02.11.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

February 11, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:05 p.m.

Invocation:  Rick Mckernan

Pledge:  Ken Oster

 

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

Jerry Sullivan and Gary Uppinghouse are new Downtown Optimist Club (D.O. Club) members and present at the meeting today.  Each gave a brief description of their interest in joining the D.O. Club.  Jerry is from Farmington, MO.  He moved to Southwest Columbia, MO recently.  In his employment he had worked with teenagers throughout his career, and wishes to continue supporting youth in the community in his retirement as part of the D.O. Club.  Gary is retired from Department of Corrections.  He too wants to support youth programs through the D.O. Club in his retirement.  Welcome Jerry and Gary.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported.

 

Mystery Person

President Mary Dewey awarded the mystery person to Larry Fick for all the work he has done with the D.O. Club such as making room arrangements for our meetings.

 

Announcements

Bonnie Langreder has recently been admitted to the hospital for surgery.  She is doing better and will be returning home soon. We passed a Get Well card for everyone to sign for her and Mary will mail the card to her today.

 

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig in honor of last Thursday being Optimist Day.
    • Carl Scott paid another $0.25 to the pig in appreciation for the success of the MU womens’ basketball team.
    • Carl Scott paid another $0.25 to the pig in appreciation for the success of the Columbia Cougars womens’ basketball team. The team is currently ranked first in the nation.
    • He encourages D.O. Club members to go see the teams play excellent basketball.

 

  • Welcome any new or returning members: None reported.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy stated last Monday they arranged containers of apple sauce and containers of Mandarin oranges to be placed into Buddy Packs.  Larry Fick reminded members that Kelly Schilling sent out an email recently about the upcoming evening D.O. Club meeting will consist of an assisting at Food Bank.  This event to be held on 2/25/19.  Please review the email and sign up for the event.

 

  • President Announcements:
    • Tri-District Optimist (West Missouri, East Missouri and Kansas 2nd Quarter Conference): On Friday, 2/15/19 and Saturday, 2/16/19 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (9103 East 39th Street, Kansas City, MO).
    • CYBA basketball: O. Club is sponsoring a first and second grade team and a boys’ fourth grade team.  First and second grade teams are coached by Shannon Bahadori and Wendell Coonce; and the fourth grade boys’ team coached by Kevin Pistole.  The first and second grade team is playing at 8:00 a.m. this coming Saturday at Beulah Ralph Elementary School.  The fourth grade team is playing this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Middle School.  If you have time this Saturday please go out and support our teams.
    • Boys and Girls Club of Columbia Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cook-off: President Dewey asked Scott Stager to provide an update on planning.  The Chili Cook-off is scheduled for 2/15/19 and 2/16/19.  O. Club has a double both reserved for the event.  Scott indicated they still need at least one more person for the morning and afternoon shifts this coming Saturday.
    • Homes for Computers – Computer Give-Away at the D.O. Clubhouse: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on the Homes for Computers event.  He encouraged members to continue to sign up to help out with the event.  Computer set-up is the same date (Thursday, 2/21/19) and location as the Board meeting, so Board members are encouraged to arrive early at 4:00 p.m. before the meeting to help with the computers.   The computers will be distributed on Saturday, 2/23/19.
    • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning.   Rick stated the D.O. Club 2019 Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby is Sunday, 6/9/19.  Rick added this has been a good planning week for the Soap Box Derby.  Flat Branch Mortgage has recently signed up for the $1,000 silver sponsorship. All major sponsors have been determined with the exception of one silver sponsor slot.   Rick also noted that the MU Swim team will help again with the Soap Box Derby day this year.  They have been an excellent support to help with the success of the event.
    • Scholarships: President Dewey indicated Cyrilla Galbreath has taken the D.O. Club scholarship applications over to the Columbia high schools.
    • Upcoming Events: President Dewey asked Larry Fick to give an update on the Dos De Mayo event.  Larry reported it is to be held Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house and provided a summary of meal items.
    • Awesome 80’s Trivia Night: President Dewey reminded members about the 3/2/19 there is an “Awesome 80’s Trivia Night” and Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 202.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m., with Chili at 6:00 p.m.
    • Black History Month: President Dewey asked members to join the Columbia Parks and Recreation for its celebration of diversity during this important month.  All are welcome and all events are free.  Contact Jay Bradley at 874-6379 or email Bradley@como.gov for more information about these events.
    • O. Club Board Meeting Reminder: President Dewey reminded members there is an upcoming Board meeting on Thursday, 2/21/19 at the D.O. Clubhouse.  There are a lot of items on the agenda to cover at this important meeting.
  • Announcements from the floor: No additional announcements.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Jennifer Perkins, Program Director, of the Central Missouri Foster Care Adoption Association (CMFCAA).  According to their website, “Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association is a not for profit agency that educates, supports, and advocates for foster and adoptive children, youth and families in central Missouri by offering services and partnering with community and governmental agencies to develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families.”

 

Jennifer indicated she was in the banking field, and had gotten interested in foster care supports through her own personal experience of being asked to foster a seven-year-old child in need of foster care.  The foster care agency working with the child and Jennifer was very helpful. This resulted in Jennifer becoming interested in volunteering with foster care and adoption services, and later led to her becoming employed with her current employer, CMFCAA.  Jennifer has been with her agency for six months.

 

CMFCAA have an office in Jefferson City and recently obtained an office here in Columbia, MO.  CMFCAA serves 13 counties in Mid-Missouri.

 

Jennifer reports they have eight full time employees.   They coordinate also with AmeriCorps Vista program for staff assistance.  An individual works at CMFCAA through AmeriCorps Vista – offering individuals an opportunity to gain valuable job experience.  They also receive an hourly wage through this federal program.

 

Jennifer provided a summary of some of the supports and services offered through CMFCAA.  Programs and services include, but are not limited to, Begin Again Backpacks, Training for new foster and adoption parents/families, Odyssey Respite events, Transitions, 30 Days to Family, Extreme Recruitment, etc.  (These programs are also detailed on the CMFCAA website).

