September 2018 Optimizer

The Optimizer

September 2018
Menomonee Falls Optimist Club

In this issue

  • September Meeting Schedule
  • President’s Thoughts
  • Up-coming Activities and Events
    • Calendar
    • Awards and Installation Banquet
    • New Membership Meeting
    • Tristar Soccer
    • Leaf Raking
    • Theater Social Gathering for Zone 1
    • Football Crazr Raffle
  • Executive Board
    • Board Briefings
  • Optimist After Five
  • Past Events
    • Optimist Meeting Photos
    • Picnic Photos
  • This Month in Club History
  • Excerpts From Thank You Notes
  • How to Publish Optimist News
  • Patio Players Presents Miss Holmes
  • BBQ Tailgate at Hamilton High School

—- September Meeting schedule —-

All meetings are at 7:15 am at the Community Center except as noted.

  • September 5 Making his first ever “State of the School District” presentation to our club will be MFSD Superintendent Corey Golla. This a great way to kick off the 2018-2019 school year!
  • September 12 Joining us will be one of our July 3 Parade participants Erik Bilstad of News radio 620 WTMJ. His multiple responsibilities at 620 include News Anchor, Reporter and Executive Producer. Erik is also a Menomonee Falls resident. We’d like to thank Steve Fleming for this
  • September 19 They’re Baaaaack! The first group of 2018-2019. STUDENTS OF THE MONTH will be honored by our club. In addition to recognizing these outstanding students, it’s an opportunity to meet their principals, presenters and parents.
  • September 26 No morning meeting. Installation and Awards Banquet. See article below.


—- President’s Thoughts —-

Wow!!  I can NOT believe that this is my LAST newsletter article to the club! This year has flown by!! and it was awesome!!  Just like everyone said it would be!

The thing I am most happy about this past year is the formation of our wonderful sub-club – Optimist After 5!!  What a great group and what a fantastic format they have adopted to have fun, socialize, fund raise and all to support us!!  the “parent club” – and help us grow!!

It was the support and encouragement of all the members, the commitment and dedication of all the committee chairs & volunteers and having an awesome board, especially, my right hand girl and YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT, Jeanine Dederich, that made it such a great year!!  but let’s save all that fun stuff for the Installation Banquet and talk about August!!

We started out the month with a wonderful member picnic at Shepherd’s Waters!!!  Even a little rain didn’t interfere with our Optimistic attitudes and party!!  Fun was had by all!!   Thanks to Marcia and her committee for planning the party!!

The speakers committee did an awesome job scheduling speakers while we were waiting for the kids to get back to school and grace us with their presence, once again!  The popcorn wagon was a success, of course, the Football Crazr tickets and let’s not forget the Famous Packer Raffle!!  All such important parts of our club.  Thank you to all who participate and make these work!!

I am a blessed girl to have had the opportunity not only to be a member of this club, participate in the activities but mostly to have had the opportunity to work with so many of you that I would not have had, if I had not been President this last year.

I look forward to what the next year, & the new board, will bring to our amazing club!!

Thank you everyone for being a blessing to me!!

Your OPTIMISTIC President,


—- Upcoming Activities and Events—-

  • Mon. Sept. 10 Packer Raffle Tailgate. 5:15 p.m. at Village Bowl. Drawing at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thur. Sept. 13 New membership meeting (NOW). 6:30 an Schwabenhof Beer Garden.
  • Fri. Sept. 14 Deadline to RSVP for Installation and Awards Banquet
  • Tue. Sept. 18 Optimist board meeting. 7:00 am at the Community Center
  • Tue. Sept. 18 OA5 meeting at Oakwood Park. 6:00 pm. See OA5 article for details.
  • Wed. Sept. 19 Tristar Soccer. See article below.
  • Wed. Sept. 26 Installation and Awards Banquet. See article below.
  • Tue. Oct. 2 OA5 meeting at Quarry Coffee. 6:00 pm. See OA5 article for details.
  • Sat. Nov. 10 Leaf Raking. See article below.
  • Sat. Dec. 1 Shop and Drop. Mark your calendar. More info to follow.
  • Sat. Dec. 1 Theater social gathering for Zone 1. Falls Patio Players “Christmas Carol”. See article below.
  • Wed. Dec. 5 Christmas Party. Mark your calendar. More info to follow.


Awards & Installation Banquet

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Social Hour 5:45-6:15 pm
Seating / Welcome 6:15-6:30 pm
Buffet opens 6:30 pm
Awards and Installation Program 7:00 pm

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
W164 N9161 Water Street
Menomonee Falls

$25 per person.
Buffet includes:

  • Sliced turkey w/ dressing & gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Beef tips over noodles
  • Shrimp tray
  • Roasted cauliflower & broccoli
  • Rolls
  • Dessert
  • Coffee,
  • Milk
  • *special dietary needs? Let Jeanine know

Cash Bar
Payment methods:

  • Cash
  • Check (payable to Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls)
  • Credit Card (online at website)
  • Sorry – no payments at the door; all attendees must be pre-pay by September 14.

