04.11.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, April 11, 2022 at the Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Jake Jolley, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Ed Musterman, Mary Dewey, Rick McKernan, John Jones, Ed Musterman, Steve Winter, Steve Klien, C.O. Scheffer, Pat Brown, Deb Swanegan, Carl Scott, Mike Hachett, and Jerry Sullivan. By Zoom Scott Stager, Guest were Deb Swanegan 3 grandsons, Cody Crown and Speaker Aaron Thompson.

Prayer- John Jones Pledge: Steve Klien

Birthday/Anniversary: NA

Rick Musterman paid the pig $1.00 for the KU winning the National Champion and Carl Scott paid $5.00 for all the KU programs.

Jerry Sullivan that this Saturday, March 12 from 9 to 12 will be clubhouse cleanup day. Jerry would like the Thank the following members who helped that day clean up and put in some of the kitchen cabinets. They are Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, Ed Musterman and Jerry Sullivan.

Tony also like to Thank Ed Musterman and Jerry Sullivan for ordering the food for our luncheon here for our meetings.

John Jones let us know that he is taking a new job in Wichita, Kansas. He will be leaving in 2 weeks.

Upcoming events for April and May for the Downtown Optimist Club

April 19th An extra Oratorical Contest with kids from Zone 1 and Zone 2 coming in to use our clubhouse.


3th Qtr. Conference in Chestfield, MO is Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th at Dury Inn. This is the qtr. that you will the winners from around the different zones in the East Missouri speakers and the essay winner essay too.

In May 

May 7th from 12 to 4 at COMO-Bethal Park, we will help the Special Olympic kids with a Fishing Derby

May 14th from 8 to 11 am will our Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church Attach the flyer


May 18th from 5 to 8 with 2 shifts, which are 5 to 6:30 and 6:30 to 8:00 pm is Family Fun Fest at COSMO Park with a theme of “Bee Kind to Your Mind”. We will have an information booth there


May 28th from 10 to 5 pm there is NOW get together for ZONE 1, 2 and 3 at the Sunrise Optimist Club. There will brats, hamburger and drinks provided and side dishes will come club member in each zone. Cost is $10.00 for the food and donation to play in the corn hole tournament. Our zone is support to be bringing desserts to this party. Attach the flyer

Reminder Rick is looking for drives for Sunday, June 12 for the Soap Box Derby. Will bring a sheet for sign up to drive the kids back up the hill with their cars.

There will be 2 high school scholarship giving out each high schools in Columbia. They are Battle, Hickman, Rock Bridge, and Douglass High School.

Guest Speaker:  Aaron Thompson attached slide show from to today meeting

Meeting end at 12:45 pmTony Parision, President                                             

04.04.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, April 4, 2022 at the Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Larry Fick, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Ed Musterman, Mary Dewey, Rick McKernan, John Jones, Ed Musterman, Pat Brown, Steve Klien, C.O. Scheffer, Pat Brown, Deb Swanegan, Alena Ryakmyaullov, Nadia Ryakmyaullov, Carl Scott, Jim Murphy, Jack Cruise, and Jerry Sullivan. By Zoom Scott Stager, Guest were Anne Heine, Phillip Williams, and Speaker Ron Thompson.

Prayer- Philip Williams Pledge: Mary Dewey

Birthday/Anniversary: C.O. Scheffer and his wife 15 year Wedding Anniversary, Ed, and Sue Musterman 36th Wedding Anniversary

Rick Musterman paid the pig $5.00 for the KU being in the Final Four Game.

Larry Fick started back working at the Food Bank working on getting the volunteer room reset after it was repainted 2 hours today.

Board Meeting: Thursday, March 17th St. Patrick Day. We funding 3 request they were: Hickman Review for $1000, Food Bank for $5000, and Clubhouse Improvement Committee for $1000.

Jerry Sullivan that this Saturday, March 12 from 9 to 12 will be clubhouse cleanup day. Jerry would like the Thank the following members who helped that day clean up and put in some of the kitchen cabinets. They are Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, Ed Musterman and Jerry Sullivan.