Examples of some services/programs discussed included, but not limited to:

  • Begin Again Backpack: These are new backpacks given to eligible children entering foster care that include needed items such as clean clothes, gift cards for purchasing needed items, new book bag, hand-made quilts, Salvation Army clothing vouchers, haircare vouchers, gift cards to the Farmers’ Market, and other school and personal items.  All items included in the backpack are listed on the website.  When asked if there are particular items needed to be donated, Jennifer stated such items as new clothes, especially sizes for kid’s ages 8-15 years; nail clippers; and baby/toddler shampoos and soaps would be appreciated.
  • Odyssey Respite events: These are respite opportunities arranged and planned through CMFCAA, such as play dates, where kids who are in foster care or adopted can get together to talk, read together, and play sports activities.  As per the website, these are four-hour monthly events provided by foster, adoptive and kinship care parents, to give primary care-givers a short period of time to rest and recharge.
  • Transition: For high-school seniors who are in foster care, adoption, kinship, guardianship.  “The program is designed to help youth complete high school, improve life skills, and pursue milestones with the help of a one-on-one mentor. The program makes for a successful transition into adulthood”, per the website.  Jennifer added the individual works with a community volunteer who serves as a mentor.
  • Training opportunities offered to assist interested persons/families in getting certified to become foster and adoption parents. Training also on such topics as helping with the child’s Individual Education Planning process, behavioral supports, etc.
  • Jennifer explained many more excellent services, programs, other resources and training opportunities. Please refer to CMFCAA website for a description.

 

When asked how CMFCAA is funded, Jennifer indicated they receive state funding, United Way grants, donations, and volunteers.  They also have an annual community event to get support.   Jennifer mentioned they are getting ready to apply for a grant that may result in attaining more staff to help with the multiple programs and services offered.

 

How can we help?  They can use mentors and volunteers to help with, for example, the Begin Again Backpack program, volunteer at Odyssey respite events, etc.  Jennifer added that all volunteers must complete thorough background screenings before working directly with the youth served by CMFCAA.

 

For additional information you can go to the website – mofosteradopt.com. And/or you can contact Jennifer at Jennifer@mofosteradopt.com.  Jennifer’s office number is 573.298.0258, and her cell number is 573.616.6405.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 2/18/19 – Valerie Zumwalt from Show Me Leaders
  • 3/4/19 – Christina Torbet from Girls on the Run
  • 3/11/19 – Nikki McGruder from Inclusive Impact Institute
  • 3/18/19 – Annelle Whitt from CPS MAC Scholars
  • 3/25/19 – Steve Smith from Job Point
  • 4/1/19 – Aaro Froese from Boy Scouts of America
  • 4/8/19 – Susan Shaffer from the Special Olympics
  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:55 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

02.04.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

February 4, 2019

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:07 p.m.

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Steve Winters

 

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

Jerry Sullivan has submitted his application for the D. O. Club membership.

Jim Murphy introduced Gary Uppinghouse, who is interested in joining the D. O. Club.  Welcome Jerry and Gary.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Linda Karl, one of the volunteers/speakers from Be the Change Volunteers program, celebrated her 26th marriage anniversary this past January 23.  Congratulations Linda.

 

Mystery Person

President Mary Dewey awarded the mystery person to Cyrilla Galbreath for all the work she has done with the D.O. Club high school scholarship program.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig to thank Nadia Ryakhmyatullov and Kelly Schilling for arranging for the Tiger Hotel as a location for D.O. Club weekly meeting last week.
    • Carl Scott paid another $0.25 to the pig in appreciation for D.O. Club sponsoring Columbia Youth Basketball teams. He went to first and second grade games two weeks ago.  He encouraged members to go to the CYBA games.  Carl states we need to continue to support CYBA.
    • President Dewey paid the pig $0.25, stating that her picture is in the current issue of the local Senior Citizen Talker magazine.

 

  • Carl Scott stated Loretta Kelly had previously been involved in the Optimist Club. Her husband Tom recently passed away.  As per Loretta – Visitation for Tom will be at the Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO on 2/21/19 from 3-7 p.m.  Funeral will be Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Clements of Rome Church, off Bopp Road north of Manchester.  Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery at 12:45 p.m.

 

  • President Announcements:
    • Tri-District Optimist (West Missouri, East Missouri and Kansas 2nd Quarter Conference): On Friday, 2/15/19 and Saturday, 2/16/19 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (9103 East 39th Street, Kansas City, MO).  If anyone is interested please let President Dewey know as soon as you can.  Registration deadline is Friday, 2/8/19.  Rick Mckernan is planning on attending.
    • O. Club is sponsoring two CYBA teams this year. We are sponsoring a first and second grade team, coached by Shannon Bahadori and Wendell Coonce; and a fourth grade boys’ team coached by Kevin Pistole.  The first and second grade team is playing Battle Elementary at noon this coming Saturday.  The fourth grade team is playing this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Gentry Middle School.  If you have time this Saturday please go out and support our teams.  If you want a copy of the schedules please let President Dewey know and she can get these to you.
    • Midway Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, 2/9/19 at the Midway Elementary School (8130 US Highway 40 West) from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $7/adults and $4/kids (K-fifth grade).
    • Kids First Optimist Meeting on 2/5/19 at G and D Pizza Restaurant (Crossroads Shopping Center), Columbia, MO, and beginning at 6:00 p.m. We are invited to participate.  There will be representatives from the Lyceum Theatre coming to the meeting.
    • On 3/2/19 there is an “Awesome 80’s Trivia Night” and Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 202. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., with Chili at 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $10 for the Chili Supper.  Trivia contest starts at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $160 per Trivia Team.  Event benefits go to the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center.  For tickets or registration for the chili contest, please contact Liz O’Connell at tizzieo@hotmail.com (phone 573.303.2077), or Tom Luckenbill at tom@missourilegacy.com (phone 573.808.1615).
    • February is Black History Month. Please join the Columbia Parks and Recreation for its celebration of diversity during this important month.  All are welcome and all events are free.  Contact Jay Bradley at 874-6379 or email Bradley@como.gov for more information about these events.

