Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Upcoming Events:


10/28-Oregon Trails Experience/Randy Polston


11/4-Vetrans Day Songs and Girls Swim & Dive

11/11-YMCA/Chad Zaucha

11/18-WCS High School Orchestra/Carolyn Stalcup and Boys Swim & Dive

11/25-Boy Scouts Bake Sale


12/2-Lifeline/Mark Terrell and Wrestling

12/9-WACC/Ronna Kawsky and Gymnastics

12/16-Kosciusko Cares/Marsha Carey

12/23-Christmas carols

12/30-White Elephant Auction


President, Trace Hansen, led our meeting.

89 Optimists & guests:

  • Trevor Ross-guest of John Elliott.
  • Doug Blatz-guest of Rick Kerlin.
  • Judy Becker-guest and wife of Marty Becker.
  • Larry Peppsl-guest of Marty Becker.
  • Jo Faulkner-guest of Josh Gordon.

Door Greeters:  Bill Crane & Austin Donovan.

Prayer:  Alan Lucht.

Pledge was given to the American flag.  

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Hail to Optimism was sung in unison. 

Birthday Honorees:  Happy Birthday to Harry Gigous, Gary Tanner, Jim Walmer, Aaron Rovenstine, and Tammy Keirn!

Check Presentation:   None today. 

Committee Reports:

  • Art Gakstatter reminded us about the Spooktacular event that will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 5-7pm. Please let him know if you can help volunteer.  Come out and enjoy a great time with the family! 


Pam Galloway conducted:

  • 2nd Reading:
    • Doug Blatz-sponsored by Rick Kerlin.
  • 3nd Reading:
    • Jo Faulkner-sponsored by Josh Gordon.
  • 3nd Reading:
    • Jim Smith-sponsored by Tony Ciriello.

Jeff Owens Inducted:

  • Jill Boggs-sponsored by John Elliott. Welcome to the club Jill!

CEO Report:   

Jennifer Pyle announced-Jim Reeve.

Member since-April 23, 2003.






City of residence-Pierceton for 30 years.

Occupation-Owner of Reeve Insurance Group.

Hobbies-Roy Rogers, Circus, Model Trains and Legos. 

Burning Desire-To retire someday.

Key to Success-Greet every day with a smile.

Honors-Lions Melvin Jones Fellow, Registered Ring Master, Boy Scout Council Award, Scouting Leadership Award, Optimist Past President, Lt Governor.

Something nobody know-He is building a very large Lego train layout.

Favorite Optimist Memory-Selling Christmas Trees and getting to know fellow Optimist Members.  Thanks you Jim!  We appreciate everything you do for the club!


  • The Basket-In Memoriam was passed in memory of our brother Tony Elliot.
  • We need:
    • Tri-Star Soccer CO-CHAIR.
    • Programs CHAIR + 1 member.
    • Events & Promotions CHAIR.

Sheriff’s Report: None today.

50/50:  Ot Schroeder was today’s winner!

Videos:  None today. 

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Robert Bishop and Tim Hamman (aka Funny Guy):

  • $1 Fine:
    • Scott Reust for not wearing a suit and tie today.
    • Lyle Enyeart for giving inaccurate information on a Judge Chili Cook Off.
    • Craig Nayrocker for wearing a hat inside a building.
    • Jeff Owens $2, one for his Subtle Sergeant Slam during Jill Bogg’s Membership Induction this morning, and one for talking before he could induct her.
  • 5 Questions:
    • Ken Anderson (baseball theme)
      • Who is your favorite team? = Cubs.
      • Name the 4 teams left? = Mets, Kansas City, Toronto & the Royals.
      • Last time the Cubs were in the Playoffs? = 2003.
      • Last time the Cubs were in the World Series? = 1945.
      • Who is going to win this year? = Cubs.
  • $1 Optimistic:
    • Trace Hansen-for hosting his 2nd National Skate Camp last week. They had 75 skaters, 35 coaches and a ton of local support!  Thank you for all who attended and contributed to the successful event.
    • Steve Hollar said it is going to be a lovely evening at 75 degrees, come on out and support our Lady Lancer Soccer team at Miller Field!
    • Brooke Hamstra announced a Wine & Canvas event on Thursday, October, 9th from 6-9pm at Tourmaline in Warsaw. Contact her if you are interested in joining for a fun time!
    • George Brennan announced the arrival of his granddaughter, Caroline, last week. She is his fourth grandchild.
    • Andrew O’Connell declared it is Back to the Future Day and that the Cubs ARE going to win the World Series this year, it was predicted in the movie!
    • Jim Reeve was proud to announce the Cubs Scouts raised $10,279 in selling popcorn this year and they get to keep 73%!
    • Jim Walmer announced his grandson who runs cross country broke the 15-minute barrier last week.


Dr. Carla Carlton presented this morning about Rudy’s Dog Park.  She told her touching story of why Rudy’s Dog Park was created.  To honor her beloved dog, Rudy.  The leash-free dog park is located at the corner of East County Road 300 North and North County Road 100 East (near the airport).  Membership is $40 for the first dog and $$20 for the 2nd and 3rd dog.  They are always looking for sponsors and donors.  It is a great place to allow your dogs to run and play and socialize.  Sign up for your membership and bring your dog out today!  Thank you for sharing Carla, great job!

For more information contact:

Dr. Carla Carlton at (574) 267-8511



  • Invite a guest next week.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Next Week’s Program: Oregon Trail/Randy Polston.

Have a safe and very Optimist Week!