Coming up 10/29/21
Silvia Wells
Exec. Director of the Museo Latino
"How the Living Celebrate the Day of the Dead"  
La Dia de las Muertas is celebrated on November 2nd. The holiday originated in Mexico and is now celebrated throughout Latin America with each country observing different traditions. A mix of Aztec and Catholic beliefs this holiday celebrates the lives of the deceased.
Chair of the Day: Deb Sepich
Invocator:  Zane Parkhurst
Greeter:  Michelle Kaufmann 
Cashiers:  Tim Neal and Alex Pearson
Sgt. At Arms: Warren Whitted III 
Halloween Costumes
Members are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume this coming Friday!  Dress up and have some fun.
Welcome Ben Douglass!
Last week Mark Ellsworth introduced us to new member Ben Douglass.   Ben was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and after a four-year stint in Colorado, returned to Reno to go to high school before attending Gonzaga University. He majored in Business Administration with a concentration on Marketing.
Ben began his casino career in Cripple Creek, Colorado, at Bronco Billy’s Casino, which his family owned and operated. There he where he worked as a slot attendant, casino host, table games dealer and manager, floor manager, and assistant general manager. While in Colorado, he also met his future wife Tiffanie, and her two kids, Darian, and Giovanni. While in Colorado his family sold the casino to a larger publicly traded casino corporation and he was promoted to General Manager of Stockman’s Casino in Fallon, Nevada. After a year  there, he and Tiffanie were married in Hawaii before his next promotion to General Manager of Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana.
After two and a half years of running Rising Star, Ben decided it was time for a change of scenery and found Prairie Flower to be a great place for him to work. Prairie Flower is a Tribal Casino owned by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and ultimately the reason he came to Omaha. Ben sees himself as an open, friendly, and inclusive person who us always ready to talk about all things gaming, Star Wars, and sports. Tiffanie, Ben and their three dogs are delighted to have ended up in Omaha and can’t wait to build a future here! Welcome, Ben!
Paul Harris Recognition 
Congratulations and thank you to Dwayne Brown who received his Paul Harris+5 recognition from Deirdre Milobar last week for his donations of $6000.  The Intl. Rotary Foundation supports projects around the world (and here locally) to eradicate disease, promote literacy, peace, and economic security.
Blue Badge
Congratulations to Mary Hiatt who received her blue badge last week!
Congratulations to Dwayne Brown (10 years) and Matt McKeever (17 years) who were recognized by Engagement Chair John Mlnarik last week for their years of perfect attendance.
Family of Rotary 
 Please mark your calendar for Thursday, November 9th for our next event hosted by Elizabeth Hallgren and Jill Slupe at Elizabeth's house.  We will have a hotdog bar and firepit.  
Invite a prospective member to get to know us!
Service Opportunity 

Ollie Webb has asked for Omaha West Rotary’s help with their Art of Imagination Fall Program Play. Our Grants Committee recently received a grant for this production. Ollie Web is a nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through support, programs and advocacy.

We have provided financial assistance for this production with a District matching Grant. Thank you Rotarians! 

We can help at their play performances Nov. 4-7. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, pass out programs and tend bar at the wine and cheese post party. 

Volunteers are needed Fri Nov. 5, (6-9pm) Sat. Nov.6 (6-9pm) and Sun. Nov. 7.(5-8pm). Please sign up at this week’s meeting or by emailing Kathy Wawers at

New Member Proposals
Name:  Jill Thomas
Classification: Marketing 
Company: Hurrdat
Proposer: Martie Cordaro
Name:  Stephen Alloy
Classification: Insurance
Company: Mutual of Omaha
Proposer: Dwayne Brown 
 Any objection to this proposal must be in writing to the Board of Directors at within one week. 
Rotary Leadership Institute
This is open to all members.  

PARTS I, II and III offered - pending registrations
There will be a live session with our partner District in Iowa - District 6000
Saturday, October 30, 2021 Live
First United Methodist Church
309 North Main St
Mount Pleasant, Iowa   52641 (Southeast Iowa)
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Central Time
Lunch and breaks provided
Cost $85
Nicolette Klein, 
Chair - Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA Division
How to Join Us on Zoom
The Zoom link remains the same each week.  Please plan to join us this Friday at noon for our regular meeting.  Please make sure your name is on your Zoom profile so you get attendance credit.  
You can pay your Zoom fee or purchase a punch card by CLICKING HERE. 
Monthly Meeting Sponsor 
Thank you to Matt Merwald and Warren Whitted III of Mutual of Omaha 
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.
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 La Casa Pizzaria West. 
                  Lincoln 14,  at Noon at Embassy Suites in Lincoln/also hybrid 
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown at Noon resuming hybrid meetings.  Click here to register.
Thursday:  Omaha Suburban at noon:  in person, German American Society for July/August 2021
Oct 29, 2021 12:00 PM
The culture, customs, and celebration meanings of the Day of the Dead
Nov 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Advances in Neuroscience
Nov 12, 2021 12:00 PM
PTSD Treatment
Nov 19, 2021 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
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Upcoming Events
Family of Rotary at Elizabeth Hallgren's
Nov 09, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Trustee Meeting
Nov 19, 2021
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
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Interested in being a sponsor?
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Russell Hampton
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Member Birthdays
Frank Phillips
October 4
Alex Pearson
October 9
Keith Powell
October 11
Mike Morey
October 13
Steven Redler
October 24
Karl Fick
October 29
Dylan Vogt
October 30