06.12.17 Weekly Bulletin

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 1:08
Invocation: Sid Sullivan
Pledge: Jim Murphy

Introduction of Guests
None

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Larry Fick celebrates his 54th wedding anniversary with his wife, Paulette, on Thursday
Charlie Langreder celebrates many loving years with his wife, Bonnie, on Friday.

Mystery Person – John Sapp awarded this week’s gift certificate to Max Miller for all the unsung work he does for the club and for driving a Soap Box retrieval truck despite forgetting his hat.

Greeter – Carl Scott talked of the work done by our club. He referred the last couple of weeks to our own Trifecta: Art-in-the-Park a week ago Saturday and Sunday, Bike Safety last Thursday and the Soap Box Derby this past Sunday. Also, this past week there were two events: an East District of MO meeting and the Junior Golf Tournament. Additionally while Carl was presenting the scholarship award at Battle H.S., the student mentioned an A-Plus program other optimist Clubs in town are sponsoring at the other high schools. Carl will research this as a possibility for our club to sponsor an A-Plus program at Battle H.S. He will present his finding to the Board.

Announcements
• Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig This was a big day for the pig: In addition to Carl’s desire to support childhood cancer by willfully forgetting to wear his badge, Rick McKernan left his in his car. And, Ed paid big because he inadvertently wrote Bonnie Langreder was married to Harold Langreder. It didn’t bother Bonnie much but husband Charlie Langreder was highly agitated and looking for Harold.
• June 20th at 6:30 the city of City of Columbia is hosting a dinner and recognition ceremony for Volunteer Appreciation. Hotdogs and brats will be served at Waco Park, 3350 Waco Road. Carl Scott is one of those being recognized for volunteer work. Carl is invited to bring up to 5 people with him for the event and since Carl performed his servicing in the name of the Downtown Optimist we should have some members join him as his service is recognized. You need to let Carl know by June 16th, this Friday so he can inform the city of how many are attending with him.
• Carl Scott noted the City Manager recently commended Justin Anthony & Andria Heese of the Columbia Community Police for their work with Columbia Youth Basketball. He also mentioned this was made possible by a grant from the Downtown Optimists Club.
• July 13th is the date set for a social at the clubhouse for members, invited guests and new recruits. Picnic atmosphere, Charge is $10 per head. (As usual, kids eat free.)
• New Member recruitment event – (C.O. Mike Hatchet, Jessica and Travis Kempf) – Will be part of the July 13th social.
• Soap Box Derby – (Rick, Chuck) Rick reported this 12 hour marathon (to complete all the races before Broadway had to reopen) event came off well. Volunteers started moving derby cars from the clubhouse to Broadway before 6:00 am. All the Derby cars were lined up on both sides of Broadway east of Seventh Street. Starting ramps were set up. Cones marked to course. Traffic cones and hay bales were positioned at the bottom of the hill as a fail-safe to stop Derbies from entering vehicular traffic at the race terminus. Local news reporters awaited the early drivers at the finish line. Spectators anxiously awaited the start-in their pop-up 10 x 10’s along the sideline of the race course and the retrieval trucks awaited their drivers. The Derby competition continued into the hot sunny afternoon with minimal mishaps (thanks to Rick’s careful planning and management of the day.) Rick thanked all the volunteers: the Optimists for their help driving the retrieval trucks, Nissan Motors for the loan of four 2017 trucks, the MU Swim Team that loaded Derbies onto trailers for their return up the hill, the Old Wheels club that manned the barricades for the truck passage and trove of other volunteers, many from the Soap Box Derby Club that unload derby cars, changed wheels between heats, while others worked in a make shift repair shop and spare parts trailer.

Rick mentioned Kansas City had to send its Master Drivers to Columbia because they couldn’t produce their own race. Special thanks to member, Don Provost with the Civil Air Patrol, who sponsor the CAP Derby car (and thanks to member Keith Snyder who matched the paint job on the CAP plane). Also, new member Tony Parisio, showed up at 6:00 am to give his enthusiastic support. Rick asked for and got volunteers to return the trucks to Nissan. Special Kudos for the work Rick has done over the past 10 plus year to upgrade this event to what it is today.
• Food Bank – (Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott) Larry and Jim both said they could use more help. Last week they packaged chicken breasts and chicken fingers. (No hotdogs packaging in sight.)
• Bike Safety, June 8th – Mary Dewey reported the turnout was light but there were enough kids and volunteers to make the event worthwhile.
• Show Me Games volunteers needed – Jake Jolley circulated sign-up sheet for the two dates, June 23 and 30 and collected volunteer waivers from members
• Board Meeting this Thursday with 2 grant requests: Junior Achievement and Friends of Rock Bridge Park’s Urban Population Outreach Program (UPOP).
• 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.

Today’s Speaker: Ashlee Smith, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House
Ashlee Smith has lived in Columbia for the past 11 years. She attended MU and is pleased to be the Development Director at the Ronald McDonald House. She explained the first Ronald McDonald house was established in Philadelphia in 1974. The original 9-bed RMH in Columbia opened in 1983 (with community support and a $10,000 grant from the DOC). The new RMH with 13 private rooms and 32 beds opened in October ’13. It’s a place where families can stay and be close to their hospitalized child.

