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Omaha Westside Kiwanis News March 20. 2019

Olive Garden Restaurant, 75th and Dodge, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

President Valerie Stoj lead the Pledge of Allegiance and “God bless...

America”. Barbara St.John gave the invocation. 12 members were present.

Scholarship: Jack H. Jackson reported that 26 applications for the 3 Jack C. Jackson scholarships had been received and will be reviewed for selection by him, Dennis Cronin and Bob Lodes. A group of applications came from students who may not financially qualify for college without considerable outside financial support.

Board Meeting: April 15, 6:15 pm at Vern Waldren’s office.

Golf Outing: Friday, May 31, noon at Trigeron. Teri Layton sent out sign-up sheets. Hole sponsors and other donations are still needed.

Drawing: Jack H. Jackson will get a chance to draw a card when the deck will be available next week.

Happy Bucks: Sheriff Ralph Peppard collected several of them, including that he and Connie were able to reach their home during the Missouri flood via Ponka Hills and announced his planned absence to enjoy a trip from Georgia to Virginia along the Atlantic Coast.

Upcoming Programs:

March 27: Rachidi (Roger) Adedokoun of the Developmental Disability Center of Nebraska (DDCN) speaking about his upbringing in the West African Country of Benin, his journey to the US, and his company, which is contracting with the State of Nebraska to house and supervise disabled persons in the community.

April, arranged by Jack Jackson:

April 3: Boys’ Basketball honorees presented by Bruce Moulton.

April 10: A report about a trip to India.

April 17: Scholarship presentations to 3 students.

April 24: Better Business Bureau about fraud elderly persons should be aware off. You may want to invite some of your elderly friends.

Today’s Program: Katja Starkey, daughter of John Seigel, showed a video and a Power Point presentation about four orphanages in the African Countries of Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ethiopia, which she founded, financed initially with her own earnings and for several years now through a non-profit she started “Touch the Nations”. Katja has visited 28 countries during her many mostly short term missionary trips. Her presentation showed a great need for homes for children mostly orphaned by war in these countries. She and her husband Jonathan have adopted 3 orphans from Ethiopia.

Submitted by John Seigel

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