Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Future Dates  

08/22 Pardee Gunter – Warsaw Biblical Gardens

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 15, 2012 


94 Optimists & 3 guests attended our meeting.  Allan Kember was the guest of Trina Hoy; Gary Gerard was the guest of Rick Kerlin; and Matt Deeds was the guest of Jon Lippe.   

Door Greeters: Troy Tom and Ed Nordstom.   

Prayer was offered by Dr. David Haines. 

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:  Matt Deeds.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our best results ever.


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Prayer Requests: 

Dave Turner’s family at the passing of his father.

Praise that Jim Nesbitt is back with us!

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


Membership:  Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker read Allan Kember’s application.  Past President Joel Wihebrink inducted Tim Hori.  Allan is sponsored by Trina Hoy and Tim is sponsored by Kellie Malcolm.


Sheriff of Attendance:  Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous greeted Tracy FurnivallJim NesbittMark Skibowski, and Jim Walmer.  This is Jim Walmer’s 2nd week in a row.  Jim Nesbitt reported a desire to stay on the good side of Sheriff Landrigan and Deputy Gigous.     


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.  Jimsent 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 anadvertisement.  Thanks to our Directory team.  It is a difficult task.  


Dave Meier reports the Big Wheel Race will be in conjunction with the First Friday in Downtown Warsaw, September 7.  Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and the race begins at 6:30 p.m.  A sign up sheet for helpers is going around.  We provide the volunteers and Penguin Point provides the prizes.  TheTimes-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!


Tracy Furnivall will pass around a sign up sheet for car parkers at Baker Youth Club and the Cruisin Hoosiers Car Club’s car show on August 25.  Eight or more volunteers are needed per shift in the morning and afternoon.  Most people need to be there after 11:30 a.m.  Call Tracy at 551-0114 or email at .


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. or 371-5099 ext 2363.


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). . 


Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines invited us to hear the Chain of Lakes Chorus at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 17th at Webster Lake.


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a video of a dedicated dog owner who lulls his arthritic dog to sleep in a lake.  He then showed us videos of Red Green turning a deluxe plumber’s helper into an outdoor end table and of an elevator door being forced open by a rascal scooter.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Brad Andrews – Border Patrol


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

Dave Illingworth and Art Gakstatter were recognized for their boats that serenade those on the island from time to time.

Grace College was recognized for being in the TOP 10 of CPA exam results of 793 colleges and universities.

Tracy Furnivall reported large numbers of kids at Baker Youth ClubsWarsaw, North Webster, Syracuse, Claypool locations along with their new Milford and Leesburg locations.

Luke Becknell did one of his history quizzes.  The Star Spangled Banner was written in the War of 1812.  The flag had 15 stars and 15 stripes.  Montezuma is from the Mexican War and Tripoli is from the Barbary Coast War.  Jefferson was the President during the Barbary Coast War.  



Gary Gerard, the General Manager of the Times-Union told us of the business model of daily newspapers for the foreseeable future.  Right now about 70% of the news content on the internet comes from newspapers.     

The Times-Union first went online in 1996.  In October 2011 the Times-Union started using a pay-wall for it’s online version.  It is not hard to use, you enter your phone number and subscriber number to get access.  I, your editor, have done this myself.

About 1.4% of the Times-Union’s revenue comes from online advertising.  People do not click through online ads. The value of online ads is name recognition. 

The print revenue is what pays for reporters.  People buy print newspapers BECAUSE of the ads.  Also, John Elliott observed that it is much faster to scan a paper newspaper to find what you want to read. 

The Times-Union print edition costs $130 per year.  That includes an automatic online subscription.  The online-only version costs $50 per year.  Only 8 people switched. 

I know I like to read the paper version and then if I need to retrieve the information weeks later I can find it online.  Both versions compliment each other.

Past President Dr. Charles Hollar and Ed Nordstrom remembered the advantages of learning responsibility by delivering papers as youths.  Charliereminded us to remember our delivery person at Christmas.