10.16.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 16, 2017

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

Invocation: Sid Sullivan

Pledge: Ken Oster

Introduction of Guests   

Shirley Beckett and Noelle Case were acknowledged by President Musterman: Shirley as an enduring guest, Noelle who came after long absence since the birth of her daughter, Haven

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person –  C.O. Scheffer presented today’s gift certificate to Noelle Case to welcome her back to the luncheon crowd and to encourage her return soon.

 

Greeter   –  Ed Musterman spent a great Saturday morning with John Sapp, Sid Sullivan, Jim Murphy and Scott Stager. We built new tree stands to replace older stands that were no longer serviceable.  The work went faster because Steve and Becca Winters along with Chuck Boots worked Friday night cutting the lumber to length.  Since there only 5 of us building stands it took better than 4 hours, we were all really tired by the end but it was great working with these Optimists.

 

Noelle Case was invited to update everyone on important events in her life. She came to HyVee to order a birthday cake for her daughter who will be One on Sunday, October 22. Haven has transformed her life. Noelle has had to cut back on work as well as attendance at the Optimists’ luncheons. Haven is adorable and will be walking soon. Noelle will return to our luncheon meeting as her life returns to a more normal pace.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy reports last week he packaged Butter Finger Bits and refrained from sampling them while packaging. He also packed some Buddy Packs the cost of which the club underwrote with a $5000.00 grant. Buddy Packs consist of two (2) canned foods, two (2) cereal packages, powdered milk and a sweet (this time Gumby bears).
  • E MO 1st Qtr Convention – Moberly, Oct 27 – 28th – Need attendance for this Moberly meeting.  The agenda will be sent out a week in advance.  Friday night’s board meeting at the Comfort Inn and Saturdays meetings will be at the Bothwell Lodge. Red and Dorcas Leighton, Ed Musterman and Mary Dewey are register to attend.
  • Board Meeting – Oct 19th.  Two funding requests: Columbia Youth Basketball and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
  • Club Social and Installation of Officers. – October 24th. Updates. Dave Murphy & Steve Winters.  Steve reports 29 guests and a couple of kids are signed up for this event. There is room for more. Jumbo shrimp, dirty rice, dump cake and ice cream will be the primary dishes. Fried chicken will be an available entre substitute upon advanced request only.
  • Koeze/Gift Certificates – Updates. Steve/Jake. First orders are due October 24. The delivery date for the Nuts is Thursday, Nov 2. Members should please consider the HELP NEEDED TO UNLOAD THE TRUCK PALLET after work the night (5:00 pm until finished)
  • Need two more workdays:
    • Clean up the club house for the social and the selling season. (Date: TBA)
    • Clean up the tree lot and dismantle old tree stands so they can be disposed of the old lumber. (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 8:30 am)  Steve Winters announced the original property owners of our clubhouse have scheduled a reunion for the following Sunday so help is needed to spruce up the clubhouse.

Need volunteers for each of these days.  The president will ask 2 members to make phone calls to get the volunteers.

  • Tree Lot – John Sapp.  John thanked Steve Winters for negotiating an hundred dollar discount on the tree stand lumber and hardware from Lacrosse Lumber. Volunteers completed building 14 tree stands but more help is needed to dismantle the older, broken stands and clean up the grounds. Christmas tree delivery is scheduled for November 11. Help unloading trees will be needed on that day as well.
  • A & A report. Ken Oster agreed to replace Carl Scott with this reporting task to Optimists International. The job entails documenting activities and volunteer work done by club members and filing reports to Optimists International.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Jane Whitesides, Executive Director, MO Symphony

Ms. Whitesides presented the events of the Missouri Symphony. It is well known for the “Hot Summer Nights” that take place each summer from June 7 through July 14 with 24 concerts at various venues around Columbia including Theater, Shelter Gardens, Broadway Christian Church and Jesse Hall. Maestro Kirk Trevor leads an orchestra of international musicians who gather each summer here in Columbia.

 

Today, Ms. Whitesides presented a new program undertaken two years ago: the Missouri Orchestra Conservatory. It was established by Kirk Trevor to introduce kids (3 -12 years old) to music and to encourage parents of the benefits of a musical education. It enhances the cognitive capability, reduces childhood isolation and provides kids with a musical instrument as opposed to a gun or a gang. Practices are held at various times during the day on Mondays at the Broadway Christian Church. There are about 120 students involved in this program divided into two groups, 3 – 8 year olds and 9 -12 year olds. The students are only responsible for 40% of the cost of this education.  The rest is covered by the Symphony Society’s community fundraising efforts. The Society also works with Columbia Public Schools to engage third graders in music. Maestro Kirk Trevor tours third grade classrooms to explain “How to Build an Orchestra.”  They are hoping to expand this program to all third grade classrooms in the school district.

