The Middleton Area Optimist Club was honored by Optimist International at a regional meeting of the Pacific Northwest District on March 8, 2014.
Noting excellence in community service and membership growth, the club was named a Distinguished Optimist Club. President Russ Nelson received special honors for leading the club to a stellar year. In accepting his award, Russ said that it was only possible because of all of the club members. He explained that they pull together like family and accomplish what they set their minds on as a group.
Kim Boguslawski and Becky O'Meara were also honored for their service as secretary and treasurer, respectively.
The Distinguished Optimist Club award goes to less than 5% of all Optimist Clubs around the world. In raw numbers, the recognition places the Middleton Area Optimist Club in the top 100. There are 2,800 Optimist Clubs affiliated with the organization.