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$489.00 FRIDAY, February 17, 2017
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
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.
Mary Fraser Meints, Executive Director
Feb 24, 2017
YES, Meeting the Needs of At-Risk and Homeless Youth in Omaha
To Be Announced
Mar 03, 2017
To Be Announced
Mar 10, 2017
Mike Kelly, Omaha World Herald
Mar 17, 2017
Kelly O’Speaks & Kelly O’Sings!
Club President
Club President-elect
Immediate Past Club President
Executive Director
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Club Membership Chair
Club Foundation Chair
The Westward Ho!
Feb 17, 2017

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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.

February 17, 2017
John Knicely, Anchor WOWT-NBC 
February 17, 2017
Greeters - Denny Duer & Jim Otis
Invocation - Jill Slupe
Cashier - Dana Henricksen
Sgt. at Arms - Bev Karrer
February 24, 2017
Mary Fraser Meints, Executive Director
"YES, Meeting the Needs of At-Risk and Homeless Youth in Omaha"

Please welcome new member DIANE STEWART sponsored by Jill Slupe.  Diane is a Mortgage Loan Originator with Security National Bank.

Jill Slupe, Sponsor and Kent Templien, President, welcome new member Diane Stewart.


Congratulations to the following people recognized for contributions to The Rotary Foundation on Friday, February 10th.

BRETT WAWERS - Paul Harris Fellow +1
KENT TEMPLIEN - Paul Harris Fellow +2
JAN TEMPLIEN receiving recognition in memory of her husband E.H. TEMPLIEN - Paul Harris Fellow

Thank you for your  generous support of The Rotary Foundation!



JAN TEMPLIEN and son, KENT TEMPLIEN  with Paul Harris Fellow 
recognition in memory of Jan's husband, E.H. TEMPLIEN

International students, Ali Karashi and Mohammed Almukkabini, from UNO International Studies visited West Rotary at the Friday noon meeting.  Matt McKeever hosted the students. 
The Website and Public Relations Committee has asked members to submit ideas you may have for the design of a new club banner.  Please submit your ideas to Matt McKeever msmckeever@greatadvocates.com or the Rotary office. The committee will review banner design suggestions.
We need your help!  Only 25% of the slots for our food repackaging project have been filled.  Can you spare 1 hour (either 8am to 9am or 9:30am to 10:30am) on February 25th?
West, Southwest and Suburban Rotary Clubs are working on a joint District Grant project to package meals for local non-profit organizations.  This project will be held on February 25, 2017 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Walmar Leasing, 11357 South 146th Street. 
Members that want to volunteer for this project can click the following link http://portal.clubrunner.ca/5409/Event/multi-club-meal-packaging-event and follow the instructions to sign-up.  
If you want to work at the same table with another member, family member, or friend you will need to select the same table number as you sign-up. If you are willing to be a table leader let me know and you will be sent separate instructions to arrive early. There will be two shifts with 8 tables of 10 people each per shift.
A few volunteers (6-10 people) are needed to setup on the night before, Friday, February 24th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Reply to this email if you would like to help with the setup on the 24th. Contact Vickie in the Rotary office if you have any questions or problems signing up. 
The 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Seminar will be held April 7-9, 2017 at Camp Kitaki near Louisville NE.  High school juniors (and sophomores) are eligible to apply. RYLA camp is an intensive 3-day training program for high school juniors that helps participants think critically about important issues and share ideas with talented peers, learn how to coordinate and lead community service projects both locally and globally, discuss the importance of good governance and civil society to the world, business ethics, and finally, learn to think globally and explore issues that transcend national and cultural boundaries. 
For young adults, RYLA enables participants to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communications skills, learn about businesses and institutions, and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends. In addition, RYLA provides participants the opportunity to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with their peers and business professionals. The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life.
Club members, please let us know if you know a sophomore or junior in high school that would be interested in attending this seminar. (Relatives of Rotarians are welcome to participate.) Contact the Rotary office for an application or visit the Rotary District 5650 website at http://rotarydistrict5650.org/SitePage/ryla for the applications forms and additional information.
Friday, March 3, 2017 - Deadline for applications to be received by West Rotary
Friday, March 24, 2017 - Applications are due to the District
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!
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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Metro Area Rotary Club weekly programs available are listed here.