July 18, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, July 18, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Rick McKernan, Jerry Sullivan, Ed Musterman, Carl Scott, Nadia Ryakmayatallov, Larry Fick, Steve Klein, Daniel Abraham, Ken Oster, C.O. Scheffer, and Mike Hackett. Mary Dewey by Zoom

Special Guest was Sandy McConn

Prayer: Larry Fick

Pledge of Allegiance: Carl Scott

No special guests, no birthdays, no anniversaries.

Larry talked about volunteering to hand out medals for the Show Me State games.

Rick talked about Soap Box Derby finals being held in Akron Ohio this week.

Please sign up for the upcoming Family Fun Fest that will be at COSMO Park from 6 to 8 pm. Will have only 1 shifts until 2 shifts. The shift will be from 5 to 8 pm. This will take place on Wednesday, July 20th with a Healthy Habits Theme.

Hallsville Optimist Club is having a fish fry on Saturday, August 20th at 6:00 pm.

COMO Breakfast Club past President said, “They will be having a golf tournament and wanted to know if our club would like to play?” We have the members who want to play more information to come when we get more information.

Bike Safety Rodeo will be at the Northeast Regional Park (old fairground) inside on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Reminder the 4th qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in St. Louis. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference.

Guest Speaker:  Sandy McConn

I did not catch everything that was said, but this is the highlights of what I caught.

There are 5 things the Lions focus on. I only caught 2 of them



All money raised goes towards proceeds

Dues pay for all administration

International does not dictate what the clubs need or have to do. It is your club your way

They do surveys to make sure projects are what the community needs

Changing for modern needs

Meeting are now called get togethers

They have a foundation for grants

They support disasters

They have a program called Leos which is like our JOI club

Middle school and up

They support Special Olympic spring games

There are 4 Lion’s clubs in Columbia

About 120 members total

Big funding events are

Welcome home charity picnic

Golf tournament

They do community projects

They do funding requests

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Tony Parision, President                                             

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