Wednesday, July 18, 2012

 Future Dates  

07/25 Jim Erickson – National Pork Board

08/01 Remnant Trust

08/08 WCHS History Winners

08/15 Gary Gerard – Times Union

08/22 Linda Cochran – Bell Aircraft Museum

08/25 Cruisin Hoosiers Car Show for Baker Youth Club

08/29 Jim Pinkerton – INDOT US 31 Projects

09/05 David Best – Thomas Jefferson

09/12 Tom Kline – WCS Student Test Scores


Wednesday, July 18, 2012 


88 Optimists & 4 guests attended our meeting.  Mike Taylor was the guest of Pete Gano and Rick Kerlin; Bergen Tom was the guest of Troy Tom; Tim Hori was the guest of Kellie Malcolm; and Jean Shen was the guest of Trina Hoy.    

Door Greeters: Ryan Harper and Dan Metzger.   

Prayer was offered by Dave Turner. 

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Coach Doug Ogle, Craig Allebach, and Mary Ellen Jordan.  Dr David Haines led us in the birthday song with good results.


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Prayer Requests: 

Sam Whitaker’s family at the passing of his mother.

Chuck Kanes’s wife Sally.

Jim Nesbitt’s recovery from heart surgery.  He is back at Lutheran.

Nancy Nesbitt as she is in assisted living at Grace.  

Bonnie Bradley’s recovery from brain cancer.  She is having radiation daily.



Membership:  Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker has plenty of blank applications we can use.


Sheriff of Attendance:  Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous greeted Craig AllebachTom Kline, Coach Doug OgleMartin BeckerChris Wiggins, and Mayor Dr.Joe Thallemer.


Optimist District Fundraiser:  Ryan Harper is selling $5 raffle tickets for a 32” LCD TV.  Proceeds go to our Optimist District.  The deadline is approaching.


Martin Becker invited us to hear our Optimist Singers sing the Star Spangled Banner on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Corporate Volleyball Challenge at the Lakeview Middle School Gym.


Bonnie Bradley’s friends at Millers Merry Manor are putting on a soup and sandwiches with Karaoke fund raiser for her medical expenses on July 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lucerne Park Gym.  Please RSVP to 267-8196.  Singers will be appreciated.


Luke Becknell invited cyclists to participate in the 2 Bourbon & Back for cystic fibrosis on September 8, 2012.  $15 entry fee ($18 after August 31st).  Family entry fee $40 ($45 after August 31st). or . 


Luke Becknell also invited us to walk in First United Methodist Church’s Stomp Out Mosquitoes to stop malaria fundraiser at 6 p.m. on August 1st.


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a couple of instructional videos. 

The first one was about the importance of muzzle control on hang fires for gun safety. 

The second one was of a person who should go to the Lyle Enyeart boat launch school.  Or maybe they already are a graduate.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Bryan Kenipe  – Army Infantry 


Sergeants-at-Arms:  Luke Becknell and Bob Jackson entertained us.


hanks to Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Hanes for taking pictures while Trina Hoy was out of town.

Dr. K T Kishan, son, Neal is starting a technical MBA at Carnegie – Mellon.  

His son-in-law Ryan Burgher, is the new managing director of the Village At Winona.

Ken Zortman can attest after his motorcycle ride to Canada, that helmets work. 

Everett Nifong is a new grandfather.  Also, his friend hit a hole in one on the same hole that Everett hit his on.

Speaking of golf, Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines broke 80 for the 1st time in 20 years.

Past Lt. Gov. Jim Reeve thanked those who helped him host the hot dog eating contest at the fair.

Steve Albertson went fishing on Lyle Enyeart’s “Hoosier Hooker” boat.  A good time was had as they caught 36 walleyes in less than 4 hours.

Doug Jones participated in our Triathlon after Dr. Jason Rich operated on his eye to remove the beetle that flew into it the day before the race.

Dr. Jason Rich reported his home brew club raised $1500 at their Cerulean event for Combined Community Services.

Tom Kline is very happy to be the new principal at Madison Elementary.


Past Gov. Ron Donkers said it is so dry that the trees are whistling for dogs.

An unnamed member (for his protection) reminded us of the TSA question about if anyone put something in the traveler’s suitcase that they are unaware of.  The traveler said he would not be aware of what he was not aware of.  The TSA said that is the very reason he was asking the question.

Merl Heckaman told of the police officer who saw a lady driving erratically because she was knitting while she drove.  He asked her to pull over.  She said no it was a scarf.

Lyle Enyeart reminded us of the importance of actually stopping at a stop sign or with a night stick as opposed to just slowing down.

Coach Jim Kessler told of the kid who was caught with a bucket of fish and no fishing license.  He reported to the DNR that these were his pet fish and that he put them in the lake every night and then would whistle and the fish would jump into the bucket.  The officer asked to see it.  The officer asked the boy when he was going to whistle so the fish would jump back into the bucket.  The boy said “What fish?”

President John Sullivan told us about the time that Aaron Rovenstine came upon a parked car.  The young man was in the front seat reading a sports magazine and the young lady was in the back seat filing her nails.  It turned out the young people were experts at telling time.


50/50:  Marv Miller won $42.



Mike Taylor, Director of Africa – Medical for Encompass World Partners (EWP) (formerly Grace Brethren International Mission) told us of the work in the Central African Republic (CAR).  He and his wife Myra had been missionaries to CAR.  He is a physician assistant and she is a nurse.  His day job is at MedStat.

In addition to EWP he works with Three Strands – Care with Compassion.  They do medical, surgical, and dental work in Africa.  They stress competent, compassionate, Christ focused care.

Mike leads medical short term mission trips to CAR.  The usual week long trip provides 500 to 600 medical attentions and 50 to 70 surgical procedures.

He told of a 10 year old girl who came a long way for treatment.  She was born with polio.  Just taking care of herself was a trial.  The team gave her clothes, meals, physical therapy, and provided a wheelchair.  The before and after pictures showed a dramatic improvement in her spirit.

He also told of a young woman who had placenta abrupto.  It was fortunate they were there, because usually the simple supplies that would save her and her baby’s lives would not have been available.  The next day her healthy baby was born.

For more information call Mike at 574-527-9958 or email him at .