Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

Upcoming Programs:


5-Thrivent Financial/Cheryl Avery

12-Just Serve/Tressa Nichols

19-LifeTouch Ministries/Stefanie Essick

26-Ghost Tours/Greg Steffe


2-Beaman Home/Tabatha Gabbard

9-Veterans Day Program/Optimist Singers

16-Trine University/Alli Finch

23-Cake Auction

30-John Sullivan’s Musical Talents


7-Big Brothers Big Sisters/Kate O’Connor

14-Polywood/Sharon Doan

21-Christmas Carols/Optimist Singers

28-White Elephant Auction


President, Trace Hansen, called our meeting to order at @ 7:00am.

Invocation by:  Ron Henry.

Greeters:     Rick Swam.

100 Members & Guests:       

  1. Chris Mahan-guest of Brooke Hamstra.
  2. Joey Hickerson-guest of Joel Wihebrink.
  3. Dana Lawrence-guest and daughter of Charlie Hollar.
  4. Matthew Townsend-guest of Travis McConnell.
  5. Stu Wysong-guest of John Elliot

Birthdays:  Mitch Goon, Noel Hoke and Dave Turner.  Happy Birthday!


Pam Galloway and conducted:

   2nd Reading for:

  • Matthew Townsend-sponsored by Travis McConnell.

   3rd Reading for:

  • Chris Mahan-sponsored by Brooke Hamstra.

Everett Nifong inducted:

  • Stu Wyson who was sponsored by John Elliott.  Welcome to the club Stu!

Program:  Trace Hansen presented the President’s Program this morning.  He recognized and thanked all the members who help make our club great! Ron Donkers swore in our new Officers and Board Members.  There was a candle lit in honor of our brother and friend, Tony Elliott, during the meeting that was extinguished by Art Gakstatter who sponsored him.  Please read the following that Trace posted to our club website:  From our Outgoing President 

August Member of the Month:  Brian Brauchla.  Congratulations!

September Member of the Month:  Rick Swam.  Way to go!

Committee Reports/Announcements:

  • Gina Voelz announced that Art In The Park was a huge success and recognized all the members who helped volunteer!
  • Jen Kerns announced that the YAP Clothing Drive ends today, please drop off your professional clothes to the Chamber!
  • Optimist Singers will be performing on Thursday, September 29th at the MOCC at 7pm along with about 1,000 performers to celebrate the Bicentennial.

Check Presentation:  Andy Swihart, Doug Baumgardner, Michele Bickel, Brooke Hamstra and Trina Hoy presented a check in the amount of $26,305 which represents the total amount of grants given out to the Youth in our Community this past year.

CEO Report:  Jen Kerns announced Gina Voelz this week.

50/50:   Kris Farwell won this week and donated it all back to club!  What a guy!

Sergeants-at-arms:  Joel Wihebrink, Robert Bishop and Tim Hamman entertained us.


  1. Next Week:  Thrivent Financial/Cheryl Avery.
  2. Thank You Guests & Members.
  3. Clean your tables.

Quote: “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying.  What you can do is calm yourself, the storm will pass.”  “When you focus on problems, you will have more problems.  When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.”   -Unknown.

Trace Hansen passed the gavel to Tony Ciriello, our new Optimist President, who closed the meeting.

Thanks and have an Optimist Week!