Lake Ozark Real Estate and Community News

Aug. 10, 2018

How Local Charities Spend Their Shootout Donations

This story courtesy of and Nathan Bechtold. The original article can be found here.

The Shootout has donated $1 million to local charitable/community organizations and fire districts, just in the last decade. Here’s a peek at how they’ve used the money.


What do dozens of finely-tuned powerboats and dozens of Lake of the Ozarks charities have in common? Well, the answer wouldn’t be immediately obvious, were it not for the Shootout. Just like the boats on the race course, the event has become a well-oiled machine, raising $1 million for Lake area charities in the last decade, with $200,000 raised in 2017 alone.

Where does the money come from? All over. Some people—racers and fans—simply write checks and hand them over, ready to benefit the many charities doing lots of good across the diverse Lake region. Ad revenue from the Official Shootout Guide gives a big boost to the annual dollar amount raised. And Shootout events like the Golf Tournament, Poker Run, and Treasure Hunt bring money both via tickets sold and title sponsorships.

How is it distributed? Proportionately to how Shootout-connected charities help volunteer their time. More than two-dozen charities will be connected with Shootout events this year, helping everything go smoothly: from taking tickets to parking cars to setting up and cleaning up. Other folks, not explicitly connected with any specific charity, volunteer their time on behalf of the charity of their choice. Volunteers all sign a time sheet, where they “clock in,” sign their name, and indicate the charity they want their hours to go toward. When all the boats go home and the donations are counted, the money is donated proportionately to how many hours were worked on behalf of each Shootout charity. "There were 647 volunteers, who clocked 8,800 hours in 2017," former race director Ron Duggan explained.

In all, 37 local charities, community organizations, and fire districts benefitted from the 2017 Shootout. Here’s a look at what a few of the many local charities have been able to do, thanks to the race… 


Ozarks Habitat for Humanity 

In its 20 years of existence, Ozarks Habitat for Humanity has built 18 homes in the Camdenton area, providing affordable housing for 23 adults and 50 children. The organization tithes annually to Habitat International, which has helped build another 47 homes internationally. Proceeds from the Shootout contribute to the great work of Habitat for Humanity.

Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary

The Shootout typically contributes thousands of dollars per year to the Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary. The local club in turn supports three Lake-area food pantries, Morgan County Coalition for Kids, Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV-VOC), Medical Missions for Christ, Wonderland Camp, Westlake Aquatic Center, and literacy programs.


Another Shootout-benefitted organization, Community Leaders Educating About Resistance (CLEAR) helps educate people about high risk behaviors while promoting a safe and healthy community.

Laurie Elks

One of the largest recipients of Shootout donations in recent years, Laurie Elks are deeply involved in helping the community on the Westside of the Lake of the Ozarks. Among the Laurie Elks’ many recent activities they have either helped fund or organize: Youth Day for underprivileged children, Kids Fishing Derby, Local Boy Scout Troop and Council, Clothing Vouchers for Needy Families, Providing propane and sleeping bags for a single mom in the area with 6 children, Christmas Basket Program over Christmas Break, 2 weeks worth of groceries to 102 families, Tree of Joy: 2 Christmas toys for 360 children, Angelman Syndrome donation, Helped with new siding on the Sunrise Beach Little Theater, Repaired vehicle light bars on Sunrise Beach Police cars, Helped fund Missouri Burn Camp: a camp for severely burned children so they can make friends with other burned children and build self esteem and make friends. Laurie Elks also celebrate a Student of the month program recognizing 4 boys and girls at each school, as well as student of the year which awards 5 scholarships to students across 4 schools. Laurie Elks sponsored a Youth Ambassador for ACT Missouri Drug Awareness; and has made donations to Share the Harvest, Food for Morgan County, and Community for Christ.


Local Fire Departments

In a big tribute to the important role local fire districts have played in the Lake’s longest-running boat race, the Shootout annually donates tens of thousands of dollars to eight local fire districts, some of which operate with tiny budgets in big areas. Those departments volunteer time at the event every year, in all sorts of capacities. Thanks to the Shootout, Coffman Bend Fire Department—historically one of the largest recipients of Shootout dollars—was able to purchase a new firetruck and an Auto Pulse Resuscitation System. The largest district in the region, Mid County Fire Protection District uses all the money received for training and equipment. for the Dive and Water Rescue Team.

Citizens Against Domestic Violence

CADV is a crucial shelter at the Lake for people suffering under domestic abuse. CADV uses money from Shootout donations to help women and children who are moving out of the shelter set up their new home in a variety of ways. Often this means assistance with deposits for utilities or rent for the first month.

