Michael Rhoades Named Wentzville Citizen of the Year

Rhoades is the founder and president of Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA.

Michael Rhoades, founder and President of , in Wentzville, was named Wentzville Citizen of the Year for 2012. Rhoades was recognized at the Jan. 16 Wentzville Board of Aldermen meeting and was presented with a placque by Mayor Nick Guccione and Board President Rick Stokes.

Rhoades has studied and taught martial arts for twenty-five years. Rhoades' martial arts school recently moved across West Pearce Boulevard to a new, larger location.

The text of the Citizen of the Year proclamation reads:

Whereas Michael Rhoades has been in business in the City of Wentzville for over 15 years, and

Whereas Michael Rhoades has had a positive influence of the City of Wentzville, adults and chldren, and

Whereas Michael Rhoades relocated his business in the Downtown area to help beautify and improve the area, and

Whereas Michael Rhoades has continuing dedication to his studens and the City.

Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Wentzville, Missouri, I do hereby deem it an honor and pleasure to Michael Rhoades, Wentzville Citizen of the Year 2012.

Kathy January 19, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Amy January 19, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Bet his former students would not agree...
Tracy Green January 19, 2013 at 09:22 PM
What an amazing improvement for Wentzville! Leading the way in his art, his life, his students! Grandmaster Rhoades is an asset to this city and has helped to bring this section of town back to life.
Paula January 19, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Congratulations Grand Master Rhoades. It is so incredible to see Wentzville recognizing what all your students have seen for years. Thank you for your dedication and your ability to help all of us grow in mind, body and spirit.
Kerry Kersting January 19, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I cannot thank Grandmaster Rhoades enough for the guidance he has given me. He has been my role model since I was six years old, and I'm now getting ready to turn 17. I can not think of any other way I would have liked to have spent the last 11 years than with Grandmaster Rhoades, at HapKiDo-USA. Jin Jung
sally January 19, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Great job, Sir. Well done! You deserve this award and so much more!
Jana Brown January 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Congrats Grandmaster Rhoades! Could not have thought of a better person to recieve such a reward for his dedication to the city of Wentzville, its growth and it's people.
Terry Kersting January 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM
No one deserves this award more than Grandmaster Rhoades. The dedication he gives to his students, his family and to Wentzville is finally being recognized. Congratulations Grandmaster Rhoades and thank you for all you have done for me, my daughter, and every other life you have touched in such a remarkable way. JING JUNG!
Matt Hays January 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Grandmaster Rhoades has an amazing mentor / brother to myself and an amazing role model for my young children. If more people would have as much passion as he does the world would be a better place. Thank you sir for all you do. Truly an asset to the community and country.
Kim January 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Strongly disagree, and I guarantee that I'm not alone.
Lance January 20, 2013 at 01:12 AM
So awesome! Anyone who truly has been fortunate enough to call this man a friend and mentor, has common sense and aims for betterment of self as well as others, is going to be as proud as the other positive commenters have been.


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