 

 

  • Food Bank:
    • Larry Fick and Jim Murphy. Larry stated they packed chicken this last week.  He indicated they need more help at the Food Bank.  He can arrange for you to come to the Food Bank and volunteer in the evenings as well.
    • Carl Scott added that the Kids for Kids volunteering is at the Food Bank this Saturday.

 

  • O. Club Chili Cook-off:
    • Steve Winters reported they had the Chili Cook-off at the D.O. Clubhouse on 1/22/19. Twenty-six people attended.  Rebecca Winters won the chili contest.

 

  • Upcoming events:
    • Steve Winters reminded members of the following events:
      • Dos De Mayo – Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house. Social hour 5:00 p.m. to include fresh sopapillas.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  $10/adult.  Kids eat free.
        • Raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Las Margaritas Restaurant. $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets – Benefits go to Childhood Cancer research.
      • Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, 7/11/19.
      • Annual Shrimp Feed – Tuesday, 11/5/19.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Columbia Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cook-off:
    • Scott Stager reported on the planning for D.O. Club for the Chili Cook-off is scheduled for 2/15/19 and 2/16/19.
      • O. Club has a double booth reserved. Scott Stager is asking please for more help at the event.  Friday, 2/15/19, volunteers are needed to help with set-ups from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Saturday, 2/16/19 volunteers are needed to help with cooking chili from 8:30-1:00 p.m. and for passing out chili samples and clean up from 1:00 – 7:30 p.m.
      • President Dewey had asked if we can sell Koeze Nuts during this event and give the money collected from these sales to the Boys and Girls Club. It is okay to sell the Koeze nuts at this event.
      • Scott Stager has tickets he can sell anyone interested in attending. He also has posters for the event he can distribute.  He will place one in the window of the D.O. Clubhouse.

 

  • Homes for Computers – Computer Give-Away at the D.O. Clubhouse:
    • Rick Mckernan indicated the computer give-away is slated for 2/20-2/23/19. We are looking for members to help with this event. Computers will be coming to the clubhouse on Wednesday, 2/20/19, and Thursday, 2/21/19.  At 4:00 p.m. 2/21/19 we will be putting the computers together. Rick McKernan would like the Board Members who are available to please help with this before our Board meeting at 6:00 pm the evening of 2/21/19. On Saturday, 2/23/19 the computers will be distributed to persons who qualified through the Voluntary Action Center.
  • Soap Box Derby:
    • Rick Mckernan stated the D.O. Club 2019 Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby is Sunday, 6/9/19. Con Agra and Columbia Ready Mix are Gold Sponsors.  He added that the four Bronze Sponsors have been determined.  They are still looking for Silver Sponsors.  Rick talked about the Program Advertising.  If anyone is interested in advertising in the program to please contact Rick.  He will go see them to talk about getting an advertisement placed in the program.
  • Scholarships:
    • Cyrilla Galbreath stated she has taken the D.O. Club scholarship applications over to the Columbia high schools. She got the names of all the counselors at the schools.  Columbia Hickman has a new counselor.
  • Announcements from the floor:
    • No additional announcements.

 

Today’s Speakers

As per the BTCV website, Be The Change Volunteers (BTCV) “is a development aid non-profit with a mission to improve education opportunities worldwide.  This is done through infrastructure, equipping and training for project partners.  We operate primarily in developing-world countries serving remote communities with a demonstrated need for educational facilities.  Our organization is unique because we do not only send funding to these communities,  we go as a team of self-funded volunteers who are willing to work as partners with the local community to provide sustainable solutions.”

 

Debbie Waggoner and Linda Karl are from Be the Change Volunteers here at the local chapter in Columbia, MO. and presenting on BCTV today.

 

Focus is on education.  Why education?  It is a solution to issues around the world.  Building and renovating educational buildings.  It is about working side-by-side to foster change.

 

Be the Change Volunteers – Build – Educate – Change.

 

BTCV was founded by Jimi and Cristi Cook who are in Columbia, Missouri.  There are seven members of the Board of Directors and 15-member Advisory Council.

 

Linda stated there is an extensive application process for communities in various countries to receive supports through BTCV.  BCTV works on about 4-5 builds per year.  Buildings have been constructed in countries such as Puerto Rico, Peru, India, and Uganda.  Since 2007 there have been 46 educational buildings constructed.  Structures are consistent with the building standards of each community where it is located.  It is a coordinated effort between the BTCV and participating agencies.

 

School structures are built in phases.  As per a handout distributed, in 2019, for example, a school was completed in Puerto Rico.  In 2020 and 2021 there are plans to go back and build a playgrounds.  In Peru, there is work to complete a classroom in 2019, and roofing additional classrooms in 2020 and 2021.  These are just examples of multiple building projects occurring or in planning. In Uganda they built a vocational center, for such training as building trades, sewing, tailoring.

 

In building the school in Peru, they had to build it about ¼ mile off the river due to flooding issues.  They also built a walkway so kids and staff can get to the school without having to wade through the river to access it.

 

Volunteers range in age from 16 into 80’s.  BCTV does partner with the Columbia Independent School to send teams to, for example, Peru to assist with building schools.

 

So why is BCTV program here?  There is a need for changers to support the BCTV efforts.  Other reasons include need for more funding for students, more scholarships, continue accountability and sustainability.

 

What can we do?

  • Get involved in 2019/20 projects, scholarships, volunteer.
  • Raise awareness through BCTV website, Face Book, Newsletter, Presentations.
  • Donate time, money, resources.
  • Be the Change!

