Coming Up 
Bill Tobin
Shelterbox Founder 
Chair of the Day: Lori Benton
Invocator: Kent Templien 
How to Join Us 
Please plan to join us this Friday at noon for our regular meeting.  There are 3 ways to participate:
1.) You can join via our Zoom meeting by clicking on this link or pasting it into your browser.
This will allow us to see your face on camera (if you want- this is always an option to turn it off-everyone will be off once the speaker starts).  Download Zoom to your phone or computer now so you are ready.
2.)You can also join us on Facebook where we will stream the meeting live:
You will need a Facebook account to watch on Facebook and we won't see you on camera.  Again, if you need help setting up a Facebook account, please reach out.
3.) Lastly, you can participate via your phone (landline or cell phone) by calling in at any of these phone #s:    
       +1 346 248 7799 US 
        +1 408 638 0968 US
     +1 312 626 6799 US 
       +1 646 876 9923 US   and entering Meeting ID: 416 472 402
(You do not need a participant ID).  
Welcome Alex Pearson! 
Last week Yolanda Hoffman introduced us to new member Alex Pearson.  
Alex is homegrown here in Omaha, NE. At the age of ten, Alex began his endeavors as an entrepreneur and started taking care of neighbor’s yards.  His business included a single mower, weed wacker and a Walkman for his music. Alex continued his passion for mowing and landscaping into high school where he began his first official business, Elkhorn Lawn Care.  After graduating from Elkhorn High School, Alex pursued a business degree in Marketing and Management at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Throughout college and up until August of 2019, Alex continued to operate his prominent lawn and landscape business in West Omaha serving more than 1,700 customers.
Alex currently holds a real estate license at Nebraska Realty and offers DJ and Emcee services for a variety of party requests.  He hosts a weekly trivia night that people look forward to and enjoys entertaining.
Alex is a community volunteer with a variety of charities and non-profits but considers his time as a mentor with TeamMates to be the most valuable. 
Alex has been happily married to his wife, Annie, for three and half years (and hopes she can say the same!).   Annie is a special education teacher at DC West Elementary, where she takes their therapy dog to help the students at the school.
Alex continues to search for his next business venture.  In the meantime, he enjoys spending time with his family, his dogs, watching sports, working out, researching new ideas, and establishing new relationships. Welcome, Alex!
Last week at Rotary 
Last week we held our first virtual meeting and had over 50 Rotarians and guests participate via Zoom, Facebook, or watching the recorded meeting.   Nuzhat Mahmood gave the invocation.   Michelle Schrage introduced Martie Cordaro and Josh Todd who talked about the impact of COVID-19 on the sports world in Omaha.  Secretary Gretchen Radler lightened the mood with some jokes and by sharing good news from Rotarians.  
Support our Friends at Champions 
As everyone knows restaurants and workers are suffering in this crisis.  We encourage you to patronize Champions Club if you will be eating out.  They have carryout and delivery available.   This is offered to Club members and also to Rotarians. Say you are with Rotary if you call.  Also, tip generously!
 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ONLINE MENU   You can also call : 402-498-8900
Upcoming Program- Your Help Needed 
Matt McKeever is presenting on the “The History of Omaha West Rotary” at our April 17, 2020 meeting and needs your help.
Matt is creating a timeline of the club’s history and is looking for any old programs, personal stories, information, documents or photographs about Omaha West Rotary.
Any help you can provide is appreciated.  Please contact Matt at or call (402) 980-0313.
Service Above Self
The Community Service Committee is organizing a blood drive with several other Rotary Clubs in the metro area.  It will be conducted with the Red Cross in a safe manner to ensure social distancing.  We hope to have details for you by Friday.  Below is a listing of other ways you can help during these difficult times:
Food Bank for the Heartland
As of Mar 27, opportunities in April appear to be Tue-Fri morning and afternoon.
Salvation Army
As of Mar 23…
The Salvation Army is helping to feed families in the metro who are being affected by COVID-19 and the closing of schools. We have five distribution sites we will be serving over the next four weeks. The schedule is as follows:
  • Castelar Elementary, Omaha - Mondays 12-2 pm - 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
  • Jefferson Elementary, Omaha - Monday 3-5 pm - 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
  • Prairie Wind Elementary, Omaha - Monday 6-8 pm - 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs - Fridays 1-3 pm - 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
  • Wilson Middle School, Council Bluffs - Fridays 4-6 pm - 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
You will need to arrive approximately 20-30 minutes prior to your shift. Also note, we are providing gloves to wear during your shift.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Shawn Bonge ( to sign up.
Shopping Angels
Shopping Angels is a 100% volunteer based a program designed to provide services to those populations deemed especially at-risk for COVID-19.
Opportunity to volunteer to pick up groceries or other shopping necessities for those who may prefer to stay within the safety of their own home at no additional cost.
We are just getting the operation up and running last weekend for the State of Nebraska. If you haven't already signed up to volunteer, please go to the link below to do so! We'd love to have you. This is also the link where you can sign up to receive services for yourself or a loved one!
Monthly Meeting Sponsor 
Thank you to Kent Templien/X-eqt, LLC for sponsoring our virtual meetings for the month of April.  If you would like to sponsor a month and be featured on our website, newsletter, and at weekly meetings, please contact Jennifer.
Info for Rotarians
Many of us are moving to online virtual meetings, here are some great tips for successful virtual meetings:
Some info for business owners as well from the U.S. Small Business Association:
Visit Other Clubs Online! 
Keep engaged and entertained while attending Rotary Club meetings from around the Metro/District online.   We will post them as they come online.  
Monday:  Millard at Noon on Facebook live:
Tuesday:  Omaha Morning at 7:30 am on Facebook live:
                  Lincoln 14,  at Noon  on Facebook live:
Wednesday: Omaha Downtown at Noon on Facebook live:
Thursday:  Omaha Suburban at noon:
Apr 03, 2020 12:00 PM
Founder of Shelterbox
Apr 10, 2020 12:00 PM
President of LoLo's Angels
Apr 17, 2020 12:00 PM
A History of Omaha West Rotary
Apr 24, 2020 12:00 PM
May 01, 2020 12:00 PM
May 15, 2020 12:00 PM
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting at Werner Park
Apr 08, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Union for Contemporary Arts Night
May 12, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board Meeting at Werner Park w/ Orientation
May 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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