Like Us On Facebook
Mini Calendar
         Jul 2014         
SMTWTFS
2930
02
04
05
06
07
09
10
11
12
13
14
16
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
26
27
28
30
0102
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter mailing list.

Click here to sign up!

This is NOT Your Grandpa's Rotary Club!

Come see for yourself!  
Join us at Times Square Event Center, 1905 Vicki Ln,
 1st Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm, 2nd-5th Tuesdays at noon.

 

Rotary... The Original Social NetworkImage

Latest Happenings
Posted by John Schmitt on Jul 15, 2014

President Josh Moenning presided over the meeting today.

Shia, our foreign exchange student from Taiwan, gave an emotional talk on her time in the United States.   She expressed how grateful she was to have had the opportunity to spend a school year in the United States.  Shia was a student at Stanton High School.  She was hosted by John and Kathy Witherspoon as well as Marty and Kevin Kinglsey.  She introduced the Witherspoons and Kinsleys, who were present, along with her “grandmother.”  Shia told about her multi-state tour of the US along with other exchange students.

Ron McKeever introduced guests Deb Copple and Vicki Hvranek.  Vicki explained the upcoming Live Well event on August 2.  John Witherspoon introduced guests Shawn Ralph and Pat Grewe of Lincoln.  Paul Erhenberger from the Schuyler Rotary Club also visited today.   

Past President Stan Christensen presented John Schmitt with a plaque for being selected as the 2013-14 Rotarian of the Year.

The third Music in the Park concert will be held this Thursday evening.  Help is needed for this event from all members.

Norfolk Rotary Club will be hosting a foreign exchange student this coming school year from Brazil.

Norfolk Rotary will have a booth at the Live Well event on Saturday, August 2.  Live Well is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for our youth.

The next meeting will be held at noon on July 22.  Julie Pfeil and students from The Zone, will be speaking.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt

A club assembly was held at today’s noon meeting.  Discussion was held on how we want to continue conducting our meetings.  The general consensus is that it would be good if a different member each week spent a few minutes during lunch telling a little about themselves.  They would have at least one week’s notice when they will share.  Members would like to keep the traditions of the prayer, song, Pledge, and 4-Way Test.  We also want to keep the evening meeting in place once a month.

Discussion was held on the past year’s involvement/accomplishments:

Marched in Parade to promote Music in the Park & Support Scholarship Winners
Does the club want to do march in the parade again this year?
Changed first meeting of the month to evenings, does the club want to continue this?
Registered Norfolkrotary.com to market our club
Assigned new web address to Clubrunner to allow easier access to public and members
Started using Clubrunner more to keep members informed of goals, committees etc. (we still need to do more with this)
Used Facebook for Norfolk Rotary, Music in the Park for both group and Like page (all members should actively use these pages)
With the help of Cindy and Sherri we got the member billing fairly straightened out after several years of on and off treasurers
Had a banner made to promote our club at activities
Sponsored Chamber golf tournament to market memberships and inform golfers about our club.  Does the club want to sponsor Chamber golf tournament and participate again this year?
Purchased inflatable Rotary wheel to gain exposure at public events                                                  Promoted Mike Foley as the first evening speaker
Had several highly visible speakers including Pete Ricketts, Ben Sasse, Shane Osborne, Beau McCoy etc.
Had District Governor Jim Griesen at a special evening meeting to induct several new members
Created Fat Tuesday event to solicit sponsors and have some winter fun
Had successful speakers, Dirk Peterson etc. and invited the Young Professionals to gain exposure to Rotary
Played a part in getting new stage built
Got a Rotary International grant to build front steps to the stage and landscaping to be done this fall
Participated with Columbus and Schuyler clubs to award Scholarships to help immigrants become citizens
Celebrated these scholarships winners at Cinco de Mayo evening event
Applied for 2014-2015 grant for park or trail benches

Community donations made:
Sponsored Norfolk Philanthropy $500
Gave 5 $500 scholarships $2500
It was suggested to consider giving  these to Students going to Northeast or students of more need
Sponsored Kids camp with Victory Rd Evangelical Free Church $1000
Donated for large print books to the Norfolk Public Library $100
Approved donation to Smile program $255
Washington School PTO $700
Teammates $1000
The Zone afterschool program $350
Sponsored foreign student Shia $1300
 

Was mentioned in the media several times for our programs, MIP, donations made etc.
Went to reduced flat billing to encourage attendance
Started Rotary Bucks to reward members activity                                                                                              Had 1,000 new recruiting brochures printed to solicit new members
Updated Bylaws
Had a successful concert series in 2013 and the first concert in 2014 with Peace Love Etc. was off to a good start
We bring in approximately $45,000 to $50,000 for MIP and spend around $30,000 so we have extra money to support the club
Received a Pilger Tornado relief donation from Rotarian Duane Dye from California for $10,000
Donated half of MIP collections to Pilger Tornado Relief efforts. $1072.50
Voted to give the business of the year award to Vulcraft-Nucor

Things to consider for the future:
Do we want to sing, say the pledge, pray and do the 4 way test or
Should we have a new members and existing members give a brief update about their lives or career so we get to know them better?
What can we do to encourage every Rotarian to bring in a new member annually?
What interesting and educational programs can we solicit?
What activities do we want to participate in the community and how can we involve our families?
Every member have a goal to raise $1,000 per year in sponsorships from your company or other businesses                                                                                                                                                                What committees do you want to serve on?  What do you want to be involved in?
How can our club best use your time and talents?
More new Rotarians should attend Leadership training
How can we get more members to serve on boards and take leadership roles?