 

The budget for the Missouri Symphony is around $600,000.00. Some of the funds are covered by ticket prices but a significate portion is covered by fundraising activities. Sunday, October 29 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm there will be a young musicians’ Chicago Tour fundraiser held at the Copperstone Clubhouse, 4100 Copperstone Creek Drive. A Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for Dec 1st, 2nd and 3rd, including homes of Jane Mandel, Mary Phillips and Mayor Brian Treece, Julie and Scott Swain and Lili Vianello and John Shrum.  The Symphony Toy Concert will be held at the Missouri Theater on December 17 at 3:00 pm. Tickets for these and other events can be found on the Society’s website: http://www.MoSymphonySociety.org/

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Oct 23 – Capt Jenny Atwell, Boone Co Sheriffs, Detention

Oct 30 – Boone Co Commission, Sales tax ballot issue

Nov 6- Jerry Kiesling, MU Adult Day Care Program

Nov 13 – Nikki Burton, Great Circle

Nov 20 – Professor Jeanne Abbot – MU School of Journalism, Professional Standards and Code of Ethics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

10.09.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 9 2017

 

Call to order:  at 12:05 by Vice President, Mary Dewey

Invocation:     Larry Fick

 

Pledge: Phil Rodriguez

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person – Steve Winters awarded this week’s gift certificate to Red Leighton for all the work as “the biggest nut seller.”

 

Greeter   – Carl Scott paid a quarter to the pig as his apology for arriving late as today’s greeter. He had an important phone call from Indiana.  He reported his attendance at Super Sams Cancer Foundation held at Stevens College. This is one of the Kids First Optimist projects. They have donated $75,000 to this cause during the past three years through fundraiser like “Magic and Heroes Trivia Night” to be held tonight Oct 9. Carl also referenced the recent message from the Optimist International President recounting this year’s theme, “Together We Can Make a Difference.” Gold will not solve problems and Carl added nor will government.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy recounted the tasks of packaging cereal for kids this past week. They ran out of Coco Puff and had to find another cereal to package. (Someone suggested Jim could stop eating the Coco Puffs.)
  • E MO 1st Qtr Convention – Moberly, Oct 27 – 28th – Need attendance.  Location: Comfort Inn, 1801 W. Outer Road, Moberly.  Registration form to be emailed with the Newsletter this week.  Or let Ed or C.O know by Oct 8th for the early discount.  Program to be “Optimist Strong” training by Bob Schiller, Certified International Trainer.  Let C.O. Scheffer know as soon as possible if you can go.
  • Club Social and Installation of Officers. – Tuesday October 24th at 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse. Updates. Dave Murphy & Steve Winters are organizing this event. Steve reports the shrimp fest with all the fix’ns is $10.00 per adult, kids eat free. Officer Installation will take place at this meeting.
  • Koeze/Gift Certificates – Updates. Steve and Jake are still accepting orders until Oct 24 for the Nov 6 initial shipment. Members are encouraged to get most orders into this first order. The second and third shipment orders are due Nov 7 and Nov 28. Customers who miss ordering by Nov 7 will be expected to pick up their orders at the clubhouse.
  • A Work Day is scheduled at the clubhouse for Saturday morning, October 14, at 8:30 am. With enough volunteers the work should be completed in a couple of hours. John Sapp is organizing this to build replacement tree stands for our Christmas tree fundraiser. Lumber and hardware will be on hand to build four (4) 10’ stands and ten (10) 12’ stands. Skilled laborers will drill ¼ holes to attach cross section and attach tree support hardware with 3½” bolts to boards. Unskilled laborers are needed to haul boards and hold them in place. Some members can bring tools (1/4” x 4” drill bits, drills hammers, socket and open end wrenches). There is plenty of other work to do around the clubhouse to prepare for upcoming activities. All skill sets are welcome to help.

 

Today’s Speaker

Haley Ide, Meeting Engagement Coordinator, Central MO Humane Society

Haley came to update the club on Columbia’s Central Missouri Humane Society located off Rangeline Rd. on Big Beard Blvd. Her responsibilities include engaging volunteers, public education and speaking at public meetings. She emphasized the CMHS is a stand-along not-for-profit agency that is not affiliated with any other humane society or SPCA. They are funded by donations and fee for services. Pet adoptions range in price for $0 – $200.00; they received $10.00 to microchip and register a pet. They charge a nominal $30.00 to euthanize a pet. And, they actively seek donations. For those who can’t afford basic veterinarian services they work with underserved pet owners by providing low cost pet spay/neuter, vaccinations and operate a free food bank.

 

CMHS utilizes the services volunteers to maintain its level of service and contain costs within the shelter. Volunteers can take a dog for a walk or become one of 100 foster families that help contain shelter population. The shelter accepts court order “community service” referrals provided the referral is over 18 years old and is free of a felony conviction.

 

CMHS is not a no-kill organization but of the 2,000 animals they receive annually 90-92% of its animals survive. They partner with the MU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelter Medicine program and work closely with Second Chance and other animal rescue groups to place pets.

 

Other services provided by CMHS include work with feral cats. Because Columbia has no cat leash law, animal control will not pick up cats. So, when reports of feral cat are received, CMHS will capture, neuter and vaccinate cats. Cats are released to safe locations. Some become working cats as barn cats.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Oct 16- Jane Whitesides, MO Symphony.

Oct 23 – Capt Jenny Atwell, Boone Co Sheriffs, Detention

Oct 30 – Boone Co Commission, Sales tax ballot issue

Nov 6- Jerry Kiesling, MU Adult Day Care Program

Nov 13 – Nikki Burton, Great Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:40

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

10.02.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 2, 2017

 

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

Invocation:     Max Miller

Pledge: Steve Winters

 

Introduction of Guests   

Shirley Beckett declined guest status as a regular partner to 50+ year member Jim Beckett

John Weber returned for a second look at the club.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Chuck Boots has a birthday today but was absent from lunch. Rick McKernan suggested folks could call and wish Chuck a happy birthday.

 

Mystery Person  – Scott Stager awarded today’s gift certificate to Ed Harre for the work he does on the Koeze Nut and Restaurant certificate fundraisers.

 

Greeter   –  Jim Murphy gave a hearty greeting and held the door for today’s lunch attendees. He described his week as uneventful: golf, chores a trip to Branson with friends for beer, brats and a show and a trip to Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday where he reports the Outlet Mall is almost closed. Before sitting down, he expressed his displeasure with “The NFL can go to H…” (Jim left early for work at the Food Bank before he could elaborate on his displeasure.)

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy reported the Food Bank is open for volunteer after spending 2 week training volunteers.
  • E MO 1st Qtr Convention – Moberly, Oct 27 – 28th – Need attendance.  Location: Comfort Inn, 1801 W. Outer Road, Moberly.  Registration form to be emailed with the Newsletter this week.  Or let Ed or C.O know by Oct 8th for the early discount.  Program to be “Optimist Strong” training by Bob Schiller, Certified International Trainer.  Let C.O. Scheffer know as soon as possible if you can go.
  • Club Social and Installation of Officers. – October. Updates. Dave Murphy & Steve Winters will prepare a sumptuous dinner of shrimp, dirty rice, Caeser salad, ice cream and dump cake, all for $10.00 per person. Mary Dewey and Ed Musterman will handle the installation of officers. The lunch crowd voted Tuesday, October 24 is the preferred date for this dinner
  • Koeze/Gift Certificates – Updates. Steve/Jake
  • Reminder FY18 Membership Dues need to be current for all members.
  • Work Day John Sapp announced the need for a work day at the clubhouse to clean the grounds and repair tree stands. He will provide more information next week. Steve Winters volunteered the 2 x 8 lumber and hardware will be delivered and ready for a Saturday morning Oct 14 work-day. He and Chuck Boots will have the lumber cut to appropriate lengths. Some volunteers will bring sockets, open-end wrenches and drill bits (the club has cordless drills at the clubhouse). Volunteers can bring their own gloves and ear protection.