The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides temporary residence close to Women’s and Children’s Hospital for families in need of housing support while their child recovers in the hospital. Admission to RMH is opened to any family outside of Boone County with a hospitalized child 21 years old or younger. The referral is made by one of the hospital social workers and is subject to a background check for the safety of all the families. The average stay is 10 days but families have stayed as long as 121 nights. Rooms provide privacy but the living conditions are communal with a common dining room, kitchen and laundry. One hot meal is prepared by volunteers each day and health snacks are available. Toiletries and in some cases clothing is provided to the guests. Volunteer help and donations help keep cost down. Families are not charged but can give a donation but some families can’t afford that. The house serves predominately central Missouri families but several families have come from out of state and one family came from another country.

Ashlee presented a number of statistics related to the services provided. For example, 1,850 people (434 families) for a total of 5,374 nights were served in 2016. While the annual operating cost for the RMH reported in a separate grant request is over $800,000, the house couldn’t functions without the 9,200 volunteer hours provident by local residents.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS
June 19 – Natalie Thornton, Site Director, Phoenix Family, Columbia Square & Claudell Homes
June 26 – Kelly Wallis, Director, Boone County Community Services
July 3 – Meeting with no speaker
July 10 – TBD Open for member suggestions
July 17 – Monique White, Pascals Pals
July 24 -Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts
July 31 – TBD
Aug 7 – TBD
Aug 14 – TBD
Aug 21 – TBD
Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00
Optimistically Yours,

Sid Sullivan, Secretary

06.05.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

June 5, 2017

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05

Invocation: Charlie Langreder

Pledge: Gen. Richard Harding

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Mary Dewey celebrated her birthday last Monday

C.O. Scheffer celebrated his birthday Sunday

Mystery Person 

Jake Jolley awarded the gift certificate to Harold Rowe for his work coordinating the club’s event at Art-in-the-Park.

Greeter   – Ed Musterman

Ed celebrated this past weekend with his daughter’s wedding. On Friday he baby sat his grandson and had a great time playing in the sandbox with his 2 year old grandson.  He still had energy to attend a dinner with the groom and his family that evening. The wedding was on Saturday at Stephen’s Chapel followed by a reception where Ed could show off some of his dance moves to keep pace with the 30ish something women in attendance. He displayed one of those moves at the luncheon. Watch out “Dance with the Stars”!

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge on or Pay the Pig This week Carl Scott had his badge around his neck but failed to sign-in to pay the pig. Dave Murphy was spotted by Mary Dewey in the Conservation Magazine article and paid the pig for his notoriety.
  •  A July 13th date is set for a social at 6:00 pm at the clubhouse. Members, spouses and new recruits will attend. BBQ, corn on the cobb, and maybe hamburgers, brats, ice cream and black berry cobbler will be served in a picnic setting. Outdoor games that can be accommodated by the grounds (horseshoes) will be provided. As usual the charge is $10 per head (kids eat free).
  • New Member recruitment event – C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica and Travis Kempf) – The last event at Günter Hans on June 1 didn’t produce any new members. The next event will be in conjunction with the July 13 Social at the clubhouse.
  • Soap Box Derby – (Rick, Chuck) Rick circulated sign-up sheet for drivers to this June 11 event. Rick hasn’t filled all the 16 2-hour diving slots for this event. Also, he purchased yard signs to advertise the event. Members were asked to place as many signs as they can on the berms of high traffic areas.
  • Food Bank – (Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott) Jim reports the team packaged Panini breads.
  • Bike Safety, June 8th – Mary Dewey has everything in place for this event in the Lange Middle School parking lot. The event starts for kids at 5:30 and runs until 8:00. Volunteers should be there at 5:00.
  • Art in the Park – Harold Rowe reports all went well. There was considerable interest in the Soap Box Derby and Bike Safety but we still have a little more work on the membership recruitment. “Hats off to Harold for putting this event together.”
  • Koeze Nut Steve Winters has the flyers approved and ready for the printer. He is in the process of reassigning Jim Beckett’s and Red Leighton’s customer to other members.
  • 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.

 

Today’s Speaker

Lt. General Richard Harding President of the Board, Welcome Home – Shelter & Assistance for homeless veterans and families.

Gen. Harding retired in 2014 after 34 years in the U.S Air Force. From 2010 until retirement he served as the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force with responsibility for 4,400 uniformed and civilian lawyers, paralegals and legal support staff. In addition, to work with The Professional Education Group, he assists universities and interest groups in eradicating campus sexual assaults with successful lessons learned from combating military sexual assaults. He serves on the Advisory Council of the National Crime Victims’ Legal Institute and is currently President of Welcome Home, Inc. He grew up as the son of a career military parent and remains part of the military family of veterans. He is currently president of the board for the only homeless shelter in Missouri for veterans and their families

 

General Harding gave a brief history of the way this country has evolved in its treatment of veterans. Starting with the Revolutionary War with a “thank you for your service,” to free swamp lands in Arkansas after the War of 1812, to a $25 month pension in 1820, to asylums and artificial limbs for vets after the Civil War, to medical aid to amputee and gassed vets after WW1, to hospital care after WW2 and only recently for mental health treatment for Post Traumatic Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). And, the Welcome Home shelter has taken on the most recent gap in service to vets by identifying and referring back to the military those vets who were discharged without VA benefits because of behavioral issues when evidence war related injury such as PTSD or TBI was not considered.