The next meeting will be held on July 1 at 5:30pm, with a presentation given by Jessica and Josh Moenning on what it takes to run a state wide political campaign. Jessica is a campaign advisor the Pete Ricketts campaign and owner of Bright Strategies, a public affairs consulting company.  Josh is the Policy and Communications Director for Ricketts and he also serves on the Norfolk City Council.  This meeting is being held to take the place of the one on June 3 that was postponed due to a power outage during the hail storm. The public is encouraged to attend. Please invite a guest or two.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

John Schmitt, Secretary

 

Posted by John Schmitt on May 20, 2014

Matthew Headley spoke about the office of Public Defender and for his plans to improve the office.  Since he won the primary, he will assume the office for certain, unless someone mounts a write-in campaign in the general election.  Matthew’s plans are to continue to stay involved in the Norfolk community and to maintain a fully staffed office.  The public defender deals with child support issues, criminal and juvenile issues, and city offenses that may end in incarceration.  Those who are at the poverty level qualify for PD services.

Treasurer Sherri Prim presented a check for $1,000 to Philip Herman, Outreach Director at the Victory Road Evangelical Free Church in Norfolk, for his outreach work with youth in Norfolk.  These funds will be used towards outreach to kindergarten through 5th grade youth who are at or below the poverty level. They will have the opportunity to attend the Enrichment Day Camp at the church following summer school.  The t-shirts printed for this camp have the sponsor’s logos on the back, including Norfolk Rotary Club.

No one won the cash pot drawing today, which is now over $100.

Members were encouraged to pick up Music in the Park posters today and get them distributed around the area.  More posters will be available for distribution at next week’s meeting as well.

The next meeting will be on May 27 at noon with a Club Assembly on that day.  The focus will be on getting existing music in the park sponsorships signed up again and also looking for new sponsorships.  We will start our advertising for MIP in early June.  Poster distribution will be discussed.  Rotary Bucks for MIP will be awarded.  The new membership drive will continue.

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                                              John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on May 13, 2014

At today’s noon meeting Jim Bradford, Jr. and Kent Warneke spoke about how to effectively run a volunteer organization.  As a fundraiser for several capital campaigns, Jim shared that for fundraising success, people like to be asked.  If they aren’t asked, they won’t give.  Don’t assume that people will or won’t give until they are asked.  If they don’t give today, they may give tomorrow.  He talked about how the YMCA went from a vision to reality.  Fundraisers need to consider:  Is the goal attainable?  Is it feasible?  Set the goal and decide how many people will be needed to work towards reaching the goal.  Don’t take rejection personally!

Kent is the chairman of the Great American Comedy Festival.  He shared several elements of successfully running a volunteer organization, including, never criticize or take your volunteers for granted.  Don’t complain about the amount of time a volunteer is spending on the project.  A committee has to have a good structure and the chairperson needs to come prepared so as not to waste the volunteers’ time at a drawn out meeting.

Today’s cash drawing was $90 with no winner.  Next week, it will be around $100.

The next Rotary meeting will be on May 20 at noon.  It will feature Sen. Pete Pirsch, who was a candidate for Nebraska Attorney General.

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                                              John Schmitt, Secretary                    

 

Posted by John Schmitt on May 06, 2014

The monthly evening Rotary meeting carried a Cinco de Mayo theme. A Mexican buffet was available and music was provided by Viva Jalisco.

Coleen Bressler, chairperson of the scholarship committee, introduced the five recipients of the Rotary Scholarships from the three Norfolk high schools who shared their future plans with the club.  They are Ryan Freudenburg of Lutheran High Northeast, Ashlen Pospisil of Norfolk Catholic High School, and Morgan Heimes, Ramundo Price, and Tayor Uhlir of Norfolk High School.  Criteria for judging the applications was based on academics, community service, and an essay.

Arcadio Zapado spoke about the assistance he received from the Rotary grant that allowed him and 27 other people to receive financial assistance to take the immigration exam.  This grant was a joint effort between the Norfolk Rotary Club, the two Columbus Rotary clubs, and Schuyler Rotary Club.  Kathy Cowen of Stromsburg, NE, spoke about the process for completing the immigration application form.

President Stan Christensen was acknowledged for his recent award received at the annual Rotary District 5650 conference held in Lincoln.  Stan was named as the Outstanding President of the district which is comprised of 46 local clubs throughout Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                                             John Schmitt, Secretary

 

 

Posted by John Schmitt on May 06, 2014

President Stan Christensen was honored as Outstanding Club President for District 5650 at Rotary’s annual district conference in Lincoln on Saturday.  District Governor Jim Griesen of Lincoln presented the award.  District 5650 is comprised of 46 local clubs throughout Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.  Christensen was cited for his tireless work with Music in the Park and the Norfolk Rotary Club’s growth over the past year.

Image

Posted by John Schmitt on May 05, 2014

The monthly district assembly was held at today’s noon meeting.  Discussion centered on providing “Rotary Bucks” to members.  The Rotary Bucks System is designed as an incentive/rewards system for Rotarians to be more active in our club.  As Rotarians earn Rotary Bucks “doing good” for our club and therefore our community, they have the opportunity to “spend” the Bucks on items directly related to Rotary.  A points system was discussed whereas members would be assigned points for the level of their participation in Rotary.  Examples are:

50

 

Bring in a new member

50

 

Chair a committee

 

            5

 

Bring a qualified prospect as a guest

250

 

Sign up a Platinum MIP sponsor

Discussion was held on having this system instated for the upcoming Rotary Year starting July 1, however, points earned for MIP sponsorships and work hours at the June event would apply.  There was also discussion on the amount of Rotary Bucks being awarded to renewed Platinum sponsors compared to a new Platinum sponsor and there is concern on how to handle multiple Rotarians engaging sponsors.  Ron McKeever thought this might be a good system to help identify a Rotarian of the Year.  Other questions came up regarding the rollover of points into the next program year and putting a cap on how many can be rolled over.  Sherri Prim said she could track the points on a spread sheet, but each member would be responsible for submitting their points to her.

J. Paul McIntosh recommended that we wait until a future meeting to vote on this system.  It was decided that the Board will clarify the policies regarding the Rotary Bucks system and will then bring it to a Membership vote at the noon meeting on May 13.

