Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Upcoming Events:


11/19 Wed Boys Swim & Dive

11/19 Wed. WCSH Orchestra

11/26 Sun. Boy Scout Bake Sale


12/3 WCHS CTO/Brad Hagg

12/10 YMCA/Chad Zaucha

12/17 Christmas Carols


12/31 White Elephant Auction



President Rick Kerlin led our meeting.

101 Optimists & guests:

  • Eon-Guest (son) of Joel Wihebrink
  • Tim Hamman (new owner of Male Fashions)-Guest of Andy Swihart.
  • Lieutenant Governor, James Crandall.

Door Greeters:  Ron Donkers & Mitch Goon.

Prayer:  Steve Hollar.

Pledge was given to the American flag.

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Dr. Jenny Lucht, John Sullivan, Dr. K.T. Kishan, & Michael Gavin.  Happy Birthday!

Check Presentation:

Tracy Horrell presented a $500 check to Trina Hoy of Big Brothers/Big Sisters this morning! 


Chair, Kellie Malcolm announced that we have New Optimist Member Applications.  They provide a ton of information about our group as well as membership expectations, a great resource for us to give to potential new members and great information for us to be aware of as well!  Make sure you pick up a couple to pass out this week!

CEO Report (Club Essential Optimists):

Jenna Secrist announced Jim Kessler.

  • Jim has been an Optimist member since 1975! He is married to Susanne, they have 4 daughters and 10 grandchildren.  He has a pet gold fish named Perkey.  He is a Professor of Sports Management and a Men’s Basketball coach. His hobbies include loafing, tinkering with old cars and motorcycles and scuba.  His activities of interest include teaching grades 1-3 children at church, he serves on the board of Winona Lake Grace Brethern Church and he serves on the NAIA National Oversite rating committee.  He has lived in Winona Lake for 39 years.  His burning desire is to serve his master well and help his family and others do the same.  Something nobody knows about him is that he is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Ozark Empire Area Council Order of the Arrow, he had a nickname of Tiny, and he was the Red Rover Champion of the 5th grade at Hartville, MO.  His keys to success is:  Success is reached by Sacrifice.  He has attempted to live by the 5 Be’s 1) Be responsible, 2) Be honest, 3) Be teachable, 4) Be a joyful warrior, and 5) Be a lover of God and man.  His favorite Optimist memory has to do with Vern Johnson’s 8 year old twin boys who tied for 3rd place and were given a boys and a girls trophy and the way they could tell them apart is that they put their names on the bottom of the trophies.  His honors is that he gets to sit at Ken Anderson’s table.  Thank you for sharing and being an ESSENTIAL member in our group!

Committee Reports:

  • Harry Gigous gave updated information pertaining to our Christmas Tree efforts.
  • Merl Heckaman announced there are still a few spots available to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.
  • Bob Jackson and Coach Jim Kessler discussed Hoops for Hope on November 21-22. They have different sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100-$500.  Ask them for more information!
  • Luke Becknell canned food drive, starts next week! Bring your items to donate.
  • Are you on Facebook, be sure you go to our page ( and “Like Us.” 


  • Cub Scout cake auction will be 11/26/14.
  • First LEGO League-November 16.
  • Casa Holiday Festival-Friday 11/14.
  • Please add to your safe sender email list!

50/50:  $170 was raised today and Kevin Marose was today’s winner!  He generously donated his winnings back to the Club!

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Jeff Owens, Dr. Steven Hollar & Bob Jackson entertained us:

  • 5 Things You Need To Know about….
    • Randy Polston:
      • Coke/Pepsi             =      Coke.
      • Cubs/Cardinals     =      Cardinals.
      • Football/Soccer    =       Football.
      • Favorite Season    =       Fall.
      • Boxers/Briefs        =           ???.
  • $1 Charge:Ot Schroeder since Mike Hall was not present.
    • Joel Winebrink, to bring his wife to the next meeting.
    • Jim Kessler for not being able to tell us the Scout Laws.
    • Bruce Hansen for attempting to sell 50/50 better than Kellie.
    • Kellie Malcolm for her new position on the board.
    • Kevin Marose for giving his winnings back to the club to avoid a 1099.
    • James Crandall for his speak and for not knowing who “that” is.
  • Optimistic $1:
    • Haines announced that there will be singers at the Walmart 4pm Bell Ringing time for the Salvation Army.
    • Jenny Lucht recognized her husband for Veterans Day and noted that he got into his uniform yesterday.
    • John Elliott announced that Dr. Steven Hollar’s daughter played a great soccer game last weekend.
    • Bruce Hansen gave $2 to brag on his son Trace for being elected Vice President and for his Great Lakes Skate Camp success.
    • Trina Hoy mentioned that our club will have a table of 8 for the upcoming Big Brothers/Big Sisters on Thursday, December 4th from 5:45-7pm.


Tracie Hodson from Beaman Home presented this morning.  Beaman Home is an Emergency Shelter and Outreach Center for victims of domestic violence and their children.  Beaman Home empowers them to live with dignity while helping to break the cycle of violence.  She gave an update on their ongoing campaign to raise $1.8 million dollars for their new building location.  They are at 78% of the funds raised so far.  The new facility is going to be ADA compliant and it will be a public location.  They are very excited!  Beaman Home helps approximately 200 NEW victims each year.  Thank you for sharing Tracie!

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  • Next week’s Program – WCHS Orchestra.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Invite a Guest.
  • Quote of the week: “The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.” -Ralph Waldo.