Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Upcoming Events:


2/18-Lake City Roller Dolls/

2/25-Smart 911 


3/4-WCHS Poetry Contest Winners

3/11-PAC/Laurie Schotz

3/18-Oratorical Contest Winners

3/25-WCS CAO/David Robertsen



President Rick Kerlin led our meeting. 

75 Optimists & guests: 

  • Dennis Brown-guest of Rick Kerlin.
  • Andrew O’ Connell-guest of George Brennan.
  • Adam Reed-guest of George Brennan.
  • John Snyder-guest of Doug Ogle.
  • John Bird-guest of Greg Kralis.
  • Cookie Gakstatter-guest (wife) of Art Gakstatter.
  • Jordan Foremen-guest of Sam Whitaker.
  • John Nolan-Program.
  • Lakeview Students of the Week:
    • Hailey Dawson
    • Gavin Gunder
    • Annalise Harstine
    • Julia Hildebrand
    • Lauren Housel
    • Daniel Koshy
    • Emily Peterson
    • Nayeli Quintero
    • Ricardo Saldivar
    • Keegan Tom
    • Landon Voss
    • Rachel Yeager 

Door Greeters: Dr. KT Kishan, Alan Lucht & Dr. Jenny Lucht. 

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:  Tracy Furnival, Chris Gabryluk, Adam Heckaman, John Kirkpatrick, Alan Lucht and guest Kayna.  Happy Birthday! 

Check Presentation:

Everett Nifong presented a check in the amount of $300 to Kyle Dukes for Kosciusko Community Cares.


Jenna Secrist conducted:

  • 1st Reading:
    • Adam Reed-Sponsored by George Brennan
  • 2nd Reading:
    • Dennis Williams-Sponsored by Jim Kessler and Ann Sweet.
    • Andrew O’Connell-Sponsored by George Brennan.

 Committee Reports:

  • Tri-Star Basketball follow up by Doug Baumgardner.
  • Oratorical Contest-March 6th this year as part of First Friday’s downtown.
  • Car Show will be in May 17th this year, sign up forms on tables today.
  • Golf Outing will be on June 18th. 


  • Invoices for dues, please pay Doug Baumgardner.
  • Optimist International Video Contest is underway, if you would like to help our chapter with this project please contact Rick Kerlin.
  • Warsaw Education Foundation-Community Quiz Bowl will be on Tuesday, March 17th at 7pm WCHS Tiger Den.
  • Please add to your safe sender email list!
  • Are you on Facebook, be sure you go to our page ( and “Like Us.” 

50/50:  Mickey Smethers was the winner of $52 this morning! 

CEO Report:

Jenna Secrist announced: 

Don Kenipe.  He has been an Optimist Member since 1981.  He is married to his wife, Marilyn and has three children, Bruce, Barbara and Jane.  He has a cat and chickens.  Don retired from the Automobile Business.  His hobbies include gardening and reading.  His activity of interest is food pantry.  Don has resided in Pierceton for 15 years.  His burning desire is to live to be 100.  Something that nobody knows about Don is that he was a cast member of the first Outdoor Operetta performed in Indianapolis. His key to success is take each day one at a time.  His Optimist memory is when he got to be the “expert” tree salesman during the Christmas Tree Sales.  Thank you for sharing and for all that you have done for our club Don!

Video:  None. 

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

  • $1 Charge:
    • Kyle Tom for his only job was to watch his son and for helping other park this morning.
    • Ken Anderson for his phone ringing during the meeting and for him answering it (it was his wife).
    • Kyle Glaze (2nd Darrel) today will be his last week with us at Optimist and we all wished him well.
  • Recognition for Tony Ciriello for his recent honor of receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Governor Mike Pence. 
  • 5 Things You Need To Know about….
    • Don Reinholt (married 56 years):
      • Flowers or Chocolates = Flowers.
      • Fast food or Fine dining = Fine dining.
      • Card or Hand note = Card.
      • North Pointe Cinema or Netflix = North Pointe Cinema.
      • Walmart or Victoria’s Secret = Victoria’s Secret. 
  • Optimistic $1:
    • Ron Henry gave two for his granddaughter’s efforts in their basketball tourney on Monday as well as their academic achievements. 


John Nolan from the Fort Wayne Tincaps presented this morning!  He shared a lot of information about the group including:

  • 411,000 plus record attendance.
  • #1 Ballpark experience.
  • 8th most popular hat in MiLB.
  • Top 25 Best-selling brands in MiLB.
  • Best food item-Big Apple (feeds four).
  • Single-Grounds Crew of the Year. 

Here is a link to the video John described during his presentation as well: 

The Fort Wayne Tincaps try to accommodate families with additional promotions such as Lego night, Princess fairy tale Knight and SNL.  He encouraged us to attend a game event and a non-game event at the facility.  They have a lot to offer and he also mentioned that they will be starting a Rewards Program this year as well.  Thank you for sharing with us today John! 

For more information contact:

John Nolan, Play-by-Play Broadcaster

(260) 407-2804 


  • Invite a Guest.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Next Week’s Program: Lake City Roller Dolls.
  • Next Week’s Guests: Lakeland Christian Academy Students of the Week.
  • Quote: “Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” –Nicholas M. Butler.