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Columbus Noon

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Hy-Vee Meeting Room
3010 23rd St.
Columbus, NE  68601
United States of America
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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.   
On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon at Dusters we are meeting with Morning Rotary to explore merging of the two Columbus Rotary Clubs.  Please sign up to attend at the Tuesday meeting of let Richard Snyder know if you are interested in attending. 
Please sign up to host one of the evening socials.  Or let President Tim White know if you can help out with one of these activities.
 We will be passing the hat for donations at the meetings on September 5 and September 12.  We will send the donations on to the the Salvation Army in Houston to help with the tremendous needs from Hurricane Harvey.  If a member would prefer, you can make a check out to the Salvation Army.  
We need some members for the Bowl-A-Rama Team that is coming up on September 23rd, 2018.  Please volunteer your time to bowl for Habitat for Humanity.
The notes from the Columbus Noon Rotary Visioning meeting are being e-mailed separately.  Please review the analysis for discussion at the next Board meeting. 
On Tuesday, October 4th at 5:30 we will be packing backpacks for about 300 students and celebrating the Rotary grant for this important community service.  Please stop out at 3602 16th Street and help load the weekend backpacks with food.  The Food For Thought Weekend Backpack Program is sponsored by the Columbus United Methodist Church.  
 Please take your turn to be the greeter or give the invocation.
 Mark these dates on your calendar.
Feb 4Carol KellerCecil Jones
Feb 11Anne KinnisonCarol Keller
Feb 18John LanderAnne Kinnison
Feb 25Elizabeth LayJohn Lander
March 3Ruth LindElizabeth Lay
March 10Chris MarkhamRuth Lind
March 17Aaron PlasChris Markham
March 24Aaron ProkopecAaron Plas
March 31Jill RamaekersAaron Prokopec
The new Rotary Club year began on July 1st.  Please thank the following for serving as Club Officers for the new year:
Tim White
Neal Valorz
Gail Wurdeman
Richard Snyder
Ruth Lind
Club Foundation Chair
Jill Ramaekers
Club Executives & Directors
Club President
Club President-elect
Club President-nominee
Immediate Past Club President
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Club Foundation Chair - TRF
Club Membership Chair
Club Polio Chair
Club Public Image

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