 

Today’s Speaker Phil Rodrigues, Member Spotlight

 

Phil Rodriquez is one of the club’s newest members. He moved here from Kansas City. He had also lived in St. Louis for 15 years. Phil is originally from St. Joseph, MO where his grandparents and great uncle had immigrated to this country from Mexico where they established the restaurant, Barbosa’s Castillo in a former mansion, and worked hard to become naturalized American Citizens. Phil described the restaurant in the 3-storey mansion where all the food is prepared from scratch.  The family started “Fiesta Days” in St. Joseph where his grandmother was the first Fiesta Queen. Phil described his family as proud Americans, grateful for the opportunities provided by this country and having a long history in support of the American military.

 

Phil married his high school sweetheart. They have four children ranging in age from 11 to 22. The three younger kids are enrolled in Columbia Public Schools. The 16-year old is a sophomore at Rock Bridge H.S. The 11 and 14-year old kids are a Gentry Middle School. Phil’s wife works from home as a Senior Account Annalist for Edward Jones. She also has served in the National Guard for the past 25 year achieving the E-8 status. Phil is a Project Estimator for Backer R & S. Two of their sons are almost Eagle Scouts while his daughter is in the American Heritage Girls. Phil proudly remarked his family will be debt free next month after paying off $100,000 in loans for their education and a car. This has involved many sacrifices along the way.

 

Phil enjoys the outdoors. He likes to fish. He worked the Beer concession at the recent Roots and Blues Festival.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Oct 9 –  Haley Ide, Central MO Humane Society

Oct 16- Jane Whitesides, MO Symphony.

Oct 23 – Capt Jenny Atwell, Boone Co Sheriffs, Detention

Oct 30 – Boone Co Commission, Sales tax ballot issue

Nov 6- Jerry Kiesling, MU Adult Day Care Program

Nov 13 – Nikki Burton, Great Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:45

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

09.25.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Sept 25, 2017

 

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

Invocation: Charlie Langreder

Pledge: C.O. Scheffer

 

Introduction of Guests   

Kelly Schilling, new member and mother of recent Soap Box Derby winner was introduced.

John Weber, Environmental Scientist with US Fish and Wildlife came to check out the Optimist to possibly join the club.

Neil Carr, Downtown Rotary, joined the luncheon group to announce his club’s recent fundraiser.$20.00  Raffle Tickets to win a 2017 BMW 328i/Mercedes Benz GLA 250/Harley Davidson StreetGlide Special winner’s or 50/50 cash split – winner’s choice. Only 3,000 tickets will be issued. Funds are to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Welcome Home Veterans, Rainbow House, Voluntary Action Center, Food Bank, Youth Empowerment Zone, Central MO Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House and Local Rotary Service Projects. Drawing will be held Tuesday, Nov 21 at Downtown Rotary Luncheon (Courtyard Marriot on 3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd. 11:30 – 1:00. (Need not be present to win), If you missed Neil and want to get raffle ticket: go to https://tinyurl/y7rvm4jy or http://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaDowntownRotary/

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Cyrilla Galbreath celebrated a birthday on August 31.

 

Mystery Person  –  Red Leighton awarded this week’s luncheon ticket to Dave Murphy.

 

Greeter   –  Sid Sullivan greeted more than 25 luncheon guests and explained his absence last week as he attended the musical “Hamilton” in Chicago. Two minutes is insufficient time to describe all the staging, costumes, choreography, musical orchestration and clever dialogue that went into this 2 ½ hour production of 34 musical numbers. Instead he talked of the wonderful musical portrayal of the remarkable immigrant American, Alexander Hamilton, who came to this country from a French speaking Caribbean Island at age 14 to take his “shot’ at the American Dream.  He graduated from Columbia University with a law degree at age 21, joined the Revolution to gain fame in battle only to become Washington’s aide. He handled all Washington’s correspondence and was successful in getting the reluctant Confederation to belatedly pay for the War. Fluent in French he befriended the Marquis d’Lafayette and may have been instrumental in gaining French support for the war. He wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers to convince the country (mainly New Yorkers) to adopt the U. S. Constitution. He was appointed this country’s first Treasury Secretary where he established our banking system, established tariffs and created the coast guard. As an overachiever committed as a federalist, he attracted some influential rivals including Jefferson, Madison and Burr. The uncompromising defense of his civic character ultimately lead to Hamilton’s untimely death. We all know he was killed in a duel with Vice President Raymond Burr. Only in death did Hamilton’s detractors extol his accomplishments.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig-Carl Scott paid the pig for getting notoriety in the “Columbia Tribune.” Cyrilla Galbreath also paid the pig as her name was mentioned in an article of the “Missourian” announcing a program expansion at the Thompson Center for Autism.
  • Food Bank – No comments.
  • E MO 1st Qtr Convention – Moberly, Oct 27 – 28th – Need attendance.  Location: Comfort Inn, 1801 W. Outer Road, Moberly.  Registration form to be emailed with the Newsletter this week.  Or let Ed or C.O know by Oct 8th for the early discount.  Program to be “Optimist Strong” training by Bob Schiller, Certified International Trainer.
  • Club Social and Installation of Officers. – October. Dave Murphy & Steve Winters are organizing a shrimp feed with “dirty rice” and all the fixings for a Tuesday or Thursday in the last week in October. (TBA)
  • Koeze/Gift Certificates – Steve/Jake.  Sell, Sell, Sell.
  • Sept Board Meeting – No grant requests. Ratification of votes for new members, Kelly and Evan Schilling, and a $2,999 payment of bill for AC repair.
  • Jabberwocky Mural dedication – Optimist Park – 9/24 – Attended by Red Leighton, Carl Scott, Pat Kelly, Sue and Ed Musterman. Columbia Care (City of Columbia’s Youth Grant) and another sponsor paid for the mural.
  • Ronald McDonald House – 9/26 – Sasha’s House dedication 11:00 to 11:30

