Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Future Dates
8/20 BYC Golf Outing
8/24 Sally Mahnken / CASA
8/27 Cruisin’ Hoosiers Car Show for BYC
9/7 Kip Tom / Tom Farms
9/10 “2 Bourbon & Back”
76 Optimists & 8 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; Phil Call & Jeremiah Heierman were the guests of Trina Hoy; Gov. Gregg Palmer was the guest of Past Gov. Ron Donkers; & Peter Everett was the guest of Mike Hall.
Door Greeter: Troy Tom & Bart Templeton.
Prayer was offered by Craig Nayrocker.
Pledge was given to the American Flag.
Promise yourself was said in unison.
Birthday Honorees: Linda Rodriguez & Gov. Gregg Palmer. Luke Becknell led us in the birthday song with ―White Album‖ results.
Membership: Scott Whitaker read Steve Haber-man’s & Lila Shelburne’s applications. Jim Bricker sponsored Steve & Mary Ellen Jordan sponsored Lila.
Rick Kerlin thanked those who helped raise $22k for Riley families at Spikes last Friday. Rich Haddad’s K21 Foundation is doubling that to $44k.
Martin Becker & our Optimist Singers are practicing at 6am each week.
Our Club Directory editor, Dr. Jason Rich, asked those who need their picture taken to see Trina Hoy. Those who want to place an advertisement in our di-rectory should see Jason or Jim Hayes.
Tracy Furnivall reported there are openings in both the 8 a.m. & 1 p.m. Baker Youth Club Golf Outing this Saturday, August 20. Call Tracy at 267-8771.
Art Gakstatter & Tracy Furnivall reminded us the Cruisin’ Hoosier Car Show for Baker Youth Club will be August 27 at the old Petro’s. A sign-up sheet is coming.
Luke Becknell invited us to participate in this year’s 2 Bourbon & Back cycling for Cystic Fibrosis on Sept. 10.
Video Editor: Jim Hayes played a video of a pastor giving a topical prayer before a NASCAR race.
Please pray for our Troops and Families:
Com. Dayne Nix – Navy – Chaplain
Sergeants-at-Arms: Max Mock, Denny Andrews, & Jeff Owens entertained us. The NASCAR prayer mentioned above hit several of our members. Joel Wihebrink is celebrating his 14th anniversary. Max Mock celebrated his 40th anniversary in Italy. Rich Haddad won at Stonehenge. David Wolkins was here just to be with his friends. Gov. Gregg Palmer visited today from the Bluffton club. Pat Donkers re-ported they were at the State Fair the day before the concert. John Teevan reported Grace will be able to finish about 1/4 of their Michigan City students. Ot Schroeder was recognized for being himself, when he went above the call of duty & cleared a downed tree for one of his policyholders. Dr. Steve Hollar has a side business in waiting as a travel agent. Linda Rodriguez is exited to be having her grand-daughter visit this weekend.
50/50: Patty Donkers won $21.
Program: Peter Everett, introduced us to Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue works for justice & setting children free from sexual slavery. He shared a mes-sage of hope, justice & the unconditional love of Christ. They work to rescue children in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, India & Mozambique.
They work on 3 things: 1) rescuing girls from sexual slavery, 2) restoring them with medical treatment, education, & the unconditional love of Christ in safe homes, 3) prevention by educating people in remote villages, so their kids are not as susceptible to the perpetrators of this crime.
More information is at