08.12.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, August 12, 2019

 

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

Invocation:  Mary Dewey

Pledge:  Steve Winter

Attendance: 14 members + 4 guests + 3 speakers (Soap Box Derby Winners)

 

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

None

Welcome any new or returning members

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Ken Oster’s daughter 56 year old birthday, and Smoke the Bears 55th Birthday was last week.

 

Mystery Person   Steve Klein gave the mystery card to Sid Sullivan

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig Carl Scott gave his 3 quarters for, first quarter was for Thanking everyone for the peanut butter, second quarter was for Mary Dewey for all her hard work on the scrapbook and last quarter was for Rick McKerman.

President Announcements

  • District Optimist Meeting

I would to thank everyone who went to this weekend 4th Quarter East Missouri Conference. We learned a lot of new ideas how bring in new members. We came in first in the A & A points. We had 60,975 point and the Tri City Ladies had $46,475 point. Tri City ladies did bet us in the scrapbook and newsletters contest. I like to let Rick know he did great job talking about the Soap Box Derby. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the Soap Box Derby and they had a lot of questions about the car.  Rick had a raffled off some soap box derby movie and a t-shirt after his talk. We raised $53.00 for the Children Cancer.  I would like to Thank Carl Scott on heading up the peanut butter challenge with the different East Missouri District zones and bringing item in for the Children Cancer and IO Foundation silent auctions.  Carl, Can you please let us know how much peanut butter we brought in this weekend?

  • Reminder there is a Board Meeting this Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 pm at the Club House

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy and Larry Fick. They worked on filling up bags of pasta.
  • Respect for Law BBQ: Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at COMO Park shelter more detail to come. Need help in serving the food, cooking and set up and cleaning. Dexheimer Shelter – byTennis Courts. All local clubs. Kids First Optimists have put up a volunteer sign up at Respect for Law signup Alternatively contact Tom Luckenbill at (573) 808-1615 or Mary Dewey at (573) 808 1120

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Today’s Speaker

Mylee Michael (Soap Box Derby  Winner for Stock)  A 6th grader at Smithton Middle School

Marlowe Wies (Soap box Derby Winner for Super Stock) A 5th grader at Ridgeway Elementary School

Owen Schilling (Soap Box Derby Winner for Master) A 6th grader at Smithton Middle School

Evan Schilling said “There was a Record number of racers – 48 racers beating last year by one. Biggest race in central area.” He also wanted to Thank the Mizzou Swimming team and members of the Columbia Downtown Optimist Club for all their hard work on Sunday, June 6 at the local Soap Box Derby Race.

Evan said ” This year was the 82nd running of the First Energy All American Soap Box World Championship with 300 racers from all over the county and international (Japan) all going 30 to 31 mph downhill.” Evan also said ” Soap Box Derby is like a Stem Program with Math, Science and Engineering.”

 

Here is the schedule of the week activities that the winners and their family took place in while they were there at the First Energy All- American Soap Box Derby World Championships from Sunday, June 14 through Saturday, June 20.

Sunday, July 14

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Shell Re-attachment/Trial Runs/Photos, etc. for all cars *SUNDAY ONLY*
6 p.m. – Race Week Overview and Orientation meeting at the Whitey Wahl Starting Line Pavilion

Monday, July 15

11:30 a.m. – Staging for the Parade of Champions, Canal Park
12 p.m. – Parade of Champions on Main Street from Canal Park to Lock 3
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony, Lock 3
6 – 9 p.m. – Champions only Rock the Rec and Badge Trading at The University of Akron Health & Wellness Center

Tuesday, July 16

7:30 a.m. – AAA Local Challenge – Local Masters
9 a.m. – AAA Local Challenge – Local Super Stock
10:30 a.m. AAA Local Challenge – Local Stock
1 p.m. – Legacy Division *NEW in 2019*

Wednesday, July 17

7:30 a.m. – Rally Challenge – Rally Masters
9 a.m. – Rally Challenge – Rally Super Stock
10 a.m. – Rally Challenge – Rally Stock
2 p.m. – All-Star Race *NEW in 2019*

