12.10.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

December 10, 2018

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

Invocation:  Red Leighton

Pledge:  Scott Stager

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

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

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported.

 

Mystery Person

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

 

Greeter

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

 

Announcements

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

 

  • Welcome to any new or returning members:

None reported.

 

  • Food Bank:

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

                       

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

 

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

 

  • O. Club Social:

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

 

Announcements from the floor:

No additional announcements.

 

Today’s Speaker

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

 

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

 

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

 

Rainbow House serves Boone County and 11 surrounding counties.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

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

Monday, December 24 and December 31 – No Meeting

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

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

12.03.2018 Weekly Newsletter

The Weekly Bulletin

December 3, 2018

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 11:55 a.m.

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Jim Murphy

 

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

 

  • Pat Dusky, Steve Boyd and Tom Luckenbill, representing KidsFirst Optimist Club, were present at the meeting.
    • Tom talked to D.O. members about upcoming events:
      • Zone Meeting/Holiday Party at the Sunrise Optimist club house on December 8, 2018. Event includes dinner, Bingo and dancing.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.  Funds collected go to Rainbow House and Optimists.  Mary Hatfield, Optimists Eastern Missouri District Governor, will present at the event.  Cost for event is $25/couple or $15/individual.  Steve added to please invite family, friends, neighbors who are interested in attending the event.  Buckingham’s will cater the event.  Attendees are asked to bring dessert.
      • Sunrise Optimist Club Annual Coon supper on January 7, 2019 at Sunrise Optimist club house cost is $12.00 in advance . Happy Hour 6:00-7:00 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00 pm

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported.

 

Greeter:

 

Rick Mckernan noted that this past Sunday Kelly Schilling from D.O., and seven individuals who are veterans, assisted at the Christmas tree lot.  Rick stated the veterans did an excellent job in assisting Kelly and other the D.O. members/volunteers to make it a highly successful tree sales day.  The veterans noted later that assisting at the tree lot gave them increased Christmas spirit, and were thankful for the opportunity to help out.

 

Mystery Person

 

Dave Murphy indicated he was thinking in “threes” today.  That is, today is December 3, MU had three major sports victories that past weekend, and three people who had joined D.O. Club many years ago, including Pat Brown.  Dave awarded the mystery person to Pat Brown for his many years of support for Optimists.

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • Carl Scott paid the pig and introduced the first segment of the twelve days of Christmas. He mentioned the name of the new football coach at University of Kansas (KU) to help KU football to get more wins.  The new coach formerly had coached in the Southeastern Conference.
    • Rick Mckernan paid the pig $1 after Carl gave his comments on University of Kansas.

 

  • Welcome to any new or returning members:

None reported.

 

  • Food Bank:

Jim Murphy stated he had been at the Christmas Tree Lot working.  Larry stated last Wednesday at the Food Bank he had worked on placing labels on bags.

                       

  • Christmas Trees:
    • President Dewey would like to thank everyone who came out and work this past weeks at the tree lot. We had a great crowd of people who came out to buy their trees, candy, wreaths and supporting our Optimist Club.
    • President Dewey is asking everyone who is able to work at the Christmas tree lot to please sign up to help out. The more members and volunteers we have the less we will have to pay people to work.  We can then save more money and be able to pay for the different youth organizations in Columbia.
    • O. Scheffer stated they had been busy all weekend at the tree lot. When he had left the club house on Sunday all that remained for some of the tree types had been in the tree stands.  Some reserves remained for certain tree types such as the Scotch Pines.  Additional tree stands will be arriving to be brought to the tree lot.
    • Jim Murphy reminded volunteers to try to make sure the tree lot is kept free of tree debris, for safety reasons.
    • Jack Cruise noted that tree sales for the first ten days this year is at about $59,000. This is more sales compared to this time last year (a little over $51,000 in sales).
  • Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates:

Steve Winters stated he expects another order of Koeze Nuts to arrive at the club house this Thursday, December 6, 2018.  He estimates it may be about 2.5 pallets of Koeze Nuts products.  He is asking for assistance to prepare the orders this weekend to be ready for distribution by next Monday.   He also mentioned that the other products, e.g., jams, are selling well, and he had to submit more orders for these products.

  • O. Club Social:

President Dewey stated the Holiday luncheon is at the D.O. Club house on Monday, December 17 with a cost of $­­­­11.00/person.  This is an additional $1/person than originally estimated.  Hy-Vee will catering the luncheon. Please pay Larry Fick for the luncheon.  Larry added that as of this date 26 people have committed to attending the Social.  We are having fried chicken, herb-roasted pork loin, white cheddar macaroni, garden salad, apple waldorf salad, and rolls.  We need to know who would like cake, cupcakes or pies for dessert.

