09.10.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
September 10, 2018
Call to order: Mary Dewey, Vice President at 12:05
Invocation: Pat Brown gave the invocation with a thanksgiving for our continued success in fundraising for the youth of Columbia and a brief one minute of silence was requested in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the First Responders who subsequently lost their lives after working in the debris of the Twin Towers in New York City.
Pledge: Ken Oster led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Introduction of Guests
Bob and Iona from the Midway Optimist Club came to announce their upcoming fundraiser: the Annual Cow Patty Bing. Lunch guests were offered an opportunity to pick a number upon which a cow would land its plot on this annual walking of the cows. Chances sold for $5.00. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Pies and other items will be raffled as part of the fundraiser. The event takes place Thursday, September 13 starting at 5:30 pm at the Midway Café located in the Little general Store (outside the gas station on Highway 40 up the road a ½ mile from the Midway exit on !-70. Proceeds will go to the Food Band and to Midway Heights Elementary School.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Larry Fick’s has a new two week old granddaughter
Mystery Person –
Mary Dewey made the award to the member who joined the club in 1979, has head up the Junior Golf Tournament and handles the banking coordination for our Christmas Tree Fundraiser: Jack Cruise.
Greeter –
Ron Berg was surprised to discover he would be the greeter for the day telling luncheon guest the events of his past week. He recently went to St. Louis to attend and “Overdose Conference. He also mentioned he is a great fan of both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Cardinals.
Announcements
• Mary Dewey announce she is distributing a signup sheet for members to volunteer to say the prayer, lead the pledge or provide a speaker for each of the October meetings.
• Sign In or Pay the Pig
Carl Scott thought he would get away cheaply paying 25 cents for his badge and a quarter each for the work Steve Winters and Scott Stager performed at the recent NOW and club social. When members also thought he should recognize Larry Fick, Jack Jolly and Larry Fick’s wife, Ryng Winters and all the others who helped with clean up, Scott ran out of quarters. Other members stepped up to fatten the pig in recognition of all the folks who helped organize, cook and clean up after the event.
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• Welcome any new or returning members.
None present
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
Last week they prepared Buddy Packs for the kids
• Tree lot – Jim Murphy, C.O. Scheffer, Rick McKernan
Only new information was that C.O. was able to get an order of trees for the Fayette Optimist packed in with our order.
• Club Social – Larry Fick, Steve Winters – attendance, financial results. Members comments
It attracted the largest group ever with 65 in attendance. Mike Russel and his wife carted their vintage ’29 Motel T Truck with ice cream churning to ensure all had enough ice cream to go with their blackberry cobbler. Far from the usual break even socials of the past, this one turned a profit of $305.00
• Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
• Announcements from the floor.
Steve Winter asked members to avoid the roof of our clubhouse shed. One of the 2 x 4 purlins rotted and has collapsed into the shed. Steve will arrange to have the shed examined for safety to ensure there are not additional purlins about to fail. (Steve explained unlike the 2 x 10 ridge beam a purlin is the longitudinal member in a roof frame supporting common rafters.).
Carl Scott announced the Tiger Hotel is celebrating it’s 90 birthday by offering a rappelling event fundraiser for Love, Inc. Local notables in including our own club member, Jim Yankee, will rappel of the roof of the Tiger Hotel. The “Over the Top” event takes place from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, September 14. The Glenn’s Café food truck will be offering Cajun cuisine. This is to be a family event as it takes over 8th Street that day.
Today’s Speaker
Steve Winters, Koeze Nuts
Red Leighton offered some of the lines he uses to entice sales. When prospective customers complain of the price of Koeze Nut products he suggests they wouldn’t buy the cheapest cut of meat or dine at the cheapest restaurant. These are quality products. He suggests each member purchase one of the products to really understand the quality of goods we are selling. He suggests we go to people we deal with and go in person, face to face. Don’t be discouraged by having to return once or several times to complete the sale. Think of the kids we benefit and the continued requests as more funds are needed. Tell people where the profits go. And, before leaving ask how many times this person goes out to eat; multiply that number by two and tell them about our gift certificates.
Jake Jolley listed the local restaurants which continue to participate with restaurant certificates: Shakespeare’s and Addison/Sophia’s offer gift cards with magnetic strips that act as debit cards. Chris McD’s, D Rowe’s and Murry’s provide paper gift cards that don’t provide change. The entire card is surrendered whether you spent $5.00 or the whole $25.00. All gift cards come in denominations of $25.00 so it’s better to offer the paper gift card and cash for a $35.00 meal.
Jake asked we thank restaurant owners should we meet them for their participation in this program as it means so much to the kids
Steve distributed sales sheets of prior sales, Koeze Nut brochures, black and white restaurant sales sheets (color one’s will be available later (thank you Phyllis Nichols), letter from our president and order books. Orders are to be provided to Ed Harre at our luncheon meeting. There are three delivery dates for Koeze and Restaurant Certificates:
Orders turned in by October 24 will be available for delivery November 5;
Orders turned in by November 7 will be available for delivery November 19
Orders in by November 28 will be available for pick-up only at the clubhouse December 10
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Help is needed unloading truck on Thursday, November 1 (noon) and Thursday November 15 (noon). Help needed doing sorting, inventorying (Thursday nights), pulling and packing (Fri/Sat/Sun) following delivery.
Contact Steve Winter to help on any and all of these events (573) 999-0619.
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Sept 17 – John Baker, Community Foundation
Sept 24 – Merideth Lehman, Child Life Program at Women’s & Children’s Hosp.
Oct 1 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101
Adjourn with the Creed: 12:48

08.27.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
August 27, 2018
Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12: 05
Invocation: Rick McKernan
Pledge: Jim Murphy
Introduction of Guests
None
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Jim Murphy has an anniversary on September 3.
Sid Sullivan celebrates his anniversary on Aug 30
Charlie Langreder turns 79 on September 9
Mystery Person –
Ed Musterman made the award to Steve Winters for the work he is doing with Koeze Nut sales and his work cooking and coordinating Wednesday night’s social event.
Greeter –
Jim Murphy reported on John Sapp’s status. He is home now after a month in the hospital followed by a month in a nursing home after chemotherapy and radiation therapy. According to Jim, he sounded in good spirits but felt he would not be up to assuming responsibilities on next year’s board. He asked for a replacement to be found.
Announcements
• Sign In or Pay the Pig
• Welcome any new or returning members
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
Jim reports they are still packaging Cheerios. Also, the Food Bank has a new program, “Kids for Kids” where school children come on a monthly basis to package the buddy-packs. The next “Kids for Kids” will be in October.
• Koeze- Steve Winters
Steve will have the sales packets ready to go at our next meeting. Greg Grimes asked if the club objected to his use of social media to sell our fund raising products. The Downtown Optimist promotes the sales on our website but hasn’t used social media for sales. Individuals are free to use social media to assist in achieving their sales goals.
• Tree lot – Jim Murphy, C.O. Scheffer
C.O. mentioned the tree tags are on order. Luncheon members will soon have them to work on for tree pricing by size. The Board still has to make a decision on the new sale price of Christmas trees.
Steve Winters says he wants to substitute Amish Candies for some of the Peanut Brittle sold during the fundraiser.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: August 29th, 6:00 at the Club House, Pork Steak and Baked Beans, Family Games, Guest Speaker is Adam Saunders with Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture; Program includes an update on the new Ag Center and partnership with Columbia
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Public Schools. Cost is $10 per person. See Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Ed to register. Steve announced there are 68 people signed up for the dinner: 58 adults and 10 children.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
• Number of Board Members
Next year’s board will be short 2 board members. John Sapp will not be assuming his position on the board. President Musterman mentioned with a smaller club size, we may not need an 11 member board. The board will discuss reducing the size of the board by having 4 board members serving two year terms rather than the current 6 board members servicing two year terms. This would entail a change in the Bi-Laws. No one commented on the value of this potential change.
• Dropping inactive members no longer paying dues.
The majority of members delinquent with dues are past presidents. All these are lifetime members who only pay the annual district club dues. A couple of members raised objections to dropping these members without first contacting them.
• Lunch speakers for next year (Starting October 1)
President-Elect Mary Dewey announced a new procedure for speakers and invocation and pledge providers. She will have a sign-up sheet for these each month. Starting at our next luncheon meeting in September and continuing for the year, members will sign up to volunteer to give the invocation, the prayer and to find and schedule a speaker for each of the luncheons that month.
• Announcements from the floor.
At their annual awards dinner, the Show-Me State Games will be honoring the Downtown Optimist Club for our years of volunteer service at the games. The event takes place on September 12 at 6:00 pm. We would like to have a table of 10 at the free dinner. Contact Jake Jolley (573-219-2738) or at jjolley@fordstl.com if you would like to attend.
• Carl Scott mentioned the Clubhouse will be used this Thursday for the Neighborhood Policing program. He also mentioned Officer Justin Anthony is leaving the Columbia Police Department. He has been a presenter at our luncheon meetings and has coached one of the Optimists supported basketball teams.
Today’s Speaker
Greg Grimes, Member Spotlight
Greg grew up in the ocean side community of Oxnard California near L.A. However, after the Rodney King riots in Las Angeles, he and his wife, Sara, decided they no longer wanted to raise their kids in California. They left that state in 1992 finally settling in Columbia. He became a local independent financial planner and his wife works a bookkeeper with Mid-west Tire. They have two kids.
For the past 25 years Greg has helped people plan their finances. He coaches them on taxes and investments and helps with strategies for passing real estate. One of the biggest problems as people age is planning for healthcare. Many people don’t realize Medicare does not cover nursing care which can be a huge expense depending on the level of care needed. For example, simple adult day care carries $24,820 annual cost. Anyone needing more intensive care will face significantly higher costs. The annual costs for assisted living is $43,536, 6 ½ hours a day of home health aide costs $47,450, a Semi-Private nursing home care is $82,125 while Nursing home care in a private room is $92,325 annually. Greg emphasized the importance of our upcoming meeting on October 1 with Randy Kiser for “Medicare 101.” Don’t miss this meeting. Too many people fail to understand what’s needed in planning for healthcare in retirement.
In addition to his work, Greg has a wide variety of interests. He enjoys brewing beer and smoking meats. He works with tactical weapons and is a member of The Crossing Church
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UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Sept 3 – Labor Day, No Meeting
Sept 10 – Greg Grimes, Member Spotlight
Sept 17 – John Baker, Community Foundation
Sept 24 – Merideth Lehman, Child Life Program at Women’s & Childrens Hosp.
Oct 1 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101

08.20.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
August 20, 2018
Call to order: Mary Dewey, Vice President at 12:05
Invocation: Pat Brown
Pledge: Mike Russell
Introduction of Guests
Mike Russell joined the club for lunch today indicating he would be a more frequent luncheon member as he is winding down his business in Fulton.
Steve Klein told how he has been religiously coming to the Hy-Vee lunch meeting room every Tuesday at noon for the past several months never finding any Optimists. Then he thought to come on Monday at noon and here we were.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Pat Brown had a birthday on August 9.
Mystery Person –
Mary Dewey made today’s award to C.O. Scheffer for all the work he has done as Treasurer and for the work he continues to do as one of the coordinators for our Christmas fundraiser.
Greeter –
Mary asked if anyone had an interesting story in lieu of a greeter. Sid Sullivan returned from the Iowa State Fair. He visited the Clydesdale Wagon pull attracting waggoneers from all over the country and Canada. This is not a poor man’s hobby. The wagons, horses and decorative tack easily ran into the thousands of dollars. The cost of transporting horses, wagons and handlers along with stabling and lodging up to six horses and an equal number of handlers is not small change. The traditional life size butter cow (standing 6 feet and carved out of butter) was on display. Visitor didn’t have to worry about missing a meal while experiencing the fair. All kinds of food that could fit on a stick were available. Finally, a 600 lbs. pumpkin was only good enough for 5th place in the Pumpkin growing contest. The winner was an 895 pound pumpkin. Pat Brown noted he got stuck in the fair traffic as he passed through Des Moines on his return from time in Minnesota. Ken Oster had a critter, later identified as a ground hog, devour his home grown tomatoes. His dog chased it away but Ken called Critter Control to ensure it would not return. But when informed the trapping and removal would cost him $399.00, he decided he could just buy more tomatoes.
Announcements
• Sign In or Pay the Pig
All were signed in.
• Welcome any new or returning members.
Mike and Steve both said they would be at the August 29 social and NOW event.
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
Volunteers this past week packaged Cherries. The transferred the little round toasted oats from a huge 50 pound bag into smaller one that kids could manage.
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• Koeze- Steve Winters
Steve told that Salesman Samples for Koeze Nuts would no longer be routinely provided at
cost to member sellers. Too many members declined their sample in the past. And samples
couldn’t be sold as fresh roasted nuts two months later. Salesmen wishing a sample should
contact Steve at (573) 999-0619 or winters@missouri.edu/ There will be a slight shipping
charge added to the cost. Steve will have customer lists organized by last year’s seller and a
quota for each member to increase sales by 5%. The lists should be ready in the next couple
of weeks.
Restaurant certificates will be secured from Shakespeare’s, Chris McD’s. Addison/Sophia’s,
and Murry’s along with a yet to be determined local Mexican restaurant.
• Tree lot – Jim Murphy, C.O. Scheffer
C.O. alerted members we will have 1,100 trees to sell this year (down from 1,250 in prior
years). There will be fewer 10’ Fraser firs (only 40) but he is adding 8-9’ and 5-6’ Frasers to the
mix. There will be no Canaan’s this year. Finally, C.O. put in a preference for Michigan
Frasers. They have smaller trunks.
Suggestions for identifying the needed work crews to drill and set up the trees included calling
Mike at Reality House and contacting the Greeks at MU to see if any fraternities could help.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: August 29th, 6:00 at the Club House, Pork Steak and Baked
Beans, Family Games, Guest Speaker is Adam Saunders with Columbia Center for Urban
Agriculture, Program includes an update on the new Ag Center and partnership with Columbia
Public Schools. Cost is $10 per person. See Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Ed to register.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
• Board Meeting – Thursday Aug 16th. One grant request, Mary Lee Johnston Community
Learning Center Request of $1,500 approved.
Also, the board discussed the membership fate of past presidents who are lifetime members
but are delinquent in the local dues. A decision will be made at the next board meeting.
Rick McKernan raised a concern about continuing the Oratorical Contest amid lackluster
interest. Local teachers are not encouraging kids. Rules require three participants to conduct a
local contest. Last year only two kids applied. These were diverted to Ashland to compete.
Other clubs in our zone have express similar concerns. As organizational work on this contest
begins soon, the Board will have to decide whether or not we continue to support this annual
event.
• Announcements from the floor.
Rick McKernan suggested we might try a 50/50 raffle at our social events to raise funds in
support of our childhood cancer fund.
Rick also suggested as a better way to get to know members: each member could create a list
of 10 things most people don’t know about them. A list could be drawn randomly at luncheon
meetings and one of the 10 items could be read for lunch attendees to guess who that member
could be.
Today’s Speaker
Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101
Today’s scheduled speak was unable to attend and canceled.
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
August 27 – Member Spotlight, Glen Grimes
Sept 3 – Labor Day, No Meeting
Sept 10 – Greg Grimes, Member Spotlight
Sept 17 – John Baker, Community Foundation
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Sept 24 – Merideth Lehman, Child Life Program at Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
Oct 1 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101

08.13.2017 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

August 13, 2018

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation:    Mary Dewey

Pledge:          Ken Oster

Introduction of Guests   

Tom Luckenbill, Kids First Optimist, came to update us on his club and his acceptance to become next year’s Lt. Governor. The Kids First club has experienced explosive growth this past year largely due to its Friday night poker events at the American Legions Hall. They have doubled their membership to 30. Also they are holding an event at Central Missouri Adoption, 105 E. Ash St. on Tuesday, Aug 14 at 6:00 pm. On Tuesday, Sept. 4 they have a dinner meeting in the back room at D Rowe’s featuring Woodhaven Circle Tech. And, On Tuesday, October 2 they will be holding a Wine Tasting event at Serenity Valley featuring Tom’s private fermentation collection of Pinot Noir. Bring your own food or snacks to better enjoy this event.

Jack Andrewson of Sunrise Optimists came to update us on events of his club. Their fundraising season starts with the concessions at Columbia College. They expect a strong soccer season this year. Also, as a member interest, they will be holding their annual Wild Game Dinner on the 2nd Monday of January, 2019.

Becca Winters joined her dad, Steve for lunch today

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Ed Musterman announced the birth of a new granddaughter.

 

Mystery Person

Shirley Beckett, a first time Mystery Person, had a hard time choosing to whom she should award today’s prize of a Hy-Vee gift card. With some many active members doing so much for the club, she finally landed her choice on Carl Scott.

 

Greeter   –

            Greg Grimes told of a harrowing week in which he moved his 81 year old mother from Independent living to Assisted Living. In the end it was a worthwhile task; everyone was happy with the change.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

Carl Scott put in four quarters today: one for Ken Oster who puts together the club activities in the AA Report to the District. Our club placed 1st this past quarter with 56,000 points largely due to the Soap Box Derby activities. The club received a check for $75.00. The next quarter was for Mary Dewey’s work on the club scrapbook. It tied for 1st place with the Twin Cities Optimists. The newsletter was mentioned as 2nd place. The 3rd and 4th quarter were for Jim Murphy and Larry Fick for the work they do at the Food Bank.

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

This past week they packaged Wisconsin Delicious apple.

  • Koeze- Steve Winters

Steve set new goals for this year’s annual Koeze Nut fundraiser. Last year the club sold $98,000 worth of Koeze Nut products to 3,930 customers. This year’s goal is to increase sales by 5% to $103,000. Sales sheets will be distributed to members soon.

  • Restaurant Certificates – Jake Jolley

This year the club will offer certificates to: Chris McD’s, Shakespeare’s, Addison’s/Sophia’s Murry’s and a yet to be determined locally owned Mexican restaurant.

  • Tree lot – Jim Murphy/Rick McKernan/C.O. Scheffer

Steve Winters has obtained the services of the MU Baseball team to unload the trucks when the tree shipments arrive. Also, he is still searching for Santa Claus art work for a Christmas Tree Banner to be hung on the sign gallows on Bus Loop 70 and Grand Ave corner. John Sapp put together a flow-chart map for the Christmas tree placements from delivery though drilling to trees on display stands and storage piles for continuous display replacements. Ed Musterman mentioned the club’s intent to put this map on a plywood sheet. Steve Winters agreed to prepare the plywood sheet for the map.

Jim Murphy will assume charge of the two drilling teams. He will need 10 able bodies to move trees from their unloaded spots to the drills to their storage and display locations. The work will last one to two weeks.

  • Club Social – Steve Winters: August 29th, 6:00 at the Club House, Pork Steak and Baked Beans, Family Games, Guest Speaker is Adam Saunders with Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture; Program includes an update on the new Ag Center and partnership with Columbia Public Schools.  Cost is $10 per person.  See or call Larry Fick at 573-424-2820 no later than Monday Aug 27 to sign up for this social and/or to bring a guess. This will be a NOW event for potential new members to get acquainted with the club.
  • Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
  • Board Meeting – Thursday Aug 16th.  One grant request, Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center.
  • Announcements from the floor.

Carl Scott attended the district meeting in Cape Girardeau.  In addition to the honorable mentions and award noted above, he relayed the District’s decision to pay for the club’s banner. He mentioned Governor Mary Hatfield and Governor Elect Michael Bowls and training for Lt. Governor and Governor. One of the topics discussed for each club to weigh was the kind of a club they are or wish to be: a meeting club or an activity club. He suggested this could be a topic for our club to consider.

 

Today’s Speaker

Bill Cantin, Neighborhood Services, City of Columbia

 

Bill Cantin moved to Columbia over twenty years ago with the aspiration of attending the J-School and becoming a Journalist. However, upon graduation with a degree in English and seeing other career opportunities through university studies, he decided to change his career plans. After continuing his education and graduation with Master’s degree in Public Administration he joined the City of Columbia in 2001. He is currently the Community Liaison for the City. He is married with two kids.

 

Bill first thanked the Optimist for the use of our clubhouse for community meetings. The area around the clubhouse has been identified by the City as one of four of its Strategic Areas. Neighborhood associations are invited to meet to express their needs and learn of resources available to meet their needs. The Ridgeway  NA and North Central NA meet for these events in our clubhouse.

 

Bill works within the Office of Neighborhood Services.  His job entails making the multitude of city services known to the public. He listed many of these services for club members to hear. There is Operation Clean Neighborhoods. City employees are offered a half day to help with these projects. There is funding up to $250 annually offered to neighborhood associations for special needs. With over 90 neighborhood associations, priority is given to those in an identified strategic area. There is an Office of Volunteer Services where citizen can find activities to help. The Housing Program headed up by Randy Cole has a budget of $1.5 million for housing construction. Bill mentioned two projects; the recently completed eight houses on Lynn Street for first time home buyer who qualify and the storm water abatement project between Lynn Street and Sexton. Also, for first time home buyers, a project is scheduled on North 8th Street in the near future. The City’s Inspection Services for occupancy of rental properties sometimes creates opportunities for affordable housing construction. They sometimes work with the Health Department on Health Code enforcement. The worst houses are demolition candidates providing land for future habitable dwellings.

 

Other departments in the city include Community Development that works with developers on building site development. They work with neighborhood association to ensure a certain neighborhood quality and respect the need for affordable housing. In cases in the West Ash and Benton-Stephens neighborhoods this has led to petitions for down zoning to protect single family neighborhoods from large apartment and condo developments. Bill showed the limits of his communication of city services when asked a question about the revival of roll carts for refuge collection. This has become too hot of a political issue for him to handle.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

August 20 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101

August 27 – Greg Grimes, Member Spotlight

Sept 3 – Labor Day, No Meeting

Sept 10 – TBD

Sept 17 – John Baker, Community Foundation

Sept 24 – Meredith Lehman, Child Life Program at Women’s and Children’s Hospital

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

Sid Sullivan

08.06.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

August 6, 2018

Call to order: Mary Dewey, Vice President

Invocation:    Red Leighton

Pledge:          Ken Oster

Introduction of Guests  

Charlie Langreder introduced his wife, Bonnie who returned after a long and serious bout with illness.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Shirley Beckett brought homemade cookies to celebrate her birthday with Optimist friends. She turned 82 this past Sunday.

Mystery Person 

Charlie Langreder

Greeter   –

            C.O. Scheffer told of the cruise he treated his family to. He didn’t appear to have gained any post cruise weight but added he has a new member in his family, Charlotte.

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig
  • Welcome any new or returning members.

Greg Grimes, one of our newer member attended lunch today.

  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
  • Koeze- Steve Winters
  • Tree lot – Jim Murphy/Rick McKernan

Jim, Rick and Ed Musterman met Saturday to take inventory of supplies (netting, tree stands, drills and drill bits) on hand for our tree sales fundraiser. There is a concern with the working condition of our drills. Jim thinks he may be able to get a tree drill used by the defunct Centralia Optimists club.

  • Club Social – Steve Winters: August 29th, 6:00 at the Club House, Pork Steak and Baked Beans, Family Games, Guest Speaker is Adam Saunders with Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. Program includes an update on the new Ag Center and partnership with Columbia Public Schools.  Cost is $10 per person.  See Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Ed to register.
  • Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
  • Announcements from the floor.

Cyrilla Galbreath’s long absence from our luncheon meeting has not gone unnoticed. She injured her hip in a fall and is experiencing a difficult recovery.

Today’s Speaker

Ron Rowe Youth Community Coalition

Ron Rowe is a self-described father, community organizer, attorney, professor, investor and over explainer. He is the lone paid staff person for the Youth Community Coalition funded by the ¼ cent mental health sales tax in Boone County. He graduated with a degree in humanities before continuing his education with a law degree. He has served in his current position as Program Coordinator for the past four years.

 The mission of YC2 is to help youth develop into productive and self-sufficient citizens by working together to decrease substance abuse and promote healthy behaviors. YC2 promotes community collaboration around issues concerning healthy choices, positive activities, education, employment, service and the prevention of substance abuse. Ron works with youth serving agencies to make Columbia the best it can be for kids to thrive. His focus is on mental health and drug prevention among teens. A self-survey is used to establish self-awareness and assist service providers with stress reduction programing. He also has identified resource needs of adult mentors and both after school and out of school activities for teens. (Big Brothers/Big Sisters needs more adult male mentors for young boys.)

His latest work has been coordinating efforts in Boone County outside the Columbia city limits. In Hallsville he has worked with the food bank to help six families with 10 or more kids meet their nutrition needs. This is especially important for families with one or more parents in jail or prison. In Centralia he works with 50 -70 kids per week coordinating town volunteers, obtaining buddy-packs and connecting them to a Unilever partnership out of Jefferson City for back to schools hygiene packs.

 

Ron’s latest initiative is the “You Card, We Care” program. This is a program designed to stem youth access to alcohol and tobacco. Every time he sees a clerk ask a customer for ID he hands them a card thanking them for their action. The card contains links to the www.YC2.org website, explains the importance of denying access to alcohol and tobacco to under aged kids and offer an opportunity to enter a prize drawing at the YC2 website.

 

The Youth Community Coalition meets very month at the ARC on west Ash Street.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Meetings are usually attended by representatives from youth service organizations including Columbia Police Department, Phoenix House, City/County Health Dept. as well as any of 40 other youth agencies. The public is welcome to attend these meeting to find ways in which to volunteer and engage the youth of our community. Unfortunately, we discovered under careful questioning by Ken Oster, they no longer serve cookies at these meetings.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

August 13 – Bill Cantin, Neighborhood Services, City of Columbia

August 20 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101

August 27 – TBD

Sept 3 – Labor Day, No Meeting

Sept 10 – TBD

Sept 17 – John Baker,  Community Foundation

 

 

07.30.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
July 30, 2018
Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05
Invocation: Mary Dewey
Pledge: Marc Laferriere
Introduction of Guests
Soap Box Derby Champions and their families: Stock Winner, Owen Schilling, Super Stock Winner, Jackson Fisher, and Masters Winner, Malachi Owens. Also present was Denny Fox who came to introduce Sandrae Farquharson to our club. She is a Jamaican who recently graduated from MU, an award winning runner in to 200 and 400 meter races and a new American citizen of two months. She plans to settle in Columbia and is looking for ways to connect with this community.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
No member had a birthday but Derby winner Malachi Owens’ dad had a birthday last week.
Mystery Person –
Steve Winters kept a careful record of the succession of handshakes he received at lunch today and through a predetermined formula he devised made the award to Ed Musterman.
Greeter –
Jim Murphy provided all the guests at today’s luncheon with a hardy handshake and welcome. He spent this past week remodeling his house adding new floors, new crown molding and new windows.
Announcements
• Sign In or Pay the Pig: Rick McKernan paid a quarter for his notoriety and chipped in a quarter for that of Kelly Schilling.
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
• Announcements from the floor.
Steve Winters announced the date for the next two upcoming club dinners and NOW gatherings. The next dinner is set for Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00 pm at the clubhouse. BBQ Pork baked beans and Model T ice cream are on the menu. After that the big shrimp fest is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at 6:00 pm at the clubhouse. We’ll be swearing in the new club officers that evening. Get your money to Steve so he can plan for the numbers of guests: $10.00 or adults, kids eat free. To volunteer to help prepare food and setup and cleanup the clubhouse on either or both evenings contact Steve at 999-0619 or winters@missouri.edu/
• Koeze Nuts – Steve Winters reports members will very shortly receive their sales lists for this upcoming fundraiser. Members are asked to increase last year’s sales by adding at least one additional account.
• Show Me State Games
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Larry Fick made it through the day with the help of Rick McKernan, Mike Connor and Ken Oster.
• Tree LotRick McKernan, Jim Murphy and C.O. Scheffer are taking on the leadership in the absence of John Sapp. They will be meeting next week to determine membership help needed to pull off this main fundraising event.

Today’s Speaker
Soap Box Derby – Report participants at Akron

Stock Winner, Owen Schilling started off today’s presentation. He is a returning winner as last year he went to Akron after winning the Super Stock class. He had plenty of practice over this past year. He was so excited about winning last year, his parents, Evan and Kelly Schilling, bought him his own Derby car. The family travelled around the Midwest for Rally Races in Kansas City, DesMoines, Bowling Green and Louisville where cities have their own tracks and sponsor races in the off season. It was good practice and he and his family got to meet and exchange stories and race tips with these “Derby” families. Owen lost in Akron to one of the home town racers but he plans to return next year by winning in the Masters class. Super Stock Winner, Jackson Fisher travelled to Akron with his parents and five siblings. He had a great time, was excited to carry the banner for Region 4 and march in the in the opening Derby Parade with the other two Columbia Derby winners. Both his parents were as excited as he was to attend this event.
Masters Winner, Malachi Owens drove the Flat Brach car in Akron’s Derby Races. Malachi had a rough start in the trial races placing last. His derby car had been damaged in shipment. However with the help of Evan Schilling the axel problem was fixed and he placed second in the official race losing by only .052 of a second. He showed of the backpack he received with all the pins of other derby winners from around the country. (Each participant is given a bag containing two derby logo shirts, a logo blanket, a toy derby car for organized racing during this week-long event and 300 colorful 2” pins
displaying their picture and class of race they won locally. The pins are used to meet and trade with newly found friends among other derby winners from around the country. He said his favorite event was a side trip with his family to Niagara Falls. He also liked the opportunity to swim in the Akron University pool. Rick McKernan who was honored this year as the Local Soap Box “Manager of the Year” shared his appreciation for the help he received in our local race from fellow Optimists and car sponsors:
Nick Allen of Manor Roofing and Restoration
Marc Laferriere of Dents Unlimited
Ed Holtz of Shelter Insurance
And Chuck Boots of Privitt Auto ho kept our 43 “Barn Cars” race ready.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS
August 6 – Ron Rowe Youth Community Coalition
August 13 – Bill Cantin, Neighborhood Services, City of Columbia
August 20 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101
August 27 – TBD
Sept 3 – Labor Day, No Meeting
Sept 10 – TBD
Sept 17 – John Baker, Community Foundation

07.23.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
July 23, 2018
Call to order: Ed Musterman,President
Invocation: Dave Murphy
Pledge:
Introduction of Guests
Rick McKernon introduced Greg Grimes who has returned as Rick’s guest for the second week in a row. Greg came with a completed membership application and check for dues. The club members were excited to receive the Greg’s application and all feel he will be a great club member.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Mystery Person –
Jim Murphy presented the Gift Card to Jake Jolley for all of his work enabling Club members to volunteer as a group at the Show Me State games.
None Reported
Greeter –
Shirley Beckett stated that she and Jim had a great weekend just past. They attended Jim’s 58th High School class re-union and were welcomed warmly by Jim’s former class mates. They spent the evening in Shelbina, where Jim attended school, and had a great breakfast at a local restaurant well known for it’s cuisine.
Announcements
• Sign In or Pay the Pig – Carl Scott was not in attendance and the Pig did not get fed today.
• Welcome any new or returning members.
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick – Last Mondays task was putting together food boxes for Buddy Packs and Senior meals.
• Koeze/Restaurant Gift Certificates- Steve Winters/Jake Jolley. Steve and Jake said that they are increasing the Koeze sales goal by 5%. Jake said he will be adding another restaurant to the gift certificate choices with a goal of increasing those sales from $25,000 to $30,000
• Tree lot – Jim Murphy stated that we will need to meet at the tree lot soon and go through the steps for receiving tree shipments, laying out the tree lot and testing the tree drills to make sure they are in working order.
Today’s Speaker
Kelly Srigley Werner- Fish & Wildlife – Monarch Butterfly program
Kelly was joined by intern Victoria Burnett today as we learned about the challenges of the Monarch Butterfly population. The population of Monarchs is just 10% of what is was just a few years ago. While many factors are contributing to the decline, lack of proper habitat and food sources is a huge problem. In the last two years a large group of organizations, agencies and individuals have come together to work to improve habitat and food for the butterflies. We learned that milkweed is an absolutely critical need for Monarchs. In MO there are 4 varieties of milkweed that are native here and these are the varieties that we are encouraged to plant to support butterfly restoration.
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UPCOMING SPEAKERS
July 30 – Soap Box Derby – Report participants at Akron
August 6 – Ron Rowe Youth Community Coalition
Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00