05.07.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

May 7, 2018

 

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

Invocation:  Larry Fick

Pledge: Cyrilla Galbreath

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Red Leighton celebrated his 93rd birthday this past week. C.O. Scheffer announced his son             made his First Communion this past Sunday.

Mystery Person –

None

Greeter   –

Larry Fick and wife, Paulette, traveled with in-laws to Pella, IA this past week for the three day Tulip Festival. They arrived Thursday in time for the tulip parade, spent all day Friday in the city as locals dressed in costumes to celebrate their Dutch heritage provided food and entertainment to festival goers. Not satisfied they had absorbed enough Dutch culture, the group stayed on through Saturday early afternoon.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig All the small luncheon crowd was signed in and wearing their badge.
  • Welcome any new or returning members.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

No report

  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan

Rick mentioned he will spend Saturday melting 400 lbs. of lead and pouring it into casting molds used to as ballast to compensate for weight differences in the Derby races. The lead was donated from the nuclear medicine department at Sedalia Hospital. Also, Rick circulated a sign-up sheet for drivers for the Derby on Sunday, June 10. Four drivers are need for each of four 3-hour shifts beginning at 6:00 am. Joe Machens supplies fully equipped 2018 pickup trucks for this event. Each truck is used to pull a trailer loaded with four Derby cars. Derby racers ride in the air conditioned truck cab back up the hill to the starting gate. Optimist members are covered by OI Insurance and therefore preferred drivers for risk containment for the Derby. To volunteer contact Rick at 573-881-3471 or sign up at a future luncheon meeting.

  • Scholarships – Cyrilla.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey

Mary is still out recuperating from her injury This May 17 event takes place at Lange             M.S. from 5:30 to 7:30. Volunteers will be needed so members should keep this date             open as help will be needed.

 

  • Announcements from the floor.

None

 

Today’s Speaker

Bill McKelvey,  Community Gardens Coalition

 

If you are looking for something to do where you can measure the results of your labor in just a few months, meet new people from different social circles than your own, and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, the Community Garden Coalition may be a fun way to achieve this.

 

Bill McKelvey was invited to speak by Mary Dewey. She contacted him for help establishing a community garden in the Indian Hills neighborhood. It occurred to her his work would be of interest to our club. When Bill arrived in Columbia some 12 years ago, he was living in a small place will no land for gardening. With a yen to garden he searched and found the Community Gardens Coalition that had been in existence since 1983. It was originally started to satisfy the needs and desires of the then substantial Southeast Asian population of immigrants. Culturally, they were accustomed to gardening and they wanted produce they were accustomed to eating to supplement their own diet. Fast forward to 2018, there are now over 30 community gardens participating in this coalition in Columbia and Boone County.

 

The coalition owns no land and doesn’t visit potential new garden sites. There are no land leases. Garden lands are arranged with a handshake. So there are no guarantees a garden will be in the same plot every year. Some land has been lost to development and new land can open up as churches, developers, the City Public Works, City Parks and Columbia Housing Authority have offered unused land they freely make available to community gardeners. The coalition offers information on starting a community garden and start-up supplies once a group is committed and has land and a plan in place. Start-up materials can include gardening tools, hoses, a garden shed, seeds, a truck load of compost, a metered hydrant for water and, of course, contact information with the 30 some garden leaders.

 

Bill McKelvey describes the whole experience of community gardening as magic. People gain skills and knowledge of gardening. They participate with each other learning about soil conditioning, insect control including garden friendly bugs and pollinators. They meet people from various backgrounds that share the same interest in gardening. At the end of the season they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Sometimes they share heart aches when their produce is stolen.

 

The Community Garden Coalition operates on an annual budget of about $10,000. They receive a $5,000 grant each year from the City and raise additional funding from individuals including gardeners and recently through COMO Gives, the City’s not-for-profit fundraising arm for local charitable organizations.

 

COMING SPEAKERS  

Bill McKelvey,  Community Gardens Coalition

May 14- Jodi Cook, City Volunteer Program Specialist, Waste Reduction and Recycling.

May 21- Matt Luechtman, CASA Program Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

June 4- Merideth Donalson, Friends of Rock Bridge

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

June 18 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone Co Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:50

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

04.23.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 23, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman at 12:05

Invocation:     Mary Dewey

Pledge:          Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Pat Brown celebrates his 12th anniversary with wife, Meg.

Mystery Person 

Larry Fick recounted all the contributions made by a member he sponsored back in 1982. Jim Murphy has served as club president, Lt. Governor, Governor, club parliamentarian, chair of nominating committee, and recently recycled around to serve as a board member. Today’s award of a bag of candy was made with the hope Jim would sweeten up on all the ribbing he gives Larry during the time the two work together volunteering at the Food Bank each week.