 

Today’s modern military faces a different set of problems. Since the Draft was abolished in 1973, the country now has an all-volunteer military. With only 1% of those eligible to serve actually joining the military, there are problems of adverse selection (soldiers running away from a bad home environment) and adequate numbers to meet this country’s security interests. Generous reenlistment bonuses lead to three and four tours of duty. Soldiers adapt to life in the war zone with shelling at night, snipers and IED during the day and living with a constant fear of life or death situations. Civilian life after service is a difficult adjustment. And, many vets because of the accident of birth have no home to which they want to return. These soldiers need other soldiers to help with the adjustment back to civilian life.

 

The challenge of Welcome Home is to serve 700 homeless vets in Missouri with only 32 beds. Many are turned away, often directed to temporary shelters or to CHA housing but only those in the Welcome Home shelter get the benefit of the 90 day program to progress from homelessness to self-sufficiency with a job. Welcome Home provides the needed services to transition these homeless vets to a stable environment with a 90% success rate. They partner with the VA for diagnostic help, work with those who self-medicate or who were sexually abused in service. They work to get Vets in group homes where support from fellow soldiers is available.

 

The 32 bed facility allows the flexibility to be configured for all men, or for a separate section for women’s rooms, and/or quarters to accommodate families. The shelter partners with the VA, the Columbia Housing Authority and their neighbor, Patriot Place, but receives no funding from these other agencies. Welcome Home is supported entirely by private donation. Veteran’s United here in Columbia is one of their biggest donors with a gift of $1 million back in 2014’ but the board has to work to create sustainable operating funds.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

June 12- Ashlee Smith, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House

June 19 – Natalie Thornton, Site Director, Phoenix Family, Columbia Square & Claudell Homes

June 26 – Kelly Wallis, Director, Boone County Community Services

July 3 – Meeting with no speaker

July 10 – TBD

July 17 – Monique White, Pascals Pals

July 24 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

July 31 – TBD

Aug 7 – TBD

05.22.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

May 22, 2017

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05

Invocation: Max Miller

Pledge:Pat Brown

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Max Miller celebrates his 53rd wedding anniversary on May 31.

Mystery Person 

Ed Musterman kept the mystery person to make the award to the most cheerful person in the room,
Dave Murphy.

Greeter   – Dave Murphy

Dave gave three reasons he was cheerful today. 1) As Director of the Conservation Federation and contrary to all advice given him,  he instituted Youth Archery. Today 30,000 kids participate in the program through their school. And, of the 230 participants  at the recent International Archery Competition, five of the top ten archers were from Missouri. 2) As Commissioner of the Department of Conservation, he received news the budget for the upcoming year will be $202 million, up from $16 million in 1966. Half the budget is for youth programs. 3) His visiting 3 year old grandson visiting from Sweden caught his fist fish.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge on or Pay the Pig This week Nadia joined Carl Scott to pay the pig.
  •  Board Meeting – May 18th

The board approved Grant Funding of $3,000 for CHALIS

Authorized Mary Dewey to spend up to  $200 for Bike Safety

Harold Rowe requested a special club meeting for potential members recruited at Art in thePark.  Decision was made to invite interested recruits to a Monday lunch meeting withthe club buying lunch.  A July 13th date was set for a social at the clubhouse. Potential          and new recruits will be invited to attend . Main course at the social will be hamburgers and brats in a picnic setting. Charge is the usual $10 per head (kids eat free).  Treasurer reported there is $10,000 remaining of the $43,000 budgeted for grants in the fiscal year ending Sept. 31st. Nadia Ryakhmyatullov agreed to fill the board position that was vacated when Mary Dewey was appointed VP to fill Carl Scott’s term.

  • New Member recruitment event – C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, Travis – Next meeting will be held at Günter Hans on June 1.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick, Chuck Rick circulated sign-up sheet for drivers to this June 11 event. Rick is asking for 16 Optimist to drive.
  • Scholarship – (Cyrilla, Carl, Max) Cyrilla reports all scholarships were awarded this past week.
  • Food Bank – (Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott) Jim reports the team is still going strong.
  • Bike Safety, June 8th – Mary Dewey has everything in place for this event in the Lange Middle School parking lot. The event starts for kids at 5:30 and runs until 8:00. Volunteers should be there at 5:00.
  • Art in the Park – Harold Rowe has all under control for this June 3 & 4 event. The set-up time is 2:00 Friday, June 2 for members who wish to help.
  • 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.

 

Today’s Speaker

May 23 –  Member Spotlight,  Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

Born Nadezhda M Ryakhmyatullov on June 13, 1992 in Тавда́, (Tavda, Russia) to a family of eight siblings, two sisters and five brothers Nadia has very little memories of her first five years in Russia before her family moved to The States. Tavda is a town in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia , located on the Tavda River and functioning as a river port. For reference, Tavda is 2,100 miles due east of Moscow. Her mother claims it’s a two day journey to Moscow. Her parents operated a farm. Her uncle worked in a light bulb factory. He was paid in light bulbs so one could say his profession was a light bulb salesman.

