08.12.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, August 12, 2019


Call to order: President Dewey at 12:05 p.m.

Invocation:  Mary Dewey

Pledge:  Steve Winter

Attendance: 14 members + 4 guests + 3 speakers (Soap Box Derby Winners)


Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members (who have been gone)  


Welcome any new or returning members


Birthdays and Anniversaries

Ken Oster’s daughter 56 year old birthday, and Smoke the Bears 55th Birthday was last week.


Mystery Person   Steve Klein gave the mystery card to Sid Sullivan


Sign In or Pay the Pig Carl Scott gave his 3 quarters for, first quarter was for Thanking everyone for the peanut butter, second quarter was for Mary Dewey for all her hard work on the scrapbook and last quarter was for Rick McKerman.

President Announcements

  • District Optimist Meeting

I would to thank everyone who went to this weekend 4th Quarter East Missouri Conference. We learned a lot of new ideas how bring in new members. We came in first in the A & A points. We had 60,975 point and the Tri City Ladies had $46,475 point. Tri City ladies did bet us in the scrapbook and newsletters contest. I like to let Rick know he did great job talking about the Soap Box Derby. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the Soap Box Derby and they had a lot of questions about the car.  Rick had a raffled off some soap box derby movie and a t-shirt after his talk. We raised $53.00 for the Children Cancer.  I would like to Thank Carl Scott on heading up the peanut butter challenge with the different East Missouri District zones and bringing item in for the Children Cancer and IO Foundation silent auctions.  Carl, Can you please let us know how much peanut butter we brought in this weekend?

  • Reminder there is a Board Meeting this Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 pm at the Club House


  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy and Larry Fick. They worked on filling up bags of pasta.
  • Respect for Law BBQ: Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at COMO Park shelter more detail to come. Need help in serving the food, cooking and set up and cleaning. Dexheimer Shelter – byTennis Courts. All local clubs. Kids First Optimists have put up a volunteer sign up at Respect for Law signup Alternatively contact Tom Luckenbill at (573) 808-1615 or Mary Dewey at (573) 808 1120

Announcements from the Floor:


Today’s Speaker

Mylee Michael (Soap Box Derby  Winner for Stock)  A 6th grader at Smithton Middle School

Marlowe Wies (Soap box Derby Winner for Super Stock) A 5th grader at Ridgeway Elementary School

Owen Schilling (Soap Box Derby Winner for Master) A 6th grader at Smithton Middle School

Evan Schilling said “There was a Record number of racers – 48 racers beating last year by one. Biggest race in central area.” He also wanted to Thank the Mizzou Swimming team and members of the Columbia Downtown Optimist Club for all their hard work on Sunday, June 6 at the local Soap Box Derby Race.

Evan said ” This year was the 82nd running of the First Energy All American Soap Box World Championship with 300 racers from all over the county and international (Japan) all going 30 to 31 mph downhill.” Evan also said ” Soap Box Derby is like a Stem Program with Math, Science and Engineering.”


Here is the schedule of the week activities that the winners and their family took place in while they were there at the First Energy All- American Soap Box Derby World Championships from Sunday, June 14 through Saturday, June 20.

Sunday, July 14

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Shell Re-attachment/Trial Runs/Photos, etc. for all cars *SUNDAY ONLY*
6 p.m. – Race Week Overview and Orientation meeting at the Whitey Wahl Starting Line Pavilion

Monday, July 15

11:30 a.m. – Staging for the Parade of Champions, Canal Park
12 p.m. – Parade of Champions on Main Street from Canal Park to Lock 3
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony, Lock 3
6 – 9 p.m. – Champions only Rock the Rec and Badge Trading at The University of Akron Health & Wellness Center

Tuesday, July 16

7:30 a.m. – AAA Local Challenge – Local Masters
9 a.m. – AAA Local Challenge – Local Super Stock
10:30 a.m. AAA Local Challenge – Local Stock
1 p.m. – Legacy Division *NEW in 2019*

Wednesday, July 17

7:30 a.m. – Rally Challenge – Rally Masters
9 a.m. – Rally Challenge – Rally Super Stock
10 a.m. – Rally Challenge – Rally Stock
2 p.m. – All-Star Race *NEW in 2019*

Thursday, July 18

12 – 1:30 p.m. – Parents Race
2 p.m. – Group Photo
3 – 5 p.m. – Open Hill, Whitey Wahl Pavilion Starting Line
3 – 7 p.m. – Topside Show Open House
5 – 8 p.m. – Build and Battle Competition

Friday, July 19

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. – National Super Kids Classic

Alignment – Wheel Selection – Weigh-In *ALL CHAMPS at Topside

8 a.m. – Masters (Local and Rally)
9:30 a.m. – Super Stock (Local and Rally)
11:15 a.m. – Stock (Rally)
12 p.m. – Stock (Local)

3 – 4 p.m. – Local and Rally Directors meeting
4:15 – 5:30 p.m. – State of the Derby Update
Location: Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron, OH 44326
Parking: High/Market Deck, 40 S. High St., $1 parking per hour

7:05 p.m. – Akron RubberDucks Game at Canal Park

Saturday, July 20

7 – 8 a.m. – Champ and Car Handler Check-In
8:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
9 a.m. – First Heat of the 82nd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
1 p.m. – VIP Heats, presented by Accenture
Final Heats Immediately following VIP Heats

7 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, Akron Civic Theatre

Marlowe Wies (Super Stock winner with the Schneider Auto car) wanted to Thank the Optimist Club for sponsoring the local Soap Box Derby. . At national she enjoined making new friends and spend time with her family. There was a lot to do and easy to get lost. Marlowe’s  family are the ones who got the Schilling family into Soap Box Derby three years ago.

Owen Schilling (Master winner with Free Fall Concepts car) wanted to Thank the Optimist Club for sponsoring the local Soap Box Derby. Owen 3 years ago he really didn’t want to race but, his mom keep pushing him into with his dad and now he loves it and you can get him off the track now. Owen and his dad Evan just back at 1:00 am from Denver Colorado from a Mile High Rally Race. On Saturday Owen placed 3th and 4th and on Sunday he placed 2nd and 5th.  He has won the last 3 years at the local level that he can’t race at the local level any more. If he wants to get back to National he has to do this in the Rally races that take place in Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky  and Colorado. At national he enjoyed swimming, handing out buttons, and the Cedar  Point Roller Coaster. Owen also “Thank his dad for buying his car.”

Mylee McMichael (Stock winner with the Schneider Auto car) wanted to Thank the Optimist Club for sponsoring the local Soap Box Derby. Mylee has been racing for 4 years on and off. She enjoyed throwing out the Frisbee during the Champions  Open Ceremony, trading pins and being with her friends.


Overall the parents had a great time and enjoyed see the winners being treated as Champion all week long. They also liked to really Thank  Evan and Owen for all their help during national helping them get where they needed to be during the week.



  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID
  • 9/16/19 Jessica Bernhart from Camp Hickory Hill Diabetes Camp



Adjourn with the Creed:


Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President




East Missouri District 2018-2019 “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

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