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Ozark Honors Flight...................................................4 CASA Honors Doug Pitt .............................................5 ACS Cattle Baron's Ball Bull Auction .........................6
CASA Changing the Lives of Abused & Neglected Children..................................16 Calendar of Events ..................................................18
Children’s Miracle Network-Sam Henson ..................7
Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Board.........17
Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Based Mentoring...........8
“My Butterfly Garden”............................................23
“The Power of Self-Mastery”...................................11
“Simple Pleasures" .................................................24
iCare Dining Guide ..................................................12
American Cancer Society - Healthier Lunches..........26
ACS Cosmetologist Goes Above & Beyond ..............14
Children’s Miracle Network - Emma Stutesmun ......28
Lake Country Soccer ................................................15
Ozarks Honor Flight
In just one year, Ozarks Honor Flight has taken over 300 World War II veterans to view their memorial in Washington, D.C. However, that is less than half of the veterans who have applied to take what many veterans have called “the trip of a lifetime.” “It’s the least that we can do to honor the men and women who selflessly served their county,” says Joel Alexander, Ozarks Honor Flight Vice-President. “We still have a lot of work to do, because of their age, time is not on our side” Veterans’ travel at no cost and guardians pay a small portion of the travel cost to assist with any need the veteran may have. Travel is funded through public and corporate donations with marketing assistance from media partner KY3. Leaving Springfield by charter flight early in the morning, each trip has 162 passengers who will pay respects to the memorial and other historic sites in our nations capital. The visit concludes by viewing the changing of the guard at Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknowns. To learn more about Ozarks Honor Flight, visit www.ozarkshonorflight.com or call 268-3000.
CASA To Honor Doug Pitt as 2010 “Champion for Children”
Springfield community leader and philanthropist Doug Pitt will be honored as this year's 'Champion for Children' by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Southwest Missouri on November 5 at Highland Springs Country Club.
several Southwest Missouri counties. He and his family have donated significantly to fund pediatric cancer specialists at St. John’s hospital in Springfield.
The award is given to an individual from Southwest Missouri who, over the course of their life, has consistently worked to improve the lives and health of area children.
The first annual Champion for Children event was held last year, and recognized the efforts of Springfield resident Pat Turner and her daughter, Kathleen Turner in advancing CASA’s mission of advocating for children in Southwest Missouri who have been abused and neglected.
Pitt is known for his advocacy for children through his many endeavors, including establishing the "Care To Learn" nonprofit to address the issues of health, hunger and hygiene of school children in
Group reservations and event sponsorships for this year’s event may be made by contacting CASA Director of Development Beverly Roberts at 417/569-3544.
Cattle Baron’s Ball Hosting First-Ever Bull Auction Moo-ve over traditional auction baskets because the American Cancer Society’s (Society) annual fundraising event, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, will host its first-ever live cattle auction at this year’s gala. The Cattle Baron’s Ball will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on August 21, at the William H. Darr Agricultural Center.
Pinegar, who will drive this bull up from a showing in the state fair in Sedalia that night. This prized bull will weigh in at nearly 1,800 pounds at the auction. The cattle will be on display before the bidding begins as well as during the live auction. Because the event is held at Missouri State University’s William H. Darr Agricultural Center, bidders can easily donate their winnings to the growing animal science department for educational purposes at Missouri State University or the college of their choice.
"A Wild West Quest for a Cure," serves as this year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball theme and provides an opportunity for attendees to dress in western attire, enjoy country western entertainment and a western style live bull auction. While a live and silent auction will still feature more traditional auction items such as home décor and vacation packages, the bull auction will be a new component to the gala that will appeal to the country side of our guests. PRESENTED BY
With the money raised at the Cattle Baron’s Ball, the Society can help people get well, help people stay well, help find a cure and help people fight back. With the numerous free programs and services the Society offers, Springfield community’s support helps enable the Society to fulfill their mission of creating more birthdays and less cancer. Tickets for this extravaganza start at $300 a pair with three levels available to choose from. For details about the Cattle Baron’s Ball or to purchase tickets, please call the Society’s Springfield office at 417-4471483 or visit cattlebaronsballswmo.org.