It was encouraged that Rotary events need to be “family inclusive,” which will hopefully enhance participation in activities.

The annual Rotary district meeting will be held in Lincoln on May 2-3 at the downtown Holiday Inn.

The meeting next Tuesday evening will have a Cinco de Mayo theme and will feature a Mexican food buffet and Mexican music.  Juan Sandoval will not be able to be present, but he has coordinated with Kathy Cowen of Stromsburg, NE, to give a presentation on the immigration process and a couple recipients of the Rotary immigrant scholarships will give testimonials.  Also, the scholarship recipients from the three high schools will share their future plans.

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                                             John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted on May 05, 2014

REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS:

Tomorrow evening at 5:30pm we will have "Cinco de Mayo" night.  We will have a Mexican buffet along with live Mexican music.  There will be a couple testimonials given from people who benefited from our scholarships that were funded by a Rotary grant that helped them pay for their citizenship exam process.  In addition, the scholarship winners from the three high schools will share with us what their future plans are.  There will also be a presentation by Kathy Cowen of Stromsburg, NE, on the process of "Getting Legal."

Please attend and invite your spouse and others so we can acknowlege these recipients of our Rotary projects.

Posted by John Schmitt on Apr 22, 2014

The TeamMates organization gave a presentation today about their mentoring program.  Program Coordinator Susie Buss introduced two mentees along with their mentors who all shared the many positive influences this program has had on their lives.  Christian and Kayla spoke on how their mentors influenced them to believe more in themselves and to raise their goals in life. 

President Stan Christensen (photo below) presented Susie Buss with a $1,000 donation from the Norfolk Rotary Club.

The Norfolk Rotary Club will be sponsoring a table on April 24 at the annual Salvation Army luncheon.  There are still some chairs available for Rotarians if anyone is interested in attending.

Stan Gerdes, the Youth Rotary Exchange coordinator, talked about the foreign exchange program and encouraged our club to continue its participation in the program.  Although we have not had recent involvement with local students who move to other countries, we continue to host foreign students in Norfolk.

Juan Sandoval reported that there will be an assembly tomorrow at Centro Hispano in Columbus for those wanting assistance on completing their citizenship applications.   

The next meeting, a club assembly, will be held on April 29 at noon.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

 

Image

Posted by John Schmitt on Apr 15, 2014

Our guest speaker today was Bart McLeay, candidate for U.S. Senate.  Mr. McLeay, the father of four children, shared about his family background as a native Nebraskan who was born and raised in Omaha. He expressed what his vision is for Nebraska if he is elected as our next U.S. Senator.  Mr. McLeay graduated from Creighton Prep High School, the University of Arizona with a B.S. B.A. in Accounting, and the University of Virginia Law School.

The next Rotary meeting will be on April 22 at noon.  The TeamMates organization will be present to discuss their mentoring program.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary 

Posted by John Schmitt on Apr 08, 2014

The meeting this evening included District Governor Jim Griesen, of Lincoln, and his wife, Margaret.  Mr. Griesen, a professor at UNL, spoke on the positive effect Rotary has had on his life and how Rotary International has impacted the effort to eradicate polio.

Other guests included Dan Rose, incoming Assistant District Governor from the Wayne Rotary Club, and Nicki Klein of the Lincoln South Rotary Club.  Nicki spoke about the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) which is held several times a year in eastern Nebraska.  She presented Stan Christensen and Sherri Prim with certificates of completion in RLI.  They recently completed the 21 hour course that provides classes in leadership and the different facets of Rotary.

Mr. Greisen inducted two new members into the Norfolk Rotary Club:  Bo Bierman and Michael Avok.  He also inducted Michele Gill as a transfer member from McCook.  Mr. Greisen also “re-inducted” Andy Labenz and Marty Wolff.

The next meeting of the Norfolk Rotary Club will be held on April 15 at noon.  The guest speaker will be Bart McLeay, candidate for U.S. Senate.

John Schmitt, Secretary

Photo: left to right - President Stan Christensen, Michael Avok, Bo Bierman, District Gov. Jim Griesen, Michele Gill, Andy Labenz, Marty Wolff

Image

Posted by John Schmitt on Apr 01, 2014

The speaker at today’s meeting was Jessica Chamberlain, City Librarian.  She spoke on the Chautauqua events that will be going on in Norfolk from June 18-22.  The theme will be “Free Land 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America.” 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, April 8, at 5:30pm.  District Governor Jim Griesen, along with his wife, will be present. Jim will discuss Rotary issues and will induct three new members into our club.  A new member orientation will also be held.  New members to be inducted are Michele Gill who is transferring from the North Platte Rotary Club, Bo Bierman, and Michael Avok.  Those who have been members for less than two years are especially encouraged to attend to learn more about Rotary.

Please invite a guest and bring a friend or spouse on April 8, to welcome Mr. Greisen to our club!

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Mar 25, 2014

At the ClubAssembly meeting today, discussion was held on membership incentives/rewardsystems.  It is felt by some of themembership that paying “Rotary Bucks” to members may be an incentive for thosemembers to become more active.  Othersfeel they are not motivated by money and that “Service Above Self” should beconsidered as motivation enough to “Do good in our community.” 

Discussion coveredwhether we should keep the current dues structure with meals being chargedseparately, or including dues with the meals as a way to incent members to cometo meetings more regularly.  A motion wasmade by Dave Cox to charge members $35 per month to include meals anddues.  This motion was seconded by PaulMcIntosh and passed.  Liane Connelly then movedto amend the motion to send the proposal back to the Board for clarificationand to present a written proposal to the club. This amendment was seconded by Robb Thomas and passed.

The nextmeeting will be held at noon on April 1 with a presentation by City LibrarianJessica Chamberlain.  She will discussthe Chautauqua event in Norfolk this June.

