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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
7220 F St
Omaha, NE  68127
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Last week we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Suburban Rotarian Dr. Bob Perry.  Bob was a long-time member of Suburban Rotary and Past President (78-79) and Past District Governor (81-82).  Bob spearheaded a huge Rotary project that sent 5 firetrucks to Guatemala in 1989.   He was recognized with Rotary International's “Service Above Self Award”. It’s the highest award in Rotary International and only received by less than 150 Rotarians each year. Bob was awarded his in the 1993-94 Rotary year.
Dr. Perry was  good Rotarian and good friend and will be missed by many. Services were this morning.  Memorials are to the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation or Countryside Community Church.
Please keep his wife Ione and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Her address is 2711 South 99th Ave., Omaha, NE 68124.

Tom Miya- WWII Internment Camp Experience
"Gaman- to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity
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Tom Miya- WWII Internment Camp Experience
"Gaman- to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity
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We hope to see you back at Suburban Rotary on Thursday, January 8th.  There will be no newsletter next week.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Last week Eric Dawson and Eric Stueckrath served as Greeters. Dan Hosford gave the invocation. David Gerard and the Suburban Rotary Singers led us in Deck the Halls and God Bless America.  President Roxy Orr and Secretary Nick Jasa welcomed Rotarians and guest.  Katie Henry led the white elephant gift exchange and Eric Stueckrath introduced James Harvey who played the violin for us.  Thank you to the Fellowship Committee for putting together a great holiday luncheon. 




Congratulations to Lou Smetana (42 years- club record holder!) and Edna Brooks-Pittman- 4 years who were recognized for perfect attendance by Bill Wax  last week!




to Billy Weiland who received his permanent badge last week from Yearlings Chair Jared Bakewell for completing all his Yearling requirements.





Thank you to all the wonderful Rotarians, your families, and friends who covered two Saturdays of shifts at 5 doors for the Salvation Army.  We lucked out with nice temperatures both days. Be sure to see all our photos on Facebook including a special visitor by clicking here.   
(If you have any photos, please send them to Jennifer)

Thank you for your generous support of Santa's Workshop at Crestridge Magnet School. The kids will be "shopping" for gifts this week.  Many items were donated and many more were purchased with the over $700 donated.
Volunteers are also needed on December 15th, 16th, and 17th to help students select and pack up gifts.  2 people are needed from 10-noon and 115-315 each day. If you'd like to volunteer, please let Jennifer or Ashley Baker know.
Last week Marlene Sullivan, Ashley Baker, and Crestridge staff took students shopping for clothing with the funds raised from Keep the Kids Warm. Thank you Rotarians for all your support of Crestridge students!

Last week Roger Groff delivered a check for $1500 to the Offutt Family Support Center in support to help Wounded Warriors.  Roger and Cortney Sells also volunteered at Winter Wonderland for the children of troops! Thank you Rotarians for your donations that made these projects possible

President Roxy Orr will be spreading some holiday cheer with an open house at her place: 807 North 131st Plaza, Omaha, NE 68154.  Mark your calendars for 5:30-9pm on Tuesday, December 16th.

Last week, one of the District Rotary grants was used by Penny Koenig for HELP Adult Services' Christmas Stocking Project. About 2700 stockings were filled and given to those who are incarcerated. Many of the individuals who receive the Christmas Stocking are then able to give these to their children as a present. Others, well, it is the only gift that they receive during the holidays.  Thank you for your Rotary Foundation donations that make these projects possible as well as those who volunteered.

Make plans for you and guest to attend our Annual Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 18th at Anthony's.  Lunch will feature a delicious buffet of beef tips, chicken alfredo, and dessert.   We will have entertainment by a violinist and a white elephant gift exchange. To participate in the gift exchange, bring an item wrapped (guests are welcome to participate as well.)
Payment will be on the day of the luncheon. Pre-registering of guests is not required but if you let Jennifer know guest names ahead of time, she can have nametags ready for you.
Cost is $20 per person.

