02.26.18 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Feb 26, 2018


Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: C.O. Scheffer


Pledge: Ken Oster

Introduction of Guests   



Birthdays and Anniversaries



Mystery Person 

Pat Brown made today’s award to Jim Beckett so he could give the candy to his wife, Shirley who always accompanies him to lunch.

Greeter   –

Charlie Langreder was today’s greeter. He and wife Bonnie had been away for what he described as the longest non hunting vacation he has taken. Travels took them to the southwest, first Oklahoma City then on to New Mexico to Tucumcari, Taos, and Albuquerque where they took day trips to Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Holloman AFB. Then travels to Texas visiting El Paso, Odessa, and Amarillo. They ended returning to Oklahoma and staying in Tulsa to spend time with Bonnies new great, granddaughter before returning from all the great SW of the past few weeks to snowy and icy Columbia, MO



  • Sign In or Pay the Pig – Carl Scott paid the Pig to announce he was reviewing papers to find a place for the tree to be planted in Larry Fick’s honor. It seems Optimist Park is in danger of becoming an urban forest with so many trees honoring our club’s 50 year members. The Parks and Rec Department is concerned too many trees in a small park might compromise the original intent of providing open space for the neighborhood.

Carl also mentioned Coyote Hills is having a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this Saturday.

Carl Scott alerted members that February is the month to be thankful. And, we all should be thankful for the four club member who have reached the 50 year club membership status. The combined number of years these four members have served the community with their club membership is 210 years.

  • Food Bank –Jim Murphy reported he and his crew worked on packaging cookie crumbs this past week. (Cookie Crumbs are used to make pie crusts when not eaten by the Buddie Pak recipient.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan, Chuck Boots. Rick McKernan reported the next meeting is scheduled for March 19. Also, Rick is looking for Business Sponsors for the Derby. For $150.00 donation Business can have a derby car wrapped with their business logo and information. Businesses provide the wrap. Member who know of a business interested is sponsoring a car should contact Rick at (573) 881-3471 or mckernan@mchsi.com
  • Oratorical & Essay – Rick McKernan reported only two applications were received for this year’s oratorical contest. A minimum of three entries is required. Rick will contact the Ashland Optimist to see if our two applicants can participate in their contest. The club received 3 with a possible fourth applicant for the Essay Contest.
  • Scholarships – Word from Cyrilla.is the Rock Bridge scholarship applications have been received. She is still awaiting applications from the other High Schools.
  • Columbia Youth Basketball – Mary Dewey mentioned Justin Anthony’s team will not play any make-up games this Saturday so the season is over for our team.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey says the event is still scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 5:39 to 7:00 at the Lange Middle School parking lot. There is still time to volunteer to help Mary. New member Ron Berg is an avid cyclist and has already stepped up to offer his help.
  • Board Meeting – Feb 15th. Grants provided: Diamond Council Baseball- sponsor 2 teams at $350 each, Hickman Review- provide $1,000 grant, MO Symphony – $500 for 3rd Grade program, Girls on the Run- $750.

Framing and Plaque for the Respect for the Law Flag as amended up to $150 was approved.

Acceptance of Ron Berg as a new member

March evening meeting at the Boys and Girls Club is still being planned.

Kelly Schilling has agreed to complete the term for Harold Rowe and we will discuss and vote on this at the March meeting.

  • Board and Officer Nominations committee – Jim Murphy, Chair of the Nominating Committee, reported on the 2018/19 Candidate Slate and presented his final report to the Club Secretary. The slate is as follows: President – Mary Dewey, Vice President – Phyllis Nichols, Vice President – Kelly Schilling, 2-year Board members – John Westbrook, Adam Bakos and John Sapp. (The current board members who will complete their terms on September 30, 2019 are: Mike Hatchett, Nadia Ryakhmyatullov and Tony Parisio). The nominating committee was comprised of Jim Murphy, Charlie Langreder and C.O. Scheffer. Mary Dewey announced that Jack Beard has agreed to be treasurer next year. The election will be held in April. And, as is the club’s tradition an announcements of the slate will precede the election of officers at the two consecutive Monday Luncheon meetings prior to a final announcement at the third meeting the vote.
  • Optimists Junior Golf: June 7, 2018.  Aberdeen Golf Club, Eureka, MO.  Sponsorships available.
  • Assistance from OI for recruiting is requested. Nominations are open for East MO Optimist District Gov-Elect and Zone 2 Lt. Governor. Elections must be prior to the 3rd Quarter district Conference.




Today’s Speaker

Jack Huested, OATS


From the OATS website at oatstransit.org


OATS, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation providing transportation for thousands of Missourians, including the rural general public, senior citizens and people with disabilities in 87 Missouri counties. Contrary to what many think, OATS transportation is not just for seniors, and in fact the top services provided are transportation to work and medical appointments. We employee more than 750 people statewide, with 24% of them Veterans. The company is headquartered in Columbia MO, with regional offices in Bridgeton, Columbia, Harrisonville, Macon, St. Joseph, Sedalia, Springfield and Union, MO.


OATS Transit is a public transportation system that is available to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, color, religion, or national origin, and in fact serves a wide diversity of clientele. We help people get to work, doctor appointments, essential shopping, and other places people need to go. Our services range from taking toddlers to pre-school, getting people to work each day, taking patients to life-saving medical appointment, and taking people shopping so they can continue living independently. We also offer contract transportation service for agencies, whether it be for one day or one year.


Originally founded in 1971, OATS Transit has grown to be one of the largest and most unique systems of its kind in the country.  As a public transportation provider, OATS buses traveled 14 million miles last year to serve residents in the Show-Me State. There are more than 32,000 people in Missouri who utilize the services of OATS. Last year, 1.5 million one-way trips were provided.


Our Mission:  Enhancing quality of life by providing safe, caring & reliable transportation services.




March 5- Lorene Royer, Kings Daughters Dental Aid Program

March 12 – Paul Blythe, Executive Director, Diamond Council of Columbia, Inc.

March 19 – Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation









Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00


Optimistically Yours,


Sid Sullivan



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