Reedy honored by Optimists Club

Lisa Depies
Geneseo Optimists Club member Tom Rusk, left, presents the club’s ‘Person of the Year’ award to long-time Geneseo coach Elmer Reedy. The award is given to a local resident who has made a difference in the life of area children.

Long-time Geneseo coach Elmer Reedy has been selected as the Geneseo Optimists Club’s inaugural “Person of the Year” award winner.

“We were looking to honor a person who’s made a difference in our community with the youth,” said club president Rob Dillie.

Reedy is in his 59th year of coaching — 55 of those years have been spent in Geneseo.

Initially, Reedy said he coached football, basketball and track and coached instructional league baseball during the summers.

Today, Reedy only coaches football, but says he still “loves working with the kids.”

“I like being able to teach them,”?he explained.

Reedy, who was nominated for the Optimists Club award by Tom Rusk, calls the honor “more than I deserve.”

“I get so much fun out of coaching,” said Reedy, adding it was special to be honored for doing something he enjoys.

As the club’s ‘Person of the Year,’ Reedy received a plaque and was honored at the club’s July 7 meeting.

The Geneseo Optimists Club is focused on helping children in the community.

The club meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of every month at Happy Joe’s and new members are welcome. “We want people of all ages and all walks of life to be involved,” said ?Dillie previously.

For more information about the ?Geneseo Optimists Club, contact Dillie at (309) 314-1236.