04.23.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 23, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman at 12:05

Invocation:     Mary Dewey

Pledge:          Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

Introduction of Guests   


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Pat Brown celebrates his 12th anniversary with wife, Meg.

Mystery Person 

Larry Fick recounted all the contributions made by a member he sponsored back in 1982. Jim Murphy has served as club president, Lt. Governor, Governor, club parliamentarian, chair of nominating committee, and recently recycled around to serve as a board member. Today’s award of a bag of candy was made with the hope Jim would sweeten up on all the ribbing he gives Larry during the time the two work together volunteering at the Food Bank each week.

Greeter   –

Nadia Ryakhmyatullov told some of the new things that happened to her since her last time at a Monday luncheon meeting. She bought a new car and is having a remote starter installed today. She has a new job as the manager of the Tiger Hotel and among other responsibilities; she is working as a budgeting coach for women in the Women’s Network. She continues her work for the club as Membership Chair.


  • Sign In or Pay the Pig  Carl Scott paid the pig for members in the news but not present today. Travis Kempt was recently honored for his work at Weichert First Tier Realty.  Stella Johnson, former member, will be honored this Saturday at a ceremony at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church for her long years of service as an educator and community actor.  And, sadly, Bryan Phifer a member since 1986 died this past week. A memorial service will be held at the Paris Road Baptist Church on June 16.
  • Food Bank –

Larry Fick and Jim Murphy reported their work at the Food Bank this past week consisted of preparing Cookie Pizzas (cookie crumbs pressed together and bagged up) and later Senior Pak’s including bagging up a unique item, chili without beans.

  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan reported the next SBD meeting will take place at the clubhouse on Wednesday evening, April 25. All cars except one, a Master’s Car, have been assigned.
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla.

No new news.

  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey

Mary will have the sign-up sheet for volunteers at next week’s luncheon meeting.

  • Announcements from the floor.

Ed Musterman has some tickets for the May 4 Columbia Public School Breakfast. It will be at the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 7:15 am. Mary Dewey will attend.

  • Board Meeting – Cancelled, No grant requests and limited business items.

Evening meeting – April 24th, Boys and Girls Club, 6:30. There will not be a meal but Nadia said she would try to scrounge some food for this event and Ed would supply some cookies.   Valerie Livingston to provide a short program, Bob Floyd, OI VP, to lead a program on membership growth and NOW meetings. All clubs in Zone 2 to receive an invitation. Midway and Kids First say they will be sending members. Haven’t heard from Sunrise or Hallsville but most new members to our club have confirmed their attendance.

  • April 27th & 28th, E. Mo District meeting in St. Louis. Mary Dewey and Ken Oster will attend.
  • Kids First Optimist Club, Hawaiian Luau Trivia Contest,  Sat April 28th 6:00 P.M.,  Dinner, 7:00 P.M Trivia Contest,, American Legion Building (east of town on Route WW)


Today’s Speaker

Member Spotlight – Ron Berg

Ron was born the youngest of six boys in St. Louis and was raised in South county. His brothers are professionals working in various fields throughout the country. His parents are still alive. Ron is preparing to honor his father on the father’s upcoming 90th birthday. Ron hopes to surprise his father with some memorabilia from the heavy cruiser his father served on during World War II.


After graduating from Christian Brothers H.S., Ron attended and graduated from St. Louis U. before pursuing his master’s degree in clinical psychology in western Kansas. His career was in counselling with the Missouri Dept. of Mental Health working in various capacities at a DMH Center in Rolla for 19 years. The last 14 years with the DMH were spent in administration at the central office of the DMH in Jefferson City. His specialty was work with the developmentally disabled and dual diagnosis (developmentally disabled combine with some form of mental illness).  He is most proud of his work to bring federal matching funds to Missouri to expand needed mental health services through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid section 1915-c waiver program. Ron retired in his late 50’s not for lack of love for his work but it was the optimal time for his to retire and he wanted to spend more time pursuing volunteer work. He has volunteered as a board member of the Family Counselling Center, worked with the courts on divorce cases involving achildren with disabilities, he volunteers at the Food Bank, works with the Day Dreamers Foundation, helps out with bike repairs at Bike for the Future and is certified by the city for Park Patrol.


Ron enjoys coaching and officiating for high school soccer. He is active in the Central Missouri Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Club. Club members acquire, restore and ride their vintage bikes. Ron also enjoys hiking and biking. He has traveled to the national parks in Colorado and Utah to explore the wonders of these national parks. He travels to Tennessee as a spectator for minor league baseball. According to Ron, they are every bit as good as the majors but inexpensive to watch. Ron likes the Chattanooga Lookout in Tennessee and the Durham Bulls in Florida and North Carolina. Ron also enjoys Rock and Roll Music. He claims to be a font of useless information on this music genre. In his spare time Ron enjoys a little non-fiction reading.



April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

May 7 – Bill McKelvey,  Community Gardens Coalition

May 14- Jodi Cook, City Volunteer Program Specialist, Waste Reduction and Recycling.

May 21- Matt Luechtman, CASA Program Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

June 4 – TBD

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

June 18 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone Co Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children








Adjourn with the Creed: 1:03

Optimistically Yours,


Sid Sullivan



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