Faculty and Staff Involvement Fair

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It was a great pleasure to spread the word of our club to the faculty and staff at University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. We always love to see some new faces showing interest in our community involvement.

We were able to discuss some upcoming events that we have planned for the community this fall. We can’t wait to get things rolling this season.

For those of you that missed out on the involvement fair, no worries! We will be having a meeting Wednesday, September 5th at noon in the University Center, room 68. We’d love to see you there!

Gyro Stand

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A big thank you to all Optimists and friends of the Club for the time and energy given to the Gyro Stand fundraiser at the Whitewater Forth of July Festival!

Even with the unpredictable weather, we still had a successful event, raising $4,435. The money raised during the Gyro Stand helps the Optimist Club to be able to fund other events throughout the year, such as Breakfast with Santa, the Easter Egg Hunt, Youth Appreciation and Recognition Luncheons, Scholarships, Free Fishing Day, etc.

For more information about upcoming Club events, please see our Facebook page. We are confident that the funds from this event will continue to support the youth of the Whitewater community throughout the 2018-2019 year!




Whitewater, help us help Whitewater!

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The Optimist Club needs help!!! We have many work shifts at the 2018 Gyro Stand to fill but not enough available members for this year’s event.

Can you, the Whitewater public, help?

There will always be a club member at the stand to “lead the way.” If you can handle a kitchen utensil to put gyro meat, tomatoes, onions, or sauce on a pita, or wrap the pita, or take tickets and hand out made gyros, then you can help! (And we would greatly appreciate it!!)

Use this link to sign up and help us help Whitewater.


Upcoming Event: Free Fishing Day

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Happy summer! Now that we can finally enjoy the warm weather, the Whitewater Optimist Club is excited to be hosting a Free Fishing Day event this Saturday, June 2nd! The event will take place at Trippe Lake Park from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. People of all ages will be able to learn fishing skills such as how to tie a lure on a line, how to cast, and much more! Along with this event, there will also be a free hot dog cookout for everyone to enjoy. If you are experienced in fishing, we invite you to bring that experience, a positive attitude, and pole along with you! For any questions feel free to contact Al Hutchison at 920-723-4180. Hope to see you there!

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Happy spring season (despite the snow on the ground)! The Optimist Club would like to take this time to say thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 18. We had a wonderful time with the children in helping them to find Easter Eggs and introducing them to the Easter Bunny. We hope that the fun has continued with the well-deserved treats that were handed out and that we helped to welcome the spring season!

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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It’s time to kick off the spring season with the annual Easter Egg Hunt! The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club is excited to host the event on Sunday, March 18, from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Whitewater Middle School. The Easter Egg Hunt will happen rain, snow, or shine, so mark your calendars! Children of the Whitewater community, who are 5th grade and younger, don’t only get to collect Easter eggs, but they also have the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and McGruff the Crime Dog!

We encourage that they bring a basket or bag to hold all of the eggs that they find. The plastic eggs found by the children can be exchanged for a small bag of treats. Some of the Easter eggs are “Special”, and can be traded in for a larger basket of treats.

For more detailed information, please see the Easter Egg Hunt 2018 Press Release for reference.

We look forward to seeing you!

Trivia Night is Almost Here!

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The UW-Whitewater/Community Optimist Club and the UW-Whitewater Student Optimist Club are excited to be hosting the 5th Annual Optimist Trivia Night on Friday, February 16, starting at 6pm in the Hamilton Room of the University Center. We hope you will be willing to help promote the event, take photos of the activities, and/or possibly put together a team to attend the evening’s festivities. We are aiming for 31 teams again this year, and all proceeds that we raise will be invested in youth projects in our community. Please read the 2018 Trivia Night Press Release for more detailed information.  It’s hard to believe that this is already our 5th annual event!  Hope to see you there.

Successful Optimist Holiday Activities

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During our meeting on December 13, 2017, we discussed the successes of Breakfast with Santa–which included serving 760 participants, in addition to 40-50 volunteers. An anonymous donor paid for all of the children’s meals at the event, and additional donations were collected at the door.

The Mitten Tree was also presented to representatives from the Whitewater Unified School District. This year, the Mitten Tree had a special donation from an anonymous donor, who found out about the Mitten Tree a year ago. She made a commitment to carefully hand knit 38 unique items for children. She was determined to contribute to the community as a way of giving back from what she experienced as a child.  She was once a child who did not have a hat and mittens of her own.  The Mitten Tree also received 600 items from the UW-Whitewater University Center staff and students, as well as from local businesses, Club members, and participants at Breakfast with Santa.

Lastly, Club co-presidents Dave and Janay presented a $1,000 check to representatives of the Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD).  The donation was allocated for the WUSD Family Emergency Fund.  Pupil Services Coordinator Lanora Heim gave a brief recap of how some of the funds are used for families and how they work hard to stretch the money as far as they can. The need is great, and their team is grateful for the significant contribution.


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