President's Pen

Our People With Disabilities team has been active this spring and has recently announced the following $1,000 grants:
Autism Action Partnership: purchase of 40 sensory kits for individuals with autism for partnering organizations across the Omaha metro area
Omaha Children’s Museum: Hearing Loop System to allow staff working at the front desk to have their voice directly transmitted to the hearing aid of a deaf/hard of hearing person
Duet: Purchase of sensory equipment, supplies, and materials for programming for people with intellectual disabilities in Douglas County
Red Dawgs Youth Wheelchair Basketball (Nebraska Adaptive Sports): equipment upgrades with a safer basket drop hoop, a tire bag, and new up-to-date portable air compressors
Wow. Great job, Cliff McEvoy and team! Rotarians, your Service Fund contributions are hard at work in our community.
Looking to the future, on May 14, 2021, your board passed the following resolution:
RESOLVED: The Rotary Club of Omaha Board of Directors has determined that all Service Fund project requests for funding for the 2021-2022 program year should be filed with the Service Above Self Chair by June 30, 2021. Funding of an individual project in a previous year (or years) is not an indication that future funding will be available. In calendar Q3, 2021, The Service Above Self Chair will recommend project funding levels to the Club President, who will seek a motion of the board to pass the recommendations with a simple majority. In deliberation, the Chair and her committee shall consider project alignment with our Service Above Self mission, project ability to garner alternate support from District match, membership or board-approved fundraising, an in-place leadership succession plan, and the ability of the project to engage club members, both in quality of service and quantity of membership.
Approved May 14, 2021, The Rotary Club of Omaha Board of Directors
This resolution provides a process for continuing and improved stewardship of your Service Fund contributions. I know all of our project leaders will join me and Service Above Self Chair Lindy Hoyer in identifying the highest and best use of our Service Funds in the coming year. The resolution passed with 14 affirmative votes and (o) zero negative votes and no abstentions. It was unanimous.
Finally, mega kudos to PDG/PP Gary Bren and Treasurer Jim Stewart for their leadership of our Honor Roll and Scholarship event held online this past Wednesday!  My pastor happened to be online with his eighth-graders for the event and sent along his personal thanks. It was a terrific feat in a pandemic year with 5% of our eighth graders receiving the Honor Roll designation and six $1,500 scholarships awarded to graduating seniors (courtesy of our Foundation). Well done, Foundation board! In a sign of excellent stewardship, the Honor Roll committee is actually making a contribution back to the Service Fund after successfully fundraising its entire budget independently among Rotarians. Well done, Gary, Jim, and Rotarians of Downtown Rotary!
I look forward to seeing you in person at Field Club on May 19th as we welcome CHI leader Jeanette Wojtalewicz. See you at Field Club!

- John Sullivan

President's Pen John Sullivan 2021-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

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.
May Birthday Celebrants Yolanda Hoffman 2021-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Omaha Children's Museum Volunteers

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.
Omaha Children's Museum Volunteers 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Stephen  Center Food Service


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.

Stephen Center Food Service 2021-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

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
Membership Applications Leigh Sittenauer 2021-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Millard Rotary Top Golf Fundraiser 2021-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

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.
New Members 2021-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Stephen Center Volunteers

Thank you to Steve McCollister, Deb Skinner and George Davis for volunteering to help with the Stephen Center Feb. 24th.
Stephen Center Volunteers 2021-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

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. []
Please send me an email at  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
WE NEED YOU in 21/22! 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Volunteer from Home

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.
Volunteer from Home 2021-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

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!
Zoom Make-Ups 2020-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Downtown Rotary Club App 2020-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Makeup Meetings 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Join Our Rotary Facebook Group 2018-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Spotlight on Clubs 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0


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