Posted by Clark Kolterman on Feb 03, 2019
Gerald “Jerry” Meyer, Executive Director of the new Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward,
updated the members of the Seward Rotary Club at their recent weekly meeting held on Wednesday,
January 30, 2019 at noon. A luncheon, fellowship, short business meeting and reports was hosted by
Seward Rotary President Elect Kurth Brashear. Clark Kolterman and Kevin Zadina were Rotary Club
Program Co-chairs and they thanked the club for venturing out in the cold to hear this special update on
the Nebraska National Guard Museum. Kolterman introduced Jerry Meyer and spoke on the grand
positive impact their entire family has created since they moved to Seward just four years ago.
Gerald “Jerry” Meyer Presents Museum Update on Site to Seward Rotary Club Clark Kolterman 2019-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Jan 23, 2019

Chris Blanke, RN, of the Four Corners Health Department in York, presented a program to the Seward Rotary Club on “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at noon at the Jones Bank Auditorium.  A luncheon, fellowship, and short business meeting preceded the program.  She was presented to the membership by Clark Kolterman, local program chair for January.  Her presentation featured a power point titled “Nebraska Loss Teams-Surviving Suicide,” prepared by Dr. Dan Belau.  She thanked the Seward Rotary Club for their interest in the topic of suicide and willingness to learn more on the subject, encouraging the members to “Be Part of the Solution!”

Chris Blanke Presents “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” at Seward Rotary Meeting Clark Kolterman 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Jan 16, 2019

Seward High Senior, Rebekah (Bekah) Klenke of Malcolm was named the January Youth Rotarian of the Month by the Seward Rotary Club at their weekly membership meeting at the Jones Bank auditorium. A luncheon, fellowship and brief business meeting preceded the program.  At the business meeting Rotarian Dr. Matt Dominy introduce Rebekah Klenke and spoke on her scholarship, leadership and service to others.  She is the daughter of Tim and Kelly Klenke of rural Malcolm.  

Rebekah Klenke Named Youth Rotarian of the Month by Seward Rotary Club Clark Kolterman 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Jan 16, 2019

Seward Rotary Club member, Dr. Matt Dominy, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for the School District of Seward was the program for the weekly Seward Rotary Club meeting on January 16, 2019 at the Jones Bank auditorium.  A luncheon, fellowship and short business meeting preceded the presentation.  Dr. Dominy was introduced by the Rotary Program Chair for January, Kevin Zadina.  He presented a power point presentation on the School District of Seward’s Strategic Plan process, the NSCAS Data Results, the ACT Data Results and the AQuESTT Ratings for the School District of Seward.

Dr. Matt Dominy Presents School Test Results at Rotary Club Meeting Clark Kolterman 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Jan 12, 2019
The School District of Seward's local Team Mate Coordinator- Lori Todd presented the TeamMate story at the recent Seward Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at the Jones Bank auditorium at noon!  A luncheon, fellowship and brief business meeting preceded the presentation.  Lori is also a teacher at the Seward Middle School.

She was introduced by Rotarian program chair Kevin Zadina. TeamMates is celebrating their 25th anniversary and she recognized local Rotarian TeamMates Jill Johnson, Brady Johnson, and John Owens! Rotarian Ken Schmieding has been a longtime TeamMate and his last student recently graduated! 

She spoke on the history of TeamMates, requirements and shared success stories of the program-along with various statistics on the program! 

Questions and answers followed! To become a TeamMate contact or visit their website!
Lori Todd Celebrates Team Mates 25th Anniversary at Seward Rotary Meeting Clark Kolterman 2019-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Jan 06, 2019

Senator Mark Kolterman of Seward, the Nebraska State Senator representing District 24, was the featured program at the January 2, 2019 Seward Rotary meeting. His twin brother, Clark Kolterman, with program co-chair Kevin Zadina, introduced him to the Rotary membership. 

Kolterman was reelected in November to his second four year term in the Nebraska Legislature. The legislative session begins January 9th and goes through mid-June of 2019.  Currently, Senator Kolterman serves on the Health and Human Services Committee (HHS), the Banking, Commerce and Insurance 

Committee (BCI), the Committee on Committees Committee and chairs the Retirement Committee. These assignments may change as he is seeking to move from the HHS Committee to the Appropriations Committee this upcoming session.

Property taxes, education, Medicaid and prison reform are the top four legislative issues Kolterman expects to see in 2019. 

Kolterman believes that property tax is in need of reform because the agriculture sector is paying an inappropriate amount of the property taxes.  He believes the Legislature also needs to examine ways to revamp education funding to seek a more equitable way to distribute state funds.  He noted that another major challenge will be the funding of Medicaid expansion enacted by voters in 2018. The expansion is expected to require an estimated increase of $20 to $80 million in funding due to the additional people qualifying for coverage.  This will affect the State of Nebraska’s budget tremendously.  He noted Nebraska’s state budget is currently running about $95 million short. He commented that the state’s economy is directly related to the Ag economy and commented on the current Advantage Act and the implications of the act.

“We have the ability to work together to accomplish our goals,” stated Senator Kolterman, “and I hope we can do just that - get to work and cooperate!” 

Kolterman feels the thousands of specific tax exemptions needs to be reviewed and revised because the exemption list is too long. He addressed imperfections related to the current assessment and earmarks of fines and fees. He stressed the difficulty in raising fees and cited several examples of attempts to raise fees that did not generate the intended change. 

