11.12.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

November 12, 2018

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

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Scott Stager

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

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

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

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

 

Greeter

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

 

Mystery Person

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

 

Announcements

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

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling Club

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

Monday, November 29 – No Speaker Right now

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

Monday, December 10 – Jeff Nichols – Rainbow House

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

11.05.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

November 5, 2018

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

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Sid Sullivan

 

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

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

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to Jim Murphy.

 

Greeter

No greeter today.

 

Mystery Person

Steve Klein recognized Carl Scott as the Mystery Person today.

 

Announcements

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

 

Today’s Speaker

Janet Godon, Planner, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

Topic:  Columbia Bicycle Coop and Youth Bicycle Program

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, November 12 – Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

Monday, November 26 –

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

 

10.22.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 22, 2018

 

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

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Scott Stager

 

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

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

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

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

 

Greeter

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

 

Mystery Person

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

 

Announcements

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

 

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

 

 

Today’s Speaker

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

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

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

Monday, November 12 – Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

10.15.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 15, 2018

 

Call to order: Mary Dewey, President

Invocation:  Jake Jolley

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

 

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

  • Bonnie Langreder, Charlie’s wife, attended the meeting.
  • Welcome back to Cyrilla Galbreath, who has been gone for four months for medical reasons.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported.

 

Greeter

Ken Oster worked at home this weekend.  His wife had been out of two the last two weeks in Henderson, Nevada, helping her sister, who recently had an operation on her shoulder.  Her sister had been improving at home, but had a medically-related issue and was back in the hospital.  Ken’s wife will be coming home next Monday afternoon, and he looking forward to her return.

 

Mystery Person

Steve Winters selected Charlie Langreder.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig. Carl Scott paid the pig.  He shared there was $9 in the pig last week; up to $120 donated.  We are close to reaching 500 quarters.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year. Dues are $80.00.  This is the Internal Optimist Club 100th  We are trying to bring new members in this year. Reminder- Educators current and retired and under 30 years old may only pay $30.00 for 2018-2019 year.
  • Upcoming Board Meeting Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the DO Clubhouse.
  • President Dewey stated the First Quarter Easter MO District Conference is November 2 and 3, 2018 at the Quality Inn in Festus, MO. Please let President Dewey know if you wish to attend.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy stated they worked with packing Corn Flakes.
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • Cyrilla let us know about Dottie Stoerker-Peters is at Rusk Rehabilitation.
    • President Dewey stated Jim Beckett was taken to the Hospital on October 12.
    • Jack Cruise stated John Sapp is due to have surgery at Barnes. He asked John if any of the Downtown Optimists can help with anything at his home during this time, and John said his neighbors are helping out.
  • Christmas Trees:
    • C. O. Scheffer stated the first package of tree-related items including price tags is due to arrive today or tomorrow.  He sent President Dewey a proposal for tree prices-prices are going to be increasing.  Two trucks will be delivering Fraser Fir Trees on Saturday, 11/10/18 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The remainder of the trees will be coming but a solid date has not been set yet.  C.O. will be checking on Fraser Fir sizes to assist in determining where trees will be placed at the site.
    • Steve Winters added the MU Baseball Team will be assisting with the unloading of the trees.  Burgers and Hot Dogs will be served.
    • Jim Murphy stated a clean-up day at the clubhouse grounds in preparation for Christmas tree sales will be on Saturday, 10/20/18.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and should only last 1-2 hours.  The purpose mainly is to move tree stands to allow for work in the shed.
  • Sid Sullivan asked about the status of the DO Clubhouse shed roof repair bids.  Mary Dewey indicated the Downtown Optimist Club will be going with the Martin Metal-Lumber-Trusses Building group on repairing the shed roof.  The shed roof repair will be completed by the end of this month in time for the Christmas tree deliveries.  There is a 10-year warranty on the repair.
  • President Dewey reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18.  .  The cost is $10/person.  Please contact Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Mary Dewey by 10/22/18 if you plan to attend the shrimp dinner.  Larry needs to know the number of persons attending to plan for the amount of food needed.
  • Steve Winters gave a Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificate update.  He stated $24,860 has been collected in combined sales of Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift as of this date; about $4,000 ahead of last year.  First order is due 10/24/18.  November 5, 2018 is the first date the items can be picked up.  Gift cards will be brought to the luncheon meeting.  You can pick up the Koeze Nuts orders the first Thursday in November.  Once the Nuts arrive they will need to be sorted, inventoried, pulled and bagged for distribution.
  • Carl announced today Ronald McDonald House is doing an annual fund raiser.  So if you have extra change please go to your McDonald’s Restaurant to place in containers for the Ronald McDonald House. It is called “Day of Change” fundraiser.