The entire Ryakhmyatullov family moved to Sacramento , CA in 1997 as the parents sought a better life for themselves and their family. They moved once again, this time to Sedalia, MO in 2014 when Nadia was in 7th grade. Growing up with American children, she rebelled against the strict Russia culture practiced by her parents. She sought refuse in foster care at age 15 and changed foster parents until she found the ones she could live with. At 17 she became “emancipated” and attended a commuter college with the ambition to work as a pre-school teacher. However, after the birth of her twin daughters, she decided against working in pre-school only to return home to her own pre-schoolers. She now works in the hotel business, where she advanced from an entry level position to general manager in two years.

 

Nadia has renewed her relationship with both her parents and her foster parents. She is enjoying motherhood as her twins are finishing pre-school and ready to start kindergarten. She keeps herself busy with work, and is active with the Women’s Network and Columbia Hospitality Association. In her spare time she teaches Sunday school and teaches her twins T-Ball.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

May 29 – No Meeting, Memorial Day

June 5 – Welcome Home – Shelter & Assistance for homeless veterans and families.

June 12- Ashlee Smith, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House

June 19 – Natalie Thornton, Site Director, Phoenix Family, Columbia Square & Claudell Homes

 

05.15.2017 Weekly meeting

The Weekly Bulletin

May 15, 2017

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05t

Invocation: C.O. Scheffer

Pledge: John Sapp

 

Introduction of Guests   Steve Winters introduced his guest, Michael Chadwick of the MU Swim team and graduating senior. Michael designed a one page color flyer to assist the DOC with sales of restaurant certificate later this year.

Birthdays and Anniversaries Red Leighton turned 92 on May 2 and John Sapp turns 70 on May 16.

 

Mystery Person  – Max Miller used odd numbers to select the member to receive this week’s gift certificate. The number 1 (first person to shake his hand) was too easy, the third person to shake his hand the number of political figures who lost their jobs this past week. But since we don’t talk politics, he went with the number5, the number of runs the Cardinals scored in their last game. The fifth person to shake his hand was Nadia Ryakhmyatullov.

 

Greeter   – Nadia Ryakhmyatullov past week was uneventful until Saturday. She slept in until 10:20 that morning. On Sunday she taught Sunday school. The big event of the day was getting her car washed by her two daughters to honor her for Mother’s Day. It was the first time in several months the car was washed. However because she owns an SUV and her twin daughters are 5, they could only wash the bottom half of the car.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge on or Pay the Pig   Carl Scott and Scot Stager both fatten the pig today.
  • Third notice and vote to amend the bylaws: After reading the current, pertinent by-law, Carl asked for a vote to amend Article VIII Election Procedure Section 4 to read “The President of the Club who has served a full term as President can serve the succeeding year again as President; no more than two consecutive terms.” The vote was unanimous in favor. The by-laws are updated.
  • Candidate slate for the 2017-2018 officers  was read by Carl Scott:

Ed Musterman for President

Mary Dewey for Vice President

2nd Vice President (Open)

2 year Board   (replacing Jim Murphy) Mike Hatchett

2 year Board (replacing Mary Dewey) Open.

Carl made the motion to accept the slate. Dave Murphy seconded. The vote was unanimous in favor of the slate

  • New Member recruitment event – (C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, Travis) – C.O. announced the date and location will be determined.
  • Soap Box Derby – (Rick, Chuck) Rick will have the sign-up sheets at next week’s meeting. There is a flood of derby cars in the first floor of the clubhouse. So Nadia Ryakhmyatullov offered the Board Room of the Candlelight Suites Hotel for this Thursday’s Board meeting
  • Scholarship – (Cyrilla, Carl, Max) Cyrilla reports all is set for members to confer these scholarships at the various ceremonies later this week.
  • Food Bank – (Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott) Larry and Jim both agreed they could use more volunteers at the 1::30 to 3:30 Monday afternoon shift.
  • Bike Safety  May 20th – Mary Dewey said the event is set for this Saturday at Lange Middle School, 2201 East Smiley Lane from 9:00 ‘til noon. There has been an elaborate promotion of this event at all the schools and through the city Park & Rec newsletter. Pray it doesn’t rain. Members are encouraged to come. For more information, contact Mar Dewey at 573-817-5077 or mary.dewey@como.gov/
  • Art in the Park – Harold Rowe has all the slots covered for the Saturday portion of this event. He will bring the sign-up sheets to recruit for a couple on openings on the Sunday portion. This event will be held in Stephens Park on June 3 & 4.
  • Summer Fest Carl Scott will have a booth set up this Wednesday, May 17 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Burford Shelter in Cosmo Park. Members are welcome to assist in this membership recruitment effort.
  • Junior Golf Tournament Entry forms for the Eastern District golf tournament were distributed. Registration fee is $80.00. The event will be held for both boys and girls 12 to 14 years old on June 4 at the Highland GC, St. Louis. The event for boys and girls 14 to 18 years old will be held June 8 at the Aberdeen GC, Eureka, MO. For more information contact Paul Hauser – 314  or phauser@farmersagent.com/
  • 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.  –
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Today’s Speaker

MU Swim Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh

Coach Rhodenbaugh joined MU seven years ago as head coach for the swim team. He formerly coached swimming at SMU, Dallas, TX for 15 years where the team remained in the top 10 for 30 of the past 35 years. He then moved to the University of Arizona, Tucson for 11 years bringing that team to the top 3 in the country.

