CASA Holiday Festival
Eisenhower Robotics Club
11/15 & 15 Fri. & Sat. Hoops for Hope
Warsaw Community Schools Symphony / Blue Apron dessert
Grace College Community Wind Ensemble
Boy Scout Bake Sale
Brad Hagg / Warsaw Community High School CTO
Warsaw High School Gymnastics / Andi Calhoun
Lakeland Youth Chorale
Girls Basketball / Michelle Harter
Optimist Singers Christmas Carols / White Elephant Auction
100 Years of Winona Lake / Terry White
Warsaw Community High School Wrestling / Justin Smith
Wed. Walk-n-Wonder Warsaw / Michelle Bormet & Darla
Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Swim & Dive / Nate Long
Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony
Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Swim & Dive / Nate Long
Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Basketball / Doug Ogle
KCH / Affordable Care Act
Student of the Week
Wed. Student of the Week
Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker
Wed. Student of the Week
Wed. WCHS Poetry Contest Winners
Wed. Student of the Week
Wed. Warsaw Schools Band
Wed. Student of the Week
Wed. Oratorical Contest Winners
Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Chief Academic Officer David Hoffert
DARE / Lt Joel Beam
Josh Wildman CEO of Wildman Business Group
Splash Pad / Erin Porter
Sheriff Rocky Goshert
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
President Everett Nifong led our meeting.
85 Optimists & 16 guests attended our meeting. Clelda Benning was the guest of David Benning; Amanda & Daniel Rudisel were the guests of Mary Ann Gradeless; Judy Becker & Daniel King were the guests of Martin Becker; Donata Grimm, Mandy Bailey, & Jeanie McCormack were the guests of Doug Ogle; Wayne Spratt was the guest of Bruce Hansen; JROTC members: Bailey Whitford, Gabriella Beard, Beth Morgan, Brandon Johnson, Gary Spratt, Sergeant Major Mark Whitford, & Major Fred Josellis were the guests of Martin Becker.
Door Greeters: Marv Miller and Rich Haddad.Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Prayer: Luke Becknell led us in prayer.
Presentation of the Colors: Warsaw High School JROTC accompanied by Martin Becker on the trumpet.
Pledge was given to the American flag.
Our Optimist Singers sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Promise yourself was said in unison.
Birthday Honorees: Mary Ann Gradeless & Troy Akers. Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with great results.
Jim Nesbitt’s recovery.
Greg Binkerd’s family at the passing of his father.
President Everett Nifong reported the following Board action:
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The Valentine’s Banquet has been cancelled. Attendance has dwindled.
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Our new directory is due out soon. If your birthday is not in our existing directory, please submit your month and day of birth to Everett or Jim Hayes.
Canned Food Chairman Luke Becknell announced we will bring canned food or preferably money to our meetings from next week until Thanksgiving.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Chairman Merl Heckaman reported the drawing for bell ringing Saturdays is .
Art Gakstatter reported tons of kids came to our Spooktakular. He thanked everyone who helped. Art thanked the sponsors: Miller’s Merry Manor, WCDC, Downtown Merchants, Bowen Center, Warsaw Breakfast Optimist & others.
Past President Bob Jackson and Coach Jim Kessler invited us to the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope tournament at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center starting at starting at Tickets are $5. Proceeds go to our Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fundthat helps families who are fighting cancer to cover some of their incidental expenses. Sponsorships are available at the Gold $500, Pink $250, and Orange $100 level.
Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines provided our first post to our Year in Review series. It is featured on the front page of our website. Here is a direct linkhttps://warsawoptimist.org/
Remember to bring some money to our Cub Scout Bake Auction.
Coach Doug Ogle commended Jeanie McCormack and her Step One fellow teachers Donata Grimm and Mandy Bailey. They work with at risk kids. This year every freshman in their program passed every class they took. Jeanie credited the Warsaw teachers throughout the school who do whatever it takes to make their students successful.
Martin Becker invited us to Grace College Community Wind Ensemble’s Flashback 1963 concert, at Rodeheaver. Selections will remind us of JFK and the Beatles.
Sergeants-at-Arms: Trace Hansen, Luke Becknell,& Lyle Enyeart entertained us. Video Editor Jim Hayes introduced us to a new graphic and sound of our Sergeants as “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.”
Dr. K.T. Kishan M.D. retired after 28 years of working on us. Comparing notes we caught on that he would schedule our procedures for mornings after our meetings. He would come into the operating room telling us and the nurses about the great speaker and breakfast. This was not popular with us after we had to skip the meeting to get prepped and we had nothing to eat since . Seriously KT, we will miss your carving skills. Just make sure you come to our meetings, you still need to laugh now and then.
Julianne Runnells and our Optimist Singers were recognized for the fundraiser they did for the Women’s Auxiliary to help with shipping costs to our overseas service people.
Laurie Schotz invited us to see The Beat Club, a Beatles tribute band at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Warsaw High School at nd . Tickets are $25 and student tickets are $15. Mention the poster to get the 2 adult ticket for free.
It was noted that people are continuing to sit at different tables. However our ladies’ table is at the exact same table. They just picked it up and carried it 2 rows over.
Triathlon Parking Chairman Martin Becker was recognized for traffic control day.
John Teevan was recognized for authors’ day.
Rich Haddad & John Teevan missed last week’s meeting, since they were at Tower Bank’s Economic Forum at Noa Noa.
Rob Edling was noted for having his move in both the Times-Union and The Paper. Rob’s Carpet Care – Cleaning and Restoration is now at 818 E Winona Ave, Warsaw.
It was noted the table of the “blue shirts” was talking through the meeting.
Dr. Charles Hollar paid for Dr. Steve Hollar. The neighborhood kids noted that they only got 1 piece of Halloween candy at every house until they came to Rade’s. There they got a good amount. In his defense he also gave away toothbrushes.
Marv Miller is proud of his son, Evan Miller, for being WCHS’s MVP of Tennis.
Sergeant Luke Becknell did one of his history lessons. He asked about the Marine’s Hymn. The Halls of Montezuma refers to the Battle of Chapultepec in September of 1847 during the Mexican-American War. The Shores of Tripoli refers to the Battle of Derne in 1805 in the First Barbary War. Thomas Jefferson was our President in 1805. James Polk was President in 1847.
President Everett Nifong has been at Lake City Bank for 10 years.
Legendary Storyteller Fred Nieter finished his story he started October 23. As you will remember when the microphone was wrestled from Fredon the 23rd, the 10th soldier came running up to the Captain out of breath. He said he went to the movies and the movie was long. After the movie, he got a bus, but then the bus got a flat tire. He then got a cab. At this point the Captain said he already knew the rest of the story that the cab broke down & he then found a farmer and bought a horse from him. About a mile later the horse died. He then ran the last 10 miles to get back to camp. The soldier said no. Actually the cab did not break down, but the cab had to go out through the next county to get him back, because all the roads were clogged with dead horses. It was worth the wait to hear the end of one of Fred’s stories.
Our Optimist Singers led by Martin Becker, accompanied by Millie Andrews on the keyboard and Judy Becker on the flute entertained us as they reminded us of our debt to our service people.
They sang the following:
This Land is Your Land
Tell My Father from the movie Civil War
Ain’t Judg’n No Man
The Armed Services Salute including: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, & U.S. Air Force.