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This Week at Rotary June 11, 2019
Presiding Officer: Randy Bretz
Secretary: Christina Usher
Finemaster: Mark Feit
Sgt. At Arms: Maury Halstead
Cashiers: Eric Drumheller
Greeter: Matt Glawatz & Sara Skretta
Speaker: Scott Benson
Scott Benson

Electricity. We take it for granted, don’t think about how it’s generated, it’s just always there when we turn something on. But, generating electricity for Lincoln is changing, and the man behind much of that change will tell us about it during our program on June 4. Scott Benson is Manager of Resource and Transmission Planning for Lincoln Electric. This graduate of the University of Nebraska will help us understand how we’re getting more power from the sun and wind. We’ll learn about the LES solar initiative, about those windmills just north of town, about just how much LES is doing to reduce our reliance on generating electricity by burning coal.

Pres-Elect Veney at the RI Convention, Hamburg, Germany
110th Rotary International Convention, "Rotary City"
Hamburg, Germany was "Rotary City" last week as 25,000 Rotarians from around the world gathered for the annual RI Convention. Past District Governor Jim Griesen and I were there from Rotary #14 for an energizing week, surrounded by people of action doing good in thousands of ways. There was the Opening Ceremony, what I call the "Olympics of Service" - including a parade of flags from Rotary countries. I have to admit I hadn't heard of some countries: Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe. And we heard the good news that the first Rotary Club in Iraq launched last year.

There was the House of Friendship, tradeshow-like booths highlighting the amazing service projects Rotarians do in areas of clean water, literacy, health and more. And there were the encounters with Rotarians. It is like nothing else I've ever experienced. You see people with the Rotary lanyard, Rotary pin or Rotary clothing and you know you have an instant strong connection! I made friends with people at the airport, on the subway, in the coffee shop, and had dinner multiple times with strangers who became friends.

And I met Rotarians looking to partner with us.  Our club was invited to participate with clubs from Hawaii in their international service project in the Philippines, bringing clean water to remote villages. Read here for more information. It is an experience of humanity to be a Rotarian. And going to a Rotary International Convention is life-changing. I hope you, my Rotary #14 friends, consider next year's convention in Honolulu. This event will add on a layer of Hawaiian Aloha to the Aloha that is already Rotary.  Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the RI Convention.
Aloha and Danke! (Mailani Veney)
Pres-Elect Mailani Veney, Sam Veney and Rotarians from around the world
Mailani with delegates from Hawaii
Bob Rauner Joins the LPS Board

Our own Bob Rauner recently won a seat at the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Board of Education.

Bob Rauner, MD, MPH splits his time between 3 roles, 70% of his work time as Chief Medical Officer of OneHealth Nebraska ACO, 30% of his work time leading a community health non-profit as President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, and his public service on the LPS Board of Education.  He has a BA in philosophy from Creighton University, a medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a master of public health from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Rauner has helped start 2 independent, physician led ACOs.
Bob has been a Rotarian for eight years and he maintains a perfect Rotary attendance for three years. Bob is active in the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program, serving as host parent and now the Rotary 14 RYE Chair and the Dist. 5650 Youth Exchange Officer. Bob is currently serving in our Board.

Congratulations, Bob!
Congratulations to New Blue Badge Members
Recently, NEOS Chair Kiersten Hill presided our Blue Badge Ceremony to new members: Cindi Allen, Bill Avery, Ken Broman, Todd Crawford, Pat Crews, Penny Johnston, Bryan Seck, Shirley Sneve, Trip Snyder, and Christie Weston. Congratulations!

We thank the sponsors for bringing to Rotary the finest men and women in our community: Allen Beermann, Andrew Loudon, Roger Lempke, Bruce Rippeteau, Erin Dobesh, Nola Derby-Bennett, Nancy Finken, Keith Larsen, and Tim Kenny.
New Blue Badge members with their sponsors
Happy Birthday June Celebrants
June 2019
 Mick Hale 02  Amy Dickerson 05
Joel Sturgeon 05  Alan Hersch 08
Phyllis Chambers 09  Leslie Huerta 10
Mari Lane Gewecke 11   Dave Pauley 12
Lisa Sypal 13   Ronnie Green 17
Bob Rauner 18   Klaus Hartmann 19
Pat McCashland 19   Mary Buckley 24
John Connor 27   Carlie Harris 29
Greg Dynek June 30
TO DO: Committee Signups 2019-2020
We encourage EVERY ROTARIAN to sign up for 2-3 committees. You can sign up or review your committees here. With 35 committees to choose from, there is something for everyone. Thank you for your time and commitment to our club. More information about each committee can be found at
The Rotary Foundation YTD Donors
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.
Rotary District 5650 Conference

The Rotary District 5650 District Conference is on July 26 and 27 - Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City.  The theme this year is “Shape the Future”.
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
- - 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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