This Week at Rotary August 31, 2021 - Embassy Suites
Presiding Officer: Christina Usher
Secretary: Ben Martens
Cashier & Check-In: Lisa Froehlich & Christine Weeks
Sgt At Arms: Doyle Hulme
On-site Tech Consultant: Trip Snyder 
Zoom Host: Art Zygielbaum
In-Person Greeter: Laurie Frasr & Chris Whitney
Program Host: Tammy Ward
Speaker: Kevin Wailes
Kevin Wailes, LES - Power Grid 
Kevin Wailes has served as the Administrator and CEO of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) since July 2010. Prior to joining LES, he spent 23 years at Your Own Utilities, the municipal electric utility serving Tallahassee, Florida…the last 15 years as General Manager. Mr. Wailes also served as the Superintendent of the Lamar Utilities Board in Lamar Colorado for 6 years in the early 1980’s and holds a BSEE from Colorado State University. .
In-Person Meeting
Embassy Suites
1040 P Street
To join the meeting virtually, use this link:
Meeting ID: 402 413 8597
Password: 661910
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Banner Exchange with Rotary Club of Kearney
Jeff McPeak hosted Joe Johnson from the Rotary Club of Kearney with President Christina Usher.
Letter from Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D
Thank you so much for the privilege of addressing the Lincoln Rotary.  It was a great pleasure to do it in person and, of course, to be introduced by Regent Clare.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to address all of the Rotarians that I have come to know and value across the state and the region, but particularly the Lincoln Rotary whose history dates back to some of the very early days of Rotarian service and, of course, to be now an honorary member.  I am truly touched by this generosity and will work hard to continue to exemplify the basic principles of Rotarian service.  As part of that service, please feel free to invite me back at any time.  If there are other things that I may be able to do to support our Rotarian colleagues, please feel free to ask at any time.
My very best wishes to you and yours and for the continued success of Lincoln Rotary.
With warmest personal regards,
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The Gathering Place Volunteers
Fighting hunger in our community is a priority for Rotarians. Big thank you to our July volunteers at the Gathering Place: Anna Hernoud, Dave Pauley, Suzanne Sughroue, Lily Sughroue, Kevin Wailes, and Christie Weston. Thank you, Rotarians!
Last Week at Rotary
Matt Davison, University of Nebraska associate athletic director for football, was our speaker
Rotarians listened to Communications Chair Kate Engel on our media strategies this year
Little Free Pantries
Helping our food insecure population in Lincoln is a passion for Rotarians. Please contact Project Chair Anna Hernoud ( if you have not already signed up. 
Halstead and Kucera are Paul Harris Fellow +7
Recently, TRF Chair Darold Karmazin recognized Maury Halstead and Don Kucera as Paul Harris Fellow +7. Maury's and Don's combined contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $16,000 support Rotary's work in the following areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education, and literacy, Economic and community development, and Protecting the Environment. Thank you, Maury and Don!
TRF chair Darold Karmazin giving to Don and Maury the Paul Harris pin with two rubies
President Christina Usher thanked Maury Halstead and Don Kucera for their generosity. L to R: Maury Halstead, TRF Chair Darold Karmazin, President Christina Usher, and Don Kucera
Happy Birthday Rotarians
September 2021
Larsen, Keith 01   Spinar, Don 01
White, Marcia 02   Berg, Lowell 03
Vokoun, Dan 04   Wailes, Kevin 05
Gerber, Ruth 08   Loudon, Andrew 10
Wexler, Jay 15   Ogden, Charley 16
Stephan, Bill 16   Mendenhall, Diane 17
Rutford, Kris 19   Elliott, Megan 22
Kalemkiarian, Justin 25   Yates, Kristin 25
Brinkman, Jennifer 26   Evnen, Robert 29
Michener, Bill 29   Dobesh, Erin 30
Pansing Brooks, Patty 30
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Aug. 31 Meeting - Kevin Wailes, LES - Power Grid
Embassy Suites
Aug 31, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Committee Meeting - International Student Picnic
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Aug 31, 2021
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Sep 12, 2021
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