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September 2018
Jonathan Robitaille
Sep 20, 2018
from the FBI
Ted Grace (or alternate)
Oct 04, 2018
ALTECH Builders
Julie O'Hara
Oct 11, 2018
Rotary District Governor
2019-20 Rotary president selected

Mark Daniel Maloney selected to be 2019-20 Rotary

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Rotary partners with Mediators Beyond Borders

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Western Douglas County

Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Western Douglas county, Nebraska located in beautiful Elkhorn, Nebraska.  we have recently celebrated our 25th anniversary of founding.

Our Club works to provide scholarships to High Schools in Western Douglas County including Elkhorn High, Elkhorn South and Douglas County West Schools including the Communities of Valley and Waterloo.  In addition, our club works with the Christian Outreach Project of Elkhorn  (COPE) providing services to the the community
Our club meetings are every Thursday morning at 7am at the Common ground Community Center on Veterans Drive, located just North of Elkhorn High School.  For those Rotarians that live in West Omaha or Western Douglas County, we welcome you to "make-up" at our friendly meetings.

Welcome to our Club

Western Douglas County

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Common Ground Comm Ctr
1701 Veterans Dr
Elkhorn, NE  68022
United States
Our District
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Upcoming Events
Club Stories
Tod Ringenberg gave a presentation on his 2-week trip to Alaska, to include the wilderness areas of the Alaskan interior (Fairbanks and Denali), followed by a 1,700 mile cruise from Anchorage (Whittier) to Vancouver, Canada.
  • Areas of interest included Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) the tallest mountain in North America (20,320’), a trip to British Columbia on a restored 1900’s narrow-gauge train, an abandoned Alaskan gold mine near the Trans-Alaskan oil pipeline, salmon fishing in the Ketchikan area and whale-watching in Juneau bay.  Juneau has about 35,000 residents and is the only state capital in the nation that is accessible only by plane or boat.
  • Fairbanks (vacation starting point) is often referred to being a part of the Arctic desert, because of its arid climate and extreme temperatures (- 65 degrees below zero) and lack of rain and snowfall.  Fairbanks has a very short growing season (50 days) but because the sun shines for nearly 20 hours a day, their vegetables and flowers grow to extreme portions.  Resort chefs often have their own gardens, maintained by hotel interns and students from the University of Alaska.
  • Rivers in the Fairbanks areas are often used for roads in the winter.  Because Alaska has over 100,000 lakes connected by numerous rivers, there are few bridges in the remote areas.  Drivers use the lakes and rivers as short-cuts to downtown Fairbanks.  The first sign of spring in Fairbanks is often considered the date that a car plunges through the ice!
  • Visited the training facility for sled dogs for the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race (1,000-mile race).  The dogs often train by pulling an ATV around a track … actual training on snow involves relocating to more remote areas of Alaska.
  • Princess Cruise lines owns the entire range of accommodations (wilderness lodges, restaurants, cruise buses, dome-liner express trains and cruise ships themselves).  Excursions along the way were privately owned but were closely monitored by the cruise lines.  Many of the tour stop-off points were at town that had a population of only about 1,000 – this quickly increases to over 12,000 every time a new group of cruise ships arrive at port.
  • Tourist season in Alaska is generally from May to September … most wait-staffs are from the Russian states or eastern Europe (in Fairbanks) but cruise ship staffs are from all over the world.
Good Morning Fellow Presidents of the Omaha and Lincoln Metro Areas,
I would like to personally invite you and members of your clubs to join us for a Metro Luncheon on October 4th to hear from Bill Moos, the Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. We were very fortunate to be able to get Bill, a gifted and highly desired speaker, to address our club during the football season and wanted to share the opportunity with all of you.
The Metro Luncheon is a 40 year tradition designed to bring our clubs together for fellowship and a terrific speaker. I know that some of you probably have programs booked for that day but please try to rearrange your schedules if possible to join us for this magnificent event. We will meet at Anthony’s Steakhouse, one block South of 72nd and I-80 in Omaha, on 10.04.2018 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. A plated lunch will be served and is included in the $25 admission cost.
Our executive director Jennifer will be reaching out to your executive directors about the process for reserving seats for this event sometime later this week. If you have any questions please feel free to relay them back to me.
Have a wonderful week!
Nick Jasa
Suburban Rotary Club of Omaha


District 5650 Rotarians – 

Please join us for a district-wide networking night on Monday, August 6 as the Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Salt Lake Bees at beautiful Werner Park. Tickets for this event are only $8 per person with a portion of the ticket being donated to the Magdalene House, which focuses on helping those escaping sex trafficking.


This is a family centered event supported by District 5650. What a better way to celebrate 5650 than during the Storm Chasers 50th season in franchise history. Rotarians, their families and friends are welcome to enjoy the evening.


When: Monday, August 6 at 7:05 pm (Gates open at 6 pm)

Where: Werner Park (12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046)

Cost: $8.00 per ticket (portion of ticket going to Magdalene House)



I am very excited about this event and as I have the opportunity to visit each club, you will hear that one of my focuses this year is to include our families in Rotary. What a way to kick-start the year!

WDC Rotary Club
Meeting Minutes 7/19/18
We were led in prayer and pledge by Jim Tomanek
16 members attended and we had no guests
Treasurer’s report:  $7,613.05
  • Judy reminded the group that the District Annual meeting will be held the weekend of July 27-28 in Lincoln. 
  • Judy mentioned that donations for the Magdalene House are being gathered as part of the district-wide effort.Please bring items to the meeting on 7/26 and Judy will deliver them.
  • Jim T. announce that the COPE Back Pack Project is baaack! Items needed include: Good quality pocket folders, pens, small tissue boxes and computer flash drives.Please bring these items to an upcoming meeting as the back pack pack attack will be occurring on August 2nd at 6:00PM at COPE. If you are interested in assisting with this, please let Jim know.
  • The motion was made and passed that the club donate $300 to help in the COPE Back Pack effort.
  • Mike Ough, standing in for golf chairman Dan Fitzpatrick, reported that the golf outing went off as planned.Final numbers will be available soon.
  • Neil collected a variety of fines.
Official action
President Judy presented three options to the club in regard to our breakfast choices:
  1. $7.00 for breakfast with a reduced (less expensive) menu.$2.00 if no breakfast is desired but coffee is included with the $2.00
  2. $5.00 for all to attend meeting with breakfast available
  3. No breakfast.Coffee only. $2.00
After brief discussion, the motion for number one was made, seconded and passed. 
Mike Ough shared details and pictures of his recent trip to Washington DC with his wife and their 5 grandkids.   Looks like a good time was had by all and the kids will certainly remember this the rest of their lives!
Next meeting speaker (7/26) speaker: Neil will share his experience of his recent Grand Canyon vacation/hike. If you have ideas for speakers PLEASE contact Neil Kirby at
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Curtis Johnson
    September 5
  • Neil Kirby
    September 23
  • Rex Moats
    September 26
  • Judy Ackland
    September 14
  • Richard Krueger
    September 25

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