Meet the Optimists

Club History

Since the creation of the Optimist Club of Green Bay in 1947, the Club has supported a huge volume of community activities for the benefit of youth, Club members, and the entire community.  From the very beginning, the Club was involved in helping with their problems, providing direction, and creating and supporting great youth activities.  Hundreds of Optimist programs and events benefit the community.  In Green Bay 60 and 70 years ago, our programs included organization of a school patrol, a model airplane club, national soapbox derby competitions, and many sporting events, including a sailing club, a fishing rodeo, and Little League baseball.  The Club’s track record for over 70 years is amazing and continues to be as strong as it was 70 years ago with its current programs, including the DARE program, school and family support for inner-city youth, Little League baseball and youth softball leagues, college scholarship program, and school youth running program.  Also, for over 70 years, Club members have benefited by their participation in the Club through its leadership opportunities and social benefits.

Current Membership

Abbey Sutherland

Alex Fiel

Alex Oestreicher

Allan Fromm

Andrea Madson

Ben Malcore

Ben Sorensen

Vice President
Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Bill Bohrer

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Bill Dyer

Bob Buss

Sergeant at Arms
Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Brenda Wolff

Club Board Member

Dan Heling

Club Board Member

Dan Madigan

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

David Crevcoure

Dennis Schmitt

Evan Manson

Foundation President

Greg Dietzen

Jim Glover

Jim Glover

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Joe Schiegg

Foundation Board Member

John Calewartz

Club Board Member

John Dyer

John Wetli

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Jon "Jack" Le Duc

Club Board Member

Kate Dewick

Katie Adams

Remembering Ken Lindemann

Member from: 4/1/1969 – 3/16/2021

Kerry Dunn

Korey Schroeder

Lindsay Kabat

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Matt Roeser

Mel Polarek

Member from: 4/11/2002 – 2/12/2021

Neal Van Ess


Nicholas Spude

Nick Zerillo

Foundation Board Member

Pat Ryan

Club Board Member

Paul Strand

Perry Faulkner

Rob Axford

Robert Hammer

Ron Metzler

Ron Metzler

Foundation Secretary

Sandi VanSistine

Scott Tarsi

Club Board Member

Shannon Sorensen

Club Board Member

T. Michael Murphy

Tracey Dunn

2022 Lifetime Achievement Awards

2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards

2021 Installation Banquet

2019 Installation Banquet

2018 Installation Banquet


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