Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Attendance: 107

Greeters: Michael Doub, Charlie Wagner

Invocation: Doug Ogle

Guests (Hosts): Bill Lawrence (Rob Edling), Suzie Light, Mike Herring (Dr. David Haines), Layne Sumner (Larry Bishop), Heather Smith (Doug Baumgardner), Janelle Meyer (Jason Gergely) 

Membership: Rick Kerlin conducting

1st Reading: Heather Smith (Doug Baumgardner)

3rd Reading: Bill Lawrence (Rob Edling)

Birthdays: Mickey Smethers, Marv Miller


Check Presentations:

Tony Ciriello accepted a check on behalf of the Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy for $500.

President Dr. Steve Hollar announced the club will be sending a check to support the Kosciusko County 4H program. He also announced the club will be sponsoring a boys and a girls KCYSL soccer team.

Suzie Light accepted a check for $2000 ($1000 from Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club and $1000 from the WCHS Octagon Club) towards the commission of a sculpture in memory of Mary Ellen Rudisel. The sculpture to be placed near the City Hall building, which Mary Ellen designed, will be part of a permanent art trail being developed by ArtFULLY Warsaw.

Lucas Harvey, WCHS Octagon Club President, presented a check from the Octagon Club for $4,000 to Crain Allebach accepting on behalf of Winona Lake Parks . The funds will be used to purchase a water fountain to be installed near the limitless park.


Dr. Jenny Lucht reminded members The Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club – City of Lakes Car Show is less than 2 months away and that volunteer positions are still needed for the event to be held Sunday, May 20th in Downtown Warsaw. Sign up sheets are available at meetings. Also, event sponsorship forms are also available. Please contact Jenny or Alan Lucht if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

Trace Hansen announced the East Lake Skating Center distributed tickets for free skating during Spring Break to local children. If anyone has children or grandchildren that need a ticket, you can contact Trace.

Jason Gergely introduced Janelle Meyer of CASA and announced that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. A pinwheel garden will be “planted” on the courthouse lawn on April 11 to draw attention to the cause. Also, on April 18th, Clearwater Carwash will be having a giveback day donating a portion of carwash proceeds to CASA. 

Club Visitation: The date for the next club visitation has been changed to April 16th. Members wishing to participate in the visit to the Rochester Club should plan on meeting at the Marsh parking lot for a 6 a.m. departure.

Program: “My Memories of the Masters” by Ron Chambers. Ron shared his memories from his first trip to the Masters Tournament in 1965 to today. He also shared the history of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament including the history of the green jacket tradition. According to Ron, in 1937, golfer Bobby Jones attended the British Open and noticed that participants all wore red jackets. That gave him the idea to institute the green jackets for the Masters Tournament. In 1947, the tradition of giving a green jacket to the winner of the Masters was implemented. The recipient can keep the jacket for one year but must then leave it at the Augusta National Golf Club. Ron also shared an amusing anecdote from a caddy who told him a member wanted to walk his dog on the club grounds but was refused since his dog was not a member. But, as the story goes, the member was able to walk his dog after buying him a one-day pass.

50/50: $105 with $52 going to the winner Bill Lawrence

Next Weeks Program: Mystery Program