Upcoming events for April and May for the Downtown Optimist Club


3th Qtr. Conference in Chestfield, MO is Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th at Dury Inn. This is the qtr. that you will the winners from around the different zones in the East Missouri speakers and the essay winner essay too.

In May 

May 7th from 12 to 4 at COMO-Bethal Park, we will help the Special Olympic kids with a Fishing Derby

May 14th from 8 to 11 am will our Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church Attach the flyer


May 18th from 5 to 8 with 2 shifts, which are 5 to 6:30 and 6:30 to 8:00 pm is Family Fun Fest at COSMO Park with a theme of “Bee Kind to Your Mind”. We will have an information booth there


May 28th from 10 to 5 pm there is NOW get together for ZONE 1, 2 and 3 at the Sunrise Optimist Club. There will brats, hamburger and drinks provided and side dishes will come club member in each zone. Cost is $10.00 for the food and donation to play in the corn hole tournament. Our zone is support to be bringing desserts to this party. Attach the flyer

Reminder Rick is looking for drives for Sunday, June 12 for the Soap Box Derby.

There will be 2 high school scholarship giving out each high schools in Columbia. They are Battle, Hickman, Rock Bridge, and Douglass High School.

Guest Speaker: Ron Thompson notes/slides attached to this email.

Meeting end at 12:45 pmTony Parision, President                                             

03.14.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, March 14, 2022 at Shakespeare’s Pizza Southside

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Larry Fick, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Ed Musterman, Mary Dewey, Rick McKernan,  Jack Crusie, John Jones, Ed Musterman, Bonnie Yantzi, and Jerry Sullivan. Guest: Ernest Governor-elect and Danna Wren, Zoom were Lister Florence and Scott Stager.

Prayer- John Jones Pledge: Ernest Wren

Birthday/Anniversary: John Jones 4th wedding anniversary last Tuesday

Larry Fick started back working at the Food Bank working on getting the senior boxes ready for 2 hours today.

Board Meeting: Thursday, March 17th St. Patrick Day. We have 4 funding request they are: Hickman Review for $1000, Daniel Boone Little League for $700, Food Bank for $5000, and Clubhouse Improvement Committee for $1000.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical Contest will be this Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm at the Sunrise Optimist Club. There were 3students who took part in the Oratorical Contest this year. One was a Chinese Students, M. Phillip from Rock Bridge who took 1st place and Diana Kickwright who from Father Tolton took 2nd place.  They will be moving on to the 3th qtr. Conference in Chestfield, MO.

Mary Dewey will be going to Fun City Youth Academy to have them start working on their posters.  This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “

Jerry Sullivan that this Saturday, March 12 from 9 to 12 will be clubhouse cleanup day. Jerry would like the Thank the following members who helped that day clean up and put in some of the kitchen cabinets. They are Jim Murphy, Carl Scott, Ed Musterman and Jerry Sullivan.

Mary would like to thank the following who came out to help support the Kids 1st Optimist Club Trivia and Chili Night. They are Danna and Ernest Wren, Rick McKernan and His wife, and Carl Scott. We had fun playing trivia even though we were in last place. May’s White Chicken Chili won the Chili Contest. This was the same recipe she had at 1st qtr. Conference this year.

Mary wants to reminder everyone that Bike Safety Rodeo will take place on Saturday, May

14th and rain date May 21. From 8:00 set up and event is from 9 to 11:00 at Karis Church.

Attached it the information from our guest speaker and club member Bonnie Yantzi about Fun City Youth Academy.

Meeting end at 12:45 pmTony Parision, President                                             

02.21.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, February 21, 2022 at the Clubhouse

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Larry Fick, Red Leighton, Steve Winter, Ken Oster, Ed Musterman, Pat Brown, Mary Dewey, Carl Scott and Rick McKernan   By Zoom Deb Swangens, and Jerry Sullivan. Special Guest was Tony’s Daughter Carmelina who is 2nd grade at Beulah Ralph Elementary School.

