Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

Attendance: 80


Ivan Schuler


Sam Whitaker and Luke Becknell


  1. Jason Patton  (Jeff Owens)
  2. Joe Kirkendall (Mayor Joe Thallemer)
  3. Carrie Avery (Cheryl Avery)


Jane Wear, Randy Polston and Chris Mahan. Happy Birthday!

Check Presentation:

  • None


Brooke Hamstra conducted:

1st Reading: Jason Patton, sponsored by Jeff Owens

2nd Reading: None

3rd Reading: None

Induction: None


Oratorical Contest “What The World Gains From Optimism”  Winners – Jacob Kissling (8th grade, Edgewood Middle School) and Janae Hostetler (Junior, Wawasee High School)

Warsaw Community High School’s Tiger Boys Basketball Team with Coach Doug Ogle Winners of the Northern Lakes Conference, ending the season with a 18-10 record

Committee Reports/Announcements:

  • John Elliott – Hosting Honor Flight Veteran Carl Snyder (WWII) on April 24 and looking for thank you letters to Mr. Snyder for mail call. Pick up at front table to see John. Goal is to get 100 letters
  • Trace Hansen – Optimist Elections coming up in April. See Trace if interested in President, Vice President of Board Member positions.  Also, the Spring Break Skate is coming up the first full week in April.
  • Jennifer Lucht – The car shoe postcards have been sent out, assignments are going out next week.
  • Alan Lucht – Quiz Bowl is next Tuesday, March 21, we are in need of trophy sponsors and proctors

CEO Report:

  • None

50/50: Bill Katip

Sergeants-at-arms:  Jim Smith, Juergen Voss, and Travis McConnell entertained us.


  1. Thank You Guests & Members.
  2. Clean your tables.
  3. Like our Facebook page and share Optimist events!


“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” – Harry S. Truman (used in Jacob’s speech)

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln (used in Janae’s speech)

Thanks and have an Optimist Week!