The final major thrust will be reforming correctional services in the State of Nebraska while maintaining overall public safety.  Prison overcrowding has become a major issue over the past few years and needs to be addressed before the situation becomes critical.  

He was most proud of his work with the NeHii program – Nebraska Health Information Initiative – and detailed the specifics on this health communication effort, created by a group of organizations working together to make it a reality. Because of NeHii, they can now successfully relay and communicate health care information and drug record information for patients across Nebraska in one common form of communication.

Senator Kolterman has prepared 20 bills for the approaching legislative year, and he hopes to co-sponsor many others. One of his priority retirement bills calls for a study to examine transferring management of the Omaha School Employees Retirement System to the Public Employees Retirement Board that administers all the other state-wide retirement systems.  The Omaha School Plan turned their retirement system investments over to the Nebraska Investment Council system to manage in 2017.  The Council invests all all the state-wide pension funds. The statewide School Employees Retirement Plan is currently funded 89% and OPS the Omaha School Plan is currently funded at 64%.

The relationship with the education circles is very important to Senator Kolterman, as he is very pro-education. He discussed his legislation from 3 years ago, promoting equality between the private colleges and public universities and feels that the Nebraska student attending any college in Nebraska should have similar funds available to them.

Kolterman stressed that he believes the real challenge is the rural vs the urban lifestyles and shared some of the difficulties in making changes in the government at the State level.

Senator Kolterman serves Seward, York and Polk counties, and concluded his speech by commenting on 

some funny happenings and situations in dealing with his constituents of the 24th District.  He encourages communication with his constituents and suggested they call his office at 402-471-2756, or email him at or write him at Senator Mark Kolterman, District 24, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509.  

The meeting concluded with questions and answers by Senator Kolterman.

Senator Mark Kolterman Presents at Seward Rotary Club Meeting. Clark Kolterman 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Dec 20, 2018

Joel Endorf, who is employed with Marla Bellitz Johnson CPA firm, presented the program at the recent Seward Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at noon at the Jones Bank and Trust Company auditorium.  Marla Johnson was Rotarian of the month and introduced her program “2017 Tax Cuts and How the New Tax Law will Affect You!”  The presentation was presented by Joel Endorf, complete with a power point presentation.

He noted that this is the biggest code change since the Reagan years and become effective December 31st.  Most changes are temporary and will “sunset” after 2025!  Also, most preparers are looking for guidance with the codes and that guidance is delayed, which makes even more tax preparation issues. 

He noted that experts warn that tax preparation could take up to 30% more time to prepare tax returns because of the new codes and changed forms.  

Endorf also stated that 85% of the applicants will/should see a decrease in total liability, 10% will remain the same and 5% will see more liability.  He reminded the Rotarians that a decreased liability doesn’t mean a larger refund.

Endorf Shares 2017 Tax Cuts with Seward Rotary Club Clark Kolterman 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Dec 16, 2018

Billed as a true community effort, the annual “Stuff the Cruiser” toy collection campaign and distribution of Christmas gifts to area children was again labeled a success by the event sponsors; the Seward Rotary Club, Concordia University Rotaract Club and City of Seward Police Department.  The collected toys were distributed in a celebration including individual shopping opportunities by the children’s guardians and parents at the Civic Center on Saturday, December 15th, hosted by the Seward Rotary Club, Concordia University Rotaract Club and Seward Police Department.  Over 100 area children were presented gifts and toys through this holiday program.

“Stuff the Cruiser” a Holiday Success for 2018 Clark Kolterman 2018-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Dec 12, 2018
The St. John Lutheran School's Chamber Choir was the featured program at the recent Christmas luncheons at the Seward Rotary Club and the GFWC Seward Women's Club on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at noon.  The Rotary concert was held in the basement of the Jones Bank and  Trust Company in Seward in their auditorium.  The GFWC Seward Woman's Club Christmas meeting was held a the Seward Civic Center.
The choir demonstrated their warm up procedures and the various ranges of the student singers.  The choir then presented a  wide selection of Christmas music for both service groups.  The choir is under the direction of Paul Soulek, Minister of Music at St. John Lutheran School and Church in Seward.  Christmas carols and group singing  concluded the program.
The choir is in the process of preparing for their winter concert, and the annual Children's Christmas service at St. John Lutheran School and Church, as well as other presentations and worship services.  
This is only one of the many choirs at St. John Lutheran school, and the Chamber Choir concert has become a tradition for Christmas season with both service clubs.
Seward's St. John Lutheran School Chamber Choir Celebrates Christmas Clark Kolterman 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Dec 12, 2018
The Seward Rotary Club traditionally played host to the Greater Seward area pastors and clergy with a special Christmas luncheon and program at their regular noon luncheon meeting on Wednesday, December 12 at noon at the Jones Bank and Trust in Seward in their auditorium. There were 18 pastors and clergy in attendance at the gathering from Seward, Milford and Garland.
Each pastor introduced themselves and the congregation that they are serving.  The pastors were presented with Christmas chocolates and thanked for their service to the families of Greater Seward.
The arrangements were made with the help of the Seward Ministerial Association, under the leadership of the Rev. Pam Williams-St. Andrews Episcopal Church Priest,who is serving as the current President of the Seward Ministerial organization.  
Pastor Rod Corum of Faith Lutheran reported on the status of the Ministerial Association's Christmas project-the "Red Kettle" fundraiser, with 90% of the funds generated going to assist the Ministerial Association.  
Following the short business meeting, the Christmas program featured the Saint John Lutheran School's Chamber Choir-composed of student voices from grades seven and eight at St. John Lutheran School in Seward, under the direction of Paul Soulek, Minister of Music at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Seward.
The Choir presented a collection of special Christmas music and demonstrated the range of the voices of the youth choir.  The choir was presented with a large sack of Christmas candy in appreciation for their concert by the Seward Rotary Club.  
Following their concert, Rev. Dan Schroeder of Might Fortress Lutheran Church in Seward, let the members of Rotary, their guest and the area pastors in a series of Christmas Carols. 
The Seward Rotary Club annually co-sponsors the National Day of Prayer in Seward, along with the GFWC Seward Women's Club. This year's National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019 at noon at the Seward Civic Center.  This year the National Day of Prayer will honor the 125th anniversary of Concordia University in Seward.
Annual Pastor Day a Success at Seward Rotary Clark Kolterman 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Dec 12, 2018

