Category Archives: – ALL GUEST SPEAKERS –

See a list of our weekly speaker and their topic of conversation.

7/15 Speaker: Senator Adam Morfeld

Senator Morfeld did a great job giving us a broad overview of what is going on in the Legislature.  He told us the first session had a lot of pressing issues such as the death penalty debate, cutting state spending growth in half, keeping the budget low, increased penalties for sex trafficking and prison reform.

Senator Morfeld also fielded questions from the crowd and talked about being an opponent of term limits, even with some controversy.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD is a Husker fan; His first car sounds really fast; He might be able to challenge Michael Phelps in the pool…
The SOD is… Jim Krysl

Other News

Please keep these Sertomans in your prayers: Al Borchardt, Dick Finke, Larry Thorne (wife Jean), Johnny Robinson, Bill Bennett.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

7/8 Meeting: 2015-2016 Officers and Board Members Announced

Chairman of the Board – Al Borchardt
President – Kevin Miller
President-Elect – Randy Rankin
Vice Presidents – John Bernthal, Heath Stukenholtz, Stan Vasa
Secretary / Treasurer – Charlie Huff
Sergeant at Arms – Spence Vanneman, Bill Bennett
Additional Board Members – Wally Albers, Bill Deany, Ron Grebe, Stan Hart, Tom Klein, Johnny Robinson

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD has 4 boys and 8 grandchildren; His first job was bailing hay; His first car was a ’75 Chevy; He is not a Nebraska boy; He held the same job for 36 years; He is retired and wood working is a hobby; He also likes fishing, golf and cribbage…
The SOD took every clue we had… Doug Dessel

Other News

Please keep these Sertomans in your prayers: Al Borchardt, Dick Finke, Larry Thorne (wife Jean), Johnny Robinson, Bill Bennett.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

7/1 Speaker: Randy Hawthorne – Executive Director, Non Profit Hub

Randy gave us an overview of the new company started by Firespring, called Non Profit Hub.  It’s located downtown above the old Boomer’s Printing building.

Randy explained how they help non profit groups by supplying office space and the benefits of shared equipment and utilities.  It’s best suited for small non profits just starting out, helping them gain efficiencies.  Randy said you must be a 501 (c) 3 organization or a for profit organization doing charitable work for the community.  The spaces are rented on a month to month basis.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD’s first job was the same as Tom’s; He has one of each; He paid for Big Ben, but not the one in England; He has something in common with Cape Canaveral; He has some Plainsman in him; He worked for over 38 years at the telephone company…
The SOD took every clue we had… Don Piersol

Other News

Please keep these Sertomans in your prayers: Al Borchardt, Dick Finke, Larry Thorne (wife Jean), Johnny Robinson, Bill Bennett.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

6/24 Speaker: Jared Minary – Lincoln / Lancaster County Crime Stoppers

Jared Minary gave us a good overview of the Lincoln / Lancaster County Crime Stoppers.  He explained his background with Lincoln Police Department and the switch to Crime Stoppers as a civilian.  Crime Stoppers is still a division of the police department, but operates a bit on its own.  They take the pictures and videos, providing that as evidence to the public to help capture tips on individuals involved in local crimes.

Jared is pleased with the amount of traffic the website is getting and they have a good response and success rate.  He also talked about the award money associated with tips and how they determine the amounts.  Jared complimented Don Piersol for his long time involvement and support to Crime Stoppers.

Gateway Sertoma Announces 2014-2015 Sertoman of the Year
 2015 Sertoman of the Year 2
The Gateway Sertoma Club of Lincoln is pleased to announce, Don Piersol as the 2014-2015 Sertoman of the Year.  This award recognizes an outstanding member, who has committed themselves to the service of others.

Don Piersol has been a member of Gateway Sertoma for over 30 years.  He has served for many years as a Pickle Card salesperson for the club.  In the past 8 years alone, Don has helped raise over $200,000.  In recognition of his efforts, Don was awarded the “Grand Pickle Award” in 2009. The proceeds from this program allow Gateway Sertoma to help fund numerous charitable organizations throughout our community and state.

Don Piersol is a longtime volunteer for the Nebraska State Patrol Motorist Assist program, driving the roads weekly to help stranded motorists.  Don also drives a local school van, transporting needy students to dental appointments. In addition, Don had a long-term affiliation with the Lincoln Jaycees, as a past President. He also ran the state Jaycees office out of his home for a time.  Don has been involved with both the Lincoln and the Nebraska State Crime Stopper Associations for over 10 years and served as treasurer of both of these groups. Don is a true servant leader in our community and state.

Don and his wife Sandy have been married for 56 years.  They have 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.  He was employed by the Lincoln Telephone Company for 39 years as an accounting manager.  Don retired 15 years ago but has remained extremely active.

Congratulations Don Piersol as the 2014-2015 Sertoman of the Year!

6/17 Speaker: Lee Orton – Executive Director, Nebraska Well Diggers Association

Lee is more than just the Executive Director of NWDA, he is also part of the Nebraska On-Site Waste Water Association and about 10 other water related groups.  As an attorney, specializing in water related issues, Lee is an asset to this major topic in the state of Nebraska.

