Business Networking
We had three great locations for Business Networking this week: Film Streams' new facility at the Dundee Theatre; KANEKO; and the Omaha Home for Boys.
I was fortunate to visit the Omaha Home for Boys, hosted by Rotarian, Lori Bechtold, Development Director for the organization. Here is a 97-year civic institution located at the corner of 52nd and Ames Avenues serving, with a mix of residential and non-residential programs, young men and women coming primarily out of the probation and foster care systems in our community.
The level and extent of need for services for these young people is staggering. Many lack even the basic life skills necessary to survive in our society. Jeff DeWispelare, who has been with the organization for several years and became CEO on January 1, gave an impassioned description of the important work OHB is doing in the community and how they hope to continue and improve that work going forward.
Rotarian, Roger Holthaus, has a personal connection with Omaha Home for Boys, having foster and adopted children from there. Roger’s adopted son David Holthaus flew in from California to be with us for our visit and Roger’s foster son, Scott Carroll, also joined us.
I also received a very positive report from my wife, Rotarian, Gretchen Harvey, about the business networking event at KANEKO. Rotarian, Bob Keefer, hosted the event and Elisabeth Barrett was the tour guide and did a terrific job showing our group the beautiful art, light, and glass sculptures on display at KANEKO. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful and unique facility right here in Omaha.
Next week:
Next week we are back at the Field Club! We have local author Jeff Barnes presenting his new book about 150 architectural landmarks in Nebraska. Be sure to join us for Jeff’s presentation, and pick up a signed book afterwards.
Remember, if its Wednesday, the place to be is Downtown Rotary.
See you next week!
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What is NAYEN…and how can you help?
NAYEN stands for North American Youth Exchange Network, an international Rotary program. Omaha is honored to be host for the NAYEN 19th Annual Conference, March 15-17. It is just around the corner. Approximately 400 Rotarians will be coming to Omaha for the sessions and activities. Previous conferences have been in such places as Calgary, Cincinnati, Cancun, Orlando, and Chicago, just to name a few.
How can you help? We are in need of volunteers in various categories – greeters at airport, greeters at hotel (Hilton), sergeant-at-arms for sessions, hospitality, etc. If you can help, please contact Tim Schmad ( or simply sign up at the registration table. We can then fit schedule with our needs.
The Rotary Club of Omaha has received membership applications from the following:
Kathy O'Hara Brehm, Public Relations Director of Lutheran Family Services. Kathy is sponsored by Bill Harvey.
Dan Hassing, Litigation Associate with Lamson, Dugan & Murray LLP. Dan is sponsored by Gretchen Harvey.
Anyone with objections to a membership proposal needs to reach out to the Club Administrator or Membership Chair.
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Everyone is invited to attend a membership presentation after our regular Club meeting on Jan. 24th

District Membership Chair, Jill Slupe, will share the 2017 Membership changes from Rotary International. Jill will share the bylaw changes, flexibility suggestions, e-clubs, why people join and quit and tips on how to develop a Rotary pitch.


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Stewart, Jim                 Jan 01

Krumwiede, Jeremy   Jan 02

Burke, Tim                   Jan 06

Strom, Lyle                  Jan 06

Prochaska, Jane         Jan 09

Tonjes Moritz, Lisa   Jan 13

Campbell, Terri         Jan 16

Cavanaugh, Tim        Jan 17

Warren, Aileen          Jan 19

Peterson, Pam          Jan 22

Cutler, Bill                 Jan 28

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Please join us for Business Networking Day.
This event takes the place of our normal weekly meeting.
You have a choice of three locations to sign up for.

This time, you will either pay for your own lunch off site or you will be hosted by Omaha Home for Boys at that location.

Locations include:

Business Networking Location #1

Company:      Omaha Home for Boys
Description:  For 98 years, the Omaha Home for Boys has changed and saved the lives of at-risk young men and women ages 14 – 24.  The Home’s core programs are residential care, transitional living and independent living. The young men and women served lack housing and other basic needs, and face barriers to academic success, employability, critical life skills training and self-sufficiency. Omaha Home for Boys will host lunch in their Cafeteria.

Address:  4343 N. 52nd St. Omaha, 68104
Rotarian Host: Lori Bechtold
Max number of guests: 20

Business Networking Location #2

Company:      Film Streams - Dundee SORRY - LOCATION FULL
Description: We will tour the newly remodeled theater at 50th & Dodge.  Film Streams Dundee has two theaters, a gift shop and the Kitchen Table restaurant.   We will have lunch at the Kitchen Table.  Everyone pays for their own lunch.

Address: 4952 Dodge St., Omaha 68132   
Rotarian Host:  Rosemary Opbroek (402) 660-6193​
Max number of guests: 15


Business Networking Location #3

Company:      KANEKO
Description:   The Kaneko explores the creative process — how a new idea is born into the arts, sciences, and philosophy. There is no restriction for creative activity. Imagination has complete freedom. Supporting and promoting freedom in creativity is KANEKO’s mission.   We will walk over to the Upstream Brewing Company for lunch after the tour. Everyone pays for their own lunch.

Address:  1111 Jones St, Omaha, 68102      
Rotarian Host: Bob Keefer
Max number of guests: 20


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The annual Charitable Statements have been emailed to all members.

You can also access the statement HERE.

As a reminder, this is for contributions to our Service Fund which provides financial support for the Foundation Grants that the club awards annually.

You can also contribute to the RI Foundation and our Club Foundation using this form.

Thank you to our members for your continued support!

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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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