 

Today’s Speaker

Mariquet Klein, Rock Bridge High School

Topic:  Autism Spectrum Disorder and Direct instruction

Mariquet is a Special Education teacher with Columbia Public Schools (CPS).  Mariquet provided an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and direct instruction to support children with ASD in the school setting.  Mariquet provided a description of ASD as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.  Persons with ASD may communicate, interact, behave and learn in different ways from most individuals.  Persons with ASD may range from being gifted to experiencing severe challenges; with needs for assistance with activities of daily living varying from individual to individual.

 

Mariquet also provided a summary of areas looked at to determine Autism as per the DSM-5.  This includes such areas as persistent deficits in social, communication and interaction across contexts.  Symptoms can cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.  These must be evident in childhood (recognized by age 3).  And, the person may have restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.

 

There are about 300 Kindergarten through 12th grade students within CPS with Autism as a primary diagnosis.  Some of these students may have a 504 plan for services, and others may not need services at all.  Other students may have Autism as a secondary educational diagnosis.  Educational supports range from the student not needing special education to needing a district-wide classroom.  This involves a smaller student/teacher ratio, and more structured with ability to support the student in both the general education and special education setting.  Goals for educating students with ASD include academic goals, post-secondary goals, social skills and pragmatic language.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 22 – Heather Dimitt-Fletcher and Drew Bennet – Big Brothers and Big Sisters

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

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

Monday, November 12 – Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

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

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

10.08.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 8, 2018

 

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

Invocation: Pat Brown

Pledge: Carl Scott

 

Introduction of Guests

No new guests today.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Suzi Moore, one of today’s speakers, had a birthday last week.

 

Greeter

None reported.

 

Mystery Person

Rick Mckernan recognized Steve Klein.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.  Carl Scott paid the pig.  He shared there was an article in a recent edition of the Columbia Tribune regarding Share the Harvest.  This is a program where deer hunters can donate venison for Missourians in need.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year.  Dues are $80.00.  This is the Internal Optimist Club 100th year.  We are trying to bring new members in this year. Reminder- Educators current and retired and under 30 years old may only pay $30.00 for 2018-2019 year.
  • Upcoming Board Meeting Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy and Larry Fick stated that they worked with carrot packaging at the Food Bank.
  • Rick Mckernan asked about the status of the DO Clubhouse shed roof repair bids.  Mary Dewey indicated she has received some Board member responses to date in voting for the Martin proposal. Mary will get further updates on the Board vote for the shed repair bids submitted.  Update:  Downtown Optimist Club will be going with the Martin Metal-Lumber-Trusses Building group on repairing the shed roof.
  • Christmas Trees:  Jim Murphy stated a clean-up day at the clubhouse grounds in preparation for Christmas tree sales will be on Saturday, 10/20/18.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and should only last 1-2 hours.  Please note this is a new date for the clean-up (previously was set for 10/27/18).  The reason for the change in date is to complete the clean-up prior to the repairs slated for the shed roof.  Jim also stated they are waiting on tags.  He is looking for additional volunteers for the drill teams (2 drills).  He has cleaned up the drill bits and the drills are ready.
  • Larry Fick reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18.  Larry Fick indicated 24 people have committed to attending so far.  The cost is $10/person.  Please contact Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Mary Dewey by 10/22/18 if you plan to attend the shrimp dinner.
  • Red Leighton mentioned that the dates are arriving soon for Koeze Nuts orders to be turned in.  He had asked if we can make sure members not present today at the meeting are reminded about the Koeze Nuts due dates.
  • Steve Winters stated he has extra copies of information for the Koeze Nuts/Gift Certificates sales (DO President letter, catalogue, gift certificate flyer, receipt book).
  • Carl Scott reminded members that 10/10/18 from 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Columbia Parks and Recreation will have a Neighborhood Park Day at the Columbia Downtown Optimist Park.