 

In a sport that doesn’t get much local press and has difficulty filling the 1,000 seat arena, Coach unabashedly told the lunch crown he brings prospective swimmers here to live a life style of champions. The team competes against schools in the SEC but his focus is on Olympic Swimmers. His swimmers are coached to make responsible social decisions, maintain their academics and control their attitude and their effort. The routine is rigorous: team members swim 6 -10 miles a day, do strength training and run 6 miles a day when not swimming. Coach R‘s trains his teams to do “mindful swimming.” They are to focus on their goal and ways in which they can improve their swim time. He brought with him today Michael Chadwick who made the All American Team and is shooting for the 2020 Olympics. He was not on the radar as a top high school swimmer but today he is the third fastest swimmer in the country. Coaching makes the difference.

 

While sports at Mizzou are self-supporting (a profit center contributing $20 million annually to the University according to Coach R), admission to the swim event is free. Their first meets start in October but the season doesn’t officially start until January. Mizzou built a state of the art Olympic size pool 12 years ago. It’s one of the best in the country. Coach Rhodenbaugh would like to enlarge the seating capacity to 1,500 to host regional swim events.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

May 22 –  Member Spotlight– Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

May 29 – No Meeting, Memorial Day, 

June 5 – Welcome Home – Shelter & Assistance for homeless veterans and families.

June 12- Ashlee Smith, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House

June 19 – Natalie Thornton, Site Director, Phoenix Family, Columbia Square & Claudell Homes

05.08.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

May 8, 2017

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05

Invocation: Jim Beckett

Pledge: Harold Rowe

Introduction of Guests   Charlie Langreder introduced his wife Bonnie. Sid Sullivan introduced his lovely wife, Joan.

Birthdays and Anniversaries None reported

Mystery Person  – Mary Dewey designated Larry Fick to received today’s gift certificate for the work he continues to do at the Food Bank.

Greeter   – Charlie Langreder spent 10 of the 21 day Turkey hunting season doing what he likes to do best: enjoy the great outdoors. He spent a lot of this time in the rain, saw a lot of deer, squirrels, and even a bobcat but in the end he came up empty handed. Boone County hunters bagged 4-500 turkeys; statewide hunter returned home with 43,325. Charlie’s wife, Bonnie, missed this whole adventure as she stayed in their dry home.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge on or Pay the Pig  Carl Scott again awarded the Pig.
  • Candidate slate of officers for 2017-18- Carl Scott gave the 2nd reading of the candidate slate:

Ed Musterman for President

Mary Dewey for Vice President

2nd Vice President (Open)

2 year Board   Mike Hatchett

2 year Board (replacing Jim Murphy) Open.

The 3rd reading and Membership vote will take place at May 15th meeting  

  • Notice of vote to amend the bylaws  2nd reading with 3rd reading and vote scheduled for May 15 was read by Carl Scott:

Article VIII Election Procedure Section 4 will be repealed and replaced as follows:

No President of the club who has served a full term as President shall be eligible to serve the succeeding year as president.                                                                                                                                                   The President of the Club who has served a full term as President can serve the succeeding year again as President; no more than two consecutive terms.

New Member recruitment event – (C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, Travis) C.O. reported – May 3rd meeting at Logboat Brewing went well but no new members signed up.

  • Soap Box Derby – (Rick, Chuck) Rick reported all is on schedule for the Sunday, June 11 event. Sign-up sheets will be circulated next week. Rick emphasized the need for 16 drivers from the DOC.
  • Scholarship – (Cyrilla, Carl, Max) Work is completed for scholarship presentations next week.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott
  • Bike Safety  May 20th – Mary Dewey reported 2 bikes have been donated for prizes to attendees plus Howard’s Donut Shop is offering a $20.00 gift certificate. This event is being well publicized on CPS website and newsletter as well as the city newsletter sent out with utility bills.
  • Art in the Park – Harold Rowe circulated the sign-up sheet for booth coverage at this important new member recruitment event
  • District Oratorical Contest — A Southern Boone High School student, Ivan Bossert from Ashland, MO won the competition and will go on the national competition.
  • Family Fun Fest – Wednesday, May 17 at Cosmo Park. Carl Scott will be attending, other members are asked to help him with this recruitment event.
  • 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.
  • Partners in Education: Mary Dewey and Larry Fick attended this event. Among other groups, the Downtown Optimist Club received an award for its years of involvement. CPS expressed uncertainty of the exact number of years but once determined a certificate with the correct years will be issued to the DOC

 

 

Today’s Speaker

May 8 – Dr. Carol Ward, Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, UMC

 Dr. Ward has been teaching in the Anthropology Dept. of MU since 1991. She also teaches anatomy in the School of Medicine. Her interest in learning the “why” of human evolution has led her to an extensive field research of fossils in a remote corner of Kenya. She explained most of the archeological sites are in Africa. While it’s hard to believe early humans would live in these hot, arid lands, she posits climate change as the cause of an out-migration. (Even Neanderthal Man moved to Eurasia 200,000 years ago) She described the region as a lush savanna  capable of supporting vibrant life 2 to 6 ½ million years ago.

