Mathews Biography Realeases August 15th

Mathews Biography Realeases August 15th

Martin L. Mathews and Author Dick Weiss Introduce “I Trust You With My Life”

August 15th | Missouri Athletic Club | Free Admission

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Release of “I Trust You With My Life”

The Martin L. Mathews Biography

For close to six decades, young members and their families have told the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Club and its co-founder Martin L. Mathews, “I Trust You with My Life.” Now, in a biography by that title, Mathews is trusting readers with his life story and some special accounts of the lives he and Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine transformed. The book is available now at and at a free book signing set from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 15 in the Art Lounge at Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102.

At the event, Mathews and author Dick Weiss give a sneak peek into this story, moderated by Charlie Brennan of KMOX Radio and sponsored by Bank of America | Merrill Lynch. Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, along with the exclusive opportunity to mingle with notable St. Louisans and have their biography personally signed by the co-founder himself.

Invest In Our Youth

Buying the book is more than simply a purchase – it represents an investment in the long-term sustainability of Mathews-Dickey via the Martin Luther Mathews Legacy Fund, the endowment that the Club’s Board of Directors set-up in the co-founder’s honor. At interested parties can get their own copy and become a Legacy Sponsor while providing copies for teen achievers from Mathews-Dickey.

In detailing Mathews’ life and experiences over 92 years on the planet, “I Trust You With My Life” is a unique mirror to St. Louis history. At the same time, it details how a humble man who was working three jobs to take care of his family accepted the death-bed invitation of a neighborhood coach to take on a team of boys, that led to a life-long vocation he never could have imagined…founding an organization that’s helped over a million children over the past 57 years.

A man of strong moral upbringing Mathews credits his success to his parents teaching him the importance of the Bible and the Constitution and: “Learning what I call the three R’s: Respect, Restraint, and Responsibility. Following these principles is the best way to engender trust,” says Mathews. “Now I am putting my trust in the hands of a writer who will tell you the tale of the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, how it came to be, and how it has helped so many youngsters over the years. Many of those children are now adults and continue to bestow the blessings they received through our club on so many other young people. It is a virtuous cycle that makes me both humble and proud. This books is raising funds to help the Club continue for generations to come as a place in which parents can entrust their children.”

In 1982 President Ronald Reagan recognized the founders and held the club up as a national model for how communities can come together to support underserved children. After “Mr. Dickey” died in 2000, Mathews continued to create more programs and launch new initiatives.

About the Author

Richard H. Weiss is a longtime St. Louisan and journalist with forty years’ experience in the social justice arena. He is a former reporter and editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and co-author with Charles E. Claggett of Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights. Weiss is also the founder and principal of WeissWrite LLC, a writing, editing and coaching service for students, journalists, business professionals, and anyone with a story to tell.

About the Organization

Under the leadership of President & CEO Wendell Covington, Jr., the mission of the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club is to produce well-educated, physically active and hopeful young people with families at the center of its efforts. For more information visit the book’s website or call 314.382.5952.