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LACLEDE LITERACY COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
LACLEDE LITERACY
March 2018 NEWSLETTER
Carol Barsby, Director
Phone (417 ) 532-6697
   Upcoming Events
   
April 5  Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner
April 20  Third Thursday Slim Chickens 
May 7  Annual Board Meeting 




Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner
Our annual theme for Pro Literacy and AmeriCorps this year is “Getting Things Done”  in Ozarkian we might say “Git-R- Done” either way the idea and message for the year is the same; regardless of the problem the guiding concept of our tutors, volunteers, and students is the same “Let’s Get it Done.
 The Literacy Council volunteers are working diligently to help new citizens in our communities, new readers no matter their stage in life and new learners no matter the subject. Students are meeting their goals at an astonishingly fast pace and we believe we are “Getting Things Done.”.
This year the theme will take us to our southern roots and we ask our celebrities to think about costumes and table decorations which might fit your business and our theme.  We will be introducing celebrities and allowing them to introduce their guests in any way they see fit:  a song, a skit, or a poem is just a few ways that may come to mind. Call the Laclede Literacy Council at 417-532-6697 to buy your tickets; they are going fast! $200 a table or individual seats for $25.

Slim Chickens
Third Thursday Dining
When you mention Laclede Literacy Council at the front when you order, Slim Chickens will donate 20% of the price of your meal to the Laclede Literacy Council. This will be on March 21st all day long. All you have to do is say that you are there to support the Literacy Council. We really appreciate all the support we can get. All money raised goes to help buy book, supplies, and materials needed by students and tutors.




March Board Meeting
The next board meeting of the Laclede Literacy Council will be on March 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM in the library board room.  The meeting will be jam packed with talk of future events, recognizing a new president, and viewing the new 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Grant. 
This quarter’s dining to donate events will be the third Thursday of each month at Slim Chickens from 10 AM to close. Mary Anthony’s Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held at the St Francis De Sales Family Center from 5-7 On March 17th.  The celebrity waiter’s dinner tickets are available now and I would love it if each board member would try to sell at least two tables.  Remember that each table is $200.00, but our fundraising depends on the tips from each table to make the event successful.
 The AmeriCorps 2018-2019 grant is for $90,000 again and was submitted on March 15.  The Council did receive a $2000.00 contribution from Laclede Electric trust this month.   Thanks to all who work to support the council.
We are so appreciative of the work that Stephanie did for the council and hope her future support will bloom as a board member.  She is leaving the council assignment as president after a very successful two year term.  Cricket Staggs will be the new president of the council, he has many new ideas to keep the council running smoothly.  All other officers will remain the same. The council does have one open board spot, if you can help us make the council a better place to be, think about contributing as a board member.
Century 21 Prestige gives pledge to the Council
Cricket Staggs is donating $50.00 to the Laclede Literacy Council for each house he sells in the county.  These donations will go to assure that no student misses tutoring because they cannot get to the library.  Helping with cab rides will make a difference for many students. Thanks! Thank! Thanks!

  
LACLEDE LITERACY
June 2018 NEWSLETTER
Carol Barsby, Director
Phone (417 ) 532-6697

   
Upcoming Events

June   12     Budgeting          1-3
July   10     Creating good credit 1-3
May   24     First time Home Buyers   
                   Workshop  5-7:30
May 24      How to use your
                  cell phone 3-5





Our Volunteers
Create Opportunities Everyday




State Hero Awards
Sue Stephens was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on April 30, 2018. For 15 years, Sue has worked to tutor individuals incarcerated at the Laclede County Jail. She works with adults who need basic literacy skills and those working toward their HiSET degree,.  As well as working with the New Life House of Lebanon to help newly released ladies get off to a good start.  She has served hundreds of students over the year. Several of her students are now successful members of their communities, attending community college and managing local businesses.  She works tirelessly to help those less fortunate than herself.  She is always available to help anyone who is in need.  She deserves recognition for this work.

Future Workshops

June 12
Budgeting
 by  First State Community Bank
 1-3 PM Library, Benage Room

Tricks to creating a monthly budget that will keep you on track with the money goals you have made for yourself.

July 10
Creating good credit
 by First State Community Bank 
1-3 PM Library, Benage Room

May   24 
First time home buyers workshop 
by Century 21 Prestige
Library Benage Room 5:30 to 7 PM

Learn  all about the process of buying a new home.  Learn about title insurance, land surveys, appraisals and more.

