Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Future Dates   

10/16 Wed. JROTC Major Fred Josellis & Master Sergeant Mark Whitford

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

2/19/14 Wed. Student of the Week

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


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

President Everett Nifong led our meeting.


93 Optimists & 3 guests attended our meeting.  Robert Lee was the guest of Kevin Weaver; Brenda Hiner was the guest of Jim Bricker; & Ian Wihebrink was the guest of Joel Wihebrink.

Door Greeters: Don Reinholt & Merl Heckaman.

Prayer:  Ron Donkers 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:  Denny Andrews & Alan Grossnickle.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our usual 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 Brenda Edling’s & Robert Lee’s applications.  Lt. Gov. John Sullivan inducted Jim Layne.  Rob EdlingKevin Weaver, & Tony Ciriello sponsored BrendaRobert, & Jim.


Attendance Chairman Don Kenipe has distributed Attendance Make-Up Activities sheets.  Please fill out and turn in these sheets to Don.  Please put your name on them.


President Everett Nifong announced the next Board meeting is Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Office.


Camille Kerlin & Chad Goon announced our Octagon Club is taking orders for their Pumpkin Project.  They will donate the profit to Riley Children’s Hospital. They will set-up and take-down an outdoor autumn display at your home or business.  For $75 they will set up a display of pumpkins, gourds, 2 straw bales & corn stalks.  Cost includes removal, if desired.  To order contact any Octagon Club member or call Ot Schroeder at 269-2020.


Bill Landrigan reported the Penguin Point / Optimist Big Wheel Race had 63 kids compete.  He thanked those who volunteered.  He reported the father of this year’s boy’s winner won 25 years ago.


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.  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.


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.


Jay Tate is looking for someone to take over as chairperson of Safe Assured ID.  People who have done Safe Assured will line up the new chairperson.


President Everett Nifong read nice notes from Jean Sandy and Sharon Tuttle thanking us for our donations to our scholarship fund in honor of Bob Sandy andRichard Tuttle.


Board Member Chris Wiggins presented Scott Erba a $150 check for the ribbons for the Elementary Cross Country Run.


Treasurer Andrew Swihart presented Tracie Hodson a $500 check for Beaman Home’s Children’s Activities.


Trina Hoy invited us to the Taste & Trade Expo Friday and Saturday, October 11 & 12 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace.  Admission is $3.  It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


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

Non-Profit professionals were recognized.

The Clevenger & Swihart families were recognized for Family History Month.

With Ian Wihebrink here and Grandpa Wihebrink in the news, the Wihebrink family was recognized for Family History Month.

IU Football fans are celebrating.

Our ladies were honored for the National Day of the Lady.

It was good to see Henry Church.

Kelsi Griffith was honored for sitting at a new table.

Max Mock was noted that he was sitting in the same exact spot as always.  (The chairs are rotated.)

It was noted that Jane Wear did not clap during “Hail to Optimism.”

Jason Zaugg announced MedStat is opening a Syracuse location October 31st.  There is a grand opening with tours from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th.  The location is 107 W Pickwick, Syracuse.

It was noted that we have members of the firm, “You Stab ‘Em, We Slab ‘Em.”  We will not name names.

Ed Nordstrom was caught in a picture with a yellow Lions vest on.

We decided that Laurie Schotz is not old enough to have been in business for 30 years.  Maybe she is counting the time she was a preschooler with a paper route. 

We are proud of our own Jane Wear and Rick Kerlin who went with the Warsaw/Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce delegation to talk to our National Leaders in Washington.

Bill Landrigan is proud of the Sacred Heart Girls Volleyball team for winning the Warsaw Tournament.

It was noted that in the news story about Past Wisconsin State Senator Dr. Pam Galloway there was no mention of Optimist.

Past Gov. Ron Donkers led us in applause for Past Wisconsin State Senator Dr. Pam Galloway’s work helping Wisconsin go from $3 billion in the red to $1 billion in the black!  She also sponsored the concealed carry law for Wisconsin!  Ron (Sven) has a warm spot in his heart for Wisconsin, since it is what prevents his beloved Mint-a-sota from sliding into Lake Michigan.

Past President John Elliott showed us a picture taken when he was kidnapped by the Sooners.  We think he actually enjoyed their company as the Sooners beat Notre Dame.   





Warsaw Community High School Student Council Sponsors Betsy Sudhoff & Phil Call introduced us to:  Freshman President Cole Hoskins, Sophomore President Aarshia Jain, Junior President Blake Schritter, Senior President Melissa Sanchez, and  student body Representatives Leanna Chan and Evan Miller.

The Freshmen put on a canned food drive and work with the Sophomores on the Snow Ball that is for underclassmen.

The Sophomores organize the community service Blitz and work with the Freshmen on the Snow Ball.

The Juniors raise money at the Basketball concession stand and organize the Prom with help from the Sophomores and Freshmen.

The Seniors raise money through candy sales for Riley Children’s Hospital, organize the Senior Semi-Formal, and work on the Graduation activities.

The Student Body Representatives work on the Presidential Council, Executive Council, Climate, Leadership Mornings, Homecoming, Riley Marathon Dance & Week, & Committees for:  Spirit, Entertainment, Grant, Service, & Student Faculty.