May 1, 2013

Future Dates   


5/4 Sat. Noon Club Golden Glow at Owens East

5/4 Sat.  Warsaw Christian School’s Carnival

5/8 Wed. Nate Bosch / Kosciusko Lakes and Streams

5/15 Wed. Tracy Furnivall / Baker Youth Clubs

5/15 Wed. Car Show Registration team meeting

5/17 Fri. Optimist Singers at Amish Chevy Dealer Association

5/19 Sun. Car Show

5/22 Wed.  Optimist Singers Memorial Day

5/29 Wed. Dr. Craig Hintz / Warsaw Community Schools

6/5 Wed. Jay Tate / Safe Assured ID demo

6/12 Wed. Tracie Hodson / Beaman Home

6/13 Thur. Optimist Golf Outing / Stonehenge

6/19 Wed. Ashlynn Fawley / Red Cross

6/21 Fri. Baker Youth Club Golf Outing / Rozella Ford

6/26 Wed. Assemble Triathlon bags

6/29 Sat. Triathlon

7/3 Wed. Optimist Scholarship Recipients

7/4,5,6 Thur.-Sat. Optimist International Conference in Cincinnati

7/10 Wed. no meeting / County Fair

7/17 Wed. Jane Wear / Cardinal Center

7/24 Wed. Ronna Kawsky / Warsaw Area Career Center

7/31 Wed. Angie Wood / Heartline

8/2 Fri. Big Wheel Race

8/14 Wed. Rich Haddad / K21 Health Foundation

8/21 Wed. Lorinda Kline / WCS Professional Learning Community Coach

8/28 Wed. Shirley Fetrow / Family Safety Day

9/4 Wed. Greenways / Tim Dombrosky & Staci Young

9/11 Wed. Dave Anson / Athletic Director WCHS

9/18 Wed. Laurie Schotz / WCHS PAC

10/2 Wed. Amanda Lopez / Foster Parenting

10/16 Wed. Danielle Robertson / Wagon Wheel

10/23 Wed. Ben Barkey & Tom Ray / Washington STEM

10/30 Wed. Eisenhower Robotics Club

11/20 Wed. WCS Symphony / Blue Apron dessert

12/4 Wed. Brad Hagg / WCHS CTO

1/22/14 Wed. WCS Symphony


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


100 Optimists & 9 guests attended our meeting.  Abisha Varatharaj was the guest of Dr. KT Kishan; Andrea Nichols was the guest of Ron Donkers; Kyle Dukes was the guest of Angie Tom; Jenna Secrist was the guest of Joel Wihebrink; Tracie Hodson was the guest of Mary Ellen Jordan; Renea Craig, Randy Polston, Carolyn Duong, and Hannah Kenerly were the guests of Trina Hoy.

Door Greeters:  Ot Schroeder. 

Prayer:  Ot Schroeder led us in prayer.

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  David Benning and George Paton.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our good and Row, Row, Row Your Boat results.

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Prayer Requests: 

John Elliott’s continued recovery.

Marv Miller’s continued recovery.  He is getting out some.

Those affected by the Boston Marathon.


Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens’ assistant David Benning read Abisha Varatharaj’sKyle Dukes’, and Andrea Nichols’ applications.  Dr. KT Kishan sponsoredAbisha, VP Angie Tom sponsored Kyle, & Past Gov. Ron Donkers sponsored Andrea. 


Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous celebrated our attendance of 96 last week. 


Program Chairman Akash Jain announced a new Team of the Week program.  Many teams in our schools will visit our club over the year.  There are a lot of sports besides the ones that draw big crowds.  Fred Nieter probably has seen all these kids play.

Also it is to be noted that Chairman Akash Jain and our Program Committee of Kelsi GriffithMary Ellen Jordan,Trace Hansen, and Chad Zaucha have done a wonderful job of scheduling programs way out into the future.


Board Member Andy Swihart presented $700 to Mark Nunez to sponsor 2 Warsaw Little League teams.

Past President George Brennan presented $250 to Tracie Hodson to sponsor Beaman Home’s children’s programs.


Bill Cook & Don Parker from our Noon Club announced we can buy Golden Glow Chicken at Owens East on Saturday, May 4.  


Lt. Gov. John Sullivan reported that Trina Hoy won yet another award at our District Meeting.  Treasurer Jennifer Dorman and Secretary Dr. Sandy Engelberth won an award always submitting our reports in a timely manner.  John is going to put a bid in to have the District Conference in Warsaw.  He will need help to pull it off.  This year’s Optimist International Conference is Thursday – Saturday, July 4,5, & 6, 2013 in Cincinnati.   


Director Martin Becker announced our Optimist Singers are hard at work preparing for a closed meeting of the Amish Chevy Dealers Association on Friday, May 17. Marty recalled seeing an Amish buggy pulling a bass boat.  Yours truly concurs, that recreation is very important.


Co-Chairs John Elliott & Art Gakstatter reported: 1) on the wonderful Times-Union front page article about our 4th Annual Breakfast Optimist Club City of Lakes Cruise In to Downtown Warsaw on Sunday, May 19, 2013.  2) Those who are sponsoring at the corporate level need to get their money in by Wednesday May 8.  3) The Registration Team will meet after our meeting Wednesday, May 15.  4) We especially need experienced car enthusiasts to volunteer as judges.  5) Ed Nordstrom is looking for help distributing Car Show flyers to businesses. 


President Elect Everett Nifong reported on our Golf Outing on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Stonehenge.  Brochures are by the badge box.  Florida scramble cost is $425 per foursome, including golf, cart, lunch, and driving range.  Tee sponsorship is $100.  A foursome and tee sponsorship is $500.  Gold sponsorships are $1,000.  For more information: or call 574-551-9145.  You can also donate door prizes or goody bag gifts.  Laurie Schotz donated tickets to the Patsy Kline show.


Past Gov. Ron Donkers reminded our new members to check with Co-Chair Luke Becknell to find a job at our Triathlon.  We are in need of a new chairperson for the Body Markers.  Past President Dr. Charles Hollar is chairing the Timing Chips.  He needs help.  The date has been changed to the Saturday JUST BEFORE the 4th of July.  It will be Saturday, June 29, 2013.  This year in addition to a short swim after the traditional participants, there will be kid’s races for kids who are 11 to 12 or 13 to 14.


Karen Kauffman invited us to Warsaw Christian School’s Saturday, May 4 Carnival.  Admission is free.  There is food to purchase including hot dogs and Noa Noa BBQ along with pony rides and a jumpee.  It runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.   


President Tracy Furnivall invited us to Baker Youth Club’s Golf Outing on Friday, June 21 at Rozella Ford.  Florida Scramble cost is $280 per foursome, including golf, cart, lunch, and snacks.  Hole sponsorship is $150.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Lt Col George Youstra –Air Force – Chaplain


Sergeants-at-Arms:  John ElliottJoel Wihebrink, and Everett Nifong entertained us.

President Tracy Furnivall is a proud new grandfather.  His daughter delivered his granddaughter last Wednesday!

Past Lt. Gov. Ot Schroeder announced that both Rick Kerlin and his daughter Camille Kerlin will be President of our club and of Octagon the same year.

Akash Jain’s daughter, Aarshia Jain is the new Sophomore Class President at Warsaw Community High School.

Tracy Horrell was recognized for being named Assistant Principal of the Year for District 2.

Incoming President of Grace College Bill Katip gave much deserved kudos to Alan Grossnickle for putting together a phenomenal CEO Forum with many CEOs from major corporations.

Past President John Elliott commended Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan Harry Gigous for getting over 90 of us here most weeks.  He challenged them to step up to the really hard cases such as Wolkins and company.  Now that the General Assembly is finished, maybe Dave can break away from his beautician friends.

It was noticed that Kellie Malcolm raised the walls on the Habitat House.

It was noted that both Don Reinholt and Past Lt. Gov. Jerry Titus each had nice write-ups in the paper.  Both of them are known for their 1st rate delivery people.

It was pointed out to Chad Zaucha that the YMCA has raised funds for 50 years.  It seems they are improving with time.

Superintendent of the Year Dr. Craig Hintz was recognized for the $15,000 that was received for our effective Graduation Coaches.

It was noted that Rich Haddad was written up in the Indiana Banker magazine.

While Past President John Elliott was out he received a nice handwritten get well letter from his Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.

Fred Nieter told us one of his groaners.  It was about immortal porpoises who ate young sea gulls.  The whole story came around to one of Fred’s famous play on words.   




Randy Polston, Director of Grace College’s Applied Learning program was our speaker.  Applied Learning brings the student teaching experience to other majors.  It gives students a chance to see what careers they should or should not go into.  Each student does many hours of applied learning before they graduate. 

Randy has partnered with businesses in the area to provide 130 experiences students can participate in. 

Carolyn Duong told us about her experiences at Zale Drug, Dental Health, & the Jail Ministry.  She plans to go into pharmacy.  She was much encouraged by Dr. Hollar’s emphasis on team building, continually adding to knowledge base.  She learned that job satisfaction is possible and that you can be ethical and successful.

Hannah Kenerly told us of her experience at Dr. Adam Fedorow’s Chiropractic office.  She learned more than about a future career.  She found an ongoing mentor.

If a business is interested in exploring this program, contact Randy.  The business will write up what the student’s experience would be.