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Welcome to Omaha West Rotary Club!

Omaha West

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Champions Run
13800 Eagle Run Drive
Omaha, NE  68164
United States
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Omaha West Rotary will cancel the noon Rotary luncheon meeting when the Omaha Public School District cancels school due to weather conditions. This policy has been implemented for your safety and early notification.  Note:  If you plan to attend another club for a make-up the following clubs have cancellation policies as noted:  Northwest, Downtown, North and Morning will cancel if Omaha Public Schools cancel;  Millard will cancel if Millard Public Schools cancel; and Suburban cancels if the University of Nebraska Omaha cancels.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders.  Members of Rotary clubs provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are more than 34,000 Rotary clubs located in more than  212 countries and geographical areas.  Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.

January 13, 2017
No Meeting at Champions Run
January 20, 2017
Greeters - Pat Knowles & Jeff Ziemba
Invocation - 
Cashier - Butch Ethington
Sgt. at Arms - Gail Veitzer
Vocational Talk - Rana Scarlett-Johnson
January 20, 2017
Kid's Against Hunger
"History, Events, and Special Travels

The following Membership Proposal has been approved for publication by the Omaha West Rotary Board Members. Any comments, in writing, must be sent to the Rotary office within 7 days. 

DIANE STEWART - Mortage Loan Originator with Security National Bank; Classification is Banking, Mortgage Loans; Sponsored by Jill Slupe

Metro Area Omaha and Lincoln Rotary clubs are invited to attend Rotary Night at the Lancers on Friday, January 6, 2017.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.  Come and witness one of the most storied rivalries in the USHL!  Prior hockey experience or knowledge is not required.  Tickets are $11 per person.  All Rotarians, family, friends and neighbors are invited!!  Email Jennifer@SuburbanRotary.org for ticket reservations.  The hockey game will be held at the Ralston Arena, 7300 Q Street, Ralston, NE.
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West Rotarians will recycle trees at the 156th & F Street at the Football Field on Sunday, January 8th.  Members can email the Rotary office vbackman@cox.net . Four (4) volunteers are needed for each of the time slots. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017
10 AM - Noon:  Keith Rall, Henry Kammandel, Bill Sutton, Dick Sturgeon, Manny Paz  


Noon - 2 PM:  Bruce Cramer, Dan Keim, Jim Gerner, John V. Morey, Larry McChesney, Rod Anderson

2 PM - 4 PM:  Rich Cartney, Butch Ethington, Kent Templien, Brett Wawers

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Omaha West Rotary Wingding Holiday Party
Hosted by Gretchen Radler

12415 North 177th Circle
Bennington, NE

5 - 8 p.m.

Cost - $15 per person
(No meeting at Champions Run on January 13th.)

