Speakers
√ April 1:
Heartland Hope Mission - Amanda Devries
√ April 8:
Scholarships (Jack Jackson)
√ April 15:
The Diaper Bank - Anna Lehotyak - Development Director
April 22:
Lutheran Family Services - Stephanie Gardeman - Director of Transitional Living
April 29:
Habitat for Humanity - Jessie Rowe - Home Ownership Counseling Manager

 

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Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of West Omaha
 
Founded in 1938 for Kiwanis Club of Greater Omaha and founded in 1961 for Kiwanis Club Westside which have merged together to form the Kiwanis Club of West Omaha. Each has a rich history of community service throughout the years. We are an eclectic mix of ages, genders, occupations, backgrounds and interests. We are all passionate about making our community and the world a better place for children so they can thrive. We are devoted to serving the children in our local community and also children all across the country and worldwide through unique and innovative service projects and fundraising initiatives. Members and invited guests meet each Monday at Noon for food, fellowship, and for the opportunity to hear from speakers about important matters in our region.
 
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Attendance 13 Members.

The meeting was opened with a prayer led by Greg.  This was followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
No winner for 50/50 drawing.
 
Dale collected Happy Bucks.
 
Joann introduced her friend Joyce as a guest for our meeting.
 
Bill reminded everyone that our speaker next week will be Jay Morales from the 50 Mile March. Bill arranged for us to have Clayton Anderson, a retired NASA astronaut to be our speaker on March 25th.  He would love to see other clubs invited and a large attendance for these meetings.
 
Barb contacted Ronald McDonald House about delivering frozen food to them again. Our new contact is Emily Swett. Ann Woodford is no longer with them. Emily said the residents really appreciated the frozen food we provided last fall. They used it on nights dinner was not provided and also when they would get back to RM House late in the evening. Barb suggested spending $200.00 from our RM Budget to do this again. It will still leave money for us to cook one or two meals at RM House. Barb and Dave will do the shopping for the frozen food  and deliver it to RM House. The group approved doing this.
 
Deb reminded everyone they can bring in household items, clothing and food to our meetings for Sienna Francis House, Stephen Center and Open Door Mission.  Joann and Deb will make sure our donations are delivered to these places. This week we had shirts and food brought in. Bringing in something each week makes a difference in a lot of lives.
 
Dale said  Dave, Barb, Rich, Joann and Dale will be helping pack food bags for back packs at Completely Kid's on Wednesday.
 
Dale has Reading at Sacred Heart School scheduled for Thursday. Ralph, Rich, Joann and Glen volunteered.
 
Jack said the Scholarship applications are due in by Friday. The committee will meet and start grading the applications.
Our Golf Outing will be June 7th. Steve has reserved Tregaron Golf Course for us. It is not too early to start thinking of donations and ways you can be of help for the outing.  Gift cards, golf balls, golf items, gift baskets etc would be appreciated for the raffle.
 
Glen asked everyone to email him their volunteer hours for February.
 
Ralph introduced our speaker Rebecca Saunders Director of Programming for The Set Me Free Project. This is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring prevention education to youth and families to stop human trafficking before it starts.Their curriculum is informative, interactive, and flexible, reaching students (K-12th grade), educators, parents and leaders in every facet of our communities.​The Set Me Free Project® is unique in their use of engaging, age appropriate curriculum in every presentation. They focus on defining human trafficking and helping students identify why and how they could be at risk. Rebecca's presentation was excellent. I think all of us learned a great deal about human trafficking. You can email Rebecca if you have any questions. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Speaker March 4th will be Jay Morales from the 50 Mile March,
Next meeting is Monday, March 4th at noon at Legends.
 
Submitted by Barb St John