The December Youth Rotarian of the Month is Jax O. Johnson, a senior at Seward High School. He was honored at the annual Seward Rotary Pastor’s Day celebration on Wednesday, November 12 at noon at the Jones Bank and Trust Co. auditorium at a special luncheon meeting.  He is the son of Brady and Jill Johnson of Seward.

Jax is on target to graduate from SHS in May and is a member of the SHS Quiz Bowl team, a leader in the SHS Skills USA organization, competing at the state level in the Video Production competition as well as the Firefighting competition. He is active in the SHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club in the high school, and represented SHS in many FBLA contests at the State Competition.   He participated in the local SHS VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest as a sophomore, and was a participant in the local Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation contest at the high school.  He also participated for three years in the State Fair Education Division competitions including quiz bowl and the various educational tests.

Jax O. Johnson is honored as Youth Rotarian of the Month Clark Kolterman 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Members of the Seward Police Department and Seward Rotary Club will be at Dollar General and Orschelns on Friday, Nov. 30 and Walmart on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 collecting gifts and donations to make the holidays a little brighter for families in Seward County. We thank the Seward community for their generous support of Stuff the Cruiser in the past and look forward to more generosity this weekend. Merry Christmas!
Stuff the Cruiser Weekend is Here Kurth Brashear 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 21, 2018
Rotarians Melanie Ayres, Alan Baldwin accept a $500 check from Cross Makers to support the Rotary "Stuff the Cruiser" program! Presenting the check was representative Bill Morse of Cross Makers!
Cross Makers Donate to Stuff the Cruiser 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
The Seward Rotary and Seward Police Department-cosponsors of the annual Seward "Stuff the Cruiser" Toy Drive accepted, with sincere thanks, a $500 donation to the toy fund from the  Seward Cross Makers.  The donation will assist with funding of toys and new book gift certificates for the children.  Accepting the donation were co-chairs and Rotarian's Melanie Ayres and Seward Police Chief Alan Baldwin, Presenting the check from the Seward Cross Makers was Bill Morse of Seward. To donate to the fund for "Stuff the Cruiser" toy drive, send your donations to Seward Rotary, PO BOX 103, Seward, NE 68434 or drop it off at the Jones Bank and Trust in Seward or at the Seward Police Station.  To schedule a visit to shop for toys, call the Rotary Stuff the Cruiser phone line at 402-646-5755.  The toy drive will begin on Nov.30 and will be accepting toys and donations all the way up to the distribution on December 15th. 
Stuff the Cruiser Accepting Toys 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Oct 04, 2018

Seward High Seniors, Jax Johnson and Cayden Glandt both enlisted in the US Army National Guard their junior year of high school and attended basic training the summer of 2018.  They were the featured program at the October 3, 2018 Seward Rotary Club meeting held at the Jones National Bank and Trust Company Auditorium at their noon hour meeting. A lunch, fellowship and short business meeting preceded the program.  Jax is the son of Brady and Jill Johnson, and Cayden is the son of Kip and Stephanie Glandt – all of Seward.  Sergeant First Class Roberto Vega, of the Nebraska National Guard was also a guest.  He was one of the recruiters for the Nebraska National Guard who assisted and guided the students in the application process.

Jax Johnson and Cayden Glandt Speak of their US Army Experiences at Seward Rotary Club Meeting Clark Kolterman 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Oct 03, 2018

SHS Senior, Sarah Bujarski, was named the Seward Youth Rotarian at the Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2018 Seward Rotary Club meeting held during a noon luncheon at the auditorium of the Jones National Bank and Trust Company in Seward.  Sarah is the daughter of Sachie Bujarski and Jeff Bujarski.  She was introduced by Rotarian Clark Kolterman, who is a member of the local selection committee and she was introduced to the membership, presented a book scholarship, a Rotary banner and mementos and information on Rotary International.

