02.03.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, February 3, 2022 at the Clubhouse

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Larry Fick, Jerry Sullivan, Nadia Ryakmyatullov, Mike Russell, Red Leighton, Steve Winter, and Rick McKernan  By Zoom Ed Musterman. Special Guest were Lauren Dell, Lister Dell  and Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.

Prayer- Larry Fick, Pledge Steve Winter

Birthday/Anniversary:  N/A

Rick McKernan talked about the upcoming International Optimist Day on Thursday, February 3th. This event will take place at 3:00 pm at the clubhouse. We will have other club members from the Columbia clubs join us and celebrate this day. Please make sure to wear you Optimist shirts, hats or anything else you have that has the Optimist logo on it. 

I talked about how our Optimist Day zoom went. We had some attendance from Kids First and there was a reporter from the Columbia Tribune who wrote an article on it. Columbia mayor Brian Treece read us the proclamation. Lauren Dell and Lister Florence attended and spoke about Optimist day. Special thanks to Rick for putting this all together.

Steve told us that he talked to Koeze nuts and found out that our club was 4th in the nation for the top selling organizations in 2021. So good job to us.

Mary Dewey let everyone know that 2nd quarter conference will be in St. Charles on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites. There will be a chicken wing contest on Friday night to raise money for the OI Foundation. More detail to come. Who is going is Deb Swanegan, Mary Dewey, Tony Parisio and Rick McKernan. Please let us know if anyone else would like to go so we can get registration.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical and Essay contest will be take place by the end of February or first of March. All the Optimist Club in Columbia will be helping with this event. Deb Swanegan has volunteered to help Rick in finding students to take place in these two contest. We know that Father Tolton High has some students in Jennifer Black’s class who will taking part again this year.

Rick McKernan talked about the Bill of Right Geocaching Hunt. This will be about $2 thousand, which will help with the bus to take the kids to Jefferson City to see the Capital, Supreme Court, and the meet the Governor. While they also have lunch in Jefferson City. Right now, we have $400.00 from the Boone County Republic Group. He is still working the Boone County Democratic and Libertarian Groups for money to help with some of the cost of this event. 

Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be going to the CPS Art Chair soon to talk to them about the elementary school visual art contest. This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “ 

We talked about different place to meet for our meeting on Monday. The board decided last month to have our club meeting at the clubhouse. By doing that we will be saving money that, we can give out to the youth in the community. We had move come over to the Senior Citizen where club members can get a meal that we did Monday at the clubhouse. 

John Jones checked out Your Pie Plate a Pizza place south of town. They have a private room that we can use on Monday for our meeting and they wave the room charge. They have a meal gift card for $10.00 we can buy or sell for a fundraiser. This card is for a meal and drink.

The boys and girls club chili contest will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Scott Stager will not be chair for this event this year to COVID-19 and his health. Therefore, we are looking for a new person to take over the chili contest this year to take over this event if you are inserted please let Tony or me know. 

I didn’t mention it at the meeting but would like to give a special thanks to Chuck Boots for cleaning the snow off of our lot. He came out Thursday February 3rd and cleaned it off.

Mary Dewey also hand out the Dime A Day forms for everyone to join for only $36.50  

Closed with the Optimist, Jerry Sullivan

Meeting end at 12:45 pm

Tony Parision, President                                              

01.31.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Clubhouse

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio by Zoom, In person Red Leighton, Steve Winters, Steve Klein, Larry Fick, Ken Oster, Rick McKernan, Mary Dewey, Mike Russell, Jerry Sullivan, Nathan Breidegam, Nadia Ryakmyatullov, Abraham Daniel, and by Zoom Deb Swanegan and our speaker Marc Kartz

Prayer- John Jones and Pledge – Mary Dewey

Birthday/Anniversary:  N/A

Rick McKernan talked about the upcoming International Optimist Day on Thursday, February 3th. This event will take place at 3:00 pm at the clubhouse. We will have other club members from the Columbia clubs join us and celebrate this day. Please make sure to wear you Optimist shirts, hats or anything else you have that has the Optimist logo on it. 

Mary Dewey let everyone know that 2nd quarter conference will be in St. Charles on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites. There will be a chicken wing contest on Friday night to raise money for the OI Foundation. More detail to come. Who is going is Deb Swanegan, Mary Dewey, Tony Parisio and Rick McKernan. Please let us know if anyone else would like to go so we can get registration.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical and Essay contest will be take place by the end of February or first of March. All the Optimist Club in Columbia will be helping with this event. Deb Swanegan has volunteered to help Rick in finding students to take place in these two contest. We know that Father Tolton High has some students in Jennifer Black’s class who will taking part again this year.

