Next Breakfast: Jan. 20- Glenn Sapp, Chris Felmlee, Cindy Gunter
The Board meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 18th at 7:15.
Get Feb. 3rd on your calendars for our next Pancake Day!
There were 125 players braving the cold to attend Bingo on Friday night. We had a solid crew on the floor, but pulled Steve Long in to help in the kitchen because we were short three of our regulars, where we still banked almost $600.
We were served a wonderful breakfast by one of our original Optimist families, made up of Jim and Deb Bowden, Mike and Tracy Howard, and Terry Wren.
King Bill shared thank you cards from the FFA for sponsoring the State Grasslands Competition and from the families that received bikes from our reconditioning program.
Ernie Wren announced that we received $2,390 through our participation in the CoMo Gives fundraising program. Since there was an initial cost of $350, that means we brought in over $2,000 which will go to purchase supplies and new goals for our youth soccer program.
Our speaker was Madleen Grieve, who is an exchange student from Germany studying for a year at Southern Boone High School and staying with Joyce Teel, who was also in attendance. Joyce spoke about what a wonderful experience it has been to have Madleen staying with her. Madleen spoke about her culture and her country.
Doug Zeugin, who is a long time Optimist member also made it this morning. He became a volunteer with AFS after having a young man stay with his family and currently coordinates 500 students coming into our region from many countries through AFS-USA. There is a total of over 4,000 students participating nationwide from over 40 countries. Most exchange students are sponsored by their governments and families and stay from August until June.
AFS-USA is a non-profit leader in intercultural learning. They have been facilitating life changing opportunities to study abroad for more than 70 years in an effort toward a more just and peaceful world. For more information, you can go to their website at afsusa.org.
When the speakers were finished speaking, Madleen drew for the Attendance Drawing. Chris Felmlee, Dale Lenger, and Dayton Grover all had their chance at riches, but with their absence, the pot will have a chance to grow.
Lena is missing a Cattleman's Day cookbook and would appreciate it finding its way back to the kitchen as soon as possible.