Sarah Bujarski Named Seward Youth Rotarian for October Clark Kolterman 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Seward Supports Lincoln East Rotary's Zambia Project Clark Kolterman 2018-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 19, 2018
Anna Lorenz, RN and Specialty Clinic Supervisor for Memorial Health Care Systems of Seward was the featured speaker at the recent Seward Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at noon at the Jones National Bank and Trust Company Auditorium.  She shared a power point presentation featuring the Seward Memorial Health Care Specialty Clinic and Outpatient Services offered to the greater Seward area.  She was introduced by Seward Memorial Health Care Foundation Coordinator Jane Rehmer.
She opened with the new featured Cancer Care Center at MHS and pointed out that the three most prevalent cancers in our area are Breast cancer, Lymphoma and Colon/ Rectal cancer.  MHS is now administering chemotherapy on with certain regimes.  She point out that the MHS is affiliated with SENHOC cancer centers in Lincoln, who has two offices in Lincoln and 12 outreach centers as well.  
She presented the many current offerings to assist individuals with their cancer treatments. SMHC does not have all of the treatments at this time, but will continue to increase their scope as requested.   
Lorenz shared information of the very popular Seward Memorial Health Care Systems Specialty Clinic, offering 19 specialties at the present time in Seward during a given month.  She discussed the various offerings of the clinic and shared the list of participating doctors in the Seward program.
She pointed out that the MHSC Physicians Clinic services are not limited to Seward doctors and individuals can utilize the close to home services by simply having their physician send the orders to MHSPC.
She also reminded the members that at the heart of Memorial Health Care Systems are ten physicians who specialize in Family Practice.  Supporting them in individual care are the other specialists at the Seward Memorial Health Care Systems Specialty Clinic.
Seward Memorial Health Care Systems New Cancer Treatment Offerings Presented at Rotary Clark Kolterman 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 19, 2018
Long time Seward teacher Jan Matzke was honored for her dedication to her students and schools by the Seward Rotary Club, as they donated the hundreds of Dictionaries to area Third and Fourth grade classes in her honor! L- R Seward Rotary President Todd LaVelle presents the first dictionary to Jan Matzke!

Local Seward Rotarians Ken Schmieding and Clark Kolterman present Dictionaries to Deb Snell's Third Grade class at Seward Elementary-- giving each student their own dictionary to keep!  They explained the resources in the book and encouraged the students use them often!!
Seward Rotary Club Dictionary Project Clark Kolterman 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2018
Rotarian Dr. Daryl Hackbart was the Rotarian of the Week and served as the program chair, introducing Jonathan Jank, Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership President & CEO, who addressed the club on the proposed Seward Downtown Revitalization Plan and progress to date on the Plan’s implementation of the Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation Program (funded through Community Development Block Grant funds) at the September 12, 2018 Rotary meeting, held at the Jones National Bank & Trust Company’s auditorium. RDG Planning & Design (consulting firm in Omaha) was in charge of the planning process, which began in 2016. The last comprehensive downtown revitalization plan was developed in 1980 for the City of Seward.
Jank Presents Seward Downtown Revitalization Plan to Seward Rotary Club 2018-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 10, 2018

The annual Seward Rotary Halloween Costume Contest for Children is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at 6:00 at the Seward Band shell.  The event is free and open to all children ages 0 through 12.  

Free bags of candy will be available to all participating contestants.  Special medallions will be awarded to the top three in each age division and a grand prize trophy will be awarded to the top contestant.

The annual event will be emceed by the Seward Rotary project chairman, Dr. Ron Wallman, assisted by Seward Rotarians and their families.  Members of the Seward Rotary Club will serve as Judges for the event and hosts for the bags of candy “give away!”  

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Seward Civic Center auditorium.  Local members of the Seward Rotary Club will serve as hosts for the event, as well as judges.  No preregistration is required-just be on time for the contest!

For more information visit the Seward Rotary Club Facebook.  The current President of the Seward Rotary Club is Todd LaVelle of Seward.  The Rotary District theme for this club year is “Be the Inspiration!’

Seward Rotary to Sponsor 2018 Annual Halloween Costume Contest for Children Clark Kolterman 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 09, 2018

The Seward Rotary Club hosted their annual “Family Day at the Museum” on September 9, 2018 at the Seward County Museum in Goehner, Nebraska.  The museum was open to and free to the public and families were encouraged to attend and participate in the activities of the day from 1:30 to 5:00 pm, located just off of I-80 on 364th Road, exit No 373 on I-80.  

Featured at the Rotary Family Day were free rides on the museum’s..

Seward Rotary Hosts Successful Family Day at the Seward County Museum on Sunday September 9, 2018 Clark Kolterman 2018-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 06, 2018

The Four Corner’s Health Department was the featured program at the recent Seward Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at the Jones National Bank and Trust Auditorium in Seward.  A luncheon meal, fellowship and brief Seward Rotary Club business meeting conducted by Seward Rotary President Todd La Velle, preceded the program.  The program was presented by Chris Blanke-RN PHN, who serves as the community coordinator for the Four Corner’s office.  She was introduced by Rotary Program Chairman, Jane Rehmer-local Rotarian and Executive Director of the Seward Memorial Health Care Foundation. 

The mission of the Four Corner’s Health Department

“Four Corners Health Department” Featured Program at Rotary Clark Kolterman 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 05, 2018

The September Youth Rotarian of the Month from SHS is Kayla Luebbe, SHS Senior-the daughter of Ryan and Sarah Luebbe of Bee, Nebraska.  She was honored on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the weekly noon luncheon meeting of the Seward Rotary Club held at the Jones National Bank and Trust Company Auditorium.  Rotarian Matt Dominy, a member of the Youth Rotarian of the Month Committee, introduced Kayla and presented her qualifications and background that assisted the committee’s selection of her for the award.

Kayla Luebbe, SHS Senior, Honored as September Youth Rotarian of the 2018-2019 School Year Clark Kolterman 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 05, 2018

The Seward Rotary Club hosted the District Governor of Rotary District 5565 – Governor Julie O’Hara of Shenandoah, Iowa.  She met with the Seward Rotary Club Board of Directors in a meeting in the board room of the Jones National Bank and Trust prior to the meeting of the general membership.  

