04.15.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 15, 2019

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

Invocation:  Ken Oster

Pledge:  Jerry Sullivan

 

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

None.

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey gave the award today to Cyrilla Galbreath for all her work in processing scholarship applications for students at the local high schools.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

  • Steve Winters paid the pig and stated his daughter received a Science Honors Award at MU through the American Association of University Women.
  • Carl Scott paid to recognize fellow D.O. Club member Jessica Kempf of Weichert Realtors – First Tier in Columbia successfully completed leadership training recently for brokers and managers. The “Sharpen Your Saw” program focused on identifying key behaviors for business success.
  • Carl Scott again paid the pig to note to Volunteer Day at the Food Bank and to thank D.O. Club members for their volunteering.

 

President Announcements

  • District Meeting: President Dewey stated the 3rd quarter Optimist District Conference will be held at the St. Louis Hilton Hotel at the airport on 5/3/19 and 5/4/19.  If you are interested in attending please let President Dewey know.  Our essay winner Celena Schmolzi will be reading her winning essay at the Conference.
  • Election of Next Year’s Club Officers: President Dewey stated we have approved the D.O. Club Search Committee Officers slate.  Kelly Schilling is President Elect, Tony Parisio is First Vice President, Board Members-Mike Hatchett and Phyllis Nichols for a two-year term and Elena Ryakhmyatullov as a new Board Member.  We still need a Secretary, and please let President Dewey know if you have any recommendations.
  • Food Bank: Volunteers worked on packing chicken.
  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick stated O’reilly Automotive has emailed Rick to inform him they want to be a Silver sponsor.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsor slots are filled, but they can perhaps sponsor a Derby car.  Rick is looking into sponsorship options for O’reilly.
  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey asked Cyrilla to provide an update on scholarship awards. Cyrilla is looking for volunteers to present the scholarship awards to students at their high schools as per the dates and times below:
      • Douglass High School: Friday, 5/24/19 at 10:00 a.m. at Missouri Theatre. Rick Mckernan has agreed to make the presentation;
      • Hickman High School: Tuesday, 5/21/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Hickman Gym. Larry Fick will check with Jim Murphy to see if he will make the presentation;
      • Rockbridge High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Rockbridge Gym. Steve Klein has agreed to make the presentation.
      • Battle High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 6:15 p.m. in Battle Gym. A D.O. Club member to give presentation has not yet been determined.
    • Carl Scott indicated to Secretary Ron Berg that 38 total scholarship applications had been received and reviewed.
  • Socials:
    • Dos De Mayo Event: President Dewey stated the Dos De Mayo event will occur on Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house.  She added Larry Fick is now taking money for the event.  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.

 

  • Douglass Baseball Clinic: President Dewey thanked those who helped with the Douglass Baseball Clinic (Tri Star) at Douglass Park (400 North Providence) on Saturday, 4/13/19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Rick Mckernan added the event went well.
  • Fun City Dinner: The Fun City Youth Academy Champion Dinner will be held Saturday, 5/4/19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Banks Avenue, Columbia, MO.  Cost is $25/ticket.  Please plan to attend.  Pat Brown, Downtown Optimist Club member, will receive a lifetime achievement award.
  • Hallsville Optimist Club Casino/Bunco Night: President Dewey stated on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 the Hallsville Optimist Club will be hosting a Casino/Bunco Night and Taco Bar at the Bob Lemone Building at 6:00 pm. Cost for playing Casino is $20.00 for a bag of 2000 chips, $10.00 to play Bunco game, $10.00 Bottomless Cup and $10.00 for all-you-can-eat Taco Bar. There is a 50/50 raffle. The money goes back to the Community of Hallsville, for example, local scholarships to Buddy Sacks.
  • Boone County Relay for Life walk: President Dewey stated this event occurs on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Hickman High School Track from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please come out and support the American Cancer Association in finding a CURE for Cancer.
  • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

 

Announcements from the Floor:  None  

 

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Heart of Missouri CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates.

As per the pamphlet distributed, The Mission at Heart of Missouri CASA is to train and support volunteers to be exceptional voices for every abused and neglected child in the Boone and Callaway County Family Courts.  The Vision is Heart of Missouri CASA believes that all children have the right to safe, healthy, stable home, free from abuse and neglect.

Today’s speaker is Sara Echternach, Boone County Program Director for the Heart of Missouri CASA.  CASA is Court Appointed Special Advocates.

CASA is a volunteer-based program, where volunteers, who are appointed by a Judge, receive training and are assigned to work in the court system for kids who have experience abuse and/or neglect.  The CASA volunteer is a voice for the child.  The intent is reunification of the child with his or her parents.  If this cannot be attained, there may be guardianship and adoption options for the child.

CASA is a national program that originated in Seattle, Washington through a Family Court Judge.  The Judge got a group of volunteers together to be a voice for kids.  Every State and several counties have CASA agencies.

Children served range in age from birth to 18 years.  Some children receive supports up to age 21.  Individuals served ages 18-21 may work on such skill development as learning how to budget money, seeking employment and employment supports, applying to college, etc.

Heart of Missouri CASA looks for team players to be volunteers who can stand up for the child.  Prior to training, CASA volunteers have background checks completed and interviews are done to ensure the volunteer is a good fit for the program and are fully aware of what the volunteer responsibilities are.  CASA volunteers get 30 hours of training.  Fifteen hours on training is on line, and fifteen hours in person training over a total period of five weeks.  Examples of training topics include court report processes, how to interact as a team, etc.

Heart of Missouri CASA volunteers provide about 8-10 hours per month of support through this program.  Volunteers meet with the children at least two times per month. These meetings may occur in the home or at school, for instance.  Volunteers attend court every 3-6 months for hearings.  Volunteers work with the child’s parents, case workers, Guardian Ad Litem, Juvenile Officers, therapists, and other identified team members.  They meet about one time per month, and at six months the team gets together to report to the Judge regarding progress.

Volunteers are assigned a supervisor, and they meet with their supervisor at least one time per month.  Supervisors do go with the volunteer to court and go with the volunteer to team meetings, especially the first meeting, to assist with planning.  Supervisors can serve as a back-up support as needed in the volunteer’s absence, to ensure continued continuity of the process.

In addition to training volunteers get 12 hours continuing education in many forms such as reading books and videos on CASA topics, and monthly meetings.

As per the pamphlet, in FY2018, there was a 38% increase in children served (increase from 167-230); 22% increase in active CASA volunteers (94 to 110); 39% cases closed (increase from 46-64); and advocacy hours increased by 30% (from 5,889 to 7,664).  In FY2018, of the 64 CASA children’s cases closed, 40% of the children were reunified with their parents; 28% were adopted by or live with relatives; 16% adopted by or live with non-relatives; 11% other (e.g., cases dismissed, transferred to another agency, etc.); and 5% aged out of the system.

Funding sources for Heart of Missouri CASA includes government grants/contracts, special events, individual/corporate contributions, United Way, and Foundation grants.

For additional information you can go to the website – http://www.homcasa.org

You can contact Ms. Echternach by email at sara.homcasa.org

Heart of Missouri Boone County CASA phone number is 573-442-4670

Heart of Missouri CASA address:  105 East Ash, Ste. 102, Columbia, MO 65203

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 4/29/19 NO MEETING (Everyone come to the Social on Dos de Mayo 5/2/19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
  • 5/6/19 –  Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 6/10/19 – MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review and Celena Schmolzi the winner from the Optimist Essay Contest.
  • 7/22/19 – Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:06 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

04.01.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 1, 2019

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

Invocation:  Red Leighton

Pledge:  Kelly Schilling

 

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

Rick Mckernan introduced Wes Parks, President of First Midwest Bank, as a guest today.  They have sponsored drivers and cars for the Soap Box Derby this and last year.  Rick added that Mr. Parks has submitted his application to become a member of Downtown Optimist Club (D.O. Club).  The members welcomed Mr. Parks.

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey gave the award today to Scott Stager for assisting with taking the minutes for the previous luncheon meeting in Ron Berg’s absence.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None.

 

