October 3, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, October 3, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person President Jerry Sullivan, Tony Pariso, Rick McKernan, Larry Fick, Steve Klein, James Murphy, Charlie Langreder, Mike Russell, Mike Hackett, Carl Scott, C.O. Scheffer, Ken Oster, Deb Swanegan, Ed Musterman, Kelly Schilling and Loki, Jake Jolly, and Mary Dewey. Special Guest: Lisa Driskel-Hawxby (Business Development Specialist and Co-owner of the DogMaster) and Zoom is Scott Stager

Prayer: Larry Fick

Pledge of Allegiance: Ed Musterman

Birthday/Anniversary: Tony’s wife birthday and Jerry Sullivan was October 2.

Paying the Pig: Rick McKernan paid $1.00 for the KU football who won their game on Saturday, October 1. Starting October 10 if you don’t have your name tag on you will have to pay a $.25.

Please send him card wish him a speedy recovery. His address is

Red Leigthon

24 Springer Dr

Columbia, MO 65201

1st qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on October 28 through Saturday, October 29 in Columbia, Missouri at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel of AC Exist. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference. It was a great conference learned a lot about leadership. It will be great to see everyone there since here in Columbia and not much traveling or hotel room. We are in charged of the food for the hospitalize room on Friday night. Deb will need help with making bowls for the conference table decoration that will also me auction off at the end of the conference for fundraiser for Children Cancer.   Club will pay conference fee for member who want to attend up now to save the Club $10.00 on registration fee. Price will go up on October 8. We also doing a peanut butter drive during the conference.  Please start bring in your jars of Peanut butters.

Mary is looking for items for the Silent Action if you have anything you would like to donate please bring them to her at the meeting.  Mary also let us know that Zone 2 and 3 are in charge of the hospitality room on Friday night at the East Missouri Optimist District Meeting.

Deb still needed help with making bowls for the conference tables and will be auction off for Children’s Cancer. Thanks to Ken and Mary we finish them all off on Friday, September 30.

Jim Murphy talked about the Tree lot. On Saturday, October 8 there will the day we will place all the tree stands where they need to go and get the drills out to make sure they are working correctly. This will begin at 8:30 AM and will only take an hour if we have enough people.

Deb Swanegan talked about the JIO Club. We are talking to Douglass High School on Monday about starting a JIO club there for their students.  We now have a JIO Club. Mary and Deb will be talking to the youth during lunch break after she gets back into town.

Tony said “We made Honor club this year. Way to go club.”

Adopt a Spot: Mary and Jerry are looking at the Stephen Lake spot.

Dues for this year: The board voted to increase dues by $15.00 this year. This was needed because OI increased their due $15.00. Dues will now be $97.00 and Lifetime members will be $56.00.

Still trying to get rid of some stuff we don’t need. Small round table, 3 old metal desk (free), and several 8’ wooden folding tables. Members get first bids at a bargain price.

The meeting for October 24 will be an evening meeting at 6:00 pm at the Southside Shakespeare. They are not charging us for the space so members please make sure to order dinner. Then the next two weeks are still at the Clubhouse.

We will need a meeting space for the end of October, most of November and December. That is because Koeze Nuts and Tree Lot activities will be occupying the meeting room. Detail about where we will meet on those each date will be announced at next meeting.

Membership: The Board will be setting a goal for new members at our October meeting. One way to increase memberships to contact former members who are still in the area to see if they may want to rejoin the Club. If you know someone who has let their membership lapse, please newsletter. If you contact on of them, please let me know the result.

Committee List: Coming out soon. If you aren’t part f a committee, you should be. If you are interested chairing a committee, let me know which one. Some people currently in charge of a committee are looking for co-chair. Get involved.

Guest Speaker: Amy Schneider, Columbia Convention and Victors Center

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Jerry Sullivan: President                                             



◄ Sep 2022October  2022Nov 2022 ►
2  3 Club Meeting at the Clubhouse at 12:00 pm4  5  6  7  8 8:30 AM Clubhouse to put out the Tree Stands
9  10 Club Meeting at the Clubhouse at 12:00 pm11  12  13  14  15  
16  17 Club Meeting at the Clubhouse at 12:00 pm 1st order due for Koeze Nuts18  19  20 Electronically place order Koeze Nuts  Ed Hare  21  22  
23  24 Club Meeting Evening meeting at Southside Shakespeare at 6:00 pm25  26  27 Koeze Nut order come in Pull and Pack orders28 Pull and Pack orders29 Pull and Pack orders
30 Pull and Pack orders31 Club Meeting at the Clubhouse at 12:00 pm Pick up order and start Delivery      Downtown Optimist Club

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