Dogwood Animal Shelter & Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue

Furry friends benefit from the Shootout too! In 2017, Dogwood Animal Shelter was able to purchase 100 bags of dog food and 45 bags of cat food, thanks to Shootout donations.

Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary uses Shootout funds to provide food, vet and farrier services to horses that have been abandoned, neglected or surrendered by their owners because they can no longer afford to feed and care for them. The organization cares for over 140 horses at the sanctuary in Linn Creek and across its network of foster homes in the surrounding area. Many horses are permanent residents of the Sanctuary, because of age, medical issues, or blindness. In 2017, Missouri Forget-Me-Not spent over $67,000 on feed and supplements, over $30,000 on veterinary care and pharmaceuticals, over $14,000 on horse training, and over $11,000 on farrier services. They also spent $15,000 to replace the barbwire fencing with horse friendly fencing on the pasture land they acquired a couple of years ago, in order to avoid injury to the horses. They are a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization, and depend entirely on donations and fundraisers for financial support. They are staffed entirely by volunteers, and have no paid employees. One volunteer explained simply, “The money we receive from the Shootout enables us to save these horses’ lives.”

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Aug. 6, 2018

Fully Updated Wheelhouse Condo

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Aug. 2, 2018

11 Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means the school routine will begin soon. Try these 11 tips to help your student establish routines for a successful school year!
School is set to begin this month! Make sure you're ready!
By Jim Fannin, Huffington Post
1. Reset Sleep Patterns
Seven to ten days prior to the first day of school start the process of regular sleep. Wean the student off of going to bed late and sleeping late.

2. Reset Eating Habits
Once school begins the eating patterns of the student need to be set so that they can maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. The routines of breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and after-school snack prior to homework need to be implemented.

3. Exercise the Brain
Begin now to encourage reading and writing at least 7-10 days prior to the first day of school. If school textbooks for the upcoming year are available, start there with the first several chapters.

4. Set Academic Goals
 Establishing well-defined goals is one of the hallmarks of a champion. Set goals for each class and hold your student accountable.

5. Identify Priorities
Football games, dances, playing video games, watching television, social media, homework, sports, extracurricular participation and friends are all part of each school year. Does academics top the list of priorities?

6. Social Media
As a student or guide to a student, you need to know three things about social media. What is my responsibility? What is my authority? And lastly, what will I be held accountable for? Monitor this activity.

7. Risk and Reward
This subject needs to be addressed frequently with your student. Every thing they do or don’t do has a positive or negative consequence. What is the risk of doing this activity? What is the reward (or consequence) of doing this activity?

8. Ask Questions
In order to turn your student into a viable and responsible decision-maker ask questions. Great questions will eventually produce great answers and ultimately great actions.

9. The Peer Group
Birds of a feather flock together. Interview, research and keep tabs on ALL of your student’s friends during the school year. This definitely includes monitoring ALL social media.

10. Get Ready Mom and Dad
Make your student an integral part of the family. Keep them in the loop of all upcoming activities. Make the family name a brand each family member is proud to showcase in the community.

11. Allow for Freedom of Choice
Allow your student the time in their busy schedule to hang out with friends. Just be moderate. Grades first.
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Luxury Four Seasons Home

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Top Floor Condo at Timberlake

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Unique Indian Hills Home

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Gorgeous New Lakefront Home

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Cute Lakefront Cabin

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July 5, 2018

What To Do When Your Boat Overheats

Content courtesy of and Sky Smith. The original article can be read here.

Have you noticed the temperatures seem to be going to extremes the last few years? Around the country, we have been seeing colder colds and hotter hots, and for those of us that play or work outside, extreme temperatures require extra precautions. And of course extra complaining! This time of year, I forget about the cold and complain about the heat (which I really should be happy about, because it means boating weather).

The extra heat can have a detrimental effect on the operation of our vehicles.  Years ago, I can remember running my ’74 Corvette convertible in local parades and running the heater to help dissipate the engine heat.  I also have an air-cooled motorcycle that starts to run hot in too much stop-and-go traffic: not much airflow over the cylinders to keep the heat down. 

Not even boats are immune! If you have ever been out on the water and had an engine spewing steam from the engine compartment because it started overheating, well, you know what heat can do. In reality, it doesn’t matter if you have an air-cooled or water-cooled car, motorcycle or boat, it can overheat.

Overheating is no minor issue: according to BoatUS Marine Insurance data, 9 percent of boat fires are caused by engine overheating.

For boaters, how do you know when you’re running too hot, and what can you do about it?

