Upcoming Speakers
Jacquelle Lane
Oct 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Every Child Matters
Denise Craft
Oct 09, 2020 12:00 PM
Craft LifeStyle Management
Brian Kruse
Oct 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Douglas County Election Commissioner
Past Speakers
Kelly Morris
Sep 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Grief's Journey
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 Public Image
Club Foundation Chair - Club Foundation
Club Information

Welcome to Omaha West Rotary! 

Omaha West

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Champions Run
13800 Eagle Run Drive
Omaha, NE 68164
United States of America
Home Page Stories
Last week Ken Thomason introduced us to new member Micki Pane.  
Micki Pane is a co-owner of Creative Press & Design, a full-service printing and graphic design company located in the Millard area. 
Prior to her ownership of CPD, Micki spent her professional years in media sales, credit card services project management, and financial/corporate marketing. With years of marketing and account service experience, Micki focuses on listening to her clients and offering the best solutions to help them meet their needs and goals.
She enjoys golf, college football, and spending time in the Sandhills and Montana.  
Micki has been married to her husband, Joe, for 32 years. He is a financial planner with Futurity First. They have two children: Allison and her husband, Drew, live in Seattle where she works in tech; and Teddy, who works in logistics and is currently working to secure a position in Costa Mesa, California. Welcome, Micki! 
This past Friday at Rotary, Kelly Morris from Grief's Journey spoke about the many grief support services that their wonderful organization provides to individuals who may be experiencing grief and mourning as the result of a loss of a loved one. 
On Saturday, October 17th, our club will be fulfilling our district grant for Grief's Journey and assembling the bereavement care packages that Kelly and I spoke about at Rotary on Friday.  Rotarians will gather at Grief's Journey from 9:00-11:00 AM that morning to assemble the packages.  Grief's Journey is located at 7811 Farnam Drive.
I hope you will consider joining us that morning.  We will ask everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing.  To help us plan, please email Ken Thomason at kenthomason1962@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer. 
Last week Yolanda Hoffman introduced us to new member Charles Shapiro.   Charles was born in New York City.  His mother, Edith, was a refugee from Nazi Germany whose family luckily had relatives in the US who were able to get them a visa and provide material support. This part of the family history was and continues to be a major influence on Charles’ life. Charles grew up in a suburb of New York City, graduated from Ardsley High School. He started college at the State University of New York at Binghamton where he met his future and present wife, Joan Sudmann, when he was organizing a Food Co-op. 
Charles transferred to agriculture school in 1973 and graduated with a General Ag degree from
Cornell University. After graduation, he worked on two farms in New York State, and in 1975 moved to Nebraska where he earned his Masters (1978) and Doctorate (1982) at the University of Nebraska.
After graduation Charles took a position as Soil Scientist with Castle & Cooke, owners of the Dole banana brand in Guayaquil, Ecuador. When the position their was closed he returned to Nebraska in 1984 to a faculty position with the University of Nebraska, Department of Agronomy, located at the Northeast Station outside of Concord. He and his family moved to Wayne in April 1984.
In 2018 Dr. Shapiro retired from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Shapiro conducted research mainly in improving nitrogen use efficiency. The overriding principle he has worked to promote is that getting more nutrients into a crop results in greater value to the producer, and less potential loss to the environment.  Currently he is a member of the Nebraska Soil Health Task Force commissioned by the Nebraska Legislature in 2019 and will present an action plan to the state in January 2021. He is also on the board of directors of the Midwest Assistance Program which provides technical support for rural communities managing their water and waste systems.
Dr. Shapiro and his wife, Joan Sudmann Shapiro moved to Omaha  in June, 2020 to be closer to their two children and their families. He was a member of the Wayne Rotary Club before moving to Omaha. Welcome, Charles!
Thank you to all who attended and made this day special.  It was a great event! A special thank you to Michelle Schrage for the planning of the event! (Check out our beautiful professional photos by Monica Sempek on Facebook)
"Bullying in the Classroom" 
Chair of the Day: Kari Ketcham
In-Person Greeter: Lori Benton 
Zoom Facilitators: Kent Templien, Bonnie Gill, John Kugler
Invocator: Lori Benton 
Last week's golf scramble was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated, played, bought raffle tickets, etc.   Our net proceeds were a little over 10K.  A special thanks to Butch Ethington and all the hard-working members of the golf committee!
Congratulations to our Raffle Prize Winners! And thank you to our donors!
1.   Bob Fell  - jersey
2.   Michelle Kaufmann   Champions Run dinner certificate
3.   Denny Duer - Storm Chasers tix
4.   Kari Ketcham - Omaha Union Tix
5.   Ray Kurowski  - Trader Joes gift card
6.   Henry Kammandel  - Wine Recovery Kit
7.   Denny Duer - Target gift card
8.   Kent Templien - Dog Sitting
9.   Ron Neiderhaus - Rotary Pillow
10. Kari Ketcham -  Mutual of Omaha Logo Cooler & Tumbler 
11.  Denny Duer - Mutual Of Omaha Golf hat, towel and balls
12.  Suzan Rohrig - Dozen Mutual of Omaha Logo Golf Balls
13.  Rodge Bickerstaff - Dozen Mutual of Omaha Logo Golf Balls
14.  Jamie Summerfelt - Dozen Mutual of Omaha Logo Golf Balls
15.  Rich Secor - Don and Millie’s Gift Card
16.  Bonnie Gill - Dozen Mutual of Omaha Logo Golf Balls
17.  Alex Pearson - Dozen Mutual of Omaha Logo Golf Balls
18.  Susan Thomas - Starbuck’s Gift Card
19.  Bev Karrer - Tix to Comedy Club
20.  Kevin Wycoff - Designer Pen
21.  Bonnie Gill - American Cocktail Club Gift Card
22.  Bev Karrer - Golf Balls and Polo  Shirts
23.  Frank Phillips - Designer Pen  
Thank you to Dick Lerner/Bel Air Clothing for sponsoring our meetings for the month of October. If you would like to sponsor a month and be featured on our website, newsletter, and at weekly meetings, please contact Jennifer.

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.   We will post them as they come online.  
Monday:  Millard at Noon on Facebook live:  https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Omaha-Millard-111190255618005/
Tuesday:  Omaha Morning at 7:30 am on Facebook live:  https://www.facebook.com/omahamorningrotary/
                  Lincoln 14,  at Noon  on Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/Rotary14/
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown at Noon on Facebook live:  https://www.facebook.com/omaharotary/
Thursday:  Omaha Suburban at noon:  https://www.facebook.com/SuburbanRotary/