In the very geologic center of Italy lies its only landlocked state — Umbria. The neighboring states of Tuscany and Lazio harbor Florence and Rome, respectively. Within Umbria itself are the delightful, and fun to explore hill towns of Perugia, Orvieto, Spoleto, Panicale, Castiglione Del Lago and Assisi.
 
Home base for our heartland adventure is the hill town of Citta Della Pieve — The City of Many Churches, nine in all. Its narrow, winding streets, tight passageways and back alleys are great fun to follow wherever they might lead. Citta Della Pieve is especially noted as the birthplace of the great Renaissance painter Pietro Vanucci, nicknamed “Perugino.”

Visitors will delight in their hill-town encounters with master potters, street chefs, and accomplished local musicians. In Assisi, if we’re lucky, we may even encounter a reincarnated St. Francis.

In the valleys below the hill towns we’ll find traces of the long ago passage of Roman Legions and their number one nemesis — Hannibal Barca. His story is highlighted with a visit to one of his most celebrated battlefields on the north shore of Italy’s largest inland lake — Lake Tracimeno.
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$50,000 donation to Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial
 
Kearney, Neb., Nov. 13, 2017 – Kearney’s Rotary clubs today presented $50,000 to planners for the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial. The donation was from the net proceeds from the Oct. 21, 2017 Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 2 event.
 
“The proceeds far exceeded our expectations, and demonstrate the support of this community for our veterans and the veterans memorial, and the success of this signature event for Rotary,” said Bret King, president of Kearney Noon Rotary.
 
Just under 700 people attended the second dancing event, at which volunteer dancers Jon Watts and Carrie Eighmey won the People’s Choice award for generating the most fund-raised votes, and Mark Sutko and Marsha Wilkerson won the Judge’s Choice trophy for the best dance performance. Kearney’s Noon Rotary and Dawn Rotary clubs will use another $15,000 of the event proceeds to support local and international Rotary projects, and to begin planning Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 3.
 
Kearney’s Stars, by dancing partners, were:
  • Kearney City Council member Jonathan Nikkila and Nikki Erickson of Team Concepts
  • Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Ross Finley and Dr. Camie Rose Lentfer of Schrock Chiropractic
  • Kearney Chief of Police Dan Lynch and Betty Warren, owner and broker at Coldwell Banker – Town and Country Realty
  • UNK Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Jon Watts and Carrie Eighmey, Loper women’s basketball coach
  • Kearney Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Steve Haskett and Erika Godfrey of Hawthorne Jewelry
  • First National Bank recently-retired CEO Mark Sutko and Marsha Wilkerson of BD Construction
 
Cornerstone sponsors for the event were Platte Valley Auto – Kearney-Lexington, and Younes Hospitality.
 
The date for Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars is now set for March 23, 2019.
 
Dance coaches for the teams were instructors Kirby and Ronda Andersen of You’ll be Dancin’; Noelle Bohaty, professor of dance at University of Nebraska at Kearney; Dillon Nelson of Kearney Family YMCA; Krisa Smith and Ashley Nanfito of Kearney School of Dance; and Kathy Fuehrer at Dance Works. Celebrity judges for the event were Tom and Mary Henning, Todd and Lois Thalken, and 2016 winners of Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars Judge’s Choice: Marge Lauer and Jason Sharp.
 
About Rotary: Rotary International is a 106-year-old international service club with 1.2 million members. It focuses on creating lasting change in communities and around the world, starting with members and clubs at the local level. Kearney has two Rotary clubs: Dawn, meeting at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Alley Rose; and Noon, meeting at noon on Mondays at Ramada Inn, both in Kearney. Rotary fund-raising and support focuses on clean water, eradicating diseases like polio, supporting education and growing local communities.
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Kearney Rotary Clubs Co-Sponsor Family Night at Kearney Children's Museum R. Andrew Hanson 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
August 8th Program - KPD Chief Dan Lynch R. Andrew Hanson 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
August 1st Program - GSE Team from District 3030 in India R. Andrew Hanson 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
July 11th Program - District Governor Visitation R. Andrew Hanson 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
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The June 27th meeting, President Sharon Hoffman, introduced the day’s program – Mark Harris, Associate Director of the State Museum at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  

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The June 20th meeting was Club Day. During the meeting President Sharon Hoffman honored several members for their service to the club during the year. 

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At the June 13th meeting, Rotarian Bob Scriven gave a business brief and introduced Sylvana Airan, Assistant Director – Business Contracts/Student Services Housing Contracts and Student Accounts at UNL, for the day’s program. 
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At the June 6th meeting, Rotarian Dave Malone gave a business brief and introduced John Munn, Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (an old high school classmate of Dave’s), for the day’s program. 

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At the May 23rd meeting, Rotarian Carol Renner gave a business brief and introduced Geraldine Sturtz, Director of AmeriCorps Projects at the UNK Office of Service-Learning, for the day’s program.
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At the May 9th meeting, Rotarian Julie Spiers gave a business brief and introduced her brother-in-law Tim Spiers, Well Site Leader and Supervisor on an Off-Shore Drilling Rig for BP, for the day’s program. 

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April 25th Program - U.S. Senator Ben Nelson R. Andrew Hanson 2011-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
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At the April 4th meeting, Rotarian Hannah Stone gave a business brief and introduced Mike McCoy, General Manager for the Nebraska Danger football team in Grand Island, for the day’s program. 

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A April Fools’ Day Rotary Social was held April 1, 2011, at the Kearney Ramada Inn Piano Bar.

