October 10 , 2017
A bi-monthly newsletter about things happening with your fellow members.

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Child Advocacy Center South Central

Ruby Tuesday
Did you know? Ruby Tuesday is now offering curbside starting October 16th.  Call us to place your order and never leave the comfort of your car. To place an order, 
call 255-1510.

FAFSA Frenzy helps students apply for financial aid
Students and their families can receive free help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at a FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, Oct. 21st, at the Lybyer Technology Center on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

Free one-on-one assistance will be available to assist families with filling out the 2018-2019 financial aid application from 10 a.m. until noon. University officials said this event is for any college-bound student and his or her parents, not just those who might be planning to attend Missouri State-West Plains during the 2018-19 academic year.
Completing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for federal financial aid and most state financial aid, as well as some scholarships.

Those attending should bring the following items:  2016 W-2's, copies of 2016 tax forms (in case they are unable to link or choose not to link the tax information), and t he student's and parent's FAFSA IDs which can be obtained at  STUDENT AID.             

Other times, dates and locations for all FAFSA Frenzy events are available at SCHOLARSHIP INFO Students attending a FAFSA Frenzy event can enter for a chance to win a scholarship for the 2018 fall enrollment in a Missouri postsecondary program.
This year marks the 15th year Missouri has offered the FAFSA Frenzy program. Since 2004, FAFSA Frenzy events have provided assistance to more than 20,000 Missouri students.   FAFSA Frenzy, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, is a part of national completion efforts headed up by the National College Access Network.   For additional information about FAFSA Frenzy, visit FAFSA FRENZY .
For more information about the Oct. 21 FAFSA Frenzy event, contact the Missouri State-West Plains financial aid office at 417-255-7243.  For more information about Missouri State-West Plains and the financial aid opportunities available to students, visit the university's website at MSU-WP.

City of West Plains

When to trick-or-treat this year? We are receiving several phone calls and emails regarding trick-or-treating and Halloween in West Plains. The City will not change the "Halloween date" for trick-or-treating. We can only recommend trick-or-treating times on Tuesday, October 31st, from 4 to 8 p.m. Thank you!
Ozark Radio Network

Remember when the kids are tricking treating this year to ask the homeowners if they have a KKDY Fun Pumpkin. Pumpkins will be stuffed with 30 items and they will be distributed throughout homes in and around the West Plains area.

University of Missouri Extension Office 4-H

Reflections from a 4-H Club Leader

By Jamie Dixon

Looking back over the past couple years my family has been sent on a journey that I want to encourage every family to join us on.  Two years ago, my children came home from school excited about 4-H.  I assumed there was a club to join so I inquired about it and somehow ended up becoming a club leader, rounding up few others who were interested.  The Lucky Clover Valley 4-H club was born.  Since then, I have received several inquiries about our club of which I am happy to tell you what we do in 4-H.

I think many people assume that 4-H is livestock.  The livestock portion is a part of 4-H but it is so much more than animals.  The goal of 4-H is learn to do by doing.  We want to help our kids build a base of knowledge by letting them experience successes and failures as they build, make, design, grow, feed, shoot, and show.  4-H teaches members career readiness through research based projects and activities supported through the University of Missouri system.  This past two years the Lucky Clover 4-H Club has grown as we learned and made projects in sewing, woodworking, cake decorating, robotics, aeronautics, first aid, shooting sports, clowning, raising market animals, photography and crafts.  This is not even half of what 4-H has to offer your child. 

Our club is about the learning process not just the end result.  When the Lucky Clovers meet every month we share what we have been doing by giving demonstrations that show what they are learning in their different project areas.  Not every club member does all of these and you control how involved you want to be.  We try to find project leaders who are knowledgeable and willing to help your child learn whatever project they have signed up for.  It could be raising market lambs or learning how to crochet; we will try to find someone to help you grow and learn.  In July we work for that, "look what I did" moment.  That is what the fair does for our kids.  Our year starts in October when we decide what we want to learn for the year, meet with our project leaders, learn and make, and then show off our projects at the fair in July. 

We would love to see more 4-H clubs in our area.  It is wonderful to see our kids get together with other kids who have similar interests. Your child will grow and you will grow.  If you are interested in starting a club, joining a club, or if you are an adult who has a skill and a teacher's heart and want to share your talent with a child please call the Howell County Extension office at 256-2391 for more information.  

SBTDC to host Workplace Safety workshop Oct. 23

The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains, will offer a workshop on Workplace Safety at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), 125 Howell Ave., in West Plains.

The training session, which will focus on safety basics, understanding worker's compensation and how to control premium costs, will be provided by officials with Missouri Employers Mutual (MEM), Missouri's #1 provider of workers compensation insurance, according to the company's website, MEM INSURANCE. Headquartered in Columbia, Mo., MEM has been committed to saving lives and money for policyholders through safe workplaces since opening its doors in 1995. 
Free resources will be made available for representatives of small businesses who attend, SBTDC officials said.

To register for this free seminar, please visit SBTDC .   The SBTDC provides assistance to individuals who want to start or run their own small businesses. SBTDC staff work with Missouri entrepreneurs and small businesses that are for-profit (not a non-profit charitable or educational organization). Whether you are currently in business or thinking about starting a business, the SBTDC can assist you in your venture.

The West Plains SBTDC serves entrepreneurs in seven counties across the region: Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright. Since they are funded in part through the Small Business Administration, virtually all of their services are free.
MU Extension Office / Missouri Job Center


Every Wednesday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Savor Grill Parking lot. Check us out at 'GO FARM' FARMER'S MARKET  each market day to see our vendors. For more information, contact Patrice Jennings at 417-293-0590.