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. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Speaker: Hope Center for Kids



Brenda Block, development director and interim executive director, spoke about the mission of the Hope Center for Kids.  

She showed videos of the Hope Center in action and concluded with a fun video of current UNO student that went through the Hope Center, following his journey through the years, the people who influenced him and the kids he in turn influenced.  

The Hope Center has seen a dramatic increase in kids served, from 75 only 5 years ago to over 250 today and now has a center in Fremont that partners with the Fremont Family YMCA.  The center needs over 65 volunteers each week to work alongside the staff.  She particularly emphasized the Employment Academy that trains kids how to be successful not only as students but also as future employees in the work force.  

A weekly stipend is paid to students and 2 out of state college visits are provided for kids enrolled in the academy.  The Center is a partner with 9 other agencies in the Step Up summer program that sponsors jobs for kids.  

Thank you, Brenda, for educating our Kiwanis Club on all you do for our kids. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kiwanis Speaker Schedule for June

June 22 – 
Christian Grey, Director   
InCommon Community Development

June 29 – 
Tammy Green,
COPE, Christian Outreach Program-Elkhorn

Monday, June 8, 2015

Speaker: John Ewing


Nebraska Children and Families Foundation is unique as a collaboration of other organizations. Work with private foundations and government to address community issues. 

One major goal is working on child abuse and neglect. This is one of the largest indicator of future problems. Prevent rather than respond. 

Succeeding in school is critical. Whether First Start or other programs to start school right is important to be ahead of the curve. 

Support foster kids as they transition to adulthood. Critical support is needs to help foster parents and kids with skills to be successful and productive. 

Thank you, John, for the information on Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. 

Meeting Notes

Camp Okay went off last week. It went well. 

AllPlay is at 12:30 for the Rockies.  Sign up at AllPlay.org. 

Swing for Youth golf outing. Kiwanis fundraiser to support the youth of Omaha. July 23. 


Board meeting coming up in the next few weeks for the new Kiwanis board 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kiwanis June Speaker Schedule



June 1 – 
State Senator Dr. Robert Hilkemann (Legislative District 4)

June 8 – 
John Ewing, Board Member Nebraska Children's and Families Foundation

June 15 – 
Brenda Block, Development Director  Hope Center for Kids

June 22 – 
Christian Grey, Director   InCommon Community Development

June 29 – 
Tammy Green with COPE, Christian Outreach Program-Elkhorn

Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AllPlay: Rockies Schedule! Go Team!

Attention all Kiwanians - Don's favorite saying is here! 


Rockies Schedule:
June 6       10:30
June 13     12:30
June 20     11:30
June 27       9:30

Sign up at www.AllPlay.org to volunteer!! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Speaker: State Senator Hilkemann

State Senator Robert Hilkemann, http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist04/

"Meeting with people is my favorite part of my job."

Serving on the Appropriations committee as a freshman senator is an honor. They meet 5 days a week on budgets and requests. Must cut from day 1 to keep the overall Nebraska state budget on task. The public hearing portion can take 3 weeks. The budget came in at 3.1% so there is some property tax relief. 

Property tax inequality is a huge issue. Rural vs Urban is driving part of the issue.  And the property valuation is driving tax increases as well. 

Health care costs are unsustainable.  This summer with Nebraska Health and Human Services to work on cutting 5% of the Medicade spend. 

Education is important but 50 high schools in Nebraska have less than 50 students. The cost per student to educate is about double compared to Millard Public Schools. 

This summer, Bob is also going to visit all the State parks. So he can personally see how monies are spent. 

Happy Birthday!

Bob turns 93 on Thursday, June 4! 

Who else was born in June 1922? John McNamara (baseball), Judy Garland (actress - think Wizard of Oz and Liza Minelli's mother), Charlie Sifford (golfer), and Bill Blass (fashion designer to Nancy Reagan). Other notables born in 1922 - Betty White, Stan Lee, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Carl Reiner...

A few facts from 1922:
  • Warren G. Harding was president.
  • The first Reader's Digest was published. 
  • Great Britain grants Egypt independence. 
  • Construction begins on Yankee Stadium. 
  • Radio stations are being licensed around the country. BBC begins daily broadcasts.
  • Former Chicago Staleys play first NFL game as Chicago Bears, winning 6-0. Trivia question: Who did the Bears beat their first game?
  • Howard Carter discovers the tomb of Tutankhamen. 
  • Mussolini forms government in Italy, granted dictator powers for 1 year. Hirohito crowned prince regent in Japan. Hitler is released from jail and speaks to 50,000 national-socialists in Munich.
  • Nobel prize awarded to Albert Einstein. 

Happy Birthday from all your friends at Greater Omaha Kiwanis Club.