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May 27, 2016
Melissa Marvin, Senior Vice President
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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.


May 20, 2016
Corrie Philo, Director
Project Search for Westside
Invocation: Dean Rasmussen 
Greeter:  John Fettig & Bonnie Gill
Cashier:  Russ Iwan
Sgt. at Arms:  Greg Key
May 27, 2016
Melissa Marvin, Senior Vice President
United Way of the Midlands

Congratulations to this years Skinner Skyhawk Award recipients - Dejayla White and Adrian Graham!  Pictured above are Dejayla White; Mrs. Tarina Cox-Jones, Principal at Skinner Magnet Center; Adrian Graham; and John Morey, West Rotary President.


Thank you to the club members from West Rotary that volunteered to help with this Drive for Drives, computer recycling project, held  in cooperation with KFAB .  Th recycling event was held Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  at the west Hy-Vee parking lot, at 156th and Maple. 





4:00 - 6:00 - BEN WALLACE


Twenty-five Outstanding Seniors from twenty-five area high schools were honored on April 29th at the 60th Annual Rotary Senior Recognition Day program held at Champions Run. Dr. Fred Ohles, President of Nebraska Wesleyan University, was the keynote speaker and Julia Fiksinski. Brownell-Talbot School, was the student speaker.  Students, parents, counselors, principals, superintendents and guests attended this event.  See additional photos from this event on the Omaha West Rotary Facebook page.
Below is the list of 2016 Seniors honored at the Senior Recognition Day Luncheon:
Jacob Phillips Benson High School
Jennifer Nguyen Boys Town High School
Julia Fiksinski Brownell-Talbot School
Lisset Jimenez Bryan High School
Anne Marie Ryschon Burke High School
Nathan M. Singh Creighton Preparatory School
Margaret Foley Abboud Duchesne Academy
Makenzie Smith Elkhorn High School
Christian Keller Elkhorn South High School
Christa Holland Gross Catholic High School
Kathryn Fuxa Marian High School
Mikayal Rosenthal Mercy High School
Turner Eakins Millard North High School
Wenxian Zhou Millard South High School
Eugene Nuzzolillo Millard West High School
Jacqueline Peck Omaha Central High School
Sarah McCarty Omaha North High Magnet School
Nicole Dionny Carrillo Omaha Northwest High Magnet School
Brenda Esqueda Omaha South High Magnet School
Trevor Jurjevich Papillion-La Vista High School
Brennan Pogue Papillion-La Vista South High School
Hayley Siedlik Ralston High School
Caleb Nigrin Roncalli High School
Jennifer Hoody Skutt Catholic High School
Payton Knott Westside High School


The West Omaha Rotary Foundation is participating in Omaha Gives -  a 24 hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. We will be joining nearly 700 local nonprofits to raise money together and compete for matching funds and prize money. The more money we raise, the larger percentage of the bonus dollars we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prizes. The online giving will take place May 25th from midnight to midnight.  Your donations collectively can result in additional matching or prize funds for our club foundation. Donations will support our programs at the Skinner Magnet Center, Skinner Skyhawk Awards, Mitten Tree Project, Senior Recognition Day, Dora Bingel Senior Center, Rotary Youth Leadership programs, Police and Fire recognition programs and other local educational, health and humanitarian projects and programs. 

Click here to donate to the West Omaha Rotary Foundation by participating in Omaha Gives!  This year you can schedule your donation now through May 24th or donate on May 25 to increase our chances for additional funds from bonus prizes.


There are two options for giving a minimum of $10 through Omaha Gives!
      1) click the link above and use your credit card
      2) use your charitable account at OCF




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.

New information for a July, West Rotary Wing Ding event.  Susan Thomas and Jill Slupe will co-host a fellowship on July 7th.  The event will be held at the new home of Susan Thomas, a condo in Midtown Crossing from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided. There are two decks overlooking the park so you can enjoy "Jazz on the Green" music.  Additional details will be provided as available.  Mark your calendars for a fun evening on July 7th!

The Club’s award-winning Rotary Readers program is in action again.  That’s the program where members give an hour a week 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 Bob Fell ( or Vickie Backman ( and we will set up contact with the school.  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.  Don Otis is reading at the school twice a week and would be happy to introduce a new volunteer to the project and the teachers at the school.

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


Members of Rotary support The Rotary Foundation.  Funds donated to The Rotary Foundation help others in their own community, their country and around the world.  See video below - Rotary "Doing Good In the World."



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