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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
June 22, 2015


This Week's Program

 "Farm Family of the Year"


This week we are privileged to welcome J.D. Alexander and his family as our 2015 Farm Family of the Year recipients. Please come and join us for a spectacular picture presentation on the Alexander farm and to meet J.D. and his family. You will enjoy hearing about the processes Mr. Alexander employs and how the family is active in their community of Pilger, NE.



Come and Bring a friend!


Program Coordinator

Matt Gunderson 



President's Column



"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." 
-Dwight D. Eisenhower  



Dear Kiwanians,

This Friday is Farm Family Day and our club, as it does every year, will honor an area farm family that demonstrates modern practices or innovations, community involvement, and significant involvement in the operation by the honored family.   This year will we honor J.D. Alexander Farms.   This will be a great program and we want to have a strong Kiwanis turnout for this event.    Our club presents this award, in part, to increase our awareness and knowledge of agriculture.  As most of us do not have direct farm involvement, this type of education is essential because our local economy still depends greatly, directly and indirectly, on the success of agriculture.

This is one of the most important activities planned by our Agricultural Committee, an active committee chaired by Chris Wiedenfeld.   Other members are Jim Farrell, Bruce Dean, Matt Gunderson, Joyce Swanson, Kevin Kock, and me.   The committee also arranges and coordinates several Friday programs each year, with topics including farm policy, developments in farming practices, financial markets, and conservation.  The committee also assists with other agricultural education projects, including helping students from Sacred Heart School during their visits to the agricultural displays and programs at the River City Rodeo and Stock Show.

We are grateful to this committee for its contribution to our club, and in particular for helping us to learn about a very important facet of the Nebraska economy.   Please support their efforts by attending this Friday's meeting.






Dan Dittman, Erickson │Sederstrom

Jana Donahoe

Donna Dostal, Heartland Family Services


Upcoming Friday Programs


July 3 - NO MEETING   


July 10- Kurt Siebert, Gallup 


July 17 - Vic Gutman, Vic Gutman and Associates


July 24 - Rev. Eric Elnes, Sr. Pastor, Countryside Community Church


July 31 - Bill Swanson, Director, UNO Excec MBA


August 7 - Anne Hindery, CEO, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands


August 14 - Lucy Wilson, SVP/CFO, Diversified Financial Services (Will speak on Feed the 5, 000)


August 21 - Randy Thelen, Sr. VP of Economic Development, Greater Omaha Chamber


August 28 - Governor Pete Ricketts


September 4 -  NO MEETING


September 11 - David Barnes, President of Grace University 


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


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

November 6 - Ankush Bhandari, Gavilion - We will have a tour of the new Gavilion building at 1331 Capitol Ave, Omaha, NE 68102

Last Meeting

Our speaker at last Friday's meeting was Jim Rose from iHeartRadio. Mr. Rose is also well known for his years on the Husker Radio Network and as the play by play voice of Husker football and baseball. Mr. Rose spoke with us about some new decisions made in January by the NCAA regarding student athletes. Some of these changes will take effect August 1st and include:

  • Annual Stipends to be used by students towards the cost of attending school. Example: traveling home.
  • Requiring that universities give 4 year scholarships, as opposed to renewing 1 year scholarships each year.
  • Student athletes who are injured while playing, practicing or preparing for their respective sports will receive 5 years of continuing medical care for those injuries following the end of their academic careers.

Mr. Rose believes that while these changes are expensive for the institutions, they are necessary to take care of student athletes and will make an overall bigger investment in the experience young people have during their college years.