Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Future Dates
1/10 Board Meeting
1/12 Chad Briscoe—Grace Athl. Dir.
1/19 Warsaw Swim Team
1/26 Mayor Wiggins—State of the City
2/2 Steve Possell—C C S
2/16 Valentine’s Dinner
3/11 Oratorical Contest
73 Optimists & 1 guest attended our meeting:
Cory Rogers guest of Lt. Gov. Jim Reeve.
Door Greeters: Bart Templeton & Fred Nieter.
Prayer was offered by Merl Heckaman.
Pledge was given to the American Flag.
Promise yourself was said in unison.
Birthday Honoree: Judge Joe Sutton. Martin Becker led us with good results.
Prayer List: Marilyn Kenipe is at Grace Village re-covering from back surgery.
Gene Groninger is recovering from his 12/30 back surgery.
Membership: Scott Whitaker read Cory Rogers & Kevin Day’s applications. Lt. Gov. Jim Reeve spon-sored Cory & Trina Hoy sponsored Kevin.
Greeters: Bart Templeton is looking for greeters. Please sign up or call him.
Triathlon: June 25, 2011
Oratorical Contest: Past Pres. Jeff Owens an-nounced students born after 12/31/1991 are eligible this year. This years contest is 3/11 at 6:30pm at Zimmer. Have students call co-chairs: Jerry Richard-son at 306-0668 or Jeff at 527-1387. Thanks go to sponsors: Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust, Orthope-diatrics, Lake City Group, Zimmer, Allegra Print & Im-aging, and 107.3 WRSW Lake City Rock.
Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a humorous video of Tim Conway & Harvey Korman. Conway was a bumbling dentist.
Pres. Elect John Sullivan invited all to our Valentine’s Dinner 02/16 at Stonehenge at 6:30pm. The cost is $15 per person.
Pres. Joel Wihebrink announced our board meeting 01/10 at 7pm.
Co-Chairman John Elliott reminded us our Down-town Cruse In is 5/21/11. Since this replaces our mandatory Christmas Tree Sales & the proceeds help the kids in our community, we all need to get behind it. We should all do 3 things: 1) clear May 21 on our calendars, 2) be $25 trophy sponsors, 3) work one of ten subcommittees to make the event go. Call John to let him know which subcommittee you will work.
Song Leader Martin Becker announced our Optimist Singers will start practicing 01/26.
50/50: Don Kenipe won $15.
Sergeants-at-Arms: Denny Andrews, Jeff Owens & Dr. David Haines, entertained us.
Big Ten fans & especially Ohio State fans, Past Pres. John Elliott & John Teevan, were singled out.
Luke & Deb Becknell are celebrating a new grand-son.
We noticed published pictures of Jerry Clevenger & Bruce Hansen.
Fred & Dot Nieter are celebrating their 60th anniver-sary.
In honor of Fred’s anniversary Juergen Voss, Luke Becknell, & Merl Heckaman imitated Fred’s story tell-ing.
Please pray for our Troops and Families:
Capt Jacob Sweatland – Army Ranger
Program: Director Tracy Furnivall brought us up to date with the many activities at Baker Youth Club. He thanked us for our $600 contribution towards the kids Christmas party & gifts. In addition to the open gym, basketball, sock tag, pool, & ping pong of the past; BYC has an active Homework Room. The kids using it have raised their math & reading scores along with school attendance. Kids read for 20 min-utes a night 2 nights a week. BYC is building rela-tionships with kids. Those of us who were kids a long time ago see the value of these relationships.