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

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Bill Bohrer

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Bill Dyer

Bob Buss

Foundation Treasurer

Brenda Wolff

Co-Vice President
Club Board Member

Dan Heling

Club Board Member

Dan Kiley

Dan Madigan

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

David Crevcoure

Foundation Board Member

Dennis Schmitt

Evan Madson

Foundation President

Jim Glover

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Jim Bush

Joe Schiegg

Foundation Board Member

John Calewartz

John Dyer

Past President

John Wetli

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Jon "Jack" Le Duc

Club Board Member

Kate Dewick

Remembering Ken Lindemann

Member from: 4/1/1969 – 3/16/2021

Kerry Dunn

Lindsey Kabat

Club Board Member
Foundation Board Member

Remembering Mel Polarek

Member from: 4/11/2002 – 2/12/2021

Neal Van Ess


Nicholas Spude

Nick Zerillo

Foundation Board Member

Pat Ryan

Sergeant At Arms
Club Board Member

Paul Strand

Perry Faulkner

Rob Axford

Robert Hammer

Ron Metzler

Foundation Secretary

Sandi VanSistine

Scott Tarsi

Club Board Member

Shannon Sorensen

Co-Vice President
Club Board Member

Sheryl Biersteker

Club Board Member

Steve Jones

T. Michael Murphy

Tracey Dunn

2019 Installation Banquet

2018 Installation Banquet


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