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PLATTSMOUTH – Plattsmouth Optimist Club members celebrated the works of several residents who have the word “optimist” in their list of character traits.

The organization held its annual awards banquet Oct. 21 at Bay Hills Golf Club. Club leaders honored four people who have compiled a deep history of community service in Plattsmouth.

Chad and Becky Wehrbein received the “Friend of Youth Award” at the banquet. Members recognized them for coaching youth soccer, spending time in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) organization and mentoring students through the Plattsmouth TeamMates program.

Tina Harvey received the “110% Award” for her work teaching music at Plattsmouth Community Schools. Plattsmouth Optimist Club Secretary Dan Wehrbein said Harvey has gone “far beyond the call of duty” by spending large amounts of time helping students learn to play musical instruments.

Plattsmouth High School senior Rachel Widick received the “Outstanding Youth Award” for her work in the community. Dan Wehrbein said Widick embodies the group’s core covenants of health, happiness and enthusiasm.

“This award has the Optimist Creed written on it which describes Rachel exactly,” Wehrbein said.

Multiple members of the Plattsmouth Junior Optimist Club attended the event. Keryl Mines and Monica Olsen are sponsoring the organization at Plattsmouth High School. Plattsmouth Optimist Club members are lending their support to the Junior Optimists.

Several members of the Norfolk Junior Optimist Club traveled to Plattsmouth with Norfolk Optimist Club representative Mark Claussen for the event. District Governor Beryle Lantz and Zone 3 Lieutenant Governor Ron Nelson were also on hand to congratulate award recipients.

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