RSVP to Jeanine Dederich by September 14, 2018 or text 262.388.7731


NOW = New Optimists Wanted
New Membership Meeting

Join us for our 1st official NOW meeting – 6:30 pm Thursday Sep 13 at the Schwabenhof BierGarten (weather and space permitting)!!

The NOW meeting/social replaces our former Membership Drive meeting to introduce new potential Optimists to what we do!!

This meeting is also an invitation to existing members who are ready to get involved and would like to learn about committees and fundraisers that could use their help!!

Lynette Shepherd will be contacting Committee Chairs to attend and discuss their “committee” to recruit volunteers!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!


Tristar Soccer

2018 The 4th annual Tristar Soccer contest will be held on Wednesday, September 19, on the MFHS Varsity Soccer Field from 6:00 to 7:30. I’m pleased to announce that announce we have another Co-Chairman for Tristar Soccer, Marji Mulder, who knows more about soccer than I’ll ever know! The plan is to switch roles next year with Marji taking over as Chairman.

The signup sheet was will be routed at the weekly morning meetings on September 5th and again on the 12th. If you can’t make a meeting but want to volunteer, please call or email me. We need about a dozen volunteers for registration tables, throw-in scorekeepers, goal kicks (radar gun) and cone dribbling drill. If you can’t work a full shift, we’re grateful for any time you can give us.

Please email me at if you can help or call 262-352-2571 if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.

Jerry Mislang


Mark your calendars-It’s Almost Leaf Raking Time!

While we’re still enjoying the beautiful summer weather, it’s also time to start thinking about the beautiful Fall…and falling leaves.

Our annual senior leaf raking event will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Through the efforts of a half- dozen volunteer organizations and our Optimist members, we are able to help senior residents clear their yards.  And we raise money for the kids who help!

Please reserve some time, round up some volunteers and help if you can!  Contact Jason Husslein (414-852-9634, or John Yusko (414-339-2637,

John Yusko


Theater social gathering for the Zone 1

Save the Date: Saturday, December 1, 3:00 PM

Optimist members and guests to Falls Patio Players production of “Christmas Carol”.  The purpose for this gathering is a social event. The Menomonee Falls Optimist Club will play host to a SWIS District Zone 1 theater outing.  After the show you will be treated to a backstage tour. A great way for fellowship and social time.  A block of 50 seats plus will be available for this Optimist event. The number to call is 262-255-8372 for your tickets. Please let Ann Freudenthal know that you are from the Optimist Club SWIS District Group.  A special way to start your wonderful Christmas season. More information and a flyer to follow.


Football Crazr Raffle

The Football Crazr Raffle isn’t over, because it lasts all 17 weeks of the NFL football season, but the selling is.  We had good participation from members selling and purchasing tickets this year.  Many of the members helped in this year fundraiser, but there were a few that really helped out with selling over 25 tickets and some of them selling over 50 themselves. Special thanks to *Jan Barbera, who not only sells, but Co-Chaired the fund raiser, along with big numbers from *Kirsten Sperl, *JJ Selland, *Larry Barbera, *Marcia Hebbring, *Tom Ciskoski, Ed and Mary Schlumpf, Sheppards/Wanner/Winkler clan, Dan Knodl, Brad Bence, Kim Wenzel and again the whole club.

We never know exactly how much we will get back from the Swis District, because it depends on how many are sold throughout the District, but we should make a tiddy sum.  We started out with 1000 tickets and sold 653.  Not the most that we have sold, but still it should generate a good amount of money for the kids.

Larry Hebbring


—– Executive Board —–

Board Briefings – August 21, 2018

President Lynette Shepherd led the Board meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Meeting synopsis is as follows:

No donation requests.

Larry Podolske provided Treasurer update. July was large cash month because of parade. Cash balance is at relatively same level as last July. Board discussed $200 check that was written to cash. L. Podolske explained that this was for starting change for the pouches worn by volunteers at the Independence Day Parade.

Committee Reports and Budgets:

a. Christmas Party – The Christmas Party will be at Silver Spring Country Club. Costs discussed, including cost for food and entertainment. Approximately 85 people expected. Event will be December 5th.

