Community Interest

Maureen Blondin, Recognized by the New Melle Chamber of Commerce

The New Melle of Chamber of Commerce recognized Maureen Blondin on June 2 at The Quarry Wine Garden at the NMCC Scholarship Awards Banquet. She was presented with  a Community Service award. This award started last year to recognize a member of the NMCC who has served the greater New Melle community and the Chamber of Commerce. Dianne Sudbrock presented Maureen with the award and shared the following about Maureen and her family.

The Blondins moved to the New Melle area in the summer of 1976 and have been thoroughly dedicated to, and amazingly supportive of, our entire community, both personally and professionally.

As a trusted local real estate professional, she has helped countless people find their dream home, buy and sell property, and invest in our area. But more than that, she and her husband’s entrepreneurial spirit and personal investments have substantially impacted our local economy.

When they first moved here, they ran T&D Tavern for several years in a building leased from the Wildschuetz family. (At that time, T&D was both a grocery store and a tavern, and many locals would stop in every day to “buy milk” — and then stay for hours!)

In 1981, they built a new convenience store next door, splitting out the groceries and remodeling the tavern to include a larger bar. A few years later, they opened up a second convenience store (The New Melle Market) here in town, where Peoples Savings Bank is now located.

In 2001, she and her husband partnered with Joe and Alice Faron and Bob Bream to build the New Melle Towne Square – so that our community would once again have a local gas station. This also allowed for a convenient location for our post office and space for other small businesses to open and grow.

They helped develop the beautiful Auburn Meadows Subdivision on Foristell Road in 2004. Along the way, Maureen built a successful real estate career. She is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors, where she has been recognized as Member of the Year, Realtor of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year. She is also active in the St. Charles County Association of Realtors, where she has served as President, Bylaws Committee Chair, and Board member.

For the New Melle Chamber of Commerce, she was a founding member of the organization in 1996 and served as President for at least the first three years. She was instrumental in initiating and organizing the New Melle Spring Fling Fundraiser, serving on the committee and helping with that event every year that it has been held.

Maureen was part of the group of judges for the very first Light Up New Melle Christmas Decorating Contest in the 1990s, which was the brainchild of Steve Apted, owner of the New Melle Lakes Golf Course. She helped the chamber sponsor that annual contest for several years, and later reinstated it for the community and still sponsors it 100% by her company.

In 2016, she helped initiate and co-chaired the committee that organized the New Melle Country Christmas Tree Lighting Event – co-sponsored by the New Melle Chamber and New Melle Sports and Rec. For the past several years, she has chaired or co-chaired the New Melle Community Easter Egg Hunt, which keeps getting bigger and better year after year. She supports and sponsors virtually every Chamber-sponsored event.

Her business also sponsors a Fall Pumpkin Glow and a Summer Kickoff party, both free events for the entire community. Each December, they set up collection bins for canned food donations at local businesses and then match each donation, can for can, to the New Melle Food Pantry. Many years ago, she and her company sponsored a monthly community market for area farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs.

She sponsors field signage at New Melle Sports and Rec, the New Melle Festival T-Shirts and youth sports teams. She has sponsored New Melle Festival Queen Candidates, participated in the New Melle Festival Parade and sponsors a team each year for the annual Kickin’ It for Cancer fundraiser. At the New Melle VFW, she has sponsored meals and drinks for area veterans. She sponsors activities and fundraisers at Daniel Boone Elementary School in New Melle and Francis Howell High School.

Maureen is active in her church, Immaculate Heart of Mary, where she attends daily Mass and asks for special prayers for people throughout the community. She is involved in the Liturgical Ministry and the ACTS Women’s Retreat Team, serves on the Finance Committee, supports the weekly bulletin with advertising, and volunteers her time and talents in numerous other ways. Furthermore, she supports other area churches, organizations, community events and fundraisers too numerous to mention.

Dianne said, "She is a person known and recognized in this community by the mere mention of her first name only­ — no last name is required. She is a class act; we are privileged to know her and grateful to call her ‘friend’.”

Maureen was surprised and overwhelmed. She said, “The New Melle Community has been amazing to me and my family. The best decision we ever made was in 1976 when we moved to the area. We knew it was home because the community always made it feel that way. Everyone is and has always been kind, generous and open-hearted. I am thankful for the honor and feel blessed and privileged to be part of this community."

Congratulations Maureen!

Maureen accepting her award. 

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Maureen with her family members who were in attendance that evening. 

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Maureen with her some of her wonderful staff.