Local farmers and ranchers have donated a variety of livestock, including bulls, heifers and horses. While the majority of the cattle are bulls, there is a cow and calf pair as well. The featured bull of the auction was donated by Springfield businessman Ed
Children’s Miracle Network has helped Sam and his family with gas and meal vouchers during his stay in the intensive care unit. However, Sam’s mom credit’s his survival to the special equipment purchased by donations to Children’s Miracle Network. This equipment allowed Sam’s tiny and fragile body to continue to grow and develop. Although Sam has faced some developmental challenges, he is doing great. With occupational, physical, and speech therapy, Sam is making great strides in his development and has continued to grow. He is now a happy and healthy 3 year old because this equipment was available to him. Thanks to your continued support, Sam has been able to beat all the odds and is a true miracle! The doctors never expected him to make it this far and to see him doing so well, it truly shows the impact your donations to Children’s Miracle Network can make. Thank you for helping make miracles happen!
fter having three healthy boys and five miscarriages, Anna Henson was excited, although scared, to find out she was going to have another little boy. However at 17 weeks, her pregnancy took a somber turn. Anna developed a severe condition called placenta previa which can cause numerous complications during pregnancy as well as premature delivery. Anna’s doctors immediately put her on complete bedrest in order to help her son grow as much as possible.
Just eight weeks later during a checkup, Anna was informed that her condition was getting worse and that they would need to be hospitalized. As the doctors prepared for an emergency c-section they explained to her that her son is not likely to survive and that her and her family would need to prepare for the worst. Sam Henson was born 11 weeks early, weighing only 2 lbs 6 oz. His eyes were still fused shut, he was not breathing on his own, and he was in critical condition. The nurses and doctors immediately rushed him to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cox South where he was placed on a variety of life-saving equipment, including a ventilator. During his stay in the intensive care unit, Sam had his ups and downs, including a blood transfusion. After 74 agonizing days, Anna, and her husband Jade, were able to take their new baby home.
Do you remember the last time you played a really good board game? Did a surprise diagonal win you a game of Connect Four? Have you sunk your opponent’s Battleship on the first try, or put hotels on both Park Place and Board Walk? This fall, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks’ site-based volunteers will have the opportunity to revisit these childhood experiences.
ers Big Sisters staff member. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks has three site-based programs—After School Mentors, Meal Time Buddies, and Lunch Time Buddies. After School Mentors is a school-based mentoring program for children in the Springfield Public Schools system. An adult volunteer, a “Big,” meets with a child, a “Little,” who is striving to succeed in school. Mentors meet with their child one hour a week after school for the length of a school year. Volunteers provide their own transportation to the child’s school each week. Children in the program are from kindergarten to middle school. Volunteers are 16 or older and attend high school, college, or work in the community. Together, the matches in the After School Mentor program can work on homework, read a book, play games, or other activities. By providing the children with the opportunity to engage in structured activities, they are better prepared for success in future education, socialization, and coping skills.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks has two umbrella programs—community-based and site-based—both of which match a child with an adult mentor who serves as a positive role model. The more traditional community-based program, in which a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple spends a couple of hours each week with a child, is what comes to mind when most people think of Big Brothers Big Sisters. However, the site-based program is also a significant part of the organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks has several site-based programs. All site-based opportunities occur throughout the school year at specifically chosen sites, including elementary schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Salvation Army. Similar to the community-based program, mentors are matched with a child to develop a positive one-to-one relationship. Unlike the community-based program, matches meet for one hour each week, and activities are supervised by a Big Broth-
The Meal Time Buddies program was created through cooperation and teamwork of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, and the Salvation Army. This program provides an opportunity for building friendships between adult volunteers and children. Meal Time Buddies engage in daily activities that include tutoring,
volunteering.” This spring, Nicole wrote an essay about the impact that being a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor has had on her life. “Big Brothers Big Sisters has shown me that I can make a difference in someone’s life even if I only spend one hour with them a week,” wrote Nicole. Nicole was one of two recipients who won the Jake R. Piatchek Scholarship, a $500 reward to outstanding mentors.
crafts, and play time. In addition, the mentor and the child share a nutritious meal. Volunteers enrolled in this program commit to one hour a week for the school year. They will go to one of the three local Boys and Girls Clubs or Salvation Army and spend an hour with a child who needs a little extra one-to-one time. This fall, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is piloting a new site-based program, called Lunch Time Buddies. Much like Meal Time Buddies, an adult will spend one hour each week with a child who needs a positive role model. The two will share a meal, and spend the rest of their time playing or talking. Lunch Buddies will take place at a child’s school during their lunch hour.