Greeter   –

Nadia Ryakhmyatullov told some of the new things that happened to her since her last time at a Monday luncheon meeting. She bought a new car and is having a remote starter installed today. She has a new job as the manager of the Tiger Hotel and among other responsibilities; she is working as a budgeting coach for women in the Women’s Network. She continues her work for the club as Membership Chair.

 Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig  Carl Scott paid the pig for members in the news but not present today. Travis Kempt was recently honored for his work at Weichert First Tier Realty.  Stella Johnson, former member, will be honored this Saturday at a ceremony at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church for her long years of service as an educator and community actor.  And, sadly, Bryan Phifer a member since 1986 died this past week. A memorial service will be held at the Paris Road Baptist Church on June 16.
  • Food Bank –

Larry Fick and Jim Murphy reported their work at the Food Bank this past week consisted of preparing Cookie Pizzas (cookie crumbs pressed together and bagged up) and later Senior Pak’s including bagging up a unique item, chili without beans.

  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan reported the next SBD meeting will take place at the clubhouse on Wednesday evening, April 25. All cars except one, a Master’s Car, have been assigned.
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla.

No new news.

  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey

Mary will have the sign-up sheet for volunteers at next week’s luncheon meeting.

  • Announcements from the floor.

Ed Musterman has some tickets for the May 4 Columbia Public School Breakfast. It will be at the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 7:15 am. Mary Dewey will attend.

  • Board Meeting – Cancelled, No grant requests and limited business items.

Evening meeting – April 24th, Boys and Girls Club, 6:30. There will not be a meal but Nadia said she would try to scrounge some food for this event and Ed would supply some cookies.   Valerie Livingston to provide a short program, Bob Floyd, OI VP, to lead a program on membership growth and NOW meetings. All clubs in Zone 2 to receive an invitation. Midway and Kids First say they will be sending members. Haven’t heard from Sunrise or Hallsville but most new members to our club have confirmed their attendance.

  • April 27th & 28th, E. Mo District meeting in St. Louis. Mary Dewey and Ken Oster will attend.
  • Kids First Optimist Club, Hawaiian Luau Trivia Contest,  Sat April 28th 6:00 P.M.,  Dinner, 7:00 P.M Trivia Contest,, American Legion Building (east of town on Route WW)

 

Today’s Speaker

Member Spotlight – Ron Berg

Ron was born the youngest of six boys in St. Louis and was raised in South county. His brothers are professionals working in various fields throughout the country. His parents are still alive. Ron is preparing to honor his father on the father’s upcoming 90th birthday. Ron hopes to surprise his father with some memorabilia from the heavy cruiser his father served on during World War II.

 

After graduating from Christian Brothers H.S., Ron attended and graduated from St. Louis U. before pursuing his master’s degree in clinical psychology in western Kansas. His career was in counselling with the Missouri Dept. of Mental Health working in various capacities at a DMH Center in Rolla for 19 years. The last 14 years with the DMH were spent in administration at the central office of the DMH in Jefferson City. His specialty was work with the developmentally disabled and dual diagnosis (developmentally disabled combine with some form of mental illness).  He is most proud of his work to bring federal matching funds to Missouri to expand needed mental health services through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid section 1915-c waiver program. Ron retired in his late 50’s not for lack of love for his work but it was the optimal time for his to retire and he wanted to spend more time pursuing volunteer work. He has volunteered as a board member of the Family Counselling Center, worked with the courts on divorce cases involving achildren with disabilities, he volunteers at the Food Bank, works with the Day Dreamers Foundation, helps out with bike repairs at Bike for the Future and is certified by the city for Park Patrol.

 

Ron enjoys coaching and officiating for high school soccer. He is active in the Central Missouri Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Club. Club members acquire, restore and ride their vintage bikes. Ron also enjoys hiking and biking. He has traveled to the national parks in Colorado and Utah to explore the wonders of these national parks. He travels to Tennessee as a spectator for minor league baseball. According to Ron, they are every bit as good as the majors but inexpensive to watch. Ron likes the Chattanooga Lookout in Tennessee and the Durham Bulls in Florida and North Carolina. Ron also enjoys Rock and Roll Music. He claims to be a font of useless information on this music genre. In his spare time Ron enjoys a little non-fiction reading.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

May 7 – Bill McKelvey,  Community Gardens Coalition

May 14- Jodi Cook, City Volunteer Program Specialist, Waste Reduction and Recycling.

May 21- Matt Luechtman, CASA Program Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

June 4 – TBD

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

June 18 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone Co Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:03

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

 

04.16.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 16,2018

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman at 12:05

Invocation:     Pat Brown

Pledge:          Bonnie Yantze

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Jim Beckett enjoys and 82nd birthday on April 14

Max Miller turns 81 on Saturday

Mystery Person 

Jim Murphy gave today’s award to Pat Brown who deferred and Bonnie Yantze was the

lucky candy recipient.

Greeter   –

Larry Fick traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska this past weekend to attend his grand-daughter’s First    Communion. He relayed a “Hello” from Max Miller when he later traveled to Lees Summit for

his  niece’s Holy Communion.

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig – Carl Scott was absent so the pig went hungry.
  • Food Bank – Report on the previous weeks volunteer day by Jim Murphy

Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan

Rick McKernan dispelled the thinking that Soap Box Derby drivers don’t learn anything by getting into a car and racing down a hill a couple of times. Each Derby driver has to dissemble and reassemble the Derby car. They learn about the mechanics of the braking system, the aerodynamics of the car descending the hill a little of the science that goes into racing. He explained the experience is an introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning

  • Scholarships – Cyrilla.

The scholarship recipients have all been identified. They include two students from Rock Bridge and Douglas High Schools and one student each from Hickman and Battle High Schools. Jim Murphy will present the award at Hickman HS. Ron Berg agreed to present the awards at Rock Bridge HS and Bonnie Yantze will make the awards at Douglas HS. The presenter for Battle HS has yet to be determined.

  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey

No report today

  • Announcements from the floor.

Ron Berg announced last Saturday was Clean-Up Day in Columbia. He helped a crew             pick up trash and picnic remnants after the Twin Lakes Picnic at that city park.

  • Board Meeting – Thur 4/19/18, 6:00 at the Club House.  One request: CHALIS- Columbia Housing Authority Low Income Service – $3,000 – Note that on Tuesday, CHALIS decided to defer their request until the May board meeting.  In light of the fact that there was limited other club business the board meeting was cancelled.
  • Evening meeting – April 24th, Boys and Girls Club, 6:30.  Valerie Livingston to provide a short program, Bob Floyd, OI VP, to lead a program on membership growth and NOW meetings. All clubs in Zone 2 to receive an invitation. Midway and Kids First say they will be sending members. Haven’t heard from Sunrise or Hallsville.
  • April 27th & 28th, E. Mo District meeting in St. Louis.
  • Midway Sporting Clays Shoot

Saturday, 21 April 2018 Registration: 10:00 am Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports 1420 County Road 276 Columbia, MO 65202

  • Kids First Optimist Club, Hawaiian Luau Trivia Contest,  Sat April 28th 6:00 P.M.,  Dinner, 7:00 P.M Trivia Contest,, American Legion Building (east of town on Route WW)

 

Today’s Speaker

John Weber, US Fish & Wildlife

 

John moved to Columbia in 2005 to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife team here in Columbia as the Environmental Scientist. He formerly worked for the state counterpart, Missouri Dept. of Conservation in the Jefferson City Office. He lives in Columbia with his wife and two children, one of whom attends school at Gentry Middle School; the other is enrolled in the Calvary Episcopal Church preschool. His office is on the west side of town on Park De Ville. (It’s in the building that was the temporary library during the building of the Daniel Boone Regional Library.)

 

John provided a brief overview of the Missouri geography. There is a variety of prairie, savanna, swamps, caves and first order springs (where more than one million gallons of water emerge each day).  The Glacier Plain comprises most of the northern part of the state with flat land and good tillable soil. Its current use is half pasture and half farmland. Prairie State Park is located in this region. The Osage Plains in the western part of the state south of the Missouri River has rich pasture lands. Several confined area feeding operations are located in this area. The Ozark Highlands comprises most of the southern half of the state where more than 6,000 caves can be found. The Lowlands is a section of the state bounded by Rock Bridge State Park on the northern edge and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge (swamp) on the southern edge.  Finally, there is a section referred to as the Two Big Rivers area. This is the land south of St. Louis where the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers convolute.

