Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Upcoming Events:


10/14-WPD Citizens Police Academy

10/21-Kosciusko Cares/Tammy Cotton

10/28-Oregon Trails Experience/Randy Polston


11/4-Vetrans Day Songs

11/15-YMCA/Chad Zaucha

11/18-WCS High School Orchestra/Carolyn Stalcup

11/25-Boy Scouts Bake Sale



12/9-WACC/Ronna Kawsky

12/16-Parkview/Scott Gabriel

12/23-Christmas carols

12/30-White Elephant Auction


A moment of silence was held in honor of the four men killed in plane crash, our brother and friend from club, Tony Elliot, Scott Bibler, Charlie Smith and his son Scott Smith.

Trace Hansen led our meeting.

98 Optimists & guests:

  • Jeff Servies-guest of John Kirkpatrick.
  • Jim Smith-guest of Sam Whitaker/Tony Ciriello.
  • Jill Boggs-guest of John Elliott.
  • Warsaw Girls Volleyball Team and Coach Mike Howard.

Door Greeters:  Kris Shipley & Luke Becknell.

Prayer:  Ken Anderson.

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 Noel Hoke, Mitch Goon, David Cates, Ot Schroeder, Alan Grossnickle and Denny Andrews!

Check Presentation:  None today. 

Committee Reports:

  • Art Gakstatter reminded us about the Spooktacular event that will be Friday, October 23rd from 5-7pm. 


Pam Galloway conducted:

  • 2nd Reading:
    • Jim Smith-sponsored by Sam Whitaker/Tony Ciriello.
  • 3nd Reading:
    • Jill Boggs-sponsored by John Elliot.

CEO Report:  None today.


  • Indiana Bicentennial will be next year. They are looking for torch bearers to carry the torch.  The person nominated should show public service, achievement, acts of heroism, and volunteer service within the community.  Please let Rick Kerlin know if you have a nomination for this role.  It would be great to have a Warsaw Breakfast Optimist involved for this!
  • Reminder, Oct. 10th District Meeting in Kokomo, IN. See Michele Bickel if you are interested in attending.
  • Trace Hansen announced Sk8 Camp on Oct. 17th from 6-8pm and he needs 4 volunteers.
  • Jen Pyle reminded everyone that the Chamber Taste & Trade EXPO is this weekend and also added Mark Dobson’s farewell reception will be held at the chamber tonight.
  • New Leaders were announced:
    • Treasurer-Andy Swihart.
    • Assistant Treasurer-Doug Baumardner.
    • Secretary-Michele Bickel.
    • Assistant Secretary/Optibullette-Brooke Hamstra.
    • Vice President-George Brennan.
    • Vice President-Trina Hoy.
    • Membership-Pam Galloway, Mike Cox and Larry Bishop.

Sheriff’s Report: None today.

50/50:  Ron Chambers was today’s winner!

Videos:  None today. 

Sergeants-at-Arms:  Tim Hamman, Robert Bishop and Joel Wihebrink:

  • $1 Fine:
    • John Sullivan for being in a duck blind instead of inducting a member last week.
    • Steve Hollar for having the whitest teeth and biggest smile. He also paid Jeff Owen’s fine too.
    • Bob Jackson for being a past sergeant.
    • Rick Kerlin was recognized for his efforts, membership growth and dedication to the club! Great job Rick!
    • Jim Hayes the calendar for slides.
    • Trace Hansen for using his own agenda on the announcements for sk8.
    • Harry Gigous for wearing a stained and wrinkled vest….Tim Hamman could help you out.
    • Ron Chambers paid $5 since he is the new Don Kenipe.
    • Ot Schroeder recognized the Octagon club for their Fall Displays fundraiser this year. They sold 100 compared to 58 last year.  He wanted to thank those members who purchased displays. Way to go!
  • 5 Questions:
    • John Sullivan (Monday was National Taco Day)
      • Hard or Soft? = Hard.
      • Sour cream or not? = Sour cream.
      • Hacienda or El Arriero? = El Arriero.
      • Hot or mild sauce? = Hot.
      • Better when you buy or when Sam does? = Sam.
  • $Optimistic $1:
    • Steve Hollar for the Lady Lancer Soccer Team still being undefeated and playing the #9 ranked Spring Harbor tonight.
    • Tim Hamman had two, one for his step son playing football and scoring 2 touchdowns. And two, his store is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and he is having a sale, buy one suit and get another one ½ off!
    • Larry Bishop brought the 4H Shooting sports trailer that our club helped buy, please go check it out after the meeting this morning.
    • Marty Becker reminded everyone that the Symphoney of Lakes will be playing Saturday at 7pm, Heros.


Scott Gabriel, President of Parkview Hospital Whitley and Parkview Warsaw presented this morning.  He shared some of the ongoing, current and future projects they are undergoing.  The Warsaw complex is projecting to be open January 21st for Patient Care.  Thank you for sharing Scott! 


  • Quote: To be a true Optimist, you must believe in you, as the most powerful words you will ever hear are the words you say to yourself.
  • Invite a Guest.
  • Clean up tables.
  • Next Week’s Program: WPD Citizens Police Academy

Have a safe and very Optimist Week!