Those attending were Ron and Mindy Bazata, Frank and Shirley Sibert, Joe Springer Sharon Hoffman, Lisa Reese-Parrish, Tammy Jackson, Jim Cudaback, Dave Malone, Doug Deterding, Richard Kauders, Alexis McNeal.

 

Thanks to Cynthia Houlden and Lisa Reese-Parrish who organized the event.

 

From the dates appearing on the pictures below, you will probably notice that the photographer either had too many drinks or may be a little technology challenged with setting the date on the camera.

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March 28th Program - Governor Dave Heineman R. Andrew Hanson 2011-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
March 14th Program - Rotarian Dallas Kenny, UNK Director of International Education R. Andrew Hanson 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
March 7th Program - UNK World Affairs Conference speaker Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza R. Andrew Hanson 2011-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
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At the February 28th meeting, Jeff Hinrichs gave a business brief and introduced the days program, Jon Bokenkamp and Ben Rowe, President and Vice-President, respectively, of the World Theatre Foundation Board of Directors, to inform the club of their “Save the World” project.

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February 14th Program - Bonnie Payne, Outreach Coordinator with UNK's Office of International Education R. Andrew Hanson 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
February 7th Program - Ray Ward, President of Ward Laboratories R. Andrew Hanson 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
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At the January 31st meeting, Dave Lenz gave a business brief and introduced the days program.  Rotarians Michael Morgan (City Administrator) and Stan Clouse (City Mayor) were joined by City Councilman Bob Lammers to learn about the Club members issues of interest.
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January 24th Program - Dr. Karen S. Sorenson, DDS R. Andrew Hanson 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is 2011-12 RI theme R. Andrew Hanson 2011-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Every day, Rotarians make a difference in their communities and around the world. In this song, which was inspired by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians, singer and songwriter Jerry Mills asks the world to join Rotarians in Building Communities -- Bridging Continents. The video was produced by Rotarian Bob Gallagher. Version one features the orchestra performing the music; version two highlights images of Rotarians. Read how to download the videos, and ask others to "Come Join Us." You also can download the lyrics and story behind the song. In addition, visit the website for Jerry Mills to see several versions of the lyrics as well as piano and guitar sheet music. To go directly to the Vimeo site to view the video click on the following link: http://www.vimeo.com/17537785 

"Come Join Us" - New Rotary Song by Jerry Mills R. Andrew Hanson 2011-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
January 3rd Program - Dr. N. Brito Mutunayagam R. Andrew Hanson 2011-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
December 20th Program - Mary Henning R. Andrew Hanson 2010-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
December 13th Program - Dirk Chatelain R. Andrew Hanson 2010-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
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At the December 6th meeting, Richard Kauders gave a business brief and introduced Bobby Payne to the club.  Bobby is a chaplain working with the Chaplain corps of the City of Kearney Police Department.

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On November 29th, John McCollister, Executive Director for the Platte Institute for Economic Research informed the club about the activities of the Institute.
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November 22nd Program - Bobbie Pettit R. Andrew Hanson 2010-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Cindy Houlden receives Paul Harris Fellow award R. Andrew Hanson 2010-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Club inducts 2 new members on November 15th R. Andrew Hanson 2010-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
November 8th Meeting - Yanney Heritage Park R. Andrew Hanson 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
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On November 1st, Stan Clouse introduced Ron Asche, President and CEO of the Nebraska Public Power District to a joint meeting of the Kearney Noon Rotary Club and Kearney Sertoma Club.
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At the October 25th meeting, UNK Head Wrestling Coach Marc Bauer informs the club about the UNK wrestling program.

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Jackson receives Paul Harris Society pin Tammy V. Jackson 2010-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Dave Snow Visits Club Lisa Reese Parish 2010-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Third Annual Rotary Spaghetti Spectacular March 24! Lisa Reese Parish 0
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How much do you know about hunger around the world? 

How much do you know about hunger in our country?

How much do you know about hunger in our community? 

Borrow our club's copy of this new book if you want to learn more about the prevalence of this issue.


 

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Kearney, NE-- In recent structure fires in Kearney the Volunteer Fire Department has noticed batteries weren't installed in the smoke detectors.

The Kearney Noon Rotary Club held its 8th annual Project Safe Holiday Saturday by replacing or installing smoke detectors and batteries.

"It's been an ongoing project every year and I think last year we replaced or put in 50 detectors and 75 batteries and we'll probably do a similar amount this year," said Rotary Club member Larry Hardesty.

Sign up sheets were put out through Kearney Public Schools, the Headstart program, and the Peterson Senior Activity Center to focus on homes of the elderly or children.

"We know that our home is going to be safe for everyone that comes in because we do a daycare here so now my family is safe plus everyone in the daycare is safe," said Jamie Shahan who received several new smoke detectors.

The homes in need of batteries were frequently those of the elderly.

"Well I couldn't install it or even replace the battery because I'm not steady enough on my feet to climb a ladder. And many cases people wouldn't get them because they couldn't afford them," said Kathryn Falconer who received three new batteries and one new alarm.

Kearney residents, young and old, recognize how important smoke alarms are, especially with the recent rise in fires where detectors didn't work.

Shahan said, "I only had two in my home and now I have seven so it can really do some good in your home as well."

"I think you can't calculate how important it is because fires kill, fires maim, fires take up property. I think it would be about the worst thing that could happen to somebody is to have a fire in the home," said Falconer.

The Rotary Club said even if people didn't sign up for the service, it reminded them that it was time to change the batteries which is usually every six months.

Hardesty said, "I think that it's a reminder, in addition to actually putting in the new batteries and new detectors, but it's just a reminder to folks the importance of it."

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