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Boonville R1 Education Foundation and KWRT Radiothon April 22, 2022, 7:00 am to 11:00 am

2020 David Barton Family Night




Dr. Steve Hata (BHS 1972)




Date: April 4, 2018, 5:30 pm, at the Isle of Capri, in Boonville, Missouri.

1: Ultimate reserved front row tables $500.00, seating 8 per table.

2: Other reserved tables $300.00, seating 8 per table.

3: Single tickets $25.00 each.

Purchase tickets at the Boonville R-1 Education Administration Office or

Call 660-621-2072 Bruce Quinlan mobile.

Captain Arnold is a 1971 graduate of Boonville High School. His nickname during his high school days was Digger. We are very excited for his appearance, devotion and dedication to our Boonville School system.

Digger was born and raised in Boonville along with his three sisters: Judy Felten, Mary Jenry (deceased) and Peggy Arnold. His father, Dick, managed B & J Bowling Alley and his mother, Eleanor, was a waitress for the Stein House. Digger was a member of the First Christian Church and was employed at the bowling alley and as a Boonville city employee working for both the street and sanitation departments. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He spent the next 30 years serving this country. He had numerous sea and shore assignments that took him all over the world. During his career, he took advantage of every opportunity to build on the foundation that the Boonville school system provided him; receiving a master’s degree from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, graduating from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC, and completing the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA. Retiring from the Navy in 2005 with the rank of Captain, Digger went to work for the defense contractor, Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) as a training consultant supporting deploying Navy and Marine Corps forces. He retired from that position in 2015. He and his wife, Jeannette, (a retired special education teacher) reside in Coronado, CA.

In 2017, Jeannette and Digger partnered with the Education Foundation to create the Boonville Pirate Leadership Award. This award is provided annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest levels of leadership throughout their high school career.

Please join us on to hear Digger talk about the positive impact that the Boonville school system had on his career in the Navy. If you cannot attend the dinner but would still like to donate to our foundation, please click on PAY PAL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!


To: Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken,

Just in case you didn’t get a chance to see Monday nights paper, we are putting the Foundation Money we received to good use. The students are absolutely loving MakerCamp and last Friday MoreNet came from Columbia to teach them about coding and operating Sphero robotic. I have attached the link to share the article. If you have Bruce Quinlan’s email if you want forward this to him so that he can see

we appreciate what the Foundation does for our school.

Thanks Again, Cindy Spaedy (Hannah Cole Primary School)


Bruce R. Quinlan, President.

Guest Speaker: Commander MARK WESSELMAN

Mark is a 1979 Boonville High School graduate. He currently spends winters in Arizona and summers at the Lake of the Ozarks. After 32 years, he recently retired from the Mesa Police Department. He was the commander of the Fiesta Division. After attending college in Warrensburg, Missouri and obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Mark joined the Houston Police Department in 1983. He met his wife, Jeri. In 1989, they decided to leave Houston. He began working as a police officer in Mesa, Arizona. He was drawn to law enforcement at an early age. He credits his education and experiences at Boonville High School with helping him achieve his dream. He learned helpful lessons through many sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, and tennis. Obviously lessons were learned in the classroom as well. Mrs. Brown helped develop his writing and life skills during his time as Editor-in-Chief of the Pirate Fortnightly. Mark served his community well and is thankful for the many experiences his career afforded him. He even met one of his favorite actors. I’m certain we will enjoy hearing that story and many more as Mark joins us at the Isle of Capri!


Dear Mr. Quinlan,

Unfortunately we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, but by name is Cody Bashore and I am the new director at the Boonslick Technical Education Center. There was recently a generous donation made to the foundation in the amount of $3,600.00 that was earmarked to help start a robotics team in our building. Dr. Ficken has asked that I contact you to see if you have received these funds, and if so, to please cut a check to the Boonslick Technical Education Center so that those funds can be utilized for the program.

I appreciate your assistance and thank you for all you do for the foundation and our schools.


Cody Bashore

Director, Boonslick Technical Education Center

Phone: (660) 882-5306 Email: cody.bashore@boonville.k12.mo.us



This scholarship is awarded to the student who displays the highest level of leadership qualities throughout their high school career.

Sponsors: Captain Richard "Digger" Arnold, US Navy (Ret)

Jeannette Arnold

Boonville R-1 Education Foundation

Scholarship Amount: $1,000.00

Number of Scholarships awarded: One annually


Good Morning Bruce-

I wanted to extend an invitation to the Boonville Education Foundation to

attend David Barton's upcoming "Be a Reading and Math Superhero" family

night. It will take place this Thursday, November 3rd, from 5:30-7:30.

This year, in an effort to increase attendance and better connect our

families to the community, we have partnered with several groups to include

dinner, attendance incentives, parent training, and community group

information tables. Last year we had just over 200 people attend our event.

We'd love to double that number this year! If you are free Thursday night,

please consider dropping by to check it out!

Pictures coming soon.

Bruce Q








Guest Speaker: Our MARK HITTNER, NFL Referee

Mark Hittner is a 1975 graduate of Boonville High School, Boonville, MO,

played as Quarterback for BHS State Championship Team in 1974.

His Parents owned Hittner Furniture in downtown Boonville until sold in

1986. Also, his parents owned and operated A&W Drive-in during the 1960's.

Mark is a 1980 graduate of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. He

was Quarterback on the football team for four years.

Mark earned a double degree in accounting and economics at PSU.

He was employed at Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, OK until 1986 when he

moved to Kansas City, MO, and has resided in KC ever since.

He married Rebecca Overstreet of Boonville, MO in 1982 and they have three

sons: Jason, Grant, Lincoln.

