01.06.2020 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, January 6, 2020

 

Attendee:  15  club members present 

 

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

 

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

             

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: Jack Cruise birthday on Tuesday, Bonnie Langreder birthday on Wednesday, and Carl Scott birthday on Friday

 

Mystery Person:   Carl Scott gave the $10.00 gift card to Larry Fick for all his work that he does at the Food Bank.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig:  Rick McKernan gave a $.25 for his missing bandage,  Carl Scott gave $.50 one was for the Battle High School Girl Wrestling Tournament, and the other for Kansas beginning #1 for only one week.

 

President Announcements

 

  • I would like to Thank everyone who helped at the Christmas tree lot this season. I would like to Thank Jim Murphy for all help he did with tre lot this year from delivery day to clean up

 

  • 2nd Qtr East Missour Conference will be held in Columbia on Friday, February 21 and 22 at the Drury Inn by TGI Friday Resturant.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick. They bagged up popcorn and set up the cartons for the Senior Boxes

 

  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates– Steve Winter  (There is 7 items left for sale at 25 % at the clubhouse) Please let me know if you are interested in buy anything. We will have them on Monday, January 20 at the Luncheon .

 

  • Christmas Tree Lot update:O. Scheffer we had a great year. Not sure what the finally total is on the trees until Jack lets him know.

 

  • Holiday Luncheon:  Will be on Monday January 20, 2020 at the Clubhouse. Larry Ficks still  collecting for the Holiday Luncheon.  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.  The cost is $11.00 per person.

 

  • Computer Give Away: Rick Mckernan says: the computers will be delivered to the club house on Wednesday, February 26, Thursday, February 27 will the day of clean up and hooking up all the computers, Friday, February 28 will be finish up what didn’t get done on Thursday, and Saturday, February 29  Computer  give away . Sign up will be passed around in the next two weeks

 

  • Boys and Girls Club Chili Cook Off: Will be on Saturday, February 15. Scott Stager will be passing around a signup sheet next week to see who wants to help with cooking or  servicing  the chili.

 

  • Chili Cook Off at the Clubhouse: Steve Winter will be out from his knee surgery. So someone else need to pick up to put this together for him. 

 

  • Reminder tonight is Sunrise Optimist Club Wild Game Dinner starting at 6:00 pm at their club house

Look at highlighted Pancake breakfasts
 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Rick McKernan let us know that someone donated us some Lead Organ Pipes that will picked up from his house and will place in the back yard of the clubhouse. The lead will be melted down to make weights for the derby cars.

 

Today’s Speaker:    

  • Carol Montie from Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association

 

Mission of the

Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association is a not for profit agency that educates, supports, and advocates for foster and adoptive children, youth and families in central Missouri by offering services and partnering with community and governmental agencies to develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families.

Founded in 2007 by a former foster youth, foster parents, and adoptive parents, the CMFCAA is a community service organization that provides for the needs of foster, adoptive, kinship, and guardianship youth and families. What began as a small support group has grown into a multifaceted organization that provides direct support, education, services and advocacy to foster and adoptive families in a 13 county central Missouri region.

Currently, we are assisting over 640 foster families, over 1400 foster children, over 400 adopted children in our service area. Our goal is to be a support to the families, children and youth in this area, and we work tirelessly to provide much needed services to them.

In 2013, CMFCAA was recognized by the State of Missouri as the Central Missouri Adoption Resource Center in partnership with the Missouri Department of Social Services and LINC.

In 2017, we adopted two new programs to further our impact. 30 Days to Family® is a short-term intervention to diligently search for a child’s relatives and kin to identify potential placement options and supports. Extreme Recruitment® is a race to find permanency for youth using 12-20 weeks of intensive recruitment efforts and permanency preparation. Family Development is designed to recruit and train families to become resource families for abused and neglected children in order to increase the number of qualified, supportive families in Central Missouri. With these new programs CMFCAA is able to reach more children and families to provide stability and support to the children who need it the most.

Did you know?

  • There are over 13,050 children in Missouri foster care
  • At the beginning of 2015 there were 651 licensed foster homes
  • Only 48% of children who enter care are expected to be successfully reunited with their biological family
  • The average age of foster children is 9 years old
  • The average time in foster care before reunification or another form of permanency is 28 months
  • 14% of foster children without permanent family become homeless adults
  • 18-26% of foster children without permanent family end up in the prison system

Serving 13 Mid-Missouri Counties!

