Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Upcoming Events:


7/15-Civil War/Davy Troxel (@ BYC)

7/22-WACC/Ronna Kawsky

7/29-Lakes and Streams/Nate Bosch


8/5-Mindfulness/Max Sherman

8/12-AWL/Darla M.


President Rick Kerlin led our meeting.

90 Optimists & guests:

  • Gary Gerard-Program presenter today.
  • Chris Hanson-guest of Joel Wihebrink.

Door Greeters:  Art Gakstatter was nominated this morning.

Prayer:  Travis McConnell.

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 Jerry Clevenger!

Check Presentation:  None today.

Committee Reports:

  • None today.


Everett Nifong inducted:

  • Chris Hanson-sponsored by Joel Wihebrink.

Mike Cox conducted:

  • 3rd Reading:
    • Mike Hollingsworth-sponsored by Joel Wihebrink. 

CEO Report: 

None this morning.


  • Indiana North District Convention is August 7th & 8th and it will be right here in our own backyard at the Wyndam Gardens. We are the host club with John Sullivan organizing.  Be sure to SAVE THE DATE! 
  • Ron Chambers announced a Club visitation to Rochester on July 20th. More details to come!
  • Don’t forget next week’s meeting on July 15th will be held at Baker Youth Club.
  • Ron Donkers has coupons available for Compression and Race Apparel if anyone is interested contact him.

Sheriff’s Report:

Michael Gavin’s cell phone number is 574-551-4127.

50/50:  Ron Chambers was today’s winner of $50!

Videos:  None.   

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Jeff, Bob & Steve entertained us:

  • $1 Charge:
    • Rob Edling, Travis McConnell, and Paul Heating for turning into the fairgrounds today.
    • Everett Nifong for the only member to ever script his induction speech, and have the new member marry the club.
    • Harry Gigous for 50 years of marriage.
    • John Elliot for the Times Union duplicating an article from May 12, 2015.
    • Mike Cox for having the new member certificate for Chris Hanson spelled incorrectly.
    • Ron Chambers, Doc Haines, Max Mock, Dave Illingworth and Frank Gross participated in a fun newspaper roll and toss game where Dave proved to be the winner.
    • Chris Hanson was recognized as a State Champ for the 2005 Golf Championship where he was #2 and shot a 72 on day 1 and 82 on day 2.
  • 5 Questions:
    • Milli Andrews (Kitchen)
  • Whisk or Spatula?
  • Blender or Can Opener?
  • Paper or Plastic?
  • Bacon or Gill it? Grill it.
  • Cookies or Brownies?
  • $Optimistic $1:
    • None today.


Gary Gerard from the Times Union presented this morning.  He shared some of the history and opportunities within the Times.  Gary and the Times really appreciate Trina’ Hoy’s efforts to keep them in the loop on what our club is actively involved with.  Thank you for sharing Gary!


  • Invite a Guest.
  • Clean up tables.

Next Week’s Program:  Davy Troxel-Civil War.

Quote:  “The first step towards the solution of any problem is optimism.”  -John Baines.

Have a very Optimist Week!