10.15.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 15, 2018

 

Call to order: Mary Dewey, President

Invocation:  Jake Jolley

Pledge:  Charlie Langreder

 

Introduction of Guests and New and Old Members (who have been gone):

  • Bonnie Langreder, Charlie’s wife, attended the meeting.
  • Welcome back to Cyrilla Galbreath, who has been gone for four months for medical reasons.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None reported.

 

Greeter

Ken Oster worked at home this weekend.  His wife had been out of two the last two weeks in Henderson, Nevada, helping her sister, who recently had an operation on her shoulder.  Her sister had been improving at home, but had a medically-related issue and was back in the hospital.  Ken’s wife will be coming home next Monday afternoon, and he looking forward to her return.

 

Mystery Person

Steve Winters selected Charlie Langreder.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig. Carl Scott paid the pig.  He shared there was $9 in the pig last week; up to $120 donated.  We are close to reaching 500 quarters.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year. Dues are $80.00.  This is the Internal Optimist Club 100th  We are trying to bring new members in this year. Reminder- Educators current and retired and under 30 years old may only pay $30.00 for 2018-2019 year.
  • Upcoming Board Meeting Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the DO Clubhouse.
  • President Dewey stated the First Quarter Easter MO District Conference is November 2 and 3, 2018 at the Quality Inn in Festus, MO. Please let President Dewey know if you wish to attend.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy stated they worked with packing Corn Flakes.
  • Announcements from the floor.
    • Cyrilla let us know about Dottie Stoerker-Peters is at Rusk Rehabilitation.
    • President Dewey stated Jim Beckett was taken to the Hospital on October 12.
    • Jack Cruise stated John Sapp is due to have surgery at Barnes. He asked John if any of the Downtown Optimists can help with anything at his home during this time, and John said his neighbors are helping out.
  • Christmas Trees:
    • C. O. Scheffer stated the first package of tree-related items including price tags is due to arrive today or tomorrow.  He sent President Dewey a proposal for tree prices-prices are going to be increasing.  Two trucks will be delivering Fraser Fir Trees on Saturday, 11/10/18 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The remainder of the trees will be coming but a solid date has not been set yet.  C.O. will be checking on Fraser Fir sizes to assist in determining where trees will be placed at the site.
    • Steve Winters added the MU Baseball Team will be assisting with the unloading of the trees.  Burgers and Hot Dogs will be served.
    • Jim Murphy stated a clean-up day at the clubhouse grounds in preparation for Christmas tree sales will be on Saturday, 10/20/18.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and should only last 1-2 hours.  The purpose mainly is to move tree stands to allow for work in the shed.
  • Sid Sullivan asked about the status of the DO Clubhouse shed roof repair bids.  Mary Dewey indicated the Downtown Optimist Club will be going with the Martin Metal-Lumber-Trusses Building group on repairing the shed roof.  The shed roof repair will be completed by the end of this month in time for the Christmas tree deliveries.  There is a 10-year warranty on the repair.
  • President Dewey reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18.  .  The cost is $10/person.  Please contact Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Mary Dewey by 10/22/18 if you plan to attend the shrimp dinner.  Larry needs to know the number of persons attending to plan for the amount of food needed.
  • Steve Winters gave a Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift Certificate update.  He stated $24,860 has been collected in combined sales of Koeze Nuts/Restaurant Gift as of this date; about $4,000 ahead of last year.  First order is due 10/24/18.  November 5, 2018 is the first date the items can be picked up.  Gift cards will be brought to the luncheon meeting.  You can pick up the Koeze Nuts orders the first Thursday in November.  Once the Nuts arrive they will need to be sorted, inventoried, pulled and bagged for distribution.
  • Carl announced today Ronald McDonald House is doing an annual fund raiser.  So if you have extra change please go to your McDonald’s Restaurant to place in containers for the Ronald McDonald House. It is called “Day of Change” fundraiser.

 

Today’s Speaker

Mariquet Klein, Rock Bridge High School

Topic:  Autism Spectrum Disorder and Direct instruction

Mariquet is a Special Education teacher with Columbia Public Schools (CPS).  Mariquet provided an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and direct instruction to support children with ASD in the school setting.  Mariquet provided a description of ASD as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.  Persons with ASD may communicate, interact, behave and learn in different ways from most individuals.  Persons with ASD may range from being gifted to experiencing severe challenges; with needs for assistance with activities of daily living varying from individual to individual.

 

Mariquet also provided a summary of areas looked at to determine Autism as per the DSM-5.  This includes such areas as persistent deficits in social, communication and interaction across contexts.  Symptoms can cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.  These must be evident in childhood (recognized by age 3).  And, the person may have restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.

 

There are about 300 Kindergarten through 12th grade students within CPS with Autism as a primary diagnosis.  Some of these students may have a 504 plan for services, and others may not need services at all.  Other students may have Autism as a secondary educational diagnosis.  Educational supports range from the student not needing special education to needing a district-wide classroom.  This involves a smaller student/teacher ratio, and more structured with ability to support the student in both the general education and special education setting.  Goals for educating students with ASD include academic goals, post-secondary goals, social skills and pragmatic language.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 22 – Heather Dimitt-Fletcher and Drew Bennet – Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Monday, October 29 – NO Meeting (Shrimp Dinner Social is on Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. at DO Clubhouse)

Monday, November 5 – Janet Godon, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation – Bike Coop and Youth Bike Program

Monday, November 12 – Mike Flanagan – Columbia Youth Wrestling

Monday, November 19 – John Korte – Medal 4 Mettle

Monday, December 3 – Dan Nunez-Requeiro – FACE of Boone County

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg,

Secretary

10.08.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 8, 2018

 

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

Invocation: Pat Brown

Pledge: Carl Scott

 

Introduction of Guests

No new guests today.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Suzi Moore, one of today’s speakers, had a birthday last week.

 

Greeter

None reported.

 

Mystery Person

Rick Mckernan recognized Steve Klein.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.  Carl Scott paid the pig.  He shared there was an article in a recent edition of the Columbia Tribune regarding Share the Harvest.  This is a program where deer hunters can donate venison for Missourians in need.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year.  Dues are $80.00.  This is the Internal Optimist Club 100th year.  We are trying to bring new members in this year. Reminder- Educators current and retired and under 30 years old may only pay $30.00 for 2018-2019 year.
  • Upcoming Board Meeting Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy and Larry Fick stated that they worked with carrot packaging at the Food Bank.
  • Rick Mckernan asked about the status of the DO Clubhouse shed roof repair bids.  Mary Dewey indicated she has received some Board member responses to date in voting for the Martin proposal. Mary will get further updates on the Board vote for the shed repair bids submitted.  Update:  Downtown Optimist Club will be going with the Martin Metal-Lumber-Trusses Building group on repairing the shed roof.
  • Christmas Trees:  Jim Murphy stated a clean-up day at the clubhouse grounds in preparation for Christmas tree sales will be on Saturday, 10/20/18.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and should only last 1-2 hours.  Please note this is a new date for the clean-up (previously was set for 10/27/18).  The reason for the change in date is to complete the clean-up prior to the repairs slated for the shed roof.  Jim also stated they are waiting on tags.  He is looking for additional volunteers for the drill teams (2 drills).  He has cleaned up the drill bits and the drills are ready.
  • Larry Fick reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18.  Larry Fick indicated 24 people have committed to attending so far.  The cost is $10/person.  Please contact Steve Winters, Larry Fick or Mary Dewey by 10/22/18 if you plan to attend the shrimp dinner.
  • Red Leighton mentioned that the dates are arriving soon for Koeze Nuts orders to be turned in.  He had asked if we can make sure members not present today at the meeting are reminded about the Koeze Nuts due dates.
  • Steve Winters stated he has extra copies of information for the Koeze Nuts/Gift Certificates sales (DO President letter, catalogue, gift certificate flyer, receipt book).
  • Carl Scott reminded members that 10/10/18 from 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Columbia Parks and Recreation will have a Neighborhood Park Day at the Columbia Downtown Optimist Park.

 

Today’s Speaker

Suzi and Bob Moore

Suzi Moore provided information on Big Sonia resources. She shared a documentary called Big Sonia is being introduced into the Columbia Public Schools.  It is an amazing documentary about Sonia, a survivor of the Holocaust and lives in Kansas City, MO, who talks about her experience in the Holocaust.  Sonia was present at Columbia Hickman High School recently to speak about the documentary. She as part of a receiving line for 2 hours, spending time speaking with the students.  This documentary has been introduced to many organizations. Mrs. Moore added that the Optimist Creed is important to Sonia, and plays a major role in her life. The Optimist Creed along with the Ten Commandments are placed on a wall in Sonia’s tailor shop she has in Kansas City, MO.  Mrs. Moore volunteers her time promoting the Big Sonia documentary.  Her personal goal is to see organizations like the Optimists share this resource.  If you would like further information please contact Suzi Moore at (816) 536-1760 or email at suzi.b.moore@gmail.com.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 15 – Mariquet Klein – Autism RBHS

Monday, October 22 – Heather Dimitt-Fletcher and Drew Bennet – Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Monday, October 29 – NO Meeting (Social is on Tuesday, October 30)

Monday, November – Janet Godon, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation – Bike Coop and Youth Bike Program

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:48 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg

Downtown Optimist Club Member

 

10.01.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

October 1, 2018

 

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

Invocation: Sid Sullivan

Pledge: Ron Berg

 

Introduction of Guests

Sid Sullivan shared that his wife Joan joined him to the meeting today.

 

Bob Moore introduced himself as a guest to the meeting today.  The purpose for his attendance is to share that a documentary called Big Sonia is being introduced into the Columbia Public Schools.  It is a very good documentary about Sonia, a survivor of the Holocaust and lives in Kansas City, MO, who talks about her experience in the Holocaust.  Mr. Moore indicated it will be shown today at 6:00 p.m. at Battle High School and Sonia will be present at Columbia Hickman High School on Wednesday 10/3/18 at 5:30 p.m. to speak about the documentary. Mr. Moore added that the Optimist Creed is important to Sonia. Mr. Moore will provide more information about the documentary at the Downtown Optimist meeting next Monday, 10/8/18.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Greeter

Larry Fick congratulated Sid Sullivan for all the hard work he has done in preparing the weekly newsletters.

 

Mystery Person

Scott Stager reported due to the improved cooler temperatures he was able to do more yard work at home.  He added he received a text about two weeks ago from his niece in Minnesota, who will be visiting to go with Scott to the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas this weekend.  It is a three-day event that has been occurring for over 40 years.  It is a big thematic event with crafts, craft sales, and stages for entertainment (e.g., musicians).  Scott will be demonstrating woodworking at the event.

 

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig.  All were signed in.
  • Mary stated social dues are due now for the 2018-2019 year.  Dues are $80.00.  This is the Internal Optimist Club 100th year.  We are trying to bring new members in this year. Reminder- Educators current and retired and under 30 years old may only pay $30.00 for 2018-2019 year.
  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy stated that they worked with chicken products at the Food Bank.
  • Soap Box Derby – Rick McKernan mentioned that last year when he was at the Soap Box Derby event in Akron, OH, he learned that about 60 persons from New York were at the event to support the drivers.  He looked into costs for a tour bus/drivers to see if members from Optimists would want to go to the next event.  The cost for the tour bus would be about $6,000.00 (may only be about $50-$100/member who travels to the event).  It is on a Saturday. So travel would begin from Columbia about 4:00 p.m. on the prior Friday, participate in the event on scheduled Saturday, and then leave back for Columbia about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Arrival would be in early morning Sunday.  It is a little over a 10-hour drive.
  • C.O. Scheffer gave an update on Christmas tree purchase planning. The tree shipping lists have been received.  He is looking at the shipping cost and other information to figure out what to price the trees.  Tree tags will also be ordered.  Waiting to hear from the MU Baseball Players for their assistance.
  • Jim Murphy stated a clean-up day at the clubhouse grounds in preparation for Christmas tree sales on Saturday, 10/27/18.  It starts at 9:00 a.m. and should only last 1-2 hours.
  • Steve Winters reminded members of the upcoming Shrimp Dinner on Tuesday, 10/30/18.  Larry Fick indicated 8 people have paid so far.  Cost is $10/person.
  • Steve Winters also mentioned the Koeze Nuts and Restaurant Gift Certificates sales season under way.  Orders due 10/24/18; 11/7/18; and 11/28/18.
  • Carl Scott announced some upcoming community events.  On 10/6/18 the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is having their annual Harvest Hootenanny at the Urban Farm here in Columbia.  There will be music, and there will be meals prepared by Columbia Career Center. Carl also mentioned on 10/10/18 from 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Columbia Parks and Recreation will have a Neighborhood Park Day at the Columbia Downtown Optimist Park.  He asked if a few representatives from Downtown Optimists could be present for the event.  Carl also stated on 10/13/18 children and their families will meet at Food Bank to prepare Buddy Packs.