 

There is an excellent video on the BCTV website called “Hand Delivering Hope – Be the Change Volunteers.”  Here is a link to this 9 and 1/2 minute video:  https://youtu.be/QQ5AD5ZXo_U

 

For additional information you can go to the website www.bethechangevolunteers.org.  And/or you can contact Debbie Waggoner, Senior Intern of Change, at debbie@bctv.us.  Debbie’s office number is 573.673.2845.  Linda Karl can be reached at lindakarl1@gmail.com.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 2/11/19 – Jessica Taylor from The Central Missouri Foster CARE Adoption Association
  • 2/18/19 – Valerie Zumwalt from Show Me Leaders
  • 3/4/19 – Christina Torbet from Girls on the Run
  • 3/11/19 – Nikki McGruder from Inclusive Impact Institute
  • 3/18/19 – Annelle Whitt from CPS MAC Scholars
  • 3/25/19 – Steve Smith from Job Point
  • 4/1/19 – Aaro Froese from Boy Scouts of America
  • 4/8/19 – Susan Shaffer from the Special Olympics
  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:04 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

01.28.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

January 28, 2019

 

Meeting held at Tiger Hotel, Black and Gold Room, Columbia, MO.

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 6:05 p.m.

 

Meeting led by Kelly Schilling, Vice-President of Downtown Optimist Club (D.O. Club).  Vice President Schilling stated that she first learned about D.O. Club through the Soap Box Derby program.  Her son Owen has participated and won in Super Stock and Stock Soap Box Derby races.  He also went to Akron, Ohio to participate in a Soap Box Derby race.

 

Vice President Schilling stated for her Optimist Club is about having an identity in the community. It’s a way to give back to your community. She, as Vice President, wants to continue to be active and proactive as one of our Optimist Club representatives in our Community.

 

Vice President Schilling talked about the importance of D.O. Club meetings to bring members together to share ideas and provide updates about their involvement in programs that serve youth in the community.  She added the evening meetings at the end of the month allows for members, who have busy daytime work schedules and have difficulty attending luncheon meetings at Hy-Vee, to participate in face-to-face discussion and updates on D.O. Club activities and planning.  Vice President Schilling is open to suggestions on formats and content of these end-of-the-month evening meetings, which may include volunteering in the community one time per quarter.  She gave an example of volunteering at the Food Bank and thanked Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, and Carl Scott and others for all their assistance at the Food Bank.

 

We then proceeded to go around the room so that everyone in attendance can introduce themselves and for members to provide a little background of their involvement in the D.O. Club.

 

Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members:

Guest’s this evening included –

  • Tom Luckenbill from the Kid’s First Optimist Club, and East Missouri Zone 2 Optimist Lieutenant Governor, joined our meeting and provided upcoming event information:
    • Kids First Optimist Meeting on 2/5/19 at G and D Pizza Restaurant (Crossroads Shopping Center), Columbia, MO, and beginning at 6:00 p.m. We are invited to participate.  He added there will be representatives from the Lyceum Theatre coming to the meeting.
    • As per Mr. Luckenbill and from the flyer on the event passed around among members – On 3/2/19 there is an “Awesome 80’s Trivia Night” and Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 202. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., with Chili at 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $10 for the Chili Supper including sampling chili meals entered into the contest.  Top chili contest winner gets the “Golden Spoon”.  Trivia contest starts at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $160 per Trivia Team up to 8 members, or $20/individual.  Event benefits go to the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. Mr. Luckenbill added that Kids First Optimist Club has given $20,000 to the Cedar Creek Center over the last six years.  For tickets or registration for the chili contest, please contact Liz O’Connell at tizzieo@hotmail.com (phone 573.303.2077), or Tom Luckenbill at tom@missourilegacy.com (phone 573.808.1615).
  • Jeremy Taylor, store manager for Home Depot/Office Max in Columbia. He was referred to the Downtown Optimist meeting by member Rick Mckernan. Mr. Taylor is considering joining D.O. Club.
  • Jerry Sullivan, who is retired, has just moved from Farmington, MO and has applied to become a member of the D.O. Club.
  • Alena Ryakhmyatullov is also submitting an application to become a D.O. Club member.

 

President Dewey stated there are sign-up sheets going around the room for volunteers to help at the following events:

  • Homes for Computers – Computer Give-Away – D.O. Clubhouse
    • Scheduled for 2/20-2/23/2019. We are looking for members to help with this event. Computers will be coming to the clubhouse on Wednesday, 2/20/19, and Thursday, 2/21/19.  At 4:00 p.m. 2/21/19 we will be putting the computers together. Rick McKernan would like the board members to come and help with this before our Board meeting at 6:00 pm the evening of 2/21/19 for those who can help. On Saturday, February 23 the Boone County Sheriff Department will come and talk to parents and kids about the computer safety before the families will receive a computer. Rick will need help that day too. According to the sign-up sheet:
      • 2/21/19 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Test computer hardware and software; and pair CPU, keyboard, mouse and cables.
      • 2/23/19 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Help load computers into recipients’ vehicles.
    • 2019 Rootin Tootin Chili Cook-off – D.O. Clubhouse
      • Scheduled for 2/15/19 and 2/16/19.
        • Friday, 2/15/19, volunteers are needed to help with set-ups from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
        • Saturday, 2/16/19 volunteers are needed to help with cooking chili from 8:30-1:00 p.m. and clean up from 1:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Nadia Ryakhmyatullov, D.O. Club member, provided a brief history of the Tiger Hotel (where she works and arranged the room for the D.O. Club meeting tonight). I would like to Thank Nadia and Tiger Hotel Kitchen staff  for the all the appetizers and the refreshments they set up for us in the room.

 

Steve Winters and Larry Fick provided Save the Date information for the following events:

  • Dos De Mayo – Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house. Social hour 5:00 p.m. to include fresh sopapillas.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  $10/adult.  Kids eat free.
    • Raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Las Margaritas Restaurant. $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets – Benefits go to Childhood Cancer research.
  • Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, 7/11/19.
  • Annual Shrimp Feed – Tuesday, 11/5/19.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

No birthdays or anniversaries this week.

 

President Dewey reminded members of the Pancake breakfasts coming up soon.

  • Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Day is on Saturday, 2/2/19 at the Ashland Optimist Club House (511 Optimist Drive) from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Midway Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, 2/9/19 at the Midway Elementary School (8130 US Highway 40 West) from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $7.00 for Adults and $4.00 for kids (K-5th grade).

 

Announcements from the floor:

No additional announcements.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 2/4/19 –   Debbie Waggoner and Linda Karl from Be the Change Volunteer
  • 2/11/19 – Jessica Taylor from The Central Missouri Foster CARE Adoption Association
  • 2/18/19 – Valerie Zumwalt from Show Me Leaders
  • 3/4/19 – Christina Torbet from Girls on the Run
  • 3/11/19 – Nikki McGruder from Inclusive Impact Institute
  • 3/18/19 – Annelle Whitt from CPS MAC Scholars
  • 3/25/19 – Steve Smith from Job Point
  • 4/1/19 – Aaro Froese from Boy Scouts of America
  • 4/8/19 – Susan Shaffer from the Special Olympics
  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

 

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg,

Secretary

01.21.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

            Monday, January 21, 2019

            Call to Order: Mary Dewey, President at 12:05 pm

            Invocation: Ken Oster

            Pledge:  Jim Murphy

            Introduction of Guests and New and Old Member (who have been gone):  Rick             McKernan  had a guest. His name is Ron Lueck, of Lueck Surveying. Ron’s office was             adjacent to John Sapp’s office, and the mailman would often leave mail for John or the             Optimist Club o/o John at Ron’s office. Ron is often at the clubhouse as a member of the             Old Wheel Car Club which meets at the clubhouse and already knows many of our club             members.

            Birthdays and Anniversaries:  No Birthday or Anniversaries this week

            Mystery Person:   Mary Dewey gave the gift card to  Rick McKernan

         Announcements:

            Sign In or Pay the Pig

            Welcome any new or retuning members

            Tri-District Optimist (West Missouri, East Missouri and Kansas 2rd Quarter Conference: on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 at the Adam’s Marks Hotel (9103 East 39th Street Kansas City, MO). If anyone is interested please let me know as soon as             you can Registration deadline is Friday, February 8.

            Food Bank:  Larry Fick or Jim Murphy

            We are sponsoring  2 CYBA this year. We are sponsoring a 1st and 2nd grade team and a          4th grade boys team. The 1st and 2nd grade team is playing at Beulah Ralph at 12:00 pm             Downtown Optimist vs Midway Optimist Club team by Shannon Bahadori and Wendell             Coonce this Saturday and the 4th grade boys team is playing at 9:00 am coach Kevin             Pistole at Gentry Middle School. If you have time Saturday please go out and support our      teams. If you want a copy of their schedule please let me know and I can get you one.

            Downtown Optimist  Club Annual Chili Cook-off:

      Event will occur on 1/22/19 at the D. O. Clubhouse.  Cook-off will start at 6:00 p.m.  Cost       is $10/adult.  There is no meal charge for kids.   Money from the Chili Cook-Off will be       going to keep up the clubhouse with paper goods.

      Boys and Girls Club of Columbia Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cook-off:

      Scott Stager stated this event will occur on February 16, 2019.  He requested additional       assistance from the D. O. Club with funds (e.g., to reserve booth space) for our Club to       prepare Chili at this event.  Steve will double check with the Boy’s and Girl’s club to see if   we can sell the Koeze Nuts during the Rootin’ Tootin Chili Cook-Off. if we can sell the       rest of the Koeze Nuts during this event and give the money we make will go back to       the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Scott is looking volunteers to come a help Friday, February 15       evening to help set up. Saturday, February 16 he will need help from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm       for preparing and cooking for the chili and then from 2:00  to closing  for passing out the       chili samples and cleaning up. The last 2 years we have taken 2nd or 3th place during this           event.

      Computer Give-Away:

            President Dewey stated that Rick McKernan wanted everyone to know that the computer      give-away is slated for February 20-23, 2019.  We are looking for members to help with    this event. Computers will be coming to the clubhouse on Wednesday, February 20,  and             Thursday, February 21at 4:00 pm is when we will be putting the computers together. He             would like the board members to come and help with this before our board meeting at             6:00 pm that evening for those who can help. On Saturday, February 23 the Boone                County Sheriff Department will come and talk to parents and kids about the computer             safety before the families will receive a computer. Rick will need help that day too.

      Reminder the January 28, 2019 D. O. Club Meeting:

President Dewey reminded members that on January 28, 2019 the weekly D. O. Club meeting will be held at the Tiger Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity for members who cannot make the noon meetings, due to scheduling conflicts with work, etc., can attend this meeting in the evening.  Invitations have been sent to all D. O. members and other Optimist Clubs in the area. 

            Does anyone else have anything else to say from the floor:

            Rick Mckernan told us about A young man remembers:

            Last week, after the heavy snow and the city snow plows made pulling into the parking             area in front of the clubhouse. I stopped by the clubhouse and was shoveling a small patch so at least one car could pull in for a pickups  or deliveries. Shortly after I started, a             young man jumped out from the passager side car and asked if he could help.  I told him             this was just volunteer job, no pay involved. he said that was fine, because there was a tall      man from the Optimist Club that had given him his first job back 7 years ago, working on       the drilling team for the Christmas trees with his dad and his grand-dad. He was talking             about John Sapp, and his grand-dad is Walter, who has still been working for us all these             years later. Guess what we do does make a difference…

            Rick McKernan: Past Derby racer Ross Mutrux went through a collection of old papers             from over fifty years ago when he raced and found a Derby racing booklet from 1949.             There were many interesting historical tidbits contained therein, nut there were two items I found that made me chuckle given the comparison to today. One was that the very frist             line in the rules book stressed , in capital letters, that the derby was just for BOYS. (Last             year 20 of the 47 racers were girls. ) The second was that the cost of all th eparts             purchased to build the car had to be itemized and could not exceed $6.00. (Today the cost             of purchasing a car kit and getting it shipped to Columbia, MO is right at $800.00.)