Prayer- Rick McKernan Pledge Pat Brown

Birthday/Anniversary:  Steve and Reng Winter 38th Wedding Anniversary was Saturday, February 19.

Welcome back Carl Scott who had COVID-19 and then the flu for the last 2 weeks or so.

Larry Fick started back working at the Food Bank. Today the worked on package frozen wheat cakes. 

There will be a Board meeting this Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse We have 3 funding request which are Food Bank, Daniel Boone Little League, and Hickman Review. Board meeting canceled due the weather. Will try to meet this Thursday if the weather bad this Thursday they will try to have the meeting by Zoom. 

HyVee is still NO for us to be meeting over there. Your pie was fine but too small. We are going to try to have a fundraiser with them with the pizza card that will have are Downtown Optimist Logo on it with cost of $12.00 each. The card is good for one pizza and a drink.

We might think about having a NOW meeting over there to bring in new members when it warm that way we can us the patio.

Mary Dewey let everyone know that 2nd quarter conference will be in St. Charles on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites. There will be a chicken wing contest on Friday night to raise money for the OI Foundation. More detail to come. Who is going is Deb Swanegan, Mary Dewey, Tony Parisio and Rick McKernan. Please let us know if anyone else would like to go so we can get registration.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical and Essay contest will be take place by the end of February or first of March. All the Optimist Club in Columbia will be helping with this event. Deb Swanegan has volunteered to help Rick in finding students to take place in these two contest. We know that Father Tolton High has some students in Jennifer Black’s class who will taking part again this year.

We have 13 Essays right now there will more since the deadline has not came up yet.

Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be going to the CPS Art Chair soon to talk to them about the elementary school visual art contest. This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “ 

We talked about different place to meet for our meeting on Monday. The board decided last month to have our club meeting at the clubhouse. By doing that we will be saving money that, we can give out to the youth in the community. We are going to look into Shakespeare Pizza South of town

The boys and girls club chili contest will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Scott Stager will not be chair for this event this year to COVID-19 and his health. Therefore, we are looking for a new person to take over the chili contest this year to take over this event if you are inserted please let Tony or me know. Greg Schneider will be taking over as Chair for this event this year. Steve and Greg went to a meeting about this event last week. We will have two booth. One for the chili and other one is for the Soap Box Derby information. Greg has a chief that will be updating Max Miller Chili Recipe this year. Everything is lay out in the North room. They will need people to help cook and hand out the sample of the chili please Steve Winter or Greg Schneider know if you can help that day.

Today we talked about Optimism: Here are some example of quote we had today:

Jerry read, “If you can’t give a children Optimism, then what are you doing?” by Matt Haig

Mary read, “Be Patient with yourself nothing in Natures Blooms all year.”

Rick read, “Sometime when you’re in the dark place you’ve been buried but you’ve actually 

been planted.”

Rick read, “The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser in case you though Optimism was Dead.” by Robert Brault

Red read, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” By Helen Keller

Deb read, “Happiness is like Jam You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.”

Tony and Carmelina read, “A good laugh is Sunshine in the house.”

Closed with the Optimist Creed, by Tony’s Daughter Carmelina

Meeting end at 12:45 pm

Tony Parision, President                                              

02.14.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, February 14, 2022 at the Your Pie

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Larry Fick, Jerry Sullivan, Nadia Ryakmyatullov, Mike Russell, Red Leighton, Steve Winter, Mike Hackett, Charlie Langreder, Steve Klein, Ken Oster, Ed Musterman, Mary Dewey, John Jones, and Rick McKernan   By Zoom Deb Swangens, and Scott Stager. Special Guest were Ken’s wife Beverly, Steve’s Wife Reng, Charlie’s wife Bonnie, Chief of Police Geoff Jones, Communication and Outreach Supervisor, Toni Messina, and Asst. Police Chief, Jeremiah Hunter 

Prayer- John Jones, Pledge Charlie Langreder

Birthday/Anniversary:  Red’s Wife turn 94 year old on Saturday, February 12

Larry Fick started back working at the Food Bank

There will be a Board meeting this Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse We have 3 funding request which are Food Bank, Daniel Boone Little League, and Hickman Review. 

