Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Future Dates
03/15 Golf Outing meeting
03/17 more news on Car Show
03/23 War. Ed. Found. Com. Quiz Bowl
04/17 Safe Assured @ YMCA
05/22 Car Show Fundraiser
06/17 Golf Outing fundraiser
06/26 Triathlon
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71 Optimists & 12 guests attended our meeting: Seth Ray, Billy & Maria Hutchinson guests of Everett Nifong; Amanda Fleming guest of Angie Tom; Rick Kerlin guest of Lyle Enyeart; Mark Dobson guest of Trina Hoy; David Mann, Jan & Ken Houin guests of Mary Ellen Jordan; Tony Ciriello guest of Sam Whitaker; Ben Garden guest of Mitch Goon. Door Greeters: George Paton & Tracy Horrell. Prayer was offered by Merl Heckaman. Pledge was given to the American Flag. Promise yourself was said in unison. Mystery Person Lyle Enyeart reported 25 people shook his hand.
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Prayer List: Bill Hilliard’s family. Daniel Elliott’s continued recovery.
Membership: Everett Nifong read Cathy Mullett’s & Amanda Fleming’s 2nd readings. Past Pres. Mary Ellen Jordan inducted Joy Lavender. Dr. David Haines sponsored Joy, Trina Hoy sponsored Cathy, & Angie Tom sponsored Amanda. Past Pres. Jeff Owens is looking for candidates for our election of board members, VPs, & president-elect.
Everett Nifong is looking for members to support our 6/17 golf outing by working the Tee Sponsorship or Door Prize committees. The initial meeting is at 5:30pm on March 15 at Clevenger Insurance.
Sherriff Bill Landrigan thanked all who came today.
President Sam Whitaker reported our board donated money to our scholarship in honor of Bill Hilliard; Kos-ciusko Literacy Services; Winona Lake Park Depart-ment’s summer program; & Kosciusko County Soccer League. Pres. Sam also asked us not to write on the tablecloths at our meetings.
Email Trace Hansen at Tracesk8s@yahoo.com to vol-unteer for our Safe Assured ID 4/17 from 9am to 2pm at the YMCA. Shifts are available.
Spring Break Skate: Call Trace Hansen to help hand out tickets.
New Car Show Fundraiser: Next week bring your trophy form & $25 check to turn in as we learn more about this inaugural event. If enough trophies are sponsored, we might be able to stop selling Christ-mas Trees. Art reminded us lots of help will be needed on the day of the event, May 22.
Stacey Cox saluted: Martin Becker, who joined in 1991 & has 18 years perfect attendance, is our Song Leader, chairs our Triathlon Parking. Martin is a Mu-sic Education professor at Grace, was the high school band director at Marion and Warsaw. He has led Music Ambassadors to Europe for many years. Next Sunday Martin will be inducted into the Band Directors Hall of Fame at Purdue. Craig Nayrocker, who joined in 2003, has 6 years perfect attendance, chairs our Triathlon Water Stations, writes our news-letters, is past Optimist of the Year & past Rookie of the Year. Next Week Stacey will salute Dave Meier & Dave Taylor.
Jennifer Dorman is passing a sign up sheet for proc-tors for the Warsaw Education Foundation Com-munity Quiz Bowl from 6pm to 10pm on 3/23/10. Merl Heckaman put our team of George Brennan, Dr. Jason Rich, Jennifer Dorman, Luke Becknell, & Denny Andrews through some brain practice.
Sergeant-at-Arms: Merl Heckaman & Lyle Enyeart collected money from us. John Teevan announced Optibullette Editor Emeritus, Wayne Snider spon-sored a trophy. Grace VP David Plaster passed. Fred Nieter is happy Warsaw won it’s sectional. Susan McHenry is an expectant grandmother. Jim Hayes entertained us with some transportation vid-eos. 50/50: This week Lyle Enyeart won $32.
Please pray for our Troops and Families:
2nd Lt Evan Bradley – Army – Iraq
Program: Jan Houin from Operation Quiet Comfort (www.operationquietcomfort.com) showed us how we can honor & comfort our wounded troops. Two main projects are Four Freedom Gratitude Quilts & Go Bags. Call Jan at 574-936-1424 to see how easy it can be to help.

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