Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Future Dates   

6/13 Thur. Optimist Golf Outing / Stonehenge

6/15 Sat. Home Brew Club fundraiser for Combined Community Services at Cerulean

6/17 Mon. Boomerang Backpack Golf Outing / Tippecanoe Lake Country Club

6/19 Wed. Ashlynn Fawley / Red Cross

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

6/25 Tue.  Visit Fort Wayne Southside club

6/26 Wed. Assemble Triathlon bags

6/29 Sat. Triathlon

7/3 Wed. no meeting – Fair

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

7/6 Sat. Scout Pack 3736 Garage Sale

7/10 Wed. at Baker Youth Club

7/17 Wed. Jane Wear / Cardinal Center

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

7/24 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Girls Soccer / Peter Lucht

7/31 Wed. Angie Wood / Heartline

7/31 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Football / Phil Jensen

8/2 Fri. Big Wheel Race

8/7 Wed. Jay Tate / Safe Assured ID demo

8/7 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Cheerleading / Kari Doty

8/14 Wed. Rich Haddad / K21 Health Foundation

8/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Golf / Chris LaLonde

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

8/21 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Volleyball / Michael Howard

8/28 Wed. Shirley Fetrow / Family Safety Day

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

9/11 Wed. Dave Anson / Athletic Director WCHS

9/11 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys & Girls Cross Country / Jim Mills & Scott Erba

9/18 Wed. Laurie Schotz / WCHS PAC

9/18 Wed. Boys Golf / Ben Barkey

10/2 Wed. Amanda Lopez / Foster Parenting

10/9 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Student Council

10/9 Wed. Boys Soccer / Scott Bauer

10/16 Wed. Danielle Robertson / Wagon Wheel

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

10/23 Wed. Boys Tennis / Rick Orban

10/30 Wed. Eisenhower Robotics Club

11/20 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony / Blue Apron dessert

12/4 Wed. Brad Hagg / Warsaw Community High School CTO

12/11 Wed. Girls Basketball / Michelle Harter

1/8/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Gymnastics & Wrestling / Andi Calhoun & Justin Smith

1/15/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Swim & Dive / Nate Long

1/22/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony

1/29/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Swim & Dive / Nate Long

2/5/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Basketball / Doug Ogle

3/12/14 Wed. Warsaw Schools Band

3/26/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Chief Accountability Officer David Hoffert

9/10/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Athletics / Dave Anson


Wednesday, June 12, 2013


101 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting.  Diane McGarvey & Christopher Boghosian were the guests of Trina Hoy; Jerry Abbitt was the guest of Al Grossnickle; Tyler Beachy was the guest of Jon Fussle; & Tracie Hodson was the guest of Mary Ellen Jordan.

Door Greeters:  Alan Lucht & John Sullivan. 

Prayer:  Fred Nieter led us in prayer.

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Jim Nesbitt & Bruce Hansen.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our usual results.


            >>>> INFORMATION

Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens’ assistant Renee Craig read Heather King’s & Paul Heaton’s applications.  Dan Metzger, & Sam Whitaker sponsored Heather, &Paul.   


Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous celebrated our attendance of 102 the last week. 


President Tracy Furnivall announced the Shrine Building will be in use for 2 weeks because of our County Fair, “don’t miss it, don’t even be late.”  We will not meet July 3.  We will meet at Baker Youth Club on July 10.


Visitation Chairman Ron Chambers invited us to visit the Fort Wayne Southside club the morning of Tuesday, June 25.


Alan Lucht thanked our club and our local Police on behalf of the Fort Wayne Corvette Club for out Car Show and the escorted cruise.


President Elect Everett Nifong reported that 21 teams including 84 golfers will participate in our June 13th Golf Outing.  Each Goody Bag has 12 items in it, and there are 50 Door Prizes.  Everett thanked his committee for their hard work.


Triathlon:  Past Gov. Chairman Ron Donkers reported on the separate abbreviated routes for our 13 & 14 year old race and our 11 & 12 year race.  This year we need MORE HELP than before.  In addition to the usual tasks, we need new workers to pull of the Youth Safety work on the Youth Bike and Youth Run routes.  

