Wednesday, July 17, 2013

 Future Dates 

7/20 Sat. Casino Royale, Casa fundraiser at St. Regis Club

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

8/3 Sat. Skeeter Stomp, fundraiser for eliminating malaria, Downtown, Warsaw

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 17, 2013


President Tracy Furnival led our meeting.

87 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting. Brenda Edling was a guest of her husband Rob; Barbara LaPore was the guest of KT Kishan; Nick King was the guest of Paul Heaton; Stacie Danahy was the guest of Art Gakstatter; & Brenda Hinter was the guest of Jim Bricker.

Door Greeter: Jay Tate of Cardinal Center.

Prayer: Greg Binkerd led us in prayer.

Pledge was given to the American flag.

Everyone promised to follow the creed.

Mille Andrews played the piano and Gina Voelz led us in a rousing rendition of the Optimist fight song.

Birthday Honorees: Included several from the last couple of weeks: Richard Tuttle, Lecia Derrossett, Hugh Eagan, Angie Tom, Allan Kember, Jerry Clevenger, and Denny Strain. A quintet of singers, (Gina Voelz, David Haines, Luke Becknell, Don Kenipe, John Kirkpatrick,) led the singing.



Prayer Requests:

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

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


Membership: Two potential new members were not able to be in attendance, Pam Galloway, introduced by John Elliott was not able to attend this morning; Lynn Kendall, guest of Trina Hoy actually lives in New York, but likes the Breakfast Optimists.


Sheriff & Deputy of AttendanceBill Landrigan reported that since we only had 74 in attendance last week, he had to get out his technical spread sheet with 42 names for his calling list. Welcome back Jason Rich. Bill asked us all to make some calls and look for John Teevan who must be doing some good somewhere.


Last week 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 the 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.

The income from the event is about $13,270!!!! Thank you to everyone.


Last week, 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 .


Get your calendars set for the Big Wheel Race on August 2nd at Center Lake Park during the Family Carnival. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.


There is a Casa fundraiser on Saturday night at the St. Regis Club downtown Warsaw. The theme is Casino Royale. Cost is $50.00 per person which includes $100 in Bond Bucks that can be used on 12 different casino games and on some auction items. There will be silent and live auction to raise money for the Casa group, Court appointed Advocates for children.

There will be a “Skeeter Stomp” walk downtown Warsaw with a $10 entry fee to raise money for nets for beds to fight malaria. Contact 574-269-1654 or 267-6933 for more information.


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


Sergeants-at-Arms:John Elliott, & Joel Wihebrink entertained us with fines.

KT Kishan gave a happy dollar for his two new grandchildren. His daughter and son-in-law have adopted two children from Haiti.

Jennifer and Alan Lucht gave happy dollars for Jennifer’s retirement.

Charlie Hollar was saved from the Gypsies in Spain by his grandchildren.

Gina Voelz gave happy dollars for her new ownership of the Pottery Bayou and for her daughter Katie’s volleyball team which placed 20th out of 153 teams.

Luke Becknell was arrested for indecent exposure for skinny dipping at Sunny Haven. The two arresting officers were Chief Whitaker and Paul Heaton. Judge Joe Sutton complete with robes heard the complaint of indecent exposure. He was found guilty and sentenced to probation from swimming at the triathlon for a year. He must tell jokes with Fred Nieter, sell cars with Ed Nordstrom, and sell chickens and Christmas trees at Bobcat of Warsaw. Luke was dutifully penitent and invited the rest of the club to go skinny dipping with him next time.



Jane Wear, our own member, spoke to us as director of Cardinal Services. Cardinal provides assistance to individuals, children and families. Children services are often provided at a very young age and make a difference in lives as well as in the community. Children services include Head Start; Early Head Start; Women, Infants, Children, (WIC); Healthy Services. They have in home support staff that deal with many issues such as increased signs of drug abuse, more teen moms, (even as young as 12 years old), and increasing domestic violence.

While the needs of the community increase, Cardinal Services faces many challenges: sequestration has caused a reduction of $70,000 for Head Start, yet there is a requirement for more staff: increased mandates cause difficulties: the family complexity is increasing: there are as many as 60 audits a year; the cost of services exceeds funding: there are waiting lists of children, individuals, and families

Jane reports that Cardinal Services has about 500 employees and works to partner with businesses in the community to help change lives for the better.



Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club contact information:

4221 Lighthouse Dr.

Warsaw, IN 46582

(574) 267-8771