Rick McKernan talked about the Bill of Right Geocaching Hunt. This will be about $2 thousand, which will help with the bus to take the kids to Jefferson City to see the Capital, Supreme Court, and the meet the Governor. While they also have lunch in Jefferson City. Right now, we have $400.00 from the Boone County Republic Group. He is still working the Boone County Democratic and Libertarian Groups for money to help with some of the cost of this event. 

Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be going to the CPS Art Chair soon to talk to them about the elementary school visual art contest. This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “ 

We talked about different place to meet for our meeting on Monday. The board decided last month to have our club meeting at the clubhouse. By doing that we will be saving money that, we can give out to the youth in the community. We had move come over to the Senior Citizen where club members can get a meal that we did Monday at the clubhouse. 

John Jones checked out Your Pie Plate a Pizza place south of town. They have a private room that we can use on Monday for our meeting and they wave the room charge. They have a meal gift card for $10.00 we can buy or sell for a fundraiser. This card is for a meal and drink.

The boys and girls club chili contest will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Scott Stager will not be chair for this event this year to COVID-19 and his health. Therefore, we are looking for a new person to take over the chili contest this year to take over this event if you are inserted please let Tony or me know.

Daniel next door would like to Thank us for letting him us the building on Sunday, January 30 for a meeting of the Refuge. He own the whole block next to us and across from the clubhouse. He also owe his own trucking in Moberly that he helps the refuge learn a new job. 

Announcements: Kids 1st Optimist Club Trivia Night/ Chili Contest on March 12, and Cosmo Pancake Day this Saturday from 6 to 1pm.

Our Speaker today was Marc Kartz the OI Foundation President. Please look the slide show that is attached to this email. 

Mary Dewey also hand out the Dime A Day forms for everyone to join for only $36.50  

Closed with the Optimist, Ken Oster

Meeting end at 12:45 pm

Tony Parision, President                                              iMagineimage20

01.24.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Clubhouse

Members attend in person Vice President, Jerry Sullivan, Rick McKernan, Red Leighton, 

John Jones, Pat Brown, Ken Oster, Steve Klein, Jim Murphy, and Mary Dewey 

Zoom was Nadia

Prayer- Pat Brown and Pledge – Ken Oster

Birthday/Anniversary:  John Jones 1 year anniversary with Simon Bank 

The update from the board meeting that was on Thursday, January 20th

The board approved $1500 for Rick McKernan for the Soapbox Derby, which will held on Sunday, June 5th. (I am thinking that is the date for this year) We will be looking for volunteers to help that day to run this event. Rick doesn’t want to hire staff to help.

The board approved $200.00 for the Optimist Day on February 3th. This the day we will wear our Optimist Shirts, cap and anything else we have that show the community we are members of the Downtown Optimist Club. I still have shirts for sell if you need one please let me know. On this day, Rick has planned for all the Optimist President and members to join us at the clubhouse at 3:00 pm for social hour to see what all the other clubs are doing in their club.

The board approved $310.00 for the Oratorical and Essay Contest. $250.00 are the prizes and $60.00 for the medals

The board approved $2,000.00 for new white tables, and cabinets in the kitchen area. We will be waiting on the cabinets to see and get move information on the stove we want to put in. Do we want a commercial one or regular stove? 

The board approved 8 high school scholarship than the 6 like we had last year. Now we have 2 for each high school and they are Battle, Douglass, Rock Bridge and Hickman. 

Jack Beard made the motion to pay $800.00 a year for internet for the clubhouse. With the internet will not have any problems with the credit card machine during the tree sale? Every time the phone rang this year it knocked out the credit card machine when you are doing a sell. The machine was hook to the phone line. The board approved for us to get internet for the clubhouse. 

Jack also let us know that we raise the dues $2.00 more to help pay the cost of OI.

We also have 2 new members who got approved at the meeting. They are Wiston Asberry from Snyders, and Nathan Bradigan. Let’s welcome to the club.

Mary Dewey let everyone know that 2nd quarter conference will be in St. Charles on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites. There will be a chicken wing contest on Friday night to raise money for the OI Foundation. More detail to come.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical and Essay contest will be take place by the end of February or first of March. All the Optimist Club in Columbia will be helping with this event. Deb Swanegan has volunteered to help Rick in finding students to take place in these two contest. We know that Father Tolton High has some students in Jennifer Black’s class who will taking part again this year.

Rick McKernan talked about the Bill of Right Geocaching Hunt. This will be about $2 thousand, which will help with the bus to take the kids to Jefferson City to see the Capital, Supreme Court, and the meet the Governor. While they also have lunch in Jefferson City. Right now we have $400.00 from the Boone County Republic Group. He is still working the Boone County Democratic and Libertarian Groups for money to help with some of the cost of this event. 

Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be going to the CPS Art Chair soon to talk to them about the elementary school visual art contest. This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “ 

We talked about different place to meet for our meeting on Monday. The board decided last month to have our club meeting at the clubhouse. By doing that we will be saving money that, we can give out to the youth in the community. We had move come over to the Senior Citizen where club members can get a meal that we did Monday at the clubhouse. 

Saturday, January 8th started CYBA games. We sponsored 2 teams again this year. When, I get the younger kids basketballs schedule I will share with you all what time our teams play. All the games will be played at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Sports Fieldhouse. 

The boys and girls club chili contest will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Scott Stager will not be chair for this event this year to COVID-19 and his health. Therefore, we are looking for a new person to take over the chili contest this year if you are inserted please let me or Tony know so we can let you know what you need to do.

Announcements: Kids 1st Optimist Club Trivia Night/ Chili Contest on March 12, and Cosmo Pancake Day this Saturday from 6 to 1pm.

Our speaker didn’t make it in today. Jerry had us talk about our favorite teacher.

Mary Dewey: Pat Fox who was her kindergarten and 2nd grade teacher. She helped me with my reading and writing. Jackie Glenn my 5th grade teacher. She helped me out by getting me to school after I had hip surgery done and helped me with my reading.

Pat Brown: Mersdaies Keller who pushed him hard to do the best he can do each day. 

John Jones: Mrs. Moore She also told him how to learn after he was told he had a disable that why he was having a hard time in school.

Ken Oster: His math teacher in College. He had a BS degree in Math.

Rick McKernan: Mary Vargis held his feet to the fire, which pissed him off. Clark Bricken in college.

Red Leighton: Ashton Asserton from high school sports in basketball and baseball. Which helped all the players with their communication discipline. Paul Peterson his college football coach who helped him become a center on the team. He played football, basketball and baseball for 4 years and meet his wife his senior year. They both loved playing basketball together when they met.

Steve Klein: Ralph Winston at Washington University Accounting Art Carlson. He started accounting in Hawaii.

Jerry Sullivan: Melvin Dale Privet who was his Principal and his bus driver. 

Closed with the Optimist, Creed by Mary Dewey

Meeting end at 12:45 pm

Jerry Sullivan – Vice President                                              iMagineimage20

01.10.2022 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Clubhouse

Members attend in person: President Tony Parisio, Jerry Sullivan, Rick McKernan, Red Leighton, Larry Fick, John Jones, Deb Swanegan, Charlie Langreder, Steve Klien, Jim Murphy, and Mary Dewey and By zoom Corey Koch

Prayer- Deb Swanegan and Pledge – John Jones

Birthday/Anniversary:  Bonnie Langreder birthday was on January 8th. John Jone 1 year Anniversary today when he moved to Columbia, MO, started his new job at Simon Bank, and found the Downtown Optimist Club.

Jim Murphy and Tony Parision thanked everyone who came out on Saturday, January 8th to clean up the tree lot (putting the tree stand back and drills up). The following members came out to help that day: Steve Winter, Tony Parision, Rick McKernan, Mike Hackett, Adam Bakos, C.O. Scheffer, and Jim Murphy.

Tony Parisio let us all know that we raise over a Thousand dollars for Nadia Ryakmyatullov a club member who has Cancer. She has gone through two survey and chemo. She was every speechless for the money which will help with family for bills and other things the family needs. She will start back full-time last week. She even help at the tree lot when we need help cashier.

Mary Dewey let everyone know that 2nd quarter conference will be in St. Charles on Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites. There will be a chicken wing contest on Friday night to raise money for the OI Foundation. More detail to come.

Rick McKernan let us know that the Oratorical and Essay contest will be take place by the end of February or first of March. All the Optimist Club in Columbia will be helping with this event. Deb Swanegan has volunteered to help Rick in finding students to take place in these two contest. We know that Father Tolton High has some students in Jennifer Blacks class who will taking part again this year.

Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be going to the CPS Art Chair soon to talk to them about the elementary school visual art contest. This is a contest for students who are the under the age 11 years old who love to paint and draw. Their theme is “Optimism “ 

We talked about different place to meet for our meeting on Monday. The board decided last month to have our club meeting at the clubhouse. By doing that we will be saving money that, we can give out to the youth in the community. We had move come over to the Senior Citizen where club members can get a meal that we did Monday at the clubhouse. 

Saturday, January 8th started CYBA games. We sponsored 2 teams again this year. When, I get the younger kids basketballs schedule I will share with you all what time our teams play. All the games will be played at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Sports Fieldhouse. 

The boys and girls club chili contest will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Scott Stager will not be chair for this event this year to COVID-19 and his health. Therefore, we are looking for a new person to take over the chili contest this year if you are inserted please let me or Tony know so we can let you know what you need to do.

Our speaker didn’t make it in today.

Closed with the Optimist Creed by Jerry Sullivan.

Meeting end at 1:00 pm

Tony Parisio – President                                              iMagineimage20

12.13.2021 Weekly Bulletin

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, December 13, 2021 at Senior Citizen Center

Members attend in person: President Tony Parisio, Jerry Sullivan, Rick McKernan, Carl Scott, Red Leighton, Steve Winter, Charlie Langreder, Ken Oster, Mike Hatchett, and Mary Dewey By zoom Scott Stager and Deb Swanegan  and our special guest were Bonnie Langreder and

Prayer- Rick McKernan and Pledge – Jerry Sullivan

Birthday/Anniversary: N/A

Steve Winter talked about the Koeze Nuts: The third order in and ready to be picked up at the clubhouse.

Christmas Trees: We sold out in 14 days. Chuck bought the last 4 trees and closed up the tree lot. Then Carl sold the 4 trees for $15.00 each on Friday afternoon. Only thing left at the clubhouse are Koeze nuts and Amish Peanut Brittle. We will be selling these items 10 % to 20% off at our luncheon on Monday, December 20th.

We talked about the Christmas Luncheon, which will at the clubhouse on December 20th. We will have HyVee Catering. Cost will be $10.00 to $12.00 a person that without checking with HyVee. We will be garlic roasted pork loin and chicken, roasted vegetables, white mac and cheese, and crispy apple salad.

Our Guest Speaker: Rolando Berry from Missouri Highsteppers

Located 2306 Oakland Gravel Road tow house from the Fire Station. 3 years since they have been at the Boys and Girls Club

THE HIGHSTEPPERS CREED

I am responsible for the decisions I make in this life. I am the one who determines who I am, what I do and what I will become. Compassion and hard work are my tenets. Gentleness and resoluteness my hallmark.

I will strive to maintain a positive attitude about life, to work hard at every task I undertake and to persevere in the face of life’s difficulties.

I pledge to be a role model to others and to make empathy and kindness my personal guiding light.

How it came to be: Rolando Barry founded the Missouri Highsteppers — formerly known as the Blind Boone Highsteppers and the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers — in 1979. He belonged to similar drill teams as a child in St. Louis.

What we do:  We are an outreach program that encourages youth to become part of a team and part of a community. We strive to instill life and character building principles by encouraging discipline, work ethics, and teamwork.

ABOUT US Our Mission

We strive to provide opportunities for growth and development through enrichment activities centered on character building, leadership, health and life skills, education, career, sports, recreation, fitness and the arts.

By utilizing a group of positive, committed, caring staff and volunteers to serve as role models, we are able to inspire and enable all youth to realize their fullest potential and help students become responsible, productive and caring adults.

We enhance services to youth and parents by collaborating with other organizations.

Above all else, we provide a safe place for youth to learn and grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Youth are able to safely travel throughout the United States and abroad, performing intricate and rigorous routines for a variety of venues, which allows for a sense of discipline, responsibility, coordination, and team building skills.

Our Vision

To provide members with a sense of purpose, a commitment to excellence and an understanding that all members can become productive and successful contributors to the Missouri High Steppers, our communities and our society.

Missouri High Steppers’ Mission

Provide opportunities for growth and development through enrichment activities centered around character building, leadership, health and life skills, education, career, sports, recreation, fitness and the arts.

Utilize a group of positive, committed, caring staff and volunteers to serve as role models.

Inspire and enable all youth to realize their fullest potential and help students become responsible, productive and caring adults.

Enhance services to youth and parents by partnering with other organizations.

Provide a safe place for youth to learn and grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Travel throughout the United States and abroad, performing intricate and rigorous routines for a variety of venues.

Closed with the Optimist Creed by Tony Parision.

Meeting end at 1:00 pmTony Parisio – President