 

The U.S, Fish and Wildlife provides a wide variety of services from habitat conservation, to management of both invasive species and endangered species, environmental services and educational services, They are the federal counterpart to the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and work cooperatively with that state agency. They manage fish and aquatic life, migratory birds, international species and provide ecological services. Examples include their fish hatchery in Neosho for the Pallid Sturgeons, work with the Army Corp of Engineers to provide waterways conducive for both navigation and aquatic life, control of the jumping carp that endanger river navigation, creation of barriers and electronic catch techniques to inhibit the passage of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. They have worked with private citizens on conservation easements ahead of the Tulsa, OK to Chicago oil pipeline. Some of the endangered species they concentrate on include the Northern Long Eared and the Indiana Bats, the Hellbender (a giant salamander), the Topeka

Shiner, fresh water mussels and the Least Tern.

 

Recent projects of our Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office include the building of a gate to a forty (40) acre underground former limestone quarry to prevent people for entering the habitat for the Indiana Bats while allowing free passage to the bats. They have introduced the Topeka Shiners to the Hinkson and Moniteau Creeks. They check blood samples of migratory bird populations for the presence of metals. They have added 6,000 acres of land to the Missouri State Parks and 1,000 acres to the Mark Twain National Forest. John even offered at tip of a location of a fishing pond stocked with edible fish. A good local lake to fish is Dixie Lake near Millersburg.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

April 23 – Member Spotlight – Ron Berg

April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

May 7 – Bill McKelvey,  Community Gardens Coalition

May 14- Jodi Cook, City Volunteer Program Specialist, Waste Reduction and Recycling.

May 21- Matt Luechtman, CASA Program Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

June 4 – TBD

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

June 18 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone Co Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:05

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

04.09.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 9, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman at 12:05 pm

Invocation:    Rick McKernan

Pledge:          Pat Brown

Introduction of Guests   

Bonnie Langreder joined us for lunch

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported

Mystery Person 

President Musterman made today’s award to Scott Stager for the work he did filling in last             week with the newsletter.

Greeter   –

            Jack Cruise had an uneventful last week but next week he will be heading to the southeast to             fulfill some of his bucket list wishes. Among other sites, he and wife will travel to Charlotte, NC      and attend a NASCAR event.

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

Carl Scott paid the pig for the Kansas basketball win over Missouri at the Columbia College annual high school payoff. He also paid the pig for Larry Fick’s wife, Paulette, whose picture was recorded in the Columbia paper as a poll worker. Members noted both Larry and his wife have worked the polls or years on Election Day.

  • Welcome any new or returning members.
  • Food Bank –

No report

  • Soap Box Derby

Rick McKernan announced a new silver level sponsor for the derby: Boone Quarries will cement their commitment to the Derby. This sponsorship goes a long way to matching sponsorship with the budget of $10,000. Rick also printed business size cards as Free Tickets to the Derby on Sunday morning, June 10. It’s a great way to advertise the Derby and to let friends with kids know about the event before reading it in the paper after the event. Contact Rick at 573-881-3471 to get your tickets to publicize the event.

  • Scholarships –

Cyrilla has reviewed all the applications and conferred with school counsellor on the truly needy kids and now is awaiting Steve Winters’ return from New Orleans to finalize the awards.

  • Bike Safety

Mary Dewey plans to have the flyers for this event finished and ready for distribution next week.

  • Announcements from the floor.

Ken Oster announced the Barbershop Quartets will hold their annual song fest this Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Columbia at 7:30 pm. The Chordbusters will be among the groups performing. Tickets are $10.00. For more information and/or to purchase tickets call 573-529-6821. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Carl Scott mentioned April is Volunteer Month and there are plenty of opportunities for Optimist to volunteer. There are four (4) Mondays left in April for Optimist to join our crew at the Food Bank. The City is sponsoring a cleanup day at the Worley Street Park on Friday, April 13. The Columbia Community Policing will be meeting neighborhood residents at our Clubhouse for a meeting on Wednesday, April 25. The topic is “Marking Changes through the City.” They will explore ways in which citizens can engage the city to make changes to improve safety and living conditions in the neighborhood. Optimists are welcome to attend. Finally, Saturday, April 28 is “International Day of Service.”

  • Evening meeting – Tuesday, April 24th at Boys and Girls Club, 6:30.  Valerie Livingston to provide a short program, Bob Floyd, OI VP, to lead a program on membership growth and NOW meetings. All clubs in Zone 2 to receive an invitation. Midway and Kids First say they will be sending members. Haven’t heard from Sunrise or Hallsville. Let Ed Musterman know if you plan to attend (eemusterman@gmail.com) so he can give Valerie an accurate number of attendees.
  • April 27th & 28th, E. Mo District meeting in St. Louis.
  • Midway Sporting Clays Shoot

Saturday, 21 April 2018 Registration: 10:00 am Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports 1420 County Road 276 Columbia, MO 65202

 

Today’s Speaker

Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

Andrew Biggs is the Superintendent of MU’s Bradford Research Center. He manages 591 acres of land northwest of Rangeline and New Haven Rd. for research projects of 30 faculty and the graduate students of that faculty. He is the son of a medical doctor and a nurse and could have followed that path as an undergraduate in Biological Science. However, he got his graduate degree in Micro Biology and now manages the farm that enables the research projects of the School of Agriculture. He is originally from St. Louis but says he followed the love of his life to Columbia.

