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Wisconsin Leadership Seminars - WILS Program

SWIS District Youth Support Program - WILS

Wisconsin Leadership Seminars would like to thank the SWIS District Optimists for sponsoring 17 students to attend the 40th annual WILS Seminar held June 9th-11th, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. We had about 240 students in attendance for this year’s seminar, and the number of students we serve continues to grow! The high-energy WILS weekend is free of charge to students and their schools and consists of team-building activities, motivational speakers, community service, and panels of key leaders from various industries, small group discussions, a talent show and more.

 We are so grateful that in 2017, Wisconsin Optimist Clubs were a Gold Sponsor (our highest sponsorship level) and sponsored their highest number of WILS attendees in over a decade!  Clubs from the SWIS District donated $3,450 in sponsorships to WILS, covering the cost for 17 students who attended the 2017 seminar.  WILS would like to thank you all for your contributions that allow us to keep offering this program free of charge to the attendees, their parents, and their schools.

 We hope you will consider sponsoring a student to attend WILS in 2018.  The 2018 seminar will be held June 8th-10th, 2018, once again at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  You should soon be receiving an email asking you to save a place for sponsoring a student attending WILS in your budget for this year. A couple of months later, you will also receiving a letter and/or email from us asking to mail in your sponsorship. A WILS board member may also follow up with a call to see if you have any questions and whether we can count you in for sponsoring a student in your area.

We look forward to another great year of working with the SWIS District Optimists. Thank you again for all of your support in the past, and we hope you will sponsor a student for our upcoming 2018 seminar.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

 Samantha Glaser

WILS Board of Directors – Optimist Clubs Fundraising Lead


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