Norfolk Rotary Club, Est. 1920
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May 2015

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A club assembly was held for today’s meeting, so there was not invited speaker.  President Josh Moenning announced that member Dan Spray was recently appointed to the City of Norfolk Planning Commission.  Christine Keller announced that Larissa, our foreign exchange student from Brazil, is finishing her last semester at Norfolk High School and is currently competing on the school’s tennis team.

Local district Rotary grant applications are due by May 31.  It was proposed by John Schmitt that consideration be given to paving a section in front of the Skyview canopy for dancing.  Ron McKeever had been contacted by someone in the community in the past who said her dance studio may be interested in partnering with us to get this accomplished.  City officials would need to be contacted and approve such a project.  Also, Josh Moenning said there are some needs at Central Park that the funds could potentially be used for.

John announced that he contacted the Village Clerk in Pilger about donating $11,000 to their community that was given by an individual as well as a Rotary collection taken last summer at Music in the Park.  The clerk will get back to us after their town board meeting when they will discuss how to use the funds.

Discussion was held on donating $1,000 to TeamMates.  A vote was taken with a motion made by Robb Thomas to give this donation and was seconded by Jan Einspahr.  Motion carried.  John will contact Susie Buss about a time to meet for the presentation of the donation.

Sherri Prim brought Music in the Park posters that were available for everyone to distribute throughout the area.  It is expected that Rotarians will distribute posters to any businesses that were solicited for sponsorships as well as other businesses.

A club member is needed to present an award at the annual honors night at the Norfolk Jr. High on May 18.

Two new members were inducted into the Norfolk Rotary Club today.  Dan Spray of Connecting Point, is sponsored by Josh Moenning and Brian Sterud of Faith Regional Health Services is sponsored by John Schmitt.

NOTICE:  All future Norfolk Rotary Club meetings will take place at the Black Cow, Fat Pig Pub and Steak in downtown Norfolk.  Members may enter the meeting room using the west door facing Norfolk Ave.  Next week, R.C. Duskin of the Salvation Army will present on “Bridges Out of Poverty.”

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary



New member inductions:  Sponsor Josh Moenning, new member Dan Spray, new member Brian Sterud, sponsor John Schmitt



At today's meeting, guests included Dr. Tom Fennessy, a Norfolk physician, who was introduced by Christine Keller, and Byron Brogan, with the City of Madison, who was introduced by Mike Avok.

Stan Christensen asked all members to continue contacting businesses to solicit for sponsorships for Music in the Park.  If members have any questions about billing a business, they are to contact Stan.

Today's speaker was Paula Pflueger, Chairperson of the Great American Comedy Festival.  Paula shared how this event has grown over the years and mentions that volunteers are stilled needed to help with the event.  The festival will start June 17, with a magic show, and will run through June 20, with the gala event on the last night.   There are still tickets available, so we are encouraged to invite our friends.

John Schmitt read an email from Connie Kube that discussed a possible dinner to be held on May 28.  Rochelle Holm will be in Norfolk on that evening and she would like to present to Rotarians about the work she and her husband are doing in Malawi.  She manages the Mzuzu University Water and Sanitation Center, which is committed to increasing the availability and sustainability of clean water and improved sanitation in northern Malawi.  Clean water is one of Rotary's areas of focus.  Ed and Renee McClymont have offered to host a dinner for 10-11 Rotarians/spouses to hear Rochelle's story.  The time will be decided at a later date, but if anyone is interested, please let Connie know.

The meeting next Tuesday will be a club assembly to discuss ongoing club business.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary






The meeting was called to order by President Josh Moenning.

Stan Christensen requested that all members go to the Music in the Park Facebook page and invite their friends to the first concert which will be held on Thursday, June 18, with Soul Dawg performing.  The goal is to get 5,000 invitations sent out.

Dave Cox announced that a ham dinner benefit will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 26, from noon until 2pm.  A free will offering will be accepted.  The dinner is to thank the approximately 20 Mennonite workers who have been building homes in Pilger for the tornado victims.

Josh said that Mike Fuehrer of the Norfolk Area Sports Council would be contacting the Rotary Club again to ask about using the Rotary’s insurance policy to cover an all-star game this summer.

Connie Kube introduced Susie Buss, Executive Director of the Teammates mentoring program.  Susie was accompanied by approximately 20 students who are Teammates mentees.  They each shared what they appreciate about Teammates and Susie gave an overview of the program.  She said the goal of the mentors is to meet with their mentees at least 24 weeks per school year.  Scholarships are offered to Teammates participants for college each year.  In addition to meeting after school, they do outside activities such as attending the NU spring football game.  The organization was started in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne.  There are currently 118 TM matches in Norfolk and there is always a need for more mentors.

Next week’s program will be presented by Paula Pflueger, Chairman of The Great American Comedy Festival board.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary


Susie Buss, second from left, with some of the Teammates participants at Tuesday's meeting.


Mike Fuehrer with the Norfolk Area Sports Council talked about the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic that will be held on June 13, 2015. The All-Star Classic is asking the Rotary Club to provide proof of insurance for their event in return for an “in-kind” sponsorship. Our club will discuss and make a decision. Coleen Bressler invited and introduced the 5 scholarship recipients, their parents, and guidance counselors for 2015. From Norfolk High School the recipients were Paula Evans, Michaela Heimes, and Ashton Lindsay. From Lutheran High Northeast we had Sora Wolff and from Norfolk Catholic we had Ashley Weyhrich. Paul McIntosh spoke about a letter he wrote to Dr. Desai’s family who passed away this last weekend. Our guest speaker was Dr. Randall Bretz who talked about broadband in Nebraska and the benefits it creates for many communities. He described how businesses can grow and expand by having the availability of broadband. He gave us a website for more information.
Thanks to Andy Labenz for taking these notes in my absence. Our speaker next week will be Susie Buss, to discuss the Teammates of Nebraska program.
Submitted by:
John Schmitt, Secretary


The Rotary Club met at the Liberty Centre this noon.  A lunch was provided by the Liberty Centre staff to all in attendance.  Testimonials were shared by club members about the impact Liberty Centre has had on their lives and a video was shown. The organization serves about 300 people in 22 counties.  They provide community support services out of their additional space in the former Alco building.  In order to be a member, one must have a severe and persistent mental illness.

At our next meeting on April 14, our speaker will be Dr. Randall Bretz.  Dr. Bretz is a TEDxLincoln Licensee Member and a member of the Lincoln Downtown Rotary Club.  He will speak on “Broadband and the Good Life.”

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary



Left to right:  President Josh Moenning, sponsor Patty Skokan, Robb Thomas, new member Scott Adams




At today's meeting, members worked on preparing solicitation letters to mail out for sponsorships for Music in the Park.  Also, Fat Tuesday preparations for the February 17 function are underway.  This event will take place at Time Square Event Center with a cash bar opening at 5:30pm, and a Cajun buffet dinner from 6-8pm, with live music to follow.  MIP sponsors may receive free tickets to Fat Tuesday, depending on what level they sponsor.

Josh McKinley, Area Director for YoungLife, will give a presentation at next Tuesday's meeting.

Submitted by,

John Schmitt, Secretary



This is a reminder that our next meeting will be Tuesday noon, January 6, at Bailey's Bistro.  We will work on planning and sending mailings out for our Fat Tuesday celebration.

John Schmitt, Secretary



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