Submittedby:

JohnSchmitt, Secretary

 

Posted by John Schmitt on Mar 18, 2014

 John Witherspoon presided today in the absenceof Stan Christensen. 

In place ofour regularly scheduled speaker, J. Paul McIntosh spoke on the current eventsin Ukraine, along with an historical perspective on that country.  He stated that there has been politicalstrife in Ukraine for over 200 years, with millions of political and militarydeaths along the way. 

The meetingnext week on March 25 will be a Club Assembly with discussion on membership andrevising the by-laws. 

Submittedby:

JohnSchmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Mar 11, 2014

Josh Moenning presided over the meeting in place of Stan Christensen.  He stated that the Fat Tuesday party last Tuesday evening was a great success. 

Troy Weyhrich  reported that our club is now matched for mentorship with Kayla Robinson in the Philanthropy Council project.

Sherri Prim said that outside ticket sales collected for Fat Tuesday amounted to about $1,700.  The raffle brought in $398. 

Sherri said Judy with the Great American Comedy Festival committee asked if our club would sell 50 tickets for a preliminary round night of the comedy festival in June.  Our club would make $200 if we agree to this project.  Sherri will email more specific information to members about the night of the show, etc.

Juan Sandoval with the Rural Center shared more information about the joint project with the Columbus and Schuyler clubs to assist people in completing their citizenship process.  The grant will offer assistance to legal immigrants to help them become fully naturalized and will pay for 50% of their citizenship fee.  Juan is contacting other local organizations to provide the match for this program.

Mike Andreasen, Principal of Washington Elementary School, and Melissa Werner, 4th grade teacher at Washington, presented a program on the IXL program.  Our club presented them with a $700 check to help fund this individualized computer based math program which is being used by 3rd and 4th graders.  Mr. Andreasen said without our financial assistance, this cutting edge program would not be possible.  They experimented with the IXL program last year and put it into practice the end of the first semester.  Mrs. Werner demonstrated how the program works.  Mr. Andreasen stated that 80% of their students qualify for free and reduced lunch, but they score academically the 3rd highest of the elementary schools in Norfolk.

The next meeting will be held at noon on March 18.  Mary Whealy will give a presentation about the Chautauqua that will take place in Norfolk in June.  Bring a guest.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary    

Rotary Treasurer Sherri Prim presenting check to Washington School staff for IXL program

Image

Posted by John Schmitt on Mar 08, 2014

The meeting times and program presenters have been changed for part of April.  On April 1, (which would normally be an evening meeting), at NOON, J. Paul McIntosh will present a program on his perspective on South Africa.  The April 8 meeting will be held at 5:30pm and will have District Governor Jim Griesen who will present a new member orientation and share his perspective on Rotary in our district.  Please make note of this change and invite any potential new members and others to the orientation meeting.
Posted by John Schmitt on Mar 04, 2014

A Fat Tuesday party was held for our monthly evening meeting at Time Square Event Center.  There were approximately 200 people in attendance.  Drawings were held for prizes donated by various businesses for those in attendance.  A Cajun buffet was served, and Nita and the Pipe Smokin’  Charlies provided the entertainment.  They were joined on-stage by Nick Leland and Bob Hupp.

The next Rotary meeting will be held at noon on March 11.  A representative of Washington Elementary School will discuss their new math program.  All members are encouraged to bring a guest.

 Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Feb 26, 2014

Image
Posted by John Schmitt

A club assembly was held at today’s meeting.  Sherri Prim handed out sheets with names of businesses so Rotary members could solicit Music in the Park sponsorships.  Free tickets for the Fat Tuesday party on March 4 will be given to sponsors, depending on the level of sponsorship.  Members volunteered to contact businesses who were past sponsors of MIP.  Members were asked to email Stan by Friday noon how many tickets they have sold for Fat Tuesday.

A chef at Time Square Event Center shared with membership what will be on the menu for the Fat Tuesday event.  It will center on Cajun food, including Shrimp Etouffee, Cajun rice, gumbo, and hurricanes to drink. 

Juan Sandoval, Director of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) gave a presentation on the Rotary Club Initiative “diversity grant.”  He will be working with the Rotary Clubs of Norfolk, Columbus, and Schuyler, to help administer this grant.  The purpose is to assist immigrants who have legal status to become U.S. citizens.  The grant will pay 50% of the application cost to become a citizen.  We are partnering with El Centro Hispano, a non-profit organization in Columbus which helps with immigration issues.  They will assist with screening candidates.  Recipients of this assistance must have a permanent resident card.  Posters and brochures will be coming within two weeks to promote this program.  The funds for this grant need to be spent by May.

Our next meeting, the Fat Tuesday celebration, will be next Tuesday evening, March 4, from 5:30-9:30pm.  A Cajun style buffet will be available from 6-8pm with music provided by Nita and the Pipe Smokin’ Charlies.  A cash bar will also be available.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary      

Posted by John Schmitt on Feb 18, 2014

Shane Osborn, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, was today’s speaker.  He shared his views on foreign and domestic issues.  Mr. Osborn is a native of Norfolk.

Tickets for the Fat Tuesday event on March 4 were handed out.  Each member is being asked to sell eight tickets.  Tickets are being given to any sponsors of Music in the Park.  The number of tickets given to sponsors depends on the level of their sponsorship.  If more tickets are needed, contact Sherri Prim at 404-649-4011.  The deadline for ticket sales is Wed., Feb. 26.

The next Rotary Club meeting will be held on Tuesday noon, February 25.  A club assembly will be held.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Image

Posted by John Schmitt on Feb 11, 2014

ImageThe speaker at today’s meeting was Aaron Prokopec of the Columbus Noon Rotary Club.  Aaron discussed how Rotary membership dues go out to help with international projects and a significant amount is returned to the local chapter to help with local projects.  Aaron presented Paul Harris awards to Stan Christensen and former Norfolkan Kris Winter.

