Monday, July 21, 2014

Adopt A Highway

State of Nebraska,  Department of Roads has over 900 clean up areas including ours. We have been cleaning our area since 1998. Over 1,770 miles of highway are cleaned up across Nebraska.

Denise and Natalie described how Adopt a Highway started talking in Tyler Texas with one man asking his boss and service club to pick up litter.

The Department of Roads thanks Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha for our clean up efforts.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Speaker Schedule

Hey gang, just a quick reminder about our upcoming speaker programs for the next 2 weeks. 

July 21st – Anyone that’s ever done Highway Cleanup will not want to miss this meeting.  Denise Wallman, State AAH Coordinator and Natalie Clark from our District 2 Headquarters are scheduled.   

July 28th David Brown, President of the Chamber of Commerce will be with us… come & find out about all the cool things they are working on. Maybe some political incite about some of the local hot issues too!

Thanks for strong attendance in July! 
Joe Grier

Your Kiwanis Club Giving Back

Your Kiwanis Board votes for a $100 donation to thank one our speakers every month. 

Here are the two groups we recently honored: 

Open Door Mission

Child Savings Institute

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


If you haven't attended Kiwanis lately - 

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Open Door Mission

Mimi from The Open Door Mission informed us about the new programs for 2014.

Mimi explained the faith based mission and how they help not only homeless but working poor with outreach, food and a thrift store. 

Thank you for sharing the mission! 

Recruiting Brochures

Recruiting Brochures are on the way!

Kip's Going Bald...

I'm shaving my head again this year to raise money for childhood cancer research on Friday, July 11, 2014 at University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

My daughter, Mandy Arens, has been organizing this event for the past 4 years.  Mandy is the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Team and she sees first hand the impact cancer has on the children and their families.  This event kicks off with some of the pediatric oncology doctors having their patients shave their head as a "kick-off" to their kids cancer camp, Camp CoHoLo.  It is then following with shavees like me that raise funds to support pediatric cancer research.  It truly is a wonderful event.  Last year I raised over $875 for this cause.

Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers? It's true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So I decided to do something about it by raising money for cures. Now I need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Consider this staggering fact: one out of every five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive – that’s one child too many. 

To donate to my head shaving event please visit:

You can also give check or cash donations.
A little bit more about St. Baldrick's:  Worldwide events have raised approximately $150 million, providing research grants to doctors and scientists at more than 200 institutions. These funds enable them to pursue the most promising new cures for childhood cancer, in addition to making clinical trials available to more children than ever. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has hosted more than 5,500 head-shaving events, shaving more than 244,000 heads in 30 countries and 50 U.S. states. To join the fun and learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit or call 888.889.BALD.  Thank you for your support.

Together, let’s Conquer Kids’ Cancer!

Kip Squire

Monday, June 30, 2014

Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Andy is part of the economic development team. Growing the entire area, not just Omaha.

The partnership includes having offices in downtown.

Andy works with business from all around the country looking at this area to locate.

Prosper Omaha is the current fundraising campaign. $23 million is the target. Retention, expanding,  enterpruership, and moving.   Target are agricultural,  military,  financial,  and more to be added.

Andy works finding local incentives to match up with the needs of that company.

Our business climate needs an industrial park. Need to focus on redevelopment of Eastern Omaha. Brand management. And legislation. 

Talent development is important. Attraction and retention.

Thanks Andy for the update on new business development in Omaha.

What's happening

Shawn has a new baby. William Donald.

Meet our new member, Allie. She is  as of July 1.

Bring your print cartridges for recycling.

Dues statements are out.  Pay Don Kluthe. 

Officers to be installed this summer.  Stay tuned for details.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Alegent: Tanzania Project

Sally Carlson is in charge of the pastoral program for Alegent Creighton. She recently went to Tanzania for the ACH Tanzania Initiative.

Her mission was to find how the projects are doing now and to determine other mission sites. 

They partnered with one hospital and are looking for ways to improve. Over 11 years, there is a orthopaedic area, nursing school and dipensery. Equipment that has been decommissioned from ACH has been shipped over to provide XRAY's, beds, medicine,  etc.

The nursing school has 300 enrollment.  Both men and women are allowed in the dorms - which is unusual in the other schools in Africa.  It costs about $1,500 per year. Which is about one year salary. About 92% passed the nursing exam the first class through the school.

There is a trip a year to Tanzania.  It costs about $5000 and a small group of 7-12.

Thanks Sally for all the information.