  • Announcements from the floor:
    • Carl Scott indicated he had donated 100 cans of food, on behalf of the D.O. club, to the food collection event at Schnucks Market. This represents the 100 anniversary of Optimist International this year.
    • Carl also stated to please consider, when out buying Christmas gifts, to buy an additional toy to donate to the Almeta Crayton Memorial Toys for Columbia Youth Toy drive which President Dewey is involved. There is a box in the D.O. club house where you can place the toys.  President Dewey added that last year 350 children received toys through this program.

 

 

Today’s Speakers

 

ShaVon Walls-Taylor, Community Liaison for Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) presented at today’s meeting.

 

FACE mission is to improve access to high quality social, emotional, & behavioral health services for all youth (0-19) & their families who live in Boone County.  It is a single point of entry for youth and their families to help link them to services and supports they may need.  FACE accepts open referrals to include for example, self-referrals and referrals from schools, churches, physician’s offices, neighbors, etc.

 

FACE is family oriented. It offers assessments for the child and family to identify any concerns and support needs.  This is an individual and family-driven service delivery where FACE case management staff (Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers) assist youth and families in identifying, based on assessments, what they want to work on.  FACE then helps youth and their families develop action plans with goals they have identified to work toward achieving.  FACE conducts home visits and/or meets with youth and their families in other settings such as at school.  This planning helps youth and their families get linked to the appropriate resources.  Case managers support youth and families throughout referral and services delivery to monitor progress.  FACE also provides ongoing support after services delivery and offers support and assistance where indicated.

 

The number of youth served through FACE has grown tremendously over the years.  FACE has served about 1,250 families since August, 2016.  FACE has had great success in helping youth and family achieve their goals.  It is common for families to contact FACE regularly to let FACE know how things are going with their services and the progress being made.

 

FACE also has arranged for Missouri Family Support Division (FSD) staff come by their office to be available for families to come in and learn more about FSD resources and to get assistance if requested.

 

FACE services are free, funded through the Boone County Children’s Services Fund.  FACE serves all of Boone County.  It has locations in Columbia, Missouri (105 East Ash Street) and Centralia, Missouri.

 

For more information on FACE you can go to their website at www.faceofboonecounty.org

Phone is 573.771.3223.  Email:  face@faceofboonecounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

Monday, December 10 – Jeff Nicholas – Rainbow House

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

Monday, December 24 and December 31 – No Meeting

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

11.26.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

November 26, 2018

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

Invocation:  Rick Mckernan

Pledge:  Larry Fick

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

  • Bonnie Langreder, Charlie’s spouse, attended the meeting today. She will be a new Optimist member soon.
  • Becca Winters, Steve’s daughter, joined the Downtown Optimist Club today.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Jack Cruise stated he his 55th wedding anniversary is this Friday.

 

Greeter

Dave Murphy is today’s greeter.  He indicated greater than 10% participate in firearms deer season in MO, and about 200,000 deer are harvested each year.  It is a very safe activity with few accidents.  Dave recently spent time with family and friends.  He wishes everyone a Happy Holiday.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey awarded the mystery person to Larry Fick for his efforts in helping with Koeze Nuts order processing.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:
    • President Dewey paid the pig, thanking all members who have helped with the Christmas tree lot planning and preparation. Thanks to C.O. Scheffer and Rick Mckernan for all their work this weekend with the tree lot.  President Dewey also paid the pig for the fact that her picture was in Prime Magazine Columbia MO recently.
    • Carl paid the pig to thank all persons who have helped at the tree lot, noting for example the help C.O. Scheffer provided, Rick (who has also worked some double shifts), and to Steve Winters for the excellent Koeze Nuts display the clubhouse.
  • Food Bank:

Jim Murphy stated they prepared chicken fingers and Buddy Packs at the Food Bank.

  • Christmas Trees:
    • President Dewey would like to thank everyone who came out and work this past weekend at the tree lot. We had a great crowd of people who came out to buy their trees, candy, wreaths and supporting our Optimist Club.
    • President Dewey is asking everyone who is able to work at the Christmas tree lot to please sign up to help out. The more members and volunteers we have the less we will have to pay people to work.  We can then save more money and be able to pay for the different youth organizations in Columbia.
    • President Dewey also thanked Rick and Abe for repairing a gutter at the tree lot that was leaking.
    • Jack Cruise noted that tree sales this past weekend were the largest he can recall. About $9,000 in tree sales occurred on Friday, and $12,000 on Saturday.
  • Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates: (Last order goes in tomorrow Tuesday, November 27)

Steve Winters provided an update on Koeze Nut sales. Ed Harre stated that so far this Fall there has been about $92,400 in Koeze Nuts and Restaurant Gift Certificates sales.

  • O. Club Social:

President Dewey stated the Holiday luncheon is at the Club house on Monday, December 17 with a cost of $­­­­10.00/person.  Hy-Vee will catering the luncheon. Please pay Larry Fick by December 12.

  • Announcements from the floor.
    • President Dewey stated the Zone Meeting/Holiday Party is on 12/8/18 at Sunrise Optimist clubhouse from 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be a dinner at the Sunrise Optimist clubhouse on Monday, January 7, 2019.  Happy Hour from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

Today’s Speakers

Rick Mckernan introduced Chelsea Leipard and Connie Leipard as today’s speakers.

 

Chelsea is current President, National Association of Women in Construction-Central Missouri Chapter #341.  Connie Leipard is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

 

Chelsea noted how her experience with Soap Box Derby through the Optimist Club had influenced her interest in the construction field.  When she was younger she and her brothers had participated in Soap Box Derby.  She had won a couple of Derby races.  Chelsea had later helped a cousin of hers build a Derby car, and her cousin too had won derby races.  Chelsea stated it is great to see kids learn how to do things, through hands on experience, such as with Soap Box Derby.  The Soap Box Derby program, for example, helps kids show more interest in things like the construction field, to learn to build things with their hands.  Chelsea asked that we continue to promote programs and projects through Optimist Club that get kids more involved with their community, such as the Soap Box Derby and Christmas Tree Sales.

 

Chelsea had mentioned the NAWIC Central MO Chapter has events such as the Annual Block Kids Contest on 1/5/19 at the Ashland Optimist Club.  This is a building-block contest using interlocking blocks – to encourage awareness of the many opportunities in the construction industry.  This contest is for kids Kindergarten through 6th grades.  There is no cost for this contest.  There is also an opportunity to make a cash donation for local NAWIC chapter and/or items for a take-home bag for kids, such as pens, pencils, note pads, hats, key chains, balloons, rulers, coupons, etc. One can also assist in helping with a take-home building project for kids attending – birdhouse.  Judges are needed for the Block Kids contest, and please let NAWIC Central Missouri Chapter know if you are interested in being a judge.

 

The presentation was followed by a Questions and Answers session.

 

For more about NAWIC #341 Central Missouri Chapter, including a listing of events, you can go to Central Missouri #341 NAWIC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NAWICCentralMissouri341/

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, December 3 – Dan Nunez-Requeiro – FACE of Boone County

Monday, December 10 – Jeff Nicholas – Rainbow House

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

Monday, December 24 and December 31 – No Meeting

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

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:35 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

11.19.18 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

November 19, 2018

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

Invocation:  Rick Mckernan

Pledge:  Shirley Beckett

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

  • Bonnie Langreder, Charlie’s spouse, attended the meeting today.
  • Shirley Beckett, Jim’s spouse, joined the Downtown Optimist Club today.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Jake Jolley had a birthday on October 28.  He spent his birthday floating on the Meramec River.

 

Greeter

Charlie Langreder is today’s greeter.  He stated he spent quite a bit of time white tail deer hunting, but was not successful in getting a deer.  Charlie added deer season ends tomorrow.

 

Mystery Person

Jack Cruise awarded the mystery person to Shirley Beckett, who has been helping with Koeze Nuts deliveries.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:

President Dewey paid $1 to the pig, thanking all members who have helped with the Christmas tree lot planning and preparation.

  • Food Bank:

Larry Fick stated they prepared many Buddy Packs at the Food Bank.

  • Christmas Trees:
    • President Dewey is asking everyone who is able to work at the Christmas tree lot to please sign up to help out. The more members and volunteers we have the less we will have to pay people to work.  We can then save more money and be able to pay for the different youth organizations in Columbia.
    • Jim Murphy stated they had worked four days drilling trees and setting up the trees in the stands this past Thursday. The DO clubhouse back yard with trees are ready to open for sales.
    • O. Scheffer stated the shifts for tree sales is coming along. Currently planning for lot opening this weekend and filling shifts.  There still is an opening for a cashier for one of the days this weekend.  There has been great response for volunteer help signups for tree sales from agencies with whom D.O. partners.  He will hire workers as needed to fills shifts.
  • Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates:

Steve Winters reported the Koeze nuts that have been ordered have arrived as scheduled.  These items have been pulled and boxed for delivery, as has been the restaurant gift certificates. The Koeze nuts and gift certificates are at the clubhouse.  Please submit any remaining orders (third of three orders) by 11/27/18.

