Explore the world-class city of Seoul and discover its rich culture at the Rotary Convention 28 May – 1 June 2016. Connect with new ideas and new friends, and come away with a renewed commitment to Be a Gift to the World. Early registration savings end 15 December. Register today!

Contact Gary Bren or Leah Bauer for details.

The 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea


Summary of Foundation Articles

During the month of November, we feature different aspects of the Rotary Foundation in the Whirl.  Here’s a summary of all of them.

Nov 4:

November is RI Foundation Month

What is a Paul Harris Fellow?

A Paul Harris Fellow is a recognition for giving $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund (SHARE) and/or Polio Plus. You are recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with each additional gift of $1,000. This amount can be donated over any period of time.

A new level of recognition is available for those who pledge to give $1000 per year or more: this is the Paul Harris Society.

What is Every Rotarian Every Year?

EREY is the giving campaign for the Annual Fund (SHARE) for the Rotary Foundation. Every Rotarian should try to give something each year – whether it is $25, $50 or more. If you give a minimum of $100 in a year, you are recognized as a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member and you should see a new sticker on your badge.

More about Rotary Foundation Recognition is available here.

Nov 11:

Doing Good in the World AND your Community

When you donate to the Rotary International Foundation Annual Fund as part of Every Rotarian Every Year, your gift is a catalyst for sustainable change in your community and around the world.
Many of us are aware that money given to the Rotary Foundation is used to support world wide projects in the six areas of focus: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local communities.

But did you know that 1/2 of your donation to TRF comes back to use on club and district projects in our own communities?

Projects like the remodeling at the Boy Scouts Camp were partially financed by donations that you made to the Rotary Foundation. Our District had more than $41,000 available in matching funds for 2014-2015.  Other clubs did work at schools, hospitals, food bank renovations, parks, and many more ideas.

Find out more about District Grants at the District website.

Community Service Award

On Wednesday we presented a Community Service pin for John Sage for his work at Memorial Park. John was recognized in the Omaha World Herald recently. A link to that article is here. Congratulations John! Well deserved. John and I took a #ServiceAboveSelfie to commemorate (see picture).

Past President Vince Finocchiaro

Past Club President Vincent Finocchiaro passed away last week in Rancho Mirage, CA, he was 85. Vince was the president of the Louis Finocchiaro Wine Inc.  Vince had been a member of our club since 1972, and served as Club President 1989-90. He moved to California in 2004, but kept his membership in our club and still visited occasionally.  Steve McCollister remembers what a great guy he was and that he regularly livened up the meetings with his humor and energy. (more in article from
Visitation in Omaha will be Monday, November 23.  We will have a card at our meeting this week to send to the family.

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Day

Celebrate The Rotary Foundation

October 28, 2015 meeting

We will be presenting 8 members of our club with their next Paul Harris Fellowship at the October 28th meeting.  We hope you will also attend and wear your PHF pin and stay for a group photo at the end of the meeting.

Dr. Tom Tonniges passes

Dr. Tom Tonniges passed away on Tuesday, October 6th. He was 66 years old. Tom had been battling ALS for the last few years. Tom was a pediatrician at Boys Town Hospital when he joined our club in 2005, and had been a Rotarian since 1979, and has been involved in many organizations and causes during his life. His daughter Emily is also a member of our club. A Celebration of Life service was held on Sunday. More information from the Omaha World Herald  <here>

Jerome Given passes

Member since March 12, 1964 – 51 years
While Jerome never held office in our Rotary Club, he did hold court over the large round table in the back. Jerome was one of those that arrived early and was almost always an unofficial greeter.  Unfortunately, he has been away from meetings for a while with his own declining health and taking care of his wife Jean.  We heard at last week’s meeting that Jerome passed away on Friday, August 21.  Jerome was a retired lawyer at Union Pacific, and a recipient of our club’s Service Above Self award for his work with Angel Flight, and many, many other things within our community.


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