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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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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.


September 30, 2016
Rita Rocker
"Crucial Connections: Techniques for the Polished, Professional Communicator"

September 30, 2016
Greeters - Jeff Ziemba & Mark Ellsworth
Invocation - Brad Rohrig
Cashier - Anne Fuhrman
Sgt. at Arms - Russ Iwan
October 7, 2016
Clete Blakeman
Omaha Attorney & NFL Referee

The  Rotary Readers program is in progress.  Members volunteer to help develop reading skills with grade school students one-on-one.  You are invited to become a Rotary Reader. Why? Three quick reasons: you will enjoy meeting and working with a couple of kids who need your help; studies show children who can’t read well in second grade will almost certainly drop out of school and cost you a lot of tax dollars, and Skinner Magnet Center is our adopt-a-school partner and they are looking for help and support from our club.
Interested? Contact Don Otis (Donaldotis@mac.com) to get started with this project.  Typically, readers spend an hour and work with two students each visit.  The visits can be weekly or bi-weekly (or whatever your schedule allows), typically on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays during school hours.
Reading with the 2nd and 3rd students is a great volunteer opportunity.  Join Don Otis, Susan Thomas and others who are already reading at the school.

Don Otis and students in the Rotary Reader's program.

The Community Service Committee has scheduled a Career Day at Skinner Magnet Center Elementary School on Wednesday, October 26th. The committee is seeking volunteers from all professions.  Volunteers will be asked to attend a brief informational meeting at Rotary and will visit with small groups of 5th grade students for short sessions from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. on October 26th.  Sign-up sheets will be available at noon Rotary meetings.
  • Rich Cartney - Nursing Home Administrator
  • John V. Morey - Financial Planning, Investment Management
  • Rod Anderson - Law

District Governor Gary Bren presented Bob Walker with a crystal and pendant recognizing Bob as a Level Two Major Donor.  Our thanks and congratulations to Bob for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
District Governor Gary Bren also presented Kent Templien with a Paul Harris Fellow +1 pin. Congratulations and thank you for Kent for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Foundation Individual Contributions are recognized for various levels of giving. Read more for a description of those giving levels.
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. 

Omaha West Rotary and Omaha Downtown Rotary are working together on a Joint District Grant - 'Victory Over Violence'. The grant funds will be used to create an information center (website and landing pages) for people who need to know more about sexual and domestic abuse in the greater Omaha area. Last year the WCA delivered over 22,000 services related to domestic abuse.  
A launch party is planned to celebrate the 'Victory Over Violence' and to unveil eight new landing pages for the WCA on October 6th from 6-8 p.m. at All Makes, 2558 Farnam Street.  Members should plan to attend this event. The pages will impact thousands of individuals searching for information about physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Click here for information about the launch party event. 

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.


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