Potato Bake

Wayne Rotary will host the Annual Potato Bake and Pie Fundraiser on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 11 am - 1 pm at the Wayne City Auditorium.  
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NEW MASSAGE SCHOOL OPENS

Holly Doring was the speaker at our club meeting on October 2.  Holly is mother of 4 children and also a professional massage therapist.  She received her training in South Sioux City in 2011.  After 9 1/2 months of paperwork, she has received a license to start her own massage school which is called Serenity School of Massage Therapy located at 120 W. 2nd St. in Wayne.  She now has two students who will undergo 1000 hours of school (4 hours daily) that includes 320 clinical hours.  They will need to pass the state boards after schooling to practice.  She hopes to work up to 12 students at a time, but for now 7 or 8 will be a comfortable size.  She continues to do private practice as well.  Serenity students qualify for trade school financial aid.  A large part of massage is to manage and/or alleviate pain often working with chiropractors to relax muscles so they can better manipulate the patients back etc. 
 
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WSC THEATRE DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO CLUB 

Rusty Ruth, new member to our club but a Rotarian transfer from Spencer, IA club spoke to our club on September 25.  He is also director of the WSC Theater department and replaces the late Gwen Jensen.  While in Spencer he ran the community theater.  He and his family recently moved to Wayne and his wife is training to become a nurse.  He told us of the various plays the department is putting on this school year as well as a High School Drama Day Workshop (for 100 students) and children's class that writes and performs at schools.  He is also attending high school festivals.  The class offerings for a theater-based degree also prepares students for other professions (enhancing communication, collaborating, thinking outside the box skills).
 
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ENGEBRETSEN SAYS ROTARY OPENS DOORS

Barbara Engebretsen was our program speaker on September 18.  She related that Rotary has opened the door to the world for her.  Her daughter Emma was a high school exchange student to Germany and they hosted an exchange student here during that time.  The World Affairs Seminar is another worldly event she has participated in also.  WSC international student, Buey Tut led to her securing a large Rotary global grant for water wells in South Sudan.  WSC World Study Exchange with students from Ethiopia and Nepal led to the Fulbright Scholarship and two 5 week visits in 2018 and 2019.  Much of her time was used to Educate, Equip, and Empower especially young people (high schoolers) to check blood pressure on people because a lot of them suffer from hypertension.  They are were also trained in vision testing.  She spent some time in Nepal with health officials that traveled to a remote mountainous area and set surgical rooms in a school building.  Both countries are not helpless but worked with others to better their situations.  Barb stated if you want to achieve something or climb a mountain "the path to the top is not straight, you usually don't get there alone, and be sure to enjoy the climb."  She was also working to get some college exchange students to WSC and this year there are six new ones from Ethiopia.
 
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FYRE-TEC OWNER SPEAKS TO CLUB

Jason Gehling, owner/manager of Fyre-Tec, which manufactures fire rated steel windows and is located on E. Hwy 35 in Wayne, spoke to our club on September 11.  The ex-banker and his wife recently purchased the business which originally was a spin off from the Rusco Window company in 1991.  They make the windows either 45 or 60 minute ratings.  Most of the windows are needed in certain locations in commercial buildings so they are made to look like the rest of the windows but with fire a fire rating.  They make all sizes, types, of windows that will close if and when a fire occurs.  Their main competition is or either coast so they often have a shipping advantage by being in the Midwest.  Most of their products go to large cities.  The special glass comes from Japan and the window frame material from the East Coast.  They can usually deliver their windows quicker than their competition which is a large advantage.  Their average order is four windows an average cost per window is $2100.
 
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BRESSLERFEST STARTS THIS SUNDAY!!

Jill Brodersen, Architect, gave us the history of BresslerFest at our regular club meeting on September 4.  Four years ago Jill thought it would be nice to have some type of family entertainment that was free to all.  So she came up with the idea of having some music in the park.  Now Wayne has what she envisioned.  On the 4 Sundays after Labor Day
 in Bressler Park on the "new" bandstand stage you can come to listen to various music provided by some supportive donors and Wayne County Convention Center/Visitors fund.  Do this while the kids play on the swings etc. or listen, eat food/beverages you bring or get from a food truck provided by Tacos & More.  Jill has been finding the bands, mostly local, and sound system equipment needed.  Performing this year is The Ted & Alice Miller Band on 9/8, The Nebraska Brass Band on the 15th, E-Z-B Combo on 9/22 and Stonehouse Sept. 29th.  If you enjoy music be sure to attend this nice Wayne presentation.
 
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WSC BASKETBALL UPDATE

Brent Pollari, Women's Basketball Coach at Wayne State Colege was our speaker on August 28.  He grew up in Bozeman, MT. After working at various coaching jobs following getting is BA degree he became a grad assistant at Northern State University.  It was there he met Don Meyer.  Although assisting with the women's basketball team he would spend a lot of time watching and learning from the legendary coach.  He learned mostly how to be a servant leader.  He told a lot of examples how to do that by telling us stories about Coach Don and himself.  One of the ways he gets his girls' team members to become closer is having a session with all the team and have each tell about their heroes, hardships and highlights.  He said that brings forth a lot of laughter and tears as well.  Pollari believes a coach such as himself is there to help and serve people.  He also stated the country now seems in great need of servant leaders.
 
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LENIHAN SPEAKS TO CLUB

Wayne School's superintendent Mark Lenihan spoke to our club on August 21.  He has been with the school since 2009 and prior to that 4 years as principal in Battle Creek, NE.  He told us that Oswald A.(frequent Rotarator visitor to our club) this past summer was at Wayne High School doing IT.  Staff changes, new: Mark Evetovich, Asst. Wayne Elementary School Principal, Annette Chase as 6th grade teacher, Lindsey Knutson as Sr. Hi. WHS counselor, and Tucker Hight from Asst. WES Principal to WHS Principal.  Kindergarten enrollment is down this year but overall it is up.  This is the 5th year of the Wayne Schools' pre-school which is limited to 50 students and provides for those unable to attend other pre-schools.  The Wayne Schools also lend support to other pre-school providers.  He mentioned the new Kids Club after school continued learning program for K-6 students in partnership with Wayne State College.  He praised Rotary member Christian Legler for his help getting this program underway and securing a Rotary grant.  He sees enrollment for the school system to keep going up.  He said the school provides lots of opportunities during and after school in non-classroom activities.  They encourage students in Jr. Hi. to begin thinking about post secondary education and a possible career.  Toward that WSC and up to 40 local businesses accepted students to visit/job shadow for a 1//2 day to get some other career ideas.  His own non-official after WHS graduation student survey indicated about 25% went to NECC or SECC, 70% to 4 year college (large % to WSC), and 5% to military after which many went on to college.  His wife, Lisa, works at "The Table" coffee shop, son Joey works at WSC, and daughter is employed at the First National Bankcard Center.  He praised the Rotarians for their service and support to the Wayne Schools and the community.  He thinks the best thing they do is serve as good role models in service to others.
 
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ANOTHER NEW MEMBER!!

Club member Dan Rose, welcomed Rusty Ruth to our club.  Rusty transferred his Rotary Membership from Spencer, IA to Wayne. His sponsor is Geroge Burcum.  Welcome Rusty!
 
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BOB ENSZ SELECTED AS ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

CLUB CELEBRATION HELD

Our club celebrated the 2018-19 Rotary year on August 14.  Barbara Engebretsen completed her 2nd term as President of the club.  She acknowledged several members who were most helpful to her during the past year.  She was presented with a nice wooden wall plaque plus a customized Rotary bicycle for her many trips around town.  She thanked the members for giving her the opportunities she has enjoyed through Rotary.
 
Club members (l to r) Matt Penner, Ashley Rewinkel, Dan Rose, Gary Weddel, Barbara Engebretsen, George Burcum, Carol Dunning, Kyle Rose, Bill Engebretsen, Wilma Moore, Bob Ensz, Darrell Miller
 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR ADDRESSES CLUB

District Governor Mick McKinley addressed our club at our regular meeting on August 7.  He told his Rotary story and what his goals are for District 5650 for the 2019-20 Rotary year.
 
 
Club member Dan Rose presented DG Mick and his wife, Jan, with several gifts to commemorate their visit to Wayne, America!
 
 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR MCKINLEY VISITS CLUB

District Governor Mick McKinley and his wife Jan visited our club on August 6-7.  A potluck social was held at the home of Dan & Kyle Rose on Tuesday evening.  It was a beautiful evening for fun and fellowship!
 
L to R:  Sherri Prim, Assistant Governor from Norfolk, Jan McKinley, DG Mick McKinley
 
 
 
 
 
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DISTRICT 5650 CONFERENCE HELD

Several members attended the District 5650 Conference which was held July 26-27 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE.  The club was honored to be recognized for several achievements for the 2018-19 Rotary year.  
 
Ranked #2 in the District!!
 
Best Youth Services Project for the Bike Fix-it Stations
 
 
Club member Dan Rose was awarded the Service Above Self Award by Rotary International.  This award is only given to 150 members worldwide!
 
 
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MEMBERS PARK CARS AT WAYNE COUNTY FAIR

Club members helped with parking cars at the Wayne County Fair on July 25.  The group always has a fun time helping with this project!
Pictured l to r:  Gary Wedel, Charles Shapiro, Darrell Miller, Jack Imdieke, Bill Engebretsen, Jim Frank, Matt Penner.  Others helping included Joe Cleary, Carol Dunning, and Anne Nolte
 
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WSC VOLLEYBALL COACH SPEAKS TO CLUB

Scott Kneifl, Volleyball Coach at Wayne State College, was our speaker for our regular club meeting on July 24.  He is a native of Newcastle NE, and received his BA & MA degrees from Wayne State College.  He told us of his path to coaching girls and women's volleyball, including the unfortunate accident to WSC's head coach on a VB trip to New York City which propelled him from assistant to head coach 15 years ago.  He said the WSC Fall VB camp begins Aug. 13th.  He will have a roster of 18 that is made up of 14 from NE, 1 Iowan, 2 from MN, and 1 from Hawaii.  He said they monitor the student/athletes grades and when they fall below a certain level they must come to the "study table" which is optional otherwise.  Last semester the team grade average was 3.89.  He mentioned that team chemistry is as important as athletic skills in being a winning team.  He expects good things from this year's team.  And that means they will again be among the top 25 Division II teams in the nation as they have been for the last 8 years.
 
 
Club member Darrell Miller introduced Scott to the club.
 
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WAYNE BOY SCOUTS TELL ABOUT TRIPS

The Wayne Boy Scouts were guests at our meeting on July 17.  James Simpson, Jack Schlickbernd, and Shayne Geidner told us about their recent visit to the Florida high venture camp, Sea Base.  They experienced a different environment than what they had seen in the Midwest and West portions of the country.  They did in and on the water activities including seeing a coral reef up close, spending days and nights on a sailboat plus visiting the Everglades.
 
Pictured l to r:  Club President Gary Weddel, Jack Schlickbernd, Club member Brian Kufner, Stacy Schenk (seated), James Simpson, Shayne Geidner, Jane Geidner, Mike Schlickbernd
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CHICKEN SHOW 2019

Wayne Rotary members were hard at work helping with the 2019 Wayne Chicken Show!!  
 
Friday night these members set-up flags for staging the parade on Saturday morning!
 
L to R:  Anne Nolte, Mitch Knudsen, Marie Janke, Charles Shapiro, Dan Rose
 
Saturday morning members helped with registering parade participants as well as distributed candy with the Rotary float.
 
 
Judges for the parade were Marisa Rose (guest judge from Portland, OR), Galen Wiser, and Bob Ensz.
 
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PLAGER TALKS ABOUT KIDS CLUB

Fifth year elementary principal Russ Plager was the speaker at our club meeting on July 10.  He along with Supt. Mark Lenihan have for years discussed an after school program for the younger students to provide extra support for schoolwork and to give them what they don't get during the regular school classroom time.  To put this together they consulted with the Waverly and Boone Central school systems.  They called on Judy P. (food), Bryce M. (CAT for physical activites), arts and science teachers, Mrs. Fehringer (Rainbow World) and Christian Legler at Wayne State College to share their thoughts.  This Kids Club will follow the school calendar and begin immediately after school when they (K-6) will go to gym or outside for physical activity, then some snacks, followed by school work.  There will be K-2nd and 3rd to 6th programs.  They will be able to attend 3, 4, or 5 days a week.  There is a tuition charge and the amount will be determined by ability to pay.  To begin it will be limited to 50 students.  Mark Evetovich will be the director and Carrie Wendte the lead teacher making sure the ones working with the children have all the resources needed.  There will be numerous Wayne State College education majors involved for a good number of one on one help.  The plan is to start small with 50 students to get a good foundation and grow that number in the future.  There will be 4 different courses of study:  science, art, technology, and math and only one taught per semester.  This sounds like a program that will really help a lot of students.
 
 
Pictured l to r:  Mark Evetovich, Club member Darrell Miller, Russ Plager
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NEBRASKA STATE PATROL UPDATE

Matt Escheid, Nebraska State Patrol officer, spoke to our club on July 3.  He told us of graduating from Elgin Pope John High School in 1995, Wayne State College in 1999, and immediately joining Nebraska Highway Patrol (NHP).   He attended training camp, training on the job in the Fremont area and was assigned to the South Sioux City area where he worked until being reassigned to Wayne (his 4th choice because Columbus, Fremont and O'Neill were his first three) but he said he has never regretted living here.  He has been active in the community with helping with younger children sports and has been on the city council for six years.

He is currently one of 63 state NHP officers, works Sunday through Thursday beginning at 6 AM.  Because of his seniority he has evenings and weekends off unless there is an emergency such as a flood, tornado, search and rescue event, or a serious problem requiring more NHP officers than those on duty.  He wears 25 lbs. of equipment and a protective vest, is required to go to the range three times a year to practice with his pistol and rifle, has frequent schooling on new equipment, continuing education, and radar certification.  He can travel as he sees fit in the four counties he is responsible for or go to others if need be.  He said it is confusing to work in tribal areas because there are many local rules that differ from those of Nebraska.  Like in any job, Matt says there are parts of the job that are not to his liking, but there are more good days than bad.

 

 

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MUSIC TRIVIA

Club member Jack Indieke informed, challenged, and entertained the group by playing a few of the thousands of songs he has stored on a dedicated computer at our club meeting on June 26.  He had us try to name the song played along with the artist and the time period it was popular.  He also explained his hobby of finding and keeping the hit songs for decades.  Interesting and informative! 
 
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527 BREWHOUSE OWNERS SPEAK TO CLUB

Mark and Michelle Janssen were speakers at our club meeting on June 19.  They purchased Miss Molly's drive up and renamed it the 527 Brew House.  They have five children and live in Winside where Mark was raised.  He met Michelle in Arkansas.  They inherited 5 girls who worked at the facility and plan to have 15 working there this fall to keep up with more customers and expanded hours.  They currently sell 42 styles of drinks and are open to making more if a customer requests one.  They also provide pastries and sandwiches.  They try to purchase raw materials locally if possible and are always working to maintain quality while filling orders quicker.  They make their own whipped cream and are trying to switch to sippable cups and no longer use straws.  They hope the jobs they provide are learning tools for the WSC students that will encourage them to stay in small town Nebraska. The employees help determines the daily specials and they advertise mostly on social media. 
 
 
Pictured l to r:  Michelle Janssen, Club President Gary Weddel, Jack Imdieke, Mark Janssen
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NEW WINDMILL FARM NEAR ALLEN

Tom Gustafson spoke to the club on June 12.  He lives on some property that the windmill group needed an easement they paid for to get to some of the towers along with the "wind" on their property ($20 per acre per year for 20 years).  He began as an interested observer 12 years years ago when the first meeting was held for property owners regarding the project.  This project near Allen and Wakefield/Emerson has been a financial benefit for not only the landowners who receive annual rent money but ongoing taxes which could amount to as much as $1 Million dollars per year.  They repaired roads that many heavy loads were hauled over (some equipment weighed up to 260,000 lbs.)  and were transported on 12 axle trailers and pulled/pushed by two 1000 HP truck/tractors.  They had their own cement plants to help build bases using 240 yds. of cement plus large rebar.  The windmills require only 6-7 mph wind to operate.  Tom said the contractor was very good to work with and did everything they said they would.  It has changed the landscape which some people like and others don't.
 
 
(Pictured l to r:  Club President Gary Weddel, Tom Gustafson, Jack Imdieke
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WAKEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SPEAKS TO CLUB

Jason Heitz spoke to our club on June 5.  He is the outgoing Jr./Sr. High Principal at Wakefield Schools (He has resigned to become the Sr. High principal at York, NE).  He told us that half of the high school, 200 population, is Hispanic.  Many of the new students have few academic skills and may be placed in a 7th grade class to learn basic English, math, etc.  He mentioned there were 45 in kindergarten this year and 60+ in pre-K.  Home Economics, industrial arts, and CTE (career tech education) are very welcomed classes for the newcomers.  He said the Wakefield Schools pride themselves in making a positive, comfortable atmosphere in which the new students as well as the current ones can grow and thrive.
 
 
Heitz was introduced by club member Jack Imdieke.
Pictured l to r:  Club President Gary Weddel, Jason Heitz, Jack Imdieke
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OUR CLUB IS GROWING!!

Kim Warner became the 51st member of our club on June 5.  Kaki Ley is her sponsor.  Welcome to our club Kim!!
 
 
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CHICKEN SHOW UPDATE

Abby Schademann Wayne Marketing and Tourism Coordinator, spoke to our club on May 29.  She told us about some changes we can expect at this year's Wayne Chicken Show on July 12 - 14.  This year's theme is Chickens Around the World and t-shirts are now on sale at various locations.  The decorated cement chickens will be the standard size as in the past along with some smaller ones.  The native dancers from Winnebago will entertain the event goers after the auction on Friday evening.  There will be a chicken cook off at Bressler Park Saturday at noon.  This year's car show will be held on 2nd Street between Main and Pearl rather than at the airport.  Again Wayne Rotary will assist with the parade(volunteers will be needed Friday and Saturday) with 1/2 of the registration fees going to the club and rest to the Chicken Show fund.

Abby also told us a little about the Young Professionals Club that began with an idea from Wes Blecke.  It is a social group of about 130 people (no real age limit) that does monthly social activities such as lunches, potlucks, social hours etc,. to assist and educate the members about Wayne while getting to know other professionals in the area.  There is a nine person steering committee.

 

 

Pictured l to r:  Club President Gary Weddel, Greg Vander Weil, Christian Legler, Abby Schademann

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CLUB HEARS ABOUT NEW COFFEE SHOP IN TOWN

At our club meeting on May 22, Justin Raulston and Kelly Williams told us about "The Table," a new coffee shop soon to open and located at 213 Main St. (old Miss Molly's place).   Justin, as most of us know, was a pastor at Journey Christian Church and is now the lead in a Christian Campus Ministry Group that has a presence at some NE and SD colleges.  They will have that for WSC at The Table because they have found "life happens around the table," and wanted a coffee shop for students and others.  They plan to serve coffee, other drinks, pastries (made by Lisa Lenihan), salads, and sandwiches in the morning, during a long lunch period and also open in the evening.  They plan a "soft" opening in June and keep progressing toward complete hours in August. 
 
 
Kelly recently sold a cafe she owned and managed in Oakland, NE for seven years plus had worked in coffee shops prior in the Sioux City area.  They were able to purchase a number of useful coffee shop items from Marcus and Lucas/Rustic Treasures that they had used in their coffee shop.  There will also be meeting areas available to various sized groups.  A nice addition to downtown Wayne!!
 
 
Club member Mitch Knudsen introduced Justin and Kelly.
 
L to R:  Club President Gary Weddel, Mitch Knudsen, Justin Raulston, Kelly Williams
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50TH MEMBER INDUCTED

Charles Shapiro was inducted into membership which made him the 50th member of our club,  Anne Nolte Is his sponsor.  Welcome Charles!!
 
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CLUB VISITS BLUE CAT STUDIO

The club toured the Blue Cat Gallery & Studio located on West 3rd Street in downtown Wayne on May 21.  This business opened in July of 2017 by Carolyn Albracht and her husband Wayne Briner.  The two worked about two years renovating the brick building for their second story residence and ground level gallery that shows mostly local artistry.
 
 
Carolyn is an art education instructor in the Art and Design department at WSC. She is a native Nebraskan with a B.A.(art/psychology), M.A.(museum studies) and Ph. D.(educational studies).  Her artistic practices involve intuitive markmaking and exploring pattern, texture, line, form and color in mixed media watercolor.  She hosts workshops and provides two rooms for featured shows.  Her hours are Wed. through Sat. from 10-4. 
 