  • O. Club Social:

President Dewey stated the D.O. Club Social will be on Monday, 12/17/18, at the clubhouse.  She is working with Hy-Vee for catering planning.  President Dewey estimates the cost/person will be $10.  Please let Larry Fick know if you plan to attend (and others who may join you).  Please pay Larry by 12/7/18. Larry reports 17 persons are planning to attend as of this date.

  • Board Meeting:

President Dewey provided a summary of the DO Board Meeting held this past Thursday, 11/15/18.

  • The D.O. Board approved the following:
    • To fund Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization the amount of $1,200;
    • To approve Steve Klein as a new Board Member to replace Steve Sapp;
    • $70 will be applied to purchase scratch-off tickets to give to Steve’s sister for her efforts/costs in preparing Christmas Tree Lot and Chile Cook-off banners for the D.O. Club;
    • $550 approved to pay Withrow Electric, who is coming to the D.O. clubhouse this week to repair two light fixtures that are in the back yard. Update:  Carl Scott reported at this meeting that he had just come from the clubhouse.  Only one light fixture had to be repaired.  The fixture near the shed that would have required replacing (and would have been the most costly) was determined to be working at this time.  However, this shed light is located on a pole that is older and may need to be replaced at some point.  Also, this type of light fixture is no longer in production.  Due to only one light needing attention, the light repair cost should be less at this time than estimated.  We do not yet have the final price for the repairs made.
  • The D.O. Board also voted, starting in January, 2019, to have one meeting on the 4th week of each month to be in the evening and at varied locations other than the Hy-Vee Conference Room. The meeting on 1/28/19 will be at the Tiger Hotel beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • President Dewey stated there will be a Zone meeting and Holiday Party 12/1/18 at the Sunrise Optimist Club here in Columbia. Cost is $15/person. The time will be 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Buckingham’s Restaurant will provide the catering.  Activities will include Bingo and dancing.
    • President Dewey stated the Food Bank fund raiser is tomorrow 11/20/18 where they will be collecting cans of food. Carl Scott added he is going to the Food Bank tomorrow to work at one of the shifts.
    • President Dewey reminded members if they had not yet paid their Optimists dues to please do so. O. Scheffer added in the past the D.O. weekly newsletter was mailed out by regular mail for members who could not attend the regular lunch meetings, and this helped in bringing in more dues payments.
    • Jake Jolley stated the Sunrise Optimist Club Wild Game Feed programs is in January, 2019. He will get more information to share with the D.O. members.

 

Today’s Speaker

John Korte – Medals4Mettle

Medals4Mettle is an international, non-profit (501 C3) organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals to children and adults dealing with chronic or debilitating illnesses, and who have demonstrated similar mettle, or courage by bravely facing these challenges.  There are 70 Medals4Mettle chapters worldwide.  John states he has participated in marathons and learned about Medals4Mettle.

 

Medals4Mettle was started by and ENT Physician, Dr. Isenberg in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had a friend who was in the hospital dealing with pancreatic cancer.  Dr. Isenberg had just finished a Chicago marathon, and he got the idea to give his marathon medal to his friend who was going through cancer treatment.

 

To date 55,000 medals have been awarded.

 

Locally, John stated the organization receives medals from marathon participants.  A location medals can be donated is at Fleet Feet store in South Columbia, MO.  Once received the original ribbon is removed from the medal, and a new Medals4Mettle ribbon is added.  In addition to medals persons receive a certificate of achievement.  John, his family and friends participate in awarding medals to, for example, patients at hospitals such as MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.  Over the last two years over 200 medals have been given out locally.  The program also participates in the Ellis Fischel Cancer Survivor Awareness month.  It is an opportunity for persons to share their stories about their experience with cancer.  John noted that there was a person at MU Hospital who had a kidney transplant.  When this person received their medal the entire transplant team from MU was part to help present the medal to the patient.

 

Other things done through Medals4Mettle locally is creating items from the old ribbons cut from the medals for medal recipients.  Examples of items include a port pillow, which is a small pillow that threads through, for example, a seat belt for comfort; and a small medal buddy (stuffed animal shape) with a zippered pocket where a person can store their medal.

 

John also mentioned they collect medals from 5K and 10K running events to give to siblings of children who received Medal4Mettle medals.

