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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
April 13, 2015


This Week's Program


Tina Lay, Arbor Day Foundation
Our guest speaker this Friday is Tina Layman with the Arbor Day Foundation. Along with speaking about her love of trees and Arbor Day, Ms. Layman will be bringing along seedlings for everyone to take home, plant and enjoy for many years to come. Please mark this meeting on your calendar and invite a friend!  



Program Coordinator

Chris Wiedenfeld 


 Kiwanis Park Clean-up

April 25th


1524 Locust St.




RSVP to Chris Tooker 



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  





President's Column


"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."     -Forest Witcraft  


Dear Kiwanian,   


It's all about the children. You might say they are priority one.

Last Thursday, we held our annual Gala, which focused on the child-centric organizations receiving nearly $20,000 in 2015 grants from our foundation. It was great to hear about all the recipient organizations and how they are using the funds. It was also enjoyable to meet their
representatives so we can get to know them even better.

The Gala was also an obvious financial success, though we are still tallying the final numbers.  The sponsors and attendees were a significant part of the event's financial success.  The silent auction, live auction, and raffle were also very important to the totals. Despite the wintry weather, the attendance was excellent.

We have many people to thank, starting with the Gala Co-Chairs, Kristen Belford and Marcos Hernandez. Kristen, Senior Sales Manager at Hilton Omaha, organized a first rate meal and program, and the facilities were outstanding. Thanks to all who helped on the Gala committee. We are especially grateful to Katie Dittman and Joyce Finnell, who were instrumental in all administrative and business facets of the event.

Val McPherson was a masterful MC, setting a great tone for the event.  I will long remember Val's closing words about the uniqueness and importance of non-profit organizations in our
community and nation.  Val was dead right.  We are blessed to have such entities in our orbit; all of you deserve accolades for being a part of that vast network.

I want to thank everyone involved in our program, including auctioneer and member Matt Gunderson and his capable spotters, Jim Farrell and Chris Wiedenfeld. They made it not only profitable, but fun.

Thank you to all of the donors and sponsors, including all auction item donors and table sponsors. We are also grateful to the bidders who made our financial results possible.

I finally want to thank the Young Children Priority One committee, led by Marla Fries and Trish Lynch. Marla and Trish put many, many hours into this effort and it showed by the worthiness of the recipients. (The YCPO committee included Jim Farrell, Ron Lassek, Ginny Winsor, Mike Sullivan, Chris Tooker, Mark Hoeger, Bruce Dean, Andy Bradley, Julie Swartz, Jerry Nielson, Gene Lilla, and Frank Dozon.)

It was a team effort for a great cause and a proud night to be a Kiwanian.  








Chris Staab, Ex-Cel Solutions, Inc.

Brook Stafford, Curnes Financial Group

Mike Sullivan, Baird Holm, LLC


Upcoming Friday Programs


April 24- Stephen Patrick O'Meara, Human Trafficking Enforcement Coordinator


May 1 - Dr. Tom Osborne, CEO, TeamMates  


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

 At our last meeting on March 17th, we were thrilled to welcome Kendra Whitlock Ingram to our meeting. Ms. Whitlock Ingram is the Vice President of Programming and Education with the Omaha Performing Arts. The new 2015-2016 Performing Arts schedule had just been released that week and Ms. Whitlock shared with us the wonderful line-up of shows being brought to our city. The Omaha Performing Arts will celebrate 10 years  this next season and celebrate by welcoming Kristin Chenoweth as their first performance on October 16th. On October 17th, they will be inviting the whole Omaha Community to come for a free day of the arts.