Birthday Box Wrapping!

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On Monday, March 27th, 2017, Service Learning Students, Optimist Interns, Kate Ksobiech, Angie Alesci, Kim Adams, and Mariann Scott, a liaison of the Whitewater Food Pantry, gathered together and wrapped 21 birthday boxes for the Whitewater Food Pantry.

Check out photos from the event in our Photo Gallery, here, on our blog!

To reach our goal of 60 boxes, we plan to wrap 39 more boxes on Monday, April 10th, at 9AM in UC259A. In order to accomplish this, we need your help!! We are in need of wrapping paper, birthday box donations, and helping hands. Please join us on April 10th to finish wrapping the gifts in order to make more children’s birthday wishes come true.


Mark Your Calendars for the Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt!

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Hello Optimists!

It’s that time of year again when we will be sponsoring a fun and exciting Easter Egg Hunt at Whitewater Middle School!

See details here, on our 2017 Easter Egg Hunt Flyer. See you on Saturday, April 8th!

Keep on smiling. :)

Time to Create Birthday Boxes!

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Good afternoon, Optimists,

Make a difference in your community by DONATING BIRTHDAY BOX ITEMS!

See details on our 2017 Food Pantry Birthday Boxes Flyer!

We will be packaging the items on Monday, March 27th, at 9am in UC259 (on the Whitewater campus)! Help is appreciated!

We encourage you to share this flyer to others so that we can make a difference in as many childrens’ lives as possible.

Thank you in advance for your donations and helping hands; every effort is appreciated. :)

February 28th Evening Meeting Highlights

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At our February 28th Community Optimist Club evening meeting, we were fortunate enough to have Jeremy Lade and Christina Schwab speak about the famous wheelchair basketball program on the UW-Whitewater campus. Jeremy, nicknamed “Opi” from having red hair, is a 2005 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has competed in 3 Paralympic games. He is currently the head coach of the UW-W Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. Christina, nicknamed “Barney” for her purple wheelchair at a youth camp, is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois, and is the head coach of the UW-W Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. She has participated in 5 Paralympic games, and has even won gold metals in Athens and London. Thank you for sharing your optimistic outlooks on life and inspiring dedication to UW-W, Jeremy and Christina; we will be cheering on your teams!

Don’t miss the Men and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Championship on March 9th on the Whitewater campus! Come watch and support women play at 4pm, and men play at 6pm.

*Photos viewable in our photo gallery, above. :)

Optimist, Week 20

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Happy Sunday, Optimists,

This will be a very short note.

Thank you again to all those you helped to contribute to our Optimist Trivia Night.  We are pleased to say that we met our financial goal—raising (gross proceeds) just over $11,000.  A full report will be shared with the board on March 14, and then will be given to the full membership.  In the meantime, the Student Interns and Student Optimists will continue to work on thank you notes.

Our intern Anne is working hard at posting photos and information on FaceBook and on the web site on a regular basis.

Our intern Kayla is almost done designing the Easter Egg Hunt flyer and those will be distributed to the elementary schools in the near future.

This week’s meeting will be held on Tuesday evening from 5:00pm-6:00pm at Jessica’s.  Dave will be leading the meeting, and our guest speakers will be UW-W Wheelchair basketball coaches Jeremy “Opie” Lade and Christina Schwab.


“Just keep smiling,” everyone!

With Optimism,

Kim and Angie :)

Successful Food Pantry Delivery!

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On February 23rd, Food Pantry items collected from Trivia Night were delivered to the Whitewater Food Pantry by two of our Service Learning Students, Emma Grainger and Kelly Hanlon, and one of our Optimist Interns, Anne Zietlow. All items were accepted with gratitude. Thank you again to all who donated and showed commitment to our community!

Check out photos from the delivery in our photo gallery!

February 21st Noon Meeting Highlights

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Good Morning Optimists, here are the highlights from our February 21st Noon Meeting:

Jan Bilgen spoke on behalf of the UW-Whitewater Campus Memory Garden, which is being created in honor of Mary Beth Mackin, the previous UW-W Dean of Students and past Optimist Club president. It will be located to the east of the Greenhill Center of the Arts, and the groundbreaking is expected to take place in late spring 2017. Contributions and donations are welcome. To give online, please visit

Also, Jim McLernon, a UW-W faculty member, presented a generous $100 check to the Community Optimist Club for an upcoming sports fundraiser. We accepted this gift with much gratitude!

Finally, congratulations to Jimmy Duval for receiving the Youth of the Month Plaque! Jimmy is a junior at Whitewater High School who is involved in a variety of organizations, including the National Honors Society, Peer Mentors, FBLA, and Primetime Youth Group, as well as multiple sports. His hobbies include spending time with friends, going on mission trips, and spending time outside. After high school, he aspires to play college football, and strives “to be a positive role model to kids on and off the field.” His proud mother, Julie, and teacher, Jeff, were there to support him in receiving this honorable recognition.

Check out our “photo gallery” link above to see the pictures!

Updated Club Calendar of Events!

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Good evening Optimists,

The Club calendar of events has been updated, and now includes NEW MARCH events!

Check it out on the left side of the blog and learn when the Lakeview Elementary School Landscaping Project Planning and Birthday Box Stuffing are taking place, as well as upcoming meeting times.

It is also viewable here: 2016-17 Club Calendar of Events.

Keep on smiling. :)

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