Ryan, who volunteered with Meal Time Buddies last school year, agrees that mentoring is a rewarding experience. Ryan met his Little, Roy, at the Salvation Army each week to have dinner with him. “We usually worked on some math homework first,” Ryan said, “and then we would have dinner, and go to the gym to play basketball or football.” Ryan was the youngest in his family growing up, and was excited to be able to have a Little Brother. “It makes me think about my childhood when I was Roy’s age,” Ryan said, “I was a lot like him.” The longer matches like Nicole and Kaden or Ryan and Roy are together, the stronger the relationship becomes. During the summer, matches are encouraged to stay in touch through emails and postcards. When the school year resumes, if possible, past volunteers are matched again with their same Littles. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks encourages individuals to volunteer. To become a site-based mentor, individuals complete an application, background check, and brief interview. If accepted, volunteers will be assigned to a site and a child. To get more information about being a site-based volunteer, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks at 417-8899136, visit www.bigbro.com, or consider attending an informational session at Missouri State University on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides children support, guidance, friendship and fun by matching them with adult role models. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks serves the community with a professional staff that carefully works with both the volunteers and the children to ensure that the experience of Big Brothers Big Sisters match is dynamic, fulfilling, memorable and fun for both the child and the volunteer. In 2009, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks served over 1,400 children in southwestern Missouri. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, please contact them via phone at 417-889-9136, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit them on the web at www.bigbro.com.
These site-based programs offer volunteers of Big Brothers Big Sisters a mentoring experience, while not requiring a significant time commitment. Even in that one hour each week, sitebased volunteers have the opportunity to form a positive relationship with that child—a bond that sometimes shapes both the life of the volunteer and the child. Nicole signed up to be an After School Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks when she started college in Springfield last fall. Nicole had volunteered throughout high school, and wanted to find a way to help people throughout her college education. Last September, Nicole was matched with a kindergartener named Kaden. Nicole would visit Kaden every Monday after school. The two would work on homework, play games, and talk. Nicole has learned a lot being an after school mentor. She is grateful for her friendship with Kaden. “Kaden has shown me that life is what you make of it, and I am so glad I get to see him once a week,” said Nicole. “You form a friendship, and it becomes something more than
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I put the DRAMA in bold and the solution in Italics. Some of these have been my challenges and others I have been more of an observer.
• Griping about the heat | Get in the shade or go home. • Worrying about the economy | Call your financial planner, get a second job or sell something • Comparing Yourself to others | Network with those better than you or quit looking • Outbursts and Temper Tantrums | Beat a pillow, take a nap or go for a walk
by Marlene Chism
• Talking endlessly about how someone did you wrong | Confront or forgive
It was Cider Days in the Ozarks and I was looking forward to visiting the booths of pottery, jewelry, paintings and other artistic wares. The sun was shining with not a cloud in the sky. That's when I noticed how hot the sun was on my head. My hair felt like it was on fire. Without much thought I heard my voice say, "It's really hot."
• Judging your boss, your staff or your co-workers | Ask for what you want or set a boundary • Focusing on health challenges | Put together a plan for improving your health • Justifying bad behavior | apologize, read some self-help or get coaching
My friend, who was walking with me agreed. "That sun is really bearing down."
No matter what challenges stand in our way we can overcome the obstacles when we choose to respond instead of react. For me, that means becoming the master of my mindset, emotions, health, and relationships instead of the slave to old habits.
"Yep, there's not a cloud in the sky to give any relief," I continued. Several times I would go to a booth and get under the awning and feel a sense of relief, but every time I stepped out into clear view I felt the heat of the sun and with the sensation the impulse to "comment" on how hot it was.
Marlene Chism is a communications consultant and the author of the soon to be released book, Stop Workplace Drama, (Wiley Publishing). Marlene speaks nationwide and works with companies that want to run the office with no complaints, no excuses and no regrets. For more information, go to www.stopworkplacedrama.com
Finally a thought occurred and it was almost as if I heard an audible voice saying, 'Get in the shade or go home...everything else is just drama." Because I teach this stuff (how to eliminate negativity and drama) I'm sometimes painfully aware of my own drama tendencies. This may seem minor, but the fact remains that we spend way too much time in drama which is due to a mind-pattern that we just automatically fall into because we have not developed the discipline and awareness of selfmastery. DRAMA manifests in a multitude of ways. Here is a short list I came up with.
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very day our local businesses find ways to show they care about our community whether it's by promoting or hosting a fundraiser, offering savings to consumers or finding ways to protect our environment and health. Springfield CARES would like to recognize these businesses for the support and caring they offer on a daily basis. Please find some time this month to celebrate these Caring Supporters by visiting their places of business and acknowledging their efforts. Your support enables them to continue to build and grow our community. A portion of each advertisers dollar is donated to charity to benefit the community in which we live. Join us in saying "iCare"
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Nearly 14 years ago, cosmetologist Soonok Mayhew began volunteering for the Look Good…Feel Better program® offered by the American Cancer Society. Today, she is still dedicating her time and talent to making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Look Good…Feel Better® is a free program that helps women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Volunteer certified cosmetologists teach women beauty techniques during a twohour session on how to care for their skin and appearance as it changes due to radiation and chemotherapy. Women are also given a makeup kit so they can apply the techniques they have learned at home.
whole new woman. She’s caring, dedicated and has a genuine passion to make a difference.”
Soonok not only host sessions for cancer patients, but she trains other local volunteer cosmetologists to host Look Good…Feel Better® sessions throughout the region. “I think we can all contribute something to make this world a little better. I want to help people and I enjoy doing it,” Soonok said. “This is a great program and there should be more participation. As women, it is important to feel better about ourselves.” Look Good...Feel Better® is a joint, cooperative program among three collaborators: The American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.
“Most women want to look normal, and a wig often times looks like a wig and not normal hair. I fix up their wigs to make it look more original. I also teach them how to draw on their eyebrows, so they don’t feel uncomfortable around others,” Soonok said in regards to a Look Good…Feel Better® session. “When women first come in, they don’t feel well and they don’t feel well about themselves,” said Brooke Street, regional director of health initiatives for the American Cancer Society. “Soonok helps them feel like a
If you’re undergoing cancer treatments and would like to attend a Look Good…Feel Better® session in your community, please call the American Cancer Society’s Springfield office to RSVP at 417.447.1475. Locally, sessions are held at both St. Johns and Cox Health care systems each month. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer cosmetologist, contact Brooke Street at 417.447.1472.
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by Kelly R. Ross, M.Ed Contrary to popular belief, soccer is a game that can be played and enjoyed by the most athletically challenged individuals to the most gifted and skilled players. Lake Country Soccer affords those wishing to play the game, numerous options across all skill and competition levels. Although 90% of our players here at Lake Country Soccer are youth players, we have a growing population of adults playing in our outdoor and indoor leagues. This includes women (not just soccer moms) who are finding that the game is an excellent way to socialize and exercise. Currently, we do offer a league for women regardless of skill or ability. The age range of those currently playing is somewhere between 18 through “grandmotherly” to put it politely. Each Wednesday morning, a group of a dozen or so women gather to play pickup games indoors. They’ve been doing this for the past four years or so. They use the time to burn calories, enjoying the physical demands that running and kicking provide without the competitive spirit for wins and losses. This same group of women is also the driving force for attracting other women to participate in the women’s indoor and outdoor leagues. The emphasis is always safety first, followed by recreating and infused with just a little bit of competitive spirit. We’ve had marginal success in attracting women to the league but are making strong efforts to get the word out, on the street that women, too, regardless of age, athletic ability and skill can enjoy the game of soccer here at Lake Country Soccer. The same holds true for men as well although, the competitive spirit is much more evident. Most notably, the Over-30 men and the women’s leagues, during our indoor seasons, are always scheduled on Friday evenings. This affords the elder players and weekend warriors more than enough time to recuperate over the weekend in time for Monday morning work commitments. Our registration deadline date for our upcoming fall indoor adult session is August 17th. Individuals can sign up for team placement for a fee of $65. Team registration is $565 with a roster maximum of 14 players. Indoor rules can be downloaded from the league information page of our web site. If you have a child playing soccer, and you’ve been one to try and motivate them with comments such as, “kick it!”, “get it!”, “work harder!”, etc., from the sidelines, but have not stepped on the field yourself to play, well perhaps this is the time. For those who do, they quickly find that running and kicking a ball in a direction where you want the ball to go, or your body, isn’t as easy as the pros make it look. Soccer, in this regard is a challenging game. an
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Thanks to the unwavering efforts of volunteer advocates of CASA of Southwest Missouri, children wh Following are real-life examples of how children have had their lives turned around as a result of the ef and support the volunteers, by board members whose vision directs CASA’s effectiveness in the co
My two younger brothers and I (all under six years of age), were abandoned by our mother. She put us on a nine-hour bus ride to nowhere, telling us we were going to live with relatives. Once we got off, we discovered no one was there to greet us. Once in foster care, we bounced from home to home, always feeling as though we had done something wrong and deserved this. My CASA volunteer was a wonderful, caring lady who encouraged us and helped us believe in ourselves. She spent three years with us, helping us get into a wonderful adoptive home. Today we are doing great. We are still friends with our CASA and probably will be for life.
My Mom and Dad were very young when they had me. They were using drugs and my Dad was selling them. A hotline led to the police coming, finding the stuff and taking me into custody. Before I was 2 and while in custody, my Mom had my little brother. They were offered treatment, but they did not follow through. She had no job, my Dad had no job and he was very belligerent to the social workers and the police. Luckily, we were placed together with a family that wanted to keep us both. My folks left the area, came back, tried to get relatives to take us, left the state and came back again. Even after their rights to us were taken away, they made feeble attempts to get us. Our CASA visited us every week. She encouraged the foster parents in all they had to do, but there were so many delays of red tape. Finally, we were adopted, changed our names and our new mom was so happy, she cried and cried.
When I was four-years-old I was dumped out of a car in the middle of the night at Park Central Square. My mother, who was a drug addict and had mental illness, could no longer handle me. Once in foster care, I was moved a lot. I had 12 different foster homes in one year. But I had just one CASA volunteer. No matter where I had to go, she would be there to help me and explain things. I knew I could trust her and could count on her. She stayed with me five years. Because my CASA knew me better than anyone, she was able to help me.
My mom used drugs, so when I was born they wouldn’t let her take me home. It seemed like mom always had problems; with men, on the job (when she had one), and with her own family. I lived in foster homes for 4 years. The caseworker said I could go back home, so I moved back in with mom. But within a few months, they took me back again because mom wouldn’t stop using drugs. I met my CASA when I was 5. She read to me, played ball with me, and came to my school. I knew she really cared about me because she spent a lot of time with me. Now I’m 12. I know that no matter where I go or what happens, I have a person who will always be there for me and help me—my CASA volunteer.
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ho have suffered abuse and neglect are helped to heal emotionally from their ordeals and given hope. fforts of CASA volunteer advocates. Their advocacy is made possible by CASA staff who train, supervise mmunity, and by the many donors and sponsors who provide financial support for CASA’s mission.
My mother dumped me and my two brothers on a neighbor’s doorstep. Once in the “system” we went to live with my aunt. She decided she didn’t want us, so we came back into the system and I was separated from my brothers. I was eventually adopted by a family, but later they decided they no longer wanted me, so gave me back to the foster care system. My CASA came into my life and changed everything. She spent years with me, encouraging me, tutoring me, helping through high school and college. She was the one consistent, supportive adult in my life. I now work as a caseworker, helping abused children. I am what I am today because of one lady–my CASA volunteer.
I was born to a 29-year-old mother and a 15-year-old father. My mother never really wanted me and for that reason, kept me locked in a closet most of the time. When I was four, she decided to get rid of me so she took me to Park Central Square and dumped me out of the car in the middle of the night. I got put in foster care, but it seemed like nobody wanted me. I was in 14 foster homes in the first year. I had a lot of different people in my life, but the one person who was always there was my CASA. She was my best friend. My CASA worked hard to help me in school and get me adopted. I found a new family from Florida. I moved there and now have brothers and sisters and a mom and dad. I guess I’m a real kid now. I see my CASA at least once a year. We’ll be friends for life.
My name is David.
From the time I was little, maybe 2, my mother had relationships with the wrong men. Many abused me and my much older sister. Mother told me my father was dead. In Springfield, mother picked up a convicted sexual offender. He abused me and my mother. One day, he picked me up from school, took me to a motel in another state, raped me and left me at a store front, telling me my mother was inside waiting for me. She was not. The police took me home, but later found there had been numerous hot line calls on our family. I found out later my dad was not dead. My CASA learned that he had an extensive criminal record, including child molestation (one of whom was my older sister); she told the judge about this. My mother loves me and she did try, but the CASA and everyone recognized that she just could not protect me from her male associates. I love my mother, but could not live with her. \I am 11 now and happily adopted into a family that loves me and where I have a brother and a sister. I still see my CASA and know that she loves me.
I live with my Grandma. I was taken from my Mom and Dad when I was born. The doctor knew they were not able to take care of themselves or me! I was in foster care for a short time, but I am lucky to have my Grandma. I am living with her, and she is adopting me. I still get to see my Mom and Dad. They live close by and come see me sometimes. I really like playing with my CASA volunteer. She is a good hugger and makes me laugh. My Grandma likes her too because she helped my Grandma get a car so Grandma can take me to the doctor and stuff.
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Calendar of Event s Tuesday
Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball 6:30pm-1:00am www.CattleBaronsBallSWMO.org
10th Annual Haley’s Hope Hot’n’Hilly Powerhouse Run 10K/5K 7:30 am
6th Annual Finely River 5K 7:30 am
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4th Annual The Summit 5K & Fun Run 8:00 am
7th Annual Kid’athlon at Meador Park 8:00 am
4th Annual Republic Tiger Triathlon 7:00 am
2nd Annual Bearcat 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Run/Walk 8:15 am
Price Cutter Charity YMCA Y not Run Mile/5K/10K 7:00 am
Cherish Kids River Run 5K - 8:00 am Kids K - 9:00 am Diaper Dash - 9:30am
Childrens Miracle Network Miracle Treat Day-Dairy Queen 10:00 am
2nd Annual BioLIfe Run for the Young 5K/10K on the Frisco Highline Trail 7:30 am
NAMI Illuminating the Darkness 5K for Suicide Prevention 8:30 am
Richard Clark Invitational Presented by: Greater Springfield Sports Commission Community 5K/Mile/School Events
2010 Young Life Tournament Rivercut Golf Course 7:30 am
Super Heroes For H.O.P.E. 5K Family Fun Run 8:00 am
August Fundraising Event s by Date
The Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Board is Dedicated to Raising Funds and Awareness for Our Local Hospitalized Children. The Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Board is a group of volunteers who are truly dedicated to helping our local children with special medical needs. They believe that every child deserves the best medical treatment and the chance to get better.
Corina Everhart Allstate Agency Owner, The Everhart Agency, Inc. I decided I wanted to be a part of CMN simply because I don't "NEED" them. I am so thankful for my happy, healthy 10 year old son, and just wanted to give to an organization that I know for a fact would be there to help me if I ever needed it. I've met some of these families and witnessing what they've been through is heartbreaking, but watching and learning how CMN has helped these families is heartwarming. I want to be a part of an organization that turns heartbreaking into heartwarming! Lori Viles Owner, Vivo Modern Hair Design I am a hair stylist and the owner of Vivo Modern Hair Design here in Springfield. As a stylist I am in contact with the public everyday and have many clients that have either volunteered for CMN or been a beneficiary of their programs. I've always been impressed with the organization and everything CMN does to positively impact our community. I wanted to become more actively involved in our community, particularly with helping children, and felt like CMN would be the perfect fit. Susan Crum Program Director, Cox Air Care, CoxHealth As a long term Cox employee, I have observed throughout the years, the success of CMN and its benefit to CoxHealth and the community. My own department, Cox Air Care, has been blessed by the generosity of CMN in the provision of much needed equipment and in helping us to provide quality care to the pediatric patients that we transport. I have had a ‘soft spot’ for Children’s Miracle Network since transporting a CMN child a number of years ago as a flight nurse and subsequently seeing the immeasurable benefits that CMN provided to her. When I heard that there was an opening on the Board from the departure of a fellow Cox employee, I felt it was an opportune time to give back (in some small measure) to a great organization who does so much for others. Katie Pollock Editor, 417 Magazine I chose to join the Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Board because of the amazing work the organization does for local children and families. I was looking for a way to become involved in a group that has a great positive impact on our local community, and Children’s Miracle Network fit that to a T. I am impressed with the range of services the group offers and what it is able to accomplish for the kids in 417-land who are experiencing very tough medical situations. When another board member told me that 100-percent of every donation goes direction to the program’s services (not 80 percent or 90 percent, but ever. Karen Creighton Executive Secretary to the President, Ozarks Technical Community College I wanted to be on the CMN Leadership Board to be a part of an organization that I truly believe in. CMN gives children and families so much hope in a time of despair. I love that 100% of donations made in the Ozarks stays local and will benefit our local families. I enjoy being involved in the telethon and various fundraisers. It is especially touching to meet the kids whose lives have been touched by CMN and actually see the difference it has made in their lives. Dan Reiter Manager of Corporate Partnerships/Wildcat, Springfield Cardinals I chose to be a on the Board so that I could be a part of the group that helps so many children and families in the Ozarks. Every time you meet one of the Miracle children or their families, you can see how every dollar makes a difference in their lives.
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Jane Perryman Retired School Counselor Reason for volunteering: I've spent my entire career working with children in need. Volunteering with the CMN enables me to continue that effort. The CMN families are right here in our own community and I can meet them in person and see their progress. The CMN programs and staff are first rate and I'm proud to be a part such a organization. Jane Perryman
Max Perryman Real Estate Broker, RE/MAX House of Brokers CMN is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children; those members of our society least able to help themselves. By contributing my time and resources I’m able to help in that mission in some small way. I get more than I give. Spending time with these courageous children and their families is an inspiration! I also like the fact all funds raised go directly to the programs (not administrative expenses) and remain here in our community. Joyce Shirkey Retired School Nurse It did not take long for me to say yes when I was asked to become a member of CMN’s Leadership Board. I had been a school nurse for many years and had worked with many children who had received help from CMN. I also had a friend whose child had been in the NICU at CoxHealth for many weeks and had nothing but praise for all of the help they received. The clincher was that all of the money received by CMN goes directly to the children. Scott Tumlin Senior Vice President-Commercial Lending, Bancorp South I found an interest in becoming a CMN Board Member because of my desire to help the children in our community. CMN has a strong place in my heart as it deals with children and families in need and knowing the support and needs of these families are being met. Having a child with health problems when born, I know what a new family goes through and knowing that an organization like CMN is there to assist them makes my desire stronger. Jennifer Young, Claims Adjustor, ANPAC My passion for CMN is driven by my 6 grandchildren and their zest for life. My oldest grandchild was born hypothyroid and has been on medication since she was two weeks old. I know how her diagnosis effected all of us in the family. I see our CMN children and can’t imagine the stress and worry the families go through every day but the beautiful thing is the smiles and joy I see on each of these children’s faces. In the wake of diversity these children rise above the circumstance that life has dealt them and rise above it. I can’t think of anything better to be a small part of. Nancy Walsh Retired Teacher As a now happily retired middle school teacher, having taught in four states throughout my life, I was ready to dive into several aspects of the “volunteer” world…..a time for me to give back for so many blessings my family and I have received. I researched, called and asked around, and surfed the internet for just the right organizations to latch onto, be present at events and show wholehearted support of their causes.Thus came about the Children’s Miracle Network connection at Cox; where I could even continue helping kids. From the moment I soaked up all I could learn about their mission and passion….I was instantly hooked and have been on the board for four years. Being only a small part of what CMN does for families struggling daily with very sick children delights me! Money raised also goes toward purchasing vital hospital equipment for our special children. Hearing the miraculous stories from CMN staff and parents alike, listening to the heartfelt thanks from families assisted by CMN, and BEST OF ALL meeting the amazingly brave kids themselves makes this the best organization with which I could have ever been affiliated! 100% of all we raise goes right to the kids!
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But t erfly Garden
by Sharna Rittmaster The Monarch’s “host plant” is the Milkweed. Mother nature seems to have provided the Monarch caterpillar with some protection with this plant because of its poisonous nature. The Milkweed is the only plant where they lay their eggs. Once the egg hatches, the caterpillars eat the milkweed leaves and stems while growing. The Monarch is immune to the Milkweed poison but the poison will affect an animal that consumes the caterpillar. After about two weeks it is time for the caterpillar to make a chrysalis. This is where the magic begins and the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly. Once an adult butterfly emerges some favorite foods are the nectar from flowers, water from shallow puddles and even liquid from fresh fruits like watermelon.
The magic of life is a wondrous event. I’ve had the opportunity to see kittens, humans and fish give birth but only recently was I able to observe how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. I had no idea what a miracle that was until I saw it with my own eyes. Because of this experience, I decided to expand my knowledge of one particular species of butterfly, the Monarch butterfly. Most people don’t think about them too often but they are part of the cycle of life. While educating myself, I discovered that Monarch butterfly habitats are being destroyed. I care and I want to help.
Fun Fact: You can identify a male from a female because of a black spot on each of his hind wings.
The Monarch Butterfly~
How YOU Can Help~
The Monarch butterfly is the most popular and recognizable butterfly in North America. They go through four generations in one year and have
All over the United States, milkweed is being destroyed to make room for houses or just because it looks like a weed. As a result, the Monarch population is decreasing. There are some national conservation butterfly organizations but the one I work with is based out of Kansas University called Monarch Watch. You can help by starting a Butterfly Garden of your own! I started my garden four months ago. I am happy to say that I have eggs waiting to hatch and a caterpillar about ready to become a butterfly. It’s easy to do, it’s educational for children and most importantly you will be helping Host Plantsthe Monarch. Milkweed Varieties Go to your local nursery to choose your Nectar Plants: favorite variety of milkweed. Find an area Yarrows with full sun in your backyard to plant the Joe-Pye Weed milkweed alongside Black-Eyed Susan several other nectar flowers that attract Daisy butterflies. A great way to involve your family Goldenrod or friends in your comResources munity would be to start a butterfly garhttp://www.MonarchWatch.org den at your school, church, office, or community garden. Let’s help this beautiful butterfly prosper.
four stages of life: the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis and the butterfly. The first three generations are born between March and August. They live up to six weeks after laying their eggs. By October, the fourth generation is born but their life is much different from their predecessors. This generation begins a migration to Mexico to live in the warmer climate where they will stay for up to eight months until the cycle begins all over again at generation one.
by Cara Trask
You know… those moments in life that cost nothing but bring pure joy… It’s Saturday morning; I stretch in bed fully satisfied because I got an extra hour of sleep. My 6-year-old angel stirs, and I whisper “Sweetie, wake up! It’s our special day.” She always looks forward to our Saturday’s together. On a normal weekday upon waking her I hear groans and moans. Not today!!! She jumps out of bed, ready to start the day. Her face is all lit up with pure joy… simple pleasures. After grabbing a quick bite to eat and some ice cream, we head for our favorite pool. The storm clouds are rolling in but we decide to chance it. I watch my social butterfly befriend a girl in the pool as they trade tricks and giggle, huge smiles on their faces…. simple pleasures. Clouds looking quite mean we decide to try some cartwheels in the grass outside the pool. I tried a few and felt a bit old when I was worn out after three, and resigned to taking pictures of her trying her best. A weeping willow swayed in the background. The itchy grass got the best of us and we decided it was time to move on to the next exciting adventure. We grabbed each others hand and skipped back to the car, singing our favorite song loudly and grinning at the funny looks we were getting.... simple pleasures.
