Warsaw Breakfast Optimist, April 20, 2022
Presiding – Jim Smith
Attendance – 74
Invocation – John Kirkpatrick
Greeters – Travis McConnell and Chris Plack
Guests – Bill Cook, Jim Tague, Troy & Rhonda Helser
- Car Show, May 15, still need help with point tabulation. Also need donation sponsorships
- May 11, Election of board members
- Good day of Chicken Sales, earned $2,000
- Habitat build – May 7, 8-12 help with framing the house
Birthdays – Paul Finley (19th) and Adam Turner (21st)
Membership – Several first and second readings today
Sergeants at Arms – Sergeants harassed members with bogus fines. Jim Nesbitt was honored with questions about his life. Chris Williams and Paula Deming’s last day in Warsaw was today.
Program – Matt Boren, Executive Director, Cardinal Services.
Cardinal Services began in 1954, when parents in Kosciusko County were confronted with a lack of resources to support them in raising children with disabilities. Any group or organization that could provide the answers or offer the services they needed proved too expensive or too far away.
Desperate for a solution closer to home, a number of these parents began connecting with each other through the “letters to the editor” section of their local newspaper. Before long, their children began meeting for daily classes at a family home in Milford. Although these families had varying needs, they shared the same dream — that their child could do more and be more than society seemed to understand.
The parents were right. Soon, children who were deemed “untrainable” were learning basic skills and opening a door to greater possibilities. What started as a handful of children learning from a single teacher in a living room has grown into an organization with a staff of nearly 500 employees who serve nearly 4,000 people each year.
With the ongoing commitment of those original families and the countless others who have joined in along the way, Cardinal Services has filled a vital niche that helps many individuals, as well as their families, live more productive, happy lives.
Next Week’s Program – Tiffany Parker with The Cabin in Wildflower Woods
Your positive quote for the day – “Strive for progress, not perfection”