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March 2018
Kate Pile
Mar 22, 2018
Visiting Nurse Associatioon-(Duane host)
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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
Venue Map
Club Stories
We were led in prayer and pledge by Gail Stalder
We had 22 members present and welcomed 1 guest Rotarian
Treasurers report:  $1,994.33 current balance
Announcements:  Next Lunch Bunch meeting will be March 14th at Noon at Shevy’s
Tod reported that the Rotary scholarship selection committee is finishing up their first phase of candidate selection and that interviews of the top raking candidates will commence in a couple of weeks. 
The Buy the Big Wheel Tradeshow is a great networking opportunity for current and potential Rotarians.  Best of all, it’s a FREE event!  See the attached flyer for all the information!
Last week, Gail drew the winning orange ball, as the odds were grossly in his favor to do so.   He walked away with a cool $66.50, and he apparently went right back to gambling. He won the drawing again this week, but alas, lady luck denied him a winning ball…this time!
Next week’s speaker: Our scheduled speaker for March 8th will be Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of UNMC and UNO. He became the eighth chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, vice president of the University of Nebraska system and chair of the board of UNMC’s principal clinical care academic health system partner, Nebraska Medicine, in early 2014.  As UNMC’s chief executive officer, Dr. Gold is responsible for all aspects of campus leadership, program quality and operations, including seven colleges, numerous institutes, a staff and faculty of about 5,000 and its 3,800 students. Additionally, Nebraska Medicine has over 6,500 employees and an operating budget of well more than $1.5 billion. The combined economic impact of the “500-mile campus” academic health center exceeds $4 billion.
In April 2017, Dr. Gold also was named chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the state’s public metropolitan university. The University of Nebraska at Omaha has an enrollment of over 12,000 undergraduate students, 3,000 graduate students, a broad public service mission and an NCAA Division I athletic program.
Todays’ speaker was introduced by Tod Ringenberg:  
Dr. Michael Feilmeier helped to establish the Gift of Sight Foundation with the singular goal of restoring sight to patients living needlessly in darkness. Presently, there are over 39 million people in the world who are blind, and over 50% of them can be cured with a procedure that has a consumable cost of $25 and takes 5 minutes to perform. With vision restored, these individuals can once again look into the eyes of a loved one, walk unassisted across a street, return to work and find their way back to being a part of a family and community that no longer sees them as a burden. 
Dr. Feilmeier shared his story of how he became inspired to take his talents to the far reaches of the world and to help thousands of people of third  world countries regain the gift of sight.,  Through the efforts of Dr. Feilmeier and his associates, there have been tremendous results and truly lives have been changed. 
Meeting date: 2/1/18
17 members present
Led in prayer & pledge by Dave Rosacker
No guests
Treasurer report:   Balance $2,070.90
Announcements:  Lunch Bunch will meet on February 14th at Shevy’s.  Bring your Valentine home some leftovers!
Other announcements/discussion:  Next week we will hear from member and Elkhorn Public Schools Superintendent Bary Habrock.  We look forward to learning more about ALL that’s going on at EPS!
The discussion continued regarding the breakfast menu and options.  President Mike will put together a survey and distribute to members via email to gather ideas that can then be presented in an orderly fashion at an n upcoming meeting for discussion and hopefully provide a solution to the breakfast cost vs., benefit quandary.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a weekend long camp held a Camp Kitaki for high school sophomores and juniors.   There is an interest within the club in providing an opportunity to local students to participate.  Judy Ackland, Bary Habrock, Ron Mortenson and Jim Tomanek have stepped up to work on the processes for identifying interest within the three local high schools.
Speaker for the Day:  Neil Kirby introduced Chris Cowell, VP/GM Valmont Global Utility Division.
Chris shared a lot of information about the areas of industry in which Valmont operates.  Valmont achieves $2.5 Billion in sales annually.  They employ 10,000 people in 92 locations throughout the world.  Sixty percent of their business is done in North America and they plan to do more expansion globally. 
Valmont has four core businesses: Utility, Coatings, Lighting/Traffic, and Irrigation.
Chris shared more information about the Utility area in which he works.  They have 15 facilities in the US, Canada and China.  The division employs about 1,975 people.  Within in their market, they account for about 50% of the business and produce $850 million in sales annually. He shared information about how what Valmont produces is incorporated into the nation’s utility grid.  They have also transitioned into providing the structural materials used in both the wind and solar energy markets.
It was a highly informative presentation and helped to explain a lot about one of the largest employers in our area. 

Drs. Katherine Johnson, Michael Feilmeier and Jessica Feilmeier established the Gift of Sight Foundation with the singular goal of restoring sight to patients living needlessly in darkness. Presently, there are over 39 Million people in the world who are blind and over 50% of them can be cured with a procedure that has a consumable cost of $25 and takes 5 minutes to perform. With vision restored these individuals can once again look into the eyes of a loved one, walk unassisted across a street, return to work and find their way back to being apart of a family and community that no longer sees them as a burden.

True Fact (found on Internet???)....What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printer all have in common?  (Answer...All invented by women). In July, Judith becomes our club president and we all know that will be a vast improvement over the current "guy"! One of our goals is to "increase our club membership." Ten percent is just 3 members and so lets put a greater focus on getting more women members
Chris Colwell VP Business Strategy and Commerce
Chris joined Valmont Utility in March 2011. As Vice President of Business Strategy and Commerce, he is responsible for strategic planning, sales, marketing and business development for the division. Additionally, he is also responsible for product management, new product development, engineering, drafting and project management.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Gail Stalder
    March 4
  • Ariann Brown
    March 10
  • Richard Krueger
    March 22
  • Rita Kleeman
    March 11
  • Rolly Kleeman
    March 11
Join Date:
  • Mark Gleason
    March 10, 2012
    6 years
  • Richard Krueger
    March 20, 2013
    5 years
  • Jack Ott
    March 25, 2011
    7 years
  • Diane Clark
    March 30, 2016
    2 years

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