July 2, 2015

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Volunteers Needed for Missouri State Fair
2015 fair logoIt’s time to recruit volunteers to work at the MoDOT Highway Gardens building at the 2015 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

We’re looking for six Central Office volunteers for Sunday, August 16, eight volunteers for Saturday, August 22 and six volunteers for Sunday, August 23.

The main information booth at the Highway Gardens will be handled by volunteers who will be distributing maps and answering questions. We will also have selfie stations posted both inside and outside the building to encourage visitors to take photos and share their experiences in the Highway Gardens.

The building is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We will use the same schedule as previous years to allow volunteers time to visit the fair and reduce overtime costs to the department.

8:30 to 8:45 a.m. - Arrive at MoDOT Highway Gardens building in Sedalia

8:45 to 9 a.m. - Orientation for all volunteers on assignments

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Team #1 works displays - Team #2 free time at the fair

1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Team #2 works displays - Team #1 free time at the fair

6 p.m. - Leave Sedalia

Please email or call 573-522-3796 if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information on the State Fair and this year’s schedule of events, visit

Coventry July Wellness Newsletter

Firework Safety & Men's Health

Fire WorksMost of us have fond Fourth of July memories of fireworks lighting up the warm summer night. To avoid bad memories of burns and other injuries, however, everyone must think about fireworks safety. It is probably not surprising that the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that most injuries, about 65 percent, occur between June 18 and July 18. And, according to the National Fire Protection Association, in a typical year there are more fires reported on July 4 than any other day, thanks to fireworks.

Practice fireworks safety this holiday using these tips:

• Make sure the fireworks you want to use are legal in your state and local area.
• Do not allow children to play with fireworks, not even sparklers.
• Light legal fireworks in a clear, open area that is away from houses, dry leaves and grass.
• Make sure other people are out of the way.
• Never have any part of your body over a firework when you're lighting it.
• Always keep a bucket of water nearby.
• Do not try to relight or pick up malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and throw them away.
• Follow proper storage instructions printed on fireworks cartons, and do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

Read more about firework safety and how to overcome the top health threats for men in this month’s Coventry Wellness newsletter. July Newsletter.

Central Office Happenings

summer blood driveState Employees Blood Drive a Success

A total of 293 units were collected during the state employee’s summer blood drive in June. Thanks to state employees' commitments to giving, many hospital patients will receive the gift of life. Each pint of blood has the potential to save three different lives, which means 879 hospital patients will be impacted!

The Red Cross thanks everyone who supported the summer drive and congratulates the Department of Revenue for winning the state employee challenge by recruiting the most donors.

The next state employees blood drive will be held in November. Watch for details.

Mee ZoneCompost Happens
By Scott Marion
Tuesday, July 28 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Central Office Human Resources Training Room B
601 West Main
Or anywhere via video conference

Composting is a natural decomposition process that breaks down plant and food scraps into a substance that is excellent for enriching the soil, resulting in healthy lawns and gardens of all kinds.

Come join us to speak with our director of Motor Carrier Services and Master Gardener, Scott Marion, about how to start your own compost.

Space is limited for the in-person class at Central Office, so check with your supervisor, then sign up through MoDOT U using the following instructions:

Go to the search tab and search “Compost Happens.”
Find MEE Zone: Compost Happens and Click the enroll icon on the far right.
Click enroll in the top right corner of the pop up box.
You will receive an email with a calendar invitation.

For questions or to enroll via video conference, contact Amanda Woody at or 573-526-5617.

Sams ClubNew Sam's Club

Missouri State employees are invited to get a sneak peak of the new Jefferson City Sam’s Club on Monday, July 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The new store is located at 849 Stoneridge Parkway - Flier.



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