This Week at Rotary- March 15th 
Chair of the Day: Jill Slupe 
Invocator: Don Otis 
Cashier: Tim Neal 
Sgt. at Arms: Carl Philo
Greeters:  Bob Fell and Tony Schultz 

Brook Bench
Update on Omaha Parks and Recreation 
Last Week at Rotary
Last week, Past President Jill Slupe and Nick Rosenberry presided over the meeting. Warren Whitted III gave the Invocation and  Manny Paz served as Cashier.  Carl Philo was Sgt. at Arms.  Anne Fuhrman and Robert Kardell served as greeters. We had several announcements as well as a vocational talk by Tony Schultz and three new member introductions.   Michelle Schrage introduced Greg Cutchall who talked about how he grew his company from a small business start-up to one of the largest restaurant franchisers in the country. 
Secretary Nick Rosenberry Report

Omaha West Rotary Club Secretary Report for March 8, 2019: 

This past Friday, we had several visiting Rotarians including Larry Johansen and Hal Daub from Downtown. And Ron Bailey from Maaseik , Belgium.  We also had many guests.  Kevin Loberg brought Mel Stuart.  Dan Lassek brought Noel Stoddard.  Tarina Cox-Jones invited Carmelita Cox and Richard Jones.  Michelle Schrage invited Fred Schweger and Rachelle DiFonzo.  Maryssa Brown brought Austin Evans.  And Susan Thomas brought Kirk Swartzbaugh. 

Thank you,  Lori Benton, for donating 15 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that were auctioned off.  Also, thanks to John Morey for unknowingly volunteering to wash the car of Gretchen Radler, who bought the box of cookies with the special prize.  

For good news, Randy Parks’ wife who is battling breast cancer, just made it through her mastectomy and is on the road to recovery!  Starla Waite’s oldest daughter just turned 32 and her granddaughter also just turned 1.  And finally our speaker, Greg Cutchall, switched to Geico and saved 15%. 

Nick ended with a joke and wished everyone a good week. 

Welcome Tarina Cox-Jones! 
Last week Susan Thomas introduced us to Tarina Cox-Jones.   Tarina is the Principal at Skinner Magnet Center where she is in her 8th year.  Tarina holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from UNL and Master's in Elementary Education from UNO.   She taught for six years before becoming the Principal at Kellom Elementary. She has also served as Principal at Dodge Elementary. 
In addition to her work at Skinner, she also serves as the President of CACE (Concerned & Caring Educators) an organization of African American Administrators in the Omaha Public Schools.
Tarina currently serves on the Board of the Directors for the Butler Gast and Maple Street YMCA’s and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Nebraska.    She is currently working on her Doctorate at UNL and will complete it in 2020. Her dissertation will focus on the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Welcome, Tarina! 
Welcome Kevin Loberg! 
Last week Kendall Scheer introduced us to new member Kevin Loberg.  Kevin is a Senior Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo.   Kevin holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northeast College. A Bachelor's in Business Administration from UNO and an MBA from Creighton.
Kevin is an active community volunteer as a member of the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children and a member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of the College of Business at Creighton. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter, and with the Red Cross, United Way, and Omaha Cristo Rey school among others.     Welcome, Kevin! 
Welcome John Massih! 
Last week Butch Ethington introduced us to new member John Massih.  John N. Massih is an Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Real Estate Attorney with a multi-state practice that serves clients in Nebraska, Connecticut, and New York. He is also an Owner of Realty One Group Sterling, a real estate brokerage in Omaha, Nebraska, and SpyGlass Title.
John is a current member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He is also a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.  John is a previous member with the Trumbull, CT Rotary Club. 
John received his law degree from UNL and his MBA from Creighton.    In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife Anne and their two sons.  He also plays some golf when he can.  Welcome, John!
Join us for fun, food, attendance credit, and networking at three After Hours events this month:
THIS Thursday 3/14  Slate Architecture After Hours    3624 Farnam Street  4-7pm 
Thursday 3/21   Abraham Lincoln Group at Joslyn Art Museum   2200 Dodge Street  6:30 pm 
No excuse to not be social in March! Bring a friend or family member and introduce them to Rotary.  
Rotary Leadership Institute 
The next session of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be:
March 23, 2019 - Dundee Presbyterian Church - Omaha
(You can also attend March 2, 2019 in the Iowa City Area)
Register by March 18 (logon or register for an account at
$85 paid in advance through PayPal or by check
Rotary Leadership Institute is for everyone and anyone. The curriculum is designed using the learning spiral with sessions building on previous topics and experiences. 
Sign up yourself - you will be a more effective leader for your Rotary Club.
Rotary Leadership Institute is a facilitated program with active participation - no lecturing. Topics important to Rotary Clubs and Members such as Effective Service Projects, Membership Engagement, and understanding The Rotary Foundation are explored. You will discuss real challenges and exchange ideas.
Testimonial from a recent participant: RLI was a great opportunity to explore Rotary - really learn about this vast organization. This is the first time I truly understood that Rotary was not just about my Club - it extends beyond to other communities, states and the world. I feel that I can truly help my club with programs now that I have participated in RLI.
Join the West Rotary Task Force! 
Please consider being part of the Omaha West Rotary Task Force meeting on April 24th at Champions Run from 12-1 to look into the future and brainstorm about future projects the club can  develop and execute to make Omaha a better place.  The Board would like this Task Force to identify projects, needs, volunteers and resources.  We want your ideas, passions, and support.  Cost is $16 for lunch.  Please click HERE to register.  
Questions? Please contact President Jill Slupe. 
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Please note changes to the SW Rotary Night Club:

We are now known as the Omaha Rotary Night Club! Our meeting time has also changed, we now meet the first, third, and fifth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 pm at DJ's Dugout at 176th & Q.  Starting April 2, 2019, we will be changing all future meetings to Vincenzo's, 15701 Pacific St.

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BELLEVUE 12:00 PM (DJ's Dugout, 10308 S. 23rd St.)
MILLARD 12:00 PM (German American Society, 3717 South 120th Street) 

MORNING 7:00 AM (Happy Hollow Country Club, 1701 S. 105th St.)    

NORTHWEST 12:00 PM (Jerico's, 11732 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68154)

OMAHA NIGHT 5:30 PM on first, third, and fifth Tuesdays of the month (DJ's Dugout at 17666 Welch Plaza, northeast corner of 180th & Q streets) 

COUNCIL BLUFFS CENTENNIAL 1st Wed 7:00 AM; 3rd Wed floating event; no meeting other weeks (Hy-Vee in Mall of the Bluffs, I-80 Exit 5)
DOWNTOWN 12:00 PM (Field Club, 3615 Woolworth Ave.)

COUNCIL BLUFFS NOON 12:00 PM (The Center, 714 S. Main St.)  

SUBURBAN  12:00 PM (Anthony's, 7220 F St.)   

WESTERN DOUGLAS COUNTY 7:00 AM (Elkhorn Common Ground Community Center, 1701 Veteran's Drive)

WEST 12:00 PM (Champions Run, 13800 Eagle Run Drive) 


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Mar 21, 2019
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