Discussion was held on the Fat Tuesday buffet/dance on March 4 at the Time Square Event Center.  Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Nita and the Pipe Smokin’ Charlies, a blues/New Orleans style band, will perform.  A Canjun style buffet will be available from 6-8pm with a cash bar open from 5:30-9:30pm.  Each Rotary member will be given a packet of 8 tickets to sell for this event. Members are encouraged to solicit sponsorships for Music in the Park and complimentary tickets will be provided to sponsors.  Wednesday, February 26 is the deadline for ticket sales.   

The next meeting will be held at noon on February 18 with the speaker being Shane Osborn, candidate for U.S. Senate.  Members are encouraged to bring guests to the meeting.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Feb 04, 2014

Our monthly evening meeting was held with the program being a business leadership panel.  Panelists included Donna Herrick-owner of Divot’s Conference Center and Norfolk Lodge and Suites, Dirk Petersen-Vice President and General Manager of Nucor, and Dan Jones-owner of Bronco Connection.  Each panelist shared what they feel are the keys to being successful in business and discussed their life experiences as they came to own or run a business.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday noon, February 11, at the Time Square Event Center.  Aaron Prokopec of the Columbus Rotary Club will present grant funds to the Norfolk Club for building the stage at Skyview Lake, as well as for the Hispanic multi-club grant.  He will also discuss the Rotary International Foundation and present Paul Harris awards to members.  Please bring a guest.

Submitted by,

John Schmitt, Secretary

Image

 

 

Posted by John Schmitt on Jan 28, 2014

A club assembly was held today with John Witherspoon presiding. 

Our club will sponsor a “Success in Business” panel for our evening meeting next Tuesday, February 4.  Panelists will be Dirk Petersen-Vice President/General Manager of Nucor, Donna Herrick-Founder/Owner of Divots Conference Center and Norfolk Lodge and Suites, and Dan Jones-Founder/Owner of Bronco Connection.  It is hoped that our membership will invite guests to this event; especially young business persons.

Troy Weyhrich offered to be the Rotary representative for the Philanthropy Council mentoring event next Saturday from 4-6pm at the Lifelong Learning Center.

It was decided that we will donate $700 this year to Washington Elementary School.  In the future we may give to more than one school, but with a $500 limit.

A scholarship committee was put together consisting of Coleen Bressler, David Cox, Liane Connelly, Ron McKeever, Del Fuelberth, and Andy Labenz.  A chairman for this group will be selected at their meeting.  It was decided that we will offer the 5 scholarships to students who plan to attend colleges in Nebraska.  The committee will decide on the breakdown of where the scholarships will be honored (for example:  2 scholarships to Northeast and 3 to other colleges in Nebraska, etc). 

Robb Thomas will have a new list of Chamber members available next month for our membership to go over with the purpose of recruiting new Rotary members.

Robb will be sending a letter to past sponsors of Music in the Park to thank them for their involvement and to have them consider being sponsors again this year.  Our membership is encouraged to again contact those businesses that we did last year for sponsorships.

Troy Weyhrich’s business, Renegade, is hosting Business After Hours on Wed., February 19, from 5:30-7pm at the Sunset Plaza Mall.  Troy offered to let us share about Rotary during the presentation time.

Our evening meeting on Tuesday, February 4, will start at the usual time at 5:30pm with the presentation/meeting at 6:00pm.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Jan 21, 2014

John Witherspoon presided over the meeting today in place of Stan Christensen. 

The speaker today was Tammy Day who spoke about the Norfolk Community Foundation Fund.  She shared that the Foundation Fund is currently undergoing an effort to raise $500,000 for an unrestricted endowment in Norfolk.  This fund will be matched up to $250,000 by the Sherwood Foundation, so for every 2 dollars received, the Foundation will grant 1 dollar.  The goal is to raise these funds by December 31, 2015.  The Fund has given away $30,000 to six different local non-profit organizations in the past year.

Robb Thomas is asking for volunteers to help remove the Nativity scene from     1st Baptist Church, across from the YMCA, on Friday, January 24, at 3:00pm.  This project should take less than one hour.  The scene will be renovated in the coming months by the Northeast Community College building construction class.

Connie Kube announced that the annual Soup’R Art event will be held on Sunday, January 26, from 11:00-4:00 at the Life Long Learning Center.  Tickets can be purchased from Connie or at the Norfolk Arts Center.

Robb encouraged those who committed to contacting businesses about Rotary membership with their employees to make their contacts by the end of the month.  A short list will be provided to our membership each month to pursue getting new members.      

The next Rotary Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, at noon.  A club assembly will be held at that time with discussion focused on sponsorships for Music in the Park and the Rotary Scholarship program.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt

Past President John Witherspoon presided over the meeting today in place of Stan Christensen. 

The speaker today was Philip Herman, the Director of Outreach at the Victory Road Evangelical Free Church in Norfolk.  He gave a presentation entitled “Helping Hurting People All Around Us.”  Mr. Herman talked about some of his work with gangs and summer programming work in the suburbs of Chicago.  He also shared about his efforts in Norfolk as the result of his past work.

Matthew Headley invited the membership to his office as he hosts Business After Hours, sponsored by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.  BAH will be held tomorrow, January 15, at 5:15pm, at Headley Law Office, 125 S. 4th St., Ste. 306.

The next meeting of the Norfolk Rotary Club will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at noon.  Tammy Day and Betty Froehlich from the Norfolk Community Foundation will discuss activities within their organization.  As always, members are encouraged to invite a guest.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Jan 07, 2014

ImageAt the meeting this evening, representatives of the City of Norfolk presented a program about recreation projects that are on-going or are being considered within the City.  Mayor Sue Fuchtman, City Administrator Shane Weidner, and Diane Becker shared about the plans for the permanent stage at Skyview Lake that will be erected this spring.  It will be used for Music In The Park, Christian Cross Festival, and other events throughout the summer.  Also, discussion was held on plans for extending the trails system around the City.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday noon at the Time Square Event Center.  The speaker will be Philip Herman, the Director of Outreach at the Victory Road Evangelical Free Church in Norfolk.  He will give a presentation entitled “Helping Hurting People All Around Us.”  Mr. Herman will talk briefly about some of his work with gangs, after-school tutoring/mentoring work, and summer programming work in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He will also share about his efforts in Norfolk as the result of his past work.

