In Memoriam 

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Walker yesterday.  Arrangements are not yet known but will be shared with the club via email.  Please keep Bob's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  Bob will be sorely missed- he was a good Rotarian and a good friend.

(Below is an article that Yolanda published last year about Bob and his history with Rotary).  


The Walkers Don’t Walk, They Run 

Bob Walker Jr joined Rotary 44 years ago at the invitation of Dr. Crotty and has served as President and Secretary plus several terms on the Board of Directors.  He was originally an active Kiwanis member.  When his business demands took off in the early 70s, and he couldn’t convince Kiwanis to lessen his volunteer duties, he left.  A few years later when things settled down he became a Rotarian.
Bob’s grandfather started Max I. Walker cleaners in March of 1917 and Bob worked with both his father and grandfather as a child.  In his teens, he also held two other jobs.  One for Buffett’s grocery in Dundee (this was Warren’s uncle) and another at Peony Park where he was fired for not coming in on a last-minute request because his mother had other plans. 
Today, Bob still goes into the office every day, keeps a cell phone and answers emails.  His son Rob “runs the place and is doing a great job.  I try to stay out of the way.”   In 1974, they took on the industrial part of the business which has been helpful in keeping the company vital and growing as well as providing jobs for his three grandsons one runs production, another the routes and customer service and the youngest is on the retail side.  In fact, they will open a new retail cleaning plant in Elkhorn this year.  Bob said with a smile, “Dry cleaning is a mature industry.   Only the best guys will survive.”
The company is busy preparing for their 11th annual Ultra Chic Boutique in February.  They collect, mend and clean wedding and evening dresses, then host an event where they sell to the public for $30 each   In the past, proceeds have gone to Lydia House.  This year they will go the Alzheimer’s Association.  Bob’s wife of 60 years, Linda, recently moved into a care facility with the same disease.  His two children Rob and Lisa have been there to help every step of the way.
Bob Walker was a long term Trustee on the West Omaha Rotary Foundation Board, dating back from the late 1990’s to 2017.  He was a great Rotarian who was dedicated to our causes by contributing significant funds on an annual basis. His guidance to the Foundation Board is a major reason why we are in a solid position with our endowment.   
As a Paul Harris Fellow +8 and a major donor at several levels, Bob said he gives generously to the International Foundation because
“I know it will be spent properly.  Look what happened to the Goodwill here.  Rotary will do the right thing. It’s something everyone ought to think about, and you don’t have to give big bucks, just get started.  Look what we have done with polio, that’s the greatest example in the world.”
Coming up 12/20/19
Please register/pay for the Holiday Luncheon Online by end of day Tuesday. CLICK HERE to register.
Cost is $20 pp and features a delicious lunch, dessert, and entertainment by David Gerard and the West Omaha Rotary Singers.  
Bring a a guest! 
Chair of the Day: John Morey
Invocator: Dan Ferris
Greeters: Ron Niederhaus and Brad Rohrig 
Sgt. At Arms: Carl Greiner
A/V: Maryssa Brown 
Last Week at Rotary
Last week Gunner Kennedy gave the invocation. Mark Manhart Jr. served as Greeter.  Anne Fuhrman was Cashier and Carl Greiner was Sgt. at Arms.  Maryssa Brown took care of a/v for us. We had several announcements and a new member introduction.  Jim Gerner introduced Bob Cryne who talked about the cash rewards that Crimestoppers uses to help capture and convict criminals in Omaha.  
Welcome Dennis McClintock! 
Last week Yolanda Hoffman introduced us to new member Dennis McClintock.  Dennis was born and raised on a farm in northwest Iowa. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business Administration. Dennis moved to Omaha in 1982 and has been here since.
His work experience consists of working for an industrial manufacturing in Omaha beginning in sales and spending the last 10 years as VP of Sales before resigning. Dennis has just recently started with Royalty Roofing and Renovations in the capacity of Executive Marketing Director.
Dennis is married to Kim who is from Omaha. They have 2 boys -Matt(34) and Brandon(21)- and 4 grandchildren. Dennis enjoys sports as a hobby. He has coached and refereed for many years and enjoys attending the College World Series as a season ticket holder.
Welcome, Dennis!
Make your Donation to the Rotary Foundation before the end of the Year! 
Our goal is for 100% of our members to make a donation to the International Rotary Foundation this year. The easiest way is to go to the Rotary website at and create an account to give online.  A $100 donation makes you a 19-20 Sustaining Member. Cumulative donations of $1000 make you a Paul Harris Fellow.
The Rotary Foundation money we give comes back to us in the form of District and Global grants allowing to us to support local projects like the meal packaging, care packages for the homeless, and a new laundry room for Skinner Magnet School. 
You can also bring a check made out to the Rotary Foundation to the meeting on Friday and Jennifer will send it in for you. 
Thank you to the generous donors recognized by JR Kammandel last Friday:
Butch Ethington was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow+2  Rex Latta was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow+3 , Jill Slupe was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow +4, and John Kugler as a Paul Harris Fellow +4, and Deirdre Milobar was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for donating her first $1000 in her first year as a member!  Thank you all for your generosity!
Mitten Tree Collection 
This is the last week the friendly elves will be collecting cash for the Skinner Mitten Tree. This tradition allows us to meet special needs at the school and in the past has been used for warm clothing, laundry supplies, or support of a family who lost their home in a fire. Thanks for your generosity! 
RYLA Deadline 
December 30, 2019 is the updated deadline for children and grandchildren of Rotarians to be submitted for the April 17-19, 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp.  Applications can follow, the need right now is headcount to determine how many more “at-large” sophomore and junior high school students can be accepted to bring us to the 50-student limit. (Rotarian family receive priority.)  Please submit your child or grandchild student's name(s) that will attend RYLA to Lori Benton, RYLA Chair, at  Information on at-large student recruitment will be shared in due time.
Service Above Self
We are participating in Christmas Tree Recycling out at Tranquility Park on December 28/29 and Jan 4/5.   Looking for volunteers to help people unload their cars on these days.  Come get to know your fellow Rotarians better while helping out the community.   
The below spots are still open- let Jennifer know if you would like one:
Dec 28- 10am-noon (1)
Dec 28 2-4 (1)
Dec 29 10am-noon (1)
Dec 29 2-4 (1)
Jan 5 12-2 (2)
Slate of Officers 
Last week Martie Cordaro announced the Slate of Officers as selected by the Nominating Committee. Matt McKeever moved to accept the Slate as presented.  Jill Slupe seconded. Motion passed by unanimous vote. 
Congratulations to all! 
President Designee: Michelle Schrage (to serve 21-22)
To serve with President Dwayne Brown (20-21):
Treasurer: Mark Ellsworth 
Secretary: Warren Whitted III 
Dan Lassek, Jim Gerner, Ken Thomason
Club Vision Statement
We are a service organization with projects that support education and building understanding locally, nationally and globally.
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