07.16.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

July 16, 2018

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

Invocation:    Rick McKernan

Pledge:          Carl Scott

Introduction of Guests

None   

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Rick McKernan celebrates 37 years of marriage on July 17

Mystery Person 

Ed Musterman made today’s award to Rick McKernan for all the work he continues to do for the      club.

Greeter   –

Rick McKernan reported that with Leslie Parisio as the “driving force” a select crew of the             Soap Box Derby team cleaned up the clubhouse, washed and painted the walls after             returning the derby cars to their home on the second floor of the clubhouse.

            Also, in Akron this Saturday, July 21 the Soap Box Derby will run its annual race. Rick will be             attending this year’s event. Anyone interested in viewing the race can watch it live streaming             on the Soap Box Derby website for a live feed of the races.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:

Carl Scott contributed four quarters to the pig today: one for the recent pictures in the local paper, a second in memorial for Tina the Turkey, and a third and fourth for the change in leadership of the St. Louis Cardinal from Coach Mike Matheny to Mike Shildt. Carl explained the reason he continues to contribute to the pig/childhood cancer fund and will continue to contribute to any cancer fund is because several years ago his father died of cancer.

  • Show Me State Games

Jake Jolley reminded member the games start this weekend. The Downtown Optimists tent will be open from 9:00 to 5:00 on next two Sundays, July 22 and July29. The two shifts each day at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. There are still a couple of openings on the afternoon shifts for both Sundays. Jake has T-Shirts for late volunteer in large and extra-large. Jake distributed T-Shirts to those volunteers present. This year’s color is a very bright lime green.

  • Welcome any new or returning members.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

Last week’s volunteers packaged chicken nuggets.

  • Announcements from the floor.

C.O. Scheffer reported our tree order of Fraser firs is progressing with a new vender. Given the number of grower who are now out of business and limited supply of Frasers, there will a cost increase of $3-$11.00. The club can expect 675 Frasers: 40 – 9’-10’, 100 – 8’–9’, 275 – 7’-8’, 200 – 6’-7’, and 65 – 6’. We will not be getting any Canaan Firs this year. Information on Balsams and roping will come later.

  • Mary Dewey is looking for help with the cooking at the Indian Hills Park Cook-Out. The event takes place at the park on Saturday July 28.
  • Optimist Convention News: The EMO Dist convention in Cape Girardeau will be held Aug 11th & 12th. In February 2019 the Kansas, Eastern Missouri and Western Missouri chapters will hold a combined conference in Kansas City. In August 2019 Columbia will host the Eastern Missouri conference.
  • Oratorical Contest: Rick McKernan suggested our club hold a serious discussion on our participation on the annual Oratorical Contest. Other area Optimist clubs have “bailed” from their support. Columbia Public School teachers don’t provide any encouragement other than posting a notice for this event that provides a $22,000 award at the international level.

 

Today’s Speaker

Mary Dewey – Report on the Optimist International Convention

Mary hopscotched her way to Ottawa, Canada to attend this year’s annual conference (planes, no trains but an automobile). She flew to NY Westerfield to change planes for May Hatfield Airport then rented a car to drive to Ottawa. She has not had time to organize a presentation since her return but promises pictures and a video on the conference at a later date.

 

The Convention had a large number of participants from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The Jamaican delegates brought their robot that made its presence known by interrupting the opening speaker. Ms. Canada, an Optimist Member attended all the plenary sessions. The Western Missouri chapter received an award for its programs and the Eastern Missouri Optimists had a member nominated for the International Board. The motivational speaker, Sebastien Sasseville, a diabetic gave a very inspirational keynote address on Optimism by recounting his cross-Canada run. This was followed by a sea to sea luncheon with a menu of fish, beef and other food products of Canada.

 

Mary found the new presidents workshop very helpful to her in navigating our club through the coming year. She also got some good ideas from other workshops on recruiting new members: nothing on goats but a monthly evening meeting replacing one of the noon meetings and fishing events for “new members wanted” meetings were found to be successful for some of the clubs. Town meetings were also discussed as possible recruitment activities.

 

All in all, Mary felt this was a good convention. She learned a lot, had fun and found time to visit the Mall attached to the Convention Center.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

July 23 – Kelly Srigley Werner- Fish & Wildlife – Monarch Butterfly program

July 30 – Soap Box Derby – Report participants at Akron

August 6 – Ron Rowe Youth Community Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:40

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

 

07.09.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

July 9, 2018

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation:  Ken Oster

Pledge:          Ken Oster

Introduction of Guests

Rick McKernan his guest and potential new member, Greg Grime   

Larry Fick introduced his wife Paulette.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Larry Fick turned 77 today. Paulette had come to bring a cake for the Optimist to join in wishing Larry a Happy Birthday. Luncheon attendees broke out in song.

Ken Oster turns 83 and is still singing on Wednesday, July 11.

 

Mystery Person 

Dave Murphy awarded today’s prize to C.O. Scheffer for all the work he has done and does for the club and the cause.

 

Greeter   –

Sid Sullivan spent the past couple of weeks in Chicago to accompany his wife during her medical procedures.. After leaving town, he received a voice message from a tenant that the roof of the rental property was leaking and she was leaving on vacation that very minute. Successful emergency repairs were coordinated from 400 miles away. His wife’s first surgery was not completely successful so the surgeon requested a second requiring a second week’s stay rather than the plan one week. The second procedure was deemed successful and Ms. Sullivan was released to return for a final follow-up in two weeks. Returning to Columbia Sid found his water problems were not over. A water main leak in his front yard greeted his return..

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

Carl Scott put in $0.25 for Kelly Schilling. After promoting the Christmas Tree for First Responders, she posted an award to Justen Anthony on the club’s website.

  • Welcome any new or returning members.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

Larry and Jim bagged carrot for the Buddy Paks last week.

  • Announcements from the floor

C.O Scheffer reported he got a return call from one of the Frazier Fir growers who was somewhat encouraging about filling our order of 675 trees for our annual fundraiser.

Carl Scott announced that 1) Tuesday at 6:30 in the Daniel Boone Regional Library the 4H Club will present a legislative forum made up entirely of high school students. 2) The Boone County Fair is scheduled to take place again this year in Sturgeon from July 17 thru July 21. 3) The Columbia Tribune is having the second annual “Triby Awards” for local high school students on July 19; and 4) on July 25 Community Policing is holding a public forum starting at 6:00 pm at the Central Missouri Community Action Bldg. on Providence Rd. (Their building is just north of Planned Parenthood)

Rick McKernan 1) announced the Soap Box Derby cars left for Akron on Thursday and are scheduled to arrive several minutes ahead of the races on Saturday. 2) The Rally Association, a division of the Soap Box Derby will be holding a rally at Whitman AFB. 3) Also due to changes in the International Soap Box Derby racing rule, our club will add seven cars to our fleet of derbies: 4 super stock and 3 stock. Former rules required any derby cars that won races in their class at the annual race had to be retired.

  • Next week’s speaker topic: Mary Dewey, Optimist International Meeting

 

Today’s Speaker

Columbia Water and Light – Prop 1, August 7th ballot

Ryan Williams, P.E., Assistant Director of Columbia Water and Light and Kee Groshong gave the one two presentation for the upcoming ballot issue, Prop 1. Ryan gave the facts and explained what the requested $42,845,000 would pay for and Kee gave the pitch for citizens to vote on August 7.

 

The City of Columbia is asking voter to approve the issuance of revenue bonds of approximately $43 million for several projects: 1) $27 million to modernize our current system spending a) $21 million on a Phase 1 upgrade of the water treatment plant, b) $3 million to upgrade the West Ash facility and  c) $1 million for maintenance on 15 wells and the construction of 3 new wells. 2) $6.2 million for system Reliability to include a) $3 million for Elevated Storage in the Southwest part of Columbia and b) $3.2 million for a pump station in the southeast. 3) $5.25 million for the replacement of existing infrastructure to include a) $1.5 million to relocate main water lines on streets and highways and b) $3.75 million to replace water mains in 50 separate projects throughout the city. Ryan and Kee both emphasized these improvements do not increase capacity above the original plan. They just recoup capacity lost over the past thirty years due to the aging system.

 

The bond issue, if successful, is expected to result in an 11% rate increase in water bills over the next four years: 3% increases for each of the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 followed by a 2% rate increase in 2022. The final resulting rate increase is projected to be an increase of $2.71 per month for each customer. Ryan emphasized this is not a tax increase. He also stated if this bond issue fails, the upgrades will still take place but will be delayed for approximately five years while the utility accumulates enough cash by increasing monthly water bills by $10.00 to pay for the improvements projects.

 

The utilities use bond issues to finance capital projects so future users who benefit from the improvements are the ones paying. These projects are usually placed at five year intervals but the last one was in 2009. There may be a separate bond issue next year on cost related to improving water quality.

 

Kee Groshong works with the support group, Foundation for Columbia’s Future. The group raises money and provides public information in support of City initiatives. Questions about Prop 1 can be directed to Ryan Williams, P.E., Assistant Director, Columbia Water & Light at (573) 874-7483 or by email Ryan.Willims@CoMo.gov

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

July 16 – Mary Dewey – Report on the Optimist International Convention

July 23 – Kelly Srigley Werner- Fish & Wildlife – Monarch Butterfly program

July 30 – Local Derby winners will report on their trip and success at Akron

August 6 – Ron Rowe Youth Community Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

07.02.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

July 2, 2018

 

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

Invocation:  Dave Murphy

Pledge:  C.O. Scheffer

 

Introduction of Guests   

Rick McKernan’s granddaughter Haley and friend were guests at the meeting.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Scott Stager had a birthday July 1.

 

Mystery Person

 

Greeter   –   Ken Oster.  Ken indicated he has been getting therapy for his finger.  He also watched the STL Cardinals on television this weekend.  He attended church.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig
  • Welcome any new or returning members.
  • Optimist International: Mary Dewey
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

Evening meeting June 27th.  – Jim Murphy. Report Thanks to all who attended to this successful event.  Jim reported there was a good turnout and fellowship for the Food Bank Meeting and volunteer event (20+ people).  Volunteers received a tour of the Food Bank warehouse prior to the volunteer event.  Volunteering consisted of taking 50-pound bags honey grahams and placing two scoops into smaller bags.

  • C.O. Scheffer indicated Jake Jolley has about 3 volunteers signed up for each shift for the Show-Me Games.  It would be best to have 4 volunteers per shift.
  • Garden Party.  Reported to be a great garden party.  Plenty of food, good weather.  The MU Steel Drums was excellent.
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • Carl Scott reported on the Optimist Junior Golf East District qualifying.  There were 45 participants.  Three people qualified for Nationals at the Palm Beach Golf Club.  Olivia Sowers qualified for the girls 15-18 age group; Joseph Fallis qualified for the 16-18 boys’ age group, and Andrew Fallis boys’ 12-13 age group.
    • Rick McKernan reported the Soap Box Derby cars will be leaving for Akron, Ohio on Thursday.  He added the National Derby Rally Association is conducting national championships in Sedalia at the Fairgrounds currently (July 1-3).  This came about as a result of the success of the Soap Box Derby event at Whiteman Air Force Base last March.  This success caught the attention of the National Derby Rally they then proceeded to plan to bring the national championships to Sedalia.
  • Next week’s speaker topic:  Prop 1 on the August 7th ballot.

 

Today’s Speaker

 

Justin Anthony, Community Policing Unit

Officer Anthony provided a brief summary of the most recent community meeting on Community Policing.

 

Officer Anthony stated he is an Officer in the Outreach Unit.

 

Officer Anthony talked about fireworks safety given July 4th is upcoming.

