Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Future Dates   

9/6 Fri. Optgimist Singers / First Friday

9/7 Sat. Art in the Park

9/11 Wed. Dave Anson / Athletic Director WCHS

9/11 Wed. Warsaw Community High School Girls Cross Country / Scott Erba

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 4, 2013

President Elect Everett Nifong led our meeting.


91 Optimists & 5 guests attended our meeting.  Mike Bergen, Tim Dombrosky, and Staci Young were the guests of Akash Jain; Matthew Palladino was the guest of Matt Boren; and Chad Pletcher was the guest of Nick King.

Door Greeters:  Ron Chambers and George Brennan. 

Prayer:  Bill Landrigan 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:  Joel Wihebrink and Everett Nifong.  Martin Becker led us in the birthday song with various speeds.

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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.

Larry Bishop’s recovery from ankle surgery.


Membership:  Past President Jeff Owens read Jeff Jones application. Judge Joe Sutton sponsored Jeff


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


We collected today for our scholarship fund in honor of Richard Tuttle


Tracy Horrell reported Art in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 7.


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

Martin Becker also invited us to hear our Optimist Singers at 6:30 p.m. at First Friday, September 6.


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.


Luke Becknell announced “2 Bourbon & Back” Cycling for Cystic Fibrosis is Saturday, September 7.  $18 entry fee.  Family entry fee (Parents, Children) $45.  There is a 2 p.m. ride to either Etna Green or Bourbon & back.  The rides are from 27 to 39.5 miles.  There is also the 3:30 p.m. race that is 29 miles.  


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 3 p.m.  Past Chairman Fred Nieter recommended that new members stop by to see how the operation works.   


Warsaw Community High School Boys Cross Country Coach Jim Mills introduced us to his seniors:  Aaron HallerNick BergenEvan HansenEllis CoonTyler HouvenerRyan GoonCurtis RiderEthan Cook, & Eric Jagger.  This has been the best year for Warsaw Cross Country.  They came in 4th of over 400 teams.


Video Editor Jim Hayes showed us a video of a fast recovery middle school band cymbal player.

Jim also showed us a State Farm Rube Goldberg commercial that showed what could happen to you and your stuff.


Please pray for our Troops and Families:   Daniel Hagan – Army


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

Indiana Superintendent of the Year Dr. Craig Hintz covered Jim Hayes videos: Rube Goldberg video for the Washington STEM Academy and Patriotic cymbal player for our ROTC program.

Trustee Rob Edling was noted in the paper for both his advertising and his great job with the Franklin Cemetery.

Principal Troy Akers is glad Glenn Miller’s band is coming.

Andy Swihart and George Brennan were noticed in the paper.

Chris Wiggins covered for Lake City Bank’s story placement in the paper.

It was noted that every police department in the area will be helping at a sobriety checkpoint.

Nick King was found to be supporting the new Dog Park.

Dr. Charles Hollar was accused of lowering his prices.

Dr. Steve Hollar paid for his friend the Tooth Fairy’s inflation.

Max Mock’s level head helps his clients to invest better.

John Teevan noticed that we are wearing our badges regularly, just not our own badges.  
Trace Hansen wishes his dad, Bruce, would have not taken retirement lessons from Bill Landrigan.  Bruce is serving in a school for the second time since he retired.

Fred Nieter is glad he sold his house.

Bill Katip is happy that Grace has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the Midwest.

Ed Nordstrom thanked those who stopped by his garage sale.  He says there is no an echo in his garage.

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 or for details.  





Assistant City Planner Tim Dombrosky & Park Department Activities Director Staci Young told us about our Greenways.  We have 3 great Greenways on the outskirts of Warsaw / Winona Lake.  The connections are starting to come together.  In order to connect them, we have to use non-Greenway areas.

The Ride Walk Warsaw Winona Lake collaboration, between Warsaw, Winona Lake, runners, walkers, bicyclists, Park Department, Planners Office, Police has helped with the best real life solutions.   

Some of the solutions are bike lanes and education of both vehicle drivers and bicyclists.  We all need to follow the rules of the road.  A great new resource is a map that has our streets color coded with bicycle suitability from the results of an algorithm.

The Bicycle + Pedestrian Master Plan is progressing.  Smith Street, West Center Street, and McKinley Street are all done.  Market Street is coming.  An exciting new addition will be the Krebs Trailhead Park.  It will have restrooms, a bicycle repair station, and even a historic Interurban Rails section.   

Warsaw / Winona Lake has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.  Our Fat and Skinny Tire Festival is a premier event in the Midwest.