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Shawano Optimists Install New Officers; Present Awards

The Shawano Optimist Club recently held its 43rd annual installation and awards banquet, during which officers and directors for the coming year were installed and special awards presented.

Outgoing President Dan Mauel welcomed club members and guests to the banquet and thanked the members for their support during his presidency this past year. “Hard work by all members made it a great year as far as our club serving the youth of our area,” Mauel said. “Although I had hoped to increase our membership, we maintained a group of 45 members, all of whom believe in our goals and worked hard to accomplish them.”

Dawn Clark, one of the clubs newer members, was named Optimist of the Year. Clark has served as club secretary the past two years and has participated in nearly every club project and fund raiser. She also helped increase awareness for the club and its activities through social media. For his continued efforts on behalf of the club, including serving as vice president in charge of fund raising, Jim Liesner received a life membership in Optimist International.

Officers and directors installed by WINUM District Governor Dan O’Leary, were: President-Jennifer Schroeder; Vice President (fund-raising)-Jim Leisner; Vice President (events)-Robyn Shingler; Secretary-Gail Moesch; Treasurer-Dawn Knope; Immediate Past President-Dan Mauel; and directors, Greg Parker, Troy Edwards, Lorine Raddant, Michael Johnston, Brian Morstad, and Axel Rehder.

O’Leary congratulated the Shawano Optimists on the great work they are doing for the youth of the Shawano area. He urged them to work to be an Honor Club and to increase membership. “It’s just as important to retain current members as it is to get new members,” he said. O’Leary said his theme for the district this year is “Kaleidoscope.” “By that I mean, as we start a new century of Optimism, embrace the new ideas and changes and celebrate them. Join me in the kaleidoscope of change.”

Honored for perfect attendance at club meetings and events during the 2018-2019 Optimist year were: Jim Leuenberger-44 years; Todd Raether – 27; Michael Sleeper – 23; Jim Black-22; Gail Moesch-21; Barb Schmid-23; Ron Schmalz-18; Gary Cumberland – 17; Steve Peterson – 23; Ryan Alexander-12; Doug Erdman-12; Diane Lohff- 11; Kay Bloomer and Greg Parker -8; Dawn Knope, Bob Hannes and Lorine Raddant -6; Jennifer Schroeder and Dan Mauel – 3; Michael Johnston, Jim Liesner and Dawn Clark – 2 years, and Brian Lovelien, Robyn Shingler and Jeanne Cronce – 1 year.

Incoming President Jennifer Schroeder said, “Thank you for this opportunity to serve the children of our community in a new way as president. It is so rewarding to see the talents you bring and the hard work you do to positively impact our children. I’m proud of the village we uphold and wrap around our youth through our own independent work and our work joined with community partners. Our impact is positive and powerful and lasting.”

“As my nest began to empty, I looked for a way to fill up the spare time I thought I would have,” Schroeder added. “Being able to use my energy to serve children was what I felt called to do and I wanted that service to be impactful. As I looked at the Optimist club, its creed really resonated with me. The Optimist dedication to serve ALL children in our community spoke to my heart. And I joined.”

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, 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 youth activities and more than 30 different organizations.

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




Photo Captions:


Optimist 1 (Photo by Jim Leuenberger)


2019-2020 Shawano Optimist Club Officers and Directors

Seated from left, Jim Liesner, Vice President for fund raising, Robyn Shingler, Vice President for events, President Jennifer Schroeder, Outgoing president Dan Mauel, Treasurer Dawn Knope and Secretary Gail Moesch. Standing from left, directors Troy Edwards, Greg Parker, Lorine Raddant, Michael Johnston and Brian Morstad. Not pictured is director Axel Rehder.


Optimist 2 (Photo by Jim Leuenberger)

Receiving the Shawano Optimist Club’s top awards for the 2018-2019 Optimist Year were, at right, Dawn Clark, who was named Optimist of the Year, and Jim Liesner, who received a life membership in Optimist International. At left is Dan Mauel, outgoing president.


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



Shawano Optimist Tri Star Basketball Winners

Congratulations to the Boys Winners 

8 year old 

Levi Mead

Brooks Ludwig

9 year old

Bennett Aumann

Gabe Tonn

10 year old

Noah Gretzinger

Kiernan Sheldon

11 year old

Evan Anderson

Brayden Mead

12 year old

Crew Weisnicht

Anderson Schmidt

13 year old

Andrew Van Den Heuvel

Tristan Sheldon

Congratulations to the Winners (Girls)

8 year old:
1st – London Bowman
2nd – Bristol Carpenter
9 year old:
1st – Cylee Wegner
2nd – Bella Tupper
10 year old:
1st – Lauren Seehafer
2nd – Dani Carroll
11 year old:
1st – Jacey Cowden
2nd – Anna Dreier
12 year old:
1st – Darcie Erdmann
2nd – Desirae Erdmann
13 year old:
No participants
Right now Shawano Optimist Club is selling Roses….. $20 per dozen, due date is November 13th and delivery is November 20th. This is one of the big fundraisers for the organization, won’t you please help?? Contact any Optimist member!!!!!
Thank You


Shawano Optimist Tri Star Football Winners

Optimist Tri-Star Football (boys 1st line then girls 2nd line).

Age 8

1st           Brooks Ludwig,             2nd               Levi Mead

1st           Electa Sommers


Age 9

1st           Marcus Thomas,               2nd          D’Andre Gast

1st           JozlynBrocker                    2nd          Zoe Sipple


Age 10

1st           Enrique Pahl                       2nd          Wyatt Bieber

1st           Dani Carroll                         2nd          Olivia Winslow


Age 11

1st           Henry Pleshek                   2nd          Joey Doperalski

1st           Jacey Cowden


Age 12

1st           Crew Weisnicht                                2nd          Logan Sipple

1st           Trinity Popelka                  2nd          Rachael Carroll


Age 13

1st           Parker Beyer                      2nd          Boden Hanauer


Pictures of the event in our Events Pages


Shawano Optimist Club Keeps on giving back to the Community

Kathy Dailie, Coordinator of the local Sweet Dreams Foster Child program, and Diane Lohff, Shawano Optimist member, buy supplies to put care packages together for children who enter the foster care program. Thanks Ladies! & Thanks Optimists!




Contact Information

Shawano Optimist Club

P.O. Box 412

Shawano, WI 54166

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