There are now Cabinets in the kitchen area of the clubhouse and new tables. The committee will be meeting on Tuesday, February 15 at 12:30 pm

There was a Soap Box Derby meeting on Sunday, February 13 there was bunch of kids with their parent there to learn more about Soap Box Derby. This event will held on Sunday, June 12. 

Mary Dewey let everyone know that 2nd quarter conference will be in St. Charles on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites. There will be a chicken wing contest on Friday night to raise money for the OI Foundation. More detail to come. Who is going is Deb Swanegan, Mary Dewey, Tony Parisio and Rick McKernan. Please let us know if anyone else would like to go so we can get registration.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical and Essay contest will be take place by the end of February or first of March. All the Optimist Club in Columbia will be helping with this event. Deb Swanegan has volunteered to help Rick in finding students to take place in these two contest. We know that Father Tolton High has some students in Jennifer Black’s class who will taking part again this year.

Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be going to the CPS Art Chair soon to talk to them about the elementary school visual art contest. This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “ 

We talked about different place to meet for our meeting on Monday. The board decided last month to have our club meeting at the clubhouse. By doing that we will be saving money that, we can give out to the youth in the community. We had move come over to the Senior Citizen where club members can get a meal that we did Monday at the clubhouse. 

John Jones checked out Your Pie Plate a Pizza place south of town. They have a private room that we can use on Monday for our meeting and they wave the room charge. They have a meal gift card for $10.00 we can buy or sell for a fundraiser. This card is for a meal and drink.

The boys and girls club chili contest will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Scott Stager will not be chair for this event this year to COVID-19 and his health. Therefore, we are looking for a new person to take over the chili contest this year to take over this event if you are inserted please let Tony or me know. Greg Schnieder will be taking over as Chair for this event this year

Our Guest Speaker Chief Geoff Jones spoke:

Here is some history: his mom raised him. He lived with his grandma after his mom didn’t want him to be around his brother anymore this was at age 14. His brother was selling drugs to help pay the family bills, He stole cars at a young age out ran the cop but when got home the cop was their drinking coffee with his grandma in the kitchen. He worked at Ron’s boy restaurant from the age of 11 to when he went to college. He join the police cadet. Put himself through college in Sedalia, MO. 

Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones described his background growing up in Columbia, getting involved ion the police cadet program at age 15, graduating from college and eventually joining CPD as an officer in 1998.  He was appointed permanent Chief in September 2019.

Staffing continues to be a challenge locally and across the nation.  CPD has approximately 20 vacant officer positions, and 53 officers will be eligible to retire within the next year.  Locally, many have started new careers at Veterans United.  That said, CPD wants quality officers with good character, and Chief would rather “work short than work satupid.”  Pay is a concern, and that could change for the better under the City’s classification and compensation study for all employees.

Other topics include the following.

CPD has a good working relationship with the County Sheriff.

CPD and Prosecutor’s Office have similar goals, but assistant prosecutors are carrying 600 – 700 cases per.

The number of homicides in Columbia in 2021 was half that of the previous year.  The clearance rate has increased from about 40% to about 80% because of Assistant Chief Jeremiah Hunter’s leadership.

A report of shots heard does not always mean that shots were actually fired.  People can hear other loud noises and mistake them for gunshots.  When CPD gets a shots fired report, investigators will search the scene for evidence and talk with witnesses.

For officers experiencing stress, CPD offers peer counseling, chaplain counseling, private contractor services and the City’s Employee Assistance Program.

The Citizens Academy is expected to start in a few months.

It is possible to issue a trespass order to someone who is not authorized to be on your private property.

A good way to support CPD is to speak out, including at City Council meetings.

They work hand and hand with the Boone County Sheriff Department. He make sure to everyday to talk to everyone on all three floor of the police department. The officers work 12 to 16 hours days right now.  The have a chaplain ride with different officers in the department where they can talk about what is going on in their life. 

Closed with the Optimist, Jerry Sullivan

Meeting end at 12:45 pm

Tony Parision, President