in our town- working to restore those downtown buildings that most people thought were hopeless and without opportunity. Pam believed in the Katy Bridge and the opportunities it presented for tourism growth in Boonville and she fought to keep it here! She was a vocal, active participant in making Boonville a better place.

There are never enough doers in a community, which is why Pam’s loss will be so strongly felt. For those of you reading this or those who attend Pam’s memorial service on Friday, September 6 at 7PM at Thespian Hall, I hope that is what you leave with; A little bit of Pam’s can-do and will-do spirit. We all have something to offer to improve our community- are you doing your part? Thank you, Pam for providing such a great example for all of us to follow. Play Local, Shop Local and Go Boonville!