            Cyrilla Galbreath told us about Dottie. She fell a couple week ago and broke her femur             and she is at Lenior Home for recovery and physical therapy.

            Cyrilla Galbreath also let us know that she will taking over the Downtown Optimist Club             High Scholarships form to the high school on Tuesday, January 21 if the weather is good             to the school counselors. The deadline for turn in is Monday, March 18, 2019.

 

            If you enjoy Pancakes then come out and support our two local Optimist Clubs and             Cosmopolitan Club:

            Cosmopolitan Breakfast Club Pancake and Sausage Day on Saturday, January 26 from

             6 to 1 pm cost $8.00 at the door and $7.00 advance. This will take place at the Jerry             Sigmund Cosmopolitan Center 171 Burlington  Street.

 

            Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Day is on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Ashland             Optimist Club House (511 Optimist Dr.)  from 6:30 am to 2:00 pm

 

            Midway Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the                Midway Elementary School ( 8130 US Highway 40 West) from 7:00 to 10:30 am. Cost is             $7.00 for Adults and $4.00 for kids (K-5th grade).

            Today’s Speaker:

            Monday, January 21, 2019 ( NO Speaker today)

            Upcoming Speakers:

            Monday, January 28, 2019 (NO NOON MEETING) Evening meeting at 6:00 pm at the             Tiger Hotel (23 S 8th Street)

            Monday, February 4, 2019  Debbie Waggoner and Linda Karl from Be the Change             Volunteer

            Monday, February 11, 2019  Jessica Taylor from The Central Missouri Foster CARE             Adoption Association

            Monday, February 18, 2019         Valerie Zumwalt from Show Me Leaders

            Monday, March 4, 2019                Christina  Torbet from Girls on the Run

            Monday, March 11, 2019             Nikki McGruder from Inclusive Impact Insitute

            Monday, March 18, 2019             Annelle Whitt from CPS MAC Scholars

            Monday, March 25, 2019              Steve Smith from Job Point

 

            Meeting ended at 12:45 pm with the Optimist Creed

            Optimistically Yours,

 

 

 

 

01.14.2019 Weekly Bulletin

         The Weekly Bulletin

            Monday, January 14 , 2019

            Call to Order: Rick McKernan

            Invocation: C. O. Scheffer

            Pledge:  Everyone

 

            Introduction of Guests Jerry Sullivan was a guest. Jerry recently moved to Columbia             from Farmington , MO to be Closer to his son. He knew about the mission of the Optimist        International already and looked us up on the internet to see where our meeting was held        at. jerry had been involved with the Upward Bound program in Farmington. Welcome       Jerry to our club. Invitation to join our club was extended to him

            No Speaker today because of the recent snowstorm this past weekend

        Upcoming DOC events:

            On Thursday, January 17th at 6:00 pm D.O.C Board meeting at the our clubhouse

      On Tuesday, January 22nd Downtown Optimist Club will have their Annual Chili Cook       off at our clubhouse starting 6:00 pm. Menu will consist of various chili from our club       members plus cornbread, brownies an ice cream. Cost        is $10/adult.  There is no meal       charge for kids. 

      On Monday, January 28th our weekly meeting will be held at night at the Tiger Hotel in       downtown Columbia starting at 6:00 pm. Hosts will be Nadia Ryakmyaullov and Kelly       Schilling. Every 4th Monday of each month our club will be hosting an evening meeting at various location in Columbia. Club is holding these night meeting to concerns of our       young members who are working during the day. Also they are used as a recruiting tool       to bring in new potential members.

            On Wednesday, January 30th Rick McKernan announced that there will be a Soap Box             Derby meeting that night at our clubhouse. We could have up to 50 cars racing this year.

            Tri-District Optimist (West Missouri, east Missouri and Kansas 2rd Quarter Conference: on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 at the Adam’s Marks Hotel (9103 East 39th Street Kansas City, MO). If anyone is interested please let me know as soon as             you can Registration deadline is Friday, February 8.

            We are sponsoring  2 CYBA this year. We are sponsoring a 1st and 2nd grade team and a          4th grade boys team. The 1st and 2nd grade team is playing at Beulah Ralph at 10:00 am             by Shannon Bahadori and Wendell Cooncethis Saturday and the 4th grade boys team is             playing at 11:00 am coach Kevin Pistole at Gentry Middle School. If you have time             Saturday please go out and support our teams. If you want a copy of their schedule please             let me know and I can get you one.       

       

      On Saturday, February 16th our club will be participating in the Boys and Girls Club of       Columbia Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Contest at the Holiday inn Executive Center in       Columbia. This is a Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Columbia Annual Fundraiser.

      On Saturday, February 23rd the Downtown Optimist Club will be involved with the VAC         Computer Giveaway. They will be using our clubhouse space to give away 40 to 43       computer that morning to youth from 9 to 12 pm.    

            If you enjoy Pancakes then come out and support our two local Optimist Clubs:

            Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Day is on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Ashland             Optimist Club House (511 Optimist Dr.)  from 6:30 am to 2:00 pm

            Midway Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the                Midway Elementary School ( 8130 US Highway 40 West) from 7:00 to 10:30 am. Cost is             $7.00 for Adults and $4.00 for kids (K-5th grade).

             I would like to Thanks Carl Scott for take the notes and Rick McKernan in running the             meeting for me. I was snowed in at home in Fulton with 20 inches of snow and a car that             needed to be towed out of the ditch after I slide off the road Friday night trying to get             home.

            Closed our meeting at 12:45 pm with the Optimist Creed

            Upcoming Speakers:

            Monday, January 21, 2019

            Monday, January 28, 2019 (NO NOON MEETING) Evening meeting at 6:00 pm at the             Tiger Hotel (23 S 8th Street)

            Monday, February 4, 2019  Debbie Waggoner and Linda Karl from Be the Change             Volunteer

            Monday, February 11, 2019  Jessica Taylor from The Central Missouri Foster CARE             Adoption Association

            Monday, February 18, 2019

            Monday, March 4, 2019    Cheryl Unterschutz from Girls on the Run

            Optimistically Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          East Missouri District 2018-2019

                   “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

01.07.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

January 7, 2019

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:04 p.m.

