Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia
Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter
Monday, October 31, 2022 at Shakespeare’s Pizza South
Meeting began at 6:01 pm
Members attend in person President Jerry Sullivan, Tony Pariso, Rick McKernan, Larry Fick, Red Leighton, Jack Cruise, Steve Winter, Ed Musterman, James Murphy, Mike Russell, Ken Oster, Carl Scott and Mary Dewey
On Zoom: Scott Stager
Our speaker and special guest: Red Leighton to talk about his Honor Flight
Prayer: Rick McKernan
Pledge of Allegiance: Jack Cruise
Birthday/Anniversary: Jack Cruise and his wife 49th Wedding Anniversary on November 11.
Paying the Pig; Carl Scott paid the $.50
1st Qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting: Deb Swanegan, Jerry Sullvin, Tony Pariso, Ken Oster, Carl Scott, Red Leighton, Ed Musterman, Mary Dewey and Rick Mckernan (LTG). We had great speakers at the conference the Vice President of Mid-American Julia Robison from Elkart, IN, Nicole Slusser from the Central Missouri Honor Flight and many more great speakers. We had 9 members there great turn out club.
Carl Scott is setting up a food bank drive during the conference which is our Peanut Butter Drive bring to the club house or to the conference. The top club who brings the most peanut butter will winner a prize. Like to thank Rick for his 36 jars of peanut butter. We won the most peanut butter brought in but, we gave the money to Twin City Optimist Club for their 90 jars we had 93 jars.
Koeze Nut information: Steve Winter and Ed Harre say “Keep Selling order are during Monday, November 7th.” There will be a third order due Tuesday before or after Thanksgiving
Tree Lot: Jim Murphy unloading and drill of the tree will begin on Saturday, November 12th We will have both the baseball and softball teams from Mizzou to help on Saturday, November 12th. We will club members to help letting them know where to the right place to put the trees that they are unloading. James Murphy has all the tree tags done and ready to go on the tree after they get drilled.
Meeting locations for the rest of the year –
The meeting October 31 is a noon meeting and will also be at Shakespeare’s South. Since Koeze nuts and tree lot activities will occupy the Clubhouse from now to the end of the year, all meetings will be at a different location thru December. Meeting locations and times are
· November 7 – noon Shakespeare’s South
· November 14 – noon – Clubhouse – OI President visiting – would like to see a crowd
· November 21 – EVENING MEETING 6:00 pm – Shakespeare’s South – Nadia in charge.
· November 28 – noon – Angelo’s – Nadia in charge – TY to Ken’s wife for suggesting Angelo’s
· December 5 – noon – Angelo’s
· December 12 – noon – Clubhouse
· December 19 – 6:00 – Clubhouse – Christmas Dinner
· First meeting of the new year will be January 9 at the Clubhouse
Committees were in the newsletter recently. We still need someone to chair the Chili Cook-off, (Checking with Greg) and two new committees – the New Member Welcome and the Adopt-A-Spot committees. And we still need people to co-chair the Tree Lot and Koeze Nut committees. Get involved.
Board Meeting: Next board meeting will be a t 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 17 at the Club House. The December board meeting will likely be cancelled unless we have urgent business come up. Everyone welcome to the board meetings.
Membership: The goal for this year is to end up with 72 members. We already lost 5 members.
Dime a Day – Mary – Explain what it is and how the money is used. A form was sent out with the last newsletter and will be sent again. A fundraiser for OI.
Red Kettle Bell Ringing: Friday, November 18 from 2 to 4 and 4 to 6 at Pro Bass. Please sign up 2 or 3 a shift.
Guest Speaker: Red Leighton (Talk about his trip with the Honor Flight that was on Monday, October 24th)
Optimist Creed was recited at 1:00 pm
Meeting adjourned at 1:01 pm
Jerry Sullivan: President