 

Under Andrews’s leadership, the Center is dedicated not only to research and university education but extends that education to school children and adults through a variety of activities and events. In addition to work with Future Farmers of America (FFA) Andrew hosts events at the Center to introduce urban populations to agriculture. Events open to the public sponsored by the Center include:

The Native Plant Sale, at the Bradford Research Center, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

The Crop and Soil Management Workshop, at the Bradford Research Center, will take place on Thursday, July 12 at the Center near Columbia.

The Vegetable Grower field day, at the Bradford Research Center, will take place all day on Thursday, Aug. 2. Baker Creek Seeds will offer some heirloom seeds.

Tomato Festival is an annual first Thursday of September event. This year it will take place all day on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be some 30 varieties of tomatoes that are available in the center’s restaurant, but food is generally gone within the first 1 ½ hours. The event draws over 1,000 people. This year because of diminished state funding, there will be a $5.00 ticket fee.

The Center also offers professional courses for a fee. Courses will be offered in Pest Management and a Crop and Soil Management Workshop. An Agriculture Education Field Day is hosted each year. Last year some 1,800 school children from 62 schools around the state came to hear 44 speakers in a round of 15 minute segments during a six hour day. During the month of October the Center offers tours of the farm to elementary schools classes. Each year about 72 tours are conducted with a special treat of a trip to the pumpkin patch and an excursion into the corn maze. Also, during October the Center offers a fundraiser for breast cancer: The Pink Pumpkin Painting Party. Donations go to the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.to subsidize mammograms for any women not able to afford the cost.

Andrew also does some outreach for the Bradford Center. He attends the State Fair offering a taste of a variety of tomatoes grown at the farm. He also participates in the local “Float Your Boar” event with his boat named the Carolina Reaper, name after the world’s hottest chili pepper. It’s rated at 2,000,000 scoville heat units as compared to a really hot habanero pepper that is rated at 500,000 scoville units. Don’t miss a chance to sample a Carolina Reaper when you attend one of the center’s events.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

April 16- John Weber, US Fish & Wildlife

April 23 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone Co Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children

April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

May 7 – TBD

May 14- Jodi Cook, City Volunteer Program Specialist, Waste Reduction and Recycling.

May 21- Matt Luechtman, CASA Program Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

June 4 – TBD

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:08

Optimistically Yours,

 

04.02.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 2,2018

Call to order: Mary Dewey, VP and President Elect

8 members present.  2 more came in after the bell

Invocation: Red Leighton

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

Introduction of Guests

 

none

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

none

 

Mystery Person 

 

–  Mary gave the award to Jake Jolley

 

Greeter   –  Ken Oster

 

Ken regaled to us a tale about being attacked by his dog – a large one.  Seems the dog was so excited to see him after an absence that he sprung at Ken in greeting and knocked him against kitchen table and chairs.  That necessitated a trip to Urgent Care to be sure nothing was amiss.  Ken reports that he is fine.

 

He is also preparing new music for his Chord Busters group.  He has eight new songs to learn.  He says the music is pretty straightforward, but memorizing the words has become more work as he matures.   Said it took him the better part of a day to memorize all the words.  Many of us can relate to that.

 

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig -All were signed in
  • Welcome any new or returning members- none
  • Food Bank – no report
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan -They still have 1 one car available. Anyone with a lead for a sponsor contact Rick He recently has recruited a new club member from Derby participants.
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla. No further info
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey

June 7th  – 5-7 p.m. at Lange Middle School.  Signup to help will begin later  this month.

  • Announcements from the floor.
  • Jake Jolley brought the official photo on a plaque from Rootin Tootin Chili Cookoff in which we participated as a fund raiser for Boys and Girls Club. It was accompanied by letter thanking us for our support.  I will get the photo put up on wall next to prior ones.
  • Upcoming evening meeting –

In an effort to make it possible for members who normally cannot attend noon luncheons to be more involved, there will be an evening meeting on Tuesday April 24th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club.  Valorie Livingston will provide a short program, and Bob Floyd, Optimist International VP, will  lead a program on membership growth and NOW meetings. All clubs in Zone 2 have been invited to attend. Midway and Kids First have indicated that they will be sending members. Haven’t heard back from Sunrise or Hallsville yet.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Jake says to show up a bit early and he will give a tour of the new facility including the multipurpose room,  commercial kitchen, and other new facilities.

