Thanks to Frank Venuto, Chief Human Capital Officer of Nebraska Medicine for a great presentation at our Club meeting on Wednesday.
Frank gave us an overview of Nebraska Medicine and the tremendous, positive impact they have on our community. Frank reminded us that Nebraska Medicine is the only nationally ranked hospital in the state, and is frequently scored as one of the best hospitals in the nation.
Frank’s program focused on the relationship, formed earlier this year, with the United States Army as part of the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. Nebraska Medicine is the first Nebraska company to partner with the Army on this project.
The PaYS program is a terrific win-win for the Army, soldiers, and private industry, providing a pipeline for soldiers to find opportunities for employment after they leave the military. Soldiers are guaranteed a job interview, and possible employment, after their service.
Learn more about this important program at the following link:
Good News:
Camille’s niece, Sharan Bryson, completed the Omaha Marathon 5K last weekend in under 55 minutes, overcoming the amputation of her left leg and part of her right foot several years ago. Tremendous story about this accomplishment in Tuesday’s World Herald.
Rosemary Opbroek announced that the Autism Action Partnership’s recent event, Vintage Faire IX, raised over $460,000 to benefit people impacted by autism, and honored Rotarian Hal Daub for his work.
Suzie Heffernan announced that she has a connection with new member Corey Guy in that neither one of them normally carries cash. Suzie made an exception this week and paid Corey’s fine from last week.
Anna Cramer announced that her father, Rotarian LeRoy Swedlund, was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney because of his involvement with Rotary and his work on
Operation Hippocrates in Belize. Thanks, LeRoy, for all of your work on Operation Hippocrates over the years. Your efforts have made this project one of the most successful and impactful projects in the history of our Club. The University has bestowed a well-deserved recognition.
If you missed the meeting, you missed a tremendous recitation by Camille of a story in the Jewish Press earlier this month about David “Big Al” Goldstein’s “unlikely eagle” on the first hole of the west course of the world famous Stone Creek golf course on August 24. An elongated and colorful description which closed with “All his friends pray that he will discontinue talking about it.”
Last week I incorrectly reported Roger Holthaus’s good news. Roger, my apologies. The real story was that Roger visited the Hastings Rotary Club which meets at the Mary Lanning Hospital in the area where Roger’s tonsils were removed years ago. Roger was in Hastings for his 60-year class reunion, which met at other locations in Hastings. The present whereabouts of the tonsils, fortunately, remain a mystery.
Next week:
Brigadier General Kevin Lyons presents Educational Opportunities Offered by the Military Services, and also discusses the Nebraska National Guard's Role in Hurricane Relief.
If it’s Wednesday, be sure to be at Rotary.
See you next week!
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Gretchen Bren will be going to Nigeria again for her 8th trip to Kaduna (and her 13th polio immunization trip worldwide) at the end of October. 
This year, they are working with one of the local Rotary Clubs in Kaduna to pass out Malaria nets to some of the families that are being immunized.  The cost per net is $5 each. Gretchen is taking donations in any amount for the nets. It is hard to immunize against a disease like polio that is not seen as much when people are suffering with malaria on a regular basis.  A collection bucket will be available at the club meetings.
Thank you all for your support over the years for polio eradication -- we are now so close we are starting the Countdown to History  (information on this new campaign is available at if you haven't received it yet)
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Come join the Rotary Downtown Young Professionals Committee in a cornhole tournament to benefit Girls Inc. on Friday, October 13th.

Cash Prize and Custom Corn Hole boards for 1st and 2nd place!!

Location: Big Red Keno, 8100 Cass Street, Omaha, on the Sand Volleyball Courts (nets down)
Price: $13/head or $26/team (for good luck, tickets are $13 because it's Friday the 13th!)
Start time: Teams may register ahead of time on EventBrite or they can show up the day of and register from 5:30 thru the first round. Tournament rules and play will start at 6 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit Omaha Girls, Inc.
Additional Sponsors Include:
Downtown Rotary
Lockton Companies
Big Red Restaurant & Sports Bar
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Congratulations to the following member on obtaining her permanent badge:
Lori Bechtold, Director of Development, Omaha Home for Boys
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The Rotary Club of Omaha has received membership applications from the following:
Corey Guy, is a Producer at Arthur J. Gallaher & Co. He is sponsored by Sean Connolly. 
Anyone with objections to a membership proposal needs to reach out to the Club Administrator or Membership Chair.
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Phil Taylor and Deb Skinner are hard at work on the new Rosters.
Lisa Tonjes Moritz has graciously agreed to take photos for those who would like new ones or are perhaps missing a photo in the roster.
The photo opportunity will be September 27 from 11:30-noon before the club meeting.
Please also take a minute to log into the website and update your personal information.
You are responsible for correcting your own information.
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Omaha Remembers: Tribute of Flags

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 to take down flags on Sunday, September 17th at 4:00pm. SIGN UP HERE

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. 



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Ajlouny, Victor          Sep 01
Gerdes, Steve             Sep 02
Ewing, Viv                  Sep 03
Metoyer Moten, Camille       Sep 04
Petrovich, Alex         Sep 08
Carrell, Peggy            Sep 09
Kutschkau, Sue         Sep 15
Sebastian, Julie         Sep 23
DeBoer, Gene            Sep 26
Henninger, Fred       Sep 26
Thomas, Deb             Sep 26
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We are trying a new GREETER process at the meetings. 
If you are the first to arrive, we would like you to greet. 
If you are unable to greet for the day, we would like you to approach the next person who arrives to ask them to greet.
We appreciate all of our members helping out at the meetings with this duty!
Please take a few minutes to login to the website and make sure your information is correct. This information will be used for the next directory.
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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Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website and even learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, right from your smartphone or tablet.
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