Check Presentation to Leadership Tomorrow Tonja Brown 2019-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Spirit of Rotary 2019 - Don Deitemeyer Tonja J Brown 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
2017-18 Spirit of Rotary Award 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Habitat Build 2017 2017-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
GI Rotary presents Leadership Tomorrow $12,000 check for youth program. 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Noon Rotary hosts Governor Ricketts in a Town Hall Meeting Tonja Brown 2015-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
October is World Polio Day & October 24 is World Polio Day.
We had a very special polio program that included hearing from polio survivors, recognizing family of those who suffered polio, and hearing from District Chair Dr. Duane Wycoff about the origin of the Polio Plus program and its progress.  There are two countries still reporting cases--Afghanistan & Pakistan.  The world will be considered polio free when there are zero traces of polio in people or the environment for 3 continuous years.  An iron lung was on display--a special "thank you" to Bill Ballou for making it possible.  We are so close but we have to keep up the fight! District Governor Don Peterson presented three Paul Harris Fellow awards--Joe Cook, Dave Harris & Buzz Rumba.  For more information about the program, visit:
Special Polio Program on October 13 Tonja Brown 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Build 2015 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Check presented to Leadership Tomorrow for YLT Tonja Brown 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tonja Brown on Jun 11, 2015
Jerry Milner presented the district Community HERO Award to Lisa Willman & Julie Pfeifer with The Grace Foundation.
District HERO Award Tonja Brown 2015-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
$5000 to Orphan Grain Train Tonja Brown 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 12, 2015
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the selection of Jerry Milner from the Rotary Club of Grand Island Noon as our 2017-18 Rotary District Governor.  Jerry is a long time Rotarian and currently serves the Grand Island and Hastings area as an Assistant Governor.  I want to congratulate Jerry for his selection and wish him the very best!!
In Service,
Koby Rickertsen
2014-15 District Governor
Rotary International District 5630
2017-18 District Governor announced 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2014
Ed Armstrong (+1)
Matthew Armstrong
Will Armstrong (+1)
Deb Brennan
Sandra Broz
Todd Crawford
David Harris (+3)
John Hoggatt
Jay Kaspar
Karl Kostbahn
Denise McGovern-Gallagher
Tom Pirnie (+3)
Jack Rasmussen (+5)
Richard Van Zyl (+2)
Scott Weyers
Carolyn Wicks
Rob Winter
Tim Wojcik
Jennifer Worthington
Members Recognized with Paul Harris Awards 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
International Rotary President Gary Huang visits us! Tonja Broadwell 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians help out with Habitat for Humanity Build on June 2 Steve Fosselman 2012-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Sep 23, 2011
A meeting for Interact for the high school students will be Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 6:30pm in the Commons at Senior High. This meeting is to gauge the interest and setup the organization. Anyone interested please attend. Call Nancy Jones for more details, 308-379-2219. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. (
Interact Meeting September 27 Steve Fosselman 2011-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Sep 10, 2011


“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.“*

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.


Words and music by Irving Berlin
© Copyright 1938, 1939 by Irving Berlin
© Copyright Renewed 1965, 1966 by Irving Berlin
© Copyright Assigned to the Trustees of the God Bless America Fund

We have been starting our meetings with this song lately, and so on this tenth anniversary of 9/11, here are some snippets from a history provided by the Library of Congress.

America's unofficial national anthem was composed by an immigrant who left his home in Siberia for America when he was only five years old. The original version of "God Bless America" was written by Irving Berlin (1888-1989) during the summer of 1918 at Camp Upton, located in Yaphank, Long Island, for his Ziegfeld-style revue, Yip, Yip, Yaphank. In the fall of 1938, as war was again threatening Europe, Berlin decided to write a "peace" song. He recalled his "God Bless America" from twenty years earlier and made some alterations to reflect the different state of the world. Singer Kate Smith introduced the revised "God Bless America" during her radio broadcast on Armistice Day, 1938. The song was an immediate sensation; the sheet music was in great demand. Berlin soon established the God Bless America Fund, dedicating the royalties to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

* The complete song written by Irving Berlin includes a seldom-used introduction.


