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Welcome to our Club
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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We are meeting on Tuesdays at noon at Hy-Vee in Columbus.  Hope to see you there.

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

May 2121 
June 2021
 July 2021
Anne Kinnison Richard Snyder Don Dreesen
Carol Keller Bob Berggren Cecil Jones
Paul Schumacher Joe Steffensmeier Bob Stachura
Chris Markham Pat Heimes John Landers
  Lon Jochens  
Meetings are Wednesday, at noon, located at Federated Church, 2704 15th Street.
Please call, text or email John Landers for a reservation by noon on Monday.  His telephone number is 361-779-5118 and his email is  The cost of the meal for lunch is $15.  
Below is the schedule for the two month trial period of a combined Columbus Rotary Club:
  • Wednesday March  3 was 6:50am @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday March  10 @ 12Noon @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday March  17 @ 6:50am @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday March  24 @ 12Noon @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday March  31 5-7pm @Cork and Barrel, This is a Business After Hours party.  Come anytime, bring your spouse or significant other.  Plan to come and bring your suggestions for upcoming club events and speakers.  
  • Wednesday April  7 @ 6:50am @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday April  14 @ 12Noon @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday April  21 @ 6:50am @ Federated Church
  • Wednesday April  28 @ 12Noon @ Federated Church
After the last April meeting, each of the clubs will have a vote of their members to help decide how to proceed going forward, whether to merge the clubs and determine day & time of future meetings, or to stay 2 separate clubs.
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.
May 4Bob BerggrenRuth Lind
May 11Robert CruiseBob Berggren
May 18
Don DreesenRobert Cruise
May 25Pat HeimesDon Dreesen
June 1Lon JochensPat Heimes
June 8Cecil Jones Lon Jochens
The May 2021 Board meeting will be the 2nd Tuesday after the membership meeting.  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.    
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