Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Future Dates   


8/14 Wed. Rich Haddad / K21 Health Foundation


8/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Golf / Chris LaLonde


8/21 Wed. Lorinda Kline / WCS Professional Learning Community Coach


8/21 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Volleyball / Michael Howard


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


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


8/28 Wed. Shirley Fetrow / Family Safety Day


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


9/11 Wed. Dave Anson / Athletic Director WCHS


9/11 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys & Girls Cross Country / Jim Mills & Scott Erba


9/18 Wed. Laurie Schotz / WCHS PAC


9/18 Wed. Boys Golf / Ben Barkey


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


10/2 Wed. Amanda Lopez / Foster Parenting


10/9 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Student Council


10/9 Wed. Boys Soccer / Scott Bauer


10/16 Wed. Danielle Robertson / Wagon Wheel


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


10/23 Wed. Boys Tennis / Rick Orban


10/30 Wed. Eisenhower Robotics Club


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


12/11 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 Gymnastics & Wrestling / Andi Calhoun & Justin Smith


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


3/12/14 Wed. Warsaw Schools Band


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


9/10/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Athletics / Dave Anson




Wednesday, August 7, 2013


President Elect Everett Nifong led our meeting.




85 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting.  Brenda Edling was the guest of Rob Edling; Bennett Hollar was the guest of Dr. Steven Hollar; Nick King was the guest of Scott Whitaker; Jeff Jones was the guest of Joe Sutton; Jessica Laux was the guest of Dave Meier.


Door Greeters:  Merl Heckaman & Luke Becknell. 


Prayer:  Fred Nieter 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 Honoree:  Cheerleader Hannah Hinkle.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with pretty good results.


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Prayer Requests:


Mary Ellen Jordan’s family at her passing. 


Bob Sandy’s family at his passing.  Fred Nieter & Jeff Sandy did a great job helping us remember Bob.




Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens’ assistant Dr. Pam Galloway read Nicholas King’s application.  Nick’s dad is our own Daniel King.  Scott Whitaker sponsoredNick




Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan & Harry Gigous welcomed Mike Cusick & thanked Bennett Hollar for finding & bringing Dr. Steven Hollar & Dr. Charles Hollar.    




We are collected the last 2 weeks for our scholarship fund in honor of Mary Ellen Jordan.  Today & next week we will collect in honor of William Bartol.




David Meier reported Penguin Point’s, Warsaw Parks & Recreation’s, and our 33rd Annual Big Wheel Race was rained out last Friday.  The Parks Department cancelled & is not rescheduling the Family Carnival at Center Lake Park.




Art Gakstatter needs help with the Cruisin Hoosiers / Optimist Car Show on Saturday, August 24 for Baker Youth Club.  Help is especially needed with parking for the spectators.




Warsaw Community Schools Cheerleading sponsor Kari Doty introduced us to: Tyler FriendKarly JonesKati YotterBailey ParisiLindsay LybargerMakayla LeamenKaitlain MorganJordan SheplerKaley SimpsonOphelia LuuSarah KendrickHannah Hinkle, & Katie Seedorf.  Guest Sergeant-at Arms Merl Heckamanhuddled with our cheerleaders & they did a great job of leading us in a cheer and the school song.




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. 




Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a fascinating video of a scooter morphing into a cycle into a car into a jet.  The punch line was that they were all Hondas.  Jim also showed us a retro commercial named “Lucky” for Luckies.  We remember the good old days when we might get lucky.




Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Josh Hollinger – Navy – submarine duty 




Sergeants-at-Arms:  Joel Wihebrink entertained us.


Akash Jain is proud of his daughter Aarshia for making the Warsaw Varsity Girl’s Golf Team. 


Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Hollar has the dilemma of having a new freshman grandchild at Warsaw and Wawasee this year.


Past President Max Mock is celebrating his 42nd anniversary.


In the 50 years ago section of the paper we read that Past President Charles Hollar is at the Indiana School of Dentistry. 


Chad Zaucha reported our YMCA is looking for another $900k for the new building.


Ann Sweet is back from volunteering at Kobe Bryant’s camp for kids.








President & General Manager Greg Giczi told us of the work that WNIT PBS does.  Greg was VP of Operations of WNDU-TV until 2003.  He then became the General Manager of the Phoenix PBS station.  Greg grew up in South Bend and graduated from Notre Dame. 


WNIT makes its programming decisions locally.  WNIT is a community owned public media source.  WNIT inspires, informs, educates, entertains, & unifies the communities in our area.  WNIT’s chairman of their board of directors is our David Findlay


PBS is the 2nd most trusted institution after the military.  Most of WNIT’s budget comes from viewers.  No part of our cable or satellite bill goes to PBS not WNIT.  About one-third of WNIT’s revenue comes from Federal & State grants.  The government support equates to about $1.50, per person, per year.  Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, Ford, & Reagan along with Goldwater supported PBS. 


WNIT is effectively the area’s largest pre-school, largest Arts venue, largest forum for civil discourse.  WNIT gives away its product and trusts it is of such value to its customers that they will voluntarily give money to support WNIT.


WNIT specializes in education of children, unbiased news & public affairs, lifelong learning, & the celebration of arts & culture.


Commercial TV’s first responsibility is to meet the bottom line.  WNIT’s bottom line is community service. 


One goal Greg will present to his board is to plan to open a regional office and small studio in Warsaw.