This Week at Rotary March 10, 2020
Presiding Officer: Mailani Veney
Secretary: Randy Hawthorne
Sgt. At Arms: Maury Halstead
Cashiers: Lisa Froehlich & Keith Larsen
Meeting Host: Lorie Cook-Benjamin
Greeters: Barbara Bartle, Pat Leach
Speaker Host: Chuck Schroeder
Speaker:  Peter McCornick
Daugherty Water for Food Institute: Delivering on a Vision of a Water and Food Secure World. Get to know the director of the Daughterty Water for Food Institute. McCornick will discuss his role leading the institute and building partnerships and collaborations in Nebraska, the United States, and other key food-producing regions in the world.
Speaker Bio: Peter McCormick is a tenured professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining DWFI, he was the deputy director-general of research at the International Water Management Institute. He has led inter-disciplinary research and development programs on water, agriculture and the environment in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and the U.S. Read more about Peter, click here.
Tice Jenkins is Rotary Leadership Awardee from Lincoln Lutheran
Last week, Tice Jenkins received his Rotary Student Leadership Award from Christie Weston and President Mailani Veney. Congratulations, Tice!
L to R: Christie Weston, Tice Jenkins, & President Mailani Veney
Game Changer Winner
Great news: We have met our monthly goal of recruiting 6 new members for the month of February! Membership Chair Mike Wortman announced last week that our game-changer winner for February is Team 7 with main players Brad Bryan and Randy Hawthorne. Congratulations!
The Game Changer Contest is a monthly contest of guests or prospective members brought by Rotarians to our weekly meetings, club events, and service projects. The contest includes sponsoring new members. It's one point per guest and 10 points for successfully sponsoring a new member. The team garnering the highest number of points by month-end is the monthly winner.
We have refreshed our charts for the month of March. Check out on how your team is doing, click here. You can also click on the Game Changer photo to the right of the Propeller. Be sure to invite your colleagues at work, family, and friends to our exciting edition of Rotary every Tuesday.
Clean up Rotary Strolling Garden March 14
On Saturday, March 14th, Rotarians are asked to work with UNL Rotaract members and the Parks and Recreation staff to clean up the Rotary Strolling Park (East of 27th and C Streets.) Meet at 9:00 am and expect to be done mulching and moving brush by 11:00 am. Text or call Keith Larsen at 402-742-0132 so we know how many rakes to bring.
Last Week at Rotary
Last week at Rotary, President Mailani Veney presided the meeting. Randy Hawthorne conducted club business. Russ Free was Sgt. at Arms. Russ Gronewold, Bryan Health's new CEO was our speaker. Russ spoke on Bryan Health and its projects and what they are doing in light of the national discussion on healthcare. March birthdays were celebrated. Mike Wortman announced Team 7 is our game-changer winner for February with Brad Bryan and Randy Hawthorne as main players. President Mailani announced a new cause-based eclub for prospective members, with the sole purpose of helping end human trafficking. Bob Rauner announced the opportunity to be a host family for Rotary Youth Exchange. We had several international visitors from Moldova which was arranged by Lisa Lee. Cashiers and check-in were Leslie Huerta, Lisa Froehlich, & Keith Larsen.  Mike Deibert, Sandy Fabry, and Dennis DeRossett were greeters/meeting hosts. To sign up as Cashier, click/tap here. To serve as Greeter, click/tap here.
Bryan Health new CEO Russ Gronewold addressing the Rotarians
March birthday celebrants who made it to the birthday table L toR: Lisa Lee, Bev Austin, Chris Zygielbaum, & Ken Koop. Happy Birthday, Rotarians!

Greeters, Host, Cashiers & Check-in L to R: Dennis DeRosset of Nebraska Press Association, Secretary Randy Hawthorne, Lisa Froehlich of U.S. Property, Leslie Huerta of Franciue & Finch, Kieth Larsen of Lincon 55+Seniors Paper, Sandy Fabry at Happily Retired, & Mike Deibert of NMC Inc.
Rotaract Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch March 18
FundRaiser to Buy Wheelchairs for Polio Survivors in the Ivory Coast - March 18 from 4:30 pm until 8 pm at the Pizza Ranch, 8420 Lexington (near HyVee on 84th street.) Thanks to Pizza Ranch and diners, the UNL Rotaract Wheelchair Project will receive 10% from every meal purchased and every dollar from tips. The club will order 120 wheelchairs this year and help deliver them. The total goal of the project is $18,000.  Please join us and meet our members as they bus the tables. Questions, please contact Rotaract Advisor Keith Larsen at
Call for Nominations for the Rotary 14 Foundation Board of Directors
PDG Jim Griesen is looking for nominations to the Rotary 14 Foundation Board of Directors.  Any member of Rotary Club #14 in good standing is eligible to be considered for Board membership. Please send your nominations by March 15, 2020 to For more information, click here.
Rotary Epic Experience
Hurry Rotarians, we have a few left Epic Experiences for you:
An Evening on Eastgate: $50 per person, only 4 spots left!
Scotch by the Numbers: $50 per person, only 2 spots left!