The date has been changed to the Saturday JUST BEFORE the 4th of July.  It will be Saturday, June 29, 2013

Co-Chairman Luke Becknell highlighted some of our Triathlon sub-committee chair people:  Past Lt. Gov. Mary Ellen Jordan is looking for help Friday evening & Saturdaymorning with Registration.  In addition we put registration bags together at Past Gov. Ron Donkers’ & Past Pres. George Brennan’s storage building.  Merl Heckaman is looking for help doing Body Marking.  Chris Wiggins is looking for help Friday afternoon and Saturday with the Transition Area.  Past Pres. Jeff Owens is looking for help keeping the crowd out of the contestants way between the beach and Transition area.  Mitch Goon is looking for help with the Bike Route.  Past Pres. Bob Jackson is looking for help with our Run Route.  Past Pres. Dr. Charles Hollar is looking for help with our Chips.  Judge Joe Sutton is looking for help in clean up.  Craig Nayrocker is looking for help with Water Stations.       

Our Banner is missing.  It is about 8’ by 2’.  Check you trunk of your car and your garage.  We need it for our Triathlon.


Troy Akers invited us to Boomerang Backpacks Golf Outing on Monday, June 17 at Tippecanoe Lake Country Club at 8 a.m.  The cost is $400 per foursome including lunch.  Sponsorships are available from $100 to $5,000.  See Mark Cockroft (260)413-2507 or Gary Furlow (260) .  Boomerang Backpacks provides food over the weekends for at risk kids in the Warsaw, Wawasee, & Tippecanoe Valley school districts. 


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.


Joe Wilkey reported World Compassion Network is sending its giant generator, food, & water to Oklahoma.  Alan Lucht will be working on logistics.


Past Lt. Gov. Jim Reeve is looking for donations for Scout Pack 3736’s garage sale on Saturday, July 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Pfc Joseph W Russell – Marines


Sergeants-at-Arms:  John Elliott entertained us.

It was noted that Judge Joe Sutton could get some of his “customers” to help with the Triathlon cleanup.

We followed Tower Bank’s instructions & said “Hi” to Josh Gordon.

Greg Binkerd’s family is doing well & he is back in town at Mutual Bank.  His daughter & son-in-law graduated from West Point.

Jon Fussle is celebrating his new daughter.

Tom Kline is proud of Madison’s spelling bee winner and the Madison family for giving the most money to Riley of all the district schools.

Heart of Gold recipient Past Lt. Gov. Ot Schroeder was featured in The PAPER for his work founding KC-Ed and the success area school corporations have had increasing graduation rates by 10 to 15 %.

Grace President Bill Katip is proud of Dr. Nate Bosch for leading a very successful Lakes Festival.  Over 4,000 people participated.

It was noted that Alan Lucht & his friends in the Fort Wayne Corvette club are more acclimated to seeing police in the rear view mirror than being escorted by police.

Trace Hansen is happy about several great family events:  His son graduated from WCHS, his father, Bruce’s 45th anniversary, birthday, and more importantly his retirement.  Now Bruce can spend more time at Eastlake Skating Rink.




Executive Director Tracie Hodson told us of the Campaign for Beaman Home’s New Emergency Shelter & Outreach Center.  The Beaman Home saves lives on crisis at a time.  They were founded in 1985 by Altrusa.

Beaman Home’s Mission Statement is to provide essential services to victims of domestic violence, and their children, by empowering them to live with dignity while helping to break the cycle of violence.  They do this by providing a safe haven, along with support services while partnering with and educating the community.

Today the Emergency Shelter is located in a single family dwelling that has 13 beds in 3 bedrooms. 

The new building will separate the residential area from the workshop area.  Our own Past Lt. Gov. Mary Ellen Jordan is working up the plans.  The goal is to raise $1.8 million.  Our own K21 Health Foundation Executive Director Rich Haddad said we wish the shelter was not needed, but it is.  Once $1,550k is raised the K21 Health Foundation will provide the $250k cap grant.  The Kosciusko County Community Foundation is providing a $1 for $1 matching grant up to $50k.  Our own Past Gov. Ron Donkers encouraged us to give towards the KCCF matching grant by committing to give the same generous amount he has this year for several more years.

Tracie’s video showed a moving statement from our State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki remembered life years ago before the Beaman Home.  There was no place to go at the time of abuse. 

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