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Shawano Optimist Clubs Installs New Officers



October 6, 2021


Troy Edwards Elected President of Shawano Optimist Club


The Shawano Optimist Club recently held its 45th annual installation and awards ceremony, during which officers and directors for the coming year were installed and special awards presented. 

Judy Goodchild, Chairman of Leadership Development for the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan region of Optimist International, installed the new officers and directors for the 2021-2022 Optimist year. In addition to Edwards as President, others installed were: Axel Rehder, Vice President-Fund Raising; Robyn Shingler, Vice President-Youth Activities; Gail Moesch, Secretary; Dawn Knope-Treasurer; and directors, Brian Morstad, Lorine Raddant, Jeanne Cronce, Dan Mauel, Greg Parker and Jim Liesner.

Following the installation, Goodchild announced that the theme for the coming year is: “Optimism…pass it on.” She added that members should enjoy their year, have fun, and always follow the Optimist creed.

Special Awards

The Shawano Optimists annually name an Optimist of the Year. In presenting the award to this year’s recipient Gail Moesch, Greg Parker said, “Gail has always been dedicated to keeping accurate records and this year, presented two new activities that turned out to be very successful. One was a three-on-three soccer tournament and the other was a fund raiser in which people could purchase game cards that gave them a chance to win cash depending on the scores of each week’s NFL games.

The club also presents a member with a life membership in Optimist International. In presenting the award, Dan Mauel said, “This year’s recipient, Jen Schroeder, exudes optimism and our mission of serving our community’s youth.”


Honored for perfect attendance at club meetings and events during the 2020-2021 Optimist year were: Jim Leuenberger-44 years; Jim Black-23 years; Gail Moesch-22 years; Michael Sleeper-21 years; Ron Schmalz and Steve Peterson-17 years; Ryan Alexander-14 years; Troy Edwards-13 years; Greg Parker and Dawn Knope-8 years; Dan Mauel-5 years; Jim Liesner and Bob Hannes-4 years; Robyn Shingler and Brian Morstad-3 years; Jeanne Cronce-2 years and Axel Rehder-I year.


The Shawano Optimist Club has been serving the Shawano area since 1976. Annual youth projects include a bike rodeo, Christmas movies for kids, Respect for Law activities, boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments, a Rose Day fund raiser, a Scholastic Awards Banquet, as well as basketball and football skills competitions. The funds the Shawano Optimists raise each year are all returned to the Shawano community to support youth activities and more than 30 different organizations.

For information on becoming a member of the Shawano Optimist Club, contact President Troy Edwards or any Shawano Optimist Club member.



Photo Captions:

Optimist 1 (Photo by Jim Leuenberger)

2021-2022 Shawano Optimist Club Officers and Directors

Standing from left, Judy Goodchild, WINUM Chairman of Leadership Activities, Troy Edwards, Robyn Shingler, Lorine Raddant, Jeanne Cronce, Dawn Knope, Axel Rehder, Gail Moesch, Dan Mauel, Jim Liesner, Brian Morstad and Greg Parker.

Optimist 2 (Photo by Jim Leuenberger)

Receiving the Shawano Optimist Club’s top awards for the 2020-2021 Optimist Year were, at left, Gail Moesch, who was named Optimist of the Year, and Jen Schroeder, who received a life membership in Optimist International.



For more information, contact Jim Leuenberger at 920-217-0755 or


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