 
Club members were able to view various paintings, ceramic, glass, and jewelry that was displayed for sale.  It is worth seeing if you missed the meeting!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LILIENKAMPS TALK ABOUT ALASKA

Carl & Darlene Oehlert Lilienkamp told us about their work last summer with the Alaska Mission for Christ at our regular meeting on May 9.  They helped 400-500 volunteers get from the airport to a place to stay while they learned more about the Alaskan natives before going to the villages to help in various ways.  Most went to work with the Athabaskan tribe which is probably the largest group. 

 

Then the Lilienkamps returned in January for about three months to live among the native people.  They experienced temperatures up to 50 below zero, while they worked in schools and churches.  They saw a lot of the wild life(the state has about 40,000 brown bears and 2000 black bears but the moose cause more injuries to people than the bears), some of the 14 mountain ranges, 3 million lakes, and some of 50% of the world's glaciers. 

They helped with funerals that lasted 3 days when the grieving family gave gifts to those who were a part of the deceased's life and fed all the guests.  The final meal on the 3rd day was moose head soup(the natives received special permission the harvest moose for funeral even out of season).  Where they stayed there was the utmost respect for the tribes' elders.  Alcoholism is rampant in AL.  Dog sledding is a large part of the Alaskan culture and there is lots of dog sled racing beginning in March.  They said if you have the time it is worth driving to Alaska.

Lilienkamps were introduced by club member Fauneil Bennett.

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FISHING FOR TUNA IN GULF OF MEXICO

Jose Bisteni was our speaker at our meeting on May 7.  He told us about his company that fishes for Tuna in the Gulf of Mexico.  His nine fishing vessels use longlines up to five miles in length to catch fish (90% are tuna and the rest made up of sharks, sword fish and others).  Squid from the North Sea is used for bait.  The crews of 7-8 stay out up to 20 days, working 8-14 hour days and travel up to 500 miles catching 7-10,000 lbs. of fish.  They leave on their trips with 30 tons of ice on board, this keeps the fish fresh, not frozen, until they unload at the dock.  Upon arrival the mostly 60 lb. yellowfin tuna are quickly weighed and tested for quality then put on a refrigerated van for the USA and most will be sold as fresh fish within 36 hours.  Jose began this business in 2000 after 10 years in banking.  He said the fish production is slowly getting less and it is his belief that is due to air and water pollution.
 
 
Jose was introduced by club member Daniel Estrella.
 
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RECYCLING UPDATES GIVEN

Sandy Brown, a leading member of the Wayne Green Team was our program speaker on April 24.  She reminded us that Lois Shelton started the local organization 10 years ago to raise the awareness of environmental issues. Since then, the Wayne Green Team has helped recycle 79 TONS of glass, 100,000 lbs of electronics, 526 lbs. of small batteries, 1000 lbs. of Christmas lights plus support the boy scouts in their efforts to gather aluminum cans and paper.  She informed the group they often have to pay to have the recycle items taken away and be recycled.  Pac N Save USA & Quality Foods gives 5 cents per bag to customers who bring reusable bags to the store to use instead of using a paper or plastic bags from the store.  At Pac N Save USA the customer can choose to donate their bag credit to a different local non-profit organization.  The Wayne Green Team has been visiting all he local elementary classrooms to tell the students about the importance of recycling.
 
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OWNER OF SONLITE EXPRESS TALKS TO CLUB

Craig Sharpe, WHS and WSC attendee, gave a program about his company the Sonlite Express at our regular club meeting on April 17.  They now have a downtown office where he and his wife work along with a few others plus satellite offices in Sioux City, Denver, and Phoenix.  They broker loads for 40 owner/operator truckers with hopper bottom grain trailers all over the USA.  They coordinate the shipments of various commodities which are mostly grains but also apples and even some sludge that will go to many different companies such as Cargill, ADM, Dole, Smuckers, pet food factories, and others.  For a fee they coordinate the shipments and handle the billing.  This was a business of a former father-in-law that he worked for and eventually bought out.
 
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CLUB SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

Wayne High School senior Gabi Meyer was awarded the Rotary Scholarship for 2019.  Club member Bob Ensz made the presentation.  Congrats Gabi!!!
 
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BIKE REPAIR STATIONS READY!

Two Fix-It Bike Stations have been installed in Wayne.  Thanks to club member Christian Legler for his work on this District Grant Project.  There will be a ‘Meet, Greet, Fix and Ride’ day on Saturday, April 20, from 9-11am at the the softball batting cage along the city walking trail, and 1-3pm by the Wayne State College Library.  Bring your bike and join us for this fun-filled event!  All ages are welcome!!
 
 
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CLUB VISITS WAYNE PUBLIC LIBRARY

On April 10, our club visited the Wayne Public Library.  Heather Headley, head librarian, was our host.  She said the library is no longer the "shhh" place and explained why. 
 
 
There are numerous children's activities with and without parental involvement, pc's to be rented for free, movies, cd's, sound books, phone apps available to use and a lot of adult activities as well along with the books both hard and soft cover with new ones arriving each month. 
 
 
Her main focus for the day was the Library Innovation Studio which was loaned to the Wayne library and numerous other locations in NE by the Nebraska Library Foundation to give smaller rural towns/cities access to IT innovations.  Some of what is available to see and use are robotics, embroidery sewing machine, laser cutter/etcher, heat transfer equipment, and more.  It will be gone soon so try to take advantage of it through May.
 
 
 
 
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CITY ADMINISTRATOR SPEAKS TO CLUB

City Administrator Wes Blecke gave us an update on various Wayne City items at our club meeting on April 3.  He noted we were fortunate compared to many with the flooding.  It damaged 50' of the trail plus electrical at the airport.  He said there will be an ADA Ramp Project which will involve 57 curbs.  It was a grant and should be completed by the end of November.
 
 
Wes told us about some future street work plus some drainage issues.  They will be adding another feed near Pheasant Run for the Transmission Main.  The City has also been burying electrical lines.  He stated the transformer is very old.
 
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CLUB MEETING

Club member Mary Carstens did a great job collecting Happy Dollars for our club.  It was nice to see a full house!
 
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ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE GRADUATE

Bill Engebretsen, Wayne Rotary Club Treasurer, recently graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute.  Eleven different clubs were represented by 23 participants in the session on March 23 in Omaha.  Bill has taken three RLI classes in order to graduate. Gary Weddel, President Elect for the Wayne Club, also participated.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary needs a constant influx of leadership, especially with the annual change in club officers. It is difficult at the club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary. Furthermore, leadership skills in a voluntary organization are often different from business leadership skills. Classes are offered through the Rotary District 5650.

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COMMUNITY PHARMACY TO OPEN SOON

Becky Barner spoke to the club on March 27.  She told us about the soon to be open Providence Community Pharmacy at 803 Providence Road.  Becky, who is a Wayne native and graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is Director ot Pharmacy and the Retail coordinator.  Five of the six Shopco employees will be working at the new location.  They will be open Monday-Friday from 9-6 and Saturday from 9-2.  They are in the process of getting contracts set up with various insurance companies.  She noted they want to give the best care to every patient and use medication therapy management.  They will also offer over the counter medications and delivery.  Becky and Todd and family moved back to Wayne in 2000.
 
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CLUB HELPS WITH CONCESSIONS AT MAJESTIC THEATRE

Several members of our club helped with concessions at The Majestic Theatre April 21-24.  Thanks to those from our club that volunteered as well as the Rotaract students who helped!
 
L to R:  Ashley Rewinkel, Cindy Brummond, Shelley Frevert, Anne Nolte
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ROTARACT STUDENTS TALK TO CLUB

WSC Rotaract Club which included Daniel Estrella, Austin Snyder, and Oswald Adohinzin was our program on March 20.  Rotaract is for young adults up to age 30. 
 
(l to r:  Daniel Estrella, Oswald Adohinzin, Austin Snyder, Rotary Club President Barb Engebretsen)
 
They all shared their personal story of how they came to Wayne State College.  They are a small group but active. 
 
 
Some of their projects: Library Goodie Bags for students, World Heart Day, blood donations, Higway Cleanup, UNL Rotaract Wheelchair fundraiser for Africans.  Shared activities with Wayne Rotary are Super Bowl, Potato Bake, Bike Repair Stations, Human Trafficking, and Majestic Theater.  Potential projects being considered: 5K walk/run, flood relief effort, senior bingo night, campaign for more bike lanes in Wayne, community libraries, and community garden.
 
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CLUB ADDS NEW MEMBER

Dr. Mitch Knudsen became a member of our club at our regular club meeting on March 18.  Welcome to our club Mitch!!!
 
 
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EARLY LEARNING CENTER HIGHLIGHTED

Mrs. Misty Beair, Wayne School Early Learning Center Director, was our guest speaker on March 13.  The school, one of 18 in NE, now in its 5th year has room and teachers for 20 students in the 3-4-5 year age groups.  These are children that do not qualify for the Head Start preschool and may not be able to afford a private school.  It is a Dept of Ed model preschool that recently received a high 6.65 rating.  The highly trained staff along with along with an advisory group work with other community child care providers to help prepare the children for kindergarten.  They also work with the parents to get them involved in the educational/social/emotional training.  In 2018, 89 families needed this type of assistance for their children.
 
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MARK PATEFIELD TELLS CLUB ABOUT U-SAVE PHARMACY

Mark Patefield, a Laurel native, told us about his job as pharmacist at U Save and a little about his family at our club meeting on February 27.  He graduated from UNL and Creighton.  His wife, Christina, is a Minden native, she is the pharmacist at Laurel.  Together they have 4 children They bought that business in 2005.  Mark worked at various pharmacies before taking over Medicap in November, 2005.  They built the new store in 2007. It is a separate independent ownership that is also tied to a "network of people" through U Save.  He described the timeframe when Shopko closed their doors to the pharmacy.  Mark noted they doubled the volume of sales only to have the flu hit at the same time. The goal of U Save is convenient, fast service with an emphasis on how to improve the outcome of medications.  He noted it is vital for people to take all their medications, and that it is their goal to question them as to why they don't take them all if they don't. Mark has added more staff.  Office hours are 9-6 M-F and 9-1:30 on Saturday.  He noted his coach stated, "Luck happens when it meets opportunity."
 
 
Club President Barbara Engebretsen introduced Mark to the club.
 
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WSC DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT SPEAKS TO CLUB

Megan Finn, Wayne State College Director of Athletic Development (new position in the WSC Foundation office), was our guest speaker at our February 6 club meeting.  WSC was one of three colleges in the conference that did not have a person in this position.  She was a college athlete and has had marketing experience that will help her to secure scholarship funding for student athletes at WSC.  The college has 13 varsity programs with plans to add women's golf and beach volleyball.  Not all of the WSC varsity sports have the full quota of scholarships available as allowed by the conference and she work of filling that quota.  Coming from Omaha she has found Wayne very welcoming and the athletic facilities very good.  She commented that the reserve ticket holders will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages and food in the new press box during games.
 
 
Club member Kevin Armstrong introduced Megan to the club.
 
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CLUB VISITS WAYNE FOOD PANTRY

Our January 23rd meeting was held in the basement of the the 1st Presbyterian Church in the Food Pantry/Coat Closet room.  Mrs. Jodie Pulfer was our host speaker.  She said the approximately 10 volunteers hand out about 1000 boxes per year of non-perishable food items along with gift certificates for perishables to Quality Foods and Pac N Save to Wayne County residents.  The families are limited to 3 times a year and most use it 1 or 2.  If there is a need for more than that "navigators" will direct them for other sources.  The need increases each year. In 2013 they began a "backpack" program whereby sacks of breakfast food, snacks, fruit, etc., are given to the needy for weekend use for those who usually attend the free breakfast program at the school.  That is about 100 weekly and putting together those bags are helped by WHS and WSC students.  Food items are always in need along with money to purchase the items they run short of and for the gift certificates.  A great community project.  We enjoyed the visit!
 
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CLUB HOLDS ANNUAL POTATO BAKE

Our club held it's annual Potato Bake & Dessert Bar on February 10.  This is the morning set up crew.  A special thanks to Connie Dangberg and Wilma Moore for chairing this annual event.  Proceeds go towards youth-related education projects including scholarships and dictionaries to area 3rd graders.
 
 
Cutting the pies is always a favorite committee.  Sometimes it is necessary to have quality control.
 
 
Club Treasurer Bill Engebretsen collected the money.
 
 
All of our members assist with this project, including serving those who attend.
 
 
A special thanks to Cindy Brummond and Shelley Frevert for always printing our tickets.
 
 
Our members always contribute a nice variety of desserts.
 
 
The Wayne State College Rotaract students really helped us out as well!
 
 
Pictured are a few of the Rotaract students who assisted.
 
 
The scouts were also wonderful help!
 
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DEPARTMENT OF ROADS UPDATE

At our club meeting on Jan. 16, we heard from Matt Samuelson with the NE Department of Transportation (used to be department of roads) who told us that bridges are inspected every two years and bridge life is about 50 years.  There was work done to repair erosion on the Logan Creek bridge recently. They mentioned an overlay project on Hwy 15 from Wayne to the Concord turnoff will happen this year.  In a 15 mile radius of Wayne during the last 5 years there has been $15 been spent on the roads. Projects in progress and new projects will total $21 million.  In the next 10 years they expect to spend $54 million.  Annually the State of NE has an outlay of approximately $400 on highway projects. 
 
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SHAPIRO TALKS ABOUT WOODSTOCK

At our club meeting on January 2, Charles Shapiro told us about the Woodstock music event 50 years ago.  He grew up in upstate New York and was attending college also near Bethel, NY where it took place.  It was supposed to be near Woodstock, NY but at the last minute they refused to give the organizers the necessary permits so it moved to a farm near Bethel.  The organizers expected about 150,000 to attend but close to 500,000 showed up.  The border between Canada and the US was closed to visitors when the traffic towards Bethel became unmanageable. 
 
 
Charles was a college student and drove to the site with a couple of friends and met others they knew at the event.  They brought along a tent(it rained a lot and they managed to stay dry but many did not and left a large amount of soaked sleeping material when they left) and food.  He remembered it to be turbulent times in the 1960's with the Cuban crisis, Vietnam war, women's rights issues, environment movement, and the deaths of John F. and Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Oswald. 
 
 
Attending a concert that featured a lot of the leading musical groups in that era for many was a way to bring some positives into their lives.  The organizers pre-sold tickets for $18 but many did not pay so the organizers lost $1.5 million, but made up for it when they received money from a movie about it later.
 
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MAIN STREET GARAGE TALKS TO CLUB

Doug and Bridget (Dorcey) Korth told us about their new business, Main Street Garage at our club meeting on December 19.  Bridget, a Wayne native, moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in 1999 due to her mother's job.  She has had various office manager experiences and has done a lot of volunteer work.  Doug is from Ord and a Columbus High School graduate.  He followed with a degree from Milford.  His grandfather owned a service station, so he grew up with a love for mechanics.  He has worked with various dealerships.  Their new business opened August 1st.  They kept the same workers.  Some of the jobs they do include oil changes, brakes, transmissions, overhauls, and alignments.  Doug and Bridget have 2 girls, aged 9 and almost 6.  It is always good to get young professionals to come back!
 
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NEW MEMBER ADDED

On December 19, the Rotary Club welcomed Matt Penner as a new Rotary Member.  Matt is a loan officer at Farmers State Bank in Carroll.  Welcome to our club Matt!
 
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DECEMBER LUNCH AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

VOCATIONAL VISIT TO WSC CAT BUILDING

Our club made a vocational visit on December 12 to the nearly completed CAT Building (Center for Applied Technology) on the Wayne State College (WSC) campus.  This 53,000 sq. ft. , $5.8 million edifice with geo thermo heating/cooling will house most of the applied science classes at WSC starting next semester.   Thanks to club member Dr. Vaughn Benson and Don Buryanek for the tour.
 
 
With about one million dollars spent on new equipment plus new furniture it really looked state of the art.  One of the reasons for the expansion is the need to teach the students to the use of lasers, robotics, welding, drafting so they can in turn teach their high school students so they will be better prepared for the manufacturing industry (2nd only in size to agriculture in Nebraska).  Not only how to run this equipment but also the management and supervisory skills needed to succeed in the various industries.  Very impressive.
 
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NEW MEMBER TO CLUB

On November 28, Rotary gained another member.  Please welcome Daniel Estrella to our club.  Daniel is an international student from Mexico studying at Wayne State College.  Daniel's parents are both Rotarians in Mexico.  Fun fact--Daniel is the youngest member to ever join The Wayne Rotary Club.
 
 
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ARNESON'S GIVE IRISH TRAVEL LOG

The topic at our club meeting on November 28 was, "Irish travel log."  Marion and Pat Arneson traveled by plane, train, bus and car to recently visit Northern Ireland. They went there with their daughter to attend an international 3 day symposium on Willa Cather. While there they also traveled to many cities and sites in the country.  Some of the stops were in Dublin, Derry, Limavady, Kilkenny, Glendalough, Tipperary, and Cork.  They showed many pictures of their stops and told us about what they saw. 
 
 
Marion is on the Willa Cather Foundation Board (serving as president) which has in the past few years brought $11 Million to the town of Red Cloud, NE (his hometown) by purchasing historical sites, renovation of them and providing information and housing for visitors and literary scholars.
 
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CHRISTMAS TREE AT BROOKDALE

The Rotary Club decorated a tree at Brookdale on Dec. 12! Thanks to Anne Nolte, Kaki Ley, Bob & Deb Ensz, and Dan & Kyle Rose. Great work guys!!
 
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RUSTY PARKER TELLS CLUB ABOUT WAYNE GOLF COURSE

Rusty Parker told us about the past and future of the Wayne Municipal Golf Course at our club meeting on November 21.
 
 
Ron McKeever, Assistant Governor for District 5650, attended our meeting.  He presented club President Barb Engebretsen with an award for being the #2 club in the district for Foundation giving.
 
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CLUB MEMBERS RECOGNIZED FOR ROTARY FOUNDATION GIVING

Club Foundation Chair Dan Rose gave a program on the Foundation at our club meeting on November 14.  He distributed 11 Paul Harris Fellows: Jack Imdieke 2, Wilma Moore 2, Bill & Barb Engebretsen 2, John Fuelberth 1, Darrell Miller 1, Nancy Braden 1, Morris Anderson 1, and VaughnBenson 1. He had 10 Major Donors: Irene Mock PH+1; George Burcum, Morris Anderson, & Bill Engebretsen PH+2; Randy Pedersen, Bob Ensz, & Barb Engebretsen PH+3, Darrell Miller PH+4, John Fuelberth PH+5, & Wilma Moore PH+6.  Dan & Kyle Rose were recognized for their Major Donor Status.
 
 
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CLUB ASSEMBLY HELD

Club President Barb Engebretsen led our discussion on Nov. 7.  We split up into 6 different groups.  Each group created a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Task for Action) Analysis in order to generate ideas for Rotary's future.  We all had a lot of fun brainstorming. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WSC PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO CLUB

Wayne State College President Rames was our guest speaker on October 31.  She gave us updates on all the happenings at WSC.  Thanks Dr. Rames for joining us!!
 
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CLUB LEARNS ABOUT PERSONAL TECHNICAL PROTECTION

Chad Hoeppner was our speaker at our club meeting on Oct. 17.  Chad has his own business, CJH Technologies. He spoke on Personal Tech Protection. Very informative!! 
 
Speaker Chad Hoeppner was introduced by club member Ashley Rewinkel.
 
Also--a BIG shout out to all the Rotary members.  We had a full house on Wednesday!!!
 
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TINT SPECIALTIES BUSINESS EXPLAINED

Dustin Soden was our guest on October 10. He told us all about his new business, Tint Specialties. Thanks Dustin for joining us!
Pictured l to r:  Dustin Soden, Club Members John Fuelberth and Greg Vander Weil
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TRIP TO NEPAL

Our club President, Barbara Engebretsen was our speaker for our regular club meeting on Sept. 26.  What a busy lady!  She was very inspirational while talking about her trip to Nepal this past summer.  We enjoyed having her as a speaker.
 
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AQUA-AFRICA UPDATE

Buey Tut was our guest at our club meeting on Oct. 3.  He is a very a motivated person eager to help with the Aqua Africa Program.  His mission is to help bring water supply to South Sudan.  It was very interesting!!  Some of the people in the villages currently walk over 6 miles to their nearest water supply.  With the water mission, the walk would be cut down to about 2 miles. Thanks Buey for visiting our club!!
 
 
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SENIOR CENTER LUNCH

Thanks to all our members who supported this monthly visit to the Senior Center.  If I counted right, I believe we had 18 members and spouses. Some members missed the "photo op" though. As always, a wonderful meal!  Also a special thanks to Marie Janke for chairing this project now! 
 
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MORE DICTIONARY DELIVERIES

Thanks to the Wayne Rotary Club, third graders in area schools have or will receive new dictionaries that belong to them.  Local students receiving the dictionaries include the following schools: Wayne, Wayne St. Mary's, Winside, Wisner-Pilger, Pender, Emerson-Hubbard, Wakefield, Allen, Walthill, St. Augustine Indian Mission School, Winnebago Elementary School, Omaha Nation, and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. The goal of this project is to assist students to complete the school year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers by having their own personal dictionary.

The teacher for St. Mary's school is Mrs. Westerhold.  Rotarians Gary Weddel and Darrel Miller recently visited that school.
 
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TRAVIS MEYER PRESENTS TO CLUB

Club member George Burcum introduced Travis Meyer with Select Appliance at our club meeting on Sept. 19.  This business was previously known as Doescher's.  Travis noted the Doescher family had a well known, established business in Wayne. 
 
 
Travis noted they intend to continue the great customer service. They now have a display floor at their downtown location plus a warehouse.  They have added a truck and a transit for the business.
 
 
In addition to GE, they also carry LG brands. They will also repair other brands.  They kept the same phone number.
 
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROJECT EXPLAINED

Sherri Prim along with Sam Drivo and Christine Keller came from Norfolk to tell our club about the District 5650 project on Human Trafficking at our meeting on Sept. 12.  They are all members of the Norfolk Rotary Club.
 
 
Even small communities in Nebraska and Iowa have this problem.  
 
 
Training sessions are being offered.
 
 
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DICTIONARY DELIVERIES TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

Members labeled the dictionaries before our meeting on Sept. 12  With so many helping this project didn't take long. Some of those assisting are not in the photos.  Deliveries will be made to local 3rd graders over the next few weeks.  A special thanks to Darrell Miller for all his years of dedication to this great project! 
 
 
 
Rotarians who assisted with distribution for the Wayne Elementary School included: Darrell Miller (chair for this project), Bob Ensz, Bill Engebretsen, Carol Dunning, and Gary Weddel.  The teacher for this class is Mrs. Emily Sims.
 
 
Mrs. Carrie Wendte is the teacher for this Wayne Elementary class.   Helping with delivery is Darrell Miller and Carol Dunning. 
 
 
Mrs. Liz Garvin is the teacher for this class. Bill Engebretsen helped with the delivery.  Thank you to Gary Weddel for furnishing the photos.
 
 
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BRESSLERFEST DURING SEPTEMBER

Jill Brodersen told our club about Bressler-Fest at our club meeting on September 5.  She noted her family used to enjoy a similar experience in the Sioux City area on Sunday nights, when their children were young.  The music is scheduled for 4 Sundays in Bressler Park from 6 - 8. Some evenings offer a pre-show.  Jill noted they typically had 100-150 people attend last year.  The City Auditorium is a “back-up” for rainy days.  She recognized the sponsors as well as the support from the Wayne County Convention & Visitor Bureau.  Jill was also asked about Cruise Nights, which are the 3rd Fridays from May through September.  Club member George Burcum introduced Jill. 
 
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CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2018-19

Our club officers are ready for a new Rotary year.  Barb Engebretsen is serving her second term as President.  Bill Engebretsen is Treasurer.  Kyle Rose is Secretary.  Gary Weddel is President Elect.
 
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WSC  WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club member Gary Weddel introduced Joe Cleary at our meeting on August 29.  Joe has been coaching at WSC for 4 seasons.  He is from Bismark, ND, and has been coaching for 12 years, including 8 seasons on the college level. 
 
 
Joe noted he recruits good students who also excel in academics.  He stated WSC is affordable plus has a great faculty.  He has appreciated the faculty and community support.
 
 
Joe's team assists with various community projects including the electronic recycling and youth soccer.  The April Trivia Night is a good fund raiser.  He has 6 Seniors and a total of 27 students on this team this year.  His "4 Pillars" include strength, effort, attitude, and selflessness.
 
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KENNY TELLS CLUB ABOUT WORLD AFFAIRS SEMINAR

Ky Kenny reported back to our club at our club meeting on August 15 about his experience at the World Affairs Seminar.  The following was written by Ky after his presentation to our club: "My time at the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI widened my perspective on the world.  I was shown how the future is bright with the innovation inside of the bright minds and hardworking people of the upcoming generation.  I met many interesting people and more than a few friends who I will cherish for a lifetime. I am truly thankful for the Wayne Rotary Club in sponsoring my way to the 2018 World Affairs Seminar, and I would highly recommend to anyone who has an opportunity to attend that they participate as soon as they can.  Thank you giving me an opportunity to share my thoughts on my seminar to the local community!"
 
 
Ky gave our club a power point presentation on the various activities at the Seminar.  Many topics were covered in just a few days.  Ky is an amazing young man. We are proud to have him represent our club at this Seminar.  We know he will have a great medical career.
 
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ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED

Darrell Miller was recently given the Rotarian of the Year award during the club's year-end celebration on August 15.  This award is voted on by fellow Rotary members.  Some of the criteria include: attending at least 60% of the meetings, not holding an elected officer position, chairing or helping with projects, or contributing to the Rotary International Foundation.  In addition to helping with most of the Rotary projects, Darrell has served in various leadership roles.  He has been Chairperson of the Administration Committee for a number of years.
 
 
One of the tasks Darrell does for our club is sending out a weekly email that summarizes our meetings. This is especially helpful for those that are unable to attend that day.  He has also chaired our Dictionary Project for years.  Over 400 were distributed by our club last year.  He has also Chaired the Administration Committee for a number of years.
 
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CLUB CELEBRATES YEAR

Our club celebrated the achievements of the past year at our meeting on August 15.  It is a tradition to "roast" the club President at the end of the year.  Dan and Kyle's introduction to the program gave Barb a hint what was about to come. 
 
 
Our club was entertained with the power point put together by Dan and Kyle.
 
 
Barb was put on the spot with various questions.  Along with the theme, Barb was given a special "headpiece." 
 
 
Barb was a good sport throughout the program!
 
 
Barb's passion for biking is taken into consideration with her "year-end" gift.
 
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NEW BUSINESS PROMOTED

Club Member Kaki Ley introduced Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner at our August 22 meeting, who told our club about her exciting new business.  
 
 
Mytzy immigrated to the U.S. with her parents from Peru.  Through her family she has learned about a healthy lifestyle, including using fruits, vegetables, and other organic foods and herbs.  Mytzy and her family have lived in Wayne since 2013.  They are all active in the community.
 
 
The Ekeko is a pre-Incan deity that encompasses health, wealth, and good fortune.  Mytzy told us various countries in South America use this little doll as a good luck charm to bring fortune and good health.  She continued to tell us about cold press juice bars.  She noted "This is a place to learn about Peruvian culture as well, so there are books, and other Peruvian items that will be sold."
 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS CLUB

Julie O'Hara, District Governor for District 5650 for 2018-19, visited our club on August 10-11.  She is a member of the Shenandoah, Iowa, Rotary Club.  Her husband, Patrick, came with her for her visits in Northeast Nebraska.  Julie has a busy schedule, meeting with all the clubs in the District.  She is the 5th woman District Governor for 5650.
 
 
Dan and Kyle Rose hosted our club and family at a social in their beautiful backyard on August 7.  As always the potluck was delicious! 
 
 
This is a great opportunity for our members to get acquainted with Julie and Pat.
 
 
Julie and Pat came prepared for the club meeting on August 8 with their legal documents.
 
 
Julie told our club about the meeting in San Diego where Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.  Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, "Be the Inspiration," to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.  “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater.  The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”
 
 
Our meeting was well attended this morning.  A special thanks to club member Kaki Ley for the appropriate music!
 
 
Club member Dan Rose always puts a lot of work into the District Governor's visits, including decorating the chicken.
 
 
Gifts included chicken show shirts to help the O'Haras remember Wayne.
 
 
Julie with Barb Engebretsen, our club president, and Ron McKeever from Norfolk, Assistant Governor for our club..
 
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MEGAN WEAVER SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club member Gary Weddel introduced Megan Weaver at our meeting on August 1.  Megan covers 12 counties for Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation.  She works in Allen on Wednesdays, and is in Wayne the rest of the week.
 
 
Megan told our club about the various programs listed on this sheet. WCHDC has worked with over 115 first time homebuyers in the Wayne area.  Megan also works with various rental projects, among many other projects.
 
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MEMBERS ATTEND DISTRICT 5650 CONFERENCE

Several club members attended the District 5650 Conference held on July 27-28 in Lincoln, NE.  Buey Tut was presented with a Rotary Humanitarian Award from Rotary International.  Only 150 are given worldwide!!  Wayne Rotary is so proud of him!!
 
 
Our representatives have some awards to bring back to share with the club.
 
 
Pictured l to r:  Dan Rose, Kyle Rose, Buey Tut, Mariana Nieto, Gary Weddel, Bill Engebretsen
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CLUB HEARS ABOUT HASKELL AG LAB

Club member Darrell Miller introduced Bill Kranz, who told us about the Haskell Ag Lab near Concord at our club meeting on July 25.  He started working there in 1985. 
 
 
Bill told us a little about the history of the Ag Lab.  It was interested to note Roy Christensen, one of the founders, was member Kaki Ley's Dad.
 
 
The generous donation by the Haskells of their farmland got the project going.
 
 
Some of the facilities that have been added over the years.  Unfortunately their staff has gone from 12 to 2.
 
 
A Nebraska map of the districts shows the 28 counties in our Northeast District.  Bill told us about the importance of the research done at the center.  Plant Hardiness in different zones is just one of the recent topics being studied.  This was a very interesting topic.
 
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CLUB MEMBERS HELP PARK CARS AT WAYNE COUNTY FAIR

We have a great turnout for assisting with the parking at the fair on Thursday night, July 26.  Most of them didn't get in this photo, but a big thanks to those of you who helped:  Ashley Rewinkel, Barb Greve, Bill Engebretsen, Bob Ensz, Cindy Brummond, Gary Weddel, Jack Imdieke, Kaki Ley, Marion Arneson, Shelley Frevert, Randy Pedersen, Darrell Miller, and Anne Nolte.  Kaki kept the fair goers entertained with her dance moves.
 
Pictured l to r:  Bob Ensz, Bill Engebretsen, Marion Arneson, Jack Imdieke, Randy Pedersen, Darrell Miller, Anne Nolte
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HASSLER SPEAKS AT CLUB MEETING

Tara Hassler, who is a member of our Rotary Club, introduced her husband, Mike Hassler, who told us about the right brain/left brain at our club meeting on July 18.  Mike has taught and coached at Wakefield for 13+ years.
 
 
Mike noted the left brain: responds to verbal instructions, problem solves sequentially, is structured, prefers multiple choice tests, controls his/her feelings, and is less expressive among many characteristics. 
 
 
In contrast the right brain: responds to demonstrated instructions, problem solves with feeling and intiution, is fluid and spontaneous, prefers drawing and manipulating objects, prefers open ended questions, and is free with his/her feelings, among many characteristics.  Mike has assisted many students, as well as adults, with the skills of drawing. His "before" and "after" pictures were amazing! 
 
 
 This is one of many projects his students participate in.  What a great display in the Wakefield Legion Hall.
 
 
 
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TOMPKINS TELLS STORY

A special thanks to Rod Tompkins for filling in as a guest speaker on July 11. Darrell Miller introduced Rod.  They both relocated to Wayne to start Heritage Homes 40 years ago.  They both have contributed greatly to our community.  It was really interesting to hear about the history of Heritage Homes and later the development of the ATM buildings.
 
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NEW WAYNE PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTOR INTRODUCED

Club member Jack Imdieke introduced Heather Headley as the speaker at our club meeting on June 20.  She is head librarian at the Wayne Public Library.  She previously worked at the library for 15 years before going to graduate school in Kansas.  There are 3,400 library cards, with hopes of adding more members including from counties other than Wayne County.  The library gets approximately 170 new items each month. Activities include a book club, adult coloring, story time, knitting, J unk in the Trunk, movie night, books for babies and preschoolers, and summer reading programs.  Check out the library's Facebook page.
 
 
 
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YOGA INSTRUCTION

Ellen Imdieke introduced Charissa Loftis, who is an advanced teacher of therapeutic yoga, at our club meeting on June 27.  A special thanks to club member Jack Imdieke and his committee for providing some great speakers this month.  Charissa noted she discovered yoga while attending graduate school and working at a desk job.  She noted it assists with neck, shoulder, and lower back aches that are common with desk jobs.  She has been active in yoga for 14 years and began teaching it in 2008.  She has gained about 2,000 hours of training.  In 2015 she earned the title RYT200. She offers group classes at 201 1/2 Main Street on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 and on Sundays from 6 - 7.  She also offers private sessions.  Group classes include warm up; work on postures, breathing, balance, etc.; and final relaxation. Moves can be modified, according to the needs and ability of the individual.  Charissa can be contacted at: charissa25@hotmail.com or 402-369-0422 for more information.
 
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MONTHLY SENIOR CENTER MEAL

Thanks to all our Rotary members who continue to support going to the Wayne Senior Center once a month for their delicious meal!  Pictured are Ashley Rewinkel, Irene Fletcher, Bob Ensz, Cornell Runestad, Barb Greve, Mara Lee, and Cindy Brummond.  George Burcum and Anne Nolte were also present. 
 
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TREE PLANTING PROJECT COMPLETED

Several members of our club planted an oak seedling on the property of club member Connie Dangberg on June 19 as part of Rotary's "Plant a Tree" initiative.  The tree was started and donated by Steve Rasmussen, our local State Forester.
 
Club members Bob Ensz and Dan Rose dug the hole and planted the seedling.
 
 
Club members Bob Ensz and Connie Dangberg.
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CLUB SERVES MEAL DURING CHAUTAUQUA

Our club served a meal in the Willow Bowl on the Wayne State College campus during the Nebraska Chautauqua event on June 8.  Approximately 50 people were served pulled pork sandwiches, beans, coleslaw, and cookies donated by our club members.  Special thanks to club member Christian Legler for preparing the pork.  Also thanks to club member Jack Imdieke for providing music during the evening.
 
 
 
 
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STATE FORESTER SPEAKS TO CLUB

Thank you to Steve Rasmussen, State Forester, for talking to our club at our June 19 meeting.  New club member Connie Dangberg was given a tree in recognition of her birthday.  There are plans to plant the tree as a club project. Club member Jack Imdieke introduced Steve.


Pictured l to r:  Steve Rasmussen, Connie Dangberg, Jack Imdieke

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NEW MEMBER INDUCTED

A warm welcome back to Connie Dangberg who rejoined our club on June 19!  Her sponsor is Marie Janke.  We are so glad to have Connie as our newest member!
 
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CHAUTAUQUA NEBRASKA VISITS CLUB

Several members of Chautauqua Nebraska visited our club at our meeting on June 6.  Chautauqua Program Manager Kristi Hayek Carley told us about the events in Wayne.  Each presenter gave us a brief overview of the person they would be representing.  It was a very informative program.
 
 
 
Pictured l to r:  Kristi Hayek Carley, Program Manager; Karen Vuranch (Edith Wharton); Helen Lewis (Jane Addams); Charles Everett Pace (W. E. B. DuBois); Ted Kachel (William Jennings Bryan); Paul Vickery (President Woodrow Wilson)
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CHARTER MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT CLUB MEETING

Three Charter Members were present at our club meeting on May 30: Rod Tompkins, Galen Wiser, and Doug Sturm. 
 
 
Rod Tompkins rejoined our club.  Galen Wiser is his sponsor.  A warm welcome back to Rod! 
 
 
CHARTER MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT CLUB MEETING 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

VOCATIONAL VISIT TO THE FLOWER CELLAR

Our club took a vocational visit on May 23 to The Flower Cellar in downtown Wayne.  Club member Wes Pinkerman introduced Greta Smith, who gave us a tour and told us all about her beautiful new business.
 
 
Interim Club President Bob Ensz started off our meeting with announcements.
 
 
 
Greta told us about her various products plus gave us some information about her plans for classes in the future.
 
 
 
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ALASKAN EXPLORATION

Club member Fauneil Bennett invited Pastor Carl and Darlene Lilienkamp to tell us about their trips to Alaska at our club meeting on May 9.  While this presentation focused on their personal photos, they have also done missionary work in the past and will be doing that again this summer. 
 
 
Darlene noted their main personal interests included: history, people, landscape, animals and plants, and roads and transportation.  During the previous two trips they lived in their camper.  
 
 
They had photos of the Alaska produce.
 
 
They had some beautiful scenery photos as well.
 
 
Carl and Darlene enjoyed an outing with Gary Miller, who was from Laurel.
 
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NE NEBRASKA COMMUNITY ACTION EXPLAINED

Club member Christian Legler introduced Kim Kaup with Northeast Nebraska Community Action at our club meeting on May 16.  Kim is a native of Beemer and lives with her family in West Point.  NNCA's main office is in Pender.  They cover 14 counties. Programs include commodities for low income clients over 60 years old, weatherization, immunization clinics, rental assistance, and Vet supportive services. 
 
 
Thank you to Ron McKeever for attending this morning.  Ron is our Area 1 Assistant Governor from Norfolk.  He is a member of the Norfolk Rotary Club.  We always enjoy his visits!
 
 
We were pleased to have Sarah Wibben join us for this morning's meeting as well.  Sarah is our scholarship winner and will be attending Wayne State College this fall.  She plans to major in music education.
 
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COUNTY ATTORNEY PIEPER ADDRESSES CLUB

Mike Pieper spoke to our club at our meeting on May 2.  He has served as Wayne County Attorney for over 26 years and is running for re-election.  Mike is a native of Dodge, Nebraska and has had 31 years of county attorney experience.  His job includes misdemeanor to felony cases, including manslaughter, sexual assault, and vehicular homicide.  He processes county tax foreclosures, advises the county board and officials, and is county coroner.
 
 
Mike was introduced by club member Fauneil Bennett.  Also pictured is club member Christian Legler, who is also on the committee. 
 
 
There was a good crowd this morning.
 
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NEW MEMBER INDUCTED

Ashley Rewinkel was inducted as a new member at our club meeting on May 2.   Ashley works at State Nebraska Bank.  We are excited to have her a part of our club!
 
 
Co-worker and friend, Cindy Brummond, is Ashley's sponsor. 
 
Pictured l to r:  Cindy Brummond, Ashley Rewinkel, Dan Rose (Membership Chair)
NEW MEMBER INDUCTED 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

WAS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT VISITS CLUB

Ky Kenny, son of Joe and Kelly Kenny, is our scholarship winner for the World Affairs Seminar at Waukesha, Wisconsin.  We were pleased to have him visit our club May 2.  As stated on their web site: The World Affairs Seminar is an international youth initiative of Rotary International District 6270.  Their vision is to bring better understanding of world problems to young people from around the globe, using current issues as a learning platform.  In the course of this study, the WAS provides opportunities for participants to discuss issues with other young people from around the world.  Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict.  The idea is if the causes are understood and solutions developed in a cooperative environment, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.  We know Ky will be a great representative.  He will graduate from Wayne High School this spring.
 
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LUKE VIRGIL IS CLUB SPEAKER

Club member Nancy Braden introduced Luke Virgil, Director of Wayne Area Economic Development, at our club meeting on April 25. Virgil was the director of the Laurel Economic Development previous to his Wayne position.
 
 
Luke stated Wayne has "good anchor institutions" and is progressive.  Like many communities, it is a challenge to develop a good work force.  He is working with the UNL Extension and Northeast Community College on a "work place culture."  He also hopes to promote more tourism in Wayne and area.
 
 
 
LUKE VIRGIL IS CLUB SPEAKER 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR WAYNE COUNTY ATTORNEY SPEAKS TO CLUB

Amy Miller, Republican Candidate for Wayne County Attorney, was a guest speaker at our club meeting on April 18.  Club member Nancy Braden introduced Amy.  Nancy is chair of the April committee. 
 
 
Amy is a Neligh native and a WSC graduate.  She completed her graduate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln's College of Law.  After receiving her Juris Doctorate at UNL, she returned to Wayne.  She has served as the Deputy Wayne County Attorney for 10 years, Deputy Thurston County Attorney for 2 years, and the Deputy Pierce County Attorney for 13 years.  She and her husband, John, have 4 children.  She discussed her professional background.  Her campaign emphasizes: availability, responsibility, and accountability. 
 
