15th Successful Year for Monett Golf Tournament

The 15th Annual Monett Golf Tournament was held on Friday, May 4.  With lunch being served at 11:30am, 20 teams hit the links for a beautiful afternoon of golfing. This year, the tournament raised funding to make the Monett office kitchen accessible for community and client classes. of The winning team from Freedom Bank took 1st in the A-Flight with a score of 51 while the team representing EFCO took 1st in the B-Flight with a score of 61.

The past three years, the tournament raised funding to build a pavilion at the back of the Monett office for clients and staff to enjoy year round. With support from the Monett community, this project was completed in early April.

With revenues of $7,000, the event was a big success! “It is often unheard of to hold a successful fundraising event for 15 consecutive years. We are so appreciative of how the Monett community embraces and supports this tournament year after year,” said Doug Wallner, The Arc Board Member.

Mark your calendars for next year and get your backspin ready for our 2019 Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3 at Windmill Ridge Golf Course.


Open Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament Raises Money for No Limits Summer Camp Program

Fishermen from across Missouri hit the waters of Table Rock Lake in the early morning hours on Saturday, April 28 to see who could reel in the largest fish. The tournament was held in support of The Arc of the Ozarks No Limits Summer Camp program.

No Limits is an unfunded program that allows children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to build  social skills and independence through therapeutic recreation.

“We were honored to aid The Arc of the Ozarks with their first Open Buddy Bass Tournament. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. We had over 50 boats in the first year. I call that a huge success,” stated Glenn Rosser, owner of Anglers Obsession Guide Service and coordinator of the tournament.  

While the anglers were on the water, a few of The Arc clients had the opportunity to experience fishing for themselves by going on a pontoon boat. One of the clients explained that it was his birthday weekend and was excited that fishing was a part of his celebration.

Out of the 50 boats competing, the biggest bass caught weighed-in at 4.58 pounds. The first-place winners of day had a total weight of 15.41 pounds of the five-fish limit.

It was a beautiful day of fishing and The Arc staff consider the tournament a success, raising significant funding for the No Limits Summer Camp program. 

Payouts were awarded to first through fourth place. The biggest bass of the day weighed in at 4.58 pounds and was caught by Jeremy Van Vorst and Shane Angus.

1st Place – Total weight: 15.41lbs – Bobby Flood and Mac Macnesty
2nd Place – Total weight: 12.26lbs – Andy Eustler and Les Morris
3rd Place – Total weight: 11.26lbs – Dereck Dirschuweit and Jim House
4th Place – Total weight: 11.04lbs – Brian Makesty and Sam Poulous

At the end of the tournament, a weigh-in party was held to announce the winners and to draw for prizes of a raffle and attendance gifts.

Thank you to all the participants, volunteers and donors for a successful first year. We look forward to growing the event next year!

The Arc of the Ozarks Recognizes Employees with 80's Themed Employee Appreciation Night

The Arc of the Ozarks held its annual Employee Appreciation Night last Friday, March 2 and honored more than 293 employees for their continuous years of service and special achievements.

The night’s theme was inspired and crafted around 80’s nostalgia. Many of The Arc staff members attended the evening dressed in their best 80’s gear and danced to the 80’s tunes provided by Springfield’s popular band Machine Gun Symphony.

Some highlights of the evening included an awards ceremony in which The Arc recognized employees of the year: Justin Springston – Monett, Bill Stevens – Joplin and Rebecca Tuter – Springfield, as well as the employees that have been with the organization for one, five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five years.

The evening also featured an arcade, an interactive Pac-Man game and a costume contest. A special appearance was made by MC Hammer and Dale Earnhardt, impersonated by our Executive Vice President and Vice President of Finance.   

“While the purpose of this event is to honor employees who have met milestones and who have gone above and beyond, I feel the event gives us a chance to show our appreciation to all of our employees,” said Executive Administrative Assistant and coordinator of the event, Missy Young. “The event committee that represents all departments throughout the agency, works hard to provide a time everyone can enjoy.”  

Thank you to everyone that was able to come out to the fun-filled evening.