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.
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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
Rotary in Action 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
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!

Center for Liturgical Art 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
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.
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