BOB'S BLURB ABOUT BOBS

BOB EVANS
         
This meeting of the Northwest Omaha Rotary Club honors BOB EVANS, guru of sausage and favorite son of Ohio.
 
Robert Lewis Evans was an American restaurateur and pork processor. He was born in 1918 in Sugar Ridge, Ohio, a village near Toledo, Ohio. His farm and first restaurant was in Rio Grande, Ohio, a village near Gallipolis, Ohio, which is not that far from Columbus, Ohio. That is a way of saying that he was very much a son of Ohio, with connections to the northwest sections and middle central of the state.  He started at a truck stop near Gallipolis, Ohio in 1948. Soon, he had four pork plants. He soon had restaurants throughout Ohio. Today, there are Bob Evans restaurants in 16 states. All are corporate owned, rather than franchises.
 
The Bob Evans restaurants are, today, owned by Golden Gate Capitol, which also owns the Long John Silver’s restaurants. The grocery store retail operation is now a separate corporation that sells sausage, prepared potatoes and other products. Bob Evans died in 2007. He was 89 years old. He is the only person to have been honored three time by the National Wildlife federation for his work to protect wild animals.
BOB'S BLURB ABOUT BOBS 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

CLUB SERVICE SCHEDULES

Club Service - Invocation and Pledge
10/20/20 - Todd Gaines
10/27/20 - Matt Johnson
11/03/20 - Patrick Lavelle
11/10/20 - Jim Murphy
11/17/20 - Grant Whitehead
11/24/20 - No Meeting, Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Program Chairs
October - Jim Murphy
November - Micah Evans
December - Chuck Sederstrom
January - Matt Johnson
February - Camille Hawk
 
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CLUB SERVICE SCHEDULE

Club Service - Invocation and Pledge
10/20/20 - Todd Gaines
10/27/20 - Matt Johnson
11/03/20 - Patrick Lavelle
11/10/20 - Jim Murphy
11/17/20 - Grant Whitehead
11/24/20 - No Meeting, Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Program Chairs
October - Jim Murphy
November - Micah Evans
December - Chuck Sederstrom
January - Matt Johnson
February - Camille Hawk
 
 
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PROGRAM OCTOBER 27, 2020

OCTOBER 27, 2020
 
Dave Paladino, Owner
Dino's Storage
Dave will be speaking about Dino's Storage and the  reality TV show he was on.
 
Invocate & Pledge - Matt Johnson
 
Note: In-person meeting Tuesday, October 27th, at the West Omaha Masonic Center, 2424 South 135th Avenue. You can also choose to join this meeting via Zoom. See below for Zoom Meeting Link.
PROGRAM OCTOBER 27, 2020 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

WELCOME A NEW MEMBER!

DONNA KOHLAN, FPE
Welcome our newest member - Donna Kohlan
Sponsor - Bob Bernier
Classification - Fire Protection Engineer
Email  dkohlan@farris-usa.com  
Office phone  402.3952-4375
Donna is a Vice President and Senior Fire Protection Engineer with Farris Engineering. Donna and her husband, Andrew, are long  time Omaha residents. Donna is a former US Air Force officer and is active in two Fire Protection organizations. We welcome you to Northwest Rotary!
WELCOME A NEW MEMBER! 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

OUR MEMBERS

Please keep Tom Horeis and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Tom's son, Jeffrey Horeis, passed away on October 5, 2020. Cards can be mailed to Tom Horeis at 2790 South 165th Avenue, Omaha, NE, 68130. CELEBRATION OF JEFF'S LIFE: Monday, October 12, 10am, with VISITATION one hour prior to service, all at Bethany Funeral Home, 82nd & Harrison. Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
OUR MEMBERS 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

PROGRAM OCTOBER 20, 2020

October 20, 2020
 
Nancy Williams, President/CEO
No More Empty Pots
 
Invocation & Pledge - Todd Gaines
 
Note:  Zoom Meeting Only Tuesday, October 20, 2020. See below for Zoom Meeting Link.
PROGRAM OCTOBER 20, 2020 2020-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
 
Dave Nelson 2, Tom Correll 6, Bob Bernier 10, Dan Drvol 18, Grant Whitehead 21, Bruce Aken 30
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
CLUB ACTIVITIES IN DISTRICT 5650 2020-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

IN-PERSON MEETINGS THE 4th TUESDAY OF THE MONTH

In-person meetings are being held the 4th Tuesday of each month at the West Omaha Masonic Center located at 2424 South 135th Avenue. Members can choose to attend the in-person meeting on the 4th Tuesday or continue to join the meeting on Zoom. The other Tuesday meeting dates of the month will be Zoom only meetings. 
 
Reservations are needed for the in-person meetings. Please email Vickie at nwrotary@cox.net if you plan to attend the in-person meeting for room setup preparation. If you choose the No Lunch option you are welcome to bring in your own lunch. No Lunch is $5, We are asking members to please donate $5.00 when attending the online Zoom meeting. You can pay Donations, Fines, and Good News at the Online Store found on the club website or pay with a credit card at the meeting.
 
We hope you join us at the West Omaha Masonic Center or on Zoom for our club meetings. Please review the Northwest Rotary Meeting Safety Guidelines. These guidelines were developed for the safety of our members and guests when attending the in-person meetings. See Safety Guidelines below.
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NORTHWEST ROTARY CLUB FUNDRAISER 

 
 
Traeger Pro Series 22" Pellet Grill in Bronze
 
Dan Drvol was the winner of the Traeger Grill. Dan's ticket was drawn during the October 6th Northwest Rotary Club noon meeting. Congratulations Dan!!
 
 
NORTHWEST ROTARY CLUB FUNDRAISER 2020-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

ROCK-A-HULA PRESIDENT'S PARTY

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You are invited to attend an after hours 'Rock-a-Hula President's Party' hosted by Mary Bernier, Suburban Rotary President and Bob Bernier, Northwest Rotary President and John Hoich, Suburban Rotary. The event will be held September 25, 2020 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This party celebrates the Rotary International Convention  that Mary, Bob and John could not attend due to Covid-19. The convention was scheduled to be held in Hawaii. The party will be held at the John Hoich residence at 5410 North 279th Street in Valley, Nebraska. Adult and general beverages along with Hawaiian snacks and fun will be available. See flyer below.
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DOUBLE VALUE OF YOUR ROTARY FOUNDATION DONATION 

For this year’s District Conference, we are offering the most generous point match we have ever offered.
 
We will match one point for every dollar you give, up to $1,000. Offer will run through Sunday 7-26 at 11:59 PM.
 
This can move you ahead up to 2 levels on the Paul Harris Fellow ladder. Or, at the $1,000 giving level, you can choose to use the points to name any other person a Paul Harris Fellow. Your spouse, your friend, another Rotarian, or any living person can be a Paul Harris Fellow, thanks to your generous $1,000 donation.
 
Just make a gift to the Rotary Foundation with your registration*, or anytime during the District Conference, to be eligible for the bonus points. We’re hoping to break the record for Foundation donations during the District Conference, so don’t miss your chance to help us make some history!
 
*Can't participate in the conference? You can still take advantage of this generous offer. Use the same Registration link and make the appropriate selections. The offer will run through Sunday 7-26 at 11:59 PM.
 
Registration (and/or contribution) Link: click here
DOUBLE VALUE OF YOUR ROTARY FOUNDATION DONATION 2020-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
VIRTUAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE - JULY 25, 2020 2020-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

SUBURBAN & WEST ON-SITE MEETING UPDATE

On Site Meeting Update & Speakers
 
Suburban Rotary will begin meeting at Anthony's on August 13th. Suburban Rotary also announced the current RI President Holger Knaack will be speaking on their Zoom meeting August 6th. Chuck Hagel will be speaking at the Suburban Rotary Zoom meeting on July 30th. Suburban's meetings at Anthony's will be a hybrid of Zoom and in-person meetings.
 
West Rotary will begin meeting at Champions Club on August 7th.
 
SUBURBAN & WEST ON-SITE MEETING UPDATE 2020-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

WELCOME 2020-2021 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

Please welcome the 2020-2021 Officers and Directors that will serve on the Omaha Northwest Rotary Board.
 
Bob Bernier, President
Andrew Muska, Secretary
Patrick Lavelle, Treasurer
President Elect, Grant Whitehead
Sgt. at Arms, Dan Drvol
Director International Service 2020-2023, Shawn Finch
Director Club Service 2020-2021, Gene Gau
Director Member Development 2019-2022, Jim Murphy
Director Community Service 2020-2023, Ken Backman
WELCOME 2020-2021 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS 2020-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

CONGRATULATIONS - 100% ATTENDANCE

Congratulations to the following club members who have achieved 100% attendance during the  2019 - 2020 Rotary Year!
 
Micah Evans - 3 years
Vickie Backman - 27 years
Keith Basham - 39 years
Ken Backman - 34 years
Dan Drvol - 14 years
Patrick Lavelle - 30 years
Gene Gau - 10 years
Bob Nelson - 42 years
Chuck Sederstrom - 40 years
Phil Schreier - 32 years
Tom Horeis - 42 years
Matt Johnson - 7 years
Bob Bernier - 2 years
 
We appreciate your continued Rotary service and support for Northwest Rotary! Thank you.
CONGRATULATIONS - 100% ATTENDANCE 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
PROGRAM JUNE 30, 2020 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

MOVIE NIGHT POSTPONED

 
 
The movie fellowship and PolioPlus fundraiser originally scheduled for June 23rd has been postponed and will be rescheduled later, possibly in July or August.  
 
MOVIE NIGHT POSTPONED 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

NORTHWEST ROTARY SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF FIRST RESPONDERS

Northwest Rotary has received a thank you from the First Responders Foundation for the donation of $5,000.00 from the Omaha Northwest Rotary Foundation, Inc. for the Awards of Excellence program. The First Responders Foundation presents Awards of Excellence to deserving high school seniors who are children of first responders.  These awards are given to students who demonstrate good character, balanced achievement, and outstanding commitment to the community. Part of the mission of the First Responders Foundation is to serve and honor all first responders and their families.  The Foundation believes it takes a special person to become a first responder and their whole family shares in their service and sacrifice.This donation will support ten $500.00 scholarships for students graduating in 2020 with parents that are First Responders. Click the following link or enter in your web browser https://firstrespondersomaha.org/awards-of-excellence/ to read more about this scholarship program.
NORTHWEST ROTARY SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF FIRST RESPONDERS 2020-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
STATUS OF ROTARY MEETINGS IN THE DISTRICT 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

CLUB MEETINGS SUSPENDED

OMAHA NORTHWEST ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS SUSPENDED
 
Northwest Rotary Club meetings have been suspended. (March 10th was the last club meeting held.) Meetings have been suspended as recommend by public health officials in an effort to limit possible exposure to Coronavirus (COVID19). We will provide updates when future meeting plans are available.
CLUB MEETINGS SUSPENDED 2020-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Shawn Finch, an Associate Veterinarian with Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital has been a member since December 10th. Shawn's classification is Veterinarian. She and her husband Russell have to children, Amanda 18 yrs. and Abby 19 yrs. Shawn is a long time Omaha resident and enjoys pets, walking and reading.
 
Todd Gaines is President of Gaines Accounting Resources, Inc. His classification is Construction Accounting. Todd has been a member since February 25th. Todd and his wife Laura have two adult children, Payton and Turner. Todd is a long time Omaha resident and enjoys sports - running and golf.
 
Please welcome Shawn and Todd to Northwest Rotary!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

SAGE BISTRO AT METRO COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 
Club members and guests enjoyed an exceptional lunch at the Sage Bistro in the Culinary Arts Building on the Metro Community College Campus. Students plan, prepare and serve meals at the Bistro. Following lunch members had a tour of the Culinary Arts Building. The school offers two tracts of study - Culinary Arts & Management and Hospitality & Restaurant Leadership. 
SAGE BISTRO AT METRO COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
CELEBRATING 42 YEARS OF SERVICE! 2020-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

STEPHEN CENTER DONATIONS

Thank you to members and guests for your donations given for the Stephen Center, Inc. During October and November funds were raised to purchase food trays for the 911 Center. Those food trays were delivered on Thanksgiving Day to the staff at the 911 Call Center. Extra funds raised were to go the the Stephen Center. Additionally, funds were raised in December for up to two attendance credits by donating the price of a meal for each credit. The Stephen Center, Inc. has been sent a total of $607.39 from the donations received from club members and guests during those projects. Your support is appreciated!
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AFTER HOURS FELLOWSHIP JANUARY 29TH

You are invited to an After Hours Fellowship hosted by Suburban Rotarian, John Maxell. The fellowship will be held at the Scottish Rite on January 29th from 5-7 p.m. Parking is available in the Scottish Rite garage. You can take the alley on the south side of the building to the entrance.

After Hours
Scottish Rite
202 South 20th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
5 :00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
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EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT FOLLOW-UP

Boy Scouts of Troop 448 at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church at the 911 Call Center
 
Boy Scouts Loading Christmas Stockings for 911 Call Center Staff
 
Ben Bernier developed an Eagle Scout project to show appreciation for the efforts of the 911 Call Center staff. Ben's project included coloring Christmas stockings and filling them with gift items as a thank your for the service of the seventy-two 911 Call Center staff. Ben contacted the Director of the 911 Call Center for approval to proceed with his project. The teachers of two second grade classes were contacted to request the help of the second graders to color the stockings. Ben also coordinated with the Omaha Police to arrange for officers to visit the second grade class to explain the importance of the 911 Call Center to the students. Ben visited Northwest Rotary to request donations of items and/or funding to support the purchase of stockings and items to fill the stockings. Northwest Rotarians personally donated $463.39 to this project and the club foundation approved a $500.00 donation to support this project. 
 
Boy Scouts of Troop 448 at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church helped Ben fill the stockings and with their parents the scouts joined Ben when delivering the stockings on Christmas Day. They delivered the stockings as a show of appreciation to all of the staff by going to the 911 Call Center at the shift change time. This made it possible for the gift to be delivered to each staff member. The Scouts and their family members also were able to tour the facility and ask questions of the staff on duty.
 
A flyer was included in each stocking noting the project was an Eagle Scout service project led by Scout Ben Bernier of Troop 448 sponsored by Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, Christmas stockings were colored by second grade classes at Mary Our Queen and the project was sponsored by the Omaha Northwest Rotary Club. The same club that has provided food trays on Thanksgiving Day for the 911 staff for many years.
 
Our congratulations to Ben Bernier on the Eagle Scout service project he took from an idea to planning, implementation and completion! 
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT FOLLOW-UP 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

 UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER WINNER

 
Congratulations to Gene Gau, on the far right. He was the winner of the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest held in December before our break for the holidays. We thank everyone that participated!
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CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING -THANK YOU

Thank you to the following club members that volunteered either the last weekend in December or the first weekend in January to help with the Christmas Tree recycling at Tranquility Park - PATRICK LAVELLE, MATT JOHNSON, DAN DRVOL, GRANT WHITEHEAD, GENE GAU, AND TOM HOREIS. We appreciate your service!
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GIVING TO THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

The Northwest Rotary giving goal for the Annual Fund is $2.700.00 and $864.00 for PolioPlus. We encourage all members to support the Rotary Foundation so please consider The Rotary Foundation when planning your donations. One-half of the contributions given in the District are available for use in the District/Club humanitarian projects. Clubs can apply for matching grants to fund local projects. Funds donated to The Rotary Foundation are invested for three years to offset foundation expenses. Checks for donation should be payable to The Rotary Foundation. You can give your check to Vickie at a meeting or mail in to the Rotary office or you can register on the Rotary International website and give online. 
 
Please support The Rotary Foundation with your contributions!
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CHRISTMAS BOOK DRIVE

Members still have an opportunity to bring a children's book for our Christmas book drive to a Rotary meeting. Books will be donated to the Salvation Army for two difference projects collecting books for children. Last week members brought a book and shared a little about the book and why it was a favorite.
 
CHRISTMAS BOOK DRIVE
  
 
   
 
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FOOD TRAYS DELIVERED TO 91 CALL CENTER ON THANKSGIVING DAY

Twelve club members and guests delivered food trays to the 911 Call Center on Thanksgiving Day. This was the 21st year this project has been organized by the Vocational Service Committee and the 15th year Hy-Vee has partnered with the club to thank the Douglas County 911 Call Center Staff for their service 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Members and guests toured the facility in their new location - the former Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home. The facility has been completely renovated and now serves as a spacious updated center with new equipment to allow staff to dispatch police and fire calls so members of the community receive the vital services needed when they request assistance.
 
Pictures below show members entering the building, touring the facility, the food delivered and finally Gene Gau and Micah Evans having a little (too much maybe) fun.
       
       
FOOD TRAYS DELIVERED TO 91 CALL CENTER ON THANKSGIVING DAY 2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU BELL RINGERS!

     
 
                                                   
 
Thank you to club members who rang bells, Saturday, November 16th, at the Hy-Vee located at 108th and Fort Street.  The following club members staffed the two doors at Hy-Vee  - Patrick Lavelle, Andrew Muska, Micah Evans, Bob Bernier, Dan Drvol, Gene Gau and Ken Backman. We appreciate your volunteer time!!
THANK YOU BELL RINGERS! 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

TOUR AT DIMATIC DIE & TOOL

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Club  members enjoyed an informative tour and lunch at Dimatic Die & Tool last Tuesday. Dimatic Die & Tool does Design/Tooling, Production Machining, Injection Molding, Custom Stamping, and Pulleys/Sheaves. We saw employees working in those areas and some of the finished products as well as multiple product parts being assembled. We learned about the  equipment used and saw production in progress. The company was established in 1961 as a  top quality tool and die shop. They expanded to 67,000 square feet over the years and expanded product offerings as well. Thanks to Dan Drvol for arranging the tour and lunch at his place of business!
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FOOD TRAYS TO 911 CENTER THANKSGIVING DAY

Club members will meet at the 156th & Maple Street Hy-Vee next to the in-store Starbuck's at 9:30 a.m. to pick-up food trays to be delivered to the Douglas County 911 Call Center on Thanksgiving Day.  Members will arrive at the 911 Center between 9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
 
This will be the 21st year the Vocational Service Committee has organized this event and the 15th year Hy-Vee has partnered with the club to thank the Douglas County 911 Call Center staff for their service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The 911 Call Center is now located just east of the former location.
 
