Coming Up 4/1/22
Glenn Greet- Chippy's
“Bringing the tastes of England to Omaha - an entrepreneurial endeavor.”
 This meeting will be at Biaggi's
Chair of the Day: Michelle Schrage 
Greeter: Gene Klein
Cashier: Anne Fuhrman
Sgt. At Arms: Ron Niederhaus
Invocator: Julie Sanford
Welcome Valerie Smedlund!
Last week Jennifer Jirak-Brungardt introduced us to new member Valerie Smedlund.   
Valerie works for Security National Bank as a First Vice President Development Market Officer and has been with the bank for 26 years. Her home branch is at Aksarben Village.  She assists customers directly with opening new accounts, loan requests,  and is the primary contact for opening, and maintenance issues with Health Savings accounts.
Besides these responsibilities she assists and covers all our Security National Bank branch locations with staffing shortages at the banker’s desk.    Her brief case and phone follow her wherever she goes.
Valerie has been in banking for 43 years and started out with a family-owned bank just like Security National Bank called Bank of Millard.
She has two grown sons and 7 grandchildren.  She loves spending time with her family and going to school and sporting events and family vacations.  They have done Disney a couple of times together and did a cruise. She is not afraid to embarass herself by dancing and going down waterslides to entertain her grandchildren. 
As you can tell family is important to Valerie.  She also has 3 dogs and 2 cats and is a softy for animals. 
Valerie enjoys serving and helping others.  For the last 18 years she’s assisted with Operation Christmas Child with gathering and filling items for the shoeboxes that are shipped out all over the world.  She also volunteers for the Salvation Army Night watch every year.  Each year they have set up a drive from bank our employees to collect coats, hats, gloves, socks and blankets for the less fortunate.  
Salvation Army takes the mobile canteen out and serve food from December 1st through the first week of March every year and hand out the outerwear to those in need. She’s also been part of the Disaster group of the Salvation Army where they've been called out in the middle of the night for a fire to help the victims or First Responders. 
Valerie looks forward being part of Rotary since serving and helping others is so dear to her heart. Welcome, Valerie!
Family of Rotary

Thank you to Matt McKeever and Burnett Wilson for hosting a fantastic Family of Rotary event!

Please mark your calendars for April 9th for our Comedy Night.  

Get ready for a barrel of laughs on Saturday April 9th at the next Rotary social, sponsored by Dwayne Brown.
Complimentary light appetizers and drinks will be available starting at 7pm at the Blackstone Theater – 3624 Farnam Street.
Big Canvas Comedy will perform a short-form family friendly improv comedy show starting at 7:30 which will run approximately one hour.
Free will donations to further the Big Canvas Comedy mission of “comedy for everyone” will be accepted and half-price tickets for future shows will be available for sale.