 

Today’s Speaker

Randy Kiser, State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Mr. Kiser gave an overview of the CLAIM, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.  CLAIM is part of a nationwide network created by Congress to help meet the needs of the persons accessing Medicare.  CLAIM is a federally funded, not-for-profit entity.  Funding is administered through the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP). This service is provided through the Primaris Foundation, the entity that has been awarded the service contract through DIFP since 1993. Mr. Kiser is one of about 300 volunteers state-wide in Missouri who provides free education and assistance to Missourians about Medicare.  Today Mr. Kiser overviewed Medicare topics including description of what is covered under Medicare Parts A-D, benefits eligibility, enrollment, and benefits periods.  Additionally an overview of such topics as Medigap and supplemental insurance, and prescription drug plans were covered.  You can reach Mr. Kiser if you have Medicare questions toll-free at (800) 390-3330.  His email address is jkiser@Primaris.org.  The website for CLAIM is www.missouriclaim.org.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Monday, October 8 – Sue and Bob Moore – talking about Documentary Big Sonia

Monday, October 15 – Mariquet Klein – Autism RBHS

Monday, October 22 – Heather Dimitt-Fletcher and Drew Bennet – Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Monday, October 29 – NO Meeting (Social is on Tuesday, October 30)

Monday, November – Janet Godon, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation – Bike Coop and Youth Bike Program

Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

 

Ron Berg

Downtown Optimist Club Member

 

09.24.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin
9/24/18
Call to order: Ed Musterman, President at 12:05
Invocation: Larry Fick
Pledge: Red Leighton
Introduction of Guests
Dave Murphy introduced his guest Godmoc and Dola from Sweden. Godmoc is the pastor of the church where Dave’s daughter lives. He and his wife are visiting to attend the 60th anniversary of St. Andrews Lutheran Church on the east side of Columbia.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
None
Mystery Person –
Jim Murphy made today’s award to Ed Musterman for doing a fine job as he completes a second consecutive year as our club president.
Greeter –
Charlie Langreder told of his hunting experience this month. Duck season opened on Sept. 1 but, when he got out on Sept. 2 all the ducks were gone. Teal Season opened September 6 but Charlie came up short. Archery Deer Season opened September 15. Charlie has three tree ladders and 3 ground blinds but he didn’t see a single deer after spending a day in a tree stand. He went on to say anyone who gets bored siting all day in a tree stand is not paying attention. Nature has a lot to offer. Butterflies and other insects are marvelous to watch. But he is not ready to exchange his bow for a camera. He plans to introduce his wife to hunting later this season.
Announcements
• Sign In or Pay the Pig
Carl Scott added a couple of quarters to the pig today. The first was in recognition of the Great Circle’s Diamond Night Gala Event to be held October 6 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Individual tickets are available for $140.00. Great Circle works with children with extreme behavioral disorders. The second quarter was to honor Mark Snyder of Snyder Engineering who joined our club and brought four of his employees with him.
• Welcome any new or returning members.
• Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick
Jim and Larry worked on Buddy Packs for school children
• Tree lot – Jim Murphy, C.O. Scheffer, Rick McKernan
All is moving on schedule. Jim reiterated the work day scheduled for Saturday morning, October 27 at 9:00 am. There is work to be done moving stands and replacing drill bits. With enough people the work should be completed quickly. Meantime, Steve Winters has completed the plans for a new tree netting table which he and Scott Stager will build. Rick McKernan is working with Steve on the Optimist Christmas Tree banner.
• Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.
Steve has 25 lbs. of shrimp and a rain check for 10 more lbs. when more members sign up for this Shrimp Fest.
Bringing Out The Best In Kids Since 1936
• Club House shed
The club has received two bids for the repair of the main shelter, our pole barn. Manor Construction bid $7,340 to remove steel roof and replace purlins and damaged wood before reattaching the original roof with screws. Don Cribes Construction, recommended by Gary Spotts, bid $10,316 to tear off the existing roof, replace damaged wood and purlins install a new steel roof with screws, ad gutters and downspouts and haul away debris. Mike Hatch will try to get a third bid from the Amish craftsmen. The work must be done before trees arrive in November.
• Thanks to Sid and C.O.
Ed Musterman, completing his second consecutive year as president, thanked C.O. Scheffer for his seven years of service as treasurer and Sid Sullivan for his two years as club secretary. All three will be leaving the board at the end of the month.
• Announcements from the floor.
At last week’s Board meeting grants were approved: $1,200.00 for a row of planting with Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, $700.00 for uncompensated supplies for the autism program at Columbia Public Schools, $750.00 to cover some of the cost of repair to damaged corner moldings at the Ronald McDonald House, and $300.00 to OI for the Childhood Cancer Fund. These expenditures dipped into the club’s reserves, reducing them to $36,000.00. With the upcoming expense to repair the main shed covering our Christmas Tree operations, the reserves will be further reduced by $10.000.00.

Today’s Speaker
Merideth Lehman, Child Life Program at Women’s & Children’s Hosp.
Amber Lashley, Child Life Specialist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital gave today’s presentations. After graduating from MU with a degree in Human Development, she joined this special unit nine years ago. She has two children, a 7 year old and a 3 year old. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Public Administration program at MU. Her husband works in Jefferson City.
The Child Life Program was started in 1970 at Women’s and Children’s Hospital with a staff of one. It was the only one in the country at the time. The staff has increase to nine and many hospitals throughout the country now offer similar programs.
The focus of this special unit is on the way kids learn, how they cope with life changing events and how they handle stress. Most adults are compliant with medical procedures accepting the actions of a medical professional. Young children are different; they need to be involved in the process and to understand what is being done and why. The Child life Specialist needs to know how an individual child perceives what is happening. Some child patients are autistic, others may have sensory disorders.
The Child Life Program takes a psycho-social approach to support the medical professionals by reducing stress and anxiety. Children learn through play so the program is gear around that. Props are used, some to aid the understanding others for an anxiety distraction. Grover the doll is a favorite. But, a cloth bone with a tumor or a cloth vein that unzips to reveal small plastic discs labeled with different components of blood helps to explain blood. The specialist may use an oxygen mask or a toy IV for play to introduce a child to an upcoming procedure. An IPad is used to show what an MRI or CT scan procedure involves.
The program can accept grants for supplies or gifts of new toys. Potential volunteers must apply through the hospital HR Department. There is training involved and a commitment to work a specific number of hours each week. University students who are considering this as a profession are the more likely volunteer candidates.
Bringing Out The Best In Kids Since 1936
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Oct 1 – Randy Kiser, Counselor w/ CLAIM, – Medicare 101
Adjourn with the Creed: 1:00
Optimistically Yours,
Sid Sullivan
Secretary

09.17.2018 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

9/17/18

Call to order: Mary Dewey, Vice President

Invocation:  Jake Jolley

Pledge:          Jack Cruise

Introduction of Guests  

Chase Wyckwood is the volunteer engagement coordinator at The Food Bank. After             completing a Master’s degree at Dayton University, he moved to Columbia to work in his             current position at The Food Bank. He is a potential new member of our club.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person 

V.P. Mary Dewey made today’s award to Jim Murphy

Greeter   –

            Charlie Langreder mentioned a sighting of Chuck Pease and his wife. Chuck is maneuvering             with a walker but is in good spirits and plans to attend our Shrimp Fest October dinner. Charlie           asked about any sightings of Steve Henderson. Jake mentioned he was a judge and             participant at the Boys and Girls Club fundraiser, Chili Cook-Off. Sid talked with him a month             ago. He was in good spirits but did not look well. He is recovering from the after effects of             multiple surgeries stemming from knee replacement surgery gone wrong.

 

Announcements

  • Sign In or Pay the Pig

Carl recognized Red Leighton for showing up with Carl at the Cow Patty Bingo event in Midway and

Jim Yankee for rappelling last Saturday at the ‘Over the Top” event at the Tiger Hotel

He also mentioned our board member Nadia Ryakhmyatullov hosted the event.

  • Welcome any new or returning members.

None

  • Food Bank – Jim Murphy/Larry Fick

Jim and Larry spent four hours packaging carrots last week. More members are welcome to join them.

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

C.O reports some uncertainty with a firm tree delivery date. The North Carolina hurricane is effecting transportation all over the country as supplies are being shipped to restore hurricane damage. C.O. will keep us posted as we get closer to the actual delivery. Jim Murphy is asking for a Member Work Day at the clubhouse. Help is needed to set up the lot and install the two drill bits in preparation for the tree delivery. He suggests Saturday, October 27 at 9:00 am. Carl Scott mentioned Amazon is now offering Frazer trees for Christmas online with free delivery. No one thought $150.00 for a 7’ Frazer would be competition to our fund raiser.

  • Koeze/Gift – Steve Winters, Jake Jolley

Steve repeated delivery dates:

Customer can expect delivery on Nov. 5 for orders in by October 24

Customer can expect delivery on Nov. 19 for orders in by Nov 7

Customer can pick up order at clubhouse on Dec 10 for orders in by Nov 28.

Steve needs help unloading Koeze Nuts when each shipment arrives and more volunteers to pick items for individual orders. More on specific dates and times for help with the October, November and December shipments will follow. Contact Steve to volunteer: winters@missouri.edu/.

  • Club Social – Steve Winters: Oct 30th, Shrimp Fest.

Steve has 30 lbs. of 15 count shrimp in the freezer with 15 lbs. available for purchase when numbers increase. Other menu items include pasta with a special linguine sauce and blackberry cobbler with ice cream

  • Announcements from the floor.

Jake Jolley headed the DOC delegation to the Show Me State Games Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. The DOC was honored with the Nancy Trass Hall of Fame trophy for our many years of volunteer service. The mounted plaque was circulated at the luncheon and will be put on display in the clubhouse. This is the first year this award was given to an organization rather than an individual.

 

 

Today’s Speaker

 

John Baker, Community Foundation

John Baker is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri.  It’s the only foundation of its kind in Missouri. John was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Columbia for 13 years prior to a vocation change from religion to finance. He and his wife Judy have been active in the community. She is a former state representative and candidate for state treasurer. The couple hosted one of the Russian doctors during the DOC three week exchange program.

Today’s session was all about philanthropy. As people grow in life so do their financial stability. Once retirement savings and inheritance for kids and grandkids are secure, it’s a good feeling to know your work through life can be helpful to some unrelated group or cause. The CFCM provides this opportunity for people in ten counties in central Missouri. The CFCM mission is to Inspire and Nurture Philanthropy for the Public Good. As John puts it “A slice of what you have become can aid others not related over time.” A simple $20,000 gift can sustain a group or cause at $1,000 a year for 20 years without touching the principle.

CFCM works with donors to connect their gift to public charities (501(c) 3’s). A donor names a trust to be public or anonymous for their gift, names the charity, decides the level of investment risk and takes the maximum allowable tax deduction for their gift. CFCM’s 17 member Board administers the trust for a nominal fee. In its eight years of existence CFCM has gone from zero to $9 million in holdings. They manage 103 separate trust funds issuing grants of $614,000 in 2017. In addition they managed the COMO Gives providing $718,000 in grants last year.

There are five categories of funds: A Donor Advisory Fund allows the donor to name the charity and how the funds are invested; a Designated Fund is an endowment style of fund.; a Field of Interest Fund has the donor naming an interest to direct annual grants but directs CFCM to select the charity/charities; a Scholarship Fund is used to provide scholarship grants from anywhere from pre-school to post-graduate programs; finally an Unobstructed Fund directs the CFCM board to decide where to direct grants.

Board members serve three year terms and can extend their time on the board two move times. If anyone wants more information, is interested in providing a gift or joining the board, feel free to contact John Baker at 573-817-5027 or jdbaker@cfcmfoundation.org or at P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205. John’s offices are located at 701 E. Broadway in Columbia.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS  

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: 1:00

Optimistically Yours,

 

Sid Sullivan

Secretary

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.
Bringing Out The Best In Kids Since 1936
• 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