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Omaha Downtown

Established Leaders, Emerging Leaders, Developing Leaders

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Field Club of Omaha
3615 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE 68105
United States of America
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John’s love of the Great Plains is in his DNA.  As a sixth-generation Kansan, he is most at home on vast grasslands and under starry skies.
He attended the University of Kansas, earning a B.A. in German Languages and Linguistics.  He completed graduate studies in Germanic Linguistics in Bonn, Germany, and Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma.  Most recently, John was awarded his M.S. in Global Environmental, Health, and Development Challenges from the University of Edinburgh.
John chose careers that honed his abilities to connect people to missions.  He got his start in the nonprofit world doing interfaith work.  He helped restructure a non-profit mental health crisis counseling group to better serve their clients.  John created dozens of new endowed educational and medical school scholarships at the University of Oklahoma.
Great Plains conservation was never far from John’s heart, and in July of 2011, he began his career at The Nature Conservancy, first fundraising for the Oklahoma chapter, and then for the Kansas chapter, where he led all aspects of planning and executing a comprehensive $30 million, five-year campaign.  In addition, John led the charge to install solar panels on all TNC-owned buildings in Kansas, and led much of the program’s climate and energy work.
John became the State Director for Nebraska in October of 2021, where he continues to build partnerships, raise money, lead staff and volunteers, communicate about climate change, and share his contagious love for grasslands and rivers.
The Honor Roll event will be virtual this year on April 26, 2023, Wednesday, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. 
CLICK HERE to complete the 2022 Honor Roll Student Selection Form.
For questions, please contact the Honor Roll Committee at
Due to the continual markets downturn, the Downtown Rotary Foundation has made the difficult decision to take a one year moratorium on grant distributions to nonprofits for the 2022-2023 year. We look forward to renewing the grant process for 2023-2024 when the markets start to recover. If you have any questions, please reach out to Foundation President, Sean Olson at
Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s first female president, is the perfect leader to spread the word about the good Rotary does in the world, and inspire its members to keep going. At a training seminar for Rotary club presidents-elect at a Dallas-area hotel in February, sergeants-at-arms wearing yellow vests and Stetsons lead participants, grouped by Rotary district, into a small room for a photo op with 2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. As the groups enter, the club leaders mob Jones — the room a flurry of handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, and the occasional squeal. For each photo, the Stetson-clad Rotarians (nicknamed "Rangers") give instructions on who should stand where, then Jones, who is seated front-row center, stands up, turns around, and warms up the crowd. "Is this the best district?" she asks one. She challenges a district to dance, busting a groove on the tan and gray patterned hotel carpet. Another, she teases, is the best looking. And then there's the "party" district, whose members give a raucous cheer. Read more, click here.
The 95th Honor Roll Program was held virtually on May 11, 2022, and it was a huge success this year with 403 Honor Roll students coming from 52 middle schools. Our keynote speaker was Alexander Payne, a past Honor Roll awardee himself, who is  is an award-winning American director, screenwriter, and producer, who was noted for creating films that mixed sardonic humor with humanistic character-driven drama in prosaic contemporary settings. Other speakers include Rotarians who are past Honor Roll recipients themselves, namely: President Aileen Warren, Hal Daub, and John Ewing. John Knicely of WOWT was master of ceremonies. President-Elect Sean Connolly spoke about the Rotary Scholarship and announced this year's Scholarship recipients as follows: 

Lauren Cannella, Marian High School
Akhil Ganti, Millard North High School
William Hubert, Papillion-La Vista High School
Alessandra Kakish, Duchesne Academy
Max Langland, Elkhorn High School
Katherine Opperman, Westside High School
Spencer Gordman, last year's scholarship recipient spoke to the delight of the Honor Roll recipients. Honor Roll Chair Camille Metoyer Moten and the Honor Roll Committee thank all Rotarians who supported the Service Fund this year and also the following Honor Roll Sponsors: Centris - Dawn Gonzales, DA Davidson - Susan Koesters, Fmr. Congressman & Mayor Hal Daub, EHPV - Bill Harvey, Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing & Viv Ewing, Lueder Construction - Brad von Gillern, and President Aileen Warren, HOPE Photo Organizing, and UNO College of Business Administration.
Honor Roll Donors: Rahul Agarwal, Brad Burklund, Paul Cohen, Sean Connolly, Dianne Desler, Okley Gibbs, Deirdre Haj, Gretchen Harvey, Yolanda Hoffman, Lindy Hoyer, Steve McCollister, Presbyterian Church of the Master, Clark Rosenlof, Deb Skinner, and Jim Stewart. The Honor Roll live broadcast and Program recording can be found on our website at, or click here.
Congratulations to Larry Johansen for achieving 400% attendance during Rotary Year 2020-2021! Larry has been a Rotarian for 45 years and maintains perfect attendance for 43 years. But last year, Larry attended Rotary meetings four times a week! Larry is Paul Harris Fellow +8. Congratulations, Larry!
Larry Johansen was presented his 400% Plaque of Recognition by PDG Roxy Orr, IPP John Sullivan, and President Aileen Warren
Last week at Rotary, Immediate Past District Governor Roxy Orr recognized Immediate Past President John Sullivan for his outstanding leadership. PDG Roxy also recognized the Outgoing Officers and Directors.
PDG Roxy Orr recognized IPP John Sullivan for his Outanding Leadership as President RY 2020-2021
PDG Roxy Orr recognized Outgoing Officers. Pictured here are: IPP John Sullivan, then Pres-Elect Aileen Warren, President-Designate Sean Connolly, & then-Secretary Nash Mahupete
PDG Roxy Orr recognized outgoing members of the Board of Directors. Pictured here are L to R: Viv Ewing & Okley Gibbs with President Aileen Warren
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John Cougher
Apr 05, 2023
NE State Nature Conservancy
Shannon Hite & Alex Hayes
May 03, 2023
Mutual of Omaha’s New Corporate Headquarters
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