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Scouts to honor Schlothauer
April 22, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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George Schlothauer

Each year, the Tri Trails District of Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America honor a local citizen who has made a difference, contributing to the community for the greater good.

This year’s distinguished citizen was an easy choice. He’s retired dentist Dr. George Schlothauer. He was chosen by a committee representing the Scouting district.

The Scouts will honor Schlothauer during their annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Gering Civic Center.

“George has been in the community a long time and has always been active,” said Kevin Sandberg, Tri Trail District board member and district finance chairman. “I think he’s a great choice to receive the Distinguished Citizen Award.”

Scolothauer is a Gering native whose family farmed in the area. After graduating from Gering in 1962, he attended the University of Nebraska, and in 1969 graduated from the UNMC College of Dentistry.

The Vietnam War was still going on at the time, so Schlothauer enlisted in the U.S. Navy. As a lieutenant, he was stationed with the Marine Corps in Da Nang.

Married to his wife, Barb, in 1971, the couple returned to Gering in 1973. They have three sons who all live in the area. George Matthew is the principal at VALTS Alternative School. In 2009, son Mark took over his father’s dental practice in Gering. John is an insurance agent and co-owner of Docu-Shred.

Schlothauer has exemplified a life of community service. He was on the Gering School Board, where he was also president. He’s a member of Rotary International, Leadership Scotts Bluff, TeamMates, and the Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, the Chamber presented him with its highest honor, the Trailblazer Award.

When he was active in dental practice, Schlothauer served as president of the Nebraska Dental Association and helped bring a UNMC College of Dentistry Hygiene program to Gering. It’s currently part of Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska.

Even in retirement, Schlothauer remains active. He’s a board member of Northfield Communities and chairs the Gering Downtown Revitalization Committee. He’s also a board member of Legacy of the Plains Museum and was instrumental in the museum’s building project, which should be completed this fall.

Another member of the selection committee from the Tri Trails District of the Boy Scouts was long-time resident Dr. Don Gentry. “George has done so much for the community,” he said. “He’s definitely a good choice for this honor.”

The fundraising event is to help support Scouting opportunities for the almost 10,000 young men the district serves.

Tickets for the event are $100 for individuals and $150 for couples. You can also reserve a full table for your group. For ticket information, contact the Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts at 308-632-4179.
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