Thursday, July 18

12 – 1:30 p.m. – Parents Race
2 p.m. – Group Photo
3 – 5 p.m. – Open Hill, Whitey Wahl Pavilion Starting Line
3 – 7 p.m. – Topside Show Open House
5 – 8 p.m. – Build and Battle Competition

Friday, July 19

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. – National Super Kids Classic

Alignment – Wheel Selection – Weigh-In *ALL CHAMPS at Topside

8 a.m. – Masters (Local and Rally)
9:30 a.m. – Super Stock (Local and Rally)
11:15 a.m. – Stock (Rally)
12 p.m. – Stock (Local)

3 – 4 p.m. – Local and Rally Directors meeting
4:15 – 5:30 p.m. – State of the Derby Update
Location: Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron, OH 44326
Parking: High/Market Deck, 40 S. High St., $1 parking per hour

7:05 p.m. – Akron RubberDucks Game at Canal Park

Saturday, July 20

7 – 8 a.m. – Champ and Car Handler Check-In
8:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
9 a.m. – First Heat of the 82nd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
1 p.m. – VIP Heats, presented by Accenture
Final Heats Immediately following VIP Heats

7 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, Akron Civic Theatre

Marlowe Wies (Super Stock winner with the Schneider Auto car) wanted to Thank the Optimist Club for sponsoring the local Soap Box Derby. . At national she enjoined making new friends and spend time with her family. There was a lot to do and easy to get lost. Marlowe’s  family are the ones who got the Schilling family into Soap Box Derby three years ago.

Owen Schilling (Master winner with Free Fall Concepts car) wanted to Thank the Optimist Club for sponsoring the local Soap Box Derby. Owen 3 years ago he really didn’t want to race but, his mom keep pushing him into with his dad and now he loves it and you can get him off the track now. Owen and his dad Evan just back at 1:00 am from Denver Colorado from a Mile High Rally Race. On Saturday Owen placed 3th and 4th and on Sunday he placed 2nd and 5th.  He has won the last 3 years at the local level that he can’t race at the local level any more. If he wants to get back to National he has to do this in the Rally races that take place in Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky  and Colorado. At national he enjoyed swimming, handing out buttons, and the Cedar  Point Roller Coaster. Owen also “Thank his dad for buying his car.”

Mylee McMichael (Stock winner with the Schneider Auto car) wanted to Thank the Optimist Club for sponsoring the local Soap Box Derby. Mylee has been racing for 4 years on and off. She enjoyed throwing out the Frisbee during the Champions  Open Ceremony, trading pins and being with her friends.

 

Overall the parents had a great time and enjoyed see the winners being treated as Champion all week long. They also liked to really Thank  Evan and Owen for all their help during national helping them get where they needed to be during the week.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID
  • 9/16/19 Jessica Bernhart from Camp Hickory Hill Diabetes Camp

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

 

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

 

                            

 

East Missouri District 2018-2019 “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

08.05.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, August 5, 2019

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

Invocation: Pat Brown

Pledge: Mary
Attendance: 10 + 1 guest. + speaker

Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members (who have been gone) Tom Luekenbill – talked about about Optimisim, upcoming events – respect for law

Welcome any new or returning members
None
Birthdays and Anniversaries Steve Klein – Wedding anniversary yesterday – August 4th – 26 yrs.

Mystery Person Carl – gave to Pat Brown Sign In or Pay the Pig Carl paid for radio bit stating Dave Murphy’s term on Conservation commission recently ended.

