05.20.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, May 20, 2019

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:02 p.m.

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Jerry Sullvin

 

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

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person

Mary Dewey gave the HyVee gift card to Rick McKernan for all he had done to get the clubhouse up to code for the Fire Department extrication

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

  • Board Meeting: We helped fund the Columbia Housing Authority / Moving A Head $3,000 for their Summer Afterschool and Day Camp. We will be making a John Sapp Memorial Tree Lot Sign that will reveal several days before opening day of the tree lot with the press there and honor guest. Talked about hosting a Request the Law event with other Optimist clubs in Columbia like Kids First and Sunrise clubs.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy said “They put buddy pack together a couple of weeks ago.”

 

  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby had 3 clinics this past week all the cars are down. Still need 2 more drivers ages are 9 to 17 for Super Stock and  7 to 13 years old for the Stock. Still needing drivers the day of the race.

 

  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey indicated scholarship awards will be presented at the Columbia 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. Jim Murphy as agreed to 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.  We are checking with a D.O. Club member, who is a teacher at Battle High School, to see if he will make the presentation.
    • Socials: Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11. 2019 at the clubhouse  at 6:00 pm.

 

  • Boone County Relay for Life walk: This event occurs on Friday, 5/31/19 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:  Jake Jolley  emailed me  

The show me state games are coming up and we have for the past 20 plus years handed out soccer medals on 2 Sundays in July.  This year it will be July  21st and 28th and I would be happy to run that for the club and would also welcome a new person to assist.  I will be at the lunch June 3rd to kick off the sign up.

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home. Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home was started by Larry and Cathy McDaniel who saw a need for this service for the children. So, in 1991 Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home has existed provide a processional yet traditional home environment for abused and neglected children.  The 1st house was completed in 1997 and named Cathy’s Home, 2nd house was completed in 1999 and named the Zimmer’s Home, 3th house was completed in 2000 and named the Hubbell’s Home, 4th house was completed inn 2011 and named the Wright’s Home, 5th house was completed in 2014 and named the Atherton’s Home and the current and 6th house was completed in 2019 and named the Petershein’s Home. They will be starting their 7 house this summer. Each home have 8 kids and 2 house parents, and 1 support parent that comes in and help when they are needed.  Each o f the house have a downstairs where there is a library area where the tutors can help them with their reading. There is two kids  in each bedroom where they get to decorate  to make it fell like their own. She said “Sometime they have to separate the siblings if there is no room for them all in one house.” For, example, if there are 4 sibling 2 boys and 2 girls they will put in two different house if there is only room for 2 boys in one house because the girl’s room is full. But, they will see each other every day when they are doing stuff around the grounds.  The older kids do step up and help with the young kids when they need to and they also help with fixing dinner for the family. The real parents have the right to visit their kids with supervisor with a caseworker or a family service counselors, weekend visit which is baby steps.

There is training for life programs that the kids go through:

Coyote Hill’s program is organized around five focused areas of education and training. Combined together, they seek to serve the whole child with their development and create cycles of success. Success as an individual, and future success as a parent, employee and community member.

1) Consistency and Structure

The average child placed at Coyote Hill has already been through at least two or three placements and experienced the loss of multiple parental figures before he/she even arrives on our doorstep. In extreme situations, a child can have upwards of 12 past placements. This lack of stability is highly detrimental to a child’s development. Coyote Hill mitigates the negative effects by creating an atmosphere of predictability, support, structure, and love. Consistency and structure are articulated through daily routines, family responsibilities, and predictability in their interactions with their Home Parents. Stability is created through our Success for Life program and the efforts of our Home Parents.

2) Educational Tutoring

The Success for Life program provides daily tutoring, tailored to the need of each school-age child at Coyote Hill. These sessions are a minimum of one hour after school, with qualified volunteers and staff. Tutoring is also scheduled during summer break, in our Education Center. Our volunteer tutors serve as support for the learning that goes on during the school day and also as mentors and role models. Many of the children who arrive at Coyote Hill are behind academically. The goal of tutoring is to help the child reach or exceed his/her grade level, while avoiding being overwhelmed. We strive to instill a love of learning.

3) Life Skills (We helped this part last year)

All youth at Coyote Hill are immediately started in the Life Skills Program. Our children often lack basic life skills when they arrive. Developing appropriate ways to express anger, accepting “no” answers from authority figures, or treating others’ belongings with respect and care are integral skills for a child’s future success. Practical life skills such as learning to do laundry, cleaning, hygiene and cooking are also included.  This program teaches youth basic skills, in accordance with their age, and involves setting goals for each child. Staff and volunteers seek to equip and encourage our children to meet their goals and celebrate with them whenever they are met.

All youth at Coyote Hill are immediately started in the Life Skills Program. Our children often lack basic life skills when they arrive. Developing appropriate ways to express anger, accepting “no” answers from authority figures, or treating others’ belongings with respect and care are integral skills for a child’s future success. Practical life skills such as learning to do laundry, cleaning, hygiene and cooking are also included.  This program teaches youth basic skills, in accordance with their age, and involves setting goals for each child. Staff and volunteers seek to equip and encourage our children to meet their goals and celebrate with them whenever they are met.

4) Vocational Skills

The Success for Life program helps our teens and preteens develop character and a work ethic through our Vocational Skills programming. Only teenagers and preteens can apply for this voluntary vocational program. During the construction of The Petersheim Home, youth also have the opportunity to participate in our Youth Apprenticeship Program.

In the Vocational Skills program, youth work on-site, earning a weekly paycheck in a variety of areas such as landscaping, lawn maintenance, barn management, horsemanship, welding, mechanical maintenance, and housekeeping. They learn important lessons, such as the importance of showing up on time, how to respond to instruction, and how to do both menial and meaningful work with a positive attitude–all characteristics that make for good future employees. Our Vocational Skills program is a grace-filled work position. The end goal is that our youth will learn the value of a dollar and the skills necessary to acquire their first part-time job by the time they become an older teen, nearing independence.

5) Independent Living Skills

At age 12 years and older the kids can get a job there from mowing the yards, helping in the office and helping in other areas. Each children who want a jobs will have to fill out a job application, go through and interview, and clock in and out just like a real job  To find out more about Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home their website is http://www.coyotehill.org.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 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
  • 6/17/19 Janice Brooks from Columbia Housing Authority/ Moving A Head
  • 7/1/19 Dave Fox from Show-Me State Games
  • 7/8/19 Kim Dude from Children Grove
  • 7/22/19 – Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

 

                            

 

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

05.13.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

May 13, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:09 p.m.

Invocation:  C.O. Scheffer

Pledge:  West Park

 

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

Skipped Mystery Person this week.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

  • Board Meeting this Thursday, May 17, 2019 at the Tiger Hotel at 6:00 pm

 

  • Food Bank: Larry Fick or Jim Murphy were not there this week. So, we didn’t find out what is going at the food bank last week.

 

  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick talked about that we are the largest derby out of 8 states that host a Soap Box Derby.   At the 1st Soap Box Derby they didn’t charge for sponsorship. Now we charge $1,500 for gold  sponsors  who is Columbia Ready Mix/Boone Quarries. Our sliver sponsors pays $1,000 and they are Plaza Tire Service, Flat Branch Mortgage, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Our bronze sponsors are Bopp Collision Center, Shelter Insurance- Ed Hohlt Agency, Hawthorn Bank and Dents Unlimted.  He also passed around a signup sheet for drivers to drive the trucks with soap box derby cars back up the hill. He has 5 slots for 2 1/2 hours shifts and he needs 20 drivers. That is 4 drivers for each shift.  Also this week there will be a soap box derby clinic at the clubhouse starting at 6:30 pm. Still in the need of 2 super stock drivers from ages 9 to 17 years old less than 179 lbs.

 

  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey indicated scholarship awards will be presented at the Columbia 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. Jim Murphy as agreed to 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.  We are checking with a D.O. Club member, who is a teacher at Battle High School, to see if he will make the presentation.
    • Socials:

Reminder the upcoming Summer Games and BBQ will be on Thursday, July 11 at the Club house at 6:00 pm. The cost is $10.00. Larry Fick will let us know when he will collecting the money for this social soon.

 

  • Boone County Relay for Life walk: This event occurs on Friday, 5/31/19 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.
  • Carl Scott reported that 2 of the Columbia High School Golf Team Qualified for State: Rockbridge High School (class 4) and Father Tolton High School (class 2). Columbia County Club will be hosting the class 3 Monday and Tuesday this week coming up.
  • O. Sheffer also reported that he has order all the trees for this years.

 

Today’s Speaker

There was NO Speaker today. Talked about the upcoming changes about that will take place in 2019-2020 for the Club. I will be send out a letter to all the club member by the end of next week with what is going on with the club 2019-2020.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 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: 12:45 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

                       

05.06.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

            Monday, May 6, 2019

Call to Order:  President, Mary Dewey

 

Invocation:   Sid Sullivn

Pledge:   Steve Winter

 

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

Birthdays and Anniversaries:        

            Mystery Person:  Ken Oster gave the last jar of Kozee Nuts to  Bonnie Langreder for wearing                                                  RED Today

            Announcements:

Sign In or Pay the Pig Carl paid the pig for Steve Winter and Larry Fick for all their hard work             on the Social Dinner on the Thursday, May 2.  Red’s 94th Birthday that was Thursday May 2.              Carl Scott clean out the Pig for us.  Larry Fick Honor 2018 from the Central and Columbia Food             bank. Mrs. Hayes a music teacher from Rigeway who is retiring this year from 47  year and total    of 53 years. There was $40.00 that we gave for Children Cancer from the pig.

 

Welcome any new or returning members:

 

            Talk about the District Meeting:  Our club came in 1st place over the the Tri City Ladies by             6,350 points in the A and A point. Way to go Club and Thank you Carl Scott and Ken Oster in             turning all those points for the club. The oratorical speaker were great. The winner came from             Marble Hill, MO and he had the crowd going with his speak.  There was one young man who             was a 7th grade from Ashland , MO and he was Autism. The 4th quarter conference will be held     at the Holiday Inn Executive Center August 9th  through 11th. The training for next year offices             will take place on August 10th.  There will election for the first time for the Lt. Governor Elect             during the 4th qtr conference. Everyone should try to make the 4th qtr conference.  

             

Food Bank:    Larry Fick and Jim Murphy  packing buddy packs and applesauce. NO more                                     Hotdogs

 

            Soap Box Derby:

            Rick Mckernan stated the D.O. Club 2019 Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby is Sunday, 6/9/19.  Rick             says “We need two more drivers for the super master stock cars.” There is only 4 weeks left             until the Soap Box Derby is here.

            Scholarship: Cyrilla Galbreath

  • 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. 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. 

                          

            I would like to Thank Larry Fick and Steve Winter for all their hard work in making Thursday,             May 2  Dos De Mayo was very successful and the food was great. Follow up from Steve Winter             or Larry Fick.   Also like to thank all  the club members and their wife who helped set up and             clean up too. We raised $106 for Children Cancer that night on the raffle tickets. Congrats to             Red  Leighton on winning the prize. Don’t forget the other upcoming socials:

  • Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, 7/11/19.
  • Annual Shrimp Feed – Tuesday, 11/5/19.

 

      Congratulation to  Pat Brown on his  a lifetime achievement award that he received from the       Fun City Youth Academy  this past Saturday Champion Dinner.  Sid Sullivn, and wife and Carl       Scott attended the dinner. Sid said ” The dinner was great, and Pat worked with the Fun City       Youth Academy for 30 years and 10 years on the board.” Pat Brown thank the Optimist Club for our support in helping the Fun City Youth Kids.

            This , Saturday, May 11th, 2019: 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 Bottonles Cup and $10.00 for All you 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

 

            Friday, May 31, 2019: Boone County Relay for Life walk at Hickman High School Track  from             5:30 to 11:30 pm. Come out and support the American Cancer Association in a finding a             CURE for Cancer.

 

            Thursday , June 6th, 2019: Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) from 5:00             to 7:00 pm with set up starting  4:00 pm.

           

            Steve Winter Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Birthday Party and Taco Potluck is this             Friday, May 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Urban Farm 1209 Smith Street. We donated the rest of             the taco supplies from our diner on Thursday, May 2.

 

            Board Meeting next Thursday, May 16 at the Tiger Hotel at 6:00 pm. Meeting has been moved             due  to the Soap Box Derby Cars are coming down from upstairs to get worked on.

 

Today’s Speaker:

            Our speaker today was Coordinator Kelly Srigley-Werner from the Missouri State Private             Lands US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with her husband, Wes Werner 13th Circuit  Court             Marshall for Boone and Callaway Court Room.

 

            They told us about Monarch Butterflies and their plight up the United States to Canada. They             explained there is an Eastern population and a Western population with the Rocky Mountains             as the dividing line. The Eastern population is faring better than the Western because of the             wild fires that occurred in the West.

 

            The most important plant needed for the butterflies is milkweed. There are three types:             common, swamp, and butterfly. The butterflies lay their eggs on these plants, when they             become caterpillars, they eat the milkweed eventually turn into a beautiful Monarch butterfly!              Then continue on their merry way to Canada, then in August they will head back to Mexico.

 

            Her husband, Wes, works with kids that need guidance, so he decided to get them involved in             nature. The City of Columbia Juvenile Office has a program with 8-10 kids between 13-17 years             old on Saturday morning. Wes and Kelly take these kids on field trips to discover nature. For             example they will go to the Missouri River and introduce them to different kinds of wildlife.             They will get them involved in prairie planting milkweed and other types of plants to improve             not only the Monarch butterfly population but other types of butterflies and insects.

 

            Kelly did say that they are always looking for volunteers, if anyone is interested in getting in             touch with her, she said to contact our president, Mary.

 

            Upcoming Speakers:

            Monday, May 13, 2019          Right Now NO Speaker

            Monday, May 20, 2019          Kelly Meyer from Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home           

            Monday, May 27, 2019          NO MEETING (Memorial Day)

            Monday, June 3, 2019           Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for                                                                       Central  and Northeast  Missouri

            Monday, June 10, 2019         MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review and                                                                        Celena Schmolzi the winner from the Optimist Essay Contest.

            Monday, July 22, 2019          Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program

            Monday. August 5, 2019       Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

          Optimistically Yours,

 

 

 

          East Missouri District 2018-2019

                   “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

04.22.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 22, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:02 p.m.

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Bonnie Langreder

 

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

Rick Mckernan’s granddaughter Haley attended the meeting today.

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

  • Pat Brown is celebrating his 13th wedding anniversary.
  • Jack Cruise is celebrating 45 years with the Optimist Club this week.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey gave the award today to Ken Oster this week.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

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.  President Dewey, Red Leighton, and Rick Mckernan will be attending the meeting.
  • 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.
  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick stated one of the Derby cars from Columbia, sponsored by Schaeffer Auto Body, was on display at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey indicated scholarship awards will be presented at the Columbia 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. Jim Murphy as agreed to 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.  We are checking with a D.O. Club member, who is a teacher at Battle High School, to see if he will make the presentation.
    • 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.  There are currently 26 persons who are signed up for the event.

 

  • 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: On Saturday, 5/11/19 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: This event occurs on Friday, 5/31/19 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

Today’s speaker is Tim Haller, a Park Ranger with the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This is a federal agency through the U.S. Department of the Interior.  As per the presentation, and pamphlets and other materials distributed at the presentation, the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in September, 1994 as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system. The network of approximately 565 refuges is a living heritage, conserving wildlife and habitat for generations to come.

The Missouri River is a changing, dynamic river. Before channelization there were many tributaries, side areas, shallow areas, and sand bars along the river.  The Missouri River for thousands of years has been a route of travel for wildlife and humanity.  Over the next century multiple steamships sank in the river due to murky, swift water that hid snags and shallow shoals.  At the turn of the 20th century a full-scale effort was conducted in an effort to control the river.  Congress enacted the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project to control the river by building pile dikes to direct flow and prevent bank erosion.  This allowed for steamboat and barge traffic.  Federal mandate is to maintain this channel for navigation.  By the 1950’s the river had been channelized from Sioux City, IA to St. Louis, MO.  Channelization reduced fish and wildlife habitat by separating the river from its floodplain.  In the 1980’s Congressed recognized the great loss of fish and wildlife habitat; thus, resulting in the Missouri River Mitigation Project.  The purpose is to recreate some of the lost habitat through purchasing land that could be used to reconnect the river to its floodplain.  The refuge lands strives to restore national floodplain habitats for fish and wildlife.  With the 1993 flooding, this revived the concept of a national wildlife refuge on the Lower Missouri River.

Wetlands created by the river provide a place to feed and rest for migrating water fowl.  Scour holes created by the river fill with water and are ideal for turtles and fish.  Sand bars are excellent areas for attracting migrating shorebirds.

Mr. Haller additionally spoke about the Overton Bottom North and South Units, as these are areas on the Missouri River near Rocheport, MO just west of Columbia, MO.  Overton Bottoms North includes 2,550 acres in Cooper County; and 3,886 acres in Cooper and Moniteau Counties in Overton Bottoms South.  There was recently a new Refuge Office built in this area.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Address is 18500 Brady Lane, Booneville, MO 65233.  Phone is 660-672-2806.  Website is www.fws.gov/refuge/big_muddy/

As per the pamphlet, you can volunteer for the Big Muddy refuge.  Contact www.volunteer.gov

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 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: 12:58 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

                            

 

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

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