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Liz Bird,  Food Bank for Central and Northeast MO.

Liz Bird has been with the Food Bank for 8 months and recalled her first grateful encounter with the Downtown Optimist securing a grant of $5,000 for the Buddy Pak Program. She introduced her new assistant Crystal Backer, Regional Coordinator for Southern Boone. She mentioned upcoming events “Taste of Tiger” fundraiser on Thursday Oct 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Head football coach Barry Odom will officiate. More information is available at: www.scoreagainsthunger.org/  Also Kids Helping Kids event will be held on October 14 at the Central Missouri Food Bank. Kids 4 to 12 are invited to package food for hungry kids. There will be two session: 9:00 – 11:00 for the 4 – 8 year olds and noon – 2:00 pm for the 9 – 12 year olds. Call 73-447-6609 for more information.

 

CMFB serves food to 100,000 people each month in a 32 county area covering 18,000 square miles of land in central and northeast Missouri. That number equates to one in six (1 in 6) people in this area are touched by this food bank. CMFB is the only food bank in Missouri that provides food free of charge thanks to donation of time and money from people and organizations. They have 140 partner agencies to distribute food including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelter. And, because of their transparency have received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator.

 

Food Programs include Senior Boxes for the fastest growing group needing food assistance. 2,684 senior boxes are distributed each month. VIP Veteran Pack, a new pilot program sponsored by Veterans United provides 650 VIP Vet Boxes to veterans in poverty. The program will need permanent funding to continue. Buddy Packs serve 7,500 kids in 155 schools each week at a cost of $180 per child per year. Summer Food 4 Kids where weekday lunches are served to kids 18 and under for free.

 

There is a focus on fresh food to include produce protein and dairy to provide better nutrition. These items are more expensive but with the contributions of growers like Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Share the Harvest (4-5,000 deer contributed by MO hunters and processed into individual 1-pound packages of venison annually) and individual farmers and gardener costs are contained. In addition 46,000 2-hour shifts of volunteers save staffing costs of approximately $2 million. More information is available at www.ShareFoodBringHope.org/

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

Oct 2 – Phil Rodrigues, Member Spotlight

Oct 9 – Great Circle

Oct 16- Jane Whiteside’s, MO Symphony.

Oct 23 – Capt Jenny Atwell, Boone Co Sheriffs, Detention

Oct 30 – Boone Co Commission, Sales tax ballot issue

Nov 6- Jerry Kiesling, MU Adult Day Care Program

Nov 13 – Nikki Burton, Great Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

09.18.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Sept 18, 2017

 

Call to order:  Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: C.O. Scheffer

 

Pledge: Jim Murphy

 

Introduction of Guests   

Charlie Langreder presented his wife, Bonnie, as our only guest.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays: Jim Murphy 9/3, Charlie Langreder 9/9, John Sapp 9/17.

 

Mystery Person 

Ed Musterman presented the Gift Card to Steve Winters for his good work with the Koeze sales.

