Friends of Rocheport

P.O. Box  122, Rocheport, MO  65279

Friends of Rocheport 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fifty years ago, a group of people interested in preserving and promoting the history of Rocheport organized the Friends of Rocheport Society. Over the years, the organization has donated funds to help renovate some of Rocheport's historic buildings and build the replica of the train depot on the Katy Trail. Volunteers from the organization have also operated the Friends of Rocheport Historic Museum.

It is time to celebrate the anniversary of the organization and its accomplishments. Mark your calendars and join us on August 20th on the lawn of the Rocheport Museum to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. The plans are still being finalized but it should be a fun afternoon. Details will be released as soon as the plans are firm.

If you would like to help plan the event or if you are able to volunteer during the event, please contact Mary Hall at 573-698-4855.

In addition to the Friends of Rocheport 50th Anniversary Celebration, Rocheport's Total Eclipse Experience Festival will be in full swing that day so there should be lots of fun things to do in Rocheport.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Friends of Rocheport had their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event on December 4th.  The tree on Second Street between the Rocheport Christian Church and the Rocheport Christian Church Annex will be lit through the holidays. 

There were Christmas carols, refreshments and a visit from Santa plus an opportunity to visit with members of the community.  Here are some photos of the evening!!

2016 Award Winners

The winner of the Volunteer of the Year for 2016 is Betty Sullins.  Betty has been a member of the Friends of Rocheport for many years and has served on its Board of Directors.  She is always one of the first volunteers to show up to help get ready for a meeting or event, usually works for the entire time, and then is there to help clean up at the end!  Betty has organized our Spring Flower Sale and Mum Sale in the Fall for many years.  She is  also one of the cooks for our annual Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner.   Whatever needs to be done, we can count on Betty!!! 

The 2016 Citizens of the Year are John Zondca and Diane Dunn.  John and Diane are actively involved in making Rocheport such a wonderful place.  They own and operate Stockton Mercantile, Girls Nite Inn and Rocheport General Store and are very active in the Rocheport Area Merchant's Association (RAMA).  John is the current Mayor of Rocheport, and President of RAMA, and President of the Moniteau Housing Board of Directors.  They have both been very supportive of the Friends of Rocheport.  They are wonderful ambassadors of Rocheport and very deserving of the Citizens of the Year award!!

Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner

November 12, 2016

The 2016 Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner and Bake Sale was a success!!  Saturday was a beautiful fall day and brought out lots of folks!!!  We had fantastic assistance this year with many donations and lots of volunteers.  Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this a very successful event!!  Here are some photos of the event.  The list of donors for the year has been updated to include all those who contributed to the Chili/Ham & Bean Dinner this year and can be found here

2016 Friends of Rocheport T-Shirt Contest Winner

The winner of the 2015 Friends of Rocheport T-shirt Contest sponsored by Conrad and Dixie Yates (Yates House B & B) is Patti Michels.  Patti is wearing her Friends of Rocheport T-shirt at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Patti won breakfast for four (4) at Yates House (a $60 value).

If you didn't win this year, keep trying!!!  Conrad and Dixie have agreed to sponsor the contest again next year.  So, keep your Friends of Rocheport t-shirts and cameras handy and send in your photos while you are on vacation or doing something fun!!!  You could be a winner!!!