11.20.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Nov 20, 2017


Call to order: Ed Musterman

Invocation: Larry Fick


Pledge: Jack Cruise


Introduction of Guests   


Sid Sullivan introduced his lovely wife, Joan. Shirley Beckett declined introduction. Phil Rodriquez introduced Clifford (Cliff) McComb, II, Marketing Manager at his company. Ed Musterman introduced new members Mark Snyder, Johan Westbrook and Adam Bakos all of Snyder Engineering.


Birthdays and Anniversaries



Mystery Person – Cyrilla Galbreath awarded today’s gift card to Scott Stager for all his volunteer work sorting Koeze Nut orders for delivery.


Greeter   – C.O. Scheffer spent last weekend at the J.C. Holiday parade joining his wife, Rachel who organized the parade as the JC president. He noted the JC’s are looking for new sponsors as they plan to discontinue sponsoring this event due to their own declining membership. C.O is also continuing his preparation work with the holiday fundraisers.



  • Sign In or Pay the Pig Carl Scott had no reason to pay the pig this week but commented the rear clubhouse door was left unlocked.  Also, he alerted members the two outside electric receptacles on the north wall of the clubhouse are now working.
  • Optimist Holiday Dinner and Dance Rick Kitchen from Kids first Optimist came today to promote the Saturday, December 2 annual event to be held at the Sunrise Optimist Clubhouse. BYO Cocktails at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm followed by Music and Dance at 8:30 pm ‘til… Guests are invited to bring an unwrapped gift for kids at Coyote Hills.… For $30.00 per couple the menu includes oven roasted prime rib, baked potato, winter blend vegetables, hot rolls with butter, tea and coffee all prepared by Sunrise cook, David Dow. Dinner will be followed by holiday desserts prepared special by Optimists’ wives. Single guests will be accepted at $20.00 per person. For cost containment you must have been register by November 24 to attend. Contact Rick Kitchen at Ina_minute@hotmail.com or by phone at 573-808-1561. (the first part of the email should read Ina_minute)
  •  Holiday luncheon:  Dec 11th at the Club House.  – Larry Fick reports 36 guests are signed up already. He is still accepting more for this Hy-Vee catered lunch with entertainment at the clubhouse at 11:30 am. If you haven’t made arrangements for this $10.00/guest bargain, contact Larry at lfick41@centurytel.net
  • Board Meeting –   Nov 16th. Approved Grant of $1,160 to Benton STEM Elementary, Gift of $200 to Toys for Tots at the request of Mary Dewey.  Harold Rowe was acting Secretary and did a fine job
  • Food Bank – Food Bank volunteers.  Jim Murphy couldn’t attend last week. Carl Scott said he was late (probably lingering outside when he discovered this was Hot Dog Monday) Sue Musterman worked the Food Bank booth at the Art Show held over the weekend in Parkade Plaza.
  • Koeze/Certificate update: Steve Winters reports the second order of Koeze Nuts are all packaged and ready at the clubhouse for member pickup. Restaurant certificate are ready for delivery as well. Members not present at lunch can pick up their certificates at the clubhouse.
  • Tree Lot – John Sapp announce the trees are ready for the lot opening this Friday. On a sad note, he advised the club he just heard one of his long standing workers got back on drugs. With concern for the reported disappearing package  of Koeze Nut candies, he advised the need to separate out the Koeze Nut pickup in the clubhouse as his workers use the inside toilets during their work shifts.
  • YOHO/Alternative general membership meeting.- See Respect for Law
  •  Respect for Law – Kelly Schilling- C.O. –  YOHO’s to meet Tuesday and Wed evenings of this week at the club house to decorate the tree for the Respect for Law program.
  • Tree lot sign up/ Cash Register  Every Monday at lunch and the electronic sign-up sheet will be emailed out for your use outside the lunch.


Today’s Speaker

Professors Jeanne Abbot & Mike Jenner– MU School of Journalism, Professional Standards and Code of Ethics.

Mike Jenner has been in newspapers his whole life. He got his first job in the business at age 15 in the earl ’60. After graduating from the J-school in 1975, he initially worked in small town papers before moving on to Hartford, Conn where he emerged to become the paper’s managing editor. In the 90’s he moved to Bakersville, CA spending 17 years with the local paper, the last 10 of which were as Executive Editor of the newspaper. He returned to Columbia in 2010 to be closer to family and is now Professor of Journalism and the Executive Editor of the Missourian.


Jeanne Abbot is originally from St. Louis and a graduate of the J-School. She initiated her journalism career in Alaska at an interesting time shortly after Alaskan statehood. She continued her career while thawing out for several years working in both the newspaper and California State University in Sacramento. She later worked at the Des Moines (Iowa) Register becoming its managing editor before returning to Columbia and joining the J-School as Associate Professor and Managing Editor of the Missourian


Founded in 1908 the Missouri School of Journalism was the first journalism school in the world. It’s a place where students learn by doing. They gather information from an assignment and bring it back for layers of faculty review. Students are taught to verify their information for accuracy, be transparent in their stories, never add anything, seek out multiple sources and verify any math. They are taught to exercise the meaning of their First Amendment right. Their speech is protected as long as they are truthful and not malicious. They are to operate under a code of ethics specific in general to journalism and in particular to the J-School: they are to seek the truth, identify sources, label analysis, not plagiarize, minimize harm, be sensitive to the vulnerable and those not familiar with journalism and be humble. This means they are to avoid conflicts of interest, accept no gifts no matter how small and offer no special treatment to advertisers.


J-School students rotate through the Missourian experience for a four month stint.  They have classes as well as hands on experiences in gathering and reporting news where a cohort of 40 to 50 students move from novices to skilled reporters in this profession. There are thirteen faculty who provide layers of mentoring in the creation of an accurate, unbiased, contextual and readable article. Above all they are taught trust is hard to gain and easy to lose. Errors get printed on page 1 soon after discovery. At a time when conflicting information is available from many sources, the journalist must guard against their own biases to gain and keep the trust of readers and consumers of their stories.


This presentation ended prematurely at 1:00 pm with questions awaiting to be asked. Both professors were kind enough to remain afterward to answer questions and listen to comments.



Nov 27 – Randy Cole, City of Columbia, Housing Programs Coordinator

Dec 4 – Dan Steska, Bike to the Future

Dec 11 – Holiday Lunch at the Club House

Dec 18 – Sonja Boone,  Boone County Administrator

Dec 25 – No Meeting

Jan 1 – No Meeting

Jan 8 – TBD

Jan 15 –TBD

Jan 22 – TBD

Jan 29 – Peter Stiepleman, Supt. Columbia Public Schools





Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,


Sid Sullivan


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