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Meetings: Every Friday at 11:45 a.m.·Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St, Omaha, NE, 68106 ·402-330-0777


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.


Kiwanis Club of Omaha, Inc.

(lst Club chartered in the Nebraska-Iowa District)

11:45-1:00 PM - Lunch $13

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Kiwanis Club of Omaha
May 4, 2015

This Week's Program

"Jim Trebbein"


We are excited to welcome Jim Trebbein to our Friday meeting this week being held at the Goodwill Industries Headquarters at 4805 N. 72nd St. Mr. Trebbein will talk about the tremendous growth and significance of the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the campus of Metropolitan Community College. Under his leadership, the program grew from about 38 students to 700 and is now nationally recognized. Some would say that the huge success of the Institute helped spur Omaha's fantastic restaurant scene!

Please come and bring a friend!


Program Coordinator

Joe Reding  


Meeting Sponsor

 Goodwill Industries 


Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, provides employment and training services for persons who may be at a "competitive disadvantage" in the marketplace for finding and keeping employment. This includes young people and adults with disabilities, high school drop-outs, adults with few skills or limited education, ex-convicts, welfare recipients, and young adults exiting the foster care system.

We employ over 650 people, 125 of whom are people with disabilities who work on contracts in federal government facilities, such as Offutt Air Force Base, the Zorinsky Federal Building and the VA Hospital. Goodwill contracts include postal services, grounds maintenance and custodial work at these and other federal installations.

Our array of vocational programs and job readiness services feature a combination of classroom work, individualized supportive services, on-the-job work experiences (either at a Goodwill location or other community site), job placement assistance, and post-employment follow-up.   Last year we helped 574 people find work, earning an average hourly wage of $10.55.

Services are typically funded in-part by state or federal agencies and grants, local business and foundations, and individual donors. The proceeds from the sales of goods at our area thrift stores supplement this funding.

Goodwill has 17 locations, including an on-line auction site (shopgoodwill.com), our by-the-pound store at 72nd and F Streets, the .99 Cent Store in the Old Market, a refurbished computer store, also at 72nd and F, and our coffee house inside the 72nd and Ames headquarters. Our regional area network of traditional full-service thrift stores reaches to Gretna, Papillion (two locations), Council Bluffs, Fremont, Bellevue and Blair. Sister Goodwills operate in Lincoln, Grand Island, Des Moines and Sioux City.

Goodwill Omaha is affiliated with Goodwill Industries International (GII), located in the Washington, D.C. area. Our local enterprise is one of 165 autonomous, self-governed, non-profit Goodwill agencies in North America. Goodwill was founded in 1902 by a Methodist minister from Iowa. The Omaha operation started in 1933, with support from local Methodist churches.

Past club president Andy Bradley has worked at Goodwill for 26 years. He is currently the Executive Vice President for Marketing and Development. 



May 8th At Goodwill Industries 

On May 8th, our regular Friday meeting will be held at Goodwill Industries    


4805 N. 72nd St.

Omaha, NE 68134  




Lunch is $13  




College World Series Ticket books now available!


$85 per book of 10 General Admission Tickets!


Sell 5 books and receive a free CWS hat (while supplies last)


Tickets can be purchased at Friday meetings or by e-mailing Katie at kiwanisomaha@gmail.com 


Make checks payable to: COLLEGE WORLD SERIES






President's Column

Dear Kiwanian,   


One facet of having a Kiwanis heart is to give time to those in need, as our schedules and abilities allow.   In the past several months, we have had a number of hands-on service opportunities, most of which have been coordinated by the Service Project Committee chair, Chris Tooker.    A big thank you to Chris and all of you who have volunteered for these projects.


At our most recent meeting (May 1st), we heard from TeamMates and in particular, that organization's need for mentors.   This may be a fit for some of us and some of you have already expressed an interest in their program.   TeamMates has asked us to send some additional information to all of the club.  See below.  Please give it your consideration.




Congratulations to our2014 Charles Cairns Distinguished Kiwanian of the Year

Chuck Kinzer 




Upcoming Friday Programs


May 8 - Jim Trebbien, Former Head, MCC Culinary Institute

Location: Goodwill Industries


May 15 - Dr. James Suftin, Superintendent of Millard Public Schools.




May 29 - Doug Peterson, Nebraska Attorney General 


June 5 - Clark Lauritzen, First National Bank  


June 12 - NO MEETING 


June 19 - Jim Rose, Development Director, University of Nebraska Athletics


July 3 - NO MEETING 


September 18 - Bret C. Greiss, Executive VP and COO, CSG International 


September 25 -  Esther George, President/CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City

Last Meeting



 Last Friday we were privileged to welcome Dr. Tom Osborne to our Friday lunch meeting along with two of his associates from TeamMates.  


Teammates started in 1991 with about 20 football players

as mentors.  Today, there are 7500 -  1500 in Omaha, others

are in Lincoln, other NE cities, across Iowa and some in California. The key to being a good mentor is caring, affirming the young person's worth and consistency.  Mentors see young people in their school, during the school year and try to be there at least 24 weeks out of the 36 weeks of school.  They visit and spend time once a week.


Having a positive relationship with a mentor cuts down on truancy, office referrals, and other disciplinary needs. Coach Osborne's concerns are the number of young people without fathers and living  in a culture of disrespect.  Mentors act as role models.


He finished his talk with a story about his own Grandfather who had a tremendous inpact on his life.  His great grandfather was an alcoholic, but a traveling salesman who came through his town once a month, witnessed his Grandfather's speaking ability and took time to encourage him each time he visited.  The traveling salesman also mentioned the possibility of college.  Mr. Osborne spoke about the positive impact this one individual had on, not only his Grandfather, but countless others in their family through the generations.


  -Summary by Marla Fries

- Photo by Shannon Norman