The Weekly Bulletin
Monday, December 9th, 2019
Attendance: club members present 13
Call to order: President, Mary Dewey at 12:07 pm
Invocation: Ric McKernan
Pledge: Cyrilla Galbreath
Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members (who have been gone)
Welcome any new or returning members
Birthdays and Anniversaries
C.O. awarded to Jim Murphy for all his efforts at the tree lot
Sign In or Pay the Pig:
Mary Dewey paid $.25 for a picture on the Missourian Progress Award website.
Carl paid for Jerry Sullivan working many hours at tree lot
Ric – name tag in car and for Jerry and Murphy for his tree lot work
- Zone 2 Holiday Ugly Sweater party will be (was) held Tuesday, December 10 from 6 to 9 pm at the Sunrise Optimist Cubhouse. The cost will be $12.00 for two meats and the rest is potluck. We will be playing BINGO, drawing and silent auctions and music/dancing. Please let me know ASAP if you coming.
- Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick – haven’t been there in awhile. Annual holiday food drive is (was) Wednesday the 11th at Lucky’s Food Market.
- Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates: Steve Winter says next order coming in Thursday the 12th. Less than 2 pallets.
- Christmas Tree Lot update: Had a busy weekend. All remaining trees are up on Pegs. Jack says we are within $8K of last years total.
- Holiday Luncheon: Mary is collecting today for the Holiday Luncheon at the clubhouse next week (Dec 6th). We are having fried chicken, herb-roasted pork loin, white cheddar macaroni, garden salad, apple Waldorf salad, and rolls. The cost is $11.00 per person. Prior to the luncheon at 11;45 there will be a dedication of lot to John Sapp.
- Chuck Pease visitation will be Saturday at United Methodist.
Announcements from the Floor:
Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program
RON Passed around three informative brochures
CARE is an acronym for Career Awareness Related Experience
In the early 1980s youth crime was increasing and employment programs were disappearing in Columbia. Local officials recognized the need to get youth employed. So the city created a program through Parks and Recreation.
Every year teenagers apply for 150 positions to work for the city, 5-600 applicants are received for these positions. The primary targets are 14-15 year olds. In that age group there is severe competition with college students. The applicant pool is around 60% females and 40% male. 55-60% of these teenagers come from single parent households and minority groups. 50% are qualified for free and reduced lunch programs.
These teenagers become employees of city for 8 weeks in the summer. They are placed at various locations around town. The cooperating businesses get free labor but are expected to provide mentoring and training, as well as monitoring, supervision and evaluation. The intent is to give the teenager a work experience that will enhance their ability to find later employment. Many of these student are in fact eventually hired by their training work site.
The students receive minimum wage and can work up to 20-25 hours per week for the 8 week period.
Applications for next summer’s program are open now through February and can be made online. The program is primarily designed for at risk youth, but that is not an absolute requirement.
To prepare prospective workers the city provides Worship Wednesday events for 6th through 12 grade students from now through January. These occur every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Armory Sports Center. Any interested student is invited to just drop in. These workshops help with preparing resumes, cover letters, and how to get letters of recommendation. In addition there is the opportunity to practice interviewing and help filling out the online application.
Worksites that provide employment for selected teenagers are located all over town. The program tries to select sites that work best for the workers keeping in mind interests and location. They are always
recruiting work sites, wanting to place youth at something they want to do. Placement is restricted by child labor laws since 14 and 15 year olds can’t do all kinds of work.
The CARE program is an area of Parks and Recreation. Participants are full city employees. The program is not a separate non-profit, but is general fund just like police and fire.
Transportation for workers is a problem. It is not provided by the city, but work sites can provide transportation if they wish.
The program has Job Coaches to help students in the program. They work part time and act as intermediaries between workers and job sites.
CARE can be contacted at (573) 874-6400. For their website go to WWW.CoMo.gov and search for CARE.
For more information regarding becoming a CARE summer work site partner, contact Ron Schmidt at Ron.Schmidt@CoMo.gov or (573) 874-6377.
- 12/16/19Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse
- 1/6/20Carol Montie from Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
- 1/13/20Carla Lewis from CRIB program at Douglass High School
- 1/20/20Bonnie Yantzi and Phil Williams from Fun City Youth Academy
- 1/27/20JoNette Weaver from Meals on Wheels
- 2/3/20Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
- 2/10/20Lawrence Simonson from PedNet (Pedestrain and Pedaling Network)
- 2/24/20Gay Litteken from Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center
- 3/2/20Lottie Creasy from CPS Motor Lab at Rock Bridge Elementary School
- 3/9/20Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center
- 3/16/20Peter Stipleman, Superintendent for the Columbia Public School
- 3/23/20 Charles Koening from CPS Stem Program
- 4/27/20Bruce Yong from CMSE-Giving Gardens
Adjourn with the Creed: 12:56 p.m.
Mary Dewey, President
Prepared by Scott Stager
East Missouri District 2018-2019 “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”