08.07.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

August 7, 2017

 

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

Invocation: Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Owen Schilling, Soap Box Derby driver

 

Introduction of Guests   

Colton Wake, Super Stock Derby Driver and his father, Jason Wake

Max Keicher, Stock Derby Driver, and Chris Keicher, grandmother

Owen Schilling, Derby Driver, and Evan and Kelly Schilling Parents, plus aunt and grandmother.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person  – Ken Oster gave the award to Chuck Boots for all the work he has done to keep the derby cars running.

 

Greeter   – Nadia Ryakhmyatullov

Nadia had a tiring, busy, pushed to her limit week as the new general manager at the Tiger Hotel. She is up to the challenge and happy she made the change. She mentioned several job openings at the Hotel and restaurant.

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig  Carl Scott paid the pig for Jessica Kempf (not present) who was recently mentioned in the Columbia Tribune for completing the tough Weikert Realty Real Estate program.
  • Scrap Book- Mary Dewey is still collecting items for the scape book. She even used her phone to create additional pictures of today’s event with the derby champions and their families.
  • Oratorical Contest – Rick had no new information. . Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is: “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017
  • Essay Contest – Rick had nothing to add from last week. . Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 are eligible. Interested students need to submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to one of the local Optimist Clubs. More information can be found at: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships4.cfm
  • Possible evening speaker – Steve Winters is still awaiting a response from the potential speaker.
  • Koeze Nut sales efforts update if any – Steve Winters will have all the information and materials need for the Koeze Nut sales and order takers at the Aug 28 meeting.
  • Food Bank volunteers – Carl, Jim, Larry. Carl Scott mentions the DOC club as a whole has contributed 155 hours of volunteer services at the Food Bank during the first six months of the year. That number could be improved if we had more members volunteering to help.
  • Optimist Golf Tournament Carl Scott reported Columbia’s lone contestant, Ryan Choe of Rock Bride H.S., successfully completed the 1st and 2nd rounds at the tournament but was eliminated in the 3rd.
  • The Old Oak Tree on the Clubhouse Grounds  Rick McKernan reported the City Power and Light removed all but one limb on the tree to prevent it from damaging any city power lines. The final limb will be removed later this week. The remaining tree trunk is sturdy and could make an excellent totem pole. Any takers of wood carvers or chain saw artists?
  • Next week’s speaker – Cheryl Unterschutz, Exec Director, Girls on the Run
  • No meeting August 21st – Solar eclipse

 

Today’s Speaker

Aug 7 – Soap Box Derby drivers and families

All the proud derby contestants and their families were excited to present the stories of events in Akron at the International running of the Soap Box Derby. It was a family event complete with a parade a second Derby race on the Wednesday preceding the Saturday main race. The week-long event was filled with activities and fellowship for the kids and their families. All were given a great Ohio “Welcome.” The Derby champions were given a model derby car, complete with weights to experiment with optimal positioning of those weights in a simulated race. They designed their own unique campaign buttons which the Derby committee then produced 200 for each derby champion. The kids could exchange their button with others as a way to meet others from around the country.

 

Colton Wake, the return winner, was excited to participate in his second International Derby. He was able to tell the other family’s what to expect to make their trip to Akron a little less stressful. He also told of how he first got involved in Derby racing. He had noticed the derby car in the Optimist Clubhouse when he was with his family purchasing a Christmas tree. He never thought much of it until one year he asked about it. It was all history from then on. As a two time winner, he is out of options to compete in the local derby races. But he does have the option of competing in Rally Races as a path to Akron. He is off to Kansas City this weekend for his first Rally Race.

 

Max Keicher came with his grandmother.  He thought the trip to Akron was a great experience. “It’s not all about winning. There is a lot of fun in racing.” He plans to participate in the Rally Race.

