Five From The Arc Complete Rigorous LEAD Program

The Arc held the graduation ceremony for the first LEAD participants on June 20th. The LEAD program was designed to prepare Arc employees for career advancement through the development of leadership skills and promote a smooth transition from entry-level positions to positions in management and administration. LEAD emphasizes the importance of learning, empowerment, appreciation, and development as key components for success in leadership roles at The Arc. 

The program was rigorous, but five individuals from departments across the organization completed the program. These individuals include: Sarah Olson, Mary Wilcock, Jeff Crawford, Will Baker and Ryan Coleman. The program consists of 6 full-day interactive training sessions over the course of one year on key leadership topics. Field assignments and meetings with a mentor were key components to ensure knowledge retention and application. At the end of the program, the LEAD participants presented a communication plan to executive staff members with focus on policy, podcasts and developing a communication committee. 

“When I was promoted to a management position many years ago, The Arc invested in my leadership development by providing opportunities for learning and personal growth,” stated Lori Pace, Director of Training and Staff Development. “The LEAD program was designed to provide similar opportunities to prepare the next generation of leaders through a combination of classroom and experiential learning. It has been an honor and privilege to work with these new leaders and be a part of their personal and leadership journey. I am excited to see what the future holds for Will Baker, Ryan Coleman, Jeff Crawford, Sarah Olson, and Mary Wilcock!”

“What I have gained verses what I came to the program with, is quite a bit. It helped out a lot with my skills at leading a group of people or being a person that people look to as a leader,” stated Will Baker. “I am so glad I took the chance and applied for this great leadership program. The Arc of the Ozarks is taking the time to invest in all of us. That’s pretty cool!”  

The Arc is proud to continue the LEAD program into the future. More information on the next LEAD class will be released fall 2018.  

Sweet Car Show Raises Lots of Dough

On June 9, the 3rd Annual Doughnuts Not Donuts Car Show was held at The Arc of the Ozarks Program Services office. This event proved to be another success with 80 cars in attendance. The Ozarks Z Club, 417 German Autostil and The Arc of the Ozarks were able to raise $6,000 to support The Arc’s CounterPoint Autism Department.

Doughnuts Not Donuts was an event for all ages. Children had the chance to jump in the bounce house, create water color paintings and enjoy a doughnut from the presenting sponsor, Krispy Kreme, who was on hand providing doughnuts to all attendees. Twisted Mikes, Trailer Perk Coffee and Jack’s Ice Cream Truck provided great food and beverages to beat the heat throughout the day.

Trophies were awarded for “Best in Show” in 17 different divisions: Classic American, Modern American, Classic Euro, Modern Euro, Classic Asian, Modern Asian, Rat Rod, Antique, Supercar, Service Vehicle (police), Sport Bike, Cruiser Bike, Trucks & Jeeps - Lifted, Low Rider and Best Custom. This event would not have been as successful without the support of the many sponsors who contributed to this event. The Best of Show award went to Jim Berry for his 1948 Purple Anglia Sedan. The Ozarks Z Club, 417 German Autostil and The Arc of the Ozarks would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors and everyone who came out to support The Arc. 

Thank you again to all our sponsors: Krispy Kreme, Blu Current Credit Union, Davis Properties, Youngblood Auto, Abilities First, Pride Auto Detailing, KDS Customs, WCA Waste Management, Q & Company, BJ’s Trophy Shop, Casey’s General Store, Dings & Things, Overhead Door, Renewal by Anderson and The Manor at Elfindale,

We can’t wait for next year!

The award winners are listed below:

Most Club attendees – 417 German Autostil

Best Cruiser – Tyler Gray with 1967 Red Chevy C-10

Classic American – Lucas Forrest – 1979 Orange Camero

Low Rider – Wyatt Reed – 2016 Fiesta ST

Best Wheels – Westin Easley

Best License Plate – Terry Gaylor

Best Lifted Truck – Tyler Officer – 1997 Chevy K-1500

Modern American – Chuck J – 98 VEL

Classic Euro – Don Craig – 1974 Mustang GT

Davis Properties Choice – David Blackwell – 1968 Ford Mustang

Blu Current Choice – L. Kassehaum – 2013 Dodge Challenger

Super Car – Kwang Shim

Rat Rod – Chris Davis – VW Rat

Best Custom – Cobra

Best Engine – 1979 Camero – Lucus Forrest

The Arc Choice – 1948 Anglia Sedan Purple – Jim Berry

Country Girls Choice – Mustang G 350 R

People’s Choice – 1979 Camero – Lucas Forrest

Modern Asian – 2016 TC – Andrew Williams

Cosmetically Challenged – Chris Davis

Murica Award – Dustin Smith FRS

Euro Spec – Donny Etan

Best Sport Bike – Dean Ross

Best Cruiser Bike – 1967 America Bike – Vince J.

Best Interior – 2011 CRZ – Richie Lyans

Antique – 1948 Anglia Sedan Purple – Jim Berry

Classic Asian – 1984 White 300 Zx – Matt Knaup

Modern Euro – 2014 Jetta – Sean Hennessy

Krispy Kreme Choice – Hyundai Genesis Coupe 8 – Matty Kelly

Best of Show – 1948 Purple Anglia Sedan – Jim Berry


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.