Currently, we are assisting over 640 foster families, over 1400 foster children, and over 400 adopted children in our service area. Our goal is to be a support to the families, children and youth in this area, and we work tirelessly to provide much needed services to them

Family Development Training

Class Descriptions

Additional Training for Certified Foster Parents

  • Spaulding courses are required for certified foster families who are interested in adoption.
  • YEN (Level A) Training, Youth Elevated Needs: An 18 hour certified training to provide foster parents tools to help children with escalated emotional and/or behavioral needs. Training topics include: relationship building, communication skills, discipline, de-escalation, behavior management techniques, management of crisis situations, documentation, and more.
  • Sibling Bond Training: A 7 hour certified training to support sibling relationships, negative effects of separations on siblings, preparing to better support and care for sibling groups, minimizing the trauma of separation and more.
  • Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) is trauma training for families who have had a child join their family, or after 1 year of licensure.
  • Ready, Set, Fly is for families interested in working with older youth.
  • STARS courses are required for foster care licensure.
  • Caregiver STARS discusses about some of the policies, procedures, and information needed for someone who is providing care for relatives or kiddos with whom they have prior connections.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER/EVENTS

 

  • 1/13/20 Carla Lewis from CRIB program at Douglass High School
  • 1/20/20 Bonnie Yantzi and Phil Williams from Fun City Youth Academy w/ holiday luncheon
  • 1/25/20 COSMO Pancake Breakfast at 1715 Burlington St  from 6 am to 1 pm
  • 1/27/20 JoNette Weaver from Meals on Wheels
  • 2/1/20 Ashland Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast from 6 am to 1 pm
  • 2/3/20 Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 2/10/20 Lawrence Simonson from PedNet (Pedestrain and Pedaling Network)
  • 2/15/20 Boy’s and Girl’s Club Chili Cook-off at the Holiday Inn Expo Center
  • Kidsfrist Optimist Club Trivia Night and Chili Cook-off from 6:00 pm starting the chili and

                  7:00 starts the Trivia Contest

  • 2/17/20
  • 2/24/20 Gay Litteken from Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center
  • 3/2/20 Lottie Creasy from CPS Motor Lab at Rock Bridge Elementary School
  • 3/9/20 Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center
  • 3/14/20 Coyote Hill Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Baptist Church from 7:30 -12:00
  • 3/16/20 Peter Stipleman, Superintendent for the Columbia Public School
  • 3/23/20 Charles Koening from CPS Stem Program
  • 4/6/20 Linda Schust from Jabberwocky Studio
  • 4/27/20 Bruce Yong from CMSE-Giving Gardens

 

Adjourn with the Creed:  

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Mary Dewey, President

 

Prepared by Scott Stager

 

 

 

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

12.09.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin 

Monday, December 9th, 2019 

 

Attendance:    club members present  13 

 

Call to order: President, Mary Dewey at      12:07 pm 

 

Invocation: Ric McKernan 

  

Pledge:  Cyrilla Galbreath 

 

 

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:    

 

C.O. awarded to Jim Murphy for all his efforts at the tree lot 

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig:   

 

Mary Dewey paid $.25 for a picture on the Missourian Progress Award website.  

 

Carl paid for Jerry Sullivan working many hours at tree lot 

 

Ric – name tag in car and for Jerry and Murphy for his tree lot work 

 

 

 

President Announcements 

 

  • Zone 2 Holiday Ugly Sweater party will be (was) held Tuesday, December 10 from 6 to 9 pm at the Sunrise Optimist Cubhouse. The cost will be $12.00 for two meats and the rest is potluck. We will be playing BINGO, drawing and silent auctions and music/dancing. Please let me know ASAP if you coming.  

 

  • Food Bank:  Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick – havent been there in awhile.  Annual holiday food drive is (was) Wednesday the 11th at Luckys Food Market.   

 

  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates:  Steve Winter says next order coming in Thursday the 12th.  Less than 2 pallets.   

 

  • Christmas Tree Lot update: Had a busy weekend.  All remaining trees are up on Pegs.  Jack says we are within $8K of last years total.  

 

  • Holiday Luncheon:   Mary is collecting today for the Holiday Luncheon at the clubhouse next week (Dec 6th).  We are having fried chicken, herb-roasted pork loin, white cheddar macaroni, garden salad, apple Waldorf salad, and rolls. The cost is $11.00 per person.  Prior to the luncheon at 11;45 there will be a dedication of lot to John Sapp. 
     
  • Chuck Pease visitation will be Saturday at United Methodist.
      

 

Announcements from the Floor:   

 

 

Todays Speaker:     

Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program 

 

 

RON Passed around three informative brochures 

 

CARE is an acronym for Career Awareness Related Experience 

 

In the early 1980s youth crime was increasing and employment programs were disappearing in Columbia.  Local officials recognized the need to get youth employed.  So the city created a program through Parks and Recreation. 

  

Every year teenagers apply for 150 positions to work for the city, 5-600 applicants are received for these positions.  The primary targets are 14-15 year olds.  In that age group there is severe competition with college students.  The applicant pool is around 60% females and 40% male. 55-60% of these teenagers come from single parent households and minority groups.  50% are qualified for free and reduced lunch programs.   

 

These teenagers become employees of city for 8 weeks in the summer.  They are placed at various locations around town.  The cooperating businesses get free labor but are expected to provide mentoring and training, as well as monitoring, supervision and evaluation.  The intent is to give the teenager a work experience that will enhance their ability to find later employment.  Many of these student are in fact eventually hired by their training work site.   

