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Welcome to Suburban Rotary of Omaha! 

Celebrating 50 years of Fun and Service 

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
7220 F St
Omaha, NE  68127
United States
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Jim Meier-Honor and Remember
"Honoring Gold Star Families" 
Chair of the Day: 
11:15 Greeter: Sarah Kalhorn-Wisecup 
11:45 Greeter : Ian Vickers 
Invocator: Roger Utman 
New Member Table Hosts: Holly Hollenbeck and Jeff Moran 
Last week Joe Sequenzia, Karen Rolf, and Kim-Jae Kang served as Greeters. Ward Peters gave the invocation.  We had several announcements, presentations, and two new member introductions.  Curt Peters introduced the District exchange students both inbound and outbound who talked about their experiences and plans.   The RISK bag was $200 and Jack Hosking won half the pot. 
Last week Karen Rolf introduced us to new member Kim-Jae Kang.   
Kim-Jae Kang earned a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University with full course completion for a degree in Psychology, and a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland in Counseling and Personnel Services.  She holds a C.F.M. (Certificate in Fund Raising Management) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She was co-founder of the Center of Childhood Deafness (CCD) Guild at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH), which raises funds annually for the CCD.  She also serves on the fund-raising committee for the Dominican Pediatric ENT Medical Mission for the Dominican Republic.  Her husband Rick is a surgeon at Boys Town who participates in an annual pediatric ENT Mission.  This mission includes a team of doctors, nurses, and audiologists who provide ENT surgery, health care, and audiological services to children in need.  Kim-Jae is past Vice-Chair and currently serves on the State of Nebraska’s Department of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Advisory Committee.  She worked part-time and retired from the (BTNRH-CCD) as a Parent Professional Resource Developer.
Kim-Jae has lived in three countries including France, Okinawa, Japan, and all over the United States (Hawaii, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Ohio, and Nebraska).  There are three generations of military in her family: her father retired from the U.S. Army, her husband from the U.S. Navy, and her son, Stephen, is active duty in the U.S. Army.  Kim-Jae and Rick Kang have three children, two biological daughters and one adopted son.  Her oldest daughter, Michelle, is completing residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and her youngest daughter, Nicole, is an Engineer.  Nicole and her husband, Chris, welcomed their first child, Logan two months ago! 
When Kim- Jae is not working or with her family, she enjoys gardening, art projects, gourmet cooking, and reading non-fiction.  She spends most of her spare time volunteering;  Kim-Jae has been volunteering in the community for over forty years.  Welcome, Kim-Jae! 
Last week Don Leu introduced us to new member John Maxell.  

John is the General Secretary for Omaha Valley of the Scottish Rite. His responsibilities are the following, but not limited to; overseeing the day to day operation of the Omaha Valley, protecting the assets of the building and its contents, managing the staff, overseeing the membership, helping with fundraisers, and working with the Cathedral Board and the Foundation Board.

John was born in South Dakota and moved to Omaha when he was three.  John attended school in Bellevue and College in Omaha. He became a Master Mason, Scottish Rite Mason, and Shriner in 1995. He received his KCCH in 2005 and 33° Degree Honorary in 2011. He also served as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska in 2015-2016.

John and his wife have one son, Jason, and four grandkids  - two boys and two girls. John is a former Downtown Rotarian. Welcome, John!


Last week President Jared Bakewell announced that Past President Roxy Orr had been selected to serve as District 5650 Governor in 2020-2021.  Roxy will be the 12th District Governor from Suburban Rotary.  Congratulations!   (pictured below are some of our Past DGs with Roxy).
to Curt Peters and Nate Schwalb who were recognized by Suburban Rotary Foundation Chair Kathryn Schubert last week as members of the Executive Director's Club for their donations of $10,000 to our local Foundation in support of scholarships and other projects. Thank you for your generosity! 
Congratulations to Andrew Wesely who received his pin for 1 year of perfect attendance last week from Nick Jasa!
Thank you to all those who supported our 2018 Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Fundraiser.     If you didn't donate but would like to you can do so online by clicking HERE. 
We are continuing to recognize members who made donations or pledges of $300 or more as members of the President's Scholarship Circle.  
Congratulations to those recognized last week! 
Thanks to Ranny Perez/Comper Care for hosting an After Hours for us.  Ranny is the 18/19 Fellowship Chair so if you'd like to host in the upcoming Rotary year, please let him know.
A fantastic opportunity for Rotarians to serve is coming up June 9th with Project Everlast.  Rotarians will help train at-risk youth leaving foster care on how to prepare a resume, apply, for a job, open a bank account, and more.   This is great way to give back to the community and help youth.   Please CLICK HERE to sign up for a shift.  More details will be available from Holly Hollenbeck at Thursday's meeting.  We are also looking for gently-used career clothing. Please bring it to a meeting. 
Prospect Hill Cemetery, the oldest pioneer cemetery in Omaha, 3202 Parker Street, has an agreement with Suburban Rotary to Adopt-A-Plot of grounds to keep tidy all during the growing season.  Please consider coming for one of the following future Saturday's, from 10 a.m.-noon, and help weed whack, rake yard waste, sweep the curbs, pick up sticks and pick up litter. Attendance credit guaranteed for your two hour effort.  The following Saturday's include: May 19th, June 9th, June 30th, July 28th, August 25 and September 22nd.  Please contact Ward Peters and have some fun on the beautiful grounds.
Rotarians are invited to Prospect Hill's Memorial Day Celebration at 3202 Parker St.
Presents the
39th Annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 28, 2018
Admission Free – Donations Welcome
11:00 AM (music begins at 10:45)

Anna Wilson, one of Prospect Hill’s most famous residents,
will be the subject of our program.
Anna’s Eulogy will be presented by Jim Fogarty.
 Featuring the Prospect Hill Preservation Brass Ensemble
with a performance of The Spirit of the West, a march honoring Buffalo Bill Cody
The Program:
  • Presentation of the colors by the First Nebraska Volunteers, uniformed Civil War re-enactors.
  • Invocation by the Reverend Robert Scott retired, whose great-grandfather Fredrick Krug is buried at Prospect Hill.
  • National Anthem, led by the Preservation Ensemble; and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Boy Scout Troop 88, who placed flags on veterans’ graves on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.
  • Speaker Jim Fogarty will present a special eulogy to Anna Wilson, Omaha’s legendary business woman and benefactor to Prospect Hill.  Fogarty is a well-known Omaha writer and business owner.
  • Benediction; a 21-musket salute by the First Nebraska Volunteers; and Taps and march-off
  • After the formal program, the traditional laying of a rose on Anna Wilson’s grave along the main road will be accompanied by music from the Preservation Ensemble.
Come early and park within the Cemetery or nearby. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments and books will be available for purchase.
Please leave your dogs at home.
Thank you to all those who have signed up as sponsors to help support the events and history book for our 50th Anniversary year!


Thank you to Jim Sousley/Seim Johnson for his sponsorship of student and speaker lunches for the months of May and June. 








ATTENDANCE at Suburban Rotary needs to be at 50% of the meetings. Make-ups also count. 


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