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Welcome Jeff Walker! 

Last week Steve Scheuber introduced us to new member Jeff Walker. As Deputy Program Manager and Information Security Officer for FSC Edge, Jeff provides direction and oversight of a multi-functional service contract.  
He manages and coordinates production staff including production managers, supervisors, team leaders and staff to provide data services to the US Patent and Trademark Office.  Jeff is a key leader in the implementing the security controls needed to attain the government’s Authority To Operate for our company’s segmented Amazon Web Services environment.
Jeff brings to FSC Edge many years of experience in all aspects of software development, system engineering, information security and project management.
Originally relocated here as active-duty Air Force, Jeff and his wife Michelle have raised their three grown sons (Alex, Zach and Eric ) within the Papillion community over the past 35 years. 
Michelle manages the Para Legal resources at Woodmen Life and has been with their team for nearly the whole time in Omaha.  Their sons all work at local Nebraska companies and each have 2 children.
Jeff’s hobbies include home renovation projects, robotics, cars and entertaining the grandchildren.  All family members have participated in various, school, sports, and community activities.
Welcome, Jeff!
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Help with Winter Wonderland

In the past our club has helped with the Offutt group that supports our military families with their Winter Wonderland event.  You can do this again this year- our club has given a $500 grant for the event. The event is on 12/3 at the Bellevue Lied Center. 
CLICK HERE to sign up. Please let Jennifer know if you go for attendance credit. 
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Veteran's Day 

We honor our Rotary Veterans and all Veterans this Thursday on Veteran's Day.  We encourage you to wear your Rotary Veteran pin and we thank you for your service!
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Keep the Kids Warm

Thank you to Marlene Sullivan and Lindley Clothing for hosting a fun event last Thursday.  $1400 was raised for coats for needy kids in Omaha.
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Congratulations and Thank You

Last week Mary Bernier recognized Terry Kucera as a Patron of Suburban Rotary ($5000) and Marlon Lofgren with a Charlene Tierney Citation ($1000) for their support of our local Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.  Our local Foundation supports a variety of local and international projects.
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Toiletries Collection

The final two weeks of October and the first two weeks of November we will be collecting personal hygiene products for the clients/students at Cross Training Center. They work with individuals from low income and homeless situations to gain work experience and soft skills as they try to rebuild their lives.  For more information go to
Items needed are listed below and other items associated.
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Female hygiene products
  • Toothbrush (No toothpaste as they have too much at this time)
Please bring your items to a Thursday meeting and a Community Service volunteer will collect them. Thank you! 
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Join us for Yearlings on 11/1

Get a make-up and have fun getting to know your fellow Rotarians (and enjoy a delicious lunch) at Beacon Hills (6750) Mercy Rd. at our Yearlings meeting on Monday, 11/1 at noon. You MUST be pre-registered. CLICK HERE to purchase your lunch and register by Friday 10/29. 
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Welcome Charles Byars! 

Last week Travis Sholin introduced us to new member Charles Byars.  
Charles Byars was born and raised in North Omaha. He lost both of his parents by the age of four and began what seemed to be a journey of always getting the short end of the stick. Charles grew up as a ward of the state without consistency, a loving home, or anyone to turn to. Charles was determined to figure something out. In the early years of being a teenager Charles began to connect with a few non-profits that began to connect him with Jesus. Right away Charles knew that God had a bigger plan for him. Charles learned to stay positive despite being surrounded by negativity. Charles worked hard to get out of that cycle and now wants to give back to the same community he was raised in to help other individuals like himself. Charles wants to plant seeds in our youth. Charles had the vision of being a business owner and it wasn’t for his own self gain. He wanted to be a business owner to create unity, opportunity, and legacy. He is the founder and owner of Integrity Cleaning Services. Their mission is to bridge the gap in North Omaha. They aim to create opportunities for youth by equipping them with jobs, positive environments, and teaching them about creating a legacy. Legacies that equip our children and children’s children.
Currently, Charles is a member of Empowerment Network, an organization dedicated to doing business with other entrepreneurs in North Omaha. He is currently in Shift Omaha, an entrepreneur incubator dedicated to raising new leaders. Charles has seen that with the right tools people can rise above their daily situation. Charles has two young children and one angel baby that are his daily motivation. In Charles free time he loves to golf and spend time outdoors with his family.
Welcome, Charles! 
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Rotary Leadership Institute

This is open to all members.  
Engage and empower members . . .
Energize and strengthen your Rotary Club . . .
Provide Leadership Development for Members . . . 
Learn about Rotary and have fun!
That is the Rotary Leadership Institute experience!
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a facilitated program with active participation - not lecturing. Topics important to Rotary and Rotary Clubs such as Effective Service Projects, Membership Engagement, and understanding The Rotary Foundation are explored. You will discuss real challenges and exchange ideas.
Sign up yourself - you will be a more effective leader for your Rotary Club.
Nominate members and they will naturally become more engaged because they will have a richer Rotary experience.
RLI is for everyone - Leadership is not a position, it is action.
There are two upcoming opportunities to participate in RLI.
You must participate in the full day to get credit.
PARTS I, II and III offered - pending registrations
There will be a live session with our partner District in Iowa - District 6000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Live
First United Methodist Church
309 North Main St
Mount Pleasant, Iowa   52641 (Southeast Iowa)
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Central Time
Lunch and breaks provided
Cost $85
Nicolette Klein, 
Chair - Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA Division
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Thank you! 

to Dan Schnoes who was recognized for his term on the Board last week!
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Interact Food Drive 

Our Millard North Interact Club is hosting a Food Drive.  If you bring your food to the meeting on Thursday, President Dave Laferla has offered to deliver it to them.   
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Oktoberfest/Prospective Member Day

Please attend this week as we have a fun day planned at Rotary.  This will be a day to bring a prospective member to learn about Suburban Rotary.  We will have an Oktoberfest menu with beer for sale ($5 each).   Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, we will have free beer for the first 20 Rotarians with prospective members and your guest!!! 
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Lake Party

Thank you to all who attended the fantastic Lake Party last Friday night. A special thanks to John Hoich for hosting and for Barb Rebrovich and Alice Schumaker for planning on behalf of the Board of Directors.  You can see more photos on our Facebook page.
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Welcome Steve Schrader! 

Last week Dick Miller introduced us to new member Steve Schrader.   Steve grew up in the Midwest and has been in Omaha for the last 30 years.  He has been married to Karen, a Physician's Assistant, for the last 43 years.  They have a son and daughter, and are enjoying being part of their two grandchildren's lives.
Steve recently left the Omaha Housing Authority after serving as the Director of Capital Improvements and Procurement.  Prior to OHA, Steve owned Dundee Hardware where he earned accolades including the Golden Spike Award and Best Hardware Store in Omaha.
He is Past President of the Dundee Business Improvement District and two home owners associations.
Steve is a trained home inspector and all-around construction professional, having renovated more than a dozen obsolete homes in the Omaha area.  
Steve is currently flipping two homes and considering opportunities as a Contracting and Construction Management Consultant.  
Welcome, Steve!
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Welcome Patrice Pittman!

Last week, Edna Brooks-Pittman introduced new member, and her daughter, Patrice Pittman, to the club.   Patrice is a Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense, United States Air Force. 
She is a graduate of Central High School, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (BS Political Science) and University of Nebraska-Omaha (Master of Public Administration).   Patrice is proud to to be half of the only Mother-Daughter duo to hold the same graduate level degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha Department of Public Administration
In her free time, Patrice is active in the community as a Volunteer Ambassador with Omaha Performing Arts and volunteer income tax preparer during the spring. She is an auntie to 14 nieces and nephews and a godmother and guardian to a 16 year-old junior at Westside High School. 
Patrice's life mantra is:  "Do Unto Others as You would Have them Do Unto You"
She also enjoys her siblings, friends, hanging out with her mom, and four-legged furry friends.  Welcome, Patrice!
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Welcome Scott Tafoya! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Scott Tafoya.  Scott is the Owner of Arcosanti Roofing.  Born and raised in Papillion Nebraska, Scott graduated from Papillion LaVista high school. He then went onto Colorado State University, where he had a very enjoyable time that did not include studying, so he ultimately ended up back in Nebraska where he did his undergrad and graduate work in Architecture and business.
Upon graduation, he discovered 6 years too late that he’d be a very “average” architect, and he doesn’t like to do anything “average”. In 1999 he started Arcosanti Homes Inc., where he built the first Energy Star certified home, then the first Nebraska Green Certified home, in Omaha. At the time, his homes were the most energy efficient homes ever tested by the State of Nebraska Energy Office.
The housing bubble of 2007 forced a re-branding to Arcosanti Inc, where he focused mainly on roofing. Today, Arcosanti Inc specializes in residential and commercial roofing, siding, windows and gutters.
Scott is married to Lisa and they have two girls and a Golden Retriever.  
Scott is active in multiple organizations that focus on children, specifically disadvantaged youth. His passion over the past 5 years has been as a medical missionary with Grace4Haiti, where he has traveled 5x to head up the construction of a hospital, as well as being the official “McGuyver” of the group, fixing everything from anesthesia machines to toilets, even assisting surgeries in the OR during emergencies. He serves or has served on the board of multiple organizations that give back to the community.
In his free time, Scott is a 2x Ironman and former USA Triathalon official that still enjoys running, biking (now with his girls in tow), hiking, and his newest hobby, astronomy.
Scott’s burning desire is to win the lottery so that he can dedicate the rest of his life to serving others, specifically children, while exploring the world with his girls.
Welcome, Scott!
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Rotary Foundation Month 2021-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Share your Rotary Story! 

This year, Rotary District 5650 will be embarking on an exciting new marketing campaign unlike anything we've ever done! A central part of our effort is to tell the stories of Rotarians like you who are serving your communities through video and written articles.
Help us showcase the benefits you receive through Rotary membership and the good we do in our local communities and around the world.
Nominate yourself (which is highly encouraged) or a fellow Rotarian for consideration now!
We're also looking for Rotarians to join the public image committee and help with this campaign.
Last, we've launched a request for proposal to seek bids for the videography element of our campaign with submissions due August 20th.
Visit our new microsite at to get involved.
Yours in Rotary,
Jared Bakewell
Public Image Chair
Rotary District 5650
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Welcome Joshua Vollertsen! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Joshua Vollertsen. Joshua earned his Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.  After college, he moved to New York where he worked in finance and met his wife, Christine.  Joshsua worked for Millennium Partners, focused on risk management and trading.  He transitioned to Credit Suisse where he developed successful trading and investment strategies. 
Following his career on Wall Street, Joshua relocated his family to Omaha in 2013.  He and his wife have two boys, Luke and Wyatt. Joshua is the Owner and Operator of two Coolgreens restaurants.     Welcome, Joshua! 
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Give the Gift of Rotary

Last week our Yearling of the Year, Theresa Kelly gave the invocation.   It made a impression on all of us.  Think about who you can invite to Rotary and give the gift of service, friendship, and fun.
Theresa's invocation: 
Thinking back to when you joined Rotary:
Who were you when you joined?
Why did you join Rotary?
RI Vision Statement: "Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves." 
Think now about today:
Who have you become as a result of joining Rotary?
How has your "why" developed - what does Rotary mean to you?
In one and a half years I have seen RI's vision statement come true on all levels it mentions. Most personally, joining Rotary has given me confidence that I am worthy of a seat at the proverbial table. 
I love what Rotary stands for and I love who we as Rotarians are. I want to share that love and I hope this reflection stirred some of that love in you as well. 
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Blue Badge

Congratulations to James Reed who earned his blue badge and received it last week from Past Yearlings Chair, Alice Schumaker.
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After Hours

Thanks to Al Batschalet and the First Responders Foundation for sponsoring a fun event last week. If you did not get signed in, please let Jennifer know you were there to get attendance credit.  See more photos on our Facebook page. 
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Welcome Mo Barry!

Last week Jared Bakewell introduced us to new member Mohamed "Mo" Barry.   Mo is a Realtor with KW Elite- Keller Williams, specializing in portfolio liquidations/acquisitions and commercial mutli-family and triple-net leasing.
Mo is originally from Guinea, West Africa and moved to Atlanta when he was 4.   His mom is an entrepeneur and investor in Atlanta. Mo fell in love with football at a young age and was a 3-star recruit to the University of Nebraska. While playing football, he won numerous accolades including Defensive Team MVP (2018), All- Big Ten Third Team, and Academic All-Big Ten for four years.
Mo's girlfriend is Madison and they have one year-old Mia together who Mo describes as "his greatest blessing".   Mo is joining Rotary to connect with exceptional individuals with like-minded interests in helping youth.
Welcome, Mo!
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Welcome John Ferguson!

Last week Rich Craig introduced us to new member John Ferguson.   John is the Owner of SpeedPro Imaging, a wide format graphics and printing company that was opened originally in 2009. SpeedPro produces signs, posters, vehicle graphics, and environmental signage for construction projects.  SpeedPro is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Printing United Alliance. SpeedPro is a 3M Certified vehicle and architectural graphics installation company. This is selective endorsement by 3M as there are only 2 other certified companies in the
state of Nebraska. John also holds various committee positions within the SpeedPro franchise network.
John grew up in Omaha and attended UNL. He holds a degree in Biochemistry.  He is married to Kalene and they have three children. 

John is also a serial entrepreneur.  He founded Eldorado Investment Group, a construction remodeling company in 2011. In 2014 he founded Wonder Tortoise, a commercial
and residential real estate company which holds over $3 million dollars in real estate assets. 
Welcome, John!
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Congratulations and Thank You! 

District Governor Roxy Orr recognized Dick Kelley for his generosity to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International last week. Dick is a Major Donor Level III which means he has given over $50K to support projects to promote literacy, fight disease and poverty, and promote peace. Thank you, Dick!
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Deadline Wed to Sign up for the District Conference 

We hope to have a strong showing in support of District Governor Roxy Orr at her in-person District Conference.  Please CLICK HERE to register.

We also hope many of you will join us at the fun event at the Storm Chasers on Friday night. CLICK HERE to buy tickets. Use the code ROTARY to get discounted tickets. 
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Yearling of the Year 

Congratulations to Theresa Kelly who was recognized as the Dr. Sol Kutler Yearling of the Year last week.  (Dr. Sol was a Past President who started the Yearlings program). Theresa was a very active member who organized the Life House diaper drive event for us.  
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Reminders for You 

 We will be meeting at the German American Society (3717 S 120th St.) for the months of July and August. Cost will remain at $17.  
50% attendance requirements will resume on July 1.  Make sure you get your badge scanned when you come in. Make-ups can be made at After Hours, service projects, committee meetings, visiting other clubs, and by attending on Zoom.
A Zoom meeting fee of $10 will apply to attendees and you must be on by 12:20 to get attendance credit. You can pay online weekly or purchase a Zoom card on our website (top right).  You must be paid by 5pm on Friday for your attendance to count.   Jennifer will NOT contact you about this- please take care of it promptly.  Thank you!  
100%ers will be recognized again starting in July.  Jennifer will be contacting previous 100%ers to see if you will continue each month.  We will go on the honor system that you had had 100% during covid or you can skip the year.
Just a reminder that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and join us on Zoom to help keep everyone healthy!
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Rotarian of the Year 

Last week we honored the late Andy Goranson as our Rotarian of the Year for his service and generosity.  His wife, Abby, came to accept the award. 
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Omahan of the Year

Congratulations to Bryant Morrison whom we honored as Omahan of the Year last week!
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Zoom meeting payments

You can pay for a single meeting here or pay for 10 to get a Zoom punch card.
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The traditional RISK drawing returns this month

Be sure you to write your name on a dollar and put it in the RISK bag this week.   We are returning to the old method of winning a chance at the RISK wheel. A dollar to play each week.   Thanks to all who have supported this game (and our Foundation over the last year).  The pot is currently at over $1100 and you can win half! 
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Welcome to Jody-Ann Coore! 

Last week Jennifer introduced our new a/v tech, Jody- Ann Coore. Jody- Ann will be helping set up and run our a/v and Zoom at Anthony's during our weekly meetings.  

Jody-Ann Coore is a doctoral student, pursuing a degree in Educational Psychology. She is eager and passionate to change the lives of disadvantaged young people through education. Jody-Ann believes that helping at-risk individuals unlock their cognitive abilities will help change their perspective about themselves and the world around them. Thus, creating hope and increasing resilience to overcome life's challenges. She is an avid cheerleader for the underdog. 

Jody-Ann has previous experience working with faculty and students around issues of community engagement, previously working with the Eureka Summer program a partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Girls Inc. to empower young girls to pursue post-secondary (STEM) education. She has also worked with community members on issues of food insecurity to empower and lift their voices in creating the change that is personally meaningful. Outside of school and community work, Jody-Ann enjoy going on outdoor adventures with her toddler son.

Jody-Ann holds a BA in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself and welcome Jody-Ann when you see her.  


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In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of Dave "Dino" Paladino. 
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Lisa, at 127 N. 39th St., Omaha, NE 68131.  CLICK HERE to read Dave's obituary. 
Visitation is Wednesday, July 7th from 5pm to 7pm at the Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Avenue
Memorial Service is Thursday, July 8th at 10:30am at Christ Community Church.
Please keep Dave's family in your thoughts and prayers. 
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Scholarship Luncheon 

Thank you to our Scholarship Committee, Fundraising Committee, all that donated, and attended our fantastic luncheon at Happy Hollow last week. 
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21-22 Annual Dues are PAST DUE 

If you have not yet paid dues, please do so as soon as possible.  Pay your 21-22 Annual Dues online or by mail.   We ask all payments to be made by June 1st so we may pay Rotary Intl. on your behalf.  
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Rotary Car Show- Wow! 

Thank you to all of our AMAZING volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors for your support of this incredible event.   Thank you to the Car Show committee led by Amanda Fink.   A special thank you to Peter Fink for the use of his car museum.
We estimate around 200 exhibitors and between 1500-2000 people attended. 
Stay tuned for updates on the final totals.   
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Meal Packaging

Thank you to all who participated at the meal packaging project.  All food is going to Food Bank for the Heartland.  See our Facebook page for more photos!
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 Car Show Preview 

Join us for a fun After Hours on 4/22.   Everyone is welcome to bring one guest- kids must be 12 and up. 
We are also looking for volunteers to take a task for our June car show that raises funds for Polio Plus and our local Foundation.   Please let Jennifer or Amanda Fink know if you can help. 
We are searching for corporate sponsors (does not need to be automotive-related). Is there someone you do business with that would make a great sponsor? 
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Only 20 spots left for the Scholarship Luncheon!

Our annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 6th at Happy Hollow Club at 11:30.   You must be pre-registered to attend.  Cost is $30 pp. The luncheon will be outside (weather-permitting) under a tent. 
You will leave inspired- make plans to join us!
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Car Show Preview/After Hours

Join us on Thursday, April 22nd for a fun After Hours and preview of the Certified Transmission Car Museum where we will hold our car show fundraiser.   Save the Date- more information TBA.  
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Welcome James Reed! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member James Reed.  James is a lifelong entrepreneur and advocate for emerging business enterprises. Starting young on the family sod farm south of Kansas City, he has a diverse business background from owning a heavy-duty truck dealership with his mother to implementing rail asset utilization and recycling programs as a contractor for Union Pacific. His wife Sharla is a Nebraska native, and they moved to Omaha 6-years ago with their young son.  James currently serves on the board of The Studios Inc, an arts non-profit in KC, and is the Manager of Business Development for American Express providing membership strategies to Nebraska business owners. He is an Eagle Scout and personal interests include soccer/swim dad activities, dirt biking, and travel.  
Welcome, James! 
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Welcome Mark Ostronic!

Last week Marlon Lofgren introduced us to new member Mark Ostronic.  Mark was born and raised in Omaha and went to college here at Creighton and UNO.  Mark started his Banking career at Commercial Federal Bank as Personal Banker in 2002.  After a couple years, Mark moved to the commercial banking space and has worked as the Commercial Banking Manager at Great Western Bank since 2016.  Mark has been involved with several philanthropic organizations such as The National MS Society, Junior Achievement and the Knights of Aksarben. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife Christina and their 2 sons, Josh and Elijah, playing golf and DIY projects at home.  Welcome, Mark!
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Welcome Brad Hansen!

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member, Brad Hansen.   Brad is the Chief Operating Officer of Shred Vault – a new Omaha-based company that developed a revolutionary new kiosk to make paper shredding more convenient to every household.  Prior to joining Shred Vault, he held executive positions at Boy’s Town National Research Hospital as well as Methodist Health System.  He's a recovering attorney, having practiced a few years in Chicago as a corporate attorney, and before that, he served in the Iowa Legislature as a State Representative for Council Bluffs and Carter Lake from 1997 – 2003 where he focused my time on legislative issues in healthcare.
Brad is a native of Missouri Valley, IA  and holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Master's and law degree from the University of Iowa.  Brad is married to Suzanne and they have three children.   In his free time, Brad works on anything related to taking care of a 50 year old home.  As you might expect, his family has an ongoing battle Hawkeyes v. Huskers and they enjoy traveling to Florida in the winter. Welcome, Brad!
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Welcome Andrew Galvin! 

Last week Tom Kerfoot introduced us to new member Andrew Galvin.  Andrew was born and raised in Omaha, went to college here at UNO, and after graduation started working at TD Ameritrade. After a couple of years there he moved over to Stifel where he works as a Financial Advisor. When he is not working with clients you can find him out in the community with the Omaha Jaycees, a group dedicate to Young Professional development, or presiding over his Wednesday Optimist club’s lunch meeting as its President. Outside of work and community involvement he enjoys playing golf, staying active, and relaxing with friends.  Welcome, Andrew! 
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 

All Rotarians are invited to join in RYLA, Saturday mornings from 9am to noon on May 1 -June 12, 2021.  You MUST register at by April 23 to receive a link for any/all mornings.  Pre-registration is important.  It's ok if you cannot make it, yet it is easier for the committee to plan if you pre-register now.
Follow us on Instagram at #RYLA5650
The full syllabus is on the website.
Calendar dates:
April 12-23 - take your Top 5 Strengths Assessment if you wish to join the May 1 RYLA "Unpacking your Top 5 Strengths" presentation.
Until April 23 - RSVP to attend any RYLA class discussion or presentation.
May 1, 9:00 am - noon - RYLA kick-off and "Unpacking Your Top 5 Strengths" presentation.
May 2 - 8, TBD Miss Representation Evening Watch Party
May 8  - 10:30 am Discuss Miss Representation
May 9 - 14, TBD The Mask You Wear Evening Watch Party
May 15 – 10:30 am Discuss The Mask You Wear
May 22 –  10:30am - Extreme Event Activity, need ten volunteers, please inquire.
May 29 – 9:00 am - noon, Leadership and Ethics (Interactive session led by the Business Ethics Alliance)
June 5 – Guest Speakers
            10:00 am - From Israel, Interactor Ofek Nuriel, Hear My Story Project
            10:40am - From Chile, Rotaractor Ignacio Gonzales, My Rise in Rotary
Contact Lori Benton for more info,
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Thank you for Supporting our Annual Fundraiser! 2021-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Donate here! 

Make your donation to the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation!
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Spring Cleaning for Hope 

Thanks to all our donors and volunteers who have helped collect for Least of our Brethen. If you are able to help load/unload this week on Wednesday at 4pm, please contact Kelly Adams.
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Welcome Jeannette Gabriel! 

Mary Bernier introduced us to our newest member, Jeannette Gabriel.   Dr. Jeannette Gabriel is the Director of the Nate and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  She received her B.A. from Madison, her M.A. from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. 
Her work is related to American history and religion with an emphasis on issues of race and gender.  Her current research projects examine Jewish life in the 20th century Midwest focusing on African American and Jewish relations,  Jewish engagement in civil and human rights struggles, and the impact of WWII refugee resettlement on Jewish communities.  Her goal is to reveal untold stories, explicating and enriching the existing historical record. 
Dr. Gabriel teaches classes in Judaic Studies that have been cross listed with Women’s Studies, History and Black Studies. She also teaches classes within Omaha's Jewish community. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and gardening.  Welcome, Jeannette!
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Volunteers Needed! 

We are looking for volunteers to be Zoom and in-person Greeters. We are also looking for volunteers to give the weekly invocation (can be online or in-person).  Please CLICK HERE to sign up.  
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Welcome Bud Schwanke! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Bud Schwanke.   Bud is the Owner of Action Insurance which he founded in 1992.   Bud is married to Sue Ann and they have two sons in college.   In his free time, he roots for the Huskers to beat the Hawkeys and he and his wife are looking forward to the next chapter of life and more traveling.  Welcome, Bud!
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Survey and free book from C-Span

Thanks so much for having us last week.    Also, if you know of other clubs or community organizations that might be interested in hearing this presentation, please have them contact Doug Hemming-
We are still new to this format and I want to make sure it was valuable information for your club. Since this is new to us, we would love any feedback that you all have. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this survey.   (
Finally,  As a small token of our appreciation, we’d like to send you and your members a FREE copy of our awarding-winning book, The Senate: An Enduring Foundation of Democracy. This visually rich book showcases the architectural details and 200-year evolution of the Senate’s ornate hallways, private work spaces and historic meeting rooms. There’s no strings attached – this isn’t spam – we don’t sell your information. It’s just our way of saying THANKS for your support!
If you’re interested, please complete the online form found here: C-SPAN Senate Book – Quantities are limited so hurry!
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21-22 Sgt at Arms

Last week Kathryn Schubert moved to accept the nomination of Monique Devillier to serve as Sgt. at Arms for the 21-22 Rotary year.   Joe Sequenzia seconded. The  motion passed. Congratulations to Monique!  
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About Us 

Keep Roxy Orr in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers from a hip replacement.  Roxy's address is 807 N. 131st Plaza, Omaha, NE 68154
Keep Rex Ekwall in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from pneumonia at Brookestone.  His address is 5946 Oak Hills Dr., Omaha, NE 68137 
Condolences to Don Leu on the loss of his aunt.  His address is 5105 Davenport St., Omaha, NE 68132
(If you have information for the About Us section, please let Jennifer know.) 
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In Memoriam

Suburban Rotary is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of our Sgt. at Arms, Past Secretary, and good friend, Andy Goranson.   Many were able to attend the services or watch online this morning.   Condolences may be sent to his family at 444 South 88th St., Omaha, NE 68114.   Below is from today's funeral program.  The go fund me for Andy's family is here:

Andrew Hess Goranson, 44, passed away December 29, 2020 in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Andy is survived by his wife Abby, sons Max and Gus, and best dog Lola; brother Christopher, mother-in-law Mary Pat Cheshier; brother-in-law Eric (Kelly) Cheshier and nephew Cyrus and niece Haley; aunt Joan (Dick) Schlanker; and countless other family and friends. Preceded in death by mother Carol Hess Goranson, father Lowell Goranson. He will be deeply missed.
Andy was a proud husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a Swanson Superstar, Westside Warrior, UNL alum; President of Access Payment Processing; Rotarian; Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster for Pack 866; officer of the Lambda Nu Chapter of Fiji; Golfer, bowler and fisherman with varying degrees of success. Andy loved many things: football, rugby, the Cubs, good food, good beer, good bourbon; dogs and manatees; BMWs; Widespread Panic, classical music and good, smooth jazz; the one and only Amazing Technicolor Show Choir; camping and exploring from Indian Cave to the Great Wall; long talks with anyone willing to listen and good, strong hugs. Mostly, he loved his family, his friends and his clients. Andy never met a stranger (literally, he knew everyone).
Andy taught us all how to love and live without abandon, to cherish all who we are lucky to know, and to say I love you at every opportunity. The world is a better place because of Andy, and those who knew him are better for it.

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Yearlings Rescheduled for January 18th 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

District Food Drive

The District is hosting a Food Drive for the Food Bank in conjunction with an adjoining District.  If you'd like to donate, please CLICK HERE.  Be sure to put your name and club name there.
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Virtual Holiday Party 

Thanks to everyone who planned and participated in our Virtual Holiday Party last weekend. It was fun seeing all the ugly sweaters and enjoying your company online.   Congratulations to Ranny Perez and Kathryn Schubert who won the ugly sweater and trivia contests.
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Welcome Mitch McCartney!

Last week Monique Devillier introduced us to  new member Mitch McCartney.   Currently, Mitch serves as a Development Manager for Heartland Family Service, a human services agency dedicated to strengthening families and individuals in our community through education, counseling, and support services. He is a liaison for the communities of Sarpy County and southwestern Iowa.
During his career, Mitch has also worked at the Nebraska Legislature, the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Salvation Army Kroc Center, serving in roles primarily related to communications, development, and program administration.
Mitch has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
His wife, Jean, is a pastor at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa. They have a daughter, Maddie. Mitch’s son (Brian) and daughter-in-law (Brandy) live in North Carolina with their children (Rae and Clyde).
In his spare time, Mitch is a member of the board of directors for Sing Omaha, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for SID #516, and is a certified barbecue judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Welcome, Mitch!
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Welcome (back) Diana Whitman! 

Last week Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt re-introduced us to returning member Diana Whitman.   Diana is part of the Investment Management Team where she serves as an Investment Officer within First National Bank’s Wealth Management Group.   She has been with them since 2005. She is responsible for investment management portfolios for personal trusts, institutions, foundations, and endowments.
Diana is a returning member of our club.  She is also an Omaha Chamber of Commerce Leadership Omaha graduate.   She has held several security licenses and is an Affiliate Member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Nebraska.  Additionally, Diana holds the Certificate of Recognition from Informa Solutions University where she completed Zephyr Investment and Benchmark Analytics.
She is a current member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals and its Greater Midwest Chapter. 
Diana is a UNL graduate with a BS in Economics.  She holds her CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate and is completing her MBA at Wayne State College.
Diana has been married to John Hanssen for over 20 years and they have a freshman at Westside High School. In her free time, Diana enjoys being involved with school activities- her son is involved in baseball, bowling, and band and they enjoy watching the football games.  Welcome, Diana!
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Slate of Officers 

Congratulations to the following Officers who were elected last week at the Club Assembly.  Joe Sequenzia moved to accept the Slate and Kathryn Schubert seconded. Motion passed.  

President Designee: Kevin Welsh (to serve 22-23)

To serve with President Dave Laferla (21-22):

Treasurer: Jack Heidel 

Secretary: Amanda Fink 
Rich Craig, Danielle (Clear) Stalp, Hannah Wright, and Zach Ziler 

Trustees 2021-2024 John Hoich, Randy Wieseler 
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Coming Up  7/29/21

Tom and Marylu Gouttierre
"Go to Afghanistan? Are you serious? JFK and the Peace Corps"
Chair of the Day: Ward Peters 
Invocator: Mitch McCartney 
11:15 Greeter: Tom Kerfoot 
11:45 Greeter: John Binderup 
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Zoom Room Hosts Needed 

This week we are going to break up attendees into smaller groups prior to the meeting for socialization using Zoom Rooms.  If you are willing to lead conversation for a small group of 5-6 people, please let Jennifer know. You would need to be on at 11:45.  
Zoom Room Hosts Needed 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Tips for Anthony's Servers

As we all know restaurants and restaurant workers have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic.   Even though we are not meeting in-person right now, we still want to provide those hard-working folks with their year-end gifts from us. 
Please consider donating the cost of a lunch (or more!) toward this effort.     Also, please consider ordering take-out or purchasing gift cards to help Anthony's through this tough time.  
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Sonic Tragedy in Bellevue

Our Rotarian, Bryant Morrison, is the Owner of this restaurant where the terrible shooting occurred last weekend.  As you can imagine, he and his staff are reeling from the tragedy and the loss of these young lives.  If you would like to support the families and workers A Go Fund Me has been set up.  CLICK HERE to donate.    Funds raised will go toward funerals, medical bills, and other expenses. 

Please keep Bryant and his staff in your thoughts and prayers.   
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Need Some Service Above Self?

With covid cases rising in Omaha, we know some folks are trying not to go out as much.  If you need help with grocery pick-up (or other errands), please reach out to Jennifer. We have Rotarians who are willing to help with this.   All will be confidential.   
Need Some Service Above Self? 2020-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Ryan Heppner! 

Last week Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt introduced us to new member Ryan Heppner.  Ryan is a Relationship Manager with U.S. Bank and the banker for Suburban Rotary.    Ryan was born and raised in Clinton, IA, along the Mississippi River. He moved to Omaha 6 years ago for work.
He has been with US Bank a little over a year now, but prior to that was in banking for most of his career.   His role as a relationship manager is to help companies both large and small with any needs that may arise. Ryan started at Iowa Central Community College playing football before graduating from Bellevue University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his 2-year old son, Jaxon. He also enjoys working out and watching sports.  Welcome, Ryan!
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December Yearlings Cancelled 2020-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

In-Person Meetings Suspended 

Due to rising covid cases in the community and the requests of the Governor and Health Department to limit in-person gatherings, Suburban Rotary will be temporarily meeting on Zoom only. 
In-Person Meetings Suspended 2020-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Halloween Costume Video 

A special thanks to Karen Rolf who created a fun video of Rotarians and family and friends in Halloween costumes for us to enjoy at last week's meeting.  Thank you also to our anonymous donors who donated $214 to the Rotary Foundation for the fun photos!  If you missed seeing it, you can watch it by clicking HERE. 
Halloween Costume Video 2020-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Time to Ring the Bells! 

Sign up to ring the bells for the Salvation Army. We will be ringing at the HyVee on 132nd and Dodge on December 4th and December 11th.  Go the calendar portion of our website, click on the date and sign up.  Friends and family are welcome.
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Keep the Kids Warm

Thank you generous Rotarians! Our Keep the Kids Warm Comfort drive raised $2215 which will be used for coats, warm clothes, and other supplies Crestridge students need this year.
Keep the Kids Warm 2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

Engage and empower members . . .
Energize and strengthen your Rotary Club . . .
Provide Leadership Development for Members . . . 
Learn about Rotary and have fun!
That is the Rotary Leadership Institute experience!
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Rotary Desk for Sale 

L- shaped, Solid wood 60 inches by 80 inches- 29 inches high. 2 desk drawers and 2 filing cabinet drawers.  Good shape- a little wear on the front edge and around one corner at the bottom. You may pick up the desk in Council Bluffs.  Best offer (funds go back to the club). Please contact Jennifer for more information. 
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Suburban Rotary Clothing-limited time! 

Thanks to Tom Kerfoot who arranged for Suburban Rotary clothing to be made available to the club. There are hats, shirts, jackets, sweaters, vests, etc. This is the only opportunity right now to get Suburban Rotary logo clothing and we have a ton of choices in styles/colors.    The store will be open for orders until August 4th.   Place your order online by CLICKING HERE. 
Suburban Rotary Clothing-limited time! 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Tree Planting Volunteer Opportunity 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Nicaragua School for the Deaf

Many of you will remember the matching grant to Suburban Rotary to open a school for the deaf in Nicaragua in 2007. Dr. Ann Coyne maintained the school until 2017 through the sale of pottery and through her own personal funds. Upon her retirement, Ann formed a non profit in early 2017, Advocacy Network for Nicaraguan Deaf Education (ANNDE), a 501(c)3 organization. Curt Peters generously provided the resources to set up a website:
It only costs $15,000 a year to pay all expenses for the school and to change the lives of 25 deaf and indigent children. PLEASE HELP with your donation through the website, or by mail to Frank Goldberg, ANNDE Treasurer. Feel free to contact me with questions, Ann Olmsted, 
Thank you!
  • Ann Olmsted, ANNDE President
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Time to Rejoin Suburban Rotary! 

Membership Chair, Kevin Welsh, announced a special incentive to those who have left Suburban Rotary to return before the end of this Rotary year (June 30, 2021).   For this time period, the club will waive the Yearlings requirements and initiation fee for prior Suburban Rotarians.   With our new hybrid meeting format, we hope that members who had struggled to participate will find it easy to join us and be engaged.  Who do you know that was a previous member and would like to return?  Please reach out- any questions please see Kevin or Jennifer. 
Time to Rejoin Suburban Rotary! 2020-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Update from Togo

Good news!  The shipping container has arrived on site.  From Ian Vickers:  Yesterday, during my meeting with our Togo partners, they have confirmation the container with the X-ray machine, has cleared customs and arrived.  It is safely on site and will be installed once the Health Center is finalized near the end of this month. 
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Inclusivity Workshops

Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. District 5650 embraces these values and believes that it is through creating a sense of inclusion and belonging in our Clubs that we will increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. This is imperative to our ability to meet our mission as Rotarians. 
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Firepit Fun!

Rotarians had a great time petting animals, taking a hayrack ride, and enjoying some good food and company last Thursday night. Thanks to Zach Ziler for organizing and for our anonymous donor who provided the food and drinks!
(See all our photos on Facebook)
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Rotary Face Masks

Tell the world you believe in "Service Above Self" when wearing your Rotary face mask.  Cost is $10 and we can mail it to you or you can pick it up at a meeting. Use button below to pay or CLICK HERE. 
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Thanks to the Environmental Committee and volunteers who helped plant at the Florence Home a few months ago.  We received an email from 
the Florence Home Activity Director and thought we would share it with you:
The note read “Today is the 1st day of Fall and we are still harvesting the vegetables!!! Oh what a blessing of you all bring to the residents here everyday”.
Veggies! 2020-09-28 05:00:00Z 0


Last week John Hoich presented Bryant Morrison with his Blue Badge for finishing the Yearlings requirements.  Congratulations, Bryant! 
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Salvation Army Volunteer Recognition 


The Salvation Army has asked us to convey information about their event to you: 

Our annual volunteer recognition event is going virtual!  This year, due to COVID-19, we have made our event a virtual one.  We want to make sure we celebrate your generous and selfless gift of volunteering while keeping everyone safe.  Please join us on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00am via Facebook to watch our event.

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District Conference Award

Last week District Governor Roxy Orr presented the club with the 19-20 award for Best Disaster Relief Project for our Food Bank Fundraiser.  Congratulations to all  members!
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Africa Declared Free of Wild Polio Virus! 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Give Us a Follow! 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
News from Other Clubs 2020-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Car Show Postponed 

The Rotary Car Show fundraiser has been postponed to spring. Please help spread the word. We will let you know when we have a new date.  
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Weekly Volunteers Needed 

Please sign up to Greet (in person or on Zoom), Invocate, and help with meeting hosting at our centralized spreadsheet by clicking HERE. 
Weekly Volunteers Needed 2020-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rock- A-Hula 

Thanks to John Hoich and Mary and Bob Bernier for hosting a fabulous event last Friday.   A great time was had by all!
Rock- A-Hula 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Deadline is Friday for May RISK wheel!

Sign up to play in May now. Deadline is Friday.   Pot is at $981 right now.   Beginning June 1, we will return to paying $1 to play weekly. 
This year it will have a twist to allow those on Zoom and in the room to play and win.
1.) You must be signed up and paid before the 1st Thursday meeting of the month.   Pay online at CLICK HERE. 
2.) There will be one spot for half the pot and the others will be covered in a variety of prizes including gift cards and free lunches.
3.) One winner of half the pot per month.  If half the pot is not won in any given month, the RISK pot will continue to grow until it is won. 
4.) Once the pot is won, we will give away the smaller prizes until the contest begins again in the next month.  
Have fun and help us do some FUNdraising for our great Suburban Rotary Programs.  
Deadline is Friday for May RISK wheel! 2020-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Cemetery Clean-Up 

Cemetery Clean- Up at Prospect Hill this weekend.  7:30-9:30 am to beat the heat.  Please let Ward Peters know if you will attend. 
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Menu 2020-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

You Must Pre-register by Wednesday to Attend the Meeting at Anthony's

Now that we are meeting back at Anthony's,   You must be pre-registered to attend. At this time, only people eating lunch are able to attend.   Cost is $17 and will be plated.  Consider purchasing a 10 lunch ticket to make weekly registration easier.   If you already have a lunch ticket, please just send Jennifer an email or call to register. 
Order a Rotary logo face mask
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In Memoriam 

We were saddened to learn of the passing of long-time Suburban Rotary member, Ken Masimore, last week.   He was a good friend and a good Rotarian and will be missed.    Ken's visitation is Tuesday night from 5-7 pm  and the funeral is Wednesday at 11am at the Heafey and Cutler Chapel on Center.  
Condolences may be sent to his wife Gerry at 17490 Orchard Ave, Omaha, NE 68135.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. 
Ken's obituary is HERE.  
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District Conference

Thank you to everyone who participated in this weekend's Virtual District Conference! 
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Backpacks for students at the Children's and Family Center

We had originally planned a community celebration with the Children and Family Center but that project has changed due to the virus and will now be a backpack distribution. Volunteers are needed to pack and distribute backpacks. It will take place with social distancing and masks will be required.  CLICK HERE to see available spots.   3549 Fontanelle Blvd.  
Backpacks for students at the Children's and Family Center 2020-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Register by Tuesday at noon! 

Registration is closed for this week.
We will have a in-person meeting at ESU#3 to test the format on Thursday, July 23rd.  (6949 S. 110th St. )  You must sign up in advance.  We will be having lunch from Famous Dave's- pulled beef sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, and bottled water. You can also use your lunch ticket- just email Jennifer. 
Lunch at ESU #3 (6949 South 110th St.) will be from Famous Dave's and includes: pulled beef sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, cookie, and bottled water.  Cost is $16.   Join us to hear DG Roxy Orr speak in person! 
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President's Corner

Dear Suburban Rotarian Friends,
I’m happy to tell you that my husband Bob’s health situation looks good. We just learned that the infection had not reached his bone as originally thought and, with lots of good care, he should recover in time. I will now be extending my title to “Sister Nurse Mary Mary.” 
Thank you for your many prayers, well wishes and offers of help. I am so grateful to be part of this extraordinary club. To all of you dealing with illness and death, please reach out and tell Jennifer or me. We want to help.
I’ll see you on Thursday. Stay safe!
Mary Bernier
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Congratulations David Gerard! 

Last week we had a special recognition for David Gerard who has been playing for Suburban Rotary for 40 years this past March. We are lucky to have his dedicated service and President Tom Kerfoot recognized him with a special plaque for his "Service Above Self" 
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Last week re-cap

Thanks to Max Burbach, Monique Devillier, Deanna Fuller, and Bryant Morrison for serving as Greeters and Ushers for last week's event. Thanks to our fabulous District Governor, Roxy Orr for invocating for us.  Thank you all who attending and those who worked so hard on the Changing of the Guard skit-especially Jared Bakewell.  A special thank you to Andrea, the Storm Chasers staff, and Martie Cordaro for letting us use Werner Park as a venue.
A good time was had by all and typical Suburban Rotary goofiness was on display.   Check out all of the photos on Facebook! 
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Re-run of the Changing of the Guard video 

Mark your calendar and grab a cold beverage on Tuesday, July 7th at 6pm for a re-screening of the Changing of the Guard skit/video if you missed it or just want to see it again!   A special thank you to all our "actors" and to Jared Bakewell for putting it all together.   Zoom info will be out at the end of the week on how to join this meeting.
Re-run of the Changing of the Guard video 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

iPad donations needed 

We are looking for a couple of used iPads in good working condition to get members who do not have access to computers/smartphones online for our meetings. If you have one of these you'd like to donate, please contact Jennifer. 
iPad donations needed 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Yearlings Schedule Changes

For the 20-21 Rotary Year, Yearlings meetings will now be on the 1st Monday of the month (excepting holidays). All members are welcome to join these meetings and learn more about each other and Rotary. July's meeting will be on Zoom. Please put these on your calendar to join us. An evite will go out the week before for you to sign up. 
Jul             July 6- Worldwide projects and service (intl. projects, GSE, RYE, etc.)
August 3- Suburban Rotary Foundation and Scholarship Program
September 14- Community Service Projects
October 5- Rotary Structure (club, district, intl.)
November 2- Rotary Foundation programs and Fundraising
                   December 7- Club Structure (committees, officers, Board, speakers, fellowship)
January 4, 2021- Worldwide projects and service (intl. projects, GSE, RYE, etc)
February 1- Community Service Projects
March 1- Suburban Rotary Foundation and Scholarship Program
April 5- Club Structure (committees, officers, Board, speakers, fellowship) Kathryn-
May 3- Rotary Foundation programs and Fundraising
June        June 7- Rotary Structure (club, district, intl.)
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Thank you Officers!

Thank you to the Officers who served during the 19-20 Rotary year.   Tom Kerfoot- President, Joe Sequenzia-Secretary, Dan Hosford- Sgt. at Arms, Mike Fosdick- Treasurer (not pictured). You did a fabulous job during a tough time!
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Thank you Board Members! 

Thank you to Alan Stanek, Bill Wax, and Ralph Williams (not pictured) for their service on our club Board of Directors!
Thank you Board Members! 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you Trustees! 

Thank you to Warren Hill and Nate Schwalb who were recognized by Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Chair Trustee for their service as they finished their terms.
Thank you Trustees! 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Yearling of the Year 

Last week at Werner Park, Connor Lund, Yearlings Chair, recognized Danielle Clear as Yearling of the Year. Danielle has been a non-stop volunteer since she joined our club and will be heading up the new Inclusion Committee this year. Congratulations Danielle! 
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Make up with Council Bluffs this week

Get your Rotary fix this week by attending Council Bluffs Noon Rotary's meeting on Thursday, July 2nd featuring District Governor Elect Carol Horner on The Value of Diversity.  President Mary Bernier has made this an initiative for the 20-21 Rotary year and Danielle Clear is Chairing the committee for our club.  We already have two District Grants approved for  this effort.   Learn more about how we can grow Rotary and be more inclusive. 


Thursday, July 2 at 12 PM

Program: The Value of Diversity, Carol Horner

Song & Thought: Kimberly Kolakowski

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 6051 7055
Password: 357093
Find your local number:

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After Hours 

Thank you to Kevin Welsh, Steve Scheuber, and Theresa Kelly for hosting a fantastic After Hours at their lake houses for us last week.   Mark your calendar for our next event, a wine-tasting on Wednesday, 8/26.  More info to follow. 
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Rotarian of the Year 

Congratulations to Mark Roberts who was recognized at our meeting two weeks ago as the Rotarian of the Year. Mark has been a super active Rotarian and did a fantastic job leading the Community Service Committee to new heights this year and coming up with projects that we could do during COVID19.   We are thrilled to recognize Mark and a little bit sad as he has just accepted a new job in Muscatine, IA and will be leaving us soon. We know the Rotary Club there will be lucky to have him. Best Wishes Mark!
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Omahan of the Year 

Congratulations again to Dr. Donny Suh who was this year's recipient and last week's speaker.  A well-deserved award to a great Rotarian and Omahan.   Thank you to the 4 Way Test committee as well. 
Omahan of the Year 2020-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual After Hours 

Thank you to Tumi Oluyole and his staff for providing a fun overview of 2 of his businesses last week. Thank you to Zach Ziler for hosting our event! 
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Parade of Support for Harry Reyburn

Thank you to everyone who turned out in support of Harry Reyburn last week. It was wonderful to see so many caring Rotarians last week (from a safe distance!).  You can see more photos on Facebook. 
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First Responders Parade and Lunches 

Suburban Rotary is providing $3000 toward the effort to recognize police and fire fighters in conjunction with the First Responders Foundation. If you would like to help with delivery or drive the route in support, please contact Diann below. 
The driving routes have been graciously mapped out for you by Jim Hanson. If you're interested in a particular driving route please call me and I can let you know the general vicinity a particular route will run.
Please contact me by May 26th if you're interested in any of the above tasks.
Thanks all!
Diann Swigart 
Coordinator of Community Engagement
402-218-1234 Ex#3
First Responders Parade and Lunches 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual After Hours June 4th

Plan on joining us for a virtual After Hours on June 4th from 5-7 pm.  It will be hosted by Tumi Oluyole and feature two of his businesses: Jan-Pro of Omaha and Oceans Drive Transportation.  Zoom info will come out a few days before.
  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm           Rotarians share ways they or their business have changed/grown during the quarantine.
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm           Tumi gives a presentation and virtual tour 
  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm           “The Book of Questions” game with Rotarians
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Elmwood Rotary Golfers 

Our Suburban Rotary Golf 🏌️‍♀️ group is forming again this year to play on Tuesdays at Elmwood Golf Course.  We usually tee off around 11:30 am and play 18 holes.  Weekly we send out an e-mail to everyone on our golfer list. Once we hear back we schedule enough tee times to match the number of players. 
We pair up in foursomes at the course and then head out.  You don’t have to play every week and you don’t have to be a great golfer, we just want to know you are coming so we can have enough tee times.  Women are welcome. 
Contact Jeff Moran, Frank Goldberg, or Herb Hartman to get on the weekly e- mail list.
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Pay your Dues Here 

If you have not yet paid your 20-21 dues, please do asap.   We are required to have our membership list up to date for our July 1 invoice from Rotary Intl.  We have monthly payment plans and financial assistance available if you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not leave Suburban Rotary- you are important to our club and our community. Please reach out to Jennifer for confidential assistance.  CLICK HERE to pay dues online. 
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Join a Committee for 20/21! 

Due to not meeting in person and the challenges with committee sign-ups which are normally done at meetings, we are going to leave you on your current committee unless you'd like to serve elsewhere.  To change committees or to sign up to serve, please contact Jennifer.   Please note we have a new Inclusion and Diversity committee for the upcoming Rotary year.   CLICK HERE to read the committee descriptions.  Committees will begin meeting in May and June to plan activities for the upcoming Rotary year.  
Join a Committee for 20/21! 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self 

If you would like to volunteer at the Food Bank for the Heartland, please go to their website by clicking HERE and registering to volunteer. Families can volunteer together. You must provide your own mask and the opportunities allow for social distancing. 
If you would like to volunteer for the Salvation Army to distribute meals please contact Erin at the info below:
**Due to CDC recommendations and guidelines we are restricted to no more than 10 volunteers at these sites and each volunteer must be between the age of 16-65. Be aware that volunteer sign up is fluid and we must maintain the CDC recommendations specific to the amount of people in the group. This could mean your desired location may be full.
The Salvation Army has an opportunity called Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen where meals are passed out to children throughout the summer. It is looking like they will need more volunteers by July and August. If this is something you or your members have interest in, please let me know and I will get them the specific information needed to enroll in this.
Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen – May 27 through August 7/runs every week day/volunteer shift is from 9am-2:30pm
Erin R. Sanders
Assistant Divisional Director of Volunteer Services
The Salvation Army-Western Division
10755 Burt St. Omaha, NE 68114
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Suburban Rotary Wins! 

Last week Russell Hampton, Rotary merchandise supplier, put out a call to Rotary Clubs to see how they were helping their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. President Tom Kerfoot nominated us and we won for  our "Close the Gap" fundraiser for the Food Bank and our blood drives. We won a $250 gift card which will be used to purchase pins, badges, and other club supplies regularly. Thank you and congratulations to all of you! 
CLICK HERE to see the newsletter and read about some of the efforts of Rotary Clubs around the country.
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 Invite a Guest to Rotary this Week! 

Just because we are not meeting in person, doesn't mean we can't host guests at Suburban Rotary meetings. In fact, now is the perfect time to invite someone to "visit" us at a virtual meeting.  Be sure to send Jennifer the name of your guest in advance so she knows to let them in via the "waiting room" on Zoom.  A visitor can learn about the fantastic service Rotary provides to the community especially during these tough times and the fellowship and friendship that being a Rotarian offers.   Just direct folks to the website to get all of the information to join us.  If they don't want to join via Zoom, encourage your guest to watch our livestream on Facebook and leave a comment for us.  
Invite a Guest to Rotary this Week! 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual After Hours

Thanks to Zach Ziler and Alex Pearson (of West Rotary) who helped us put together a fun Virtual After Hours Trivia Night last Thursday.  Don Leu and Steve Scheuber were our 1st and and 2nd place finishers. If you have ideas for a future event, please reach out to Zach or Jennifer. 
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Thank you Rotarians! 

Thank you to all those who helped us reach our incredible total for the Food Bank for the Heartland! 
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Suburban Rotary Annual Fundraiser- Close the Gap! 

Join us live this Thursday to hear a special message from our local Suburban Rotary Foundation Fundraising Chair, Jeff Moran.  Suburban Rotary has plan to help the local community with food insecurity issues caused by the attempts to fight COVID-19.    We know you will want to be a part of this effort. Join us Thursday! 
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Make Up at Other Clubs 

Most Clubs have resumed in-person/hybrid meetings. Some accept walk-ins and others require pre-registration. Please see the club website for details. 
Monday:  Millard at Noon - in person, no reservations required at the German American Society 
Tuesday:  Omaha Morning at 7:00 at Happy Hollow- hybrid meetings. Click here to register. 
                  NW Rotary at noon- in-person only beginning June 20th. La Casa Pizzaria West at Pacific Springs
                  Lincoln 14,  at Noon  on Facebook live:
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown at Noon resuming hybrid meetings.  Click here to register.
Friday: Omaha West at Noon at the Embassy La Vista Conference center. No pre-registration required. 
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Support our friends at Anthony's 

Obviously Anthony's is missing our business as well as that of many other groups.   If you would like to help them and the workers, consider order takeout from them.   They are also offering cook out packages for your grill.  You can call 402-331-7575 and place your order on the phone and they will bring it out to you.   All tips are being put into a pool for all the servers, so be generous!
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How can we serve? 

Upcoming Blood Drives sponsored by Suburban, West, and Downtown Rotary Clubs.  Happy to report that today's blood drive was full! Please sign up for one of the two remaining dates.
Thanks to the Community Service Committee for organizing. (Photo of Mark Roberts staffing today's drive)
  • Tue, Apr 21, 10:00-4:00, DJ’s Dugout, 777 N 114th St (Miracle Hills Square), Omaha
  • Fri, Apr 24, 10:00-4:00, Charlie’s on the Lake, 4150 S 144th St, Omaha
Food Bank for the Heartland
As of Mar 27, opportunities in April appear to be Tue-Fri morning and afternoon.
Salvation Army
As of Mar 23…
The Salvation Army is helping to feed families in the metro who are being affected by COVID-19 and the closing of schools. We have five distribution sites we will be serving over the next four weeks. The schedule is as follows:
  • Castelar Elementary, Omaha - Mondays 12-2 pm - 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
  • Jefferson Elementary, Omaha - Monday 3-5 pm - 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
  • Prairie Wind Elementary, Omaha - Monday 6-8 pm - 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs - Fridays 1-3 pm - 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
  • Wilson Middle School, Council Bluffs - Fridays 4-6 pm - 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
You will need to arrive approximately 20-30 minutes prior to your shift. Also note, we are providing gloves to wear during your shift.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Shawn Bonge ( to sign up.
Shopping Angels
Shopping Angels is a 100% volunteer based a program designed to provide services to those populations deemed especially at-risk for COVID-19.
Opportunity to volunteer to pick up groceries or other shopping necessities for those who may prefer to stay within the safety of their own home at no additional cost.
We are just getting the operation up and running last weekend for the State of Nebraska. If you haven't already signed up to volunteer, please go to the link below to do so! We'd love to have you. This is also the link where you can sign up to receive services for yourself or a loved one!
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At-Risk Youth Career Fair

On Thursday evening, April 9th Suburban Rotary will be hosting a career fair in conjunction with other organizations focused on helping at-risk youth such as those leaving foster care find jobs.   Volunteers are need to help with this event.
CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer.  Location: 
MCC Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology
5300 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68111
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19/20 Club Foundation Fundraiser 

Plan on joining on  March 17th, for the kickoff of the 2020 Suburban Rotary Fundraising Campaign.  This year our goal is to raise $45,000 with 100% participation.  Last year we had 81 members enter into the prestigious Presidents Circle giving at least $300 toward our fundraising goal. The Presidents Circle will once again be part of this year’s campaign and you can be one of the first member reporting on March 26th.  Over the course of our 6-week campaign we will be sharing more about the Foundation, our Suburban Rotary Scholarships, and how our foundation funds are allocated to Global, District and Club grants.   You may not be able to give at the Presidential Club level but we want you to participate at whatever level you can.  This is YOUR club, YOU chose to become a member and we want YOUR SUPPORT.
19/20 Fundraising Chair- Jeff Moran 
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NEW Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking

Several midwestern Rotary Districts are coming together to charter a new cause-based Rotary club to fight human trafficking. We need 20 members to charter this club which will be an online eclub.  Please spread the word to folks you know who might be interested in becoming Rotarians in an online club and who care about this cause.  (Rotarians can only belong to one club at a time). 
Contact Jennifer with any questions. 
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Welcome Steve Scheuber! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Steve Scheuber.  Steve works for Flatirons Solutions and has been with them for 7 years.He represents Flatirons in all matters related to government customers.  He plans, organizes, and submits proposals as well as manages export control matters in the US, UK, EU, Germany, and India.  Steve holds a BS in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University with a minor in Math and a MS in Organizational Management from Bellevue University.  He also served 4 years as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. 
In his free time, Steveis an avid fisherman, loves the outdoors, and lives with his wife Patty on Hanson Lake in Bellevue, Nebraska.  Steve and Patty have three adult children--two sons and a daughter – including new member Theresa Kelly. Welcome, Steve!
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RYLA Sponsorship Opportunities 2020-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Patti Brannon! 

Last week Tom Kerfoot introduced us to new member Patti Brannon.  Patti is the Director of Marketing for Leadership Resources which is the leadership development and strategic planning business.  Her last position was at Lauritzen Gardens on the development team.   
Patti is a mom to two young adults, one dog, and two cats.  She is very active in her free time with cycling, scuba, swimming, and yoga. Welcome, Patti! 
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Rotary Leadership Institute

Engage and empower members . . .
Energize and strengthen your Rotary Club . . .
Provide Leadership Development for Members . . . 
Learn about Rotary and have fun!
That is the Rotary Leadership Institute experience!
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a facilitated program with active participation - not lecturing. Topics important to Rotary and Rotary Clubs such as Effective Service Projects, Membership Engagement, and understanding The Rotary Foundation are explored. You will discuss real challenges and exchange ideas.
Sign up yourself - you will be a more effective leader for your Rotary Club.
Nominate members and they will naturally become more engaged because they will have a richer Rotary experience.
RLI is for everyone - Leadership is not a position, it is action.
March 28, 2020* - Omaha
Dundee Presbyterian Church - Omaha
Register by October 12 (logon or register for an account at
$85 paid in advance
Suburban Rotary has a budget to send members to each class. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer. 
RLI is not a repeat of other training available through Rotary and is not position specific.
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About Us 

Former member, Dr. Bill Karrer, passed away recently. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Condolences may be sent to his wife, Bev Karrer, at 1818 S. 194th Ave, Omaha, NE 68130
(If you have information for the About Us section, please let Jennifer know.) 
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Rotary Foundation Recognition

Thank you and congratulations to Terri Grigsby who was recognized by Kathryn Schubert as a Paul Harris Fellow +2 for her donations of $3000 to the Rotary Foundation.   
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Last week re-cap

Last week Steve Scheuber gave the invocation.   Jack Hosking introduced us to Shannon Lewis of History Walks who gave a fascinating presentation on the Prospect Hill Cemetery and some Omaha History.  
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Welcome Doug Hansen! 

Last week Jim Kapalis introduced us to new member Doug Hansen.  Doug is Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.  Doug is originally from Manning, Iowa.  He graduated from University of South Dakota with a BS in Education, Athletic Training.  He served as Athletic Trainer for Miami Dolphins and was previously General Manager for Larry Csonka’s Stagger Lee’s night club.  He has 40 years in sales: Wholesale, Insurance and Real Estate

Doug is also co-owner with his wife Sharon of 4 Nothing Bundt Cakes bakeries in Omaha, Lincoln and Des Moines.    In his free time, Doug enjoys golf, reading, travel, and wine. Welcome, Doug! 


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Blue Badge

Congratulations to Michael McCormick who received his blue badge last week from Yearlings Chair Connor Lund.  
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Farewell from Holly

Last week member Holly Hollenbeck bid us goodbye as she moves to Dallas to start a new career.  Best Wishes Holly! Please read her message:

Suburban Rotary gave me a purpose (in addition to my children) to give back and at times get me through some bleak moments. But more importantly, individually I found in many of you: mentors to look up to, people I greatly respect and admire, and friends I won’t forget. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting me into your fold, honoring me with Rotarian of the year, and mostly, thank you for caring. The world is a better place because of all of you.

— Holly Hollenbeck,

December 19, 2019


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Welcome Steve Jerina! 

Last week Andrew Weseley introduced us to new member Steve Jerina.  Steve is a donor services specialist with the Omaha Community Foundation, which connects people who care about the community with nonprofits that are doing the most good. The Foundation enables donors to accomplish more with their gifts by simplifying the philanthropic process. Prior to joining the Omaha Community Foundation, Steve was the annual fund director at Doane University and a leadership giving specialist at United Way of the Midlands. He has been fortunate to spend his entire professional career in the nonprofit sector working with donors who want to make their communities a better place.
A Crete, Nebraska native, Steve graduated from Doane University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science before moving to Omaha to start his professional career. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2016 with a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and is currently pursuing his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from The American College.
Growing up in a small town and attending a liberal arts college, Steve learned immediately the value of community, relationships, and giving back. He is on the board for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Omaha, and is a member of the Omaha Venture Group and the Pay It Forward Fund.
Steve enjoys his free time cooking, reading, keeping up to date on current events and spending time with the people that matter most: friends and family.
Welcome, Steve!
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Blue Badge

Congratulations to Max Burbach and Steve Jerina who received their blue badges from Connor Lund last week. Bonus points for earning those during a pandemic shutdown!
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RYLA deadline

December 30, 2019 is the updated deadline for children and grandchildren of Rotarians to be submitted for the April 17-19, 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp.  Applications can follow, the need right now is headcount to determine how many more “at-large” sophomore and junior high school students can be accepted to bring us to the 50-student limit. (Rotarian family receive priority.)  Please submit your child or grandchild student's name(s) that will attend RYLA to Lori Benton, RYLA Chair, at  Information on at-large student recruitment will be shared in due time.
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Welcome Bob Bosco! 

Last week Alice Schumaker introduced us to new member Bob Bosco.  Bob is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Creighton University. He has taught painting, drawing, and color theory there since 1976.
An award-winning artist, Bob has participated in seventy (70) exhibitions nationally and regionally. He has collaborated with choreographers, dancers and musicians in several public art venues and spent summers in personal artistic production in Florence, Italy and Canada.
Research for his latest artistic mission has taken him to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Omega Wellness Center, and Esalen Institute.
This ten year project resulted in:
- a series of forty-eight (48) paintings on yoga
- a recent one person exhibit at the 1516 Gallery in Omaha’s Old Market
- as well as a book entitled ‘A Painter’s Yoga Journey’, available on Amazon.
 All proceeds are dedicated to the education and feeding of children in refugee camps throughout the world, through ‘Adopt A Future’.
Besides being an artist and a yogi, Bob also pursues:  creative writing, piano, hand drums, singing, kayaking and book groups.  Welcome, Bob!
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Huskers vs Hawks=TRF wins! 

Last week Cindy Kinsler made good on her bet with Kevin Welsh donating $1000 to his Rotary Foundation account since the Hawkeyes beat the Huskers.   Several Rotarians stepped up in a revenge bet for next year hoping to make Kevin pay in 2020. Thank you all for being good sports and supporting the Rotary Foundation! 
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Congratulations to our 100%ers who were recognized by Rich Craig last week!
Rose Mary Hefley- 16 years, Zach Ziler- 3 years, and Lyle Sapp 38 years  
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RLI Graduate

Two weeks ago Carol Horner recognized Sarah Kalhorn-Wisecup as the latest Rotary Leadership Institute graduate from Suburban Rotary.  If you'd like to learn more about this program, ask Sarah or Jennifer for information.
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Thank you Veterans!

Two weeks ago we recognized all of our Suburban Rotary Veterans at a meeting.  We would like all our Veterans to have a Veteran Rotary pin. Please see Herb Hartman or Jennifer if you need one. 
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Paul Harris Society

Last week Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Kathryn Schubert recognized Rotarians who were part of the Paul Harris Society during the 18-19 Rotary year.  They each received a ribbon for their Rotary pin recognizing them for their commitment to the Intl. Rotary Foundation. Paul Harris Society Members agree to donate $1000 each year to the Rotary Foundation.   This can be done in a lump sum or by donating $85 automatically each month.  Thank you for your generosity! (If you would like to join the PHS Society, please talk to Kathryn or Ward Peters)
18-19 PHS Members (not all pictured)  Gary Beller, Eric Dawson, Terry Ferguson, Deanna Fuller, Frank Goldberg, Jerry Gordman, Herb Hartman, Warren Hill, Nick Jasa, C.L.Landen, Jim Leslie, Roxy Orr, Bob Perrin, Curt Peters, Ward Peters, Will Prout, Nate Schwalb, Travis Sholin, Alan Stanek, and Tom Vann
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Coming up 6/18/20 


Bob Bernier
“50 Years After the Kent State Shooting: A Firsthand Account.”
Chair of the Day: Mary Bernier 
Invocator: TBA 
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Welcome Jason Smith! 

Two weeks ago Angeline Larson introduced us to new member Jason Smith.  Jason  serves as the assistant head of school at Brownell Talbot.  In this role he oversees the curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment.  Jason moved to Omaha in the summer of 2017. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Jason and his wife, Jeanne, and two children, Gracie and Kailer, have spent most of their recent years in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar and Dubai) where Jason served as an elementary and middle school principal, and deputy head of school. Jason has served as a school administrator for nearly 15 years. Jason has his BA in Elementary Education, MA in Educational Leadership and earned his superintendent credential from Western Washington University.
Jason is a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church. Jason has served on the board of two churches in Washington State and has recently begun volunteering at Open Door Mission in Omaha.  
Welcome, Jason!
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New Member Proposals

Greg Hanson  Access Payment Processing   "Credit Card Processing" 
Proposed by: Nick Jasa
Jeffrey Walker  FSC Edge   "Patent Processing"
Proposed by: Steve Scheuber 
(Any objection to this proposal must be within one week in writing to the Board of Directors)
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New Member Proposal 

John Ferguson  "Signage Fabrication"   SpeedPro
Proposed by: Rich Craig
(Any objection to this proposal must be within one week in writing to the Board of Directors)
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King or Queen of the Hill Membership Contest 2019-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

About Us 

Condolences to Frank and Karen Lastovica.  Frank's mother passed away over the weekend. Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers. Their address is 12717 Izard, Omaha, NE 68154 
(If you have something for the About Us section, please let Jennifer know) 
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Welcome Candi Jacobs! 

Last week David Kutler introduced us to new member Candi Jacobs.  A California native, Candi graduated from Empire Business College where she studied Travel and Tourism in Business. In 2015 she received the Toyota Excellence award for her work as a Customer Relations Manage
Candi joined Sadoff Metal and electronic recycling company in January of this year where she is an Electronics Scrap Buyer. Sadoff electronic recycling helps to keep toxic material out of landfills while also keeping your sensitive data safe. When asked why she is in the scrap business Candi answers with “I don’t see it so much as being in the scrap business, as saving the planet business.
Prior to that, she worked for the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce where she was the Membership Engagement Manager.r.
When Candi’s not working hard to keep electronics waste out of landfills, she enjoys baking, reading, karaoke, watching movies, and being out and about wherever there are people.
If you ask her why she moved from California, she’ll answer that she fell in love with Nebraska. “This place is beautiful. The people are kind, the cost of living and quality of life are wonderful.”
Candi lives in Papillion with her son Richard, daughter Sabrina, and their two rescue dogs, Ferb & Chloe. Welcome, Candi!
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Congratulations to Duane Gross who was recognized for 27 years of perfect attendance by John Binderup last week! 
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Welcome Mary Mitchell! 

Last week Ann Olmsted introduced us to new member Mary Mitchell. Mary had a long and storied career in fashion, radio, and design. She holds a degree as a Fashion Illustrator from the Albright Art Institute and University of Buffalo. She worked for many fashion publications, stores, and was part-owner in Young and Mitchell Advertising.    She also worked as a freelancer. Mary also held part ownerships in the Golden Apple, Le Versaille French Restaurant and designed the Blue Fox Restaurant.   
Mary and her late husband, John, were owners of Mitchell Broadcasting Company through 2000 and had 16 Mitchell radio stations.  Mary's late husband was a long-time Downtown Rotarian.   Currently retired, Mary is busy in a variety of volunteer organizations including All Holy Saints Church, Opera Omaha, and serves on the Board of The Wine and Food Society of London.  
Welcome, Mary!
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Suburban Foundation Recognition 

Last week Nick Jasa recognized Ken Jansen with a Charlene Tierney citation for his cumulative donations of  $1000 to the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.  Nick also recognized Rex Ekwall as a member of our Executive Director's Club for his donations of $10,000.   Donations to our local Foundation support our scholarship program, our District grant projects like meal packaging and the homeless foot clinic, our exchange students,  and many more things.  Congratulations and thank you! 
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About Us 

Please keep Ralph and Laura Williams in your thoughts and prayers.  Laura's father passed away last week. Their address is 18402 W. Dodge Hills Plaza, #215, Elkhorn, NE 68022
(If you have information for the About Us section, please let Jennifer know) 
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Welcome Sara Huse!

Last week Katie Henry introduced us to new member Sara Huse.  Sara has over a decade of experience in graphic design, marketing, and advertising, working on brands such as Pepsi, Disney, UnitedHealthcare, Cuties Citrus, and Boys Town. Sara recently started her own company, Good Bear Creative. Good Bear specializes in graphic design, creative strategy, and digital content creation for local Omaha brands and agency partners. Sara hopes to make the experience and quality of the big agency accessible to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Sara has a passion for community involvement. She is an active member of the Junior League of Omaha, having held several leadership positions over the past 5 years. She currently sits on the Lauritzen Gardens Guild Board and is also a member of the Project Harmony Service League. Sara previously served on The Rose Theater Guild Board as an officer and as a chair of their largest fundraiser, Rockin’ Rosie, assisting in raising $150,000 to support arts education.
Sara attended the University of Kansas where she met her husband, Patrick Huse, who currently works in the commercial lending department at ACCESSbank. They have two boys, George – 5 and Frank – 4.
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Presidential Jacket

 Thank you to John Ryan/Jerry Ryan Clothing for outfitting Dave Laferla in his Presidential Jacket!
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Thank you for your service! 

Last week Tom Kerfoot presented Nick Jasa and Andy Goranson with their plaques for serving as our leaders for the 18-19 year. Nick also presented Tom with his President badge and pin.
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Thank you for your service! 

Last week Tom Kerfoot presented outgoing Board members, Trustees, and Officers with plaques in honor of their service to the Club.
L to Right- Tom Kerfoot,  Joe Sequenzia (Sgt. at Arms), Holly Hollenbeck (Board), Randy Wieseler (Treasurer), Nick Eastland (Board),  Lyle Sapp (Trustee), Curt Peters (Trustee), Rose Mary Hefley (Board) 
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Baxter Kenworthy Volleyball Tournament THIS SATURDAY

We are in desperate need of PLAYERS for our volleyball team. No skill required!  Do you have family or friends that want have a good time playing for us?  We also need volunteers to hand out water/t-shirts on Saturday morning. Please contact Jennifer to volunteer. 
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The Metro luncheon will be Thursday, August 15th at Anthony's.  It will feature Tom Osborne.  You must have reservations to attend and seats are limited to 300. Make a reservation for you and your guests at a Thursday meeting or by CLICKING HERE.  *Please note this online registration is for Suburban Rotarians and their guests only.  Members of other clubs should register with their home clubs. 

Committee Help Needed 

 A few committees need some more members:  Interact (high school Rotary at Millard North),  After Hours, Car Show, and Buy the Big Wheel. If you are willing to help on one of these, please let Jennifer know.  We are also looking for a few volunteers who would be willing to help run the a/v system once a month. 
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Car Show Results

Last week the Car Show committee presented a $10,000 check for Polio Plus to the Rotary Foundation and a $5583 check to the local Suburban Rotary Foundation as the proceeds from the Rotary Car Show.
Amazing work Rotarians!
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Yearling of the Year

Congratulations to Eli McNichols who was presented with the Yearling of the Year award for having the highest level of engagement of any new member this year. She was presented the award by Yearlings Chair Amanda Fink.
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Rotarian of the Year 

Congratulations to Curt Peters who was presented the Rotarian of the Year award by 4 Way Test Chair, Don Leu.  Curt has served tirelessly at the District and Club levels for many years.  
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Rotary Convention 

Last week President- Elect Tom Kerfoot and Jennifer attended the Rotary Intl. Convention in Hamburg, Germany.   If you have ever wanted to attend an Intl. Convention, considere going to Hawaii next summer. You need to register soon as this convention appears to be very popular.  It's a great way to become inspired and make connections with Rotarians from around the world.
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Welcome John Ludlow! 

Last week Jim Kapalis introduced us to new member John Ludlow.  John is a Financial Consultant with Fidelity Investments  who has worked in the financial services industry for 24 years.  He is a current holder of Certified Financial Planner designation as well as Series 7, 9/10, 63 and 65 securities industry licenses.  He has prior experience as a COO of local investment manager, CLS Investments and former Financial Advisor in Silicon Valley CA area.  John has three grown children, and two grandchildren.  In his free time, John enjoys running and building custom furniture.  Welcome, John!
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Thank you Veterans!

Last week we recognized with special Rotary Veteran pins all of our club members who have served. If you did not receive one, please let Jennifer know.   We thank you for your service! 
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President's Scholarship Circle

Thank you to all of those who supported the wide variety of programs Suburban Rotary conducts by giving to our local Foundation fundraiser.  It's not too late to help us reach our goal.  If you would like to make a contribution of any size, please contact Jennifer. We will continue to recognize our President's Scholarship Circle members (donors of $300 or more) for one more week. If you have not received your certificate, please let Jennifer know.  Thank you for your generosity! 
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Welcome Tumi Oluyole

Last week Travis Sholin introduced us to new member Tumi Oluyole.  Tumi is the CEO of Jan-Pro of Omaha, the number one professional commercial cleaning company.  He is also the Managing Partner of D & K Financial, LLC a tax and accounting firm. In addition, Tumi is an adjunct professor in accounting for the College of Business at Bellevue University where he has been teaching since 2014.
He holds a  Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Bellevue University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting also from Bellevue University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2010, and a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2015. His work experience includes working as a Managing Partner of an Accounting and Tax Services firm, former Director of Audit Services for a CPA firm, and a business owner and investor for several start-up companies.
Tumi is  currently the Assistant Treasurer for the National Association of Black Accountants Central Region and a board member of the National Association of Black Accountants Omaha Metro. He has also been on several boards for non-profit organizations and has a zeal to help kid. He is the Founder and current Board Chair of Life is Us, Inc. whose mission is aimed at preventing homelessness and breaking the cycle of family poverty around the world by promoting pathways to economic independence through social assistance, advocacy, education, and innovation.  
Tumi is married to Farida Bellow- Oluyole and enjoys sports in his free time. Welcome, Tumi! 
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Elmwood Rotary Golfers

Looking for a fun way to get attendance credit? Consider joining our golfing group.
The Elmwood Rotary Golfers are a group of Suburban Rotarians who meet at Elmwood Park every Tuesday at noon to play golf and enjoy
Fellowship. Jeff Moran is the current coordinator, (which rotates among the golfers.) Golfers are on a list which is emailed weekly to determine
the number of players so that tee times can be made with the Elmwood pro. Last minute walk-ons will not work. All Rotarians are welcome. Notify
Jeff  Moran if you are interested in participating. 
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Friend of Suburban Rotary 

Last week Past Trustee Chair, Tom Kerfoot, recognized Bob Swartzbaugh as a  Friend of Suburban Rotary for his donations of $2500 to our local Suburban Rotary Foundation. Our local Foundation supports a variety of projects including matching our District and Global Grants as well as the $50,000 annually in scholarships for students with disabilities. Congratulations and thank you!
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Welcome Michael Morong!

Last week Mike Fosdick introduced us to new member Michael Morong.   Michael is a Branch Manager at Union Bank and Trust.  He has been with them for nearly six years. 
Michael grew up South Omaha and went to Bryan High School.  He spent 2 years at UNL and was involved with the Big Event and residence hall government there. At the end of his sophomore year, he accepted an internship opportunity with Disney and took part in Disney’s Exploration Series on Leadership.
 He has been married to Rachel (whom he started dating during their Disney internships).  They just bought their first home and have a cat at home named Nala.  In his free time, Michael plays recreational softball and travels back to Disney when he can.  Welcome, Michael!
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Welcome Delone Wilson! 

Last week Tom Vann introduced us to new member Delone Wilson.   Delone is originally from Memphis and spent most of his life living and working in the Jackson, MS area.   He relocated to Omaha in 2013. 
Delone is President and Principal for Cubby’s (stores in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota) and also President and Principal of Triple C Transportation.  Triple C hauls refined fuels as well as ethanol and biodiesel.
Delone is married to Cathy and they have two teenage boys, Nick and Phillip.  In his free time, Delone enjoys hunting, fishing, and rooting for Mississippi State. Welcome, Delone! 
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Thank you for supporting Suburban Rotary! 

Thank you to all those who donated.  Our goal was 40K. We are at $38,959 or $1041 away.  Make a donation to push us over the line! 
  We ask every Rotarian to make a donation of any size to support all of our great projects.  Donors of $300 or more (pledge or cash) will be recognized as members of the President's Scholarship Circle.     Examples that your donations support are our global grants to Afghanistan and Togo, the homeless foot clinic, meal packaging, donations to veterans, support for Crestridge school and our amazing scholarship program.   YOU make all this possible!   CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE 
Thank you to those who have already donated or pledged support this year! (Scholarship Circle members are in bold)
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Visiting Rotarian to speak 

Minnesota Rotarian to Share Work on Climate Advocacy

Bruce Morlan, Rotary Club member of Northfield, MN, will share his experiences working with Rotarians on climate change.

Thursday, March 28, 6:00 pm until 7:30, cash bar.

La Mesa, 1405 Fort Crook Rd. South, Between Cornhusker and Hwy 370

Morlan is a member of the Rotary Club's Climate Action Team in Northfield, and the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group, ESRAG. "We formed ESRAG to empower members of the Rotary Family worldwide to take actions to sustain our environment, particularly to stabilize our climate. " ESRAG

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Tree Planting Project

Mark your Calendar!  Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00 – 12:00 Noon. 
You are invited to join us on that beautiful Saturday morning to work on one of Suburban Rotary’s tree planting projects.
We will be joining with Keep Omaha Beautiful to plant over 100 trees on the West Papio Trail!
The holes will be dug by a contractor and the trees placed neatly next to the location.  Rotarians will plant the tree, filling the hole with dirt and mulch.  Another group will stake the tree and make sure that it’s watered.
If you want to be a part of a great project, help the environment and bring beauty to our community, please click here:    Rotary Tree Planting Project                                          
Additional information on where to meet etc. will be provided once you sign up.
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At-Risk Youth Career Fair 

Youth Career fair, hosted by Suburban Rotary of Omaha.
On June 1st, 2019 from 10am to 2pm we will be hosting a youth career fair for kids in foster care and at-risk kids. Age groups will be 14-20-year-old. We will be inviting employers and organizations in the community to promote jobs for the age group available now and career ideas for the future in various fields of interest. Food will be provided to the attendees.  There is no fee to any employer, etc. who wants to attend.  Contact Kelly Adams for information on how to be involved.
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Diaper Drive! 

Congratulations to Kelly Adams and Jared Bakewell who were our winning "Big Baby" Team Leaders for the Life House Diaper Drive.   We look forward to seeing Mark Roberts and Kevin Welsh diapered up for this week's virtual meeting.   Nearly 10,000 diapers and $560 was donated to the Life House as part of our Diaper Drive. Thank you Rotarians!
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Lunch at Crestridge 

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 10th. Instead of our regular Rotary luncheon we will be having a special meeting at Crestridge school, our Adopt-A-School partner.  Cost is $10 for a boxed lunch and we will have a program for the students. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION THIS WEEK! 
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 

Do you know an aspiring young leader who would like to attend this camp? Suburban has a budget to sponsor two students.  Please contact Jennifer for more information.  This is open to high school juniors and sophomores.  Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are welcome.
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Welcome Max Burbach! 

Last week Marlon Lofgren introduced us to new member Max Burbach.  Max is a 26-year attorney and is currently at the Koley Jessen law firm, where he has been for 22 of his 26 years of practice.  Max practices primarily in the commercial real estate and general business areas. He went to UNO for his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, and Creighton University School of Law for his law degree. 
Max and his wife, Susan, have been married for almost 32 years, and have 3 children: Maggie Murakami, who with her husband welcomed their first child (and Max and Sue’s first grandchild) on December 31, 2018; Joe, who graduated from Rockhurst University in 2018 and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at UNO; and Hannah, who is a junior at University of Denver. 
When Max is not working, he likes to travel, fish, attend Creighton basketball, UNO hockey and Husker football games.    Welcome, Max! 
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Welcome Danielle Clear! 

Last week Holly Hollenbeck introduced us to new member Danielle Clear.   Danielle grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan. She was very active in the summer and winter, with hobbies of snowboarding, running, playing volleyball and basketball, wake boarding and swimming. She also learned many hobbies from her grandma like crocheting, sowing and painting. 
Danielle started her educational career in Michigan at Ferris State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Then she went to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa and completed her Doctorate. 
Danielle moved to Omaha to start her career as a NUCCA Chiropractor at Body in Harmony and spent two years there developing her skills as a clinician taking care of patients. During this time, she fell in love with the people in Omaha and is planning to stay long-term.  She recently decided to open her own clinic. Danielle’s Unity Chiropractic opens its doors in the middle of March. 
Welcome, Danielle!
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Engagement Award 

Last week Julie Livingston presented David Kutler, Andy Goranson, and Dan Lupardus with the Suburban Rotary Engagement Award. Congratulations to those who participated at this level in the 2018-2019 year! 
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Last Chance to attend hotel/motel training! 

If you are looking to make an impact on the scourge of Human Trafficking in our area, consider being a hotel/motel trainer.  You will teach employees how to spot and report signs of human trafficking. To learn how to do this, you must attend a training session by the Coalition on Human Trafficking.   The final session was rescheduled from this weekend due to weather to March 30th from 9am-1pm in Lincoln. To sign up, go to our website and see the tab on the upper left side.  Contact Jennifer at the office with questions.  
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Welcome Kevin Story! 

Two weeks ago Dan Lupardus introduced us to new member Kevin Story.  Kevin is an Owner and Real Estate Broker for Realty ONE Group. Kevin and his lovely wife Terri, who is a veterinarian, are expecting a baby girl this summer to join his 2 teenage daughters.  He enjoys running, hiking with his family and looks forward to any time spent outdoors.  He has enjoyed volunteering with the Benson Area Refugee task force, teaching computer classes to new refugees where he is able to give back to the community using his experience and expertise in software development.
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Join us Tonight! 

Suburban Rotary's lunch meeting is cancelled today due to weather.
We encourage you to join us tonight instead.
Thursday, March 7th 4pm-7pm
Deer Creek Player's Club 
12100 Deer Creek Drive
Omaha, NE 
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Welcome Eric Bopp! 

Last week Terry Kucera introduced us to new member Eric Bopp.  Eric graduated from Valentine High School in 2010.  He attended UNL and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas.  Upon graduation he moved to Falls City, NE and worked at the funeral home for 14 months.
In March of 2017, Eric moved to Omaha and began working at Heafey Hoffman Dworak and Cutler.  He is a licensed Funeral Director in Nebraska and Iowa.  In his free time, Eric enjoys golfing, traveling, and anything to do with the Nebraska Huskers.
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Welcome Ethan Meirovitz! 

Last week Don Leu introduced us to new member Ethan Meirovitz.  Ethan is a sophomore undergraduate student at UNO and is studying Business Administration. In his albeit limited spare time he is an active member of the Freemasons’ Shiloh Lodge 327, the Omaha Valley of the Scottish Rite, and Tangier Shrine. Ethan has pursued several roles within these organizations including the Scottish Rite Knights of Saint Andrew, which is a service organization made up of new members, and the Tangier Shrine Provost, which provides safety and security at Shrine events.
Ethan is also a Volunteer Crisis Counselor for the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 and enjoys it immensely. Ethan brings a unique perspective to the rotary from that of a full-time student and hopes to be an advocate of the rotary in his various networks. He looks forward to continuing his service to others in Suburban Rotary, enjoys making new connections, and is very excited to be here.
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Last week re-cap 

Last week we enjoyed a fabulous Holiday Luncheon with entertainment by Michael Lyon.  Thank you to the Fellowship Committee for all their hard work!  
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After Hours  

Thank you to Realtor Carmela Kramer Karni for hosting a fun After Hours last week!
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Meal Packaging Project 

Thank you to all who participated in this event. A special thank you to Mark Roberts and Brett Wawers (West Rotary) who helped organize.  $7000 was given to purchase 24K meals from Suburban, West, and the District. You can see more photos on Facebook.
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Donate to the Rotary Foundation before the end of the year! 

It's easy-  just go online to      We ask every Rotarian every year to give $100 to the Rotary Foundation. In 3 years that money comes back to us for District and Global projects.   You can donate all at once or monthly ($10 a month minimum). The children of the world thank you! 
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News about the SW Rotary Night Club 

Please note the following changes if you make-up on Tuesday Nights:
They are now the “Omaha Rotary Night Club.”
They meet the first, third, and fifth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. (Location has not changed, we are still at DJ’s Dugout at 17666 Q St). 
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Slate of Officers 

Congratulations to the Slate of Officers elected last week! 

President Designee: Dave Laferla (to serve 21-22)
To serve with President Mary Bernier (20-21):
Treasurer: Mark Roberts
Sgt. At Arms: Andy Goranson 
Secretary: Marlon Lofgren 
Don Leu, Barb Rebrovich, Alice Schumaker, Steve Thornburg
Trustees 2020-2023 John Binderup, Nick Eastland, Julie Livingston
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Blue Badge

Congratulations to Carol Ebdon who received her permanent badge from Yearlings Chair, Connor Lund, last week. 
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Annual Holiday Luncheon

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 20th for our annual Holiday Luncheon.   Check-in opens at 11:30 and the program starts at 12:30. Come early to socialize!  Bring a guest.  Pre-registration is not required but if you email Jennifer the name of your guest, she will have a nametag ready.
Cost is $25 and features a plated steak luncheon, dessert and entertainment by a Magician.
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Welcome Zach Ziler! 

Last week Yolanda Hoffman introduced us to new member Zach Ziler.  
Zach, a native of Carthage, Missouri, has worked in athletics in both the professional and collegiate levels for over 13 years. His first job in sports was as the Sales and Marketing Assistant for the now defunct Springfield / Ozark Mountain Ducks of the Central Baseball League in 2002. In the May of 2005, Zach graduated cum laude with double major degrees in Administrative Management and Marketing Management from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Upon completion of college, Zach took the position as Director of Operations and Promotions for the Casper Rockies of the Pioneer League. He then made the trek back to Missouri where he joined the River City Rascals as the Director of Group Sales in 2005. He served as the team’s Director of Group Sales, Ticket Sales Manager, Senior Director of Ticket Sales, and Assistant General Manager during the 2006 – 2009 seasons. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the Vice President of Ticket Sales for the Normal CornBelters in Illinois. He then served as Senior Account Executive, Associate General Manager, and General Manager at his alma mater for IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions from October 2012 to July 2014. Most recently, he worked as the Director of Ticket Sales for the Florence Freedom from December 2014 to August 2018.  He is excited to start the new chapter with the Storm Chasers in Omaha.
Zach has been a proud Rotarian now for almost ten years, joining clubs at every stop along his way.  He has served as a Sergeant-at-Arms, Secretary, Board Member, Committee Chair and most recently as the President-Elect of his club in Florence, KY.  Welcome, Zach! 
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Welcome Michael Linder! 

Last week Marlon Lofgren introduced us to new member Michael Linder.   Mike Linder is a Shareholder at Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. and is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Real Estate Practice Groups. He has over 30 years’ experience in environmental law, including 14 years as the Governor-appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and 10 years as the NDEQ’s Legal Counsel. His experience covers all aspects of environmental regulation, permitting, compliance, and policy and includes state, local, and federal environmental laws dealing with water quality, air quality, groundwater, and waste management.  While at NDEQ, Mike was active in regional and national environmental policy including serving as President of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) which is a non-profit, nonpartisan association made up of state environmental leaders from across the United States.
Mike currently sits on the Board of Directors of Nebraska Land Trust and Humanities Nebraska Council. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of South Dakota and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Welcome, Mike!
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Donate to the Rotary Foundation! 

Consider making your annual donation to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  This money comes back to us in three years in the form of Global and District grants to spend on our projects.   Your donation goes around the world to promote literacy, fight disease, and encourage peace.   Every Rotarian Every Year asks that you consider a gift of at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation. 
If you have never given, Suburban Rotary will match your first $100 to the Foundation giving you $200 toward your Paul Harris Fellowship (cumulative giving of $1000).     Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, Jared Bakewell, asked us last week to "Rise To the Occasion" during this difficult year to support people in need around the world.

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Tree Planting 

Thanks to Rotarians from the Environmental Committee who helped the city plant trees last weekend!
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Rotary Foundation Recognition 

Last week , Kathryn Schubert recognized Travis Sholin as a Paul Harris Fellow +3 for his donations of $4000 to the Rotary Intl. Foundation. Thank you for your generosity!
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Update from our Exchange Student 

We recently received this from a former exchange student, Michelle:
Hi everyone! I just want to share good news with you all about what I had been doing over the past few weeks! I participated in a English Drama Competition held by my school and our show won the first place! I also got the best leading actress award! 
I have to say, if I hadn't learned all this in US, I wouldn't have won it~ so grateful!
Below are some pictures :)
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Welcome Hannah Wright! 

Last week Holly Hollenbeck introduced us to new member Hannah Wright.  Hannah was born and raised in the small-town Neligh NE. She grew up the fifth generation of a ranching family, along with her older brother (Issac) and sister (Katie). In 2003, her family bought the local newspapers where she found her love for marketing and communications. After graduating with a Bachelors in Communication Studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Hannah ventured over to Omaha to serve a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA at College Possible.
Today, she is the Marketing Coordinator at Sun Valley Landscaping. Hannah loves collaborating with nonprofits in Omaha to give back to the community as well as volunteering to educate others on life with dwarfism. In her free time, you can find her snuggled up with her cat Bella, a cup of coffee, and a good book. Welcome, Hannah!
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Welcome Back Larry McNichols! 

Last week Walt Horner reintroduced returning member Larry McNichols.  Larry was a member of Suburban Rotary back in 1970-1994.  He then helped found the Omaha South club and was the Charter President. He was a member of Omaha North until the club disbanded this year.  He has also served as a District Governor (1998-99) and was the 1990 Cadwallader Award Recipient. 
Larry holds degrees from Princeton and the Harvard Business School. He retired from advertising in 2001.  He also served in the U.S. Army for 30 years and was in combat in the Korean War. He retired in 1982 with many awards and decorations. His last assignment was Secretary of the Army's Office- he retired as a Colonel. 
Larry is married to Lannie and they have two children and two grandchildren.  His daughter, Eli, is also a Past President of North Rotary and a recent member of Suburban and is a third generation Rotarian.   Larry has been very active in a variety of community groups and organizations for his entire life in the area.  Welcome, Larry! 
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Congratulations to Kelly Adams who received his permanent badge from Past Yearlings Chair Dan Lupardus last week. 
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Welcome Dave Paladino! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Dave Paladino. 
David Paladino is the founder of Dino’s Storage, Gold Coast Technologies, and Landmark Group. Collectively these companies operate under the umbrella of Landmark Group and have 90 employees in Nebraska, Iowa and Manitoba. Dave also holds a Real Estate Broker license in Nebraska & Iowa.

Dave was born in Omaha Nebraska and raised in western and northeastern Nebraska. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, with a degree in marketing. Upon graduation, he worked in Atlanta for an IBM industry remarketer. 

In the early 1990’s, Dave returned to Nebraska to become Vice President of a small real estate firm. In 1994, Dave bought the firm and changed the name to Landmark Group. Dave is a 2000 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate and earned a master’s degree in real estate development. 
Dave is married to Lisa and is a former member of Morning Rotary.  Welcome, Dave!
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Suburban Rotary Engagement Award 

Suburban Rotary Engagement Award
The Suburban Rotary Engagement Award is a new award for the 2018-2019 Rotary year that recognizes club members who meet a set of criteria across a spectrum of club activities which denotes their excellent engagement in the club. They fulfill the "rule of two" in the following five categories: 1) Community Service, Committee Meetings, Donations, Guests, and Miscellaneous. Learn more by accessing the about and club member status pages with the links below.
Suburban Rotary prides itself as one of the most engaged clubs. Please direct general questions regarding this program to the Participation Committee and any questions about Club Member Status to our Executive Director.
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Keep the Kids Warm 

Thank you to the generous Rotarians who donated to this project. We raised over $4000!  We spent about half of that on Friday when taking some of the students shopping at JCPenney and purchasing extra clothes and shoes for the school nurse.   The rest will be spent out over the school year for clothing for students.  
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18-19 Membership Contest 

The 18-19 Membership Contest will consist of special activities and speakers the first Thursday of each month to encourage Rotarians to bring prospective members to check us out.
When you bring a prospective member to attend a meeting, you will receive a ticket for a drawing to be held in June. When your guest becomes a member, you will receive 10 tickets. At the end of the Rotary year, all tickets will go into a drawing and one member will win free dues for 19-20  and another member will win 1/2 price dues.  
Who can you invite that would love Rotary?  The service, the friends, the fun! So many reasons to be a part of Suburban Rotary! 
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Thank you for your service

Past President Jared Bakewell recognized outgoing Trustee/Treasurer Rich Craig and outgoing Sgt. At Arms Ashley Baker for their service at last week's meeting.
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Welcome Carol Ebdon! 

Last week Mary Bernier introduced us to new member Carol Ebdon.  Carol Ebdon is a Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her teaching and research relate to government and nonprofit budgeting and financial management.  She also served as the Finance Director for the City of Omaha from 2004-2009. Dr. Ebdon is originally from Toledo, Ohio, and worked for local government in upstate New York before completing her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany in 1997.  
Carol is transferring from the Omaha North Rotary Club, where she served as President, Treasurer, and Assistant District Governor. She is currently the President of the Board of Youth Care and Beyond, Treasurer of the Cathedral Arts Project, and a member of the Friends of the Omaha Public Library Board. She is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and is active in other national professional organizations.   
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Thank you Crestridge volunteers! 

Through your donations to our local Foundation the Crestridge committee received a $500 grant to stock the Santa Shoppe at the school and Rotarians helped students select gifts for their family members last week.  
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Suburban Rotary will be hosting the all-city metro Rotary luncheon at Anthony's on Thursday, October 4th.   This will be a plated luncheon featuring Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos as our speaker.
You can make reservations at the meeting this week or online by CLICKING HERE.  Who do you know who'd like to hear Bill speak?   This is NOT a walk-in event. Reservations are required. Other Rotary clubs will be taking reservations at their meetings as well.

50th anniversary books available 

Did you get a beautiful photo book commemorating our 50 year history? If not, you surely regret it! There are a few extras. Contact Jennifer to buy one for $35.   
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Welcome Barbara Rebrovich!  

Last week Lou Smetana introduced us to new member Barbara "Barb" Rebrovich.   
Barb was a member of Omaha North Rotary for 17+ years, having served in several chapter officer positions, including twice as President.  She is a Paul Harris fellow and a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. 
Barb has worked in development and fundraising in the higher education world for most of her professional career, including Metro Community College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and worked the past 8 years as Director of Development for two Omaha non-profits. 
Barb is a lifetime member of the Council for Resource Development, having served most recently as national vice-president of communication and marketing.  She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 
Barb has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UNK. 
Barb has two married daughters, one living here in Omaha and one living in the Denver area.  She enjoys spending time with four wonderful grandkids and two beagle grandpups.  She also loves Husker football and UNO Mavericks hockey. Welcome, Barb! 


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Baxter Kenworthy Volleyball Tournament

Thank you to all those who helped at the Baxter-Kenworthy volleyball tournament last week and to our players! A special thanks to Penny McWilliams for organizing this event. 
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New Committee Opportunities 

We are pleased to announce the formation of two new Suburban Rotary Committees:
The Environmental Committee will be Chaired by David Kutler and we are separating Buy the Big Wheel from the PR Committee and are looking for a Chair. If you are interested in serving on either of these (or Chairing the Buy the Big Wheel event), please let Jennifer know.  
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to Jim Kapalis and Mark Renner who received their permanent badges from Yearlings Chair Amanda Fink for completing all Yearlings requirements!
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District awards 

Last week Past President Jared Bakewell presented the District awards to the club represented by Roxy Orr, Holly Hollenbeck, and Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt. We were #1 in per capita Rotary Foundation giving, best large club community service project (homeless foot clinic), and #6 club in the District based on a points system for members, dollars, and projects.
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18-19 Officers 

Last week Nick Jasa recognized our incoming officers for the new Rotary year.  Left to right: Nick Jasa, President, Tom Kerfoot, President Elect, Andy Goranson, Secretary, Joe Sequenzia, Sgt. at Arms, Randy Wieseler, Treasurer.
Thanks for your service to the club! 
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Congratulations to Ryan Bouda- 1 and Terri Greenwood-11 who were recognized for their years of perfect attendance by Gregg Bailey.
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Thank you for your Rotary Service! 

Last week outgoing President Jared Bakewell recognized Board members, Trustees, and Treasurer Gregg Bailey for their service.
Board Members: Cindy Kinsler, Herb Hartman, Paul Adams, and Marlon Lofgren
Treasurer: Gregg Bailey
Trustees: Roxy Orr and Rich Craig 
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Welcome Ryan Bouda! 

Last week Frank Goldberg introduced us to new member Ryan Bouda.  At only 22 years old, Ryan will be one of the youngest members of the Suburban Rotary.  Ryan’s entrepreneurial spirit began long before choosing his current career path.  At 13 years old, he owned and operated a yard care business with three employees, his two brothers and their neighbor, taking care of dozens of houses in their neighborhood.  In high school, Ryan lettered four years in two separate sports and was active in over 20 different clubs and activities over his four years.  As President of the Service and Habitat for Humanity Clubs, Ryan participated in four services trips included Rosebud Indian Reservation and Haiti, and two more throughout college.  His lawn care business grew throughout college into a small construction company that he managed on the weekends to pay his way through college. 
After finishing his Engineering Degree from the University of Nebraska in only three years, Ryan decided to change his career path to begin building the people inside of the buildings.  Before even graduating college, Ryan became a founded partner of LEAP Training & Coaching, a team of coaches and trainers who specialize in leadership, organizational and team building.  Immediately, he began his professional training in Conversational Intelligence, a research-based scientifically-proven coaching methodology focused on the neuroscience of conversations.  Now, as an expert in C-IQ, Ryan specializes in communication patterns, culture development and leadership skills.  He is excited to join an organization founded in rich principles of integrity, community and service. Welcome, Ryan! 
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About Us

Congratulations to Kevin Story and his wife Terri Jack. They welcomed Ambrosia Dee Jack-Story on 6/19.  She was 6lbs. 10 oz.   Their address is 8435 Hamilton St., Omaha, NE 68114.
Please keep Julie and Rory Sherman in your thoughts and prayers. Their nephew passed away of cancer last week.  13511 Parker St., Omaha, NE 68154
(If you have info for the About Us section) please contact Jennifer. 
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Congrats on 50 perfect years! 

This year Dick Miller is celebrating 50 years of perfect attendance (amongst several Rotary clubs) and John Binderup presented him with a 50 year pin. Dick shared a story about how his record was almost thwarted by a grumpy gatekeeper many years ago.
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Collection for Magdalene House 

Thank you Rotarians for your generous donations!   We are looking for volunteers who will be attending the District Conference to transport the bags back from Lincoln to Omaha to the Magdalene House. 
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Baxter Kenworthy Volleyball Tournament for Scholarships 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Attend the District Conference! 

NEW - the District Conference Itinerary has been published - click here.
Have you registered yet?  We are getting excited about the conference this year! It will be held on July 26-27 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. 
On Friday night, you will have the option to go for a dinner cruise on the Belle of Brownville or we will have other options for you to choose from.
The theme this year is “Shape the Future” and you will have some time to spend together as a family, helping with our service project, and also some free time to explore Nebraska City – we will have a lot of information available about what there is to do while you are in town.
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Rotarian of the Year 

Congratulations to Holly Hollenbeck who was recognized as Suburban Rotarian of the Year by the 4-Way Test Committee. Holly has been very active in the club serving as a Board Member and Community Service Committee Chair this year and creating the Homeless Foot Clinic Service Project.
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Events from Other Clubs 

Northwest Rotary invites Rotarians, family members and friends to attend a Movie Night for fun, fellowship and raising funds for PolioPlus. Movie Night will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. There will be a potluck dinner from 5:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Fried chicken will be provided and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. The movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), will start at 6:30 p.m. after dinner. This fellowship event will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 South 20th Street, in Omaha. There is a suggested $20 free will offering for PolioPlus. We will need reservations for planning. Please email Vickie Backman at for a reservation. A flyer is attached. We hope you will join us for Movie Night!
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Congratulations to Joe Sequenzia who was recognized by Nick Eastland last week for six years of perfect attendance! 
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Congratulations Roxy! 

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).
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Sign up for your 18/19 Committee! 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome John Maxell! 

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!


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Welcome Kim-Jae Kang! 

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! 
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Welcome Suzi Brehmer! 

Last week Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt introduced us to new member Suzi Brehmer.  Suzi is the Controller for Smith Davis Insurance in Council Bluffs. She and her husband, Jeff, purchased the agency in June 2106. Prior to that, Suzi had a long career with Walgreens for 25 years.
Suzi is originally from Council Bluffs and she earned her B.S. Degree from Truman State.   She is an active community member volunteering with Sigma Kappa Sorority, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Heartland Family Service, and the Lewis Central Booster Club.
She has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.   In her free time, Suzi enjoys traveling, swimming, and watching her kids participate in activities. Welcome, Suzi! 
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Welcome Al Batschelet! 

Last week David Kutler introduced us to new member Al Batschelet.  Al is the President and CEO of the First Responder Foundation of Omaha.  It is a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance public safety and build community appreciation and respect for First Responders.
Al is originally from rural Iowa and attended Iowa State University.  He also joined the Iowa National Guard and ROTC while in college.  By the time he graduated with his bachelor's degree he was a Second Lieutenant.    Al served 33 years in the Army and retired as a Major General.  He had many varied assignments and at different times oversaw the Army's talent acquisition enterprise at the Recruiting Command and helped oversee America's strategic, nuclear, cyber, and space forces at U.S. Strategic Command.
Al is a former Rotarian with Iowa Great Lakes in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  He is married to Terri and enjoys hunting, fishing, and motorcycling in his free time.  Welcome, Al! 
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After Hours 

Thank you to Howard Epstein and the Jewish Community Center for holding an awesome After Hours last week!  
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18/19 Dues are Past Due 

  If you did not get an invoice, please let Jennifer know.  You can pay on Thursday at the meeting or mail in a check to 4089 S. 84th St. PMB 317, Omaha, NE.  **** The online payment portal is down at the moment*****
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Howard Vann President's Club 

Last week Trustee Chair, Kathryn Schubert, recognized Herb Hartman as a member of the Howard Vann President's Club for his generous donations of 25K to our local Foundation. Thank you for your support! 
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After Hours 

Thanks to Security National Bank for hosting a fun After Hours last week. Please see Facebook for more photos. 
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Welcome Carmela Kramer Karni! 

Last week Nate Schwalb introduced us to new member Carmela Kramer Karni.  Carmela is originally from Israel and came to us from the Sunshine Rotary Club in California.  She is a Real Estate Broker with RPM Legacy and has already gotten involved with Suburban Rotary.  Carmela enjoys reading and yoga in her free time. Welcome, Carmela!
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LAST WEEK TO BUY Scholarship Luncheon Tickets 

Thursday, April 19th at 11:30 at Happy Hollow. Don't miss the most inspirational meeting of the year as we honor this year's Scholarship Winners!   
You can sign up and pay at a meeting or online by clicking HERE. 
Here is one of last year's winners, Ryan Sedlacek, at our meeting last week talking about the impact his scholarship had on his life.  You don't want to miss learning about 10 awesome students for this year!
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New Member Mingle Table 

New members join us at one of two new member tables each week hosted by a long-time member to help new members get to know each other better.   These will have signs and different color tablecloths.   
We will also have a sign-up for long-time members who would like to host for a week. 
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About Us 

Condolences to Andy and Abby Goranson. Andy's dad passed away a few weeks ago. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Their address is 444 S. 88th St., Omaha, NE 68114
Former member Susan Huntley-Gruenther (relocated to Chicago) is turning 70 soon and her daughter is putting together a memory box for her with notes from friends and family.  You can submit one online by CLICKING HERE.  The deadline is July 3rd. 
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Past Rotary International President at Suburban on 3/15 

Make sure you mark your calendar and invite a guest to attend Rotary with you this day.  Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith will be in town on Thursday, March 15th to attend the NAYEN conference and has agreed to speak at Suburban's meeting. Cost will be $16 as usual. Help us fill the big room for him! 
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Service Opportunities

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 Saturdays include:   September 22nd.  Please contact Ward Peters and have some fun on the beautiful grounds.
Highway Clean-Up has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 13th. Please save the date on the calendar and sign up online. 
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Charlene Tierney citations 

Last week Trustee Chair Kathryn Schubert recognized Ranny Perez and Tom Kerfoot and for their donations of $1000 to the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation with Charlene Tierney citations. Our local Foundation makes our scholarship program and many other projects possible.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Academy 

As you may be aware every April our district coordinates Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp.  RYLA camp (April 6-8, 2018) is an intensive 3-day training program for High School Sophomores and Juniors that helps participants think critically about important issues and share ideas with talented peers, learn how to coordinate and lead community service projects, discuss the importance of good governance and civil society to the world, and finally, learn to think globally and explore issues that transcend national and cultural boundaries. 
To make the camp a success we seek students from diverse backgrounds throughout the district.  Diversity refers to any student who is interested in local and global issues and whose participation in this program would help expand and add to their current experiences and perspectives. We seek your help to spread the word about this amazing opportunity and to encourage students you believe would benefit from this experience to apply.  This year we are excited for several new activities including a tree planting with the Arbor Day Foundation, and several new engaging activities and speakers that are sure to a success.  Our District Governor Dr. Tom Cardwell has sent a letter with brochures to all the club presidents in the district, however, and I wanted to let you know that if you need more materials please feel free to email me and I will send you additional recruiting materials.
For more information about the program please visit:
In addition you can visit our Facebook page:
If you know a student who would like to attend, please contact Jennifer for an application.
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Congratulations and thank you! 

to Eric Dawson who was recognized by Suburban Rotary Foundation Chair Kathryn Schubert last week as a Patron of Suburban Rotary for his donations of $5,000 to our local Foundation in support of scholarships and other projects. Thank you for your generosity! 
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Rotary Foundation Legacy Dinner 

Rachel Greenhoe, Major Gifts Officer from the Rotary Foundation will be in Omaha on March 9th and 10th to visit with any Suburban Rotarian who has any questions or interest in estate planning options for the Rotary Foundation.  Call 1-847-866-3476 to arrange an appointment.    District 5650 will have a Legacy Dinner on May 17th acknowledging new donations of $10,000 or more in donations, bequests, planned giving in wills or arranging an endowed funds.   
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Quack, Quack 

Does your team have a duck on the track for the "Great Suburban Duck Race"?  Only a little over 4 months to "waddle" across the finish line and claim the title!   Red is in the lead so far.  Last week Lisa Neu recognized Holly Hollenbeck and Mike Fosdick with rubber duckies for bringing in new members. Thanks for growing the club! 
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After Hours 

 Thanks to Bill Prout and Big John's Billiards for a fun after hours last Thursday.  Rotarians socialized, ate, drank, and played a little pool.
Come to this Thursday's meeting to hear about the tournament champions. See our Facebook page for more photos. 
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Check in wait times 

Please note that we are upgrading our credit card machine to run transactions "live".  This will put us in compliance with our processor but increase the amount of time to run a transaction.  Consider skipping the weekly line for the machine by purchasing a lunch or meeting only punch-card.  You can get a 10 lunch card for $160 or a 13 meeting only card for $104. We will have them available at the check-in desk. 
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Welcome Josh Hammerling! 

Last week Holly Hollenbeck introduced us to new member Josh Hammerling. Josh is the owner of 402 Sales an ecommerce sales and consulting business with specialization in video marketing strategies utilizing Facebook and other social media platforms.  Josh is originally from California where he started working in web design and marketing at age 17.  
Josh has served in the U.S. Air Force for twenty years and will honorably retired as a Master Sergeant this March.  He has served in the intelligence sector and has received numerous awards including being named as the Intelligence Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2013. He received the Military Intelligence Thomas Knowlton Award in 2012 and was nominated for the Bronze Star. Josh has been deployed to Kuwait, South Korea, Qatar, the Phillippines, and Afghanistan.   
Josh is married to Alyssa who is a Nebraska native and they have blended family of three daughters and are expecting a son.  His hobbies include thrift store shopping, cooking, and watching sports.  Josh's father has been a Rotarian for over 30 years in California.   Welcome, Josh!
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Activities of Other Clubs

When: Friday November 19, 2021
6:15 pm Registration
6:30 pm Start
Where: Ashland Golf Club
16119 HWY 6
2 miles SW of Ashland
Free-Will Entry: Suggested $40 Donation $20 Rebuy for Funding Rotary Projects
Cash Prizes Based On # Of Entries, Guaranteed $100 First Place Winner
Although registration is not required, please email or text 402-202-3782 if you plan to come so we have an estimate (or if you have questions).  Thanks for helping spread the word.
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Rotary Book Club

Book Club will be reading "The Girl With Seven Names (Escape from North Korea)" by Hyeonseo Lee.  It is an International Bestseller and has been on the New York Times Bestseller List. 
We will be meeting at Wheatfields (103rd & Pacific) on Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome! 
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Buy the Big Wheel

Thank you to all those who attended and exhibited at our annual Buy the Big Wheel networking night.   A special thank you to Yolanda Hoffman and the PR committee for organizing. Please see Facebook for all our photos.
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Permanent badge

Congratulations to David Richards earned and received his permanent badge last week from Yearlings Chair Dan Lupardus. 
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Winter Night Watch

We have a few spots for our Winter Night Watch with the Salvation Army to distribute meals and coats to the homeless and near-homeless Feb 16th-19th. Go to our website and click on the calendar to sign up.   
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Congratulations and thank you! 

To Terry Ferguson who was recognized by Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Roxy Orr last week as a Paul Harris Fellow +3 (donations of $4000) for his generosity to the Rotary Foundation supporting projects to help people around the world. 
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Welcome Mark Renner! 

Last week Mike Fosdick introduced us to new member Mark Renner. Mark is a Residential Real Estate Sales Associate with Berkshire Hathaway Ambassador Real Estate.  Mark has been selling real estate in Omaha for 45 years and has been voted #1 Real Estate Agent in Omaha twice.
Mark attended Westside and UNL where he majored in Economics with a minor in Shakespeare.  Mark has been an active community member serving on the Board of Directors for the Omaha Ballet, the Children's Theater, and the Economic Development Board of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Leadership Omaha graduate and Past President of the Omaha Area Board of Realtors.  
Mark is married to Sherry Renner and between them they have 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great- grandchildren.  In his his free time Mark enjoys tennis, sailing, and supporting the Huskers. Welcome, Mark! 
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Welcome Marc N'da! 

Last week Doug Geyer introduced us to new member Marc N'da. Mark is the President of Dignity Care Group -a home health care, nursing, transportation,  physical and occupational therapy provider.   Marc is originally from Togo and has been in the Bellevue/Omaha area since 2002. 
In Togo, Marc started an organization to fight child sex trafficking and pornography.  Marc has a Bachelor's degree, 3 Master's degrees, and a Doctorate.    He was also a professional soccer player for a team in Togo.   Marc has been building the American dream, arriving in the United States working fast food jobs working up to owning his own business and giving back to the community. 
Marc is married to Dina N'da and they have three children.  In his free time, Marc enjoys soccer, tennis, and pool. Welcome, Marc! 
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Coming up  1/10/19 

Annual Club Assembly
Committee mid-year reports
Vote on Slate of Officers 
Chair of the Day: Nick Jasa 
Invocator: Mark Anson 
11:15 Greeter: Zach Ziler 
11:45 Greeter: Roxy Orr
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New Year's Resolutions 

Some suggestions for 2018:
Attend more Rotary meetings
Volunteer at more Rotary events
Bring someone to Rotary who wants to be a part of the "Best Club in the Cosmos" 
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Club Grants 

This year in addition to the District Grants, Global Grant, and Scholarship funds committed, the Foundation has granted several club grants for local projects.  Last week we met one of the recipients Jenny Johnson who used our $500 to help feed the hungry in Omaha.  Gifts for this week's Santa Shoppe were also bought with a club grant. YOUR generosity to our local foundation makes that happen!
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Welcome back Sheila Kalhorn! 

Last week Sarah Kalhorn- Wisecup introduced us to returning member Sheila Kalhorn who is also  her mother.     Sheila is a previous Suburban Rotary member. Starting in 1994, she held many positions in the club including: Sergeant at Arms, Board Member, Paul Harris Fellow and Club Secretary to name a few. Sheila is the owner of Sealed with a Kiss, where she does in-home decorating, holiday decorating, wedding decorating, and floral arrangements.
She also works full-time as the manager of the Gottschalk Scout Shop with the local Boy Scouts of America office. Outside of Rotary and work, Sheila will soon be celebrating 30 years with her husband, Terry. Together they have three daughters, Sarah, Rachael and Becca. Sarah works for the Boy Scouts as well, Rachael works for Nebraska Families Collaborative and Becca is finishing her degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her spare time, she enjoys vacationing with family in Colorado.  Welcome, Sheila! 
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to Holly Hollenbeck for completing the Rotary Leadership Institute course. She was recognized by Past DG Rich Rowland last week.
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Slate of Officers 

Congratulations to the Officers elected at last week's Club Assembly: 

President Designee: Tom Kerfoot (to serve 19-20)
To serve with President Nick Jasa (18-19):
Treasurer: Randy Wieseler
Sgt. At Arms: Joe Sequenzia
Secretary: Andy Goranson
Carter Jones, Dan Lupardus, Dick Miller, Dan Schnoes
Trustee 2018-2021 Nate Schwalb 
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Welcome Kelly Adams! 

Last week Dan Hosford introduced us to new member Kelly Adams.  Kelly is an Employment Specialist with Community Options Individual and Family Services.  He helps people with disabilities find and keep employment.
Kelly is an Omaha native.  He is married to Connie and has two adult children who live in Phoenix.  Kelly is a huge Husker fan and an active community volunteer. He is a mentor with Teammates, mentors at Siena Frances House and acts and directs in local theater. Kelly is also an inventor having created a product to help people with dementia.
Welcome, Kelly!
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Make your donation to the Rotary Foundation before the end of the year!

Our goal is for 100% of our members to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation this year. The easiest way is to go to the rotary website at and create an account to give online.  A $100 donation makes you a 19-20 Sustaining Member. Cumulative donations of $1000 make you a Paul Harris Fellow.
The Rotary Foundation money we give comes back to us in the form of District and Global grants allowing to us to support local projects like the homeless foot clinic, meal packaging for local food pantries as well as international projects such as the girls' school in Afghanistan and the hospital in Togo. 
You can also bring a check made out to the Rotary Foundation to the meeting on Thursday and Jennifer will send it in for you. All first-time donors making a $100 donation will have it matched by the club. 
Thank you to all those who have donated so far this Rotary year! 
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Join Rotary in Toronto! 

Consider attending the Intl. Rotary Convention in June next summer where you will be inspired by Rotarians and fantastic speakers around the world.   40,000 new friends are waiting to meet you there.  Register by December 15th to get the best price at
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Rotary History Question of the Week 

The 4 Way Test Committee is asking questions related to our 50 year anniversary on Thursday meetings. Last week's question was:
Q. Why do we call ROTARY by that name?
    A. Because initially meetings were being rotated among the officers of the club.
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Welcome Mark Anson! 

Last week Holly Hollenbeck introduced us to new member Mark Anson.  Mark is a lifelong resident of the Omaha area. He grew up in Carter Lake, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High school in Council Bluffs. He received his Bachelor Degree from Midland College.
Mark’s professional career began in the telemarketing industry in 1981. He began working at Wats Marketing and finished his telemarketing career at Sitel as the chief operating officer for Sitel Australia at the age of 39.Retirement did not stick for Mark after leaving Sitel Australia and he began a career in the insurance world. His company Vesta Voluntary Specialists grew by assisting companies with their employee benefits. Mark has recently sold his interests in that company to his partners and is trying retirement again. 
Mark has three adult sons and has been active as a volunteer as well. 
For the last 12 years Mark has also operated a nonprofit American Legion summer baseball program called the Millard Sox. . They currently sport 6 teams that serve approximately 108 Omaha area high school boys.
In his free time, Mark enjoys family, scuba diving, cooking, volunteering and baseball. Welcome, Mark! 
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50 years of Fun and Service! 

A fantastic party took place at the Field Club on Saturday night! A special thank you to Roxy Orr, Sheila Kalhorn, and the Anniversary Committee Party who made it happen. Frank Lastovica who worked hard on our video (will bring it to you online later for those who didn't see it) and Rich Rowland who flew in just to be our emcee.   More photos will be on Facebook later this week.
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Keep the Kids Warm 

Thanks to Marlene Sullivan and Lindley Clothing for sponsoring this fun event.  We raised over $1000 and collected several coats for needy students.  We will be taking some of them shopping for warm clothes in December.
Be sure to see all our photos on Facebook.
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Gardening with Rebuilding Omaha 

Volunteers are needed to help finish up the moving of the garden for Bethlehem house on Saturday, October 28th from 9-1.  Please bring gloves and trowels. This is a follow up to our project last spring.  Sign up by going to the event on our website calendar and logging in. 
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Welcome John Gantner! 

Last week Madeline Moyer introduced us to new member John Gantner.   A native of Waukegan, IL, Auxiliary Captain John Gantner served and was a member of The Salvation Army’s church there. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving eight years at various locations from England to Hawaii.  In Hawaii he met his future wife, Auxiliary Captain Tracy Gantner and, after a two year long distance relationship and fulfilling his service with the U.S. Army, they were married in Minnesota. Their daughter, Francis, born in 1990, is currently a licensed counselor on the East Coast.

Captain John’s current journey began in his work at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Chicago, transitioning to a more extensive role with his service as Assistant Director of Operations for the six territorial Kroc Centers (including Omaha) at the Central Territory’s Headquarters.  His passion for The Salvation Army and mission trips led him to serve on seven global missions’ team trips, which included construction projects in Haiti and Kenya.    Welcome, John! 

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Welcome Gabriel Ronk! 

Last week Dan Christensen introduced us to new member Gabriel Ronk.  Gabriel oversees the day-to-day operations for MMC Mechanical Contractors, Inc., a local mechanical contracting firm.  A native to Omaha, Gabe grew up in South Omaha. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UNL.   
Gabe is married to Janell and they have three children.   In their spare time, the family enjoys kids' sports, motorcycling, volunteering at church, and travel abroad. Welcome, Gabriel! 
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50th Anniversary History Committee 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0


to Deanna Fuller who received her permanent badge from Yearlings Chair Dan Lupardus last week. 
Congratulations! 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief through Rotary 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to Ralph Williams (8 years) and Jeff Bakewell (9 years) who were recognized for perfect attendance by Judy Sealer.
100%ers 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

50th Anniversary Sponsors 

Thank you to all those who have signed up as sponsors to help support the events and history book for our 50th Anniversary year!
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Highway Clean-Up volunteers 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Get a lunch ticket-speed up your check in! 

Did you know you can purchase a meal punch card for $160  (10 lunches) or a meeting only punch card for $104 (13 meetings). Then you can speed through the check out without waiting for change or to run your credit or debit card.  Just ask at the check-in desk for one. 
Get a lunch ticket-speed up your check in! 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

About Us 

Best wishes to Bailey Feekin, Penny Koenig, and Julie Sherman who have left the club. 
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50th Anniversary Family Event 

Thank you to all our great sponsors and those who attended our 50th Anniversary family event.   There were approximately 230 Rotarians and family and friends who attended. Be sure to go to our Facebook page to see lots of great photos- click here 
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After Hours at John Hoich's 

Thanks to John Hoich for hosting a fabulous After Hours with dinner at his lake house. Nearly 100 people turned up to enjoy the first After Hours of the year kicking off our 50th Anniversary!
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Welcome Derek Brazda! 

Last week Randy Wieseler introduced us to new member Derek Brazda.  
Derek Brazda is the Owner of Platte’s Edge Ag Services.  He is an experienced agronomist with over eight years of experience in the industry.  Five years with Platte’s Edge which he created and three years with Cargill in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 
Platte’s Edge is a seed dealership.  It manages precision agronomy decisions for local customers, as well as for dealers and their
Derek graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in General Agribusiness. He was the President of Arizona State University National Agra-Marketing Association.  He was the Graduate of the Year at the Morrison School of Agribusiness.  While at Arizona State he was an active member of the rowing team and has tried out for the U.S. Olympic team. 
Derek loves fishing, especially ice fishing with friends and his father.  He also likes to rebuild antique and collectible tractors with his father.  He also loves to barbeque.  He is married to Denae and they have a nine month old son name Henry.   Derek is the son-in-law of Rotarian Randy Wieseler. Welcome, Derek!
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Last week re-cap 

Last week Amanda Fink and Jared Wills served as greeters. Matt Darling gave our invocation.  We had several announcements and presentations.  Terry Ferguson introduced John Newman who talked about the past and future of Lauritzen Gardens.   The RISK bag was at $125 and Joe Sequenzia won a free lunch.   
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50th Anniversary Sponsorships Available! 

You have an opportunity that only comes twice a century!
Suburban Rotary is celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. We were chartered on December 4, 1967.   In honor of this occasion, we have several events planned including:
A family event at the zoo (save the date, Sunday September 24th)
A evening event for members and guests
A commemorative hardback book featuring 50 years of Rotary history
In order to make all of these things affordable to club members and their families, we are looking for Anniversary Sponsors.   We will recognize you in a variety of ways including t-shirts for all members and signs at events and at meetings this year.
We have one $1000 Presenting sponsorship SOLD OUT 
Four Gold $500 sponsorships SOLD OUT 
Eight Silver $250 sponsorships SOLD OUT 
Bronze sponsorships $100 each GOING FAST- SIGN UP TODAY! 
Act quick to show your support for the "Best Club in the Cosmos" in our big year!  (Sponsors can also be from outside the club if you know a person or business would would like to support us). Please contact Rose Mary Hefley or Jennifer to sign up or for more information. 
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Foot Care Clinic for the Homeless 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome David Richards! 

Last week Mary Bernier introduced us to new member David Richards. Dave has served as the Dean of Library Services at the University of Nebraska at Omaha since January of 2016. He holds a Master's degree in History from Western Illinois University. He also earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University and attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He and his wife Kristine were in the Fall 2016 class of the Chamber's Omaha Executive Institute.
Prior to arriving in Omaha, Dave served as the head of the rare books department at Missouri State University for nearly 20 years. While at Missouri State, he also taught several courses as an associate professor on the history of libraries and the art of the book. Prior to his work at MSU, Richards spent time as a rare books librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi and working for the archives division of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge.
Welcome, Dave!
Dave and his wife Kristine are newly married (January 1st of 2016) and have a blended family of three sons and one daughter with ages ranging from 12 to 27. Dave is an active cyclist and a slow runner, and is a veteran traveler of Route 66. He has lived in Cairo, Egypt, and London, England; and has worked on library development projects in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Ghana, West Africa. Last but not least, he is an expert at running fundraising events that involve fine wine and rare books.
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Meeting Price Increase 

Effective this week, August 3rd, our meeting cost will go to $8 and the meeting with a meal will be $16.  Prepaid tickets can be used with an extra dollar. 
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Livestream Questions for Credit

In an email last week you were informed that Suburban Rotary was trying a pilot for 4 weeks to give attendance credit to those who watched our Livestream or video of the meeting via Facebook.  If you would like credit (only if you missed the meeting) please answer the following questions in an email to Jennifer before this Friday, September 1st. 
1. Who was our speaker on August 24, 2017?
2. TRUE or FALSE - It is best practice to always download your app from your trusted App Store. 
3. TRUE or FALSE - To help prevent security breach, it is important to install updates on your operating system.

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Coming up this Week 

Annual Holiday Luncheon 
Featuring a special buffet, dessert, and comedian Jarell Roach
Pre-registration not required.  Pay at the door $20. (Meeting only $10) If you email Jennifer
the name of your guest, she will have a name tag ready.  
Buffet will open at 11:30, program at 12:30.  Come early to socialize! 
Chair of the Day: Rich Craig 
Invocator: John Steier 
11:15 Greeter: Michael Wehling 
11:45 Greeter: Kelly Adams 
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In with the new! 

Last week Jared Bakewell recognized Kathryn Schubert for her year of service with a Past President pin and badge. He also recognized his new Officers with pins:  Nick Jasa- President-Elect, Gregg Bailey- Treasurer, "Sashley" Baker- Sgt. at Arms, and Katie Henry-Secretary 
In with the new! 2017-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you players and supporters!

Thank you to all those who showed up to volunteer and play at this weekend's Baxter-Kenworthy volleyball tournament for Scholarships.  As always, a special thank you to Penny McWilliams who makes it all happen! Official results will be announced at an upcoming meeting.
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Around 20 Suburban Rotarians and guests attended the International Convention in Atlanta last week and had a great time meeting Rotarians from around the world and hearing from speakers such as Bill Gates.  Please see our Facebook page for more photos.
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Adopt a Plot Volunteers Needed 

Adopt A Plot Project
Suburban Rotary has taken on an on going project to keep a section of Prospect Hill Cemetery clean and tidy all year long.  Upcoming dates to show up between 10 a.m.-noon, to pick up litter, pick up sticks, sweep, weed whack or rake on Saturday,  August 19th. You do not need green thumbs, just a willingness to share two hours of your time.  Contact Ward Peters to sign up for a Saturday that you can plug into your volunteer calendar. Thanks to all those who volunteered last weekend!
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Welcome Michelle Schrage!

 Last week Christopher Pfanstiel introduced us to new member Michelle Schrage.  Michelle has served as the Marketing Director for large financial advisory firms for the past 14 years, including work with MassMutual, Principal Financial, and Carson Wealth Management. Recently, she stepped out of the financial services industry to continue working as a Marketing Consultant through her company, Difference Maker, LLC. She loves working with business owners to help reinforce their brands, reinvent their brands, and sometimes even create brands from scratch. Michelle is also pursuing a real estate career and will be licensed by August. 

She is also the founder of several community organizations, including Business4Business Professional Society, the Nebraska Film Association, and the Regency Business Networking Community. She is on the board of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), where she serves as the Committee Chair for the Young Advisors Taskforce. She also serves on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's Engagement Council and spends much of her time planning networking events and volunteering with local non-profits throughout Omaha.

She is the proud mother to her 12-year old son Robert, and they have a Puggle named Lloyd and a cat named Cheddar. Welcome, Michelle! 

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Rotarians Around the World

Rich and Tracy Rowland in Sun City, Arizona.  (When you are traveling, visit a Rotary club or take a photo with a Rotary project sign)
Rotarians Around the World 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Suburban Foundation Recognition 

Congratulations and thank you to Edna Brooks-Pittman, Gregg Bailey, Dan Lupardus, and Jack Heidel who were recognized with Charlene Tierney Citations for their donations of $1000 to our local Suburban Rotary Foundation by Chair Roxy Orr. 
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Welcome Erin Cohrs!

Last week Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt introduced us to new member Erin Cohrs.  Erin is the President of Chips Virtual Solutions, an online outsourcing company.  They will handle your bookkeeping, payroll, billing, email, travel planning, and many other things on a long-term basis or short term (such as an employee taking vacation or health leave).   Erin grew up in Neola, Iowa, and moved to Council Bluffs. She attended Lewis Central and Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, and Travel & Transport Travel School in Omaha.
Erin is married to Scott and they are the owners of Scott Cohrs Construction which does work in both Nebraska and Iowa.  She has two sons.  One who just finished his first year at Simpson College and the other who will be a junior in high school.   Erin has been an active in the community volunteering, singing with her church, leading youth choir, and serving as President of the Lewis Central Booster Club.   In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, traveling, reading, and horseback riding. Welcome, Erin! 

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Little Library 

Thanks to your generous donations to the Military Affairs committee last fall, a free little library has been created for children of soldiers!
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After Hours at Lund Co. 

Thank you to Connor Lund/Lund Co. for hosting a fabulous After Hours for us last week!  We are looking for hosts for June and July. Please contact Jordan Walker or Rich Craig if you are interested.  
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50th Anniversary Party! 

In December, Suburban Rotary will celebrate our 50th Anniversary.   Jared Bakewell is heading the committee to plan for a fun celebrating during his year as President.  We need lots of folks to help plan this event. Please contact Jared or Kathryn to let them know you'd like to serve on the committee. 
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Winner of the Pin Contest!

Congratulations to Alan Stanek, the winner of our 50th anniversary pin contest.   Pins will be ready for the start of the 50th year in July and Alan will get 30 free ones!
Thank you to all those who submitted awesome ideas!
Winner of the Pin Contest! 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Josh Berry! 

Last week Angeline Larson introduced us to new member Josh Berry.  Josh is the Vice President of Business Banking at Bank of the West primarily working with family-owned businesses with revenues from one to fifteen million dollars.
Josh holds Bachelor's Degrees in Psychobiology and Philosophy from UNO.  He is married to Rochelle and they have two young daughters.
Josh is also an active community member serving as Treasurer to the Board for the Benson Theatre redevelopment project as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Omaha EITC which provides free tax preparation and financial counseling for those in need.
In his free time, Josh enjoys gardening and playing with his kids.
Welcome, Josh!
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Get your tickets for the Scholarship luncheon now! 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Local Suburban Charitable Foundation 2018 Fundraiser 

Thank you to all those who supported our 2018 Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Fundraiser.    
This was the last week to  recognize members who made donations or pledges of $300 or more as members of the President's Scholarship Circle.  If you did not get your certificate, please see Jennifer. 
Congratulations to those recognized last week! 
Local Suburban Charitable Foundation 2018 Fundraiser 2017-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Charlene Tierney Citation 

Last week Chairperson Kathryn Schubert of the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees recognized Jim Nelson with a Charlene Tierney citation for his cumulative donations of $1000 to the local Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.   Our local Foundation supports our scholarship programs, District and Global Grant projects and many other things. 
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Enslaved Exhibit Lecture this Week 


Goldstein Lecture

The 18th Annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights
  • Thursday, April 6 | 7 to 8 P.M.
  • Weitz CEC OPPD Community Dialogue Rooms 201, 205, and 209
  • Featuring humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine as keynote speaker, and ENSLAVED: An Exhibition of Modern Day Slavery. The exhibit, along with supplementary events, runs March through May of 2017, in the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library (Criss Library) and the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (Weitz CEC). Click to learn more about the exhibit.
  • The annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights brings a distinguished scholar or leading expert on human rights to UNO each year. The annual Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights is sponsored by the UNO College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies, and SPHRS (Spirituality, Public Health, and Religious Studies).
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Cemetery Clean-Up 

Prospect Hill Cemetery Weed Whackers 2021, Future Dates and Time
Want to help spruce up one of the oldest cemeteries in Omaha at 3202 Parker Street?  Below are the dates to come and pitch in for any period of time you can spare between 8 a.m. and Noon.  Bring your own work gloves.  If you have a rake, broom, weed-whacker or a favorite yard tool, please bring it and put it to use.  Any questions, please call Steve Scheuber 402-689-7669.  Volunteers at any of our service projects get a Rotarian at Work t-shirt. Please let Jennifer know your size.   Read more about this historic cemetery by CLICKING HERE. 
Saturdays 8-noon
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Welcome Gitzy Loder! 

Last week Dave Wilson introduced us to new member Gitzy Loder. Gitzy works for Kidwell as a Business Development Specialist.   She concentrates on business phone system sales in Omaha and Iowa.
Gitzy was born in New York but both her parents are from Chile.   She was raised in Tulsa, OK and attended Oklahoma State.  She finished her degree in Public Administration from Washburn University in Kansas.  
Gitzy is married to Bobby and they have two young children.   In her free time, Gitzy enjoys photography, volunteering, and spending time with her family.  Welcome, Gitzy! 
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Clubrunner App 

Make sure to download the new Clubrunner app from your app store to your smart phone.   You can now have access to fellow members' contact info, current events, and stories for the club on this app.  It's super easy to use. You will need your login/password for the website to access it so if you don't remember them, please contact Jennifer to reset for you.
Just a reminder- our club contact information is not to be used for mass email/mail marketing lists.  
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Items of Interest 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Wine and Dine at Rotary on April 27th!  

Congratulations to Dave Wilson, Jeremy Nichols, Angeline Larson, Chris Pfanstiel, Nick Jasa, Nate Schwalb, John Hoich, and Karen Rolf who will be "wined and dined" at Rotary on April 27th. These folks brought the most guests and guests who became members.  Just because the contest is over, don't stop inviting guests.  Share the gift of Rotary! 
Wine and Dine at Rotary on April 27th! 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Applications Sought

As you may be aware every April our district coordinates Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp.  RYLA camp (April 7-9, 2017) is an intensive 3-day training program for High School Juniors that helps participants think critically about important issues and share ideas with talented peers, learn how to coordinate and lead community service projects, discuss the importance of good governance and civil society to the world, and finally, learn to think globally and explore issues that transcend national and cultural boundaries. 
To make the camp a success we seek students from diverse backgrounds throughout the district.  Diversity in this context refers to any student who is interested in local and global issues and whose participation in this program would help expand and add to their current experiences and perspectives. We seek your help to spread the word about this amazing opportunity and to encourage students you believe would benefit from this experience to apply.
For more information about the program please visit:
In addition you can visit our Facebook page:
If you have a student that would like to apply or questions, please contact Dick Miller or Jennifer
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Congratulations to our 100%ers who were recognized for  perfect attendance by Participation Chair John Binderup last week.
L to R: Duane Gross- 23 years, Nate Schwalb-7 years, Fritz Stehlik-6 years, John Binderup, and Randy Wieseler- 7 years 
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District Grants

This year our club applied for and received several District Grants including one to provide ipads and cochlear implant loaner devices to the Boys Town Center for Childhood Deafness and for Rotaractors to package toiletries for Youth Emergency Services. These projects are possible because of 1.) Your donations to the Rotary Foundation (the money comes back to us through grants) and 2.) your donations to our local Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.  Your generosity has impacted many this year!
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Welcome Connor Lund!

Last week Howard Shrier introduced us to new member Connor Lund.  Connor is an Associate with the Lund Company. He is actively involved with office tenant representation, leasing, and sales.   Connor is an Omaha native and is a University of Kansas graduate.   Connor recently returned to Omaha after spending three years in Chicago with Cushman and Wakefield.
Connor has been an active volunteer sitting on the junior board for Griffith tutoring, a non-profit which prepares at-risk students for the ACT.  He is a newlywed, having married Lauren just over six months ago.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing golf.  Welcome, Connor!
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Rotary Night at the Lancers 2016-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Coming up 8/3/17

Riders to the Post! 
Annual Membership Assembly
Chair of the Day: Rich Rowland 
Invocator: Andy Goranson
11:15 Greeter: Gitzy Loder 
11:45 Greeter: Michelle Schrage
Coming up 8/3/17 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Register for the RI Convention and save $75!

Record numbers of Rotarians are registering for the Rotary Convention in Atlanta this summer including a large contingent from our club.  Many of you have already reserved your hotel rooms (if you haven't- do so asap-they go fast!).  The next deadline is convention registration.  
If you register by December 18th the cost is $340.  On December 19th, this goes to $415.  Register soon to save $75!  Go to for more information.
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Congratulations to our 100%ers recognized for their years of perfect attendance by Roxy Orr last week!
Herb Hartman- 7 years and David Kutler- 8 years
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Keep the Kids Warm

Thank you to Marlene Sullivan and Lindley Clothing for hosting a fabulous After Hours last week.  Many coats were collected and over $1700 was raised to take Crestridge students shopping for clothes.  Thank you to all who attended and donated!  You can see more of the photos on Facebook by clicking here
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Coming up 12/15

Jeff Moran
Omaha Home for Boys
Chair of the Day: Herb Hartman
Invocator: Rebecca Vinton
11:15 Greeter: Rex Ekwall
11:45 Greeter: Roxy Orr
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Welcome Jasmine Alvarado!

Last week Holly Hollenbeck introduced us to new member Jasmine Alvarado. Jasmine is the District Coordinator for Dino's Storage and manages the financials for all 9 locations.
 Jasmine is originally from New York City and attended high school in Texas. She attended Midland University in Fremont on a wrestling scholarship and received her degree in 2015.  While at Midland she was ranked in the top 10 female wrestlers in the nation and also served as an assistant coach of the wrestling team there for two years.
She and her boyfriend Aspen have a a daughter named Brooklyn.  In her free time she enjoys photography, working out, and eating New York style pizza. Welcome, Jasmine!
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Kidwell After Hours 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

After Hours 10/22

Save the date for our next After Hours on October 22nd hosted by Kidwell/Jess Rustad.
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Zabuli Education Center Documentary Premiere 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Michael Wehling!

Last week John Hoich introduced us to new member Michael Wehling.  Michael is the Executive Director of the Stephen Center.  The Stephen Center recently opened a new $10 million dollar facility, including the Pettigrew Emergency Shelter and 52 units of permanent supportive apartments.  In combination with the HERO addiction recovery program, the Stephen Center serves vulnerable individuals and families seeking to overcome homelessness, addiction, and poverty. 
Michael has been active in the professional committee serving as the Vice Chair of Balance of State Continuum of Care, the Fremont Family Coalition, several other groups,  and was a member of the Fremont Rotary Club.
Michael holds his Bachelor's Degree from UNL and his Master's in Public Administration from Bellevue University. He is married to Stacy and enjoys skiing and biking in his free time. Welcome, Michael!
Welcome Michael Wehling! 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Southwest Rotary Wine Tasting Fundraiser 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Alejandro in the News 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Bulletin update

Thank you for your patience as I try to find the best format for the newsletter. The new formats are still in beta-testing with Clubrunner and we are having some issues.  
Bulletin update 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Young Professionals Summit

Downtown Rotary is putting on a special Young Professionals event on September 29th at 11:30 at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center. Cost is $30 but use code DowntownRotary when registering to save $5.  Includes fantastic speakers, lunch, a service project, and happy hour.   Click here to register/learn more
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Yearling of the Year

Congratulations to Jeremy Nichols who was selected as the 2016-2017 Dr. Sol Kutler Yearling of the Year.   Jeremy was selected for his active participation in service projects and after hours.  Congratulations Jeremy! 
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New Paul Harris Fellow

Congratulations to Beck Sapp, grandson of Lyle Sapp, who made him a Paul Harris Fellow with donations of $1000 to the International Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation supports projects to promote literacy, health, education, and peace around the world.   Beck was presented with his certificate and pin by Rotary Foundation committee Chair Howard Epstein last week.
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In Memoriam

We are saddened by the passing of long-time Rotarian Dr. Al Frank.   Dr. Frank was a "satellite" member with us for many years after retiring to Arizona.   Dr. Frank passed away in Kansas City on June 15th.  Services were held there.  Dr. Frank along with Ann Coyne was one of the first Suburban Rotarians of the Year for his humanitarian work in Nicaragua.   He was a generous man with a great sense of humor and will be missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. You can send your condolences to his wife Cindy Frank at 4301 N. Camino de Carrillo.  Click HERE to read his obituary in the Omaha World Herald. 
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Welcome Christopher Pfanstiel and C.L. Landen! 

Last week Holly Hollenbeck introduced us to new member Christopher Pfanstiel.  Christopher is a Partner in Hustad Company which is a commercial roofing and commercial contractor company.  He has made a transition to a new career after practicing law for nearly 20 years.
Christopher is originally from a farm in Osmond, Nebraska. He attended UNL and then earned his law degree from Creighton.     Christopher has 3 children and in his spare time enjoys hunting with his Labs, hiking, camping, and snowboarding.  He is President of the Lower Platte Chapter of Pheasants Forever and is involved in its Youth Mentor Hunting program.  Welcome, Christopher! 
Last week Jerry Gordman introduced us to new member C.L. Landen.  C.L. is the President of Security National Bank.   C.L. attended Westside High School in Omaha and earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver.  
He is an active member of the community serving on several boards including: the Nebraska Methodist Health System, Boy Scouts, Ak-Sar-Bn, and the Westside Foundation.  C.L. is married to Patty and in his free time enjoys traveling with his family.   Welcome, C.L.!
Welcome Christopher Pfanstiel and C.L. Landen!  2016-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you outgoing Trustees!

Last week Kathryn Schubert recognized our outgoing Board members/Officers for their service:  Edna Brooks-Pittman- Sgt at Arms, Dave Laferla- Secretary, Bob Kment-Treasurer, Roger Groff and Tom Kerfoot- Board members. 
Thank you outgoing Trustees! 2016-07-11 05:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to our 100%ers from last week recognized by Jeremy Nichols: Travis Sholin- 1 year (and he got his permanent badge last week!), Paul Adams-6, Howard Epstein-7, and John Binderup-11
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Congrats Joe Mackevicius! 2016-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Update from Madi

JUNE 2016 Monthly Report
Madi Zimmerman-Japan
I  had my last small Rotary meeting today- and took so many pictures- although I only see them about once or twice a month- they really impacted the way my exchange went- I’m very thankful to have been able to meet all of them. They are sad to see me go- which means I did my job, right?
This month was also my last big district rotary meeting in Yamanashi- by Mt. Fuji.  We had to give 15 minute presentations. I went first- and cried- but everyone cried- I made jokes in Japanese- and people laughed. It was great. After the sadness and presentations- we all had a BBQ and Karaoke and danced. I was able to show everyone the ‘right’ way to grill corn.  It was also a rotarian’s birthday- so I made pancakes and we decorated them like a cake and ate it at midnight.. I stayed up talking to my close friends- and the inbound students.
My French Friend, Marie, and I stayed up talking until 4am in the morning. This was really difficult because of how close we had become. I gave her my Nebraska Husker sweater- and she’s worn it almost everyday since. We plan on visiting each other in the future.
The next day we all woke up super early and went to the Mt. Fuji theme park where we rode roller coasters and ate ice cream. It was bitter sweet. We all started to cry on the carousel- because afterwards we all had to say goodbye.  I don’t think I’ve cried that much in a while. I felt like such a baby. But the experiences you share with each other- even in the short time you’re able to all meet- it really impacts you. My friend Calista’s little host sister came as well- she was hugging me and didn’t want me to leave. She’s 9 years old. I had to pinky swear her I would come back and cook with her for her to calm down. - A promise I intend to keep. She’s such a sweetheart.
On Sunday, I was able to meet my friend Seiya at the station. Seiya was my host brother in America. We kept in contact- but I hadn’t been able to meet him since America- and that was FOUR YEARS AGO. It was amazing. I was so happy to catch up with him. After lunch- Ciana and her friend ALbert joined us. It was a little odd because Albert reminded me a lot of my little brother- they are both the same age- 17 years old.  It was hard to say goodbye to Seiya-
Time is moving so fast. I keep getting closer and closer to everyone- sharing laughs, it’s weird- I’m barely thinking in English anymore. School has become my second home. I shared so many smiles, and so many tears.
I have only 11 days left now.  On Saturday I meet with my second host family once again- for volunteering. Next Monday I had my district Goodbye Party, Wednesday is my last day of school- I will give a speech, and then on Friday I will be on a plane- bound for America.
And it all still feels like a dream.
Exchange Student Update from Madi 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Growing the Club!

Last week Lisa Neu recognized Tom Vann for bringing in new member Dan Christensen. Thanks for growing the club!
Growing the Club! 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Suburban Rotarian of the Year

Last week Dick Caulk, Chair of the 4 Way Test Committee, presented Rich Craig as the Suburban Rotarian of the Year. Rich is an outstanding member who consistently provides service above himself by helping with service projects, club needs, and support of our local and International Foundations. Rich is currently serving as Treasurer of the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation and is a Trustee at-large.

Rich is the owner of Midlands Printing and Business Forms located at 107th and O Street. To witness and experience this day, Rich was surprised by his wife Paula and several members of his family as well as some out-of-town friends.   Congratulations, Rich!
Suburban Rotarian of the Year 2016-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Service projects

Thank you to those who helped at the Crohn's/Colitis Walk this weekend!   The Community Service Committee is meeting before Rotary this Thursday at 11:15 to plan the projects for the 16-17 years.   
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Around the world with Rotary

Traveling this summer?   Think about visiting a Rotary club at your destination.  Jennifer can provide you with a Suburban Rotary flag to present to the club when you visit.   Send in photos of Rotary projects or meetings to Jennifer for the newsletter.
Here's a photo from John Hoich in Italy (he visited a club there as well).
Tom Kerfoot in Norfolk
Jennifer and Ashley Baker presenting a flag to incoming Rotary International Director Gerard Allonneau and his wife Evelyn.
Rotary sign in Korea
Duane Gross at Rotary in Ravenna, Italy
Around the world with Rotary 2016-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Special Committee Opportunities 

We are creating some special committees for the 17/18 Rotary year and will circulate these sign-ups a few more weeks.  You can also let Jennifer know if you'd like to help on one:
Metro Luncheon- Chair Jeff Bakewell
50th Anniversary History- Chairs Frank Lastovica and Frank Goldberg
50th Anniversary Family Event- Chair Rich Craig
50th Anniversary Adult Event- Chair Roxy Orr
50th Anniversary Sponsorships- Chair Rose Mary Hefley 
Special Committee Opportunities 2016-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

RI Covention in Seoul, Korea

Several members of our club were inspired at the annual convention this year.   You will hear more about this in the upcoming weeks from our current and incoming President.
RI Covention in Seoul, Korea 2016-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Attend the District Conference/Dinner with the Rowlands!

Tracy and I are hosting dinner at Dish Restaurant in Lincoln on August 5th. 
We will host wine for the tables and you can order off the menu.
Dinner is a private room.
Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerry will be speaking @ 7:00pm at the Innovation Campus, UNL.
DISH is located at: 1100 O Street
Their menu is on their home page.
Business casual
Rich Rowland
Registration for the 2016 Rotary District 5650 Conference this August is now open! Join Rotarians from throughout our District to celebrate the accomplishments of Rotary in our region and the world during the past year. 
Rotary District 5650 Conference
You really need to check out these amazing speakers who will be present at this year’s Rotary District Conference – August 5-6 at Innovation Campus! Razia Jan, President/Founder of the Zabuli Education Center: Razia has worked tirelessly for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Razia had the boldness and vision to open a school that provides free education for hundreds of girls in rural Afghanistan in 2008 - a year when the Taliban killed nearly 150 teachers, students and school employees - and she’s coming to OUR conference!
And opening this year was the Razia Jan Institute, the first free, private women’s community college in rural Afghanistan. Some of the women and their classmates have been featured in a documentary, “What Tomorrow Brings,” which recently premiered. Check out the film trailer here:
The Director of this documentary, Beth Murphy, will also be at OUR conference! Another amazing addition.
And, if this wasn’t enough, our very own District Governor, Rod Bates, has arranged for the President and Chief Executive Officer of PBS, Paula Kerger, to also attend. Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Well, come and tell her how much you like it yourself! Because its creation is one of her many accomplishments.
Cost is $125. Register online TODAY at  For questions, contact:
Attend the District Conference/Dinner with the Rowlands! 2016-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Last chance to register for the Metro Luncheon!

The Annual Metro Luncheon will be early this year so that we can take advantage of a fantastic set of speakers traveling to Omaha to talk about an important issue.    
Tuesday, July 19th at 11:30 am
$20 per person (kept affordable to encourage you to bring a friend or colleague to hear about this important topic)
Champions Country Club
Please make your reservation at the meeting this week.  Double attendance credit!!!  Or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
Last chance to register for the Metro Luncheon! 2016-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Dues are Due June 15th

You can pay in person at a meeting, mail a check into the office or pay online BY CLICKING HERE.
We must have your dues by June 15th so that we can can make payment to Rotary International on your behalf. 
If you need another copy of the invoice, please contact the office. 
Dues are Due June 15th 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Council Bluffs Rotary Kickball Tournament 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Volleyball tournament

Thank you to the Rotarians who volunteered to help, play, or watch the Baxter-Kenworthy volleyball tournament this weekend.  And a HUGE thank you to Penny McWilliams and Baxter-Kenworthy for conducting this fabulous fundraiser to benefit our scholarship program.  Official numbers will be announced at an upcoming meeting.
Volleyball tournament 2016-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back Warren Hill!

Last week Alan Stanek reintroduced us to returning member Warren Hill. Warren was a member of our club from 1980-93 and was a District Governor for our District as well.
Warren has been living for the last 20 years in Colorado and has returned here to be closer to family.   Warren is married to Betty and is retired from the National Park service.   He worked in Nebraska, New York, and in the Grand Canyon, Great Sand Dunes, and Death Valley National Parks.
Warren has been a member of five different Rotary clubs and founded the O'Neill, NE Rotary club.  He led a Group Study Exchange to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.   Warren has traveled around the world to 89 different countries and with the Colorado Springs Rotary coordinated a gift of 8 fire trucks, 7 school buses, computers, and six semi's full of furniture for a sister city in Mexico.
Warren and Betty are both Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. Welcome back, Warren!
Welcome Back Warren Hill! 2016-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Andrew Wesely!

Last week John Hoich introduced us to new member Andrew Wesely.   Andrew is with Ayars and Ayars and runs all their Omaha business development and operations.  
Andrew holds a degree in Economics, Finance, and Political Science from UNL.   He has lived around the country working for Kiewit and relocated to Omaha in November.   
Andrew is active in the community and is involved in various organizations including the Omaha Jaycees, Omaha Young Professionals, Habitat for Humanity, and the Omaha Venture Group.  
In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing golf.  Welcome, Andrew!
Welcome Andrew Wesely! 2016-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Nominations due THIS WEDNESDAY

Nominations are being sought by the 4-Way Test Committee for  Suburban Rotarian of the Year and Omahan of the Year.      
Nominations are due by March 28th.  
You can now submit nominations online.  Click HERE to nominate a Suburban Rotarian of the Year.  Click HERE to nominate an Omahan of the Year. 
Nominations due THIS WEDNESDAY 2016-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Andy Goranson!

Last week Nate Christ introduced us to new member Andy Goranson.   Andy is the President of U.S. Merchant Processing Services.  He directs the growth and enhancement of retail, restaurant, and card not present merchants.  His company is the new merchant services provider for Suburban Rotary.
Andy holds a B.S. in International Business and a minor in Mandarin Chinese from UNL.  He is an Eagle Scout and held several leadership positions as a member of Phi Gamma Delta in college.    Andy is married to Abby and they have two young sons as well as a Burmese Mountain dog.   
In his free time, Andy enjoys golfing, cooking, reading, and a good cigar.  Welcome, Andy!
Welcome Andy Goranson! 2016-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Charter Party

Last week Rotaract President Sara Smith attended our meeting to announce the Rotaract Charter Celebration and Installation of Officers.   Please join them to celebrate at Old Chicago (425 N. 78th St.) at 7pm, tonight Monday April 4th.   Attendance credit given!
Rotaract Charter Party 2016-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Fundraiser

Thank you all for your generous support of our annual Suburban Rotary Club Charitable Foundation. 
Last week was our last week for recognizing members of the President's Scholarship Circle.  We recognized Scholarship Circle members Jim Nelson, Mark Baratta, Ed Fleming, and Roger Carrell.  Not pictured are Matt Darling, Jill Hruska, David Jacobs, and Will Prout.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's fundraiser a success!
Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Fundraiser 2016-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you Volunteers!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped clean up the Prospect Park cemetery last weekend.  A special thanks to Ward Peters for organizing!
Thank you to all those Rotarians who shared their talents with the students during the Crestridge Career Fair. Thank you to Ashley Baker for organizing!
Thank you Volunteers! 2016-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

ONLY 1 MEETING LEFT TO Sign Up for the Scholarship Luncheon

Don't miss the best luncheon of the Rotary year!  We will meet the 2016 Suburban Rotary Scholarship recipients and their families at a special luncheon.   You must pre-register and pre-pay for this luncheon.  We cannot have walk-ins this year.  YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH.  You can also register/pay online by clicking here.
When: Thursday, April 14th at 11:30
Where: Happy Hollow-1701 S. 105th St.
Cost: $25
2015 Winners
ONLY 1 MEETING LEFT TO Sign Up for the Scholarship Luncheon 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Invocators and Greeters Needed 2016-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Meal Packaging Project 

Thank you to all the Rotarians, friends, and family who helped us package 27,465 meals for the hungry in Omaha. This was from a District Grant that Southwest, Suburban, and West Rotary Clubs obtained together.  The meals went to Heartland Hope.  A special thank you to Kristi Lyons from SW, Magan Smith from Suburban, and Brett Wawers from West for coordinating this event.
Meal Packaging Project 2016-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Update

JUNE 2016 Monthly Report- Japan
Madi Zimmerman
I  had my last small Rotary meeting today- and took so many pictures- although I only see them about once or twice a month- they really impacted the way my exchange went- I’m very thankful to have been able to meet all of them. They are sad to see me go- which means I did my job, right?
This month was also my last big district rotary meeting in Yamanashi- by Mt. Fuji.  We had to give 15 minute presentations. I went first- and cried- but everyone cried- I made jokes in Japanese- and people laughed. It was great. After the sadness and presentations- we all had a BBQ and Karaoke and danced. I was able to show everyone the ‘right’ way to grill corn.  It was also a rotarian’s birthday- so I made pancakes and we decorated them like a cake and ate it at midnight.. I stayed up talking to my close friends- and the inbound students.
My French Friend, Marie, and I stayed up talking until 4am in the morning. This was really difficult because of how close we had become. I gave her my Nebraska Husker sweater- and she’s worn it almost everyday since. We plan on visiting each other in the future.
The next day we all woke up super early and went to the Mt. Fuji theme park where we rode roller coasters and ate ice cream. It was bitter sweet. We all started to cry on the carousel- because afterwards we all had to say goodbye.  I don’t think I’ve cried that much in a while. I felt like such a baby. But the experiences you share with each other- even in the short time you’re able to all meet- it really impacts you. My friend Calista’s little host sister came as well- she was hugging me and didn’t want me to leave. She’s 9 years old. I had to pinky swear her I would come back and cook with her for her to calm down. - A promise I intend to keep. She’s such a sweetheart.
On Sunday, I was able to meet my friend Seiya at the station. Seiya was my host brother in America. We kept in contact- but I hadn’t been able to meet him since America- and that was FOUR YEARS AGO. It was amazing. I was so happy to catch up with him. After lunch- Ciana and her friend ALbert joined us. It was a little odd because Albert reminded me a lot of my little brother- they are both the same age- 17 years old.  It was hard to say goodbye to Seiya-
Time is moving so fast. I keep getting closer and closer to everyone- sharing laughs, it’s weird- I’m barely thinking in English anymore. School has become my second home. I shared so many smiles, and so many tears.
I have only 11 days left now.  On Saturday I meet with my second host family once again- for volunteering. Next Monday I had my district Goodbye Party, Wednesday is my last day of school- I will give a speech, and then on Friday I will be on a plane- bound for America.
And it all still feels like a dream.
Exchange Student Update 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Softball

Thanks to those who have shown interest in a Rotary Softball team. Unfortunately, we do not have enough players to put together a team this year. 
Rotary Softball 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Skate Daze for Polio Plus

$576.85 was raised for polio plus from the Skate Daze event.  Thanks again to Scott Cernik for hosting!
Skate Daze for Polio Plus 2016-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Jeremy Nichols!

Last week Steve Oltmans introduced us to new member Jeremy Nichols.  Jeremy is an Engineer with E & A Consulting.  He graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Minor.  He is an active community member involved with B'nai B'rith, Omaha Jaycees, and other organizations.  In his free time, Jeremy enjoys intramural sports, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities. Welcome Jeremy!
Welcome Jeremy Nichols! 2016-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Meal Packaging

A very successful project was held on Saturday at Heavy Duty Specialists where Rotarians packaged 30,000 meals for local families in need. Recipients of the food were: Food Bank, Siena Francis House, Good News Bears, Omaha Street School, and Omaha Home for Boys.   Around 150 volunteers of all ages came and worked packaging macaroni and cheese for these pantries. The project was facilitated by Outreach, an Iowa-based non-profit. Funds were provided by YOU when you gave to the International and local Charitable Foundations.    Funds came back to us from Rotary International in the form of a District Grant which was matched with funds from our club's Foundation, West Rotary, and SW Omaha Rotary.  In addition, the $784 we raised at the Souper Bowl Food  Drive was used to purchase additional ingredients.
A special thank you to Walt Horner for volunteering all of his time and facility and to Nick Jasa (and family) who helped organize and lead!
Meal Packaging 2015-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club Charters!

We are excited to announce that the Rotaract Club of Omaha chartered last week with 20 members. Thanks to Yolanda Hoffman and the Rotaract committee for all their efforts to organize!
Rotaract Club Charters! 2015-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

It's not too late to support the Rotary Foundation!

You can still get a 2015 tax deduction by making a donation to the Rotary Foundation at
The Rotary Foundation supports programs around the world to bring health, education, clean water, and disease eradication to those who need it most! 
It's not too late to support the Rotary Foundation! 2015-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Winter Weather Policy

Suburban Rotary including Board/Yearlings meetings are cancelled if/when the University of Nebraska at Omaha cancels classes NOT OPS.      Also, if you are considering a make-up, please note that NW, West, Downtown, Morning, and North all cancel when OPS cancels and Millard cancels when Millard Public Schools cancels.
Winter Weather Policy