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This is NOT Your Grandpa's

Rotary Club!

Come see for yourself! 

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

Tuesdays at Noon​



Latest Happenings
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.
Governor Pete Ricketts was the guest speaker at this week's Norfolk Rotary Club meeting. Ricketts spoke about his current efforts to bring property tax relief to Nebraska residents and land owners. To read more from News Channel Nebraska click here.
Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Year - Andy Labenz.
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.
Fun meeting at the Norfolk Arts Center today for our noon Rotary Club meeting. We toured the 150 exhibit featuring art from artists with connections to Norfolk. Brought back a lot of great memories. A few of us had to hang around after the meeting to reminisce.

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Music in the Park planning and Vocational Talk
Andy, Brian, Troy
Jun 01, 2017
Speaker Assignments
Jun 06, 2017
Sen. Jim Sheer
Jun 13, 2017
Legislative Update
Jun 20, 2017
John Schmitt
Jun 27, 2017
'16-'17 Rotary Year Review

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