 

For the past four years she and her team have travel to a remote village in northwest Kenya, a 2 3 day journey from the capital, Nairobi. The team stays with the Turkana people in their worksite called West Turkana Paleo Project. The natives are a traditional culture that practices polygamy and where men and women take their meals separately. Dr. Ward was relegated to taking her meals with the adult women, none of whom spoke English or Swahili. A tribal benefit from the project is a school where the children learn many subjects including English.

 

Dr. Ward’s focus is on fossils of the ancient humanoid ancestor, Australopithecus afarensis, who lived in this region of Africa 3.7-3 million years ago. Her work combined with other studies pieces together the slow evolution of modern man’s skeleton. Changes in the skull relating to brain and jaw sizes are related to diet, ecology and life style changes. The grasping hand distinguishes man’s ability to adapt to societal and environmental changes. Her studies have dispelled the myth of the Time-Life “Age of Man” as a descendent from the apes.  The unique S-curve of the human spine distinguishes humans from that of straight backed apes. Unique vertebra characteristics help distinguish human fossils from animal fossils. They also contribute to modern medicine and the effects of different athletic activities have on these body parts.

 

The 35 minute, slide lecture presentation was packed with too much information to cover in this brief synopsis. But, Dr. Ward agreed to return at some future date to talk of other work she is doing. You have to be there to really appreciate all she has to share.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

May 15 – MU Swim Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh

May 22 –  Member Spotlight,  Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

May 29 – No Meeting, Memorial Day

June 5 – Welcome Home – Shelter & Assistance for homeless veterans and families.

June 12- Ashlee Smith, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House

June 19 – Natalie Thornton, Site Director, Phoenix Family, Columbia Square & Claudell Homes

 

 

05.01.2017 Weekly Bulletin

Call to order: C.O. Scheffer, Treasurer at 12:05

Invocation: Pat Brown

Pledge: Cyrilla Galbreath

Introduction of Guests  Abby Dodge, a junior with the Missouri School of Journalism  introduced herself and reason for joining the Optimists for lunch. As part of the “Columbia Missourian outreach program, she wanted to be sure we were all aware of some of the features of the paper. The Missourian has a website (www.columbiamissourian.com/) , offers an email newsletter, has news online and is actively involved with social media. The paper is in constant search for both news and the kind of news people want to hear. Anyone interested in the way news is produced can attend a weekly briefing on the ways in which news in created. Contact the School of Journalism for more information on this.

Birthdays and Anniversaries Nothing to announce

Mystery Person  – Steve Winters awarded the gift card to Mary Dewey for all the work she has done on the upcoming Bike Safety event.

Greeter   – John Sapp was today’s greeter. He recounted how happy he was to return to the Optimists luncheons after the close of tax season. The memorable events of his past week: included the graduation of both his grandson Cameron, and his wife’s grandson, Devon who graduated from Chef’s School. He mentioned sorrowfully the death of one of his clients, Charles McCutchens who died in a plane he was piloting near Booneville. On a brighter note, he was happy not to have been a passenger on the plane despite numerous offers from his client to fly with him.

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig  Carl Scott used the opportunity to pay the pig to make an announcement about the Hero Awards for Volunteerism. Both Mary Dewey and C.O. Scheffer’s wife, Rachael, were nominated. However, the award went to the Cargill Food Farm in California (MO).

 

  • 2017-18 Candidate slate– Carl gave the first of three readings for next year’s slate of officers. Second reading is scheduled for May8th with the third, final reading and vote on May15th.
  •             President:      Ed Musterman

Vice President Mary Dewey

2 year Board   Mike Hatchett

2 year board  (replacing Jim Murphy) Open

C.O. Scheffer and Sid Sullivan will continue on in their appointed positions of treasurer and             secretary.

  • Notice of By-laws change vote at the May 15th meeting. First reading
  •             Carl Scott gave the First Reading  of a proposed change in the by-laws to limit a sitting president to a single consecutive one year term .(Current by-laws preclude consecutive   terms as president. The exact wording of this amendment will follow ).

New Member recruitment event – C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, Travis – May 3rd at Logboat Brewing from 5:00 to 7:00. Address is 504 Fay St. C.O. reported he anticipates the club will get a new recruit at this meeting.