 

Medals4Mettle – www.medals4mettle.org

 

For more information about Medals4Mettle Columbia Chapter:

  • Medals donation is Medals4Mettle c/o Fleet Feet Sports-Columbia, 505 East Nifong Blvd, Ste.106, Columbia, MO 65201
  • To volunteer, contact CoMo@gmail.com
  • com/medlas4mettle.como

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, November 26 – Rick Mckeinan has the speaker for today??

Monday, December 3 – Dan Nunez-Requeiro – FACE of Boone County

Monday, December 10 – Jeff Nichols– Rainbow House

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

Monday, December 24 and December 31 – No Meeting

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

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:45 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

11.12.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

November 12, 2018

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:08 p.m.

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Scott Stager

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

  • Victoria Van Order attended the meeting as a guest. She had been a member of the Optimist Club in her community about 25 years ago.  She has not been a member for over 20 years.  She is interested in joining the Downtown Optimist Club.  Van Order moved to Columbia about 2 months ago.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Steve Winters has a birthday on 11/16/18.

 

Greeter

Larry Fick is today’s greeter.  He reported having an exceptional week, traveling to Lincoln, NE to visit his daughter and her family.  He stated his newest granddaughter is two months old.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey recognized Chuck Boots for his help with the Soap Box Derby and Christmas tree planning assistance.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.
    • Carl Scott paid the pig to recognize Jim Murphy for all the work he is doing with the Christmas tree planning.
    • Chuck Boots also paid the pig.
  • President Dewey extended her thanks to all the members and other volunteers who helped on Saturday, November 10 with unloading Christmas trees from the trucks. Thanks also to C.O. Scheffer and Chuck Boots for grilling hamburgers and bratwursts; to Steve Winters for arranging to have the MU Baseball team assist with unloading trees; and Jim Murphy for leading the Christmas tree arrangements in the Clubhouse yard. President Dewey also wanted to thank everyone who helped this morning to unload another truckload of trees and tagging trees.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick and Jim Murphy worked at the Food Bank this week.
  • Christmas Trees:
    • President Dewey is asking everyone who is able to work at the Christmas tree lot to please sign up to help out.
    • Jim Murphy stated the MU Baseball team did a great job unloading Christmas trees and assisting with tree drilling. The 8-9 foot and 9-10 foot Fraser trees are unloaded and drilled to date.
    • O. Scheffer stated the Sign-up Genius calendar is available on line for persons to sign-up to volunteer with Christmas tree sales. He also brought in a hard copy of the calendar sign-up today to the meeting.  C.O. stated we need lots of help that first weekend of tree sales.  There will be tree sales cashier training this Thursday, 11/15/18 at 5:15 p.m. at the DO Clubhouse.
  • Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates:
    • Steve Winters stated a truck with Koeze Nuts with 1-2 pallets of orders will be arriving at the DO Clubhouse this coming Thursday, 11/15/18, at noon. Filling the orders will occur from Thursday through Sunday.  Anyone wishing to help out is welcome.
  • President Dewey stated there will be a DO Board meeting this Thursday, 11/15/18, at the DO Clubhouse beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • President Dewey stated there will be a Zone meeting and Holiday Party 12/1/18 at the Sunrise Optimist Club here in Columbia. Cost is $15/person. She will send the time for this event to members soon.  Time is from 5:45 to 9:00 pm
  • President Dewey stated the 2018 DO Christmas Party will be on 12/17/18 at noon. It will occur at the DO clubhouse.  Hy-Vee will do the catering. She is meeting with Hy-Vee this week to plan the menu.   ( Will let you all know Monday the cost)
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • Carl Scott stated Food Bank food drives on 11/20/18 and 12/5/18.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling Club

Mike stated he has been a coach with the club for 28 years.  The club is sponsored through USA Wrestling, and has no affiliation with any of the local schools.  The program serves kids in 8th grade and earlier grade level, and runs from the middle of November until the end of March each year.  Last year the program served about 105 participants.  This year the number of kids in the program is about the same amount. Kids representing about every school in Columbia, and other areas such as Hallsville, Fulton, etc. are represented.

 

Mike thanked DO for being an annual sponsor for the Wrestling program, with the latest donation of $750.  These funds help with such expenses as equipment and uniforms for the wrestlers.

 

Columbia Youth Wrestling prides itself on making this an affordable sports options for kids.  It is less expensive than any other sports program out there.  Total cost per child in the program is about $125.  This does not include the cost of tournament entry fees (about $12-$15 on average per tournament per participant).  Kids in the Wrestling club have opportunities to participate in about 10 tournaments a year, and these are all near Columbia.  Mike stated they offer scholarships to any child/family that asks to be considered for one.

