Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Future Dates   

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 25, 2013


87 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting.  Anna Lackey was the guest of Dr. K T Kishan; Jim Lanne was the guest of Tony Ciriello; Brenda Edling was the guest of Rob Edling; Brenda Hiner was the guest of Jim Bricker; & Chad Miner was the guest of Sam Whitaker.

Door Greeters: George Paton & Jim Kessler.

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


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Prayer Requests:

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

Phil Jensen’s family at the passing of his brother.

Jim Nesbitt’s recovery from gallbladder surgery.


Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens read Jim Lanne’s, Anna Lackey’s, & Brenda Edling’s applications.  Tonny Ciriello, Dr. KT Kishan, & Rob Edling sponsored Jim,Anna, & Brenda.


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


Visitation Chairman Ron Chambers reported on the visit to our Noon Optimist Club last Monday. 


Octagon Chairman Ot Schroeder announced our Octagon Club will be taking orders for their Pumpkin Project.  They will set-up and take-down an outdoor autumn display at your home or business.  They will donate the profit to another charity.


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.


Art Gakstatter reported that our Spooktakular will be Friday, November 1 as part of First Friday.  Sign-up sheets will come next week. 


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


Harry Gigous announced we will be rotating Cub Scout groups who bring cakes to our pre-Thanksgiving Cake Auction.


Tech Chairman Jim Hayes recognized Website Chairman Jeff Owens for his work rebuilding our website


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

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.

Chief Scott Whitaker was asked to identify a line-up of Past President Bob Jackson, Past President Ron HenryBill Katip, and Fred Nieter.  The trick was they were facing the wall.

Grace President Bill Katip was discovered to be at the Notre Dame game last Saturday.  He missed the Grace game at Huntington.

At Monday’s Right to Life Banquet, Past President John Elliott noted that after the pledge of allegiance, Dr. Pam Galloway and President Tracy Furnivall started to say Promise yourself …   President Elect Everett Nifong noted the banquet and speaker were excellent.

Past Gov. Ron Donkers commended Laurie Schotz for bringing the Glenn Miller Orchestra to the PAC.  He said it was great.

Rich Haddad is celebrating his daughter’s wedding.  The youngsters are in Ecuador.

John Burtoft’s father is 94 years old.  John was remembering a time in his youth, when John was walking in the countryside with his father.  They were looking down into a holler at a haystack that had a pole sticking out of it.  His dad said let’s each throw a stone at the pole in the hay.  John thought it would be a feat to just hit the haystack. John missed the haystack.  His dad then threw a stone that not only got there, not only hit the pole, but landed on the top of the pole and skipped off.  With that his dad calmly said, well let’s go home.  It was a different time.  It was before everything is about us.

Our Sergeants have enjoyed this past year.  As they reminisced it was noted that the 4th one was AWOL. 

One of our Sergeants was rebuked for criticizing Visitation Chairman Ron Chambers for counting our member Chad Zaucha as part of our official visit to the Noon Club. Chad was the Noon Club’s program.

Past President John Elliott started to quiz us on some Biblical humor.  After a few questions, people started to bang their tables and chant, “We want Fred.”   “We want Fred.”  With that President Tracy Furnivall gonged out Elliott on a low note.

So you can judge if these questions are truly something Fred would say we have included them here:

Q: What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?

A: Ruthless


Q: What do they call pastors in Germany?

A: German Shepherds


Q: Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?

A: Noah, He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.


Q: Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?

A: Pharaoh’s daughter.  She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a Little prophet.


Q: What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?

A: Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury.  David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land.  Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.


Q: Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

A: Samson.  He brought the house down.


Q: What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?

A: Your mother ate us out of house and home.


Q: Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?

A: Moses.  He broke all 10 Commandments at once.


Q: Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?

A: The area around Jordan.  The banks were always overflowing.


Q: Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?

A: David.  He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.


Q: Which Bible character had no parents?

A: Joshua, son of Nun.


Q: Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark?

A: Because Noah was standing on the deck.


Q: Which sex was responsible for making coffee?

A: He-brews.





President Tracy Furnivall presided over our Awards Meeting.

We have many hard working chairpersons of our many activities.  We are donating $50 for each of the following people to our scholarship fund.  We have many other deserving chairpersons, also.  The $1,000 to our scholarship fund is in honor of:

Tracy Horrell             Art-in-the-Park / Student of the Week

Don Kenipe              Attendance

Ron Chambers         Club Visitation

Bart Templeton         Door Greeters

Everett Nifong          Golf Outing

Jeff Owens                Oratorical Contest / Website/ Membership

Trina Hoy                   Photography

Jay Tate                     Safe Assured ID

Merl Heckaman        Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Jane Wear                 Santa House

Kevin Weaver           Scholarships

Art Gakstatter            Spring Break Skate

John Elliott                Spring Car Show

Ron Donkers                        Triathlon

Chris Wiggins           Tri-Star Basketball

Ot Schroeder                        JOOI – Octagon Club

Martin Becker           Optimist Singers

Craig Nayrocker       Optibullette

Bill Landrigan           Optimist Sheriffs

Jim Hayes                 Tech Guy / Directory / plus more and more


President Tracy recognized out outgoing members of our Board of Directors:

Bob Jackson             Board

Angie Tom                 Vice President and Board

Jay Tate                     Board

Jim Kessler               Board


President Tracy recognized outgoing Secretary and Board member, Sandy Engleberth for several years of service.

President Tracy recognized outgoing Treasurer and Board member, Jennifer Dorman.  Jennifer has been our treasurer since October 2002!

President Tracy recognized our Rookie of the Year, Akash Jain.  Akash has really taken to organizing our programs.  We are scheduled out all the way to March!  Akash also founded our Team of the Week!  We gave Akash a well-deserved standing ovation.

President Tracy recognized our Optimist of the Year, Mary Ellen Rudisel Jordan.  We gave Mary Ellen’s mother, Mary Ann Gradeless a standing ovation.  Mary Ellen was our club President in the 2005/2006 year.  She served as Lt. Governor in our 2006/2007 year.  She chaired our Triathlon Registration team for the last 8 years.  For several years prior to that, she chaired our Triathlon Water Stations.  Mary Ellen lived her life every day by the values of the Optimist Creed.

Incoming President Everett Nifong presented outgoing President Tracy Furnivall an award for outstanding leadership.  This has been a great year.