God Bless America Steve Fosselman 2011-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Aug 27, 2011

Nebraska State Fair  Through donations, volunteering and other community support, our club and so many of its members are happy to give back to our community by supporting the State Fair.  Be sure to get out there again this year and buy something on a stick!

GI Rotary Proudly Supports State Fair Steve Fosselman 2011-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Aug 19, 2011

Tuesday's Rotary meeting is at Stuhr Museum. Joe Black, Director, will update the group on activities at Stuhr, and will also receive the final Rotary check for the "Rotary" bench. A box lunch from Arby's will be available. Choices are: roast beef, Market turkey and swiss, or Market turkey, ranch and bacon. All sandwiches come with chips and cookie. If you are attending and want to order a box lunch please RSVP to by Monday at noon.

This Week's Program is at Stuhr Museum Steve Fosselman 2011-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Jul 30, 2011

Group Study Exchange (GSE) activities and Grand Island Rotary Clubs

Some of the newer Rotary members have asked questions about the exchange group scheduled to be in Grand Island August 8 through August 12. The following are some frequent questions.

1. What is the GSE?

The Group Study Exchange is a team of 4 to 6 non-Rotary members along with a Rotary member leader. The target age is 25 to 40 years old. There are about 1.2 million Rotary members in 33,000 clubs around the world. The GSE is one approach to build professional friendships between these clubs and members.

2. Why is this GSE group from India visiting clubs in our district?

Our district from greater Nebraska sent a GSE team to India last year. This group from India is the second part of the exchange. The Rotary clubs in India extended hospitality to Nebraskans, and now it is our turn to return the Rotary hospitality to this group of young professionals from India.

3. Was this group scheduled to be here earlier this Spring?

Travel complications caused a delay in scheduling so they were not here for the recent District Conference as is usually the arrangement.. Under current conditions International travel can take unexpected turns.

4. How long will the group be in our District, and what other clubs will be hosting them?

The group comes to Grand Island from Hastings on Monday, August 8 and goes to O’Neill on Saturday, August 13. The group is scheduled to be with the St. Paul Rotary Club one day during the week. Click here for their revised schedule.

5. How can I meet these visitors?  

Meet the Team (click on pdf biographies)







The GSE team contains members with professional interests in medicine, public accounting, textile marketing and education, construction, agriculture and hospitality. They are staying with host families and have scheduled activities. They will also have some free time. You are encouraged to meet them to discuss your personal professional interests. Contact the GSE Host Team with questions.  You can help drive them to appointments and sit in on some of the appointments. They will be attending your weekly Rotary meeting.

Thank you for helping make these visitors welcome to Grand Island and sharing your professional vision.

The GSE Host team

Bill Brennan, Jerry Milner, Cindy Johnson, Don Smith, Ken Gnadt

A Primer on Group Study Exchange (GSE) Steve Fosselman 2011-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Golf Anyone? Steve Fosselman 2011-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Jun 04, 2011

Kearney Dawn Rotary sends greetings and an opportunity for volunteers to assist the tornado survivors through an organization called Samaritan's Purse. In this twister much of the city's south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins. Samaritan's Purse will help storm victims salvage valuable possessions, remove fallen trees and debris, and make emergency repairs on storm-damaged homes. If you or others would like to volunteer, go to this organization's website at

Opportunity to Volunteer in Joplin Steve Fosselman 2011-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on May 21, 2011

Way to go!  About $27,000 was raised at this fundraising event.  And thanks to Kari Hooker-Leep and Ken Gnadt visiting Bickford Cottage, and Ken's follow-up, our club obtained a $10,000 donation from Marilyn Eihusen as follows: Nine Paul Harris Fellows, one to each of Marilyn’s children (five girls, two boys), one for her sister, a polio survivor in California, one for Virgil Eihusen, and a Major Donor Award for Virgial and Mailyn Eihusen.