 

Today’s Speaker

Suzi and Bob Moore

Suzi Moore provided information on Big Sonia resources. She shared a documentary called Big Sonia is being introduced into the Columbia Public Schools.  It is an amazing documentary about Sonia, a survivor of the Holocaust and lives in Kansas City, MO, who talks about her experience in the Holocaust.  Sonia was present at Columbia Hickman High School recently to speak about the documentary. She as part of a receiving line for 2 hours, spending time speaking with the students.  This documentary has been introduced to many organizations. Mrs. Moore added that the Optimist Creed is important to Sonia, and plays a major role in her life. The Optimist Creed along with the Ten Commandments are placed on a wall in Sonia’s tailor shop she has in Kansas City, MO.  Mrs. Moore volunteers her time promoting the Big Sonia documentary.  Her personal goal is to see organizations like the Optimists share this resource.  If you would like further information please contact Suzi Moore at (816) 536-1760 or email at suzi.b.moore@gmail.com.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 15 – Mariquet Klein – Autism RBHS

Monday, October 22 – Heather Dimitt-Fletcher and Drew Bennet – Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Monday, October 29 – NO Meeting (Social is on Tuesday, October 30)

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

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:48 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg

Downtown Optimist Club Member

 

10.01.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 1, 2018

 

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

Invocation: Sid Sullivan

Pledge: Ron Berg

 

Introduction of Guests

Sid Sullivan shared that his wife Joan joined him to the meeting today.

 

Bob Moore introduced himself as a guest to the meeting today.  The purpose for his attendance is to share that a documentary called Big Sonia is being introduced into the Columbia Public Schools.  It is a very good documentary about Sonia, a survivor of the Holocaust and lives in Kansas City, MO, who talks about her experience in the Holocaust.  Mr. Moore indicated it will be shown today at 6:00 p.m. at Battle High School and Sonia will be present at Columbia Hickman High School on Wednesday 10/3/18 at 5:30 p.m. to speak about the documentary. Mr. Moore added that the Optimist Creed is important to Sonia. Mr. Moore will provide more information about the documentary at the Downtown Optimist meeting next Monday, 10/8/18.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Greeter

Larry Fick congratulated Sid Sullivan for all the hard work he has done in preparing the weekly newsletters.

 

Mystery Person

Scott Stager reported due to the improved cooler temperatures he was able to do more yard work at home.  He added he received a text about two weeks ago from his niece in Minnesota, who will be visiting to go with Scott to the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas this weekend.  It is a three-day event that has been occurring for over 40 years.  It is a big thematic event with crafts, craft sales, and stages for entertainment (e.g., musicians).  Scott will be demonstrating woodworking at the event.

 

