Optimist International Turns 100

This year, the Optimist International Organization celebrates 100 years of serving the youth of our communities.  From a single gathering in Buffalo, New York in 1919 to now hosting chapters in 23 countries on six continents, the Optimist brand is virtually everywhere.

As one way to celebrate this milestone, the Middleton Optimist Club will hold a gathering at Lakeview Park on Saturday, June 15 from noon to 3:00pm.  Current and former members of the Club are welcome as are all friends of the organization.  Those joining us will be invited to bring a dish to pass. Stories will be told and photographs will be shared as we recount the evolution of this Club over the past 40+ years.  The public is encouraged to stop by and learn about the ways we serve the community. 

The celebration is following their annual event “Cops & Bobbers”.  On Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, they welcome families to join in from 8:00am to noon also at Lakeview Park.  The first 200 kids receive a free fishing pole along with related gear and bait.  They have “Fishing Coaches” available to assist.  Those coaches are members of the Middleton Police Department.  The families also enjoy a complimentary lunch afterwards.

To learn more about the Optimists or how to get involved you can visit www.middletonoptimists.org or find them on Facebook. Their meetings are held most Wednesdays at 7:00am at Sofra.

You can see the Optimists in action volunteering at The Good Neighbor Festival, Friday August 23rd-25th at Fireman’s Park.