01.28.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

January 28, 2019


Meeting held at Tiger Hotel, Black and Gold Room, Columbia, MO.


Call to order: President Dewey at 6:05 p.m.


Meeting led by Kelly Schilling, Vice-President of Downtown Optimist Club (D.O. Club).  Vice President Schilling stated that she first learned about D.O. Club through the Soap Box Derby program.  Her son Owen has participated and won in Super Stock and Stock Soap Box Derby races.  He also went to Akron, Ohio to participate in a Soap Box Derby race.


Vice President Schilling stated for her Optimist Club is about having an identity in the community. It’s a way to give back to your community. She, as Vice President, wants to continue to be active and proactive as one of our Optimist Club representatives in our Community.


Vice President Schilling talked about the importance of D.O. Club meetings to bring members together to share ideas and provide updates about their involvement in programs that serve youth in the community.  She added the evening meetings at the end of the month allows for members, who have busy daytime work schedules and have difficulty attending luncheon meetings at Hy-Vee, to participate in face-to-face discussion and updates on D.O. Club activities and planning.  Vice President Schilling is open to suggestions on formats and content of these end-of-the-month evening meetings, which may include volunteering in the community one time per quarter.  She gave an example of volunteering at the Food Bank and thanked Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, and Carl Scott and others for all their assistance at the Food Bank.


We then proceeded to go around the room so that everyone in attendance can introduce themselves and for members to provide a little background of their involvement in the D.O. Club.


Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members:

Guest’s this evening included –

  • Tom Luckenbill from the Kid’s First Optimist Club, and East Missouri Zone 2 Optimist Lieutenant Governor, joined our meeting and provided upcoming event information:
    • Kids First Optimist Meeting on 2/5/19 at G and D Pizza Restaurant (Crossroads Shopping Center), Columbia, MO, and beginning at 6:00 p.m. We are invited to participate.  He added there will be representatives from the Lyceum Theatre coming to the meeting.
    • As per Mr. Luckenbill and from the flyer on the event passed around among members – On 3/2/19 there is an “Awesome 80’s Trivia Night” and Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 202. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., with Chili at 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $10 for the Chili Supper including sampling chili meals entered into the contest.  Top chili contest winner gets the “Golden Spoon”.  Trivia contest starts at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $160 per Trivia Team up to 8 members, or $20/individual.  Event benefits go to the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. Mr. Luckenbill added that Kids First Optimist Club has given $20,000 to the Cedar Creek Center over the last six years.  For tickets or registration for the chili contest, please contact Liz O’Connell at tizzieo@hotmail.com (phone 573.303.2077), or Tom Luckenbill at tom@missourilegacy.com (phone 573.808.1615).
  • Jeremy Taylor, store manager for Home Depot/Office Max in Columbia. He was referred to the Downtown Optimist meeting by member Rick Mckernan. Mr. Taylor is considering joining D.O. Club.
  • Jerry Sullivan, who is retired, has just moved from Farmington, MO and has applied to become a member of the D.O. Club.
  • Alena Ryakhmyatullov is also submitting an application to become a D.O. Club member.


President Dewey stated there are sign-up sheets going around the room for volunteers to help at the following events:

  • Homes for Computers – Computer Give-Away – D.O. Clubhouse
    • Scheduled for 2/20-2/23/2019. We are looking for members to help with this event. Computers will be coming to the clubhouse on Wednesday, 2/20/19, and Thursday, 2/21/19.  At 4:00 p.m. 2/21/19 we will be putting the computers together. Rick McKernan would like the board members to come and help with this before our Board meeting at 6:00 pm the evening of 2/21/19 for those who can help. On Saturday, February 23 the Boone County Sheriff Department will come and talk to parents and kids about the computer safety before the families will receive a computer. Rick will need help that day too. According to the sign-up sheet:
      • 2/21/19 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Test computer hardware and software; and pair CPU, keyboard, mouse and cables.
      • 2/23/19 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Help load computers into recipients’ vehicles.
    • 2019 Rootin Tootin Chili Cook-off – D.O. Clubhouse
      • Scheduled for 2/15/19 and 2/16/19.
        • Friday, 2/15/19, volunteers are needed to help with set-ups from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, 2/16/19 volunteers are needed to help with cooking chili from 8:30-1:00 p.m. and clean up from 1:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Nadia Ryakhmyatullov, D.O. Club member, provided a brief history of the Tiger Hotel (where she works and arranged the room for the D.O. Club meeting tonight). I would like to Thank Nadia and Tiger Hotel Kitchen staff  for the all the appetizers and the refreshments they set up for us in the room.


Steve Winters and Larry Fick provided Save the Date information for the following events:

  • Dos De Mayo – Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house. Social hour 5:00 p.m. to include fresh sopapillas.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  $10/adult.  Kids eat free.
    • Raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Las Margaritas Restaurant. $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets – Benefits go to Childhood Cancer research.
  • Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, 7/11/19.
  • Annual Shrimp Feed – Tuesday, 11/5/19.


Birthdays and Anniversaries

No birthdays or anniversaries this week.


President Dewey reminded members of the Pancake breakfasts coming up soon.

  • Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Day is on Saturday, 2/2/19 at the Ashland Optimist Club House (511 Optimist Drive) from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Midway Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, 2/9/19 at the Midway Elementary School (8130 US Highway 40 West) from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $7.00 for Adults and $4.00 for kids (K-5th grade).


Announcements from the floor:

No additional announcements.



  • 2/4/19 –   Debbie Waggoner and Linda Karl from Be the Change Volunteer
  • 2/11/19 – Jessica Taylor from The Central Missouri Foster CARE Adoption Association
  • 2/18/19 – Valerie Zumwalt from Show Me Leaders
  • 3/4/19 – Christina Torbet from Girls on the Run
  • 3/11/19 – Nikki McGruder from Inclusive Impact Institute
  • 3/18/19 – Annelle Whitt from CPS MAC Scholars
  • 3/25/19 – Steve Smith from Job Point
  • 4/1/19 – Aaro Froese from Boy Scouts of America
  • 4/8/19 – Susan Shaffer from the Special Olympics
  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.


Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg,


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