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

 

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

Guest today is Jeremy Taylor, store manager for Home Depot/Office Max in Columbia.  He was referred to the Downtown Optimist meeting by member Rick Mckernan.  Mr. Taylor stated he attended today as he feels his business has a consistent philosophy to that of the Downtown Optimist Club (D. O. Club).  Both work a lot with schools, give donations, etc.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

  • Bonnie Langreder has a birthday tomorrow, January 8.
  • Jack Cruise has a birthday today.
  • Carl Scott has a birthday on Thursday, January 10.

 

Mystery Person

Ed Musterman awarded the mystery person to Sid Sullivan for all his assistance for the D. O. Club.

 

Greeter

Cyrilla Galbreath stated she visited Dottie the other day at her home.  She stated Dottie is doing well.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Carl Scott paid the pig in memory of John Sapp, D. O. Club member who recently passed away.
  • Awards:
    • President Dewey provided awards (plaques) to the following D. O. Club Members in appreciation for their hard work in support of the D.O. Club:
      • Ed Musterman – Two years as President;
      • Sid Sullivan – Secretary duties;
      • O. Scheffer – Ten years as Treasurer.
    • President Announcements:
      • President Dewey:
        • Welcome to any new or returning members. None reported.
        • Hopes everyone had a great Holiday break and enjoyed time with their families and friends.
        • Let’s take this time and remember our Club member John Sapp who passed away on Friday, December 27. He will be missed.
        • Stated the Tri-District Optimist (West Missouri, east Missouri and Kansas 2rd Quarter Conference on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 at the Adam’s Marks Hotel (9103 East 39th Street Kansas City, MO). If anyone is interested please let President Dewey know as soon as you can. Registration deadline is Friday, February 8.
        • Stated we had a great year selling trees and Koeze Nuts/Gift Cards. She would like to thank everyone who came out and worked this year at the tree lot.  
        • Stated D. O. Club is sponsoring two Columbia Youth Basketball Teams this year. We are sponsoring a 1st and 2nd grade team and a 4th grade boys’ team. The 1st and 2nd grade team is playing at Beulah Ralph at 12:00 p.m. this Saturday. The 4th grade boys’ team is playing at 10:00 am at Gentry Middle School. If you have time Saturday please go out and support our teams. If you want a copy of their schedule please let President Dewey know and she can get you one.  Both teams won their games this past weekend.
        • Stated the Sunrise Optimists is holding a Wild Game Supper on Monday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Optimist building, 2410 Parker St. This is an opportunity to try out different game meats and help support a local Optimist club.  Cost is $15 at the door. The      proceeds will support youth programs in Boone County.
        • Stated if you enjoy pancakes then come out and support our two local Optimist Clubs:
          • Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Day is on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Ashland Optimist Club House (511 Optimist Dr.) from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
          • Midway Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Midway Elementary School (8130 US Highway 40 West) from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 am. Cost is $7.00 for Adults and $4.00 for kids (K-5th grade).

 

  • Food Bank:

Larry Fick stated he received a report from the Food Bank that D. O. Club members volunteered a total of 300 hours last year.  This included such members as Larry, Jim Murphy, Jack Cruise, Scott Stager and Carl Scott.

                       

  • Christmas Trees:
  1. O. Scheffer stated that things are all completed regarding the tree lot. He said there was some things learned from our experience this year with tree sales, including helping with planning for tree orders next year. He also added that D. O. Club spent less on tree marketing this past year than any other year since he has been involved in tree planning/sales.  Tree lot clean-up is also completed.

 

  • O. Club Annual Chili Cook-off:

UPDATE 1/8/19 from Steve Winters – Event will occur on 1/22/19 at the D. O. Clubhouse.  Cook-off will start at 6:00 p.m.  Cost is $10/adult.  There is no meal charge for kids.

  • Boys and Girls Club of Columbia Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cook-off:

Scott Stager stated this event will occur on February 16, 2019.  He requested additional assistance from the D. O. Club with funds (e.g., to reserve booth space) for our Club to prepare Chili at this event.  It was recommended a proposal be submitted for D. O. Board review and approval to approve funds for our participation in this event.

 

  • Computer Give-Away:

President Dewey stated that Rick Mckernan wanted everyone to know that the computer give-away is slated for February 20-23, 2019.  We are looking for members to help with this event.

  • January 28, 2019 D. O. Club Meeting:
    • President Dewey reminded members that on January 28, 2019 the weekly D. O. Club meeting will be held at the Tiger Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for members who cannot make the noon meetings, due to scheduling conflicts with work, etc., can attend this meeting in the evening.  Invitations have been sent to all D. O. members and other Optimist Clubs in the area.

 

Announcements from the floor:

No additional announcements.

 

Today’s Speaker

Scheduled speaker was not in attendance at the meeting today.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 – Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center.
  • Monday, January 21, 2019 – To Be Determined.
  • Monday, January 28, 2019 (NO NOON MEETING) Evening meeting at 6:00 pm at the Tiger Hotel (23 S 8th Street, Columbia, MO).
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 – Debbie Waggoner and Linda Karl from Be the Change Volunteer
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 Cheryl Unterschutz from Girls on the Run

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:30 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

12.10.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

December 10, 2018

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

Invocation:  Red Leighton

Pledge:  Scott Stager

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

Guest today is Haley Mckernan, Rick Mckernan’s granddaughter.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported.

 

Mystery Person

C.O. Scheffer awarded the mystery person to Rick Mckernan.  Rick volunteered additional time at the Christmas tree lot last Saturday. He was helping the volunteers out on lot that evening.

