The guest speaker at today’s meeting was University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman.  Mr. Perlman indicated that the University cares a great deal about serving the people of Nebraska and that they are working hard to attract and recruit young talent to UNL. Currently, the university has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 24,500. Mr. Perlman says his goal is to boost that figure to 30,000 by 2020.  He feels the school is doing a good job of promoting economic growth in the state through its research activities.

Mr. Perlman discussed the benefits that the University has reaped as the result of joining the Big Ten Conference, particularly in student recruitment and research. He also discussed the ongoing development of the former Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln which the University is turning into a research and technology park.  ConAgra has a presence there and soon another tenant from Western Nebraska, doing product development, will locate there as well.  Perlman was accompanied by two university staff persons.

Guests at today’s meeting were:  Dan Spray, owner of Connecting Point, hosted by Josh Moenning, as well as Josh’s wife, Jessica, who is with the Pete Ricketts for Governor campaign; Tyler Siegert, a dental intern, hosted by Dave Merritt; Tiffany Schenk, manager of Renegade, hosted by J. Paul McIntosh; Dr. Jami Jo Thompson, Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools, hosted by Jim Merritt, and Mark Klosterman, President and CEO of Faith Regional Health Services, hosted by John Schmitt.  Mark is a current Rotarian who recently moved from Illinois and will have his membership transferred to Norfolk.  Several other guests came on their own.

The Live Well event at Skyview Lake park, held on August 2, was very well attended.  Thanks to Christine Keller and her husband, Ron McKeever, Chad Roberts, and Michael Avok, for their help at this event.

Music in the Park wrapped up for the year with the last concert on July 31 with approximately 3,000 people in attendance.

Raffle tickets for the scholarship fund (five $500 scholarships) were passed out following the meeting.  Each member is expected to sell their allotment of 48 tickets and will be invoiced for 40 tickets @ $1.00 apiece or six for $5.00.  Coleen Bressler and Ron McKeever are coordinating the raffle.  The raffle drawing is on September 2 for chances at winning 2 tickets to UNL football games (1st prize  includes one night’s lodging in Lincoln, 2nd prize includes $25 cash, and 3rd prize is the tickets only).

The speaker next Tuesday noon will be Maeva Pegliaso, a college student from France.  Please bring a guest.

Submitted by,

John Schmitt, Secretary

Harvey Perlman, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, addresses the Norfolk Rotary Club.