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR WAYNE COUNTY ATTORNEY SPEAKS TO CLUB 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

MONTHLY CLUB BOARD MEETING

Pictured is our Wayne Rotary Board hard at work.  A special thanks to President Barb Engebretsen for her outstanding year, especially her commitment to the District Global Grant for water for South Sudan which involved many including Aqua Africa and a cooperation between the Wayne, Nebraska and Juba, South Sudan Rotary Clubs District 5650-9212.  Barb stated, "What began as an ‘ambitious’ goal to build 8 hand-pump wells serving perhaps 4000 people of South Sudan, has bloomed to 15 wells, serving more than 12,000 people. In these communities, WASH and Micro-Democracy training for an estimated 6,000 South Sudanese have built community capacity and more importantly, dignity."  None of this would have been possible without her leadeship!  The connections in Rotary are amazing!  Also a special thanks to the dedicated members who have served on the board.  Many have contributed their time and talents for many years.
 
Pictured:  Irene Fletcher, Dan Rose, Kyle Rose, John Fuelberth, Galen Wiser, Gary Weddel, Barb Engebretsen, Darrell Miller, Bob Ensz.  Anne Nolte is taking the picture.
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JUSTIN RAULSTON IS SPEAKER

Club member Cindy Brummond introduced Justin Raulston at our club meeting on April 11.  Justin is the Director of Ministry Development for Christian Student Fellowship.  Their mission is to share "the love, truth, and purpose of Jesus with college students...Changing the World One Life at a Time."   Justin noted the program started at Kearney.  He has held his position for 4 years.  Currently they have 9 ministries, 15 staff, 7 campuses, and are in Nebraska and South Dakota.  Their work includes working with communities, establishing relationships, encouraging leadership, and honoring God.  They produce their own teaching material.
 
 
Justin noted during spring break, they have gone on many mission trips.  They hope to make a difference in the community and get students to "have a conversation with God."  He stated only 15% of U.S. college students identify themselves as Christians.  Major decisions are made in college, so he emphasized it is vital to outreach to these students.  CSF also hope to expand to other locations.  They are non-profit and rely on donations.
 
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WSC TRACK & FIELD COACH SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club member Jeff Carstens introduced Coach Marlon Brink at our April 4 club meeting.  Also speaking was Michaela Dendinger, who is a 5th year Senior and an All American.  Jeff noted this is Marlon's 18th season at WSC and has 7 NSIC Championships under his belt.
 
 
Marlon noted he has about 60 athletes. The majority are from Nebraska and Iowa. However, other places represented include Kenya, France, Florida, and Texas.  Marlon told us about his staff and volunteers.  
 
 
His teams are men and women combined. Generally Cross Country runs from September through November; Indoor Track from December through March, and Outdoor Track from March through May.  Marlon noted the ultimate goal is to do well at the NSIC Championship.  Updated facilities include the indoor and outdoor tracks with a new press box being currently constructed, a weight room, and shot put ring, hammer cage, and discus area.
 
 
Marlon has an impressive record at WSC.  Some records include: Katie Wilson 2008 Outdoor - Shot; Sara Wells - 2015 Indoor/Outdoor Shot; Michaela Dendinger - 1027 Outdooor Shot.  Marlon's students preform well on the academic level as well.  Marlon noted some of the volunteer work his students did for our community.  
 
 
Michaela is a Hartington High School graduate and is from Coleridge. She intends to go into Occupational Therapy.  Michaela has a very impressive record.
 
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NEW FERMENTATION DEGREE AT WSC

Club member Darius Agoumba introduced David Peitz at our club meeting on March 28.  David told our club about the Development of the Fermentation Sciences Degree at Wayne State College.  He said this new program will increase options for Chemistry majors.  Freshmen will be targeted.  Options with this major include individual businesses such as a microbrewery and winery or working for an industry.  Students will get a 4-year degree.  David also noted there is a potential of holding workshops for those interested.  
 
 
David also told our club Nebraska ranks 34th in the U.S. breweries with 33 craft businesses. $424 million is the economic impact. 39,505 barrels of craft beer are made every year.
 
 
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VOCATIONAL VISIT TO MICAH'S CLOSET

 Club Member Mary Carstens introduced Lizzy Cunningham and Pastor Kyle Nelson at our vocational visit on March 21.  Lizzy told us about about Micah's Closet.
 
 
Our club met first at the United Methodist Church.  A special thank you to club members Cindy Brummond, Mary Carstens, & George Burcum for the coffee and yummy goodies!
 
 
Lizzy explained their missions include the United Methodist Church, Haven House, WIC, Community Service, Building Blocks, victims of house fires, Foster Care families, Coat Closet, Beanie Baby Drive, and the Humane Society.  Lizzy told about their community involvement including a coat walk, craft night, WSC artists and fashion and design.
 
 
The clothes are neatly organized. Lizzy noted they have made many recent improvements to the building and will have a new shed in the future.  The store has volunteers plus get additional help from others including the Wayne High School special education class, WSC construction majors and fashion merchandising students.
 
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CLUB HEARS ABOUT WAYNE DANCE STUDIO

Club Member Mary Carstens introduced Taryn Winter at our regular club meeting on March 14.  Taryn told our club about her Wayne Dance Studio. Taryn is a WSC graduate who returned to Wayne after living in Minneapolis. (Taryn coached the Wayne "She Devils" for 2 years while a student.)  She started her classes on September 11, 2017.  Classes include jazz, tap, hip-hop, jazzercise, and ballet.  She also has 6 teachers who assist.  Her students will give a recital at Ramsey Theater on May 18.  She utilizes Utube and social media. Taryn currently has about 95 students.  You can contact her for more details as she has plans for a summer session in July and a Camp in August.
 
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CHECK PRESENTED TO WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL

Bob Ensz, Past President, presented a $100 check from the Wayne Rotary Club to the Wayne High School Student Council after a presentation by Emma Walling and Julie Osnes about the school’s fund drive to raise money for Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.
 
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CHAMBER COFFEE RECOGNIZES WAYNE SERVICE CLUBS

The weekly Chamber Coffee was held on March 9 to recognize the Wayne Service Clubs.  Irene Fletcher gave the announcements for Wayne Area Economic Development.  Those attending included members of the Wayne Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.
 
 
 
Jean Harris, President of the Wayne Kiwanis Club, told us about their many activities.
 
 
 
Barb Engebretsen, President of the Wayne Rotary Club, also told about their activities.
 
 
 
Some of the Rotary members who attended the coffee.  Several members slipped out before the photo.
 
 
Photos during the past year of some of the Rotary projects.
 
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MEMBERS EAT AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER

Pictured are a few of the Rotary members who ate lunch at the Wayne Senior Center on March 8.  Thanks to so many who faithfully support this monthly project! 
 
 
 
MEMBERS EAT AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

 
WINNEBAGO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT IS SPEAKER

 
 
Club member Bob Ensz introduced Dan Fehringer as our speaker for the March 7 club meeting.  Dan has been Superintendent for 10 years and Principal the previous 8 years at Winnebago Public Schools.  Dan noted their school employees work on "building relationships" and focus on the positive.  Their mission statement is, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow."
 
 
Dan has helped promote $20 million dollars in recent spending to improve the facilities for their students, which include a Green Room and a Soundproof Room, which give the students a "hands on experience."  Impact Aid money has to be lobbied for every year.  The school has 600 students in K-12. Stability and longevity have assisted to help build trust.  Teachers are expected to attend events.  The programs are set up for success.  Dan also showed us several impressive videos made by the students, including Sacred Voices.
 
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WSC ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO CLUB

Mike Powicki, Wayne State College Athletic Director, gave us an update at our club meeting on February 28. This is his 6th year at WSC. H is hand-outs had lots of information about his department.  He was asked by club member Kevin Armstrong to be our guest speaker.
 
 
Mike told us about the new Press Box, which should be completed before the first football game this fall.  The lower level will include a viewing and hospitality area, recruiting, classroom for communications majors, and storage for equipment.  The upper level will be for coaches and media staff.  There will be a camera deck.  Mike also noted the conditioning strength coach focuses on injury prevention, better performance, strengthening, and conditioning.
 
 
WSC has the 13 programs listed below.  Also listed are NSIC programs not sponsored by WSC.  It is noted there is a wrestling club.  WSC ranks 1st out of 16 for financial efficiency; 4th for efficiency, performance, & graduation rate, and 13th for total athletic spending.  56 athletic scholarships were offered in 16'-17'.  A fund drive is being planned.  Several of our members complimented the athletes for their contribution to the community and for their strong commitment to their grades and education.
 
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CLUB HOLDS ANNUAL POTATO BAKE FUNDRAISER

Our club held our annual Potato Bake fundraiser on February 11 at the Wayne City Auditorium.  All of our members help with this project, including being responsible to sell their packet of tickets ahead of the event. 
 
 
Our treasurer, Bill Engebretsen, collected the tickets and money.  A special thanks to every one of our members for their assistance with some many things!
 
Pictured l to r:  Bill Engebretsen, George Burcum, Greg Vander Weil
 
We had lots of delicious desserts, which are made by our members.
 
 
Some of our pie cutters.
 
Pictured l to r:  Larry Magnuson, Galen Wiser, Randy Pedersen, Kevin Armstrong, Jim Frank
 
Getting ready to serve.
 
Pictured l to r:  Shelley Frevert, Nancy Braden, Jack Imdieke
 
Pictured:  Wes and Claudia Pinkerman
 
Pictured l to r:  Nancy Braden, Marie Janke, Greg Vander Weil, Christian Legler
 
Thanks to all of you who supported our fund raiser!  The profits are used mainly for local youth projects including scholarships, support for TeamMates, and area 3rd grade dictionaries.
 
 
 
 
Pictured l to r:  Tara Hassler, Irene Fletcher, Jeff Carstens, Mary Carstens
 
A special thanks to the Rotaract students who were so much help!
 
 
 
It was fun to see some of the WSC International students come to our event.
 
 
Wayne Rotary always knows how to have fun!!
 
Pictured l to r:  Les Mann and Darius Agoumba
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WORLD AFFAIRS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE

Applications are now available for 2 scholarships offered by the Wayne Rotary Club to attend the 2018 World Affairs Seminar.  The seminar will be held in Waukesha, WI, June 23-29, 2018.  Application deadline is March 15, 2018.  For more information, click on this link:  http://www.worldaffairsseminar.org/about or contact Dr. Barbara Engebretsen at baenge1@wsc.edu or (402) 375-7044.
 
 
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MASSAGE THERAPIST TALKS TO CLUB

Club member Shelley Frevert invited Holly Wamstad to tell us about her job as a Message Therapist during our club meeting on February 21.  She works with Herman Chiropractic, splitting her time in Wayne and in Pender.  She has been a therapist for 7 years.  
 
 
She looks at the cause of pain and assists her patients with preventative measures such as correct posture while sitting and walking and gives them stretches.  For her education she had to take 1000 hours, including a lot of anatomy, plus 250 hours with patients.  She had to take State Boards and also takes at least 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.  She noted every state has different requirements.
 
 
Special guests Julie Osnes and Craig Walling's daughter, Emma, gave a presentation on their school fund drive to raise money to the Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.  The club voted to match their $97.93.
 
 
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VOCATIONAL VISIT TO HASEMANN FUNERAL HOME

Our club took a vocational visit on February 14 to Hasemann Funeral Home.  A big thank you to Scott Hasemann for telling our club about his business and to club member Shelley Frevert for lining up our vocational visit.  Also thanks to our members and guests for attending!
 
 
Scott noted it is important to discuss your wishes concerning your funeral with your family, so that they know how you want your service.
 
 
Scott gave us forms that we can use to document information about our family, details we want at our service, and other vital information.  It is important to let your family have a copy.
 
 
He noted it is less stressful to discuss funeral arrangements ahead of time with your family, so your family doesn't have to make all the decisions.
 
 
Our tour included information about the various caskets and their different features. 
 
 
Scott also told us about cremation.  The case contains various containers to hold the ashes.  He also gave us information on estimated costs for funerals.  He noted some people use their life insurance to cover the expenses.
 
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WSC ALUMNI TRIP TO ITALY

Club member Kevin Armstrong told our club about the Wayne State College alumni trip to Italy at our club meeting on February 7.  Kevin is the CEO of the WSC Foundation. 
 
 
Kevin had some really interesting photos and stories about their trip taken in 2017.
 
 
They are looking into a future alumni trip. Anyone interested can contact Kevin at the Foundation office.
 
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"SOUPER BOWL" FOOD DRIVE HELD

Thanks to everyone who assisted with our Wayne Food Pantry "Souper Bowl" Drive last Friday night, February 2.  A special thanks to all the shoppers at Quality Foods and Pac N Save who so generously contributed to the donations.  Also thank you to the owners of Quality Foods and Pac
 
 
 N Save for allowing us to use their grocery stores to gather contributions.
 
Pictured above:  Carol Dunning and Bob Ensz at Quality Food Center.
 
Pictured above:  Paula Peterson and Christian Legler at Pac N Save.
 
Pictured above:  Paula Peterson and Jim Frank at Pac N Save.
 
This crew helped carry all the donations down to the food pantry.  Thanks all.  Many hands made light work.  Pictured below:  Irene Fletcher, John Fuelberth, Darrell Miller, Bob Ensz, and Shelley Frevert.
 
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CLUB MEMBERS TELL OF TRIP TO ITALY

Fellow Rotary members, Gary Weddel and Paula Peterson, gave our club a condensed pictorial presentation on January 31.  They talked about their trip to Venice, Florence, Siena, and Rome last summer.   Included are just a few of the beautiful photos they took.
 
 
 
 
 
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WSC MULTICULTURAL CENTER

Club member Gary Weddel introduced Dr. Leah Kieno, who is with the Wayne State College Multicultural Center at our meeting on January 24.  She and club member Mary Carstens assist the WSC international students.  Ellie Thuy Tran, who is a student from Viet Nam, also contributed to the program.
 
 
Leah told us 19 countries have representatives at WSC.  There are 30 active students.  There are additional options for the students to stay in the U.S. after graduation.  There is hope the international program will continue to grow.  People like Leah and Mary help the students get acculturated to the U.S., become familiar with the higher education system and the laws, and to have realistic expectations.
 

Below are some of the services to help the students including assisting with money which includes paying bills, learning the law, and helping with transportation.
 
 
Mary noted the What If? program has been successful.  Our club has been active in a few of their projects.
 
 
All were encouraged to attend the International Dinner at WSC.  Typically over 200 people attend. Entertainment is provided.  Tickets will be $10 each.  On March 16th there will be an International Student Transfer Day.
 
 
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MEAL ENJOYED AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER

Thanks to all our Rotary members who faithfully continue to support our monthly visit to the Wayne Senior Center. There are a number of members who are not in the photos as well.  
 
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ROTARY "PLANT A TREE" PROJECT

Club member Les Mann explained the Rotary "plant a tree" project at our club meeting on January 17.  International Rotary President Ian Riseley challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of it's members between the start of the Rotary year, July 1, 2017, and Earth Day on April 22, 2018.
 
 
Note the beautiful real lemons from Les' lemon tree.
 
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VOCATIONAL VISIT TO TOWER SCHOOL

Chantelle Nelsen told us about the purpose of the ESU #1 Tower School for our vocational visit on January 10.  It is a 202-day Level III Special Education placement and provides an alternative placement for contracted services for school districts in the area.  Thank you to club member Carol Dunning for organizing this interesting tour! 
 
 
There are two specialized classrooms with placement based on students needs.  Chantelle told us the school focuses on transition, daily living, vocational, academic, functional, social, and behavioral skills.  They use the Boys Town and ABLLS curriculum.
 
 
The average length of stay is one year.  The goal for all students is increased independence and success in the least restrictive environment possible.  The school has a waiting list of students.  Typical enrollment is between 32-37 students with staffing based upon student need.  They work under a point system, earning positive or negative points based upon their behavior.  Chantelle also gave us a tour of the building and explained how the various areas are utilized.
 
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WAYNE COMMUNITY THEATRE PROGRAM

Dr. Melissa Derechailo, Vice President of the Wayne Community Theater, was our guest speaker on January 3.  She has also taught at Wayne State College for 15 years.  She informed us the theater began in 1939 as the Wayne Players.  Club member Gary Weddel, who has actively participated in this organization, introduced Melissa.
 
 
The Wayne Community Theatre was formed to foster, promote and increase the practice, knowledge, and appreciation of the art of theatrical performing in Wayne and the surrounding areas.  Some of the activities include the Missoula Children's Theater.  Other projects include partnering with WSC's service Learning Program and with the Stage Players from Sioux City.
 
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VOCATIONAL VISIT TO JOHNNIE BYRD BREWING COMPANY

Greg Ptacek hosted us at the Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company on December 13. Greg's grandfather, John Ptacek (means little bird in Czech), had a band called the Johnnie Bird Orchestra​ from which the name is derived.  He explained how he converted the old fire hall into a bar/brewery.
 
 
The "Taproom" has a bar and tables for 46 customers and an overflow room down the hall for another 65.  Next Spring he plans a beer garden for 50 more.  The Taproom has 7 taps with beer in 6 for the public and one that contains current new brews for members of the tasting club.  Greg said the plan is to have 2 or 3 crowd favorites plus 3 or 4 others to try.  There is also a plan for some non-alcoholic drinks.  He wants to brew craft beer you want to drink and not what you think you should drink.
 
 
We toured the back room that included the overflow area, storage for the many beer making supplies (some grains were from foreign countries), the brewing equipment, and cool storage area.  
 
 
He currently has three part time employees besides himself.  Plan to visit this soon. He invites people to bring their own food into the building to enjoy along with the brews. 
 
 
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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AT PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER

Jodie Thompson was introduced by club member Jim Frank as the speaker for our club meeting on December 20.  She has worked at Providence Medical Center for 18 years plus has been an EMT in Laurel.
 
Hospice volunteers have been assisting for a number of years.  Jodie told us about how communities can be better prepared for disasters, such as our recent tornados.
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FFA PROGRAM STARTED AT WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL

FFA advisor and Wayne High Ag instructor Toni Rasmussen along with Wayne High students Allison Claussen, Hana Nelsen, and Mariah Frevert spoke about the program at Wayne High at our club meeting on November 22.  Toni started at Wayne High in the fall of 2017 and is a native of Albion.  Each girl told about their background and their interest in the ag education program.  Toni noted FFA started in 1928.  Nebraska added women members in 1971.
 
 
Classes include Plant Science, Ag Business and Land, and Intro to Ag.  Items studied include soils, plants, and animal health.  Programs include LDE, EDGE, and SAE.  The club currently has 28 members.  Toni said she has been really happy with the community support.
 
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ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH

Dan Rose has been telling our club more about the Rotary Foundation as November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Dan noted our club averages about $50 a week, which is used for the Foundation and matching funds.
 
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WHAT IF PROGRAM EXPLAINED

Club member Mary Carstens told our club on November 15 about the What IF? Program which involves international students at Wayne State College.  Mary and others realized the need to connect international student with the community outside of campus, especially during college breaks.  Several of our members have "adopted" a student this year.
 
 
Ellie from Vietnam, Gopal from Nepal, and Daniel from Mexico are pictured with Mary and Jeff Carstens.  Each student told our club a little about themselves and how they ended up coming to WSC.
 
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SENIOR CENTER MEAL

Just of few photos of some of the Rotary members who visited the Senior Center at noon on November 16 for another delicious meal!  A special thanks to all our members, their spouses, and guests who have supported this project! We are fortunate to have such a nice center, their great staff, and volunteers!  
 
 
Not all of our members got in the photos.  My count is approximately 15.  It was nice to have new club member Mara Lee and Trisha Hansen come.  It definitely lowered the age group!
 
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CARE PACKAGES FOR WSC INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The Wayne Rotary Club donated 10 care packages for Thanksgiving to Wayne State College International students who will be unable to go home for Thanksgiving.  Thanks to club member Carol Dunning for taking her time to organize this project and pick up the supplies.  A special thank you to club member Mary Carstens for organizing the What If? Organization and bringing the need to the attention of our Rotary Club.
 
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VOCATIONAL VISIT TO SWAN'S APPAREL

Club member Marie Janke introduced Jen Claussen, the owner of Swan's Apparel for Women and Men, at our vocational visit on Nov. 8.
 
 
Jen, an Emerson native, told us some personal history. She graduated from Wayne State College.  She worked with Marie Mohr for over ten years, becoming the Manager of Swan's Apparel.  She also told us a little about running a business and about her buying trips.
 
 
Our members enjoyed seeing the new Swan's for Men store, which is across the street from the Women's store.
 
 
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SOCIAL WITH ROTARACT CLUB

Ten Rotary Club members and 4 Rotaract members met at The 4th Jug on Thursday, November 9, for a social evening.  It was a fun evening visiting with these students and getting to know them better!
 
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MARTIAL ARTS EXPLAINED

At our club meeting on November 1st, Sara Westerhold told our club about the teaching of Martial Arts.  The classes meet in the building by O’Reilly Auto Parts. They share the space with the Wayne State College Wrestling Team and with Gymnastics classes.  Sara noted they offer 4 classes: Little Dragons, Taekwondo, Gumdo (which involves knives), and Hapkido (which utilizes pressure points).  She said the classes help build self-confidence in her students.
 
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ROTARY TREE PLANTING CHALLENGE

Fellow member, Bill Engebretsen, was the speaker at our club meeting on Oct. 18.  He told us about Arbor Day and our Rotary tree challenge.  Not only does Bill have a Master’s of Divinity degree, but he has an undergraduate degree in biology and is an Arbor Day Foundation member.  Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s 2017-18 challenge is:  Every Rotarian plant a tree by Earth Day April 22, 2018.  
 
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CHATAUQUA COMING TO WAYNE

Dr. Yasuko Taoka, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State College, talked to the club on Oct. 25 about the 2018 Chautauqua, which will be held in Wayne on June 4th - 10th.  The theme will be World War 1.  Topics will include women in the workforce, the Spanish flu pandemic, and local ties to the war. On June 26, 1883, the first Chautauque program in Nebraska opened in Crete.  Club member Vaughn Benson introduced Yasuko.
 
 
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KIRK PENNER SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club Member Eric Knutson introduced Kirk Penner, who is a Republican Candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.  He spoke to the club at our regular meeting on October 11.
 
 
Kirk has been a small business owner for 25 years.  He noted he does not consider being a politician a career.  Some goals include helping small businesses, solve corruption, lower our national debt, and stop taxpayer bailouts.  He and his family made the decision 3 years ago to run for the office.  He noted he has been researching issues for over 10 years.  For more details you can go to www.kirkpenner.com.
 
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NEW MEMBER WELCOMED!

A warm welcome to Mara Lee, our newest member to the club! (Her father, Tom, was a previous member.)  Jim Frank is Mara's sponsor.
 
 
Membership Chair Dan Rose doing the installation.
 
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DOLLIVER SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club Member Eric Knutson introduced Dennis Dolliver, Wayne Jr. High Principal and AD at our meeting on Oct. 4.  He had been at the Norfolk schools a number of years and prior to that Stanton plus some other schools before that.  He said players, parents, coaches, fans are all role models and need to remain in those roles to promote good sportsmanship.  Dolliver said everyone should respect the opponents and officials.
 
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MORE DICTIONARIES DELIVERED TO AREA SCHOOLS

Posted on Oct 09, 2017
Dictionaries were delivered to the classes taught by Mrs. Amber Boubin and Mrs. Denise Kinkaid at Laurel
 
 
Darrell and Galen delivered dictionaries to the students taught by Tim Stubbs at the Winside Elementary School.
 
 
Mrs. Feller and Mrs. McClure combined their classes for the presentation at Wisner-Pilger School.
 
 
Thanks to Tara Hassler and Darrell Miller for visiting the Allen school.  Mr, Blohm is the teacher.
 
 
Dictionaries were delivered to two classes in Wakefield taught by Mrs. Garrard and Mrs. Gutzmann.
 
 
Club Member Carol Dunning helped distribute dictionaries at Pender Public School. Teachers are Liz Hoffman and Tara Miller. 
 
 
Dictionaries delivered to Walthill School.  Teachers are Jody Brockman and Kari Simonsen.
 
 
Teachers at Macy School are Sandra Scheuler, Rebecca Kerber, and Lea Collins. 
 
 
Dictionary Project is completed. Again a special thank you to Darrell Miller for once again doing a great job chairing this project and to all the Rotarians who took their time to visit all these wonderful schools!  This is one of our favorite projects!
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WSC PRESIDENT RAMES SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club Member George Burcum introduced Dr. Marysz Rames, Wayne State College President, at our meeting on September 27.  She gave some of the many updates going on at WSC.  One of the newest projects is the new degree in Fermenting, which utilizes chemistry.  The feed back has been good on the Rural Law Opportunities. Metro Tech Community College in Omaha is working with the college concerning teaching endorsements in Applied Technology.  More diversity is a goal in working together with UNL's engineering department.  More online classes are being offered, including a Special Education Endorsement.  Facility updates include: the completion of the Library, dining area remodel in the Student Center, full occupancy in Bowen Hall, and approval of the Crime Scene Investigation Lab and the Center For Applied Technology and a new Press Box.
 
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DICTIONARIES DELIVERED TO SCHOOLS

Thanks to the Wayne Rotary Club, third graders in area schools have or will receive new dictionaries that belong to them.  Local students receiving the dictionaries include the following schools: Wayne, Wayne St. Mary's, Winside, Wisner-Pilger, Pender, Emerson-Hubbard, Wakefield, Allen, Walthill, Winebago, Omaha Nation, and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.  The goal of this project is to assist students to complete the school year as good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers by having their own personal dictionary.
 
Pictured l to r:  Darrell Miller (who has chaired this project for 10 years), Paula Peterson, Bill Engebretsen, Christian Legler, Bob Ensz
 
Darrell and Christian took books to Mrs. Sims' class.  The Wayne Rotary Club has given away over 3,000 dictionaries since the project started in 2007.  Two other Wayne elementary classes received books this morning.
 
 
Rotarians Darrell Miller and Anne Nolte delivered dictionaries to St. Mary's Elementary School.   The teacher is Mrs. Westerhold. 
 
 
The Rotary Dictionary Project is striving to give every third grade student in the U.S. their own dictionary.  Over two million children received a dictionary in 2016, thanks to the Rotary Dictionary Project throughout the U.S.
 
 
Each student writes his/her name in their own book.
 
 
Students are told to look up a word together.
 
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NEW MEMBERS!!

Congratulations to Christian Legler and Greg Vander Weil, our newest members.  Welcome to our club!
 
 
Dan Rose did the installation at our club meeting on Sept. 20.  Barb Engebretsen is the sponsor for Christian, and Bill Engebretsen is the sponsor for Greg.
 
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PINK FLAMINGO NITE

Kim Dunklau was our speaker at our club meeting on Sept. 20.  She told us about Pink Flamingo Nite, which is Thursday, October 5th at Our Savior Lutheran Church.  Times are 5:30 to 9:30.  A variety of vendors will be there.  The speaker will start at 7, with the style show at 8.  $5 tickets are available at various locations.  Events include food, music, cash wine bar, and door prizes.
 
 
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HEALTH CARE DISCUSSED

Rotary member, George Burcum, led a discussion on U.S. health care at our meeting on Sept. 13.  George noted there are 30 nations ahead of the U.S.in life expectancy.  The U.S. spends more on health care but with worse results.  A news article noted we go to the doctor less than people in other countries and get hospitalized less, but we are paying more for the things we do not use.  It said many die from complications or conditions that could have been avoided with timely and effective care.
 
 
 
Other topics discussed included the money spent for research, incentives to change our life styles, end of life expenses, prevention, water quality, the effects of violence, and nutrition.
 
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DICTIONARIES PREPARED FOR 3RD GRADERS

The Rotary Dictionary Project is striving to give every third grade student in the U.S. their own dictionary.  Over two million children received a dictionary in 2016.  This is thanks to the generosity of sponsors, such as Rotary, who have participated in the project.  Wayne Club members assisted Darrell Miller with adding the labels to the inside of the dictionaries at our club meeting on Sept. 13.  Darrell has chaired this project for over 10 years.  We thank him for his dedication.
 
 
About 400 dictionaries will be distributed by Wayne Rotary volunteers to 3rd graders in twelve area schools (11 towns).  These will be delivered in the next few weeks.
 
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WAYNE ROTARY CLUB HOSTS DIY BIKE FIX-IT SATURDAYS

Wayne Rotary Club is hosting a DIY Bike Fix-It Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm in the garage of Bill and Barb Engebretsen at 500 Oak Drive in Wayne.  The first Saturday was held on September 9.  Barb reported there were 7 who attended--mostly for flat tires and tune-ups.  Next date is September 23.  Thanks to Barb for the photos and to all who assisted with repairs, which included a number of Rotarians.
 
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PICNIC HELD FOR "WHAT IF" PARTICIPANTS

There was a great attendance at the What IF International Friendships group potluck at Bressler Park held on Sept. 10.  A number of Rotarians are participating in this new project which pairs an International Student from Wayne State College with a family in Wayne.  Thanks to Mary Carstens for organizing a fun night.
 
 
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CROSS COUNTRY MEET HELD SEPT. 11

The Wayne Cross Country Meet was held on September 11, 2017.  A special thanks to John Fuelberth for organizing the Junior High meet for many years.
 
 
Several Rotarians helped with the meet.  Bob Ensz did the announcing, and Bill Engebretsen handed out the awards for the Junior High girls.  Club Member Brian Kufner handed out the awards to the Junior High boys.  
 
 
 
Club Member Randy Pedersen, owner of The Diamond Center, has provided the trophies and medals for years.
 

 
 
 
Pictured below are just some of the Rotarians who assisted this year.
 
 
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VANDER WEIL TELLS ABOUT WSC WRESTLING PROGRAM

Club Member Bob Ensz introduced Greg Vander Weil, who told us wrestling was started at Wayne State College about 45 years ago.  It has been a club program for 10 years.
 
 
They teach faith, family, education, and wrestling.  Greg said it is "a team sport for individuals."  Weight classes range from 125 to 285.  They have about $2,500 available in scholarships.  The team also hires out to do moving for the public for additional funds.
 
 
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CSI IN WAYNE

Dr. Jason Karsky and Cassie Post, MSFS, told our club about the Crime Scene Investigation Labratory that will be built in the near future across from the Willow Bowl at our August 30 meeting.  This will provide "hands on experience" at the undergraduate level.  Students will learn about crime scene processing: assessing, observing, documenting, searching, collecting, and processing/analyzing.  This practical/applied training site will be utilized to learn how to approach, collect, document, and process evidence.  This will make the students ready for regional and national competitions and will assist them for job applications after graduation. They both noted new methods are discovered in this field every day.
 
 
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PARTICIPATE IN AQUA RUN

Wayne Rotary was well represented at the Aqua Run held in Omaha, NE, on August 26.  There were over 100 runners, so probably about 20 five-member relay teams.  Each team member ran 2000 meters with a 5 pound hydra pack on their back for a total of 10 kilometers, the distance women and children often have to walk daily to get water for their families.  Registration fees support Aqua Africa.
 
  
 
The Wayne Rotary team finished 7th overall.  The team included Bill Engebretsen, Henry Miller (a WSC senior who is a supporter of the Aqua Africa cause), Marcella Jurotich, David Ensz, and Bob Ensz.
 
 
Thanks to Barb Engebretsen for a photo of the Rotaract team as well.
 
 
 Barb stated, "We had a wonderful time at the Omaha zoo with Marcella and Jenna - two Rotary scholarship recipients - remarkable, bright and compassionate young women."
 
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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Club Members Dan and Kyle Rose told our club about their recent attendance at the International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  They were among 40,000 people, with 75 from our local District 5650. 
 
 
More than 175 countries and territories were represented. During the convention a 1.2 billion dollar pledge to eradicate polio was established. 
 
 
If interested in attending next year's convention in Canada, get your reservations in early! 
 
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HELP WITH BIKE TO SCHOOL

August 18 was the "kickoff" day for Bike to School Fridays.  Thanks to all Rotarians that greeted students at Wayne Elementary School.
 
   
 
   
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MONTHLY LUCH AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER

Thanks to our members who continue to support our monthly visit to the Wayne Senior Center.  Those attending this week were: Dan & Kyle Rose, Marion Arneson, Irene Fletcher, Carol Dunning, Cornell Runestad, Bob & Deb Ensz, Barb Greve, George Burcum, and Anne Nolte.  Remember we will plan to go on the third Thursday of the month (unless they are closed).
 
 
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AWARDS WON AT DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Our club was well represented at the District 5650 Conference held in Omaha on August 11 and 12.  Pictured below (back row, l to r):  Bob Ensz, Oswald Adohinzin (Rotaract), Darius Agoumba, Dan Rose, Buey Tut (Aqua Africa), Kyle Rose, Irene Fletcher; (front, l to r): Bill Engebretsen, Barb Engebretsen
 
 
Members helped with the display at the Friendship Table to promote our recent Bike Project.
 
 
Past President Bob Ensz accepted the award for Outstanding Club/Medium Club from Past District Governor Gary Bren.
 
 
Bob presented the awards to our club at our meeting on August 16.  We were also received an award for Youth Service Projects/Medium Club.  Wayne was #3 for per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and the club was the #2 club in the District for the 2016-17 Rotary year.
 
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NEW BREWERY OWNER SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club member Kaki Ley introduced Greg Patcek, owner of Johnny Byrd Brewing Company, who spoke at our meeting on August 16. Greg hopes to have an October opening for his craft brewery which will also offer Root Beer.  He explained a Benefit Corporation. He noted there are about 4,200 breweries in the United States.  Greg has been brewing about two years and has been working hard towards his opening.
 
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WORLD AFFAIRS SEMINAR PRESENTATION

Marcella Jurotich told us about her experience of attending the 2017 World Affairs Seminar  (WAS) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, at our club meeting on July 26.  WAS was attended by students from 25 US states and 32 other countries.  The 2017 theme was Social Justice.  Presenters included a US government official who said communication is the key;  a US citizen who grew up in Saudia Arabia & Eqypt; another speaker was a filmmaker; the president of Rotary International;  and a refugee from Somolia who is helping refugees adapt to a new life.  The attendees did a diplomacy exercise, took field trips, learned Braille, did karaoke, and they put on a talent show.  Marc Bathke, a teacher at Allen HS, drove the students to Wisconsin and also told about some of what went on at WAS.  He also brought a letter from his daughter, Katie, who attended WAS but was unable to come to the Rotary meeting.  She thanked Wayne Rotary for their support and told about here experience there.
 
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WORLD AFFAIRS SEMINAR PRESENTATION

Marcella Jurotich told us about her experience of attending the 2017 World Affairs Seminar  (WAS) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, at our club meeting on July 26.  WAS was attended by students from 25 US states and 32 other countries.  The 2017 theme was Social Justice.  Presenters included a US government official who said communication is the key;  a US citizen who grew up in Saudia Arabia & Eqypt; another speaker was a filmmaker; the president of Rotary International;  and a refugee from Somolia who is helping refugees adapt to a new life.  The attendees did a diplomacy exercise, took field trips, learned Braille, did karaoke, and they put on a talent show.  Marc Bathke, a teacher at Allen HS, drove the students to Wisconsin and also told about some of what went on at WAS.  He also brought a letter from his daughter, Katie, who attended WAS but was unable to come to the Rotary meeting.  She thanked Wayne Rotary for their support and told about here experience there.

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW MEMBERS!!

The club welcomed 3 new members on July 26!  We are happy to have Kevin Armstrong, Jeff Carstens and Mary Carstens join our Rotary family!!
 
Pictured l to r:  Dan Rose, Membership Chair; Barbara Engebretsen (sponsor for Mary); Kevin Armstrong; Jeff Carstens; Mary Carstens; Kyle Rose (sponsor for Kevin); and Bill Engebretsen (sponsor for Jeff).
 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS CLUB

District Governor Tom Cardwell was welcomed to the club on August 9.  As always Song Leader Kaki Ley came up with some special songs for the DG visit.
 
 
Dan Rose and Barb Engebretsen gave a special presentation for District Governor Tom.  Dan asked DG Tom to identify some "blotches."
 
 
 
Barb is busy typing in the input from Tom.
 
 
DG Tom told our club about some of his goals for the year.
 
 
DG Tom presented the banner showing the Rotary theme for 2017-18 to President Barb.
 
 
President Barb also presented a gift basket to DG Tom and his wife, Jenny.  We all enjoyed their visit.
 
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CLUB HOLDS SOCIAL FOR DISTRICT GOVERNOR

Thanks to Dan & Kyle for once again hosting the club social on August 8 to welcome District 5650 Governor Tom Cardwell and his wife, Jenny.
 
 
Also thanks to all the members who attended.  As always, the food was delicious!
 
 
 
DG Tom and Jenny visit with some of our members.
 
 
Club President Barb Engebretsen gave a warm welcome.
 
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LUNCH AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER

Thanks to our Rotary members and their guests for supporting our monthly visit to the Wayne Senior Center.  Thanks also to club member Carol Dunning for providing these photos.  Note there are some additional members sitting at other tables.  We now have a schedule of the 3rd Thursday of the month so members can plan ahead.
 
 
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ARNESONS TALK ABOUT WILLA CATHER FOUNDATION

Thanks to Marion and Pat Arneson for a very interesting presentation on July 19 showing all the historical preservations they have been assisting with in Red Cloud. Their dedication to Marion’s hometown is commendable!
 
 
They had a very impressive powerpoint which told us a lot of information about the community of Red Cloud as well as about its famous author.
 
 
Marion and Pat brushed us up on the history of Willa Cather. She wrote 23 books, some set in Red Cloud.
 
 
The Opera House is just one of the many projects the Foundation has taken on.  There is also a native prairie grass farm.
 
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SPEAKER FROM NEBRASKA CHILDREN'S HOME

Gary Nelson, Planned Giving Manager, for the Nebraska Children's Home was the speaker at our regular club meeting on August 2.  Gary was introduced by club member Tara Hassler who has a personal connection to the organization.
 
 
They have been in operation for 124 years and have over 24,000 names in their data base.  Offices are located in Alliance, Beatrice, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff.
 
 
Gary noted they provide safe loving and information on parenting, pregnancy, and adopting.  They help with a Circle of Security - accepting people for what they do.  Many of our members have a personal connection with adoption.
 
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ROTARIANS OF THE YEAR

Galen Wiser and Darrell Miller were recently voted Rotarians of the Year by fellow members.  This year was a tie.  Some of the criteria for nomination include: attending at least 60% of the meetings, not holding an elected officer position, chairing or helping with projects, or contributing to the Rotary International Foundation.  Both are very involved with the club and have served as Presidents among many other titles.  Galen is a Charter Member of the Wayne Rotary Club and is currently our Sergeant-At-Arms.  Darrell co-chairs the Administration Committee and is chair of the Dictionary Project.  Congratulations to both!!
 
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PAST PRESIDENT ENSZ FOUND GUILTY!

Past President Bob Ensz was roasted at our club meeting on July 12 with a trial to determine if he was an outstanding club president.  Many thanks to Les Mann for providing photos from Bob's year as president and many others involved in the fun!!
 
"Judge" Eric Knutson begins the trial.
 
 
"Court appointed attorney" Dan Rose arrives to defend President Bob.
 
 
The jury is selected for the trial.
 
 
New Club President Barb Engebretsen swears in Past President Bob.
 
 
Bob questions the ability of his representative!
 
 
The "jury" listens carefully to the evidence.
 
 
The "judge" is busy making notes.
 
 
"Prosecuting Attorney" Bill Engebretsen presents the evidence to show Bob has been an outstanding President.
 
 
Dan presents his "briefs!"  Oops!!
 
 
Attorney Dan points out the awards won in the previous year.
 
 
Club President for 2015-16 Irene Fletcher was called as a witness.
 
 
The "attorneys" approach the bench!
 
 
Barb reads the "verdict" declaring that Bob was a GREAT president for 2016-17!
 
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD

The last meeting for President Bob Ensz, who is discussing the meeting with the incoming President Barb Engebretsen.
 
 
Our meeting was well attended, although the new seating arrangement confused many of us!
 
 
It was exciting to have some guests: Jeff Carstens, Mary Carstens, and Kevin Armstrong.  Guests are always welcome to join us anytime! 
 
 
Our club still does the traditional singing.  We have some very talented singers in our club.  Kaki Ley is an outstanding song leader, and Jack Imdieke is a great back-up!
 
 
 
Bob Ensz recently completed his year as president of the Wayne Rotary Club.  Barbara Engebretsen, who will serve as the new president, presented a plaque of appreciation from the club to Bob.  He was instrumental in getting a Rotary District Grant to assist in funding the Bike Rack Program.  Two bicycle racks that hold 10 bikes each were installed on concrete pads.  Some helmets for students at Wayne Elementary were also purchased.
 
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HAPPY DOLLARS COLLECTED

Sergeant-At-Arms Galen collects money for Happy Dollars each week at our meetings.  This money is donated to our Rotary International fund. 
 
 
 
 
The last Happy Dollar donated by Bob Ensz as President!
 
