Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reminder: Holiday Lunch Monday

The Sacred Heart second grade joins us for lunch on Monday, 12/12/16. 

The final meeting of 2016 is Monday, 12/19/16. 

No meetings on Monday 12/26/16 or Monday 1/2/17.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kiwanis Out Ringing Bells

Last Saturday, Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha was at two locations ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Pictured below are Deb, Joe, Sally, John and Jack at Baker's in west Omaha.

Thanks to all who participated and to the spouses that also contributed an hour of their time to our community. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Speaker: Douglas County Election Commissioner

Brian Kruse is the Douglas County Election Commissioner. This is a 4 year appointed position by the Governor of Nebraska.

The office is on 114 and Davenport.  There are 13 full time employees.  The chief deputy is mandated to be from an opposite party. 

This year the registration increased to over 350,000.  Registration is now available online. And this year was a record year. 

There was 69.8% turn out this last presidential election. Two other issues drove people to vote this year, according to Brian, beside presidential - the death penalty and the congregational race. 

In comparison, usually 28% of registered voters turn out for mayor election in May. 

Poll workers can be drafted in Nebraska.  This is unique to this state. Douglas county is the only county to use this method. 40% of poll workers are draftees.  A draftee has to work 4 elections. This process works similar to jury duty.  Poll draftees can seek exemption. Poll draftees get paid minimum wage. Employers are not allowed to penalize or otherwise interfere with draftees employment.

Thank you Brian for all the information. Kiwanis members can contact Brian for more information.

meeting announcements

Sacred Heart reading is Friday.  Resumes again in January. 

Service hour sheets passing around. 

Salvation Army bell ringing a success. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Speaker: Salvation Army

Jeff Beckman brings a wealth of knowledge to The Salvation Army. He is the Executive Director of Development.

What Does The Army Do In Omaha? 

The primary purposes of the Salvation Army in Omaha and surrounding areas are to help the poor among us. This includes housing, clothing,household goods and food. Part of the Omaha mission includes the Kroc Center along with churches, service centers and administrative buildings around the Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota area.

The Salvation Army helps with temporary housing and feeding homeless and poor. This includes takes a canteen out to the streets. The Salvation Army coordinates food programs, food banks and shelters with other non profits. 

Behavior health is another key service. Helping people with no other family or friend help who are experiencing mental issues. 

Anti-Human Trafficking is modern day slavery and is a growing problem. Hundreds are trafficked out of West Omaha. Victims are all ages. The peak times are when heavy crowds are in town like CWS. The Salvation Army has a program to help law enforcement with the victims of human trafficking.

Older Adult Services is about helping elderly. There are many services for children but not as many to help the elderly.  This includes the Durham Booth Manor.

Thank you Jeff for educating us on the expansive missions of The Salvation Army. We look forward to helping you raise money with Bell Ringing on Saturday. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Joel reported we had five members attend the Omaha Golden K meeting this morning at Countryside Church.  Bill, John, Bob, Kip, and Joel.  

The speaker was Tom Gouttierre, Retired Director of UNO Center on Afghanistan Studies, the topic was Middle East Affairs, and was very interesting.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kiwanis Business Meeting

What have we done in 2016?

Kiwanis members gave an average of 27 hours of volunteering per member, per month. 

Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha gave over $5000 in charitable giving. The largest single donation was a technology gift to Sacred Heart kids. Other donations went to a UNO Scholarship, All Play team sponsorship, Camp Okay and many individual worthy organizations.  

There is a long list of activities from this year with nonprofits. Special Olympics long jump officiating. AllPlay volunteering.  Salvation Army bell ringing. Sacred Heart reading.  Teammates.  

Plenty of service hours were done. Highway cleanup. Yard cleanup for disabled. AllPlay field spring cleaning and painting. 

And - we have fun! Taking Sacred Heart second grade to the zoo. Chinese New Year party. Summer picnic. Interclubs. 

What's coming in 2017?

Yes, your Kiwanis club has a sustainable path. The board expects the dues will remain the same and 2017 outlook is busy and bright.

Membership is active and we initiated a new member last week. 

Our primary goal for 2017 is keeping our commitments to kids in our community. To do that, we need to grow our membership. Bring a guest once a month to a Monday meeting.

Have a great Thanksgiving,

Kiwanis Catch Up for the Holidays!

So much volunteering, so much fun to come!!

Sign up underway for 2017 Attendance Taker and Speaker Monthly Chair. 

Bell Ringing 2016 sign up for Saturday, December 3. Contact Vince to sign up for an hour.  Indoor at JC Penney or Bakers. 

Sacred Heart reading on Friday's. See Dale to sign up. 

Christmas Lunch with Sacred Heart is Monday, December 12. There are 17 kids that will join us for lunch. 

Highway clean up thanks to Joe. Yard cleanup completed for this year. Thanks to Deb for coordinating yard clean up. Both activities will resume in the spring.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Deb at yard clean up ~ with the help of Boy Scout Troop 326

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha Announces Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

As seen in Strictly Business Omaha. - 11/1/2016...

Kiwanis Club ( is volunteering to keep Omaha beautiful yet again!  And, the local volunteer organization is always looking for more Kiwanis members to join in the efforts.
Twice a year, Kiwanis members take over a 1 ½ mile stretch of Hwy 31, just north of Elkhorn, to clean up the roadside. This Adopt-A-Highway activity has been ongoing for over 20 years with poundage of debris cleaned up and recycled.
Helping the elderly and disabled with fall yard clean-up is an important volunteer effort for Kiwanis Club too. They coordinate with a local church to take care of a few yards in Omaha to help these members of our community. These homeowners cannot otherwise get landscaping help, so the club pitches in by spending a few hours as a team with chainsaws, leaf blowers and garden tools getting their yards ready for winter. The Club will then return in the spring to wake these yards up for the season.
As the season changes, volunteers will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at a store near you. All are encouraged to come join them for some hot chocolate, and feel great about giving back to your community.
Come to a Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha for a Monday lunch meeting or visit for more details.