Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Save the Date: Sunday, September 20

Summer Steak Fry/Officer Installation 

Sunday, September 20th 

Stu and Marcia Ellison’s home

Details to follow!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

If You Love Bacon............

Fellow Kiwanian, John Wehrle, asked me to pass along...

Bacon Fest Omaha
August 9

Kroc Center
2825 Y Street

Need tickets? 20% discount code for adult tickets ($25 adults; $5 kids). Use Code: PARTNERBACON

Need more information: or contact John 402-898-6052

Monday, July 27, 2015

Speaker: Farmer Veteran Coalition

Chet with the Farmers Veteran Coalition is our kiwanis speaker. 

The Mission - mobilize veterans to feed America. 

Chet came home from the Marines and found reintegration to be a challenge. So he sought a way to heal through working with veterans to build their dreams. 

20% of the population lives in rural areas but 41% are military. Veterans are experiencing high unemployment. Farmers are aging out. There is a strong workforce of vets to take on the challenge of farming. 

Chet's skill set is financial. He works with vets to set up the business plan, financing, and money planning. 

Look for the "Homegrown by Heroes" label. 

Meeting Notes

Kiwanis conference this Saturday. Coach Miles is the speaker.

All Play this Saturday is our club responsibility this Saturday. Sign up online at

Monday, July 13, 2015

Speaker: Brian Smith, National Weather Service

What Not to Do During Severe Weather (or Just Don't be Stupid)

Brian manages the emergency service in this area. He also studies and applies his storm damage knowledge around the country. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) wants the nation to become a "National Weather Ready" citizenry. Getting business to become informed and share information with their employees. 

There are 5 hazards with thunder storms. 

1. Lightning
2. Flash Floods
3. Wind
4. Hail
5. Tornado

Try the app "Radar Scope" to watch the weather. 

Thank you, Brian, for all the storm safety tips. 

Kiwanis Meeting Notes

District Conference is Aug 7-8 in Lincoln. See the District website for details. 

Rundee is getting a Kiwanis team together. Rundee is August 29. See Shawn for team details. 

All Play schedule is posted. Our Kiwanis club is assigned to August 22. Sign up online. 

Watch for Board meeting details a week from Wednesday. 
Happy Bucks continues to support the Greater Omaha Kiwanis Club. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chasing All Runners...

Contact Jack or Shawn if you are interested in participating!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Speaker: Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook, Executive Director of Agricultural Activities for the Knights of Ak-sar-Ben

Ak-sar-Ben is still a scholarship foundation. $906,926 raised for scholarships through the 2014 Ak-sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball alone. 

Over 140 students from Nebraska and Western Iowa received scholarships to further their education.  

Calf and Lamb Challenge is an opportunity for mentoring on a one-on-one basis. 

Thank you, Kevin, for the excellent information. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Attendance Taker Volunteers for 2015

Reminder for 2015 - Attendance Takers. Thanks, Jerry

Monday, June 22, 2015

Speaker : inCommon Community Development

Christian Gray, inCommon Commnity Development.  

Key Ideas: unite and strengthen neighborhoods. You are a product of your environment.  

Park Avenue neighborhood is the current focus. 1 in 3 people in the area earn below the poverty line. 
There has been a huge increase in poverty in the U.S.  

Neighborhood development gets to the root of issues. InCommon built a community center 2 years ago in Park Ave area. Gives a "front door" to the people in the area. 

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) - who are they? Started with churches organized into Neighbors United. Foster relationships with community meals, Zumba, job training programs, and setting up a recycling business to employ people. 

Civic Power + Social Change

Thank you, Christian, for sharing your mission with Greater Omaha Kiwanis.