Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Speaker: Abide

Josh from Abide came to inspire our Kiwanis Club.

Abide is a mission in North Omaha that works with people to create a stronger, safer community.

Abide now has 31 Lighthouses. Homes around North Omaha that families now live in. Homes that Abide rehabilitated with help of local vendors to keep costs in line.

Abide also hosts block parties to bring together families in the community so they know each other and have an opportunity to meet and socialize.

Josh grew up in a family of 14 kids. To get out of the house and his neighborhood, Josh worked for a basketball scholarship with Creighton. After he tore his ACL, Josh lost his basketball dream but found a new life with his wife and moved back to North Omaha.

Thank you Josh for being such an inspiration!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Meeting Notes: Happy Birthday Bill!

It's Bill 80th Birthday!! 

Highway Clean up.  10/17, Saturday.  9:00 at the road side. See Joe for sign up. 

Sacred Heart Reading reminder to sign up with Dale. 

Key Leadership Camp. Hope Center is coordinating the kids. At camp Kitaki.  We are sponsoring campers. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Speaker Schedule

October 5th
Josh Dotzler- Abide Network

October 12th: 
John Wehrle- Kroc Center

October 19th
Brad & Pam Burklund- Presenting their mission trip to Uganda

October 26th
Nicole Caputo- Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance

Speaker: Special Olympics

Special Olympics - Sports, Health, Education 

Sports - we know but this helps the athletes with their health. Providing tools and help with their health. This includes health screenings and check ups. The other aspect is Healthy Habits. 

Special Olympics also help educators understand special ed kids. 

Serve 5,000 athletes. Goal is 10,000. That is still only 20% of potential participants in Nebraska. 

Special Olympics is a community of parents who help each other. 

Thanks Carolyn, Dave and Sandi for all the interesting information about Special Olympics. 

- Kiwanis Club of greater Omaha (KCOGO)

Meeting Notes

Speaker coordinator sheet is passing around. Vince is taking sign up. 

Salvation Army Bell Ringing coming up. 

Highway cleanup 10/17 - see Joe Grier. 

Last Friday, read to all 19 kids at Sacred Heart school kids. 
   10/16 - need 5 Kiwanis readers
   10/30, 11/6, 11/20 are upcoming dates. 
    Sign up with Dale 

Thanks Jack for being such an excellent president this year. 

Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha

New Kiwanis District Secretary

My Fellow Kiwanians:

As most of you know Frank Murphy our District Secretary-Treasurer is retiring September 30, 2015. Frank has done an outstanding job; he has been the continuity and the glue that have held this district together for the last 7 years. I want to personally thank Frank for the great job as District Secretary and for making this transition easier!

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Barb O'Donnell; I belong to the Bellevue AM Club. It is my honor to try and fill Frank's shoes as the incoming District Secretary-Treasurer.   I have been a Kiwanian since 2008 and have held several offices, including Lt Governor, in my short time as a Kiwanian. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have this position and promise you all that I will work hard to make this a smooth transition and to serve your needs in the years to come.

A little bit about me - I am married to my wonderful hubby Bill. I have four grown children and 11 grandchildren, 7 boys and 4 girls. Some of my hobbies are golf and making custom greeting cards. I make birthday cards and Christmas cards for all of Bill's clients. For my Kiwanis Club each member gets a card designed just for them on their Kiwanis Anniversary, our President writes a personalized note and then gives the card to the member. It has been a fun tradition.

The office email is NIKiwanisDistrict "@" gmail.com.

In Kiwanis service,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015-2016 Program Volunteers

Vince, our program coordinator, is looking for volunteers to take a month. Commit to finding speakers for the Monday meetings that month at our Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha.

Vince has a cheat sheet of speakers he keeps to help out!

Be an Eddie - and volunteer often!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Speaker: Children Respite Care Center

Sarah Children Respite Care Center Outreach Coordinator

Opened in 1990. Growing steadily to include a new, second facility last year on Q. 

A number of needs are met. Including therapy sessions, weekend services, daycare, occupational health and other services for mentally challenged kids. 

Mental health therapies include family therapy, parenting, behavior therapies.  

Family events are also important. BounceU and Storm Chasers are examples of fun outings. 

There is no other agency that provides the same range of services. 

Thanks Sarah for all the interesting information about CRCC. 

     - Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha

Meeting Notes

Sacred Heart reading kicked off with 5 Kiwanians volunteer reading last Friday. Dale is looking for another couple readers for this coming Friday.

KCOGO is sponsoring 2 campers to Kiwanis Leadership Camp this fall from the Hope Center. 

Vince is starting sign up for Salvation Army bell ringing Saturday, December 5. Details to come. 

Speaker Calendar for 2016 is being circulated. Even if you don't want to commit for a month, speaker suggestions are always welcome to Vince.

Our new president reminds us that we have an easy fundraising set up! Many organizations spend hours putting together events to raise money for good works. We have 2 simple, on going ones.

Happy Bucks continues to be our primary fundraiser. $'s being accepted at every meeting.

Recycling Print Cartridges - bring to the meeting. Office Depot pays us for each cartridge we turn in. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

KCOGO Officer Installation Picnic

Officer installation was held for the new Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha. 

Rod Muench - President
John Hartwell - President Elect
Jack Pagel - Immediate Past President
Kip Squire - Secretary
Jerry Coleman - Treasurer 

Thank you to Marcia and Stu Ellison for hosting the Kiwanis picnic.