 

Officer Anthony emphasized the importance and benefit of police officers interacting with youth in the community, such with sports programs.  For example, he has participated in a successful basketball program with youth for the last few years.  Officer Anthony also mentioned police officers going to the schools to interact with youth has been very successful.

 

Officer Anthony stated police officers in Columbia have a job fair app developed through the City of Columbia and Economic Team.  This app can be accessed in the community when interacting with someone who may be seeking or interested in seeking employment.  The app connects to local job-seeking firms, such as Job Point, to assist the with employment options.

 

Appreciation was expressed to Officer Anthony and the Columbia Police for their fine work.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

July 9 – Columbia Water and Light – Prop 1, August 7th ballot

July 16 – Mary Dewey – Report on the Optimist International Convention

July 23 – Kelly Srigley Werner- Fish & Wildlife – Monarch Butterfly program

July 30 – TBD

August 6 – Ron Rowe – Youth Community Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

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

Optimistically Yours,

 

 

06.25.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

June 25, 2018

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, president

Invocation:  Red Leighton

Pledge:  Becca Winters

Introduction of Guests   

Becca Winters

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Mystery Person 

None

Greeter   –

Becca Winters talked briefly about her 1st place win in the Super Stock division of the Soap Box Derby.  She brought the trophy with her so we could all admire it.

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig; Carl Scott fed the Pig 50 cents due to Michael Porter, Jr being drafted in the NBA.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick – On Monday Jim and Larry packaged frozen chicken and Larry and Sue Musterman answered an urgent call on Thursday to package “perishables” which turned out to be hot dogs.
  • Evening meeting June 27th.  Convene 6:00 at the Food Bank on Vandiver Dr.  Greetings & Introductions followed by a presentation from Food Bank with a DO Club volunteer activity immediately to follow.
  • Jake Jolley – Show Me Games.  Co-Chair needed.
  • Garden Party -Steve Winters annual party June 28.  Steve says this is the 8th annual event and the Mizzou Steel Band will be performing.      
  • Bonnie Langreder is on the road to good health after some serious health issues.
  • John Sapp isn’t doing well and has started his cancer treatment.  Carl Scott brought a get well card to the meeting and all were glad to sign.
  • Board meeting: Funding approved: Sophia’s – $500, Jump Start- $500,  Fun City- $2,500. Funding denied: Columbia College/STEAM

Remaining funding available: $6,500 to $7,000.  Pretty well committed and will take us to $38,500.

  • Announcements from the floor.

 

Today’s Speaker

Club open discussion.  Topics included:

  • Tree sales

Ordering – C.O. is working hard to find a new vendor for the 675 Frazier Firs that the club needs to order.  Our prior vendor is no longer in business and there is a shortage of available trees.

Handling of the trees  – Steve Winters says it looks like we can get plenty of volunteer help from the Mizzou athletes for unloading and some drilling.

Scott and Steve said that they’ll repair or replace the tables that are used for handling the trees.

  • Evening or meetings/events not held at Monday lunch – Attract and engage members.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

July 2 – Justin Anthony, Community Policing Unit

July 9 – Columbia Water and Light – Prop 1, August 7th ballot

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

 

 

06.11.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

June 11, 2018

 

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

Pledge: Jake Jolley

Invocation:  Red Leighton

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Larry Fick will celebrate his 55th wedding anniversary this Wednesday.

 

Mystery Person 

Scott Stager made this week’s award to Rick McKernan for all the work he does for the Soap             Box Derby

 

Greeter   –

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig  — All were signed in and wearing their badge.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

Jim, Larry and Carl worked this past week packaging chicken popcorn and chicken fingers.

  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan.

After a long Sunday of races this past weekend, Rick came offering T-shirts to all the Optimist drivers who hauled kids and derby cars back up the hill. He recounted for our guest speaker the meeting the club held for the first SBD winner back in 2008. Buddy Briscoe won the SBD in 1938. It was such a meaningful event for him that he wanted to celebrate his 85th birthday with the 2008 Derby winners. He was presented with a copy of the front page picture of himself in the September, 1938 issue of the Columbia Tribune and a birthday cake.

  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey reported this event went off well. The crowd was somewhat dampened by the rain earlier in the day but there were still 16 kids who participated in this event. Carl Scott thanked Ron Berg for his help loading Red Leighton’s car with helmets and gear for the event. Rick and Chuck help unload gear after the event. Mary was grateful for the student volunteers who helped with this event.
  • Evening meeting June 27th.  Convene 6:00 at the Food Bank on Vandiver Dr.  Greetings & Introductions followed by a presentation from Food Bank staff with a DO Club volunteer activity immediately to follow. The club needs 25 members for this meeting to show off the club’s participation in volunteerism. Contact Ed Musterman to confirm your participation.
  • Jake Jolley – Show Me Games.  Co-Chair is still needed. Co-chair responsibilities include getting the Gatorade and hauling it from the clubhouse to Cosmo Park Sunday morning, July 29. Jake passed out signup sheets and waivers for this July event.
  •  Tree lot status.  (no report today)
  • Announcements from the floor.  A memorial service is to be held for Bryan Phifer, longtime member of the DOC. He is remembered for his work as Department Chair of Urban Development at MU and for his later volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and PET (Personal Energy Transportation). He is survived by his wife Doris. The memorial service will we held Saturday. June 16 at the Memorial Baptist Church at 1:30 pm.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

            Amy Weeks is the program director for MU’s Jefferson Farm. She accepted this position two years ago when the University assumed responsibility for the management of the property that was run previously by the Jefferson Institute, a private research group. Prior to her current position she worked for MU in St. Louis. And prior to that she worked at the 207 acre Farm Park in Springfield. She lives in Warrenton and commutes to Columbia each day and is currently the proud parent of her 4 month old son.

 

Jefferson Farms is committed to teaching and exposing non-farmers to the value for farming and agriculture. Jefferson Farms and Garden is supported by the College of Agriculture with the MU system It is also supported by partners, grants and donations for the work it does in educating the public in the value of farming and conservation.

 

Special features of this 63 acre property include

  • 3 acres of Native Trees where 75 different trees are grown, 50 of which are native to Missouri. All the trees are identified for visitors to note as they amble past on the walk path. In addition, the roadway into the farm is bordered by Sugar Maples which when mature in about 40 years will product sap for maple syrup.
  • 4 acres Sunflower field that is ablaze in gold in late summer and fall. The farm hopes to find a combine the harvest the seeds for bird food.
  • 7 acre lake that is stocked with large mouthed bass, blue gills and catfish. Once a month the farm and lake are open for Family Night where fishing poles and gear are provided so everyone can catch a fish in this well stocked lake. The lake Is also used to teach water quality and aquaculture (Fish Farming in Missouri)
  • 3 acres Pumpkin patch which provides pumpkins to teachers and families who visit the farm in the fall.
  • Big Red Barn where goats and a few other barnyard animals are on display
  • Large Butterfly house, one of only two dedicated exclusively to native Missouri butterflies. During a special event, Saturday June 23 and Sunday the 24th, the four stages of butterfly development will be on exhibit.

 

The farm is located on New Haven Road, 1½ miles east of the AC exit off Hywy 63. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Upcoming events include Family Fun on the 2nd Friday of each summer month. The next event is July 13. The Butterfly exhibit is will be held Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information and to schedule a tour go to their website: https://jefferson.missouri.edu/

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

 

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

June 25 – General membership discussion and update on club activities.

July 2 – TBD

July 9 – City of Columbia, Water & Sewer bond presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

06.04.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

June 4, 2018

 

Call to order: by Secretary Sid Sullivan at 12:05

 

Invocation:  Ken Oster

Pledge: Carl Scott

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person –

Larry Fick made today’s award to Charlie Langreder who has returned to our Monday lunch             meeting after several weeks helping his wife convalesce.

Greeter   –

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

Carl Scott paid the pig for absent member, Chuck Boots, who was recently featured in a Columbia Tribune article on the Soap Box Derby.

  • Welcome any new or returning members.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

Last week our Food Bank volunteers hit the jack pot packaging hot dog. No more was reported. More of our newer members need to volunteer at the Food Bank to get the hot dog experience.

  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan.  Date is this Sunday, June 10th.  Volunteers needed from 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. for 3 hour shifts.  Drivers needed from Optimists to drive a $50 – $80,000 2018 Pickup truck hauling kids and derby cars back up the hill. It’s a chance to share the excitement kids have after their exciting race down the hill. Contact Rick McKernan at 573-881-3471 to help out. Also Rick is encouraging members to broadcast this event to their Facebook friends and list of friends they have. Contact Rick for an electronic PDF flyer to advertise this event. Attendance at this event encourages sponsors and businesses to advertise underwriting more of the cost of this event.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey. Date is June 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 at Lange Middle School.

More help is needed to support this Downtown Optimist event. Contact Carl Scott to help loading and delivering supplies before the event. Carl’s cell is 573-303-4191. To volunteer during the event contact Mary Dewey at 573-808-1120.

  • Evening meeting June 27th.  Convene 6:00 at the Food Bank on Vandiver Dr.  Greetings & Introductions followed by a presentation from Food Bank staff with a DO Club volunteer activity immediately to follow.
  • Jake Jolley – Show Me Games.  Co-Chair needed.
  •  Tree lot status.

Jim Murphy met with John Sapp to get the status on this year’s Christmas tree sales. He noted the cost of trees has increased. Our first order for Scotch Pines was made this past week to a Michigan grower. Additional orders for the other varieties of trees will be made in July. We will need members to step up for this committee as John will no longer be able to handle all the work and coordination of tree ordering, tree drilling teams and preparing the lot for tree sales.

  • Computer monitors – Nine computer monitors from upstairs in the club house were loaded Friday night by Sue Musterman, Scott Stager and Ed Musterman.  They were taken to the Columbia Hazardous waste collection event Saturday morning by Sue and Ed at a total cost of $90. Saturday morning traffic for this computer, tire and hazardous waste disposal extended down Champions Drive (behind the Stadium) onto the Providence roadway. Rick McKernan disposed of the old stove that was taking up space upstairs.  More cleanups are needed in the two west rooms not used by the Soap Box Derby.
  • Announcements from the floor.

Our presenter, Meredith Donaldson announced the League of Women Voters annual fundraiser at the Columbia Entertainment Center on June 6 at 6:00 pm for refreshments and the 6:30 show of “Bye Bye Birdie”. Tickets for this fundraiser are $25, 00.

Carl Scott announced two community meetings on Community Policing. The next meeting will be at Hanover Village from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 14. The final meeting will be held at City Hall from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on June 23. Both meeting are open to the public who are encouraged to attend to provide input on the future of community policing in Columbia.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Meredith Donaldson, Friends of Rock Bridge

Meredith celebrated 15 years of service as the Naturalist at Rock Bridge State Park. She prides herself in introducing kids to the outdoors. Studies have shown outdoor exposures at an early age promotes cognitive development and observation skills in children.

 

Today she highlighted two programs she conducts for children: Nature Detectives for parents and pre-school kids and Urban Population Outreach Program (UPOP) for school kids. The Nature Detectives program invites parents to bring their preschool children to come to the State Park for a time to explore. Kids search for spiders, crawfish and other creature they can discover under rocks. They search through ponds and streams with small handheld strainer nets for crawfish and other aquatic creatures. With a little encouragement the initial reticence and fear of the unknown explodes into screams of joy and excitement. Kids come alive in the wild and more importantly they share what they discovered with their parents. As Rachel Carson once said “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

 

The UPOP creates an experience for today’s school kids that will grow into future voters. In this 12th year of this program 2300 students were introduced to wildlife in the state park. They explore Devil’s Ice Box Cave getting an introduction to bats and benefits these bats provide to agriculture by their night time flights. The bats consume half their weight in insects each night. A single moth they consume carries 1,000 eggs that wreak havoc on agricultural crops. Kids, some of whom are so isolated by indoor living cannot tell which way water if flowing in a stream, are introduced into our natural eco-system as water in streams finds its way to aquafers and eventually into our drinking water. The same kids are introduced to prairie life where they observe native wild flowers different birds and insects that frequent the area.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

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

June 25 – General membership discussion and update on club activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:55

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

05.21.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

May 21, 2018

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation:  Mary Dewey

Pledge:

Introduction of Guests

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

On May 30th Shirley and Jim Beckett will celebrate 22 years of marriage.  They received a round of applause from the club members.

Mary Dewey reports that on May 29th she will celebrate her birthdate and received best wishes from the club members.

 

Mystery Person 

Ron Berg was the Mystery Person and presented the gift candy to Carl Scott for his volunteer efforts at a Columbia city employees work.

Greeter   –

C.O. Scheffer filled the members in on some of his many activities of the last week.  C.O. has two young sons and he is the softball coach for his oldest sons team which is also Travis and Jessica Kempfs son’s team. C.O.s youngest son is 4 and plays T-Ball so C.O. spends lots of hours on the ball field with his and a whole bunch of other kids.  Spending time with kids is an Optimist passion.

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig – Carl Scott paid the pig for members who’s name appeared in the paper recently.
  • Welcome any new or returning members.- None
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick  –
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan.  Date is June 10th.  Volunteers needed from 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. for 3 hour shifts.  Drivers needed from Optimists.
  • Scholarships – All 6 scholarships were presented at the 4 public high schools.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey. Date is June 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 at Lange Middle School. – Volunteers needed.
  • Board Meeting – 5/7/18.  Grant request from CHALIS approved at $3,000.  Evening meeting for June 27th, 6:00 at the Food Bank.  Nadia and Kelly are heading up the agenda and more details will follow.
  • Tree lot status. C.O., Ron Berg, Jim Murphy and Ed M. met before today’s meeting and planned next steps as we attempt to fill John’s Sapps shoes.  John has provided detailed instructions and made the task tremendously easier for the club.
  • Announcements from the floor. None

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Matt Luechtman, CASA Program Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools

 

Matt entered the educational field because he was inspired by a younger brother who had a strong desire to serve others but had physical challenges that prevented him from achieving his dreams. The inspiration provided by his brother continues to fuel the passion Matt has for empowering others through education.

 

Matt started his quest to change teaching methods to provide individualized student education in St. Louis and because of his success there was recruited to build special education and gifted programs in Owensville.  As a measure of the success there he recounted that students in his program wrote a request, all on their own, that won a grant of $3,500,000.

 

He has been in education for 16 years and for 8 years with Columbia Public Schools.  Matt was recruited by CPS because MU and CPS teachers began traveling to Owensville to observe and learn from his programs and teaching methods.

 

Matt currently works out of Battle High School with Gifted Education students. Frequently, students are taught to the “middle”, that is they are not assisted to reach their full potential but rather to the “middle” of the student population.  At Battle there are 190 students in the Gifted program.  Along, with that program Matt is the sponsor of several other groups of student programs with particular interests and objectives.  Two of those groups are the Battle Volunteer Corps and the Youth Advisory Council which is open to all students.

 

In the last year CPS sought to re-invent the Columbia Aerospace and Aeronautic (CASA) program at CPS.  To that end, funds have been allocated to completely gut and rebuild the CASA facility on the Hickman High campus. The new facility has a planned opening in Jan 2019 and Matt says we are welcome to visit.  While CASA was established in 1988 and has hosted many national figures, in the last few years the program has declined.  Matt was brought in to reverse that trend and to re-introduce academic rigor to the program.  No students are turned away from entry to CASA but after a semester they are evaluated as to the suitability of the program for them and some leave.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

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: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,