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Omaha Westside Kiwanis News January 29, 2020.

Olive Garden Restaurant, 75th and Dodge, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

In the absence of our president, president elect Ralph Peppard lead the meeting...

and the  Pledge, Valerie Stoj lead “God bless America” and Joann Feller gave the invocation. 14 members were present.

No meeting last week: Since Omaha Public Schools were closed because of the snow on January 22, we had no meeting.

Benson High Key Club: Joann Feller asked for assistance on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month through the end of the 2020 school year in driving students to an activity.  She recommended not to send students to the Kay Club District Convention in Lincoln March 20 to 22 (cost per student $208), and instead support their attendance at the Key Leader event in the fall, in which he has been a sponsor.

Tax Certificate Auction: Vern Waldren invited members to participate in this fundraiser on Monday, March 2, from about 8 am to noon at the Sarpy County Courthouse. Members can earn $100 for the welfare fund.

Golf Outing: Teri Layton, Dennis Cronin and Bob Lodes will meet next week to plan the outing / fundraiser.

Drawing: Jack Jackson drew a Joker, which somewhat had infiltrated the deck.

Happy Bucks: Sheriff Ralph Peppard made the rounds and asked for a substitute for next week.

Upcoming Program February 5: Beth from “Saving Grace” by Frank Frerich

Other February and March Programs can be found on the newsletter from January 15 or on the website.

Todays Speaker: Vern Waldren introduced Joel long, Executive Director of the CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND (CSF), a non-profit. Joel previously worked with the Omaha World-Herold Newspaper including running the Goodfellows holiday fundraiser and distribution of funds. CSF provided about $2,700,000 in 2019 in scholarships between $1,700 and $500 based on family income to lower income students to give them the opportunity to attend catholic, protestant and other private schools from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Since 1999, 34,000 scholarships were given. Funds have been provided mostly by larger donors, but also smaller contributions from the public. Of those students, who responded to their survey years later, 98% graduated from High School, 84% attended college or vocational training and 75% graduated from college or vocational training.

Submitted by John Seigel

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