 

The students receive minimum wage and can work up to 20-25 hours per week for the 8 week period.  

 

Applications for next summers program are open now through February and can be made online.  The program is primarily designed for at risk youth, but that is not an absolute requirement.  

 

To prepare prospective workers the city provides Worship Wednesday events for 6th through 12 grade students from now through January.  These occur every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Armory Sports Center.  Any interested student is invited to just drop in.  These workshops help with preparing resumes, cover letters, and how to get letters of recommendation.  In addition there is the opportunity to practice interviewing and help filling out the online application.  

 

Worksites that provide employment for selected teenagers are located all over town.  The program tries to select sites that work best for the workers keeping in mind interests and location.  They are always  

recruiting work sites, wanting to place youth at something they want to do.  Placement is restricted by child labor laws since 14 and 15 year olds cant do all kinds of work.  

 

The CARE program is an area of Parks and Recreation.  Participants are full city employees.  The program is not a separate non-profit, but is general fund just like police and fire.  

 

Transportation for workers is a problem.  It is not provided by the city, but work sites can provide transportation if they wish.   

 

The program has Job Coaches to help students in the program.  They work part time and act as intermediaries between workers and job sites.  

 

CARE can be contacted at (573) 874-6400.  For their website go to WWW.CoMo.gov and search for CARE.   

 

For more information regarding becoming a CARE summer work site partner, contact Ron Schmidt at Ron.Schmidt@CoMo.gov or (573) 874-6377.   

 

 

 

 UPCOMING SPEAKER 

 

  • 12/16/19Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse 
  • 1/6/20Carol Montie from Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association 
  • 1/13/20Carla Lewis from CRIB program at Douglass High School 
  • 1/20/20Bonnie Yantzi and Phil Williams from Fun City Youth Academy 
  • 1/27/20JoNette Weaver from Meals on Wheels 
  • 2/3/20Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge 
  • 2/10/20Lawrence Simonson from PedNet (Pedestrain and Pedaling Network) 
  • 2/24/20Gay Litteken from Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center 
  • 3/2/20Lottie Creasy from CPS Motor Lab at Rock Bridge Elementary School 
  • 3/9/20Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center 
  • 3/16/20Peter Stipleman, Superintendent for the Columbia Public School  
  • 3/23/20 Charles Koening from CPS Stem Program 
  • 4/27/20Bruce Yong from CMSE-Giving Gardens 

 

Adjourn with the Creed:  12:56 p.m.  

 

Optimistically Yours, 

 

Mary Dewey, President 

 

Prepared by Scott Stager 

 

      

 

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

12.02.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, December 2, 2019

 

Attendee:    club members present  13

 

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

 

Invocation: Ric

             

Pledge: Jack Cruise

 

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

 

none

 

Welcome any new or returning members

 

none

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

 

Anniversaries: Jerry Sullivan 47, Jack Cruise, 56

 

Mystery Person:

 

Ken Oster gave to Carl

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig:

 

Carl for Adam’s help at Tree Lot;  Ken O for Chord Busters show.

Chuck Pease passed away week ago last Thursday.

 

 

President Announcements

 

  • Zone 2 Holiday Ugly Sweater party will be held next Tuesday, December 10 from 6 to 9 pm at the Surise Optimist Cubhouse. The cost will be $12.00 for two meats and the rest is potluck. We will be playing BINGO, drawing and silent auctions and music/dancing. Please let me know ASAP if you coming.

 

  • I would really like to thank everyone who worked this weekend at the Christmas Tree Lot. Especially the ones who worked on opening day we were busy all day long. I also like to Thank everyone who came and helped serving Thanksgiving Dinner at Ronald McDonad’s House. Scott for making the bread and help keep us organization in their kitchen, Cyilla, Ken, Carl Kelly’s and Evan , and Kelly for setting the table and putting the food out on the counter, and Steve, Jerry, Carl, Kelly, Scott, Cryilla and Ken for bring the food for the families.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick – packaged cereal

 

  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates– Steve Winter the last order is due  December 3.
  • Holiday Luncheon: Larry Fick is collecting for the Holiday Luncheon.  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.  The cost is  $11.00 per person.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Tree Lot had a really busy first weekend.  Total weekend sales were $41K+ Maybe half the trees are gone.  Almost all the big ones gone.

 

Ken Oster announced Chord Busters show – Dec 7th – evening at Missouri Theatre.

 

 

 

Today’s Speaker:    

Jane Williams & Pat McMurry, Love INC

 

Our History

 

Love INC of Columbia is one of about 150 affiliates of a national organization founded in 1977 by a bi-vocational pastor/social worker in Holland, Michigan. The organization grew rapidly and was adopted as World Vision’s domestic program in the early 1990’s. Love INC USA is now an independent network of affiliates, coordinated through a virtual office with around 10 employees and a national board made up of business and church leaders, the majority of whom have operated affiliates themselves. Each affiliate is independent with a local 501(c)3 and board of directors.

