What's New and Good at God's Resort

The staff and residents of God’s Resort in Joplin are great friends to us at Circles and we’re excited to pass on some information on a true milestone in the history of their facility! Join in on the celebration of “What’s New and Good at God’s Resort” Friday, October 12th at 6 pm, Saturday, October 13th at 10 am, and Sunday, October 14th at 2 pm. Their new Five-Plex will be dedicated at the God’s Resort Community Center, 1501 S. Pearl at each of those days and times.

RSVPs would be appreciated by phone at 417-553-4080 or email jenny@godsresortjoplin.org

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CIRCLES KIDS MEET THERAPY DOGS

The children of our Circles Leaders recently spent some quality canine time thanks to a visit by local therapy dogs and their trainers. Sue and some of the staff from Lucky Dog introduced the pups to the Circles kids. Meanwhile our Leaders were learning how best to tell the story of their new lives by motivational speaker J. J. Spurlin.

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Check Presentations

Thursday, August 30th, Circles of Joplin was thrilled to be the beneficiary of checks from fund raising efforts of three area organizations. JOMO Adventures, the Joplin Elks Lodge, and SNC Squared presented Circles of Joplin with checks that, combined, equalled over $18,000. Everyone  associated with Circles of Joplin were ecstatic to see such strong community support.

We were also ecstatic for the media coverage we received:

https://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/circles-donations_20180831032258/1408465461

http://www.koamtv.com/clip/14599569/circles-joplin-10-830

http://kzrg-am.itmwpb.com/2018/08/30/circles-joplin-receives-donations-from-local-organizations/

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February 22, 2018: A Night of Appreciation

It was a night full of appreciation on February 22nd, 2018 when Circles of Joplin held their first ever Volunteer Appreciation banquet. As part of the 2018 five year anniversary of Circles of Joplin, past volunteers were honored by current (and former) Circles Leaders and Allies. Bud Sexson, Circles of Joplin's first Board Chairman, was joined onstage by Renee White, another early Circles Board member. Bud and Renee told the story of how the initial concept of Circles organized and developed.

 Current Circles Director David Heltzel was just barely able to fit all of the accomplishments our Leaders and Allies have accrued over the past five years into his allotted time

Current Circles Director David Heltzel was just barely able to fit all of the accomplishments our Leaders and Allies have accrued over the past five years into his allotted time

From our children's division, Crystal Hope composed a special song for the evening titled, appropriately, "Thank You," which she then performed, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. 

 Chairman of the Circles Board Scott Vorhees was on hand to offer the Board's sincere appreciation for all of the volunteer work that has benefitted Circles immeasurably over the past five years.

Chairman of the Circles Board Scott Vorhees was on hand to offer the Board's sincere appreciation for all of the volunteer work that has benefitted Circles immeasurably over the past five years.

All of that and a great dinner as well! Everyone at Circles of Joplin wanted all of our volunteers to know that the work couldn't even begin to be done without them. Lives are changed every day thanks to the hours, days, and weeks of thankless volunteer work for Circles. Well, maybe not "thankless" any more. Thursday, February 22nd was our attempt to thank so many people who have given so much.

Third Thursday - March 2018

It was great to see so many folks out at the first Third Thursday of 2018 on the 15th in downtown Joplin. Our circular hat is off to John and Emily and the gang at Atlas Safe Rooms! They were kind enough to lend Circles some space in their booth. We were able to spread the word about the wonderful things Circles has accomplished and, hopefully, we talked a few folks into checking us out some Thursday night at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

What a night!

The amazing Scott Vorhees opened up his church/gym to the Circles family the last Thursday night in 2017 for an “Old Fashioned Family Circles Dinner.” The highlight of the evening was, easily, Gary Bandy’s homemade crescent rolls. “Are these homemade?” one attendee asked. “Are they?” Gary responded, not actually answering the question but giving the “asker” the impression that, yes, the rolls were homemade. Other stuff happened too. See what you’re missing out on when you’re not a part of Circles? (If you are a part of Circles, and you were there, please disregard that last sentence)