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Omaha Westside Kiwanis ZOOM Meeting January 13, 2021

Westside Kiwanis Zoom meeting January 13, 2021.

Treasurer Vernon Waldren again set up the Zoom meeting. Vernon was joined by president Frank Frerich, David...

Huelsmann, Barbara St.John, Rod and Linda Jones, JoAnn Feller, Jack Jackson, Ralph Peppard, Glen Fineman and John Seigel, a total of 11 members, and guest speaker Jacob Hausman.

Board Meeting: Frank Frerich will schedule a remote board meeting for later in January.

Salvation Army Night Watch food distribution: Jerry Katskee and JoAnn Feller will assist with this on January 28.

Benson High Key Club: JoAnn Feller reported that her efforts to sign up students for the remote Leadership Conference on January 23 did not yet result in any participants.

Happy Bucks: Several members shared happy experiences. Please make an appropriate contribution when we meet again in person or by mail to the treasurer.

Today’s guest speaker: Jacob Hausmann presented a power point about the Fisher House residential home associated with the Veterans Hospital near 42nd and Woolworth Streets. Vernon Waldren already emailed contact information to members. This is one of about 80 similar facilities nationwide, providing a ”home away from home” to hospital patients and out-patients and/or their caretakers who live at least 50 miles from the hospital. This includes all but the far western parts of Nebraska, Western Iowa and a few counties in Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Hausman stated it functions similar to the “Ronald McDonald House” we are familiar with. The building, its furnishings and some of the operating expenses are provided by a foundation at no direct expense to the Veterans Administration. It contains 16 suites, some with a single bed and some with two beds, very comfortable common areas, a double kitchen and an elevator. The facility was opened in June 2020 and has had limited occupancy so far during the pandemic. It is anticipated that more Veterans will take advantage of this fine facility in the future.

Next Zoom meeting Wednesday, January 27 at noon.

Submitted by John Seigel

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