President Announcements • District Optimist Meeting
Aug 9-11 District meeting here in Columbia. At Executive Center 4 p.m. demo of Soap BoxDerby. Carl and food bank are coordinating a food drive – peanut butter – 16 oz jars. Asking district clubs to donate as much as possible.
• Food Bank: Jim Murphy – vegetarian spring rolls – frozen. Repackaged into smaller containers. • Mary thanked everyone who came out for the Farmer Market tour this past Thursday. We all learned a lot about the different parts of the Farmer Market from the commercial kitchen that will be on site to the area where they will be planting their gardens. If you haven’t been out there you will need to go and check out the vendors and what they are selling from vegetables to homemade items. Carl talked a bit about the tour. Next year they will build the new building with kitchen and begin gardening there. • Respect for Law BBQ: Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at COMO Park shelter more detail to come. Need help in serving the food, cooking and set up and cleaning. Dexheimer Shelter – by Tennis Courts. All local clubs. Kids First Optimists have put up a volunteer sign up at Respect for Law signup Alternatively contact Tom Luckenbill at (573) 808-1615 or Mary Dewey at (573) 808 1120.

Announcements from the Floor:
Sugar Grove Baptist Church August 17 11 a.m. – chicken and mutton. Located south off WW at roundabout.

Today’s Speaker Ellen Drummond visited with us today about the Junior Achievement Program. She thanked us for our clubs funding them last February for the program at Derby Ridge Elementary. Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The program primarily operates in elementary schools, though programs also exist for high schools. They have been around for 100 years. High School programs involved students actually creating and running virtual companies. Now they start with elementary K-5, and have programs for middle and high. They work at partnering the business community with schools. They teach entrepreneurship, business, economics, and financial responsibility. They are a non-profit with no government funding. They are funded by donations and grants. They have been here in Columbia for 6-7 years. Volunteers are paired with teachers and the schools
provide time within the school day integrating the lessons into the regular curriculum. They have volunteer kits which are designed for appropriate age. They get kids at young ages to begin thinking about career paths, thinking about responsibility with money, understanding and dealing with credit and debt.  5th graders go to BizTown in St. Louis – there is a miniature town where they spend the day familiarization them with the operation of the town. High school students can go to finance Park. There they play a game of life on an iPad. They are presented with with life scenario: job, spouse, kids, salary. They must live and create a budget within means. Local Junior Achievement has begun expanding to surrounding communities. They have a fundraiser on September 9th. It is a breakfast gathering with the topic of “Achieve More”. It as at the Hub downtown Columbia 7-8:30 a.m. . There will be a trivia night at the Elks
Lodge next April. Ellen passed out a couple of information sheets about JA. Someone asked about assessment data so after the fact she provided some PDFs with information about that. An attempt will be made to include the information sheets and followup data at the end of this bulletin. Be aware that some of these brochures are from last year, so data and dates may not be current. For more information on JA contact Ellen at edrummond@jastl.org, or call (573) 353-3884 or (573) 514-7105. Their website is JASTL.ORG where you can follow the About JA link and drill down to /
districts and areas served/Junior Achievement in Central Missouri.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS
• 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center
• 8/12/19 Soap Box Derby winners
• 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition

• 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
• 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID

Adjourn with the Creed:

Optimistically Yours,
Mary Dewey, President

07.29.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
Monday, July 29, 2019

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

Invocation: Mary

Pledge: Pat Brown

Attendance: 14 + 1 guest + 2 speakers

Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members (who have been gone)
John Harre – Larry Fick’s grandson

Welcome any new or returning members
None

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Steve Winters 35 year Anniversary on Thursday

