Optimists Out and About


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President Tom Nall and Steve Elvidge

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On June 25th, our President Tom Nall installed six new members to the Platteville Optimist Club.  Joining us were Steve and Deb Elvidge sponsored by Charlie Clark, Debi Sigwarth sponsored by Maxine Lane, Lisa Schmitt sponsored by Eileen Engelke, Doreen Hlavaty sponsored by Eileen McCartney, and Melissa Palfrey sponsored by Dan Engelke. 

Congratulations to our newest members and their sponsors.

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 President Tom Nall and Lisa Schmitt

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President Tom Nall and Deb Elvidge

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President Tom Nall and Debi Sigwarth

President Tom Nall and Doreen Hlavaty

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Melissa, Steve, Doreen, Lisa,  Deb and Debi 

President Tom Nall and Melissa Palfrey 

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On June 11, 2021, after 64 Friday mornings without meeting in-person , we held our first in-person meeting at the Broske Center Pavilion.

To allow ourselves time to catch and reflect on all we have conquered these past 15 months, there was no speaker.  After taking time to reflect, we enjoyed a joyous reunion! 


Being true optimists, we look forward to returning to our normal in-door breakfast meetings vey soon.

On June 11, 2021, after 64 Friday mornings without meeting in-person , we held our first in-person meeting at the Broske Center Pavilion.

To allow ourselves time to catch and reflect on all we have conquered these past 15 months, there was no speaker.  After taking time to reflect, we enjoyed a joyous reunion! 


Being true optimists, we look forward to returning to our normal in-door breakfast meetings vey soon.

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Special NOW!

(New Optimists Welcome) 

Luncheon Guests

On Saturday, May 22nd, we held our NOW! Luncheon at the First English Lutheran Church.  Seven potential new members joined in the fun.


Also joining us were the local winners of the Essay and Oratorical Contests. Zachary Ludlum (upper left) read his winning essay entitled "Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism".  Pictured on the lower left are Shaun Murray, Zachary and his mother Andrea Murray. Thank you to Zachary for sharing his talents with us. 

Maria Schmitt (upper right) presented her award winning speech based on the theme of "Healing the World with Optimism".  Maria was accompanied by her parents Lisa and Bob Schmitt (pictured lower right).  Thank you to Maria for showing us what the strong leaders of tomorrow look like.

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John Zuehlke

John Zuehlke joined of the Platteville Optimist Club in March of 2020 and had the distinction of becoming our first member to be installed during a Zoom meeting.  


During the Zoom meeting on August 7, 2020, Becky  Schambow, on behalf of President Dan Engelke, had the privilege of conducting our Club’s first virtual installation.  John Zuehlke, whose application for membership had been submitted and approved in March was not able to be officially installed due to in-person meeting cancellations. 


We welcome John as our newest Club member

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Awards Received at SWIS District Conference held on Feb. 22nd

Honor and Distinguished Club for 2018-2019 – Club President (B. Schambow); Secretary (Maxine Lane) and Treasurer (D. Borgen) were presented with certificates and will receive watches for the Distinguished Club Achievement. This is the third year in a row our club has received these awards.  Patches, that will be added to our banner, were also received.

Pictured on the left:  Duane Borgen receiving his Distinguished Club Citation from President Engelke.

Members enjoyed the Roaring 20’s theme at the second quarter SWIS District Conference in Brodhead. Pictured are Eileen Engelke, Maxine Lane, Wayne Wodarz, Joan Bahr, Becky Schambow, Gary Engelke and Howard Crofoot. Doing our part to Bring Out The Best In Kids”

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President Engelke was pleased to present John Zuehlke with a check to the “Platteville Music Boosters” The Platteville Optimist Club donated $1000 towards replacement of aged pianos at all Platteville Public Schools. John expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Music Boosters and was pleased to report that pianos have already been ordered.

Our Club was able to do this through a Silent Auction of Ball Card/Memorabilia that was donated by Arnie Roper. We thank all members who purchased memorabilia and/or donated to this
worthy cause.

Tim Boldt  is the most recent recipient of 

the prestigious Sippy Cup Award.  Way to go, Tim!

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Arnie Roper joined us to explain his generous donation of sports cards and memorabilia. A sale of these items will be launched at a Silent Auction at the Holiday Party on January 12th with profits going to a fundraiser for new pianos for the Platteville Schools. ​

For examples of some of the sale items click on each page listed below.

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More detailed list of sale items click Page 4.

Winner Winner ... Chicken Dinner!

Tom Nall was not only holding the lucky ticket when the number was called, he also had the magical touch when he ‘cut’ the cards, commenting he was “on the cutting edge” revealing the joker and winning ½ of the pot. Congrats Tom!!

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We are pleased to welcome Mark Essex as a new member of our Platteville Optimist Club.


Mark is excited to share his time and talents serving our community and area youth.

Left:  President Engelke installing Mark as Becky Schambow looks on.

Right:  President Engelke, Mark Essex, and Becky Schambow, who represented Ron Weier, Mark's sponsor.

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The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary recognized the Platteville Optimist Club for their support of the Wisconsin Badger Boys State and Girls State programs.


American Legion Post 42 Commander Paul Budden and Dee Woolf, Director of Badger Girls State presented Certificates of Appreciation to Optimist member Chris Budden.

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Platteville Optimist members extended a warm welcome to Rod Thomas as he was installed as a new member. Pictured: President, Dan Engelke, Rod Thomas, and Linda Thomas, wife and sponsor of Rod.

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Friday Morning Fun!

Our Club Continues to Grow

It was our pleasure to welcome Diane Paynter as the newest member of our club.  Diane is pictured with her sponsor Becky Schambow at her installation ceremony. 

 Welcome Diane!


Members were alert at our last meeting, spotting 2 members deserving of the prestigious Sippy Cup Award.


Word circulated that Priscilla
Hahn may have been the true recipient;
however she willingly nominated hubby Mike.

And, can you believe it, sister Chris turned in her brother Gene Weber.

Welcome Jim Boebel


Optimist members were delighted to welcome Jim Boebel to our club as a new member.  Jim is the new Superintendent of the Platteville School District.  Pictured with Jim is his sponsor, Ron Weier and 2018/2019 F/Y President, Becky Schambow performing the official installation.

Welcome to Our New Newest Members


On June 28th, Jim and Jen Schweigert were officially installed as our newest members. The Schweigerts joined at the April NOW luncheon and are sponsored by Maxine Lane.

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It was a pleasure to welcome and officially install Caroline Kroll at our June 14th meeting.  Caroline joined at the April NOW luncheon and is sponsored by Peggy Compton.



It was a pleasure to welcome and install 8 of our 11 new members. Becoming official members at the June Business Meeting were (pictured left to right) Matt Tyc, Nicole Tyc, Alaina Reeves, Eileen McCartney, Barb Deis, Penny Droessler, Terry Wood, Tim Wood.

2018/2019 F/Y President Schambow and Steve Lane visited St. Rose in Cuba City on May 24th to join with faculty and students in acknowledging both Dylan Pink and Leah Mergen for their efforts in the local, zone and district oratorical competition and to further wish Dylan good luck as he goes on to regional competition in Saint Louis in July.

Congratulations to Maxine Lane on her election as the Governor Elect for the SWIS District of Optimists for the year 2020-2021.


Currently, Maxine serves as the Platteville Optimist Club secretary.  She dedicates countless hours to our club.  We are very proud of her and very thankful for all she does to help us bring out the best in kids.

We are all about supporting youth and community.


2018/2019 F/Y President, Becky Schambow presents a donation to Erik Flesch in support of the Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums.

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Congrats to Gary Engelke who was presented with the traditional SWIS District Governor’s Green jacket from Past Governor Jeff Kuchenbecker.  Gary served at SWIS District Optimists for the 18-19 year

It was a pleasure to welcome Bob Hundhausen and Shari Engelke to our meeting on Friday, January 18 representing the Legion Park Art Hall fundraising task force.  


2018/2019 F/Y Club President,  Becky Schambow presented a check from the Optimist Club for $2,000 to support this community event.  


Also pictured is Gene Weber, Friend of Optimist and member of the task force.

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The Platteville Optimist Club celebrated the centennial of Optimist International by forming the number 100.  Our thanks to our Optimist Members, the UW-Platteville Wrestling Team for their participation and to Jamie Collins for her assistance.