08/08 WCHS History Winners
08/15 Gary Gerard – Times Union
08/22 Linda Cochran – Bell Aircraft Museum
08/25 Cruisin Hoosiers Car Show for Baker Youth Club
08/29 Jim Pinkerton – INDOT US 31 Projects
09/05 David Best – Thomas Jefferson
09/07 Big Wheel Race at Warsaw Downtown Days
09/08 To Bourbon and Back bicycle race
09/12 Tom Kline – WCS Student Test Scores
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
78 Optimists & 8 guests attended our meeting. Kellie Malcolm brought 3 guests,
Tim Hori, Christan Clark, and her father, Jim Malcomb. Gina Voelz brought her two
daughters, Emily and Katie. Sgt. Jim Layne was a guest of Tony Ciriello; Joel Wood
was a guest of Bob Ibach; and Allen Kember was a guest of Trina Hoy.
Door Greeter: Jay Tate
Prayer was offered by Marv Miller. He offered special prayers for the Dave Turner
family and for the continued recovery of Jim Nesbit.
Pledge was given to the American flag.
And all promised to try to fulfill the Optimist Creed.
Since Martin Becker was in Michigan, we missed singing “Hail to Optimism.”
Birthday Honorees: John Elliott and Ed Nordstrom were serenaded for their birthdays
with Dr. Haines and Merl leading the way.
Jim Nesbitt’s recovery from heart surgery. He is back at Grace Village.
Nancy Nesbitt as she is in assisted living at Grace.
Bonnie Bradley’s recovery from brain cancer. She is having radiation daily.
Membership: Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker read Tim Hori’s application. He is director and
owner of the St. Regis club. Sam Whitaker asked how he came from missionary work
to bartending. Tim says that people confess sins to both missionaries and bartenders
so it is a natural choice. He is being sponsored by Kellie Malcolm.
Sheriff of Attendance: Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous made calls to about 10
optimists with varying results.
Optimist District Fundraiser: Ryan Harper is selling $5 raffle tickets for a 32” LCD
TV. Proceeds go to our Optimist District. The deadline is approaching.
Come and hear our Optimist Singers sing the Star Spangled Banner on Tuesday,
August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Corporate Dodge ball Challenge at the Lakeview Middle
School Gym. Proceeds go to United Way.
Luke Becknell invited cyclists to participate in the 2 Bourbon & Back for cystic fibrosis
on September 8, 2012. $15 entry fee ($18 after August 31st). Family entry fee $40 ($45
after August 31st). Luke2bb@comcast.net or www.becknell.org .
Ron Donkers reported a final tally of the profit from the Triathlon of $11,065! Thanks
to everyone for hard work and a special thank you to Ron for heading this up. This can
help a lot of young people in our community!
Jim Hayes reported that they are working on the new directory. If anyone would like to
have a new photograph, please see Trina Hoy. Jim sent out an e-mail to everyone to
check their information; please respond. See Jason Rich if you have changes or do not
receive e-mail. Thank you to the people producing the directory. It is a difficult task.
Dave Meyer reports that the Big Wheel Race will be run this year in conjunction with
the First Friday event in Downtown Warsaw, September 7. Registration starts at 5:30
pm and the race begins at 6:30 p.m. A sign up sheet was sent around the room.
Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a music video of forgetfulness…I forget who sang
Please pray for our Troops and Families: William Kretsch – Air Force – 52nd Fighter
Sergeants-at-Arms: Luke Becknell entertained us once again.
Harry Gigous had a lovely Disney Princess umbrella loaned to him by the YMCA
director, Chad Zaucha.
Harry was also fined for posing as an Olympic gymnast.
Bill Landrigan donated $1 for Chick-Fil-A
50/50: Denny Strain won $38
Mark Dobson of the Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce spoke this morning
about the direction of the Chamber for the coming year and about the success of the
recent months. He reports that it is important for the Chamber to meet the expectations
of local businesses. There are five main expectations the Chamber is trying to meet.
These are listed from the least to the greatest.
#5. Opportunities for business counseling.
#4. Member Benefits.
#3 networking opportunities.
#2 Economic Developments
#1 Government Advocacy. One major concern in this area is the new medical device
tax. This could mean the loss of about 1000 jobs in Kosciusko County alone. Mark
encourages us to call our congressman about the tax.
“Kosciusko County needs to be a business friendly environment. Warsaw is the best of
small town America. It is safe but with a fortune 500 drive.” Mark says.