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Shawano Optimist Club and the Shawano Community High School recognized the top of the top at the 37th annual Scholastic awards banquet.

The Shawano Optimist Club was so proud to honor 144 students at our 37th annual Scholastic Awards Banquet on March 7 2023. It was a beautiful event and a joy to host!

We are grateful to our community sponsors, Taher Inc and the Shawano Food Service Staff, Twigs for providing Sundrop soda for the students and families, Hannah Hoffman/Cyndi Pavelski for their assistance preparing for the event, Kurt Krizan for his inspirational speech to the students and to all the Optimist workers who supported and assisted at the banquet.

Congratulations Students for your achievements! We are all proud to support your academic excellence and hold optimistic hope for your future success!


Shawano School District Superintendent Kurt Krizan

Above The Four Year Award Winners–Congratulations Students

Congratulations to all the students we are proud of you!!!

Special Thanks to

Jenn Koss for taking all the photos they are great!!!

You will be asked for an email address to view the gallery and a pin code that was in the Optimist Scholastic Banquet Program to download photos





Congratulations to the Shawano Black Boys basketball teams for taking first at the Shawano Optimist Boys Basketball Tournament.

Thank You for Participating and hope to see you back next year in 2024!!



Shawano Optimist Club installs 10 new members

Bottom row L to R are: Kristine Rankin, Sydney Schreiber, Dalton Parson, Shane Stange, Wendy Rabideau, Cynthia Pavelski,
Top Row L to R are: Heidi Cartwright, William Traber, Kurt Krizan, Thomas DeChant. 




Shawano Optimist Clubs Installs New Officers



October 6, 2022

Shawano Optimists Install New Officers, Present Annual Awards

The Shawano Optimist Club recently held its annual installation and awards meeting where officers and directors were installed and awards presented.

WINUM Zone 5 Lieutenant Governor Dan O’Leary installed the officers and directors for the 2022-2023 year. O’Leary told the Shawano Optimists that the Optimist International President has chosen the theme “Choose Optimism” for this year and the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Governor has chosen the theme “Let Optimism Bloom.” “You should be very proud of your club and what it has accomplished. I’ve always heard great things about what your club is doing for the youth of the Shawano area. Keep up the great work,” O’Leary said.

New Officers and Directors

Installed as officers for the 2022-2023 year were: President-Jen Schroeder; Vice President-Fund Raising- Jim Liesner; Vice President-Youth Activities-Robyn Shingler; Secretary-Gail Moesch; Treasurer-Dawn Knope and immediate past president-Troy Edwards. The new directors installed were Dan Mauel, Greg Parker, Jeanne Cronce, Maddie Priest and Lorine Raddant.

Incoming president Jen Schroeder said, “I have always enjoyed seeing fellow Optimist members at club events and the energy new members bring to our club. I am excited about the upcoming year and am honored to work beside my fellow members as we look for new ways to reach the youth of our community. I totally believe in the Optimist mission. We do small things with great love … and those little things become big things.”

Life Member and Optimist of the Year Awards

The Shawano Optimists annually present a life membership in Optimist International to a deserving member and name an Optimist of the Year. This year, for only the second time in the club’s history, one person, Robyn Shingler, received both awards. In presenting the awards, Jen Schroeder and Gail Moesch said, “Robyn is a true Optimist. She has a myriad of talents, does more than is what asked of her and exudes Optimism at all times. She finds the good in people and always goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

Perfect Attendance Awards

Each year, the Shawano Optimist members who achieve a certain level of attendance at club meetings, fund-raisers and service projects are given a perfect attendance award. Heading the list again this year is Jim Leuenberger, who has achieved 45 years of perfect attendance. Others receiving awards for perfect attendance were Axel Rehder-2 years; Jeanne Cronce-3 years; Brian Morstad and Robyn Shingler-4 years; Jen Schroeder and Jim Liesner-5 years; Dan Mauel and Lorine Raddant-6 years; Dawn Knope-9 years; Troy Edwards-14 years; Ryan Alexander-15 years; Michael Sleeper-22 years; Gail Moesch-23 years and Jim Black-24 years.

The Shawano Optimists meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:45 a.m. at Farm Inn’ On Main in downtown Shawano. Anyone wishing to learn about joining the club can contact President Jen Schroeder at or any Optimist member.


Photo Captions (Photos by Jim Leuenberger)

Photo 1

2022-2023 Shawano Optimist Club Officers and Directors

Seated from left, Robyn Shingler, Jim Liesner, Jen Schroeder, Dawn Knope, and Gail Moesch. Standing from left, Maddie Priest, Jeanne Cronce, Dan Mauel, Greg Parker, Troy Edwards and Lorine Raddant


Photo 2

Optimist of the Year and Life Member Award recipient

Robyn Shingler was named Optimist of the Year and also received a Life Member award in Optimist International. At left is Troy Edwards, who was the Shawano Optimist President for 2021-2022, and at right, Dan O’Leary, WINUM Zone 5 Lieutenant Governor.


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