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Lincoln East Rotary Club was originally chartered as Northeast Rotary Club on March 11, 1953.  On May 23, 1970, the club was re-chartered as Lincoln Northeast Rotary Club to clarify its connection to Lincoln, Nebraska.  When the club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003, the name was changed to Lincoln East Rotary.
 
Projects and Partnerships
 
Lincoln Parks and Recreation Partnership/Collaboration
 
  • During the Lincoln Northeast period, a partnership began with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Club members painted picnic tables, garbage cans, golf course signs and markers, and animals from the merry-go rounds in the city parks, which continues today by painting picnic tables and other equipment during January and February.
  • Lincoln East has collaborated with the department for several years to hold a picnic for the youth with physical and development challenges who attend a summer camp each year.  The Sum Fun Picnic is the culminating event of the program and occurs in late July or early August.
  • Lincoln East has participated with the other  Rotary Clubs in Lincoln to build a pavilion at Lincoln's Sunken Gardens.
  • Lincoln East is currently working with the Parks and Recreation to create a monument for the Doolitle Raiders in nearby Antelope Park.
  • Lincoln East Rotary Club and Lincoln Rotary #14 is currently working with the Parks and Recreation Department to address the challenge issued by the President of Rotary International to plant a tree for each member.  The Rotary Clubs are working with Parks and Recreation for fundraising and location of the trees, purchasing the trees, and help with ongoing maintenance by mulching and attaching water bags to the trees.
 
Supporting Education
 
  • Since the 1970's, Lincoln Northeast began awarding scholarships to Lancaster County high school seniors through funding provided by Frank Williams.  When Mr. Williams passed away, he asked that this be continued.  Lincoln Northeast/Lincoln East Foundation, which was created in 2003, has continued to carry on this project.  Lincoln East Rotary Club is able to award four annual $1,750 scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence, community service, and financial need.
  • Lincoln East, partners with the other Lincoln Rotary Clubs each October to deliver dictionaries to all fourth graders in the public, parochial and home school children.
 
Honoring Teachers, Firefighters and Police Officers
 
  • Lincoln Northeast/Lincoln East in 2001 parntered with U.S. Bank to honor a Lancaster County teacher each month during the school year.
  • Lincoln East in 2006 partnered with Union Bank & Trust to honor a Firefighter and Police Officer of the year.
 
Youth Sports and Recreation
Lincoln East has received district grants to help carry out a number of individual projects.
 
  • Outdoor musical instrumentsfor Kamp Kitaki, a YMCA Camp near Lincoln.
  • Collaborated with the Josh the Otter drowning prevention organization to build and equip life jacket stations at Pawnee and Bra nched Oak Lakes.  The club continues to maintain the stations, replacing equipment as needed.
  • Lincoln East in 2016 received a district grant to set up a YMCA soccer program for low-income children.  Lincoln East Foundation assisted wit this project.
International Understanding
 
  • Lincoln East Rotary Club in 2003 helped establish a medical project to benefit the people of Zambia.  This now grown into a district project and has received both district grants and global grants from Rotary International.
Community Service
 
  • Lincoln East's history of honoring contributions to the club and community began in the early days with Rotarian of the Year club tributes, as well as, Outstanding Citizen of the Year Awards.