Posted by John Schmitt on Dec 31, 2013

The monthly club assembly was held today in which we focused on new member contacts.  A partial list of the Chamber of Commerce membership was passed out and members present committed to contacting people at various businesses this month to recruit new Rotary members.  A different list of businesses will be sent out each month for our members to contact. Any new members at this time will have their 1st quarter meals and dues paid up until April 1, 2014. 

At our Fat Tuesday party on March 4th, sponsors of Music in the Park will be admitted free and will be acknowledged at the event.  This will be a fundraiser for the cause to be decided.  Anyone interested in being involved with the planning of this event is asked to contact Sherri Prim. 

Dr. David Cox, pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, was inducted into our membership today. (Photo below; Dave with Jim Merritt and Robb Thomas)

At our evening meeting next week, January 7, representatives from the City will be present to discuss progress on the Skyview Lake stage which is being built in partnership with the City of Norfolk, Vulcraft Corp., and Norfolk Rotary Club.  The meeting will be held at 5:30pm with appetizers and a cash bar available.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Dec 17, 2013

Brochures promoting the Norfolk Rotary Club were made available today and will be distributed  throughout the community by Rotary members.  The brochure was developed by Robb Thomas. 

Captain Duskin of the Salvation Army, passed out a sign-up sheet for staffing the red kettle in 1 hour increments at Hy-Vee West on Saturday, December 21.

J.Paul McIntosh, Stan Christensen, Sherri Prim, Jim Merritt, and Ron McKeever were given awards for inviting guest to meetings during our recruitment effort.  Our goal is to recruit 20 new members by June 30, 2014.

The nativity scene was put up recently at the 1st Baptist Church by Robb Thomas, Keith Johnson, Ron McKeever, Dave Walter, and Stan Christensen.

Rotary will be putting on a Fat Tuesday celebration for our evening meeting on March 4, 2014.  The public will be invited.  Live music and a meal will be provided.  This is a community wide event, so members are encouraged to invite guests.  Sherri Prim asked for names of people who would like to be on the Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) planning committee with her.  Stan Christensen and John Schmitt are working on getting live music booked for this event.  Others who offered to help with this event are Liane Connelly, Christine Mimick-Keller, Chad Roberts, Terry Jensen, and Kathy Svik.

Kath Svik was inducted as a new member today.

A donation from membership was taken and given to the staff of the Time Square Event Center as a thank you for their wonderful service as our meeting hosts throughout the year.

Angie Hausmann, with the Norfolk Philanthropy Council, gave a presentation on how we can invest in our community.  We had previously given them a $500 donation for their organization.

There will not be a Rotary meeting on December 24.  There will be a club assembly meeting at noon on December 31 at which we will have a kick off for the Music in the Park sponsorship effort.

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Dec 10, 2013

ImageAt today’s meeting, Tim Brundgardt of Heritage Financial Services gave a presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).  He discussed the consequences of the revamped health insurance program and the key elements within the program.

Our meeting next Tuesday noon will have a program presented by Angie Hausmann and Jenni Canham of the Norfolk Philanthropy Council.

Members are encouraged to bring guests as we are in the midst of a membership campaign.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Dec 03, 2013

ImageShia, our Rotary sponsored foreign exchange student from Taiwan, gave a presentation at our monthly evening meeting.  She talked about different facets of life in Taiwan and contrasted her academic experiences in Taiwan with those in the United States.  She is currently a student at Stanton High School and is being hosted by John and Kathy Witherspoon.  Exchange students from Norfolk schools, along with their host families, were also in attendance.

The next Rotary meeting will be held Tuesday noon, December 10.  The speaker will be Tim Brundgardt, financial advisor with Heritage Financial Services in Norfolk.  He will discuss “the do’s and don’ts of ObamaCare.”

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Nov 26, 2013

photoA presentation was given today by Angela Korth, Administrator, and Joan Sun, Activities Director, of the Madison House, an assisted living facility in Norfolk.  They discussed what their facility provides with different levels of service and shared what volunteer opportunities are available.

New member inductions were held for Marty Wolff and Steve Sunderman today.  They are both sponsored by Ron McKeever.  Welcome to Norfolk Rotary!

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30pm. Our club sponsored foreign exchange student from Tiawan, Shia, will share about her home country as well as her experiences while attending Stanton High School this year.  Foreign exchange students and their host families from the Norfolk schools will be invited as well. Members are encouraged to invite guests to this event.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

  
Posted by John Schmitt on Nov 19, 2013

Norfolk Rotary Club         November 19, 2013

At today’s meeting, Dr. Howard Liu, a child psychiatrist with the UNMC Medical Center in Omaha, gave a presentation on the needs of psychiatric care in rural Nebraska.  He discussed the strategies that are being used to deal with these needs.  Dr. Liu was accompanied by two other UNMC staff members.

Grant funding for Music in the Park and the multi-cultural program will be given to the Norfolk Rotary Club.  The multi-cultural grant involves a partnership between the Norfolk, Columbus, Schuyler, and Lincoln Rotary Clubs to assist Hispanics in the area.  Members are being sought out to assist with this project.  The presentation of the funds for these two grants will be made at a later date.

Several members who have invited guests to Rotary meetings since the membership drive started were acknowledged.  Stan Christensen invited the most members followed by Ron McKeever.

The next meeting will be held on November 26 at noon.  The speaker will be Angela Korth of Madison House, an assisted living facility in Norfolk. 