Click here for more information or contact Kate Holman at
Traveling Rotarians
Traveling Rotarians L to R: Sharon Wherry signing Executive Orders at the George W Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, witnessed by Dan Wherry who had no objections to the EOs. Bill Michener, on the other hand, is gallivanting in sunny Florida. 
Note to all: Submit your photos taken outside of Lincoln for the Propeller and Rotary Yearbook to
Allen Beermann's Retirement Party of the Century
Former Nebraska Secretary of State Allen Beermann recently retired as Executive Director of the Nebraska Press Association. Allen is inviting fellow Rotarians to his retirement party, the party of the century, on March 26, 4:00 - 7:00 PM, with a special program from 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM, at Kuck Motorsports Museum, 2251 Humphrey Ave. Allen has generously paid for Rotarians tickets but you must secure an invite which will serve as your ticket to the event. Get your invite from Rod Bates or from Allen. 
With President Mailani's approval, this event is an official engagement committee activity. The President issued a memo that each Rotarian who attends will get two attendance credits. Any questions, contact Rod Bates.
Lunch at the Governor's Mansion
Rotary Club #14 Special Event!
Our club has a unique opportunity this spring for a luncheon and tour at the Governor’s Residence!  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 29.  Tickets are $20.  Join President Mailani Veney, Secretary Randy Hawthorne, Former Secretary of State Allen Beermann and others for this very special event!  Spots are limited; sign up now to purchase your ticket here
Rotary Online Store is Now Open
We are proud to announce that the Rotary 14 Online Store is now open! Store items include tickets to Rotary events, dues, lunch cards, and pins. Check it out, click here.
The Rotary Foundation, Doing Good in the World
UPDATE: ONLY $1,800 LEFT FOR MATCHING FUNDS. Generous Klaus Hartmann is matching your donation dollar for dollar up to $200 to the RI Foundation. So if you donate $50, it becomes $100, $100 becomes $200, and $200 becomes $500! Read TRF Chair Scott Larson's message, click here.

Thank you to those who have already made their donation this Rotary year. You have until June 30, 2020, to donate for this Rotary year. To donate now, click here. Our goal is 100% participation and any amount will make a difference.
Austin, Bev
Bartle, Barbara Maline
Bates, Rodney L.
Becker, Jill
Beermann, Allen J.
Berg, Lowell S.
Birch, Pat
Bretz, Randall
Buckley, Mary
Cline, Geoff
Cook-Benjamin, Lorie
Cotton, Gina
Critchfield, Frosty
DeFord, Larry L.
Deibert, Mike
Dobesh, Ryan
Drumheller, Eric J.
Fabry, Sandra
Foor, Ryan
Free, Russell K
Gessert, John C.
Halstead, Maury N.
Hawthorne, Randal
Henkelmann, Priscilla
Hersch, Alan
Hill, Kiersten
Hood, Jane
Hove, Peter Christian
Hulme, Doyle L
Illich, Gail
Illich, Paul
Jansen, Merle E.
Karmazin, Darold
Kenny, Timothy R.
Klockenga, Michael E.
Knox, Arthur Lloyd
Koop, Liz S.
Kucera, Donald D.
Lane Gewecke, Mari
Larsen, Keith N.
Larson, Scott A.
Lee, Lisa
Lempke, Roger P
Levy, Leslie
Lindberg, Michael
Livingston, David C.
Martens, Benjamin
Massengale, Martin A.
Mastera, James A.
Michener, William
Mueller, William J
Newport, Gregory D.
Nitz, Randy
Odom, Sheila
Ogden, Charles
Pauley, David C.
Peetz, Sarah G
Pemberton, Erin C. Duggan
Richardson, Scott G.
Ruth, Larry
Scheef, Matthew P.
Seck, Bryan
Settle, Dean B.
Sneve, Shirley K.
Sommerich, Christopher D.
Spinar, Donald E.
Stephens, Mark 
Sturgeon, Joel
Sughroue, Suzanne
Usher, Christina
Veney, Mailani
Venter, Michelle
Wailes, Kevin G
Weston, Christie
Wherry, Daniel E.
Wherry, Sharon B.
Whittamore-Mantzios, Melanie
Willard, Linda
Williamson, Scott J.
Wittler, Terry R
+Wolter, John E.
Wortman, Michael J.
Wyatt, Donna
Zimmer, John 
Zygielbaum, Christine
You can also bring a check made out to The Rotary Foundation to our weekly meeting and Yolanda will send it with the contribution form to TRF. Any questions, please contact TRF Chair Scott Larson at 402.499.4444.
Happy Birthday Rotarians
March 2020
Rich Lloyd 01   Ken Koop 03
Scott Richardson 03   Bev Austin 04
Chris Whitney 04   Jeff McPeak 07
Jim Bennett 09   Melanie Whittamore Mantzios 12
Merle Jansen 17   Lisa Lee 17
Jill Grasso 18   Jim Mastera 18
Dennis DeRossett 20   Mike Long 20
Chris Zygielbaum 24  Brian Wachman 25
Chris Sommerich 28   Josh Overocker 29
Jesse Dyer 30   Valerie Hunt 31
Sarah Peetz 31
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