October 23, 2014

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Veteran's Day Ceremony
As Veteran’s Day approaches, MoDOT is proud to honor those who have served or still serve in the United States Armed Forces. On Nov. 12, Central Office will host a Veteran’s Day celebration to recognize Central Office employees who have veterans dayserved in any branch of the military. We would like to recognize these men and women with a certificate and a pin to thank them for their time in service to our state and country.

If you have served or are currently serving in the military and would like to be recognized in the ceremony, please email Patrick Wood at with the following information by Oct. 31:

  • Name
  • Branch of the Military you served or are serving in
  • Years of service
  • Rank
  • Current position at MoDOT

The event will take place at 9 a.m. at 105 W. Capitol, Room 100. The event is open for all employees to attend as well as the family members of our veterans. Refreshments will be served following the recognition of our military employees.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
wellness newsletterIf the world suddenly seems awash in pink, that’s because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many people will wear pink and participate in events to recognize survivors of breast cancer, remember those who lost their battle, raise awareness about prevention and raise funds for breast cancer research.

Click on this month’s Coventry Wellness Newsletter to find:

  • Breast cancer prevention tips
  • Symptoms of breast cancer
  • Recipe for broccoli, garlic, and lemon penne pasta
Fun on the Charitable Campaign Trail

The Design Division chose a bucket challenge for a charitable campaign fundraiser. The challenge raised $300 for the campaign.

ice  bucket 1   ice bucket 2
Challenge participant Eric Schroeter braves the cold water with a "thumbs up" as Rusty Weiseman dumps the ice water over his head.   Nicole Hood takes one for the team from Jim Smith as Gayle Unruh enjoys watching from a safe distance.
ice bucket 3 Design Division ice bucket challenge participants looking a little cold.
from left to right - Donna Roewe, Kenny Voss, Eric Schroeter, Gayle Unruh, Nicole Hood and Jason Vanderfeltz.
Keeping Kids Safe for Halloween Fun
Are your kids going out for trick or treat? Keep them safe by following these safety tips.

  • Make sure your child's costume fits properly. A night of fun can be abruptly ended if they trip because their costume does not fit them properly.
  • Make sure your child can see through their mask. Children will be crossing streets and walking up and down porch steps. Make sure they can see well enough through their mask to see oncoming cars and steps.
  • HalloweenRemind your children not to enter a home to receive candy (stay on the porch). Your child should stay with the group and never enter a house to receive candy. 
  • Don't trick or treat at a home that does not have a well-lighted porch. Remind your child that not everyone gives out candy and going to a dark house can be very dangerous.
  • Be sure your child can be seen by motorists. Carrying a flashlight helps your child to see and be seen.  Placing reflective tape on their costume helps to make them more visible to drivers.
  • Do not load or unload children on the traffic side of the vehicle. Many of us use our vehicles to drive our children around the neighborhoods. Remember kids are excited on Halloween, so be sure you only load and unload on the curb side of the vehicle. Make sure your child uses their seat belt - even if it is difficult with their costume - Arrive Alive.
  • Check your child's candy before they eat it.  Don't allow your child to eat any treats that have been unwrapped. Take the time to check your child's candy before they eat it. 
  • Know who and where your child is going to trick or treat and set a curfew. Set boundaries where your child may trick or treat in and enforce a curfew.
  • Check and see who is outside before you open the door.  Don't assume it's just more children at your door. Look to see who is waiting on your porch before you open the door.
  • Don't allow young children to hand out candy without an adult present. An unattended child is an easy target for criminals. Make sure your door remains secured except when handing out treats.
Central Office Happenings
MEE ZoneMee Zone Event
Ellis Fischel Mammography Cancer Screening Mobile
Nov. 7, beginning at 8 a.m.
601 W Main St, Jefferson City

Breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US. The key factor in fighting this disease is early detection.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from the University of Missouri Health Care is donating their time to our MoDOT female employees for preventative screenings. The screenings are open to all Central Office and Central District female employees. Most insurance companies cover one mammography screening a year, so check with your provider.

There are 26 spots available and are open on a first come, first serve basis. To register contact Amanda Henley (573) 526-5617.

Note: Although this screening is for females only, males should also be checking for abnormal knots or thickening in the breast. Men are screened by diagnostic testing. Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen (about one percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S.) Breast cancer screening is only recommended for some men at higher risk due to an inherited gene mutation or a strong family history.

blood driveMissouri State Employees Blood Drive
Friday, Oct. 24
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Governor’s Office Building
200 Madison Street, Jefferson City

To sign up to donate make an appointment by visiting and enter sponsor code: MoState.

Help make your donation experience as safe, successful and pleasant as possible by following a few recommendations before, during and after your blood donation. Click here for tips - Giving Blood.

For additional questions, please contact Amanda Schlottach –

All donors will enjoy complimentary Papa John’s pizza after their donation.

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