 

The goal of the program is to encourage kids to develop a passion for the sport of wrestling and to continue wrestling at the high school level.

 

Mike stated the kids practice at the MU Hearnes Center.  The program has a great working relationship with the MU wrestling coach.

 

The wrestling program has volunteers who help out with administrative functions (5-6 persons) and coaching (about 15 coaches who assist in coaching duties).

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

Monday, November 29 – No Speaker Right now

Monday, December 3 – Dan Nunez-Requeiro – FACE of Boone County

Monday, December 10 – Jeff Nichols – Rainbow House

Monday, December 17 – Holiday Party Luncheon at the Club House

Monday, December 24 and 31- NO MEETING (Happy Holiday to All)

 

 

 

 

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

11.05.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

November 5, 2018

Call to order: Mary Dewey, President at 12:11 p.m.

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Sid Sullivan

 

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

  • Rebecca Winters, Steve Winters’ daughter, attended the meeting.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to Jim Murphy.

 

Greeter

No greeter today.

 

Mystery Person

Steve Klein recognized Carl Scott as the Mystery Person today.

 

Announcements

  • President Dewey stated a sheet is being passed around the room for members to enter their name, address and current email address. The purpose is to ensure the Optimist Organization has current email addresses.
  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.
    • Carl Scott paid the pig three quarters. His first quarter deposited was for President Dewey and himself attending the Eastern Missouri District Optimist Meeting in Festus, MO (St. Louis area) this past weekend.  Carl stated one of the members talked about ways to thank members of Optimist Clubs for all the things they do. Also, Carl wanted to thank Mike Hatchett for getting DO in contact with Martin Metal to repair the roof on the shed in the DO clubhouse yard.  They were able to save us a lot of money.  He deposited a second quarter to thank Rick McKernan and his efforts with the Soap Box Derby program.  In the course of this work, a person had noticed how bad the shed roof was and in need of repair-we appreciated this input.  Carl deposited a third quarter to thank all of the DO members who have helped out with events recently, such as Steve Winters and other volunteers who helped unload and fill orders for Koeze Nuts.
    • President Dewey deposited three quarters as well related to her and Carl going to the Eastern District Optimist meeting this past weekend and for both of them pictured on the district website page.
  • President Dewey stated Carl and her had attended the Eastern Missouri District Optimist meeting this past weekend. DO received a $20 check for coming in second place in the Optimist points (with 51,171 points), about 7,400 points behind the first place group from Festus Crystal City organization.  President Dewey also stated on 2/15 and 2/16/19 there will be a combined East and West District Meeting in Kansas City, with socials being held Friday and Saturday evenings.  She encourages members to attend.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick stated they had worked with chicken products.
  • President Dewey provided an update on the shed roof repair. We spent $3,764 for the repair.  There is a ten-year warranty.  We were given $253 on the recycling of the metal from the roof.  She stated the shed roof looks great.  President Dewey would like to thank Mike Hatchett for locating Martin Metal, LLC for this shed roof repair.
  • Christmas Trees:
    • Jim Murphy stated all of the Christmas trees DO ordered for the Holiday season (1,125 trees) will be delivered this Saturday, 11/10/18, to the DO clubhouse. Two semi-tractor trailers will be making the tree deliveries.  First delivery is slated for 10:00 a.m.; and the second delivery at 1:30 p.m.  The baseball team is scheduled to assist with removing trees from the trucks and placing them in designated areas in the clubhouse yard.  We will need to then begin drilling the trees once unloaded this day and the next.  Tree tags are completed and ready to go.  Jim stated the first day of tree sales will be the day after Thanksgiving as per tradition.
    • Steve Winters stated they will be grilling burgers and Bratwursts for the baseball team.
  • President Dewey stated children from Fun City program had made some Christmas Ornaments for DO to sell to help DO fund-raising efforts.
  • Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificates:
    • Steve Winters wants to thank DO members including Larry Fick, Carl Scott, C.O. Scheffer, Sid Sullivan, Chuck Boots, Scott Stager, Dave Murphy, Jake Jolley, Ed Harre, and Rick McKernan – all who helped unload Koeze Nut packages and prepared orders for distribution. The orders are now packed and ready to go.  Steve described where the Koeze Nuts orders are located in the DO clubhouse.  The second Koeze Nut and Restaurant Gift Certificate orders are going in this week.  The third order will go in on or about 11/28/18.
  • Shrimp Dinner:
    • President Dewey thanked Steve Winters, Scott Stager, Larry Fick, Dave Murphy and others who helped with the Shrimp Dinner on 10/20/18 at the DO clubhouse. The food was great and everyone had a great time.  It was great to see everyone.  The dinner’s success was mentioned at the Easter District meeting this past weekend.
  • President Dewey offered special recognition to Jim Murphy for stepping up and taking over the Christmas Tree Lot this year. She provided him with an Optimist T-Shirt.
  • President Dewey stated the 2018 DO Christmas Party will be on 12/17/18 at noon. It will occur at the DO clubhouse.  Hy-Vee will do the catering.
  • President Dewey stated Steve Klein will be a new DO Board Member.
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • Carl Scott reminded members that Thanksgiving is early this year, and with the tree lot opening for tree sales the day after Thanksgiving, that is only 19 days away. Any assistance with tree preparation and sales would be greatly appreciated.

