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Shawano Optimist Club Installs Seven new members


May 19, 2016

Shawano Optimists Welcome Seven New Members

The Shawano Optimist Club, which has served youth and many organizations in the Shawano area for 40 years, has added seven new members following a recent membership drive. Longtime Optimist member Jim Leuenberger conducted the installation of the new members at a recent club meeting, telling the new members that “being a member of the Shawano Optimist Club will provide great opportunities for you to return service to your community. We invite you to share your talents and resources by serving on club committees and working on service and fund-raising projects.”

The seven new members are:

Daniel Mauel, a Lieutenant and 26-year member of the Shawano Police Department.

Kriss Kimmer, who has lived in the Shawano community for the past 10 years.

James Lonick, an investment and financial planner with Prudential. Jim and his wife, Debbie, have three children, Abigail-26, Jay-25 and Adrianna-22. Jim is currently serving as a Deacon at Sacred Heart Church in Shawano.

Michael Johnston works at State Farm Insurance in Shawano as co-owner and office manager with his wife Idell. They have two sons, Grant-21 and Will-19. Born in California, Michael and Idell have lived in Shawano for nine years.

Jennifer Schroeder is a physical therapist at Thedacare Medical Center-Shawano, a position she has held for 13 years. She is married to Randy and has two sons, Zack-19 and Seth-16. She has lived in the Shawano community for 17 years.

Bradley Rabideau is a Lieutenant with the Shawano Police Department. He has been in the department for 17 years. He and his wife, Wendy, have four children, Kaitlyn-23, Andrews-21, Madelyn-17 and Abigail-12.

Michael Musloff is a Lieutenant with the Shawano Police Department. He has been in the department for 16 years. Born in Antigo, he has lived in the Shawano area for the past 21 years. He has two children, Alyson-17 and Mikah-13.

For more information on the Shawano Optimist Club, go to the club’s website at or contact club president Doug Erdman at


Photo Caption

The seven newest members of the Shawano Optimist Club are, seated, from left, Kriss Kimmer, Michael Johnston and Jennifer Schroeder. Standing from left, Brad Rabideau, Michael Musloff, Dan Mauel and James Lonick.




Bike Rodeo deemed a success for Shawano Optimist Club

The Shawano Optimist Bike Rodeo was held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Zion Lutheran Church parking lot.  We had 82 boys and girls participate in the event.  Children from Kindergarten – Grade 6 were eligible to participate.  Each child received a free bike helmet, a free bike license from the City Police Department, and was eligible to sign up for 2 free bikes and several other prizes.

Participants had a bike maintenance check to be sure the bike is safe to ride.  In addition the boys and girls got to show off their bike skills by Balancing at a slow speed, Coasting, Straight line riding, Figure 8 riding, Weaving, and Stopping on a line.   Scores for each event were awarded and trophies for given to the top three boys and girls in their age group.  In addition, an overall Grand Prize winner was awarded.  The winners were:

Kindergarten & Under

Girls                                                        Boys

1st place    Grace Bubolz                                        Teagan Harkey

2nd place   Brooklyn Wright                                  Bennett Aumann

3rd place     Elizabeth Behnke                                Ben Schindler


Grade 1-2

1st place           Lily Bubolz                                           Sam Schindler

2nd place         Danielle Carroll                                   Hunter Colon

3rd place          Madisyn Skalitzky                              Aden Steinbring


Grade 3-4

1st place            Makenna Bubolz                             Donavan Steinbring

2nd place           Rachael Carroll                               Derek Minch

3rd place           Rose Cavanaugh                              Crew Weisnicht


Grade 5-6

1st place           Sarah Carroll                                    Ashton Brugger

2nd place          Alexia Powell                                   Alexander Paque

3rd place          Elise Pyatskowit                             Chase Christenson


Grand prize winner was Kadyn Graf with a perfect score.


2016 Optimist Bike Rodeo winners



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Winners of the 2016 Shawano Optimist Club bike rodeo were: front row, from left, Brooklyn Wright, Aden Steinbring, Elizabeth Behnke, Rachael Carroll, Teagan Harkey, Madisyn Skalitsky, Bennett Aumann, Ashton Brugger, Makenna Bubolz, Grace Bubolz and Lily Bubolz.

Back row, from left, Donavan Steinbring, Hunter Colon, Rose Cavanaugh, Sarah Carroll, Crew Weisnicht, Chase Christenson, Alex Paque, Derek Minch and Alexia Powell.



Respect_for_Law-low-resThe Shawano Optimist Club celebrated Respect for Law week with a Steak Fry and Award Ceremony for two officers. Shawano Police Department recognized Shane Stange and the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department recognized Bill Uelman. Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl made the presentation and told everyone in attendance why he chose Stange to be the officer of the year and the main reason was his activity with the kids and the community from young to old. Deputy Justin Hoffman stepped in for Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber and told everyone in attendance why Bill Uelman was chosen to be the recipient and once again it was his activities in the community and also his activity with the kids in the Bonduel Community.


Pictured from Left to Right Shawano Police Officer Shane Stange, Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl and Shawano Optimist President Doug Erdman



Pictured from left to right Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Hoffman, Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Uelman and Shawano Optimist President Doug Erdman


Tri Star Basketball Regionals

Congratulations to the children who participated in the Regional for the Optimist Tri Star Basketball Competition.


Congratulations to Maddy Weinig who finished 3rd for 9 year old Girls


Congratulations to Eli Passehl who finished 3rd for 9 year old boys

IMG_0535 Congratulations to Blake Hartman finished 2nd for 10 year old Boys



Congratulations to Morgan Weinig who finished 1st for 13 year old girls.

Others who made the trip did not make the Top 6, Maybe next year.

Mountain Bay Run is coming

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Shawano Optimist Club

P.O. Box 412

Shawano, WI 54166


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