At the noon hour luncheon, fellowship, a meal and program preceded the introduction and address of the Rotary District Governor O’Hara.  The theme for her Rotary year is “Be the Inspiration.” 

She presented her background and personal history of her Rotary experience and outlined the theme of the International year for Rotary.  

Governor O’Hara complimented the Seward Club on their outstanding level of community service and encouraged them to continue to live the motto of Rotary International-“Service Above Self!”

She directed the Rotary Club of Seward to follow the work of the District and pointed the membership for details on the various projects at the District website for Rotary District 5565.

The Seward Club presented her with mementos and information on Seward and the Seward Rotary, along with some special Seward gifts.  Questions and answers followed her presentation.

Governor Julie O’Hara presented a special banner to Seward Rotary President Todd LaVelle proclaiming the club year and logo “Be the Inspiration!”

Rotary District Governor O’Hara Visits Seward Rotary Club Clark Kolterman 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Sep 05, 2018

The Seward Rotary Club welcomed the new Seward High School International Students from Germany and Italy.  The students are Silvie Opolka from Hanover, Germany and Matilde Ferrari from Milan, Italy. The girls were introduced to the membership of Rotary by SHS Vice-Principal and Rotary member Jill Johnson and welcomed to Seward by Rotarian Clark Kolterman.  The students are both living with the Steve and Beth Hass family in Seward and will be here through the school year.

Silvie Opolka from Hanover, Germany is 16 years old and involved in the local SHS 

cross country program. Matilde Ferrari from Milan, Italy is 17 years old and participating in the SHS volleyball program. The girls are also both involved in regular class schedules at SHS as well.

The Seward Rotary Club welcomed the high school students, and presented them with some Rotary Club mementos as well as American flags, special Seward and Nebraska pins, some Seward popcorn and information on Seward and Seward Rotary.

Both of the students volunteered to return in May and report on their year in Seward, and give a presentation on their home and the impact of their program experience in Seward.

Seward Rotary Club Welcomes SHS International Students 2018-2019 Clark Kolterman 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Junior Concordia University student, Jacob Cornelio, attended the noon Rotary club meeting. Cornelio is the president of the newly formed Rotaract Club at Concordia University. Rotaract is an affiliate of Seward Rotary. Rotarian Russ Sommerfeld serves as the Rotaract faculty advisor. Pictured are current Seward Rotary president Todd LaVelle, Cornelio, and Rotary District 5650 Governor Julie O'Hara.
Rotaract President Jacob Cornelio Welcomed 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Aug 29, 2018

Jane Polson, the Executive Director of Keep Nebraska Beautiful, was the featured program at the recent Seward Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at noon at the Jones National Bank and Trust Auditorium in Seward.  A luncheon, fellowship and business meeting preceded the presentation.  The program featured Jane Polson, with a power point presentation on ”A Vision for Reducing Food Waste!”

Food Waste Education Program Featured by Keep Nebraska Beautiful at Rotary Meeting Clark Kolterman 2018-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Aug 24, 2018

The August Youth Rotarian of the Month from SHS is Ryan Wall, SHS Senior-the son of Robert and Lori Wall of Seward.  He was honored on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at the weekly noon luncheon meeting of the Seward Rotary Club held at the Jones National Bank and Trust Company Auditorium.  Rotarian Matt Dominy, a member of the Youth Rotarian of the Month Committee, introduced Ryan and presented his qualifications and background that helped the committee select him for the award.

Ryan is one of the academic

Ryan Wall, SHS Senior, Named First Youth Rotarian of the 2018-2019 School Year Clark Kolterman 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Aug 13, 2018

The Seward Rotary Club was presented the “Best Award for Youth Services Project” for a medium sized club by the Rotary District 5650 (Eastern Nebraska/Southwest Iowa) for the Club’s annual and successful “Stuff the Cruiser” project in the partnership with the Seward Police Department.  The Club previously won this award in 2009.  

The award, was presented at the July 27-28 District Conference in Lincoln to Seward Rotary Club 2017-2018 President Russ Sommerfeld by District 5650 outgoing Governor Dr. Tom Cardwell of Lincoln.  The award was shared with the club membership at the following August 1, weekly luncheon meeting.

Seward Rotary Honored with Top Youth Services Award at Rotary’s District 2017-2018 Conference Clark Kolterman 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Aug 10, 2018
The membership of the Seward Rotary Club donated hundreds of supplies for the Rotary International District 5655 Service Project at the District 5655 Conference, creating “New Beginning Bags” for the Magdelene/ Omaha/Thistle Lights programs.  The bags were created to provide three days of much needed personal supplies for victims of sex trafficking/prostitution, abuse and addiction.
Seward Rotary Club Donates Products for Victims Clark Kolterman 2018-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on Aug 08, 2018

The program for the Seward Rotary Club’s noon luncheon on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at the Jones National Bank and Trust Auditorium was introduced by Rotarian Rev. Lyle Schoen, who introduced the leadership of “Mourning Hope” Grief Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The grief center is one of 100 in the US and one of two in Nebraska.  Presenting the program were Sandi Fabry- the Community Outreach Coordinator for Lincoln’s Mourning Hope Grief Center and Kate Holman, the Advancement Chair for the Mourning Hope Grief Center.

A power point presentation featured the background of the Mourning Hope Grief Center, serving children, teens, young adults and families who have lost a significant member of their family.  The emphasis is supporting grieving children in the greater Lincoln area.  

The grief center was founded in 1994 and the closest out of state grief center is “Judy’s House” in Denver.  They shared statistics on death and families and the range of problems.  

They spoke on ways to help grieving children.  Services include group work, with a ten week program for family grief service, a six week family grief service and four week grief program for adult grief.  School support includes an eight week peer support group and grief kits.

The center offers special events and holiday activities, a resource library, grief resources and community training of volunteers.  

No fees are charged for the services and funding comes from individual and corporate donations, foundations, and the United Way!

The educational approach is based on the teachings and philosophy centered around Dr. Alan Wolfelt, who is one of the foremost authorities in the US on managing grief and death education.

The Mourning Hope Grief Center is located next to Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln at 4919 Baldwin Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504, phone 402-488-8989. They can be contacted at

Questions and answers followed as the program concluded.

Seward Rotary Introduced to Lincoln’s Mourning Hope Grief Center and Program Clark Kolterman 2018-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Sommerfeld Thanked for Service as Club President Clark Kolterman 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clark Kolterman on May 23, 2018
Barbara "Baki" Terzic - the 2017-2018 International Student from AU/ZH Switzerland at Seward High School - talked about her year in America with the Seward Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. During her time in Seward, Ms. Terzic lived with Rotarians Jill and Brady Johnson and their family.
Swiss Student Addresses Rotary Clark Kolterman 2018-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Russell Sommerfeld
The Seward Rotary Club has selected the William H. Seward Statue Plaza for its 2018 Rotary District Grant project.  The Plaza is the area surrounding the new Seward Statue and will be located on the northeast quadrant outside the Seward County Courthouse. The Plaza project involves new benches, sidewalks, landscaping and interpretive panels.
Club Selects Plaza for William H. Seward Statue as 2018 District Grant Project Russell Sommerfeld 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary Service Celebration and Auction Russell Sommerfeld 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Mr. Firecracker & Miss Independence Essays Due! Kurth Brashear 2018-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Alan Baldwin Honored as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by GFWC Seward Woman’s Club.  2018-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Club Formed at Concordia University Kurth Brashear 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Dixie Zabka, longtime, dedicated community volunteer and business woman, was selected the 2018 “Service Above Self” awardee for the annual Seward Rotary Club’s annual “Service Celebration” on May 5th, 2018 at the Seward County Fairgrounds Ag Pavilion.  The award is presented to an individual in the community who has lived a life of community service and is not a member of Rotary.  Along with the Seward Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” award, she will be presented with the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award-as $1000 has been donated in her name to the Rotary International Foundation to assist in eliminating Polio, and assist with other projects of Rotary International.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.   She was selected through nomination and a vote of the Seward Rotary Club.

The recipient of the annual “Wayne Tanderup Award” will be presented to Dave Ficke of Seward-the owner of the Baby Boomers Motorcycles.  The Wayne Tanderup award is annually presented to a member of the community who exemplifies the perseverance to overcome hardship and/or disability to be a successful and contributing member of the community.  The late Wayne Tanderup overcame the battle of Polio at an early age and became a successful businessman and devoted family man as well.   To honor his longtime service to the Seward Rotary Club, this award was established.  He was selected through nomination and a vote of the Seward Rotary Club.

The annual Rotary Service Celebration Banquet will be Saturday, May 5 at the Ag Pavilion beginning at 5:30 and include a social hour, Windsor Loin Dinner, Awards Presentations, Speaker –UNL National Champion Volleyball Coach John Cook, and a Live and Silent Auction to assist with the funding of local projects of the Seward Rotary Club, as well as the support of Rotary’s International effort to eliminate Polio worldwide.

Tickets to the Rotary Service Celebration dinner and program are $30 each and can be purchased at the Jones National Bank and Trust and from any member Rotary, or online at  Tables of eight are sold for $300 and include extra benefits.  Questions can be directed to Clark Kolterman at or call 402-641-8522 and he can direct you to the correct committee chairman for the event.    Event Chair is Rotarian Todd LaVelle and Russ Sommerfeld is the President of the Seward Rotary Club

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change-across the globe, locally and among themselves.  The Seward Rotary is one of 35,000 clubs around the world.

Rotary to Present Awards to Dixie Zabka and Dave Ficke at “Service Celebration!” 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
SHS Senior, Greta Hughes was selected the Youth Rotarian of the Month at Seward High and is the
daughter of Tim and Rita Hughes of rural Seward. She was honored and recognized at the monthly
Seward Rotary Club meeting at noon at the Jones National Bank and Trust in Seward. She was
introduced and presented Rotary mementos, materials and a Seward Rotary banner. She was given a
book scholarship and is now in competition for the Seward Rotary Club Youth Rotarian of the Year

Greta plays the Oboe and is a four year member of Marching Band, Symphonic Band, is the Mellophone
Section Leader and participated in UNL’s Oboe Reed Day, as well as the Concordia Musical Arts Day.
She is a three year member of the SHS Speech Team-named a Central Conference medalist and District
Champion with the SHS Drama Team/OID. She is a State Qualifier with their SHS Oral Interpretation of
Drama team. She was one of two named this year to the NSAA Academic All State in the area of Speech.
She also was awarded and recognized as the SHS High School leader in the area of Leadership by the
Nebraska Elks Lodge.
Great participated in the SHS Poetry Out Loud Program and the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech
contest as well. She has be a loyal member of the One Acts program at SHS for four years and
participated in their competition piece this year.
She is a two year member/leader of the SHS Student Council. She is a four year leader/officer in the
local Skills USA Chapter-serving as President of the SHS Opening and Closing teams-and was a State
Medalist winner for Skills USA. She was a member of the SHS Skills USA Quiz Bowl team that placed. Third Nationally this last year at the Skills USA National Conference contest in Louisville, KY.
She is a member of the SHS FBLA and SHS Key Club as well. Greta has been involved with the SHS award
winning quiz bowl teams over her high school career. She was the first SHS Fine Arts Student of the
Month this year and received numerous PRIDE awards.
Greta is a leader in the SHS National Honor Society and always on the SHS Honor Roll.
She has competed in and is also a leader in the SHS delegation to the Education Division Contests at the
State Fair. She has served as an SHS Outdoor Educational counselor and worked with students as a
counselor/volunteer at Camp Luther His Kids Special Education project.
She is a member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and is considered a youth leader and one of the
strong voices of youth in her congregation.
Her area of “Service Above Self” is in the area of assisting Special Education students in a variety of
settings, especially at Camp Luther’s His Kids Special Education project.
She plans on a major in Special Education and plans to attend UNL in the fall.
Greta will be honored again at the annual Spring Honors Night and presented her book scholarship from
Rotary. A student is selected monthly by the Seward Rotary Club during the school year. Entry forms
can be found on line or at the counselor’s office at the high school or from Mr. Kolterman in Room 116.
Greta Hughes Named Youth Rotarian of the Month 2018-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Governor Pete Ricketts spoke at the recent Seward Rotary Club meeting and the local Seward Rotary had the opportunity to present him with three of Ted Kooser’s most recent autographed books - Wheeling Year, Bell in the Bridge, At Home, all written and signed by Ted Kooser. The Rotary Club donated the books and asked that they be placed in the Governor’s Mansion, in the Nebraska Author’s Guest room library. The Rotary is involved in a host of literacy activities and the Kooser books help promote the theme. The Governor was reminded Seward is the home of the world famous Concordia University Plum Creek Children’s Festival and the community works hard to promote literacy at all levels. The books, from Chapter’s Books and Gifts in Seward that were presented are some of Kooser’s newest presentations including…   The Rotary Club also presented him with local wines, promoting Red Path Gallery and Junto specifically for the Governor and First Lady Suzanne.

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Nicodemus, an official Comfort Dog sponsored/hosted by the Rock Lutheran Church in Seward was the featured program at the Seward Rotary Club noon luncheon meeting at the Jones National Bank and Trust on Wednesday, February 07, 2018.  He was accompanied by his “assistants” Danna Seevers and Randy Newsome of Seward.  

Danna Seevers presented the program on the Comfort Dog Ministry and her experiences with the program, assisted by Randy Newsome.    

Nicodemus is a trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at the Rock Lutheran Church in Seward.  He interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations.  Nicodemus is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. 

Seevers spoke on her recent travels with Nicodemus on behalf of Lutheran Church Charities to Las Vegas.  She worked with a host of people in a variety of situations surrounding the latest shooting in Las Vegas.  She shared a power point presentation on her trip with Nicodemus to Las Vegas, featuring the people she worked with while in Nevada.

Questions and answers followed the presentation.

Seward Rotary Host Nicodemus-Seward's Comfort Dog 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

The annual “Souper” Bowl Food Drive the week end of the national Super Bowl was held on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Seward and coordinated by the Seward Rotary. The Rotarians and their families collected food and especially soup for the local Blue Valley Community pantry.   

Local businesses that allowed the Rotarians to collect food were the Seward Walmart and Seward Pac and Save.  The Rotarians collected donated food from the various shoppers at those stores.

A pickup load of canned goods and over $200 in cash was collected for the Blue Valley Community Action program.

The food was collected and delivered to the local pantry by the members of the Seward Rotary.  One of the international service organization’s pillars of service is to assist and aid the homeless and those in poverty locally and worldwide.  The motto for Rotary is “Service Above Self!”

Super Bowl Food Drive a Success for Seward Rotary Club for 2018 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

The Stuffed Seward Cruiser-full of Christmas Toys is “Un-stuffed” for the Seward Area Children for 2017!

The motto of Rotary International is “Service Above Self” and that happened this last week-end in Seward with the annual “Stuff the Cruiser” Campaign, as hundreds of toys were distributed to area needy families in the annual toy drive.

Stuff the Cruiser a Success 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

The annual Seward Rotary Club’s Breakfast with Santa was a success, with almost 100 in attendance for the holiday festivities at the Seward Civic Center.  The Seward Rotary Club hosted the area residents with a breakfast of donuts, fruit, candy, juice and milk.  They were assisted by members of the Seward High Family Community Career Leaders of America (FCCLA).  

Featured entertainment was “Mr. Magic” Andrew Malan of Seward with a magic act and group singing.    

Many prizes were shared through a drawing for all present and the high light of the event was a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.  Guests with December birthdays were also recognized and honored with gifts from the Seward Rotary Club and FCCLA.

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Who joins Rotary? People of action, who want to make a difference - both here in Seward and around the world - who truly believe in "Service Above Self!" If this describes you, we invite you to join! Like us on facebook or find out how to get involved at
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Don't forget today is Pastor's Day at Rotary! Come here a wonderful program and help celebrate the many spiritual leaders of our community!
Pastor's Day - Today! 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Seward Rotary's club meeting on December 6 marked the annual club meeting and election of officers. Club members approved the following officer for the 2018-2019 Rotary year:
Todd LaVelle, President
Shelly Nitz, Treasurer
Annette Wallman, Secretary
Sue Tonniges, Board Member - 3 year term
Clark Kolterman, Board Member - 3 year term
We are still in search of a President-Elect to follow in leadership of our great club after Todd. If willing to serve, please see any board member.
Thanks to all of those willing to serve!
Election of Officers Held 2017-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Holiday Home Lighting Awards Announced 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

This week's program will be presented by Mark Anschutz, Managing Artist of The Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia. Mark will talk about the unique work of the Center, which was featured on the 10/11 News "Our Town Seward" feature this past summer.

As always, the public is welcome to join us. See you at noon on Wednesday!

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The annual Seward Rotary Club Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for Saturday, December 16 at 9:00 am at the Seward Civic Center in the lower level. The event is open to all and the cost is $1 per person, which includes donuts, candy, juice, milk and more candy!
The event will have entertainment and lots of door prizes, along with music and of course a visit from Santa, and Mrs. Claus.  The entire event should last less than one hour.
The event is co-sponsored by the Seward Rotary Club and members of the SHS FCCLA.
Seward Rotary Club to Host Breakfast with Santa 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

The 42nd annual Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9:00 am. This holiday tradition, which is open to all at a cost of $1 per person, includes donuts, juice and milk, entertainment, door prizes, carol singing, and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Breakfast with Santa is co-sponsored by the Seward Rotary Club and members of the Seward High School FCCLA.

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Seward High lead Ag instructor, Craig Frederick, and SHS FFA Chapter President, Shea Thompson, provided the program at the Seward Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, October 04, 2017.  Fredrick spoke on the new, unique Agronomy Academy, a cooperative ag class for Seward, York
and Centennial High Schools sponsored by Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgriScience and Mycogen Seed. Frederick is the lead instructor for this program, which is the only one of its kind in the state.
Fredrick commented on the variety of Ag programs offered by the Seward School District in both the Middle School, which promotes Ag Literacy and Ag Education, and the High School. He spoke of the various local Ag Trips sponsored by the FFA Chapter and thanked the community for their support of the program-highlighting some of the successful graduates from the local FFA program.
Shea Thompson, Seward High senior and FFA Chapter President, commented on the FFA program and the leadership opportunities of the 120 member FFA Chapter at Seward High. She provided some personal reflections on the SHS Ag program's influence on her career choice and the impact of the program for her. Rotarians learned that  over 60% of the FFA Chapter in Seward are most do not live on a farm.
Seward School District Ag Programs Presented at Rotary 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

The Seward Rotary Club hosted their annual Family Day at the Museum, featuring events and activities geared towards the entire family to share at the Seward County Museum in Goehner-open to the public from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Featured activities included tours of all the buildings on the grounds-all five buildings, free mini train rides on the local train- a one inch scale Chippewa Northern Railroad, a paper scavenger hunt in the main museum for the children and free cake and ice cream in the museum’s meeting room, hosted by local Rotarians.

Free Frisbees were distributed to the children, while supplies lasted.  

The Rotary Family hosts at the ice cream social were Jon and Bonnie Kruse and Russ and Nino Sommerfeld to all who attended the event.

The Seward County museum is open to the public on Thursdays from 10-5:00 and Sunday’s from 1:30 to 5:00 May through October, and is also open Monday through Friday when the curator is at the museum and the welcome flag is flying.  Contact the museum at 402-523-4025 or visit the museum on Facebook.

Seward Rotary Club Hosts Annual Family Day at the Seward County Musuem 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Durning the September 20 club meeting, Jon and Bonnie Kruse shared their experiences at the Atlanta Rotary International Convention.  They told their incredible story of meeting  Rotary 9102 Assistant Governor Jack Andrews Dotsey and  Rotary Club of Accra President Julian K. Mensah Segbawu to form a partnership for the development of a Rotary Global Grant Project with Dr.  Emmy vanderGrinten.

Jon and Bonnie presented the banner from the Rotary Club of Accra to Seward Rotary Club President Russell Sommerfeld.
Kruse share Rotary International Experience 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
On September 6, Seward Rotary Club was pleased to have members of the St. John Lutheran School community attend its meeting, The school's playground renovation project, which made the playground safer for both school students and community members, was the focus of the club's 2017 fundraising project, which received a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation. In total, Seward Rotary provided $3,038 to the playground project.
Pictured with Club President Russ Sommerfeld are St. John students Bethany, Gracyn, Audrey, and Claire, as well as school principal, Mrs. Amber Fiala. The students thanked the club for its support of their project and then stayed for the meeting program. Congratulations, St. John. Well done, Seward Rotarians.
Seward Rotary welcomes St. John Lutheran School 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Seward was pleased to welcome Baki Terzic of Zurich, Switzerland to Rotary this week. Baki is an exchange student studying at Seward High School this year. Pictured with Baki are Jill Johnson, Club President Russ Sommerfeld, and Rotarian Brady Johnson. Jill and Brady's family is hosting Baki this year. 

We look forward to Baki returning this spring and sharing with the club more about Switzerland and her reactions to her year in our community. Welcome, Baki!

Rotary welcomes Exchange Student 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
2017 Grocery Grab Benefits St. John Playground 2017-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Seward Rotary Club honored two local women at its inaugural Seward Service Celebration on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  A crowd of nearly 100 helped recognize Julie Wisehart, who received the “Service Above Self Award,” and Tina Schaben, who received the “Wayne Tanderup Award.” Both women will be also be recognized during the Grand Parade on July 4th.
Seward Rotary Club Honors Community Members 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0