Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Upcoming Events:


1/28-History of Optimist/Doc Haines



2/4-Pottery Bayou by Gina Voelz

2/18-Lake City Roller Dolls




President Rick Kerlin led our meeting.


74 Optimists & several guests:


  • Ivan Schuler-guest of Bob Ibach.
  • Greg Rauen-guest of Joe Wilkey.
  • Kim Zink-guest of Brooke Hamstra.


Door Greeters:   Gina Voelz & Jeff Owens.


Prayer:  Ken Anderson.


Pledge was given to the American flag.


Promise yourself was said in unison.


Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Juergen Voss and Joy Lavendar.  Happy Birthday!


Check Presentation:

$370 was given to Eric Lane of Fellowship Missions. 


Kellie Malcolm, Membership Chair, conducted

  • Third reading for:
    • Kim Zink-Sponsored by Brooke Hamstra.
    • Greg Rauen-Sponsored by Joe Wilkey.


CEO Report (Club Essential Optimists):

None this morning.


Committee Reports:

  • Oratorical Contest-Will be held on March 6th.
  • Golf Outing will be on June 18th. 


  • Andy Swihart introduced Doug Baumgardner as the Assistant Treasurer for the club.
  • District Meeting will be Jan. 23 & 24 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.
  • Please add to your safe sender email list!
  • Are you on Facebook, be sure you go to our page ( and “Like Us.”


50/50:  John Sullivan was our winner this morning!  He generously donated his winnings of $57 to the Scholarship Fund.


Video:  None. 

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Jeff Owens & Bob Jackson entertained us:


  • 5 Things You Need To Know about….
    • Don Kenipe:
      • Snow shovel/Snow blower          = Blower.
      • Cotton/Down coat?                       = Down.
      • Gloves/Mittens?                             = Mittens.
      • Ice Skating/Sledding?                    = Ice Skating.
      • Real/Artificial Fireplace?             = 2 Real Fireplaces.


  • $1 Charge:
    • Chad Zaucha-for 1200 new members joining the new YMCA facility this year!
    • Ivan Schueler-for coaching Bob Jackson and saying, “pace yourself, make sure you save something for the end of the game!”
    • John Elliot-go Buckeyes!
    • Harry Gigous and Bill Landrigan were recognized for doing such a great job as Sherriff’s for the clubs attendance.
    • Everyone who went somewhere warm (FL) or is heading somewhere warm soon:
      • Dan Metzger
      • Ron Chambers
      • Rick Kerlin
      • Dave Taylor
      • Dave Cates
    • Trina Hoy said she saw Ed Norton out and he recently had a heart attack and was in the hospital for 5 days. She encouraged us to reach out to our members if we haven’t seen them in a while to check in with them.
    • Trace Hansen for a box jump injury, and Trace was happy to announce his father is coming home and will be home for a month.


  • Optimistic $1:
    • Jim Hayes happily announced that the Triathlon Registration is up and running and we already have 10 athletes registered for the event!



Don Krouse from Midwest Poultry Services presented about the Good Egg Project this morning (  He shared a lot of information about their operation and the cycle of how eggs get into the stores.  Some interesting facts include:

  • In 1940 one farmer fed 19 people, today one farmer will feed 150 people.
  • The sell by date on an egg carton is 30 from when the egg was laid.
  • Eggs will keep in the refrigerator approximately 3 months.
  • Last year MPS donated 63,000 dozen eggs to local and surrounding community food banks. 

Great job and thank you for sharing with us! 


  • Clean up tables.
  • Invite a Guest.