Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 Future Dates   

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

9/25 Wed. Awards meeting

9/27 Fri. Oklahoma Sooner Marching Band 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 18, 2013


96 Optimists & 6 guests attended our meeting.  Anna Lackey was the guest of Dr. K T Kishan; Jim Lanne was the guest of Tony Ciriello; Curtis Arder was the guest of the club; Emily Bishop was the guest of Larry Bishop; & Melissa Spagnoli & Carissa Rose were the guests of Tracy Furnivall.

Door Greeters: Ron Henry and Bob Jackson.

Prayer:  Coach Jim Kessler 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:  Bob Jackson & Tony Ciriello.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with our usual results.


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Prayer Requests:

Carol Presley Ousley’s family at the passing of her mother.


Membership:  Lt. Gov. John Sullivan inducted Jeff Jones.  Judge Joe Sutton sponsored Jeff


Sheriff & Deputy of Attendance Bill Landrigan & Harry Gigous are rightly pleased with over 90 members present the last 3 weeks.    


President Tracy Furnivall announced our awards program will be next week.


Jay Tate reported over 100 kids were protected at our Safe Assured ID including our own Kellie Malclom.  Safe Assured Chairman Emeritus Fred Nieter encouraged young people to be protected.  Statistics show teens and college aged youngsters are at more risk of going missing than other people.  We are looking for a new Chairperson for Safe Assured ID.  See Jay to learn more.   


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 be Friday, 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.


Board Member Jay Tate presented Melissa Spagnoli & Carissa Rose with a check for $100 for the Greater Warsaw Area Cooperative Pre-School.


Warsaw Community High School Boys Golf Coach Ben Barkey introduced us to Ryan Cultice, Josh AhlersmeyerReid CameronBrandon EckertJacob Foster,Sawyer Stevens, & Jonny Hollar.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Sgt Major James Houvener – Army


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

Past President Dr. Charles Hollar is proud of his grandson Jonny Hollar.

Past Lt. Gov. Dr. David Haines is proud of his granddaughter Julie Frazetta.

Notre Dame fan and Past President Bob Jackson spelled like a Buckeye.

Triathlon Water Station volunteer Troy Tom was highlighted.

It was brought to David Meier’s attention that Penguin Point had a great flyer.

It was noted that Dr. Akash Jain’s wife, Dr. Neeta Jain is moving to the NEW building on the east side of Provident Dr.  She is hosting an open house Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Trace Hansen  reported Eastlake Skating Center is hosting a FREE Community Day on Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Free admission for all, skate rentasl is just $2.  There will be a Ribbon Cutting for their GRAND Re-Opening after installing their new floor.

Past President John Elliott reported even without a football game at Warsaw, the Oklahoma Sooner Marching Band the “Pride of Oklahoma” will play at Warsaw High School’s Fisher Field on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.  There are over 300 band members as they fill the football field.  In case of inclement weather they will play in the Tiger Den.  Our own Warsaw Tiger Pride Marching Band will also perform.  This FREE performance features the “Pride of Oklahoma” who will be in Warsaw on the eve of the Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame Football Game.


It was noted that Bill Landrigan’s time was valued in the paper at $21.97.  To us his time is priceless.  He does so many worthwhile things in the community.  

Bill Landrigan invited us to the Right To Life of North Central Indiana’s banquet Monday, September 23 at Grace College’s Orthopedic Capital Center.  Over 1,000 are coming so far.  The speaker is Melissa Ohden.  See Bill or for details.

Bill Landrigan reported the field of crosses will be at 7th and King’s Highway.  



In honor of Constitution Day, Fred Nieter read the following from Optibullette Editor Emeritus R Wayne Snider

Ben Franklin Proposes Prayer at the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

After independence was achieved, the Founders met for the purpose of hammering out the political principles that would guide the new nation.  On June 28, 1787, in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, one of the least religious of the Founders, Benjamin Franklin, now in his 80s, rose to his feet and made the following majestic remarks [NOTE: Lest the reader miss the fact that Franklin’s speech is thoroughly saturated with allusions to God and the Bible, such references are noted in bold and direct biblical citations are indicated in brackets]:

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights [James 1:17], to illuminate our understanding?  In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for divine protection.  Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.  And have we now forgotten that powerful friend?  Or, do we imagine we no longer need his assistance?  I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs [Acts 1:3] I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men [Daniel 4:17].  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice [Matthew 10:29], is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?  We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it” [Psalm 127:1], I firmly believe this: and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel [Genesis 11]:  We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages [Psalm 44:13-14; Jeremiah 24:9].  I therefore beg leave to move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service (1787, emp. And bracketed material added).

This speech by Benjamin Franklin would now be deemed politically incorrect and inappropriate for public schools (unless significantly “abridged”).  Even if they were admitted to the history classroom, how many American history teachers today would even recognize the multiple quotations from the Bible?

The Constitution was Completed on September 17, 1787



Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) Director Laurie Schotz gave us a virtual tour of the PAC.  Optimist Singer Director Martin Becker was instrumental in making our community aware of the need for our PAC and many of the features needed to make it most effective for our students and community.

Our PAC seats 364 in the balcony and another 632 on the main floor.  It features a Dance Studio with hardwood, sprung floor with surround sound.  Our Choir Room has a grand piano and 2 baby grand pianos.  Our Black Box seats 200 people.  Our Band Room is the largest room in the building, it seats 300 students.  The Dressing Room has room for 40 people.  The PAC is used by students all day long.

The fine arts enhance student’s academic achievement, social development, and teamwork.  The PAC reaches out to students, family, and the arts.  PAC events are coordinated with Wagon Wheel productions.  PAC does no summer nor December events, so as not to conflict with Wagon Wheel’s productions.  Wagon Wheel helps our PAC put on its MDT Music Dance Theater workshops to help students see if they want to be a performer.  Many performers make around $250 to $350 a week. 

Some of the coming events are: 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m.;

The Cinderella Files, Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.;

The Beat Club (Beatles Tribute), Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.;

The Joel Hall Dancers, Saturday, February 8 at 7 p.m.;

And The Fantasticks (SteamPunk version), Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

The tickets to the above performances are $25 per adult and $15 per student.

The Cinderella Files tickets are $19 per adult and $5 per student.

Tickets can be purchased at the PAC Box Office or by calling (574) 371-5040.


The PAC hosts the following High School events as well:

Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Choral Fall Concert

Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Variety Show – WCHS Drama Department

Nov. 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Secret Garden – WCHS Drama Department

Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. The Secret Garden – WCHS Drama Department

Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. December Choral Concert

Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Performing Arts Department Christmas Gala

Dec 12 at 7:30 p.m. Band Holiday Concert

Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Choral Classics Concert

Feb 13 at 7 p.m. One Act Plays – WCHS Drama Department

March 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. Our Town – WCHS Drama Department

March 8 TBA WCHS Winter Percussion Invitational

April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Band Showcase Concert

April 25 & 26 at 7:30 p.m. Select Theater Play

May 3 at 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT Workshop

May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Jazz Concert/Drum Enchanted Evening

May 14 at 8 p.m. Choir – Final Concert

May 15 TBA Fine Arts Festival – Tri Kappa Art Show

May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Band – Pops Concert


Our PAC is supported partially by funds from the School Corporation.  However part of the expense is paid by donations, sponsorships, and ticket sales.   Sponsorships are available starting from $500.  Call Laurie at (574) 371-5040 or email her at