December 2015 | Volume 43, No. 3

From the President…

Greetings Optimist Friends,

We are blessed with so many members who are hard workers, with a joyful heart. I wish to thank everyone for being a member of our club and your contributions to our community.

Thank you, committee chairs and board members. It is always a pleasure to work with you. This 2015-2016 board is really committed to continually improving an already exceptional club. We will have some exciting news to deliver in 2016.

We end this year grateful for what we have, and what we have done. Let us look forward with joy and enthusiasm to all that we will accomplish in the coming year.

Let us continually pray for our country, families, members, those who serve us, and those we serve. We will be forever grateful and faithful to our God. And may our God bless you all.



Chili Dinner…

The Optimist Annual Chili Dinner will be on Friday, January 22, 2016 this year.  Please mark your calendars. It is held at the Menomonee Falls High School cafeteria from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The cost is $6.50 per adult and kids under 4 are free. Tickets will be available in the cafeteria on the night of the event.  Kirsten Sperl will have signup sheets circulating soon.  The boys will be playing Brookfield Central that evening.

This is a big money maker for our club, and we are asking all members to try to sell 8 tickets if possible. You can pick up your tickets at the meetings to save our club postage, or they will be mailed to you soon.

Questions can be directed to the Chili Dinner Chairperson, Kirsten Sperl @ 262-844-7984 (cell).


Welcome New Members…

Alice Barbeln sponsored by Lynette Shepherd

Jim Kirchberger sponsored by Ed Schlumpf and Tammy and Bobby Pintor

Andy Schmelzer sponsored by Ted Klumb

Becky Weber sponsored by Kay Weber


Holiday Drop and Shop…

The 5th Annual Optimist Parent Holiday Drop and Shop is now in the history book. Where do I even begin? My sincere heartfelt thanks goes out to my wonderful Optimist family for taking time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for this event that puts smiles on all the little children who give us a reason and purpose to do this. The crew – Gloria Behr, Jan Chapman Barbera, Marcia A Hebbring, Linda Kons, Jean Christian, Steve Fleming, Deb Mattson, Ann Freudenthal, Christine Pogas O’Reilly, Corrine Reiter, Larry Hebbring, Cory Kleeba, Joe Reiter, Bob Wenzel, Gary Pollpeter, Terri Wagner, Jim Dieter, Carl Trapp. Greg Mattson, Tom Ciskoski, Sue Steliga, Genevieve Bridget OKeefe, Laurie Pollpeter, Meg Latus, Linda Christman, Carrie Wolter, Linda Gutmann Zylka, Kathy Matthiessen, Kirsten Sperl, Larry Barbera, Larry Wegner, Morgan Price, Kathy Walkner, Kathie Jensen, Kathy Kiepert, Don Eisenhauer, Alice Barbeln, Nancy Schopf, Randy Schopf, Al Matthiessen, Barb Mosely, Megan Sheridan, Tom Walkner, Faith VanderHorst,  Diane Matuszak and Bob & Shirley Mattson.

To the outstanding staff of the Menomonee Falls Community Ed & Rec Department your commitment of support goes above and beyond expectations. …Thank you, thank you, thank you.

To the Menomonee Falls High School Student Council, FBLA, Distinguished Young Women Participants, Junior Optimists and additional student volunteers you were all so amazing. Keep up the great work of giving back to your community.

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Photos by Don Gorzek


Merry Christmas Everyone!

Dawn Mariscal


Be sure to visit the club website at and our Facebook page.


December Speakers…

December 9th   Matt Carran – Community Development Director for the Village

December 16th  Student of the Month and school group

December 23rd Ed and Mary Schlumpf – The Holy Land 

December 30th…No Meeting



Upcoming Events… 

January 22nd…Chili Dinner

January 30th…Trivia Contest

February 24th…Oratorical Contest

March 19th…Distinguished Young Women


See attached flyers for the Marcus Center Events and Trivia Contest.


Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Opportunities Keep On Coming…

Attention all Optimist and your friends and family.   Included in this Newsletter is the Flyer for the PAC Broadway shows for 2016.  NEWSIES, on January 8th is a marvelous Tony- awarded musical.  BUY TICKETS FOR A SHOW AS A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS.  PAC – Broadway tickets make great, ORIGINAL Christmas presents, for the person with too many hankies.  Just Call John Barnes or Keri Hough; it doesn’t get any easier than that.”



A Little Something from JJ Selland…

Here are some thought-provoking pictures from JJ that you might enjoy.

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Deep thoughts:

Answering machine message: “I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”


Aspire to inspire before you expire.


My wife and I had words, but I didn’t get to use mine.


Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.


Blessed are those who can give without remembering
and take without forgetting.


The irony of life is that,
by the time you’re old enough to know your way around, you’re not going anywhere.


God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.


Every morning is the dawn of a new error.


The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
“With all of the hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, terrible flooding, as well as severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take
God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”


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