 

Today’s Speaker

Janet Godon, Planner, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

Topic:  Columbia Bicycle Coop and Youth Bicycle Program

Janet provided an overview of her prior experience in working with the City of Columbia, her work in Colorado, and then returning to Columbia to work in such programs as PedNet Coalition and helping with the GetAbout Columbia grant implementation.

Janet explained the mission of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.  She added the Parks and Recreation program has about 82 full-time employees.  Parks and Recreation manages 3,397 acres, 72 parks, 11 individual recreation facilities, and 58 miles of trails, four outdoor pools, and two golf courses.

 

Janet’s topic for the DO members today if the Columbia MO Bicycle Program.  This was funded through the GetAbout Columbia grant.  The CoMo Bike Co-op, in partnership with GetAbout Columbia, is a program and classroom facility located at the Armory Sports Center on 701 East Ash here in Columbia. The program includes free bicycle repair assistance, learn and earn bicycle program for youth, community bicycle education classes, and repurposing and recycling donated bicycles.  This program began preparation in June, 2017, and by December, 2017 it was ready to go.  The program opened in January, 2018.  There are 2 part-time employees who work a few days a week.  Staff are housed in the Armory Sports Center in a room formerly used as the joint communication center room.  The room is now equipped with bicycle repair equipment and tools.  It is set up just like a bicycle repair shop.

 

They accept donated full-size bicycles.  Bicycle parts can be repurposed, such as reusing seat posts and pedals.

 

Free walk-in bicycle-repair.  Bicycle mechanics are available to assist with bicycle repairs.  This is not a program where the person drops off their bicycle for repairs.  The program is about hands-on learning and teaching bicyclists how to repair and maintain their bicycles.

 

Bicycle education classes. The CoMo Bike Co-op serves as a classroom facility for free, community bicycle education and maintenance programs.

 

Earn-A-Bike Program.  This is a program for individuals ages 13-18.  It is a free learning and earning bicycle program with intent to educate persons who participate on the benefits of riding bicycles, how it is good for the environment, learn safe, responsible bicycling skills (e.g., how to use signals when riding a bicycle).  Participants are required to attend a series of hands-on sessions (6-8 weeks) to work on bicycles.  Here individuals will learn bicycle maintenance skills.  Also included are community service projects where participants are expected to commit to 20 hours in assistance with bicycle maintenance and trail maintenance (e.g., pick up trash or cut branches for better trail access).  Once participants have completed the aforementioned activities, they can earn a bicycle they actually worked on, including receiving a helmet, light, lock, and small tool bag. This includes a graduation ceremony and bicycle presentation for graduates.  Bicycles in this program are of good quality and are donated by the community.  To date there have been four full Earn-A-Bike sessions completed, with about 6-8 participants per session.

 

Janet also spoke of other activities including:  “pop-up” bicycle shops at various locations in Columbia throughout the year; a bicycle bell give away; 6-hour classes on Saturdays covering bicycle safety; Community Bike Buddy that teaches participants how to be a safe, responsible bicyclist in traffic; and there have been about 6-7 bicycle maintenance and fix-a-flat classes offered free for the community.

 

For further information please go to www.como.gov.

 

Also, if you have additional questions about the bicycle programs please contact Janet Godon at Janet.Godon@CoMo.gov.  Her telephone is (573) 441-5495.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, November 12 – Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

Monday, November 26 –

Monday, December 3 – Dan Nunez-Requeiro – FACE of Boone County

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:05 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

10.22.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 22, 2018

 

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

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Scott Stager

 

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

  • A gentleman from the Sunrise Optimist Club came by the meeting today to let us know Don Helmreich’s son Andrew died in a car accident. Don Helmreich is the President of the Sunrise Optimist Club.
  • Glad to see that Jim Beckett and his wife back with us today at the meeting.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Ron Berg stated his 60th birthday is 10/23/18.