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CHICKEN SHOW 2017

We were honored to have Past District Governor Bob Perrin and Rotarian Roxy Orr from the Omaha Suburban Rotary Club as judges for the Chicken Show Parade on July 8 along with Wayne Club President Barbara Engebretsen.  They stopped the parade to have some fun and took a picture with the chicken!!  Thank you to these three for the service to Rotary!
 
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CITY OF WAYNE UPDATE

Wes Blecke, newly appointed assistant city administrator as of July 3, spoke to our club on July 5.  He will become the new Wayne City Administrator on Aug. 1.  He is also still the Chamber exec until July 21 when his vacation time runs out.  In the meantime he is wearing two hats. 

 

 

He brought us up to date by telling us that Matt Ley along with two council persons and other citizens are searching for a new chamber exec.  Wes has started meeting with city officials and employees to get up to speed on what is going on in Wayne.  One of the long meetings he had was with Nancy Braden who will be retiring at the end of 2017, about the city finances.  He felt finances are in good shape but noted there are always more needs for the money than the supply so they are challenged to be good stewards. 

 

 

The "Trail" project is now in the hands of the state and again hoping to get done this year but reason tells us next year(maybe?).  One part of that is an underpass under Hwy 35/7th St. of which the city will pay 20% of that cost.  City employees and citizens are meeting to determine what to do with the old city pool and lagoon.   He felt heavy industry should be kept in a general area, and maybe the Rugby field could be a part of the city industrial complex.  There are plans to extend 4th St.  east and Centennial Rd. north.  

 

 

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GUESTS!!

We had several guests at our club meeting on June 26. We all enjoyed the return visit by previous member, George Holm.   Also attending was J R Moss, Executive Director of Careage in Wayne and Randolph.  Pictured below:  Dan Rose, Barb Engebretsen, George Holm, Irene Fletcher.
 
 
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WSC COACH SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club Member Jack Imdieke invited Wayne State College Football Coach Dan McLaughlin to talk to our club.  His message was about the role of a teacher.  He noted building teamwork is vital to football.  Questions to players include: "Can I trust you?  Do you care more about the success of others more than yourself?  What is your goal?  Are you committed to that goal?  Are you willing to be held accountable?  Are you willing to risks failure?"  These are good questions for all of us!
 
 
Dan noted his role is to teach HOW.  Some football moves with President Bob.
 
 
Coach Dan illustrated how teaching relates to our lives.
 
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LEY RECEIVES PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Dan was able to catch up with our world traveler, Kaki Ley.  He presented her with her Paul Harris Fellow plus two pin, as she was unable to attend the previous meetings. Congrats Kaki and thank you to all our members for their loyal support to the Rotary Foundation.
 
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LEY RECEIVES PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Dan was able to catch up with our world traveler, Kaki Ley.  He presented her with her Paul Harris Fellow plus two pin, as she was unable to attend the previous meetings. Congrats Kaki and thank you to all our members for their loyal support to the Rotary Foundation.
 
LEY RECEIVES PAUL HARRIS FELLOW 2017-07-04 05:00:00Z 0

GUESTS!!

We had several guests at our club meeting on June 26. We all enjoyed the return visit by previous member, George Holm.   Also attending was J R Moss, Executive Director of Careage in Wayne and Randolph.  Pictured below:  Dan Rose, Barb Engebretsen, George Holm, Irene Fletcher.
 
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WAYNE PUBLIC LIBRARY GRANT PETITION

Lauren Lofgren visited our club on June 28.  The library is attempting to receive the Library Innovation Studios Transforming Rural Communities Grant. Lauren encouraged our members to give our support by signing a petition. The goal of the grant is to explore, collaborate, create, learn and invent, using participatory leaning spaces. It utilizes technological and innovative learning tools to stimulate creativity, innovation, and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development.
 
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WSC COACH SPEAKS TO CLUB

Jack invited Coach Dan McLaughlin to talk to our club.  His message was about the role of a teacher. He noted building teamwork is vital to football. Questions to players include, "Can I trust you? Do you care more about the success of others more than yourself? What is your goal? Are you commited to that goal? Are you willing to be held accountable? Are you willing to risks failure?" These are good questions for all of us!
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30 YEAR CELEBRATION!!

The Wayne Rotary Club celebrated 30 years with a dinner at the Wayne Country Club on June 25, 2017.  We were pleased District Governor Gary and his wife, Gretchen, were able to attend.
 
 
 
Special guests included Ann Witkowski, who was our first woman President, and Jane Ahmann, who was the first woman member. Our party was also well attended by our members.
 
 
 
We were pleased to have representatives from the Norfolk Rotary Club attend our celebration!
 
(l to r)  Assistant District Governor Ron McKeever, Dorothy McKeever, Shirley Schmitt, Club President John Schmitt, Eleanor Merritt, Club Member Jim Merritt
 
President Bob Ensz welcomed the group and Darrell Miller was M.C.
 
 
Charter member Galen Wiser told us a little about the history of our club.
 
 
A special Paul Harris presentation was given to Buey Tut, pictured below with Bill and Barb Engebretsen.
 
 
Jack provided the musical entertainment. He told us how he got started collecting music over the years.
 
 
 
Some of our group were impressive with their guesses.  A "special" prize for knowing the most songs and artists was presented to Norfolk Club President John Schmitt.
 
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WSC LIBRARY TOUR

Club Member Jack Imdieke introduced Pam Guilliams, Circulation Supervisor at the Wayne State College Library.  Pam gave us a tour and told us about the recent remodeling process.
 
 
For those of us the remember the building before the remodeling, it is amazing how different it looks now!
 
 
 
The library offers a variety of things including a coffee/snack bar, outdoor seating, underground storm shelter, computer labs, a help desk, tutoring spaces, art gallery, a large variety of books including children's books, multi-media labs, many quiet areas and study rooms, an archives area, book binding for magazines, and tech service.
 
 
You can visit any time and see what is available. The general public can purchase a library card at Hahn.
 
 
The sliding bookcase system is amazing and a huge space saver. The library offer a huge variety of books and media.
 
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ASSISTANT DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS CLUB

Ron McKeever, our Assistant District Governor from Norfolk, is pictured with President Bob Ensz.  He attended our club meeting on June 14 and told our club about the upcoming Music in the Park, which is sponsored by the Norfolk Rotary Club and other sponsors.  Bob encouraged our members to attend.  Don't forget the Billy McGuigan Band plays this Thursday night, June 22nd.
 
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JUNE CLUB BOARD MEETING

President Bob Ensz has worked really hard with all his board the past year to have a very successful year.  The Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month.  We thank him plus all the leadership in our club for their service and dedication!
 
 
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WAYNE COMMUNITY THEATRE

Club Member Jack Imdieke introduced Mary Carstens as our speaker at our June 14 club meeting.  Mary represented the Wayne Community Theater.  She told us about some of the upcoming productions and emphasized there is a need for volunteers.  Some of the productions have taken place at Ramsey Theater, the Black Box Theater, and the Willow Bowl at Wayne State College.  The Missoula Children's Theater has also assisted.  Another project Mary mentioned was Friend of International Students.  There is a need for host families to spend some time with international students who often are unable to go home during breaks due to the distance and expense.
 
 
Our guest, J R Moss, Executive Director of Careage in Wayne and Randolph, told our club a little about himself.  His professional goals include adding a VA program and musical therapy.  We ask our members to encourage J R to make a return visit!
 
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HOMEMADE PIE & ICE CREAM FOR BRAN RIDERS

The Wayne Rotary Club served homemade pie and ice cream to the BRAN riders on June 7.  Riders enjoyed the cool treat after a hot ride from North Bend, NE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WAYNE AREA LEGACY FUND EXPLAINED

Club member Jack Imdieke invited club member Eric Knutson and Bill Dickey to talk about the Wayne Area Legacy Fund at our regular meeting on June 7. The mission of the organization is "To inspire generosity, invest resources, identify the anticipated needs, and involve everyone in the betterment of the Wayne area."
 
 
The Chamber Coffee will be held at Arnie's Ford this Friday at 10 am to help explain the purpose of WALF.  They are working to enhance the quality of life and build a better future by supporting and strengthening local nonprofit organizations, providing innovative ways for donors to benefit their community, identifying needs and making grants in our community, participating in partnerships with community groups, and providing funding for causes you care about.
 
 
They noted the Majestic Theater is one of the current projects. If you are able to drive a vehicle this Saturday morning, $20 is donated by Ford for each test drive.  Vehicles will be located at the Wayne Fire Hall from 9 - 2.
 
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ROCK STEADY BOXING EXPLAINED

Heidi Keller from Providence Wellness Center explained a new program at our club meeting on May 31.  Rock Steady Boxing involves exercises that include stretching, bicycling, rowing, boxing, etc.  Heidi showed us a couple of videos that told about this great program that has had amazing results.  Heidi and three others from PWC went to Indianapolis, Indiana, for training.  Classes for clients diagnosed with Parkinsons will begin June 12th.
 
 
Heidi gave us some of the information they learned about how the program started. Heidi noted, "exercise, specifically forced intense exercise, is the ONLY treatment that has actually been medically proven to slow the progression of Parkinsons."  PWC will be having an open house for anyone interested in more information, or you may contact them for more information.
 
 
Club member Randy Pedersen, who assisted with the promotion of this program, introduced Heidi Keller, who is Director/Personal Trainer at Providence Wellness Center in Wayne.
 
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BENSON RECEIVES PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Vaughn Benson was presented his Paul Harris plus 4 pin at our club meeting on May 31 by Club Foundation Chair Dan Rose.  Congratulations to Vaughn plus all our other members who support Rotary International so faithfully!
 
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WSC FOUNDATION UPDATE

Club member Fauneil Bennett invited Kevin Armstrong to visit with our club about the Wayne State College Foundation for our program on May 24.   Kevin told us that the Wayne State Foundation was started in 1961 to benefit and promote the college. This private support is secured for WSC and carefully stewarded by a Board of Directors to realize the greatest impact via scholarships (the core of WSF's work) and other initiatives.
 
 
Past projects supported by WSF were the Library, $$3.1 mil; Carhart Science $2.7 mil; athletic improvement $631,000; Willow Bowl, $900,000; Piano Restoration, $300,000; and money toward the Jeanne Gardner Black & Gold Performing Arts Endowment $500,000 goal.  It will be exciting to see the completion of the U.S. Conn Library renovation. 
 
 
The upcoming WSC project is the new Center for Applied Technology. It is a $15.2 mil project to be funded by a state bond ($8.9 mil) and WSC & WSF ($6.3 mil).  This will increase the output of Applied Tech. teachers for high schools who will be versed in construction, manufacturing, drafting, robotics, and safety management.
 
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NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED TO CLUB

A special welcome to new members Barb Greve (sponsor is Galen Wiser), and Tara Hassler (sponsor is Irene Fletcher). President Bob Ensz filled in for Irene. 
 
 
Dan Rose gave the formal welcome.  Galen presents the club pin to Barb.
 
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CLUB MEMBER OVERSEAS

Thanks to technology, club member Bill Engebretsen was able to connect with Barb Engebretsen to get an update on her trip overseas.  Barb is spending 5 weeks in Nepal meeting with potential partners for developing International Service-Learning opportunities for WSC students.  You can follow her travels on Facebook:  Wayne State College in Ethiopia and Nepal.
 
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CLUB ASSEMBLY AND AWARDS

Foundation Chair Dan Rose presented Paul Harris pins to several club members as part of our Club Assembly on May 17.  All the members have gotten more than one Paul Harris: Jack Imdieke PHF +1, Anne Nolte PHF +2, Kaki Ley PHF +2, Bob Ensz PHF +2, Vaughn Benson PHF +4, Bill Engebretsen PHF +2, and Fauneil Bennett PHF +8.  A special thanks goes to Dan for all the hard work he does for the Rotary Foundation.
 
(l to r):  Dan Rose, Fauneil Bennett, Anne Nolte, Bill Engebretsen, Jack Imdieke, Bob Ensz
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TIEDTKE "SPILLS THE BEANS"

Teresa Tiedtke told our club about their new store, Highway 15 Salvage Company at our club meeting on May 10.  She and her husband, Dan, plan to open in June at 311 Main Street, Wayne.  It will be a one of a kind store with antiques, restored and custom cabinetry and furniture, crafts and supplies, repurposed items, etc.  The main purpose of their new store is to take salvage items and make them into something new and unique. Teresa has an art background, and Dan is a carpenter.
 
 
Club member Fauneil Bennett invited Teresa to tell us about their new adventure.
 
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WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

President Bob Ensz presented Wayne High School Senior, Lindy Sandoz, with the Rotary Scholarship to attend Wayne State College. Congratulations to Lindy!
 
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CLUB TOURS WSC MUSEUM

Club member Wes Pinkerman introduced Dr. Kelly Dillard, who gave us a tour of the Jewell Shock Museum of Natural History in the Carhart Science Building on the WSC campus.  We had a good attendance for this vocational visit on May 3, 2017.  
 
 
 
We were fortunate to get to see the "traveling display" that will be leaving shortly.
 
 
 
Dr. Dilliard teaches many of the earth science courses on campus.  Her interests are sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology.
 
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CLUB SONG LEADER

Our song leader, Kaki Ley, came prepared for her "April Showers" song at our meeting on April 26.  She always makes our club songs lots of fun! 
 
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PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY

Kim Schultz, Director of Operations at NNPHD (Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department), was introduced by Nancy Braden at our club meeting on April 26. She told our club about the many duties she and her office have.
 
 
NNPHD protects and promotes physical and mental health and prevents disease, injury, disability and premature death. Their major focus is prevention. Emergencies they work with include natural, chemical, radiation/nuclear, and biological.
 
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CLUB VISITS CITY POWER PLANT

Our club visited the Wayne City Power Plant for our weekly club meeting on April 12. We were hosted by Gene Hanson, Electrical Production Supervisor; Jeff Triggs; and Wayne's Finance Director, Nancy Braden.  All three have been long time faithful employees of the city.  Some items Gene discussed included how they operated after the tornado and looking forward to wind power.
 
 
 
 
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NEW MEMBER

We are excited to have Cornell Runestad as our newest member.  He is such a talented man!
 
 
A special thanks to Carol Dunning for introducing Cornell to Rotary!
 
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JOHNSON SPEAKS ABOUT WIND POWER

Club Member Nancy Braden invited Lowell Johnson, City Administrator, to speak about Wind Power.
 
 
Lowell noted the City of Wayne has been working on wind power for over 3 years.  Several contracts to switch are available in Nebraska.
 
 
Lowell showed us a simplified illustration of how electricity works.  He noted in 2 years 60% of the power will be wind.
 
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WAS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

The Wayne Rotary Club presented $500 scholarships for students ages 16 through 18 to attend the 2017 World Affairs Seminar to be held June 24-30, 2017, in Waukesha, Wis.  Pictured below (l to r):  Club member Barbara Engebretsen, Marcella Juretich (2016 Scholarship winner), Alyssa Boese - Allen, Katie Bathke - Allen, Cheyenne Cleland – Newman Grove, Sarah Johnson – Newman Grove. (Teachers are: Marc Bathke, Allen, and Danielle Amen, Newman Grove.)
 
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LEAD PROGRAM

Corby Schweers introduced Cale Giese at our meeting on April 5.  Cale told about his recent tour with the LEAD (Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Fellows) program.  Cale gave us some interesting information about his trip to China, Laos, and Thailand.  Cale noted the average farm size was an acre. They got to see a rice processing plant and a water buffalo dairy.
 
 
Taking communication difficulties in stride is part of what a LEAD fellow learns in the Far East.  Same story for Rotary Speakers which Cale ably demonstrated when the link between his laptop and the meeting room projector "failed to communicate!"
 
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SOCIAL WITH BUEY TUT

Several club members along with faculty and students at Wayne State College met for dinner and fellowship at The 4th Jug on March 23.  Special guest Buey Tut shared updates on the Global Grant progress in South Sudan and Aqua-Africa.
 
 
A number of WSC students  and faculty attended.
 
 
 
Thank you to Barb Engebretsen for organizing this event.
 
 
It was also nice to have some social time to visit with everyone.
 
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ROTARACT GIVES CLUB UPDATE

Josh Minarick, who is Rotaract President, and Jenna Podany told our club about the WSC Rotaract Club at our regular club meeting on March 22.  Josh said they have 15 active members. Some of their projects include a roadside cleanup and food drive. They have also assisted our club with various projects. They meet every other Thursday at 5:00 in the Cottonwood Room in the WSC Student Center.
 
 
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PLANETARIUM VISIT

Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics, hosted our Wayne Rotary Club on March 15 for a “Breakfast with the Stars” tour of the WSC Planetarium.  Dr. Young gave our club the royal welcome!  A special thanks for the rolls, coffee, etc.
 
 
 
Not the best photo, but Dr. Young gave our club lots of great information, including details about the upcoming eclipse which can be viewed in Nebraska.
 
 
Such a great facility to have right in Wayne! Check out their web site for scheduled shows that are available to the public.
 
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TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT IN EARLY 1900s DISCUSSED

At our regular club meeting on March 1, Last week WSC history professor, Dr. Eric Colvard (a Fulbright Scholar) discussed the temperance movement in the early 1900’s in the US and in India. 
 
 
Eric told us about the British occupation in India and their introduction of pale ale and the use of opium, especially by the lower class. Alcohol and domestic violence were related. The leaders of the temperance movement in India were upper class citizens who were also very involved in the India nationalism movement. Barb Engebretson introduced Eric.
 
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PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER VISIT

Our Feb. 22 club meeting took us to Providence Medical Center for a vocational visit.  Jessica Feldmann told us about her chaplain job at Providence.  She is pictured with her wonderful family.  Club member Mike Feldmann introduced Jessica, and a special thanks to him for lining up this visitation.  Also thank you to the hospital kitchen for the delicious homemade rolls and the coffee!  The chapel and new entry are beautiful!
 
 
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POTATO BAKE HELD

Our Annual Potato Bake was held on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Wayne City Auditorium.  It takes lots of Rotarians to make this project successful!  A special thanks to Wilma Moore for chairing this great fundraising event!
 
 
Signage for the public.
 
 
Some of the famous pie cutters!
 
 
Carol Dunning and Wilma Moore brought some "sugar free" dessert options.  Thanks to all our members for providing such a great selection. Extras were taken to the Senior Center on Monday.
 
 
Cindy Brummond and Shelley Frevert assisted with the tickets.  Kyle Rose is helping Cindy before the people started coming.
 
 
Thanks to all the members who assisted with the serving.
 
 
 
Several Rotaract students also assisted.
 
 
We appreciate all who purchased tickets to help support our youth projects.  We couldn't do it without you!  Also a special thanks to our members who pre-sold tickets.
 
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VISIT TO 4TH JUG

The club had a vocational visit to The 4th Jug for a meeting on Feb. 15.  Our hosts were Kylie Koch and Andrea Zara who told us about the operation of the restaurant and the plans for many outdoor activities when warm weather arrives.  Club member Darrell Miller introduced them.
 
 
They provided some yummy breakfast pizza plus coffee and juice.  This visit was well attended!
 
 
Kylie and Andrea explained the Keno games and how they benefit the City of Wayne.  Kylie and Andrea also gave us a tour of the premises including the golf rooms, kitchen, and attached liquor store which has a huge inventory. TVs are viewable from all areas!  Kylie gave us more information about the golf facilities plus other options.
 
 
 
We all enjoyed seeing this beautiful facility. A special thanks to Kylie, Andrea, and Ken.
Looks like Shelley and Cindy are working on Potato Bake tickets.
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SOUPER BOWL FOOD DRIVE HELD

Thank you to all the Rotary members who assisted with the "Souper Bowl" food drive. A special thanks to all the grocery shoppers who contributed to the food pantry, to the Rotaract students who assisted, and to Quality Foods and Pac N Save for furnishing a spot for our annual drive.

 
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LAST MINUTE SPEAKERS AT MEETING

A special THANK YOU to our last minute speakers at our January 18 meeting due to our scheduled speaker getting hit with the flu bug! Assistant District Governor, Ron McKeever, told us about some of the projects his Norfolk club are working on, including Music in the Park this summer. A number of our members have enjoyed attending this activity. Member Jim Frank gave our club an update on the Providence Medical Center remodeling and the upcoming capital campaign. 
 
(L to R) Assistant Governor Ron McKeever, Jim Frank, Bob Ensz
 
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LUNCH AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER

13 members and spouses attended the Senior Citizens Center on January 30 for a delicious homemade meal by Diane, some fun conversation, and beautiful music by Dan Hansen. 
 
