Great news, Rotarians!
 
Your Omaha Downtown Rotary Foundation board of directors has unanimously approved $35,000 (thirty-five thousand dollars) total for community grants to the following organizations:
Assistance League
Boys and Girls Clubs                       
Intercultural Senior Center         
Omaha Children’s Museum        
Omaha Latino Center                    
Merry Makers  
Partnership 4 Kids           
Project Houseworks
Respect                               
Set Me Free Project                       
Urban League 
              
Wow! What a great program – and, of course, the largest grant provided by the foundation is $9,000 (nine thousand dollars) in scholarships awarded one month ago at our Honor Roll event to graduating high school seniors. 
 
The Foundation will invite the grantees to receive their checks at an upcoming meeting at Field Club.
 
How fortunate we are to have the Foundation (your bequest gift is welcome), and how fortunate we are to have great leadership including President Gary Bren and Secretary / Treasurer Paul Cohen. Additional board members are John Ewing, Clark Rosenlof, Hal Daub, Anna Cramer, Cella Quinn, and yours truly (ex officio). As our new year begins on July 1, 2020, John Ewing will take over as president of the Foundation, with Clark adding secretary / treasurer duties. New board members will include Dianne Dessler, Sean Olson, and Aileen Warren (ex officio) with Gary and Paul concluding service. Foundation board members are appointed by the Club board.
 
For the uninitiated, the Omaha Downtown Rotary Foundation is 25+ years-old and was developed by Downtown Rotarians to serve Douglas County NE residents. It is separate and distinct from the Rotary International Foundation, which serves people throughout the world, and in Nebraska and Iowa (many annual fund dollars are “turned back” to each Rotary District and are managed by the Grants Management system; PP Brad Burklund and Heather Legge recently became certified in this process).
 
And that is how our foundations roll – yet another reason to wear that Rotary membership badge with pride.
 
See you on Wednesday at Field Club as we welcome John Friend with the Douglas County District Court!

- John Sullivan
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