Warsaw Breakfast Optimist, June 7, 2023
Presiding – Chris Plack
Invocation – Coach Jim Kessler
Attendance – 66
Greeter – Charlie Wagner
Guests- Abby McLaren and Mike Hollingsworth with Jeff Owens.
Brian Torch with Charlie Wagner.
Dawn and Janelle- Sean Brown’s daughters.
Stacy Leek with Glenn Hall.
- Adam Heckaman provided a triathlon update. Pam Galloway also provided a reminder of the sign up board for all triathlon volunteer needs.
- Ron Chambers is organizing a visit to Mickey Smethers at Peabody in North Manchester. Group will meet next Wednesday @ 6:15 p.m. at the old Marsh Parking lot.
- Trace Hansen provided an update from the scholarship committee/ two of the recipients were present and provided an update of their future education to the club.
- Spirit week for next week is to wear your favorite schools gear.
- Amy Roe and Pam Galloway provided an update on district convention on August 17-19, which will be hosted by Warsaw club.
- Juergen Voss advised the club that the Lake City Ski Club has started its summer season.
Birthday – Bruce Hansen was recognized
Membership -Dawn Wilkinson had her third reading, Abby McLaren had her first reading.
50/50 – Winner- Abby McLaren $42 t
Sergeants – This week’s intern was Jerry Clevenger. The sergeants conducted our own Optimist Spelling bee won by Joe Thallemer!
Program – Renea Sayler, presented the Beaman home and how it serves our community.
Some of its biggest needs are monetary donations, clothing, pillows and non-perishable foods.
Mary Ann’s place at 704 Buffalo Street in Warsaw is a thrift store that is operated by the home.
Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc. (better known as The Beaman Home) was founded by Altrusa International of Warsaw, Club members identified Kosciusko County domestic violence victims had no place to go to make a fresh start when escaping their abusive relationship. The nearest emergency shelter was over an hour away, and the distance made leaving seem impossible to many victims. So, with a lot of faith…in a home donated by N. Charlene Bradbury…and the help of community leaders and volunteers, Beaman Home welcomed its first battered woman on July 1, 1985.
Today, trained staff and volunteers annually provide assistance to approximately 350 domestic violence victims from Kosciusko, Marshall, and Fulton Counties. More than 50% of the victims we serve are children who enter our programs with their abused parent. Over the years, we have expanded our services to better meet the needs of our community’s victims. Now, comprehensive domestic violence services include the Beaman Home Emergency Shelter, DoVE Outreach Program, and the Basic Needs Center.
Beaman Home strives to provide quality service when meeting the needs of our community’s victimized families. As one of our victims stated, we are “saving lives…one crisis at a time.