This Week at Rotary April 9, 2019
Presiding Officer: Randy Bretz
Secretary: Christina Usher
Finemaster: Morrie Enders
Sgt. At Arms: Maury Halstead
Cashier: Christie Weston & Eric Drumheller
Greeter: Lori Cook-Benjamin
Speaker Host: Jennifer Brinkman
Speaker: Lynn Johnson
A tiny little insect, the Emerald Ash Borer, has reached Lincoln and it’s infecting many of the city’s trees. There are more than 14,000 city-owned ash trees in our parks, golf courses, our yards and along our streets. During our program on April 9, Lynn Johnson, Director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation, will share the impact of this insect and what the city is doing to combat it. A year ago Rotary 14 responded to a challenge to plant at least one tree for every member of our club. We started the project last Fall and Johnson will give us an update on the project.
Exchange Students Conferred Nebraska Citizenship
Secretary of State Bob Evnen recently conferred honorary Nebraska citizenships to our Rotary Youth Exchange students Tatun from Pamplona, Spain, and Mauro from Gragnano, Italy
President Bretz Recognized New Member Sponsors
Last week, President Bretz recognized Rotarians who sponsored new members this Rotary year: Tim Kenny, Priscilla Grew, Nola Derby-Bennett, Dean Settle, Mark Stephens, Roger Lempke, Gina Cotton, Mark Feit, Bill Michener, Allen Beermann, Larry Routh, Andrew Loudon, and Pat Birch. Thank you, Rotarians!
Last Week at Rotary
Last week at Rotary, President Randy Bretz presided the meeting, while Christina Usher conducted club business. Morrie Enders was Finemaster. Gail McNair, Frosty Critchfield, and Mike Renken served as Cashiers. Greeters were Bill Michener and Abbi Swatsworth. To sign up as Cashier, click/tap here. To serve as Greeter, click/tap here
Finemaster Morrie Enders was pragmatic in recognizing our achiever Rotarians by mostly following our fun fine menu pricing. These Rotarians were recognized by Morrie: Pat Leach and Gail McNair of Lincoln City Libraries for teaming up with Zipline Brewing to offer book drives at the bars. Much better partnership than beer and ax throwing. Bob Everitt for wearing a gold sequined jacket in a photo. Suzanne Sughroue for daughter Lily’s photo as Rosie the Riveter. Randy Bretz for failing to xerox Playhouse two page spread in L Magazine. Jennifer Brinkman for joining Lincoln Community Foundation Board. Joshua Vossler for photo and article in Strictly Business discussing funeral planning. And Morrie fined himself for an article on Russ’s Wine and Food Experience. Congratulations Rotarians on your achievements!
Happy Birthday April Celebrants!
Cashiers L to R: Treasurer Mike Renken of NeighborWorks Lincoln, Gail McNair of Lincoln City Libraries, Frosty Critchfield of  Critchfield's Enterprises
Greeters Bill Michener of Lighthouse and Abbi Swatsworth of OutNebraska
Rotary Salutes Firespring

Save the date April 30 for Salute to Business

Each year Rotary Club #14 partners with the Lincoln East Rotary Club, and Lincoln South Rotary Club to host a city-wide luncheon to honor a business or organization in Lincoln that has made a significant contribution to the city of Lincoln through the employment of people and the good works they perform. The honoree is selected by ballot of the active members of the three Lincoln Rotary Clubs. The selected business for 2019 is Firespring. Our 2019 event will be on April 30 at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln. Read more about Firespring, click/tap here.
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The Rotary Foundation YTD Donations
Thank you to the following Rotarians who already contributed to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Rotary International. If you have not already given, please consider making your annual donation by sending a check payable to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693, USA or give your check to Yolanda. You may also conveniently contribute online at If this is your first time to give, Rotary #14 will match your first $100 to the Foundation giving you $200 toward your Paul Harris Fellowship, a cumulative giving of $1,000. Your donation comes back to us in three years in the form of Global and District grants. An example of Global Grant is our Colonoscopy screening in the Dominican Republic and the Anti-Human Trafficking project for District Grant. Questions, please contact TRF Chair Scott Larson.
An Epic Experience is Waiting for You, April 13
Few tickets left for the Woodshire. Please click here to buy your ticket. Win a contest. Visit four Woodshire homes, food and drinks provided, with given clues to participate in a contest. This event is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at 6:00 pm and can accommodate 20 participants at $50 per person. All proceeds go to the Rotary #14 Foundation Service Fund. 
York Rotary Celebrates 100 Years
The York Rotary Club, which Rotary 14 helped establish, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on Friday, April 12. Let’s show our support and encouragement by attending their anniversary dinner that evening. It will be a grant event at the York Convention Center just off the Interstate on Highway 81. Ask Yolanda or Randy Bretz for a reservation form.
Rotary District 5650 Conference, SHAPE THE FUTURE

It's is only $100 through March 31; $140 after that.
Before we know it, this snow will be gone and it will be time for District Conference.  The theme this year is “Shape the Future”.
Save the date: July 26 and 27th – Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City. 
We have many things planned – one of which will be a cruise on the Belle of Brownville boat!
Other family opportunities will be offered and available at discounted prices.  Registration is open and can be done by clicking here.
Additional information previously published:
Attention: This is NOT your Grandpa’s conference!
This will be a fresh and exciting weekend with inspirational, informative speakers and family events.
Bring your family! Plan to come early or stay late. Nebraska City Rotarians are working hard to put together deals and discounts for the family in their community.
Other conference features:
- - Service project for all conference attendees including your guests - Service Above Self
- - Rotary International Representative attending on behalf of the Rotary International President
- - Registration is open (click here) - $100 through March 31; $140 after that
- - Blocks of hotel rooms for the conference have been booked and the links to those are below (see separate article).
Many more details are being worked out and will be released as they are finalized.
Happy Birthday April Celebrants!
April 2019
Abbi Swatsworth 06  Pat Birch 11
Bill Waddell 14  Sharon Wherry 14
Patsy Koch Johns 20  Steve Glenn 21
Don Linscott 22  Don McClure 22
Deen Popoola 22  Yolanda Hoffman 23
Barb Tyler 23  Tom Allman 25
Barb Bartle 25  Adam Criswell 25
Ken Broman  26  Mailani Veney 27
Randy Nitz 29  Regina Werum 29
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