I watch my social butterly befriend a girl in the pool as they trade tricks and giggle, huge smiles on their faces... simple pleasures. at the Palace Theater for a movie. I felt she would like the movie How to Train Your Dragon.
Driving along the way we spotted a baseball game going on. She had never seen a game before so why not. We settle into our seats and I tell her all I know of baseball (not much) over a few icees’. Out of nowhere the rain begins to pour, we cuddle up under a towel feeling silly and laughing, I look at her shining eyes…. simple pleasures.
I was surprised to find how engrossed in it I became as well. At one moment I pulled myself out of my movie trance and peeked behind me at all the faces lit up by the movie screen. Each face had similar expressions of concern or delight depending on what was happening. The whole room was sharing a moment… strangers gathered in a room, smiling faces; I looked at my daughter, her face beaming as well…Pure joy. It seems in this life, it isn’t the money spent, or the toys we have but instead it’s the simple pleasures of life and sharing lasting memories… They are simply priceless. Simple pleasures do not come from being at the pool, game or movies, it is the little things that happen around you that cost you nothing, that bring real joy. It’s the ones we make when life is happening. Smiles, laughter, delight on the face of another. Those things are the lasting memories…the simple pleasures.
The day was coming to an end. I had one more place in mind before the day ended. We stopped
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American Cancer Society Encourages You to Think Inside the Box for Healthier Lunches
Set the example: Pack your own nutritious meal along with your kids’, and be a great role model for staying well. With kids getting ready to start a new school year, now is the perfect time to give them a healthy start. If you start developing healthy eating habits for your children now, it will help increase the likelihood that they’ll maintain this lifestyle as adults. Maintaining a healthy weight by eating right and getting regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your cancer risk and stay well, according to the American Cancer Society. Onethird of all cancer deaths are related to obesity or being overweight, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition – and thus are preventable. Every day, you can make smart choices for yourself and your family by focusing on eating right. For more healthy eating tips and other ways to stay well and reduce your risk of cancer, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
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Emma St utesmun
With only a few weeks to go until their second daughter was born, Rachel and Jason Stutesmun were more excited than ever. Their doctor urged them to see a specialist because Rachel had developed a slight case of gestational diabetes. Their world came crashing down upon them when their doctor uttered the words no parent ever wants to hear, “There is something wrong with your baby’s heart.” The doctor proceeded to explain that additional precautions would be needed and that their baby would need to born in St. Louis because of the variety of complications that could arise.
Once in St. Louis, the cardiologist diagnosed Emma with four different heart defects. Emma’s heart was not only underdeveloped but there was also a hole in her heart. The doctor’s informed Emma’s parents that the best option would be for their daughter to undergo a series of three surgeries to correct the various defects. Two of these surgeries would need to be before she was even six months old. Although the doctor’s said that Emma had a good chance of survival, they did caution that Emma’s heart would never be complete and that other complications could arise. Emma was born in September 2004 surrounded by a medical team of twenty four people. At this time the doctors discovered two additional heart defects causing further concern. Because of these defects, the initial surgery was no longer a possibility; after a week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Emma was allowed to come home.
For the next four months, Emma and her family had to travel to St. Louis every couple of weeks for check-ups and tests. In February 2005 Emma underwent her first open heart surgery. Complications during this surgery caused the doctor’s to perform an additional surgery immediately. After what seemed like the longest day of their lives, Rachel and Jason were finally able to see their daughter. She was covered in IV’s and was on a ventilator and appeared “lifeless.” However, a week later Emma was released from the hospital to begin her long recovery at home.
For the next three years, Emma’s family had to make continued trips to St. Louis to monitor her heart and prepare for her next surgery. During the winter of 2007 Emma started to fatigue easily and began turning blue. The surgery was scheduled for the spring. In April 2008, Emma underwent her second open heart surgery. After another successful surgery and a month in St. Louis, they were allowed to come home. Children’s Miracle Network helped Emma’s family with travel expenses during their long trips to see specialists and for both of her surgeries. Emma, now four years old, is doing great! Although she will be on heart medication for the rest of her life, her outlook is bright. Emma is now able to run and play like a normal four year old and her energy level is higher than ever!
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Fill the grid with numbers 1 to 9 so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9, without repeating any numbers.
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