On Wednesday, Chris Plack was sworn in as president of the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club, before a crowd of members and guests in an evening event to install new officers and celebrate the achievements of outgoing President Jim Smith.
Plack, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, moved to Warsaw in 2013 to pursue a relationship with his longtime pen pal, Jamie Teel Plack. They two have been married for 13 years and are the parents of twins, Sullivan and Charlotte, according to a provided news release.
Plack joined the Optimists in 2019 while running unsuccessfully for Warsaw City Council in 2019.
As Plack said, “Some folks join our club in order to one day run for office, I ran for office so I could join this club.”
The Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club was established in 1958 and is the sixth largest chapter in the United States. Its members support the success of youth in Kosciusko County by funding projects and programs such as Launchpad, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many others.
Plack ended the evening by casting vision for the club’s future as one “based on the established legacy of giving while striving for even greater achievements for our future!” Plack stated that his goal is for every cent given to organizations this coming year be “active dollars” designed to have immediate impact on the lives of youth in the county, stated the release.
“There are tough times ahead for families and children in our community and we (WBOC) are in a unique and privileged opportunity to leverage our dollars and influence to help those that need it the most, the children of our county. I’m blessed to be in this position and will give this everything I have,” he said.