√ May 6:
Matt Mason - Poet Laureate of Nebraska
√ May 13:
Mandy Aleksiak - Audience Services Director of Rose Theatre
May 20:
Troy Solberg - Youth Volunteer Coordinator for Henry Doorly Zoo

May 27:

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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. 
We had 3 guests and 2 speakers.

The meeting was opened with a prayer led by Ralph. This was followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
No winner for 50/50 drawing.
Bill collected Happy Bucks.
Joann announced the Division Council meeting will be Wednesday, March 6th at 7 a.m. at First Watch. Glen, Joann and Steve plan to attend.
Steve gave a report on our finances as of February 29th.  
Jack received the applications for the scholarships that will be awarded at our Kiwanis meeting on April 8th. Three $2000.00 scholarships will be awarded to Seniors from the following schools Creighton Prep, Burke, Marian and Northwest. The packets with the applications have been handed out to the committee to grade and determine who will receive the scholarships.
Glen reminded everyone to email service hours for February to him.
Dale said the dates for Reading at Sacred Heart School will be March 21st, April 4th and April 18. Joann volunteered for March 21st. Contact Dale if you are available to volunteer for any of these dates.
Dale, Joann, Barb and Dave helped pack 920 bags of food at Completely Kid's for the weekend backpack program.
Barb ordered 30 frozen meals for Ronald McDonald House for a total of $185.00. The order consists of family and single serving meals from Stouffer's and Marie Callender's. Dave and Barb will pick these up at Wal-mart Tuesday and deliver them to Ronald McDonald House.
Steve reminded everyone our Golf Outing is June 7th. He encouraged everyone to start thinking of a way to participate. Lot's of opportunities such as obtaining sponsor's, getting a team together, donating gift cards, donating gift baskets, helping set up the day of the outing, etc. I'm sure Steve could come up with other way's for us to be able to help.
Bill suggested inviting other Kiwanis Clubs, friends and relatives to attend our meeting on April 25th. Our speaker will be Clayton Anderson, retired NASA astronaut. He is the first and only astronaut from Nebraska. He is currently CEO of the Sac Air Force Museum.
Several people brought items for Deb or Joann to deliver to Sienna Francis, Stephen Center or Open Door Mission. Deb is encouraging members to bring items to each of our meetings. It can be as simple as bringing 1 food item, 1 piece of clothing , 1 personal item.  
Bill introduced our speaker Jay Miralles, Co-Founder and Board Member of the 50 Mile March Foundation. A select group of Walkers will march from the Capitol building in Lincoln, Nebraska to Omaha, Nebraska. The mission is to bring awareness to the struggles many of our Veterans face, such as mental illness and homelessness. The 50 Mile March raises donations for local nonprofits and Community of Hope.  In 2023,the walk raised $515,000.  There is a big commitment to qualify to walk in the 50 Mile March and a financial commitment too. Each walker commits to raising $2,500.00 by the end of the walk. Jay introduced Ron Hernandez, Founder of Moving Veterans Forward. Their mission is to help homeless Veterans in Iowa and Nebraska get housing and help furnish it. Very informative and interesting speakers.
Our speaker March 11 will be Gabriella Hogan , Community Engagement Coordinator for Project Harmony.
Our next meeting is March 11 at noon at Legends.
Submitted by Barb St John