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Join us at Black Cow Fat Pig Pub & Steak, 702 W. Norfolk Ave.

Tuesdays at Noon​

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Latest Happenings
Our September 19th program was presented by Lee Klein who is a staff member in Congressman Jeff Fortenberry's Norfolk office. Mr. Klein previously served as a Madison County Commissioner. He discussed the interesting challenges that working in politics involves including working with FEMA, the Social Security Administration, and other agencies. He shared how citizens can affect public policy through their involvement.
Dr. Don Ridder was inducted as a new member of Norfolk Rotary Club. Dr. Ridder is the President of Norfolk Catholic Schools.
Shane Weidner, City of Norfolk Public Safety Director, presented information about the Norfolk trail system to the Rotary Club on Tuesday, September 12. He discussed past projects, current projects, and projects in the works. Some of the trail projects he discussed involved the River Front Trail, the East Norfolk Avenue Bridge Project Trail, and the Flood Control trail expansion under Highway 275. Click here for a map of the trails in Norfolk.
Dr. Michael Chipps, President of Northeast Community College, and Lyle Kathol, Vice President of Educational Services,
spoke about the growth of the college and discussed the different elements of the new Applied Technology Building. The state-of-the-art facility contains the latest technology which allows instructors to get students ready to move into high pay, high technology, high demand careers. Pictured left to right are Jim Curry, Director of Public Relations at NECC, Dr. Chipps, Sherri Prim, President of the Norfolk Rotary Club, and Lyle Kathol.

Newly installed District 5650 Governor Tom Cardwell and his wife, Jenny, visited our club today. Tom spoke about some of the initiatives that the new RI President, Ian Reisley of Australia, would like to put forth. One focus is on planting trees and another is increasing female and younger membership in Rotary. Tom would like to see our district (eastern Nebraska and western Iowa) plant at least 2,000 trees in the coming year. Discussion was held on planting some trees at Skyview Park to enhance the Music in the Park experience.

R.C. Duskin brought a guest who is a resident of the country of Georgia. Also visiting were Dan Rose and Barbara Engebretsen of the Wayne Rotary Club.

Gene Schermer received his Paul Harris award.

Next week, Rotarian Mary Hammond will speak on her Dominican Republic medical Mission trip.

Norfolk Rotary members help the Salvation Army distribute meals at Central Park as one of our community service projects. R C Duskin, Captain of the Salvation Army, is one of our Rotary members.
Norfolk Rotary Club in the July 4th parade. Joining us on the float were five of our NECC scholarship winners.
Sherri Prim, our Norfolk Rotary President for the 2017-18 year, takes the gavel from outgoing President John Schmitt.

The Norfolk Rotary Club was joined by Rob Latimer – Senior Adviser for Community Relations with TransCanada. The company has been issued a federal permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline; however, they still need to secure route approval through Nebraska. The proposed route, including 273 miles in Nebraska, was chosen as the most environmentally safe route through the avoidance of some water crossings and other sensitive areas. The Nebraska Public Service Commission will conduct a public meeting in Norfolk on Wednesday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Divots Conference Center.

Nebraska State Senator Jim Scheer joined us for this week’s Rotary meeting. Scheer recounted his experiences serving as Speaker of the Legislature in the latest legislative session. Part of Scheer’s responsibility as Speaker was to allot time to debate each bill in order that it got the proper attention yet kept the session moving along. To accomplish this, he instituted some operational changes to the Legislature. Contentious bills were scheduled in three-hour segments on first reading. At the end of the three hours, senators had to show they had enough votes to advance the bill to get it back on the schedule. The 90-day legislative session, originally scheduled to adjourn on June 2, was adjourned 4 days early.

This week’s Norfolk Rotary guest was Dr. Robert Prince. He is a board-certified pain management specialist with Faith Regional. Prince’s interest and expertise is in the field of interventional pain procedures, specifically implantable devices. These pain-relieving implants use very small wires to send electrical pulses directly to the nerves causing the pain. Dr. Prince came to Norfolk from Indianapolis about a month ago and is working at the FRPS Pain Management Clinic located at 2622 West Norfolk Avenue. To learn more about Dr. Prince click here.

The Norfolk Rotary Club recognized Ron McKeever for serving as chairman of the scholarship committee for more than 20 years. Thanks for your dedication, Ron!
Jessica Adams and Rodrigo Cereja spent the weekend of April 7-9 at the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Seminar. The intensive 3-day training program for high schoolers was held at Camp Kitaki near Louisville, NE. RYLA prepares young people to be leaders in their communities by teaching them to think critically about important issues and allows them to share ideas with their peers. Additionally, the students learn how to coordinate and lead community service projects both locally and globally.
At this weeks meeting we had Doug Dekker with Simulation In Motion-Nebraska give us a tour and information on the new mobile training simulator for pre-hospital and hospital professionals.  This is a state-of-the-art 44 foot truck that can provide realistic training in an emergency room or ambulance setting.  It has patient simulators that include adults, children, infants, and pregnant mothers that can talk, breathe, bleed, and pulse.  The truck is equipped with audio and video to record each simulation and review later on.  There mobile simulation units will be based in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney, and Scottsbluff and will travel to local communities for training.  A big thank you to Rotarian Dan Nelson for setting this program up.
Next week we will have Susie Buss and Teammates join us for Rotary.  Joe Mtika with the Norfolk school in Malawi will also join us and give an update on the school there.

Odd Fellows Randy Backhaus and Rick Konopasek were the guest speakers at this week's Norfolk Rotary meeting. Rick recounted the history of The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which was created in 18th Century England before getting its start in the United States in 1819 for the purpose of giving aid to those in need. Randy spoke about the history and presence of the fraternal order in Norfolk as well as some current projects like expanding their local temple and the annual 4th of July Parade. Thank you for joining us and thanks for striving to make the world and this community a better place.

This week's Norfolk Rotary guests were Paula Pflueger and Mark Zimmerer who are members of the Great American Comedy Fesitival planning committee. The comedy festival will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary this June 14-17 by featuring past headliners including Larry Miller and Caroline Rhea. Saturday evening's gala will be headlined by Martin Short and include the presentation of the Johnny Carson Comedy Legend award to Robert Klein. For ticketing information click here.
Do you have an interesting story to tell and want the community to know more about what you or your organization does?? Well our noon Rotary meetings are the place to be.
Contact us to see if we can get you on our calendar. Our weekly programs are informative, educational, and keeps our members plugged into the community.
Most of the interesting things that happen in Norfolk and the surrounding area eventually come to our weekly noon meetings to present.
This is a great opportunity to share your message.
Guests and prospective members are always welcome.

Dr. Jeff Hoffman, Career Academy Coordinator with the Norfolk Public Schools was the speaker today at Rotary.  The Norfolk Public Schools Career Academies provide students with the opportunity to learn and explore different careers that they have an interest and passion in doing after graduation.  There are several different career cluster areas or "academies" that students can choose from such as agriculture, construction, drafting, and health sciences.  More academies will be added in the future as this program develops and expands to include a wide variety of career choices.  There are elective courses that follow each program of study that include class work as well as hands-on, practical experiences in each field.  Partnering the Career Academy with the business community and local colleges will only add value to the students' future success and the communities that they serve. 

Rotary member Captain R.C. Duskin spoke today about The Salvation
Army's $3 million building expansion plan.  They have raised $2.50
million to date and are asking for the public's help to reach their goal.
Rotary member J. Paul McIntosh is challenging the community to
raise $500,000 by the end of October.  Once that goal is met, he will
give $1 million to the campaign. 
Norfolk Rotary is pleased to announce our newest member
Ian Bingner.  Ian is the Branch Manager at Great Western
Bank.  Congratulations Ian and welcome to the Norfolk
Rotary Club!!!
Norfolk Rotary President John Schmitt presents a check for $3,000 to Captain
R.C. Duskin of the Salvation Army as part of Norfolk Rotary's Grant Program.
The funds will be used to purchase a new forklift for their warehouse.
Pictured below are Andy Labenz, Secretary; John Schmitt, President;
Captain R.C. Duskin; Sherri Prim, Vice President, and Stan Christensen, Treasurer.
Today at Rotary we inducted new member Dan Nelson.  Dan
works for the Norfolk Fire Department and Farm Bureau
Financial Services-Brandon Doke Agency.  Congratulations Dan!!!
Left to Right: President John Schmitt; New Member Dan Nelson;
                    and Sponsor Ron McKeever
Rachel Lynn Urbanski, originally from Washington DC came to News Channel Nebraska as a reporter and evening anchor. She gave a very interesting program today on Pokemon Go and social media.
Rotary meets weekly at the Black Cow Fat Pig restaurant where we have interesting guest speakers like Rachel Lynn. Prospective members are welcome. Rotary is a great way to connect with the community.
Music in the Park, one of our club community service projects, is Thursday August 18th and will be the last one this season so please join us.
October 2017
Scott Asmus & Meghann Buresh
Oct 24, 2017
Department of Labor
Speaker Assignment
Nov 01, 2017
Scott, Ian, Josh
Julee Pfeil
Nov 07, 2017
Meet at The Zone/Presentation of grant check
Speaker Assignment
Dec 01, 2017
Sherri, Christine, Del
No noon meeting
Dec 19, 2017
Rotary Christmas party - Tentative

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