Club members are asked to contribute to the annual 911 Center Staff Recognition project during the noon Rotary luncheon meetings through November 19th. Donations will be used to purchase food trays for the staff on duty at the 911 Center on Thanksgiving Day. Any additional funds collected will be donated to the Stephen Center. Thank you in advance for your generous donations for this project.
FOOD TRAYS TO 911 CENTER THANKSGIVING DAY 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

LITERACY CHRISTMAS BOOK DRIVE

Camille Hawk, December Program Chair, is asking club members to purchase your favorite childhood book to be donated to Saddlebrook Elementary, Salvation Army or a shelter selected by the club. Bring the book on December 3rd and be prepared to tell members why it was selected as your favorite book.
Children's Classics Easy Pack from S&S Worldwide     
 
LITERACY CHRISTMAS BOOK DRIVE 2019-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

GREG BAILEY SNOWBLOWER RAFFLE WINNER!

Northwest Rotary held the snowblower raffle drawing on Tuesday, November 5th.  Greg Bailey, Suburban Rotary, won a Briggs & Stratton 22", 208cc single stage Snowblower.  CONGRATULATIONS GREG!!
 
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SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING - NOVEMBER 16TH

Northwest Rotary will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, November 16th, at the Hy-Vee store located at 108th & Fort Street. Sign-up sheets will be available at the noon Rotary meetings.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
10:00 a.m. - Noon    Patrick Lavelle, Andrew Muska, Bob Bernier, Dan Drvol, Micah Evans
Noon - 2:00 p.m.      Gene Gau, Grant Whitehead, Ken Backman
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING - NOVEMBER 16TH 2019-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

2019 ABLE WORKPLACE AWARDS

Omaha Northwest Rotary recognized the 2019 Able Workplace Award recipients at the October 15th Rotary luncheon meeting held at Jerico's. The Able Workplace Award recognizes employers that have done a particularly effective job of recruiting, enabling and retaining individuals with disabilities. National Disability Employment Awareness Month was declared in 1988 by the United States Congress for the month of October to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.
 
Mercy Villa was awarded the Able Workplace Award in the small business category. Mary Zeman, Mercy Villa's Dietary Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Mercy Villa. They were nominated by Community Alliance. 
Mercy Villa - Small Company Recipient
 
Nebraska Medicine was awarded the Able Workplace Award in the large business category. They were nominated by the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Lynette Zepeda, Employee Relations and Senior Analyst in Human Resources; Pramila Kalaga, Ergonomics Specialist, Employee Wellbeing and Safety in Human Resources;  and Melanie Reineke, Hospital Coding/CDI Manager all accepted the award on behalf of Nebraska Medicine.
Nebraska Medicine - Large Company Recipient
 
Ken Backman, Vocational Service Committee Chair, stated "Encouragement, support, cooperation and recognition of one's abilities in the workplace can make all the difference in becoming an Able Workplace." The companies hiring these individuals are able to experience and benefit from the many abilities of all their employees.
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CLUB FUNDRAISER DRAWING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

LIBRARY BOOKS TO HONOR SPEAKERS

Northwest Rotary honored the 2017-2018 speakers by including their names on bookplates placed in books donated to the Saddlebrook Elementary School. Twenty-six books were purchased. Multiple copies of some of the titles were purchased. The bookplates have been placed in the books listed below.
Side Tracked
I Love You Michael Collins
Perfect Score
Losers Club
Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Magic Misfits
Sky at Our Feet
Doughnut Fix
Lemons
Wishtree
 
LIBRARY BOOKS TO HONOR SPEAKERS 2019-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITY

The RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a District 5650 program providing leadership training for high school sophomores and juniors, is seeking additional committee chairs and volunteers. Open committee chair positions are listed below with a brief committee description when available. If interested please contact Lori Benton at 402.694.0846 or email lbenton@p4k.org .
 
After-Party  CHAIR NEEDED
After-party A later date and time gathering, after the event, for all RYLA volunteers in appreciation and perhaps fun awards?  
 Detail  CHAIR NEEDED
 Entertainment/Team Building  CHAIR NEEDED
 Finance  CHAIR NEEDED
Finance Develop the budget, track revenues and expenditures, coordinate accounts payable, and manage vendor relationships.  Work closely with Fundraising Committee.
 Follow-up  CHAIR NEEDED
 Follow-Up Send thank you notes, implement student satisfactory and volunteer survey,  tie up loose ends, and tidy up other matters that require TLC for all concerned.
 Legal  CHAIR NEEDED
 Legal Arrange for, manage, develop and/or approve agreements and service contracts to liability waivers, hold-harmless, or indemnification agreements.  Insure adequate and appropriate event and individual insurance and risk management coverage.  To manage role of Human Resources.
 Logistics CHAIR NEEDED
Logisitics Everything camp. Pre through Post RYLA. Daily camp operations conductor,  camp volunteer coordination, liase with counselors, area readiness for coursework, lessons, etc.  Basically, camp location/logistics agenda to flow with and support curriculum.  
Volunteers at Large  CHAIR NEEDED
Volunteers at Large Volunteer when and where needed before, during, and after RYLA weekend.  Volunteer wrangler. Work with Engagement, Curriculum, Logistics, Entertainment committees.
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2019 METRO LUNCHEON 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

THANKS TO OUTGOING OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

 
Micah Evans (left) presents certificate to Bob Bernier (right)
as a thank-you for service as a Board Director. Bob Bernier 
will begin his term as President Elect in the 2019-2020 Rotary
Year.
 
Bob Bernier, President Elect presents plaque, pin and badge
to outgoing President Micah Evans. Congratulation on a great 
year to Past President Micah Evans!
Bob Bernier thanks 2018-2019 for their service and introduces
the incoming 2019-2020 officers.
THANKS TO OUTGOING OFFICERS & DIRECTORS 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

DISTRICT CONFERENCE JULY 26 & 27

ROTARY DISTRICT CONFERENCE - SHAPE THE FUTURE

 
NEW - the District Conference Itinerary has been published - click here.
District Conference will be held on July 26-27 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. 
 
The theme this year is “Shape the Future” and you will have some time to spend together as a family, helping with our service project, and also some free time to explore Nebraska City – we will have a lot of information available about what there is to do while you are in town.
 
Hotel Information - click here
 
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DISTRICT 5650 NIGHT AT STORM CHASERS BALLPARK

Omaha Storm Chasers vs New Orleans Baby Cakes
Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 7:05 PM
12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE
Purchase Deadline: July 9, 2019 @ 11:59 PM
 
A portion of each ticket will benefit Rejuvenating Women for this fun night out at the ballpark. July 18th is also now "Mystery Night" at the ballpark! 
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FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY

First Responders Appreciation Day
Lunch Delivery to Omaha Area Police and Fire Stations
 
We want to thank Bob and Mary Bernier who picked up lunches from Chick-fil-A and delivered them to the assembly site. We also thank Bob and Mary Bernier, Gene Gau and Matt Johnson who helped put lunches and flyers into decorated bags and loaded them into predetermined route boxes for delivery to the Omaha Area Police and Fire Stations. In the first photo on the right side of the table, front to back is Bob Bernier, Gene Gau and Mary Bernier. Others are not identified. The last two pictures show the "Thank You Letter' and lunch bags decorated by students in area elementary schools.  Thank you all for your service!
 
FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

FUNDRAISING EVENT AT PANERA

A fundraiser is planned on Thursday, May 9th, at Panera located at 12960 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68144 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. You will need to bring a flyer and show an actual flyer or electronic flyer to the cashier when you place your order. You can order online at Panera for Rapid Pick-up or delivery. You will need to enter "PRFUND" as the promo code to have a portion of the sales donated to Northwest Rotary.
Support Omaha Northwest Rotary by eating at Panera or use Rapid Pick-up or delivery on May 9th!
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SMOKE ALARM PROJECT - THANK YOU

Northwest Rotarians installed smoke alarms in homes in the Saddlebrook Elementary school area on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Thank you for your service - Matt Johnson, Ken Backman, Micah Evans, and Grant Whitehead!
SMOKE ALARM PROJECT - THANK YOU 2019-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

ONE ROTARY SUMMIT

Saturday, April 27th, the One Rotary Summit will be held from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. at ESU #3 (6949 S. 110th St., LaVista, NE 68128) 
This meeting is for All Club Members! Topics include achieving and sustaining membership growth and retention, increasing Rotary Foundation giving and project engagement and enhancing public image in the community. There is no cost to attend but you must register. Click here to register for this event on April 27th.
 
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OMAHA ROTARY NIGHT CLUB - VENUE CHANGE

Effective April 2nd the Omaha Rotary Night Club will be meeting at Vincenzo's, 15701 Pacific Street. As a reminder they meet the first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
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SUBURBAN ROTARY HOSTS A CAR SHOW 2019-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

CONGRATULATIONS ANDREW!

Congratulations to Andrew Muska! Andrew received his permanent badge on Tuesday, March 12th from President, Micah Evans.
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MICAH EVANS - PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Congratulations to Micah Evans, Club President, who was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his donations to the Paul Harris Foundation. Micah received his pin from Matt Johnson, Club Secretary, at the February 26th noon Rotary meeting.
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BUY THE BIG WHEEL - ROTARY TRADE SHOW

Suburban Rotary is hosting "Buy the Big Wheel" to showcase Rotarian businesses. There will be over 100 businesses with exhibits; DOOR PRIZES, FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT will be provided – and it’s FREE to Rotarians! 
 
Event Date & Time & Location
Thursday, March 7th
4pm-7pm
Deer Creek Player's Club 
12100 Deer Creek Drive
Omaha, NE 
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UNL ROTARACT WHEELCHAIR PROJECT

Our Rotaract chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is raising $18,000 to purchase and deliver 120 wheelchairs to help survivors of Polio who live in the Ivory Coast. This is a country that has identified more than 10,000 people who have disabilities but are often not able to afford good crutches or braces. A wheelchair is impossible for most. We hope to change their lives by fitting them with a solid wheelchair that can withstand roads and pathways that are sometimes rough.   
     To donate, please mail your check to the PO Box listed at the top. Write the check to the "Lincoln Rotary 14 Foundation" with a notation - "The Wheelchair Project."    
     Club members can also send a check or donate online at http://www.rotary14.org/club-14-foundation/donation.html - Simply select "Rotaract Wheelchair Project" under "Gift Choice."
     Your tax-deductible donations will make a world of difference to our wheelchair recipients. Together, we can give those impacted by polio more opportunities to achieve personal and educational goals.  We will promise to report back on the results of this fund raiser and the project. 
    
With gratitude from All the members of the UNL Rotaract Club. (See more details below.)
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ROTARY NIGHT AT OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

The Omaha Community Playhouse is hosting a Rotary Night!  They have chosen the popular musical The Bridges of Madison County for the performance.  The Playhouse has bundled the show, food and drink together to make the night fun, affordable and convenient for Rotarians! The pre-show reception will be in the Playhouse Board Room. See details below:
 
The Bridges of Madison County Rotary Night
Thursday, March 7
Pre-show reception: 6:30 p.m.
Show: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $50
Omaha Community Playhouse
6915 Cass St.
Omaha, NE 68132
 
To purchase a ticket, contact Kyle Bell at (402) 553-4890, ext. 125 by February 21.  Tickets are limited to 50 total so don't wait to purchase yours!
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ROTARY FOUNDATION RECOGNITION

Member picture
Congratulations to Skip Gist! Skip who was recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow +4. We thank him for his continued support with his donations to The Rotary Foundation.
 
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NOON MEETING CANCELED TODAY

Northwest Rotary will not meet at noon today, January 22, 2019. The meeting is being canceled as per our policy to cancel due to winter weather conditions when the Omaha Public Schools close. This policy was implemented for the safety of our members and guests. The 11:15 a.m. Foundation meeting will be rescheduled.
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OUTLOOK NEBRASKA TOUR PHOTOS

Members at vocational tour of Outlook Nebraska on January 8th. Outlook Nebraska serves the visually impaired by offering employment opportunities, recreational and cultural activities, and adaptive technology training to use vision aid tools, computers, smartphones, and other helpful devices. On site at Outlook Nebraska workers hold positions in IT, Technology Training, PR/Marketing, HR Accounting, Facilities and Production.
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FIREFIGHTERS GARMENT BAGS - THANK YOU

Club members have raised the $1,600.00 needed for the purchase of garment bags for the Omaha Fire Department Honor Guard.  THANK YOU to everyone that has donated to this project request!
 
The new bags to be purchased will included an OFD Honor Guard logo, the member's name will be held on  with velcro so the name could be easily changed as members of the guard changes and the Northwest Rotary Club logo. 
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CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING - THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

Thank you to the volunteers that helped with this year's Christmas Tree Recycling project in December and January. Club member volunteers included Patrick Lavelle, Dan Drvol, Grant Whitehead, Gene Gau, Tom Horeis, Micah Evans, Matt Johnson and Jim Murphy.
 
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING - THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

Club Members have generously donated for several requests. Due to your giving $350.42 was sent to the Stephens Center, $50.00 was sent to the Siena/Francis House and $105.00 was collected and given to Michelle, our waitress at Jerico's, as a thank you for her service. Thank you!
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METRO AREA ROTARY CLUBS 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING
Tranquility Park
120th & Maple
 
Volunteers are needed for Christmas Tree Recycling.  Two volunteers are needed for each shift. Contact Vickie at the Rotary office nwrotary@cox.net or call 531.600.8420 to volunteer or sign-up at Rotary on Tuesday, December 11th or 18th.
 
Saturday, December 29th
10-12   Patrick Lavelle, Grant Whitehead
12-2     Dan Drvol, OPEN
2-4       OPEN, OPEN      
 
Sunday, December 30th
10-12   OPEN, OPEN   
12-2     OPEN, OPEN  
2-4       OPEN, OPEN      
 
Saturday, January 5th
10-12   Gene Gau, Tom Horeis   
12-2     OPEN, OPEN  
2-4       OPEN, OPEN    
 
Sunday, January 6th
10-12   Micah Evans,
12-2     Matt Johnson
2-4       OPEN, OPEN 
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ANNUAL JANUARY VOCATIONAL LUNCH & TOUR

The annual Vocational Lunch and Tour will be held Tuesday, January  8, 2019 at Outlook Nebraska, 4125 South 72nd Street, Omaha, Nebraska from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. . Reservations are needed no later than January 4, 2019. Cost is $16.00. Plan to be at Outlook Nebraska at 11:30 a.m. for the lunch, presentation and tour of the facility. Contact Vickie at nwrotary@cox.net or phone 531.600.8420 for your reservation. 
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GARMENT BAGS FOR OMAHA FIRE DEPARTMENT HONOR GUARD

As a First Responders Project the club plans to assist the Omaha Fire Department Honor Guard with the purchase of garment bags. The OFD Honor Guard travels across the country to funerals of fallen Firefighters (to date for 2018, 77 firefighters in the US have lost their lives in the line of duty).  They also travel to Colorado Spring for National Firefighter Memorial Week to honor the fallen each year.  
 
In 2017, the Omaha Police Department Honor Guard received travel garment bags (see photo).  The garment bags protected the Honor Guard uniforms, and they also represented Omaha in a way that showed how important the citizens of Omaha felt about the level of respect we had in what the Honor Guard was there to do. The bags included an OPD Honor Guard logo and a member's name  held on  with velcro so the name could be easily changed as members of the guard changed. There are 25 members in the OFD Honor Guard and the bags will cost about $65 each, inclusive of personalization for a total of about $1,600.  The bags the club will help provide will include the Northwest Rotary Club logo as well as the Omaha Fire Department Honor Guard logo. The club has pledges for $800.00 and is asking club members to consider a donation to help fund the remaining $800.00 needed for the garment bags. 
GARMENT BAGS FOR OMAHA FIRE DEPARTMENT HONOR GUARD 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

CLUB RUNNER MOBILE APP FOR SMART PHONES OR TABLETS

 

Club Runner Mobile App
Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, check the club calendar, read the latest articles posted to your website and even learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, right from your smartphone or tablet.

Download the app on your phone or tablet
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. 

CLUB RUNNER MOBILE APP FOR SMART PHONES OR TABLETS 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION 

THANK YOU FOR DONATIONS RECEIVED!
Club members DAN DRVOL, GENE GAU, MICAH EVANS, KEN BACKMAN, CHUCK SEDERSTROM, VICKIE BACKMAN, and KEITH BASHAM have given donations this year.  Additional Rotary Foundation donations were received from friends of the club at "Movie Night" - several anonymous donors, ROBERT READE (Western Douglas County Rotary), SHARON RENSHAW and JANET SAINZ. Your donations will help support the programs of The Rotary Foundation as well as make it possible to fund local projects through grants with the District. Please contribute if you have not already done so to help the club reach the planned giving goals for this Rotary year.
 
The Northwest Rotary goal for the Annual Fund is $2,500 and so far $450.25 has been donated. The PolioPlus giving goal is $800 and we have passed that goal with $900.00 donated. We encourage all members to support the Rotary Foundation. One-half of the contributions given in the District are available for use in the District/Club humanitarian projects. Clubs can apply for matching grants like our OPS Transition Program - Educational/Vocational Readiness Materials matching grant. Funds donated to The Rotary Foundation are invested for three years before they are used to provide funds to offset foundation expenses. Checks for donation should be payable to The Rotary Foundation and can be given to Vickie to send in or you can register on the Rotary International website and give online. 
 
As you consider your year end giving we hope you consider a donation to The Rotary Foundation for the Annual Fund. 
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WINTER WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY

Northwest Rotary will cancel Tuesday noon Rotary meetings when Omaha Public Schools close school due to winter weather conditions. This policy was implemented for the safety of our members and guests.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS
12/12 SKIP GIST, 12/18 CHUCK SEDERSTROM, 12/28 TOM HOREIS
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CHANGES FOR OMAHA ROTARY NIGHT CLUB

Formerly called the Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club the new club name is Omaha Rotary Night Club. They are changing their meeting schedule from weekly meetings to meeting the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The club meeting location remains unchanged. The Omaha Rotary Night Club meets at DJ's Dugout, 17666 Q Street.
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PROGRAM THIS WEEK

December 4, 2018
Ron Hernandez
"Moving Vets Forward"
 
Invocation & Greet - Gene Gau
Greet - Bob Bernier
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THANK YOU 911 CENTER FOOD TRAY PROJECT VOLUNTEERS

Thank you to the volunteers - Micah Evans, Andrew Muska, Jim and Kellie Murphy, Gene Gau, Bob Bernier, Skip Gist, Ken & Vickie Backman, and Matt Johnson who met Thanksgiving morning at the 156th and Maple Street Hy-Vee to pick-up food trays and deliver them to the 911 Center Staff. We want to thank Hy-Vee for supporting the project for the past 14 years with the donation of a food tray and providing special pricing on the other trays purchased. This is the 20th year for this Vocational Service project to thank the staff members who work 24/7 answering emergency calls from the public.
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THANK YOU BELL RINGERS 

Thank you to Patrick Lavelle, Gene Gau,  Bob Bernier, Micah Evans, Andrew Muska, and Matt Johnson's family members. 
The Rotarians and family members rang bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, November 17th, at the Hy-Vee store located at 108th & Fort Street. During the shift from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. a total of $406.00 was raised for Salvation Army programs and services. When reporting the funds raised they noted 100% of dollars collected goes directly to their Human Need Fund supporting year round social service programs.
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CLUB SERVICE SCHEDULE

Club Service
12/4/18 - Gene Gau - Invocate & Greet
12/4/18 - Bob Bernier, Greet
12/11/18 - Chuck Sederstrom, Invocate & Greet
12/11/18 - Tom Correll
12/18/18 - Ryan Haney, Invocate & Greet
12/18/18 - Camille Hawk, Greet
 
Program Chairs
December - Gene Gau
January - Micah Evans
February - Camille Hawk
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MOVIE NIGHT - POLIOPLUS FUNDS RAISED!

Members and guests all enjoyed a  fun filled evening at the Scottish Rite Center in downtown Omaha last Tuesday evening. Our thanks to Jim Murphy for providing the fried chicken and coleslaw for the potluck dinner. Thanks to Gene Gau for providing the beverages and popcorn and a special thanks to Micah Evans for the venue at the Scottish Rite Center. We can't forget some delicious homemade desserts and other good side dishes. The movie was a fun fantasy adventure shown in the beautiful theater at the Scottish Rite Center. This fellowship event was also planned as a PolioPlus fundraiser and thanks to those donating a total of $650.00 will be donated to the PolioPlus Fund at The Rotary Foundation! 
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2018 ABLE WORKPLACE AWARDS

Northwest Rotary recognized the 2018 Able Workplace award recipients at the October 16th luncheon meeting. Don and Millie's nominated by Community Alliance received the large employer award and Planet Fitness nominated by Goodwill Industries, Inc. received the small employer award. The able workplace award recognizes employers that have done a particularly effective job of recruiting, enabling and retaining individuals with special abilities. October is officially recognized as the National Disability Awareness Month.
NWR Past President Matt Johnson with Kiley Letcher & Cara Ehegartner of Community Alliance
received award on behalf of Don & Millie's, Large Company Award.
 
Past President Matt Johnson; Brice Meyer, Jesse Story, & Prestin Luth-Young of Planet Fitness; Brian Rischel & Sam Comfort of Goodwill Industries, Inc
Planet Fitness received the Small Company Award.
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RECOGNITION AND THANKS TO THE 911 CENTER STAFF

Club members will be asked to contribute to the annual 911 Center Staff recognition project during the noon Rotary luncheon meetings through November 20th. Donations will be used to purchase food trays for the staff on duty at the 911 Center on Thanksgiving Day. Any additional funds collected will be donated to the Stephen Center. Thank you in advance for your generous donations for this project.
 
Club members will meet at the 156th & Maple Street Hy-Vee location to pick-up food trays to be delivered to the Douglas County 911 Call Center on Thanksgiving Day.  This will be the 20th year the Vocational Service Committee has organized this event and the 14th year Hy-Vee has partnered with the club to thank the Douglas County 911 Call Center staff for their service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PACE FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS DAY

 
Tony Espejo, Omaha Police Officer and Founder of the Police Athletics for Community Engagement (PACE) has a volunteer opportunity available for Northwest Rotarians on Friday, October 19th at the Flag Football Champions Day held at the Christie Heights Community Center at 37th and P Streets. The final games run from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Volunteers should arrive about 5:00 p.m. to help set up tables and get food ready for the kids. Most of the time you would be handing out hot dog meals and drinks. Sign up at Rotary on Tuesday!
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NORTHWEST ROTARY - PHONE NUMBER UPDATE 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

TRASH BAGS AVAILABLE

Tom Horeis reported that he has several boxes of heavyweight, clear plastic trash bags available for sale at $55 per box. See Tom at a Rotary meeting if you would like to purchase a box of trash bags.
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ROTARY METRO LUNCHEON October 4, 2018 - BILL MOOS KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Bill Moos, Athletic Director at the University of Nebraska, will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Metro Luncheon on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The luncheon will be held at Anthony's Steakhouse, 7220 F Street, from 11:30 - 1:00.  Reservations are required as space is limited. Cost is $25.00. Reservations can be made at Tuesday noon meetings. Northwest Rotary will not meet on Tuesday, October 2nd so members can attend this luncheon.
 
ROTARY METRO LUNCHEON October 4, 2018 - BILL MOOS KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

JIM MURPHY RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE

 
Matt Johnson, Past President, presented Jim Murphy a plaque in recognition and thanks for his service as Treasurer during the last Rotary year. Thank you Jim for your service to the Northwest Rotary Club!
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ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

The next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held in Omaha on October 6, 2108 at the Dundee Presbyterian Church.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a facilitated program with active participation - no lecturing. Topics important to Rotary Clubs and Members such as Effective Service Projects, Membership Engagement, and understanding The Rotary Foundation are explored. You will discuss real challenges and exchange ideas.
 
www.rli-heartland.org (click link for more information and to sign up)
October 6, 2018 - Dundee Presbyterian Church - Omaha
(You can also attend November 3, 2018 in the Des Moines Iowa Area)
Register by October 1 (logon or register for an account at rli-heartland.org)
$85 paid in advance through PayPal or by check
 
Engage and empower members . . .
Energize and strengthen your Rotary Club . . .
Provide Leadership Development for Members . . . 
Learn about Rotary and have fun!
 
That is the Rotary Leadership Institute experience!
 
RLI is not a repeat or replacement of other training available through Rotary. It is not position specific such as PETS for Presidents-elect or Assembly for Committee Chairs. It is for everyone! 
 
The curriculum is designed using the learning spiral with sessions building on previous topics and experiences. Click here for the brochure.
 
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ROTARY - NEW VISION STATEMENT

In June, Rotary's Board of Directors and Trustees approved a new vision statement for the organization:
"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
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WELCOME A NEW MEMBER

Welcome new member Andrew Muska. Andrew is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. He and is wife Christina have two children - Lena 7 yrs. and Julian 4 yrs. Andrew has lived in Omaha for 13 years. He looks forward to participating in projects to give back to the community.
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METRO AREA ROTARY CLUBS 2018-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

DISTRICT CONFERENCE - CLUB AWARD

District 5650 Clubs received awards for the projects and service completed during the 2017-2018 Rotary year at the District 5650 Conference in Lincoln on July 27th and 28th. Omaha Northwest Rotary was recognized for the Medium Club Community Service Project "Sound the Alarm - Save a Life" completed by club members. Congratulations Northwest Rotarians!
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FIRST RESPONDER ACTIVITIES

First Responders Night at Werner Park on August 5, 2018

 

Join the First Responders Foundation on Sunday, August 5th for First Responders Night at Werner Park with the Storm Chasers! For every ticket purchased through the link below, First Responders will receive $2 of the ticket price from the Storm Chasers.

Be sure to use the code RESPONDERS when you check out!

 
ICE MACHINES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Ice machines needed by Omaha firehouses are being purchased with funds provided by Northwest Rotarians. Thanks to the Northwest Rotary club members that helped raise the $4,125.00 needed to provide ice machines for first responders.
 
The ice machines are very important for a few reasons:
  • Ice is used in the coolers on the engines, trucks, and med units.  On the med units, among other things, the ice is used to keep I.V. bags chilled to treat overheated patients.
  • During structure fires, ice is provided to surrounding stations that don’t have their own ice machine.
  • Hydration, both at a scene and at the station, is crucial for firefighter health.  Especially during the summer, rehabilitation on the scene of an incident is necessary during their 24 hour shifts. 
  • The ice is also used at community outreach events with the public.
  • Water bottle refills are also provided to Omaha Police Department Officers who are patrolling community events.
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DISTRICT-WIDE ROTARY NIGHT AT OMAHA STORM CHASERS

See the invitation below from District 5650 Governor Julie O'Hara
 
District 5650 Rotarians – 
Please join us for a district-wide networking night on Monday, August 6 as the Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Salt Lake Bees at beautiful Werner Park. Tickets for this event are only $8 per person with a portion of the ticket being donated to the Magdalene House, which focuses on helping those escaping sex trafficking.
 
This is a family centered event supported by District 5650. What a better way to celebrate 5650 than during the Storm Chasers 50th season in franchise history. Rotarians, their families and friends are welcome to enjoy the evening.
 
When: Monday, August 6 at 7:05 pm (Gates open at 6 pm)
Where: Werner Park (12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046)
Cost: $8.00 per ticket (portion of ticket going to Magdalene House)
 
I am very excited about this event and as I have the opportunity to visit each club, you will hear that one of my focuses this year is to include our families in Rotary. What a way to kick-start the year!
 
Julie O'Hara
District 5650 Governor 2018/19
Shenandoah Rotary Club #1510
(712) 215-1506
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BRAN 38 BEST HOST TOWN

Wes Galusha reported that Red Cloud was selected as the "Best Host Community" by the BRAN 38 participants. He noted that they were welcomed by communities, organizations and individuals across the entire state. Wes said "This welcoming attitude has become the standard for which we have promoted our ride to those who have not experienced the "real" Nebraska." Riders enjoy the interaction they experience with the local people and businesses in the towns visited along the ride.
 
The ride start and end town this year was Ashland, and the overnight host communities were Ogallala, Imperial, McCook, Alma, Red Cloud, Fairbury, and Seward. Each overnight community will be offered a $3,000.00 scholarship for a 2019 graduate attending a Nebraska college or university. Red Cloud, as Best Host, will be offered a $6,000.00 scholarship for a graduating senior. The host towns may select one or two students to receive the scholarship awards.
 