Unfinished Business – Informational Items:

a. By Laws – Discussed proposed by law regarding past club presidents serving as club president again. Taking out the part about not serving back-to-back terms, and leaving the part about having at least five years between terms.

b. Parade – Board, L. Hebbring, and M. Hebbring discussed recent parade and possible ideas to implement in future parades, including the following:

1. More marshals to work the parade and more training for marshals

2. Solicit businesses that are on the parade route for donations

3. Ask for donations or volunteer work from groups/parade units that we pay to be in the Parade

4. Remind parade watchers how much parade cost and who pays for it. This could be accomplished with banners, flyers, and at the popcorn wagon

5. Sell water on parade route

6. Shorter the length of the parade (less units in parade)

New Business:

L. Hebbring reminded board that Football Crazr ticket sales end next Wednesday

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

  • President Lynette Shepherd
  • 1st Vice President Jeanine Dederich
  • 2nd Vice President Dustin Koehler
  • Treasurer Larry Podolske
  • Past President Don Gorzek
  • Past Presidents Council Dan Schwind
  • Board Members: Sue Carney, Dave Curran, Tom Dueppen, Kathryn Hoff, Chris O’Reilly, Barb Schmit

Dustin Koehler


—— Optimist After Five ——

Montana Mariscal led the August meeting with a wonderful night at Uptown Art.  There were 22 in attendance, making a variety of projects from wine glasses to scenes of the Northern Lights. 14 of the guests were non members, that were introduced to the Optimist Club and everything we have to offer.  We’re looking forward to hosting a few of these non-members at the information event in September.

The OA5 group also gave it their first shot at the popcorn wagon in August, with a total week sales of over $1000 thanks to a good social media push and of course Mother Nature.  As a newly formed group, the wagon proved to be a good team building event and everyone is looking forward to do it again next year.

The next meeting will be held September 18 and is at Oakwood park at 6:00.  It is a casual business meeting where the agenda will include discussing the Garcade fundraiser, planning the 2019 calendar and reviewing the Optimist Creed and how we can continue working on our growth through each line while maintaining busy lives.  Please join us at Park Area 1 with your own picnic supplies.  If you are able, RSVP to Shannon Dederich so we know who to look for, or let know if there is a weather change.

The OA5 October meeting will be at Quarry Coffee in Lannon on Tuesday, October 2nd. This will be a combined cooking class event and a regular OA5 meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. The first 30 minutes will be regular OA5 business and then the cooking class will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We will be learning how to make several fall soups and a dessert. After learning how to make the soups and desserts, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy them all as a meal. The cost to attend will be $40. This includes the cooking class, the meal, and wine during the event. If you would like to attend, please email Anna Listwan at Space is limited to 20 attendees.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for the most up to date information!


—- Past Events —-

Optimist Club Meeting Photos

Aaron Sims, radio voice of the Milwaukee Admirals, spoke at the August 8 meeting.
Photo by Don Gorzek







At the August 15 meeting, Kailee Doherty, our 2019 Distinguished Young Women Winner, talked about her experiences representing our Club, including her recent participation in the DYW State Contest and Rohitha Punathil, our Oratorical contest winner presented her speech.
Photo by Jon Cline






Students from the Menomonee Falls Baptist School Music Group entertained us at the August 22 meeting
Photo by Jon Cline







The Menomonee Falls football team, coach and athletic director were welcomed at the August 29 meeting.
Photo by Lynette Shepherd





Head football coach Dan Lutz.
Photo by Jon Cline







New Athletic Director, Brian Heimark
Photo by Jon Cline








Optimist Picnic Photos

Photos by Don Gorzek  and Jon Cline

—- This Month in Club History —

September 14, 1998 (20 years ago) – The Second Annual Packer Raffle, under the direction of Bob Ehmke and Del Kreuser, nets $11,000 for the children and adults attending Camp Pow Wow. Wow!

Submitted by Jerry Mislang from the 40 Year History Program – courtesy of Ed Schlumpf


—- Excerpts from thank you notes —-

Community Memorial Hospital’s Wheeling for Healing – “Thank you for your support…your involvement truly makes a difference in the lives of thousands in our community.”


—- How to Publish Optimist News –—-

There are multiple venues for publishing Optimist news and events the community and to the Optimist members. It is important to get the word out so everyone is aware of the events we sponsor to benefit the youth of the community. Committee chairs are responsible for writing the articles and sending them via email to the people listed below:


PATIO PLAYERS Presents Miss Holmes When an anonymous note sends a newlywed wife looking for help, Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. But this Holmes and Watson face far greater challenges than bringing the cunning criminal to justice. Miss Holmes possesses one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, but she chafes at the restraints imposed upon her by society and family. Dr. Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in London that will hire female doctors. In a time and place where gender roles are rigidly defined, these unconventional women dare to challenge societal norms by providing an unusual, but necessary, service. Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this theatrical “fan fiction” shines a new light on favorite characters from the canon, re-examining the Victorian world of Holmes and Watson by exploring the added obstacles faced by these two iconic characters if they were women.


JUST SMOKIN’ BARBECUE TAILGATE Sponsored by: Hamilton Basketball Program Thursday, September 20th, 2018 4:00-7:00 At Hamilton High School Before the Varsity Football Game VS Menomonee Falls Donations to: Hamilton Hoops, LTD are welcome if you cannot attend the event Seating available outside and inside Event Contact: Andy Cerroni 414-217-9715 LOCATION Hamilton High School Parking Lot/Cafeteria Page 1


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