Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 Future Dates   

9/14 Sat. Safe Assured ID at Family Safety Day

9/18 Wed. Laurie Schotz / WCHS PAC

9/18 Wed. Boys Golf / Ben Barkey

9/23 Mon. Right to Life Banquet / Bill Landrigan

9/27 Fri. Oklahoma Sooner Marching Band at Warsaw Wawasee Football game at Warsaw

10/2 Wed. Amanda Lopez / Foster Parenting

10/2 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Football / Phil Jensen

10/4 Fri. Big Wheel Race at First Friday Downtown

10/9 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Student Council

10/9 Wed. Boys Soccer / Scott Bauer

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. Eisenhower Robotics Club

11/1 Fri. Spooktakular

11/3 Sun. Optimist Singers / Millers Merry Manor

11/6 Wed. Optimist Singers Veterans Day

11/13 Wed. Girl Scouts / Leslie Augustyniak

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

2/12/14 Wed.  No Morning Program because of Valentines Banquet

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, September 11, 2013


92 Optimists & 8 guests attended our meeting.  Matthew Palladino was the guest of Matt Boren; Anna Burke was the guest of Kelsi Griffith; Brenda Edling was the guest of Rob Edling; Brenda Hiner was the guest of Jim Bricker, Anna Lackey was the guest of Dr. K T Kishan; Rebecca Bazzoni was the guest of Angie Tom; Kristine Paton was the guest of George Payton; Robert Lee was the guest of Kevin Weaver.

Door Greeters:  Bill Katip and Fred Nieter. 

Prayer:  Merl Heckaman led us in prayer after leading us in singing Oh How I Love Jesus.

Pledge was given to the American flag. 

Promise yourself was said in unison.

Martin Becker led us in singing Hail to Optimism

Birthday Honorees:  Luke Becknell, Rich Haddad, Ken Anderson, & Rob Edling.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our usual results.

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Prayer Requests:

Richard Tuttle’s family at his passing.

Mary Ellen Jordan’s family at her passing. 

Bob Sandy’s family at his passing.


Membership:  President Tracy Furnivall read Jeff Jones application. JudgeJoe Sutton sponsored Jeff


Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan & Harry Gigous are rightly pleased with the 91 members present the last 2 weeks.   


We donated $1500 to our scholarship fund in honor of Bob SandyWilliam Bartol, & Richard Tuttle


Tracy Horrell reported over 200 kids participated in Art in the Park last Saturday.


We are missing 2 big Optimist Banners.  Please look in your garage to see if it is there.


Director Martin Becker reported our Optimist Singers will sing at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3 at Miller’s Merry Manor.


Trina Hoy reported that our Spooktakular will be Friday, November 1 as part of First Friday.   


Dave Meier reported the Penguin Point / Optimist Big Wheel Race will beFriday, October 4 as part of First Friday.  Help is needed.  Set up is at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.  The races start at 7:30 p.m. The location will be on Center Street between the Courthouse & the city parking lot.


Luke Becknell reported another successful “2 Bourbon & Back” Cycling for Cystic Fibrosis last Saturday.  He reported that Mike Cusick participated.  


Chairman Jay Tate is passing around a sign-up sheet for our Safe Assured ID at the Family Safety Day, Saturday, September 14 at Center Lake Park. Shifts are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Safe Assured ID is a child ID kit on a disc that includes the child’s picture, video, voice, and fingerprints.  It can be digitally sent from any police station to anywhere in the country.  Past Co-Chairman Dot Nieter taught us to always tell the parents to tape it to the inside of their kitchen cabinet door.  If a child goes missing in Orlando, the parents can call the Warsaw Police to break into their home and get the disc. The data can be sent to Orlando and being digital it can be on the Orlando TV stations within minutes of the disc being recovered in Warsaw.  We are looking for a new Chairperson for Safe Assured ID.  SeeJay to learn more.    


Vice President Angie Tom presented a $250 check to Rebecca Bazzoni fromJacob’s Ladder for blinds to help control the temperature in their 2nd floor.


Lt. Gov. John Sullivan presented a $700 check to Anna Burke fromKosciusko Lakes & Streams & Grace College to help introduce kids to nature.


Warsaw Community High School Girls Cross Country Coach Scott Erbaintroduced us to Aletheia BurrittCourtney EtchisonClaire Hickerson,Madeline HooksEllie BearssLauren BrownAlexis HimesEmma Lemon,Kendra PatonHannah Thompson, & Alexis Winters.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   2nd Lt Evan Bradley – Army


Sergeants-at-Arms:  John Elliott & Everett Nifong entertained us.

