Rotary Club of Omaha Suburban


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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
7220 F St
Omaha, NE  68127
United States
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Katie Broman
Omaha Community Playhouse
Also featuring Roni Perez, Daughter of Rotarian Ranny Perez
(Roni will be starring in an upcoming production at OCP)
Chair of the Day: Dan Wellendorf
11:15 Greeter: Edna Brooks-Pittman
11:45 Greeter: Dave Nelson
Invocator: Danny Dunbar

Last week David Jacobs and Ranny Perez served as Greeters. Leah Koch gave the invocation. We had several announcements and presentations.  Roxy Orr recognized Rotarian bell-ringers as Rotarians who "Light Up Rotary" for their efforts in making us the #1 service club in raising funds for the Salvation Army by bell-ringing this year.  We had a new member introduction.  Nick Jasa introduced Frank Lastovica as the Rotarian of the Day.   Fundraising Chair Kathryn Schubert introduced the annual fundraiser.  Matt Darling and David Jacobs presented information on the Foundation and the programs it supports. The first round of Scholarship Circle members were recognized.  The RISK bag was at $409 and Lisa Walker Sekundiak won a free lunch.
Congratulations to the first members of the Presidential Scholarship Circle to be recognized this year.  From L to R: Rose Mary Hefley, Curt Peters, Rich Craig, Mark Taylor, Jared Bakewell, David Laferla, Kay Farrell, Cindy Kinsler, Roger Groff, Leah Wurth, and Ralph Williams. We will continue to recognize members each week.

Last week Suburban Rotary was deeply honored to be presented a United States flag that had been flown in Operation Enduring Freedom.  The flag was presented by Barry Wilkinson from the Friends of the Family Support Center at Offutt. The presentation was done to thank Suburban Rotarians for all of their support in providing funding for various programs for military families including appreciation dinners, winter wonderland, camps for veterans and special-needs children of soldiers.  Thank you to Roger Groff and the Military Affairs committee for working so hard on these fundraisers and projects and to all Suburban Rotarians for their support.  

Last week David Kutler introduced new member Renee Hardester. Renee is the President/CEO of Fit in the City, a corporate and community wellness company. She also owns The Underground Fitness Center in Ralston.   Renee grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D. and holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota.  Renee is married to Bruce and has two teenage children.  In her free time, Renee enjoys travel, cooking, and walking the family dogs, Jack and Penny.
Welcome Renee!

Last week Matt Darling presented Friends of Suburban Rotary recognition to Susan Huntley-Gruenther and Kay Farrell for their donations of $2500 to the Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation. The Suburban Rotary Foundation supports our Scholarship program as well as other local and international projects.

Last week the Fundraising committee kicked off our annual Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation Fundraiser.
So far we have raised $15,523!

Our goal is participation in any amount from all of our members. To make it easy, you can make a one-time donation in any amount or pledge monthly as little as $10 a month. A donation of $300 or a monthly pledge of $25 will make you a member of our 2015 President's Scholarship Circle. Scholarship Circle members will be recognized at our meeting with a certificate as well as on the slideshow, newsletter, and website.  Thank you to those who have already donated this year. (Scholarship Circle Members are indicated in bold.)

Congratulations to John Hoich who was recognized by Joe Sequenzia for 36 years of perfect attendance last week!





On March 12th, Dean Jacobs will be our Rotary speaker.  To learn more about his presentation "Connecting People to Cultures" click here for a press release.
Or visit his website at

to Liz Offner who received  her permanent badge from Yearlings Chair Jared Bakewell last week.

Join us for a fun After Hours at Eleven Twenty-Three on Thursday, March 5th from 5-730pm.   Hors-d'oeuvres along with wine and beer will be served. Our friends from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (John C. Glenn & Mary Gene Wepfer) will also be joining us in hosting this after hours. You are welcome to bring guests and we hope you enjoy touring our studio space.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 26th for the Metro Rotary Networking Night. This is an event for Rotarians and guests from all over the metro area to socialize and promote your business. It will be held at Champions Country Club and a business booth is $75.   Guests are welcome but only Rotarians may have booths.  Please contact Jennifer or Leah Wurth to reserve your booth. We are also looking for Rotarians to promote this at the other metro clubs- if you are willing to do so, please contact Leah at or 402-829-1061


Thank you to Kevin Welsh/Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for sponsoring our speaker and student lunches for the month of February.


13625 California St. Ste. 400

Omaha, NE 68154

(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. 


ONLINE MAKE-UPS Have you checked this out? If you sometimes find it hard to attend a make-up meeting locally or while out of town, check out the option and opportunity of making up a Rotary meeting 24/7 via the internet. You will find this information at for more information.  Check your attendance status anytime on our website. 

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