 

Greeter

Rick Mckernan stated his son had moved to Hawaii.  His son had participated in the Hawaii Marathon Race and completed it.  It was his first marathon race.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Rick Mckernan paid the pig.
    • Carl Scott paid the pig.
      • Carl indicated he had brought in a card for John Sapp and passed it around for members to sign. He had recently visited John who indicated he is doing well.
      • Carl also mentioned there was an entry in the Columbia Tribune Talk last Saturday from someone who had a positive experience getting a Christmas tree at the D.O. tree lot.
      • He added In the Tribune there is Readers Choice awards. He noted two of D.O. members received top insurance agent awards – Congratulations for first place for Phyllis Nichols and third place for Mike Hatchett.
    • President Announcements:
      • President Dewey stated:
        • Ken Oster, Carl Scott and Mary Dewey went to the Zone Meeting on 12/8/18. There was a person at the meeting who is interested in joining the D.O.  Her name is Laurie Shellehert  is a nurse at MU Orthopedic Insitute.  President Dewey and Carl reminded members of an upcoming Optimist Conference in Kansas City, MO on 2/16/19 and 2/17/19 where all three districts will be represented (East MO, Western, MO and KS);
        • The Sunrise Optimist Supper will be Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Sunrise Optimist Clubhouse the cost is $ 12.00 in advance. Happy Hour from 6 to 7 pm and Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.
        • Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Group will be having its 30th annual Volunteer, Rider and Donor Appreciation Party this coming Sunday, 12/16/18, for 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Murry’s Restaurant in Columbia, MO.

 

  • Welcome to any new or returning members:

None reported.

 

  • Food Bank:

Larry Fick stated he worked at the Food Bank last week and couldn’t remember what he was bagging that day. But, he does know it wasn’t hotdogs.

                       

  • Christmas Trees:
    • President Dewey would like to thank everyone who came out and work this past weekend at the tree lot. We had a great crowd of people who came out to buy their trees, candy, wreaths and supporting our Optimist Club.
    • President Dewey is asking everyone who is able to work at the Christmas tree lot to please sign up to help out. The more members and volunteers we have the less we will have to pay people to work.  We can then save more money and be able to pay for the different youth organizations in Columbia.
    • O. Scheffer stated as of today there are only three Christmas trees left to sell.
    • Jack Cruise noted that tree sales as of this date is at about $89,000.
    • Carl Scott wanted to thanks to D.O. members and other volunteers who helped at the Christmas tree lot.

 

  • Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates:
    • Steve Winters indicated he will have the total numbers for Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates sales by next Monday at the Holiday Luncheon. He added Koeze Nuts orders are prepared and members can come pick up their orders.  Gift certificates are available as well.
    • Red Leighton mentioned that we need to find a way to arrange for people to purchase the additional Koeze Nuts that are available for sale. There is about $3,900 in Koeze Nuts still for sale.
      • Group discussion occurred to consider ways to promote/advertise the Koeze Nuts. Carl Scott recommended put this on Facebook, and indicated days the club house will be open for sales.  Rick Mckernan added that perhaps we can make this a news event – trees have been sold and we still have Koeze Nuts for sale.  Steve Winters also added that in the past we have accessed the radio to provide tree sales updates.  O. Scheffer suggested, as a summary, we can place the Koeze Nuts advertisement on Facebook and through the radio.  It was decided to do the aforementioned advertisement and have the club house open 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the remaining weekdays this week to have the nuts for sale.  Members can also look to buy Koeze Nuts at the D.O. Christmas Social next Monday during our luncheon.

 

  • O. Club Social:

President Dewey stated the Holiday luncheon is at the D.O. Club house on Monday, December 17 with a cost of $­­­­11.00/person.  Hy-Vee will catering the luncheon. Please pay Larry Fick for the luncheon by 12/12/18.  Larry added that as of this date 43 people have committed to attending the Social.  We are having fried chicken, herb-roasted pork loin, white cheddar macaroni, garden salad, apple Waldorf salad, and rolls.  Mary said “There will be drawing for door prizes $1.00 a ticket  and with all the money going  to the Children’s Cancer Fund.

 

Announcements from the floor:

No additional announcements.

 

Today’s Speaker

Jeff Nichols, Director of Safety and Security, provided an overview of Rainbow House.

 

Rainbow House, located in Columbia, Missouri, has a mission to keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect (website is www.rainbowhousecolumbia.org).

 

Rainbow House program started in 1986 in Columbia, when the founder of the program saw a need for a facility to provide a foster placement for a child with no home and/or experienced abuse and/or neglect.  This facility would provide a safe, supportive environment until the child’s aforementioned issued are resolved.

 

Rainbow House serves Boone County and 11 surrounding counties.

 

Rainbow house offers services such as a Children’s Emergency Shelter and Regional Child Advocacy Center. The Emergency Shelter, open 24 hours a day seven days a week, serves an average of about eight children per day.  There are currently 10 children receiving Shelter services.  The Shelter has 14 beds.  On average, in 2017 a child would stay at the Shelter 18 days.  Overall about 102 children were served in the Shelter in 2017.  The Regional Child Advocacy Center provides a safe, caring environment and services for children who may have experienced abuse.  Services include forensic assessment/interviews, counseling, and medical exams.  In 2017 there were 363 forensic interviews conducted.

 

Rainbow House has 12 staff.  This includes the agency Director, marketing staff, financial staff, staff in Shelter operations, and staff with the Child Advocacy Center.  There are three forensic interviewers and one therapist.  There is a physician who volunteers time for medical exams on site.   Mr. Nichols indicates he has a number of roles and responsibilities at the Rainbow House, such as public relations activities, house maintenance, grant writing and giving presentations in the community.   Rainbow House welcomes and appreciates volunteers.

 

Mr. Nichols thanked the Downtown Optimist Club for all we do for the community.  He indicated about 43% of their budget comes from local support. They also have other funding sources and conduct fund raising events to help support Rainbow House programs and services.  Rainbow House receives donations.  This may also include in-kind donations such as clothing for children.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, December 17 – Holiday luncheon at the D.O. clubhouse

Monday, December 24 and December 31 – No Meeting

Monday, January 7, 2019 – Tim Haller – Big Muddy, National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:58 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary