Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Future Dates   

10/23 Wed. Ben Barkey & Tom Ray / Washington STEM

10/23 Wed. Boys Tennis / Rick Orban

10/30 Wed. Girl Scouts / Leslie Augustyniak

11/1 Fri. Spooktakular

11/3 Sun. Optimist Singers / Millers Merry Manor

11/6 Wed. Optimist Singers Veterans Day

11/13 Wed. Eisenhower Robotics Club

11/20 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony / Blue Apron dessert

11/27 Wed. Boy Scout Bake Sale

12/4 Wed. Brad Hagg / Warsaw Community High School CTO

12/4 Wed. Warsaw High School Gymnastics / Andi Calhoun

12/11 Wed. Lakeland Youth Chorale

12/11 Wed. Girls Basketball / Michelle Harter

12/18 Wed. Optimist Singers Christmas Carols

12/25 Wed. No Meeting

1/1 Wed. White Elephant Auction

1/8 Wed. 100 Years of Winona Lake / Terry White

1/8 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Wrestling / Justin Smith

1/15/14 Wed. Walk-n-Wonder Warsaw / Michelle Bormet & Darla

1/15/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Swim & Dive / Nate Long

1/22/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Symphony

1/29/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Swim & Dive / Nate Long

2/5/14 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Boys Basketball / Doug Ogle

2/12 Wed. KCH

2/19 Wed. Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund

2/19/14 Wed. Student of the Week

2/26 Wed. Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker

2/26/14 Wed. Student of the Week

3/5/14 Wed. WCHS Poetry Contest Winners

3/5/14 Wed. Student of the Week

3/12/14 Wed. Warsaw Schools Band

3/12/14 Wed. Student of the Week

3/19/14 Oratorical Contest Winners

3/26/14 Wed. Warsaw Community Schools Chief Academic Officer David Hoffert

4/16 Wed. DARE / Lt Beam

4/30 Wed. Josh Wildman CEO of Wildman Business Group

5/7 Wed. Splash Pad

5/14 Wed. Sheriff Rocky Goshert


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

President Everett Nifong led our meeting.


87 Optimists & 4 guests attended our meeting.  Robert Lee was the guest of Kevin Weaver; Brenda Hiner was the guest of Jim Bricker; Chris Scheeren was the guest of Kellie Malcolm; & Trae Furnivall was the guest of Tracy Furnivall.

Door Greeters: Laurie Schotz & Dr. Pam Galloway.

Prayer:  Bill Landrigan led us in prayer.

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Martin Becker led us in singing Hail to Optimism

Birthday Honorees:  Trae Furnivall, Mark Whitford, & Bill Katip.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with Merl-less results.


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Prayer Requests:

Jim Nesbitt’s recovery.

Ken Anderson’s family at the passing of his mother.

Dave Wolkins recovery from knee surgery.


Membership:  Kellie Malcolm read Robert Lee’s application.  Past Lt. Gov. Sam Whitaker inducted Brenda Edling & Anna Lackey.  Kevin WeaverRob Edling, & Dr. KT Kishan sponsored RobertBrenda, & Anna.


President Everett Nifong reported the following Board action: 

Tracy Horrell is working on new banners for our events.

No meeting December 25 nor January 1.

The Valentine’s Banquet has been cancelled.  Attendance has dwindled.


Past Lt. Gov. Ot Schroeder reported our Octagon Club sold 33 of their Pumpkin Project decorations.  Thirteen of our members bought them.  They will donate the profit to Riley Children’s Hospital


Art Gakstatter reported that our Spooktakular will be Friday, November 1 as part of First Friday.  Sign-up sheets are going around.  The Costume Contest is from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Trick or Treating is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Costume judging starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn and can go until 9 p.m.  Help is needed between 4:30 p.m. into the evening.  At the end people are needed for the clean-up.  Sponsors are Miller’s Merry Manor, WCDC, Downtown Merchants, Bowen Center, Warsaw Breakfast Optimist & others.   


Director Martin Becker reported our Optimist Singers will sing at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3 at Miller’s Merry Manor.  Julianne Runnells reported the $5 per Chili Supper will go to the Women’s Auxiliary to help with shipping costs to our overseas service people.  


President Everett Nifong invited us to attend the District Meeting in Kokomo on Oct 26.  See Michele Bickel if you are going.


Tech Chairman Jim Hayes recognized Website Chairman Jeff Owens for his work rebuilding our website.  If anyone has any pictures for an online scrapbook, please give them to Jeff.


Thanks to new member Robert Lee for chairing our Safe Assured ID


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a nice slide from Scott Erba of the Elementary Cross Country participants.  We supplied the ribbons for this run.


Remember to bring some money to our November 27 Cub Scout Bake Auction.


Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines invited us to “Celebrate Harmony!” presented by the Chain-O-Lakes Barbershop Chorus featuring: “Major Lift,” The Sacred Heart Singers, WCHS Select Chorale, Chain Gang Quartet, & “Four O’ Clock Shadow.”  Tickets are $10 and $5 for students.  It is at the WCHS PAC at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 20.


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us video that showed how music has miraculous powers to revive the “mouse” spirit. 


Attendance Chairman Don Kenipe has dutifully compiled our Attendance.  We have the following perfect attendance record:

1 year

Matt Boren

Julie Runnells

Mike Cusick

Lisa Cassel


2 years

Roland Kramer

Gina Voelz

Al Grossnickle

Doug Jones

Ken Zortman


3 years

John Kirkpatrick

Rick Kerlin

John Sullivan

Ann Sweet

Jay Tate

Bruce Hansen


4 years

Mary Ann Gradeless

Andy Swihart

Joel Wihebrink

Joe Thallemer

Henry Church


5 years

Trace Hansen

Tracy Horrell

Gary Tanner

Bart Templeton

Peter Gano


6 years

Trina Hoy

Bob Ibach

Mitch Goon


7 years

Everett Nifong


8 years

Angie Tom

Jim Reeve

Pat Donkers

Steve McGlothin

John Teevan


9 years

Jerry Clevenger

Sam Whitaker


10 years

Craig Nayrocker

Marvin Miller


11 years

Jennifer Dorman

Ed Nordstrom

Kevin Weaver


12 years

George Brennan


13 years

Jim Hayes

Millie Andrews


14 years

Ot Schroeder


15 years

Harry Gigous


16 years

Luke Becknell


17 years

John Burtoft

Merl Heckaman

Bill Landrigan


18 years

Robert Jackson

Jim Nesbitt

Jeff Owens


19 years

Art Gakstatter

Steve Hollar


20 years

Fred Nieter


22 years

Martin Becker


23 years

Ken Anderson


25 years

Ron Donkers

George Paton


27 years

Dennis Andrews


31 years

Don Reinholt

Jerry Titus

32 years

Don Kenipe


33 years

Dave Turner


35 years

Larry Tucker

Juergen Voss


39 years

Charles Hollar

John Elliott


41 years

David Haines


48 years

Ron Chambers




Sergeants-at-Arms:  Trace HansenLuke Becknell,& Lyle Enyeart (the good, the bad, & the ugly) entertained us.


Navy veterans were recognized because of the Navy’s birthday.

Former grouches were recognized because of Grouch Day.

Many adventurous souls sat at different tables.  Steve McGlothin was amoung those who were at their usual tables.

Our retirees were recognized.  We hope the checks keep coming.  We also hope they keep some purchasing power.

Angie Tom was presented with the empty ears of corn that are left after Mitch Goon’s squirrels were finished with them. 

Our own John Teevan wrote a book entitled Integrated Justice

We realized that of the few members who have chickens, only Andy Swihart has a name for every chicken at his house.  As an accountant, it is advisable he switch to numbers, especially as his flock grows to be like Kralis or Creighton.

Principal Troy Akers is proud of the Warsaw Champion Cheerleading squad.  He knows each one’s name.

Yours truly was offered the chance to say a good word for the / that is the National Sales Tax that will take away both income taxes and the IRS that knows all of our names.





U.S. Army Major Fred Josellis & Sergeant Major Mark Whitford introduced us to JROTC.  WCHS Principal Troy Akers told of how JROTC came to Warsaw.  We were looking for a JROTC program.  We were fortunate the Army agreed to come to Warsaw.


The JROTC does not sell the military to students.  All of our students will do one of three things when they graduate:  1) get a job, 2) go to college, or 3) join the military.  The JROTC teaches our students life skills that give them a leg up regardless of the path they take.


JROTC develops 1) citizenship, 2) leadership, & 3) integrity in our students.  They learn about our country.  They learn about doing your best and taking initiative. Our students grades improve in all subject areas.  They become successful in and out of the classroom.  “It is not how smart I am, but how am I smart.”


JROTC gives kids a place to belong.  This year we have 115 kids in JROTC.  There are 20 programs in Indiana.  Past President George Brennan is a graduate of JROTC and gave it high marks.