It was noted that twins, Bill Katip & Fred Nieter were our greeters.

We wondered if our missing banners might be in the trunk of one of Art Gakstatter’s cars.  He will take a day and open them all up to see.

Grace has record enrollment thanks to Alan Grossnickle’s business classes.

Alan Lucht went to camp with 2 girls for every boy.  However it was 50 years ago & he did not appreciate it.

Trace Hansen noted there was a big skating event in Fort Wayne last week.

Now that Past Lt. Gov. Ot Schroeder has fewer kids at Purdue, he can afford more advertising.

Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines forked over some of his Windham winnings.

It was noted that Rich Haddad has the enviable job of having people come to him with money to give away to great causes.  Past President John Elliottspotted this.  How did he know how to recognize Rich’s situation?

Bill Katip is proud of Grace’s expanded Clinical Regulatory Affairs expanded offerings, including Certification, Bachelors, and Masters that were designed for & by the Orthopedic Industry.

Ann Sweet enjoyed taking her granddaughter to see the Lake City Skiers.   

Luke Becknell’s boys are taking the old man up in a plane, so he can jump out.  At least he will not get arrested.  However the big news is Luke is getting married to Michelle Ehner.

Josh Gordon assured us that everything will stay the same at Tower after the merger with Old National Bank.  Past President John Elliott reminded us that is what he heard when National City came to town.  We will hope that Old National knows the value of what they got and leave it alone.

As we heard a week ago, Warsaw and the Big Ten towns (except Columbus, Ohio) are all in the 100 smartest cities.  One of the proofs was when President Tracy Furnivall invented new words.  Creativity runs in Warsaw. Tracy being a Notre Dame fan was presented by Past President John Elliottwith the opportunity to spell ND’s nickname on his own whiteboard from his office that was smuggled into our meeting.  To our surprise Tracy spelled it the same way it is spelled in Columbus.  The punch line was when Past President John Elliott & President Elect Everett Nifong flipped it over to a picture of the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign at the bottom of stairs. They attached the word “Spell” over the word “Play.”  The font and colors were a dead ringer for the original sign.  It looked like that is the sign they have been touching before every game.

President Tracy Furnivall commended Warsaw Schools administrators, teachers, and students, for Jacob Brock’s 30 yard run at the Lakeview – Edgewood football game.

Fred Nieter reported that September 17 is Constitution Day.  Next week Fredwill read something Optibullette Editor Emeritus R Wayne Snider sent us.

Past President John Elliott reported even without a football game at Warsaw, the Oklahoma Sooner Marching Band will play at Warsaw around 7:30 p.m. There are over 300 band members as the fill the football field.

Bill Landrigan invited us to the Right To Life of North Central Indiana’s banquet Monday, September 23.  The speaker is Melissa Ohden.  See Bill for details.  



Warsaw Community Schools Athletic Director Dave Anson reported on a tremendously successful 2012 – 2013 school year.  The Tiger boys teams captured the Northern Lakes Conference All-Sports trophy for the third consecutive year, and the girls teams combined for a close second.

Of the 20 athletic teams, the Tigers won 12 sectional titles, five regional crowns, and one semi-state title.  Two teams (Boys Cross Country and Boys Track and Field) turned in the best finish in school history by tacking 4th and 5th respectively in their state championship meets.

Seven of the eight fall teams either captured an NLC title or a post-season championship, with the lone team that went without a title playing for an NLC crown on the final game of the regular season.  Boys soccer finished state-runner up and the boys cross country program notched a Top-Four finish for the first time in school history.  Celebrations continued in the winter, with a girls basketball squad that electrified the community on its run to the Final Four, and a last minute buzzer beater for boys basketball, dethroning one of the top teams in the state en route to a sectional crown.  Four of the six winter teams claimed either the NLC or a post-season crown.  There was no letdown in the spring with four of the six teams claiming either an NLC or post-season title, highlighted by the boys Track and Field squad’s 5th place performance at the state finals.

While the accolades poured in for their performances in completion, Tiger athletics represented WCHS and the community with first class sportsmanship and character, performed remarkably well in the classroom by achieving Grade Point Averages much higher than students that did not compete in athletics, and each team enriched the lives of others in the community through service opportunities.