April 27th & 28th, An East. Missouri District Optimist meeting will be held in St. Louis.

 

 

 

Today’s Speakers

 

Dean Berry and Allen Jennings, of the Columbia Youth Basketball League joined us to tell us a bit about their organization.

 

They thanked us for asking them to speak and thanked our club for our financial support of two teams in the league.

 

Dean founded the organization 25 years ago.  The impetus for creating the organization was to provide his grade school child the opportunity to play basketball.  He quickly found that there were lots of parents looking for the same opportunity.  This was of course before cell phones and the internet, so lots of time was spent on the phone getting things arranged.

 

Allen is the current president of the organization.  He became involved 10 years ago when his child was involved with the league.

 

Both Allen and Dean have stayed with the organization long past their children growing out of playing age.

 

The league has just completed their 25th season.  The first year they started with 50 fourth graders.  The second year they were up to 230 kids including girls teams. The third year there were 720 kids in grades four, five, six and at that point they joined in a cooperative effort with Columbia Parks & Recreation.

 

Players range from grades 1-12, with around a 50/50 split between grades 8 and down and 9 and up.  There is a $100 fee per child to participate, but scholarships are available, so that no child who wants to play is prevented from participating.  Funding is sought from various sources such as our club to support the league.

 

Currently there are 1000 children participating.That is 10 children each on 100 teams.

 

The league is recreational not competitive.  It is a place for kids who might be a bit short on skills and wanting to play comfortably.  The goal is to get them out and playing – off the couch and away from computers and cell phones.

 

The league does prep work setting up the season, and organizing the teams. Later on,Parks & Recreation take over the week to week scheduling of games.

 

No preformed teams are allowed below 8th grade.  The goal is to have a level playing field with every player having an equal opportunity to participate.

 

Substitution is required every 5 minutes – they want everyone to play equal time.  Every 5 minutes players on the floor return to the bench and players on the bench take the floor.  In the case where a team might be short of their allowed 10 players there are formulas for required substitution to ensure each player gets equal playing time.

 

In December the league has a pre-season jamboree.  This provides a chance for teams to get to know one another and to begin preparation for the season.  At this Jamboree, each team plays three games.  It is not a tournament, and there is no elimination.

 

During the season each team is allowed one practice/week. Games are played on Saturdays. With100 teams that means 50 games occur every Saturday. That many games requires 35-40 referees each game day.

 

The City and Columbia Public Schools provide seven sites for games – The Armory plus six Middle Schools .  The planned Perry/Philips building will provide 4 more courts. It is designed to be modular which leaves open the possibility of adding more courts later.

 

Depending on scheduling and circumstances they may have to pay for court time for practice and games.  Onsite supervision by site personnel is required, so if it is at a time when someone is not normally present there is a usage charge.   Such bills are split with Columbia Parks & Recreation.

 

Some examples of the expenses the league incurs include $18K to city, $4K to Columbia Public Schools, a few thousand for uniforms, $2-4 thousand for insurance, $4-5K for the Jamboree.  The league also contributes $5K each year back to high schools for scholarships. Additionally, they have made donations to help fund score boards at some schools.  They also make other donations to schools.

 

In addition to fees, the league is financially supported by team sponsors, including our club.

 

After the season they have a reception to honor partnerships with Parks & Recreation, CPS, Columbia College, team sponsors, and volunteer coaches.

 

All in all, a fine opportunity for 1000 local children to be involved in recreational sports.

 

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UPCOMING SPEAKERS 

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

April 16- John Weber, US Fish & Wildlife

April 23 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone Co Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children

April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

 

 

Meeting was adjourn with the Creed: 12:58 p.m.

 

Optimistically Yours,

Scott Stager, substitute for the substitute scribe

 

03.26.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 26, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: Mary Dewey

Pledge: Carl Scott

Business Meeting

Slate of candidates for DO Board.  Effective 10/1/18.

