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Columbus Noon

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
HyVee Clubroom Upstairs
3010 23rd Street
Columbus, NE 68601
United States of America
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Carol Keller is asking each member to send a card to a shut in for Thanksgiving for a November service project.  This time of year can be difficult and is more difficult this year due to COVID-19 and we thought this would be a good way to provide a little cheer. 
 Please take your turn to be the greeter or give the invocation.
 Mark these dates on your calendar.
Nov 3Cecil JonesLon Jochens
Nov 10Carol KellerCecil Jones
Nov 17Anne KinnisonCarol Keller
Nov 24John LandersAnne Kinnison
Dec 1Ruth LindJohn Landers
Dec 8Chris MarkhamRuth Lind
Dec 15
Aaron PlasChris Markham
Dec 22Meeting? 
Dec 29Meeting? 
The November 2020 Board meeting will be the third Tuesday, November 17th after the membership meeting.  Please note that our Board meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month.  This can be used for a makeup for a missed meeting the week before or after this meeting. 

                                      The Program Committee for the next several months follows. 
                                          The first person listed is the Chairperson for the month.

November 2020 
December 2020
 January 2020
David Bell Chris Markham Pat Heimes
Gale Wurdeman Carol Keller Cecil Jones
Neal Valorz Anne Kinnison Bob Berggren
Aaron Prokupec Paul Schumacher Joe Steffensmeier
  Richard Snyder  
Chuck Sepers from the East Central District Health Department will be our program this week.  He will tell us about his job as Chief Public Health Officer and COVID-19.
Please bring cash or any school supplies to Rotary this week for Project Pencils.
Roxy Orr from Omaha Suburban has arranged a Zoom meeting from Germany with Rotary International President Holger Knaack on August 6, 2020 at noon. She sent the information to our members on July 30th.  If you don't have the information, please contact me and I will forward it to you.  
Effective August 4th, we are back to meeting at Hy-Vee.  See you there.
Brenda Blatchford spoke to us about the upcoming Nebraska Cattlemen's Ball that will be held in Columbus in June 2020. The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to raise money for cancer research. is their website where tickets can be purchased.  Brenda's phone number is 402-910-5198 or email for more information or to volunteer to assist with this community project.
Richard Snyder has made arrangements with Kim and Marv Konz to take each members photograph at the Tuesday, January 7, 2020 noon meeting.  This photo will be included in our upcoming edition of Rotary Who's Who in Columbus Noon Rotary.  This Konz's have agreed to to this service for our club at no cost.  If possible, please come a little early, so this process goes a smoothly as possible.  Please mark January 7, 2020 on your calendar and let's try to have 100% attendance.  
Don't forget to add the Members and Maybes Mixer to your calendar for Wednesday July 10th at Richard Snyder's house.  We will gather at 5:30 with the meal being catered for a cost of $12.  Please bring a lawn chair and enjoy this end of year gathering.  
Paul asked me to pass the word to fellow Rotarians about his absence from our meetings.   "Since February, I've been in NYC at Cornell U's Med center where Michele is undergoing treatment for Stage IV colon cancer and complications that went undetected in Columbus."  Please keep Michele, Paul and his daughters in your prayers.  
Loup d' Loup bike ride is going to be June 15th.  President Neal Valorz has asked that members review their calendars before this weeks meeting and come prepared to volunteer to help with this important fund raiser. is our website for more information.
The invitations to the 100th Anniversary of Columbus Noon Rotary on March 26th have been sent.  Club members can sign up for the celebration at our Tuesday meetings and choose either beef or chicken for their meals.  Checks for $35 each can be made out to Columbus Noon Rotary and given to Anne Kinnison.    
Abe Perault from Scotus High School has been awarded a $250 scholarship.  Thanks go out to Carol Keller for presenting our scholarship at their awards night.
We have asked members to submit two names for us to contact for possible new members.  If you have not sent them, please do so now.  Also, the meeting is tentatively scheduled for the evening of November 28th, so hold that date on your calendar.
Don Dreesen and Robert Stachura have agree to be Co-Presidents Elect for the next Rotary year starting July 1, 2019.  Please congratulate and thank them and agree to assist them next year.
Please mark you calendars and plan on attending the October 9th Noon Rotary meeting.  We are going to have a Club Assembly, rather than a program, to discuss the future of Noon Rotary. 
Our major Community Service Project in cooperation with Morning Rotary has been Loup d' Loup.  There is serious discussion about changing the time of this event in the future.  Jill Ramaekers has been our representative, but the Club needs an alternate who could attend meetings and report back to Noon Rotary.  President Neal Valorz has asked members to please give this some thought and consider helping with this project.
On October 2nd Noon Rotary and the Chamber Legislative Committee is co-hosting a presentation from Renee Fry, executive director of OpenSky Policy Institute.  She will provide an update on the state's tax, budget and school finance debate. Her discussion will touch on some of the conversations being held around the state regarding ways to provide property tax relief. OpenSky is a non-partisan think tank that examines Nebraska state tax, budget and school finance policy. Renee is OpenSky's founding executive director. Before founding OpenSky, Renee was the founding director of government relations for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and subsequently the director of public relations for UNMC. Renee also spent several years working for the Nebraska Legislature in a variety of roles, including Legal Counsel to Speaker and Legal Counsel to the Judiciary Committee. 
We have scheduled Sherri Prim on October 23rd from Norfolk to explain the Rotary District Grant program on Human Trafficking.  Their will be several opportunities to attend a 4 hour training session about the grant, but most of them occur before October 23rd.  As I understand it the District program to combat human trafficking will be to help train hotel/motel employees in the area.  For more information about the training opportunities please see the Rotary District 5650 website.    
On Saturday August 4th at 10:00 am at the 1C Church Gym community members will be sorting, packing, and delivering the Comfort Closet items for each of the area schools. Please contact Melanie Knoepfle at 402-606-4410 if you can volunteer to help with this, 
As a service project we are going to gather items to help Columbus Area grade schools fill their "Comfort Closets".  
Please Donate:
Granola bars or healthly snack foods,  pencils, pens, notebooks, markers, crayons, other school supplies.
Toiletries to help with personal hygiene-toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, deodorant, hair brushes, combs, detanglers, dry shampoo, etc.
Clothing, such as child size socks, underwear, hats, gloves, tennis shoes, sweatpants. 
If you would rather make a cash donation, please make checks out to Columbus Public School Foundation and put "Comfort Closets" in the memo.  
Please bring your items to a Rotary meeting. Items will be accepted through Tuesday, July 31st.
Items will be donated to the Comfort Closet for distribution to needy students in Columbus.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will be our program on March 13th.  This would be a nice meeting to invite other guests.  We are going to meet in the Ramada ballroom. Cost for the meal will be $15 and paid at the door.  The Chamber of Commerce will be taking reservations for the meal, so please call them at 402-564-2769 to make a reservation.  
Carol Keller reports that Guilia has moved successfully from the Hingsts to the home of Clark and Marcia Grant on Saturday afternoon. In early March she is scheduled to move to the home of Reye and Ernie Snitily.  Thanks to the Club for supporting her.   
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