September 21st, 2015 | Events

9/22/15 – District Governor’s Annual Club Visit (Board members will meet with Rod Bates at 11:00 a.m. and Rod will speak at the noon meeting.)

10/8/15 – Fellowship, Brake’s Plus at 120th & Dodge (details to be announced)

10/20/15 – BRAN Committee Meeting (location to be announced)

11/3/15 – No Meeting at Champions Run.  Attend the Metro Area Rotary Luncheon on November 5th

11/5/15 – Metro Area Rotary Luncheon, Mike Kemp, Associate Athletic Director UNO; new Baxter Arena in AKSARBEN Village



September 20th, 2015 | Events

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Location:  Baxter Arena in AKSARBEN Village
Speaker:  Mike Kemp, UNO Associate Athletic Director
Time:  11:30 a.m. registration open, Noon – 1:00 p.m. program
Cost:  $30 per person, no option for “no lunch” (2 attendance credits)
Sign up at the Northwest Rotary Tuesday meetings.

District Governor Rod Bates Visits Northwest Rotary

September 23rd, 2015 | News

District Governor Rod Bates was at Northwest Rotary Tuesday, September 22nd, for his annual club visit.  Board members and Committee Chairs met with Rod prior to the noon luncheon meeting.  During the District Governor’s noon presentation we heard the story that led to the current Rotary theme “Be a Gift to the World” and the District Goals for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Rod emphasized that the District leadership and District Committee Chairs are available to assist the District Clubs with  questions or issues if needed.

President Gene Gau & District Governor Rod Bates

September 2015 Programs

September 20th, 2015 | Speakers

  • September 1, 2015 - Don Wilhite, Faculty Fellow, Daugherty Water for Food Institute, UNL “Climate Change as it Encompasses Drought and Water Use”

  • September 8, 2015 - No Meeting, Labor Day Holiday

  • September 15, 2015 - Dr. Maria Marron, Dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNL, “Challenges Facing Journalism and Mass Communication Education in this Age of Instant and Sometimes Inaccurate Communication”

  • September 22, 2015 - District Governor Rod Bates Annual Club Visit

  • September 29, 2015 - Matt Frazier, Midwest Representative for Biomet “Biomet, Computer-Based Technology for Custom Replacement Parts for Knees and Hips – and how Affordable Care Act May limit the Use of those Custom Parts”


September 20th, 2015 | News

Congratulations and welcome back to Cassie Kohl!  Cassie and her husband Taylor have a new baby boy.  Callaway Kohl was born on May 17th.

Fellowship at Brakes Plus – October 8, 2015

September 20th, 2015 | Events

Thanks to Gene Gau and Keith Basham for hosting our first two fellowship events this year.  Both were great events with good food and fellowship enjoyed by all who attended.

Fellowship at Brakes Plus
Hosted by Ron McDermott
October 8, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12110 West Dodge Road
(in front of Menards and next to Costco)
Members and guests are invited to attend.

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE – October 17, 2015 in Omaha

September 20th, 2015 | Events, News


Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – Heartland, U.S.A. Division is taking registrations now for the October 17, 2015 session to be held in Omaha.

Rotary Leadership Institute is a wonderful opportunity for all Rotarians – you will learn more about Rotary as well as leadership characteristics.  Participants expand their knowledge, work together on projects, and return to Rotary Clubs with a new enthusiasm.  Enrich your experience as a Member of Rotary – enrich your leadership skills – help your Rotary Clubs – enroll today!

From our Rotary District Governor Rod Bates:

“The Rotary Leadership  Institute didn’t exist when I joined Rotary. Before I started my year as District Governor, I felt compelled to attend all three sessions for fear that those who had already graduated would know more about Rotary than their District Governor! 

RLI is a wonderful overview of Rotary. It helps you understand and appreciate the power and reach of this magnificent organization dedicated to promoting world understanding and peace. You’ll come away with an appreciation for our history and an understanding of where Rotary is currently heading. 

I would highly recommend it to any Rotarian. It’s great for newcomers to become acquainted with the purpose and structure of Rotary and it will help veteran Rotarians catch up on many of the more recent changes.”

Visit the website ( to learn more about RLI and enroll today!

Contact Nicki Klein with any questions at any time.  They would like all registrations by Friday, October 9.

Nicolette S. Klein
Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute – Heartland U.S.A. Division

Upcoming Club & District Events

September 19th, 2015 | News

Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club
7th Annual Fine Wine and Hors d’ Oeuvers Tasting and Live & Silent Auctions benefiting the Boys Town National Hotline

October 8, 2015 ~ 6:30 pm
The Club at Indian Creek
3825 North 202nd Street
Omaha, NE


September 19th, 2015 | News


September – Sandra Dose

October – Jim Murphy

November – Beth Cutsor

December – Eric Renner


Date            Invocate & Greet       Greet                        Vocational Talk

9/22/15         Jim Murphy                  Sandy Dose

9/29/15         Bob Nelson                    Dick Galusha         Skip Gist

10/6/15         Charlie Olsen                 Wes Galusha

10/13/15       Eric Renner                    Skip Gist

10/20/15       Phil Schreier                  Tony Hallac       Wes Galusha


September 18th, 2015 | News

Wes Galusha, BRAN Ride Director, is requesting volunteers:

The BRAN organization believes the volunteers are the core of our success, as we provide for our participants.  BRAN is looking for volunteers to help both in the pre-ride  and during the week of BRAN on the road.  We are looking for individuals who believe in the goals of providing a quality bike ride to bike riders of all ability levels, who are wanting to provide a community service and those individuals who have a passion for cycling.  A small sampling of potential opportunities are for those who like to paste-up and create posters or design a jersey, drivers on the road, developing and sending out publicity notices, web site monitoring and updating, fundraising, soliciting sponsorship, managing a SAG stop, artist, route development, organization of practices and town liaisons.  If you think you are in a position to help on a committee, even if you don’t know how, please send an email to .  Committee members receive free registration for the ride along with perks.