Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Upcoming Events:


5/27-Plymout Speedway/Iris Saunders


6/3-Reinventing Yourself and Business/Damian Mason

6/10-Riley Champion/Camille Kerlin

6/17-First Source Bank/Chris Murphy

6/24-Triathlon Bags


7/1-KCH Health Update/Jay de los Reyes

7/8-Warsaw Times-Union/Gary Gerard


President Rick Kerlin led our meeting.

100 Optimists & guests:

  • Juergen Voss’s mother.
  • Tracie Hodson of Beaman Home.

Door Greeters: Robert Bishop & Tony Ciriello.

Prayer:  Doug Baumgardner.

Pledge was given to the American flag.  

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Karen Kauffman, Trace Hansen, Ron Donkers, Craig Nayrocker, Jason Rich, Ron Chambers & Andy Swihart.  Happy Birthday!

Check Presentation:  Gina Voelz presented a $500.00 check to Tracie Hodson for Beaman Home.

Committee Reports:

  • Car Show was a huge success, we raised over $12,000 and had 157 vehicles register. Great job to Alan and Jenny and EVERYONE who helped make it a fabulous event! 
  • Golf Outing will be June 18th @ Stonehenge. Contact Everett Nifong if you are interested in volunteering, participating, or sponsoring the event in any way!
  • Triathlon will be held June 27th.
  • Sam Whitaker spoke for Scott Whataker regarding the Respect for Law event on May 30th. It will be at Pike Lake Beach from 9am-12pm.  There will be police vehicles on display, there will be a mock drowning, as well as taser and rubber bullet demos.  


John Elliot inducted:

  • David Mitchell-sponsored by Tony Ciriello. Welcome to the club Dave! 

CEO Report:

Jen Pyle announce John Teevan:

Member since January 1990.


Anniversay-June 26, 1971 (44 years).

Children-John, Matt and Adam.

Grandchildren-2 in Ohio.


City of residence-Winona Lake for 26 years.

Occupation-Executive Director & Regional Initiatives:  Prison and Cities.

Hobbies-Golf & writing.

Burning Desire-Serve God and man.

Something nobody know-His Senior year in collage he lived in the dorm room that F. Scott Fitsgerald lived in 50 years earlier.

Favorite Optimist Memory-He laughs out loud every week, Ed Nordstrom’s car for sale and Three generations, Floyd, Charles and Steve Hollar. 

Thanks you for sharing John!  We appreciate ALL you do for the club!


50/50:  Marty Becker was the winner of the $53.50 pot this morning!

Videos:  None.   

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

  • $1 Charge:
    • Ken Anderson, leaving early.
    • Rick Kerlin starting the meeting at 7:02am.
    • Kellie Altruda is married now, her name tag is wrong.
    • Luke Becknell for missing his solo at the Optimist Car Show performance.
    • Anybody that did not attend, volunteer or sponsor the Optimist Car Show.
    • Robert Bishop, is it illegal to steal a pirate flag? Yes!
    • Lyle Enyeart for calling out Steve Hollar for not cleaning up the table last week, and for ratting out John Sullivan on the 50/50 at the Car Show.
  • 5 Questions:
    • Dave Illingworth
      • Cloth/Leather = Leather.
      • Toyota/Honda = Toyota J.
      • #1 Selling Car Color = White.
      • What is a manifold? = Part of the engine.
  • $Optimistic $1:
    • Larry Bishop-Norm Hagg’s story at the Leesburg Alumni banquet.
    • Fred-last week his 7 year old grandson hit a grand slam to win the game.


Optimist Singers performed for Memorial Day this morning. They did an awesome job!  Thank you so much!


  • Invite a Guest.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Next Week’s Program: WCHS Boys Golf-Ben Barkey.
  • Quote: “I am optimistic and confident in all that I do. I affirm only the best for myself and others.  I am the creator of my life and my world.  I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence.  I fill my mind with positive, nurturing and healing thoughts.”  -Alice Potter.

Have a very Optimist Week and a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!