Kay Bloomer presenting a $1000 check to Linda Gilbert, Foundation Director of the Shawano Medical Center Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2014
Shawano Optimists Install New Officers; Name Alexander Optimist of the Year and Erdman Life Member Recipient
Shawano, Wisconsin (November 5, 2014)… The Shawano Optimist Club recently celebrated its 38th anniversary, holding its annual installation and awards banquet, during which officers and directors for the coming year were installed and special awards presented. Named Shawano Optimist member of the year was Ryan Alexander. And receiving a life membership in Optimist International for his continued efforts on behalf of the club was longtime member Doug Erdman. Outgoing President Diane Lohff 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,” Lohff 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.” Officers and directors installed by WINUM District Lieutenant Governor Tony Yaggie were: President-Kay Bloomer; First Vice President-Doug Erdman; Second Vice President-Gail Moesch; Secretary-Dawn Knope; Treasurer-Barb Schmid; Immediate Past President-Diane Lohff; and directors, Greg Parker, Jim Black, Gary Cumberland, Jim Leuenberger, Todd Raether and Ryan Koenig. Yaggie was very complimentary of all the great youth projects the Shawano Optimists conduct throughout the year. Receiving awards for perfect attendance at club meetings during the 2013-2014 Optimist year were: Jim Leuenberger-37 years; Todd Raether-20 years; Michael Sleeper and Jim Black-16 years; Gail Moesch-15 years; Barb Schmid-14 years; Ron Schmalz-12 years; Troy Edwards-8 years; Ryan Alexander- 7 years; Diane Lohff- 5 years; Kay Bloomer and Gary Cumberland-3 years; and Axel Rehder and Dawn Knope-1 year. Incoming President Kay Bloomer praised Diane Lohff for her leadership as President during the past year and said she is looking forward to a great year for the club. In outlining her goals for the coming Optimist year, Bloomer said, “I want to encourage all members to participate in as many fund raisers and community service projects as they can so we can increase our club’s sponsorships and reach more young people in our area. I am determined to work closely with our board and all our members to reach and even exceed our goals.” 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 Kay Bloomer at All Seasons Repair or any Optimist Club member.
Shawano Optimist Club
P.O. Box 412
Shawano, WI 54166