 

Greeter   –  Max Miller robustly greeted each member and our guest speaker as they arrived for the meeting.  Max reported that in preparation for his move to Kansas City to be closer to his family he held a garage sale.  The garage sale was a great success and Max said a constant parade of old men kept him busy socializing and opining on a variety of subjects. Max had a lot of fun and financial success.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig – 25 cents went to feed the pig from Red Leighton who left his badge at home.
  • Food Bank – Will be closed for staff training on Monday, Sept 25th.
  • E MO 1st Qtr Convention – Moberly, Oct 27 – 28th – Need attendance.
  • Club Social and Installation of Officers. – October. No updates
  • Koeze/Gift Certificates – Steve/Jake  . Steve reported that he had delivered 20+ catalogs in the past week and had 7 orders in hand.
  • Board Meeting – Thurs 7/21  –  No funding requests or big issues so it should be a short meeting.
  • Youth Community Coalition – 9/19 – Tuesday
  • Jabberwocky – Optimist Park – 9/24.  Dedication of the mural painted by Jabberwocky at Optimist Park.
  • Ronald McDonald House – 9/26.  Invitation to a dedication of “Sasha’s Store” from11:00 – 11:30.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Mike Mathis, Columbia City Manager

 

Mr. Mathis was accompanied by his associate Casey Hall and presented the City of Columbia strategic plan addressing social equity.  You can find the strategic plan at http://www.como.gov/strategic-plan .   Mr. Mathis explained the high correlation between poverty and crime as well as a host of other social ills.  He stated that there is a huge disparity in poverty and resulting crime between white and black citizens.  Mr. Mathis provided a great deal of statistical and survey evidence from Columbia that black citizens were heavily disadvantaged for achieving success.  No statistical evidence exists that people in poverty, white or black, are not desiring to be fully employed and be productive citizens.  He also stated that the minimum wage in 1968 could purchase 30% more than in 2015.  If the minimum wage had merely increased by the rate of inflation it would be $20/hr today.  Mr. Mathis stated that the citizens of the country had lost sight of why the minimum wage was established.  Today a worker fully employed at the minimum wage cannot afford the rent on an apartment anywhere in the U.S. much less food or clothing.

 

The City of Columbia  has established a program to support black youth to work as summer interns in business, schools and non-profits.  The program Care Awareness Related Experience (CARE) mentors youth to prepare them for success in the work force by coaching on attitude, dress, manners and responsibilities among other things.  When the youth are place in an intern program they are paid minimum wage and the pay is provided to the employer by the city.  Mr. Mathis says that scholarships solicited to provide the program are $1,500/yr for each student.  This past year there were 425 applicants and financial resources were only available to enroll 187 in the CARE program.  Of the youth reporting to jobs as interns, 95% completed the program. 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Sept 25 – Great Circle

Oct 2 – Phil Rodrigues, Member Spotlight

Oct 9 – TBD

Oct 16- Jane Whitesides, MO Symphony.

Oct 23 – Capt Jenny Atwell, Boone Co Sheriffs, Detention

 

 

 

09.11.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Sept 11, 2017

 

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

Invocation: Larry Fick presented a meditation reflecting on a timeline of events, bravery, and loss of life and consequences of the 9/11/01 attack on our country on this sixteenth anniversary.

 

Pledge:          Steve Winters

 

Introduction of Guests   

Rick Kitchen, Kids First Club President, came to announce the “Magic and Heroes Trivia Night”  fund raiser for Kids First Optimist. The event will be held at American Legion, 3669 Legion Ln in Columbia.  Prizes for the best “Magic” or “Heroes” costume and table decorations will be awarded. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Choir sings at 6:30 and Trivia (by Smarty Pants Trivia by Davis Entertainment) starts at 7:00. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, students for $12.00. Bring your own food/snacks. Drinks are available for purchase

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

None

Mystery Person  – Phil Rodriguez wrote down a number and asked members to take a turn at guessing the number. The lucky number was 11. Ed Musterman chose that number and got a free lunch.

 

Greeter   – Steve Winters reported the members from all 28 Task Force 1 teams were represented in Texas. They are all just returning to Columbia. Currently Task Force 1 has ten members working in Puerto Rico and one member in the Virgin Island. Steve got very emotional recounting all the places around the country where Task Force 1 has been dispatched talking of the hardships disaster victims have had to face.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig: Carl Scott paid a quarter for Mike Russell who was recently recognized in the paper for his antique truck.
  • New air conditioner at the club house installed today.
  • E MO 1st Qtr Convention – Moberly, Oct 27 – 28th – Need attendance.
  • Club Social and Installation of Officers. – October

Dave Murphy volunteered to head up the social with the help of Steve Winters. Max suggested he may return for the socials.

