Greetings Everyone,
Great meeting this week!  Thanks to the Ben Hoy and the team from Millard Rotary for coming and giving us an update on the hospital and birthing training they have been working on in Kenya.  What a great project. 

We also got an update from Dan Esch on our current cooperative project in our Rotary district working on human trafficking.  Dan and his committee have done a great job coordinating our club efforts in this project and is looking for donations of towels or cash donations for the next week to help complete this project.  Please contact Dan for more details. 

Special thanks to Talon the special guest of Todd Carnes for his thank you to our club for sponsoring him last year as he was our Rotary exchange student to Taiwan for the year.

We had a very informative and interesting program this week all about Nebraska and what an awesome and innovative state it is.  Thank you to Cella and Warren Francke for finding and bringing in Matthew and Sarah Baker Hansen to talk about their adventures gathering information for their book "The Better Half".  We learned that NE has a bad rap and is ranked 50th in places people want to visit but they are missing out.  We heard about great out of the way eateries and fried to extravagant culinary delights in all parts of Nebraska.  We saw some pictures of the amazing landscapes and beauty of the land, and also learned about some great entrepreneurs that have started all types of businesses in even the most remote parts of Nebraska and the successes they have had on a local and global stage.  We even learned about the almost unknown law man "2 gun Hart" who worked hard to keep the law during prohibition and turned out to be Vincenzo Capone the brother of the infamous criminal Al Capone.  It was a very interesting and engaging presentation and I highly recommend checking out their book.
Thanks again Cella and Warren for a fun and engaging presentation. 
I again challenge everyone to engage and help make a difference through Rotary.  Right now we need help with the trafficking project and we need people to sign up to be a greeter or invocator, it is simple, and we expect you to help in this way at least 3 times during the year so please sign up on the registration table or email Leigh.
Have a great week,
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Please join us for a district-wide networking night on Monday, August 6 as the Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Salt Lake Bees at beautiful Werner Park.
Tickets for this event are only $8 per person with a portion of the ticket being donated to the Magdalene House, which focuses on helping those escaping sex trafficking.
This is a family centered event supported by District 5650.
What a better way to celebrate 5650 than during the Storm Chasers 50th season in franchise history.
Rotarians, their families and friends are welcome to enjoy the evening.
When: Monday, August 6 at 7:05 pm (Gates open at 6 pm)
Where: Werner Park (12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046)
Cost: $8.00 per ticket (portion of ticket going to Magdalene House)
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Fellow Downtown Rotarians,
During the upcoming District Conference, "Rotary: Making a Difference", on Friday, July 27th, Rotary will be putting together 400 “beginning bags” for Magdelene Omaha/Thistle Lights.
Magdalene Omaha/Thistle Lights is a survivor-led program of healing, recovery, and economic empowerment for women who experienced sex trafficking/prostitution, abuse, and addiction ( These new beginning bags will provide three days of much needed personal supplies for the women in this program.
After speaking with those who are organizing this project for the District Conference, it’s been recommended that Downtown Rotary focus on donating new bath towels and washcloths.
It is preferred that the towels and washcloths not be a white color. However, as long as they are new towels and/or washcloths, Magdelene Omaha/Thistle Lights will accept them.

At Downtown Rotary’s July 18th and July 25th meetings, there will be a container available for people to place donated items in for the Magdelene Omaha Project.
If you wish to make a monetary contribution, please make your payment payable to the Downtown Rotary Club of Omaha. You can write a check or make donations to Leigh Sittenauer at the meetings (and make sure the memo line notates the Magdelene Omaha project), or you can mail a check to the club address at PO BOX 964 Elkhorn, NE 68022.
You are welcome to donate other items, as well. Below is a list of other items that are needed (all items should be new and can be travel-sized where applicable):
·         Shampoo
·         Conditioner
·         Shower Gel/Soap
·         Deodorant
·         Toothbrush
·         Tissue Packs
·         Band-Aids
·         Cotton Swabs
·         Pain Reliever (40 count minimum)
·         Lotion
·         Neosporin (or the generic equivalent)
·         Hand Sanitizer
·         Emery Boards
·         Notebooks (new)--with perforated edges that can be neatly torn out to be used to write a letter
·         Toilet Paper
·         Large “Sleeper Shirts”
There will be other opportunities for the club to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, but this is a start.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Thank you, everyone! I hope we can help gather enough items to meet the desired goal - I’m certain we will.
Dan Esch
(402) 301-9290
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Please welcome the following new member to our club:
Kathy Estes, Senior Sales Manager for Hilton Omaha. Kathy is sponsored by Gretchen Harvey.
If you see Kathy, please say "Hello" and introduce yourself!
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The dues statements have been emailed out.  If you have not yet paid, they are now PAST DUE.
Dues needed to be paid by June 15th.
If you have not yet received your dues statement, you can download it here.
If you have not paid - be sure to let Leigh know your intentions on renewal ASAP.
We look forward to your continued participation and membership!
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John & Trudy Mock will host our next social outing at their home on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30pm.  
Bring your favorite beverage and enjoy John's famous "milk can" dinner around their beautiful outdoor firepit.

Please rsvp by July 10 HERE

10011 South 173rd Circle


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Congratulations to the following member on obtaining his permanent badge:
Rev. Steve Karcher, Assisting Priest at St. Andrew's Episcopal. Steve is a former member of Lincoln 14 and Bakersfield East.
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Just click the "Member Login" button at the top right of the home page.
If you have forgotten your login and password there is a place at the bottom of  "Member Login" that looks like this"  New and existing users: retrieve login and/or reset password"
All you need to know is your Last Name and Email address to retrieve your information.
There is a new link where you can REGISTER GUESTS for meetings on our home page.
You can also check your FASTPASS balance. You will need to know your badge number to do so. Use "Member Login" and then go to  "My Rotary" and look for the link on the left side of the page under "What do you want to do?"

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