May 24

Cell phones and how to use one for all your needs  3-5 PM Benage Room

Learn about the basics of a smart phone and how to use it to text, email, internet, pictures and more. 

If you have plans for future workshop please call 417 532 6697
Graduation 2018


 



Annual Board Meeting and Graduation was a great success.  11 students received an honor after passing the HiSet.  Below find a picture of those students.  It was a great night.

The board also voted for a new president and new secretary, Cricket Staggs and Sabra Warren respectively.





Many other awards were given

Student  of year         Michel Baker
                                   Justin Baker
Tutor of the year        James Carter
Volunteer of the year  Dr Kent Richter




Grants and Donations

An anonymous donation was given to the council in the amount of $5000.00,  This family will always be remembered as  a generous and godly family. 

A donation of $500.00 was made by Modern Woodman. Thank you for matching our fundraising amounts from Poker Night. 

One of our manufacturing companies, who would like to be anonymous, wrote a check for $1500.00 to support our mission. 

We appreciate their support and work diligently to increase the reading level of their employees when requested. 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation has granted the Literacy Council $9000 for the year 2018-2019.  This family literacy grant focuses on the literacy level of parents.  Thanks to the folks at Dollar General.



Student Reports

Total number of students served in 182

Total number of active students         67

Total number of active tutors             33

Total number of HiSET degrees        24

Total number of students who left the program in 201-187                     115

Of those students number who met their goal                                            105

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LACLEDE LITERACY
May 2018 NEWSLETTER
Carol Barsby, Director
Phone (417 ) 532-6697

   
Upcoming Events
June1






Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner
Its almost here; but some tickets are still available if you do not have your tickets please call today.   417 532 6697
This year the theme will take us to our southern roots and we ask our celebrities to think about costumes and table decorations which might fit your business and our theme.  We will be introducing celebrities and allowing them to introduce their guests in any way they see fit:  a song, a skit, or a poem are just a few ways that may come to mind.
Tables can be decorated anytime after Noon of the 5th of April.  Prizes will be given to the best tables and the  best western dress.
We will be meeting at the Catholic Church On Thursday April 5, 2018.  Get your tickets early.  Call 417 532 6697
Dinner will include a great meal and a trifle for dessert it will be great. Music will be provided by a great local band.


Volunteers are busy 
Our annual theme for ProLiteracy and AmeriCorps this year is “Getting Things Done”  in Ozarkian we might say  “Git-R- Done” either way the idea and message for the year is the same; regardless of the problem the guiding concept of our tutors, volunteers, students is the same “Let’s Get it Done.
 The Literacy Council volunteers are working diligently to help new citizens in our communities, new readers no matter their stage in life and new learners no matter the subject. Students are meeting their goals at an astonishingly fast pace and we believe are “Getting Things Done.”.
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Volunteers
make our world work
 




Board Meeting

The board met in March at 5:30 PM in the Library Board Room. January Minutes and were approved.  ST Patrick’s Day totals  donations by public, grant opportunities, and Celebrity Waiters Dinner plans.

 Plans were cemented for the CWD to be held at the Catholic Church on April 5, 2018.  .  Annual Dinner plans were also made for Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  Our annual meeting, Dinner, and Graduation will all be held that night.

Cricket Staggs presided over our meeting as his appointment was agreed upon until the next annual board election.

Topics for future workshop were discussed.
Annual Meeting and Graduation

Wednesday May 9, 2018
Annual Board Meeting of the Laclede Literacy Council will be held at the Library in the Dan True Room starting at 6 PM
Annual Meeting will be held first.
There are no amendments to the constitution this year.
We have one open board seat and hope to have nominations for that seat by May.  We have two board members who have assumed officer positions and have been serving temporarily until the annual meeting
Cricket Staggs for President
Sabra Warren for Secretary
All other officers will stay the same.
Future Workshops

May 15, 2018 

Online banking by  First State Community Bank

June 12  Budgeting First State Community Bank

July 10  Creating good credit First State Community Bank

May   First time home buyers workshop  Century 21 Premiere

Using Facebook safely
Century 21 Premiere

Cell phones and how to use one for all your needs

If you have plans for future workshop please call 417 532 6697

Adult Learners
Change
Lives

Graduation
May 9, 2018
6 PM  Fan True Room
Speaker  Dr Childers
Lunch and reception to follow