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Bulletins
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WDC E- Bull Nov 1 17
Oct 31, 2017
WDC Horn Oct 24 17
Oct 24, 2017
WDC Bulletin - Oct 17
Oct 10, 2017
WDC Bulletin -Oct 10
Oct 03, 2017
WDC Bull - Sep 19 17
Sep 17, 2017
WDC Rotary Sep 5 17
Sep 05, 2017
WDC Rotary Aug 29
Aug 24, 2017
WDC Bulletin - Aug 22
Aug 22, 2017
 
Speakers
Jessica Kroeker (Neil Host)
Dec 21, 2017
Project Harmony
Pat Hines
Jan 04, 2018
Girl Scouts
Pat Hines
Jan 04, 2018
Girl Scouts
 
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ROTARY CLUB OF WESTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY
ELKHORN, NEBRASKA
 
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
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In anticipation of discussion of the Club Secretary selection for next year, I would like to offer some comments:
 
 
  • Prior to my becoming club Secretary a several years ago, the secretary duties at that time included taking the minutes and performing duties regarding registration and removal of new members and resigning respectively.    Addition duty required verification of current membership for purpose of the annual and semi annual dues.  The minutes taken by the secretary were not published and simply reviewed at the subsequent club meeting.
 
  • When I became Secretary, I published the minutes, with photographs, using Neil's email listing for club members.  The minutes or bulletin were developed utilizing Microsoft Publisher Software and then converting to a PDF file to facilitate emailing to membership.  Later on, an interim secretary utilized the software that Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce utilized for email distribution.
 
  • A few years ago, the Club Runner system was adopted by US Rotary Clubs to ultimately provide a portal for clubs to submit their administrative data to Rotary International, via respective Rotary Districts.  Included with the Club Runner was a feature for developing a club website and publishing a periodic (in our case, weekly) newsletter.  Other features of Club Runner including membership mailing lists, attendance management and project and event coordination.
 
  • The administration of Club Runner requires a "web master" of sorts for each club.  I have been serving in that role along with Secretary duties.  While Club Runner has some complicated features, I have been able to master most of the functions that apply to our club. 
 
  • The Club Runner was designed so ANY member of a club could write a feature story by signing on and developing the story following a few easy to learn steps. The web master is available to assist and train members who desire to submit stories and artic.  I suggest a "stand alone" web master position. 
 
  • With a stand along web master, It is not necessary to have Club Runner duties included in the Secretary's position and with that in mind, I propose going forward,  that the Secretary be responsible for developing the weekly meeting meetings and submitting those minutes to the bulletin editor.  Likewise, articles (story) for forthcoming programs would be developed by speaker host/program chair (and other committee chairs) and submitted to editor
 
  • The above would simplify the duties of the Secretary to writing minutes and occasionally responding to letters from Rotary International and Rotary District for various club operational matters.  The Secretary can submit administrative tasks to the web master or log on to Club Runner to make their own necessary changes or input.
CONCLUSION:  Decouple Club Runner web master from Secretary duties.
 
Ron Mortensen
 
  • Our meeting started with the invocation and pledge of allegiance.
  • President Mike presented one of our club's mini-banners to the Mayor, it is certain to become one of her treasured memories of her visit to our club.
  • Rita gave the treasurer's report
  • In the secretary's report, there were a few corrections to the minutes.  Most notable of those corrections is that there will be no lunch bunch meeting in DECEMBER.  There will be a lunch bunch meeting possibly in JANUARY
  • Visiting Rotarian - Our guest speaker, Mayor Stothert, is a member of the Millard Rotary
  • Jasmine was accused of playing hooky from school.  This is the week of her 13th Birthday.
  • The January 21st Christmas Party is confirmed for Farmer's Brown Steakhouse in Waterloo.
  • Jim handed out a flyer on the Food Basket Program requesting volunteers for the 14, 15 and 16th.  See elsewhere in bulletin for viewing the flyer.
  • Neils fine session - A couple notable fines, Curtis whose son became an Eagle Scout and Gail's grandson was transferred from Green Bay to Omaha for hockey.
  • President Mike gave a brief humorous reading on Mayors in honor of our speaker.
  • Jim gave a brief introduction of our Mayor, Jean Stothert.
  • Mayor Stothert talked about items that she usually discusses at "town hall" sessions about the community, including a 5th police precinct in the Elkhorn Area, possible new libraries in Southwest Omaha and Elkhorn areas, Fire Department Budget, Property Tax, City's AA bond rating, trash hauling, annexation and of course the beloved "restaurant tax". 
  • Duane won the kitty for two weeks in a row.
  • Thank's to the setup crew for the two-table head table arrangement. 
Eddie Guthrie, current resident of Omaha, is one of the last survivors from Nebraska of the Japanese Bombing Raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  Eddie was aboard the USS Whitney, a destroyer tender,  as an Electrician's Mate in Pearl Harbor.
 
Following WWII, Eddie became employed as an Electrician at Omaha Public Power District where he served with distinction .  Following his retirement, he has been a spokesman for the dwindling number of survivors of the DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY (President Delano Roosevelt - 1941).
 
Ron's note:  I worked closely with Eddie at OPPD for 4 years, he was a switch man which meant that he had to travel around the District operating high Voltage switches as required for maintenance or for storm recovery and isolation.
 
 

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is in her second term as Mayor of Omaha. First elected in 2013, and re-elected in May 2017, she is the 51st Omaha mayor and the city's first woman to be elected to the office. Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.  In 1993, the Stothert family moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University.

 

When the Stotherts' two children, Elizabeth and Andrew, were old enough to go to school, Mayor Stothert became involved in their schools as a volunteer. Later, she was appointed and then elected to the Millard Board of Education and served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.

Jean and Joe have been married 37 years. Joe currently works as a trauma surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine.

 

 
Bulletins
BullettinA
General
WDC E- Bull Nov 1 17
Oct 31, 2017
WDC Horn Oct 24 17
Oct 24, 2017
WDC Bulletin - Oct 17
Oct 10, 2017
WDC Bulletin -Oct 10
Oct 03, 2017
WDC Bull - Sep 19 17
Sep 17, 2017
WDC Rotary Sep 5 17
Sep 05, 2017
WDC Rotary Aug 29
Aug 24, 2017
WDC Bulletin - Aug 22
Aug 22, 2017
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Mike Hansen
    December 20
  • Jeanne Weaver
    December 21
  • Del Morgan
    December 22
  • Diane Clark
    December 30
Anniversaries:
  • Stephen Baker
    Becky
    December 2
  • Tod Ringenberg
    Lorraine Ringenberg
    December 28
  • Roger Breed
    Judy
    December 30
Join Date:
  • Steve Tooley
    December 7, 2016
    1 year
  • Robert Reade
    December 31, 2004
    13 years
 
 
 
 
 
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