Mystery Person-Charlie Landgreder – gave to Jerry Sullivan

Sign In or Pay the Pig- Everyone on the photos that were going around

President Announcements
• District Optimist Meeting
Aug 9-11 Optimist East Missouri District meeting is here in Columbia at the Executive Center.
There will be a 4 p.m. demo of Soap Box Derby cars. Carl and the Food Bank are coordinating a
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food drive – peanut butter – 16 oz jars. We are asking district clubs to donate as much as possible.
Everyone is encourage to provide 16 oz jars of peanut butter for the collection.
• Food Bank: Jim Murphy and Larry Fick. Pasta, chocolate cereal, cheerios – repacked into
serving portions.
• Show Me State Games: Finished this past Sunday. Mary would like to thank all the club
members who were there in the heat handing out the soccer medals. She also remind everyone
who volunteered and are and in the picture on the Show Me State Games website owes the Pig a
quarter. Larry reports that the 2nd Sunday went well.
• Respect the Law BBQ: Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at COMO Park shelter more detail
to come. Need help looking for donations from Columbia Business. 10:30-5 p.m. Looking for food
donations. Need help in serving the food, cooking and set up and cleaning? Sign up sheet was
passed around.
• Reminder: The tour of the New Ag Park next to the ARC is this Thursday August 1st at 5:15 pm.
Announcements from the Floor:
Carl gave Rick a picture from the Missourian about a goat Yoga event. Long story about a goat being passed around that Rick occasionally relates. If you don’t know the story ask him and I am sure he will be happy to regale you with it.
Today’s Speaker
• 7/29/19 Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
Nanette Ward came to talk to us about the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. She is a volunteer and founding board member of the Coalition which was founded 11 years ago. She indicated that slavery exists in one form or another throughout he world with 40-43 million people enslaved worldwide. It can involve forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Exploited persons are transported from state to state within this country.
Market for enslaved persons exist so someone will want to exploit for profit. There is forced labor worldwide in supply line of products as referenced in recent news stories of exploitation There are survivors of sexual exploitation living here in Columbia. Nanette told us of a 50 something woman who was sold by her parents. Another of a dancer at local club forced by her husband to perform.

Nanette was accompanied by Ann who related the story of how she was exploited, enslaved and sold for sex. She is a grandma who in her 40s was set up on a blind date with a presumably nice guy. The guy was a trucker who showered her with flowers, dinners, and concert trips. At the time she was working in a factory. He tried to get her to quit her job and join him on the road. She had a bad day at work, so decided why not? She quit her job and joined him on the road in his rig. He immediately changed into a monster having been grooming her for exploitation all along. He maintained total control, little eating, minimal access to bathroom and locked in the rig for months. She was being sold on Craigslist in Colorado. She was locked in the truck for six months. He only allowed her to call her family in his presence so they didn’t know what was going on (her parents were in there 90s). After six months, during the winter they went back to the house she owned to do laundry. Knowing he had left his gun in the truck she dialed 911 on her phone and threw it under the bed. Realizing she had done this he took off in the truck. She was from Freeburg Missouri and now lives in Columbia with a dog and a cat and says she is doing well with support from the Coalition.
Nanette passed out a double sided card with additional information including both local and national phone numbers for anyone who is being exploited or suspects they have observed someone being exploited. She encouraged everyone to put those numbers in their phone in case a situation should arise where they are needed.
A copy of the card is included at the end of this bulletin.
References which are on the card:
http://www.stophumantraffickingmo.com
help@stophumantraffickingmo.com
National hotline number: 888-373-7888
Local phone number (866) 590-5959

UPCOMING SPEAKERS
• 8/5/19 Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
• 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center
• 8/12/19 Soap Box Derby winners
• 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
• 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
• 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID
Adjourn with the Creed:

07.22.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin Monday, July 22, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:01 p.m.

Invocation: Mary
Pledge: Cyrilla Attendance: 11 + 3 guests + 1 speaker

Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members (who have been gone) Evan Schilling and son Drew. Just back from National Soap Box Derby
Steve Winters daughter Becca

Welcome any new or returning members
None
Birthdays and Anniversaries none claimed

Mystery Person Rick McKernan to Cyrilla

Sign In or Pay the Pig None
President Announcements • District Optimist Meeting
Aug 9-11 District meeting here in Columbia. At Executive Center 4 p.m. demo of Soap BoxDerby. Need to know attendees by July 17th. Carl and food bank are coordinating a food drive – peanut butter – 16 oz jars. Asking district clubs to donate as much as possible. Carl encouraged members to attend the meeting •

Board Meeting this past Thursday July. We funded Douglass Athletic Association baseball)(— $700, Voluntary Action Center (back to school days suplies) — $500, Ronald McDonald House– $620 (outdoor games for home), and Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home (replace wood on deck of one of the houses): $3000
• Food Bank: Jim Murphy – Pasta •

Show Me State Games: Jake Jolley Show Me State Games are this Sunday, July 28. I would like to Thank all the club members who were there yesterday in the heat handing out the soccer medals. Carl talked about it some about pictures and visiting with St. Charles teams. There are a three photos from the first weekend included at the bottom of this bulletin.

• Respect the Law BBQ: Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at COMO Park shelter more detail to come. Need help be looking for help in serving the food, cooking and set up and cleaning.
• Soap Box Nationals – Even Schilling spoke a bit about their experience; 3 families from Columbia went, Owen Schilling, Marlowe Weiss, Miley McMichael were the drivers. They arrived Saturday. There were 380 racers participating in the event which was the 82nd running. All participants were real thankful for the opportunity. It is definitely a family activity, which can build lasting relationships. Rally racing is an additional opportunity past the local races that we have here. Participants travel long distances. On the Saturday race, two of our racers advanced to 2nd round . A Derby friend of the Schilling family from Omaha won on Saturday.

Announcements from the Floor: none

Today’s Speaker Sarah Varvaro from Ten Outreach Program spoke to us today about their program. Sarah is a Health Educator at COMO health department who facilitates this program. She provided a flyer with some statistics about the program. The program is also called TOPS. It is a middle and high school after school program currently active in eight schools; The facilitators meet with each school weekly. Organized lessons from curriculum book are presented each week. The program works to develop healthy relationship, social identity, healthy decisions and goal settings, Participating students are required to do volunteer work. They want to get every student 20 hrs
volunteer work. The participating students performed 968 hrs of community service last year. Majority of participating teens say they realized that they can make a positive influence on lives of others. Sarah and two others from her office facilitate and partner with schools, There are 10 student per club, There are school hour activities and some after school activities through the entire school year. Some schools focus on at risk students, while others leave open to all. .. The Wyman Group out of St. Louis created and continuously updates this youth development program. It is funded by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – 50%. The Boone County Children’s services fund provides the remaining 50%. The local organizations website site is: https://www.como.gov/health/education/adolescent-services/
teen-outreach-program/

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
• 8/1/19 Tour of the New Ag Park next to ARC at 5:15 pm
• 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
• 7/29/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking

• 8/5/19 Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
• 8/12/19 Soap Box Derby winners
• 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
• 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID

Adjourn with the Creed:

Optimistically Yours,
Mary Dewey, President East Missouri District 2018-2019 “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

07.15.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, July 15,  2019

 

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

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge: Steve Winters

 

Attendance: 12

 

 

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

 

none

 

Welcome any new or returning members

 

none

 

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Rick McKernan Anniversary on Wednesday – 37 yrs

 

Mystery Person

 

Steve Winters awarded to Bonnie Landgreder

 

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

 

Steve Winters – wayward badge

 

President Announcements

 

  • District Optimist Meeting

 

 

Aug 9-11 Optimist East Missouri District quarterly conference is here in Columbia at the Executive Center.  A  4 p.m. there will be a demo of Soap Box Derby.  President Dewey needs to know attendees by July 17th.  Carl and food bank are coordinating a food drive – peanut butter – 16 oz jars.  Everyone in the club is asked to donate one.  Get to Carl, or leave at clubhouse where Carl has a container ready.  We are asking district clubs to donate as much as possible.

  • Food Bank:

    Jim Murphy – Cheerios again

 

  • Socials:

    President Mary Dewey would like to Thank the following people for the great job on the Summer Games and BBQ that took place Thursday, July 11th. Larry and Paulette Fick for salad, Larry’s chocolate birthday cake, cream corn, and the homemade ice cream. Steve Winters and Scott Stager for all the cooking of the meat and Steve for the Mac and Cheese and BBQ Baked Beans.  .

 

  • Show Me State Games:

    Jake Jolley – Show Me State Games are this Sunday, July 21 and next Sunday, July 28. Be ready for heat and be sure to stay hydrated.

 

  • Board Meeting

    Monthly club board meeting is this Thursday July 18th at 6 pm at the clubhouse. We have 4 funding requests.

