Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Production (Drama Camp)
Each summer, we host a week-long drama camp which is led by two directors from the Prairie Fire Theater Group of Barrett, Minnesota. With their cooperation, we execute a week of practicing and performing a musical with a full cast. It is for students age 7 to 18. Other acting and/or musical workshops are also available.
Hat & Mitten Tree
Each winter, we set-up Christmas trees at several local banks to collect winter gear (including hats, mittens, scarves and gloves) for those in need. Trees are in-place for several weeks, then the items are gathered and taken to a designated facility in the area. In the past, donations have been made to the local Food Pantries and Women’s Shelter.
Please contact us at mukwonagoOptimist@gmail.com for more information on this effort.
This Optimist International sponsored activity sets a topic for students to write about and submit their essays. A panel of judges will review them and the top three students will receive an award from the Mukwonago Optimist Club. The first place winner will also have the opportunity to advance to the District event each spring, wherein the top essay is awarded a $2,500 college scholarship through Optimist International.
The contest is open to contestants not yet graduated from high school, age 18, as of October 1st of the current Optimist International Contest year, or younger (and we have had Elementary School participants!)
Summer Band Camp
The Mukwonago Optimist Club proudly sponsors two 7th graders to attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Summer Music Camp in July. Each winter, students in the Middle School Band program apply for camp by writing a short essay why they should be chosen and submit (at least) two academic teacher recommendations along with a recommendation from the band director. Each student receives a $250.00 scholarship towards the expense of camp. Following their camp experience, students give a brief presentation and play a piece at one of the Mukwonago Optimist fall meetings.
For more information, please contact Karen at Kkreutz@wi.rr.com or 262-363-6235 or the Band Director at Park View Middle School at 262-363-6292.
Build a Fishing Rod Day
If you are about 12 years old or older and like to fish, then this is a great opportunity for you!
The Mukwonago Optimist Club sponsors an annual “Build a Fishing Rod Day.” Students and their adult helpers, that are brought with them will be guided and assisted in building fishing rods which can taken home the following day. The day-long event typically begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at approximately 5:00 p.m. Only 10 students will be selected to attend, so if you are interested, then get your application in early!
The fishing rod day is usually held in February. Applications can be found at local libraries and at both the Mukwonago and East Troy Middle Schools in January.
This Optimist International sponsored activity sets a topic for students to write a speech around. Speeches are presented live and judged by a panel based on exploration of topic, poise and voice. The top two winners will advance to a “zone” contest (regional contest) and present their speech again. From there, the top two scores will have the opportunity to advance to the District event each spring to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship through Optimist International.
The contest is open to contestants age 18, as of October 1st of the current Optimist International Contest year, or younger.
For more information please check the Calendar and click on the date of the contest for an application and current information or contact Edie for more information at email@example.com or 262-363-7863.
Respect for Law
Respect for Law is an Optimist International program in which our club recognizes the service and dedication of our local law enforcement. A special award is given each spring to a member of the local police departments as nominated by the Chief of police.
For more information, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-436-1815.
Alpine Valley (Fundraiser)
Each summer, our members volunteer to work a concession stand (where we only serve beer, soda and water) at each of the concerts held at the Alpine Valley Music Amphitheater. This is our major fund raiser for the year where we are paid on a percentage of our stands sales. Any tips received are also contributed to the club and these funds allow the club to support our programs, activities and donations we do each year.
Volunteering at these concerts is great fun and we get to see all the concerts for free. There is work involved, but it is done with a smiling face, side-by-side with fellow members.
For more information, please contact Lowell at LNuesse@citizenbank.com.
In addition to our numerous events, scholarships, contributions and service to the community, we also have gatherings or member "socials" wherein we engage in good conversation, good fun and good food!
For more information, or if you would like to join us, please contact Amy at 608-436-1815 or email@example.com.
Local Tri-Star Basketball Competition
Tri-Star Basketball is an Optimist International sanctioned skills contest that tests 6 to 13 year old boys and girls on shooting, passing and dribbling the basketball. This program is free to all entrants and there are prize awards, as well as a basketball raffle. The winners in each age group and gender have an opportunity to move on to the district level competition. We typically have 40 to 70 contestants for this program, run in the late winter every year.
For more information please check the Calendar and click on the date of the competition for current information or contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-392-2355.
District Tri-Star Basketball Competition
The Mukwonago Optimist Club has the honor of hosting the Southern District of Wisconsin Tri-Star Basketball Competition. Each of the 60-plus clubs in the district are invited to send participants from their club local competitions to the district contest. There are district officers and many Optimists from around the district also attend the event held in the spring of each year. Typically between 125 and 175 boys and girls compete in the district competition, making it one of the larger gatherings of kids in the district at a single Optimist event each year.