 

Greeter

I would like to welcome back  Kelly Schilling stated she has been a member of Downtown Optimist for about 1 year.  She became interested in Downtown Optimist through the Soap Box Derby program.  Her son Owen has recently participated in many Soap Box Derby events, including Madisonville, Kentucky (3rd place), Des Moines, Iowa (2nd place); and participated in two races in Kansas City and one in Nebraska.  Owen also participated in in the National Derby Rally Race in July of this year.  She has worked with projects with Downtown Optimist previously, and plans to assist with Christmas trees this year.

 

Mystery Person

Pat Brown recognized Jack Cruise, previously from Kansas City, due to the KC Chiefs winning yesterday.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig. All signed in.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year.
  • President Dewey stated the First Quarter Easter MO District Conference is November 2 and 3, 2018 at the Quality Inn in Festus, MO. Carl Scott and President Dewey are attending the conference.  Please let President Dewey know if you wish to attend.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy stated they worked with packing chicken nuggets.
  • Updates from 10/18/18 DO Board Meeting:
    • President Dewey stated the DO Board approved the prices for the Christmas trees this year.
    • The DO Holiday luncheon is set for Monday, December 17 at noon at the DO Clubhouse. Hy-Vee will cater the event.
    • President Dewey added we are still looking for one more Board member. If anyone is interested please let her know.

 

  • Update on Christmas Trees:
    • Jim Murphy stated the tree lot clean-up at the DO Clubhouse was this past Saturday, October 20 at 9:00 am. Jim, who organized the group, would like to thank the following members who helped:  Pat Brown, Adam Bakos, and Carl Scott. Jim stated the tree stands, drill and table were moved where they need to be.  Jim wants to meet at 6:30 tonight at the Clubhouse to determine where to unload the trees when the delivery trucks arrive.
    • CO Scheffer stated the order of supplies arrived last week, including tree tags, bags, etc. The tree stands will be ordered soon.  The first delivery of trees will be on 11/10/18 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • President Dewey reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18. .  The cost is $10/person.  Please pay Larry Fick today if you are going to the Shrimp Dinner. President Dewey reminded members at the Shrimp Dinner we will install our new officers and club members.
  • Steve Winters gave a Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificate update. He stated $37,500 has been collected in combined sales of Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift as of this date; about $11,000 ahead of last year (last year amount about this date was $26,700).
  • Mary said there is no weekly DO luncheon meeting on Monday, 10/29/18, due to the Shrimp Dinner to be held on Tuesday, 10/30/18.
  • Announcements from the floor. No announcements.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Drew Bennett – Outreach and Development Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri, a program providing mentoring for kids for 50 years.  Drew stated Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri serves Columbia and Boone, Randolph and Audrain Counties.

 

Drew started the Big Brothers Big Sisters National organization is conducting a logo change – needing a more recognizable logo for their program.

 

There is also a big mentor recruiting campaign occurring this month through mid-November.  Emphasis is placed on supporting kids to realize their full potential as a child.  Drew spoke about matches (mentors to serve kids) and waiting lists.  As of this calendar year to date, this program in Central MO has provided mentor matches for 279 kids.  109 kids are currently on the wait list for matches. About 66% of kids on the wait list are males, and there is a need for more males to serve as mentors.  One must be at least 18 years old to be a mentor.  The process to become a mentor includes such things as filling out an application, background information obtained, interviews, etc.

 

The program attempts to match mentors with kids based on goals that have been set for the child, in order to help the child reach these identified goals.  Drew added that it has been shown that matches with mentors need to last at least a year for best outcomes.  Throughout the duration of the mentorship matching Big Brothers Big Sisters provides monitoring and assistance to ensure everything is working best to serve the child.  A good mentor schedule is about 2-3 hours/day, 2-3 days/week.

 

Kids are typically referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters through their parent/guardian or grandparents.

 

There has been a zero percent drop-out rate for kids in this program this year.

 

There has been in increase in the number of events for kids and mentors in this program.  Most recently there was a back-to-school event, for example, where a construction company donated school supplies for kids in the program.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 29 – NO Meeting (Shrimp Dinner Social is on Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. at DO Clubhouse)

Monday, November 5 – Janet Godon, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation – Bike Coop and Youth Bike Program

Monday, November 12 – Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

Monday, December 3 – Dan Nunez-Requeiro – FACE of Boone County

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:53 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary