04.09.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 9, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman at 12:05 pm

Invocation:    Rick McKernan

Pledge:          Pat Brown

Introduction of Guests   

Bonnie Langreder joined us for lunch

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported

Mystery Person 

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

Greeter   –

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

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

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

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

No report

  • Soap Box Derby

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

  • Scholarships –

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

  • Bike Safety

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

  • Announcements from the floor.

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

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

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

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

 

Today’s Speaker

Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

April 16- John Weber, US Fish & Wildlife

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

April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

May 7 – TBD

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

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

June 4 – TBD

June 11 – Amy Weeks, CAFNR – Jefferson Farms

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:08

Optimistically Yours,

 

04.02.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 2,2018

Call to order: Mary Dewey, VP and President Elect

8 members present.  2 more came in after the bell

Invocation: Red Leighton

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

Introduction of Guests

 

none

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

none

 

Mystery Person 

 

–  Mary gave the award to Jake Jolley

 

Greeter   –  Ken Oster

 

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

 

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

 

 

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Today’s Speakers

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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UPCOMING SPEAKERS 

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

April 16- John Weber, US Fish & Wildlife

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

April 30 – Michelle Gleba  Regional Director,  Better Business Bureau

 

 

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

 

Optimistically Yours,

Scott Stager, substitute for the substitute scribe

 

03.26.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 26, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: Mary Dewey

Pledge: Carl Scott

Business Meeting

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

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

 

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

 

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

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

 

 

Greeter

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

 

Mystery Person

Ron Berg made today’s award to Mary Dewey.

 

Announcements

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

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Donna Pond, Stroke Program Coordinator, Boone Hospital Center

 

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

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

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

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

03.19.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 19, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: C.O. Scheffer

Pledge: Red Leighton

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

Greeter

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

 

Mystery Person 

Steve Winters made today’s candy award to Jim Beckett

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

All were signed in.

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

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

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

Jabberwocky has meeting this week with Kiwanis Club at Columbia College

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

 

 

Today’s Speaker Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

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

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

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

 

03.12.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

March 12, 2018

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: Rick McKernan

 

Pledge: John Westbrook

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person 

Cyrilla Galbreath returned from a long absence made today’s award to Jim Beckett. We glad to see him, especially after his emergency surgery with angioplasty.

Greeter   –

Steve Winters

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

All were signed in.

  • Welcome any new or returning members.

Cyrilla was welcome back along with Jim Beckett and his wife, Shirley. He has made great progress this past week and is doing well.

  • Food Bank – Larry Fick is still leaving early with the crew to work at Food Bank.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan, Chuck Boots. Rick McKernan reported the next meeting is scheduled for March 19. Also, Rick is looking for Business Sponsors for the Derby. For $150.00 donation Business can have a derby car wrapped with their business logo and information. Businesses provide the wrap. Member who know of a business interested is sponsoring a car should contact Rick at (573) 881-3471 or mckernan@mchsi.com
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla has distributed all the notices to high school counsellor and is awaiting responses.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey says the event is still scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 5:39 to 7:00 at the Lange Middle School parking lot. There is still time to volunteer to help Mary.
  • Announcements from the floor.

President Musterman announced we have a full slate of officer for next year. Mary Dewey, incoming president, announced her appointments for treasurer and secretary. She named Jack Beard to be her treasurer and Ron Berg as her secretary for the club. Slated by the nomination committed for the April election of the 2018/19 Board are Phyllis Nichols and Kelly Schilling for vice presidents, John Westbrook, Adam Bako and John Sapp for two year board members. (Mike Hatchett, Nadia Ryakhmyatullov and Tony Parisio will continue their second year as board members)

  • Board Meeting: Thursday, March 15th, 6:00 at the Clubhouse.  All are invited to attend.

4 Funding requests- Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services-$3,000, Food Bank Buddy Pack program-$5,000,  Kings Daughters Dental Aid Program- $1,000, Friends of Rock Bridge-$1,600.

 

Today’s Speaker

Paul Blythe, Executive Director, Diamond Council of Columbia, Inc.

Paul Blythe has worked for almost twenty years as a volunteer coach for the Diamond council and last year accepted the paid position as Executive Director. His is the only paid position within the Diamond Council. He is responsible for coordinating the youth baseball with the City Parks and Rec Department for the 100 to 150 teams that play and compete each summer on city owned ball fields, He raises funds to support youth baseball in Columbia, pays the city a per player fee for use of the city ball fields, obtains the liability insurance for the 1500 players, coordinates the coaches and hires the umpires for each of the games. The Diamond Council is not affiliated with Little League or any other baseball organization.

 

The Diamond Council operates two separate programs: recreational baseball and a competitive program. Kids start in the recreational program with T-Ball and progress on to competitive baseball as they get older and develop their skills. The competitive league has team tryouts. No kid is denied entry into the program for lack of money. The DC offers 100 scholarships and a sponsor can always be found to buy a glove for a kid without one. All equipment is provided by the council. The team sponsorship provides tee-shirt with an organization logo, hats and season ending medals.

 

To keep this sport affordable for the children of Boone County DC has a need every year for local businesses and organizations to sponsor teams.  The cost for that is $350.  That cost covers the printing of uniforms with the business or organization logo, hats, medals and a sponsor plaque for the organization. In return DC puts the organization logo on the uniforms and provides a link on its website to each participating organization’s website.

 

The Diamond Council was recently awarded a Downtown Optimist Club grant of $700.00 for team sponsorships. The grant will provide tee-shirts with the Optimist logo, hats and medals along with an Optimist banner to be displayed at the ball field. Rick McKernan suggested an insurance option is available if coaches and officials were members of Optimist International. Optimist sponsored events with Optimists present are covered by Optimist Insurance. Currently, the Diamond Council has insurance for each player with USAAA.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

March 19 – Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation.

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

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

April 9 – Andrew Biggs, Supt. Bradford Research Center

April 16- John Weber, US Fish & Wildlife

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

 

03.12.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Feb 19, 2018

Call to order: Mary Dewey, Vice President

Invocation: Pat Brown

Pledge: Jim Murphy

Introduction of Guests   

None

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

Mystery Person –

Charlie Langreder made today’s award to Ron Berg who just agreed when asked by Mary Dewey to become the club Secretary for next year starting in October. 2018.

 

Greeter   –

Ken Oster agreed to be today’s greeter as he had something to say. Unfortunately, it was not all that good. The story begins with his daughter adopting a dog or the dog adopting a mother, he wasn’t sure which. The dog is a beagle named Bagel. Ken help out by providing water in the dog’s water bowl in the yard. He used a hose to fill it. Lacking automatic water shut-off and unmindful to make a mental note to shut-off the hose water himself, Ken left the water running. Later, while in the house, he noticed water accumulating in the lower level of the house. Ken realized then he forgot to shut off the water. As he walked through the puddled yard to shut the water off, he thought his job was done; the water stopped accumulating in the house. However, he later realized the house water was from a burse pipe within the outdoor shut-off valve. It hadn’t drained properly, froze and burst over the winter allowing water to leak through the wall when the value was open. The leak stops when he closes the valve but started each time he accessed water through the spigot. Now, he’s awaiting a plumber to replace the valve. Later, he’ll await the contractor to repair the wall.

Announcements

  • Shirley Beckett notified Ed Musterman she and Jim would miss lunch today. Jim went the ER on Sunday, spending 5 hours there before he was sent to the Cath Lab for tests followed by an emergency angioplasty to insert two (2) stents treating a main artery with 90% blockage and a smaller artery with an 85% blockage. Jim spent the night in the hospital. But it is reported he was released this morning and is now recovering at home.
  • Sign In or Pay the Pig:  Carl Scott paid the pig for no other reason than to fatten it. He emptied last week noting an anonymous donor contributed $15.00 over the past period. Donations over the past three months totaled $30.00. Carl encouraged other member to contribute to the Pig which contributes all the proceeds to the Children’s Cancer Fund.
  • Food Bank – Larry Fick had a little extra time this morning before lunch to volunteer at the Food Bank. He will return this afternoon with the rest of his crew. Ron Berg has been volunteering but has not updated his profile to include his affiliation with the Downtown Optimist. Larry explained the importance of this for the club.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan, Chuck Boots. Rick mentioned this is the 80th Anniversary of the first Columbia Soap Box Derby Race. Akron had its first race in 1936 Columbia had ours in 1938.  Rick is in the process of rounding up past Columbia derby winners for a photo-op to create a banner for this year’s race.
  • Oratorical & Essay – Rick McKernan reported he transferred our two Oratorical applicants to the Ashland Club contest as the Columbia Optimist group needed a minimum of 3 entries for its competition. Rick announced the winner of the Essay Contest: Marissa Kraus of Hickman H.S.
  • Scholarships – Cyrilla.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey is creating flyers for this June 7 event. She will bring them to the meeting in May for members to distribute.

 

Today’s Speaker

Lorene Royer, Kings Daughters Dental Aid Program

Lorene Royer brought her friend and fellow King’s Daughters circle member, Dot Harrison, to help with her presentation. The two provided a song and shuffle routine they use to encourage kids to brush their teeth. There are 15 KD circles in Columbia. Lorene described the King’s Daughters as a non-denominational Christian organization. The particular circle to which they both belong is the Dorothy McArthur Circle of the King’s Daughters, named after its founding member. King’s Daughters & Sons may be better known for its retirement home for women in Mexico, MO.

 

Started in 1974 the local circle of women took on the task of finding dental services for kids in the Columbia Public School system who lacked the means to pay. This small group of women have undertaken the task of identifying kids in need, finding dentist who will provide dental services at a reduced cost and raising money to pay dentists for the services. The circle works with school nurses who identify the kids and put the kids with parents in touch with the program. The King’s Daughters and Sons Circle takes it from there identifying the dentist, transporting the kid to the dentist and paying for the services.

 

The dental program started out in 1975 when women raised $1,700 from a flea market sale. With limited funds they could only take the kids who were most in need of dental care. After a couple of years, the local KD Circle was able to partner with the schools not only to identify students in need but to join together in fundraising to expand the program. Last month they sponsored a benefit concert, “Healthy Smiles for Columbia’s Children,” held at the First Baptist Church. The King’s Daughter identified the venue, found local business sponsors and did the promotion. CPS provided the musical entertainment and transportation to the event. Six choirs from the various elementary, middle and high schools performed. With few advanced tickets sold, there were concerns for the success of the event. However, something about kids performing and parental encouragement made this a success. The church was filled with parents eager to support the event. And, with a $10.00 ticket donation the event raised $35,000 for Health Smiles

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

March 12 – Paul Blythe, Executive Director, Diamond Council of Columbia, Inc.

March 19 – Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

02.26.18 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Feb 26, 2018

 

Call to order: Ed Musterman, President

Invocation: C.O. Scheffer

 

Pledge: Ken Oster

Introduction of Guests   

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person 

Pat Brown made today’s award to Jim Beckett so he could give the candy to his wife, Shirley who always accompanies him to lunch.

Greeter   –

Charlie Langreder was today’s greeter. He and wife Bonnie had been away for what he described as the longest non hunting vacation he has taken. Travels took them to the southwest, first Oklahoma City then on to New Mexico to Tucumcari, Taos, and Albuquerque where they took day trips to Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Holloman AFB. Then travels to Texas visiting El Paso, Odessa, and Amarillo. They ended returning to Oklahoma and staying in Tulsa to spend time with Bonnies new great, granddaughter before returning from all the great SW of the past few weeks to snowy and icy Columbia, MO

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig – Carl Scott paid the Pig to announce he was reviewing papers to find a place for the tree to be planted in Larry Fick’s honor. It seems Optimist Park is in danger of becoming an urban forest with so many trees honoring our club’s 50 year members. The Parks and Rec Department is concerned too many trees in a small park might compromise the original intent of providing open space for the neighborhood.

Carl also mentioned Coyote Hills is having a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this Saturday.

Carl Scott alerted members that February is the month to be thankful. And, we all should be thankful for the four club member who have reached the 50 year club membership status. The combined number of years these four members have served the community with their club membership is 210 years.

  • Food Bank –Jim Murphy reported he and his crew worked on packaging cookie crumbs this past week. (Cookie Crumbs are used to make pie crusts when not eaten by the Buddie Pak recipient.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan, Chuck Boots. Rick McKernan reported the next meeting is scheduled for March 19. Also, Rick is looking for Business Sponsors for the Derby. For $150.00 donation Business can have a derby car wrapped with their business logo and information. Businesses provide the wrap. Member who know of a business interested is sponsoring a car should contact Rick at (573) 881-3471 or mckernan@mchsi.com
  • Oratorical & Essay – Rick McKernan reported only two applications were received for this year’s oratorical contest. A minimum of three entries is required. Rick will contact the Ashland Optimist to see if our two applicants can participate in their contest. The club received 3 with a possible fourth applicant for the Essay Contest.
  • Scholarships – Word from Cyrilla.is the Rock Bridge scholarship applications have been received. She is still awaiting applications from the other High Schools.
  • Columbia Youth Basketball – Mary Dewey mentioned Justin Anthony’s team will not play any make-up games this Saturday so the season is over for our team.
  • Bike Safety – Mary Dewey says the event is still scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 5:39 to 7:00 at the Lange Middle School parking lot. There is still time to volunteer to help Mary. New member Ron Berg is an avid cyclist and has already stepped up to offer his help.
  • Board Meeting – Feb 15th. Grants provided: Diamond Council Baseball- sponsor 2 teams at $350 each, Hickman Review- provide $1,000 grant, MO Symphony – $500 for 3rd Grade program, Girls on the Run- $750.

Framing and Plaque for the Respect for the Law Flag as amended up to $150 was approved.

Acceptance of Ron Berg as a new member

March evening meeting at the Boys and Girls Club is still being planned.

Kelly Schilling has agreed to complete the term for Harold Rowe and we will discuss and vote on this at the March meeting.

  • Board and Officer Nominations committee – Jim Murphy, Chair of the Nominating Committee, reported on the 2018/19 Candidate Slate and presented his final report to the Club Secretary. The slate is as follows: President – Mary Dewey, Vice President – Phyllis Nichols, Vice President – Kelly Schilling, 2-year Board members – John Westbrook, Adam Bakos and John Sapp. (The current board members who will complete their terms on September 30, 2019 are: Mike Hatchett, Nadia Ryakhmyatullov and Tony Parisio). The nominating committee was comprised of Jim Murphy, Charlie Langreder and C.O. Scheffer. Mary Dewey announced that Jack Beard has agreed to be treasurer next year. The election will be held in April. And, as is the club’s tradition an announcements of the slate will precede the election of officers at the two consecutive Monday Luncheon meetings prior to a final announcement at the third meeting the vote.
  • Optimists Junior Golf: June 7, 2018.  Aberdeen Golf Club, Eureka, MO.  Sponsorships available.
  • Assistance from OI for recruiting is requested. Nominations are open for East MO Optimist District Gov-Elect and Zone 2 Lt. Governor. Elections must be prior to the 3rd Quarter district Conference.

 

 

 

Today’s Speaker

Jack Huested, OATS

 

From the OATS website at oatstransit.org

 

OATS, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation providing transportation for thousands of Missourians, including the rural general public, senior citizens and people with disabilities in 87 Missouri counties. Contrary to what many think, OATS transportation is not just for seniors, and in fact the top services provided are transportation to work and medical appointments. We employee more than 750 people statewide, with 24% of them Veterans. The company is headquartered in Columbia MO, with regional offices in Bridgeton, Columbia, Harrisonville, Macon, St. Joseph, Sedalia, Springfield and Union, MO.

 

OATS Transit is a public transportation system that is available to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, color, religion, or national origin, and in fact serves a wide diversity of clientele. We help people get to work, doctor appointments, essential shopping, and other places people need to go. Our services range from taking toddlers to pre-school, getting people to work each day, taking patients to life-saving medical appointment, and taking people shopping so they can continue living independently. We also offer contract transportation service for agencies, whether it be for one day or one year.

 

Originally founded in 1971, OATS Transit has grown to be one of the largest and most unique systems of its kind in the country.  As a public transportation provider, OATS buses traveled 14 million miles last year to serve residents in the Show-Me State. There are more than 32,000 people in Missouri who utilize the services of OATS. Last year, 1.5 million one-way trips were provided.

 

Our Mission:  Enhancing quality of life by providing safe, caring & reliable transportation services.

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

March 5- Lorene Royer, Kings Daughters Dental Aid Program

March 12 – Paul Blythe, Executive Director, Diamond Council of Columbia, Inc.

March 19 – Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

 

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary