95th Honor Roll Program was a Huge Success

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 www.omaharotary.org, or click here.
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2022 Honor Roll Program Recording

Below is the information to view the 2022 Honor Roll Program Recording.
 
Topic: 95th Rotary Honor Roll
Date: May 11, 2022 10:39 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording, click here, or copy/paste the below URL to a browser:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/hkv5jZsJILZ38pLorsn4S_V1ZjaFbh6nGoOuf1KN8yI2lW6ELs1_p2xWPfhMSLdj.6VVy1lxFzqGnrTV9

Access Passcode: &GJ3Cds0
 
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Alexander Payne is Honor Roll Keynote Speaker

Omaha, Nebraska, May 11, 2022. The 95th Rotary Honor Roll Program will be held virtually via zoom video conferencing on May 11, 2022, Wednesday, 11:30 AM CST. The virtual invite has been emailed to the 8th grade honor roll students, their parents, school counselors, and principals. The event will be broadcasted live via the Omaha Downtown Rotary Facebook Page here.
Our Honor Roll Keynote speaker this year is Alexander Payne, an Honor Roll recipient himself. Payne 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.
 
Payne grew up in Omaha, where his mother was a professor of Romance languages and his father ran a restaurant. As a child, he took an interest in the family’s 8-mm film projector, and he eventually made his own amateur movies. After studying history and Latin American literature at Stanford University (B.A., 1984), Payne attended film school at the University of California, Los Angeles (M.F.A., 1990). His thesis film, The Passion of Martin, about a love-struck photographer, won him attention from Hollywood and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. To read more about Payne, click here.
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Welcome New Rotarian Breanna Burklund

Recently, Past President Brad Burklund introduced new Rotarian Breanna Burklund. Breanna Burklund is heavily involved in the nonprofit world. She currently works for Mission-Haiti as the US Missions and Operations Manager. Mission-Haiti is a non-profit ministry serving to show the love of God by developing and equipping strong Christian leaders in Haiti for the cause of Christ. Breanna has traveled to many countries around the world working with many different ministries and currently serves as a youth leader at her church. In her free time, you can find Breanna cooking up a new recipe, reading an enticing book, or trekking the globe. Welcome to Rotary, Breanna!
 
Breanna Burklund with President Aileen Warren and Past President Brad Burklund
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Rotary Honor Roll History

History of the Honor Roll program
 

The program found it’s roots in Boy’s Week.  This article from Rotary International gives some history on Boy’s Week:

The history of Rotary's work with youth dates back to the 1920s, when many clubs took part in an international event known as Boys' Week.

The first Boys' Week was held in New York City in May 1920 by the Rotary Club of New York and other local organizations. The event was part of an effort to promote youth development in the areas of education, citizenship, health and hygiene, and vocation.

New York club members reported on the success of Boys' Week at the 1920 Rotary convention, hoping that it would become part of the Boys' Work program, which Rotary had established several years earlier with the creation of the Committee on Work among the Boys (later known as the Boys' Work Committee). The program encouraged Rotary clubs to work with other community initiatives and organizations to counter juvenile delinquency, truancy, and poor physical health, with the goal of developing good citizens.

Boys' Week events quickly spread throughout the world. By the mid­1920s, they were being held in almost 600 locations across 25 countries. In 1928, the number of participating cities and towns had grown to about 3,000.

The target audience also grew rapidly. Girls rode on the float sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vicksburg, Mississippi, in a 1924 Loyalty Day parade held in conjunction with Boys' Week.

By the late 1920s, the United States had established a National Boys' Week Committee, in which Rotary participated. Rotary clubs were encouraged to support their local Boys' Week events as a way to achieve the goals of the Boys' Work program.

In 1934, Boys' Week became known as Youth Week, and in 1936, Boys and Girls' Week.

The RI Board of Directors voted to discontinue Rotary's official sponsorship of Boys and Girls' Week in 1956 in order to support new youth efforts, but it encouraged clubs to continue participating in local youth service initiatives.

In 1927, the then President of Downtown Rotary, Louis Hiller, decided to implement a program that expanded on the impact of Boy’s Week.  He wanted to do something to connect youth to community leaders to make an impact on them at a critical age.  With President Hiller’s support, the club worked with the junior high schools to honor eighth grade students based on four key values:  Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Presence.   Part of the point of the program was to impress on young leaders the importance of being well-rounded…that grades alone are not the key to success in life.  Two boys were selected by their schools to be their Honor Roll representatives.  

94 years after it’s founding, schools still select students on those four key values.  The club leaves the selection process to the schools.  Some schools, such as Alice Buffett have very structured processes that involve essays and interviews.  Other’s ask faculty and staff to identify students that meet the program criteria.  While we feel that in some schools the selection process is a popularity contest, it is clear that the majority of the schools invest real effort into making meaningful and impactful choices.  

Each school has a plaque (series of plaques) that have the honored students added to them with brass name plates.  These plaques are prominently displayed in the majority of the schools that participate in the program.   In addition, the students receive a custom printed folder containing:

  • Their Honor Roll Certificate

  • An event program

  • A “My student is a Downtown Rotary Honor Roll Student” bumper sticker

  • A commemorative pen. 

Here are some additional facts and background on the program:

How many schools/How many students?  

The first program we still have is from 1938; where 2 boys each from 26 schools were selected to attend a regular Rotary meeting.  In 1950, we started selected students based on population – prior to that, it was always two boys per school.  Since then it has been 5% of each school’s eighth grade enrolment.  

The highest number of schools reached: 63 in 1968, which had just 206 students. In 2013, we had 59 schools and 411 students.  The graph below  shows the growth in the number of students honored from 1938 to 2013.   Since 2013, the number of schools has hovered around 58 with 410-430 students being honored every year. 

Other milestones:  1947: Monroe Middle school was included:  this is the current school with the oldest tradition of participation. In 1950, we started selected students based on population – prior to that, it was always two boys per school.  1958 Catholic schools were first included.  1968: Boys Town and Brownell Talbot, the first ‘private’ schools were added.  Millard schools were added in 1979. 1990: Girls are now also selected as Honor Roll Students, increase to 2 8th grade speakers (First Girl: Mary Benecke, Nathan Hale Jr. Hi), 46 schools, 190 students.  

In 1988, we added a scholarship program.  Any high school senior in Douglas County was eligible for the scholarship if they had been selected as an Honor Roll student in eighth grade.  Starting in 1994, the scholarship winners were included in the Honor Roll event and one of the winners was asked to speak at the event.  In 2001, a total of 13 scholarships were awarded – in 2004, this was reduced to 6 scholarships: 2 four year and 4 one year scholarships.  We stopped awarding new four-year scholarships in 2008 – the last one was paid off in 2012.  Currently, we are continuing to award six one-year scholarships. 

PDG Gary Bren
Honor Roll Chair, 

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President's Pen

Rotarians,
 
As we approach the 20 year anniversary of 9/11, I am sure many of you can remember where you were at that moment when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I certainly can. The horrific images of that day are ones many of us will never forget and honestly should never forget.
 
During our latest club meeting, Retired Major General Roger Lempke graced us with his presence and shared his 9/11 reflections. He took us back to that fateful day in history with video clips and his narrative which sent chills down my spine and at times hard for me to watch and reflect. The many lives lost, the media coverage, the heroic arts, and life after the attack are just a few of the items he touched upon. I will be forever grateful to the first responders, the military, healthcare workers, and all others who took action during and after the attack and lived out the Rotary Motto of Service above self.
 
Another item touched upon at our meeting was information regarding how your Rotary dues and other donations are used. Our Treasurer,  Jim Stewart gave a great presentation and the information he shared can be found by clicking on the link below.  Many of our members appreciated Jim taking the time to share the information.
 
 
Again, special thanks to Dan Esch and all of the Rotarians who assisted with putting up the flags in Memorial Park. We received news coverage on all four of the local news stations and our continued involvement in this project is something in which we can all be very proud.
 
See you next Wednesday!
 
Aileen Warren
President
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We Met our Goal!

Congratulations, Rotarians! We have officially surpassed our goal for The Rotary Foundation by almost $2000, in addition to setting a new record for Downtown’s Annual Fund giving. Woo-Hoo!  Thank you to everyone who has donated; we are indeed doing more Good in the World together!  Of course, you still have an opportunity to donate this month and have your points matched which gets you to Paul Harris faster!  It’s easy: Either a check to “The Rotary Foundation” at our June 30 meeting, or online here: Donate | The Rotary Foundation count.  Email paulharrisrocks@gmail.com for points matching.  Regarding the July 8 celebration, if you are planning to attend but have not yet registered online or emailed heather@envisionsuccessinc.com to rsvp, please do so before June 30 since we have limited space and required concierge check-in.  Way to go team!! 
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May Birthday Celebrants

We will celebrate birthdays every first Wednesday of the month. Birthday celebrants are encouraged to attend the meeting and to sit at the birthday table. Otherwise, a huge fine will be assessed. If you miss your own birthday party, that will result in a fine too.
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Omaha Children's Museum Volunteers

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The Omaha Children's Museum could use Rotarians to help with some projects in the coming months. These would be in person, at the museum, during closed hours.They need volunteers to help with some deep cleaning during off hours. Use of disinfectants and cleaning supplies, some need to be on a ladder or run a vacuum may be required.
The dates we are looking to fill with up to 3 volunteers per shift are:
 
Monday, April 19 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 20 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Monday, April 26 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 27 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Monday, May 3 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 4 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
 
You can sign up to help at the link below.
THANK YOU!
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Stephen  Center Food Service

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Stephen Center Food Service
2723 Q St, Omaha, NE 68107

Volunteers should enter on the SE corner, back door in the alley.

4 volunteers per shift
Suitable for families, as long as children are over age of 10.
Volunteers will be serving meals, no food preparation.

Masks required

Friday, April 30

Tuesday, May 11

Sign up on the Google Sheet.

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Membership Applications

Keelan Chapman, Account Manager at LinkedIn, sponsored by Todd Murphy.
 
Alexis Boulos is the Director of Operations for The Pinnacle Bank Championship. She is sponsored by Sean Olson.
 
Jorge Sotolongo is the Vice President of NAI NP Dodge. He is sponsored by Steve McCollister.
 
Any comments should be sent to Leigh Sittenauer at director@omaharotary.org.
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New Members

 
 
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Adam Hoebelheinrich
I grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska and went to school in Hartington.  After high school I went to UNL and earned a degree in Construction Management and went to work for Kiewit Building Group in Omaha and have lived in Omaha since.  In 2011 I took advantage of an opportunity and went to work for Project Control, a national Owner’s Representative/Project Management Company where we started in Nebraska with work on the Pinnacle Bank Arena and West Haymarket development projects in Lincoln.  After completion of the Arena, I have lead our team which has since started our Midwest Office and it has steadily grown.
 
Outside of work I have a wonderful wife Brittany, and three great kids Blythe (7), Sterling (5), and Crosby (2).  Brittany owns and operates the Heartwood Event Room in Papillion where I am the head of maintenance…J.  My hobbies include spending time with my family, watching sports, home projects, woodworking, and spending time back on the farm.
 
 
 
Joe Pepitone
Joe is the Chief Administrator at Arial Home Care, LLC. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the home care company through the Medicaid waiver program.
He also oversees legal compliance and policy development as well as the hiring and supervision of all staff. Joe also carries out policy directoves of the Managing Members and reports directly to the Managing Members in all matters related to the maintenance, operation and management of the company.
 