            Every year, hundreds of thousands of people – children, families and entire communities – benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation.  Its concentration is in six areas of focus:  promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies. 
            In this season of giving your $10 gift can provide bed nets to combat malaria in countries like Uganda and for a donation of $25, it can purchase the necessary school uniform which enables a child to attend school.  Your $50 gift can provide water filters that will combat deadly waterborne diseases in Guatemala, and $85 can purchase purple markers used to mark the pinkie fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine.  $100 can provide a sewing machine used to launch a business in India, and $250 gives mothers living in domestic violence shelters the means to bathe and care for their babies.
            Rotary’s “Doing Good in the World” takes on many projects and tasks that make the world a better place.  Your contribution and support of The Rotary Foundation allows this to happen. 
            Thank you.  Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season and a happy, healthy, New Year. 
Please consider joining your fellow Rotarians by becoming a Sustaining Member this year with a $100 donation (or any amount is appreciated!).  You can even donate monthly with as little as $10 per month.  Our goal is 100% participation! First-time donors have the opportunity to get a match from the club so your first $100 toward your Paul Harris Fellowship will be turned into $200.
Thank you to those Rotarians who have already made a comittment to support the Rotary Foundation this year! So far we have 99 Rotarians or 50% participation. 100% is our goal!  (If you think you should be on this list, please let us know.  Recent online donations may not be on our report yet so please let us know if you made an online donation.)
Paul Adams               Ashley Baker              Jared Bakewell    
Jeff Bakewell             Zoe Baumel                  Gary Beller        
John Binderup       Peggy Carrell              Roger Carrell         
Dick Caulk                Nate Christ                Cheryl Clark            
Judy Cline              Bill Corcoran              Ann Coyne               
Rich Craig              Eric Dawson              Rick Dhabalt             
Judy Domina        Howard Epstein             Kay Farrell                  
Terry Ferguson     Ed Fleming                 Al Frank                       
Susie Friedberg      Frank Goldberg          Don Goldstein
Jerry Gordman         Terri Greenwood        Roger Groff           
Duane Gross           Herb Hartman           Rose Mary Hefley     
Jack Heidel                   Katie Henry              Holly Hollenbeck          
Walt Horner            Dan Hosford                Jack Hosking 
Susan Huntley-Gruenther   Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt 
Carter Jones           Scott Keep                     Dick Kelley                
Tom Kerfoot            Norm Kerr                    Cindy Kinsler            
Vicki Kovar             Terry Kucera             David Kutler
 Dave Laferla           Frank Lastovica           Jim Leslie         
Julie Livingston         Marlon Lofgren           Bob Loos
Pat Mahoney             Ken Masimore           Jim Matgen                 
Frank McGree              Dick Miller                Jeff Moran        
Roger Morrissey        Bob Mundy             Lee Myers
Dave Nelson               Jim Nelson             Lisa Neu          
Ann Olmsted               Steve Oltmans        Roxy Orr          
Ron Pearson            Bob Perrin                  Curt Peters            
Ward Peters          Joanne Peters       Ranny Perez
Walt Price              Bill Prout                  Will Prout              
Harry Reyburn            Lyle Sapp             Kathryn Schubert      
Nate Schwalb              Joe Sequenzia         Julie Sherman            
Jim Sousley                  Alan Stanek             John Stewart        
Byron Stigge          Marlene Sullivan       Erin Swanson Russell   
Lisa Walker Sekundiak    Ed Walsh             Dan Wellendorf  
Randy Wieseler          Ralph Williams           
Mei Wu                John Wyzgoski


Thank you to Kathryn Schubert/Merrill Lynch for sponsoring our speaker and student lunches for the months of November and December.






Kathryn Schubert- 402-496-5167 or


(Let Jennifer know if you'd like to be a sponsor for an upcoming month. Cost is $125 and includes recognition at meetings, on the website, and in the newsletter.)



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


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