01.13.2020 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, January 13, 2020


Attendee:   club members present  12


Call to order: President, Mary Dewey at 12:06 p.m.


Invocation:  Mary Dewey


Pledge: Steve Klein


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




Welcome any new or returning members




Birthdays and Anniversaries:




Mystery Person:


Jim Murphy picked Carl for all his work at clubhouse


Sign In or Pay the Pig:


Steve Klein: no badge, Carl: no badge, Tiger SEC win this weekend;  KU lost, Chiefs won,



President Announcements


  • Board Meeting: This Thursday at 6:00 pm at the clubhouse.  There are four funding request


  • 2nd Qtr East Missouri Conference: Will be held in Columbia on Friday, February 21 and 22 at the Drury Inn which is next to TGI Friday Resta
    • They will be collecting socks for homeless kids in the Columbia area
    • Mary is in charge of Friday night activity – She is planning a Murder Mystery event


  • Food Bank: packaged cereal


  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates– (There are a few items left for sale at 25 % off available at the clubhouse) We will have them on Monday, January 20 at the Luncheon .


  • Holiday Luncheon: Which was postponed before the holidays because of inclement weather will be on Monday January 20, 2020 at the Clubhouse. Larry Ficks is still  collecting money.  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.


  • Computer Give Away: Rick McKernan says the computers will be delivered to the club house on Wednesday, February 26. Thursday, February 27 will the day of cleanup and hooking up all the computers. Friday, February 28 will be used to address any issues discovered on Thursday. Saturday, February 29  computers will be given to selected recipients. Sign up to help will be passed around in the next two weeks.


  • Boys and Girls Club Chili Cook Off: Will be on Saturday, February 15. Scott Stager will be passing around a signup sheet next week to see who wants to help with cooking or serving  the chili.

    Scott reports that the following help is needed:

    • 8:30 to noon – five people to do the prep and cooking
    • noon to 2 p.m. just a couple to hold down the fort and oversee the cooking chili
    • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Five people to serve chili
    • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clean up and haul stuff back to clubhouse.  4-5 folks would be helpful.

      Sign up sheet will be available soon.  Anyone who can help is asked to contact Scott at 573-474-5955 (H), or 573-424-4764 (cell)



  • Chili Cook Off at the Clubhouse: Steve Winter will be out from his knee surgery.  Kelly Schilling has stepped up to put this together.   Cookoff will be held on Thursday, February 6 (Optimist Day) at the Clubhouse – 6 p.m.  Cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. If you bring Chili you eat for FREE. We need 6-8 people to make chili. Larry will start taking money and names of who is going to bring Chili today.


  • CYBA: We are sponsoring two teams. 3rd grade boys who have already played their first game.   7/8 grade boys will play at Columbia Sports Field House Sat at noon.
  • Soap Box Derby: Will have their first organizational meeting Next Tuesday 7 p.m. at clubhouse
  • Cyrilla: reports that Mary Lehman is doing fine with good care from her kids, but she doesn’t get out much – She is now 94.

    Cyrilla also received a text from Steve Winters reporting on his condition following knee.  Pain level is low and he is doing joint stretches.  He is walking with walker, up/down staircase 3 times since Saturday.

Announcements from the Floor:



Today’s Speaker:    

Carla Lewis from CRIB program at Douglass High School


CRIB provides daycare for babies up to 2 years of age while their moms attend high school.  They have the capacity to handle eight babies.  Children three years and older participate in Title One preschool whose classroom is right next door).


Carla has taught for 20 years with the school district.  She also teaches childhood development at the MACC (Moberly Area Community College) campus at Parkade.  MACC students assist with the CRIB program.


Pregnant teens are encourage to go to Douglas because of the daycare.  This allows them to continue their education and hopefully get their high school diploma.  Mothers attend classes while their babies are lovingly cared for by CRIB.  Getting mothers to trust them so that they can be comfortable being away from their babies is the first step.  Mothers can come by anytime during the day to be with their babies.


In recent years the demographics of the teen mothers served have changed.  Many are now non english speaking immigrants. Many come from high poverty with parents divorced or never present.  They have to deal with depression.  Grandma was likely a teen Mom.  There are councilors at Douglas plus other therapy is available.


Other schools in the district do not have daycare.  In fact Douglass is the only high school in Missouri with a daycare.  They get lots of visitors wanting to see how they operate as an alternative school.


One things missing is that Douglas doesn’t have a gifted program.  They have had a girl have to give up the gifted program to be able to go to Douglas.


CRIB works closely with Parents as Teachers who help direct teen moms to the program.


They do take donations.  Diapers, wipes, and other baby needs including clothes


Last year there were 35 pregnant girls in the school district. Douglas served 12 of them.












  • 1/20/20 Bonnie Yantzi and Phil Williams from Fun City Youth Academy w/ holiday luncheon
  • 1/25/20 COSMO Pancake Breakfast at 1715 Burlington St  from 6 am to 1 pm
  • 1/27/20 JoNette Weaver from Meals on Wheels
  • 2/1/20 Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast from 6 am to 1 pm
  • 2/3/20 Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 2/10/20 Lawrence Simonson from PedNet (Pedestrain and Pedaling Network)
  • 2/15/20 Boy’s and Girl’s Club Chili Cook-off at the Holiday Inn Expo Center  
    Kids First Optimist Club Trivia Night and Chili Cook-off  at the Legion Club . 6:00 pm start serving the chili and  at 7:00 the Trivia Contest begins
  • 2/17/20
  • 2/22/20 Habitat Humanity Pancake Day for detail to come
  • 2/24/20 Gay Litteken from Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center
  • 3/2/20 Lottie Creasy from CPS Motor Lab at Rock Bridge Elementary School
  • 3/9/20 Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center
  • 3/14/20 Coyote Hill Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Baptist Church from 7:30 -12:00
  • 3/16/20 Peter Stipleman, Superintendent for the Columbia Public School
  • 3/23/20 Charles Koening from CPS Stem Program
  • 4/6/20 Linda Schust from Jabberwocky Studio
  • 4/27/20 Bruce Yong from CMSE-Giving Gardens


Adjourn with the Creed: 


Optimistically Yours,


Mary Dewey, President

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