Presentation of the award came Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the regular luncheon meeting
of the Fayette Rotary Club. The organization has sponsored the annual
recognition since 1988, with the recipient chosen by secret ballot of
club members. Any business or professional person whose work serves the
Fayette area is eligible to be selected.
A native of South St. Louis, Miller in 1980 earned a B.S. degree in
early childhood education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A
part-time job at Columbia’s Woodhaven Learning Center set the stage for
her later career in Howard County.
In 1982 she came to Fayette to start Endless Options, a not-for-profit
agency designed to provide choices within the Missouri system for Howard
County persons having developmental disabilities.
Miller left Endless Options in 1991 to work at the Emmaus Homes in St.
Charles where she gained additional experience and an opportunity to
observe the work of non-profit agencies on a larger scale. In 1997 she
returned to Fayette to head Endless Options as executive director (now
Over the years, EO has continued to expand with an eye to providing
quality services which change to meet the needs of persons being served.
Significant EO programs have included The Attic on the west side of the
square, selling second-hand clothing and furniture, and more recently an
extensive effort to provide recycling services which now are
headquartered in the old hardware building on Cleveland Avenue (Highway
5). -- James H. Steele