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Wisconsin Leadership Seminars - WILS Program

SWIS District Youth Support Program - WILS


·         100% volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Wisconsin

·         It takes more than 120 unpaid volunteers to make WILS happen each year!

·         41 years of providing annual leadership seminar for high school sophomores

·         Seminar is 100% free of charge to students and their schools

·          Seminar weekend includes team-building activities, motivational speakers, community service, leadership panels, personal and small group reflection, a talent show and more

·         250 student leaders from around the state represented at our annual seminar plus year-round leadership development and volunteer service activities for all of our alumni

·         Optimist Clubs have been one of WILS’s top sponsors for many years!


To identify outstanding high school sophomores throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan for being responsible citizens in their community and/or school and provide them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their leadership potential.

Dear SWIS District Optimists,

This holiday season, we would like to thank SWIS Optimist Clubs for giving to and supporting students and youth in your communities, including giving to and supporting sophomore students an opportunity to attend Wisconsin Leadership Seminars (WILS). 

We at WILS provide an outlet for outstanding sophomores to gain confidence, learn more about themselves, and develop their leadership skills. Students can take what they learned back to their schools and communities and implement these skills in their daily lives. They often become more involved in their schools and also volunteer in their, and your, communities!  

WILS is proud that we can offer this leadership camp to hundreds of students every year at no cost to the schools or attendees. This would not be possible without the hard work of our 100% volunteer organization and the generous support from organizations like the Optimist Clubs. 

Students in your area rely upon donations from service organizations like Optimists to be able to attend WILS. We are writing to you to request that you keep WILS in mind during your club’s holiday giving season.

Thank you, SWIS Optimist Clubs, for your past support and we ask that you keep us in mind during your next budget discussions. I have included a one page description of WILS to provide some more information along with a donation form if your organization would like to sponsor a student.

If you would like more information about sponsoring a student, WILS, or the 2020 WILS seminar, please visit our website at www.wils.us or contact me via email at optimists@wils.us or at my cell phone number listed below. I would be privileged to have a discussion about WILS, WILS’s mission and pillars, and how generously giving to WILS provides a life-changing opportunity to students in your communities. 

Thank you for your consideration and for all you do for youth in your communities!


Rachel Schumacher                 
WILS Board of Directors, Optimist Club Lead           



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