How To Tell If Your Boat Is Overheating

Here are four pretty clear indicators that something is wrong:

1. The first and easiest is if the dash gauge for the temperature goes out of the green and into red.  

2. If it feels like the engine is losing power, you might be overheating. 

3. An overheated engine may not want to start up again after you shut it off, until it cools down.  

4. An unusually large amount of steam coming out of the exhaust. 

If your engine is running hot, you definitely have a problem that needs to be fixed. Troubleshooting and finding the problem can be difficult. A few of the more common issues include: 

-The water pump impeller has failed. 

-The engine belt driving the water pump is bad or broken.

-The engine raw water strainers are plugged. 

-Or maybe the grills or grates where the water is pulled into the cooling system is blocked or plugged.

A Crash-Course On Boat Engine Cooling Systems

The fact that your boat could overheat means you should know the basics of your engine cooling systems. 

The first type, full raw water systems (usually in older boats), pull the water you are in (lake, river, salt) into the engine’s cooling passageways in the engine, removing the heat from the engine by heating the water, and pumping the heated water back in to the lake (or ocean). Of course that also means anything in the water goes through the passageways: vegetation, debris, trash, etc. Therefore, blockage and damage to the pump can be an issue. Usually there are filters/strainers or screens to keep the particles out of the engine, but over time buildup can occur. That is why you should always flush your cooling systems.

Most new boats, however, have partial raw water systems. The engine is in a closed system that is very similar to your automobile, and contains antifreeze which actually keeps the water from freezing and raises the boiling point of the water slightly. Water passes through the engine and is heated. The hot water then passes through the heat exchanger (like a car’s radiator) and is cooled down before it returns to the engine. A car’s radiator has air passing through the radiator to cool the water. In a boat’s heat exchanger, water from the lake passes through the exchanger to remove the heat from the water in the engine. Make sense? Basically, cooling the engine relies on water being passed through something (radiator, exchangers) to remove the heat. If there is a breakdown in that process, the boat can overheat.

What To Do If Your Boat Overheats

Okay, so now the big question is: what do you do if your boat is showing signs of overheating?  Well, it depends. If you are very far from a marina, you’ll need to cool the engine down before you can get the boat to a mechanic. The engine overheats typically when you’re headed from one place to another, so it’s not always the best time to pull into a cove and take a swim break! But that may be your best bet, to avoid having your entire day wrecked by a major engine failure. While the engine cools, here are some things to try…

-Check For Blockage. If you know where your raw water strainer is, check and see if it’s plugged. Also check for blockage in the “thru hulls” where the water is pulled in.  

-Check The Coolant. There are times when your cooling system needs some work, but isn’t in complete failure. If your boat uses a partially closed system (most new boats do), make sure you have coolant in the closed system. It is like checking the water level in a car. (Caution! Just like checking a car’s radiator, a hot engine means hot engine coolant, which means the coolant system will be under pressure when it’s hot. Wait for the system to cool down before opening it to check fluid levels.)

-Lighten The Load. You can try dumping the ballast water (or the beer cooler!) to reduce the weight of the boat. Anything that puts a load on the engine increases the heat it produces, and if your system is slightly compromised, a heavy load can make it overheat.

-Air It Out. Some people believe they can open the engine compartment and the increased airflow can help cool the engine. That’s an okay short-term way to help cool a hot engine, but it’s not a real fix. The engine should not overheat in the engine compartment: the boat is designed to operate with a closed compartment. Do make sure the engine area has lots of room around it (that’s why opening the engine cover can help, but should not be necessary). Also, running the blowers might help; blowers will remove some of the hot air from the engine compartment.

-If All Else Fails, Call For A Tow. If you have a nonfunctioning component in your cooling system, you might not make it back without damaging an engine, and should probably just call for a tow. The cooling system keeps the oil temperature down so the oil can lubricate the internal parts of the engine. Overheating ruins the lubrication and the metals parts start melting and sticking together. Or they just break apart with a big bang. Neither of those things are good. So if the engine cools down but heats right back up when you restart it, you should probably get a tow to shore, which is probably cheaper than a new engine.

An Ounce Of Prevention

So it’s clear that if your boat is overheating, there is not one great solution. As with so many things mechanical, your best bet is to perform regular maintenance:

-On the cooling systems, make sure the strainers and systems are clean and flushed regularly. 

-Check the cooling hoses and fittings to make sure they do not leak and ensure the hoses are not stiff and brittle. 

-Tighten any loose clamps and replace corroded clamps. 

-Make sure you have the correct oil in the engine to manage the hot temperatures. Oil is the “lifeblood” of an engine. 

If you’re on the water and you overheat, make sure you stop quickly (and safely of course) and let it cool down slowly. I can tell you from first-hand experience that when a hose breaks, the engine can overheat. In my case it dropped steel valve seats out of the heads and jammed and bent the valves….oops! When that happens, you call for a tow.

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