Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

Future Dates
8/12 Peter Mayer @ Noa Noa for Riley Families
8/20 BYC Golf Outing
8/24 Sally Mahnken / CASA
8/27 Car Show for BYC
9/7 Kip Tom / Tom Farms
9/10 “2 Bourbon & Back”
74 Optimists & 7 guests attended our meeting. Steve Haberman was the guest of Jim Bricker; Lila Shelburne was the guest of Mary Ellen Jordan; Scott Feather was the guest of Cory Rogers; Linda Rodri-guez was the guest of Craig Nayrocker; Sierra Derrossett was the guest of Lecia Derrossett; Scott Woods was the guest of Rick Kerlin; & Vicky Decker was the guest of Bob Jackson.
Door Greeter: Fred Nieter.
Prayer was offered by Ron Donkers.
Pledge was given to the American Flag.
Promise yourself was said in unison.
Birthday Honorees: Jim Reeve, Dr Steve Hollar, & Dr. Joe Thallemer. Martin Becker led us in the birth-day song with varying speed results. Bill Landrigan & Dr. David Haines led us in singing the birthday song to Martin Becker with great results.
Membership: Pres. Joel Wihebrink read Steve Haberman’s application. Jim Bricker sponsored Steve.
Dave Meier thanked those who worked our & Penguin Point’s Big Wheel Race.
Sherriff of Attendance, Bill Landrigan, has been hard at work. Our attendance is up.
Martin Becker & our Optimist Singers are practicing at 6am each week.
Lt. Gov Jim Reeve reported several awards our mem-bers won at the District Meeting. Ed Nordstrom, Everett Nifong, & Joel Wihebrink won awards for sponsoring new members. Jennifer Dorman won an award for her timely reports to the district about our activities.
Scott Woods invited us to hear Peter Mayer of Jimmy Buffett’s band, this Friday night at Spike’s / Noa Noa. This event is raising money for the Families of Kids who are treated at Riley. Rich Haddad’s K21 Foun-dation is doubling the money raised that night.
Luke Becknell invited us to participate in this year’s 2 Bourbon & Back cycling for Cystic Fibrosis on Sept. 10.
Fred Nieter reported Tyler Ostrom & Bennett Hollar will be featured on Fox 28’s Golf Challenge at 10:20pm tonight.
Please pray for our Troops and Families:
Cpt Richard Hurst – Army – Afghanistan – Chaplain
Sergeants-at-Arms: Dr. David Haines, Denny An-drews, & Jeff Owens entertained us. Dr. Haines read some retirees’ thoughts (not his). Denny An-drews read a spouse’s (not Millies’s) thoughts on re-incarnation. Coach Doug Ogle is celebrating his 26th anniversary. Some think that Buckeye fan, John Elliott, is familiar enough with difficulties, that living with a cast will not be a problem.
50/50: Mark Caruso won $24.
Program: Vicky Decker, Development Manager for Junior Achievement, reported that JA in Northern Indiana is #1 in market penetration. Our county has two J.A. boards. Hers serves Warsaw & Tippecanoe Valley. The other board serves Wawasee. JA is free to the schools. JA is a business / education partner-ship. JA provides materials & training to the volun-teers who teach the kids. Volunteers discuss work topics & their own experiences with the kids. The program brings the real world to the classroom. JA has programs for kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Seventh graders learn about personal fi-nance.
The volunteer does 5 to 7 lessons. Each lesson is between 30 to 45 minutes. To do more, each board needs more volunteers & funding. To support JA, we can: volunteer in a classroom, sponsor a school or classroom, make a donation, participate in a special fundraising event. Vicky can be reached at 574-527-1701.