 

  • Respect for Law BBQ:

    Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at COSMO Park Decker’s shelter next to tennis courts. More detail to come. Need help looking for donations from Columbia Business for food.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

  • Soap Box Derby drivers are in Akron and have had runs already. All cars met VIP level for well put together.  There will be a live internet broadcast of races on Saturday morning.  500 drivers there to race.  The event is a single elimination with three racers running at a time.
  • Jack Cruise received a 40 year plaque for Optimist membership at last Thursday social event at the clubhouse. He also had 5 prior years at another club.
  • Jim Murphy spent some time discussing the issue of tree lot preparation and drilling. We need someone to oversee that entire operation including planning and execution.  Lots of planning and preparation needed.  As Jim says, not rocket science, but need someone to coordinate all the lot activities from before the trees arrive through sales period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming events and activities

 

  • Thursday August 1st – Tour of the New Ag Park next to the ARC at 5:15 pm. This is towards he end of Thursday market hours, so arrive early and buy produce.
  • Friday and Saturday August 8th and 9th – 4th quarter Missouri East Conference here in Columbia  at Holiday Inn Executive Center
  • Tuesday November 5th – DOC quarterly social event. Annual shrimp feed at the clubhouse

 

 

Today’s Speaker

 

NO Speaker for today meeting

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 7/22/19   Sarah Varvaro from Ten Outreach Program
  • 7/29/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking
  • 8/5/19     Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
  • 8/12/19 Soap Box Derby Winners
  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

 

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

 

 

 

East Missouri District 2018-2019  “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

07.08.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, July 8,  2019

 

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12 noon

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Steve Klein

 

Attendance: 15

 

 

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

 

Marie Klein – Steve’s wife

 

Welcome any new or returning members

 

None

 

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Larry Fick – tomorrow July 8th

 

 

Mystery Person

 

Mary gave mystery person award to Steve Winters for his great garden party.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

 

Carl paid for no badge (hiding somewhere in his house)

 

 

President Announcements

 

  • District Optimist Meeting Aug 9-11

    District meeting will be here in Columbia at the Executive Center. There will be at 4 p.m. (Saturday I believe) demonstration of Soap Box Derby.  Club need to know attendees by July 17th.  Carl and the Food Bank are coordinating a food drive – peanut butter – 16 oz jars to go to Buddy Pack program.  Carl noted that 7500 buddy packs per week are provided for region they serve.  We are asking district clubs to donate as much as possible.
         

  • Food Bank:

    Jim Murphy – processed Cheerios breaking down 375 lb crates into individual servings.

 

  • Socials:

    Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the clubhouse at 6:00 pm. Looking for club members to help out with this event.  Larry Fick is now collecting money for the event, $10/adult.  Kids eat free. If you are interested in attending the event please contact Larry Fick to purchase tickets.  bbq pork steak, creamed corn, baked beans, ice cream, mac & cheese for kids.  If anyone has yard games bring them – yard has been freshly mowed.  46 signed up.

    After the fact comment – the gathering was Awesome.  Great Pork Steaks and other food as well as good fellowship.  If you have been missing these Quarterly gatherings, you are encouraged to attend in the future.

 

  • Show Me State Games:

    Jake Jolley (Games this year are Sunday, July 21st and 28th). Could use one more on morning of the 28th.

  • Respect for Law BBQ:

    Will take place on Saturday, August 31 at a Cosmo Park shelter more detail to come. Will be a bbq. Need help looking for donations from Columbia Business, including food. More details forthcoming.

  • Board Meeting next Thursday July 18th at 6 pm at the clubhouse

    The are a number of funding requests in the queue.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Soap box derby cars left for Akron last Friday and arrived safely.  Drivers leave end of this week arriving Sunday.  They will be there for a full week.

 

NDR gave us a deal on a bunch of 4” PVC pipe used to line race track at the Sedalia events since the race is no longer going to be held in Sedalia.  Pipe is stashed on a trailer on north side of back shed at clubhouse.

 

Upcoming events and activities

 

  • 8/1/19 Tour of the New Ag Park next to ARC at 5:15 pm.
  • 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center

 

 

Today’s Speaker

 

 

Kim Dude from the Children’s Grove visited with us today about their organization, including its origins and objectives.

 

The best description of their origin is on their website.  Here is what it says:

 

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How do qualities of character such as kindness, friendliness, respect and compassion connect to a fun-filled dedication of trees?
The answer and back-story begin in a time of crisis. Like most communities and individuals across the country, Columbians shared the grief of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.   A small group of Columbians became determined to turn grief into action. Their quest received immediate backing from Mayor McDavid, Christine Corcoran, president of Putting Kids First, and Tara Collier, coordinator of Columbia Public Schools’ home-school coordinators. The group of concerned citizens, co-chaired by Anne Deaton and Suzanne McDavid, envisioned a grove of trees that would symbolize a commitment by the entire community to promote children’s mental, emotional and physical health, happiness and safety. The grove would be a place of beauty and peacefulness, a place for joyful activity and commemoration, and a place to celebrate the love of family and friends — and always acts of kindness.

From there, the passion for promoting acts of kindness took flight and, like a butterfly, moved quickly in different directions.

Mike Snyder, Columbia’s park development superintendent, identified a potential site at Stephens Lake Park. Mike and parks planner Matt Boehner soon developed a landscape plan that was approved by the Putting Kids First Coalition and later by the Columbia City Council. Karen Chandler, superintendent of recreation and community programs, and her staff later ensured extensive program and publicity support for the recreational activities associated with the dedication ceremony. Then through the generous donations of concerned citizens, mental health service provider agencies, local banks, businesses and the Missouri Mental Health Foundation, the funds were quickly raised to purchase more than 40 Yellow Butterfly Magnolia and crab apple trees, the signature trees of the Children’s Grove.

 

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From the original creation of the Children’s Grove of trees in Steven’s Lake park their efforts were directed to creating a culture of kindness through the community.   They are an organization of all volunteers with funding coming from donations from throughout the community including COMO Gives.

 

They have created Kindness Libraries at schools and daycare centers throughout Boone County.  Five storybooks were chosen to appropriately present goodwill, gentleness and compassion.  In 2018 140 Kindness Libraries were presented to the Moving Ahead Program at Columbia Housing Authority, Boys and Girls Town of Great Circle, and Columbia Parents as Teachers.  A donation of $55 is enough to pay for one library.

 

Additional activities discussed include:

 

  • Buddy bench in playgrounds – provide chance for kids to gather friends.
  • Kindness trees – $500 – planted in someones honor. Have had them planted at schools or other locations.  They are butterfly magnolias.  There are some on MU campus.
  • Random act of kindness bracelet. Pass forward as random act of kindness observed.
  • Kindness ambassadors at some schools.
  • Kindness week – end April, first part of May – Lots of activities promoting kindness throughout the community.  Special event at Reichman Pavilion at Steven’s Lake Park.
  • Nicest place in Misssouri award from Reader’s Digest. They are now in competition for the nicest place in America designation.  Selection is by popular vote.  Voting is currently ongoing and runs through July 21st.  Everyone can vote once daily at https://www.rd.com/nicestplaces/the-nicest-place-in-missouri-columbia/
  • Butterfly murals – One was spotted in Springfield Mo and sparked a desire to get one in Columbia. One is coming to downtown Columbia in Alley A.  People can have pictures taken in front of the mural.  Unveiling will be on  August 24th.

 

 

For an extensive look at The Children’s Grove see their website and Facebook page:

 

Websitewww.childrensgrove.com/

 

Facebookwww.facebook.com/TheChildrensGrove/

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

  • 7/22/19   Sarah Varvaro from Ten Outreach Program
  • 7/29/19 Soap Box Derby winners
  • 8/05/19 Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
  • 8/12/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking
  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/09/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

 

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

07.01.2019 Weekly bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, July 1, 2019

 

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

 

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

 

Pledge:  Charlie Landgreder

 

Attendance:  14

 

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

none

 

Welcome any new or returning members

none

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Scott Stager has a birthday today.  He provided cupcakes for everyone in celebration.

