Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Future Dates  

10/24 Wed. Joe Bryan – WCHS Advanced Transportation

10/26 Fri.  Spooktakular

10/27 Sat. District Meeting

10/31 Wed. Paula Bowman – First Friday & Downtown Happenings

11/7 Wed. Kris Farwell – Lego League AND Optimist Singers

11/14 Wed. Eisenhower Elem. Robotics Teams

11/21 Wed. Cub Scout Cake Auction

12/5 Wed. Lindsey Best – Big Brothers Big Sisters

12/19 Wed. Optimist Singers

12/26 Wed. no program

1/2 Wed. White Elephant Auction

1/16 Wed. Christon Clark / Habitat for Humanity

1/23 Wed. Warsaw Schools Symphony

2/6 Wed. Rebecca Bazzoni / Jacob’s Ladder

2/13 Wed. Warsaw Schools Band

3/27 Wed. Dave Hoffert / Chief Academic Officer

6/29/13 Sat. Triathlon


Wednesday, October 17, 2012 


87 Optimists & 6 guests attended our meeting.  Julie Runnells was the guest of Jeff Owens; Matt Boren was the guest of Jay Tate; Dennis Williams was the guest of Coach Jim Kessler; Justin Elliott was the guest of Max Mock; Taylor Cassel was the guest of Lisa Cassel; and Adam Turner was the guest of Dave Turner.      

Door Greeters:  Troy Tom and Jim Reeve.

Prayer was offered by Fred Nieter. 

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Martin Becker led us as we sang “Hail to Optimism.” 

Birthday Honorees:  Jim Walmer and Max Mock.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with “swing” results.


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Prayer Requests: 

Fred Bigg’s family at his passing.  Fred has been active in the Wabash club for years.


Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens’ assistant Matt Deeds read Matt Boren’s, Julie Runnels’, Dr. Craig Hintz’s,  Adam Turner’s, and Dennis Williams’ applications.  Matt is sponsored by Jay Tate.  Julie Runnels is sponsored by Past President Jeff Owens.  Dr. Craig Hintz is sponsored by Past President John Elliott.  Adam Turner is sponsored by Dave Turner.  Dennis is sponsored by Coach Jim Kessler.


Past Governor Ron Donkers installed our Board of Directors and Officers.


Sheriff of Attendance Bill Landrigan did not have a report.  He fell asleep on a stake-out.


Past Gov. Ron Donkers announced our District Meeting will be Sat. Oct. 27 at Wabash.  Officers and any interested members are invited.  Our club will cover the $15 cost that includes lunch.  Tell Ron or Treasurer Jennifer Dorman if you are going. 


Past President Jim Nesbitt announced in the next week or two we can buy $12 calendars to support basketball and help restart our college club.


Art Gakstatter announced our downtown Spooktakular will be Friday, October 26.    Around 1000 kids came last year.  Help is needed anytime from 4:30 p.m. on.  A sign up sheet is going around.  Set up is at 4:30 p.m.  Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.  Trick or Treating starts at 6 p.m.  Costume judging starts at 7 p.m.  This service event is sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor, WCDC, Kohl’s, Warsaw Downtown Merchants and us.

Past President Joel Wihebrink presented a $500 check to Trina Hoy for the WCDC for the Spooktakular.


Past Gov. Ron Donkers made a major announcement about our Triathlon.  The date has been changed to the Saturday JUST BEFORE the 4th of July.  It will be June 29, 2013.  Also this year in addition to a short swim after the traditional participants, there will be kid’s races for kid’s who are 11 to 12 or 13 to 14.


Bart Templeton is looking for greeters.  Please sign up.


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a video of a magical stethoscope.  When it was put on something an appropriate song would play.  When it was put to your heart the Hallelujah Chorus played.  The video was by Christ Lives in You.


The Kosciusko County Auditor’s Office reports the State of Indiana has changed the requirements for real estate Homestead Deductions.  You now have to file a form with the county Auditor’s office by the end of the year in order to keep your deduction.  Go to to see if they are missing your form.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Iain Batchelder – Army


Sergeants-at-Arms:  Joel Wihebrink entertained us. 

Dr. Craig Hintz was recognized for being selected State Superintendent of the Year for 2013 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents!

Taylor Cassel placed 5th overall in the skating competition last week.

Tracy Furnivall is celebrating his daughter and son-in-law relocating back to our area.

Dennis Williams collected from everyone who is shorter than he is. 

Ed Nordstrom was interviewed.  Ed has been married 52 years, has 3 kids, and grandkids.  Ed was an electrician who got into contracting and design.  We have been fortunate to have Ed in our community since 1999.  He joined our club right away.  Ed can always be counted on to work for the greater good. 

Fred Nieter told us another one of his stories.  As always, we groaned.



Trace Hansen is on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Athletic Advisory Council (AAC).  Trace is one of 48 athletes on the AAC. 

The AAC meets 3 times a year.  Their main responsibility is to ensure athletes’ rights are protected.  They work with the USDA on drug testing issues.  Some want to stop taking the “B” sample for drug testing.  The AAC lobbies to keep it to protect against false positives. 

The AAC’s SafeSport is a set of guidelines to protect athletes from abuse.  The AAC is trying to change Rule 40 to not so restrictive of athletes’ ability to market for non-sponsors before and during games.  Another change AAC is working on is to make direct support of athletes tax exempt.   

The AAC also works on community events.  WorldFit had 30,000 students walk 2.2 million miles.  Olympic Day went to 529 cities with 552 Olympians and 203,000 participants.