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Congratulations to our very own Jim Leuenberger


 In case you have not heard, club member Jim Leuenberger was honored as the “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce at their annual banquet last week.  He was recognized for work on the Barn Quilt Project, his volunteer work with 4-H photography, and his service with the Optimist Club among other things.  Jim gave a wonderful acceptance speech and mentioned how part of our club’s creed “…to wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile…” has personally inspired him in his interactions with others.  Thank you Jim for everything you do for our community and congratulations on this honor!

Shawano Optimist Annual Christmas Movie

Thank You to the many who attended the annual event, thank you to Ashley and the crew at the Shawano Cinema and Thank you to the members of the Shawano Optimist Club who gave up a part of their Saturday to take in cans of non perishable food for SAFPARC in Shawano

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Shawano Optimist Club announces winner of the Packer Raffle

The Shawano Optimist Club held their drawing for the annual Packer Raffle. Angie Bistoff Owner of Angie’s Main Cafe where the club meets twice per month assisted with the drawing. Out of the 500 tickets available the winner drawn was Jim Krueger.

Jim won two tickets to the Green Bay Packer game on December 13th against the Dallas Cowboys. Jim will be seated on the 45 yard line in the 33rd row in Section 119. Congratulations Jim and thanks for supporting the Shawano Optimist Club and Supporting the youth we serve.




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Shawano Optimist Announce dates for Annual Basketball Tournament

Shawano Optimist Club is preparing for their annual Basketball Tournament and once again this year the event will be a well oiled machine with Optimist Members, Fans, Coaches and of course the kids learning and honing their skills. If you go to the events tab you can download the actual letter that many of the schools and coaches receive and if your team wants to be a part of this awesome event just follow the instructions on the Announcement Letter and we will see you in January or February which ever team you decide to put on the floor.

Thank You for your participation in our events


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Shawano Optimists Install New Officers; Present Annual Awards


Shawano, Wisconsin (October 8, 2015)… The Shawano Optimist Club recently celebrated its 39th anniversary, holding its annual installation and awards banquet, during which officers and directors for the coming year were installed and special awards presented. Troy Edwards, who has been a member of the club for the past nine years and has served as a director, vice president and president, and has participated in nearly every club project and fund raiser, was named Shawano Optimist of the Year. And for her continued efforts on behalf of the club, Diane Lohff received a life membership in Optimist International.


Outgoing President Kay Bloomer thanked the club members for their support during her presidency. “It has been a joy and an honor to represent our club at various functions throughout the year to present awards,” Bloomer said, “such as the Shawano Community Foundation Youth volunteer award and high school scholarships. And of course, our scholastic awards banquet, which is one of the best programs in all of Optimist International. I look forward to continuing to support our club and all its great community service projects.”


Officers and directors were installed by WINUM District Lieutenant Governor Dan O’Leary of the Howard-Suamico Optimist Club. They were: President-Doug Erdman; First Vice President-Gail Moesch; Second Vice President-Gary Cumberland; Secretary-Dawn Knope; Treasurer-Barb Schmid; Immediate Past President-Kay Bloomer; and directors, Greg Parker, Jim Leuenberger, Ryan Koenig, Tom Bjelland, Troy Edwards and Diane Lohff. O’Leary urged the Shawano Optimists to make it their goal to be an Honor Club and work to get more new members. He announced that the theme for Optimist International this year is “Dream Big and Make it Happen.”


Receiving awards for perfect attendance at club meetings during the 2014-2015 Optimist year were: Jim Leuenberger-38 years; Todd Raether-21 years; Michael Sleeper and Jim Black-17 years; Gail Moesch-16 years; Barb Schmid-15 years; Ron Schmalz-13 years; Troy Edwards-9 years; Ryan Alexander- 8 years; Diane Lohff- 6 years; Kay Bloomer and Gary Cumberland-4 years; Dawn Knope-2 years and Ryan Koenig-1 year.


Incoming President Doug Erdman thanked Shawano Optimist members for their confidence in him and said he is looking forward to a great year for the club. “You are a great group and we have accomplished a lot,” he said. In outlining his goals for the coming Optimist year, Erdman said, “I want to get all members more involved in our member meetings, fund raisers and community service projects. It’s all about keeping the ship sailing straight ahead and gaining new members.”


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, the Mountain Bay Run, a Rose Day fund raiser, a Scholastic Awards Banquet, which has been recognized by Optimist International as one of the top service projects in the nation, 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 more than 30 different organizations.


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

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2015-2016 Shawano Optimist Club Officers and Directors

Seated from left, Secretary Dawn Knope, First Vice President Gail Moesch, President Doug Erdman, and Treasurer Barb Schmid. Standing from left, director Jim Leuenberger, Immediate Past President Kay Bloomer and directors Ryan Koenig, Diane Lohff, Troy Edwards and Greg Parker. Not pictured are directors Second Vice President Gary Cumberland and director Tom Bjelland.

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Receiving the Shawano Optimist Club’s top awards for the 2014-2015 Optimist Year were Diane Lohff, left, who received a life membership in Optimist International and at right, Troy Edwards, who was named Shawano Optimist of the Year.

(Photos by Jim and Irene Leuenberger)



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Shawano Optimist Club

P.O. Box 412

Shawano, WI 54166


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