 
Sam Rennick
Sam has a background in healthcare philanthropy as well as foundation and higher education administration. Most recently, Sam was the Executive Director of the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation in Beatrice, NE. He also served as Director of Scholarship Programs for The Ford Family Foundation based in Roseburg, OR. Prior to his role at TFFF, he spent nearly 28 years serving as Vice President of Enrollment and College Relations, Senior Director of  Development and  Director of Admissions at Hastings College (Nebraska), his alma mater. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Hastings, Sam earned a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He is a native of Pilger, NE, and currently lives in Bennington, NE.
 
Terri Sanders
Terri D. Sanders is the Publisher of The Omaha Star Newspaper, a biweekly community newspaper. She is a communicator with a passion for moving the needle forward in her community. She also serves a dual role as the Executive Director of the Mildred D Brown Memorial Study Center, a 501(c)(3) organization that which on junior journalism,--promoting the profession of Journalism to high school students, higher education scholarships, archiving of the Omaha Star, and publishing The Omaha Star Newspaper. The Omaha Star was started by Mildred D. Brown, an African American woman 83 years ago and the only paper if its kind in the state. The Omaha Star has never missed publishing the paper since 1938.
 
Sanders is the former Executive Director of the Great Plains Black History Museum. She has been credited with raising the Great Plains Black History Museum, an African American Museum from a twenty-year inactivity to a thriving museum noted in the mid-west for documenting the contributions of African Americans in the great plains of our country.
 
She was the initial site manager of the Fair Deal Village MarketPlace, a retail opportunity that includes a grocery store, restaurant, and ten shipping containers that house eight businesses. The MarketPlace is a $2.4 million economic development project by the Omaha Economic Development Corporation in the North Omaha community.
 
An award winning serial entrepreneur (Omaha Chamber Minority Business of the Year) she has had businesses that have spanned over 35 years from being a seamstress, certified balloon artist, wedding planner, event management, and personal catering.
 
The mother of three outstanding adults, Daniel II, owner of 2 and 2 Contracting, LLC; Symone D Sanders, Sr. Spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, and Averi Sanders, who is a Hospitality Professional. She was married to Daniel Sanders for 37 years before his death in 2017.
 
Terri loves to travel and contributing to the fabric of her community.
 
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Stephen Center Volunteers

Thank you to Steve McCollister, Deb Skinner and George Davis for volunteering to help with the Stephen Center Feb. 24th.
 
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WE NEED YOU in 21/22!

If you are a Rotarian who is looking to become involved in any of our standing and special committees, I would love to talk with you. We have a variety of opportunities that will allow you to utilize and build your skills as well as strengthen relationships with your fellow rotarians.  More information about the various committees can be found on our website under the Club Executives Tab.  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/5609/ClubExecutives [portal.clubrunner.ca]
 
Please send me an email at aileen.warren@unmc.edu  indicating your interest along with your contact information and I will follow up with you. Thanks for your consideration.  We will do everything we can to make your involvement a wonderful and fun experience.  
 
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Aileen Warren
President Elect
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Volunteer from Home

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Send Happy Notes to residents at the Salvation Army’s Durham Booth Manor. This is a project that can be done at any time.
If we could get a few club members signed up to send them, Lindy Hoyer will get a committee member to coordinate the frequency of the notes.
Just cheery notes to brighten someone’s day.
 
 
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Zoom Make-Ups

If you attend another club's virtual meeting please email Yolanda for attendance credit.
The other clubs are not all reporting make-up credits for Zoom attendance at this time.
Thank you!
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Downtown Rotary Club App

ClubRunner Mobile:
Downtown Rotary Club on the Go

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ClubRunner Mobile App
 
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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Thank You Letters

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Makeup Meetings

Bill and Gretchen visited Skedsmokorset Rotary Club in Norway.
They said they had a lot of fun and received a bottle of wine.
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UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

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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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