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NASS winners with Gale

Pictured, from left, are Seward County Clerk Sherry Schweitzer, Platte County Election Commissioner Diane Olmer and Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale.

Sammy’s receives donation

COLUMBUS -- In September, SeneGence International distributors from all over the nation partnered with Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Columbus-based Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation received $30,000 from the company’s "Go Gold" campaign. The local nonprofit was one of four dedicated to research and awareness outreach chosen to receive funds.

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Bank makes local donation

OMAHA -- First National Bank awarded a total of $996,000 in community development grants to 58 organizations, including $694,500 to 32 organizations in Nebraska.

In the Columbus area, a $10,000 grant was awarded to The Zone after-school program. The funds will support the tutoring and mentoring of disadvantaged seventh- through 12th-graders to promote high school graduation and leadership.

Election official recognized

LINCOLN -- A local county election official was honored by Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale for her expertise, leadership and dedication in running statewide and local elections.

Platte County Election Commissioner Diane Olmer received an NASS medallion, a national award given by the National Association of Secretaries of State. The presentation by Gale was made during a recent training workshop hosted by his office in Kearney.

Olmer, who was also recognized for serving 20-plus years in office, has held various offices for the Nebraska Association of County Officials, including on its legislative committee. In addition, she was member of the Vote Nebraska Initiative project for the Secretary of State’s Office and is a current member of Gale’s Election Officials Advisory Committee and the Election System Task Force.

“In addition to her outreach efforts, Diane is known to be a very hands-on supervisor,” Gale said. “Staff members say there is not a single aspect of the job that Diane doesn’t know and isn’t afraid to do herself, if the situation calls for it.”

Girl Scouts honors volunteers

NORFOLK -- Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska recently honored area volunteers who have gone the extra mile.

The following awards were given to local volunteers during the Volunteer Awards Ceremony at Norfolk Country Club earlier this month: Bellwood - Jenny Jacobson, Volunteer of Excellence Award; Columbus - Jaymee Levander, five years of volunteer service pin; Melodee Pedersen, Helpful Adult Award; St. Edward - Susan Nissen, 25 years of volunteer service pin, Volunteer of Excellence Award.

Hagel dinner a success

COLUMBUS -- The Chuck Hagel Legacy Dinner held Sept. 22 at Scotus Central Catholic was attended by more than 300 guests.

The event provided Scotus with the opportunity to raise funds for the new STEAM Lab and honor one of its most distinguished graduates, former U.S. Sen. and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a 1964 graduate.

The dinner itself had net proceeds of just over $7,770, and to date 95 donors have provided a total of $273,645.50. That brings the current fundraising total for the STEAM Lab to $281,416.66.

The Scotus lab will feature equipment for 3-D printing, robotics, cyber security, biomechanics, graphic design, virtual-reality devices, drones, video production, audio production and a variety of material and experimental supplies. Scotus also expects to work in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s STEM program to develop the curriculum and provide teacher training for the lab.

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