Noon Meeting News – February 6, 2018 – Boys Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

“Humble Pie”

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can eat the same food every day and be thankful for it,
If you can understand why your loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you, because through no fault of yours something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics,

then my friend…
You are almost as good as your dog!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Janet Barrows Art Hung
Corey Flanders Speaker
Roseanne Flanders Speaker’s Family
Tom Flanders Speaker’s Family
Ed Goschinski Art Hung
Brydgett Lair Speaker’s Family
Joe Lair Speaker
Nick Lair Speaker’s Family
Karen McLain Speaker’s Family
Sam McLain Speaker
Michael Mershad Greg Fay
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan

Today’s Speaker

Optimist Oratorical Contest

Today we had 3 speakers instead of the usual 1.

The contest was started in 1928, which means this year, 2018, is the 90th anniversary.

We have named our contest the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest. Margaret Barclay was the committee chair of the contest for many years and a past president of our club. Margaret was a longtime teacher and the principal of Magsig Middle School.

Her husband Roy Barclay still generously sponsors the financial awards for our contestants.

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Oratorical Contest, was the master of ceremony for the three male contestants today. This year’s topic is, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?”

Speaker A, roots of optimism are academics, participation in high school theater, life’s challenges.

Speaker B, roots of optimism are family (mom, dad and Izzy the dog), faith in God, school.

Speaker C, roots of optimism are perseverance, sports, father’s perseverance to overcome a negative job situation and start a brand-new career.

All three gentlemen did a fantastic job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker C. You are welcome to go and see the next round at the library in a week.

Next week at our club will be the female contestants.


Member Birthday
Shelby DiPasquale February 06
Donald Kelley February 08
Ron Tinnerman February 11
Daniel Samiec February 12
John Horner February 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Eleanor Parker February 8 02/08/2011 7
Patricia Kuhlman February 8 02/08/2011 7
Wayne Botkin February 10 02/10/2009 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Schwartz Jesse Gaither 3rd Reading
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman 3rd Reading
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither 3rd Reading
Suzanne Werts Jayne Weikel 3rd Reading
Jonathan Werts Jayne Weikel 3rd Reading
Brent Richburg Fred Polizzi 3rd Reading
June Bosworth Julie Noeth 3rd Reading
Michael Mershad Greg Fay 2nd Reading
Ryan Coble Greg Fay 2nd Reading
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Charlie Tapp Leaving bag behind the previous week.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Dan Beck First granddaughter arrived last week.
Dan Beck Phather Phil starting to take piano lessons.
Larry Lynde New granddaughter arrived and for his daughter doing well after the emergency C-Section.
John Kalaman His wife Paula just finished her last radiation treatment.
Debe Dockins Loves that we do the oratorical contest each year.
Bill Stone Happy about Kelly’s ear surgery even though she can’t hear.
Wayne Christie Happy about visit with Gary and Gail Aiken in Hawaii and happy the recent missile alert in Hawaii was really just a test.