The Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announces Joseph E. Godi as the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, recognizing his exceptional commitment and service to the community.
A true patriarch and inspiration to his family, Joe's ethos of unity and service has shaped the Godi household. Greg Godi, Joe's son, reflects on their Brady Bunch family upbringing. "We were raised as one big family; all of us children are very proud of our father," said Greg. "His passion for servant leadership is something that he's passed on to all his kids. Dad always said, 'Get involved, pitch in, contribute.'"
Joe's illustrious 17-year tenure on the Kirkwood City Council stands as a testament to his tireless efforts in amplifying the voices of the community. Know for being an 'outdoor guy,' Joe's commitment to greenspace resulted in the acquisition of three Kirkwood parks—Emmenegger Park, Greentree Park, and Quarry Park—totaling over 250 acres for people to enjoy. His leadership was instrumental in advancing various projects, including Kirkwood Senior Citizen Housing, improvements to Meacham Park, and enhancements to Kirkwood's cultural and recreational landmarks.
Joe's imprint on Kirkwood's historical legacy is evident through his 50-year involvement with the Kirkwood Historical Society, where he served as President, contributing significantly to preserving Mudd's Grove. His philanthropic endeavors extend to leadership roles in the Kirkwood Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, and various community committees, spanning over five decades.
Beyond civic duties, Joe was committed to youth education as Scoutmaster of Troop 325 and PTA President at Robinson Elementary School. Joe ensured all fourth graders received a tree to plant in their yards and contributed to Kirkwood High School's fundraising and ecological efforts through plant and tree sales.
"The Godi family is grateful to see our dad Joe honored for his work," said Greg. "And I can promise you that Dad will not slow down. He'll continue to give back to this great city and serve Kirkwood in the future. It's in his blood. It's his passion."
Celebrate Joe Godi and all the 2023 honorees at the Kirkwood - Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce Gala on Friday, March 1 at Andre's West in Fenton from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. More information can be found at kirkwoodesperes.com