  • Special thanks to Steve for the extraordinary effort in preparing the Club for the Koeze sales effort if he is absent at some points to serve with Task Force One.
  • Lessons from the 4th qtr E MO Dist convention Aug 18-19th.

Optimism is known as a “Hands On” club.  Some other civic clubs give more money but Optimists are known to be heavily involved with activities that benefit youth. It is surprising number of recent retirees who became Optimists at some of the clubs in the last 1 to 3 years and are assuming leadership roles in their clubs.

  • Activity Report from Carl Scott

Carl has remained the most active volunteer of the Downtown Optimist and will soon be leaving us for family matters. He joined the Optimist to make a difference and challenges others to do the same. He paid the $0.25 for the publicity Mike Russell got for his antique truck. He recently attended the open house at Douglas H.S. and Coyote Hills. He recommends the following books as “good reads:” 102 Minutes and Red Bananas. He also provided a list of volunteer work done by our club:

  1. Club members volunteered 3000 hours for our club this past year (Oct 1, 2016 – Sept 30, 2017).
  2. Club members attended 70 community events (DOC, other local Optimist clubs, and other youth organizations).  This entailed either hosting, sponsoring, volunteering, or participating at these events.
  3. Club members volunteered at 35 ‘DOC Food Bank Volunteer Day’.  Club has been doing this every Monday afternoon after our weekly meeting since Jan 1, 2017.
  4. Club funded 25 separate youth organizations.
  5. Club submitted 190 A&A forms to the EMO District.
  • President Musterman singled out Rick McKernan for the tidiness of the upper floor of the clubhouse: derby cars are stored in an orderly manner, tools are in their place, club records are properly stored and the floor was cleanly swept.
  • Condolences were express to Mary Dewey on the recent death of her mother, Freda Martz.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Steve Winters  – Koeze Nuts and Restaurant Gift certificates sales effort. 

Steve presented a well-organized sales packet for each member. Koeze Nut brochures were stuffed with the letter from the president and for former Red Leighton customers, a letter from Red. Each packet came with an order book and purchase history from prior customers. BE SURE TO PUT CARDBOARD UNDER EACH ORDER when writing up a new sale. (White copy goes to customer, Yellow copy to Ed Harre, Pick copy retained by sales person. Deadlines for Koeze Nut orders are as

follows:

ORDER         Due Date       Delivery Date

1st                    Oct 24            Nov 6

2nd                  Nov 7              Nov 20

3rd                   Nov 28           Dec 11

 

Any sales person who wants customized contact information to peel off and stick to customer copy (needed for call back to order or where to send payment) should contact Steve for a customized sheet of peel-off labels. (winters@missouri.edu)

 

SELL, SELL SELL. It’s important to hit our sales goals to have $50 to $60,000 to distribute for kids activities. Start each sale with Koeze Nuts before offering the restaurant certificates

 

There is a new Restaurant Certificate brochure in each packet with a picture of each restaurant: Murray’s (certificate for food only – no tax or tip, no change), Shakespeare and Sophia and Addison’s are gift cards, D. Rowe’s and Chris McD’s are certificates (no change). Members patronizing any of these restaurants are encouraged to thank them for their participation in our fundraiser. The DOC earns 30% of each $25.00 card/certificate. (BTW, our swimmer who designed the brochure took a gold medal in a recent European swim meet.)

 

Last year the gross profits from each of our fund raising items were as follows:

Peanut Brittle                          $1,260.00

Koeze Nuts                           $27,027.17

Christmas Trees                   $23,014.51

Restaurant Certificates        $7,110.00

 

It’s going to be tough without Red Leighton and Jim Beckett but we need to hit these numbers. Steve is encouraging all sales people to add fie (5) new customers. Jake Jolley tells us we have increased the certificates 10% each year. It’s been good for us and it’s been good for the restaurants.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Sept 18 – Mike Mathis, Columbia City Manager

Sept 25 – Great Circle

Oct 2 – TBD

Oct 9 – TBD

Oct 16- Jane Whitesides, MO Symphony.

 

 

 

08.28.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

August 28, 2017

 

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

Invocation:     Max Miller

Pledge:          Jim Murphy

 

Introduction of Guests  

Jim Beckett introduced his wife, Shirley. Charlie Langreder introduced his wife and chauffeur, Bonnie. New members Tony and Leslie Parisio, first time luncheon attendees, were introduced.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Ken Oster has his 67th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 2. Sid Sullivan has his 42nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, August 30.

 

Mystery Person  – Harold Rowe made the luncheon award to wounded bowman, Charlie Langreder.

 

Greeter   – Charlie Langreder watched the eclipse on his driveway with his wife, Bonnie. He is attending physical therapy three times a week after rotary cuff surgery. His therapist tells him she will have him ready to return to hunting by the last week of bow season. His surgeon says no way. Either way he is motivated to improve his right shoulder. Also, Charlie was able to check some of his 70 cameras along the White River. He saw lots of white tail deer but no bucks.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig: all were signed in.
  • Scrap Book- Club scrapbooks were entered and judged at the 4th quarter E. MO district meeting in St. Louis.  DO newsletter scrapbook took 2nd place with tough competition from several clubs. Thank you Mary Dewey for putting together some of the best scrapbooks at the meeting.
  • AA points.  DO Optimist Club reported the highest number of AA points for its division in the E MO district and received a $25 check.
  • Optimist Red Leighton – At the District meeting Red was recognized for recruiting over 150 Optimist members and Ed Musterman accepted a framed certificate and special pin on his behalf. Appreciation at the district meeting was expressed loudly and long.
  • Honor Club – It appears that with the two new membership applications Rick McKernan has in hand that the Downtown Optimists will qualify as Honor Club if a contribution is made to the OI Foundation for any amount.
  • Board Meeting – Requests from Columbia Youth Basketball and Ronald McDonald House were heard. Ronald McDonald House was granted.  The board regretfully tabled the Columbia Youth Basketball request to October. Their request was small but it was the second in the same fiscal year. The board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Max Miller as a board member.
  • Tony Parisio has accepted the invitation to join the board to fill out the remainder of Max’s term ending September 30, 2018.
  •  Sept 11, Steve Winters to present Koeze sales plan.  Steve was deployed to Nebraska for exercises as part of Task Force 1 and Sean Spence was good enough to move up his scheduled date as a guest speaker to today.

 

Today’s Speaker

 

Sean Spence, Better Business Bureau, Ethics Instruction in the High School program

Most people think of the BBB as a clearing house for people searching for a product or service from a reputable business. To this end the BBB evaluates and accredits local businesses and makes their findings available to anyone seeking information. In former times business was done on a handshake but that has not always worked in a larger more complex society. The BBB sees its mission as Building Trust in the Community by evaluating and accrediting businesses.

 

The BBB has expanded its role in creating trust by providing ethics seminars to school children and groups. Partnering with Schnuck’s and other businesses, the BBB has put together a complete curriculum on ethics and presented it to school teachers. Sean has given four talks to Douglas H.S. students, worked with Battle H.S. and presented at the Elden Resource Center. Today he came to give an interactive mini-seminar of the work he does with students.

 

In a 2011 Survey high school students who were given the opportunity to respond anonymously to some basic ethical questions. The results showed: one in three (1 in 3) students admitted to stealing, eight of ten (8 of 10) lied to their parents, 59% cheated on a test and one in three (1 in 3) admitted to plagiarizing written assignments from the internet. When presented this information, the majority of current students (8 of 10) say these numbers are too low. So the question Sean posed to the group is whether ethics should be taught in schools or left to other societal institutions of Family, Religion, Employment and Politics. He posed the situation his wife encountered when one of her students, a 17 year old physically attractive girl whose mother is a stripper and father pimps for her mother was encouraged by her parents to forgo higher education for the money she can make as a stripper in LasVagas. (Retirement planning?)

 

Sean posed some questions to the group: Is it a good idea to be an ethical person? Are there times better for you to be unethical? Are there situational ethics? What is your personal framework for decision making?:  (What family says and does? What religions teach? What parents teach their children? Tummy check on how this decision feels in your gut?) He offered an acronym to structure decision making: H.E.A.R.T. Will my decision Hurt someone? Will it benefit Everyone involved? A…  Is it Responsible? Is it Transparent (Can I publish it in the newspaper)? These are the values this curriculum uses for ethical decision making. It deliberately leaves out religious and politically partisan values for a more generic and universal path to an ethical life.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Sept 4 – No Meeting, Labor Day

Sept 11- Steve Winters

Sept 18 – Mike Mathis, Columbia City Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary