With warmer weather ahead, the Rhinelander Area Optimist Club (RAOC) is anticipating their first Easter egg hunt in Pioneer Park Saturday, March 30, rain or shine. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to all children under 10 years of age. Numerous eggs containing tickets for special prizes will be scattered around the park. There will also be face painting and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.
“We hope that positive engagement in this family fun event will bring out the best in kids,” said Dave Mannikko, RAOC president.
RAOC activities have been in full swing since the organization’s debut last summer. The club’s primary mission is to engage the area’s youth in community programs that encourage positivity and support. The club consists of many young adults from the surrounding area who are looking to promote the importance of family connections. “Many of us recently graduated college and moved back to the Rhinelander area,” said vice president Nicole Polkowski. “We wanted to form a type of organization that demonstrated a strong sense of community in the area and help Rhinelander’s youth develop to their full potential.”
The club currently has 13 active members and is looking to increase that number in coming months. “Right now, one of our focuses is to expand our club by increasing membership and bringing additional projects to the Rhinelander area. Our previous events have had tremendous success and we’re hoping to offer more to the community as the club grows,” said Polkowski.
The Rhinelander Area Optimist Club officers meet every Tuesday at the Boyd Financial office, with socials held at the end of every month for all active members. For more information on how to get involved, call Nicole Polkowski at (715) 437-0478.