This Week at Rotary February 18, 2020
Presiding Officer: Mailani Veney
Secretary: Randy Hawthorne
Sgt. At Arms: Maury Halstead
Cashiers: Anna Hernoud, Christie Weston, & Lisa Froehlich
Meeting Host: Todd Crawford
Greeters: Mike Deibert, Lisa Lee
Speaker: Madison Husmann
RYE Brazil, Madison will speak on her experiences and the impact of Rotary Youth Exchange in her life. Through sharing of her accomplishments, stories, and the benefits of RYE, Madison will help us get to know her life before, during and after her RYE year abroad.
Welcome Newest Rotarian Jessica Spitsen
Last week, PDG Sharon Wherry, Jessica Spitsen is the Director of Business Development and Communications for BVH Architecture, where she started in 2017. Jessica moved to Nebraska from Florida in 2013, which introduced her to what seasons are and how snow works.

After years in advertising helping different brands find their voice – from student loan companies to hospices to downtown associations – Jessica found BVH as a place where her interest in wayfinding signage, well-designed downtown streetscapes, and lovingly preserved history are appreciated. Read more about Jessica, click here

Thank you, Sharon, for sponsoring Jessica to Rotary. Welcome to Rotary, Jessica!

Jessica Spitsen with President Mailani Veney and her sponsor PDG Sharon Wherry

PDG Merle Jansen is Paul Harris Fellow +4
Recently, TRF Chair Scott Larson recognized PDG Merle Jansen as Paul Harris Fellow +4. Merle is happily retired from the Utilities/Natural Gas industry. He has been a Rotarian for 35 years and have served as Rotary President and District Governor. Merle maintains a perfect Rotary attendance for 30 years. Merle's total TRF contribution is $5,000. Congratulations, Merle and thank you for your generosity.
Klaus Hartmann Rotarian Extraordinaire
Recently, Dr. Klaus Hartmann gave a compelling speech on why he and his spouse Gisela give to Rotary. Klaus believes that we give "because Rotarians are optimists. Helping others is empowering and makes us feel happier and more fulfilled. We give because we want to introduce our children to the importance of generosity, a trait we want them to carry on in years to come." Read the full text of Klaus' speech, click here.
Klaus is generously matching donations to the Rotary International Foundation, dollar for dollar up to $200 per Rotarian. Donate now, click here.
Rise Shine Give a Huge Success
Last week, Rise Shine Give (RSG) Chair AshLea Allberry shared a post event report to the club about the annual RSG fundraiser. AshLea thanked all the hardworking RSG committee members and all Rotarians who supported the project. AshLea projects that after we wrap up all Epic Experiences, the RSG 2020 will raise over $60,000.00.
Hot Epic Experiences are still available for purchase now, click here.

L to R: Lisa Froehlich, Kate Holman, Mark Stephens, AshLea Allberry, Brett Ebert, Penny Johnston, Lisa Sypal, & Mike Wortman
Last Week at Rotary
Last week at Rotary, President Mailani Veney presided the meeting. Randy Hawthorne conducted club business. Maury Halstead was Sgt. at Arms. Lori Seibel was our speaker. She gave a highly informative talk about Place Matters 3.0. You can read more about it here. We also heard an inspiring speech from our student leader awardee from Lincoln East High School, Maryam Muayad. TRF Chair Scott Larson recognized PDG Merle Jansen as PHF +4. RSG Chair AshLea Allberry gave a post event RSG report. PDG Rod Bates announced Allen Beermann's retirement party. All Rotarians are invited to attend and your tickets have been paid for. Grab your invite from Rod or at the Cahiers' table at our weekly meeting. Yolanda Hoffman gave more information about the Game Changer contest. Find your team and start earnestly bringing guests to Rotary. Click here for more information. Cashiers and check-in were Lisa Froehlich, Christie Weston  & Anna Hernoud. Lisa Lee and Bill Waddell were greeters. To sign up as Cashier, click/tap here. To serve as Greeter, click/tap here.
Student Leadership Awardee Maryam Muayad with President Mailani Veney & Incoming Director Jess Rustad
PDG Rod Bates inviting everyone to attend Allen Beermann's retirement party on March 26, 4-7pm at Kuck Motorsports Museum. President Mailani proposed that everyone will learn the hula dance at Allen's party and no one objected
Greeters, Check-in & Cashiers L to R: Lisa Lee of Lincoln Council of International Visitors, Bill Waddell of Waddell Company, Randy Hawthorne of Launch Leadership, Lisa Froehlich of Grand Manse Events, Christie Weston of NIFA, & Anna Hernoud of CIT Bank
The Rotary Foundation, Doing Good in the World
BREAKING NEWS: 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
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.
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.
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.
Rotarians Supporting Local Arts
Rotarians supporting local arts at the recent Mad Hatter's Ball at the Lied. In this photo are Jay Wexler, Andrew Munger and their ladies. Not in photo are Chris and Art Zygielbaum
Happy Birthday Rotarians
February 2020
Robert Mastera 02   Nancy Finken 05
Liz Koop 05   Mike Renken 05
Bill Avery 07   Jeff Dostal 07
Don Kucera 09   Steve Letts   10
Gail McNair 11   Bob Everitt 17
Gina Cotton 18   Art Zygielbaum 18
MK Bansal 19   Mike Wortman 20
Erin Pemberton 21   Brooke Goedert 23
Larry DeFord 24
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