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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The meeting was opened with a prayer led by Rod Muench. This was followed with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Kip Squire then conducted the business portion of the meeting:

A Board Meeting was held last week. Highlights included:
The budget for the 2023/24 Business Year was approved.
A preliminary approval was given to support the purchase of playground equipment for Caitlin Elementary. The tentative budget is $5,000. This project was originally sponsored by Jack Jackson.

Club members preformed bell ringing for the Salvation Army this past Saturday, December 16. This was the second of the two planned Saturdays - the first on December 9.

The Club presented a check for $100 to Crystal, the Legends waitress, as thanks for the meal services she has provided during the past year.

Dale Kaisershot gave an update of recent Sacred Heart Activities:
The lunch that was held last Monday for the 2nd Grade kids was appreciated by the students. Dale passed out thank you notes from the students.
Reading was done last Thursday with four Club Members. It went well.

Joel Christensen gave an update on a possible “Interclub” with the Golden K Club tomorrow. It appears we have three Members who will attend.

Our Guest Speaker was Tom Lynch with Boystown. He discussed the Boystown history as started by Father Flanagan, the world wide growth, living conditions for the kids at the Omaha location, along with general information, and answered many questions from the Club Members.

Before adjourning Kip reminded the group that we will not meet the next two Mondays (Christmas and New Years). The next meeting is January 8, 2024 at Legends.
 
Submitted by Steve Bunting
 
Attendance: 15 Members
    1 Guest, Tara Kaisershot (who provided the Christmas gift items for the students)
    Sacred Heart 2nd Grade Class
15 Students
Principal and Teacher
 
With Joann Feller leading, we opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
Due to the Special Lunch there was no Happy Bucks collection or 50/50 Drawing. 
 
The lunch agenda proceeded as follows:
- The kids introduced themselves one a time
- Dale Kaisershot led a question and answer discussion, with the students, about the birth of Jesus.
 
A lunch of pizza and french fries was served to the students.
 
At the conclusion, Christmas gifts were given to each of the kids.  
 
Next meeting is December 18th at noon at Legends.  This is the last scheduled lunch meeting of 2023.
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Submitted by Steve Bunting
Attendance 15 Members
 
We opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
No winner for the 50/50 Split.  
 
Rod collected Happy Bucks.
 
Joel provided information on two possible interclubs (attendance by three members from club makes an interclub).  
Golden K Kiwanis InterClub Opportunities:
Time:  Tuesdays at 9:30

December 12—Loren Falick, educator and outreach coordinator with Nebraska Wildlife Rescue.                                                     

December 19 - Taylor Ryan USC Junior speaking on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.                             

Location:  13130 Faith Plaza Drive, Countryside Community Church (downstairs).  South of 132nd and PacificStreets.

 
The next Board meeting is scheduled for December 12 at 6:30 PM, in the TD2 Offices.
 
Salvation Army Bell ringing schedule is posted on our website.  The dates are first, December 9 at Nebraska Furniture Mart West Entrance Electronics. The second is December 16 at JC Penneys South Entrance West Roads. 
 
Pending Sacred Heart activites:
       Christmas lunch for the 2nd grade class next Monday, December 11 at Legends.
               
The November 30 was successfully completed.
       The next reading is set for December 14.  Volunteer slots are filled.
 
Deb reminded us of her previous suggestion for a way for us to help shelters. We could bring items for the shelters to our meeting each week. Ideas are food, clothing, toy's, tools etc. Deb and Joann will make sure they get delivered to a shelter. 
 
If you have not done so, please send your November service hours to Glen.
 
Vince introduced our speaker Diane Mendenhall of the newly formed Professional Volleyball Team - the Omaha Supervovas.  The initial games are to begin in late January 2024 and should run through May 2024.
 
Next meeting is December 11th at noon at Legends.
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Submitted by Steve Bunting