√ July 1:
Gretchen Crane- Omaha Conservatory of Music
√ July 8:
DeJuan Reddick Exec Director POC-
Joey Wolfe, Development Director
The Hope Center for Kids
2200 N 20th Street 
Omaha, NE 68110
√ July 15:
 Alexis Bromley, Omaha Girls Rock
√ July 22:

Tracy Domgard and Key Club Reps RE: International Key Club Convention

July 29:

Leigh Healey RDN, LMNT, LD

Hy-Vee Corporate Registered Dietitian

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.
Meeting Location:
RSVP or Questions: [email protected]

Attendance 15 Members

2 Speakers's

We opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. 

50/50 still no winner.

Joann reported that as of Sunday night she had not received a yes or no from 4 people about paying their dues.  She did receive resignations from Jessica, Jerry C and Teri.

Reservations for October 10th installation dinner are coming along nicely. Out of 35 of us,18 have responded yes. Four have responded no.

Joann gave a summary of the September 19th Board Meeting.  

A member requested we send funds to help the people in Maui. The Board approved sending a donation to Maui Strong. Steve will look into process to do this.

The Board approved to pay a portion of the Installation Dinner. The member and guest will pay $30.00. The club will pay the balance of each meal.

Board approved a $100.00 donation to Metro Area Youth Services and Partnership4Kids. Completely Kids, Team Bike and Open Door Mission had already received $100.00 donations, It was agreed that when the $1200.00 on the annual budget line for this item has been exhausted, the $100.00 payments will stop.

Joann suggested a back up person to our Webmaster Dave. Dana was suggested. Dave will check with him.

Members are searching for a worthwhile, perhaps marquis, project. The consensus was that up to $10K be put towards one project. Project to be determined.

Next Board Meeting is October 24th at 6:30 pm at Kip's office.

Our newly evolving website conntains history of Greater Omaha and Westside. Check it out at kiwaniswest.org.

Joann passed around a Thinking of You card  to be signed for Jack Frost.

Steve gave the flag report. Net is $4628.17. Thanks to Dennis and Frank for chairing this project. Thanks to the members that helped place and pick up the flags on each flag day.

Dale announced next reading at Sacred Heart School is October 5 from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.  There are 18 students this year so we will need 4 volunteers each time. . Barb, Dave and Steve volunteered for October 5th. Need 1 more  volunteer.

Vince Pille agreed to chair the Salvation Army Bell Ringing project.

Don't forget to email your September service hours to Glen.

Our condolences to Jerry Katskee on the loss of his sister.

Bill introduced our speakers. Linda  Reimer Executive Director of Omaha Street School and Ajourh a student at Omaha Street School.

Omaha Street School is an alternative high school for students who have not found success in a traditional school setting. Often this the last chance for at-risk students to receive a high school diploma.

Everything they do at OSS is wrapped in faith and the belief that each teen has value and a purpose in this life.  Even though these high school students have not been successful in traditional education settings and are often rejected by their own families, OSS envelops students in tabula rasa - giving them a fresh start and a clean slate. It was very interesting to hear a student's version of how OSS has changed his life in such a positive way. Volunteers are needed. Prepared lunches are needed. Something for our members to consider.  Linda was presented with a $100.00 check from our club.

Next meeting is on Monday, October 2, at noon at Legends.

Submitted by Barb St John 

Attendance 14 Members plus 1 Guest Speaker

We opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Joann reviewed the dues payment status. We are still waiting on 6 members to provide a yes or no for staying with the club for the upcoming year. The only confirmed reservations are Jessica Buss, Jerry Coleman, and Teri Layton.

Tuesday September 19 is the next Board Meeting
Do not forget to get Service Hours to Glen Fineman

Reservations for the October 10 Installation Dinner are in progress. There are currently 16 confirmations.

Joel Christensen agreed to continue as the Club Interclub coordinator.

Kip Squire and Dave Huelsmann have started the registration process as new Club Trustees. There is an upcoming vote on October 5, Linda Placzek, of Golden K, is running.