Congratulations Red Cloud! Thank you for your hospitality and service to the BRAN 38 - A Southern State of Mind participants.
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Micah Evans presents outgoing 2017-2018 Northwest Rotary Club President, Matt Johnson, with a plaque and congratulates Matt on his past year as President.
 
Micah will begin his term as Club President on July 1st with his first club meeting on July 10th. Matt will serve as Micah's Secretary so there will still be familiar faces "up front." Thanks to Matt for his year as President and best wishes to Micah as he begins his year as the 2018-2019 Club President for Northwest Rotary.
 
      2018-2019 ROTARY THEME
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THANK YOU BRAN & NORTHWEST ROTARIANS

I want to thank BRAN and Northwest Rotary Club members for the gift of an i-Pad. Wes Galusha presented the gift to me for working with the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska over the past 26 years. This has been an interesting, fun, and learning experience where I have had the pleasure of working with many great Rotarians, Omaha Pedalers and other volunteers. This is a very dedicated group of volunteers that have made the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska possible over the past 38 years, a club signature event organized by Northwest Rotary in cooperation with the Omaha Pedalers. 

Many students across the state have benefited from the donations and people that have participated on the ride, as ride proceeds have been dedicated to scholarships. I am glad I was able to be the "in office" person to register riders; order T-shirts, jerseys and various other items; create graphics for certain products as needed; renew insurance policies; order BRAN vehicles from vans to buses and semi tractor/trailers; respond to calls and emails; request nominations for scholarship awards and send out scholarship checks to school recipients - it was never boring!

I look forward to continue working with Northwest Rotarians as we focus on new areas of service. Thank you very much!  Vickie Backman
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ROTARY INVITATIONS AND OTHER EVENTS

To see what's happening in the District and what other clubs are doing click here  for the District website.
See below for local club events.
 
WESTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Monday, July 9, 2018
1:00 PM Shotgun Start
Pines Country Club (just north of Valley, Nebraska)
Four-Man Scramble
$90 includes golf, cart, prizes and dinner
Flag Prizes and Team Prizes
All Proceeds to Scholarships
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BOOKS FOR SADDLEBROOK ELEMENTARY

Northwest Rotary donates funds to Saddlebrook Elementary for the purchase of books for students at the school. The school media specialist purchases the books. When the books are checked in and ready bookplates are placed in each book acknowledging the donation from Northwest Rotary and recognizing our speakers from the previous Rotary year. Ken and Vickie Backman met with the media specialist in May and placed the bookplates in the books purchased. Multiple copies of the following books were purchased for the students this year.
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Garvey's Choice
Maxis Secrets
Moo
Slacker
Soar
Wild Robot
Wish
Save Me A Seat
Towers Falling
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BRAN 38 - THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

Northwest Rotary hosted a ride reception in Ashland on Saturday, June 9th, as riders returned from the week long ride across the state. Gene Gau, Patrick Lavelle and Grant Whitehead organized, cooked and hosted the reception with extra help from Ashland Rotarians.
 
Northwest Rotarians on the road during the week of the bicycle ride included Wes Galusha as Ride Director ; Dick Galusha, worked with host towns prior to the ride so towns would be ready for the riders; Bob Buckland, ran the BRAN Store.
 
Prior to the ride Ken Backman worked behind the scene organizing and taking inventory of the ride equipment and supplies so needed items could be ordered and boxed for the sag support staff in preparation for the ride.
 
Patrick Lavelle, Matt Johnson and Dan Drvol helped load bikes Saturday, June 2, 2018 for the BRAN riders taking the bus from Ashland to Ogallala for the start of the 38th Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska. 
Images from the ride:
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DISTRICT 5650 CONFERENCE JULY 27-28, 2018

       
The 2017-18 District Conference "Together Making a Difference" will be July 27-28, 2018 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln. 
 
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:
Click here to Register. (conference registration) 
FULL REGISTRATION:
$100 per person through April 30th Early Bird Conference Registration Rate
$125 per person through July 1st
$150 per person July 2nd on
DAILY RATE
$75 per person now through July 1st
$90 per person starting July 2nd
 
2017-18 District Conference
Schedule Highlights to Date - see below
DISTRICT 5650 CONFERENCE JULY 27-28, 2018 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

BRAN 38 - JUNE 3-9, 2018

BRAN 38 “A Southern State of Mind Tour” will begin in Ogallala, Nebraska on June 3, 2017. Riders will check in on Saturday June 2nd. The route will follow the southern-most roads in the state. The other overnight host towns include Imperial, McCook, Alma, Red Cloud, Fairbury, and Seward. The ride will end in Ashland, Nebraska on Saturday, June 9, 2017. Riders have the option of parking a vehicle during the week of the ride in Ashland and taking a bus from Ashland to Ogallala on Saturday, June 2, 2017 for an extra fee.
 
For additional information click here for the BRAN website. Questions? Contact the BRAN, Inc. office at 402.397.9785 or brantour@cox.net or BRAN, Inc., 4205 North 101st Street, Omaha, NE, 68134.
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SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATIONS

KEN BACKMAN, MATT JOHNSON, and MICAH EVANS, all Northwest Rotarians, and DENISE HARMAN, an American Red Cross volunteer, worked as a team for several hours to install smoke alarms on Saturday, May 12th. Northwest Rotary is supporting the First Responders Foundation. The First Responders Foundation partnered with the American Red Cross on the "Sound the Alarm. Save a Life" campaign. Thanks to Ken, Matt and Micah for installing smoke alarms for this project!
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SERVICE PROJECT - INSTALLING SMOKE ALARMS

Northwest Rotarians will help with a First Responders Foundation project as team members installing smoke detectors. The First Responders Foundation is partnering with the American Red Cross to support their “Sound the Alarm.  Save a Life” campaign to install smoke detectors in houses that need them. Volunteers will meet at the First Baptist Church of Bellevue, 112 E 23rd Avenue and work a few hours on Saturday, May 12th, starting at 10 am. 
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PAUL HARRIS FELLOW RECOGNITION

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TOM CORRELL received his Paul Harris Fellow recognition pin and certificate from Matt Johnson, President, last Tuesday at the noon Rotary luncheon meeting. Congratulations and thanks go to Tom for his continued generous support of The Rotary Foundation!
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ROTARY SOCIAL INVITATION

Join us for a Rotary Social with Millard Rotary, Omaha Morning Rotary and Northwest Rotary.

May 16, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Security National Bank
1120 South 101st Street
Omaha, NE 68124

Bring your spouse / significant other or a prospective member!

Make-up credits will be awarded.

Northwest Rotary members email Vickie at nwrotary@cox.net if you plan to attend.

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100% ATTENDANCE - CONGRATULATIONS

Three Northwest Rotary Club members were recognized at the June 19th, Tuesday noon meeting, for 100% attendance. Pictured are Dick Galusha - 30 years; Matt Johnson - 5 years, and Tom Horeis - 40 years. Congratulations for 75 years of service and 100% attendance!
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GUNS N HOSES 

Rotarians from Northwest Rotary and Millard Rotary were part of the audience enjoying Saturday evening at Guns N Hoses - a fundraising event for the First Responders Foundation. Police officers vs. firefighters were in the boxing ring at Baxter Arena as the audience watched the competition between the Red and Blue during this fundraiser event.
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WINE TASTING FELLOWSHIP

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Northwest Rotary will hold a wine tasting fellowship on May 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Vino Mas, 14450 Eagle Run Drive. Sign-up at the noon Rotary meetings prior to May 15th. We will not meet at Jerico's on May 15th, the fellowship will be the meeting for that day. Family friends, co-workers, prospective members - all are welcome to join us.
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Rotary Foundation - Thank You Donors

Thank you to the members listed below that have given donations to The Rotary Foundation during this 2017-2018 Rotary year. Your donations have helped us reach just over 55% of the Annual Fund giving goal and 100% of our PolioPlus Fund goal. The club is looking for your continued support to help us reach our Annual Fund giving goal. Donations totaling $1,665.00 are needed to meet the goal. Your contributions to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation will be appreciated.
Ken Backman
Bob Buckland
Dan Drvol
Micah Evans
Dick Galusha
Gene Gau
Ginger Hiscock
Tom Horeis
Patrick Lavelle
Bob Nelson
Chuck Sederstrom
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RI PAST PRESIDENT RAY KLINGINSMITH - SPEAKING DATE CANCELED 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Omaha, NE: College Town

Meet the Leaders of our Higher Education Institutions
March 2018 Programs
Rotary Club of Omaha Northwest
 
Tuesday, March 20   
Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, President
Creighton University
 
Tuesday, March 27   
Randy Schmailzi, President
Metropolitan Community College
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THANK YOU!

THANKS TO PHIL SCHREIER AND FARRIS ENGINEERING
Members and guests thank Phil Schreier for hosting a club fellowship at Farris Engineering on Wednesday, February 21st. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the office and was introduced to projects utilizing the various areas of engineering provided to clients  when completing award winning projects in the Omaha community and across the country. People attending enjoyed fellowship, snacks and an opportunity for questions and answers about the company, the office space and projects completed and/or in progress.  
 
