This Week at Rotary April 2 2019
Presiding Officer: Randy Bretz
Secretary: Christina Usher
Finemaster: Morrie Enders
Sgt. At Arms: Maury Halstead
Cashier: Mike Renken
Greeters: Lisa Lee & Brian Wachman
Speaker Host: Tim Brusnahan
Speaker: Brad Moline
No foolin’ Lincoln is one of very few cities that has high-speed fiber serving every home, every business, every school in the country. For our program on April 2, we’ll hear from Brad Moline, President of Allo Communications. Allo is a Nelnet company and in just three years they’ve accomplished an incredible project to install a completely new communication system serving the entire city. Lincoln is one of 25 Smart Gigabit Communities in the United States and the sixth-fastest internet city among the top internet cities in the country. Join us as we celebrate the end of the construction phase and the beginning of a new age for our city. Be sure to invite your friends in business, your neighbors, your co-workers to hear this update.
Anti-Human Trafficking Training was a Success
The Lincoln Rotary clubs exceeded our goal of 25 volunteers for the March 30 Anti-Human Trafficking Hotel-Motel project. Over 40 volunteers attended the training with representatives from Omaha, Fremont, and Eagle. The Hotel-Motel project seeks to train hotel and motel staff on how to Realize, Recognize, and Respond to Human Trafficking. The trained Rotarians will begin training the hotel and motel staff in the Lincoln area shortly. Thank you to all those who attended. Questions, please contact Sharon and Dan Wherry.
Training organizers power couple Dan and Sharon Wherry
Stephen Patrick O'Meara conducting the training for the Hotel-Motel project
Last Week at Rotary
Last week at Rotary, President Randy Bretz presided the meeting, while Christina Usher conducted club business. Bruce Rippeteau was Finemaster. Pat Birch, Keith Larsen, and Kieth Zaborowski served as Cashiers. Greeters were Bill Avery and Bill Waddell. To sign up as Cashier, click/tap here. To serve as Greeter, click/tap here. Lisa Froehlich presented our student leader from Parkview High School, Grant Stoll. 
Bruce Rippeteau came prepared with his limited two minutes at the podium. Bruce explained that it is an honor to be assessed a “fine” at Rotary 14 as it highlights Rotarians’ accomplishments. The funds raised go to our Service Fund. Bruce was on fire assessing fines as high as $4,000 until his Rotary conscience started working and he opted for a percentage of the original amounts that he assessed them. The privileged few that made it to Bruce’s list were: Dave Shiffermiller of Cornhusker Bank, Erin Pemberton of Wolfe Snowden, Jodi Freeman of Roper and Sons Funeral, Barb Tyler of The Woodlands, Katie Thompson of Union Bank & Trust, Suzanne Sughroue and Dan Vokoun at Madonna.  Amy Dickerson, Jim Smith, and Mark Stephens for their great work during Rise.Shine.Give. Tim Brusnahan at Lincoln Executive Club, and Bev and Don Spinar for their appearance at the Nebraska Interior Designers and Owners Lied Reception.
Finemaster Bruce Rippeteau having a grand time assessing fines in the thousands
Student leader Grant Stoll with his father, school principal & Lisa Froehlich
Cashiers Keith Zaborowski of the University of Nebraska Housing, Keith Larsen of Lincoln +55 Seniors Paper & Pat Birch of Schemmer & Associates
Greeters Bill Avery & Bill Waddell
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
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. 
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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Traveling Rotarians
Jay Wexler with Rotary banner from McLean, Virginia
Community Comedy with Juli Burney and the Rotary
Epic Experience: Community Comedy with Juli Burney took place recently at the South of Downtown Art Hub. Pictured here is Shawn Ryba provided a brief history of the neighborhood and building and overviewed the work of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization and Juli Burney entertaining the audience. After the show, Rotary members and guests had the opportunity to visit one-on-one with Juli and Shawn. 
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.
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