  • Mary Dewey, candidate for Board President, was brought up for a vote. There were no additional nominations from the floor.  Larry Fick motioned to approve Mary Dewey for Board President.  Motion was seconded by Jim Murphy.  All present were in favor of the nomination.  There were no nay votes.
  • Phyllis Nichols, candidate for Board Vice President, was brought up for a vote. There were no additional nominations from the floor.  Jim Murphy motioned to approve Phyllis Nichols for Vice President.  Motion was seconded by Dave Murphy.  All present were in favor of the nomination.  They were no nay votes.
  • Kelly Schilling, candidate for Board Vice President, was brought up for a vote. There were no additional nominations from the floor.  Jim Murphy motioned to approve Kelly Schilling for Vice President.  Motion was seconded by Carl Scott.  All present were in favor of the nomination.  They were no nay votes.
  • John Westbrook is a candidate for a Board Member-2-year term. Jim Murphy motioned to approve John Westbrook as Board Member.  Motion was seconded by Ken Oster.  All present were in favor of the nomination.  They were no nay votes.
  • Adam Bako is a candidate for a Board Member-2-year term. Jim Murphy motioned to approve Adam Bako as Board Member.  Motion was seconded by Larry Fick.  All present were in favor of the nomination.  They were no nay votes.
  • John Sapp is a candidate for a Board Member-2-year term. Larry Fick motioned to approve John Sapp as Board Member.  Motion was seconded by Dave Murphy.  All present were in favor of the nomination.  They were no nay votes.
  • Mike Hatchett, Nada Ryakhmyatullov, and Tony Parisio will continue their second year as Board Members.
  • Jack Beard has accepted Mary Dewey’s invitation for Treasurer.
  • Ron Berg has accepted Mary Dewey’s invitation for Secretary.

 

Business meeting was adjourned and regular membership meeting was called to order.

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Rick McKernan reports he has a birthday 3/29/18.

 

 

Greeter

Dave Murphy, a Commissioner with MO Department of Conservation provided an overview of the Department for those in attendance today.  Mr. Murphy stated Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.  There are a maximum of four Commissioners.  He participates in monthly meetings with staff around the State.

 

Mystery Person

Ron Berg made today’s award to Mary Dewey.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.  All were signed in.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy stated that they worked with Cheerios cereal last week at Food Bank.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan reported there is one derby car in the masters division not yet spoken for.  There is a need for one person to drive the car.  Any questions contact Rick at (573) 881-3471 or mckernan@mchsi.com.  Ed indicated the Downtown Optimist provides 44 Soap Box Derby cars.
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla reported they are ready to select scholarships.  Ed reported the Downtown Optimist Club provides six $1,000 scholarships.
  • Bike Safety –
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • President Musterman reported there will be an Eastern Missouri District meeting in St. Louis on April 27 and 28, 2018.  There is an Executive meeting on April 27 and General Membership meeting on April 28.  (Location is Drury Hotel at Forest Part in St. Louis).
    • President Musterman reported on April 24, 2018 there is a Downtown Optimist meeting at Boys and Girls Club in Columbia, at 6:30 p.m. Valorie Livingston will provide a short program.  Bob Floyd, OI VP, to lead a program on membership growth and NOW meetings.  Ed stated he will arrange for a future meeting at Food Bank.
    • Carl Scott announced a Central Neighborhood meeting for March 26, 2018.  He also passed around a flyer describing Kite Flying Day (April 7, 2018).

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Donna Pond, Stroke Program Coordinator, Boone Hospital Center

 

Ms. Pond provided important and informative presentation regarding facts, types, risk factors, disease management, and warning signs for Strokes.  She provided handouts including an outline of her presentation, and booklet “Explaining Stroke” from the National Stroke Association.  Donna indicated Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death.   Risk factors, both non-modifiable and risk factors that are modifiable (that is, we can do something to help prevent from having a stroke), were discussed. Some non-modifiable risk factors are gender and genetics.  Some modifiable risk factors include obesity, inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol use.  Disease management information included such areas as managing/monitoring blood pressure, high cholesterol, diet management, diabetes mellitus (monitor blood sugars and follow diet).  Stroke warning signs were discussed.  Presentation was followed by Question and Answer session.  Ms. Pond was thanked for an excellent presentation.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

April 2 – Dean Berry and Allen Jennings, Columbia Youth Basketball League

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

April 16 – John Weber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

April 23 – Detective Tracy Perkins, Boone County Sheriffs Task Force to Protect Children

April 30 – Michelle Gleba, Regional Director, Better Business Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

03.19.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 19, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: C.O. Scheffer

Pledge: Red Leighton

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

Greeter

Rick McKernan was overtaken with the Optimist spirit last Saturday.  While purchasing office supplies at Staples he spotted 8 pak boxes of crayons for kids on sale. Realizing that he had Staples Rewards points that he would otherwise spend on things for himself he purchased 180 boxes of the crayons. Monday, following the Club meeting, he was delivering boxes of crayons for the kids at Nora Stewart Day Care and Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center. Realizing that he had plenty of crayons to give, Rick was contacting Bonnie Yantzie to provide crayons for Fun City kids.

 

Mystery Person 

Steve Winters made today’s candy award to Jim Beckett

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

All were signed in.

  • Food Bank – Larry Fick, Jim Murphy and Jack Cruise left early for today’s adventure working at Food Bank.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan, Chuck Boots. Rick McKernan reported they are ahead of schedule. All the derby cars have been assigned. The next meeting is scheduled for April, exact date to be determined. Any questions contact Rick at (573) 881-3471 or mckernan@mchsi.com
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla received twenty applications from Rock Bridge H.S. five from Battle H.S. with the expectation of five more later today. Hickman H.S. and Douglas H.S. have both submitted applications. The deadline for application submissions is March 20.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey says the event is still scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 5:39 to 7:00 at the Lange Middle School parking lot. There is still time to volunteer to help Mary.
  • Announcements from the floor.

Jack Cruise agreed to coordinate this year’s OI Golf Tournament. Ed Musterman will email the applications to him.

Official neighborhood meeting for Ridgeway Neighborhood Association will take place at DOC Clubhouse 5:30 – 7:00 on Thursday, March 22 on “How to Make Central Columbia More Safe.”

Jabberwocky has meeting this week with Kiwanis Club at Columbia College

  • President Musterman announced we have a full slate of officer for next year. Slated by the nomination committed for the April election for the 2018/19 Board are Phyllis Nichols and Kelly Schilling for vice presidents, John Westbrook, Adam Bako and John Sapp for two year board members. (Mike Hatchett, Nadia Ryakhmyatullov and Tony Parisio will continue their second year as board members). Jack Beard accepted Mary Dewey’s invitation to be her treasurer as did Ron Berg for secretary. Upon election the elected will assume their offices on October 1.
  • Board Meeting: Thursday, March 15th at the Clubhouse.  The Board chose to fund the Food Bank Buddy Pack program for $5,000 and Friends of Rock Bridge for $1,600.  Kings Daughters Dental Aid Program requesting $1,000 and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services requesting $3,000 were both denied.

 

 

Today’s Speaker Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation.

Joe Bradley is the Communications Director at Fr. Tolton H.S. and the founder of the not-for-profit Day Dreams Foundation in Columbia. He got the idea while serving as a Big Brother for an 11 year old boy, Desean, whose father was serving time in prison and whose mother had recently been released from prison. Desean wanted to play football but his mother didn’t have the wherewithal to pay the $135.00 program fee. The Voluntary Action Council offers a $50.00 stipend to kids for these situations but there are limited funds in this account and there is a waiting list. In response Joe used a Go-Fund-Me account to query his friends and family for small donations to chunk together the $135.00 fee. His small fundraising effort was successful and he displayed a picture of young Desean with a smile on his face dressed in his football gear. The experience led Joe to realize lots of kids were deprived from extracurricular activities for want of program fees. He researched what it would take to establish a not-for-profit to accomplish this. The rest is history.

 

The Day Dreams Foundation was established in 2014 to support kids without the means to participate in extracurricular activities. Its mission is “to eliminate financial barriers to participating in extracurricular activities and promote healthy life styles, goal setting, academics, teamwork and respect for others.” Its vision is: “That every child can fulfill their dream of participating in an extracurricular activity without ever worrying about the cost.” Any child 18 years of age or younger, on the free or reduced lunch program in CPS can apply with a letter of recommendation from a non-family member and a short essay from the child. Applications are reviewed by the board of directors for final approval. The funding is limited to no more than $500.00 per year though the average scholarship is $188.00. Funded activities have included sports, dance, drama, martial arts, theater even horseback riding through the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center

 

Since its first scholarship in 2015, Day Dreams has awarded $38,300 for activity fees and $3,746 for equipment to 166 kids for a total of 222 scholarships. Award certificates and tee shirts are provided to each recipient. Recently Day Dreams has added a $1,500 annually renewable college scholarship to a selected recipient. Anyone can help Day Dreams by referring a family, attending a fundraiser, donating a prize, sponsoring an event, serving on a committee or writing a letter in support of a Day Dreams kid. More information is available on the Day Dreams website: www.daydreamsfoundation.org/

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

March 26 – Donna Pond, Stroke Program Coordinator, Boone Hospital Center

April 2 – Dean Berry and Allen Jennings, Columbia Youth Basketball Le

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

April 16 – John Weber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

April 23 – Representative from Boone county Sheriff’s Dept. on Computer Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary