√ 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. 
The meeting was opened with a prayer led by Dave. This was followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
No winner for 50/50 drawing.
Bill collected Happy Bucks.
Barb has explored several places for us to have an evening social gathering. Every place is $1000.00 and more.The best option is to have it at Legends. They do not charge for the room. They do require a $200.00 deposit. This deposit will be applied to the bill for food on the night of the party. Everyone attending the meeting agreed this was an option to pursue. 
Dale said we have Reading on Thursday, March 21st at 1:45 at Sacred Heart School. Joann, Rich, Greg and Dale volunteered.
Dale said the Zoo Trip for the Sacred Heart 2nd Graders is possibly May 2nd. He is waiting for confirmation on this.
Jack said the Scholarship Committee will meet Thursday to determine the 4 scholarship winners. He said they have very good candidates this year.The scholarships will be presented at our Kiwanis meeting on April 8th.
Steve emailed the Golf Outing Flyer to everyone. Start thinking of ways you can help. It is June 7th and will be here before we know it
Bill encouraged us to attend the March 25th meeting and to bring friends and neighbors. 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. Kip sent emails to other clubs encouraging their attendance.
A big Thank You to Deb. She took aluminum cans and strips to the recycling center and earned $20.00 that she gave to our club. She said Jerry Coleman gave her several bags of cans. That was very thoughtful of Jerry since he is no longer a member of our club. Remember that you can bring aluminum cans to any of our weekly meetings to give to Deb. She stores them until she has enough to take to the recycling center.
We were also reminded to bring food, clothing or hygiene items to any meeting. Deb & Joann will see they are distributed to Sienna Francis House, Open Door Mission or Stevens Center. Open Door Mission is in need of travel size hygiene items and body wash.  One member brought food and clothing to donate to Open Door Mission today. Gwen really appreciated it.
Bill introduced our speaker Gwen Gonnerman, Donor Relations Manager for Open Door Mission.  Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.  Since 1954,Open Door Mission has been committed to reaching out a helping hand to as many as possible through numerous programs. In 2023 the served 1.8 million meals to the hungry. The need for has grown and the cost of food has increased. Gwen handed out a flyer with unbelievable statistics on the needs they met in 2023.
Our speaker next week is Clayton Anderson, retired NASA astronaut..
Our next meeting is March 25th at noon at Legends.
Submitted by Barb St John