Carol Gendler, born in New Haven, Connecticut,  has created a legacy of community activism stronger than that of most Nebraska-born citizens. She joined Rotary Club of Omaha – West in 1998 and has worked with the various committees.  She currently serves on the Omaha West Rotary Foundation.  For almost a decade now, Carol has donated $5000 to the Paul Harris Fund as a match of $100 each with our individual members donations. 

Years ago, Carol completed a Masters degree in History at UNO and has used that knowledge to create a history of the local Jewish Community, in her work with the Douglas County Historical Society over the last 50 plus years, in the 14 years she served as Director of the Douglas County Law Library, and as a major donor to the Omaha World Herald digital library.  Her OWH gift enables current historians the luxury of digital records instead of spending hours turning the crank of a microfilm reader. In 2006, Carol completed a historical account of our own Rotary club spanning 50 years. 

Besides the Omaha West Rotary Foundation board, Carol also serves on the Humanities Nebraska, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Heartland Family Service, Joslyn Art Museum, and the Legal Aid of Nebraska boards.  Many local civic organizations such as Lauritzen Gardens, NET Foundation and the Omaha Community Foundation benefit from Carol’s financial gifts.

Rotarians are fortunate to have her talent, passion and generosity toward our local and international projects.