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.  All were signed in.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year.  Dues are $80.00.  This is the Internal Optimist Club 100th year.  We are trying to bring new members in this year. Reminder- Educators current and retired and under 30 years old may only pay $30.00 for 2018-2019 year.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy stated that they worked with chicken products at the Food Bank.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan mentioned that last year when he was at the Soap Box Derby event in Akron, OH, he learned that about 60 persons from New York were at the event to support the drivers.  He looked into costs for a tour bus/drivers to see if members from Optimists would want to go to the next event.  The cost for the tour bus would be about $6,000.00 (may only be about $50-$100/member who travels to the event).  It is on a Saturday. So travel would begin from Columbia about 4:00 p.m. on the prior Friday, participate in the event on scheduled Saturday, and then leave back for Columbia about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Arrival would be in early morning Sunday.  It is a little over a 10-hour drive.
  • C.O. Scheffer gave an update on Christmas tree purchase planning. The tree shipping lists have been received.  He is looking at the shipping cost and other information to figure out what to price the trees.  Tree tags will also be ordered.  Waiting to hear from the MU Baseball Players for their assistance.
  • Jim Murphy stated a clean-up day at the clubhouse grounds in preparation for Christmas tree sales on Saturday, 10/27/18.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and should only last 1-2 hours.
  • Steve Winters reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18.  Larry Fick indicated 8 people have paid so far.  Cost is $10/person.
  • Steve Winters also mentioned the Koeze Nuts and Restaurant Gift Certificates sales season under way.  Orders due 10/24/18; 11/7/18; and 11/28/18.
  • Carl Scott announced some upcoming community events.  On 10/6/18 the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is having their annual Harvest Hootenanny at the Urban Farm here in Columbia.  There will be music, and there will be meals prepared by Columbia Career Center. Carl also mentioned on 10/10/18 from 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Columbia Parks and Recreation will have a Neighborhood Park Day at the Columbia Downtown Optimist Park.  He asked if a few representatives from Downtown Optimists could be present for the event.  Carl also stated on 10/13/18 children and their families will meet at Food Bank to prepare Buddy Packs.

 

Today’s Speaker

Randy Kiser, State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Mr. Kiser gave an overview of the CLAIM, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.  CLAIM is part of a nationwide network created by Congress to help meet the needs of the persons accessing Medicare.  CLAIM is a federally funded, not-for-profit entity.  Funding is administered through the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP). This service is provided through the Primaris Foundation, the entity that has been awarded the service contract through DIFP since 1993. Mr. Kiser is one of about 300 volunteers state-wide in Missouri who provides free education and assistance to Missourians about Medicare.  Today Mr. Kiser overviewed Medicare topics including description of what is covered under Medicare Parts A-D, benefits eligibility, enrollment, and benefits periods.  Additionally an overview of such topics as Medigap and supplemental insurance, and prescription drug plans were covered.  You can reach Mr. Kiser if you have Medicare questions toll-free at (800) 390-3330.  His email address is jkiser@Primaris.org.  The website for CLAIM is www.missouriclaim.org.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 8 – Sue and Bob Moore – talking about Documentary Big Sonia

Monday, October 15 – Mariquet Klein – Autism RBHS

Monday, October 22 – Heather Dimitt-Fletcher and Drew Bennet – Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Monday, October 29 – NO Meeting (Social is on Tuesday, October 30)

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

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg

Downtown Optimist Club Member

 

