Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Upcoming Events:


10/22 Wed. Stonehenge Golf / Trent Barlow, Head Golf Pro

10/29 Wed. Lake City Bank / David Findlay, CEO


11/12 Wed. Girls Swim & Dive

11/12 Wed. Beamon Home

11/19 Wed Boys Swim & Dive

11/19 Wed. WCSH Orchestra

11/26 Sun. Boy Scout Bake Sale



President Rick Kerlin led our meeting.

92 Optimists & guests:

  • Kevin Sandburg-Guest of John Elliot.
  • Tony Boyer-Guest of Aaron Rovenstine.
  • Cendall Ogle-Guest and daughter of Doug Ogle.
  • David Hoffert-Guest of Akash Jain.

Door Greeters: Trace Hansen who jokingly announced he will need to step down from President Elect.

Prayer:  Ron Donkers.

Pledge was given to the American flag.

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Bill Katip, Max Mock, Raphael Wolff, Jim Walmer, Aaron Rovenstine, and Tammy Keirn. 


Chair, Kellie Malcolm, conducted:

  • 3rd Reading: Kevin Sandburg, sponsored by John Elliot.
  • 1st Reading: David Hoffert, sponsored by Akash Jain.

CEO Report (Club Essential Optimists):

Jenna Secrist announced John Elliot.

John Elliot has been an Optimist Member since 1973 with 40 years perfect attendance.

  • He has been married for 46 years, he has 4 kids and 8 grandchildren and no pets. He is the Vice President & Trust Officer at 1st Source Bank.  He enjoys golfing.  Something we don’t know about John is he was on the Ohio State marching band.  He resides in Winona Lake and has for 8 years.  His key to success is doing things well even if it is something small, do it and do it well!  One of his fondest Optimist memories was at Christmas time when some of the members dressed like “angels” or “hairy fairies.” 

Committee Reports:

  • Spooktakular-Friday, October 24. Talk to Art Gakstatter if interested in volunteering.
  • 2014-2015 budget 25% increase in donations was approved by the board. Bottom line we are going to give away more this year, which means we need to work together and raise more funds this year! 


  • Jim Reeves-Cub Scout Popcorn Sales.
  • Cub Scouts cake auction will be 11/26 and they need auctioneers.
  • District Meeting in Anderson, IN Oct. 24-25, contact Michele Bickel for more information.
  • First LEGO League-November 16.
  • The club no longer has a contract with Golden Corral for breakfasts and we have one in place with Pengiun Point until the end of the year.

50/50:  No tickets yet.

Check Presentation:  Bruce Hansen presented a $300 check to Lakeview Middle School on behalf of the club.

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

  • $1 Charge-
    • Jim Reeve for his Boy Scout donation announcement and for insurance being overpriced.
    • Jenna Secrist for the bio on John Elliot and angels actually being hairy fairies.
    • Ron Henry was in the Remembering When Section of the paper for being on the Lake City Bank Softball team 50 years ago.
    • John Elliot for wearing Notre Dame colors and being an Ohio State fan.
    • Gina Voelz for her daughters picture in the paper from her volleyball game.
    • David Hoffert for not knowing today is Senior Day at school.
    • Bill Katip for completing a “12 step program” this summer. Ask him about it.
    • Several members were charged that were Doctors or PhD’s.
  • 5 Things You Need To Know about….
    • John Burtoft
      • Cellphone provider =
      • Amateur or Professional =          Professional, why not.
      • Satellite or Cable =
      • Left/Right =
      • Ginger or Mary Ann =
  • Optomistic $1-
    • None today.


Tom Moore from the Kosko Dust Devils presented to the group this morning.  The Kosko Dust Devils is a youth shotgun shooting team based out of Kosko Conservation Club here in Warsaw.  Their mission is a youth development program where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, and teamwork while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to SCTP (Scholastics Clay Target Program) athletes.

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  • Invite a guest to breakfast.
  • Quote of the week: “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an OPTIMIST sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill