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Omaha Westside Kiwanis News July 5, 2017

Olive Garden Restaurant, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
President Dennis Cronin presided, Joe Schmidtke lead the patriotic song and Ralph Peppard gave the invocation....
Guest: Eric Huelsmann, son of David, visiting again from Tucson, AZ, where it was slightly warmer today, than in Omaha.  We also welcomed Josh Fritz, guest of Joe Schmidtke, from the Union Pacific Veterans Group.
Jozef Schmidtke being honored: Dennis Cronin presented Joe a certificate of recognition on the GOLD level for bringing several new members into our club this year. He also received a Kiwanis tie.
Division 20 meeting this morning: Dennis Cronin reported that there was an interclub with Glen Fineman, Cindy Cone, Bruce Moulton and Dennis Cronin at the new location near 72nd and Pacific Streets.
Lonnie Shumate was nominated as president of the NE/IA Foundation and Jozef Shmidtke was nominated as VP of the Foundation. Bill O’Donnell will be Trustee representing Division 20.
Mid Year Conference: Registrations need to be turned in for the August 4-5-6 conference in Coralville, IA. Glen Fineman, Joe Schmidtke and Bruce Moulton will attend. Please let Glen Fineman know if you also want to register.
Flag fund raising: Dennis Cronin reported that 115 flags were placed and picked up on July 4 by Vern and Cherie Waldren, Dennis and Laurie Cronin, Frank Frerich, Ralph Peppard, Bruce Moulton, Rod Jones and Bob Lodes. Frank Frerich collected all remaining donations for an income to our welfare fund of about $4,000, about the same amount as from the golf outing.
Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 11 at 6:15 at the OWH West Distribution Center.
Division 19/20 Bowling: July 28 at “The Mark” in Elkhorn, Meal at 6:30 $ 15, Bowling at 7:30 $16. One team from our club has signed up.
Today’s Speaker: Joe Schmidtke introduced Jim Dale, a volunteer board member of “At Ease USA”, Omaha Chapter, and Beth Kraemer, executive director and only paid staff member. They spoke about the need for treatment of members of the armed forces and their family members and caregivers, as they struggle with Post Dramatic Stress Disorder (PDST). Beth specifically spoke about some of the studies made, which will help veterans deal with this. It was pointed out that unfortunately on a daily average about 20 veterans end their lives. There is a huge need.
Submitted by John Seigel
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