Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 Future Dates  

09/05 David Best – Thomas Jefferson

09/07 Big Wheel Race at Warsaw Downtown Days

09/08 Safe Assured ID

09/08 To Bourbon and Back bicycle race

09/08 Warsaw Tiger Basketball Golf Classic

09/12 Tom Kline – WCS Student Test Scores

09/15 Art in the Park


Wednesday, August 29, 2012 


85 Optimists & 4 guests attended our meeting.  Allan Kember was the guest of Trina Hoy; Jim Pinkerton and Harry Maginty were the guests of Rick Kerlin; and Jeff Secaur was the guest of Bob Jackson.   

Door Greeters: Ken Anderson and Marv Miller.   

Prayer was offered by Bob Jackson. 

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison.

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

Birthday Honorees:  Luke Becknell, Everett Nifong, and Joel Wihebrink.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with fizzled out results.


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Prayer Requests: 

Everett Nifong’s family at the passing of his father, Max Nifong.

Bonnie Bradley’s recovery from brain cancer.  She is having radiation daily.


Membership:  Scott Whitaker read Allan Kember’s application.  Allan is sponsored by Trina Hoy.


President John Sullivan read the amendment to our Bylaws.  Copies of the amendment were on the tables for us to review.  The amendment is Article V, Section 1, about termination of membership.


Sheriff of Attendance:  Deputy Harry Gigous encouraged us to turn the tables on Sheriff Bill Landrigan and call to encourage him to come to next week’s meeting.   


Jim Hayes reported he, Dr. Jason Rich, and Trina Hoy are working on the new Directory.  If you want a new photograph, please see Trina Hoy.  Jim sent out an e-mail to everyone to check their information; please respond or tell Jim or Jason your information.  See Jim or Jason if you are doing an advertisement.  Thanks to our Directory team.  It is a difficult task. 


Tracy Horrell announced Art in the Park will be September 15, 2012.  Helpers are needed in shifts between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Dave Meier reports the Big Wheel Race will be in conjunction with the First Friday, September 7.  Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and the race begins at 6:30 p.m.  We provide the volunteers and Penguin Point provides the prizes.  The Times-Union did a nice front page write-up for us.     


Optimist Singers:  Martin Becker and Millie Andrews thanked the club for the new Yamaha keyboard.  It sounds great!


Art Gakstatter thanked the sponsors and the volunteers who helped at the Baker Youth Club and Cruisin Hoosiers Car Club’s car show.  Art reported 118 cars were shown and around $14,000 was raised.


Board Member Bob Jackson presented Coach Doug Ogle with a $250 check for the Warsaw Tiger Basketball Golf Classic


Coach Doug Ogle invited us to participate in the Warsaw Tiger Basketball Golf Classic on September 8th at Rozella Ford Golf Course.  Registration is at 8:30 am for 9 a.m. play and 1:00 p.m. for 1:30 p.m. play.  $55 per player covers cart, greens fee, lunch, gift, and refreshments.  Sponsors are also needed. or 371-5099 ext 2363.



Jay Tate announced we will enroll young people in Safe Assured ID at the Family Safety Day at Center Lake on September 8th.  Shifts are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 


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). or . 


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us videos of street magicians who “walk on water,” “disappear through closed windows,” and “smack cell phones into pop bottles.”


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Capt Jacob Sweatland – Army Ranger


Sergeants-at-Arms:  Jim NesbittLuke Becknell and Bob Jackson entertained us.

Coach Noel Hoke wore his name badge like an Olympic gold medal. 

Past Pres. John Elliott remembered a time when he gave Coach Noel a T.  

John Elliott was razed about Buckeye Football.

Troy Akers is happy for an excellent start of the school year.




Jim Pinkerton & Harry Maginty brought us up to date on the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) US 31 Projects.  In 2014 it will take half the time to travel from Indianapolis to South Bend on the freeway style US 31.  The biggest changes will be from South Bend to Plymouth, Kokomo, and Carmel. 

By using value engineering the costs are coming in under budget.  Both the engineers and the contractors can affect cost savings.  Fifty percent of the savings contractors achieve goes to the contractors.  It is amazing what happens when natural motivation is harnessed to achieve what the voters/customers want.