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Welcome to Omaha Morning Rotary

Omaha Morning

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Happy Hollow Club
1701 S 105th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
United States of America
We are a hybrid club. We are the first club in Dist. 5650 to offer virtual membership, apply now:
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Presiding: Robert Rapp
Secretary: Mike Benck
Invocation & Pledge: Jonathan Johnson
Sgt At Arms: Ron Ewasiuk
Virtual Greeter: Triston Zachary
Greeter/Cashier: Max Honaker
Speakers: Brenda Block & PDG Karin Janzon
Our program on October 27, 2020, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM US Central time is hybrid. Our speaker is Brenda Block. Our international speaker is PDG Karin Janzon who will be joining us remotely from Sweden.
In-Person Meeting:
Happy Hollow Golf Club
1701 S 105th St., Omaha, NE 68124
Breakfast $15, Coffee only $5
It is highly recommended to prepay for contactless check-in, click here.
Zoom Meeting Details:
Event: Rotary Club of Omaha Morning Weekly Meeting
Meeting ID: 873 2483 7040
Meeting Room opens at 6:30 AM US Central Time
Important: Please identify yourself properly with your name upon checking in zoom. If you are a guest, please type in your name and your Rotarian host so that you are admitted to the meeting room.
Speaker: Brenda Block
Presentation: Excelling Group & Leadership Skills

Brenda Block is a dedicated business leader with a track record of achieving results. Her background includes sales and marketing roles in entrepreneurial technology companies and, during the last decade, in the Omaha non-profit community. She served on the leadership team at PRIORITY Data Systems and at HDM, where both the organizations both grew from 2 employees to over 250 during her service. In 2010 she transitioned to the non-profit community, where she leads the development efforts at The Hope Center for Kids until 2016 when she took the role of the Executive Director until 2019. She has a passion for helping others and enjoys mentoring young people and making a difference in the community.

International Speaker: PDG Karin Janzon, Sweden
COVID Updates From Sweden

When the world went on lockdown in March 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, Sweden had a different approach in dealing with the virus. We will hear from PDG Karin Janzon some insights on the Swedish approach in addressing the pandemic.

Karin Janzon has been a Rotarian for almost 30 years. Karin is Past District Governor of Dist. 2340 and belongs to the Rotary Club of Degerfors in Sweden. She served on the Board of the ROSNF - Rotarians on Social Network Fellowship. Karin lives in the countryside of Sweden and owns a farm.

Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. District 5650 embraces this value and believes that it is through creating a sense of inclusion and belonging in our Clubs that we will increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. This is imperative to our ability to meet our mission as Rotarians. 
For these reasons, we invite you to join fellow Rotarians from District 5650 and beyond for (4) free virtual inclusivity workshops facilitated by Inclusive Communities (you can learn more about them at We'll explore our own personal experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion, examine our unconscious biases and uncover actionable ideas about how we can increase membership by making Rotary a place of belonging for all people and a better reflection of our communities. Plus, you'll build personal leadership skills and that promote respectful and inclusive behaviors.
You will receive the most value by attending all four workshops which are from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm on these four consecutive Thursdays: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12. So, please plan to attend all (or as many as you can) sessions while registering. 
These workshops are free to Rotarians through a district grant submitted by Omaha Suburban Rotary. We thank them for their initiative and support.
Please direct any questions to Rotary District 5650 Membership Chair, Jared Bakewell at (402) 312-6110 or
Last week at Rotary, Scott Stevens introduced our newest member Jonathan Johnson. Jonathan Johnson is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 financial services firm. His mission is to develop personalized strategies for his clients in order to help them achieve what is most important to them. Jonathan began his career at Edward Jones in April 2015 after moving from California with his wife and two boys. 

Prior to relocating from Morgan Hill, California, he worked for a wholesale distribution company that his grandfather started in 1960 that became one of the largest distributors of countertop and flooring products in Northern California/Western Nevada. He worked at Butler-Johnson every summer since he was 17 and began his full-time career there in 2006. He spends most of his free time with his kids at baseball, cub scouts, and most likely dance, in the not so distant future. He also enjoys golf, snow skiing, and travel when he can. Read more about Jonathan, click here.

Welcome to Rotary, Jonathan! Thank you, Scott, for sponsoring Jonathan to Rotary.

Jonathan Johnson with his sponsor Scott Stevens & President Robert Rapp
The Omaha Morning Rotary is supporting the Mission Church and Christ Community Church for its Transitional House Project. The two churches have organized and funded the renovation of a house as a transitional residence for six people who have served their time and are getting out of jail/prison. Omaha Morning Rotary has volunteered labor from Club Members to help with the demolition and general construction work. Thanks to all Rotarians who spent their Saturday on August 29 in Service Above Self as part of the demolition and general construction team: President Robert Rapp, Lisa Ahrens, James Goedert, Mary Donovan Martello, Max Honaker, and Rodney Brase. Special thanks to Service Chair James Goedert and Rodney Brase for leading this project. Here's a collage of the hard-working Rotarians.
Rodney Brase - 19 years
Andy Cockle - 10 years
Mary Donovan Martello - 3 years
Ron Ewasiuk - 19 years
Mike Murphy -  3 years
Doug Nodgaard - 4 years
Robert Rapp - 9 years
Bill Schenk - 31 years
Leigh Sittenauer - 17 years
Ken Stevens - 13 years
October 2020
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Oct 27, 2020
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Oct 27, 2020
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Nov 03, 2020
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