August 8, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, August 8, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person President Tony Pariso, Jerry Sullivan, Red Leighton, Pat Brown, Rick McKernan, Carl Scott, Larry Fick, George Rains, Mike Hackett, Kelly Schilling, Evan Schilling, Jack Curtis, C.O. Scheffer, and Mary Dewey. Special Guest were Owen and Drew Schilling and Megan Plum Soap Derby Car. Tony’s kids Dominick and Carmelina

Prayer: Larry Fick

Pledge of Allegiance: Owen Schilling

Birthday/Anniversary: Pat Brown 70th Birthday on August 9th, George Rains and his wife 12th Wedding Anniversary on August 23th.

Paying the Pig: Carl Scott said “There was $22.00 in the pig and Tony has $30.00 at home.” Which gave the pig $52.00

Larry Fick said “He was bagging Cinnamon Toast Crunch today at the Food Bank.”

Please sign up for the next Family Fun Fest at Albert-Oakland Park on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 5 to 8 pm.

Hallsville Optimist Club is having a fish fry on Saturday, August 20th at 5:00 pm to 7:00

Bike Safety Rodeo will be at the Northeast Regional Park (old fairground) inside on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Reminder the 4th qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in St. Louis. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference.

Jerry Sullivan talked about the Wednesday, August 31 Koeze Nut Kick off dinner at the Clubhouse at 6:00 pm. Make sure everyone comes to hear Red Leighton speak about selling Koeze Nuts and gift cards.

We will be hosting a School Supplies Drive this month until August 19, 2022. Kelly Schilling will be the chair person for this event. Please bring the school supplies to the clubhouse on Monday when you come to the club meetings.

Rick McKernan talked about the Soap Derby this past weekend in Arkon, OH. They didn’t do to well this year but, they had a great time making new friends.

There will be a Derby Demonstration on Saturday, August 27 in Washington, MO. This demonstration will take 45 minutes. They will go down in the adult cars to see what it will look like for the kids going down the hill.

JIO Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be getting together with the West Middle School principal about starting a chapter there at West.

Guest Speaker:  Evan, Owen and Drew Schilling and Megan Plum

Evan Schilling: The first derby started in 1938. He talked about the local and national derby. At the local derby there was 53 racers on this very hot day on Sunday, June 12. This was the biggest race. They built in sponsorship for the local derby which helps with the cost of the derby that the club will have to help pay for. We give the sponsorship advertisement on the cars and in the Soap Box Derby magazine.  This year derby was In Memorial of Chuck Boots who did a lot for the Soap Box Derby local level.

Megan Plum: Is out Master winner from Kansas City. Kansas City Derby Race didn’t have enough to have a master group that is why she came to the Columbia Derby Race.  She is 19 years old and has 1 more year to race in the master level in the Rally races. They can race until they are 20 years old and can still fits in their car. She has been at Arkon, OH for 6 x since she has been racing in the Soap Box Derby. She won the National Derby Best Painting job on her Derby car. She is the 2 person from the Mid-American Soap Derby from Columbia, MO. She has friends from the derby that she keeps in touch with from Omaha, Nebraska on Facebook.

Owen Schilling: He is from Rally. Owen talked about how his mom Kelly got him and his dad into the local derby at age 9. He started out racing in Super Stock where he won.  He has been to Arkon, OH for the past 5 years. He has a great time, meeting up with his friends that he has met over the years being there, walking a lot and buying a lot of lemonade to drink. Owen was a great help at the local level helping his brother Drew with his car and getting him ready to go down the hill to race.  Owen has friends in Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and Colorado.

Drew Schilling: He is the winner from the Stock division. He had to wait for 7 hours before he went down for the 1st time down the hill at Arkon, Ohio. He like meeting with new people and going down the hill and going fast. He is following his brother foot steps in racing in Derby.

Overall this year neither of the drivers made it through the 1st round. There was a lot of problems with the race this year so it took longer to get the practices in during the week.

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Tony Pariso: President                                             

August 1, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, August 1, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person Vice- President Jerry Sullivan, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Rick McKernan, Carl Scott, Steve Klein, Deb Swanegan, Mike Hackett, Kelly Schilling, and Mary Dewey. Zoom Scott Stager and Ed Musterman. Special Guest were Nathan Buxman and his wife Lisa.

Prayer: Deb Swanegan

Pledge of Allegiance: Mary Dewey

Birthday/Anniversary: Steve Klein and his wife 24th anniversary is on August 4th

Paying the Pig: Deb Swanegan a $.50 for Fun City, Jerry Sullivan a $1.00 for being on the news, and Mary Dewey a $1.00 for being in the newspaper and Facebook for Show Me Sate Games.

Larry Fick said “ He was bagging Cinnamon Toast Crunch today at the Food Bank.”

Please sign up for the next Family Fun Fest at Albert-Oakland Park on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 5 to 8 pm.

We like to thank everyone who came out these two past Sundays and helped with the Show Me States Games handing out the medal for soccer.

Hallsville Optimist Club is having a fish fry on Saturday, August 20th at 5:00 pm to 7:00

Bike Safety Rodeo will be at the Northeast Regional Park (old fairground) inside on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Reminder the 4th qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in St. Louis. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference.

Jerry Sullivan talked about the Wednesday, August 31 Koeze Nut Kick off dinner at the Clubhouse at 6:00 pm. Make sure everyone comes to hear Red Leighton speak about selling Koeze Nuts and gift cards.

We will be hosting a School Supplies Drive this month until August 19, 2022. Kelly Schilling will be the chair person for this event. Please bring the school supplies to the clubhouse on Monday when you come to the club meetings.

Rick McKernan talked about the Soap Derby this past weekend in Arkon, OH. They didn’t do to well this year but, they had a great time making new friends.

There will be a Derby Demonstration on Saturday, August 27 in Washington, MO. This demonstration will take 45 minutes. They will go down in the adult cars to see what it will look like for the kids going down the hill.

JIO Deb Swanegan and Mary Dewey will be getting together with the West Middle School principal about starting a chapter there at West.

Guest Speaker:  Nathan Buxman Mizzou Athletes in Action (see the attachment)

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Jerry Sullivan: Vice President                                             

July 25, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, July 25, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Rick McKernan, Jerry Sullivan, Ed Musterman, Carl Scott, Steve Klein, Steve Winter, Pat Brown, Jim Murphy, Mike Hackett and Mary Dewey

Special Guest are: Steve Neumann and Guest was Tony’s daughter Carmelina

Prayer: Rick McKernan

Pledge of Allegiance: Carmelina Parisio

No special guests, no birthdays, no anniversaries.

Board Meeting information from Thursday, July 20.

We had NO Funding

We talked about having a school supply drive in August. We are looking for someone to head this drive like a newer member. We voted in a new member that Rick McKernan brought in and his name is George Rains.

We will not have a booth at the CCUA Harvest Hootenanny

Carl like to Thank Tony and Deb for helping with the Family Fun Fest at the MU Health Care Pavilion at Clay-Shy Park on the hot day. Please sign up for the next Family Fun Fest at Albert-Oakland Park on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 5 to 8 pm.

This Sunday is the last day of Show Me State Games and our club is handing out medal again for soccer. We are still looking for volunteers to come out and help from 9 to 1 pm or 1 to 5 pm. It will be a little cool that last Sunday.

Hallsville Optimist Club is having a fish fry on Saturday, August 20th at 5:00 pm to 7:00

Bike Safety Rodeo will be at the Northeast Regional Park (old fairground) inside on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Someone gave Rick McKernan a check for $200.00 in Memory of Chuck Boots. There will no memorial service right now for Chuck Boots

Reminder the 4th qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in St. Louis. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference.

Guest Speaker: Steve Neumann who talked about Alcoholics Anonymous

         Steve said “There are 38 area and 12 district Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Columbia.” There are meetings on Sunday through Saturday meeting that people can meet when they need to go to a meeting for help. Steve goes to 5 days a week they give him a lot of help and strength from not drinking if he wants one.

AA stands for Alcoholics Anonymous is a illness and they can’t control their drinking because they are ill. They believe if they don’t stop drinking the alcoholism almost always gets worse and worse if there wasn’t any place to go for help.

They symptoms is not all alcoholics have same symptoms but, many at different stages in the illness. The signs are that alcohol makes them fell self-confident and at ease with other people and “just want one more drink at the end of the party.” The get drunk when they had not planned to, blackout, sneak drinks and lies about their drinking at the same time hiding the bottles or cans so no ones know they are drinking.

How does A.A. help the alcoholic? They make friends of the recovered alcoholics in A.A. They encouraged them to stay away from a drink “one day at a time.” There are 12 steps to recovery and these steps suggest ideas and actions that can guide alcoholics toward happy and useful lives.

Steve did talk about a lot more that he shared with us but, he didn’t give it to me to share with you all who weren’t there at the meeting.

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Tony Parision, President                                             

July 18, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, July 18, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Rick McKernan, Jerry Sullivan, Ed Musterman, Carl Scott, Nadia Ryakmayatallov, Larry Fick, Steve Klein, Daniel Abraham, Ken Oster, C.O. Scheffer, and Mike Hackett. Mary Dewey by Zoom

Special Guest was Sandy McConn

Prayer: Larry Fick

Pledge of Allegiance: Carl Scott

No special guests, no birthdays, no anniversaries.

Larry talked about volunteering to hand out medals for the Show Me State games.

Rick talked about Soap Box Derby finals being held in Akron Ohio this week.

Please sign up for the upcoming Family Fun Fest that will be at COSMO Park from 6 to 8 pm. Will have only 1 shifts until 2 shifts. The shift will be from 5 to 8 pm. This will take place on Wednesday, July 20th with a Healthy Habits Theme.

Hallsville Optimist Club is having a fish fry on Saturday, August 20th at 6:00 pm.

COMO Breakfast Club past President said, “They will be having a golf tournament and wanted to know if our club would like to play?” We have the members who want to play more information to come when we get more information.

Bike Safety Rodeo will be at the Northeast Regional Park (old fairground) inside on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Reminder the 4th qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in St. Louis. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference.

Guest Speaker:  Sandy McConn

I did not catch everything that was said, but this is the highlights of what I caught.

There are 5 things the Lions focus on. I only caught 2 of them

eyes

cancer

All money raised goes towards proceeds

Dues pay for all administration

International does not dictate what the clubs need or have to do. It is your club your way

They do surveys to make sure projects are what the community needs

Changing for modern needs

Meeting are now called get togethers

They have a foundation for grants

They support disasters

They have a program called Leos which is like our JOI club

Middle school and up

They support Special Olympic spring games

There are 4 Lion’s clubs in Columbia

About 120 members total

Big funding events are

Welcome home charity picnic

Golf tournament

They do community projects

They do funding requests

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Tony Parision, President                                             

July 11, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia

Zoom/In Person Meeting Newsletter

Monday, July 11, 2022 at Downtown Optimist Clubhouse

Meeting began at 12:01 pm

Members attend in person President Tony Parisio, Red Leighton, Ken Oster, Rick McKernan, Jerry Sullivan, Ed Musterman, Charlie Langreder , Pat Brown Carl Scott, Mary Dewey,  Larry Fick, Steve Klein, Travis Kemp,  Ken Ostee and Mike Hackett.

Jerry Sullivan and Scott Stager by Zoom

Special Guest were Andrea C, George Rains, Jane Williams, and Kristian

Prayer: Pat Brown

Pledge of Allegiance: Charlie Langreder

Birthday/ Anniversary:    Larry Fick Birthday on Sunday, July 10, Ken Oster birthday on July 11 and Rick 40th Wedding Anniversary

Tony show off out Dime of Day plaque for our $500.00 donation.

Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 20th no funding as right now.

Show Me State Games, which will be on Sunday, July 24th and 31th. Please look for it. Jake passed out the Show Me State Games Volunteer form during the meeting for everyone to fill out if they want to volunteer.

Please sign up for the upcoming Family Fun Fest that will be at COSMO Park from 6 to 8 pm. Will have only 1 shift until 2 shifts. The shift will be from 5 to 8 pm. This will take place on Wednesday, July 20th with a Healthy Habits Theme.

Hallsville Optimist Club is having a fish fry on Saturday, August 20th at 6:00 pm.

Bike Safety Rodeo will be at the Northeast Regional Park (old fairground) inside on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Reminder the 4th qtr. East Missouri Optimist District meeting will on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 in St. Louis. Please let Tony know if you want to go to the conference.

Guest Speaker: Jane Williams from Love Inc

See attachment about Love Inc

Optimist Creed was recited at 12:45 pm

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 pm

Tony Parision, President