September 2017 Optimizer

The Optimizer
September 2017Menomonee Falls Optimist Club


—- September Meeting schedule —-

All meetings are at 7:15 am at the Community Center except as noted.September 6Jennifer Tarcin, MFHS Health Care AcademySeptember 13Dr Pat Greco, Superintendent of MFSDSeptember 20Students of the MonthMonday September 25Installation Banquet, Trysting PlaceSeptember 27No meeting due to Installation Banquet on Monday

—- Message from the President —-

President’s Thoughts for September 2017

It has come time for me to reflect on my year as your Club President. I wish to thank you all for your support and assistance this past year. One of my goals when I started my term was to get more members involved with our many activities and committees. I have seen numerous people step up and take leadership roles. My thanks to all of you for your help and assistance. I feel privileged to lead our Club, and want to thank all of the work that previous leaders, committee chairs, and “Worker Bees” have invested to establish our Club’s strength.

My wish is that you continue your involvement.  Should you feel you are not ready to head a committee or activity, I would like you to select some area that interests you, and just help. Become a “Team Helper”. You will realize great rewards and personal growth.

“When you stop growing you start dying.”

~ William S. Burroughs

Godfather of the “Beat Generation”

Let us all continue to grow Our Club in support to the youth of our community and Club membership. My challenge to you is that you should find and recruit a new Club team member to be your successor, co-helper, and Club friend.

As you do this, you will help ensure our Club’s ability to serve our youth into the future.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,

Don Gorzek

Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls President 2016-17

—– 2017-18 Optimist Club Dues —–

It is time to renew your membership in the Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls. Dues must be paid by September 15, 2017. Rates and payment options are below. If you decide that you will not be renewing your membership, please contact Cathy Sharkey at to let me know.


  • $30 Under 30: $30
  • Single Membership: $90
  • Couples Membership: $160
  • Life Membership: Separate Invoice will be sent


Visit the club website here: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link that takes you to a secure pay site.

Remit checks to:
P.O. Box 671
Menomonee Falls, WI 53052-0671


Cathy Sharkey

—- Chairperson Needed for Leaf Raking for Seniors —-

Leaf Raking for seniors will not happen this year if we do not have someone to oversee this noble event. All of the resources and information are in place for someone to implement the event.

Contact Don Gorzek or Matt Goihl (414-588-1694 or, now if you want this activity to continue.

Please step up and help.

Don Gorzek

—- Upcoming Events —-

  • Mon. Sept. 11: Packer tailgate at Village Bowl
  • Fri. Sept. 15: Dues are due for 2017-2018 membership year
  • Mon. Sept. 18: Installation banquet reservations due
  • Wed. Sept. 20: Pre-event meeting for Holiday Drop and Shop
  • Wed. Sept. 20: Tri-Star Soccer
  • Mon. Sept. 25: Installation Banquet at Trysting Place
  • Sat. Dec. 2: Holiday Drop and Shop


Packer Raffle

As we go to press there are still quite a few unsold tickets left for this year Packers Raffle to be held on Monday, Sept. 11 at Village Bowl. Since expenses have already been met, it means that every unsold ticket at this point costs us $100 in lost profit.  Anyone that thinks they may have a buyer should contact their team captain, or Dan Schwind at Town Bank or me by phone or mail.

Let’s not let this be the only year in the last decade or so when we don’t sell out our allotted number of tickets!

Ed Schlumpf


Tri-Star Soccer Contest


The 3rd Annual Tri-Star Soccer contest will be held on Wednesday, September 20, from 6:00 to 7:30, at the MFHS varsity or jv soccer field.

We need approximately 12 volunteers from 5:45 to 7:30. If you can only help out a portion of that time, that will work too.

We need folks for registration, radar gun and timers. Please contact Jerry Mislang at 262-352-2571 or Any help will be greatly appreciated!


Jerry Mislang


Installation Dinner

Mark your calendar for this year’s Installation Dinner, Monday September 25, 5:45pm (starts at 6:15pm-dinner at 6:30pm) at the Trysting Place!!

Not only will we be recognizing a job well done the past year & bringing in new officers for 2017/2018 but many new members will be inducted into the club this night, as well!!

  • Ed & Bonnie Veth – sponsored by Don Gorzek
  • Shannon Kurtz – sponsored by Cathy Sharkey
  • Stephen McCullough – sponsored by Shannon Kurtz
  • Shannon Dederich – sponsored by Jeanine Dederich
  • Elizabeth Streubel – sponsored by Don Gorzek

$30 per person due by September 18

Payable by check to Optimist Club or you can register and pay with credit card ONLINE

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Lynette Shepherd


Holiday Drop & Shop

The 7th Annual Parent Holiday Drop & Shop will be held on Saturday, December 2nd which will be here soon enough.  There will be a Pre-Event Instructional/Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 pm.  This meeting will be held at the American Legion Post #382 in the basement bar.  The American Legion post is located on Main St & Church St (next to Hanson’s Soft Water, Pete’s Headliners and across the street from Nino’s Bakery).  The meeting should last no more than an hour.

If you are not able to attend this meeting but are still interested in helping out, please contact Dawn Mariscal by email or by phone/text to (262)442-4952.

All club members are welcome to attend this meeting even if you just want to hear about it and find out if it’s something you’d like to be involved with.

Dawn Mariscal


—- Executive Board —-

Night Meeting Update

105 members participated in the survey regarding continuation of night meetings.

The results are as follows:

  • Strongly Agree – 41
  • Agree – 25
  • Neutral – 16
  • Disagree – 12
  • Strongly Disagree – 11

Due to the overwhelming response in favor of continuing the night meetings, Carol Schulteis has generously offered to work with the Speakers Committee to schedule venues and speakers starting with the October night meeting.  Thank you CAROL!!!

The night meetings will remain the first Wed of the month, except for months that have other evening events (Installation Dinner, Christmas Party, Golf Outing, Membership Drive Meeting, Independence Day Parade, Member Picnic)

Lynette Shepherd


Board Meeting Minutes

Board Briefings – August 15, 2017

President Don Gorzek led the Board meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Meeting synopsis is as follows:

Donation requests:

  • No requests this month

Treasurer’s report:

  • Jim Foster reported taxes have been filed; Larry Podolske presented statement of accounts to date and noted July and August are historically less revenue months; coming up will be Packer Kraz raffle ending in August and Packer raffle in September.

Committee Reports and Budgets:

  • August 2 member picnic expenses were lower than past year at $515
  • Discussion on July 3rd parade committee follow-up meeting and budget.  An analysis on 2016 and 2017 was presented to the Board by Larry Podolske.  Steve Fleming is asked to follow-up with the MF parade committee and our affiliation with them; he will report back at September Board meeting.  The parade committee needs more volunteers – please let Steve Fleming know of your interest.

Unfinished Business / Informational Items:

  • Magic Show: Letter has been sent to fundraising group to terminate; there will be no magic show this year or going forward
  • Future of Evening Meetings: Vote sent to membership resulted in 70% in favor of continuing night meetings. Carol Schulteis will move forward and coordinate night meetings with the speakers committee

New Business:

  • New members will be inducted at September 25 installation banquet
  • Mark your calendars to attend the Monday, September 25 installation banquet at Trysting Place Pub.  Details to follow.

The Board meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 a.m.  Members include:

  • Don Gorzek, President
  • Lynette Shepherd, 1st Vice President
  • Jeanine Dederich, 2nd Vice President
  • Larry Podolske, Treasurer
  • Ted Klumb, Past President
  • Dan Schwind, Past Presidents Council
  • Board Members: Sue Carney, Tom Dueppen, Len Kimmel, Chris O’Reilly, Todd Paulus, Rose Schwartz

Jeanine Dederich


Membership News

We would like to formally welcome Shannon Dederich (sponsored by Jeanine Dederich) and Elizabeth Streubel (sponsored by Don Gorzek) as the newest members of our wonderful club!!!

We look forward to seeing you at the meetings, participating in events and especially, at your induction, Monday, September 25 at the Installation Banquet at the Trysting Place!!


The Membership Committee


Rose Schwartz Lt. Governor of SWIS District

Photo by Don Gorzek

Rose Schwartz of the MF Optimist Club was elected to serve as a Lt. Governor in the Southern Wisconsin District for 2017-18. Congratulations Rose!


—- This Month in Club History —

September, 1974 (43 years ago) – Ed Vogt is named the club’s first “Optimist of the Year.”  Courtesy of the 40 Year History Program


—- Past Events —- 

Club Picnic

Photos by Don Gorzek

A GREAT time was had by all!!   Our Optimist Club Picnic was a funfilled, relaxing, and a memorable event. A special thanks to Dan and Lynette Shepherd, our gracious hosts.  The setting was beautiful and the facility made the coordination of the event effortless.  Big thanks go out to all of the workers, Bob and Chris O’Reilly, Barb Schmit, Kim Wenzel, Larry Hebbring, Linda Zylka, and of course my fabulous sidekick chef, Charlie Keller.  The food, beverages, and setting, seemed to please all.

Please consider putting this event on your calendar for sometime next August 2018.  It’s a great day to share stories, laugh, and be proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past year.

I wish you health, happiness, and a whole lot of optimism. See ya next year.

Marcia Hebbring


John Taylor Park Rededication

The park in memory of John S. Taylor was rededicated on August 6. Officer Taylor was a Menomonee Falls police officer killed in the line of duty. The Optimist club donated one of the flag poles.

Photo by Don Gorzek





Wheeling for Healing

Optimist popcorn was served to the Wheeling for Healing participants on August 12.

Ann Freudenthal and Linda Christman with Good Shepherd Church team





Jim and Cathy Hazzard with Erin and Molly Dederich






Optimist Club Meeting Photos

Photos by Don Gorzek

August 9th meeting
UWM Women’s Head Basketball Coach Kyle Rechlicz








August 9th meeting
Pat Baldwin, new UWM Boy’s Basketball Head Coach








August 16th meeting
MF 2018 DYW Our Distinguished Young Woman winner Priyanka Ramanathan recapped her experiences at the State Program.







August 16th meeting
MFHS football team





August 16th meeting
Dan Lutz, MFHS football head coach









August 23rd meeting
Josh Zaidel, current Gov of the SWIS District. He has served the SWIS District as Lt. Gov and also District Treasurer.  As a member of the Milwaukee Club, his optimist journey started as a student member of the Whitewater Optimist Club.






—- JOOI Club —

The Junior Optimist Club board had a great time working the popcorn wagon as a team this summer.  Although we took a little break over the summer months, we have met and are ready to swing back into action this school year.  We are excited to continue some of the events that have become tradition at MFHS over the last couple of years and to start a few new projects that are unique to this board.  We think we can make this the best year yet!

Alison Leon


—- Thank You Notes —-
The club received thank you notes from the following:

  • Food Pantry
  • Maddy Grzesiak – Scholarship
  • Lauren Baumhardt – Scholarship


—- Next Newsletter Deadline —- 

Articles for the October newsletter are due September 29. Please email your articles to Jerry

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