 

Owen Schilling came with a prepared speech, props and a photo album of his trip to Akron. While neither he nor his father were initially interested in the local derby race, his mother, Kelly, kept encouraging them to sign up. They all thought it was just a Sunday event in Columbia. Then, as Owen prepared for his final race and a chance to win in his race class, the family discovered winning that race was a ticket to Akron. That’s when the family cheering began. Kelly Schilling thanked the Optimist for our support in making this family outing possible. The family has just returned from their vacation and without the financial support of the DOC, they would not have been able to make the trip to Akron. Owen mentioned in his speech the great experience of meeting kids from all over the U.S. and even one from New Zeeland, of being a part of a friendly family event with people you didn’t know, of a great learning experience and of learning to win or lose and share the joy and fun with others. Owen is hooked. He is off to Kansas City for the Rally Race this weekend.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Aug 14 – Cheryl Unterschutz, Girls on the Run

Aug 21 – No Meeting, Solar Eclipse

Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

Sept 4 – No Meeting, Labor Day

Sept 11 – TBD

Sept 18 – Mike Mathis, Columbia City Manageer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn reluctantly with the Creed: 1:00

 

Optimistically Yours,

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

07.31.2017 Weekly Bulletin

Call to order: by V.P. Mary Dewey at 12:05

Invocation: Red Leighton

Pledge: Phil Rodriquez

 

Introduction of Guests

Rick McKernan introduced his grand-daughter, Halley (famously known for her Halley’s Comet derby car), who is visiting from Kansas City

 

Missing Members

Charlie Langreder is still recovering from rotary cuff surgery.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person –

Sid Sullivan gave this week’s award to Harold Rowe who protected our turf at the Show Me State Games. Harold arrived early at the soccer field when a group of squatters selling Show Me merchandise tried to appropriate our table and tent cover. He got them to find their own table and tent cover which they moved several feet away from ours.

 

Greeter   – Jim Murphy had a quiet weekend traveling to New Franklin; this time without backing his wife’s car into any foreign object. He had a nice dinner with his wife.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig  All were signed in.
  • Show Me Games – (Jake), Mary had last weekend volunteers raise their hands to be recognized.
  • Scrap Book- Mary Dewey is still looking for additional photographs of our Optimists at work.
  • Oratorical Contest – Rick McKernan emphasized the benefit of the Oratorical contest for public speaking as a vital tool for leadership in adult life. Last year the national winner was awarded $22,500. Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 are eligible. Interested students need to submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to one of the local Optimist Clubs. More information can be found at: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships4.cfm
  • Essay Contest – Rick repeated the announcement of this upcoming February, 2018 event. Feel free to join this committed by contacting President Ed Musterman (eemusterman@gmail.com) the club needs to spread the word to youth groups and churches to attract more kids. Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is: “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017
  • Soap Box Derby Rick McKernan reminded the group that the Columbia Derby contestants along with their family will be at next Monday’s lunch. Rick circulated the plaque the club received from the Akron Derby Committee. It is inscribed: 1st Energy All-American Soap Box Derby “Outstanding Race City” Columbia, Midlands, MO dated 7/22/17 Akron, OH. There was no explanation of how we got to be known as Columbia Midlands.
  • Crime Prevention Month: The month of August has been designated “Crime Prevention Month.” To wit, the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association is sponsors a crime free event at Optimist Park on Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Games for kids and food will be provided. Community Policing Officer Jesse is expected to attend. Members are encouraged to attend and support this event.

 

Today’s Speaker

Brianna Lennon, Atty,  New MO Voter ID law

Brianna is currently a private attorney with offices in the Forum Shopping Center. She announced several months ago of her intention to seek the position of County Clerk upon Wendy Noren’s retirement. She was unsuccessful in getting an interim appointment from the governor after Wendy’s untimely resignation for health reasons. (Wrong Party) She formerly worked for the Secretary of State assisting local and county government with election transparency.

 

The Constitutional Amendment requiring a photo ID to vote takes effect at the August 8 election. During prior elections the Voter ID Card along with signature verification was sufficient to vote. Now a voter present at the poll on Election Day must provide a valid driver’s license. Yet, a passport or military ID can be substituted. Voters without a photo ID are not out of luck. They can swear to their identity on an affidavit. Upon signature verification they will be granted a provisional ballot. And, unlike provisional ballots in the past, these ballots will be counted. However, the photo ID rule does not apply to absentee ballots or mail in ballots.

