Suburban Rotary Guest Day

We are excited to announce that we will host another Rotary Guest Day on December 7, 2023. Our guest speaker for the day will be Mika Mizrachi, an Israeli who served in the Israel Defense Force and has a unique perspective on the current situation in Israel. We believe it will be very interesting to hear her insights on this topic. 

The geopolitical situation in Israel is of great interest to us all, and it goes beyond geographical boundaries. Therefore, we encourage each of you to extend this invitation beyond our immediate Rotary family. Please feel free to bring along a prospective member who shares our passion for knowledge and global understanding. 

This is an excellent opportunity for our community to engage in an enriching dialogue and broaden our perspectives on international affairs. 
Suburban Rotary Guest Day Yolanda Hoffman 2023-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Connect with Other Clubs

Consider visiting another Rotary club for a make-up! has a club finder for locations around the world.  Please see the District website at  for details on local clubs. Visit one of the following Metro-Area Clubs!
Monday: Omaha Millard Rotary, 12:00 pm, German American Society, 3717 South 120th St.
Tuesday: Omaha Morning 7:00 am, First Responders Foundation, 10605 Burt Circle, Omaha, NE 68114
Tuesday: Omaha Northwest, 12:00 pm, First Responders Foundation, 10605 Burt Circle, Omaha, NE 68114
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown, 12:00 pm, Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave.
Wednesday: Council Bluffs Centennial: 7:00 am, Hy-Vee Community Room 1745 Madison Avenue
Thursday: West Douglas County, 12:00 PM Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation 20272 Veterans Drive
Thursday: Council Bluffs, 12:00 pm, Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 South 6th Street
Friday: Omaha West, 12:00 pm, Biaggi's, 13655 California St.
Email Yolanda for make-up/attendance credit at
Connect with Other Clubs Yolanda Hoffman 2023-07-10 05:00:00Z 0


HAPPY 4TH JULY! Here are some 4th of July Fun Facts to get the weekend started!

Happy birthday, America! 4th of July marks the date the Declaration of Independence was signed and birthday of the United States, but here are some other interesting facts.

1. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th?
2, the president of Congress, John Hancock, and its secretary, Charles Thompson.

2. Is there something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
Yes! It’s said the following is written upside down and backwards: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.”

3. When did the Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday?
1870. Then, in 1938, Congress reaffirmed the holiday to make sure all workers received full pay.

4. When were fireworks first used to celebrate July Fourth?
1777. Congress chose fireworks as a way to celebrate the first anniversary. They were ignited over Philadelphia.



In Other News

This section of the newsletter is dedicated to club transparency. 
Best wishes to Jody-Ann Coore who has served as our a/v technician for two years. She has accepted another position and will be leaving us in July.
Congratulations to John Hoich who was selected by the Trustees to serve as Chair for the 23-24 Rotary year.   Kevin Welsh is unable to serve on the Board of Trustees due to regulations by his employer.
Congratulations to John Ferguson who has been selected to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors as Zach Ziler vacates his seat to serve as President-Elect.   Congratulations to Angela Chaney who has been selected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors as Sara Huse as resigned her seat.
The Board approved a new Yearlings program at June's Board meeting.   Bob Perrin and Rich Rowland will be in charge of this committee and the blue badge program for the 23-24 Rotary year.
In February of this year, the Board of Directors voted to remove the 50% attendance requirement for members to align the club with the requirements of the other metro-area clubs. See an excerpt from RI's website below.
If there is more information you'd like to see in this section, please reach out to Yolanda. 
In Other News 2023-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Book Club and Rotary Golf 

If you'd like to be more social with your fellow Rotarians, please consider Rotary golf (contact Frank Goldberg) Rotary bridge (contact Julie Livingston) or book club (Lisa Neu-info below).  You get attendance credit for all these activities. 
The next book is: "Bibi: My Story" by Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.  This is a New York Times bestselling autobiography.  Benjamin Netanyahu tells the story of his family, his path to leadership, and his unceasing commitment to defending his country and securing its future.
This book is 654 pages.  We will split reading it for discussion between July and August.  For July, we will read up to Chapter 32 at page 329. 
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 18, at Bonefish Grill in Regency.
 Attendance Credit is given for attending. 
Rotary Book Club and Rotary Golf 2023-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Omahan of the Year 

Congratulations to Todd Schmaderer who was honored last week as Omahan of the Year for all his work as the Omaha Chief of Police.  
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Prospect Hill Cemetery Story 2023-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Mark Nelson! 

Last week Dan Hosford introduced us to new member Mark Nelson.  Mark is the Owner of Unigrand Productions, a music entertainment and production company.   Mark is originally from Iowa but has lived Omaha for 40 years.   He came to play piano in a rock band, Jonesin'.   Mark has also worked as a CPR instructor with Dan Hosford which is how he came to Rotary.   He records and writes music and is an active community volunteer. Mark has twin sons and a daughter.  Welcome, Mark!
Welcome Mark Nelson! 2023-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the Storm Chasers DEADLINE TOMORROW

Rotary Night on Thursday, June 29th.   Gates open at 6pm and the first pitch is at 7:05.  CLICK HERE to order tickets. 
Offer Code: ROTARY.   Tickets are $17.  
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Iowa Cubs
The First Pitch will be Raffled to a Lucky Rotarian.   Jennifer will be checking off her bucket list by appearing as a mascot from Scooters.    
$6 from every ticket will go to Polio Plus.   Please join us!
Rotary Night at the Storm Chasers DEADLINE TOMORROW 2023-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Dues are Past Due

If you have not paid your Rotary dues, they are now past due.   Please make payment of your 23-24 Dues of $370 ASAP.   If you need another copy of the invoice, please contact Jennifer. Dues can be paid online by CLICKING HERE. 
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Major Donor

Last week Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Don Leu recognized District Governor-Elect Kathryn Schubert as a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Major Donor status is given to those who have given 10K to the International Rotary Foundation.  Thank you and Congratulations to Kathryn!
Major Donor 2023-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Crestridge Obstacle Course

Thanks to all those who volunteered with Crestridge last week!  This fun event was a reward to students for all their work with the Soles for Souls project. 
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Anderson Target Shopping 

Thanks to the volunteers who took refugee students from Anderson Middle School shopping at Target today.  This was supported by a grant from the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.
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Scholarship Winners Billboard 2023-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Nominations Needed 

Your nominations are needed by the end of this week for Rotarian of the Year CLICK HERE and Omahan of the Year CLICK HERE
If you have any questions, please reach out to Warren Hill.  Nominations are due by Friday, May 12th. 
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Car Show After Hours 

Save the date! 
Join us on May 25th from 5-7pm.  at 90th and Military. Rotarians are free. Guests are $20.  
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Omahan and Suburban Rotarian of the Year 2023-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

RLI is for everyone - Leadership is not a position, it is action.
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 a three-part program. Each RLI participant attends three on-day sessions. Here is your chance to start your RLI journey!
Rotary District 6000 is part of the Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA Division. They have scheduled 2 in-person sessions in 2023.
You must participate in the full day of each part to get credit for graduation.
You must have completed Part I of RLI to register for subsequent parts.
All three parts are offered and will be held with sufficient registration in each.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
  1. 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
  2. Shive-Hattery, Inc., 4125 Westown Parkway, #100, West Des Moines, Iowa
  1. Saturday, October 14, 2023
  2. 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
  3. First United Methodist Church, 309 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa
  5. The fee to participate in person is $85 per part.
  6. Register at
Watch the District Newsletter and Website for additional information and opportunities
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Anderson Family Night 

Thank you to the wonderful Rotarians who helped out at this event last week!  It was supported by a grant from our club Foundation.
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Welcome Matt Brewer! 

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Matt Brewer.  
Matt is originally from Omaha and graduated from UNO with a B.S. in Political Science.  Matt spent his professional career wearing many different hats in the insurance industry. He is currently employed by Pillar Accounting where he devotes his time to managing the insurance programs of a few key clients, as well as handling the business development aspects of the business as we continue to grow.
Matt is engaged to be married on May 27th, 2023, to Betty Straub. They have two cats and a dog.  
In his free time, Matt loves to golf, read, play video games, hike, and occasionally play guitar.  He also is a Husker, New York Yankees, and Pittsburg Steelers fan which makes life hard. 😊
Above all, Matt aims to live my life with compassion for others, and to live a joyful life. He’s excited to be a part of the Suburban Rotary Club of Omaha and devote time, energy, and compassion to serving others and connecting with fantastic people.  Welcome, Matt! 
Welcome Matt Brewer! 2023-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Luncheon

Thank you to the Scholarship Committee, Fundraising Committed, and Generous Sponsored Scholarship Donors!  Last's week's luncheon was fantastic as we honored 10 very special students.  
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Suburban Rotary Bike Club

It's Spring!!! Time for the first ride of the year for the Suburban Rotary Bike Club.  All are welcome.  
 Wednesday April 26th departing at 5:30 from David Kutler's house 15820 Burdette St Near 156th & Blondo. Arrive starting at 5:15 in case you need to fill tires or water bottles
We are riding on the West Papio Trail to Lake Zorinsky and back (approx 17 miles round trip, or you can turn around sooner if needed)
Helmet required
refreshments to follow
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Volunteers Needed for Anderson Family Night 2023-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Soles for Souls 

Thanks to everyone who brought shoes and helped box/deliver them. We collected over 90 lbs!!! 
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Recycle Your Electronics! 

Suburban Rotary will be sponsoring an Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, April 29th from 9-12noon.   Please tell your friends.   We need 1 more volunteer to help from 8:45 am- 10:30.  Let Jennifer know if you'd like to sign up.
Recycle Your Electronics! 2023-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Suburban Rotary CF Recognition 

Last week Trustee Chair, Dave Laferla, recognized many generous Rotarians for their cumulative giving to our local Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.   Thank you to all these members! 
Charlene Tierney Citations for cumulative giving of $1000
Dick Miller, Travis Sholin, Joe Sequenzia, Barb Rebrovich
Friends of Suburban Rotary with $2500 in cumulative giving: Jack Heidel, Dick Skalla, Gregg Bailey, and Dan Lupardus
Patron with $5000 Total Giving: Cindy Kinsler, Duane Gross, Carter Jones 
Executive Director's club for cumulative giving of $10,000- Kathryn Schubert
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Annual Fundraiser 

Thank you to those who have already donated to this year's fundraiser!  
Please consider a donation to our fundraiser this year.  $300 puts you in the Presidents' Scholarship Circle.   Online donations can be made on our website under DONATE HERE at the top or you can donate at a meeting.  Consider monthly donations- only $25 a month puts you in the Scholarship Circle.
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TAGG for the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation 2023-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Sign up for the Scholarship Luncheon 2023-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Suburban Rotary Car Show Financial Report

Recently, James Reed gave us an overview of the Suburban Rotary Car Show financials.  When all revenue is in, we will have raised nearly 44K in proceeds. Expenses were around 11K.  The first 10K of profit will go to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus, leaving the club Foundation 23K in profits.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped put this on, our sponsors, and our volunteers!
Suburban Rotary Car Show Financial Report 2023-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Night Watch 

Thanks to all the Rotarians who volunteered for the Salvation Army Winter Night Watch this year!
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Sign up for the District Conference! 2023-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Coming up 2/23/23

Ryan Lindberg
Douglas County Prosecutor's Office
"Types of Evidence- From Murder to Motor Vehicle Homicide"
Chair of the Day: Brandon Cernik
11:15 Greeter: Scott Tafoya
11:45 Greeter: Dan Wellendorf
Invocator: Mary Bernier 
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Coming Up 2/23/23

Ryan Lindberg
Douglas County Prosecutor's Office 
"Types of Evidence - From Murder to Motor Vehicle Homicide"
Chair of the Day: Brandon Cernik
Invocator: Mary Bernier 
11:15 Greeter: Scott Tafoya 
11:45 Greeter: Dan Wellendorf
Coming Up 2/23/23 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

After Hours 

Thanks to Integrated Solutions and Curt Peters and Dan Lupardus for hosting a fun event last week! Please reach out to Dan Hosford if you are interested in hosting an upcoming event.
After Hours 2023-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

RLI is for everyone - Leadership is not a position, it is action.
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 a three-part program. Each RLI participant attends three on-day sessions. Here is your chance to start your RLI journey!
Part I ONLY - Online
We have been invited to join Rotary District 5520 (New Mexico and a few clubs in Texas).
They have scheduled a Part I RLI session by Zoom as follows:
Saturday, January 28, 2023
7:30 AM MT / 8:30 AM CT until approximately 1:30 PM MT / 2:30 PM CT
There are 2 breaks during the day
You must participate in the full day to get credit.
There is no cost for this online session
Materials and details will be sent by email
Space may be limited - please let me know of interest (I will gather names first come-first served)
Watch the District Newsletter and Website for additional information and opportunities.
Nicolette Klein, 
Chair - Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA Division
Rotary Leadership Institute 2023-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Meal Packaging

Thank you to everyone who volunteered this weekend!
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Welcome Bruce Lemen! 

Last week Don Leu introduced us to new member Bruce Lemen.   Bruce has been a real estate investor for 4 years and most recently got his agent's license. Bruce works on The Bill Black Team through NP Dodge and is enjoying it very much.
He was born and raised in Council Bluffs, and after graduation from Iowa State University in the mid-80's, moved to Omaha.  Bruce and his wife Jill will celebrate 30 years of marriage in 2023, and have 25 year-old twins named Sophia and Phillip.
In the 1880's, Bruce's great, great Grandfather founded what is known now at Children's Square in Council Bluffs. His father, David Lemen , was a life-long Rotarian achieving perfect attendance for 40+ years.
His  Father was Executive Director at Children's Square until the mid-70's and being raised on the orphanage campus, service to others was ingrained in Bruce. Welcome, Bruce! 
Welcome Bruce Lemen! 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Desk for Sale 

Several years ago, the club purchased this adjustable Vari-desk for the Rotary office. Jennifer no longer can use it and so we are selling it for a donation to the club. It's adjustable and allows you to work while standing. There's also a comfort mat for standing. Please contact Jennifer and make an offer. 
Desk for Sale 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Luncheon 

Thank you to Kelly Adams, Dan Hosford, Kelly Sanford, and Kevin Welsh for helping to plan our Holiday Luncheon.  It was a fantastic event! Look for more photos on our Facebook page soon.
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Rotary Happy Hour 

West Rotary has organized monthly Happy Hours to give Rotarians from all metro clubs a change to mingle in an informal setting.  Our next Happy Hour is Thursday, April 13th at the Public House in Rockbrook Village. 430-7pm 
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 After Hours 

Thank you to Roger and Peggy Carrell for hosting a fun holiday After Hours at the Ralston library last week!   Please mark your calendars for our next After Hours on January 26th at the Scottish Rite.
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Welcome Todd Samland! 

Last week Steve Scheuber introduced us to new member Todd Samland.  Todd has created four successful swim programs from scratch.  The first build was the Maverick Masters in 1983 - starting with 12 and reaching over 215+ in four years. In 1997, the second program was the Women's Swimming and Diving team at UNO winning two conference championships and placing as high as fifth and Division II NCAA Championships before moving into Division I waters with a best placing of second at conference.  The third program build was the Omaha Masters Swim Club in 2003 with pre-covid numbers of 60+.  The final program built was the 2021 Men's Swimming and Diving program at UNO.  Todd is currently looking for his next professional adventure and is open for discussing possible opportunities not in the world of athletics.
Todd has been married for 12 years to Kathleen Samland.  He has 4adult children (Zac, Andy, Hannah, and Rachel) and two grandkids (from Andy - Tayah and Teron).  Kathleen and Todd enjoy throwing parties with the latest being the seventh annual pre-thanksgiving Pie Party where he made 10 separate pies (yes, he makes his own pie crust). He enjoys creating stained glass projects from window installations to suncatchers.  His final hobby is growing a vegetable garden. Welcome, Todd!
Welcome Todd Samland! 2022-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Donate to the Rotary Foundation 

Consider a donation to the Rotary Foundation before the end of  the year.  Your gifts to the Rotary Foundation do good both here locally and around the world.  We ask every Rotarian Every Year to consider a donation to the Rotary Foundation.  Any amount is appreciated.  A $100 donation will make you a sustaining member.  When you reach a $1000 cumulative, you will be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Every $1000 level is recognized as a Paul Harris +1, +2 etc.
If you have never donated before, we will match your first $100.  
The easiest way to donate is online here:  
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2022-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Imagine Rotary Tour 2022-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Book Club

The next Rotary Book Club book is "The Splendid and the Vile" by Erik Larson.  The book is a saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance during the Blitz.  It was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.  
 The book is 503 pages.  Because of the length, we are reading half the book for April Discussion (thru Chapter 52), and the other half for May discussion (there are 101 Chapters).  We meet again on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Bonefish Grill.  We are reading the 2nd half of "The Splendid and the Vile" by Erik Larson. 
All are welcome!!! 
Rotary Book Club 2022-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

RLI Graduate

Congratulations to John Binderup who graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute.  He also deserves kudos for all the miles to do it!  Did you know our club will pay for you to attend RLI? Ask John or Jennifer for more information.  
John traveled to: 
Part I - Mount Pleasant Iowa (275 miles from Omaha)
Part II - Ankeny Iowa (150 miles from Omaha)
Part III - Mount Pleasant Iowa (275 miles from Omaha)
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Coming up 1/12/23

Leigh Neary 
Owner of Exist Green
"Reducing Plastic Waste in Our Community"
Also, Annual Club Assembly- Officer Vote 
Chair of the Day: Kelly Sanford
Invocator: David Radler 
11:15 Greeter: Tom Kerfoot 
11:45 Greeter: Mark Ostronic
President of the Day: Curt Peters 
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Welcome Brandon Cernik! 

Last week John Hoich introduced us to new member Brandon Cernik.  Brandon is the Owner of Cernik and Associates which is a Real Estate Appraisal Company.  Brandon holds a BS in Business Administration. He is the son of former long-time member Scott Cernik.  Welcome, Brandon!
Welcome Brandon Cernik! 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Coming up 10/13/22

Blake Collingsworth
Josh the Otter- Turning Tragedy into a Life-Saving Mission
Chair of the Day: Travis Sholin 
11:15 Greeter: Roxy Orr
11:45 Greeter: Chris Pfanstiel
Invocator: Jake Olsen 
Coming up 10/13/22 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Coming up 10/6/22

Kitty Burton and Christina Gregg
Heart Heroes: the Work and the Recipients
Chair of the Day: James Reed 
11:15 Greeter: Alan Stanek 
11:45 Greeter: Jim Kapalis 
Invocator: Steve Scheuber
Coming up 10/6/22 2022-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
October Service Project 2022-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Veterans Fellowship

Consider joining the Rotary District 5650 Veterans Fellowship. This allows your Rotary experience to be furthered by meeting with Veterans across several clubs and engaging in fun and meaningful activities while developing new friendships.  Please contact Bob Collins at
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Rotary Riders

From David Kutler:
We are pleased to announce the formation of the "Rotary Riders", a bicycle club for all Rotarians and their friends, family, and prospective members. It is designed for fun, fitness, and fellowship. We will ride on scheduled Wednesdays at 5:30. Initially, all rides will be on one of the paved trails in the city to ensure safe, stress-free, low to moderate intensity rides, and to be as inclusive as possible. No one will be dropped. The rides will typically cover 10-20 miles and typically end with some liquid refreshments and food. Duration of the rides will be approximately one hour, depending on how fast you go.
The inaugural ride is Wednesday September 14th @ 5:30 and will begin and end at David Kutler's house, 15820 Burdette St. We'll head south on the West Papio trail to Lake Zorinsky and back. You may show up at starting at 5 to. Have your bike ready to ride with air in your tires, lube on your chain, and helmet on your head. Helmets are mandatory. Future ride dates TBD, but will be on a Wednesday starting at 5:30.
If you're interested in joining, please reach out to David Kutler call or text 402-871-8866 or Jeremy Nichols 515-451-9182.
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Volunteer Opportunities

We have two Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities. 
Helping prepare Thanksgiving boxes for families in need at Heartland Hope Pantry
6-830.  Tuesday, November 15th.   Sign up online HERE.  
Tuesday, November 22nd.   School Thanksgiving Feast 11:15am-1:30pm at Anderson Middle School (15404 Adams Street. )
Contact Jennifer Green to sign up. 
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Welcome Chuck Hackshaw!

Last week Kevin Welsh introduced us to new member Chuck Hackshaw.   Originally from Washington D.C., Chuck holds a Master's in business from Boston University. He moved to Omaha as regional director of a national company in 2001. Chuck is the Owner of Husker Roofing, Siding and Gutter focusing on insurance restoration work. I believe in the power of the human spirit and hope to support individuals as they transform their lives. In his free time enjoys swimming and the piano.  Welcome, Chuck!
Welcome Chuck Hackshaw! 2022-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Coming Up 10/6/22

Kitty Burton and Christina Gregg
Heart Heroes: The Work and Recipients
Chair of the Day: James Reed
11:15 Greeter: Alan Stanek
11:45 Greeter: Jim Kapalis
Invocator: Steve Scheuber
Coming Up 10/6/22 2022-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Coming up 9/15/22

Prospective Member Day 
Jordan Larson 
"From Small-Town Nebraska girl to Volleyball G.O.A.T. Worldwide: How I got to this Point" 
  The lunch this day will be $25 pp and feature a special Oktoberfest menu including dessert.   (You can use your lunch ticket- just bring $5) 
Where: Happy Hollow Club (1701 S 105th St,)
Time: Noon 
Speaker: Jordan Larson- USA Volleyball Olympic Medalist
Who: Please invite prospective members!   
Chair of the Day: Zach Ziler
Greeters: Travis Sholin and Bill Wax
Invocator: Dave Laferla
Please note this will be a in-person meeting only. We will not have Zoom availability.   
Coming up 9/15/22 2022-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Coming Up 8/18/22

Buey Tut
Aqua Africa
"Water Access" 
Chair of the Day: TBA
Invocator: Jared Bakewell 
11:15 Greeter:  John Maxell 
11:45 Greeter: Rich Rowland 
Coming Up 8/18/22 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Backpacks for Students 

Suburban Rotary provided Andersen Middle School with a $2500 grant to purchase backpacks and supplies for kids in need to go back to school.   Volunteers helped distribute them last week. 
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Welcome (Back!) Mike Lucas! 

Last week Lyle Sapp introduced us to returning Suburban Rotarian, Mike Lucas.  

Dr. Mike Lucas officially began his work as Superintendent of Westside Community Schools in June 2019. His career achievements include the Nebraska FFA Cornerstone Leadership Award and the Dale and Tom Hayes Award for outstanding educational leadership, and he came to Westside with well wishes and vocal support from the York, Nebraska community, where he served as Superintendent for 10 years.

Dr. Lucas, a longtime educator with experience as an elementary school principal and 3rd grade teacher in addition to administrator, is also a sought after public speaker and presenter on educational topics. 

Mike is the proud father of four children. He also became a grandfather in January 2021. He enjoys attending as many Westside events as he can and doing a little fishing when his schedule allows.   Welcome back, Mike! 

Welcome (Back!) Mike Lucas! 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Yearlings Orientation Schedule 

  If you have a red badge, please mark your calendar to attend one of the upcoming Orientation Sessions.
November 3
December 1
January 5
February 9
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1
Yearlings Orientation Schedule 2022-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Committee Meeting

All are welcome at these upcoming meetings as they are still looking for volunteers.
Thursday, July 28th after Rotary for Rotary Foundation 
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Keep the Kids Warm 

Thank you to Marlene Sullivan and Lindley Clothing for holding a fantastic event.  We raised $1800 for coats for kids. These funds will be split to purchase coats for Anderson Middle School and Crestridge Elementary.  


Keep the Kids Warm 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0


to Matt Maher who received his blue badge from Yearlings Chair Mitch McCartney last week.
Congratulations! 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you!

Last week Dave Laferla recognized Jack Heidel for his service as the 2021-2022 Suburban Rotary Treasurer.
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Foundation Trustees 

Last week Mary Bernier recognized Peggy Carrell and Nick Jasa for their service as Trustees of the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.
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Suburban Rotarian of the Year 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal

Chris Barone   "Medicare/Insurance"     Synergy Benefits Co., LLC 
Proposed by: Amanda Fink
(Any objection to this proposal must be in writing to the Board of Directors within one week.) 
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Coming up 9/8/22

Kristyna Engdahl
"Omaha's Riverfront Development"
Chair of the Day: John Hoich
Invocator: Cindy Kinsler 
11:15 Greeter: Roxy Orr 
11:45 Greeter: Dick Caulk 
Coming up 9/8/22 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Major Donors 

Last week Past District Governor Roxy Orr recognized Alan and Janette Stanek as Major Donors Level IV to the Rotary Foundation for their donations of $100,000 to the Intl. Rotary Foundation.   The Rotary Foundation does work around the world to improve the lives of people.  Thank you Alan and Janette for your generosity!
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to John Hoich who has been selected to the Board of the Paul Harris' Home Foundation!  
Congratulations! 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Attend the District Conference

Attend the District Conference- Registration Deadline Midnight Tonight 
The District Conference is coming this weekend on  July 8th and 9th at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Conference promises Friendship, Learning, Fun and a Service Project! To view details and register, click here.
Come and share ideas, get energized, build friendships, have a good time and check out the amazing Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center.
For our “Service Above Self” service project, we will be serving a hot breakfast, courtesy of Hot Meals USA, to the homeless of Council Bluffs.  On the registration form you can sign up to volunteer to assist with the project both at the homeless shelter and at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center.
Children under the age of 18 can attend at no cost and special activities for them are being planned.  When you register them, please indicate in the question section their ages so appropriate activities are available.
REMEMBER: Connected to the conference are activities on Thursday, July 7th at Full Fledge Brewery in Council Bluffs.  An afternoon leadership training session that begins at 1 pm and ends at 4 pm and social activities that begin at 5:15 pm.  There is no cost for either of these activities, but please register for one or both so we know how many to plan for. A good time will be had by all.
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Suburban Rotary Hall of Fame 

Congratulations to Lyle Sapp who was inducted into the Suburban Rotary Hall of Fame last week! Thank you, Lyle, for all you have done for Suburban Rotary! 
Suburban Rotary Hall of Fame 2022-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome David Radler! 

Last week Tom Vann introduced us to new member David Radler.   David is a Commercial Photographer and has traveled around the world on assignment for companies including Eli Lilly, Citibank, Foot Locker, PetSmart, ConAgra, and Proctor and Gamble.  
David was born and raised in Northridge, California where he spent a lot of time at the beach.  After that he worked in LA and New York and then moved to Omaha,  He is married to Gretchen, a West Rotarian, and they have three daughters.   
David serves on the Board of the Anti-Defamation League and is a Rotary Reader at Skinner Magnet School. Welcome, David!
Welcome David Radler! 2022-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

After Hours 

Thank you to Mike Gerst for hosting a fun After Hours last week!  Please contact Dan Hosford if you are interested in hosting an event this Rotary year. 
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Sign up for 22-23 Committee this Week

We ask all members to serve on at least one committee as a member of Suburban Rotary.  Please CLICK HERE to make your committee selection. Meetings to plan for the  new Rotary year will start soon.  
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Volunteers Needed for Friday

Suburban Rotary has provided a grant for funds to support the Nebraska Children's Home BBQ and neighborhood celebration this Friday, June 10th.    We are in need of 10 volunteers to support the event. 
Date: Friday, June 10, 4-6:30 p.m.
Address: 3549 Fontenelle Boulevard, Omaha
Volunteer needs:
     5 from 3:30-5:00 pm
     5 from 5:00-6:30 pm
Volunteers will grill hamburgers and hot dogs, replenish food, help serve those who need it; otherwise food is self-serve. Minor cleanup.  CLICK HERE to volunteer 
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Coming up 6/30/22

Michael McKay 
Bike Non-Stop US 2021 Race Winner
Chair of the Day: Theresa Kelly 
11:15 Greeter: Curt Peters 
11:45 Greeter: Volunteer Needed 
Invocator: Sara Huse 
Lunch Helper: Volunteer needed 
Coming up 6/30/22 2022-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Suburban Rotary Book Club

Did you know Suburban Rotary has a book club?  The June Book is "Dewey (The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World) by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.  It is a  New York Times bestseller about an abandoned kitten named Dewey, whose life in a library won over a farming town and the world -- with over 2 million copies sold! (Booklist).  We will meet again in June at the Bonefish Grill on Tuesday, June 14.  Attendance credit is given when attending the Book Club.  :)  Questions?  Please contact Lisa Neu. 
Suburban Rotary Book Club 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Jane Liu!

Last week Wei Rowe introduced us to new member Jane Liu!   Dr. Liu is an assistant professor in economics at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is originally from north eastern part of China. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. Her work on macro econometrics and financial economics has been published on top journals such as Macroeconomic Dynamics and Journal of Financial Stability. She is an expert on Cryptocurrency. Her work on monetary aggregation has been cited by the Center for Financial Stability in New York City. She has been invited to workshops at Stanford University, research seminars at the University of Zurich and international conferences that were held at the Bank of England, MIT, among others.
In Dr. Liu’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, staying active and spending time with her family.  Welcome, Jane! 
Welcome Jane Liu! 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Elaine Allen! 

Last week Mary Bernier introduced us to new member Elaine Allen.   Elaine grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, as the oldest of six children in a single-parent family.  She graduated from Iowa State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication.  She and her husband, Chris Allen, moved to Omaha in 1996, when he joined the UNO faculty in the School of Communication.  They have been married 35 years and have two grown children: a daughter, Sarah, who lives in Rogers, Arkansas, with her husband, Anthony, and two daughters; and a son, Joe, who lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his life partner, Karen.  
In 2011-2012, Elaine and Chris lived in Muscat, Oman, while he taught at Sultan Qaboos University as a Fulbright Scholar.  Elaine recently retired from her full time job as a business analyst at Mutual of Omaha.  She has been the Executive Director of the Nebraska Polio Survivors Association for the past 11 years.  She is past newsletter editor and Co-President of the now-defunct UNO Women’s Club. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Omaha Press Club Foundation and on the Omaha Press Club’s Communication Committee. Welcome, Elaine! 
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Yearlings Shopping Project 

This morning, several volunteers took children from Anderson Middle School shopping for necessities thanks to a grant from the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.  This is part of a new initiative to engage Yearlings in hands-on projects. A special thanks to Matt Maher for leading this project!
Yearlings Shopping Project 2022-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Car Show 

Thank you to our nearly 60 volunteers who helped with the car show this weekend. Despite the rain, we had a successful event.   The Car Show committee will give an update on proceeds at Thursday's meeting.
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After Hours

Please mark your calendar for our next event- a lake party on June 16th.  

After Hours 2022-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

A visit to RI headquarters

John Hoich recently made a visit to Rotary Intl. headquarters in Chicago and had a great time.  Here's a photo of John with 2017-2018 Rotary Intl. President Ian Riseley.
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Meal Cost and Meeting Only fees 

As of this week, meal prices at German American will go to $20.   They are allowing us to trial a "meeting only" fee which will be $10 per person through the end of June.   Zoom fees will also remain $10. If you have been waiting to rejoin us in person, we hope that this will encourage you to do so.   We know inflation is hitting everyone and GAS is raising prices due to rising food/labor costs.   We are fortunate that they do not charge us a room fee, so consider that part of your fee goes to that.  Thank you so much for your understanding. 
Meal Cost and Meeting Only fees 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Yearlings is Changing and we Need Your Help!

Beginning on July 1, Yearlings meetings will no longer be held monthly.  Instead new Blue Badge requirements were passed by the Board in April.   Monthly orientation meetings will be offered after the 1st meeting of each month.   Quarterly social meetings will be held and service cohorts will be organized to plan a project with a mentor.
We are in need of dedicated Rotarians who are willing to help with these various activities.  If you have a heart for Rotary and want to help new members become engaged, please contact Mitch McCartney or Jennifer to let them know you are willing to serve on this committee for the 22-23 Rotary year.   
Yearlings is Changing and we Need Your Help! 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Soles for Souls Project 

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes!    
To thank Crestridge students and Rotarians for their efforts, DSW is hosting a discount event. Print this flyer and take with you to take advantage of this deal. 
Soles for Souls Project 2022-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Coming up 6/2/22

Tom Freeman
Chair of the Day: Theresa Kelly 
11:15 Greeter: Volunteer Needed
11:45 Greeter: Madeline Moyer
Invocator: Ross Olsen
Lunch Helper: Volunteer Needed 
Coming up 6/2/22 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Refugee Item Collection

Thank you to everyone who donated items for Restoring Dignity!  A special thank you to all our volunteers last weekend!
Refugee Item Collection 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Circle

Thanks to everyone who donated to our annual Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation fundraiser.  We recognized a few more people as part of the President's Circle last week.   If you did not get your certificate for a $300 donation or pledge, please see Jennifer to pick it up.
Scholarship Circle 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Austin Evans! 

Last week Roxy Orr introduced us to new member Austin Evans. Austin is the Director of Recruiting and Marketing at Quest Forward Academy, a private high school which takes a different path to learning
Austin was born and raised in Omaha. He is a graduate of Central High School and earned a Degree in English from University of Nebraska at Lincoln. In his free time he enjoys hiking and reading.  Welcome Austin!
Welcome Austin Evans! 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Car Show Registration is Now Open 2022-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Luncheon

Congratulations to all our fabulous Scholarship recipients. Thank you to all the members of the Scholarship Committee who helped put together a fantastic event under the direction of our Scholarship Chair Roger Utman. A special thank you to all our scholarship sponsors.  
Scholarship Luncheon 2022-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Diaper Drive 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Top Golf evening.   We will be making a donation to the Life House for diapers soon! 
Diaper Drive 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Interact Activity

We are quite fortunate that Karen Rolf arranged for five alumni of Omaha’s Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (“CAP”) Study Group to talk with teen leaders from Omaha and surrounding areas about the subject of teen philanthropy.  During the week of March 28, 2022, in cooperation with Rotary District 5650 and the Suburban Rotary Club of Omaha, CAP alumni Matt Darling, Howard Epstein, Tom Kerfoot, Lisa Strutzel and Louri Sullivan facilitated interactive conversations about philanthropy with the teens.  On Wednesday afternoon, March 30th,  they met with students at Millard North High School’s Suburban Rotary-sponsored Interact Club and on Friday evening, March 31st, with students attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy at Camp Kitaki.   A total of approximately 70 teens participated. 
The teens and the CAP alumni spoke about philanthropy, the teen and adult interpretations of the meaning of philanthropy, how the teens see philanthropy in their daily lives, and the values which drive the teens’ philanthropy and charity.  They reflected upon the impact their actions and words  have on their communities, and how they are crafting their philanthropic identities and legacies by giving and utilizing their time, talent, treasure and ties to support causes they believe in.    Conversations among the teens and the CAP grads focused on the interests, concerns and causes that drive the teens’ generosity and which drive the generosity of their parents and grandparents. 
All participants viewed a video from  Then, identifying concepts from the “I Like Giving” video, the teens broke into discussion groups to discuss things they can do to live a generous life through their thoughts, words, money, time, attention, belongings and their influence.
I think we made an impact on the teens.   It is good to see our Suburban Rotary Club collaborate with groups like the CAP Advisory Board.  In reaching out to the next generation about philanthropy, we are helping to groom our future leaders.
Interact Activity 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Our RYLA students

Congratulations on the students sponsored by Suburban Rotary to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)!
Brook Cooke               Douglas County West           
Aleah Klopp              Millard South H.S.                
Whit Hanssen           Westside H.S.                       (Son of member Diana Whitman)
Annabeth Schubert     Lincoln East H.S.                (Daughter of member Kathryn Schubert)
Our RYLA students 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

So Much "Fun"draiser! 

Thank you to all our wonderful donors and volunteers that made a great evening for our members last week at the Scottish Rite.  A special thanks to Rose Mary Hefley and Curt Peters for heading up the Fundraising Committee.  We have so many great photos from our photographer that you can download for free HERE. 

Silent auction donors 

Mike Gerst

John Hoich

Dave Laferla

John Maxell

Curt Peters

Dan Lupardus 

Mary Bernier 



Rose Mary Hefley

Curt Peters

Dan Lupardus 

Monique Devillier 

Cindy Kinsler 

Randy Wieseler 


Event helpers 

Kevin Welsh 


Karen Rolf 

Jake Olsen 

Ross Olsen

Randy Wieseler 

John Maxell 

Dan Wellendorf 


Raffle Donations

Marlene Sullivan 

David Kutler

Dan Lupardus

Rose Mary Hefley 

So Much "Fun"draiser! 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you! 

to everyone who supported our 2022 Suburban Rotary Foundation Fundraiser. Thanks to you, we exceeded our goal! 
Last week we recognized several members of the President's Scholarship Circle. We will continue to recognize the members of the Circle through April.
Thank you! 2022-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Deadline Friday for Scholarship Luncheon Sign-up

This inspiring event will be held at Happy Hollow Club on Thursday, April 14th.  Cost is $30.  We will be accepting registrations at the next 3 meetings or you can sign up online by going to our website and clicking on the below button partway down our webpage.  
Deadline Friday for Scholarship Luncheon Sign-up 2022-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Jake Olsen and Ross Olsen! 

Two weeks ago George Morgan introduced us to two new members.
Jake Olsen  is currently the Co-Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at AmpliFi, helping CEOs at small to mid-sized companies grow their businesses and reach their goals by tying together the key components of financial planning, budgeting, performance analytics, strategy management, and deal management.
Prior to AmpliFi, Jake has a decade of financial analysis, modeling, valuation, and capital project experience, working within the transportation industry. In his role as a Manager within the Treasury department at Union Pacific he leveraged his strong financial skillset as he led the valuation and analysis for a wide range of strategic opportunities for the company.

Jake is a current CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charter holder, having earned the designation in 2016.

Degrees include:
Accounting/Business, Finance/Banking and Financial, Markets/Investment Science and Portfolio Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha
In the rare times when Jake is not working for his clients, he enjoys reading, getting outdoors, swimming, water-skiing, sailing, and has been a member of the Lake Manawa Sailing Association and the Iowa-Nebraska Sailing Association for many years.


Ross Olsen has a decade of financial analysis, modeling, valuation, and capital project experience, working within the transportation industry. In his roles at Union Pacific he led projects involving the creation of predictive models, costing and profit analysis, and cash flow modeling of new and potential business. He has extensive experience in financial statement analysis, accounting, and budgeting. He worked closely with the company’s capital team to help them analyze new capital investment opportunities, facilities, and expansions.

Ross is a current CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Charter holder.

Degrees include:

Accounting/Business, Finance/Banking and Financial, Markets/Investment Science and Portfolio Management

Masters Degree in Accounting  

In his free time, Ross enjoys sailing, but there are a number of other interests such as reading, pool (billiards), swimming, camping, climbing, etc.


Welcome to Jake and Ross!




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Welcome Denzel Goolsby!

Last week Eric Dawson introduced us to new member Denzel Goolsby.  
Being a teammate to others comes natural to Denzel after being a team captain and three-year starter as a defensive back for Kansas State University. During his tenure at K-State, Denzel was named Defensive MVP of the 2017 Cactus Bowl and ended his football career with 189 tackles, 4 interceptions and 11 pass break-ups.
Off the field, Denzel was First Team Academic All-Big 12 and a two-time recipient of the Big 12 Champion for Life Award, which is selected by the Big 12 Conference for leadership, perseverance, community service, and discipline. He was named a member of the 2019 Allstate Good Works Team - one of 22 student-athletes nationally recognized for leadership in their community. He also has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2016.
While in college, Denzel met his wife, Katie who was a 4-year starter and team captain of the soccer team. Denzel graduated with a Business Sales degree and earned his MBA, a two-year program he completed in 11 months. After college, he began his professional career at Advisors Excel, a Financial Marketing Organization that works alongside independent wealth managers. Wanting to pursue entrepreneurship, he founded GOOLSBY’S - an entertainment venue and social experience right across from K-State’s campus that has a 30-tap self-pour beer wall, golf simulators, and duckpin bowling. He focuses on growth strategies and overseeing operations while leading a team of 20 employees. Outside of GOOLSBY’S, he leads business development projects for several independent organizations including the Bluemont Hotel, Advanced Medical Imaging, Family Centered Medicine, and Blue Mountain Capital. He moved to Omaha in August of 2021 with his wife Katie for her to begin graduate school at Nebraska Medical Center where she is studying to become a Physician Associate. While they haven’t had any kids yet, their golden retriever, Reba, is spoiled and treated like one.
Welcome, Denzel!
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Recycling Event

Thanks to our volunteers from Saturday! We had a very successful event!
Recycling Event 2022-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

District 5650 Efforts for Ukraine

Rotary District 5650, which includes clubs in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, is seeking to gather much-needed medical supplies for hospitals and medical clinics in Ukraine. District Governor Carol Horner is urging members of the clubs in the district to contact medical centers, hospitals, emergency personnel (such as fire departments and police departments), and any others that Rotarians can think of and ask if there are any medical supplies available that could be donated and shipped. We have learned from doctors and medical professionals in Ukraine and those connected to them in the United States that they need the following:
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Neosporin or other topical creams
  • Slings
  • Combat action tourniquets
  • Israeli gauze compression bandages
  • 14 gauze at least 2 inches long
  • Angiocatheter needles
  • Quickclot gauze
  • Chlorine tablets for clean water
  • SAM splints
  • Emergency kits
In an emergency meeting on Monday evening, March 21, club presidents and other district officials gathered to consider the need and discuss how they could help. Those present began to talk of medical connections, transportation connections and other people who were members or knew people in their communities who could help with this project.
District Governor Horner has asked for volunteers to respond not only to the very specific list of medical supply needs, but for people in Lincoln and Omaha to identify possible collections sites where supplies could be gathered, trucking connections to help transport those supplies to Chicago and anyone with worthwhile suggestions to contact either her or district administrator Nicki Klein.
This project came as the result of a much broader undertaking involving ten Rotary districts throughout the Midwest seeking to raise funds to help pay for the transport of medical supplies from Chicago to Poland and Ultimately into Ukraine. The Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) which is based in Chicago has worked with the Rotary International offices and ultimately with a number of Rotary districts in the central part of the country to help transport medical supplies. The UMANA members have managed to pull together more than 30 tons of supplies and they’ve arranged for the transportation of an initial shipment of 10 tons. Ten Rotary districts in the Midwest have each pledged $25,000 toward this initiative, with the involvement of people in the main offices of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation in Chicago and members of Rotary in Poland and Ukraine.
Rotarians, show your neighbors, show the people across the United States, show the people of Ukraine that you really mean it when you say Service above Self. Respond to Carol or Nicki with the following:
  1. Contacts you are making with medical, health care and emergency professionals to ask for the list of supplies above.
  2. Lincoln and Omaha, let them know if you have a place as large as a garage or warehouse space where supplies can be pulled together.
  3. Transportation equipment, personnel, and arrangements to get the supplies from Lincoln and Omaha to the UMANA warehouse in Chicago. 
During our workout this morning, Kathy Rieger came up with the name for our project: OPERATION SUPPLY WHEEL! Let's get this wheel rolling! The magic of Rotary is real!
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Join us Thursday Night! 

No Noon Meeting this Week.  We are going to have a fantastic evening- please join us! Double attendance credit!
Join us Thursday Night! 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Winter Night Watch 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped serve meals to the homeless and near-homeless with the Salvation Army last week. Please send your photos to Sara Huse for publishing on our Facebook page.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Coming Up 4/28/22

Shahen Shah
Shahen Afghan Restaurant & Grocery Store, Owner
"A Personal Story of Afghan Refugee Resettlement in Omaha"
Chair of the Day: Mary Bernier 
11:15 Greeter: Glenda Friesen
11:45 Greeter: Bill Wax 
Invocator: Volunteer Needed
Lunch helper: Volunteer Needed
Coming Up 4/28/22 2022-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Major Donor and More 

Last week Past District Governor Roxy Orr recognized Lyle Sapp for his generosity as a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation (cumulative $10K).   Congratulations and thank you! 
Major Donor and More 2022-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Matt Maher!

Last week Roxy Orr introduced us to new member Matt Maher.  Matt is an Independent Insurance Agent specializing in Medicare. He went to the University of Iowa. Matt has devoted most of his career as a business system analyst for World Insurance Company, Diversified Solutions and WoodmenLife. His significant other is Debbie. When not working Matt enjoys volunteering, playing golfing, fishing, cooking and reading.  Welcome, Matt!
Welcome Matt Maher! 2022-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Coming up 1/13/22

Coach Kirsten Booth
Creighton Volleyball
Chair of the Day: Zach Ziler 
11:15 Greeter: Bob Bernier 
11:45 Greeter: Bill Wax 
Invocator: Jack Hosking 
Coming up 1/13/22 2021-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

Who can you invite to Rotary? 

Our new simplified membership application is available on our website. We have these cards you can share with people to take them directly to a FAQ page and the application.  Ask for some at the next Rotary meeting!
Help us grow going into the new Rotary year!
Who can you invite to Rotary? 2021-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Meal Packaging Project 2021-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

About Us

Congratulations to Matt Brewer and Betty Straub who were married two weeks ago!  
Congratulations to Dick and Barbara Skalla who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with us last Thursday!
(If you have information for the About Us section of the newsletter, please contact Jennifer.) 
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Welcome Greg Hanson! 

Last week Nick Jasa introduced us to new member Greg Hanson.  Since joining Access Payment Processing in 2010, Greg has obtained a deep understanding of the credit and gift card industry and works directly with customers, prospects and sales prospects. Greg is responsible for the overall management of the APP division where he provides businesses solutions which often reduce merchant cost while providing top of the line payment technology.  Greg was born in Omaha, NE and attended UNO.  He spends his free time with his family and loves to golf.  Currently, Greg volunteers with the Foodbank for the Heartland and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Welcome, Greg! 
Welcome Greg Hanson! 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Jonathan Davidson!

Last week Tom Kerfoot introduced us to new member Jonathan Davidson.  Jonathan (JD) has had a career in banking in Omaha and greater NE, he joined JPMC Commercial Banking- having helped “plant” the office for JPMC in 2017.
Jonathan is married to Kendra (29 years) and has three children, all grown and one is married- looking forward to grandkids.
Over the years, he has invested in the community by serving on several boards, including not for profits Habitat for Humanity, Midlands Community Foundation, as well as numerous Chamber and Sarpy County Boards. For many years, he has mentored elementary students at Franklin Elementary in North Omaha.
Jonathan is an avid reader and golfer, and also enjoys fishing and boating.  Welcome, Jonathan! 

Welcome Jonathan Davidson!  2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

District DEI Meeting this Wednesday

All members are invited to join a District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting this Thursday via Zoom at 6pm.   CLICK HERE to go the District website to get more information on this event.
District DEI Meeting this Wednesday 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Donate to Staff Tips

We will be collecting for year-end tips for the staff at the German American Society for the first two weeks in December. You can bring cash to a meeting or donate by clicking on the button above.   
Donate to Staff Tips 2021-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Donate for attendance credit!

Your Suburban Rotary Board of Directors is bringing you a special way to get some extra attendance credits this December.  Make a $25 donation to the Rotary Foundation online (between now and December 31st) and print your receipt or email it to Jennifer for your 2 credits.    CLICK HERE to donate. 
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Holiday After Hours 2021-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

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. 
Help with Winter Wonderland 2021-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

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!
Veteran's Day 2021-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Keep the Kids Warm

Final tally for Keep the Kids Warm is $1786.   We are purchasing 60 coats for Crestridge and with the remaining funds will buy coats for the Salvation Army. Thank you all for your generous support! 
Keep the Kids Warm 2021-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Congratulations and Thank You 2021-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

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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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 Badges

Congratulations to Brandon Cernik and Jake Olsen who received their blue badges last week! 
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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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Coming Up 

No Meeting on 12/30
We will see you back at the German American
Society on January 6th!
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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 passing of long-time Rotarian, Jerry Gordman. 
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Linda, at 9925 Essex Drive, Omaha, NE 68114  CLICK HERE to read his obituary. 
Please keep Jerry'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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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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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 

Please keep Roger Groff's family in your thoughts and prayers.  Condolences may be sent to them at 2914 Courtney Drive, Bellevue, NE 68123.
You can read Roger's obituary HERE.  
Visitation will be on Friday, December 3rd from 12-2 and Military Honors will follow Roger's Celebration of Life at 3pm.   Both are at: 

Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

12009 So. 84th St.

Papillion , NE 68046

(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 our Officers elected at last week's Club Assembly! 

President Designee: Zach Ziler (to serve 24-25)

To serve with President Katie Henry (23-24):

Treasurer: Travis Sholin 

Secretary: Andrew Wesely
Sgt. at Arms: John Binderup 
Suzi Brehmer, James Reed, Joe Sequenzia, Roger Utman

Trustee 2023-2026  Dan Wellendorf
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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.  
Tips for Anthony's Servers 2020-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

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. 
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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. 
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That's a Wrap! 

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who rang the bells for the Salvation Army over two separate weekends! 
That's a Wrap!  2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0

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.
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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!
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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. 
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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”.
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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. 
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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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Thank you Board Members! 

Last week Dave Laferla recognized a couple of our outgoing Board members for their service- Dan Lupardus and Ranny Perez
Thank you Board Members! 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

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
President's Corner Mary Bernier 2020-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

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 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.
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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
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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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February Meeting Sponsor 

Thank you to Kevin Welsh/Morgan Stanley

sponsoring our meetings during the Month of February!







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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.  
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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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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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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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Rotary Foundation Recognition

Thank you and congratulations to the Rotarians  who were recognized by Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, Don Leu, for their donations  to the Rotary Foundation last week: 
Terri Greenwood- Paul Harris+3
Herb Hartman- Major Donor Level 3 
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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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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! 
Huskers vs Hawks=TRF wins! 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to our 100%ers who were recognized by Carol Ebdon last week! 
Kathryn Schubert- 14 years
Dan Lupardus- 8 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 Proposal

Charles  "Chuck" Hacksaw   "Roofing"    Husker Roofing 
Proposed by: James Reed 
(Any objection to this proposal must be within one week in writing to the Board of Directors)
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New Member Proposals

Austin Evans   "Education"  Quest Forward Academy   
Proposed by: Roxy Orr 
Ivan Korganoff  "Hospitality"   Marriott Hotels
Proposed by Gary Beller 
(Any objection to these proposals must be within one week in writing to the Board of Directors)
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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 Foundation Chair Dave Laferla recognized Ranny Perez as a Friend of Suburban Rotary for his donations of $2500 to the the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation.    Donations to our local Foundation support our scholarship program, our District grant projects like meal packaging, projects for students in need, 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 Kevin Welsh 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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Citizen's Climate Lobby info 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Congrats on 50 perfect years! 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

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. 
Collection for Magdalene House 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Attend the District Conference! 2018-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Rotarian of the Year 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Events from Other Clubs 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to Joe Sequenzia who was recognized by Nick Eastland last week for six years of perfect attendance! 
100%ers 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

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).
Congratulations Roxy! 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
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!


Welcome John Maxell! 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

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! 
Welcome Kim-Jae Kang! 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

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!