This Friday at Rotary
Presiding Officer: Nuzhat Mahmood
Secretary: Matt McKeever
Chair of the Day: JR Kammandel
Invocator: Wendy Wiseman
Cashier: Tim Neal
Sgt. at Arms: Carl Philo
Greeters: Marsha Kubica and Laura Iliff
Speaker: VAN DEEB

Van Deeb, Motivational Speaker and Author
Van Deeb is a native of Omaha. After playing football at the University of Nebraska Omaha, he attended a real estate specialty school in Dallas, Texas. Van sold real estate in Dallas for 10 years before moving back home to Omaha to open up DEEB Realty in 1993. Van started his company with just himself out of his basement and grew it to one of the largest Real Estate firms in the Midwest with over 350 agents in only 15 years. Van sold DEEB Realty in January of 2009 and now travels the country inspiring and motivating sales people and business owners to be the best they can be. Among his peers in the Real Estate industry, Van is highly regarded as “The Real Deal.”
Preview of Van's Presentation on "You can Choose To Be Confident"

Are you confident that you can reach your goals? If not, then you're getting in your own way. Being confident is a choice that only you can make. When you choose to become more confident, you are opening the door to a more successful career and a more fulfilling life.

Being confident goes much deeper than just saying you are confident. You must believe in yourself and be passionate about it. You have to OWN it and LIVE it. Self-confidence is one of the most attractive qualities you can have, and it inspires people to believe in you. If you don't have confidence in yourself, then how can anyone else?

Take a few minutes to think about how your life would change if you decided to become more confident. One of my favorite thought leaders, Wayne Dyer, said, "Change the way you look at things and those things will change." I have heard plenty of success stories that happened because of confidence.

Once you decide to be and act more confident, you need to back it up by doing everything that you say you are going to do. If you don't keep your promises, your customers will lose confidence in you, and so will you. Believing you can do it is half the battle. The other half is making sure you always under promise and over deliver.

Last Week at Rotary
Last week, President Nuzhat Mahmood presided the meeting. Jeff Ziemba gave the Invocation. Pat Knowles served as Greeter, while Dick Sturgeon was Cashier. Carl Philo was Sgt. At Arms. JR Kammandel was Chair of the Day. JR introduced University of Nebraska Regent Hal Daub. Hal spoke about the university's economic impact on Nebraska, and its finances. He shared with us that there will be a budget shortfall and one way to address it is to attract more out of state students by lowering tuition.
In attendance last week was District Gov. Tom Cardwell who presided the multiple Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to Bonnie Gill PH +3, Bob Fell PH +4, Carl Philo PH +4.
L to R: DG Tom Cardwell, Matt McKeever, Nuzhat Mahmood, Hal Daub, JR Kammandel
L to R: DG Tom Cardwell, Carl Philo, Bonnie Gill, Bob Fell, & Nuzhat Mahmood
Matt McKeever Secretary Report
Joining us from other area Rotary clubs were Larry Johanson from Downtown Rotary, Phil Schrier from Northwest, Jill Woodward from Omaha Southwest, Aaron Marters from Suburban and Lowell Thrasher from Millard Rotary. 
Patti Bannon joined us again as a guest of Jill Slupe.  Matt introduced Allison Rockey, an associate attorney at his law office of Copple, Rockey, McKeever and Schlecht.  Matt duly fined himself for mentioning the name of his business. Red Badge Members were introduced.  The group recognized Rotarians with January birthdays and John Philo led us in singing the Happy Birthday song.  Jill Slupe, Dan Ferris and Nuzhat Mahmood all had good news to share. 
Matt reminded the club about the fine policy that all Rotarians are subject to being fined with the only exception being Hal Daub.  Russ Iwan got Matt fined for a Bitcoin article.  Matt fined Ron Niederhaus for his Facebook posts about enjoying a Hawaii luau on a day the rest of us in Nebraska endured temperatures of 35 degrees below zero.  He was also penalized fifteen yards for taunting.  Club members were not fined for failing to wear their Rotary pins but watch out next week! 
Matt told the joke about how, because of last week's game against the New Orleans Saints, a Minnesota Vikings fan found out he was fresh out of miracles.
Next Week at Rotary 2/2/18
Next Week at Rotary, February 2, 2018
Jay Dunlap, President at Madonna School
Bob Runyon Visit with Kent Templien
There is a great opportunity for our members to support Kent Templien following his serious injury. You are doubtless aware of his recent accident in Lincoln while unloading an ATV from his truck.
I had a delightful dinner with Kent at his rehab clinic last Saturday. He was smiling warmly, but flat on his back, and unable to move except for slight motions of his right hand and legs. Two orderlies wrapped him in a sling and then lifted him with a floor mounted crane into a motorized chair. I followed Kent down a short hallway where we were served a light dinner. Ken was spoon-fed by a kind and very attentive young staff member.
Kent expressed repeated gratitude that his injury was not worse than it was. He was resilient and in good spirits, vowing to be walking again in one month. He is especially proud of the daily attention offered by the expert spinal injury physician attached to his case. His wife is managing to continue his private business responsibilities and to keep the operation running.
I believe Kent would welcome Rotarian visitors at Quality Life Inc. (QLI), 6404 N 70th Plaza. House 6, Room 7. I suggest you call in advance because he has extensive therapy appointments on Tuesday and Thursday. QLI phone is 402-573-3700.
Wendy Wiseman Christmas Tree Recycling Story
Wendy volunteered at the Tree Recycling.  Her job was to watch for left ornaments on trees.  After all cars departed, she noticed a Christmas bulb left on a tree.  It was a personalized ornament with a photo and personal signature on the back.  Wendy was sad that the family would be missing this special ornament, so she decided to put it on Facebook and see if anyone might know the family and sure enough the owner was found after FB friends shared her post.  The Dad of 7 came to pick up the ornament.  The ornament was 12 years old.
Meet our Newest Member Rebecca Miller
Rebecca Miller is the Owner and Managing Director of FixLexia, a clinic dedicated to the needs individual affected by dyslexia or other reading-related difficulties. As an Educational Consultant, she has collaborated with various school districts in the Omaha area.  Rebecca is also a Board Certified Educational Advocate allowing her to help parents navigate the special education process on behalf of their school-aged children. Before opening FixLexia, she co-owned and managed a private in-home tutoring company for 13 years serving nearly 3,200 Omaha area students. Rebecca's experience as an educational consultant and parent advocate have provided her with a unique opportunity to understand educational issues from varying perspectives.  Prior to working in the educational field, Rebecca was an Investment Broker for Wells Fargo Advisors. 
While a new Rotarian, Rebecca has been a long time Rotarian at heart as she has been helping Omaha West Rotary by providing her expert assistance for our Rotary Readers project. Rebecca's membership to West Rotary was proposed and sponsored by Don Otis.
Rebecca Miller
L to R: Don Otis, Rebecca Miller, & Nuzhat Mahmood
January Birthdays


January Birthdays
Dennis Hein 02   Kim Kuhle 08   Robert Kully 08   Patrick Knowles 09   JR Kammandel 13
Marsha Kubica 14  Diane Stewart 15   Dick Lerner 16   Nuzhat Mahmood 17   Greg Key 21   
William Sutton 25  Rod Anderson 27   Jill Slupe 27   Richard Sturgeon 30



Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
The 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Seminar will be held April 6-8, 2018 at Camp Kitaki near Louisville NE.  High school juniors are eligible to apply.  RYLA camp is an intensive 3-day training program for High School Juniors that helps participants think critically about important issues and share ideas with talented peers, earn how to coordinate and lead community service projects, discuss the importance of good governance and civil society to the world, and finally, learn to think globally and explore issues that transcend national borders. 

The camp, in its 6th year, focuses on youth leadership development.  Students learn about how to make a positive impact as emerging leaders in their communities as well as internationally.  One of the running themes of the camp is the “Country Challenge”. This unique group activity allows teams of students to conceive and develop model global humanitarian initiatives.  The teams discuss how to work cross culturally to develop sustainable projects.  They do research on assigned countries to determine needs and then design projects collaboratively with an international partner.  
Our RYLA Committee will be releasing more details soon to help facilitate in nominating high school juniors for RYLA.
Speed Up Your Check-in, Get a Punch Card
We are now offering 10 punch lunch tickets ($160) and 10 punch meeting-only tickets ($70) for sale at the meetings. Get one and don't worry about having cash or getting out your credit card! For sale at check-in. 
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BELLEVUE 12:00 PM (DJ's Dugout, 10308 S. 23rd St.)
NORTH 12:00 PM (Omaha Eppley Airport Conference Room)  

MILLARD 12:00 PM (German American Society, 3717 South 120th Street) - NO MEETING on Oct 9  

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

NORTHWEST 12:00 PM ( Effective August 15th Northwest Rotary will meet Tuesday's at noon at Jerico's, 11732 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68154.)

SOUTHWEST NIGHT 5:15 PM (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)  
Feb 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Feb 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Feb 23, 2018 12:00 PM
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Upcoming Events
West Rotary Luncheon
Feb 02, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Feb 09, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Feb 16, 2018
Multi-Club Meal Packaging
Omaha Against Hunger Warehouse
Feb 17, 2018
8:00 AM – 2:15 PM
West Rotary Luncheon
Feb 23, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 02, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 09, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 16, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 23, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 30, 2018
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