President Announcements

  • Election of Next Year’s Club Officers:
    • The Officer Search Committee submitted the following nominees for next year officers’ slate. This is the first reading of three required:
      • President Elect: Kelly Schilling
      • 1st Vice President: Anthony Parisio
      • 2nd Vice President: – undetermined –
      • Treasurer: Jack Beard Jr.
      • Secretary:- undeterminded
    • Board Members:
      • Phyllis Nichols and Mike Hatchett – 2nd term;
      • Elena Ryakhmyatullov – New Member
    • President Dewey informed the members Ron Berg will not be available to serve as Secretary for a second year due to other commitments.
  • Food Bank: President Dewey asked Jim Murphy and Larry Fick to summarize Food Bank volunteering last Monday. Larry and Jim stated they worked on packing chicken.
  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick stated driver positions are filled for the Stock division.  He added that we need more drivers for the Super Stock and Masters divisions.  If anyone has any recommendations please let Rick know.
  • Scholarships: President Dewey asked Cyrilla Galbreath to provide an update on scholarship awards planning.  Cyrilla stated she collected all the applications.  There are 17 applications from Rock Bridge High School, three from Columbia Hickman High School, three from Douglas High School, and five from Battle High School.  We are close to choosing the scholarship recipients.  Cyrilla and Carl Scott will be working on reviewing the applications today.
  • TRYPS Children’s Theater: Carl Scott mentioned this Friday and Saturday night TRYPS Theatre is celebrating their 100th  This will be at Macklanburg play house at Stephen’s College.
  • Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: President Dewey asked Larry Fick to provide information on the upcoming Fish Fry.  Larry stated it will occur this Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Columbia, MO.
  • Dos De Mayo Event: President Dewey stated the Dos De Mayo event will occur on Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house.  Larry Fick is now collecting money for the event, $10/adult.  Kids eat free.  Eighteen D.O. Club members have signed up to attend so far.  If you are interested in attending the event please contact Larry Fick to purchase tickets.
    • April, 2019 D.O. Club Evening Meeting Rescheduled to 5/2/19: Kelly Schilling stated that the D.O. Club evening meeting scheduled for Monday, 4/29/19 will combine with the Dos De Mayo event on 5/2/19.  O. Club members are encouraged to participate.
  • Douglass Baseball Clinic: Please consider helping with the Douglass Baseball Clinic (Tri Star) at Douglass Park (400 North Providence) on Saturday, 4/13/19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.
  • The Native Plant Sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 4/13/19, at the Bradford Research Center in Columbia, MO. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Announcements from the Floor  

Carl Scott noted this coming Saturday, 4/6/19, Columbia Parks and Recreation will conduct a free tree giveaway for Arbor Day.  This will occur 7:00 a.m. (until all trees are distributed) at the Farmers’ Market, Parkade Center parking lot, Columbia, MO.

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Aaro Froese, District Executive for the Boys Scouts of America, Great Rivers Council.

As per the Scouts Website:

  • Mission Statement: The mission of the Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime and to achieve their full potential by teaching them life skills and instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Vision Statement: The Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America will be a nationally recognized Quality Council and regarded as one of the premier Boy Scout Councils in the Midwest and be considered a leading youth service agency in central and northeast Missouri.

 

  • Aims, Methods, Ideals:
    • Scout Oath
      On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
    • Scout Law
      A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
    • Boy Scout Motto
      Be Prepared!
    • Boy Scout Slogan
      Do a Good Turn Daily!

 

Mr. Froese stated the Boys Scouts are now named Scouts BSA.  The parent company is Boy Scouts of America.  Young women and men may now join Scouts BSA.

 

Mr. Froese stated the Scout’s Oath and how important those words are. Scouts helps build confidence in young people, and it teaches leadership and responsibility. Mr. Froese mentioned the importance, for example, of the Scout’s uniform patches – this helps Scouts remember major achievements they accomplished in their Scouting.

 

Mr. Froese encouraged D.O. Club members to supports the Scouts.  Examples are donations, popcorn sales to support the Scouts, purchasing the $10 discount cards at local businesses and restaurants.

 

Locally there are about 1,284 Cub Scouts and 464 Scouts BSA members.

For additional information you can go to the website – www.bsa-grc.org

You can contact Mr. Froese at Aaro.Froese@Scouting.org

Mr. Froese’s phone numbers are P-573.449.2561, ext. 211; C-573.864.0501; F-573.874.6846

Address:  1203 Fay Street, Columbia, MO 65201

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 4/8/19 –  Susan Shaffer from the Special Olympics
  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 5/6/19 –  Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03.25.2019 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimists weekly Monday Luncheon – March 25th, 2019

 

Meeting was begun shortly after noon by President Dewey

 

Invocation was given by Bruce Sappington and the Pledge led by Steve Winters

 

Introduction  of Guests

 

Reid Lyle – guest of Ric McKernon.  Reid is the owner of Fast Yeti T’s and is a sponsor of the Soap Box Derby

Becca Winters – Steve’s daughter

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Ric McKernon reported that he will be a year older as of this coming Friday.

 

Mystery Person

 

Gary Uppinghouse gave the award to Steve Winters (gift card to HV).

Sign in / pay the pig

 

Ric Mckernan paid the pig for KU loss in top 32 in NCAA basketball.  Carl had not yet arrived, so Ric pre-empted what would have certainly been a request to contribute.  Carl arrived shortly thereafter and sure enough attempted to get Ric to contribute.  He was informed that Ric had already done so.

 

Board Meeting last Thurs

 

The following funding request were granted:

 

  • Fun City – $2500
  • Diamond Council and Daniel Boone Little League – $700
  • Hickman Review – $1000
  • High School Scholarships (6) – $6000

 

Also approved was additional purchases for Holiday Season sales – Wreaths and Roping.

 

Election of next years club officers

 

The Officer Search Committee submitted the following nominees for next year officers slate.  This is the first reading of three required:

 

  • President Elect: Kelly Schilling
  • 1st Vice President: Anthony Parrisio
  • 2nd Vice President: – undetermined –
  • Treasurer: Jack Beard Jr
  • Secretary: Ron Berg
  • Board Members: Phyllis Nicholls and Mike Hatchett – 2nd term;  Elana Rykamyatullov – New Member

 

Food Bank:  Larry Fick or Jim Murphy

 

Prepared Buddy Packs and unmentionable chicken

 

The Food Bank has requested the opportunity to take a photo of Optimist volunteers.  They are recognizing us in their Hall of Fame.  Larry Fick received the request and will coordinate a photo opportunity

 

Soap Box Derby Sunday 6//9/19

 

Ric McKernan reported on a meeting last week.  He reports that most cars are filled.  Remaining available cars include one stock division, two super stock, and two in masters.

Last year was our biggest race ever.  And it was the biggest in region four which includes a number of surrounding states.  This year will be even bigger.  The timing equipment recently purchased has helped speed up the race process.  Efforts will continue to speed up the event.  Ric gave an example of how much total time could be recovered by just removing 30 seconds from each interval between races.

 

Scholarship report: 

 

Deadline for applications was Monday March 18.

Carl reported that there are 17 applications from Rock Bridge, 13 from Hickman, and 3 from Douglas, plus whatever is in a just received packet from Battle.

 

Upcoming DOC Social Event:

 

Next Doc Club Social event is Thursday 5/2/19 –  Dos De Mayo. – There will a 5 p.m. social hour  with fresh sopaipillas  and adult beverage.  Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a full menu of Tex-Mex items.  Cost is the usual  $10 for adults, kids eat free.

 

There will be a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Las Margaritas – benefits will go to Childhood  Cancer

Larry Fick is collecting money for dinner and raffle.

 

Future DOC events:

 

July 11th, 2019 – DOC Social – Summer Games and BBQ at Clubhouse

 

November 5th, 2019 – DOC social – Annual Shrimp Feed at Clubhouse

 

Help is needed Sat April 13 with Douglass Baseball Clinic (Tri Star) at Douglass Park (400 North Providence – 2 to 4 p.m.  Sign up sheet will be available next week.

 

Help is needed on Thursday June 6th for the Bike Safety Rodeo.  This year there is a change of venue.  Event will be at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) 5 to 7 pm  Setup starting at 4 p.m.  Sign up sheet will be available next week.

 

 

Todays Speaker:

 

Steve Smith, President and CEO of Job Point gave us a great overview of who they are and what they do:

 

Job Point began in 1965 as a sheltered workshop sponsored by the Cosmopolitan Lunch Club.  With other sheltered workshops starting up in Columbia Job Point  grew into an employment center providing training, education and assistance in finding and maintaining jobs.

 

Steve provided a 2018 Annual Report brochure which gave an overview of the services they provide.  It also included a financial breakdown of assets and liabilities as well as statement of Operating Activities.  It contained a brief summary of the primary services they provide.  Steve spent his time discussing these various services.  Following are some notes from Steve’s discussion and information gleaned from that overview.

 

Training / certificate courses:

 

This program prepares individuals for employment in a specific field.  Current offerings include:

 

  • Office Technology (Basic Clerical, Accounting/Computing, Secretarial Refresher and Medical, Legal or Executive Administration)
  • Office Support Specialist
  • Retail Sales
  • Carpentry
  • Highway Heavy Construction
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Certified Nursing Assistang

 

Employment Services

 

Equips candidates with the tools for a successful job search.  Interests, skills and experiences are matched with employer needs.  Followup support is extended for job retention.

 

Employment Services with supports

 

This program assists individuals with significant disabilities to identify appropriate work goals and secure and retain employment.  Job Point assists with determining whether some folks can move out of sheltered workshops and work some in the greater community.  They assist with soft skill development, work scheduling, finding transportation and housing as well as daycare or childcare.