THANK YOU MEMBERS FOR SUPPORTING A SECOND RYLA STUDENT 
The Youth Service Committee thanks everyone that generously donated at the noon meeting last week to fund a second student from the Omaha Christian Academy to attend the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp in April. The club budgeted $200.00 for one student to be sponsored by the club but the committee reported they had two outstanding students submit applications and hoped to be able to send both students. Thanks again to all who helped make it possible to send both students to RYLA Camp!
The 7th annual District 5650 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp (RYLA) will be held April 6-8, 2018 at Camp Kitaki near Louisville.  The camp teaches high school sophomores and juniors the importance of leadership and involvement in their community and world. 
 
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NORTHWEST ROTARY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

HAPPY 40th ANNIVERSARY OMAHA NORTHWEST ROTARY!
Omaha Northwest Rotary celebrates 40 years of service! Northwest Rotary was chartered on February 21, 1978. Bob Nelson served as the first club president from the date chartered in February through the end of the Rotary year, June 30, 1978. The club was meeting at Nasr's located at 6553 Ames Avenue. The club's first officers were Bob Nelson, President; Patrick Clarke, Secretary; Horace Hess, Treasurer; Richard Johns, Sgt. at Arms and Directors were Tony Hallac, Jim Fuller and Stephen Sayler. The club celebrated "Charter Night" at the New Tower Motel, Palace Room for 'A Gala Occasion' at $20 per couple on March 31st. Tom Horeis was the first new member to join the club in April 1978. 
 
 
Charter Members February 19, 2008  - 30th Anniversary 
Chuck Sederstrom, Tony Hallac, Bob Nelson, Jim Fuller , (Steve Sayler not pictured)
 
Charter Members February 21, 2006  - 28th Anniversary 
Tony Hallac, Chuck Sederstrom, John Wupper, Jim Fuller, Steve Sayler, (Bob Nelson not pictured)
 
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OMAHA MORNING ROTARY TEMPORARY MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

Omaha Morning Rotary is currently meeting at the Garden Cafe, 11040 Oak Street, in Rockbrook through March while Happy Hollow is closed for remodeling. The meeting cost will be $11 per person and there will not be a "no breakfast" option while located at the Garden Cafe.
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FELLOWSHIP AT FARRIS ENGINEERING

Northwest Rotarians and guests are invited to attend a fellowship event hosted by Phil Schreier at Farris Engineering, 12700 West Dodge Road, on February 21, 2018 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Please sign up for this event at a noon Rotary meeting or email Vickie at the Rotary office, nwrotary@cox.net
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VOCATIONAL LUNCH & TOUR AT MCC CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION CENTER

Northwest Rotarians and guests enjoyed lunch and a vocational tour at the Metropolitan Community College Construction Education Center on Tuesday, January 23rd. A great facility offering students a hands-on learning opportunity in Architectural Design Technology; Civil Engineering Technology; Construction and Building Science; Electrical Technology; Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeship Plumbing programs. High school students have an opportunity to take classes offered as well as graduates or adults looking for a new career. There is a need for the construction trades taught at Metro Community College and students are able to start working in good paying jobs with the training received.
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Northwest Rotary Board Meeting and Noon Meeting Being Held Tuesday, January 16th

Please be advised that the Northwest Rotary 11:15 a.m. Board Meeting and the Noon Meeting will be held today, January 16th. 
 
Northwest Rotary has a club policy in place to cancel meetings when Omaha Public Schools close, however, since the OPS school cancellation Tuesday is due to extremely cold winter weather and not severe winter weather driving conditions a decision has been made to hold the meetings as scheduled.
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BRAN 38 - "A  Southern State of Mind Tour" June 3 – 9, 2018

REGISTRATION AND HOST TOWN LINKS
BRAN 38 Online Registration is open. Click Here to Register Online for BRAN 38

BRAN 38 Registration & Waiver Form for Paper Registration – Click here to open the BRAN 38 Registration and Waiver Form to print this file and register with a paper form

Starting Town: Ogallala, Nebraska

Ending Location: Ashland, Nebraska

Overnight towns: ImperialMcCookAlmaRed CloudFairburySeward

For additional information click here for the BRAN website. Questions? Contact the BRAN, Inc. office at 402.397.9785 or brantour@cox.net or BRAN, Inc., 4205 North 101st Street, Omaha, NE, 68134.

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NEWS UPDATES

CONGRATULATIONS!
Matt Johnson received his Paul Harris Fellow recognition pin and certificate from Dan Drvol at the January 16th Rotary luncheon meeting. Congratulations Matt and thank you for your support of The Rotary Foundation!
 
THANK YOU
Thank you to Northwest Rotary Club members for your donations in the amount of $366 for the Stephen Center as a result of fundraising for the 911 Center Food Trays in November and December Stephen Center fundraising with meal dollars for attendance.
NEWS UPDATES 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

WINTER WEATHER MEETING CANCELLATION POLICY

Northwest Rotary will cancel Tuesday noon Rotary meetings when Omaha Public Schools close school due to winter weather conditions. This policy was implemented for the safety of our members and guests.
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DONATE TO STEPHEN CENTER FOR HOLIDAY ATTENDANCE CREDIT 

Donate to the Stephen Center to receive holiday attendance credits. Members can receive up to two attendance credits for donating the price of a meal ($15) for each of the two attendance credits.  Donations (cash or check payable to the Stephen Center) will be given to the Stephen Center.
 
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UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST WINNER

Matt Johnson was unanimously selected as the winner of the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest. Gene Gau, the past winner, presented Matt with the a wooden watch as his prize. Congratulations Matt!
 
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BRAN 38 - A SOUTHERN STATE OF MIND TOUR

BRAN 38 - "A  Southern State of Mind Tour" will be held June 3 – 9, 2018

BRAN 38 “A Southern State of Mind Tour” will begin in Ogallala, Nebraska on June 3, 2017. Riders will check in on Saturday June 2nd. The route will follow the southern-most roads in the state. The other overnight host towns include Imperial, McCook, Alma, Red Cloud, Fairbury, and Seward. The ride will end in Ashland, Nebraska on Saturday, June 9, 2017. Riders have the option of parking a vehicle during the week of the ride in Ashland and taking a bus from Ashland to Ogallala on Saturday, June 2, 2017 for an extra fee.

We will again offer a 3, 4 or 7 day ride registration. The three day ride will be from Ogallala to Alma. Riders opting for the four day ride will start in Alma and ride to Ashland. Additional transportation back to Ashland or to Alma on Tuesday, June 5th will not be provided.

The route is half flat and half rolling hills, but it is all beautiful and scenic.  Along the way, you will be able to visit celebrated attractions such as Front Street, the Champion Mill, the home of George Norris, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the family home of Willa Cather and the locations she wrote of in “My Antonia”, Rock Creek Station (where Wild Bill Hickok allegedly shot his first person), and the Strategic Air Museum.

REGISTRATION AND HOST TOWN LINKS
BRAN 38 Online Registration is open. Click Here to Register Online for BRAN 38

BRAN 38 Registration & Waiver Form for Paper Registration – Click here to open the BRAN 38 Registration and Waiver Form to print this file and register with a paper form

Starting Town: Ogallala, Nebraska

Ending Location: Ashland, Nebraska

Overnight towns: ImperialMcCookAlmaRed CloudFairburySeward

For additional information click here for the BRAN website. Questions? Contact the BRAN, Inc. office at 402.397.9785 or brantour@cox.net or BRAN, Inc., 4205 North 101st Street, Omaha, NE, 68134.

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FOOD TRAYS FOR 911 CENTER STAFF

Thank you to Northwest Rotarians, family and friends - Ken Backman, Matt Johnson and his wife, Carolyn, and their son and daughter, Ginger Hiscock, Grant Whitehead, Wes Galusha, Mark Hirschfeld (past club member) and his daughter, and Vickie Backman met at the Hy-Vee at 156th & Maple Street to pick-up food trays to be delivered to the Douglas County 911 Call Center on Thanksgiving Day.  This was the 19th year the Vocational Service Committee has organized this event and the 13th year Hy-Vee has partnered with the club. Omaha Northwest Rotarians thank the Douglas County 911 Call Center staff for their service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The staff working on Thanksgiving Day appreciated the food trays and the thanks expressed for their service on this holiday while others are at home with their family and friends. Club members delivering the food on Thanksgiving also enjoyed a tour of the 911 Call Center.
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THANK YOU 911 CALL CENTER STAFF

Omaha Northwest Rotarians thank the Douglas County 911 Call Center staff for their service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Club members will deliver food trays to the staff of the 911 Call Center on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd. This will be the 19th year the Vocational Service Committee has organized this event and the 13th year Hy-Vee has partnered with the club. The staff working on Thanksgiving Day appreciate the food trays and the thanks expressed for their service on this holiday while others are at home with their family and friends. Club members delivering the food on Thanksgiving also have an opportunity for a tour of the 911 Call Center. Members can sign up at the noon Rotary meetings or contact the Rotary office. If you plan to participate, members will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Hy-Vee located in the southwest corner of 156th and West Maple Road inside the store near Starbuck's Coffee to pickup the food trays. Members will arrive at the 911 Call Center parking lot located at the southeast corner of 156th and West Maple Road about 9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Club members, family and friends are welcome to participate.
Volunteers: Ken Backman, Jerry Bojanski, Bob Bernier, Ginger Hiscock
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ABLE WORKPLACE AWARD RECIPIENTS

The Able Workplace Award recognizes employers that have done a particularly effective job of recruiting, enabling and retaining individuals with disabilities. October is officially recognized as the National Disability Awareness Month. Omaha Northwest Rotary has recognized a large company and a small company with this award since October 2006. Award recipients were determined by surveying social service agencies that place individuals with disabilities into the workplace. This years Able Workplace, Large Company award was presented to Central States Healthy & Life Company of Omaha and was nominated by ACN Connections, the employment agency within The Autism Center of Nebraska. The Small Company Able Workplace award was presented to Big Mama's Kitchen and Catering and nominated by The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
 
Gladys Harrison, daughter of Big Mama's Kitchen & Catering owner Patricia Barron, accepts the Able Workplace Award from Matt Johnson, Northwest Rotary President.
Kathy Brown Hollins, NE Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Mortel Crawford & Gladys Harrison of Big Mama's; Nancy Flearl NE Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired & Northwest Rotary President Matt Johnson 
Northwest Rotary President Matt Johnson,  presents the Able Workplace Award to Ann Hetherington & Stacey Wagner of Central States Health & Life Company of Omaha
Rene Ferdinand, Autism Center of NE, Stacey Wagner & Ann Hetherington of Central States Health & Life Company of Omaha, Claudia Schlute ACN Connections & Northwest Rotary President Matt Johnson 
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NORTHWEST ROTARIAN RINGING BELLS

Northwest Rotarians rang bells at the 108th & Fort Street Hy-Vee for the Salvation Army on November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thank you volunteers for your service!
 
 
 
BELL RINGING SCHEDULE - Saturday, November 18, 2018 at Hy-Vee, 108th & Fort Streets
Thank you for your service!East DoorWest Door
10:00 a.m. - Noon  
 Patrick LavelleDan Drvol
 Grant WhiteheadCamille Hawk
Noon - 2:00 p.m.  
 Dave PantosMatt Johnson
   
 
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MOVIE NIGHT - Thank you Gene and Kathy Gau!!

Thanks to Gene and Kathy Gau for hosting the dinner and movie night at his home last Saturday evening. Northwest Rotary Club and Corvette Club members all enjoyed a great chicken dinner and beverages provided by our hosts along with a variety of sides and desserts brought by those attending. This dinner and movie fellowship was also planned to raise funds for PolioPlus. Please give for PolioPlus even if you were not able to attend. Checks should be payable to The Rotary Foundation noting the donation is for PolioPlus. Thank you for your support.
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ROTARY HELPS HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in southeast Texas on 25 August.

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane.

With an estimated damage of $190 billion, Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

“The power of Rotary is in the Foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts located along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood victims. 

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at: https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

Note: This is a news story from the RI website. Click this link to see the entire story - https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-districts-collect-emergency-funds-hurricane-harvey-victims

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HOST A FELLOWSHIP

Gene Gau, Fellowship Chair, has requested you let him know if you or your company would like to host a fellowship event. Gene hosted a movie night at his home this fall with donations going to PolioPlus. You can email Gene Gau lky_duck@msn.com in regard to hosting a fellowship.
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MAJOR DONOR RECOGNITION

Congratulations to Dick and Pat Galusha! Brian Moon, Past District Governor, presented a beautiful crystal to Dick and Pat to honor them as Major Donors for their giving to The Rotary Foundation.
Brian Moon, Dick and Pat Galusha

Dick Galusha, Past District Governor and Matt Johnson, Northwest Rotary President
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DISTRICT CONFERENCE - THE POWER OF ONE

The theme for our District Conference this year is "The Power of One."   The Power of.....  
 
  • One person with a dream to change the world
  • One Rotary to extend the reach and impact of that one person with a dream  
  • One Rotary to bring us new friends and experiences that impact our lives
Come to conference to experience The Power of One!

District 5650 Conference 2017 from Gary Bren on Vimeo.

District Conference 2017 will be held Friday night, August 11th at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Saturday, August 12th at the Creighton University Harper Center.  

 

Friday August 11

Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68132

3:00 PM Membership Seminar (Rotarians only)

All the following Friday events are open to Rotarians and the Public

6:30 PM Reception in the Owen lobby

8:00 PM Program:  The Power of One, featuring keynote Speaker Michael Clemons

 

Saturday August 12

Harper Center at Creighton University Campus, 602 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68102

Win a Napa Trip
An anonymous donor has provided a trip to Napa that will be raffled off at the District Conference.  The trip includes travel and lodging for two, a $100 gift card to Thomas Keller's Bouchon, and a personally customized and chauffeured day trip in Napa.  The package is worth $2,400.  

Donate to the Foundation on Saturday at the Conference. You will receive a raffle ticket for each $100 dollars donated, up to $1,000.  The drawing will be at dinner Saturday night and you must be present to win.
 

Rotarians Only until 2:30 PM

 8:30 AM Breakfast and Starting the Day

9:30 AM “Foundation for Change”  Speakers and videos telling personal stories about the power of what we do to change the world…and ourselves

12:30 PM Lunch

1:45 PM   Keynote Speaker Ann Lee Hussey, Polio Survivor and Polio Eradication Champion.

 

Open to the Public

 2:30 PM  CPR Challenge…attempt to set a record and get at least 1,000 people CPR trained

 

Open to Rotarians only

4:30 PM  Reception and social time

6:00 PM  An evening of Celebration

 

Event Registrations:

Rotarians (including Rotaract Members) -  click here to register yourself and guests - Rotarian Registration; cost depends on the events chosen and when the registration is finalized

Public - public is welcome to Friday night and the CPR Challenge on Saturday - Non-Rotarians click here to register - Public Registration; cost is $25

 
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CONGRATULATIONS - 100 % ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION

Congratulations to the following club member who was recognized for 100% attendance.
Dick Galusha - 29 years
 
Thank you for your past service as a District Governor and your many years of club support and service.
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FUNDRAISING RAFFLE WINNER - GENE GAU

Gene Gau was the winner of the raffle drawing. He won a $600 gift card for a Southwest Airlines flight plus $700 cash.  Bob Buckland was the winner of the second prize, a $100 gift card for Sullivan's Steakhouse. Congratulations to Gene and Bob!
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Changing of the Guard

Eric Renner thanked outgoing Secretary, Dave Pantos; Treasurer, Grant Whitehead; Sgt. at Arms, Tom Horeis; Director, Dan Drvol and Director, Bob Buckland for their service on the Board at the June 30th Rotary meeting. He also presented the following members with 100% attendance recognition number tabs.
Matt Johnson - 4 years
Dan Drvol - 11 years
Wes Galusha - 13 years
Vickie Backman - 21 years
Patrick Lavelle - 26 years
Phil Schreier - 30 years
Ken Backman - 31 years
Skip Gist - 31 years
Tom Horeis - 39 years
 
Eric Renner, President, passed the gavel to Matt Johnson, 2017-2018 President during the Changing of the Guard.  Micah Evans will be serving as the new Club Secretary.  Below, Matt Johnson presents Eric Renner with a plaque thanking him for his year of service as President.

 
Thank you to the outgoing officers and directors and congratulations to the new officers. Congratulations also to the members for their many years of perfect attendance and service with the club!
 
  
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"HAVE IT YOUR WAY" - Omaha Northwest Rotary Fundraiser

"HAVE IT YOUR WAY"  - DRAWING FOR THE WINNER TUESDAY, June 27th
Take a trip if you win the drawing. You could win a $600 gift card for Southwest Airlines plus $700 cash.  There is a second prize of $100 gift card for Sullivan's Steakhouse. Cost is $50 per ticket or 5 tickets for $125. Only 200 tickets will be sold.  The drawing date has been extended to June 27, 2017. You can still purchase tickets the day of the drawing.  Good luck!
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CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU!

Congratulations to Dan Drvol for winning the weekly game drawing and thank you for your donation to the Rotary Foundation and supporting the club's fundraiser with another purchase of 5 tickets for the raffle! We appreciate your contributions.
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THANK YOU BRAN VOLUNTEERS 

BRAN 37 - Thank you volunteers!
Northwest Rotary volunteers on the week long ride included Wes Galusha, Bob Buckland and Dick Galusha.
Patrick Lavelle, Dan Drvol, Gene Gau, Grant Whitehead, Kathy Gau, Matt Johnson and Jim Murphy helped with the ride reception on June 10th.
Patrick Lavelle, Grant Whitehead, Dan Drvol and Matt Johnson helped load the bikes/bus on June 3rd.
A special thanks to all the Omaha Pedalers and other volunteers during the week of the ride for their service as well as all the hospitality and help in the host towns.
Thank you!
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BRAN Survey Request

An email has been sent to all club members with a link for a BRAN Survey. Please read this email and take a few minutes to complete the BRAN Survey. This survey will be an important tool for future planning for BRAN and club Visioning.
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MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION - BRING A GUEST TO ROTARY

The Northwest Rotary Board approved a plan to promote membership.  Dues will be $200 for the first three years of membership for new members.  As before the dues will be prorated monthly depending on the date a member applies for membership.  Bring a guest to the noon meeting and introduce them to Rotary.   
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CLUBRUNNER MOBILE APP

Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website and even learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, right from your smartphone or tablet.
 

Member Directory

Immediately view the most up to date member directory, upon login. You can browse your member profiles which give you the necessary contact information you need to connect with just one click. Make a call to any of their phone numbers, email them directly from your device, or even add them to your contacts list.

Executives and Directors

View and contact your club executives for the current, past and future years.

View posts on your website

View the latest feed of home page stories that are on your website, directly on your phone, so you never miss any information!
 

Learn more about upcoming events and speakers

Access all of your upcoming events and calendar items and view event details, including associated links, download files and venue map. View who the latest speakers are and learn more about their presentation topic. 
 

Download the app on your phone or tablet

To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 or later and with versions of Anrdoids that are 2.3.3 or better.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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