Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Future Dates   

8/24 Sat. Cruisin Hoosiers Car Show for Baker Youth Club

8/24 Sat. Lake Area Community Band / Wawasee High School Auditorium

8/25 Sun. Lake City Skiers Learn-to-Ski Clinic

8/25 Sun. Lake City Skiers show

8/28 Wed. Shirley Fetrow / Family Safety Day

9/1 Sun. Lake City Skiers show

9/4 Wed. Greenways / Tim Dombrosky & Staci Young

9/4 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Cross Country / Jim Mills

9/11 Wed. Dave Anson / Athletic Director WCHS

9/11 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Cross Country / Scott Erba

9/18 Wed. Laurie Schotz / WCHS PAC

9/18 Wed. Boys Golf / Ben Barkey

9/23 Mon. Right to Life Banquet / Bill Landrigan

9/27 Fri. Oklahoma Sooner Marching Band at Warsaw Wawasee Football game at Warsaw

10/2 Wed. Amanda Lopez / Foster Parenting

10/2 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Football / Phil Jensen

10/9 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Student Council

10/9 Wed. Boys Soccer / Scott Bauer

10/16 Wed. JROTC Major Fred Josellis & Master Sergeant Mark Whitford

10/23 Wed. Ben Barkey & Tom Ray / Washington STEM

10/23 Wed. Boys Tennis / Rick Orban

10/30 Wed. Eisenhower Robotics Club

11/1 Fri. Spooktakular

11/6 Wed. Optimist Singers Veterans Day

11/13 Wed. Girl Scouts / Leslie Augustyniak

11/20 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony / Blue Apron dessert

11/27 Wed. Boy Scout Bake Sale

12/4 Wed. Brad Hagg / Warsaw Community High School CTO

12/4 Wed. Warsaw High School Gymnastics / Andi Calhoun

12/11 Wed. Lakeland Youth Chorale

12/11 Wed. Girls Basketball / Michelle Harter

12/18 Wed. Optimist Singers Christmas Carols

12/25 Wed. No Meeting

1/1 Wed. White Elephant Auction

1/8 Wed. 100 Years of Winona Lake / Terry White

1/8 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Wrestling / Justin Smith

1/15/14 Wed. Walk-n-Wonder Warsaw / Michelle Bormet & Darla

1/15/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Swim & Dive / Nate Long

1/22/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony

1/29/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Swim & Dive / Nate Long

2/5/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Basketball / Doug Ogle

2/12/14 Wed.  No Morning Program because of Valentines Banquet

2/19/14 Wed. Student of the Week

2/26/14 Wed. Student of the Week

3/5/14 Wed. WCHS Poetry Contest Winners

3/5/14 Wed. Student of the Week

3/12/14 Wed. Warsaw Schools Band

3/12/14 Wed. Student of the Week

3/19/14 Oratorical Contest Winners

3/26/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Chief Accountability Officer David Hoffert


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


94 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting.  Cendall Ogle & Tom King were the guests of Doug Ogle; Kamron Tom was the guest of Angie Tom; Paul Blair was the guest of Bill Katip; & Lorinda Kline was the guest of Tom Kline.

Door Greeters:  Renee Craig & Nick Kline. 

Prayer:  Noel Hoke led us in prayer.

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Martin Becker led us in singing Hail to Optimism

Birthday Honorees:  Renee Craig, Scott Whitaker, & 3 volleyball players.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with good results.

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Prayer Requests:

Richard Tuttle’s family at his passing.

Mary Ellen Jordan’s family at her passing. 

Bob Sandy’s family at his passing.

Larry Bishop’s recovery from ankle surgery.


Membership:  Past Lt Gov Juergen Voss inducted Nicholas King.  Scott Whitaker sponsored Nick


Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan & Harry Gigous welcomed Jon Lippe.   


We collected today & will collect next week for our scholarship fund in honor of Bob Sandy.


Board Member Tracy Horrell presented Kelsi Griffith with a check for $1000 for our scholarship fund at Kosciusko County Community Foundation in honor of Past Lt. Gov.Mary Ellen Jordan.


Board Member Art Gakstatter presented Past President George Brennan with a check for $500 for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children who are abused or the subject of custody battles.


Art Gakstatter & President Tracy Furnivall need help with the Cruisin Hoosiers / Optimist Car Show on Saturday, August 24 for Baker Youth Club.  It is at Warsaw Autoplex.  Shifts are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  If you can’t stay a whole shift, come for what you can do.  There is a silent auction of over 50 items. One item Art showcased was an autographed foam Toyota Racing door that could be hung on a wall.  The autographs are from Michael Walthrop #55, Martin Truex, Trever Baine #99, David Reutimann #00, and Marcus Ambrose #47.


Trina Hoy reported that our Spooktakular will be Friday, November 1 as part of First Friday.   

Dave Meier reported he is working on rescheduling the Penguin Point / Optimist Big Wheel Race possibly as part of a First Friday.


Past Gov. Ron Donkers reported that Past Lt. Gov. Mary Ellen Jordan chaired our Triathlon Registration since 2006.  Gina Voelz and Kelsi Grffith volunteered to co-chair our Registrations this coming year.


Optimist Singer Director Martin Becker invited new singers to join our Optimist Singers.  Practice starts at 6:01 a.m. Wednesday mornings. 


Warsaw Community High School Volleyball coach Michael Howard introduced us to Emily PoeKiersten SmithPeyton AdamiecTaylor JaggerLaura CraigMegan ChaunceyEmma BonifieldChandler StevensMarie WestAshlyn VitouxJordyn LindemanCelia HeckertCassie HoagDelaney GobleKatie Voelz, & Kaitlyn Mayer. Coach Howard invited us to their season opener tonight.  He also introduced us to their #1 fan our own Fred Nieter.   


Juergen Voss thanked us for supporting the Lake City Skiers &reported they had 16 new skiers at yesterday’s Learn-to-Ski Clinic.  He also invited us to their Sunday August 25 2 to 4 p.m. Learn-to-Ski Clinic; Sunday, August 25 6 p.m. show; and Sunday, September 1 6 p.m. show.  Their events are at Hidden Lake.  They placed 6th in the nation this year! 


Luke Becknell announced “2 Bourbon & Back” Cycling for Cystic Fibrosis is Saturday, September 7.  $15 entry fee, $18 after August 31.  Family entry fee (Parents, Children) $40, after August 31 $45.  There is a 2 p.m. ride to either Etna Green or Bourbon & back.  The rides are from 27 to 39.5 miles.  There is also the 3:30 p.m. race that is 29 miles. or  


Director Martin Becker invited us to The Lake Area Community Band’s 25th Anniversary Concert Saturday, August 24 at 3 p.m. at Wawasee High School’s Auditorium. or check them on FaceBook. 


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Jonathan Peng – Army – Tank Btl


Sergeants-at-Arms:  John Elliott, Everett Nifong, & Joel Wihebrink entertained us.

Akash Jain is proud of his daughter Aarshia Jain’s best ever round of golf.

Joel Wihebrink’s son loves Tad Nieter’s, class at Washington STEM Academy.  Tad is Fred Nieter’s grandson.

Doug Ogle’s daughter Cendall will be student-teaching with Sue Mock next semester.

Cendall Ogle is studying at Huntington University, Bill Landrigan’s alma mater.

Nick King reported the air show was so successful they sold out of their 1500 hot dogs. Experts say there may have been 7,500 to 10k spectators.

Dr. Jon Lippe’s parents celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Past Lt. Gov. Jerry Titus became an Eagle Scout 50 years ago.

Chad Zaucha is moving dirt!

Karen Kauffman’s picnic was in the paper.

It came to our attention that Luke Becknell’s grandfather married Merl Heckaman’s mother. 

Art Gakstatter is happy that Winona Powder is expanding.

Angie Tom paid for Kyle for all the labor saving drones that spray the crops.

Bill Landrigan invited us to the Right To Life of North Central Indiana’s banquet Monday, September 23.  The speaker is Melissa Ohden.  See Bill for details.  

Fred Nieter told us of the lady who survived an attack by a huge alligator with just a little Berretta Jetfire pistol.  When asked how she did it, she said she was walking with her soon to be ex and he was being hard about the division of assets. Just then the alligator jumped at them.  She said it took just one well placed shot to her ex’s kneecap & she was able to get away.  She said the little Berretta was much less expensive than a lawyer.

 Art Gakstatter was talking the other day with one of his neighbors, who is about to celebrate his 60th anniversary.  It came out that for their 50th his neighbors had gone on a nice Italian cruise.  Art asked what his neighbor could possibly do top that.  His neighbor said maybe he would go back and get her.

Past President John Elliott told of a guy who stopped at a local gas station, and after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink.

He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside.

One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on.  The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole.  While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the hole.

The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road.

“I can’t stand this,” said the man tossing the can into a trash container and headed down the road toward the men.  “Hold it, hold it,” he said to the men.  “Can you tell me what’s going on here with all this digging and refilling?”

“Well, we work for the government and we’re just doing our job,” one of the men said.

“But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up.  You’re not accomplishing anything.  Aren’t you wasting the taxpayers’ money?”

“You don’t understand, mister,” one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow.  “Normally there’s three of us: Me, Elmer and Leroy.  I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back.”

“You see with the government sequestering, they are not buying any more trees so Elmer’s job’s been cut . . . so now it’s just me an’ Leroy.”