  • Soap Box Derby – Rick, Chuck Planning starts today with meeting with two of the support groups.
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla, Carl, Max. All is finalized . Presenters: John Sapp for Battle H.S., Scott Stager for Douglas H.S., Jim Murphy for Hickman H.S. and Ed Musterman for Rock Bridge H.S.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott Still packaging cereals.
  • Bike Safety  Saturday May 20th – 9:00 ‘til noon  Mary Dewey reported additional middle school volunteers have been added to the helpers.
  • Art in the Park – Harold Rowe is circulating the sign-up sheet to volunteer. The Art League has the DOC participation on their website.
  • Kids First Cedar Creek Trivia contest will silent auction and dinner, May 6th.  Cost is $30 each and Kids First requests the Downtown Club to send a team of 8.  Dinner is included and Kids First says donations of auction items are welcomed
  • Hallsville Optimists’ Cinco de Mayo event in May 5th, 7 to 11 PM.  A flyer will be attached to the DO Clubs weekly emailed newsletter.  There will be casino games and an auction as well as a taco concession.  Cost is $10/person for bottomless margaritas and beer glasses.
  • 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.
  • District Meeting  Carl Scott reported the District Oratorical contest was held at this meeting. Ivan Bossert of Ashland-Southern Boone County H.S. took first place and will go on to the International contest.

 

Today’s Speaker

May   1 – Valerie Livingston, Executive Director, The Boys and Girls Club, and her assistant Rebecca

If there were any doubt that poverty is increasing in Columbia, Ms. Livingston dispelled that thought: over 6,000 Columbia Public School students qualify for free or reduced lunches and one local elementary school has 100% of its student on free or reduced cost lunches. She emphasized the impact B&GC having on kids in this community. Boys and Girls Club serves only a small portion of the kids in need. Last year, they served 879 kids, mostly pre-high school at 4 locations and with $150,000 state grant for at-risk kids served over 55,000 meals. The B&GC promotional video focused on kids’ pursuit of happiness.” In partnership with Columbia Public Schools the B&GC 3-7:00 pm weekday sessions brings kids in, feeds them, provides help as needed during an hour long  homework session followed by physical fitness activities. As part of a video presentation single mom, Samantha, gave testimony to the help provided her child while she was working to support her family and attending class to improve her future ability to supporter of her family.

 

Ms. Livingston spoke optimistically about the $2.5 million capital campaign to build a facility to help even more kids. The firewall separating the kitchen facility to the activity rooms is visible from the Business Loop. The steel was delivered this very day. The outer construction begins May 12. Interior construction will take place during the month of August when the club is closed for the month. Upon completion, the building will house a collegiate size basketball court, a volley ball court, a full stage for performing arts, a full culinary kitchen and a recording studio. They are on schedule for a September opening. Despite the bad news she will not be able to use the $200,000 grant from the City of Columbia as matching funds for her capital campaign and a reduced funding from United Way in her operating funding for next year, she expressed confidence she will be able to overcome these obstacles. She has 90 days to raise matching funds for the capital campaign and, as yet, no news on a reason for the reduction of funds from next year’s United Way grant..

 

One of the things that keeps her going is the belief B&GC is making a difference in Columbia. The recent shooting death of two brothers in a drug related killing had an impact on their program. It left four of the participants kids, ages 10 and younger without a father or uncle. The B&GC can provide the needed support for yet another single mother.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

May 8 – Dr. Carol Ward, Dept. of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, UMC

May 15 – MU Swim Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh

May 23 – Member Spotlight,  Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

May 29 – No Meeting, Memorial Day

June 5 – Welcome Home – Shelter & Assistance for homeless veterans and families.

June 12- Ashlee Smith, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House

June 19 – Natalie Thornton, Site Director, Phoenix Family, Columbia Square & Claudell Homes

04.24.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 24, 2017

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: Red Leighton

Pledge: Jim Beckett

 

Introduction of Guests   

Zone 2 Group Picture

Bob Saterfield

From KIDS FIRST: Tom Luckenbill, Pres, Ed Kinkade, Sec, Steve Boyd, Treas., Rick Kitchen, Pres. Elect; SUNRISE:      Douglas Oncken, Jack Andrewson, Don Helmreich

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Max Miller celebrated his 80th birthday on April 14. He received a round of applause.

 

Mystery Person  – Scott Stager awarded the gift card to Pat Brown

 

 

Greeter   – Larry Fick reported he planted his garden this past week end. And, after finishing all his honey-do chores, he rode his bike for the first time in years, this time for 23 miles.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge on or Pay the Pig  – All had signed in and were wearing their badge.

 

  • Board Meeting April 20th – Grants to Mary Lee Johnson Community Learning Center -$2,000 and Phoenix – $1,000.  Board Member Mary Dewey voted to a club officer as Vice President.

Four board members approved: Nadia Ryakhmyatullov. Donald Prevost, Anthony Parisio. Leslie Parisio

  • Nominations committee is still looking for board and officer candidates. Reading of the candidate slate will be at the lunch membership meetings May 1st, 8th and 15th.  A vote by membership present at the May 15th meeting will follow the final reading and the Officer elect report sent to Optimist International prior to May 20.
  • Kids First announces Cedar Creek Trivia contest, silent auction and dinner, May 6th.  Cost is $30 each and Kids First requests the Downtown Club to send a team of 8.  Dinner is included and Kids First says they can use silent auction items.  – Rick Kitchen, Kids First Optimist
  • Hallsville Optimists- Announcing Cinco De Mayo event in May 5th, 7 to 11 PM.  A flyer will be attached to the DO Clubs weekly emailed newsletter.  There will be casino games and an auction as well as a taco concession.  Cost is $10/person for bottomless margaritas and beer glasses.
  •  New Member recruitment event (C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, Travis) C.O. reported the next event will take place on Wednesday, May 3 at the Logboat Brewery, 504 Fay St, Columbia.

 

 

  • Soap Box Derby – (Rick, Chuck) The committee will give a presentation to the Old Wheels Club tonight. Sign-up sheets will be available for DOC members next week.
  • Scholarship – Cyrilla, Carl, Max John Sapp will present the Battle H.S awards on May 17, Ed Musterman will present awards at the Rock Bridge H.S ceremony on May 15, Rick McKernan will present at Douglas on May 19 and Scott Steger will present at Hickman on May 15.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott
  • Bike Safety  May 20th – Mary Dewey
  • Art in the Park – Harold Rowe explained to our visitors the DOC presence at the Art-in-the-Park is a $1,500 donation. We will have a 10’ x 20’ tent with a derby car and materials on other DOC events including Bike Safety. Parent accompany children to the “Kid’s Tent” enabling an opportunity to recruit new members for our club.

 

  • Saturday April 29th – 3rd Quarter EMO District Meeting in Creve Coeur, Mo.  Hotel reservations at Drury Hotel were due by April 7th.  District Oratorical Contest is the headliner.- Ed
  • 99th Optimist International Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, July 6-8.
  • April 24th program will be Zone 2 Optimist Club members who will join us for conversation on our clubs and Optimism in Columbia.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

 

Zone 2 Columbia Optimist Clubs with Kids First Optimists and Sunrise Optimist joining the Downtown Optimists for today’s luncheon meeting.

 

Tom Luckenbill, President of Kids First (KF) lead off the meeting with a brief accounting of the history and changes of the club formerly known as the Southside Optimist Club. Over the past several years, KF got out of Christmas tree and concession fundraising programs. The club created an alliance with the American Legion using the AL hall for monthly Texas Holdem nights. This has been the greatest help for membership recruitment. They conduct their regular noon meetings on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays at noon at Dickey’ Bar and Barbecue. The 1st Tuesday is an evening meeting and the 4th Tuesday combines a Board Meeting with the luncheon meeting. The club has roughly 35 members, 17-20 of whom are actively involved. Rick Kitchen talked about their May 6 Kentucky derby fundraiser of Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. The $30.00 per person provides dinner with fabulous entrée choses, followed by 50/50 & dollar games, a silent auction best table decoration contest and a Kentucky Derby Hat contest. The main event is Trivia presented by Smarty Pants Trivia. Steve Boyd followed with news of a Special Olympics Golf tour to be held on June 24. Also, on Dec 2 they are planning a fund raising dinner/dance: prime ribs and line dancing. Flyers will be available soon on both of these events.

 

Doug Oncken, President of Sunrise, talked of two big grant recipients, Coyote Hills and Big Brother/Big Sisters. Their club works hard manning concessions: the Beer Garden at the County Fair in Sturgeon and this year the Sturgeon Rodeo. Jack Andrewson talked of the Columbia College concessions at their basketball games, the upcoming Show-Me State Games and work with Harrisburg to run the concession at their Bike Safety Rodeo. Sunrise also host a pancake breakfast where they utilize a 32” TV with a Power Point program extolling all the activities in which they engage. Club members wear their Sunrise shirts and they display their club banner wherever they work. They have had some of the groups they support like the Hickman H.S. Cheerleader and Lacrosse Teams accompany them to events to help recruit new members. Later this spring, they will be hosting a Hunter Safety Course put on by the Dept. of Conservation where they will of course run the concession. There is an annual wildlife dinner that draws large crowds. There is a great deal of work required to pull the dinner off but it is so popular the club continues to hold the event. Sunrise has about 50 members of which 17-20 are active. Meeting for the club are held at 6:15 am each Thursday with the exception of the 2nd Thursday of each month when they host a dinner meeting. The evening meetings haven’t been successful in recruiting new members but many of the wives attend which has been good for club fellowship.

 

C.O. Scheffer explained some of the activities of the Downtown Optimist Club (DOC). In addition to the Art-in-the-Park mentioned above, the club has donated $5,000 to the Food Bank and received their recognition for donating $25,000 over the past several years. A small DOC contingent volunteers weekly to package food. Our member, Jessica Kempf, recently redesigned our website, we put out a weekly newsletter to engage memberswho aren’t able to attend our luncheon meetings and we instituted YOHO (Young Optimist Helping Others) to recruit new members. This meets regularly on the 1st Thursday of each month at a different watering hole in Columbia. The club recently recruited two new members and immediately engaged them in the upcoming Bike Safety program. The Christmas tree lot is the largest fundraiser. The club relies on some of the youth grant recipients for help managing the lot.

 

Lots of ideas were exchanged on fundraising strategies, new member recruitment and retention.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

   

May   1 – Valerie Livingston, Executive Director, The Boys and Girls Club.

May 8 – Dr. Carol Ward, Dept. of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, UMC

May 15 – MU Swim Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh

May 23 – TBE

May 29 – No Meeting, Memorial Day

June 5 – Welcome Home – Shelter & Assistance for homeless veterans and families.