Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Future Dates
06/07 Golf Outing at Stonehenge
06/13 Jim Reeve – Roy Rogers
06/20 Triathlon welcome bags
06/23 Triathlon
06/27 Sally Hogan – Kosciusko County Historical Society – WE MEET AT CENTER LAKE PAVILION
07/11 Vicki Kitchin – Build Indiana Council
07/18 Mike Taylor – Encompass World Partners
07/25 Jim Erickson – National Pork Board
08/01 Remnant Trust
08/15 Gary Gerard – Times Union
08/25 Cruisin Hoosiers Car Show for Baker Youth Club
08/29 Jim Pinkerton – INDOT US 31 Projects

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
91 Optimists & 9 guests attended our meeting. Sheri Reeve, Dalton Robinson, Wyatt & Wayne Klinger were the guests of Jim Reeve; Karen Kauffman was the guest of Dr. Steve Hollar; Hannah Alber was the guest of our Scholarship Committee; Kelsi Griffith was the guest of John Elliott; Dr. James Kraft was the guest of Martin Becker; and Lawrence Ball was the guest of Mike Metzger.
Door Greeter: Gina Voelz.
Prayer was offered by Bruce Hansen.
Pledge was given to the American flag.
Promise yourself was said in unison.
Martin Becker led us as we sang “Hail to Optimism.”
Birthday Honorees: Dr. Charles Hollar, Bruce Hansen, and Mike Cusick. Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our usual results.

Prayer Requests: Chuck Kanes’s wife Sally.
Jim Nesbitt’s recovery from heart surgery.
Luke Becknell and his family at Deb’s unexpected passing. Visitation is June 9, Service is June 10.

Membership: Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker read Karen Kauffman’s application. She is being sponsored back into our club by Dr. Steven Hollar. Past Gov. Ron Donkers inducted Alan Lucht. Dr. Jenny Lucht sponsored Alan.

Sheriff of Attendance: Bill Landrigan and Harry Gigous greeted Ben Garden, Chris Wiggins, and Dr. Jason Rich.

Past Lt. Gov. Jim Reeve, Sheri Reeve, Dalton Robinson, and Wayne and Wyatt Klinger from Cub Scout Pack 3736 presented President John Sullivan with a check giving back to our club from the money they raised selling water at our City of Lakes Cruise In.

Everett Nifong reported that 21 teams are signed up for our June 7th Golf Outing at Stonehenge. Thanks go to Dave Illingworth and Toyota of Warsaw for sponsoring our hole-in-one. A 2012 Toyota Camry goes to the person who hits a hole-in-one.

Past Gov. Ron Donkers reminded us that our Triathlon is on June 23rd, the FOURTH Saturday of June. T-shirts are on their way. Thanks to the Times-Union and The PAPER. They each gave us a wonderful front page write-up.
Mike Cusick is stepping up to chair the swim this year. Mike needs help. This year we need twice the helpers, since we have 2 lengths of swim rope, etc.
Help is needed June 9th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ron Donkers and George Brennan’s storage building to build bike racks.
Art Gakstatter bought some neon hats and vests that are surplus from the BP Oil spill. We will sell them to our participants.
As of now we have 336 signed up. There is a competing race this year.

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

We met Hannah Alber, one of our scholarship recipients. Hannah graduated with a 12 point grade average out of 12. She will study nursing at Indiana Wesleyan. Thanks go to our Scholarship Committee members: Kevin Weaver, Mark Skibowski, Trace Hansen, Don Reinholt, and Past President Joel Wihebrink for all their unseen work.

50/50: Andy Swihart won $52.50.

Business and Technology Expo is June 12th and 13th at Grace’s Orthopaedic Capital Center. Our own Dave Illingworth and Al Grossnickle are featured speakers.

Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines will be our photographer for 3 weeks.

Please pray for our Troops and Families: LCpl Raul Jimenez – Marines

Sergeants-at-Arms: Bob Jackson entertained us.

Ten years ago Janet Kirkpatrick retired.

Ten years ago Martin Becker retired.

Jerry Clevenger is 1st Source’s Man of the Year because of all of the community service he does with us, Octagon, and other groups in the community.

Chris Wiggins is celebrating his 2 month old and 19 month old.

Dr. Jason Rich invited us to a fundraiser on June 16 at Cerulean. For $20 you can sample several home brews.

Past Lt. Gov. Ot Schroeder and President John Sullivan led us in thanking our long-time Treasurer, Jennifer Dorman for her hard work.

Past Lt. Gov. Jim Reeve asked us for donations of things his Cub Scout Pack 3736 can auction to raise money. You can drop them off at his office. The auction is July 7th at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Tracy Furnivall reported they have doubled the number of kids attending Baker Youth Club’s summer programs so far this year. They had 75 kids the 1st day. Yesterday they had 100 kids.

Martin Becker introduced us to Dr. James Kraft from the Masterworks who gave us Masterworks history. In the 1970s Jim Kraft and Patrick Kavanaugh prayed for opportunities to advance both the love of God and the love of classical music. In the 1980s they started providing concerts in Washington D.C. In the 1990s the focus moved to young people with summer festivals. In 2002 they moved to Winona Lake. Top notch concerts are provided to the public at 7:30 p.m. on weekends from mid June to mid July. Most performances are at Rodeheaver.

Students are surprised by the quality of the instruction. Students also find others who love God and classical music. Many students find they are gifted at spiritual mentoring as they participate in a Bible study leadership program.

Past Lt. Gov. Mary Ellen Jordan mentioned the blessing they received housing parents who were visiting their students. Past President John Elliott volunteered that he and Elaine have had several students to their house for a meal.