 

A person without a photo ID and wishing to vote can obtain a non-driving ID from the Division of Motor Vehicles. A birth certificate and bill or envelope showing their current address is required. Other DMV rules may apply if a person has changed names.

 

The one issue on the ballot for all voters in Boone County is the 10 year extension of the ½ cent sales tax for Roads and Bridges in the county. When asked to explain this issue, Brianna mentioned the County Commission originally allowed the sales tax law to substitute for a 26 cent per $1,000 of assessed valuation property tax. The current ballot issue has no organized opposition and has been endorsed by the local Chamber of Commerce and has the support of the County Commission. Given the need for funds for the upkeep and maintenance of county roads and bridges, the Commission has the option of passing a property tax should the ballot issue fail. Brianna emphasized the Commission has given no indication of this action.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Aug 7 –  Soap Box

Aug 14 – Cheryl Unterschutz, Girls on the Run

Aug 21 – No Meeting, Solar Eclipse

Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

07.24.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

July 24, 2017

 

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

Invocation:     Ken Oster

Pledge:          Steve Winters

 

Introduction of Guests   

Mark Stevenson, long time member, having recently returned from Europe joined the DO luncheon dressed in his Tour de France costume. Welcome back and come lunch with us more often Mark.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person 

John Sapp presented today’s award certificate to Jake Jolley for his work coordinating the DO volunteers for the Show-Me Games.

 

Greeter   –

Jim Beckett recounted his prior week saying it was mainly non eventful. The main non-event was the minimal storm damage (a 20 foot tree limb on the driveway) to his property after the weekend big storm. He is downsizing to make the move to Lenoir Woods. A big part of the downsizing involves moving all his scrap metal he has collected over the years for and from his antique car collection to a scrap metal collection site. He still has a few more truck loads to contribute.

 

Special Announcement

President Musterman instituted a spur of the moment best dressed announcement to Commissioner Dave Murphy for the sporty costume he was wearing: boat shoes and socks, khaki shorts, a smart casual short sleeved shirt and a country gentleman straw hat.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig  All were signed in with their badges. However, Carl Scott, always searching for ways to increase the pig, alluded to the list of Optimist volunteers published in the paper. All Show-Me volunteers had to pay the pig for their public notoriety.
  • New Member Recruitment events are on summer break according to C.O. Scheffer.
  • Board Meeting July 20 A grant award of $1.200 was given to the Family Impact Center for its Schools Out CO program that will provide programming and meals to 30 CHA school kids during six teacher meeting days in the upcoming school year. Also, the board discussed meeting one night a month for a dinner meeting, spouses included, for fellowship and to accommodate members who are unable to attend the weekly luncheon meetings.
  • Steve Winters will check with Shakespeare’s South for an available date and arrange with MU’s Angela Speck, Professor, Director of Astronomy, Astrophysics and General Relativity, to speak on the upcoming solar eclipse.
  • Scrap Book – Mary Dewey asks members with pictures of Optimists’ events to pass them along to her for the club scrapbook.
  •  Show Me Games – Jake Jolley had last weekend’s volunteers stand to be recognized for their work. “A lot of good conversation during a hot day. Plus lots of Gatorade to stay hydrated.” A couple of volunteers are still needed 1-5 PM, on July 30th
  • Oratorical Contest is coming up in April, 2018. Feel free to join this committee by contacting President Ed Musterman (eemusterman@gmail.com). Columbia Public Schools will be notified of this event where the ultimate prize in $22,000. Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 are eligible. Interested students need to submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to one of the local Optimist Clubs. More information can be found at: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships4.cfm.
  • Essay Contest is coming up in February, 2018. Feel free to join this committed by contacting President Ed Musterman (eemusterman@gmail.com) The club needs to spread the word to attract more kids. Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is: “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean are eligible. Locally interested students should contact the Downtown Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. More information is available at: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm
  • Soap Box Derby took place this past weekend. Final results are not yet available to us, but one of our local kids took 2nd Place in the DQ Pre-Race. However, all three of the DO sponsored racers were eliminated after the first heat down the Akron hill. Of the three racers, one was a 1st time racer, a second was a two-time racer and the 3rd was a repeat winner from last year. The Derby Racers and parents are invited to recount their stories at our Aug 7 meeting.
  • Tribbys – Carl Scott alerted member of the Columbia Tribune’s “Best of Boone County Prep Sports.” This annual event took place last week and is a fun event featuring local young athletes. He encouraged club members to consider attending next year.

 

Today’s Speaker

Steve Winters gave a brief and very concise presentation on the sales tools he has developed for our upcoming Koeze Nut and restaurant certificate fundraiser. We all know both Red Leighton and Jim Beckett are scaling back and retiring from their fundraising sales. So, Steve divided Red Leighton’s and Jim Beckett’s accounts into small compact customer clusters, created google maps for each, and provided a separate list of customer names addresses phone numbers and included a past order history. He incorporated these into individual booklets for members to voluntarily pick up these mini territories. He has also offered to create customized stickers to attach to customer sales receipts. Sticker will provide contact information on the Optimist sales person along with order deadlines and shipping dates. Sample booklets were circulated along with sales routes for members to volunteer for the various routes.

 

Couldn’t make the meeting but want to volunteer for one of these routes? Contact Steve Winters at: winterss@missouri.edu/

 

Steve will return as our speaker on August 28 to kick off our fall fund raising drive. This year members will be provided with individual packets of all the information needed to take orders (Koeze Brochures, Restaurant Information Sheets, letters for the President and for those picking up Red’s accounts, letters from Red to his former customer.

 

Great work Steve!

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

July 31 –  Brianna Lennon, Atty,  New MO Voter ID law

Aug 7 – Soap Box Derby winners and parents

Aug 14 – Cheryl Unterschutz, Girls on the Run

Aug 21 – Solar Eclipse Day No meeting due to expected high volume of traffic.

Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

Sept 4 – No Meeting, Labor Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:45

Optimistically Yours,

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

07.17.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

July 17, 2017

 

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

Invocation:     Sid Sullivan

Pledge:          Red Leighton

 

Introduction of Guests   

Phil Rodriquez has applied for membership with the Downtown Optimists. He moved here from St. Joseph, MO where his family owned a Mexican Restaurant. He is a former teacher and high school wrestling coach. He is the father of three kids, an out of the nest 22 years old, and a high school sophomore and an 8th grader. The two younger kids are attending Rock Bridge H.S.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Ken Oster revealed he had reached his 82nd birthday this past Tuesday. “Just a kid” as Red Leighton commented.

Mystery Person 

Jack Cruise set a high bar for his criterion for awarding this week’s gift card. “The first person to shake his hand” (too many knuckle bumps). The award went to Phil Rodriquez (soon to be a member).

Greeter   –

Mary Dewey was today’s greeter. This past week for slow for her. She attended a funeral, liked the club’s BBQ. She will be attending the social event for kids at the Downtown Optimists’ Park on Tuesday. Representative from the Ridgeway Neighborhood will be there with cookies along with Community Policing Officer Justin.

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig  All were signed in with their badges. Carl Scott noted he cleaned out the pig this past week with $20.00 to add to the club contribution for childhood cancer.
  •  Club Social – Max reported the event came off like a charm. Thanks to Larry Fick for organizing the games, Steve Winters and Scott Stager for helping with the cooking and Carl Scott for organizing the sign-ins.
  • Door Prize –The door prize donated by Nadia Ryakhmyatullov for a night for two at the Candlelight Residential was won by Dave Murphy.
  • New Member recruitment event – C.O. (No new news this week was reported.)
  • Board Meeting July 20th There is one grant request from the Family Impact Center for a series of educational programs for kids.
  • Show Me Games – Jake,  volunteers needed 1-5 PM, July 23 & 30th
  • Scrap Book Mary Dewey has volunteered to handle the scrapbook for the club. She is following in the footsteps of Noelle Case who used the scrapbook along with many other activities to gain a 1st place award at last Optimist District meeting
  • Oratorical Contest is coming up in April, 2018. Feel free to join this committee by contacting President Ed Musterman. The club needs to spread the word to attract more kids with the ultimate prize of $22,000 at the international level.
  • Essay Contest is coming up in February, 2018. Feel free to join this committed by contacting President Ed Musterman. The club needs to spread the word to attract more kids. Applicant must be under the age of 18 by October 2017 and be enrolled in school.

 

Today’s Speaker

Monique White, Pascal’s Pals gave the slide presentation of the work done by this local volunteer organization that benefits the children and families staying at the Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. The mission of Pascale’s Pals is to provide happiness to the children and ease the burden of the families during their stay in the hospital. Their belief that happiness, love, and prayer helps children heal quicker. The main focus of the organization for children and their families after a diagnosis of cancer or other live threatening disease has been given. The prime movers of this organization are the White family who organized the group after their experience with their daughter and sibling for Monique who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia at age 2 in 1995. Pascal’s Pals celebrate over 20 years of giving to kids this year. By the way, Pascal is a survivor who just graduated from Columbia College this year.

 

Pascal’s Pals works with Women’s and Children’s Hospital to provide a special service to children and the families after a child has been diagnosed with cancer, a chronic disease or a terminal disease. Once the diagnosis is given, the hospital social worker sits down with the child and family and in the course of events develops a “Wish List.” Pascal’s Pals takes on the task of filling this gift list of toys, books and other items to provide happiness to an otherwise depressing situation. The most frequent request is for an I-Pad. Approximate forty of these are distributed annually in the “Wish Baskets.” Other items include American Girl Dolls and lots of toys.

 

PP also provides special events: a visit from Carl Edwards, Easter Baskets and 4th of July Baskets. PP also raised $50,000 for a playground attached to the Patient Center to be used for rehabilitation exercises. MU students have become involved sitting with kids as parents during “movie night.” In addition to all this PP provides an Emergency Fund for special needs that not all parents can afford, such as Funeral expenses, moving expenses, cloths, travel costs and special equipment.

 

Each year Pascal’s Pals raises and spends over $100,000 in support of their work. The White family organizes an annual auction. The next auction will take place on Friday, March 9, 2018 where there will be about 20 items auctioned off in a live auction and over 200 in a silent auction. Anyone who wished to volunteer or donate items can contact the website: http://pascalspals.org/  Soft blanket and pillows are most in need.

 

The current headquarter for Pascal’s Pals in Monique White’s chiropractic office at 1511 Chapel Hill Rd. in Columbia

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER

July 24 -Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

July 31 –  Brianna Lennon, Atty,  New MO Voter ID law

Aug 7 – Cheryl Unterschutz,  Girls on the Run.

Aug 14 – TBD

Aug 21 – TBD

Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

7.10.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

July 10, 2017

 

Call to order: at 12:05 by Mary Dewey

Invocation: by Dave Murphy

Pledge: lead by Scott Stager

 

Introduction of Guests   

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Larry Fick celebrated his 76th birthday this past week

 

Mystery Person; – Jim Murphy had a lot of members to offer the award to this week but in the end gave it to Dave Murphy who reminded the group with a payment to the pig-fine that he was the only Murphy in attendance at the June 26 meeting..

 

Greeter:.

Larry Fick was today’s greeter. He mentioned his wife completed her post-surgery recovery program this past week. In addition to his gratitude for her successful recovery, he was not unhappy to relinquish his temporary plant watering chores though he retains his dishwashing chores. Also, his neighbor offer to buy him lunch for his birthday. Only afterwards did his neighbor mention it would be in Jefferson City after a bike ride to the restaurant. His brother-in-law offered a similar deal with a different destination. Larry did a whole lot of bike riding for his birthday.

 

Announcements

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  • Club Social July 13th. Picnic atmosphere, guests to be invited, Charge is $10 per head.  Volunteers are still welcome to help with refreshments and clean up. Max expect 50 to attend.
  • New Member recruitment event – C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, and Travis – Will be part of the July 13th social.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott Carl mentioned he was late in arriving last week and neither Jim nor Larry showed. Turned out it was HOT DOG DAY. Luckily Carl waited a bit to get another assignment to help out.
  • Garden Party – Steve Winters announced it was another success.
  • Optimist International Essay Contest  Rick McKernan announced the news of the 2017-18 contests. The club level contest will be held in February, 2018 for applicants under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 and enrolled in school. The topic is “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Club winners will compete for a $2,500 college scholarship at the district level. More information is available at http://www.optimist.org/c/member/scholarships3.cfm
  • Optimist international Oratorical Contest  The club level contests are usually held in late March for applicants under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017. Club winners must be submitted to the district no later than May 15, 2018. The topic is “Where are My Roots of Optimism.” More information is available at http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships4.cfm

 

Today’s Speaker

  • Junior Achievement – Carol Allbritton, the JA local coordinator, thanked the club for its grant of 1,500 for supplies used in their teaching program. She showed the teaching guide materials both teacher and students use in the program. It is taught to 6,000 kids (mainly in grades K-5) in Boone County. If it were not for mobile students in middle and high schools, the program could benefit older students. Most high schools decline participation in the JA program, although the program is offered during summer school at Hickman H.S.

The role of JA is teaching entrepreneurship to students. Participants learn the difference between “wants” and “needs.” They learn personal finance with check writing and debit card use. They are exposed to land use regulations with city planning and zoning ordinances to show where certain types of business can locate. Taxes and the benefits provided by taxes are covered. Professionals volunteer to assist kids in their projects. Carol mentions an interesting statistic is 20% of JA alumni work in the same field as their JA volunteer. Apparently, the various school systems track these grade school kids through graduation and even college or university to get this data.

Carol’s responsible is volunteer recruitment. It’s her job to come up with enough volunteers to present the JA materials to the students. The curriculum is all laid out. So, with a mere half hour of preparation and a commitment to spend 5 hour long sessions with the kids, anyone can become a JA teacher.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

July 17 – Monique White, Pascals Pals.

July 24 -Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

July 31 – Brianna Lennnon,  New voter ID Law

Aug 7 – TBD

Aug 14 – TBD

Aug 21 – TBD

Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:50

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

06.26.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

June 26, 2017

 

Call to order: at 12:05 by President Musterman

Invocation: by Red Leighton

Pledge: lead by Jack Cruise

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Last week Red Leighton celebrated his 68th anniversary to wife, Dorcas, with his daughter in Wichita, KS.

Scott Steger will be another year older on Saturday, July 1. He will be celebrating this birthday in the Italian tradition of bringing sweets to the July 3 meeting for all members in attendance. So bring a cup of coffee up to the lunch room to help Scott celebrate.

 

Mystery Person; Ed Musterman kept the mystery person for himself to make the gift card award to Mary Dewey for her work chairing last week’s meeting.  –

 

Greeter: Cyrilla Galbreath told her story of events last weekend. She spent the time with her family as her daughter visited with Cyrilla’s grandchildren. She met them at the St. Louis airport and spent the afternoon in St. Charles first marveling as the lush greenery along the riverfront then topped that off with a walk down Main Street admiring all the restored buildings. The following day she put the kids to work in her yard before rewarding them with a meal at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In and badge or Pay the Pig: Dave Murphy supported the Pig for being the sole Murphy at lunch today.
  • Club Social July 13th. Picnic atmosphere, guests to be invited, Charge is $10 per head.  Volunteers needed for set up, refreshments and clean up.
  • City of Columbia Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue – Carl Scott was honored by the City of Columbia for his volunteer work representing the Downtown Optimists Club. The event took place at the Norma Sutherland Smith Park, a brand new 50 acre park on Waco Rd. While there, Carl was asked to identify Optimist volunteers to help with a kids’ activity at the 4th of July festivities at Peace Park. To help out contact either Carl Scott (cscottrun99@gmail.com) or Mary Dewey (mcountryfun@hotmail.com).
  • New Member recruitment event – C.O.  Mike Hatchet, Jessica, and Travis – Will be part of the July 13th social.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick, Jim Murphy, Carl Scott
  • Treasurer – C.O. Scheffer –  While finances remain strong, revised financials report that $6,000 for scholarship expense was not recorded in the monthly Treasurers report to the board.  Updated reporting shows that actual funded grant requests for the fiscal year to date total $45,000 vs the board approved budget amount of $43,000.
  • Family Fun Fest – Lacking volunteers to man the booth at the Summer Fun Fest the club will discontinue its participation.
  • Ronald McDonald House – Scott Stager took a tour of the Ronald McDonald House and was so impressed he volunteered to spend an afternoon later this summer baking bread for the house guests. Members are invited to help him and make this a fun event.
  • Garden Party – Steve Winters.

You’re invited to another laid back, casual dress, evening social 7th Annual Pot Luck Garden Party Bring your favorite snack or drink to share. Burgers, dogs & all the fixings and drinks (youth and adult formulations) will be on hand. When: Thursday, June 29, 6:00-9:00 PM (or whenever) Where: Reng, Steve and Rebecca Winters 2601 Bluff Creek Drive (573-999-0619)

 

Today’s Speaker

Kelly Wallis, Director, Boone County Community Services

Kelly came to Columbia from southern California in 2003 to study nursing at University of Missouri. She stayed after graduation because of the friendliness of the locals and the low cost of living. After practicing nursing for a short period of time, she returned to school, this time to study law. Upon receiving her license to practice law she worked on both criminal and civil cases before joining the Dept. of Social Services as a litigator for children’s issues. She helped draft legislation and social policy. When her current position was advertised four years ago, she realized she had a near perfect match of her past experience with the job qualification. The rest is history.

 

She now administers four social service programs for Boone County. She works with a board of nine directors appointed by the County Commission to administer the $6.5 million Children’s Service Fund. She is also responsible for the $500,000 Community Health Fund, the $30,000 Social Services Fund and the $27,000 Domestic Violence Fund. Because of the statutory limitations of the Children’s Service Fund for children 19 years and younger and their families, the other smaller funds are complimentary providing for a gap in services. For example, the Children’s Services Fund allocates 80% of its funds to children ages 6 – 19 and only 7% to the adult parents/guardians; the Community Health Fund allocates 58% for adults 19 – 59 and 12% for 60 and older, leaving 30% of its fund for youth for items, not covered like transportation under the larger fund.

 

The citizens’ initiative for the ¼ cent sales tax providing the $6.5 million Children’s Service Fund was spearheaded by a former Downtown Optimist Club president, Christine Corcoran (known to us as Christine White at the time), Director of Lutheran Children and Family Services The monies generated by this new law provides services for unmet needs of youth in all of Boone County. Last year, 30 agencies received grants to provide the following summary of services: 1,213 hour of respite for youth, 240 kids stayed at temporary shelters, 1,890 individuals received counseling/therapy, 2,465 received case management/service coordination, 28,421 individuals were screened/assessed (every child K-12 grades in all schools in Boone County was assessed by the University of Missouri-Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition), and 6,211 hours of chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment was provided. One of the successes indicators is the reduction of children referred by schools to police and the courts. Another is the successful outcomes to problems solved through coordination of multiple agencies. Kelly related a story of a young girl whose parents were both sent to prison on drug related charges. Destined to foster care, the coordinated effort of Family Counseling, CHA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters was successful in a different outcome. With counseling, temporary adult support and public house assistance, the child was able to move in with her grandmother in a residence large enough for the two of them.

 

Each year service providers respond to a series of Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) developed through a needs assessment process by the Children’s Service Fund Board. Awards are granted for one year with a one year renewable option. The programs results are verified for effectiveness through random audits of source documents.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKER

July 3 – Meeting with no speaker

July 10 – Junior Achievement

July 17 – Monique White, Pascals Pals

July 24 -Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

July 31 – TBD

Aug 7 – TBD

Aug 14 – TBD

Aug 21 – TBD

Aug 28 – Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:58

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary