Warsaw Breakfast Optimist, March 31, 2021

Presiding – Mitch McConnell

Craig Allebach, Winona Lake Town Manager, updated us on the plans in the Town

Greeter – Ron Chambers

Attendance – 61 in person and via Zoom

Invocation – Travis McConnell

Greeter’s – Ron Chambers

Guests – Brandon Stewart via Zoom (Brooke Hamstra)

Announcements –       

  • Elections – Pam Galloway
  • Oratorical Contests – Results/Recap  – Jeff Owens
  • Spring Break Skate – Trace Hansen
  • Golden Glo Fundraiser – May 1st – Charlie Wagner Presale tix $8/half  $4/pit-tatoes
  • City of Lakes Car Show – May16th – Brent Mock
  • Triathlon, please share the link for the sign up on your social media page
  • Golf Committee – Todd Davis
  • Dues – 1st quarter is due mail to: PO Box 344, Warsaw, IN 46581 or see Austin Donovan
  • Veterans – email your Service photo and a current photo to Alan Lucht for our Memorial Day program (ajlucht68@yahoo.com or call 574-527-1060 for questions)

Membership – 3rd Reading Brandon Stewart, Brooke Hamstra Sponsor; 1st reading, Lester Pierce, Rick Swaim Sponsor; 1st Reading, Molly Fishel, Sponsor, Steve Hollar

Induction – Tim Chickering, Sponsor Ann Sweet

Program – State of the Town of Winona Lake – Craig Allebach. Craig updated us on the vision and current happenings in Winona Lake. Highlights included:

  • Stonehenge Golf Course – Thank you to Denny Hepler for your excellent work to revive the course
  • Racoon Run Development – Dirt is being moved as that development begins to take shape
  • Roundabout – 250 East and Pierceton Road will begin soon, and wrap up August 1
  • New Residential TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) area
  • Greenway extension, (Heritage Trail East), from Miller Field to Christ’s Covenant. Also extension from Lakeland Christian Academy to Racoon Run Development.
  • Update on the Ride Walk Committee
  • Feasibility study to extend the greenway west down Winona Beach Road
  • Roundabout @ Argonne Road and King’s Highway
  • Columbia Street extension to Pierceton Road
  • Winona Lake Pavilion and Ice Rink
  • Winona Lake Limitless Park Master Plan is being updated
  • Pickleball courts are planned adjacent to the tennis courts
  • Town Center plans @ Racoon Run
  • Broadband connection @ Racoon Run
  • Winona Lake is working with Forward Kosciusko County to create a County Wide Plan

Next Week’s Program – Network Partners – Tim Early

Positive Message – “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”  ~ Carl Rogers, Psychologist