Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Attendance Takers for 2015

Thanks for volunteering for your Kiwanis Club! - Jerry

Monday, January 26, 2015

Speaker: UNO's Jerry Deichert

Mr. Deichert at UNO speaking on "Selected Demographic Information for the Omaha Area".

Cocktail party trivia - 320 is the median population of the "cities" in Nebraska. 

53% of Nebraska population is in the three counties - Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy. These also experienced the most growth. 

Doulas county grew 11.5% but Hispanic population grew 86.9%. Sarpy grew 29.6% with Hispanic grew 115.9%. 

Thanks Jerry for all the interesting information. 

Sacred Heart Reading and more...

Need Sacred Heart readers for February 6. 

Working on Special Olympics volunteering. 

We have 3 campers we endow each summer. Working on finding those campers. 

Spring Highway Clean up coming. 

Remember to bring your Happy Bucks!!

Bring a Guest...

Reminder - bring a guest to our excellent Kiwanis meetings!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Speakers: Boystown

Herb and Tony came to speak about Boystown. 

Tony was born in Detriot to a mother that was on drugs and was a prostitute. Tony and his 2 brothers ended up living with their grandmother. At age 12, Tony lost his grandmother. A local priest found them a home at Boystown.  One brother knew who his biological father was and went to live with him. 

Tyrone went on to graduate and spent his career in the army. 

Tony graduated Boystown and then UNO  He and his wife became family teachers over 20 years ago. They now have boys of their own plus currently 8 kids in their family home. 

The third brother is serving in prison. 

Thank you Herb and Tony for the inspiration. 

Kiwanis Meeting Notes

Sacred Heart reading is Friday. Dale needs volunteers for the next couple of weeks. 

Sacred Heart kids sent us thank you's for the holiday party. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Who Do You Know That Would Make a Great Kiwanian?

Be ready to share with others the top reasons you enjoy joining the Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha. Kiwanis International has created the attached guide to assist you in “marketing” our club to your friends and acquaintances. Spend a few minutes on this so that the next time you are visiting with a potential Kiwanian, you will be ready to sell them on why they should join the Kiwanis adventure. I look forward to hearing some of your stories at a future meeting.

Rod Muench
Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha
Membership Chair

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kiwanis January Speakers

Jan 12    
Roberta Wilhelm
Girls Inc.   
Jan 19 
 Herb Hames, development director
 Tony Jones, family teacher.                 
Jan 26
Nebraska Demographics 
Dr. Jerry Deichert, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Speaker: Officer Charlie Moffitt

Officer Charlie Moffitt gave an enjoyable presentation of the Omaha Police Department’s Canine
Unit.  Raised in California and studying marine biology he gravitated to Omaha around 2002 to join the canine unit.  OPD uses German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labs.  

There are over 60 dog teams in the area.  The dogs are 18-24 months when they are brought for training.  The dogs are “green”, meaning not trained when they join the OPD.  The dogs can sniff out over 1000 different odors and are particularly adept at detecting drugs.  The dogs are trained to meet guidelines of the International Police Conference so can be outsourced anywhere in the world if needed.  

The dogs cost about $10,000.  The service life of the dogs is about 8 years at which time they are retired; in some cases then domesticated.  Officer Mollitt is responsible for training dogs both for OPD as well as for agencies in states surrounding Nebraska.  He presented interesting videos showing drugs and cash captured by OPD as part of the drug interdiction program.  

Thanks to Kip Squire for bring Officer Mollitt to our Kiwanis Club.