Lewis & Clark Group Honored
Published Sunday August 8, 2004 in Omaha World Herald
The Mouth of the Platte Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is the first recipient of the national organization's Chapter Award for "outstanding and exemplary contributions." The award was presented Friday at the foundation's annual meeting in Bismarck, N.D. The award was accepted by a delegation that included the Rev. Tom Coenen of Clarinda, Iowa, chapter president; Bob Pawloski of Omaha, vice president; and Bob Hastert of Omaha, a former president. Other chapters cited included groups from Washington state and Southern California. The Mouth of the Platte chapter is 3 years old and has more than 200 members. It has promoted and supported several Lewis and Clark projects from St. Joseph, Mo., to Yankton, S.D. Among the projects were naming Lewis & Clark Landing in Omaha, placing a historical plaque and interpretive signs along the river, and volunteer and financial support of the new Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Center in Nebraska City, Neb., and Nebraska's national signature event.