West Rotary will meet at the Skinner Magnet Center on Friday, January 13, 2017 at noon.  Cost is $15 for a box lunch. Reservations were needed by Wednesday, January 11th.  
Skinner Magnet Center Elementary School
4304 N 33rd St, Omaha, NE 68111
Omaha, NE
During the December 2nd Rotary meeting Martie Cordaro, President and General Manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers, did 22 pushups as part of a national program to do 22 pushups to bring attention to Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and the 22 deaths by suicide each day among our nation's veterans. Thank you Martie for supporting our veterans!
The West Omaha Rotary Foundation provided $300.00 to the Skinner Magnet Center Elementary School for the purchase of books for the school library.  Each of the books purchased has a bookplate noting that the books were donated by the Rotary Club of Omaha West and also includes speaker names from the previous Rotary year as a thank you and recognition. The following is a list of the books purchased:
Red The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard
We Came to America by Faith Ringgold
Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup
Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson
Rules Of The House by Mac Barnett
Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating
Hillary Rodham Clinton Some Girls Are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
Pip Bartletts Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce
Nocturnals The Mysterious Abductions by Tracy Hecht
Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer A Nielsen
Cat Who Came In Off The Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt
Outlaws of Time by N.D. Wilson
Lizard From the Park by Mark Pett
Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix
Zoomers Handbook by Ana & Thiago de Moraes
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke,
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
Barnacle Is Bored by Jonathan Fenske
Thank you to the volunteers that made Career Day at the Skinner Magnet Center Elementary School a success.  4th and 5th grade students learned about a wide variety of professions last Wednesday, October 26th.
  • Rich Cartney - Nursing Home Administrator
  • John V. Morey - Financial Planning, Investment Management
  • Elizabeth Kreher - Lamp Rynearson, Engineer
  • Kent Templien - Information Technology
  • Brent Pyle - Prairie Life personal trainer
  • Michelle Sandbothe - Jeweler
  • Neal Henderson - Jeweler, repair & design
  • Mark Ellsworth - Coaching & Consulting
  • Bob Fell - Journalism/Public Relations
  • Dick Lerner - Bel-Air Clothing
  • Maureen Feeney - Acupuncturist
  • Ruben Suto - Police Officer
  • Kendall Scheer - Banker
  • Trudy Bredthauer - Attorney
  • Dwayne Brown - Architect
  • Bob Runyon - Librarian
  • Joe Pepitone - Companion Care Management
  • Samantha Christensen - Landscape Architect
Thanks again to the Community Service Committee and volunteers that shared information with the students!
West Rotary has pledged to raise $9,900 for the Annual Fund, $3,168 for the PolioPlus Fund and 100% of our members giving some amount to the Rotary Foundation. Your donation puts us closer to those goals. Carol Gendler has again generously pledged $5,000. Fifty members who donate $100 or more will have an additional $100 credited towards their Paul Harris Fellow. Send your donations in soon to be among those 50 members.
Your Rotary Foundation donations in conjunction with your West Omaha Rotary Foundation donations at work - Projects the past three years funded jointly from your donations to The Rotary Foundation and the West Omaha Rotary Foundation are noted below.
  • Purchased iPads for our literacy program at the Skinner Magnet Elementary School ($1,385 from West Omaha Rotary Foundation and $1,800 from Rotary District Grant)
  • Facilitated printing of "Parent Guides" for parents of a child who has reported experiencing abuse ($1,510 from West Omaha Rotary Foundation and $1,500 from Rotary District Grant)
  • In conjunction with Omaha Downtown Rotary funded "Victory of Violence," the creation of website pages to provide a resource for people needing information and help for sexual and domestic abuse issues. ($1,500 from West Omaha Rotary Foundation, $1,500 Omaha Downtown Rotary Foundation and $3,000 from Rotary District Grant.)
  • Participated in a multi-club "Outreach" District Grant to provide food to local non-profit organizations.  West Rotary directed their donations to the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter  (West Omaha Rotary Foundation provided $1,000, Suburban Rotary Foundation $1,500, Southwest Omaha Night Rotary Club $500 and District Grant funds $3,000)
  • West Rotary will participate in the "Outreach" District Grant again this Rotary year. ($1,000 from the West Omaha Rotary Foundation, $1,500 from Suburban Rotary and $500 from the Southwest Omaha Night Rotary Club and $3,000 District Grant funds.)
The Rotary Foundation makes good use of your donations. When you donate to The Rotary Foundation the funds are invested for three years to cover operating expenses. Three years after funds are donated the District receives one half of the funds to be used for grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities through grants applied for from clubs in District 5650. The other half of the funds donated provides funding for the highest priorities around the globe to support peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease. A great example is the Rotary effort to eradicate Polio.  
The West Rotary Board approved a Corporate & Family Membership program.  An Active Primary club member can propose a qualified family member or a qualified business co-worker for membership.  The membership proposal has information in regard to membership qualifications on the form. The new corporate or family member joining will pay dues of $125 with no admission fee. If the primary member resigns one of the corporate or family members will become the primary member and  pay the appropriate primary membership fee.  The reduced dues rate of $125.00 will be effective the first three years of membership. Click here to see the membership proposal form and flyer for the new program.  The information can also be found on the  left side of the club website homepage under Site Pages/Joining Rotary.  Members, if you have a qualified family member or co-worker please invite them to Rotary for lunch so they can consider joining West Rotary.
A group of West Rotary Club members met with trained District Team to work through a Visioning process for the club in 2021.  Below is a summary of the outcome of 2021 Visioning for the Omaha West Rotary Club.
We are a club offering Fellowship and Fun for 150 “Actively Involve” members.  We are a welcoming club providing thorough and on-going new member orientation. We are known for our outstanding programs and service projects that are creating positive media coverage several times a year. The club members have opportunities to network with fellow members with high impact meetings even social events at our member’s businesses. Our club provides timely communications to our members utilizing many forms of communications, no matter if you want email, social networks or smoke signals…you are included.

We recognize we must spread the message of Rotary and create long term relationships by supporting the international exchange of students and embracing RYLA.

Our club fully leverages the opportunity for funding from District and International grants by having 1-2 large impact annual projects involving partners when appropriate. We realize we need funding for this good work that we do and we have inclusive fundraising events such as a mega tasting event with beer, wine, and whiskey. Our club has a priority to our community by supporting local issues. We also assure we can have a worthwhile impact with the donations to the Rotary International Foundation and are proud that every member donates every year with an understanding that 50% of that comes back to our district through grants. We fully communicate the good work we are doing with meetings focused on our projects with full disclosure of our funds and activities. 

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