The time for Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army is nearing. Vince Pille has agreed to coordinate for the Club this year.

Dale Kaisershot has coordinated time and dates for reading at Sacred Heart this fall. In general, the date and times are Thursdays at 1 PM. Dale will look to recruit at least three people for each reading date. The scheduled dates are:
October 5 and 19
November 2 and 16

Dale also reported the next date for Completely Kids is October 11 at 9 AM.

Our Guest Speaker is Ron Hernandez of “Moving Veterans Forward”. After his talk Joann presented him with a $100 donation check.

The next meeting is next Monday, September 25. 

Steve Bunting, Treasurer

Attendance: 15  Members 
We opened our meeting with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Welcomed our guests Governor Lynda Henningsen and Lieutenant Governor Barb Irwin
Also welcomed our speakers for today.  Tracey Domgard, 2 students from Lincoln. They are Cooper and Cassie.
We're in end-of-year dues collection mode. Please send cash, check or money order to Steve ASAP.  Thank you to those who have already done so.
Joann was at the the Division 20 Council meeting on September 6th.  
Our club received a Certificate for perfect attendance at the Division 20 Council meetings this year.
Barb Irwin will remain as Lieutenant Governor. She will focus on how to fit mental health into our club programs and on increasing Inter-clubs.  Joel Christensen will continue to be our Chairperson for Inter-clubs.
The new Governor is Dale Doudna of Johnston, IA
Governor Elect is John Boltz of Hastings
Vice Governor is Brian Wells of Bellevue
Region 2 needs a Trustee due to some shuffling of personnel at the district level. Kip and Dave volunteered to be 2 delegates to vote by zoom on Thursday, October 5th at 7 p.m. for a Trustee. Linda Placzek is running. 
Joann has been trying to involve inner city kids for the Key Leader Conference. She has tried to contact 100 Black Men of Omaha several times. No response. Brian Wells asked if instead of inner-city kids, would we sponsor a kid from another club if other clubs have kids that would be interested in going and there are no available funds.  This will be on the agenda for the Board meeting September 19th.
Monday, September 4th 154 flags were placed and picked up. Thanks to Joann, Frank, Steve, Kip, Rich, Dale, Tom, Rod and his wife Joanie, Dennis and his wife Laurrie and son Daniel. 
Monday, September 11th 154 flags were placed and will be picked up. Thanks to Joann, Frank, Steve, Kip, Deb, Kip Greg, Joel and Dale. 
Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 is the next Board Meeting at Kip's office. Submit any agenda items to Joann.
Tuesday, October 10th is the Installation Dinner at Champions Country Club at 6:00 pm. The Board voted for every attendee to pay $30.00 for their meal. The club will pick up the rest. The average cost is $45.75 for the meal, tax and tip. Joann will email more information on meal choices and how to pay for your meal.
Lieutenant Governor Barb Irwin thanked our club for a good year. She said it has been a long time, since they had 100% attendance at a District Meeting.
Tracey Domgard congratulated our club on our Flag Project.
Tracey Domgard the Nebraska-Iowa Key Club Administrator introduced 2 Key Club Leaders from Lincoln that attended the Key Club Convention in Anaheim, CA. They are Cooper and Cassie. Both high school seniors. Tracey arranged for 210 Key Club Members to attend the convention.  Cassie and Cooper told us about this being a wonderful experience for them.  They went to Disney Land on July 4th. They went on a tour of Anaheim on July 5th. The convention started on July 6th.  They bonded with other members from many areas.  One project was giving making bookmarks and writing inspirational sayings to give with the books they were donating.  Cassie and Cooper were very impressive speakers. You could tell they are doing well in their leadership roles in their Key Clubs.  They were quite an inspiration to those of us listening to them.
Speaker for September 18th is Ron Hernandez, Founder of Moving Veterans Forward.
Our next Meeting is at Legends at noon on September 18th.
Submitted by Barb St John