Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 

Upcoming Events:


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. 

80 Optimists & guests: 

  • Andrew O’ Connell-guest of George Brennan.
  • Lakeland Christian Academy Students of the Week:
    • Melissa Ngoumape
    • Cassie Ngoumape
    • Jacob Strickland
    • Jacob Schmitt
    • Ellie Nieveen
    • Brianna Pitts 

New Member:  Jennifer Pyle-Sponsored by Rick Kerlin. 

Door Greeters: Kelsi Griffith & Brooke Hamstra. 

Prayer:  Bill Landrigan. 

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Bret Wolf, David Meier, Brooke Hamstra and Program speaker, Bobbie Tevis.  Happy Birthday! 

Check Presentation:  Harry Gigous presented a check in the amount of $300 to Adam Turner for Yough Rugby. 


President, Rick Kerlin, conducted:

  • 3rd Reading:
    • 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. Optimist will be set up from 5-9pm.  Contact Jeff Owens for more information.
  • Car Show will be in May 17th this year, be sure to pick up your letter. We have our first sponsor, Penguin Point!  Thank you for your contribution!
  • 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 or Brooke Hamstra. We are looking for volunteers on this project submissions are due by April 15th.
  • 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:  Trace Hansen was the winner of $68 this morning!

 CEO Report:  None. 

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Jeff Owens and Dr. Jenny Lucht entertained us: 

  • $1 Charge:
    • Jim Hayes for spelling Lakeland with an “I”.
    • Joy Lavendar.
    • George Brennan for saying we never win at the Quiz Bowl.
    • Marty Becker for leadership on the Hail to Optimism song the 2nd
    • John Burtoft for being at the meeting before Jeff Owens.
    • Bill Landrigan for being him. 
  • 5 Things You Need To Know about….
    • Joy Lavendar (President’s Day):
      • Washington/Lincoln = Washington.
      • Teddy/Franklin = Franklin.
      • What is the 1st president you voted for = Nixon.
      • Who would you want to sit down and have a chat with = Abe Lincoln.
      • What president would you want to party with = Bill Clinton. 


Bobbie Tevis from Lake City Roller Dolls presented this morning.  They are a Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby league based out of Warsaw, IN. Founded in spring 2010.  They are a WFTDA Member League. With three bouting seasons under their helmets, they have eagerly began their 2015 season. Their mission is to help out in our community and raise money for charities by bringing roller derby action to Warsaw, IN. Helping out by skating a bout! 

They will be bringing more roller derby excitement to Warsaw this summer! Mark your calendars and come watch the Lake City Roller Dolls in action. They appreciate our support!

February 21st AWAY Battle Creek Cereal Killers
May 2nd HOME South Bend Roller Derby
May 23rd HOME Battle Creek Cereal Killers
June 13th AWAY Terrorz of Tiny Town 
August 22nd AWAY South Shore Roller Girls
September 12th HOME South Shore Roller Girls
October 24th HOME Kokomo City of Fists 

For more information like them on Facebook: 


  • Invite a Guest.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Next Week’s Program: Kosciusko County’s Smart 911.
  • Next Week’s Guests: Warsaw Community High School Students of the Week.
  • Quote: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear.  Optimism is better than despair.  So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic, and we’ll change the world.” –Jack Layton.