06/06 Jim Kraft – Masterworks
06/07 Golf Outing at Stonehenge
06/13 Jim Reeve – Roy Rogers
06/20 Triathlon welcome bags
06/27 Sally Hogan – Kosciusko County Historical Society
07/11 Vicki Kitchin – Build Indiana Council
07/18 Mike Taylor – Encompass World Partners
07/25 Jim Erickson – National Pork Board
08/01 Remnant Trust
08/15 Gary Gerard – Times Union
08/25 Cruisin Hoosiers Car Show for Baker Youth Club
08/29 Jim Pinkerton – INDOT US 31 Projects
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
82 Optimists & 9 guests attended our meeting. Alan Lucht was the guest of Dr. Jenny Lucht; Denny Strain was the guest of Jim Bricker; Willa Henry was the guest of Ron Henry; Susan Guest was the guest of Ed Nordstrom; John Enyeart was the guest of Lyle Enyeart; Andi Frazzetta, Courtney Stetzel, Riley Bannon, & Kristen Quick were the guests of Ot Schroeder.
Door Greeters: Max Mock.
Prayer was offered by Fred Nieter.
Pledge was given to the American flag.
Promise yourself was said in unison.
Denny Andrews led us as we sang “Hail to Optimism.”
Birthday Honorees: Millie Andrews, Bill Landrigan & Akash Jain. Pete Gano led us in the birthday song with our usual results.
Membership: Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker read Denny Strain’s and Alan Lucht’s applications. Jim Bricker sponsored Denny and Dr. Jenny Lucht sponsored Alan.
Sheriff of Attendance: Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous reported we recently had 99 at a meeting. We are about always over 80. Not long ago 80 was an accomplishment.
City of Lakes Cruise In: John Elliott reported we have a net profit of $9,661.95. This event is much more fun for us than selling Christmas trees. We gave John Elliott and Art Gakstatter a standing ovation for all the hard work they put into this project. For them it would be easier to sell Christmas trees. Thank you.
Courtney Stetzel, Kristin Quick, Andi Frazzetta, and Riley Bannon from Octagon presented Troy Akers a check for $500 for the Student Council’s Riley’s Children Hospital fund. They also presented a $522 check to Tracy Furnivall for Baker Youth Clubs.
Everett Nifong reported that 18 teams are signed up for our June 7th Golf Outing at Stonehenge. Door prizes are welcome. Thanks go to Dave Illingworth and Toyota of Warsaw for sponsoring our hole-in-one. Help is needed to monitor this hole.
Past Gov. Ron Donkers reminded us that our Triathlon is on June 23rd, the FOURTH Saturday of June. T-shirts are on their way.
We are missing the vests and noodles the Parking Committee use to direct traffic. We are also missing One (1) 7 gallon cooler and Four (4) 5 gallon coolers that the Food Service and Water Stations use. We are also missing 17 packets of Gatorade. If you have an idea of where any of these are, contact Ron Donkers, Marty Becker, or Craig Nayrocker.
Ken Anderson is chairing the finish line.
Mike Cusick is stepping up to chair the swim this year. Mike needs help. This year we need twice the helpers, since we have 2 lengths of swim rope, etc.
Optimist District Fundraiser: Ryan Harper is selling $5 raffle tickets for a 32” LCD TV. Proceeds go to our Optimist District.
50/50: Chad Zaucha won.
Business and Technology Expo is June 12th and 13th at Grace’s Orthopaedic Capital Center. Our own Dave Illingworth and All Grossnickle are featured speakers. www.nibexpo.com
Please pray for our Troops and Families: LCpl Bill Lovelace – Marines (Recon)
Sergeants-at-Arms: James Nesbitt, Luke Becknell, & Bob Jackson entertained us.
Those who forgot to wear a hat in honor of Angie Tom’s winning hat at Warsaw Toyota contributed to our scholarship fund. Angie wore her award winning hat. Mary Ellen Jordan wore her great-grandmother’s honeymoon hat.
We were quizzed by historian, Luke Becknell, about Arlington Cemetery, the War of 1812, and the Spanish-American War.
Trace Hansen is celebrating his new baby daughter.
Ken Zortman is celebrating his new granddaughter.
Fred Nieter is celebrating his new great-grandson.
Ron and Willa Henry are celebrating their 54th anniversary.
Akash Jain is celebrating his kids’ great grades.
Angie Tom is celebrating Keegan Tom’s 2nd year in a row of straight honor role.
Lyle Enyeart introduced us to his replacement, Joe Tenbarge from the DNR who educated us on Boating Laws and Safety. (We wonder when Lyle will show Joe his boat launching and turtle handling secrets.)
Joe reminded us to prevent thefts by marking our boating equipment with an identification number and removing valuables from our boats.
It is important to fill out a float plan of where we will boat and how long we will be out. We should leave this plan with someone.
It is important to register your motorized boat and keep the registration on the boat.
It is also important to have the proper personal floatation devices.
Seat cushions should have a line attached to them. That way if you throw a seat cushion and miss a person in the water, you can retrieve it and throw it again.
It is important to have an observer when towing a skier.
Boating while intoxicated is the same as driving under the influence.