In times of unimaginable sorrow and pain, human nature is to close off, ask “why us?” and shut down. A Casper couple has done just the opposite — twice. Phil and Jody Schmidt’s strength and perseverance in times of hardship are examples of why they have been chosen as the distinguished honorees for 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming Awards and Recognition Breakfast.
“We lost our son Evan at 11-1/2 years
old and son Reid at 29. It sucks but as a result we feel we have been able to
help others during sucky times,” said Phil Schmidt of he and wife Jody’s
extensive community involvement.
Indeed, Phil’s list of nonprofit board
memberships alone fill a page. But what those lines don’t tell are the
countless hours worked, dollars raised and personal dollars contributed behind
the scenes by the couple working as a team.
Married 37 years, the Schmidt’s are a force
when presented with a challenge beyond raising six children. They moved to Casper from
South Dakota in 1982 and have resided here since. First working as a Certified
Public Accountant, Phil moved to the private sector in 1988, becoming president
and majority owner of Greiner Motor Companies.
At that time, Greiner was distressed
to the point of an uncertain future. Nearly 30 years later, thanks in large
part to his business smarts and personal touch, Greiner had grown to three
dealerships, employing almost 300 people with an annual sales volume of over
Meanwhile, Jody, clearly the
“grace” in the grit and grace partnership, has worked
tirelessly at St. Anthony Tri-Parish School, within the parish at St.
Anthony’s in a number of areas, at Holy Cross Center in the food bank
ministry and on the boards of Interfaith and NAMI. Her re-imagining
and rebranding of the school fundraiser, Partners in Education (P.I.E.) was
incredibly successful and remains so today. A breast cancer survivor, she has exhibited her natural
grace during that battle, asking for prayers for others ahead of herself.
Phil received the highly prestigious Salute to
Dealers community service award from Ford Motor Company in 2009, one of six out
of 6,000 to receive it. He says he could have achieved nothing on his resume without
Casperites, whether involved in youth, community,
service or church organizations, know that our community would not be the same
without the grit and grace of Phil and Jody Schmidt.
The couple will be honored at the 21st
Awards and Recognition Breakfast to be held later this year. Tickets and
reservations will be available through the Boys & Girls Club beginning in
1701 E "K" St.
Casper, WY 82601
Club number: 307.234.2456
Program Support: 307.235.4079