This Week at Rotary January 25, 2019
Presiding Officer: Jill Slupe
Secretary: Nick Rosenberry
Chair of the Day: Deb Neary
Invocator: Bob Fell
Cashier: Tim Neal
Sgt. at Arms: Andy Shim
Greeters: Matt Moletierre & John Morey
Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Logan

 Dr. Cheryl Logan, 
Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools
The Omaha Public Schools superintendent has finished her first six months at the helm of the largest school district in the state.   Already, Logan has visited all of the schools in the district and met with school board members, students, parents and employees. She’s also met with more than 50 groups and individuals, including Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Gov. Pete Ricketts, Omaha City Council members and state senators.   Join us on Friday, January 25th, to learn the challenges the district faces, and the bright spots of our Omaha public school system.

Dr. Cheryl Logan began her position as superintendent of Omaha Public Schools on July 1, 2018. The OPS Board of Education selected Dr. Cheryl Logan on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Logan comes to OPS from the School District of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she served as Chief Academic Officer, responsible for the academic achievement of more than 135,000 students. “I am honored to be selected as the next leader of the largest school district in Nebraska and I am committed to promoting and sustaining student achievement, equity and access to educational programming for all students,” said Logan. Read more about the speaker HERE.
Nominations for Directors and President-Nominee
President Jill reported the work of the Nominating Committee led by Immediate Past President Nuzhat Mahmood who was tasked to name three nominees for Board of Directors to serve for three years starting July 1, 2019, and a President-Nominee who will become President-Elect on July 1, 2019. The three nominees for Board of Directors are Tim Neal, Andy Shim, and Luke McNeese. President-Nominee is Dwayne Brown. Per our Bylaws,  additional nominees may be named by a petition signed by six (6) members of the Club, provided that such petition is received by the Chairman of the Nominating Committee at least one (1) week before the annual meeting. Our annual meeting will be held no later than April 1st at which time the election of Officers and Directors shall take place.
Susan Thomas is Paul Harris Fellow +1
Last week, The Rotary Foundation Vice Chair JR Kammandel, awarded Susan Thomas her Paul Harris Fellow +1. Susan served as President and board member of our club. She is one of the prime movers of the Little Free Library project. Susan is active in representing our club in the district-wide Anti-Human Trafficking project. Susan's total contribution to The Rotary Foundation is $2,000.00. Congratulations and thank you, Susan!
Susan Thomas with JR Kammandel
Deb Sepich Received Her Blue Badge
After completing the rigorous Red Badge requirements, Deb Sepich received her blue badge from Assistant Governor John Marburger. Deb came to Omaha West Rotary from Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club. She is Director of Graduate Business Programs at Doane University. Congratulations, Deb!
Deb Sepich with John Marburger
Last Week at Rotary
Last week, President Jill Slupe presided the meeting. Mark Ellsworth gave the Invocation. Manny Paz and Kendall Scheer served as greeters. Lori Benton was Sgt. at Arms.  Don Otis was Cashier. Ken Thomason gave his timed vocational talk. He was over by just 30 seconds, and he was accordingly fined. Deb Neary was Chair of the Day. Deb hosted and introduced our speaker author Ted Genoways.
Secretary Nick Rosenberry Report
Omaha West Rotary Club Secretary Report for January 18, 2019: 

This past Friday, we had several visitors and guests!  Visiting Rotarians included John Marburger (Downtown) and Larry Johansen (Downtown).  Guests included Heidi Hermanson, who heard about our speaker and attended.  Nick Rosenberry brought his daughter Violet.  Deb Neary brought three guests – Owen Neary, Joe Neary, and Jack Kubat.  Susan Thomas brought her husband, Steve Hutchinson.  And Gretchen Radler brought her husband, David Radler. 

We celebrated January Birthdays:  Kim Kuhle (08), Bob Kully (08), Pat Knowles (09), J.R. Kammandel (13), Marsha Kubica (14), Dick Lerner (16), Nuzhat Mahmood (17), Gretchen Radler (20), Greg Key (21), Bill Sutton (25), Rod Anderson (27), Jill Slupe (27), Dick Sturgeon (30). 
For good news J.R. Kammandel announced that he has moved to Next Home Reality.  Ben Ben Kratz was just invited to sit on the HVAC board for Metro Community College.  Deb Neary announced that she has changed the name of her non-profit to Mentor Nebraska.  They will be having mentoring programs at all Starbucks in Nebraska on January 23rd.  Gretchen Radler will have all three of her daughters in town for her upcoming birthday.  Lori Benton requested volunteers to help Partnership4Kids do mock interviews for soon to be high school graduates.  And Mark Manhart Jr. is organizing some days to assemble Little Free Libraries (Jan. 26th and Feb. 2nd).   
Nick collected some fines and ended with a joke.  
New Member Proposal
Bob Kardell is a returning Omaha West Rotarian. He was a member from 2005 to 2009, left Rotary due to work transfer. He is back in Omaha and eager to rejoin Omaha West Rotary. Bob is an Attorney at Goosmann Law Firm. His proposer is Kendall Scheer. Any objections to this proposal must be in writing to the Board of Directors at by January 29th.
Meal Packaging Project - Feb 9th SIGN UP NOW
The multi-club meal packaging project, led by Omaha West Rotary this year, is happening on February 9, 2019, Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:45 pm. We need all hands on deck! 52 more volunteers needed. Please sign up now for just 1 hour and 15 minutes of your time, CLICK/TAP HERE or sign up with Yolanda at the meeting. Questions, please contact Brett Wawers at (402) 672-6070.
Traveling Rotarians
Tara Bowne and husband Ryan were recently in the Bahamas, and they made sure to donate to the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise
February is Peace & Conflict Resolution Month
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month for Rotary International and Rotarians, led by Carl Greiner and Kim Kuhle, will gather to discuss Lincoln's Second Inaugural address.  This will be a chance for everyone to share their views and values as well as fellowship.   Everyone is invited to participate.  The copies of the inaugural address will be provided, but each Rotarian pays for their own meal. Register now, CLICK/TAP HERE. Questions, please contact Carl Greiner or Kim Kuhle.
Millard Rotary's Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
Millard Rotary is inviting Omaha West Rotarians to its 2nd Annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends. Please register HERE.
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Need a Make-up?

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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Upcoming Events
Senior Recognition/RYLA Committee Meeting
Feb 01, 2019
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Multi-Club Meal Packaging Project
Omaha Against Hunger
Feb 09, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Honoring President Abraham Lincoln
Panera Bread
Feb 12, 2019
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Omaha West Rotary Board Meeting
Feb 20, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Mar 20, 2019
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Mar 23, 2019
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