Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Street, Omaha, Nebraska
What an exciting time we had at our last meeting. Thank you to the Rotary Foundation Board for their great work in choosing to support 13 organizations doing great work in our community. This is what Rotary is all about coming together as Rotarians to impact our community and the world. Each of you should be proud of your club and the Foundation.
We will have a chance to continue to support our community, the world, great work being done by our committees and Rotary International later this month. We will be emailing each of you to ask you to consider supporting our Club Service Projects, Honor Roll, Rotary International and our Polio Plus efforts. Please consider supporting these causes as we impact our community and the world.
We also had a great opportunity to listen to one of the top Not For Profit leaders in our community, Ruth Henrichs the CEO of Lutheran Family Services. Ruth has served at LFS for 40 years including 32 as CEO. Ruth spoke of her passion for excellence because of the people they serve. She also spoke of the need to focus on what you or your organization does well and letting go of the things you don't do well. The speaker also spoke to one of the biggest issues facing a large segment of our population that often flies under the radar, persistent mental illness and the need for integrated care.
Other tips for leaders were; finding speakers that push you out of your comfort zone, listening to those who challenge you, taking lessons from outside disciplines and looking at strategic direction versus strategic planning. The African proverb she shared states "If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together."
The grants awarded were as follows:
Celebrating Nebraska Statehood (The Nebraska 150) $1000
Lutheran Family Services $2000
Heartland Family Service $1000
Alzheimer's Association $2500
Rebuilding Together Omaha $4000
Completely Kids $1000
Hope Center for Kids $1000
YMCA of Greater Omaha $1000
Omaha Community Playhouse $1500
Women's Center for Advancement $1500
College of Saint Mary $2500
RYLA Scholarships $600
Fairmount Park Project $1000/ $2333
Rotary Club of Omaha Scholarships $9000
As one of our Club Service Projects, our club both helps plant the flags and remove the flags that each year has commemorated the people who perished in the 9/11 bombings at Memorial Park on Dodge Street.
We can use your help on Friday, September 2nd to set up the flags. We plan on starting at about 5:00 PM. Family and friends are welcome. If you can't make it then, join us to take down the flags on Monday, September 12th at 5:30 pm.
If you are a new member, this counts as a Community Service Project. It is also worth attendance credit.
If you have a "Rotarian at Work" shirt or a Omaha Rotary logo shirt, please wear it. If you'd like to order a "Rotarian at Work" shirt, please contact the office for details.