Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

 Upcoming Events:


12/10 YMCA/Chad Zaucha  (Reminder dismissal at 7:30am to tour the new YMCA)

12/17 Christmas Carols


12/31 White Elephant Auction



President Rick Kerlin led our meeting. 

83 Optimists & several guests: 

  • David Robertson-Guest of Scott Reust.
  • Luke Blacksley-Guest of Rick Kerlin.
  • Kim Zink-Guest of Brooke Hamstra.
  • Matt Voss-Guest (son) of Juergen Voss.
  • Detective RJ Nethaway-Guest of Paul Heaton.
  • Paula Bowman-Guest of Trina Hoy.
  • Jen Pyle-Guest of Art Gakstatter.
  • Carla Carlton-Guest of Lyle Enyeart.
  • Special Guest Mel Jackson (Optimist Gov. Northern IN District). 

Door Greeters:   Pamela Galloway & John Teevan. 

Prayer:  Ricardo Scarlett. 

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Larry Tucker, Jim Hayes and Mike Metzger.  Happy Birthday! 

Check Presentation:

  • John Sullivan presented a $250 check for Big Brothers and Big Sisters-Bowl for Kids Sake to Trina Hoy.
  • Art Gakstatter presented a $500 check for WCDC to Jen Pyle for all of their efforts. 


Jenna Secrist conducted

  • Second reading for:
    • Kim Zink-Sponsored by Brooke Hamstra.
  • Third reading for:
    • David Robertson-Sponsored by Scott Reust. 

CEO Report (Club Essential Optimists):

Jenna Secrist announced Steve McGlothlin.

  • Steve has been an Optimist member since 1979. He has been married to Nancy for 45 years.  He has 3 children, Shannon, Dawn and Jonathan.  He is a building service operator for 40 years.  His hobbies include swimming, working out at the YMCA and singing with the Optimist Singers.  He has lived in Winona Lake since 1970.  His burning desire is to end abortion through political action, voting and supporting congress persons who believe in Right To Life.  Something nobody knows about him is that he worked as a stenographer.  His key to success is to stick with it through the ups and downs and have a positive attitude no matter what the circumstance.  His favorite Optimist memory has to do with Ron Henry removing his toupee.  Honors include Secretary during David Lee Presidency and produced scrapbook for Bob Richmond Presidency.  Thank you for sharing and being an ESSENTIAL member in our group!


Committee Reports:

  • Bell Ringers-Merl Heckaman.
  • Jane Wear-The Santa House is starting this Friday and will run for 3 weekends. Bring your kids to see Santa!
  • Are you on Facebook, be sure you go to our page ( and “Like Us.” 


  • Trina Hoy-Big Brothers/Big Sisters Big Celebration is next Thursday, December 4th at Champagne Jam starts at 5:45pm. Dinner is at 7pm and Kent Benson-IU/NBA Star will be featured.  
  • December 5th will be a Club Visitation at Das Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN, talk to Ron Chambers if you are interested in attending.
  • Please add to your safe sender email list!


50/50:  $101 collected, I actually missed the winner this morning.  I apologize, congratulations to our winner! 


Video:  None. 

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Jeff Owens, Bob Jackson and Dr. Steven Hollar entertained us:


  • 5 Things You Need To Know about….
    • Noel Hoke:
      • Indiana/Purdue/Notre Dame                   =       Indiana. 
      • Favorite Christmas song                            =        Noel.
      • Pumpkin/Pecan/Sugar Cream Pie          =         Sugar Cream.
      • Proudest accomplishment                         =         Surviving a house full of women.
      • Coffee/Juice/Water                                     =        Water.


  • $1 Charge:
    • Anyone north of US 6.
    • Anyone who does not have a cat/dog.
    • Rick Kerlin for starting the meeting late, due to our special guest’s lengthy speech.



Bradd Haag the Chief Technology Officer of Warsaw Community High School presented this morning.  He discussed the new E3 Tiger Tech Program which involves leasing an Ipad Mini for 6th graders that they can use through 8th grade and will eventually be able to keep.  It is truly enhancing the educational experience for the students as well as the teachers.   



  • Next week’s Program – YMCA/Chad Zaucha.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Invite a Guest.

Quote of the week: “An Optimist is the human personification of spring.” -Susan J. Bissonette.