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Pam Spacarotella, Owner of LGT Transport
September 22, 2017
LGT Transport is a trucking company specializing in nationwide transport of cyrogenic product.  Pam Spacarotella is its owner, and this company was chosen as the 2nd Congressional District’s top small business for 2015 by the SBA based on its history as an established business, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and unit volume, response to adversity and innovation in products and services offered.  LGT started with a fleet of five cryogenic steel trainers and a single office in Omaha in 2013; two years later, the company operates more than 40 self-contained trucks for steel cryogenic, aluminum nitrogen, aluminum argon and carbon dioxide operations from locations in Nebraska, Ohio, Texas and California.  This, Spacarotella notes, despite being turned down by more than 10 banks to finance the business, and competing for customers against larger, more established firms.  Moreover, LGT's revenues more than doubled and net income quadrupled from 2013 to 2014.   Spacarotella, an Air Force veteran, also is active in the community, including participation in Omaha "Ten's" networking and support group for women entrepreneurs.
Dr. Tom Cardwell, Psychologist, former Dean of Student Engagement at SCC and District Governor
September 29, 2017
Dr. Thomas Cardwell will be sharing his vision for our Rotary district, including these observations:  Rotary International wants every Rotarian in the world to plant a  tree this year.  As a district, we would like to do a tree planting on April 7th, 2018, prior to Arbor Day.   Tom will also address the issue of human trafficking in Nebraska and Iowa, and how our district is getting involved to address this issue.  Tom will share other initiatives and goals of the Rotary district in his role as the new Governor for 2017-18 for Rotary District 5650, covering a total of 43 Rotary Clubs.
Tom joined Rotary in 2004. He and his spouse Jenny (also a Rotarian) live in Lincoln and are members of the Lincoln South Rotary Club.   Tom and Jenny have three children and seven grandchildren.  Dr. Cardwell is the newly retired Dean of Student Engagement at Southeast Community College and a licensed psychologist.  Tom and Jenny helped start a Rotary Youth Leadership camp for high school students in 2011.  The camp completed its sixth year last April.  The Cardwells have hosted numerous international guests in their home over the years including an exchange student.  Tom has also written several grants with partners in the country of Georgia.  The first was to support an orphanage in Saguramo Georgia.  Two additional grants were written to develop, and then expand, a mentoring program for college students who had been displaced by war in the region.  Most recently he wrote a grant to provide training in Georgia for mental health professionals, teachers, NGO leaders, and parents on how to work with children with behavioral problems. 

Our club offers fellowship, fun and opportunities for community service locally and globally.  We seek members who will be actively involved and are community-minded.  Our traditions include inviting prominent and interesting speakers to club meetings with the purpose of educating, informing and (sometimes) entertaining members regarding our community.  We also engage in many service projects that serve unmet needs locally and globally, and recognize those who do good, ranging from our police and firefighters to high school seniors graduating with high achievement. Club members have opportunities to network with each other, at weekly club meetings and social events at our member’s businesses, along with an annual golf outing, quarterly "beer tasting" meetings and various socials throughout the year.  Ultimately, through fellowship, fun, community service and networking, we aim to achieve Rotary's goals of "doing good for humanity".  and create long term relationships with other Rotarians by supporting the international exchange of students. 


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.

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