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WAYNE ROTARY CLUB HOSTS CHAMBER COFFEE 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TRIP

Club Member Kaki Ley told us about her and Dave's recent trip to the Galapagos Islands with 11 other people, guided by Dean Jacobs at our Jan. 18 meeting.  These islands are 200 miles off the coast of Ecuador.  Kaki told about the rain forests, lava tubes, tortoises, frigets, boobies, iguanas, sea lions, fish, and colorful crabs. 
 
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JAN. 25 MEETING CANCELLED

Due to the weather predicions, President Bob has made the decision to cancel our meeting tomorrow, January 25.  Stay safe everyone!
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TEAMMATES PROGRAM GIVEN

Shalee Hoffman gave our club an update on the Wayne TeamMates mentoring program at our club meeting on January 11.  Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the program in 1991 to provide "support and encouragement to school aged youth."  The goal is to see youth graduate from high school and continue their education.  The program offers scholarships as well.  Shalee noted there is a special need for more male mentors at this time.  She statted all it takes is one hour a week to meet with the student in a school setting.  President Bob Ensz introduced Shalee.  Club member Craig Walling and his wife Jill are huge supporters of the program.  The Wayne Rotary Club has had a history with this type of mentoring program even before the TeamMates was organized.
 
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UPDATE GIVEN ON 1912 EMPORIUM

Lucas Rix, co-owner of Rustic Treasures, talked to our Rotary club on January 4 about their new project, the 1912 Emporium.  He noted this was the old City Hall. The old "auditorium" has a tin ceiling. They have done extensive remodeling, which will include a second floor office that they can use for training and interviews. The building will be a location for items for sale such as nice antique furniture. They hope to have the sales portion open in March.  Lucas noted they have so far donated $6,400 back to the community through their Thrift Warehouse store.  They are still hoping to have a brewery on the west side.  Lucas stated they had their best ever Small Business Saturday with about 480 transactions.  Members commented how appreciative we are of all the downtown traffic Lucas and Mark have attracted from a large area and thanked them for all their enthusiasm and hard work.  Pictured below, l to r, Galen Wiser, Lucas Rix, Bob Ensz.
 
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NEW HAVEN HOUSE DIRECTOR TALKS TO CLUB

Amy Munderloh, the new director at Haven House, talked to our club Dec. 28.  Haven House has 3 employees plus herself in Wayne plus 3 in South Sioux City. They started in 1978 and now cover 5 counties.  Their service is free and confidential.  They have advocates that assist with safety plans, counseling, etc.  She thanked the community for their support over the years and noted they had 5 children in the shelters over the holiday.  Last year the organization assisted 290 indi...viduals.  Their Facebook page assists in letting the public know about their needs.  They always need volunteers for items such as transportation, office work like stuffing envelopes, and assisting with the crisis line.  Funding assistance comes from the Northeast Nebraska Crime Commission and Northeast Nebraska Health & Human Services in addition to private donations. Club member Kyle Rose introduced Amy.
 
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MORE BICYCLE HELMETS FOR SCHOOL

Club members pitched in to get stickers on the remaining 20 bicycle helmets for the students at Wayne Elementary School at our club meeting on Dec. 21.  President Bob Ensz said this will complete the District Project.
 
 
Grandpa Bill Engebretsen is showing Peter Kneifl the new helmets.
 
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ROTARY EXCHANGE STUDENT PROGRAM

Kyle Rose gave a really interesting presentation on our club's past participation in the Rotary Exchange Student program on Dec. 21.  Dan and Kyle are a great example of being "excellent parents" for these students.
 
 
Our club has also sponsored a number of outgoing exchange students, including our special guest this morning, Emma Kneifl, who went to Germany in 2010-11. Emma is pictured with her mom, Barb Engebretsen, who is the chair for International/New Generations/Youth and is very active in the program on the district level as well.  Take note of Emma's jacket in the background.
 
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5TH PAUL HARRIS PRESENTED

Foundation Chair Dan Rose presented Wilma Moore with her 5th Paul Harris at our club meeting on Dec. 14.  Wilma is a true Rotarian that all in our club admire!
 
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CLUB LEARNS ABOUT RECYCLING

Sandy Brown gave our club an update about the Green Team and the value of recycling at our club meeting on Dec. 14  The group was organized in 2011.  She told us about the successful electronics event and how the team recycles items WSC students choose not to take home with them in the spring.  Sandy gave us lots of suggestions on how to personally cut down on waste.
 
 
Club Member Carol Dunning invited Sandy to speak to our club.
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COACH KAMINSKY SPEAKS TO CLUB

Club Member Matt Jones introduced WSC men's basketball coach, Jeff Kaminsky, on December 7.  Jeff came here from Valley City, North Dakota.  He noted the team has been on the road a lot, but that also helps bring the team closer together.  They included a visit to the Children's Hospital in Omaha.  The coach stated his #1 goal is to be able to compete, including in the classroom.  He wants good teammates who can learn to execute better. He has a young team, with no seniors, this year.
 
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MORE PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS AWARDED

On December 7 Dan Rose presented the Paul Harris awards to the two members who were unable to attend last week: George Burcum (PHF) and Randy Pedersen (PHF+2).
 
 
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ROTARY FOUNDATION PROGRAM

Dan Rose and Barb Engebretsen gave our program about Rotary Foundation at our club meeting on November 30.  Dan stated the foundation has more than 1 billion dollars in assets, with 3.2 billion dollars given out.
 
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PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS PRESENTED

In honor of Rotary Foundation month, Wayne Rotary Club Foundation Chair Dan Rose presented 7 Paul Harris awards. Barb Engebretsen, Kaki Ley, and Bob Ensz are Paul Harris plus 1; and Irene Fletcher and Nancy Braden are Paul Harris fellows. Not pictured are George Burcum (PHF) and Randy Pedersen (PHF+2).
 
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CHRISTMAS ON MAIN PARADE

Thanks to all the Rotary members who helped with our entry for the Parade of Lights!  The candy disappeared quickly!  It was a great parade with lots of entries and a good attendance, especially downtown.  A special thanks to Dan and Kyle for putting together the Rotary inflatable sign and once again driving.  Several members escaped the camera.  
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CLUB MEMBERS HAVE LUNCH AT WAYNE SENIOR CENTER

We had a great attendance at the Senior Citizen's Center for a meal together last Monday, November 28.  Here are a few of those who attended.  George missed the photo opportunity, and Kyle is attempting to direct the photographer how to use her camera.  It was a fun time and a great meal!  We hope to make this a once a month visit!
 
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GUATEMALA PROJECT PRESENTED TO CLUB

Marisa Rose was introduced to our club by her dad, Dan, at our November 23 meeting.  Marisa is a familiar face to most of our members as she was a former member as well as a Rotary exchange student.  She is currently a member of a New Generations Rotary club, which is comprised of younger members. She stated they usually have a service project every month. Her club is 6 years old.  She told us about her trip to Guatemala.  November is Rotary Foundation month.
 
 
Marisa reported 1 out of 2 Guatemalans are below the poverty line, with 1 out of 4 people illiterate. One of of 2 children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Two women are killed every day. Guatemala ranks 3rd in killings of women worldwide.
 
 
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BARB RIDES FOR POLIO

Club member Barb Engebretson rode her bike on November 19th as part of the "Ride to End Polio."  A special thank you to so many of our club members for personally contributing to this project!  Funds will be used to eradicate polio globally, as Rotary is "this close" to seeing the end.  A quote from Barb, "Thanks to Bill who kept me company, Les and Bob who made the time fly, we added $25 in drive-by donations and lots of drive by waves of encouragement."  Donations totaled $1,150!!!
 
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POLIO PLUS PROGRAM GIVEN

Dan Rose, our Foundation Chair, and Carol Dunning, a polio survivor, told our club about Polio Plus at our club meeting on November 16.  In 1979 immunization began in the Philippines. It became a global promotion in 1988. Some of the partners today include WHO, UNICEF, the Gates Foundation, and Rotary International.  Dan told out club there currently are 32 known cases of Polio: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  
 
 
Rotarians have donated more than 1.6 billion dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to assist with immunizations. To check into sponsoring a chair like below go to wheelsofhope.net.
 
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CLUB FUN

A couple of our members had a reaction to the election the night before our meeting on November .  No wonder our club has so much fun!
 
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FORSELL SPEAKS TO CLUB

At our regular meeting on November 9, club member Marie Janke introduced her former boss, Gretchen Forsell, who is the executive director with the Northern Nebraska Area Health Education Center. Her office serves 26 counties to improve the healthcare workforce. Nebraska is served by 5 AHECs.  The federal program was established in the US in 1972 to "improve the supply, distribution, retention, and quality of primary care and other health practitioners in medically underserved areas."  Gretchen and staff assist with science meets, job shadowing, summer camps, continuing ed, and online training among many other duties.
 
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CITY SWIMMING POOL UPDATE GIVEN

At our regular club meeting on November 2, Joel Hansen and Todd Hoeman discussed with our club that the City of Wayne is asking for ideas concerning the potential future use for the land where the old swimming pool is located.  They noted some of the ideas have included: a splash pad, single family housing, apartment buildings with green space, and sell it so the property goes back on the tax rolls.
 
 
 
Club member Dan Rose introduced the city representatives.  If you have any suggestions you can contact the City of Wayne.
 
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LOGGINS PRESENTS PROGRAM

WSC Instructor Ron Loggins was our guest speaker on October 26. He told us about the upper level biology class that uses human cadavers. This is primarily for premed students. Ron has had many years of experience in this field as a student and as an instructor. 
 
 
Club member John Fuelberth invited Ron to talk to our club. Ron explained the strict code of ethics, privacy, security related to the program. More information on the cadaver program is available at the donatemybody.org website.
 
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ENSZ COMPLETES ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Bob Ensz, Wayne Rotary Club President, completed and graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute Course held at Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha on October 18. The course is designed to enhance leadership skills in the voluntary service organization. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business, professional, and educational leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Bob is in the back row, to the right.
 
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NEW EVENT CENTER PLANNED

On Oct. 19, Josie Broders told our club about plans for a new Wayne event center. It was announced the location will be just north of the Wayne Golf Course. She is hoping for a spring ground-breaking. It will be a Sand Creek Post & Beam building. Josie hopes it will be used for wedding receptions (as it includes a ballroom), conventions, festivals, and dances (as it has a stage).  Josie was introduced by club member John Fuelberth.
 
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DICTIONARY PRESENTATIONS

The annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd graders at local schools has begun.  A big thank you to Darrell Miller for organizing this effort for our club.
Darrell and John Fuelberth presented dictionaries to the Wakefield 3rd graders.
 
 
Darrell and Anne Nolte presented dictionaries to Sara Westerhold's class at St. Mary's School in Wayne.
 
 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISIT

District Governor Gary Bren and his wife, Gretchen, made his official visit to the club on Wednesday, Oct. 12.  He displayed the Rotary banner with the theme for 2016-17 year, "Rotary Serving Humanity."
 
 
President Bob and Les discussing last minute strategies for the District Governor visit.
 
Bob collected happy dollars at the meeting in the absence of Galen Wiser, Sergeant-at-Arms.
 
 
Les Mann presented DG Gary with the professional-sized Rotarama.  Les does an amazing job with his publication!
 
 
President Bob presented our Wayne Rotary Banner to Gary.
 
 
Dan Rose gave a gift from the club to Gary's wife, Gretchen.  It included a wine-stopper carved by Honorary Rotary member Morris Anderson.
 
 
Dan came up with some fun ideas for Gary.  He presented the "Bad Joke of the Year" placque.
 
 
 
Dan also presented a special keepsake for Gary and Gretchen--"techy" chicken!!  We had a fun morning as usual!!
 
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WSC HOMECOMING

Thanks to all the Rotary members that participated in the Wayne State Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning, Oct. 8.  Past-President Irene Fletcher is pictured below.
 
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CLUB SERVES CONCESSIONS AT MAJESTIC THEATRE

Thanks to all the Rotary members who helped at Majestic Theater Oct. 6-9.  Thanks to the theater for donating a portion of the concessions profits back to organizations that volunteer.  Our community is very fortunate to have such a beautiful building, an active movie theater, and great manager.
 
Thursday evening workers (Pictured l-r):  Wes Pinkerman, Claudia Pinkerman, Cindy Brummond, Shelley Frevert, Galen Wiser, Anne Nolte
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WSC SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON

President Bob Ensz met up with our $500 Scholarship winner, Mikayla Bartos at the WSC Scholarship Luncheon held on Oct. 6.  Mikayla is an Early Childhood Development major at Wayne State College.  She was selected for the scholarship when she was a senior at Wayne High School.
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CLUB ASSEMBLY HELD

Our club meeting on Oct. 5 was a Club Assembly with President Bob Ensz talking about the visioning process for the club.  A Vision Statement was presented to the members for discussion.
Bob also shared thank-you notes from the Wayne Elementary School for the bike racks the club donated.
 
Club member Barb Engebretsen brought special guests, Shizuka and Mike Hull, this morning.
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BIKE HELMETS PRESENTED TO WAYNE ELEMENTARY

Friday afternoon, September 30, Wayne Elementary School held a very special assembly. Bob Ensz, Wayne Rotary Club President, presented the school with 20 bike helmets to be distributed to students who need them.  Wayne Rotary Club purchased both the helmets and bike racks, which were installed in August, with a grant.  Click on the link below for the story.
 
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WSC UPDATE BY DR. RAMES

President Bob introduced Wayne State College President Marysz Rames as our speaker for our club meeting on October 28.  She gave our club a synopsis of her past year as president.
 
 
She noted we all need to get the word out that WSC is affordable and accessible. She told us about the new Rural Law Opportunity Program, which is connected to the UNL law school. She is proud to say 99% of the graduates are employed or continuing their education.  Marysz explained WSC is doing integrated marketing: new commercials, radio ads, newspaper ads with a specific focus, digital ads, billboards, and new admissions materials. New banners are on campus now, and monument signs will soon be visible. The CAT (Center for applied technology) is underway. This program will provide more teachers for career academics.
 
 
We had a special guest this morning, thanks to Eric.  Kylie had lots of smiles this morning for us to enjoy. She is a perfect for our New Generations Avenue of Service.
 
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WAYNE POLICE OFFICERS

Our guest speakers on September 21 were Josh Fischer and Chris Peterson from the Wayne Police Department.  Both graduated from the Police Academy in Grand Island.  It is a 16 week course. Topics include fitness, firearms training, and defensive tactics.  They were introduced by Club Member Eric Knutson.  He noted he works closely with the police department and relies upon their expert testimonies in court.
 
 
Club President Bob Ensz with Chris Peterson and Josh Fischer with the Wayne Police Department.
 
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JONI ALBRECHT SPEAKS TO CLUB

Joni Albrecht, who is running for District 17 state senatorial seat, was our speaker for our Sept. 14 meeting.  She was involved in the Papillion City Council and Sarpy County government for 12 years before becoming a Thurston County farm wife.  She believes in listening to her constituents' thoughts on what they feel is right for them before making voting decisions.  She is committee to lowering the tax burden, quality/'affordable education, strong economy and job creation, and is pro-life in addition to pro-family as a wife, mother and grandmother.

 

 
Joni also brought a guest with her, Kay Orr who was the 36th governor of Nebraska and served from 1987 to 1991.  Joni was introduced by club President Bob Ensz.
 
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CLUB HOSTS CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL

Wayne Rotary helped with the Varsity and the Junior High cross country meet on September 12.  14 Rotarians pitched in today.  We have sponsored the JV meet for close to 20 years now.  Great cross country meet and the weather held.
 
 
Our awards team---"and the medal goes to....".  President Bob Ensz made the award presentations with the help of Barb and Bill Engebretsen.
 
Wilma Moore, Barb Engebretsen, and Carol Dunning braving the chill!
 
Not sure what these guys did today, but they showed up!  Thanks for the help Bob Ensz, Bill Engebretsen, Jim Frank, and Marion Arneson.
 
 
 
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ARDEL BENGSTON SPEAKS TO CLUB

Ardel Bengston from South Sioux City spoke to our club at our meeting on September 7.  She is one of the candidates running for District 17 seat for the State Legislature.  One of her goals is to make more jobs available to keep young people in our state through economic development.
 
Bengston was introduced by President Bob Ensz.
 
Kylie Knutson was a special guest at our meeting!  We train them young to be a Rotarian!
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CHECK PRESENTED TO WAYNE SCHOOL

Wayne Rotary Club President, Bob Ensz and President Sandy Brown with the Wayne Green Team were also present. Both talked about the most recent bicycle rack projects on the north side of the elementary school. The project was supported by a District Rotary Grant and both presented Superintendent, Mr. Lenihan with a $3,000 check.

Rotary Club President Bob Ensz (left) and Wayne Green Team President Sandy Brown present WCS Superintendent Mr. Lenihan with a check.

Rotary Club President Bob Ensz (left) and Wayne Green Team President Sandy Brown present WCS Superintendent Mr. Lenihan with a check.

The bike racks are currently being used and kids are encouraged to participate in Bike to School Friday and National Bike to School Day on May 8, 2016. There will also be a ceremony held on Friday, September 30 after school for a presentation of helmets to kids at the elementary school.

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LUCAS RIX TALKS ABOUT 1812 EMPORIUM

Lucas Rix, co-owner of Rustic Treasures, told about their newest project, 1912 Emporium at our club meeting on August 31.  When done with the extensive remodeling, this will be the location of their "high end" merchandise.  Jeff Allen and his son will rent the west end and hope to open a brewery in the future.  Rustic Treasures has over 2,500 consignors and employ 12.  Lucas said they sell 300-500 items per day.  Lucas and Mark Kanitz have been directly responsible for the increase in downtown customers and are a valuable addition to Wayne commerce.
 
 
Club member Darrell Miller introduced Lucas.  Lucas is pictured below with President Bob.
 
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BIKE HELMETS PREPARED

At our club meeting on August 31, Rotary members added the Rotary stickers to the bicycle helmets which will be used by Wayne students.  President Bob reported the rack by the school is ready to use.  Some of the funding came from a District 5650 grant.
 
 
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CLUB PARTICIPATES IN VISIONING SESSION

A special thank you to the Rotarians who conducted our Visioning Session on August 24.  It was great to see so many members there, especially some of our newer members!
 
 
 
 
District Governor Gary Bren highlights the visions for our club.
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MARCELA JUROTICH SPEAKS ABOUT WORLD AFFAIRS SEMINAR

Marcella Jurotich from Wayne and Brent Miller from Lyons/Decatur recently attended the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University at Waukesha, Wisconsin. Marcella gave our club a report at our meeting on August 17 and thanked our club for her scholarship.  She noted she gained knowledge concerning the problems facing water resource management, information about diplomacy and leadership, and made some lifelong friends.
 
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CLUB DISTRICT AWARDS

The Wayne Club walked away with a number of prestigious awards at the recent District Conference. A special thanks to all our great leadership as well as the great support from all the members!
 
 
Past President Irene Fletcher showed our club her Presidential Citation award, which was also presented at the District Conference. It was a well deserved honor for her hard work this past year.
 
 
Dan Rose received the The Citation for Meritorious Service at the recent Rotary District 5650 Convention. This award recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year.

Examples of eligible service include, but are not limited to:
• Service on Foundation committees at the club, district, or
international level...
• Participation in Foundation grants or programs
• Support of Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Peace Fellows, GSE
teams, or Vocational Training Teams

Financial contributions to the Foundation, however notable, are
not relevant considerations for this award. Candidates are nominated by the District Governor. Dan has been extremely active in promoting the Rotary Foundation to the Wayne Club, as well as on the District level.
 
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2016 DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Six club members attended the District 5650 Rotary Conference in Lincoln August 5-6.  Many inspirational sessions were held to celebrate the Rotary year.  The club received numerous awards at the banquet held on Saturday evening.  Congratulations to Irene Fletcher, Club President for 2015-16, and all the club members for their dedication to Service Above Self!
 
(L to R): District Governor Gary Bren, Bob Ensz, Barb Engebretsen, Irene Fletcher, Kyle Rose, Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, Dan Rose, Past District Governor Rod Bates
 
Congratulations to Irene and the club for #1 Club in District 5650 at the recent District Conference!
 
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CHARTER MEMBER HONORED

A plaque of appreciation was presented to Morris Anderson, who is a charter member of our club.  He will be moving to Minnesota in the near future.  Morris was also designated as an honorary member of our club.
 
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WAS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Brent Miller from Lyons thanked our club for his scholarship to the World Affairs Seminar. Brent plans to attend UNL this fall.
 
 
 
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UNL EXTENSION SPEAKER

Kaki Ley introduced Dr. Chuck Hibberd, Selena Finn, and Amy Topp at our meeting this morning (Aug. 3). Dr. Hibberd is part of the "Blanket Nebraska Tour" promoted by the new UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green. 24 Nebraska communities will be visited this week. UNL is considered "the best value in the Big 10." With a goal to increase enrollment, they hope to keep graduates in Nebraska. They also hope to get more first generation students.
 
(L to R): Kaki Ley, Dr. Chuck Hibberd, Selena Finn, Amy Topp
 
Dr. Hibberd, who is the Dean of the University of Nebraska Extension Program, said UNL hopes to increase their student success by graduating students more quickly, with less debt. 67% of the students get a degree 6 years later, while 45% get a degree in 4 years. They also hope to expand the research at the University. Last year they received 278 million in federal grants.
 
 
Selena Finn is interning at the Wayne County Extension office. Amy Topp, our outstanding Extension Director, has kept our 4-H exhibits a huge part of the Wayne County Fair. We feel fortunate to have her guidance for our 4-H youth over the years!
 
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FAIR BOARD MEMBERS SPEAK TO CLUB

On July 27, Kevin Davis, Dave Jaeger, and Trevor Hartman, members of the Wayne County Fair Board, gave the program.  They told us the 15 member board works all year to put on the fair.  They will be choosing the entertainment for 2017 in a month or so.  They have completed a lot of new buildings on the site and hope to build a new sheep barn soon.  New this year is a putt-putt golf course.  5 years ago, they hired a person to mow the grounds all year which adds to a better appearance.  Corporate sponsor signs are a big hit with 35 new ones this year.  Many other fairs copy the Wayne County Fair because it is so successful.   They expect 2,000 to 4000 visitors each day with the demo derby the largest attraction.  The larger two lane tractor pull which began last year was a good change and brings in some national talent to the event.  This is the 94th year for the Wayne County Fair. 
 
Pictured l to r:  Trevor Hartman, Kevin Davis, Dave Jaeger
 
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WACOM PROGRAM EXPLAINED

Our speakers on July 20 were Pastor Jeanne Madsen of Our Savior Lutheran  and our own club member, George Burcum.  They told us about WACOM (Wayne Association of Congregations and Ministers) which was adopted in January of 1943 to foster goodwill and corporation between the city's churches.  They started with a 1943 community Lenten service at which they received an unheard of donation of $11.23.  There is no longer a community Lenten service but in 1960  a Thanksgiving service began which continues annually today.  In 1991 they began providing emergency service assistance to local persons and sometimes visitors who were in need.  The governing board led by its president, Pr. Jeanne, meets monthly with about 10 people attending for ecumenical activities to support one another to not let differences get in the way of service to the community.  The needs met usually are of food, medicine, rental assistance, utility bills, auto and home repairs. The requests for help comes mostly from churches, police, hospital, and utility departments.   There is no cash given out.  The donations are funneled out through the treasurer (George).  There are 6-8 requests per month and the annual budget is $10,000 which is covered by United Way ($5000), participating churches, and private donations.

 
Club Member Darrell Miller introduced George and Pastor Jeanne.
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CLUB SOCIAL AT MUSIC IN THE PARK

The Wayne Rotary Club had their club social at Music in the Park at Norfolk on July 14. This great musical event is hosted by the Norfolk Rotary Club.  Six club members along with several friends enjoyed a beautiful evening of music and fellowship.
 
 
Taxi Driver was a great musical group to listen to.
 
 
Thanks to the Norfolk Rotary Club for a fun night. Photos were taken by Van Allan Classic Portraits. For more photos check out Music in the Park. They have several more concerts coming up!
 
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WSC LIBRARY RENOVATION

On July 6, Dave Graber told our club about the ongoing renovation project at the WSC Library. He noted the original building was built in the mid 1950's, with the south addition built in 1970. The facility has expanded from a "warehouse of books" to learning space. Dave said some of the challenges of the renovation included remaining open during construction and the difficulty of finding skilled regional tradesmen with the current local construction boom.
 
Graber was introduced by club member Darrell Miller.
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NEW MEMBER WELCOMED

A special welcome to Shelley Frevert, who works at State Nebraska Bank, as our newest member. Cindy Brummond is her sponsor.
 
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YEAR-END CLUB RECOGNITIONS

June 30 ends the Rotary Year.  Outgoing President Irene Fletcher presented several awards at our regular meeting.
 
Irene recognized Board members and officers, giving certificates of recognition. Some were unable to attend the meeting.
 
Pictured (l to r):  Irene Fletcher, Outgoing President; Bob Ensz, Incoming President; Kyle Rose, Secretary; Darrell Miller and John Fuelberth, Club Administration; Dan Rose, Foundation Chair; Anne Nolte, Publicity; Galen Wiser, Past President.
 
Certifications for attendance were awarded by Irene.  1/4 of our club attained 90% attendance and Bob scored perfect attendance during the past year. Says President Irene:  "Is it because we have fun or because of our motto of service? I propose it is because we balance both of those with meaningful connections."
Pictured (l to r):  Irene Fletcher, Anne Nolte, Wilma Moore, Bob Ensz, Bill Engebretsen, Dan Rose, Kyle Rose, Darrell Miller, Morris Anderson, and John Fuelberth.
 
And we still had some fun!!  Out-going President Irene was sung a very special song, written by Jack, and accompanied by daughter Kim.
 
 
And Irene presented the "Step U Award" to Dan & Kyle Rose for all their assistance with the club over the past year.
 
 
Ron McKeever, Assistant District Governor and member of the Norfolk Rotary Club, was a guest for Irene's party.
 
 
The meeting was ended by presenting a special "quilt" to Irene. Irene is noted for her sewing talents. Photos from her past year will be a great keepsake.
 
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PASSING OF THE GAVEL

Best wishes to our new club President, Bob Ensz.  The theme for the 2016-17 Rotary year is Rotary Serving Humanity.
 
 
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ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDED

Congratulations to Wilma Moore for a well deserved honor of "Rotarian of the Year" which is voted on by club members. Wilma has been a faithful member, including being club secretary, for many years.
 
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WORLD AFFAIRS SEMINAR HELD

Club Member Barbara Engebretsen attended the World Affairs Seminar held June 25 through July 1, 2016, at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Pictured below are Lee Brogie, Ed Brogie, Barbara Engebretsen (all from Wayne), Carl Brown (Rotarian from Caymen Island), Suman Neupane and Kapil Penday (teachers from Nepal).
 
 
The Wayne Rotary Club sponsored 2 delegates. Marcella Jurotich, a student from Wayne High School, is pictured below with RI President John Germ after his opening keynote address at the World Affairs Seminar.
 
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WAYNE HERALD TOUR

The club visited the Wayne Herald on June 22 where Clara Osten gave us a guided tour of the facilities.
 
Clara shared some history of the newspaper and told us about current operations. It is one of the oldest businesses in Wayne and Wayne County.
 
Clara told our club about the numerous publications they print for the area. 
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AMERICAN BANDSTAND PRESENTATION

Our very own club member, Jack Imdieke and his "assistant" Ellen Imdieke gave a great program last Wednesday, June 15!   Jack had us participate in a "quiz," guessing the names of various artists and the year of their songs.
 
 
Then he played various songs with different "beats" to get us to move with the different tempos.
 
 
This was a great way to start the day!  Our club always has a great time! Why not join us sometime?
 
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT INFORMATION GIVEN

Club member Jack Imdieke introduced Deb Scholten and Samantha Gwynn at our June 8 meeting.  They both work at the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department.
 
 
Deb had our club participate in some fun and educational activities.  She noted, "The whole community is our patient."  Their staff monitor the West Nile virus and flu, among many other things.
 
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BARNER TALKS ABOUT WSC RUGBY

Larry Magnuson introduced Darrin Barner at our club meeting on June 1.  Darrin told us about his outstanding rugby team at Wayne State College
 
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CITY OF WAYNE ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT

Gene Hansen, City of Wayne's Electrical Superintendent, spoke o the club on May 25.  He told us about the complicated process of the city getting our electricity from Kentucky, who they have a 10 year contract with.  Gene also mentioned the many ways the city and others are encouraging the reduced use of electricity via rebates to check our air conditioners, switching to LED lighting, heat pumps, and changing to more energy efficient doors and windows.
 
 
Gene Hansen was introduced by club member Fauneil Bennett.
 
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MANN TALKS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

Our fellow member Les Mann illustrated to our club some analog photographs that he has converted to digital at our club meeting on May 4.  Digital photography is a great way to store art.  Les showed us some of the beautiful photos he has taken. 
 
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WAYNE SENIOR CENTER TOUR

Our club toured the Wayne Senior Center on May 11.  Director Diane Bertrand told our club about the many activities offered at the center.  
 
 
She encourages the public to take advantage of the center.  Economical rides on the public transit are available.  The center offers a variety of meals at noon.  Their newsletter is also available on the city web site.  Diane is such an energetic director.  Stop to visit with her to find our more details about what the center offers!
 
 
 
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GUATEMALA TRIP

Joan Sudman told our club about her trip to Guatemala at our meeting on May 18.  Joan told us a brief history of the country.  Their civil war left many widowers that have to support themselves now. 
 
 
Sharing the Dream is a program that helps with marketing and developing business skills for local Guatemalan people. Purchasing their crafts provides work for the artisans plus the profits go to support community development projects in Guatemala.  Sharing the Dream also supports assistance to the elderly and school scholarships.  People like Joan also privately donate to the cause. 
 
Club member Fauneil Bennett introduced Joan.  They are displaying some of the beautiful crafts Joan brought back.  Some of the art is displayed at a store at 10 W. Main Street in Vermillion, SD.
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CLUB VISITS WAYNE FIRE HALL

Our club meeting on April 27 was held in the Wayne Fire Department (WFD) building and was hosted by fire chief, Phil Monahan.  He shared information about the work that goes in to making an all volunteer force a top notch unit like we enjoy in Wayne.  There are approximately 30 members with four females on the team.  Each new member (currently there are about 10) must take 136 hours of training before being actively involved in fighting fires.  They are issued $1800.00 in equipment they wear that weighs about 60 pounds.   The department averages 40-80 fire calls per year and 10-20 rescue calls.  Each member must be at a minimum of 25% of the calls to retain membership.  There are training and work meetings each Tuesday, although not all members must attend each meeting.  Some other notes:   WFD provides a Jr. Fire Patrol course to area 4th graders each year in Aug. - Oct.   Each fire truck must be driven 20 mi. per month. The WFD fleet is divided up in WFD and Wayne Rural Fire department as funding is supplied through taxes from the city and rural areas($130,000 per year city, $62,000 rural) and approx. $20,000 donations.   Each fire fighters' gear must be replaced every 10 years, all hose must be discarded after 15 years use.

 

 

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WSC NCAA COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR IS SPEAKER

Linda Anderson, NCAA Compliance Director at Wayne State College, was our guest speaker on April 20.  Linda is a Wayne High School graduate and has been in various places working in athletics as a coach and in various administrative positions.  She makes sure that WSC coaches, players, and administration follow NCAA rules as to eligibility, recruiting, financial aid, and other benefits.  She describes her job as reporting, documenting, and data entry.
 
 
Linda was introduced by member Randy Pedersen.
 
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ANOTHER NEW MEMBER!

Gary Weddel was inducted into the Wayne Rotary Club at our club meeting on April 20.  How amazing to have your daughter, club member Paula Peterson, as a sponsor!
 
 
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WAYNE PUBLIC LIBRARY WEBSITE SHOWN

On April 13, the regular club meeting was held at the Wayne Public Library where Lauren Lofgren, Library Director, showed us the library's new website. The new  web site features all the Wayne newspapers stored digitally.  Another popular program is a strong children's summer reading sessions sponsored by community people/organizations.  They also promote reading at Rainbow World. 60,000 items were checked out last year.  Friends of the Library ($10 per person or $15 per family) assist in many ways including the annual book sale--in total over 1000 hours per year in donated help by the Friends.  The library provides use of computers and free access for people with their own devices.
 
 
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WAYNE ACTIVITY CENTER DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO CLUB

On April 6, Bryce Meyer, Wayne Activity Center Director, told our club about the many activities at his work. He explained more about the new 24-hour access to the members. Live cameras are connected to the Wayne Police station for security. Bryce also told about the youth soccer program who has about 220 children. He was introduced by Nancy Braden, April Program Chair.
 
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ROTARACT UPDATE

Josh Minarick, Rotaract President, updated our club about their activities at our regular meeting on March 30.  Some activities include: assisting with our Potato Bake, recently had a Haven House speaker talk to their club, volunteering at Tenderheart, assisting with the food drive, and doing a highway pick-up.  Darius Agoumba is the Rotaract sponsor, and Barb Engebretsen assists.
 
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SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTED

The Wayne Rotary Club recently awarded scholarships to three students to attend the World Affairs Seminar to be held June 25-July 1, 2016, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  The World Affairs Seminar's vision is to build global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous academic program. The focus is current global topics and trends.  Click on this link for more information:  http://www.worldaffairsseminar.org/
Dr. Barb Engebretsen and Club President Irene Fletcher presented awards to Brent Miller from Lyons/Decatur, Marcella Jurotich from Wayne, and Mya Donelson (represented by her friend) of Newman Grove. 
 
 
 
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NEW MEMBERS JOIN CLUB

Larry Magnuson was recently accepted as a new member. Larry was previously a Wayne Rotary Club member.  Galen Wiser is Larry's sponsor.
 
 
Carol Dunning was also installed as a new member.  George Burcum is Carol's sponsor.
 
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MONGOLIA TRIP

On March 30, fellow Rotary member Barbara Hayford told our club about her various trips to Mongolia.  Barbara's group did various jobs, including sampling water and collecting insects and vegetation.
 
 
 
Barbara was introduced by her friend, Barbara Engebretsen, who was March Program Chair.
 
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JAMIE YOUNG SPEAKS ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY

Jamie Young talked to our club about Music Therapy at our regular meeting on March 16.  This is a "clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."  Groups that can benefit include those affected by Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, Hospice and Bereavement, Oncology, and school age children.
 
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VOLUNTEERISM!

Chele Biede-Meisenbach, who works at Ameritas, spoke to our club on March 23 about community services in Wayne.  She was introduced by club member Darius Agoumba.
 
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ANOTHER PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

Dan Rose, Foundation Chair, presented Bill Engebretsen with his Paul Harris Fellow at our club meeting on Wednesday, March 9.  Congratulations!!
 
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NEPAL RELIEF

Karen Mangels with Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk was our speaker for our March 9 meeting.  She told our club about the medical and humanitarian aid that went to Nepal after their devastating earthquake in April 2015.  Our club provided assistance with the packing of these supplies.
 
 
Before our meeting, Barb Engebretsen visits with guests Rakesh Yadav, a WSC student from Nepal, and Karen Mangels.
 
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GLOBAL GRANT UPDATE GIVEN

Buey Tut recently spoke to the Wayne Rotary Club on March 2.  A graduate from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Buey has been the executive director for Aqua-Africa for five years. This non-profit organization is helping to bring clean water to the people of South Sudan, Africa. They have assisted with eight wells, directly serving over 3,400 people.
 
 
With a Sudanese population over 10 million, there is a great need for ...more water towers and wells. The fresh water not only has a direct impact on health, it also eliminates the many hours necessary to haul water. The Wayne Rotary Club; Rotary International; and the Juba, South Sudan Rotary Clubs have provided financial assistance.  Barbara Engebretsen, Wayne Rotary Club Vice-President, introduced Buey. She implemented and oversaw the Rotary International Future Visions Global Grant program.
 
 
 
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TALES OF A PERUVIAN-AMERICAN TOLD

Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner told the club about her upbringing at our meeting on Feb. 24.  Mytzy was born in Peru and came to America with her family when she was 4 years old.
 
 
She shared many stories and wonderful photos in her presentation.
 
 
 
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CLUB HOSTS PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL

The club held a Progressive Social for members and guests on January 30, 2016.  Appetizers were served at the home of Bill & Barb Engebretsen.
 
 
The group then moved to the home of Irene Fletcher and Dwight Mock for soup.
 
 
The evening ended at the home of Dan & Kyle Rose for dessert.  14 members along with their guests enjoyed a delightful evening of food and conversation.
 
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CLUB HOSTS POTATO BAKE

Our club served almost 300 community members at our Potato Bake on February 21 at the Wayne City Auditorium.  Thanks to all who attended and to our members for selling tickets!  We had lots of good food and the members of our club always pitch in and do a wonderful job!
 
 
 
Umbrellas were added to the stage to enhance our theme "Think Spring!"
 
Our WSC Rotaract young adults were fantastic help. They are pictured with our Rotary member and WSC professor, Darius Agoumba, who is their sponsor.
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JAN DINSMORE SPEAKS

Jan Dinsmore spoke at our Feb. 17 meeting about her trips to Ireland, Laos, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe.  It was interesting to see what life is like in these very diverse countries.
 
Jan is pictured with member Paula Peterson. 
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FUELBERTH RECEIVES RECOGNITION

Congratulations to John Fuelberth for receiving a pin for his multiple Paul Harris.  John has been a faithful supporter of Rotary International for years.  Connie Dangberg, membership chair, presented the award.
 
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WSC CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS SPEAKS

At our club meeting on Feb. 10, John Dunning, WSC Chief Information Officer, told our club about the new printers and software; new id cards for faculty students and staff; and sharing computer hardware with NE Community College.
 
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CLUB HOLDS SUPER BOWL FOOD DRIVE

Club members were located at Pac 'N Save and Quality Food Center on February 5 to collect food for the Wayne Food Pantry.  Donations were accepted for either the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, teams playing in the Super Bowl.
 
Bob Ensz, Barbara Hayford, and Paula Peterson at Pan 'N Save.
 
Eric Knutson, Wilma Moore, and Marie Janke at Quality Food Center.
 
Thank you to everyone that donated food!!
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WSC Volleyball Presentation

WSC Volleyball Coach Scott Kneifl and 3 of his Seniors talked to our Rotary club on Jan. 27 about their Florida trip.
 
 
Scott reported his team has a 3.85 GPA. When recruiting he looks at the person first: her character and grades.  Additional info from the WSC website says: "Wayne State College finished the season with a 28-8 record, placing fourth in the Northern Sun Conference with a 16-4 league mark.  The Wildcats captured their first-ever NCAA Central Region title and advanced to the Final Four over the weekend in Tampa, Florida before falling to Palm Beach Atlantic in the national semi-finals 25-21, 25-21, 27-25."  Their trophy is displayed as well.  Congrats to all!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROTARY!!

Today marks the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting.  Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth.  On February 23, 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr's office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago.  This was the first Rotary club meeting.  They decided to call the new club "Rotary" after the practice of rotating meeting locations.
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Wayne City Adminstrator Speaks to Club

Lowell Johnson, Wayne City Administrator, spoke to our club on January 13 about recent planning sessions for communities if there should be an extended electrical outage of up to 30 days. In 2008, Wayne had to generate its own electricity for 10 days because power was out due to the tornado. Safety, security, and energy are the main focus of the group. Concerns include communications, electricity, water and sewer, heat, cooling and food preservation. The hospital was also mentioned as another major priority because of its critical needs. Talks will continue on the subject.
 
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WSC Building Update

Fellow member Vaughn Benson gave our club an update on the building project at WSC at our meeting on January 20.
 
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Rota-Wars

Rota-Wars event was held at our January 6 meeting to highlight Rotary Awareness Month.  Teams of "Geezers" and "Newbies" were given questions about Rotary facts.  Thanks to Bob Ensz and Les Mann for a fun presentation this morning! Great job of teaching us all some Rotary information in an imaginative way!
 
(Left to right) Les Mann, Wilma Moore, Dan Rose, Morris Anderson, Bob Ensz, Eric Knutsen, Barbara Hayford, Bill Engebretsen
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Rotary Singing

How do we start our Rotary meetings??  By singing!! 
 
Kaki Ley, with the help of Jack Imdieke, sang a special duet at our Dec. 23 meeting.
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AMPS Program Presentation

Brittni Nordhues and Andrea Blecke spoke at the December 30 meeting about the AMPS Program at Providence Medical Center. This disease, which gives the person extreme pain, is often triggered by stress, injury, or illness. The goals of this 4-6 week program are: result in being fully functional in normal daily life, get an exercise program, and have mental health counseling. There are only a few of these types of medical teams in the U.S.
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Majestic Theatre Update

Melanie Loggins updated our club on December 23 about the Majestic Theater, who is celebrating its 5 year anniversary.  Our club will be working the concessions this coming weekend.  For more info on the theater check out their web site.
 
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Santa's Helpers

Thank you to Connie for selecting the Rotary gifts for the trees at State Nebraska Bank and Shopko.  Pictured below are members Connie Dangberg, CindyBrummond, Marie Janke, and Kaki Ley.