Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Upcoming Events:


8/26-Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice/Kim Nance


9/2-Orthoworx Diversity

9/9-WCHS Athletics/Dave Anson

9/16-Seasons HomeCare/Karen Kauffman

9/23-CERT Disaster Program/Joe Wilkey



10/7-President of Parkview/Scott Gabriel

10/14-Warsaw PD Citizens Police Academy/


President Rick Kerlin led our meeting.

103 Optimists & guests:

  • Bill Crane-guest of Denny Andrews.

  • Missy Mitchell-guest of Tony Ciriello.

  • Evan Miller-guest and son of Marv Miller.

  • Austin Donovan-guest of Trace Hansen.

  • WCHS Boys Tennis Team and coach Rick Orban.

    Door Greeters: Frank Gross.

Prayer: Brooke Hamstra.

Pledge was given to the American flag.

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison.

Birthday Honorees: Happy Birthday to John Fussle, Matt Deeds, Scott Whitaker and Aiden who is one of the WCHS Boys tennis players!

Check Presentation: Kellie Altruda presented a check to Tracy Furnivall for Baker Youth Club in the amount of $2,000.

Committee Reports:

  • Gina Voelz announced the date of September 19th for Art-In-The-Park. More details to come.

  • Trina Hoy will be taking pictures for the new Optimist Directory the next few weeks. Please get in touch with Jason Rich or Jim Hayes for your contact information and company ads in the Directory.


Mike Cox announced:

    • 1st Reading:

      • Bill Crane-sponsored by Denny Andrews.

      • Missy Mitchell-sponsored by Tony Ciriello.

    Ot Schroeder inducted:

      • Austin Donovan-sponsored by Trace Hansen.

        CEO Report:

      Jennifer Pyle announced-Bob Jackson.

      Member since-July 1995.


      Anniversary-May 21st.

      Children-Ellie, Joe, Maryking, and Ben.



      City of residence-Warsaw his entire life.

      Occupation-Advancement at Grace College.

      Hobbies-Singing, golf and coaching.

      Burning Desire-To honor God with his life and to finish well.

      Key to Success-Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.

      Honors-Honor Club President in 2001.

      Something nobody know-He sings lead in a Southern Gospel Quartet.

      Favorite Optimist Memory-The same as Steve Hollar, being in the trailer for Christmas trees and calling Joe Thallemer to tell him it was on fire and seeing him drive up and realize he had been tricked. Another favorite is when Dan Woods came to club dressed as the bicycle bandit.

      Thanks for sharing Bob! We appreciate ALL you do for the club!


      • Jim Kessler was recognized for receiving the Mel’s Mauraders Award.

      • Jay Tate announced the 8th annual Safe Assured will be held on Sunday, August 30th. He is looking for 8 volunteers to help with Family Safety Day on September 12th. Please contact him if you are interested.

      • Friday, September 28th will be the first Octagon meeting this year. Joel W. Mitch R. and Ot S. will be helping them this year.

      Sheriff’s Report:

      None this week.

      50/50: Juergen Voss was today’s winner of the $32 pot!

      Videos: None.

      Sergeants-at-Arms: Jeff, Bob and Steve entertained us:

      • $1 Fine:

        • Mike Gavin lead us to send a new text to Mike Hall saying, “Optimist needs you!” (Which ended up being 75 texts from club members).

        • Austin Donovan for being a new young member in club.

        • Joy Lavender for attending.

        • Don Reinholt for Reinholt’s having a 33 year sale.

        • Gina Voelz for an interruption during the meeting.

      • 5 Questions:

        • Steve Albertson and Sam Whitaker (Sushi)

      1. Chicken/Fish = Fish.

      2. Favorite fish = Walleye & Halibut.

      3. What raw fish do you eat = Cooked & don’t eat it raw.

      4. What country originated sushi = both said Japan, which is correct.

      5. Ingredient most added to sushi = not sure what they said, but the answer is rice.

      • $Optimistic $1:

        • Gina Voelz 1) for her youngest daughter going to University of Indiana and having her first volleyball training. 2) For her father’s health, last Friday he was hospitalized on his 75th birthday and was ok and could still leave on his trip to Germany.


      Aung Tun from Owens/Kroger spoke this morning and brought delicious samples of sushi they serve. He told us about his background, his family, and shared how he got involved with sushi. It was a great presentation and the food was tasty! Thank you for sharing this morning Aung!


      • Invite a Guest.

      • Clean up tables.

      Next Week’s Program: Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice-Kim Nance.

      Quote: “The predominant quality of successful people is optimism…Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.” -Brian Tracy.

      Have a very Optimist Week!