Columbia’s affiliate was founded by Jane Williams and Pat McMurry and local community and church leaders. We opened our doors in April 2008. In 2005 Columbia received over 500 evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Co-founder Jane Williams, The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri Food Bank Director, Peggy Kirkpatrick, and Director of Boone County Health and Human Services, Steve Hollis called and coordinated a group of over 50 churches to triage and place these evacuees. This included finding clothing, housing, and furniture.

Jane, a licensed clinical social worker, longtime community and church leader, was the primary force behind this effort. She became aware of the Love INC model several years earlier but had little success promoting it before the concept was demonstrated with the Katrina relief effort. The mobilization opened the eyes of many to the possibilities provided by a coordinated network of churches with a single point of entry and coordinated efforts. Co-founder Pat McMurry had worked since the early 90’s coordinating pastors, encouraging their relationships across denominations, and organizing large multi-church events. Buoyed by the success of the Hurricane Katrina efforts, Pat and Jane worked from 2006 to 2008 to promote, recruit, raise funds, and launch Columbia’s Love INC affiliate. The organization has enjoyed steady and robust growth every year since. We became a United Way funded partner in 2012 and have received the support of several local foundations. Love INC currently coordinates over 80 churches and networks with over 70 local agencies.

Having spent decades in social services, co-founder Jane Williams was unwilling to continue traditional church benevolence practices of merely handing out resources. She was an early pioneer in what is now accepted as a best practice among benevolence providers, that offering relief – where development was needed – only works to create dependency. That has formed Love INC of Columbia’s operating philosophy. All of our programs reflect this ideology – help, on the road to sustainability.

Website: www.columbialovein.org

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The local Love Inc organization has served over 10K families.  Their approach is to connect helpers and helpees whatever the need.  They are a clearing house for calls for assistance.  They received over 80 calls when their phone number first went active

 

They run the Love Seat, a thrift store which is located right across the Business Loop from our clubhouse where donated items including clothes, furniture, kitchen ware etc. are sold for re-use.  (editors note – I shop their regularly)

Their philosophy is to give a hand-up, not a handout.

 

They provide help in crises situation with rent, bills, utilities, budget coaching, employment coaching, affordable housing coaching, help with barriers to success, low credit score and creating plans with goals and overcoming barriers.

 

They have an Information library – see website.  It provides information on where to look for help.

 

They receive 80 calls a week and work to identify unmet needs in Columbia.  There are  multiple calls with the same problem.

 

They provide personal coaching utilizing a cadre of volunteers.

 

They run an extra mile program which runs for 16 weeks and is also run by volunteers.  They have a coach training program and have 80 active coaches who meet with clients to address relational. material, informational, and spiritual needs.

 

They hav a PayDay Loan relief program which provides $1000 interest free loan for a 1 yr.  Clients must enter the coaching program as part of qualifying for the program.

 

They have 3 houses which can be be made available to clients for 4-6 months rent free.  The original house was donated by a church.  The others were also donated.

 

They run the Over The Edge fund raiser which provides the opportunity for fund raisers to repel off of the Tiger Hotel.  They involve various well known personages from the community.

 

They will soon opening Love Coffee and Bakery which will be located next door to the Love Seat – hopefully in January. This is supported by a separate non profit.  It is primarily intended to employ those with development disabilities.

 

All in all a very uplifting presentation.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER

 

  • 12/9/19 Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program
  • 12/16/19 Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse
  • 1/6/20 Carol Montie from Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
  • 1/13/20 Carla Lewis from CRIB program at Douglass High School
  • 1/20/20 Bonnie Yantzi and Phil Williams from Fun City Youth Academy
  • 1/27/20 JoNette Weaver from Meals on Wheels
  • 2/3/20 Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 2/10/20 Lawrence Simonson from PedNet (Pedestrain and Pedaling Network)
  • 2/24/20 Gay Litteken from Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center
  • 3/2/20 Lottie Creasy from CPS Motor Lab at Rock Bridge Elementary School
  • 3/9/20 Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center
  • 3/16/20 Peter Stipleman, Superintendent for the Columbia Public School
  • 3/23/20 Charles Koening from CPS Stem Program
  • 4/27/20 Bruce Yong from CMSE-Giving Gardens

 

Adjourn with the Creed:  12:43 p.m.

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Mary Dewey, President

 

Prepared by Scott Stager

11.18.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, November 18, 2019

 

Attendee:    club members present: Didn’t get precise count – around a dozen

 

Call to order: President, Mary Dewey at    12:07 pm.

 

Invocation:  Pat Brown

             

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

 

Ed Harre – 16 yrs wedding anniversary

 

Mystery Person:

 

Steve Klein  – picked Ric – declined; Jim – declined;   Scott accepted <grin>.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig:

 

Steve W, Jim Murphy, and Cyrilla – no badges;

Carl – MU baseball team, Jim Murphy for weekend work, Steve W and Chuck Boots for food preparation Saturday, and for everybody else that worked there.