This Rotary fundraiser supports Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio and Grand Island's Youth Leadership Tomorrow program.  Thanks to so many for their hard work in preparing and executing this fundraiser, and to such a supportive community!
Thanks Rotarians and Community for the Hard Work and Support of our Taste of Grand Island ! Steve Fosselman 2011-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on May 13, 2011

Great news!  We will be back for good at Riverside Golf Club as of our May 17th club meeting. 


  Congratulations to Riverside for completing their expansion/renovation! 

Back at the Riverside! Steve Fosselman 2011-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on May 02, 2011

The good news is that our May 3rd club meeting held at the public library was well attended.  Steve Fosselman says thanks for coming!

The better news is that  our May 10th club meeting is back at Home Federal. Let's tell them how much we appreciate their willingness to host us!

And the best news is that we will be back for good at Riverside as of our May 17th club meeting.  Congratulations to Riverside for completing their expansion/renovation! 

Good, Better and Best News Steve Fosselman 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Apr 29, 2011

Be sure to head over to the Edith Abbott Memorial Library, 211 North Washington, Meeting Room in the lobby area.   


We are back to Home Federal on May 10th, and the word is that Riverside may be ready to take us back by the end of May.


May 3rd Club Meeting at Public Library Steve Fosselman 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Apr 29, 2011
5630 conference

One last round of congratulations to Rotarian Ken Gnadt for being awarded the Ben Hormel Award for Rotary members who have shown outstanding service in the community. Ken was recognized for many years of active service including his work as a past district governor in Rotary, in fundraising for the State Fair, in his church, as former mayor and as a Rotarian while living in Taiwan.  Great going Ken!

Our club was also recognized with the Presidential Citation award in the four avenues of service to community, club, vocational and international.  Congratulations fellow Rotarians!

Awards for our Club at District 5630 Conference Steve Fosselman 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Apr 29, 2011
Thanks Grand Island Independent for the excellent story at
What if you had the ticket to eradicate polio worldwide and to ensure a better future for the youth leaders in our community?  Well, there ARE tickets available - to Grand Island Rotary Club's upcoming fundraiser "Taste of Grand Island and the World".  What a wonderful and fun opportunity to sample delicious food and drink, bid on auction items, and do so much for so many through Rotary Polio Plus and Youth Leadership Tomorrow!   The tasting starts at 5:30 PM on May 7th at the Platt Duetsche and the auction starts at 7:30.
Your Ticket to a Wonderful Future for Our Community and World! Steve Fosselman 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Apr 03, 2011
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Security and Integrity of Your Data Steve Fosselman 2011-04-03 17:23:31Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Apr 02, 2011

Welcome to our Rotary Club - We are Humanity in Motion! 


Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Humanity in Motion Steve Fosselman 2011-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Mar 26, 2011
ClubRunner makes it easy to publish your weekly Club eBulletin, and send to all members and friends of the club, by incorporating home page stories and events with the push of a button.
Integrated eBulletin for Easier Communication Steve Fosselman 2011-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Fosselman on Mar 26, 2011

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively. ClubRunner is an all-in-one membership and communication software package designed for Rotary. More than just an easy-to-use website, it is a complete online package comprised of several modules, all designed to maintain your members' data, facilitate interactive communication, organize events and volunteers, distribute email newsletters and broadcast communications, improve public relations, and help run a club more efficiently.Accessible by all club members through a password protected member area, it allows every member to access key information to communicate much more effectively, as well as share information and collaborate better, as well as automate administrative functions such as attendance tracking and billing. Membership changes to the database are automatically communicated to Rotary International, therefore also saving the Club Secretary from performing double data entry.Online registrations for events and volunteer activities, automatic email services, and an integrated e-Bulletin, among other features, makes it easy to promote your club's activities.

The website features easy to use content management tools, where you don't need to have a technical background to maintain the site, and with the new Website Designer 2.0 interface, you can customize your site to reflect your club's identity and style.

For more information on ClubRunner, visit ClubRunner's Website and discover how to take full advantage of the features of ClubRunner.

Welcome to our New Website - Still at Steve Fosselman 2011-03-27 00:00:00Z 0