Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Future Dates
4/6 Grace Village
4/13 Combined Comm. Services
4/16 Regional Oratorical Contest
4/20 KCH Cancer Center
4/27 Grace College—Nat Bosch
5/7 Respect for Law
5/21/11 Car Show
72 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting:
Ronna Kawsky guest of Troy Akers; Michelle Voss guest of Juergen Voss; Donna Grace guest of Trina Hoy; Keegan & Kamden Tom guests of Angie & Kyle Tom. Door Greeters: Dr. K T Kishan & Larry Tucker. Prayer was offered by Coach Jim Kessler. Pledge was given to the American Flag. Promise yourself was said in unison. Birthday Honorees: Trina Hoy & Kyle Tom. Martin Becker led us with dy-namic results.
Prayer List: Donna Nordstrom is doing much better. Bill Landrigan’s brother’s recovery from surgery.
Membership: Past Pres. Bob Jackson inducted Gannon Troutner, who was sponsored by Art Gakstat-ter.
Video editor, Jim Hayes showed us an inspiring video of a young boy who had a ―Heaven is For Real‖ near death experience.
Stonehenge Golf Outing June 16: Everett Nifong is looking for help & sponsors at the $100, $450, $1000 levels. Mike Cusick & Andy Swihart are looking for door prizes & items for the 80 goody bags. Golf is $90 per player. Brochures are available.
Trace Hansen is going to be away on his honeymoon during Spring Break Skate. Thanks go to those who are delivering tickets to the schools. The cost of this event is covered 50/50 between Trace & the club. Last year 700 kids skated free.
Past Pres. Sam Whitaker & Scott Whitaker are head-ing up Respect for Law – Law Enforcement in Ac-tion Day, Mat 7. Help is needed.
Luke Becknell reminded us that the Triathlon is the 4th Saturday in June like always. This year it is June 25.
Those willing to serve as officers should see Past Pres. Sam Whitaker.
Co-Chairman John Elliott reminded us our Down-town Cruise In is 5/21/11. Jim Lancaster donated $250 from Europe & challenged us to give our $25 to John Teevan for the trophies we sponsor. Trophy sponsorships are for us in lieu of selling Christmas Trees. We also need to ask our employers if they want to sponsor the show at the $100, $200, or $500 level. Green sponsorship forms are available. Those who are not on a committee need to call John to let him know which subcommittee they will work.
Sergeants-at-Arms: Jeff Owens, Denny Andrews, & Dr. David Haines entertained us. Bill Landrigan’s granddaughter, Kristin Quick was named a Sports Faith International Ave Maria Rising Star. Dave Meier’s daughter, Aleasha, is engaged. Congratula-tions to Boyd Wear on marring Jane Greene. Also, Cardinal Center received high accreditation. Trina Hoy invited us to the free meet the candidates 4/13 at 6:30pm at the Wagon Wheel & the $20 Marlin Stutzman forum 4/29 at 11:30am at 2517. Ann Sweet reminded us to donate to our local & national Red Cross. It takes money to send help to disaster areas. Ann is on a 3 month national on-call list.
Please pray for our Troops and Families:
LCpl Aaron Stahl – Marines
Program: Suzie Light Executive Director of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation told us how they are a vehicle for donor’s charitable dreams. The Foundation is a 501c3, so donors do not have to go through the hassle of setting up a fund from scratch. The idea is that the good done can be for-ever by doing it through permanent endowments. The idea is that grants can be made forever if the endowment never runs out. Our own fund through the Foundation is an example. It started with $21,755 16 years ago. In those years $35,338 was awarded. We now have $70,342 in the fund. There are many ways to give to the Foundation. John Elli-ott donates to a fund that goes to a favorite charity of a person he wants to honor instead of sending flow-ers.