 

 

President Announcements

 

  • Board Meeting: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Club House. No funding requests. Approval of Rootin Tootin Chili Cookoff in February.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick – Buddy Packs

 

  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates– Steve Winter: 2nd order will be delivered Thursday the 21st and should be available for delivery next Monday (The 25th). The last order is due to Ed by Dec 3rd.
  • Holiday Luncheon: Larry Fick has started collecting for the Holiday Luncheon which is Monday December 16th at the clubhouse.  We are having fried chicken, herb-roasted pork loin, white cheddar macaroni, garden salad, apple Waldorf salad, rolls, and cake.  We need to know who would like cake, cupcakes or pies for dessert.  The cost is $12.
  • Christmas Trees: Mary thanked everyone who came out this past weekend to help unload the three truck loads of trees and do some of the drilling.  Jim hopes to have all drilling done by tomorrow (Tuesday).
  • Mary reminder the club members that there is NO NOON Meeting next Monday. We will be fixing dinner at Ronald McDonald’s house family dinner on Monday, November 25. We will start cooking at 3-4:00 pm with a tour at 5:30 pm. Make sure to sign up on line what you are fixing for that day so Mary can pick up additional dishes if necessary. We will be feed around 35 to 40. Scott reports post facto that the house is full of guests, so hopefully there will be a good turnout for supper.

 

  • Zone 2 Ugly Sweater Party will be on Tuesday, December 2 at the Sunrise Optimist Club House at 6:00 pm. Cost is $12.00 for the two meats of Herb Chicken and Pork loin with a side of White Mac and Cheese. The rest is will pot luck for the rest of the side dishes and desserts. Please let me know ASAP if you are coming.

 

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Today’s Speaker:    

  • Jolene Schulz from Assistance League Ambassadors (Operation School Bell)

 

 

In 1894 Anne banning and Ada Laughlin and their friends began raising money for local charitable giving. By 1919 they founded what was to become The Assistance league of southern California.

 

They provided food clothing and assistance to local families severely impacted by World War I.

 

By 1919, they founded what was to become the assistance league of southern California. They provided food clothing and assistance to local families severely impacted by World War I.  They expanded north to San Francisco where earthquake and fire victims received their help.  They greatly expanded their effort with a neighborhood community house, offering programs and services which emulated public and private agencies.

 

Organized as a national nonprofit in 1935 founders Ann and Ada pioneered the raising of money for those people under served by conventional charities.   They created a legacy of giving back that endures today. In 1948 there were 10 local chapters throughout southern California. As the population grew more chapters were formed.

 

To support the growing number of chapters The National Assistance League was organized in 1936 and incorporated in 1949.

 

 

From this modest beginning the Assistance League has grown to over 26,000 members and 125 chapters throughout the United States. The Columbia chapter of Mid Missouri Assistance League was formed in 1994 and became the 90th chapter of the national organization.  They have over 300 members who meet at a monthly chapter meeting.  There are also auxiliary members which I think are younger members who are still working and not able to volunteer as much time.

 

The Columbia Chapter of The Assistance League has their hands in many activities.  Most of us know about the Upscale Retail outlet which re-sells donated items, in particular usable clothing.  From there they run what is called Operation School Bell.  Qualifying public school children are brought in and provided with new clothing.  Over 1500 children locally are helped by this service.  They also provide personal hygiene items.  They give Kaboodle Kits which I figured out from their website are packages of personal hygiene and cleaning supplies donated for children, senior citizens, veterans and their families which are distributed through other organizations in town.

 

They have a Links to Learning program which provides teachers with grants to help them obtain needed classroom materials that not all children are able to afford.  They have given over $1M in total to Columbia teachers.

 

They provide provide Assault Survivor Kits to True North and local hospitals.

 

They give Assisting Women’s Scholarship through grants to Columbia College, Stevens College, and the University of Missouri.  Students apply for those scholarships.  They also give out Women Military Hero Scholarships.

 

They provide Bundles for Babies through local hospitals to provide to parents of new babies items needed to get baby home.

 

Through the library they provide Parent Packs which are tote packs of books and vides which can be checked out at the library.

 

They actively collaborate with True North in providing local assistance. They also have begun dealing with furniture.  Donations of furniture must be coordinated with Upscale Resale who will make arrangements for you to deliver or they can pick up donated furniture.

 

And of course there is the COOKIE CONNECTION which happen four times a year.  They utilize the Knights of Columbus kitchen to bake and deliver 600 dozen pre-ordered cookies to businesses and industries throughout the community.  In many cases these cookies arrive still warm from the ovens.

 

Donations of items for Upscale Resale are always welcome and of course cash donations are gratefully accepted.  In addition they participate in the CoMo Gives campaign which runs next month.