 

Mystery Person

Pat Brown – gave to Jerry Sullivan

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

 

$1 from Kent Oster for no badge

From Carl Scott

$0.25 – Steve Winters – picture in Sr. Center bulletin

$0.25 – Rick McKernan for waxing clubhouse floor

 

President Announcements

  • District Optimist Meeting

 

Aug 9-11 District meeting here in Columbia.  At Executive Center.  4 p.m. demo of Soap Box Derby.  Need to know attendees by July 11th.  Carl and food bank are coordinating a food drive – peanut butter – 16 oz jars.  Asking district clubs to donate as much as possible.
Carl encouraged members to attend the meeting.

 

  • Food Bank:
  • Jim Murphy – chicken, chicken, chicken. Larry took his grandson last week as part of a scout

project.

 

 

 

  • Socials:
    Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11. 2019 at the clubhouse  at 6:00 pm. Looking for club members to help out with this event. .  Larry Fick is now collecting money for the event, $10/adult.  Kids eat free. If you are interested in attending the event please contact Larry Fick to purchase tickets.   38 signed up so far – room for more.  Pass the word.

 

  • Show Me State Games:
    Jake Jolley (Games this year are Sunday, July 21st and 28th). Still has a few slots yet to fill.  21st afternoon and 28th both shifts.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Cyrilla reported that Mary Lehman, a former member of our club, had a Pacemaker implant  and is staying with a daughter in St. Louis.


C.O reported that all trees are ordered and will be paid for in August.

This week is a Soap Box Derby NDR rally race in Sedalia.  We lend them equipment to assist their efforts.

 

Akron national Soap Box Derby Race is Saturday July 20th with a full week of activities preceding the race.

 

Saturday July 13th is the grand opening of the new Agricultural Park next to the ARC.  They will begin using the park for farmers market sales this Saturday July 6th.

Today’s Speaker

 

Dave Fox from Show-Me State Games took time today to visit with us about the games.  This is the 35th anniversary of the games.  Games are for ALL citizens of Missouri as mandated in the original directive from the governor specifying U of Mo Extension develop a program.  There is no cost to participate, no membership fees, no admission charges.  Sponsors and all the volunteers make it possible to do it at no cost.

 

60% of participants are under age 18 especially in the five core sports of soccer, basketball (500 games throughout the year), baseball, softball (fast and slow), volleyball.

 

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport – there were 400 games last year.  Cross country is being added next year and will occur at Gans Creek. New this year are steel tipped darts to occur at the American Legion club.  Also motorcross championship the first weekend of games.

 

Wrestling is one of the largest individual sport.  They will have ice hockey in Springfield this summer and had figure skating St. Peters back in January.

 

The Games make use of new local facilities as they become available in town.  Gans Creek is an example of that growth.  Thousands of athletes participate using facilities on the campus of MU.  In addition they make use of facilities all over Columbia including City and Columbia School district properties.

 

As an example of the games being for ALL, last year there were four 65 and over ladies softball teams.

 

A fact sheet provided by Dave lists the following included sports:

 

Archery – 3D, NASP and Target, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Disc Golf, Fencing, Flag Football, Youth Tackle Football, Golf, Golf Par-3 Doubles, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Judo, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Miniature Golf, Mountain Biking, Pickleball, Powerlifting, Road Race/ Racewalk, Rugby, Shooting, Soccer, 3v3 Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon/Duathlon, Ultimate, Volleyball and Wrestling.

 

This year the opening ceremonies for the games are on July 19th at 7 p.m.  While some events have already occurred the summer events occur on June 7-9 (already finished), July 19-21 and July 26-28 in Columbia.

 

The fact sheet cites a figure of $10.3 million in direct economic impact with an extended impact of $19.7 million

 

Check out their website at www.smsg.org.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

  • 7/8/19 Kim Dude from Children Grove
  • 7/22/19    Sarah Varvaro  from Ten Outreach Program
  • 7/29/19 Soap Box Derby winners
  • 8/1/19 Tour of the New Ag Park next to ARC at 5:15 pm
  • 8/5/19     Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
  • 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center
  • 8/12/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking
  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director of The Loop CID

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President