January 30, 2023 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

In Person Meeting

Monday, January 30, 2023 at the Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:00 pm

Prayer: Mary Dewey

Pledge of Allegiance: Ken Oster

Members in attendance: Red Leighton, Rick McKernan, Deb Swanegen, President Jerry Sullivan, Larry Fick, Tony Pariso Kelly Schilling, Carl Scott, Pat Brown, Steve Klein, Ken Oster, Mike Russell, Jim Murphy, and Mary Dewey 

Special Guests:  Kelly Schilling friend Tyler Miller and daughter Regan and Andrew Grabau from United Way.  Jerry also said “Don’t play poker with Kelly

Birthdays/Anniversaries: Club anniversaries Jake Beard 1/29/2010, Richard Bellinghausen 1/30/2021, and Jake Jolley 1/30/1997

Thank you to: Jerry’s wife for making all the food for last Monday club evening meeting and Deb for bring the desserts. 

Pay the pig?  Mary Dewey $1.00 for her picture in the MPRA Magazine and $.25 for not having Richard (Marc) Oseth, Carl Scott paid $.75 for the Kansas City Chief going to the Super Bowl, Mizzou win and NO name tag

Treasurer’s Report:     2022 2021

Tree lot sales     $100,171.04         $96,409.51

Tree expenses $69,556.38                               $62,856.30

              Hired Workers      $6,649.29                                 $4,261.52

                      Net Total     $23,965.37                               $29,291.69

Even though we had more gross sales than last year, we made less money because of the higher cost of trees and additional hired workers.

Koeze nut, gift cards and Amish candy

  Sales           $104,232.65                            $95,878.86      

                    Expenses       $65,338.09 $65,672.45

                       Net Total     $38,894.56       $ 30,206.46

Net Amish candy sales were down about $150.  Koeze nut sales were up $2654.54.  Gift card sales were up $5875.  What made the biggest difference was that Koeze nut costs were down by $4511.48.  

Old Business:

Board Meeting report – info from Board Meeting was covered at last meeting so this is just a repeat of the highlights:

Rick McKernan requested $1000 for the Soap Box Derby.   

First Vice President, Nadia Ryakhmyatullov, submitted a letter resigning her position on the board effective immediately. She will continue to head the Scholarship Committee.   

Daniel Abraham agreed to step down from the board as his business requirements currently do not allow him time to attend the board meetings.

Mary Dewey was nominated to fill the spot vacated by Daniel Abraham.  Approved unanimously.   

No new info on the repair to the outside wall by Mark Perkins, from Keystone Masonry.  

The club has received a donation of $2000 to be used for an activity for youth.  The board decided to fund a trip to Jefferson City for a Capital tour for a group of about 15 students.   Rick McKernan is working on the event.   

Mike Russel, who is a member of both DTO and the Old Wheels Car Club will explore that possibility of putting on a car show.  

Nominating Committee of Ed Musterman, Steve Klein and Phyllis Nichols is working on new officer and board nominations.  

Shirts and hats – The board approved $300 for the President to use for shirts or hats to give to new members. 

Jack mentioned that 13 members have yet to submit their dues for the year.  Board members will make personal contact with those members if they are still outstanding as of next board meeting.

Award In a recent letter from our past OI president, it was made official that we made Honor Club last year.  

Koeze Nut info: – Steve W. – Thank you and all who worked on Koeze nut and gift cards.

Tree lot:  Work is done for another year.  Thanks to all who worked on any part of it

Meeting info – All meetings until Derby time will be at the clubhouse.  January 30 meeting here at noon. Fried Chicken from Sr. Center available for order.  Speaker is Andrew Grabau from the United Way presenting “Reading Across America”.

Chili Cook-off – We have a chief cook – Greg Schneider.  Date is Feb 25, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.  We have two booths reserved. 

Second Quarter Conference Mary – Hilton St Louis Airport – Feb 24&25 – I have registration forms. Early registration deadline Feb 2.  Club will pay conference fee for members.  Looking for item for Silent Auction and please sign up for Dime A Day.

Committees Leaders – I’m pleased to announce that the following people have agreed to continue their committee leadership for next year.  Jim Murphy – tree lot (looking for an assistant).  Steve Winters – Koeze nuts/gift cards (looking for an assistant).  C.O. Scheffer – tree ordering and tree lot workers.  Tony Parisio will handle Awards and Achievements data entry for District. Need more people to step up for other committees. Still looking for an Adopt-A-Spot chair.  We have a really good location.  We just need someone to put together a planting plan and line up workers.  This activity costs the club nothing but time.  Plants and mulch are provided. (Kelly Schilling will chair this committee)

Membership:  The Board has set a goal of 12 new members for 22-23. There are applications by the door of the clubhouse and by the copy machine if you need extra. If your spouse wants to join, we’d be glad to have him/her as a member. Kelly Schilling and Deb Swanegan will co-chair this committee

Publicity – U of MO School of Journalism has agreed to provide a few students from an advertising/marketing program to help us plan to improve our publicity and increase membership. Students who will work with us should be selected in the next two weeks.  

New Business  

In order to improve membership, the board approved a $50 quarterly prize.  The winner of the prize will be drawn at the next meeting following the end of each quarter (first drawing will be April 3rd). To be entered in the drawing you must invite someone to attend a DTO event or meeting. For each person you invite you will be allowed one entry.  If you invite six people you get to enter your name six times. Entry forms will be available at each meeting starting next meeting. 

Jack mentioned that 13 members have yet to submit their dues for the year.  Board members will make personal contact with those members if they are still outstanding as of next board meeting.

Rick will have a Citizen Clubs meeting with Optimist Clubs, Lion Clubs, Columbia Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, and Cosmopolitan Clubs on February 9th at 7:00 pm at the Clubhouse. They will be talking about t a September Service Project. Last year we had over 70 people helping from 15 different clubs clean up the park.

Rick   will be having a Zone 2 President Zoom meeting this week or next week. They will be talking about several topics. 

February 2nd National Optimist Day wear you Optimist shirts  

February 4th Ashland Optimist Pancake at the Clubhouse from 6:30 to 11:00 am

February 7th Zoom Soap Box Derby Meeting at 7:00 pm

Feb 24 & 25 – Convention in St Louis;  

Feb 25 – Chili Cook Off – Holiday Inn Executive Center

March 15–Essay Contest; and Oratorical Contest

March 17– Hallsville Trivia Night (Luke O’Irish)

April 1– Kids 1st Trivia and Ham and Beans Fundraiser. Mary will be getting a table for Trivia for $250. Looking for members to join her. 

May 20 – Bike Safety at Karis Church 9:30 to 11:30

Proposed – no date set – Car Show; Proposed no date set –Geo-cash event – Know your Bill of Rights;  

Special Guest Andrew Grabau information about Reading Across Columbia is attached

Optimist Creed was recited and meeting adjourned at  

Jerry Sullivan, President 



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