Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Future Dates   

7/17 Wed. Jane Wear / Cardinal Center

7/17 Wed. Triathlon debriefing meeting

7/24 Wed. Ronna Kawsky / Warsaw Area Career Center

7/24 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Girls Soccer / Peter Lucht

7/24 Wed. Chamber Golf Outing / Tippecanoe Lake Country Club

7/28 – 8/1 Sun – Thur. AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open

7/31 Wed. Angie Wood / Heartline

7/31 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Football / Phil Jensen

8/2 Fri. Big Wheel Race

8/7 Wed. Jay Tate / Safe Assured ID demo

8/7 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Cheerleading / Kari Doty

8/14 Wed. Rich Haddad / K21 Health Foundation

8/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Golf / Chris LaLonde

8/21 Wed. Lorinda Kline / WCS Professional Learning Community Coach

8/21 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Volleyball / Michael Howard

8/28 Wed. Shirley Fetrow / Family Safety Day

9/4 Wed. Greenways / Tim Dombrosky & Staci Young

9/11 Wed. Dave Anson / Athletic Director WCHS

9/11 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys & Girls Cross Country / Jim Mills & Scott Erba

9/18 Wed. Laurie Schotz / WCHS PAC

9/18 Wed. Boys Golf / Ben Barkey

9/27 Fri. Oklahoma Sooner Marching Band at Warsaw Wawasee Football game at Warsaw

10/2 Wed. Amanda Lopez / Foster Parenting

10/9 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Student Council

10/9 Wed. Boys Soccer / Scott Bauer

10/16 Wed. Danielle Robertson / Wagon Wheel

10/23 Wed. Ben Barkey & Tom Ray / Washington STEM

10/23 Wed. Boys Tennis / Rick Orban

10/30 Wed. Eisenhower Robotics Club

11/6 Wed. Optimist Singers Veterans Day

11/13 Wed. Girl Scouts / Leslie Augustyniak

11/20 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony / Blue Apron dessert

11/27 Wed. Boy Scout Bake Sale

12/4 Wed. Brad Hagg / Warsaw Community High School CTO

12/11 Wed. Lakeland Youth Chorale

12/11 Wed. Girls Basketball / Michelle Harter

12/18 Wed. Optimist Singers Christmas Carols

12/25 Wed. No Meeting

1/1 Wed. White Elephant Auction

1/8 Wed. 100 Years of Winona Lake / Terry White

1/8 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Gymnastics & Wrestling / Andi Calhoun & Justin Smith

1/15/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Swim & Dive / Nate Long

1/22/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony

1/29/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Swim & Dive / Nate Long

2/5/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Basketball / Doug Ogle

3/12/14 Wed. Warsaw Schools Band

3/26/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Chief Accountability Officer David Hoffert

9/10/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Athletics / Dave Anson


Wednesday, July 10, 2013


President Elect Everett Nifong led our meeting.

73 Optimists & 7 guests attended our meeting.  Hannah Alber, Ethan Goodman, Joshua Savage, & Zach Erba were guests of Kelsi Griffith; Skylar Blalock was the guest of Jerry Titus; Carmen Henninger was the guest of Toni Derry; & Kamron Tom was the guest of Angie Tom.

Door Greeters:  Tony Ciriello & Max Mock. 

Prayer:  Ron Henry led us in prayer.

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Ken Zortman.  Merl Heckaman led our scholarship recipients in the birthday song with “The Chicken Dance” song results.


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Prayer Requests:

Dr. David Haines’ family at the passing of his father-in-law.

Dave Meier’s wife, Jacqueline’s continued recovery.


Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens’ assistant Paul Heaton read Lynn Kendall’s, & Dr. Pam Galloway’s applications.  Past President Jeff Owens inducted Heather King & Paul Heaton.   Dan MetzgerSam WhitakerTrina Hoy, & Past President John Elliott  sponsored HeatherPaulLynn, & Pam


Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan reported he hunted down Aaron Rovenstine & Dave Wolkins at the GOP booth at the fair.  When he got home, he noticedAaron had slipped a little notebook into his shirt pocket that was labeled “Rovenstine for Sheriff 2014.” 


President Elect Everett Nifong announced we will be back at the Shrine Building next week.   


Bart Templeton is passing around a sign-up sheet for greeters.


Denny Duncan invited us to volunteer to help put on the AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open July 28 through August 1.  This is a chance to help young people while watching some great golf.  Lots of help is needed.  You do not have to be a golfer to help.  To volunteer go to .


Past Gov. Chairman Ron Donkers thanked all who helped with our Triathlon.  After next week’s meeting there will be a debriefing meeting (7/17 @ 8 a.m.) for things that could be different next year.  Anyone with any of the red T-shirts or orange signs needs to turn those in to Ron

We thanked Winona Lake for the huge amount of effort they go through to help us put on our event.  Just a few of the things they do are run the street sweeper over our route and the transition area after they remove the car stops.  Many Winona Lake employees volunteer to help keep our participants safe.  I know myself that he Street Department is always reliable in delivering tables for the water stations. 

We gave Ron Donkers & Patty Donkers each separately standing ovations for all they do.  Ron works year round on our Triathlon, including going to out-of-state conferences on how to put on great triathlons.  Patty is phenomenal in covering many of the mountain of details that are involved.  This year she gets the Deming Award for re-inventing how we finished the registration packets. 



Trina Hoy invited us to the Chamber Golf Outing on Wednesday, July 24 at Tippecanoe Lake Country Club.  The cost is $125 per person, $500 per team.  Register at .


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Charles Bricknes – Navy – Okinawa


Sergeants-at-Arms:  John ElliottEverett Nifong, & Joel Wihebrink entertained us.

Jay “Ross” Tate was seen in the paper with American Flags.

Bill Landrigan is proud of his granddaughter Kristin Quick, who is 4-H queen.

Past President & Membership Chairman Jeff Owens has inducted so many new members, we have run out of badges.

Lt Gov John Sullivan’s daughter was in the paper for publishing her new music CD and touring the east coast.

Don Reinholt told us that coffee does not stain the tables at BYC.

In the absence of Rocky Goshert & Aaron RovenstineSam Whitaker was reminded that the weeds are growing up into the county’s decoy car by Creighton’s.

Past Gov. Ron Donkers, Past President John Elliott, & President Elect Everett Nifong were given a standing ovation for raising around $29k to $30k through our Triathlon, Car Show, & Golf Outing.

Temporary Sergeant Merl Heckaman noted that Past President John Elliott is in the paper quit a lot.  He is quite accomplished one of the pictures shows him with his large cast of helpers.  They are a good looking bunch.   

Trace Hansen is expecting a new baby. 

Bruce Hansen is happy to be with us, as opposed to working for Trace this morning.

Max Mock enjoyed meeting his 3rd granddaughter.

Fred Nieter told us a story.  We were expecting one of his groaners (which we love), however this one is inspirational.  A little girl and her mother along with many other people were waiting to leave Wal-Mart during a downpour.  The little girl kept telling her mom, “Let’s just run through the rain.”  Her mom said no.  The little girl kept asking again and again, “Let’s just run through the rain.”  Her mom said they would get soaked.  The little girl reminded her mom that that morning she had told her husband that “If God can get us through cancer, He can get us through anything.”  The group of people listened.  It came to a point that something needed to be done to affirm the little girl’s faith.  Her mom said, “Let’s run and if God lets us get wet maybe we needed washing.”  They ran and got drenched.  Lots of the other people decided to do it with them.  – – – Circumstances can take away our stuff, but they can’t take away our memories.  We need to build our memories. – – –




Program:  2013

Kelsi Griffith introduced us to our Scholarship recipients:

Hannah Alber, Sophomore Nursing major at Indiana Wesleyan

Joshua Savage, Junior Business Marketing major at Ball State

Zachary Erba, Junior Biomedical Engineer major at Rose Hulman

Ethan Goodman, Freshman at Franklin

Arielle Day, Sophomore Ceramics & Telecommunications Digital Production majors at Ball State

Megan Evilsizor, Senior Industrial Technology major at Purdue

Michael Smolen, Sophomore Criminal Justice major at Indiana.


He were very impressed with Mr. Erba’s maturity as he described how he dealt with getting his lowest grade in his life recently, a B+.  He took it in stride as he continues to work to be his best.