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Nov 12, 2013

At today’s meeting,  Randy Gates (in photo), Finance Officer with the City of Norfolk, gave a presentation on the current City budget. 

 

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November  19 .  A presentation will be given by Dr. Howard Liu from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He will be discussing mental health needs in rural Nebraska.  Also, new members will be inducted.  Please invite a guest.

 

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Norfolk Rotary Club

 

 

RotaryGatesPhoto

Posted by John Schmitt on Nov 05, 2013

The Norfolk Rotary Club met for their evening meeting tonight to hear a presentation by Dr. Ben Sasse, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.  Dr. Sasse is currently the President of Midland University in Fremont, NE. 

Ron McKeever won the drawing for $50 that will be applied toward the Rotary Foundation. 

The next meeting will be at on November 12 at noon at the Time Square Event Center.  The program will be given by Randy Gates, Finance Officer with the City of Norfolk.  He will discuss the City budget.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt

Norfolk Rotary Club                     October 29, 2013

Beau McCoy, candidate for Nebraska’s next governor, gave a presentation on the concerns Nebraskans have and answered questions on where he stands on issues. 

At last week’s meeting, Norfolk Rotary started a weekly drawing as an incentive for attendance.  The drawing is for $10-30 with the amount drawn being placed into the Rotary International Foundation in the winner’s name.  The person must be present to win.  Scott Zaruba’s name was drawn today and Christ Alt’s name was drawn on October 22, with neither present.   

Keith Johnson won $19 in today's card drawing.   

Our next meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, November 5, starting at 5:30 at the Time Square Event Center.  Ben Sasse, candidate for U.S. Senate, will give a presentation around 6:15pm.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary 

Posted by John Schmitt

October 8, 2013                                 

At our meeting today, faculty members from Aarhus Business College in Denmark, Palle Rosenkilde, Andre Krogh, Soren Nielsen (in photo below), gave a presentation on life in Denmark and compared their lifestyles with those in the United States. They were introduced by Mary Meyer, Executive Director of Business Services at Northeast Community College.  The group is here on a faculty exchange program with Northeast.

Rotary is currently involved in a membership drive, so members are encouraged to bring guests to future meetings.

The next meeting will be on October 15 at noon.  Dave Busskohl of Norfolk, and Nathan Zapoula, a student at Northeast Community College, will speak about their recent trip to Burkina Faso, Africa.                         

Submitted by John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Oct 01, 2013

The monthly evening meeting was held with Pete Ricketts giving a presentation.  Mr. Ricketts, part owner of the Chicago Cubs and past officer of T.D. AmeriTrade, is currently running for Governor of Nebraska.  He shared his views on a variety of issues and answered questions from attendees.

An induction ceremony into the Norfolk Rotary Club was held for four new members.  They are Lora Leathers, Andy Labenz, Matthew Headley, and Josh Moenning.  (See photo below.)

A drawing, with Rotary members eligible, was held with Christine Mimick-Keller winning $50 which will be applied toward the Rotary Foundation. 

The next meeting will be held next Tuesday, October 8 at noon at the Time Square Event Center.  A presentation will be given by representatives of Arahus College from Denmark. They will speak about their institution, as well as life in Denmark and what they’ve been doing during their visit to Norfolk.         

A cash drawing will be held with present members eligible to win between $10 and $30. 

Submitted by,

John Schmitt, Secretary

Image

 

Image

 

 

Posted by John Schmitt on Sep 24, 2013

Michael Andreasen, Principal of Washington Elementary School, gave a presentation about how the donated funds by Norfolk Rotary were used to purchase books for the school’s early reader program. He also discussed how the school is meeting the challenges of meeting the needs of minority and poverty level students. 

Two new members, Lora Leathers, and Andy Labenz, will be inducted as new members at the evening meeting next Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30pm.  Pete Ricketts of Omaha will give a presentation starting at around 6:15pm.  Mr. Ricketts is a former COO of TD AmeriTrade, part owner of the Chicago Cubs, and candidate for Governor of Nebraska.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.  Members are encouraged to bring guests.

Submitted by,

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Sep 17, 2013

Jim Merritt reported that he had developed an incentive plan for increasing club membership.  We are encouraged to continue to invite potential members to meetings.

Notes were read that were sent from people who had attended the Music in the Park series.  The overall sentiment is that this event is highly popular and very much appreciated by the people of Norfolk as well as those from surrounding communities.

Jay Connelly, Associate Dean of Applied Technology at Northeast Community College, spoke about green energy and its impact on the environment. 

The next Rotary Club meeting will be next Tuesday noon, September 24.  The speaker will be Michael Andreasen, Principal at Washington Elementary School.  He will discuss the impact of the Helping Hands grant in which the Norfolk Rotary Club purchased some “early reader” books for the school.

Please keep your calendars open for the next EVENING meeting on October 1 at Times Square Event Center.  The speaker will be Pete Ricketts, former COO of AmeriTrade, part owner of the Chicago Cubs, and candidate for governor.  Drinks and appetizers will be available at 5:30pm with the speaker to present at 6:15pm.  There is a $7.00 charge.  All members are encouraged to bring guests.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

 

Posted by John Schmitt on Sep 10, 2013

Norfolk Rotary Club                            September 10, 2011

President Stan Christensen reported that $40,000 was received in sponsorships and collections for Music in the Park this past summer and $21,000 was spent on expenses.

Renee Fry, Executive Director of the Open Sky Policy Institute in Lincoln, discussed tax policy in Nebraska.  Open Sky analyzes and researches state fiscal policy.  She reported that a tax study public hearing will be held at Northeast Community College on September 26 from 1:30-4:30pm.

The next meeting will be at noon on September 17 at Time Square Event Center.    The speaker will be Jay Connelly from Northeast Community College who will speak about green energy.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Sep 03, 2013

Norfolk Rotary Club                September 3, 2003

The Rotary Club met at 5:30pm today at the Times Square Event Center.  Dr. Michael Chipps, President of Northeast Community College, gave a presentation on the growth of the college over the past 40 years.  He was accompanied by Jim Curry, Director of Public Relations at Northeast.  Booklets on the history of Northeast were provided to those in attendance.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar were available for the evening.