09.24.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
9/24/18
Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05
Invocation: Larry Fick
Pledge: Red Leighton
Introduction of Guests
Dave Murphy introduced his guest Godmoc and Dola from Sweden. Godmoc is the pastor of the church where Dave’s daughter lives. He and his wife are visiting to attend the 60th anniversary of St. Andrews Lutheran Church on the east side of Columbia.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
None
Mystery Person –
Jim Murphy made today’s award to Ed Musterman for doing a fine job as he completes a second consecutive year as our club president.
Greeter –
Charlie Langreder told of his hunting experience this month. Duck season opened on Sept. 1 but, when he got out on Sept. 2 all the ducks were gone. Teal Season opened September 6 but Charlie came up short. Archery Deer Season opened September 15. Charlie has three tree ladders and 3 ground blinds but he didn’t see a single deer after spending a day in a tree stand. He went on to say anyone who gets bored siting all day in a tree stand is not paying attention. Nature has a lot to offer. Butterflies and other insects are marvelous to watch. But he is not ready to exchange his bow for a camera. He plans to introduce his wife to hunting later this season.
Announcements
• Sign In or Pay the Pig
Carl Scott added a couple of quarters to the pig today. The first was in recognition of the Great Circle’s Diamond Night Gala Event to be held October 6 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Individual tickets are available for $140.00. Great Circle works with children with extreme behavioral disorders. The second quarter was to honor Mark Snyder of Snyder Engineering who joined our club and brought four of his employees with him.
• Welcome any new or returning members.
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
Jim and Larry worked on Buddy Packs for school children
• Tree lot – Jim Murphy, C.O. Scheffer, Rick McKernan
All is moving on schedule. Jim reiterated the work day scheduled for Saturday morning, October 27 at 9:00 am. There is work to be done moving stands and replacing drill bits. With enough people the work should be completed quickly. Meantime, Steve Winters has completed the plans for a new tree netting table which he and Scott Stager will build. Rick McKernan is working with Steve on the Optimist Christmas Tree banner.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
Steve has 25 lbs. of shrimp and a rain check for 10 more lbs. when more members sign up for this Shrimp Fest.
Bringing Out The Best In Kids Since 1936
• Club House shed
The club has received two bids for the repair of the main shelter, our pole barn. Manor Construction bid $7,340 to remove steel roof and replace purlins and damaged wood before reattaching the original roof with screws. Don Cribes Construction, recommended by Gary Spotts, bid $10,316 to tear off the existing roof, replace damaged wood and purlins install a new steel roof with screws, ad gutters and downspouts and haul away debris. Mike Hatch will try to get a third bid from the Amish craftsmen. The work must be done before trees arrive in November.
• Thanks to Sid and C.O.
Ed Musterman, completing his second consecutive year as president, thanked C.O. Scheffer for his seven years of service as treasurer and Sid Sullivan for his two years as club secretary. All three will be leaving the board at the end of the month.
• Announcements from the floor.
At last week’s Board meeting grants were approved: $1,200.00 for a row of planting with Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, $700.00 for uncompensated supplies for the autism program at Columbia Public Schools, $750.00 to cover some of the cost of repair to damaged corner moldings at the Ronald McDonald House, and $300.00 to OI for the Childhood Cancer Fund. These expenditures dipped into the club’s reserves, reducing them to $36,000.00. With the upcoming expense to repair the main shed covering our Christmas Tree operations, the reserves will be further reduced by $10.000.00.

Today’s Speaker
Merideth Lehman, Child Life Program at Women’s & Children’s Hosp.
Amber Lashley, Child Life Specialist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital gave today’s presentations. After graduating from MU with a degree in Human Development, she joined this special unit nine years ago. She has two children, a 7 year old and a 3 year old. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Public Administration program at MU. Her husband works in Jefferson City.
The Child Life Program was started in 1970 at Women’s and Children’s Hospital with a staff of one. It was the only one in the country at the time. The staff has increase to nine and many hospitals throughout the country now offer similar programs.
The focus of this special unit is on the way kids learn, how they cope with life changing events and how they handle stress. Most adults are compliant with medical procedures accepting the actions of a medical professional. Young children are different; they need to be involved in the process and to understand what is being done and why. The Child life Specialist needs to know how an individual child perceives what is happening. Some child patients are autistic, others may have sensory disorders.
The Child Life Program takes a psycho-social approach to support the medical professionals by reducing stress and anxiety. Children learn through play so the program is gear around that. Props are used, some to aid the understanding others for an anxiety distraction. Grover the doll is a favorite. But, a cloth bone with a tumor or a cloth vein that unzips to reveal small plastic discs labeled with different components of blood helps to explain blood. The specialist may use an oxygen mask or a toy IV for play to introduce a child to an upcoming procedure. An IPad is used to show what an MRI or CT scan procedure involves.
The program can accept grants for supplies or gifts of new toys. Potential volunteers must apply through the hospital HR Department. There is training involved and a commitment to work a specific number of hours each week. University students who are considering this as a profession are the more likely volunteer candidates.
Bringing Out The Best In Kids Since 1936
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Oct 1 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101
Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00
Optimistically Yours,
Sid Sullivan
Secretary