- An old club seems to be making a comeback in a Northwoods city.
The Rhinelander Area Optimist Club helps out kids in the community through events, sporting activities, and also educational opportunities.
A previous Rhinelander chapter lost its footing. But former Rhinelander Mayor Kevin Jenkins brought back the idea. New president Dave Mannikko is taking charge. "We were established June 26th of this year. There used to be a club long ago but it got kind of restarted and reinstated this year, and we've been going strong ever since."
The club is sponsoring an open skate for families this coming Saturday at the Ice Arena in Rhinelander.
The cost is free, but they do ask for a non-perishable food item for donation to the Rhinelander Food Pantry. "As we're getting near the holidays, it's always good to give to the food pantries." Says Dave Mannikko, "It's not necessarily a requirement, but we thought it would be nice to have a little something extra there to."
The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 in the evening. You can find out more information about the free skate by tuning in to our Live at Five interview this coming Friday.
Story By: Ryan Michaels