 

They have a website at

 

https://www.assistanceleague.org/mid-missouri/

 

or a shorter link which goes to the same place:

 

www.almm.org

 

It is an extensive site telling all about them including the history of the creation of the local chapter, all the services they provide and the various ways people can get in involved either through volunteering or funding.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER

 

  • 11/25/19 Ashlee Smith with a tour of Ronald McDonald House and fixing a meal for the families that night (Still working on the time) (NO NOON MEETING)
  • 12/2/19 Jane Williams & Pat McMurry, Love INC
  • 12/9/19 Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program
  • 12/16/19 Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse
  • 1/6/20 Carol Montie from Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
  • 1/13/20 Carla Lewis from CRIB Program from Douglass High School
  • 1/20/20 Bonnie Yantzi and Phil Williams from Fun City Youth Academy
  • 1/27/20 JoNette Weaver from Meals on Wheels
  • 2/3/20 Tim Haller from Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
  • 3/16/20 Peter Stipleman, Superintendent for the Columbia Public School

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Mary Dewey, President

 

Prepared by Scott Stager

 

 

 

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

11.11.2019 Weekly Newsletter

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, November 11th, 2019

 

Attendance:     8 members braved the inclement weather to show up for meeting

 

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

 

Invocation: Rick McKernan

             

Pledge: Steve Winter

 

 

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

 

none

 

Welcome any new or returning members

 

none

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Steve W’s Birthday this Saturday (He didn’t offer years) He also reported that his daughter Becca’s is coming up soon.  Becca deserves mention since she frequently help out with Optimist activities.

 

Mystery Person:

 

none

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig:

 

none

 

 

President Announcements

 

  • Board Meeting: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Club House. No funding requests.  Will be asking for approval for participation in Boys & Girls Club Rootin Tootin Chili Cookoff.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick.  Did Buddy Pack two weeks ago

 

  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates– Steve Winter: 2nd order due today and will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. Mary thanked everyone who came out last Thursday, November 7 to help unload and put away out 1st order of Koeze Nuts. Steve reported that they had enough help to set a record in time to unload.   Mary also thanked Steve and his helpers who sorted and put everyone’s order together over the weekend.

    Steve says that all orders are ready for pickup and delivery.

    Second order is due today, but late ones might be possible if delivered to Ed Harre by Wednesday (at Boone Bank).  A small third order will be placed after the tree lot opens to catch any last minute needs or folks who show up at the tree lot that first weekend and want to order.

 

  • Club Social last week: Mary thanked Steve and Scott for the great job cooking the Shrimp and Boil, Larry for collecting the money and helping out. Also Steve and Larry’s wives for the great dump cake, slaw and corn bread side dishes. Also like to thank Pat Kelly and Rick McKernan for helping to set up and everyone who help clean up afterward. Great job everyone.
  • Holiday Luncheon: Will be December 12th at the clubhouse. Larry Fick will start collecting money next week.  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.  The cost is likely to be $12
     
  • Christmas Trees: All Frasiers in 1 or 2 trucks will arrive this Saturday, November 16. The Mizzou Baseball team will be helping unload and to drill 50 9-10’ trees that day. Jim Murphy has spent hours completing Christmas tree tags.  Steve is making biscuits and gravy in the morning. Chuck is grilling hamburgers and dogs for lunch.   We are looking for club members who can help drill, cut netting off the trees or tag trees to come out this Saturday at 12:00 pm. The East Missouri Optimist Governor Mike Boles is coming up to help with unloading trees and drilling.

 

  • Mary will be passing around a signup sheet for help to fix dinner at Ronald McDonalds house on Monday, November 25. We will start cooking at 3-4 pm. She is having smoked turkey prepared, and would like some ideas for what we should fix as side dishes. We will get a custom tour of the facility at 5:30 pm.

 

  • Mary wants to make sure who ever goes in or out of the front gate of the tree lot make sure it is locked. It had been found unlocked last week. We don’t want anything taken from the Club house or from the lot after the trees come in.

 

  • Saturday Feb 29th is the annual Computer Giveaway. The city of Columbia donates surplus computers to be given to families in Columbia who meet needs criteria. Voluntary Action Center determines eligibility and our cub provides the facility and personnel to process the computers and get them passed out.  The 27th will be a prep day when volunteers are needed to check out and clean the computers to facilitate passing them out on Saturday.
  • Boys and Girls Club Rootin Tootin Chili cook-off fund raiser is scheduled for February 15th – We NEED VOLUNTEERS. Two of our regulars will be unable to help this year.  Sign up sheet will be available in early January.

 

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Speaker:    

 

Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center

 

The inclement weather resulted in our speaker not being able to be present.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER

 

  • 11/18/19 Jolene Schulz from Assistance League Ambassadors (Operation School Bell)
  • 11/25/19 Ashlee Smith with a tour of Ronald McDonald House and fixing a meal for the families that night (Still working on the time) (NO NOON MEETING)
  • 12/2/19 Jane Williams & Pat McMurry, Love INC
  • 12/9/19 Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program
  • 12/16/19 Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:59 p.m.

