Upcoming Speakers
Don Eckles
Sep 29, 2023 12:00 PM
Chairman of Scooter's Coffee
Police and Fire Awards
Oct 06, 2023 12:00 PM
District Conference- No Meeting
Oct 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Past Speakers
Robin Stewart
Sep 22, 2023 12:00 PM
Nebraska Community Blood Bank
Upcoming Events
Club President
Club President-elect
Immediate Past Club President
Club Executive Secretary/Director
Club Secretary
Club Treasurer
Club Foundation Chair - TRF
Club Membership Chair
Club Polio Chair
Club Program Chair
Club Public Image
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Club Information
Welcome to Omaha West Rotary! 
Omaha West

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:00 PM
13655 California St.
Omaha, NE 68154
United States of America
Home Page Stories
Robin Stewart
Nebraska Community Blood Bank 
"The Need for Blood Donors"
Chair of the Day: Judy Ackland
Sgt. At Arms: Patricia Cantu
Invocator: Bob Gerseny
Cashier: Brett Wawers
Greeter: Bob Gerseny
Last week Kaleb Duncan introduced us to two new members, Derek Oden and Matthew Zacher.
Derek Oden was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. A graduate of Roncalli Catholic High School’s Class of 2014, Derek then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2018 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2020 from the University of Nebraska. 
Between 2013 and 2023, Derek has worked in various capacities in Nebraska politics including in his former roles as Chair of the Omaha Young Republicans, Executive Director of the Douglas County Republican Party, and Campaign Manager for Congressman Bacon’s 2022 re-election campaign. He currently serves as Campaign Manager for Senator Deb Fischer's 2024 re-election bid.
Derek shares a deep passion and love for Omaha and the State of Nebraska that overflows into everything he does. As a man of faith, he is committed to raising up the next generation and living a life of service to his community and all those he interacts with. He believes that together no dream is out of reach and that we can each help others achieve their full potential by living out our faith, fostering personal relationships, actively engaging in our community, and being involved in the political process. Welcome, Derek! 
Matthew Zacher was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. The son of Creighton University graduates, Matthew graduated from Brophy College Prep in 2018 before returning to Omaha to continue the family tradition at Creighton University. At Creighton, Matthew studied Psychology and Political Science, graduating in 2022. During his time at Creighton, Matthew served on student government boards and was president of his fraternity (Sig Ep). Matthew was the political director on Don Bacon’s 2022 campaign, and currently serves as campaign manager for Bacon’s 2024 re-election campaign.
Matthew has had a love for politics from an early age, first volunteering on Senator John McCain’s final Senate campaign in 2016 when he was only 15 years old. In his high school years, Matthew made several service trips to the Southern Border, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Witnessing the poverty, violence, and corruption in those countries cemented Matthew’s belief in the importance of good people in government. Matthew admires leaders who are steadfast in their convictions, but who are also willing to work across the aisle to move our country forward—he considers himself blessed to work for such a leader as Don Bacon. Matthew has two younger siblings, a sister who is a senior at Creighton and a brother who is a senior at Brophy Prep. In his free time, Matthew enjoys golfing and cooking. He is a lifetime fan of the Green Bay Packers and Bluejay Basketball. Welcome, Matthew! 
Please consider who you know who would love to be a part of Omaha West Rotary.   We are having a special guest day on Friday, September 29th featuring Don Eckles as our speaker- he is a Co-Founder and CEO of Scooter's Coffee- an Omaha Success Story.  
We will meet at Charlie's on the Lake on this Day to give us some additional room. (4150 S 144th St)
This should be a great program- help us fill the room!  Prospective members' lunches will be covered by the club.  Contact Mark Ellsworth to sign up your guests. 
Thank you to everyone who golfed, sponsored, attended the Happy Hour, and purchased raffle tickets. A special thank you to Candy Specht for organizing.  She will give us a report on results soon.   
19th Hole- Candy Specht/State Farm Insurance
Warren Whitted III/Mutual of Omaha 
Cart Sponsor: Dwayne Brown/Slate Architecture
Table Sponsor: Gary Bren/Turner Technology
John Mlnarik/John Mlnarik Law 
Hole Sponsors: Pat Knowles, Rich Secor/Lund Company, Jim Otis/The Otis Company
Putting Green Sponsors: Gail Veitzer, Mark Ellsworth, Suzan Rohrig/SKR-AIA, David Fulton- FDI Consulting 
The District Conference will be held on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. Our meeting is cancelled to encourage your attendance. Please consider joining us for all or part.  CLICK HERE to learn more and register or scan the QR code below.
Thank you to our September Meeting Sponsor
Kent Templien and X-eqt

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.

Keep engaged and entertained while attending Rotary Club meetings from around the Metro/District online or in-person. 
Monday:  Millard at Noon -  at the German American Society 
                 Bellevue Papillion Rotary Club meets at DJ’s Dugout in Bellevue on Mondays at noon.  
Omaha Morning Rotary and Northwest Rotary are holding joint meetings at a new location - the First Responders Foundation, 10605 Burt Circle, Omaha, NE 68114.
Update on Weekly Rotary Meeting:
As a result of the recent Club Assembly, Omaha Morning and Omaha Northwest will continue to merge meetings and will be alternating the meeting time on a monthly basis as follows:
Aug 2023 - Morning
Sept 2023- Noon
Oct 2023-Morning 
Unless requested by the speaker, Omaha Morning will continue the meeting in hybrid format. This means Morning meetings will be available both in person and in zoom.
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown at Noon at the Field Club
                       Council Bluffs Centennial 7am at HyVee on Madison upstairs 
Thursday:  Omaha Suburban at noon:  in person, German American Society  also hybrid 
                    Council Bluffs at noon- Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
In Lincoln:
  • Lincoln #14 Rotary Club - Tuesdays Noon - Embassy Suites 1040 P Street
  • Lincoln Giving Spirits Evening Rotary Club - Every-other Tuesday 6:00 PM) - JCMF Children's Charities 8445 Executive Woods Dr Ste B Lincoln
  • Lincoln East Rotary Club - Wednesdays at 11:45 AM - The Garage 
  • Lincoln South Rotary Club - Fridays noon - The Venue Private Dining Rooms - 4111 Pioneer Woods Dr
Please pay your Rotary dues by June 1st. Everyone should have gotten an emailed invoice.  If you need a copy of the invoice, please contact Jennifer.  Dues are $390 for the 23-24 year. If you'd like to pay other things, please add them to you total and send Jennifer an email with how to apply those funds. 
CLICK HERE to pay online.