Ecology Committee Meeting this week 
Join the Ecology committee at 11:30 at Biaggi's before Friday's meeting to help plan upcoming projects. All are welcome. 
Little Libraries 
Thanks to our volunteers who helped re-stock the Little Libraries a couple of weeks ago.  Bonnie Gill, Mark Manhart, Matt Merwald, Michelle Schrage, and Candy Specht.  They are always looking for more books- reach out to Bonnie Gill. 
Blood Drive 
West Rotary is participating in a Red Cross Blood Drive. You can sign up by CLICKING HERE. 
District 5650 efforts for Ukraine 
Rotary District 5650, which includes clubs in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, is seeking to gather much-needed medical supplies for hospitals and medical clinics in Ukraine. District Governor Carol Horner is urging members of the clubs in the district to contact medical centers, hospitals, emergency personnel (such as fire departments and police departments), and any others that Rotarians can think of and ask if there are any medical supplies available that could be donated and shipped. We have learned from doctors and medical professionals in Ukraine and those connected to them in the United States that they need the following:
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Neosporin or other topical creams
  • Slings
  • Combat action tourniquets
  • Israeli gauze compression bandages
  • 14 gauze at least 2 inches long
  • Angiocatheter needles
  • Quickclot gauze
  • Chlorine tablets for clean water
  • SAM splints
  • Emergency kits
In an emergency meeting on Monday evening, March 21, club presidents and other district officials gathered to consider the need and discuss how they could help. Those present began to talk of medical connections, transportation connections and other people who were members or knew people in their communities who could help with this project.
District Governor Horner has asked for volunteers to respond not only to the very specific list of medical supply needs, but for people in Lincoln and Omaha to identify possible collections sites where supplies could be gathered, trucking connections to help transport those supplies to Chicago and anyone with worthwhile suggestions to contact either her or district administrator Nicki Klein.
This project came as the result of a much broader undertaking involving ten Rotary districts throughout the Midwest seeking to raise funds to help pay for the transport of medical supplies from Chicago to Poland and Ultimately into Ukraine. The Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) which is based in Chicago has worked with the Rotary International offices and ultimately with a number of Rotary districts in the central part of the country to help transport medical supplies. The UMANA members have managed to pull together more than 30 tons of supplies and they’ve arranged for the transportation of an initial shipment of 10 tons. Ten Rotary districts in the Midwest have each pledged $25,000 toward this initiative, with the involvement of people in the main offices of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation in Chicago and members of Rotary in Poland and Ukraine.
Rotarians, show your neighbors, show the people across the United States, show the people of Ukraine that you really mean it when you say Service above Self. Respond to Carol or Nicki with the following:
  1. Contacts you are making with medical, health care and emergency professionals to ask for the list of supplies above.
  2. Lincoln and Omaha, let them know if you have a place as large as a garage or warehouse space where supplies can be pulled together.
  3. Transportation equipment, personnel, and arrangements to get the supplies from Lincoln and Omaha to the UMANA warehouse in Chicago. 
During our workout this morning, Kathy Rieger came up with the name for our project: OPERATION SUPPLY WHEEL! Let's get this wheel rolling! The magic of Rotary is real!
New Member Proposals
Name:  Bette Case 
Classification: Screen Printing/Promotional 
Company: Midwest Impressions
Proposer: Warren Whitted III
Name:  Ginny Czechut
Classification: Senior Living
Company: The Brant at Gretna
Proposer: Mark Ellsworth
 Any objection to these proposals must be in writing to the Board of Directors at within one week. 
Save the Date! 
for our annual Senior Recognition Event which will be back in person this year!  At Champions Club on Friday, May 6th featuring UNO Chancellor Joanne Li.
Bloody Mary Fest 
Tickets and Sponsorships are on sale now- please share with friends, family, and business connections.   CLICK HERE. 
   Also-           The Bloody Mary Fest Raffle Committee is looking for donations- please contact Jill Slupe 
Needed items include:
         Wine or Liquor
         Airline Miles
         Time shares
         Tickets- games, plays, concerts
         Gift cards
         Sports memorabilia
         Baskets, ribbon, etc. for the baskets
Monthly Meeting Sponsor 
Thank to our April meeting sponsor Bill Swanson/The Swanson Group of  Berkshire Hathaway!
 If you would like to sponsor a month and be featured on our website, newsletter, and at weekly meetings, please contact Jennifer.
Visit Other Clubs 
Keep engaged and entertained while attending Rotary Club meetings from around the Metro/District online or in-person. 
Monday:  Millard at Noon - in person, no reservations required at the German American Society 
Tuesday:  Omaha Morning at 7:00 at Happy Hollow- hybrid meetings. Click here to register. 
                  NW Rotary at noon- at Garden Cafe in Rockbrook 
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown at Noon resuming hybrid meetings.  
                       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 - Currently Rotating - see website
  • Lincoln South Rotary Club - Fridays noon - The Venue Private Dining Rooms - 4111 Pioneer Woods Dr
Apr 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Jun 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Alliance for Smiles
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Upcoming Events
Family of Rotary at Big Canvas
Apr 09, 2022
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
22-23 Committee Chair Orientation
Marriott Regency
Apr 20, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Trustee Meeting
May 20, 2022
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Family of Rotary at Gretchen Radler's
May 24, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Member Birthdays
Bill Swanson
March 3
Dennis McClintock
March 7
Nick Rosenberry
March 9
Warren Whitted III
March 11
Dennis Duer
March 12
Tarina Cox-Jones
March 16
Maryssa Brown
March 21
John Kugler
March 24
John Philo
March 28
Ben Douglass
March 29
Deb Sepich
March 30