06.24.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, June 24, 2019

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:01 p.m.

Invocation:  Mary Dewey

Pledge:  JIm Murphy

 

Attendance:  14 members

 

 

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

None

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person

Mary gave to Scott Stager in appreciation of help with taking minutes

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

 

 

  • On August 9-11 the Optimist district meeting is here in Columbia. There will be a demonstration of soap box derby cars.  Email Mary Dewey at mcountryfun@hotmail.com by Wednesday, July 17 if you interested in attending the 4th qtr East District Conference. The conference will held here in Columbia, MO at the Holiday Inn Expo Center by the Columbia Mall.
  • Board meeting this past Thursday.
    There were no funding requests.

 

We did talk about the new sign for John Sapp Memorial Tree Lot. The sign will go under the light  as you enter the tree lot. We also talked about the new time and date for the club meeting. We are looking at 5:15 pm on Monday evening.  Also talked about finding someone to replace Jim Murphy on drilling the Christmas trees this year.

Steve Klein provided a bit of further discussion on the question of a trial of Monday early evening meetings.  Some further discussion occurred.  The evening meetings will be an experiment to see if it can increase meeting attendance.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy – Chicken fingers after chicken fingers

 

  • Socials: Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11. 2019 at the clubhouse  at 6:00 pm. Looking for club members to help out with this event. .  Larry Fick is now collecting money for the event, $10/adult.  Kids eat free. If you are interested in attending the event please contact Larry Fick to purchase tickets.

 

  • Show Me State Games: Jake Jolley (Games this year are Sunday, July 21st and 28th). Jake still needs more people both days.  Afternoon shift on the 21st and both shifts on the 28th.

 

Today’s Speaker

 

Mike Harvey of Douglass Baseball League Association was our speaker today. The league started in 1996.  Mike has been involved for 10 years and is now the league president.  Our own Pat Brown has been involved since the beginning.  The league is sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation with some funding provided by donations.

 

The purpose of this league is to provide the opportunity to play non competitive baseball for all kids from 5 to 10 years of age.  It offers a chance for kids to get together and just have fun.  It exposes kids who have never played baseball or similar sports before to the experience of team play.

 

There are three levels of play.  T-ball for 5-6 year olds; Coach pitch for 7-8 years old, and kid pitch for ages 9-10.

 

The league provides shirts, balls, gloves, and bats.  All activities are run and supervised by volunteers.  Kids get to play 10 games within a season.  At the end there is picnic with pictures and a medallion.

 

Play is on Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Douglass Park field.  T-ball is played on two of those night and the other 2 groups play on two other nights.

 

There is a fee of $27 per child with some scholarships available to cover about half the cost.

 

This year MU gave them a chance to attend MU games.  They are also going to take a trip to KC to visit the Negro League Hall of Fame.

 

This year there are 137 kids involved.  That is more than earlier years.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 7/1/19 Dave Fox from Show-Me State Games
  • 7/8/19 Kim Dude from Children Grove
  • 7/22/19    Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 7/29/19 Soap Box Derby winners
  • 8/1/19 Tour of the New Ag Park next to ARC at 5:15 pm
  • 8/5/19     Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
  • 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center
  • 8/12/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking
  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner the Executive Director/ The Loop CID

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

 

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President and Scott Stager, Sub Secretary

06.17.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, June 17, 2019

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:05 pm

Invocation:  Mary Dewey

Pledge:  Jim Murphy

 

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

Red Leighton’s wife Dorcas Leighton

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Red and Dorcas Leighton 70th Wedding Anniversary was on Saturday, June 15.

 

Mystery Person

Jake Jolley gave the gift card to Rick McKernan. Rick declined and passed the gift card to Jim Murphy via blind drawing from a stack of recognition he had in his hand from the Soap Box Derby club helpers

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

 

  • Board Meeting: President Dewey reminder everyone about the board meeting this Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 pm at the Club house.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy and Larry Fick were working on packing cheerios, Bagel midis (holes) and cane sugar

 

  • Socials: Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11. 2019 at the clubhouse at 6:00 pm. Looking for club members to help out with this event. .  Larry Fick is now collecting money for the event, $10/adult.  Kids eat free. If you are interested in attending the event please contact Larry Fick to purchase tickets.  We have 23 adults sign up right now for the July 11social. We are serving  Pork Streaks, Bake Beans, salad and homemade ice cream.

 

  • Soap Box Derby: Rick McKernan passed out Thank You Certificates to all the folks who helped out with the Soap Box Derby. Rick Mckernan, Chuck Boot and other person (I am sorry can’t remember their name) went to Kansas City this past weekend to their Soap Box Derby event. They only had 26 drivers there. It because of the Downtown Optimist Club that is why Columbia Soap Box Derby is so big.

 

  • Bike Safety Rodeo: President Dewey would like to Thanks to Carl Scott, Scott Stager, Red Legtinton , and Rick McKene for coming out  Thursday to help with the Bike Safety Rodeo. The weather was just right  and we had 22 kids who came out and took part in our Bike Safety Rodeo. Mary will check to see if we can use the Karis Church again next year everyone like that location.

 

  • Show Me State Games: Jake Jolley (Games this year are Sunday, July 21st and 28th). We will helping out handing out soccer medals on those days.

 

  • Disaster Relief Supply Drive: If anyone wants to help out with Disaster Relief Supply Drive by donating supplies or money for this drive. You can bring the supplies or the money to my office which is located at 701 East Ash Street.
  • Garden Party: Steve Winter Garden Party is this Thursday, June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a 5 steam drum players will be there for our entertainment.

 

Announcements from the Floor:  No other announcements from the floor

 

Today’s Speaker

Janice Brooks from Columbia Housing Authority/ Moving A Head, Morgan Bushcer the Teen Coordinator and Nia Schnieder a CARE worker. Janice talked to us about the Fall After School & Full Day Summer Program. Last year the summer program had more than 80 children and teens fought back against the summer learning loss with the Moving  A Head all day out-of-school program. Their program is held at the Blind Boone Community Center at 301 N. Providence.  One step through the door way just after 8:30 am on any weekday and Saturday morning between July 2 -August 4. The program provided 3 meals a day for the children with funding from the Summer Food Service Program and NO Kid Hungry SFSP grants.  Other sponsors who help fund the After & School and Summer Full Day Program are City of Columbia Social Service Fund, Veterans Untied, Downtown Optimist Club (helped with field trips), Boone County Children’s Service Fund and many more. In the morning the children have a learning period where the MAP staff with community partners will help the children with their math, reading, STEM and cultural actives. In the fall the MIZZOU School of Education Students will plan and implement reading programs for K-3rd grade students to help improve their reading levels.  They served 3000 meals in one month during the summer. Proper nutrition’s has been shown to help the students maintain their attention as they are learning through the day.

In the afternoon the students were transported on local trips by their 15 passenger van provided and maintained by CHA. Some trips they go on include bowling, ice and roller skating, and swimming. They have also gone over to the Boys and Girls Club new culinary kitchen and DJ room.  The students even go to the movies, hiking at Rock Bridge State Park through the Devil’s Ice Box. The will get several school buses for their far away field trip like Union Station, Kansas City Aquarium, Mark Twain Landing, Big Surf, and many other education trip. This year they will go to the Kansas City Royal Station, Mark Twain Landing, and Missouri State Capital. They opened  the Teen center 2 years ago which has helped  keep high school age student participating in the Moving A Head Program. The hours of operation are 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm during the school years and Summer Camp hours are Monday through Friday are 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. They already have 90 children enroll for the fall After School Program and 20 teenagers also enrolled.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 7/1/19 Dave Fox from Show-Me State Games
  • 7/8/19 Kim Dude from Children Grove
  • 7/22/19    Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 7/29/19 Soap Box Derby winners
  • 8/1/19 Tour of the New Ag Park next to ARC at 5:15 pm
  • 8/5/19     Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
  • 8/9 -10/19 4th quarter Missouri East Conference at Holiday Inn Executive Center
  • 8/12/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking
  • 8/19/19 Ron Rowe from Youth Community Coalition
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center
  • 9/9/19 Carrie Gartner from the Business Loop District (talking about the New Loop)

 

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

 

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

 

                            

 

East Missouri District 2018-2019 “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

06.10.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, June 10, 2019

 

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

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Ken Oster

 

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

 

none

 

Welcome any new or returning members

 

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

Larry Fick, Anniversary, 56 years

 

 

Mystery Person

 

Mary gave to Jake Jolley – for stepping up and helping Rick round up riders for Soap Box Derby

 

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

 

Carl for everybody who helped at Derby

 

 

President Announcements

 

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy – Chicken nuggets were packaged

 

  • Soap Box Derby: President Mary Dewey would like to Thank the following club members who stepped up and took a double shift when it came to driving the trucks and helping out in other ways .They are Sid Sullivan, Bonnie and Charlie Langrader, Ed Harre, Abam Bakos, Jerry Sullivan, Carl Scott, Ken Oster, John Westbrook and Red Leighton, . Also like to Thank Jake Jolley for helping out Rick McKernan by calling or email  all the club member looking for more drivers. Special Thanks to Rick Mckernan and Chuck Boot for a great job yesterday at the Soap Box Derby everything went smoothly.

    Record number of racers – 48 racers beating last year by one.  Biggest race in central area.  Lost 1.5 hrs in morning due to 3 cars parked on street and delay in getting them towed.  They were able to recover from the delay and finished races by 4 p.m.

    Mary awarded Rick with a 100 year anniversary Optimist T-shirt, and passed out 100 year pins for all those who drove retrieval cars.

 

 

  • Socials: Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11. 2019 at the clubhouse  at 6:00 pm. Looking for club members to help out with this event. .  Larry Fick is now collecting money for the event, $10/adult,  Kids eat free. If you are interested in attending the event please contact Larry Fick to purchase tickets.

 

  • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) this Thursday, 6/13/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided. Need help taking stuff over to Karis Church from the club house ( at least 2 trucks) and Help with the stations.

 

  • Show Me State Games: Jake Jolley (Games this year are Sunday, July 21st and 28th). Passed out sign up sheets for our participation.

 

  • Disaster Relief Supply Drive: If anyone wants to help out with Disaster Relief Supply Drive by donating supplies or money for this drive. You can bring the supplies or the money to my office which is located at 701 East Ash Street. Carl provided more information showing a flyer and Providence bank drop off point.  Drop off by June 14th.

 

Announcements from the Floor:

 

Steve Winters extended an invitation for upcoming annual garden party and invited all.  Thursday June 20th, their residence.  6-9 p.m.  Bring a side dish.

 

Today’s Speaker

 

Marisa, a student at Hickman gave a discussion on the Hickman Review discussing
how they operate.  10-15 students on the committee that produces the review.  They start in the fall with fund raising to support their production.  Local businesses, organizations including our club make donations.

They seek submissions from throughout the school.  Hundreds of submissions through Christmas break.  Selection process begins in January.  Separate for writing and art submissions.  Editors categorize the submissions and they all review and go through a selection process.  Final layout is done by editors working to organize the submissions in a meaningful order.  Couple of months involved in the editing and layout.  There were 50-60 items evenly split into art and writing items in this years review.

Marissa passed around a couple of copies of prior years Hickman Reviews.  As in the past they are amazing collections of art work by Hickman students, well organized and presented.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 6/17/19 Janice Brooks from Columbia Housing Authority/ Moving A Head
  • 7/1/19 Dave Fox from Show-Me State Games
  • 7/8/19 Kim Dude from Children Grove
  • 7/22/19 – Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 7/29/19 Soap Box Derby winners
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program
  • 8/12/19 Nanette Ward from Human Trafficking
  • 8/26/19 Karen Grindler from Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center

 

Adjourn with the Creed:

 

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

 

 

 

East Missouri District 2018-2019  “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

05.20.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

Monday, May 20, 2019

 

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:02 p.m.

Invocation:  Rick McKernan

Pledge:  Jerry Sullvin

 

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

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None

 

Mystery Person

Mary Dewey gave the HyVee gift card to Rick McKernan for all he had done to get the clubhouse up to code for the Fire Department extrication

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

  • Board Meeting: We helped fund the Columbia Housing Authority / Moving A Head $3,000 for their Summer Afterschool and Day Camp. We will be making a John Sapp Memorial Tree Lot Sign that will reveal several days before opening day of the tree lot with the press there and honor guest. Talked about hosting a Request the Law event with other Optimist clubs in Columbia like Kids First and Sunrise clubs.

 

  • Food Bank: Jim Murphy said “They put buddy pack together a couple of weeks ago.”

 

  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby had 3 clinics this past week all the cars are down. Still need 2 more drivers ages are 9 to 17 for Super Stock and  7 to 13 years old for the Stock. Still needing drivers the day of the race.

 

  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey indicated scholarship awards will be presented at the Columbia high schools as per the dates and times below:
      • Douglass High School: Friday, 5/24/19 at 10:00 a.m. at Missouri Theatre. Rick Mckernan has agreed to make the presentation;
      • Hickman High School: Tuesday, 5/21/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Hickman Gym. Jim Murphy as agreed to make the presentation;
      • Rockbridge High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Rockbridge Gym. Steve Klein has agreed to make the presentation.
      • Battle High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 6:15 p.m. in Battle Gym. A D.O. Club member to give presentation has not yet been determined.  We are checking with a D.O. Club member, who is a teacher at Battle High School, to see if he will make the presentation.
    • Socials: Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, July 11. 2019 at the clubhouse  at 6:00 pm.

 

  • Boone County Relay for Life walk: This event occurs on Friday, 5/31/19 at Hickman High School Track from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please come out and support the American Cancer Association in finding a CURE for Cancer.
  • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

 

Announcements from the Floor:  Jake Jolley  emailed me  

The show me state games are coming up and we have for the past 20 plus years handed out soccer medals on 2 Sundays in July.  This year it will be July  21st and 28th and I would be happy to run that for the club and would also welcome a new person to assist.  I will be at the lunch June 3rd to kick off the sign up.

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home. Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home was started by Larry and Cathy McDaniel who saw a need for this service for the children. So, in 1991 Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home has existed provide a processional yet traditional home environment for abused and neglected children.  The 1st house was completed in 1997 and named Cathy’s Home, 2nd house was completed in 1999 and named the Zimmer’s Home, 3th house was completed in 2000 and named the Hubbell’s Home, 4th house was completed inn 2011 and named the Wright’s Home, 5th house was completed in 2014 and named the Atherton’s Home and the current and 6th house was completed in 2019 and named the Petershein’s Home. They will be starting their 7 house this summer. Each home have 8 kids and 2 house parents, and 1 support parent that comes in and help when they are needed.  Each o f the house have a downstairs where there is a library area where the tutors can help them with their reading. There is two kids  in each bedroom where they get to decorate  to make it fell like their own. She said “Sometime they have to separate the siblings if there is no room for them all in one house.” For, example, if there are 4 sibling 2 boys and 2 girls they will put in two different house if there is only room for 2 boys in one house because the girl’s room is full. But, they will see each other every day when they are doing stuff around the grounds.  The older kids do step up and help with the young kids when they need to and they also help with fixing dinner for the family. The real parents have the right to visit their kids with supervisor with a caseworker or a family service counselors, weekend visit which is baby steps.

There is training for life programs that the kids go through:

Coyote Hill’s program is organized around five focused areas of education and training. Combined together, they seek to serve the whole child with their development and create cycles of success. Success as an individual, and future success as a parent, employee and community member.

1) Consistency and Structure

The average child placed at Coyote Hill has already been through at least two or three placements and experienced the loss of multiple parental figures before he/she even arrives on our doorstep. In extreme situations, a child can have upwards of 12 past placements. This lack of stability is highly detrimental to a child’s development. Coyote Hill mitigates the negative effects by creating an atmosphere of predictability, support, structure, and love. Consistency and structure are articulated through daily routines, family responsibilities, and predictability in their interactions with their Home Parents. Stability is created through our Success for Life program and the efforts of our Home Parents.

2) Educational Tutoring

The Success for Life program provides daily tutoring, tailored to the need of each school-age child at Coyote Hill. These sessions are a minimum of one hour after school, with qualified volunteers and staff. Tutoring is also scheduled during summer break, in our Education Center. Our volunteer tutors serve as support for the learning that goes on during the school day and also as mentors and role models. Many of the children who arrive at Coyote Hill are behind academically. The goal of tutoring is to help the child reach or exceed his/her grade level, while avoiding being overwhelmed. We strive to instill a love of learning.

3) Life Skills (We helped this part last year)

All youth at Coyote Hill are immediately started in the Life Skills Program. Our children often lack basic life skills when they arrive. Developing appropriate ways to express anger, accepting “no” answers from authority figures, or treating others’ belongings with respect and care are integral skills for a child’s future success. Practical life skills such as learning to do laundry, cleaning, hygiene and cooking are also included.  This program teaches youth basic skills, in accordance with their age, and involves setting goals for each child. Staff and volunteers seek to equip and encourage our children to meet their goals and celebrate with them whenever they are met.

All youth at Coyote Hill are immediately started in the Life Skills Program. Our children often lack basic life skills when they arrive. Developing appropriate ways to express anger, accepting “no” answers from authority figures, or treating others’ belongings with respect and care are integral skills for a child’s future success. Practical life skills such as learning to do laundry, cleaning, hygiene and cooking are also included.  This program teaches youth basic skills, in accordance with their age, and involves setting goals for each child. Staff and volunteers seek to equip and encourage our children to meet their goals and celebrate with them whenever they are met.

4) Vocational Skills

The Success for Life program helps our teens and preteens develop character and a work ethic through our Vocational Skills programming. Only teenagers and preteens can apply for this voluntary vocational program. During the construction of The Petersheim Home, youth also have the opportunity to participate in our Youth Apprenticeship Program.

In the Vocational Skills program, youth work on-site, earning a weekly paycheck in a variety of areas such as landscaping, lawn maintenance, barn management, horsemanship, welding, mechanical maintenance, and housekeeping. They learn important lessons, such as the importance of showing up on time, how to respond to instruction, and how to do both menial and meaningful work with a positive attitude–all characteristics that make for good future employees. Our Vocational Skills program is a grace-filled work position. The end goal is that our youth will learn the value of a dollar and the skills necessary to acquire their first part-time job by the time they become an older teen, nearing independence.

5) Independent Living Skills

At age 12 years and older the kids can get a job there from mowing the yards, helping in the office and helping in other areas. Each children who want a jobs will have to fill out a job application, go through and interview, and clock in and out just like a real job  To find out more about Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home their website is http://www.coyotehill.org.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 6/10/19 – MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review
  • 6/17/19 Janice Brooks from Columbia Housing Authority/ Moving A Head
  • 7/1/19 Dave Fox from Show-Me State Games
  • 7/8/19 Kim Dude from Children Grove
  • 7/22/19 – Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:58 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

 

                            

 

East Missouri District 2018-2019  “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

05.13.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

May 13, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:09 p.m.

Invocation:  C.O. Scheffer

Pledge:  West Park

 

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

None

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

None.

 

Mystery Person

Skipped Mystery Person this week.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

  • Board Meeting this Thursday, May 17, 2019 at the Tiger Hotel at 6:00 pm

 

  • Food Bank: Larry Fick or Jim Murphy were not there this week. So, we didn’t find out what is going at the food bank last week.

 

  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick talked about that we are the largest derby out of 8 states that host a Soap Box Derby.   At the 1st Soap Box Derby they didn’t charge for sponsorship. Now we charge $1,500 for gold  sponsors  who is Columbia Ready Mix/Boone Quarries. Our sliver sponsors pays $1,000 and they are Plaza Tire Service, Flat Branch Mortgage, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Our bronze sponsors are Bopp Collision Center, Shelter Insurance- Ed Hohlt Agency, Hawthorn Bank and Dents Unlimted.  He also passed around a signup sheet for drivers to drive the trucks with soap box derby cars back up the hill. He has 5 slots for 2 1/2 hours shifts and he needs 20 drivers. That is 4 drivers for each shift.  Also this week there will be a soap box derby clinic at the clubhouse starting at 6:30 pm. Still in the need of 2 super stock drivers from ages 9 to 17 years old less than 179 lbs.

 

  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey indicated scholarship awards will be presented at the Columbia high schools as per the dates and times below:
      • Douglass High School: Friday, 5/24/19 at 10:00 a.m. at Missouri Theatre. Rick Mckernan has agreed to make the presentation;
      • Hickman High School: Tuesday, 5/21/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Hickman Gym. Jim Murphy as agreed to make the presentation;
      • Rockbridge High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Rockbridge Gym. Steve Klein has agreed to make the presentation.
      • Battle High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 6:15 p.m. in Battle Gym. A D.O. Club member to give presentation has not yet been determined.  We are checking with a D.O. Club member, who is a teacher at Battle High School, to see if he will make the presentation.
    • Socials:

Reminder the upcoming Summer Games and BBQ will be on Thursday, July 11 at the Club house at 6:00 pm. The cost is $10.00. Larry Fick will let us know when he will collecting the money for this social soon.

 

  • Boone County Relay for Life walk: This event occurs on Friday, 5/31/19 at Hickman High School Track from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please come out and support the American Cancer Association in finding a CURE for Cancer.
  • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.
  • Carl Scott reported that 2 of the Columbia High School Golf Team Qualified for State: Rockbridge High School (class 4) and Father Tolton High School (class 2). Columbia County Club will be hosting the class 3 Monday and Tuesday this week coming up.
  • O. Sheffer also reported that he has order all the trees for this years.

 

Today’s Speaker

There was NO Speaker today. Talked about the upcoming changes about that will take place in 2019-2020 for the Club. I will be send out a letter to all the club member by the end of next week with what is going on with the club 2019-2020.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 6/10/19 – MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review and Celena Schmolzi the winner from the Optimist Essay Contest.
  • 7/22/19 – Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:45 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Mary Dewey, President

                       

05.06.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

            Monday, May 6, 2019

Call to Order:  President, Mary Dewey

 

Invocation:   Sid Sullivn

Pledge:   Steve Winter

 

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

Birthdays and Anniversaries:        

            Mystery Person:  Ken Oster gave the last jar of Kozee Nuts to  Bonnie Langreder for wearing                                                  RED Today

            Announcements:

Sign In or Pay the Pig Carl paid the pig for Steve Winter and Larry Fick for all their hard work             on the Social Dinner on the Thursday, May 2.  Red’s 94th Birthday that was Thursday May 2.              Carl Scott clean out the Pig for us.  Larry Fick Honor 2018 from the Central and Columbia Food             bank. Mrs. Hayes a music teacher from Rigeway who is retiring this year from 47  year and total    of 53 years. There was $40.00 that we gave for Children Cancer from the pig.

 

Welcome any new or returning members:

 

            Talk about the District Meeting:  Our club came in 1st place over the the Tri City Ladies by             6,350 points in the A and A point. Way to go Club and Thank you Carl Scott and Ken Oster in             turning all those points for the club. The oratorical speaker were great. The winner came from             Marble Hill, MO and he had the crowd going with his speak.  There was one young man who             was a 7th grade from Ashland , MO and he was Autism. The 4th quarter conference will be held     at the Holiday Inn Executive Center August 9th  through 11th. The training for next year offices             will take place on August 10th.  There will election for the first time for the Lt. Governor Elect             during the 4th qtr conference. Everyone should try to make the 4th qtr conference.  

             

Food Bank:    Larry Fick and Jim Murphy  packing buddy packs and applesauce. NO more                                     Hotdogs

 

            Soap Box Derby:

            Rick Mckernan stated the D.O. Club 2019 Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby is Sunday, 6/9/19.  Rick             says “We need two more drivers for the super master stock cars.” There is only 4 weeks left             until the Soap Box Derby is here.

            Scholarship: Cyrilla Galbreath

  • Douglass High School: Friday, 5/24/19 at 10:00 a.m. at Missouri Theatre. Rick Mckernan has agreed to make the presentation;
  • Hickman High School: Tuesday, 5/21/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Hickman Gym. Jim Murphy to see if he will make the presentation;
  • Rockbridge High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Rockbridge Gym. Steve Klein has agreed to make the presentation. 
  • Battle High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 6:15 p.m. in Battle Gym. A D.O. Club member to give presentation has not yet been determined. 

                          

            I would like to Thank Larry Fick and Steve Winter for all their hard work in making Thursday,             May 2  Dos De Mayo was very successful and the food was great. Follow up from Steve Winter             or Larry Fick.   Also like to thank all  the club members and their wife who helped set up and             clean up too. We raised $106 for Children Cancer that night on the raffle tickets. Congrats to             Red  Leighton on winning the prize. Don’t forget the other upcoming socials:

  • Summer Games and BBQ – Thursday, 7/11/19.
  • Annual Shrimp Feed – Tuesday, 11/5/19.

 

      Congratulation to  Pat Brown on his  a lifetime achievement award that he received from the       Fun City Youth Academy  this past Saturday Champion Dinner.  Sid Sullivn, and wife and Carl       Scott attended the dinner. Sid said ” The dinner was great, and Pat worked with the Fun City       Youth Academy for 30 years and 10 years on the board.” Pat Brown thank the Optimist Club for our support in helping the Fun City Youth Kids.

            This , Saturday, May 11th, 2019: Hallsville Optimist Club will be hosting a Casino/Bunco Night             and Taco Bar at the Bob Lemone Building at 6:00 pm. Cost for playing Casino is $20.00 for a             bag of  2000 chips, $10.00 to play Bunco game, $10.00 Bottonles Cup and $10.00 for All you eat       Taco Bar. There is a 50/50 raffle. The money goes back to the Community of Hallsville, for             example, Local scholarships to Buddy Sacks

 

            Friday, May 31, 2019: Boone County Relay for Life walk at Hickman High School Track  from             5:30 to 11:30 pm. Come out and support the American Cancer Association in a finding a             CURE for Cancer.

 

            Thursday , June 6th, 2019: Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) from 5:00             to 7:00 pm with set up starting  4:00 pm.

           

            Steve Winter Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture Birthday Party and Taco Potluck is this             Friday, May 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Urban Farm 1209 Smith Street. We donated the rest of             the taco supplies from our diner on Thursday, May 2.

 

            Board Meeting next Thursday, May 16 at the Tiger Hotel at 6:00 pm. Meeting has been moved             due  to the Soap Box Derby Cars are coming down from upstairs to get worked on.

