Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 Future Dates 

03/14 Christon Clark – Habitat for Humanity

03/15 & 16 Radio-A-Thon for Riley Families

03/20 Warsaw Education Foundation Quiz Bowl

03/21 Oratorical Contest Winners

04/04 Jamie Visker – Winona PVD Coatings

04/11 Scott Tucker – Maple Leaf Farms

04/18 Eric Lane – Fellowship Missions

05/02 Joan Younce – Purdue Health & Human Res.

05/20 Car Show

05/23 Optimist Singers

06/06 Remnant Trust

06/07 Golf Outing at Stonehenge

06/20 Triathlon welcome bags

06/23 Triathlon


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


82 Optimists & 9 guests attended our meeting.  Jake & Mike Metzger were the guests of Dan Metzger; Joe Hawn was the guest of Rich Haddad; Akash Jann was the guest of KT Kishan, Jennifer Hayes was the guest of George Brennan; Emali Grose, Erika Ksiezapolski, Dane Stookey, & J C Stookey were the guests of Joe Hawn. 

Door Greeters: Tyler Miller & Ed Nordstrom.   

Prayer was offered by Ron Henry. 

Pledge was given to the American Flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Martin Becker led us as we sang “Hail to Optimism.”

Birthday Honoree:  Joe Hawn.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with great results.


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Prayer Request: 

Fred Nieter’s recovery from a stroke.  Fred is at Grace Village for a few more days.  It was great to see Fred at our meeting.

John Sullivan’s mother’s recovery from a stroke.

John Teevan’s, 7 month old, granddaughter’s full recovery from heart surgery. 

Larry Tucker’s wife, Roberta’s continued recovery at home.

Tornado victims and their families.


Membership:  Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker read  Mike Metzger’s application.  Dan Metzger sponsored Mike.


Sheriff of AttendanceBill Landrigan & Harry Gigous greeted Tonya Douglass.  Sheriff Bill saved her a special seat. 


Art Gakstatter shared some of the history of Spring Break Skate.  It is a chance for elementary school kids to skate for free during Spring Break.  The cost is covered between Trace Hansen & our club.  This year Trace is providing $4.50 per skater & our club is providing $2 per skater.  Ann Sweet has generously agreed to provide the tickets again this year.  This is a time consuming task.  Help will be needed the last week of March to deliver the tickets to the schools. 


May 20th Car Show:  John Elliott is passing out a sign-up sheet for volunteers. John quoted John Crum when he said “Be There!”  Please give your $25 to John Teevan.  So far, John has 25 $25 checks.  On the other hand, we are asking businesses to sponsor at the $100, $200, or $500 levels.  Give the big checks to Ann Sweet.  So far Ann has over $2000.  Our goal is $5,000.


Everett Nifong announced that our Golf Outing will be June 7th at Stonehenge. 


Past Gov. Ron Donkers reminded us that our Triathlon is on June 23rd, the FOUTH Saturday of June.


Tracy Horrell & Troy Akers introduced us to our Students of the Week from Warsaw Community High School:  Grant Carlson, Tatiana Castillo, Ashlee Fosnaugh, Kristina Freeman, Jacob Hillis, Lori Mann, Sarah Mills, & Andrew Scheidt.


President John Sullivan presented Mark Nunez a check for $1700.  $1000 is for their dugout project & $700 is to sponsor the Reds major & minor teams.


Rick Kerlin is looking for volunteers to answer the phones March 15 & 16 at the Radio-A-Thon for Riley Families.  Shifts are from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.   


Past Pres. George Brennan is looking for 2 more people who “know a lot about nothing” for our 2 teams at the March 20th Warsaw Education Foundation Quiz Bowl. 

Mitch Goon is looking for proctors/scorers for the same Quiz Bowl.  Inquire at, 371-5098 ext. 2410,, or 527-8337.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Josh Hollinger – Navy – submarine duty


Sergeants-at-ArmsLuke Becknell, Bob Jackson & Jim Nesbitt entertained us.   

Bill Katip is happy that Grace is in the NAIA Championship Tournament.  Also Grace is hosting the NCCAA Championship Tournament this Saturday.  

On top of that Grace may be sponsoring an urban charter school in Fort Wayne. 

Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker has moved only his hat from the Sheriff’s Office to the Prosecutor’s Office. 

Dan Metzer’s son & Mike Metzger’s grandson, Jake is joining the Coast Guard. 

We could not help but notice Jeff Owens legs.  It is above freezing, so he is wearing his shorts.

Joe Wilkey advised us to only go to Southern Indiana if we are coordinated through a relief agency like his.  If people just show up, they end up using the meager resources in the area without being productive.  World Compassion Network has a Metzger truck west of the High School for donations.  They are already supplying a 70,000 watt generator that the search & rescue teams are using now.

Tracy Furnivall invited us to see John Elliott wait tables at the Detroit St. Pizza Hut on March 12th from 5 to 8 p.m.  The tips & $1 per pizza go to Baker Youth Club.

Next week those who are literate are to bring limericks.  John Kirkpatrick gave us a humorous example of what a limerick sounds like. 

50/50:  Gary Tanner won $25.



D.A.R.E. Officer Joe Hawn introduced us to several of his D.A.R.E. graduates:  Emali Grose, Erika Ksiezapolski, Dane Stookey, Abby Bultemeier, Audrey Rich, Tatiana Castillo, Ashlee Fosnaugh, Kristina Freeman, Sarah Mills & Andrew Scheidt.

They told of the positive relationships they have with Officer Hawn.  They appreciate his teaching them to stand up for themselves as they make positive choices.