Wednesday, January 20, 2015

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Upcoming Events:


1/27-Lakeland Youth Chorale


2/3-History of Basketball/Jim Kessler

2/10-YEA!/Jennifer Pyle & Andrea Reed

2/17-WISE/Brooke Hamstra & Chris Mahan

2/24-The Trailhouse


President, Trace Hansen, led our meeting.

81 Optimists & guests:

  • Jeffrey Crawford-guest of Jennifer Pyle.

  • Jim Houvener-guest of Gary Tanner

  • John Kirkpatrick had a guest, but I did not catch his name. My apologies.

  • Team of the Week: Warsaw Girls Basketball Team and Coach Harter.

Door Greeters: Jason Gergely & Kevin Weaver.

Prayer: Ron Henry.

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 Joe Wilkey and Roger Crouse!

Check Presentation: Trina Hoy presented a check to Eric Lane from Fellowship Missions in the amount of $1,500 for the Kids Program that is being created for the children on behalf of our club.


Pam Galloway conducted:

  • 3rd Reading:

    • Michael Lyons-sponsored by Randy Polston


John Elliot inducted:

  • Josh Finch-sponsored by Tony Ciriello.

  • Jeffrey Crawford-sponsored by Jennifer Pyle.

Welcome to the club Josh and Jeffrey!

CEO Report:

Jennifer Pyle announced-Greg Kralis.

Member since-2004.

Spouse-Not married.

Children-None that he is aware of.


Pets-Dog, Smiddles-Cat Bo’s Cat and some Yard Birds aka chickens.

City of residence-Oswego for 11 years.

Occupation-Whipping Boy Robinson Construction, Inc.

Hobbies-Working on the farm, tinkering in his shop. Making Tampa Bay Boys and Girls Club Fishing Tourney trophies.

Burning Desire-To see where his grandparents grew up in Italy and Greece.

Key to Success-Retaining the Spirit of Youth.

Something nobody know-Graduated from Purdue 1980, Purdue Wrestling Team Captain 1979.

Favorite Optimist Memory-Watching Merl marking up Triathletes, yelling Women only. Meeting the Cross Country Teams during Triathlon set up and tear down. Playing Santa for the one and only time and getting peed on. Sherriff Bill and Harry leaving voice mails. Thank you Greg! We appreciate your dedication and ALL you do for the club!

Committee Reports:

  • Jeff Owens-Oratorical Contest will be on Friday, March 11th. We need volunteers, so contact Jeff if you are interested.

  • Chris Wiggins-Tri-Star Basketball/Soccer will be held on Sunday, February 21st at Baker Youth Club from 1-3pm. We need 20 volunteers to come out and help get the kids through the different drills.

  • Everett Nifong-9th Annual Golf Outing will be on June 16th. They are looking for Tee Sponsors and volunteers for the event. Planning to have the first committee meeting on February 8th at 5:15pm at Clevenger Insurance Agency.


  • District meeting on January 23rd at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, contact Michele Bickel if you are interested in attending.

  • We have printed off Business Cards for the club. Feel free to take a stack of 10 and use them to invite guests to join us for breakfast! Big thanks to Trina Hoy for designing them!

  • The Greeter sign up sheet is going around, please sign up!

Sheriff’s Report: Harry gave us an update on Bill Landrigan, he fell off a ladder and has cracked his pelvis. Please keep him in your prayers.

50/50: Brooke Hamstra won this week!

Videos: Baked beans Astronaut video was played.

Sergeants-at-Arms: Bob Bishop, Tim Hamman entertained us…

$1 Fine:

  • Several club members for IU fans.

  • Doug Baumgardner for his article in The Paper, what is your new title again?

  • Frank Groves for a relative being on the girls basketball team.

  • Jeffrey Crawford for being a relative of Warren Buffet.

Happy $1:

  • Lyle Enyeart for his new great grand daughter, Remi.

  • Dr. Carla Carlton for hiring a new associate.

  • Art Gakstatter for Jennifer Pyle getting hitched this weekend.

  • Jennifer Pyle for beating this cold she has before her wedding this weekend.


Warsaw Middle School Orchestra performed this morning. They did a great job! Thank you for performing for the club today.


  • Invite a guest next week.

  • Clean up tables.

Next Week’s Program: 1/27-Lakeland Youth Chorale

  • Quote: “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a difference3, ignore the small daily differences we can make, which , over time, add up to big differences we cannot foresee.” -Marian Wright Edelman.

Have a Great and Optimistic week!