The next meeting will be Tuesday noon, September 10.  A presentation will be given by Renee Fry, Executive Director of the OpenSky Policy Institute, a Lincoln think tank that analyzes and researches state fiscal policy.

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Aug 27, 2013

Norfolk Rotary Club              August 27, 2013

Eric Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Enterprise at Northeast Community College, gave a presentation on how Northeast meets the needs of industry in Northeast Nebraska through the development of specialized programs.  They also offer an economic survival series that teaches the essentials of entrepreneurship. 

The drawing of names for the annual raffle of Nebraska football tickets took place with Norfolk Iron and Metal winning 1st Place, Ron Stauffer winning 2nd Place, and Christi Johnson, 3rd Place. All proceeds of the raffle go to the annual scholarship fund, with Norfolk High students receiving 3 scholarships, and Norfolk Catholic and Lutheran High Northeast receiving one each.  This project is chaired by Ron McKeever.  

The next meeting will be at 5:30pm on September 3 at the Times Square Event Center.  Dr. Michael Chipps, President of Northeast Community College will give a presentation on the college’s 40th anniversary and discuss the growth the college has experienced over the years.  Cost is $7.00 and a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. 

Submitted by:

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt on Aug 20, 2013

Norfolk Rotary Club                  August 20, 2013

Kim Kwapnioski, Visitor’s Bureau Director with the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation about the importance of drawing activities to Norfolk and the impact this has on money being spent in the community.

It was reported that the Music in the Park series was a huge success.  Plans will start again soon for next year with brainstorming as to how to improve on things for next year as well as seeking out new bands.

Submitted by,

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by John Schmitt

Norfolk Rotary Club                                                                                                                                                   July 30, 2013

 

Connie Kube introduced Bev Ferguson and Derrick Sonnenfelt of the Liberty Center staff who gave a presentation about the Center.  They also discussed the 5K Color Run/Walk to be held on September 7.

Sherri Prim gave an orientation on Club Runner which is a club management tool that is used on smart phones and PCs.  To access the Norfolk Rotary Club Runner page, go to:  www.norfolkrotary.com.  For the app, use your first name, dot, last name, dot, 6101.  Password is:  6101 

Our club is sponsoring a golf hole for the 25th Annual Chamber Golf Outing to be held on Friday, August 2 at Eldorado Hills.  A sheet was passed around asking members to spend time at the #7 tee box between 11:30am and 5:30pm on Friday.  This will be a good way to recruit members and socialize with golfers.  A bean bag game will be set up with free drinks given to golfers as they play the game.      

The next meeting will be the monthly evening event on Tuesday, August 6.  Social hour will begin at 5:30 with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.  Featured guest Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley will give a presentation at 6:15pm.  Members are encourage to invite potential new members, as well as “key” community people , spouses, and other guests.  Randy Dee will be taking reservations for the event.

Submitted by

John Schmitt, Secretary

Posted by Sherri Prim

Sept. 3 - Dr. Michael Chipps

Northeast Community College's 40th Anniversary.

5:30pm drinks and hors d'oeurves

September 10 - Renee Fry, Executive Director from OpenSky Policy Institute will be presenting onNebraska's state's ongoing tax reform.

Posted by Sherri Prim on Jul 16, 2013

Norfolk Rotary Club                     July 23, 2013

At today’s meeting, Josh Moening, assistant to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, was the guest of Stan Christensen.  Josh has tentatively set up for State Auditor Mike Foley to be our special guest at the evening meeting on August 6.  All Rotary members are encouraged to invite spouses and other guests to this meeting.  It will begin with a 5:30pm social time and dinner at 6:00pm.

Kris Winter reported that the Nigeria project will send Braille books to a school in the capital city of Abuja.  Our club is partnering with the Jabi Lakeside Rotary Club.  John Schmitt is collecting the books and will package and send them with free shipping.

Connie Kube introduced her guests including today’s presenter, Alex Armand, a 2009-2010 foreign exchange student from France who was sponsored by the Norfolk Rotary Club.  She is visiting the Norfolk area this summer.  As a present college student, Alex shared insights that she gained as an exchange student while in high school. 

Stan asked the membership to sign up to help with the August 2 Chamber of Commerce golf tournament at El Dorado Hills for an hour or two.  We can use this as an opportunity to encourage memberships and sponsorships.  Our club is sponsoring a hole.   

 Respectfully submitted by                                                                                             John Schmitt
Posted by Sherri Prim on Apr 09, 2013

  Recipients of the 2013 Norfolk Rotary Scholarships were introduced at Tuesday’s Noon Rotary Meeting. Recipients, shown from left to right are Britanny Albin, daughter of Drs. James and Renee Albin; Amy Miller, daughter of Dr. Steve and Janell Miller; Arrin Rathke, son of Greg and Leanne Rathke; Stacie Skaff, daughter of Thomas and Toni Skaff; and Madeline Hannappel, daughter of Drs. Mark and Pam Hannappel.

  The Recipients each gave a short address as to where they plan to attend college and what they wish to study. They also shared some of their many accomplishments in life so far and what they aspire to accomplish in the future.

  The Rotary Scholars are chosen based upon four areas: Community Service, Academics, Extracurricular Activities and an Essay. Award presentation will be made at the May School Honors and Awards Ceremony. Winners will also be invited to ride on the Rotary Fourth of July Parade float and will be introduced during Music in the Park the evening of July Fourth.

  The next Rotary Meeting will be Tuesday April 16, and will feature Pam Saalfeld from Northeast Community College with the International Students from England.

Powered By Subgurim(http://googlemaps.subgurim.net).Google Maps ASP.NET