This Friday at Rotary
Presiding Officer: Richard Sturgeon
Secretary: Matt McKeever
Chair of the Day: Deb Neary
Invocator: Kendall Scheer
Cashier: Anne Fuhrman
Sgt. at Arms: Bev Karrer
Greeters: Michael Morey, Jamie Summerfelt, and Rebecca Miller
Speaker: Jeremy Bouman
Jeremy Bouman
Executive Director, Defy Ventures
Presentation Topic: Redemptive Entrepreneurship, Serving Nebraskans with Criminal Histories
Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth. Defy "transforms the hustle" of our Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation. 
Here is a 2 minute video that shows our program in action:
Jeremy's Bio:
Jeremy Bouman currently serves as the Executive Director of Defy Ventures in Nebraska. Prior to joining Defy, he served for 7 years as Associate Vice President of Development at Creighton University. Jeremy is a New York City native and has lived in Omaha for the past 10 years. He earned a BA in Communications from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and a master of science in leadership from Creighton University.
Last Week at Rotary
Last week, President Nuzhat Mahmood presided the meeting. Tim Neal gave the Invocation. Brad Rohrig and Jim Otis served as Greeters, while Ric Miller was Cashier. Bev Karrer was Sgt. At Arms. Deb Neary was Chair of the Day. Deb  introduced our speaker Jay Dunlap, President at Madonna School. Jay impressed West Rotarians with his school's accomplishments of transforming the lives of many students and adults with challenges.  Madonna's mission is to serve students and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible.
L to R: PP Rich Secor, Deb Neary, Jay Dunlap, Nuz Mahmood, and Matt McKeever
Matt McKeever Secretary Report 2/2/2018
Guest Rotarians joining us today included Larry Johansen from Downtown Rotary and Laura Thomas from the E-Club of the Carolinas.  We also had a number of guests are former Rotarians.  Andrew Shim recently moved to West Omaha.  He is a former Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow from Vermillion Rotary and a Professor/Program Director for the Kinesiology & Exercise Science program at St. Mary’s College.  Terry Zobel returned to Omaha West Rotary having joined us in 2006 and has previously been a Rotarian in Kearney.  He is with ZDI, Inc. in the field of medical equipment and supply.
We celebrated the Rotarians with February birthdays and John Morey led us in singing “Happy Birthday”.  Brett Wawers and Jim Glaser had good news.  Susan Thomas shared that she has a new grandchild.  Visiting Rotarian Laura Thomas shared good news and contributed a two-dollar bill that was near to her heart.  Martie Cordero was fined for the article telling us that for a while ESPN thought the Stormchasers were a Major League team in the AL East. 
Rich “Ed” Secor introduced the Great McCarnac the Magnificent.  McCarnac forsaw the answers to a number of questions regarding Ron Niederhaus’s luau Facebook post on the coldest Nebraska day of the Century, JR Kammadel’s need for new carpeting in light of his recent adoption of a puppy and what Nuzhat Mahmood was thinking when she asked Matt to be her Club Secretary.
Rich “Ed” Secor  with the Great McCarnac the Magnificent
New Member Proposal - Andrew Shim
We are announcing our New Member proposal, as follows:
  • Former Rotarian. His last Rotary Club is the Rotary Club of Vermillion in South Dakota
  • At Vermillion Rotary, Andrew served as Membership Chair and as Raffle Fundraiser Chair
  • Andrew is Paul Harris Fellow
  • Andrew currently works at College of Saint Mary as a Professor/Program Director for the newly developed Kinesiology & Exercise Science program
Any objections to this proposal must be in writing to the Board of Directors at by February 10th.
Cella Quinn Donates a Printer
Rotarian Cella Quinn donated an industrial grade printer to our Rotary office.  Thank you, Cella!
February Birthdays


February Birthdays
Gail Veitzer 01   Wendy Wiseman 02   Larry McChesney 03
Bonnie Gill 04,   Vaughn Wiebusch 09   
Joseph Finnegan 17   Deborah Neary 25 


Brett Wawers, Community Service Chair
Multi-Club Meal Packaging Project
Where: Omaha Against Hunger Warehouse 2544 S. 156th CircleOmaha, NE  68130
When: February 17, Saturday, 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Sign up now here.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to help package meals for the hungry in Omaha with Omaha Against Hunger (formerly Kids Against Hunger)  on Saturday, February 17th.  Young children can have step stools and folks who need to sit can also do that.
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.
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 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Redemptive Entrepreneurship: Serving Nebraskans with Criminal Histories
Feb 23, 2018 12:00 PM
A Treasure to Share
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Upcoming Events
West Rotary Luncheon
Feb 09, 2018
Omaha West Rotary Board Meeting
Feb 14, 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
Omaha West Rotary Board Meeting
Mar 14, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 16, 2018
West Rotary Luncheon
Mar 23, 2018
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