Greensburg Optimists Award Optimist of the Year

The Greensburg Optimist Club met on Thursday.

The meeting began with a story on how the James E. Greiwe Memorial Optimist of the Year award began. In the Fall of 1977 Jack Goodman was the President of the Optimists. Unfortunately that year Jack and his wife lost both of their sons in an accident. Jim Greiwe was a good friend of theirs and through that friendship Jack was able to make it through the rough time. Greiwe always had a positive outlook on life even when he was diagnosed with MS, which later ended up taking his life. Jack made this award to honor Jim and his positive outlook on life despite everything he was going through.

This year the recipient of the James E. Greiwe Memorial Optimist of the Year award was Glenn Tebbe. Tebbe received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Marion University in 1971, his Master of Arts Degree from Xavier University in 1972, and his Education Specialist Degree from Ball State University in 1981. Tebbe has worked as a Director/researcher at the Indiana Newspapers Project for the Indiana State Library, a teacher at the St. Louis School in Batesville, the principal of St. Mary’s School, Executive Director of the Indiana Non-Public Association, and Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference. The list of civic services and associations he has participated in is extensive including the Greensburg Optimist Club and City Council. Tebbe has also been involved in the church heavily. Tebbe has had an outstanding career devoting his life to his family, the church, and the community. Laura Jo, his wife, and the rest of his family all gave their congratulations both in person and in a special video made by those who live in different states. Tebbe was shocked to receive this honor, considering Merrill Smith had to trick him into believing the award was going to another optimist by holding a mock board meeting since he is on the board as well.

Optimist of the Year Glenn Tebbe receiving award from Charlie and Keith Greiwe

Next Wednesday is the new member drive at the Fireside Inn in Enochsburg. There will be no Thursday morning meeting next week.

Morgan Schofield


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