Club news 10/17/10

Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Harold O. Grauel Masonic Lodge 672 held installation of officers on Oct. 2. The installing officers were Dwight Barker, Everett Scharnborg, and John Crites. The officers installed were Dennis Houck, Worshipful Master; Dennis Houck; Tim Morgan, senior warden; Ron Pratt, junior warden; Jonny Schlenker, treasurer; Sid Smith, chaplain; Gener Garris, marshall; Gary Dieteker, senior deacon; and Dennis Bradley, senior steward. Not pictured was Mike Perry, Jesse Ruesler, Robert Fisher and Gary Anderson. (Submitted photo)

Alpha Mu Chapter

The Alpha Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Bernie Gardner. Communications were read by Carole Calvin, vice president. "Torch Magazine" soon will resume printing. The 2015 convention will be held in Cape Girardeau. She also told of eligibility for progression of degree's.

Marsha Parrish reported on the topic of Master's Degree.

Gardner reported on an upcoming trip to the Botanical Garden's in St Louis, planning an overnight stay with shopping, all who plan to go, please confirm by next meeting.

Cape Girardeau Area CWU

The Cape Girardeau Area Church Women United met on Oct. 1, at Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville with eight members present. The upcoming World Community Day's program, "Building the beloved community," was the focus of the study, which requires us to live together in justice and peace while allowing for differences between us, which is the call of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The meeting was opened by Joyce King, co-leader. The minutes were read and approved, and copies of the treasurer's report were handed out. Discussion was held on monies raised from the C.R.O.P. Sale and Luncheon and the Awareness Luncheon.

Thank-you notes from Mid-America Teen Challenge, FISH, the Family Resource Center, and the Heifer International Project (in memory of the Rev. Joe Trower) were read.

Past events were discussed. The annual awareness luncheon held in September was well attended and praised for the informational and inspirational presentations of Chaplain Terry Wildman with the Shelter of Hope, Susie Dodd from St. Mark's Lutheran speaking on their prayer shawl ministry, Kathy Berkbigler from St. Vincent de Paul speaking on their ugly quilt ministry, and Joanie Talley from the Southeast Hospital Foundation speaking on Chris' ARK.

Church World Service school kits were dedicated at the event. Area CWU donated a total of 151 school kits, 20 reading and writing kits, two health kits, and 870 Best Choice labels, plus $306 in postage. First Christian Church also donated four quilts and other items. Martha Sanderson and King attended the Mini Festival of Sharing in Dexter, Mo., where these were delivered.

The public is invited to attend the World Community Day celebration, which will be held Nov. 5 at Abbey Road Christian Church in Cape Girardeau. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. The Human Rights Award will be presented at this event.

Jesus Birthday Party will be held 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 3, at the Cape Area Family Resource Center. Everyone should bring three dozen cookies to share and packaged snacks for the center.

Fellowship of the Least Coin was collected, as well as labels and boxtops. Sanderson volunteered for the Adopt A Leader program. Jonell McNeely will continue working on the slate of officers for 2011.

Southeast Black & Gold Chapter

The Southeast Black & Gold Chapter of Mizzou Alumni Association held a board meeting on Oct. 4 at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Jackson. Four board members, Tom Frasher, Roger Guyot, Jill Kohut, and Larry Simon, were present.

Kohut gave the treasurer's report, in the absence of our new treasurer, Melody Hagans. The treasurer's books have been turned over to Hagans.

Frasher had copies of the tax exempt letter for distribution to board members.

Frasher reported on the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. Our chapter can participate by members donating blood at the Cape Girardeau Red Cross Donation Center on Mount Auburn Road through Monday. The chapter can receive Column's credit if we participate. The MAA has sent out a notice to members concerning this blood drive.

School visits are being planned. Simon will deliver MU literature to Dale Gerecke for his visit to Notre Dame Regional High School and to Mary Talbut for her visits to Cape Central High School and Jackson High School.

Simon reported that seven of the 20 available time slots for the planned Salvation Army Bell Ringing activity have already been filled. Guyot volunteered for a shift at the meeting. Simon will solicit other volunteers later in the month.

Members discussed football watch parties, and decided to have watch parties for the Nebraska game on Oct. 30 and the Kansas game on Nov. 27. We will also have a party for a bowl game that MU will hopefully be in. We also discussed possible places to hold the watch parties and what can be done to bolster attendance. Roger Guyot is checking on potential locations for the watch parties.

Members discussed on a planned diversity project. Simon reported that the Family Resource Center in Cape Girardeau has 45 youth enrolled in their programs, with a normal attendance of about 25. The age group ranges from kindergarten through sixth grade. At our previous meeting, Simon had suggested that we consider this group for our project.

Frasher reported on some of the Column's requirements for attaining Capstone Status. One of those requirements is that the chapter nominates someone for an Association Award. There is some question regarding whether we can again nominate John Lichtenegger for the Tiger Pride Award. Simon will check with Stephanie Heffernan in the MAA office.

Frasher suggested that we consider hosting a local networking party to help local MU graduates who are seeking employment in their chosen field of study and expertise. This would involve bringing local MU graduates and potential employers together. It would also involve finding a suitable place to hold the event. This type of activity will require some planning.

Simon distributed thank-you letters from Extension 4-H Specialist, Donna Taake, to those who worked in the 4-H stand at the SEMO District Fair.

Members discussed the February Founder's Day Event, and decided to again hold the event at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau on Febr. 24, with Feb. 17 being the second choice. Hagans had suggested that we consider having a local speaker this year, rather than someone from MU. It was agreed that was a good idea. Someone from the Oliver family was suggested as a possible speaker, with the subject being local Southeast Missouri ties to the founding of MU. Simon is checking to see if we can serve wine at the event. Dexter Bar-B-Que does not have a liquor license.

The next meeting will be on Nov. 1, at the MU Extension Center in Jackson.

-- From staff reports

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