 

Today’s Speaker:

            Our speaker today was Coordinator Kelly Srigley-Werner from the Missouri State Private             Lands US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with her husband, Wes Werner 13th Circuit  Court             Marshall for Boone and Callaway Court Room.

 

            They told us about Monarch Butterflies and their plight up the United States to Canada. They             explained there is an Eastern population and a Western population with the Rocky Mountains             as the dividing line. The Eastern population is faring better than the Western because of the             wild fires that occurred in the West.

 

            The most important plant needed for the butterflies is milkweed. There are three types:             common, swamp, and butterfly. The butterflies lay their eggs on these plants, when they             become caterpillars, they eat the milkweed eventually turn into a beautiful Monarch butterfly!              Then continue on their merry way to Canada, then in August they will head back to Mexico.

 

            Her husband, Wes, works with kids that need guidance, so he decided to get them involved in             nature. The City of Columbia Juvenile Office has a program with 8-10 kids between 13-17 years             old on Saturday morning. Wes and Kelly take these kids on field trips to discover nature. For             example they will go to the Missouri River and introduce them to different kinds of wildlife.             They will get them involved in prairie planting milkweed and other types of plants to improve             not only the Monarch butterfly population but other types of butterflies and insects.

 

            Kelly did say that they are always looking for volunteers, if anyone is interested in getting in             touch with her, she said to contact our president, Mary.

 

            Upcoming Speakers:

            Monday, May 13, 2019          Right Now NO Speaker

            Monday, May 20, 2019          Kelly Meyer from Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home           

            Monday, May 27, 2019          NO MEETING (Memorial Day)

            Monday, June 3, 2019           Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for                                                                       Central  and Northeast  Missouri

            Monday, June 10, 2019         MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review and                                                                        Celena Schmolzi the winner from the Optimist Essay Contest.

            Monday, July 22, 2019          Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program

            Monday. August 5, 2019       Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

          Optimistically Yours,

 

 

 

          East Missouri District 2018-2019

                   “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”

04.22.2019 Weekly Bulletin

The Weekly Bulletin

April 22, 2019

Call to order: President Dewey at 12:02 p.m.

Invocation:  Pat Brown

Pledge:  Bonnie Langreder

 

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

Rick Mckernan’s granddaughter Haley attended the meeting today.

 

Welcome any new or returning members

None

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

  • Pat Brown is celebrating his 13th wedding anniversary.
  • Jack Cruise is celebrating 45 years with the Optimist Club this week.

 

Mystery Person

President Dewey gave the award today to Ken Oster this week.

 

Sign In or Pay the Pig

None

 

President Announcements

  • District Meeting: President Dewey stated the 3rd quarter Optimist District Conference will be held at the St. Louis Hilton Hotel at the airport on 5/3/19 and 5/4/19.  If you are interested in attending please let President Dewey know.  Our essay winner Celena Schmolzi will be reading her winning essay at the Conference.  President Dewey, Red Leighton, and Rick Mckernan will be attending the meeting.
  • Election of Next Year’s Club Officers: President Dewey stated we have approved the D.O. Club Search Committee Officers slate.  Kelly Schilling is President Elect, Tony Parisio is First Vice President, Board Members-Mike Hatchett and Phyllis Nichols for a two-year term and Elena Ryakhmyatullov as a new Board Member.  We still need a Secretary, and please let President Dewey know if you have any recommendations.
  • Soap Box Derby: President Dewey asked Rick Mckernan to provide an update on Soap Box Derby planning. Rick stated one of the Derby cars from Columbia, sponsored by Schaeffer Auto Body, was on display at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
  • Scholarships:
    • President Dewey indicated scholarship awards will be presented at the Columbia high schools as per the dates and times below:
      • Douglass High School: Friday, 5/24/19 at 10:00 a.m. at Missouri Theatre. Rick Mckernan has agreed to make the presentation;
      • Hickman High School: Tuesday, 5/21/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Hickman Gym. Jim Murphy as agreed to make the presentation;
      • Rockbridge High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 7:00 p.m. in Rockbridge Gym. Steve Klein has agreed to make the presentation.
      • Battle High School: Wednesday, 5/22/19 at 6:15 p.m. in Battle Gym. A D.O. Club member to give presentation has not yet been determined.  We are checking with a D.O. Club member, who is a teacher at Battle High School, to see if he will make the presentation.
    • Socials:
      • Dos De Mayo Event: President Dewey stated the Dos De Mayo event will occur on Thursday, 5/2/19 at the D.O. Club house.  She added Larry Fick is now taking money for the event.  Social hour 5:00 p.m. to include fresh sopapillas.  Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  $10/adult.  Kids eat free.  Raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Las Margaritas Restaurant.  $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets.  Benefits go to Childhood Cancer research.  There are currently 26 persons who are signed up for the event.

 

  • Fun City Dinner: The Fun City Youth Academy Champion Dinner will be held Saturday, 5/4/19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Banks Avenue, Columbia, MO.  Cost is $25/ticket.  Please plan to attend.  Pat Brown, Downtown Optimist Club member, will receive a lifetime achievement award.
  • Hallsville Optimist Club Casino/Bunco Night: On Saturday, 5/11/19 the Hallsville Optimist Club will be hosting a Casino/Bunco Night and Taco Bar at the Bob Lemone Building at 6:00 pm. Cost for playing Casino is $20.00 for a bag of 2000 chips, $10.00 to play Bunco game, $10.00 Bottomless Cup and $10.00 for all-you-can-eat Taco Bar. There is a 50/50 raffle. The money goes back to the Community of Hallsville, for example, local scholarships to Buddy Sacks.
  • Boone County Relay for Life walk: This event occurs on Friday, 5/31/19 at Hickman High School Track from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please come out and support the American Cancer Association in finding a CURE for Cancer.
  • Bike Safety Rodeo: The Bike Safety Rodeo at Karis Church (606 Ridgeway Ave) Thursday, 6/6/19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with set up starting at 4:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

 

Announcements from the Floor 

None

 

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker is Tim Haller, a Park Ranger with the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This is a federal agency through the U.S. Department of the Interior.  As per the presentation, and pamphlets and other materials distributed at the presentation, the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in September, 1994 as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system. The network of approximately 565 refuges is a living heritage, conserving wildlife and habitat for generations to come.

The Missouri River is a changing, dynamic river. Before channelization there were many tributaries, side areas, shallow areas, and sand bars along the river.  The Missouri River for thousands of years has been a route of travel for wildlife and humanity.  Over the next century multiple steamships sank in the river due to murky, swift water that hid snags and shallow shoals.  At the turn of the 20th century a full-scale effort was conducted in an effort to control the river.  Congress enacted the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project to control the river by building pile dikes to direct flow and prevent bank erosion.  This allowed for steamboat and barge traffic.  Federal mandate is to maintain this channel for navigation.  By the 1950’s the river had been channelized from Sioux City, IA to St. Louis, MO.  Channelization reduced fish and wildlife habitat by separating the river from its floodplain.  In the 1980’s Congressed recognized the great loss of fish and wildlife habitat; thus, resulting in the Missouri River Mitigation Project.  The purpose is to recreate some of the lost habitat through purchasing land that could be used to reconnect the river to its floodplain.  The refuge lands strives to restore national floodplain habitats for fish and wildlife.  With the 1993 flooding, this revived the concept of a national wildlife refuge on the Lower Missouri River.

Wetlands created by the river provide a place to feed and rest for migrating water fowl.  Scour holes created by the river fill with water and are ideal for turtles and fish.  Sand bars are excellent areas for attracting migrating shorebirds.

Mr. Haller additionally spoke about the Overton Bottom North and South Units, as these are areas on the Missouri River near Rocheport, MO just west of Columbia, MO.  Overton Bottoms North includes 2,550 acres in Cooper County; and 3,886 acres in Cooper and Moniteau Counties in Overton Bottoms South.  There was recently a new Refuge Office built in this area.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Address is 18500 Brady Lane, Booneville, MO 65233.  Phone is 660-672-2806.  Website is www.fws.gov/refuge/big_muddy/

As per the pamphlet, you can volunteer for the Big Muddy refuge.  Contact www.volunteer.gov

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • 4/29/19 NO MEETING (Everyone come to the Social on Dos de Mayo 5/2/19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
  • 5/6/19 –  Kim Sringley-Werner from Missouri State Private Lands U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
  • 5/20/19 – Kelly Meyer – Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
  • 5/27/19 – NO MEETING (Memorial Day)
  • 6/3/19 –  Julia Dorm and Brittney Abbott from The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri
  • 6/10/19 – MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy from Hickman Review and Celena Schmolzi the winner from the Optimist Essay Contest.
  • 7/22/19 – Clara Umber from Ten Outreach Program
  • 8/5/19 –  Ellen Drummond from Junior Achievement Program

 

Adjourn with the Creed: 12:58 p.m.

Optimistically Yours,

Ron Berg, Secretary

 

                            

 

East Missouri District 2018-2019  “IT’S FOR THE KIDS”