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Schlothauer named Community Volunteer Buddy
May 04, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Since 2007, the Gering and Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB) has been presenting its Community Volunteer Buddy Award to honor local people who have gone out of their way to promote the area and make the community a better place to live.

The 2016 winner was an easy choice: retired dentist George Schlothauer, who grew up in Gering and continues to made contributions to its quality of life.

GCVB Executive Director Karla Niedan-Streeks said George is the kind of person who gets involved in all aspects of his community, but never wants the accolades or credit. Even in retirement, he dedicates his talents and countless hours of service to numerous campaigns. Among them are the capital campaign for Legacy of the Plains Museum and the Gering Downtown Revitalization Committee.

“George is known to show up at meetings in his irrigation boots,” said Niedan-Streeks at the annual GCVB meeting and salute to tourism luncheon on May 4.”He can be characteristically ‘inpatient’ when things in his community don’t move forward in a timely manner. He’s a person who accepts a challenge, gets the job done and is a true friend of tourism and our Gering community.”

Schlothauer said that even though he’s retired, he still believes in and gets involved in projects he believes will benefit the entire community. “When you believe in your community see the support you have from so many people who have the same vision, it’s easy to get the job done,” he said.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker was U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith of Gering. He said he explains to his congressional colleagues that he lives in the heart of Oregon Trail history.

“When we can teach history through tourism, we can learn about the risk takers and pioneers who ventured west,” he said. “They came west to take advantage of the opportunities out there. When we look at the economy, tourism is a vital link to expanding those opportunities.”
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