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Mary Dewey, President

 

Prepared by Scott Stager

10.28.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, October 28, 2019

 

Attendee:    club members present  17

 

Call to order: President, Mary Dewey at 12:02 pm

 

Invocation: Jake Jolley

             

Pledge: Bonnie Landgreder

 

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

 

none

 

Welcome any new or returning members

 

none

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Jake Jolley – 25 year anniversary

 

Mystery Person:

 

Mary gave to Jim Murphy for tree lot work

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig:

 

Carl – Tolton Girls Golf team 2nd in state; Steve Winters – no badge; Ric for KU victory; Scott for finally getting badge back from car.

 

President Announcements

 

  • We had a great 1st Quarter Conference in Arnold, Missouri this past weekend. Our new member Deb Swangan was sworn in by our International Optimist President, Adrian Elock during the Saturday morning board meeting. Adrian Elock was a great speaker who had to wants us to go out there and help the youth in our community. Diana Siefke from Nebraska was our Key Note Speaker who talked about Social Media. We need to work on updating our Facebook pages to help out and reach new members. We came is 2nd for A and A points and the Twin City won by beating us by about 3700 point difference. The 2nd quarter conference will be held here in Columbia February 21 and 22. Hope to have more members there this time. Yes, they are still doing baskets for the OF and Children Cancer. We also received this OF print for our donation.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick: Repackaged beef sheets – thin sheets of beef

 

  • Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates– Steve Winter: First order will be due Today and the order will be in Thursday, November 7th.   2nd order due on November 11th will be delivered week of Thanksgiving.  Ed reports we are about where we were last year

 

  • Club Social – Steve Winters: Tuesday, November 5 for the Shrimp Dinner at 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse. Cost is $10.00 for adults and kids eat free. Larry will start taking money Monday, September 16, 2019. We have 40 pounds of easy to peel jumbo shrimp. Slaw, New England Boil  (sausage, potatoes, corn), cornbread, dump cake.

 

  • Larry Fick will start collecting for the Holiday Luncheon next week. The cost is yet to be determined.
  • Christmas Trees: O Scheffer: All Fraziers in 1 or 2 trucks will be in on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Mizzou Baseball team will be helping unload and drilling 50 9-10’ trees that day. Jim Murphy spent hours completing Christmas tree tags.  Carl reported that one or more lights in the back may not be working and needs to be looked into.
  • Mary thanked everyone who helped with the Saturday morning cleaning of the Clubhouse and yard work.
  • Mary will be passing around the signup sheet for helping to fix dinner at Ronald McDonalds house family dinner on Monday, November 25. We will start cooking at 4:00 pm with a tour at 5:30 pm. She would like some ideas for what we should fix that night.

 

  • It was reported that BIll Drummond passed away this past weekend. Also reported that Chuck Pease is seriously ill.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Today’s Speaker:    

 

Valorie Livingston, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs

 

Valerie shared a new video which introduces Boys & Girls Club.  Short but very uplifting.

She reported that their Robotic Club came in 2nd in local competition.

Local club serves 650 kids on an annual basis.

There need is great.  She reported that 45% of the children in the district are on free or reduced lunches.  That comes out to 8-9 thousand students.

They focus on work force development.  The local unemployment rate is below 1.7%. They need to teach trade skills.  Culinary and construction skills are some of their focus.

 

They have onsite programs in both Alpha Hart Lewis and Derby Ridge grade schools where virtually all students are on free or reduced lunches.  They were hoping to add a presence at Blue Ridge elementary this year, but a needed grant did not come through.

They serve 180 elementary kids at their main site (30 of those are from Blue Ridge).

They have kids related to victims of recent gun violence. They have mental health program to help them.  Active shooter drills have unfortunately become more important.  They are having to teach kids to “hit the floor”.

They are also dealing with the problem of kids vaping.  Vaping can be so well hidden that kids can do it in school practically under the gaze of teachers.

They are looking into partnering with Parks and Recreation to use the Armory as a place to help expand their capacity.  With an expansion they can serve more kids.

Their annual basketball tournament is coming up.   They need help to run it.  In particular they need adult volunteers to handle ticket sales and concessions.  Last year there were 50 teams from throughout the state.  It will occur on December 6,7,8.  They will be using courts throughout town.

She handed out a statistics brochure entitled “2018 Annual Impact Report”.  That report is available online as a PDF from their website under the “About Us” link.

Their website is:

Home

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER

 

  • 11/4/19 No Meeting at Noon
  • 11/5/19 Shrimp Dinner with Speaker Carrie Gartner from The Loop(Talking about the                                   Improved of the Loop)
  • 11/11/19 Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center
  • 11/18/19 Jolene Schulz from Assistance League Ambassadors (Operation School Bell)
  • 11/25/19 Ashlee Smith with a tour of Ronald McDonald House and fixing a meal for the families that night (Still working on the time) (NO NOON MEETING)
  • 12/2/19 Jane Williams & Pat McMurry, Love INC
  • 12/9/19 Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program
  • 12/16/19 Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:59 p.m.

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Mary Dewey, President

 

Prepared by Scott Stager

10.21.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
Monday, October 21, 2019
Attendee: club members present 14
Call to order: President Mary Dewey at 12:06 pm
Invocation:
Pledge: Steve WInters
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:
Carl to Red – selling Koeze
Sign In or Pay the Pig:
Ken – late for meeting, Scott no badge (still residing in his car), Carl for badge still in pocket and he made another donation in honor of Tolton girls and Rock bridge girls being in state golf tournament.
President Announcements
• The 1st Quarter Conference will take in Arnold, Missouri from Friday, October 25 4:30 to 10:00 pm and Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. From 4:30 to 7:00 pm on Friday we will be having a Trick or Treat benefiting CCC/OIF in the parking lot behind the hotel. Please let Mary know if anyone wants to go so she can get you registered.
• Last Weeks Board Meeting Funded Nora Stewart Learning Center $500.00, Destiny of HOPE $800.00, and Columbia Public School District High Functions Autism Center $700.00.
• Food Bank: Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, and Larry Fick: They worked on Cordon Bleu (repackaging)

• Koeze/ Restaurant Certificates- Steve Winter said “The first order will be due on Monday, October 28 and Chris McD’s will not be on the Restaurant list this year. Thus we only have Murry’s, D’Rowes, Sophia/Addison and Shakespeare Pizza.” We want everyone to go 1 % higher than that last year’s orders. Koeze nuts prices have gone up a little this year. First order will be due on Monday, October 28th. Steve Winter emphasized the 1% increase in sales goals this year refers to volume of sales, not
the dollar amount. The 3% Koeze nuts price increase doesn’t count tor sales goals.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: Tuesday, November 5 for the Shrimp Dinner at 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse. Cost is $10.00 for adults and kids eat free. Larry is taking reservations and money. We have 40 lbs of easy to peel jumbo shrimp to be accompanied by other goodies. Larry Fick said there are currently 25 signed up for this dinner. He encouraged Board members who haven’t been able to attend recent luncheon meeting to sign up for this event. Contact Larry at 445-2743 or email:
lfick41@centurytel.net to sign up.
• Christmas Trees: C.O Scheffer: 1 or 2 trucks will be in on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Mizzou Baseball team will be helping unloading and drilling the 50 – 9-10’ trees that day. All the Frasers will be in one truck load. I like to Thank Jim Murphy spent all the hours completing Christmas tree tags. Non- Frasier on 10/16,17,18 – date won’t be confirmed until later.
• Jim Murphy called for a CLUBHOUSE WORK DAY Saturday October 26 at 9:00 am. Workers are needed to move trailers and tree stands and clean up parts of the yard. The commitment should only take an hour if 6 or more member show up. Steve and Becca Winters volunteered to organize inside the clubhouse.
• Dues, Dues, Dues – get them paid ASAP.
Announcements from the Floor:
• Today’s Speaker:
Trent Rush & Monica Palmer from The Missouri Symphony
They began by thanking us for our support of the Young Peoples Concert.
In November they will host third graders from Columbia public schools at two free concerts. The intent is to expose them to orchestral music an an early age both for enjoyment and to begin thinking about playing an orchestral instrument. Students will be bussed in for the concerts. This year students are also coming up from Ashland
They played about a three minute selection of classical music. Specifically Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt”. Everyone was asked to write down what they thought of while listening. A few present related what the piece brought to mind. Answers included mountains, valleys and streams. They then had a drawing for tickets to an upcoming concert. President Mary Dewey was the lucky winner. They are running a conservatory program involving 85-100 kids from all local middle and high schools. These students get together to practice on Monday Evenings. They will present a concert on Nov 11th
(veterans day). On December 15th there will be a Symphony of Choice – Age 17 and under are admitted free.
The website for the Missouri Symphony is:
themosy.org

Upcoming Speakers and Events
• 10/28/19 Valorie Livingston, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs
• 11/4/19 No Meeting at Noon
• 11/5/19 Shrimp Dinner with Speaker Carrie Gartner from The Loop(Talking about the
Improved of the Loop)
• 11/11/19 Cheryl Howard from Nora Stewart Early Learning Center
• 11/18/19 Jolene Schulz from Assistance League Ambassadors (Operation School Bell)
• 11/25/19 Ashlee Smith with a tour of Ronald McDonald House and fixing a meal for the
families that night (Still working on the time)
• 12/2/19 Jane Williams & Pat McMurry, Love INC
• 12/9/19 Ron Schmidt from City of Columbia CARE program
• 12/16/19 Holiday luncheon at the Clubhouse
Adjourn with the Creed: We finished with the Creed at around 12:45 p.m.
Optimistically Yours,
Mary Dewey, President
East Missouri District 2018-2019 “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”