Mark began refereeing football in 1980, refereeing the Big 8 Conference from

1984-1995, the Big 12 in 1996, then moved up to the NFL in 1997 to today.

He has refereed in three Super Bowls: SB 36, SB 38 & SB 40.

Location is the Isle of Capri, in Boonville, Missouri, on April 13th, 2016, social hour starts at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm.

Our foundation is organized exclusively for educational purposes to provide supplemental funds for educational and scientific programs or activities for the Boonville R-1 School District, THAT ARE NOT FUNDED BY COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL SCHOOL FUNDS.




Founded in 2010, the Boonville R-1 Education Foundation was organized to raise funds to support, foster and

promote the growth, progress and well-being of the Boonville R-1 School District.

The Foundation provides supplemental support for the District's programs and initiatives within the policies of the Boonville R-1 School District. All fund raising activities are directly related to the purpose of the District. Contributions to the Foundation are made by individuals, corporations and other foundations to help fund educational programs and initiatives, as well as to create an endowment fund.(Below 2nd grade spelling on iPads provided from the Foundation funds)

We are concerned about the future of our students & teachers, especially in the world markets, our foundation is here to help us compete and hopefully win, this very tough task ahead of us. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOU SUPPORT AND YOUR SUPPORT IS VERY MUCH NEEDED, AGAIN THANK YOU! BRUCE R. QUINLAN, Foundation Board President

"I am very excited about the great opportunities the Boonville R-1 Education Foundation is providing for the students and staff of this district. The vision of educational excellence is becoming a reality as we set our course on the pathway to the future." MARK FICKEN, Boonville R-1 Schools Superintendent

Our Education Foundation officially started, with the professional guidance of education specialist, DR. ELAINE FREE, from Trophy Club, Texas. Elaine's web site for info: www.successfulwaysinc.com

Pictures and information of years past events below:

We are very proud of Jim Burks family & friends for helping us be successful.

2015 Annual Donor Dinner

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Guest Speaker: Jim Burks

A 1980 graduate of Boonville High School, Jim Burks is currently

a Captain for Delta Airlines based in Los Angeles and currently resides in Ventura, California. He grew up on Pendleton Street in Boonville, Missouri. Poverty and turmoil didn't detour him from his goal of someday becoming an airline pilot. From his days of flying with his flight instructor and his Boonville High School Teacher Mike Derendinger a Cessna 150 at the Snoddy's Airport which was located just North and West of the current Snoddy's Store and was a rock & dirt track, to instructing at Central Missouri State University during his college career, to a Navy fighter pilot, then to Captain at Delta Airlines. Through perseverance he learned playing football with Coach Reagan's and Coach Brumley's wonderful discipline and guidance. Plus his admiration of the teachers at the Boonville High School who taught him, his dream came true. Jim and his wife Mindy and family have traveled all over the world and I am looking forward to his wonderful experience and success he will share with our foundation.

Bruce R. Quinlan, President.

Location was at the Isle of Capri, in Boonville, Missouri, on April 8, 2015, social hour started at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm.

Our foundation is organized exclusively for educational purposes to provide supplemental funds for educational and scientific programs or activities for the Boonville R-1 School District, THAT ARE NOT FUNDED BY COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL SCHOOL FUNDS.




Family Reading & Math Night (11-4-2014)

Funded by a Boonville Education Foundation Grant

TEAM MEMBERS: Sandy Painter, Julie Kueckelhan and Mitch McCuan


I want to send a big Thank You to you and to and all of the staff involved

in presenting the Family Reading and Math night at David Barton. Obviously,

there was some serious time and effort put in to this, because of the amount

of people who came out for this Boonville R-1 Education Foundation funded

event. We plan on doing a press release in the Boonville Daily News and

KWRT radio, on this event, and all future foundation funded events.

Also, thank you for making me aware of the date and time, and the


Again, Thank You,

Bruce R. Quinlan


Boonville R-1 Education Foundation

2014 Annual Donor Dinner

Guest Speaker: Dan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter is the Chief of Public Affairs for the Presidio of Monterey/Defense Language Institute Center for Foreign Language in Monterey, Calif. He attended the University of Mississippi on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduating cum laude in 1979 with a B.A. in Radio-TV Broadcasting. Dan served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, traveling to North Norway, Denmark, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, and Australia. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Dan joined NASA in 2000 as the Director of Public Affairs at Houston’s Johnson Space Center. As the leader of 70 communications professionals his duties included: media relations, strategic communications, community events and outreach, video and live-TV production, three Web sites, employee communications, and government affairs. During the Space Shuttle Columbia accident and investigation in 2003, he led the Space Center's communications efforts in responding to and interacting with the national media. In 2004, Dan was named the Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. He left NASA in 2006 to take the job as Director of Corporate Communications for Lam Research Corporation, a semiconductor-equipment manufacturing company in Silicon Valley. He left that job in 2007 to take a year off to help his parents build a retirement home in Texas. He began his duties at the Presidio on September 8, 2008. He has two masters’ degrees: an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Location location was at the Isle of Capri on April 2, 2014.

OUR 2nd Donor Dinner 2012 below.

The 3rd Annual Banquet and Program was on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the Isle of Capri. All Founding Donors were recognized and the donor plaque presented at the banquet. We celebrated grants received in 2012 and introducing the new 2013 grant recipients.

Our guest speaker for the dinner was Dr. Jeffrey Kempf, a pediatric emergency room physician who is the son of Bud & Yvonne Kempf and is a 1974 graduate of Boonville High School. Pictures below.