 

Youth Build

 

Focuses on disadvantaged youths aged 16-24 year old persons most of whom don’t have a High School degree of equivalent.  Job Point assists them in getting an equivalency certificate, and developing job skills.  Participants spend half time in classroom and half time on work projects.   Work projects include working on affordable housing projects building energy efficient family homes.  Soft skill training is key – how to deal with work environments and interacting with employers and co-workers.  Half of the participants in this program find employment in the construction trade.  Primary goal is to enable them to keep a job for 90 days.  This program is federally supported.

 

Community / housing development

 

Job Point is one of the Community/ Housing development organizations in Columbia.  Working with the city of Columbia students construct new homes for sale to income-eligible individuals and families.  Participants also assist other community organizations with construction and rehabilitation of homes and other structures.

 

Specialized Services

 

Job Point provides specialized services for

 

  • Adults with disabilities
  • Individuals who are unemployed or under employed
  • People with social, economic, legal and/or educational disadvantages
  • Persons with physical or mental health conditions, including injuries
  • High -risk youth ages 16-24

 

 

Additional information

 

Steve provided a Fiscal Year 2018 outcome report that included the following information:

 

  • 428 persons were served
  • $10.77 was the average wage/hour earned by those placed in jobs.
  • 77% of adult job seekers maintained employment for at least 90 days.
  • 97% of customers were satisfied with our services

 

Also included was an extensive list of companies which created employment opportunities in fiscal year 2018.

 

The brochure included a list of their officers andboard of directors who come from a  broad selection of the local business, financial,  education, medical,  legal and law enforcement communities.

 

Job Point has locations in Columbia, Marshall, Moberly, and Sedalia.  The Columbia office is at 400 Wilkes Boulevard, phone (573) 474-8560.  Information available at

 

  • org
  • com/jobpoint
  • com/jobpointmo

 

Future Luncheons Speaker Schedule

 

  • 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
  • 5/6/19 –   Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 6/10/19 – MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review and Celena Schmnolzi the winner of the local Optimist Essay Contest.
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

03.18.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 19, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:00 p.m.

Invocation:  Rick Mckernan

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

 

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

None reported.

 

Welcome any new or returning members:  Eric Williams, new Downtown Optimist Club (D.O. Club) member, introduced himself.  He is the President of the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association.

 

New Downtown Optimist Club Members Introduction and Pledge:  President Dewey recognized new members Shirley Beckett and Eric Williams today.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

  • President Dewey is celebrating her 14th Wedding anniversary on March 19.
  • Charlie Langreder is celebrating his 14th anniversary of working at Bass Pro store.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey gave the award today to Jerry Uppinghouse as a new D.O. Club member.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Rick Mckernan paid $0.25 to the pig for KU Men’s Basketball participation in the NCAA tournament.
    • O. Scheffer paid $0.25 to the pig for MU Women’s Basketball participation in the NCAA tournament.

 

  • President Announcements:
    • O. Club Board Meeting: President Dewey reminded members of the upcoming D.O. Club Board meeting at the club house on Thursday, 3/21/19 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
    • Food Bank: President Dewey asked Jim Murphy and Larry Fick to summarize Food Bank volunteering last Monday. Larry and Jim stated they worked on packing chicken.
    • O. Club Search Committee: C.O. Scheffer, Steve Winter and Ed Musterman. They will report to us at the board meeting on Thursday, March 21 with a full slate of board members and officers.
    • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick stated there will be a meeting tomorrow evening to assign cars to drivers.  Rick asked for members to consider helping out at the Derby event on 6/9/19.
    • East Missouri Optimist Meeting: President Dewey announced the third quarter Optimist conference will be on May 3 and 4, 2019.  It will be held at the St. Louis Hilton Hotel near the Airport, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO.
    • Scholarship: President Dewey stated she would need to check with Cyrilla Galbreath to get an update on scholarship. Today is the deadline for turning in scholarship applications.
    • Dos De Mayo Event: Larry Fink said the Dos De Mayo event will occur on Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house.  He is starting now to collect money for the event, $10/adult.  Larry described the food menu for the event.
    • Douglass Baseball Clinic: Please consider helping with the Douglass Baseball Clinic (Tri Star) at Douglass Park (400 North Providence) on Saturday, 4/13/19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

 

  • Announcements from the floor:  
    • Carl Scott noted congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Boys Basketball team for winning the state championship.
    • Carl asked members to remember to go out and vote at the local elections.

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Annelle Whitt, JD, Program District Coordinator, Multicultural Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars, through the Columbia Missouri Public Schools.  Ms. Whitt also made available a number of MAC Program pamphlets at the presentation.

As per the available pamphlets – “the MAC Program is a holistic collaborative, educational support function of Columbia Public Schools. The MAC program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and support they need to achieve success academically, emotionally and socially. The purpose of the MAC Program is to increase the number of historically under-represented students in Columbia Public School’s most rigorous course work, honors and advanced placement courses. The program’s goal is to ensure college and career readiness for students from cradle to career.”

Partners in education with MAC Program includes the Columbia Public Schools, Shelter Insurance, University of Missouri and Columbia College.

Many programs offered through MAC Scholars Program.  This includes such programs and initiatives as (but not limited to):

  • In partnership with University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity – Women of Color, Honor and Ambition initiative for female high school students;
  • In partnership with University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity – Men of Color, Honor and Ambition initiative for female high school students;
  • The Mini MAC Scholars Program with goals to have students have personal commitment to academic achievement and success, celebrate academic success each and every day, and encourage students to begin thinking about college.
  • Additional MAC programs and initiatives for middle school and high school students.

The MAC Program also has such events as a MAC Conference at Columbia College.  About 500 students from Columbia Public Schools participate.  There is also a program where students travel to different States in the USA to complete college tours.

Any Columbia Public School student can participate in MAC Program.  Students would need to sign a contract to participate and have a 3.0 grade point average, or show how they are going to achieve a 3.0 grade point average or better.  The MAC Program has an excellent reputation with students and their families, so students want to participate in this program.   At Columbia Public Schools, there are 678 students from Kindergarten through High School in the MAC Program.  The average student in this MAC Program has a 3.3 grand point average.

 

For additional information you can go to the website – https://www.cpsk12.org/mac.  And/or you can contact Ms. Whitt at awhitt@cpsk12.org.  Ms. Whitt’s phone number is 573.214.3095.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 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
  • 5/6/19 –  Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:50 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

03.11.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 11, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:03 p.m.

Invocation:  Red Leighton

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

 

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

Bonnie Langreder in attendance today at the meeting.  Welcome back Bonnie.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None.

 

Mystery Person

None awarded today.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig for March being Womens month. Carl thanked Mary for her continued efforts to recruit women for D.O. Club membership.
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig for 14 years Kansas University basketball team has won the Big 12 Championship.
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig for Kansas State University winning the Big 12 regular season championship this year.
    • Carl Scott paid another $0.25 to the pig as he forgot his D.O. Club badge today.

 

  • Welcome any new or returning members: None reported.

 

  • New D.O. Club Members: President Dewey recognized new members Bonnie Langreder and Jerry Sullivan today.  O. Club sponsor for Bonnie is her husband Charlie; and Rick Mckernan sponsored Jerry Sullivan for membership.

 

  • President Announcements:
    • O. Club Board Meeting: President Dewey reminded members of the upcoming D.O. Club Board meeting at the club house on Thursday, 3/21/19 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
    • Food Bank: President Dewey asked Jim Murphy and Larry Fick to summarize Food Bank volunteering last Monday. Larry stated they worked on packing Cheerios cereal.
    • Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: President Dewey asked Larry Fick to give an update on the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry on 3/18/19.  Larry stated the fish fry went well, and the next fish fry is on Friday, 4/5/19.
    • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning.   Rick stated there will be a meeting next week to continue planning for the event.
    • Scholarship: President Dewey asked Cyrilla Galbreath to provide an update on scholarships.  Cyrilla indicated she has received one request from Columbia Hickman High School to date.  She is expecting about 12 requests from Rock Bridge High School.
    • Dos De Mayo Event: President Dewey said the Dos De Mayo event will occur on Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house.  As part of the event raffle tickets will be sold with proceeds going to childhood cancer care.  (Larry Fick will start taking money April 1)
    • Douglass Baseball Clinic: Please consider helping with the Douglass Baseball Clinic (Tri Star) at Douglass Park (400 North Providence) on Saturday, 4/13/19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

 

  • Announcements from the floor:  
    • Scott Stager passed around the photograph he received of the D.O. Club members and other volunteers representing D.O. Club at the 14th Annual Rootin Tootin Chili Cook-off. He will place the picture on the wall at the D.O. Clubhouse.
    • Carl Scott noted there is a 4-H Club BBQ event on 3/16/19 in Hallsville, MO.
    • Jake Jolley stated the Annual Rootin Tootin Chili Cook-off this year raised $116,000 for the Boys and Girls Club.

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Nikki McGruder, Director of the Inclusive Impact Institute.   As per Ms. McGruder’s excellent presentation and information she distributed at the meeting, the mission of Inclusive Impact Institute is Innovation – creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration, education and engagement.  Inclusive Impact Institute is a collaborative initiative to promote inclusive excellence in Boone County and beyond.

There is commitment to:

  • Training and Education – Education on diversity and inclusion;
  • Consulting – Advice to business leaders to increase diversity in the workplace as well as in the community;
  • Community Engagement – Encourage philanthropy and partnerships at the corporate and non-profit level and bring about positive community outcomes; and
  • Leadership Development.

Inclusive Excellence for Business – An eight month program for local businesses and organizations with the intent to encourage constructing an inclusive environment, and adopting the cohesive, coherent and collaborative integration of diversity, inclusion and equity in the organizational structure.  This is a collaboration with the Inclusive Impact Institute and MU-Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity.  Sessions include Understanding the Principles of Community; five dimensions – Access and Success, Organizational Climate, Training and Education, Community Engagement, and Organizational Infrastructure; Implementation Overview; and Principles of Community.

Inclusive Impact Institute Partners include:  Veteran’s United Home Loans, Columbia College, University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, City of Columbia, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Central Bank of Boone County, Commerce Bank, Regional Economic Development, Inc., and Shelter Insurance.

 

For additional information you can go to the website – www.inclusiveimpact.org.  Facebook:  Facebook.com/inclusiveimpactinstitute.  And/or you can contact Ms. McGruder at nikki@inclusiveimpact.org.  Ms. McGruder’s phone number is 573.817.4354.   Inclusive Impact Institute mail – P.O. Box 10295, Columbia, MO 65205.  Office is located at 4603 John Garry Drive, Suites 5, 6, 7, Columbia, MO 65203.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 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
  • 5/6/19 –  Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Myer from Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO Meeting (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 – Julia Dorm & Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:40 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

03.04.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 4, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:03 p.m.

Invocation:  Rick Mckernan

Pledge:  Ron Berg

 

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

None.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None.

 

Mystery Person

President Mary Dewey awarded the mystery person to C.O. Scheffer for his efforts at planning and ordering Downtown Optimist Club (D.O. Club) Christmas Trees for next season.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • President Dewey paid $0.25 to the pig to thank Rick Mckernan and other D.O. Club members and volunteers who helped prepare the computers for the computer give-away last week.
    • President Dewey paid $0.25 to the pig for her picture being taken at the parks and recreation banquet in Branson, Missouri.
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig to thank members who helped out at the Food Bank last Monday evening.
    • Carl Scott paid $0.25 to the pig to thank Kelly Schilling and Nadia Ryakhmyatullov for their efforts in locating alternate D.O. Club meeting sites for the last meeting of each month.
    • Rick McKernan paid another $0.25 to the pig to recognize the MU Men’s Basketball team for their win this past weekend.

 

  • Welcome any new or returning members: None reported.

 

  • President Announcements:
    • O. Club Food Bank Volunteering on 2/25/19: Thanks to all members who participated in the Food Bank volunteering last Monday night.
    • Awesome 80’s Trivia Night: President Dewey indicated she attended the “Awesome 80’s Trivia Night” and Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 202 on 3/2/19.  Scott Stager also went to the Trivia Night.  It was a great time at the event and there were many chili recipe entries.
    • Basketball: We are sponsoring two Columbia Youth Basketball (CYBA) teams this year. This is the last Saturday of CYBA games for the 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls’ team and the 4th grade boys’ team. The 1st and 2nd grade basketball team has two games this Saturday at Beulah Ralph Elementary School. Game times are 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Our 4th grade boys’ team only has one game at Gentry Middle School at 9:00 am. Please let’s go out and support our youth basketball teams for the last games of the season.
    • O. Club Board Meeting: We helped fund the Junior Achievement, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Buddy Pack Program, and our Columbia Soap Box Derby.
    • Food Bank: President Dewey asked Jim Murphy to summarize Food Bank volunteering last Monday. Jim stated they worked on packing chicken fingers and packing Buddy Packs for seniors.
    • Christmas tree Ordering: President Dewey asked C.O. Scheffer to give an update on Christmas tree planning.
      • O. indicated he has sent out his recommendations for tree type and count to the D.O. Club Board and Jim Murphy. C.O. is ordering more trees this year due to fast sales this past year.  Jim responded that he agrees with C.O.’s recommendations for tree purchasing.
      • O. stated he is ordering the Fraser trees early. He spoke with the tree provider, and there is still a nation-wide shortage of the Fraser trees.  Hence, ordering early is important.  Further, with early ordering by the end of this month there is a 3.5% discount on the Fraser tree costs.  There is a slight increase in cost for the Frasers, but with the discount this should be fine.  C.O. added that he will pay 25% of the Fraser cost now, and the remaining amount is due upon delivery.
      • Other types of trees (e.g., Scotch Pines, Balsams, etc.) will be ordered in May.
    • 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.  Rick thanked members who participated in the computer preparation and give away on 2/22 and 2/23/19 at the D.O. Club house.  Rick stated a Boone County Sheriff’s Department representative presented on internet safety for families who received the computers.  Rick added that several people did not pick up their computers, and these computers are still at the Club house.  Volunteer Action Center has identified some additional recipients to receive these computers.
    • 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.  Most of the derby cars are spoken for.
    • Optimist Club Essay Contest: Rick Mckernan stated we have received entries for the local Optimist Club Essay Contest.  Ron Berg was one of the judges for the essays submitted.  Rick also requested and received assistance in judging from other volunteers locally including a bank representative and four individuals who are veterans.  Volunteers greatly enjoyed reviewing the essays.  Celena Schmolzi, a student at Columbia Hickman High School was selected as the local winner of the essay contest.  Schmolzi’s essay will now be submitted to the Eastern Missouri Optimists District Essay Contest.
    • Scholarship: President Dewey asked Carl Scott to give an update on Scholarships.  He stated he would check with Cyrilla Galbreath on updates.  The deadline for turn the information is Monday, March 18, 2019.
    • Dos De Mayo Event: President Dewey asked Steve Winters to give an update on the Dos De Mayo event.  Steve reported it is to be held Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house and provided a summary of meal items.  You can arrive at 5:00 p.m. and meal begins at 6:00 p.m.
    • Douglass Baseball Clinic: Please consider helping with the Douglass Baseball Clinic (Tri Star) at Douglass Park (400 North Providence) on Saturday, 4/13/19 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

 

  • Announcements from the floor:
    • Larry Fick stated there is a Knights of Columbus, Council #1529 Fish Fry on 3/8/19 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2525 North Stadium, Columbia, MO. Cost for adults is $12, and cost for children ages 5-10 is $5.  Children under age 5 eat for free.
    • Carl Scott told members there is a tornado awareness day tomorrow. Please keep this in mind how dangerous tornados can be, especially after the recent tornados in Alabama.
    • Carl Scott noted there is a 4-H Club BBQ event on 3/16/19 in Hallsville, MO.

 

 

Today’s Speakers

Today’s speakers are Christina Torbet, Program Coordinator, and Helen Crawford from Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run (GOTR).

Building Confidence, Competence, Connection, Character and Caring in Young Girls.

Ms. Torbet stated the Heart of Missouri GOTR is an independent council associated with Girls on the Run International.  In 2011 there were two sites, and now there are 22 sites serving more than 300 young ladies.

Ms. Crawford stated she has worked with Heart of Missouri GOTR since it was established in the year 2011.

GOTR serves girls from 3rd grade through 8th grade.

GOTR mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running”.

GOTR “envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams”.

GOTR after school programming occurs over a 10-week period, two days per week, 90 minutes each day.  Volunteer coaches work with teams of 8-20 girls across Columbia and Mid-Missouri.  This is an outcomes-based curriculum written by experts in education with a focus on such areas as building self-esteem.  This all leads to a 5K running event to be held on 5/11/19 at the Columbia, MO Bear Creek Trail. This is a noncompetitive event that teaches girls how to set and achieve goals.

Over 2,000 girls have participated in Heart of Missouri GOTR since 2011.

There are greater than 600 community volunteers involved in GOTR annually.

The cost per participant is about $150.  This cost includes recruiting and training volunteers, background checks for volunteers, materials needed for teams-lesson plans and curriculum, snacks for kids at each lesson, and 5K event costs.

How can you help?

  • Donate
    • Time (coaches, 5K Committee, 5K volunteers);
    • Talents – such as becoming a Board member;
    • Treasures – Give to GOTR scholarships, monthly giving.

 

For additional information you can go to the website – www.heartofmissourigirlsontherun.org.  And/or you can contact Christina at Christina.torbet@girlsontherun.org.   Christina’s phone number is 573.246.0884.   Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run office is located at 3512 I-70 Drive SE, Columbia, MO 65201.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 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
  • 4/15/19 – Kelly Hill from Heart of Missouri , CASA
  • 4/22/19 – Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 5/6/19 –  Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 6/3/19 – Julia Dorm and Brittany Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:50 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

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