Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2015

Upcoming Events:


2/24-The Trailhouse


3/2-The River/Kelly Thompson

3/9-WCHS Poetry Contest Winners


3/23-Oratorical Contest Winners

3/30-WCS CAO/David Robertson


President, Trace Hansen, led our meeting.

90 Optimists & guests:

  • Josh Ringer-guest of George Brennan.

  • Jack Owens-guest of Trina Hoy announced by Rob Edling.

  • Chris Mahan-guest of Brooke Hamstra (Program)

  • Chris Bramlett-guest of Rick Kerlin.

  • Barb Smolen-guest of Mitch Goon.

  • Ann Cuahuizo-guest of Doc Haines.

  • Edgewood Middle School Students of the Week.

Door Greeters: Kris Shipley & Tim Hamman.

Prayer: David Robertson.

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 Kris Shipley, John Kirkpatrick, Bret Wolfe, Dave Meier and Brooke Hamstra!

Check Presentation:

1) Gina Voelz presented a check to Barb Smollen from Warsaw Education Foundation in the amount of $1,000 to pay for registration for the Annual Quiz Bowl.

2) George Brennan presented a check to Kosciusko Cares in the amount of $300 to help support their programs.


Pam Galloway conducted:

  • 1st Reading:

    • Chris Bramlett-sponsored by Rick Kerlin.

  • 2nd Reading:

    • Ann Cuahuizo-guest of Doc Haines.

Everet Nifong inducted:

  • Brian Brauchla-sponsored by John Kirkpatrick. Welcome to the club Brian!

CEO Report: None this week.

Committee Reports:

  • Jeff Owens-Oratorical Contest will be on Friday, March 11th. Theme “How my best brings out the best in others.” We really need participants so please help get the word out.

  • Chris Wiggins-Tri-Star Basketball/Soccer will be held on Sunday, February 21st from 1-3pm. Please help spread the word, for kids ages 8-13 to participate in basketball drills like passing, dribbling through cones, and shooting.

  • Car Show-7th Annual City of Lakes Cruise In will be held on Sunday, May 15th. More details to come.

  • Travis McConnell-9th Annual Golf Outing will be on June 16th. They are looking for Tee Sponsors and volunteers for the event.

  • Historical Society will be selling books about the Schools of Kosciusko County and are looking for donors and support.

  • June 25th will be the Optimist Triathlon, mark your calendars!


  • We are going to be having our Student of the Week students attend the next 6 weeks, so make sure we all help them feel welcomed and congratulate them!

Sheriff’s Report: None this week.

50/50: Andrew Reed won this week!

Videos: None.

Sergeants-at-Arms: Joel, Tim and Bob entertained us…

$1 Fine:

  • George Brennan for calling out the sergeants tardiness to the meeting.

  • Andrew Reed for 50/50 winnings.

  • Tracy Furnivall for BYC being featured on The Bachelor.

  • Jeff Owens for his mother-in-laws facebook post (hacked).

  • Brian Brauchla for bringing up a past mistake.

  • Dan and Mike Metzger for their 5th generation picture in the paper.

  • Fred’s joke.

Happy $1:

  • Ann Sweet said she has 2 videos to prove Kobe Bryant is her friend.

  • Joel Wihebrink for his daughter’s swim meet.

  • Tim Hamman for his ad for Men’s Warehouse.


Brooke Hamstra and Chris Mahan presented about WISE Inc. WISE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of the professional career interests of women that was founded in 2013. WISE seeks to inspire, support and empower women through educational opportunities, networking events and a mentorship program. They have many ways to get involved through membership, sponsorship, and mentorship opportunities. Please let Brooke Hamstra know if you have any questions or if you would like to get involved. Thank you!

For more information:




  • Invite a guest next week.

  • Clean up tables.

  • Next Week’s Program: The Trailhouse.

  • Quote: “Associate with men of good qualioty if you esteem your own reputation, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington.

Have a Great and Optimistic week!