Lee gave an interesting talk about the many problems related to groundwater and proposed solutions.  He mainly stated that all stakeholders need to be at the table and have good communication in order to understand all of the ways water is important.  “We all need to learn how to play together.”

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD is from Lincoln; Graduated from UNL w/ a degree in alcohol studies; a so-called athlete; He’s rarely at meetings…
The SOD took some flack and was… John Schuller

Other News

Please keep these Sertomans in your prayers: Al Borchardt, Dick Finke, Larry Thorne (wife Jean), Johnny Robinson, Bill Bennett.

The Inaugural Dinner is set for Thursday, June 25th at Yankee Hill Country Club.  Social Hour starts at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

6/10 Speaker: Matt Stinchfield – Ploughshare Brewing

“Microbrewing with Benefits”, that’s the way Matt described his business.  Matt gave a great overview of his life and passion for chemistry.  He came from the east coast, where he dedicated much of his life to preservation and conservation clean-up.  Though, his true passion has come to life and he puts great emphasis on the quality and attention put into his craft beer.

Even down to the barn wood used on the inside of Ploughshare Brewing’s tasting room, Matt’s attention to detail and focus on the little things seemed to set him apart.  Even down to not having any TV’s in his space.

Matt talked about the challenges with finding brewing equipment and installers due to the boom that’s happening in the craft beer industry.  He also gave us insight into the challenge in raising capital to help get him started.  Matt showed a lot of passion for his work and is excited to grow his business in downtown Lincoln.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD was born in Lincoln; He is still working; He was a Marine; He is a past President; He recently purchased roller skates…
The SOD was… Steve Fulmer

Other News

GOLF TOURNAMENT PRELIMINARY RESULTS
The golf event was reported to be a HUGE success!
Over 220 golfers participated (57 teams) in the 13th annual event
The weather somehow cooperated after all of the rain we’ve experienced over the past few weeks
Gross proceeds are expected to be over our goal of $60,000
The food received numerous positive comments
Click here for the results and photos!

A mini sound booth has been offered to the Barkley Center, free of charge if someone can pick it up from Rochester, MN.  An Omaha club has offered to go get the equipment, but is asking if Gateway would be willing to pay for the fuel costs.  This request was approved by the membership and isn’t expected to be much more than a couple hundred dollars in total.

Please keep both Al Borchardt and  Dick Finke in your prayers.

June 5th is our annual golf event at HiMark golf course.  We need club member to help us with golf balls.  This year we are providing each golfer with a Gateway Sertoma/Tabitha logoed golf balls.

We also need help securing golf teams and sponsors.  Anyone interested can go to this page, Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Registration.

Heath announced the once in a life-time experience raffle that will be part of the golf event this year.  It’s a two-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Peach, along with two rounds of golf for two at both Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay in California.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and Heath is hoping that each member might consider buying one or helping to sell them.

The Inaugural Dinner is set for Thursday, June 25th at Yankee Hill Country Club.  Social Hour starts at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

6/3 Speaker: Brian Podwinski – Blue Blood Brewing Company

Brian gave us an update on Blue Blood’s plan for their new venture in Robbers Cave.  After 3 1/2 years, they are expanding their brewery.  Scheduled to break ground in June, Robbers Cave is being prepped for a new tasting room and area for private parties.  He talked about the history of the cave and all sorts of stories they hear about how it was used.  There’s a painting in the cave that is said to be dated back to 1888.

Brian also described how Blue Blood’s name came from he and his partners’ career as police officers.  Brian also gave us information about craft beer setup and production.  He told us how craft beer is growing significantly, but only accounts for about 1% of the beer market nationally.  He’s excited to offer this new tasting room to Lincoln.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD is a native Nebraskan; He is NOT a golfer; He is not a President; He was a Tiger in high school; He attended UNL and Wesleyan; He has 3 children and a couple step children…
The SOD was… Randy Rankin

Other News

Please keep both Al Borchardt and  Dick Finke in your prayers.

June 5th is our annual golf event at HiMark golf course.  We need club member to help us with golf balls.  This year we are providing each golfer with a Gateway Sertoma/Tabitha logoed golf balls.

We also need help securing golf teams and sponsors.  Anyone interested can go to this page, Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Registration.

Heath announced the once in a life-time experience raffle that will be part of the golf event this year.  It’s a two-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Peach, along with two rounds of golf for two at both Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay in California.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and Heath is hoping that each member might consider buying one or helping to sell them.

The Inaugural Dinner is set for Thursday, June 25th at Yankee Hill Country Club.  Social Hour starts at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

5/27 Speaker: Randy Rankin

Randy became our program moderator when his guest speaker had to postpone. Randy’s subject was “Choosing a Sustainable Withdrawal Rate” to help you avoid running out of money in retirement.  He took us through a number of charts showing the options available, but the optimum number to remember is 3.8%.

Randy also provided some hand-outs that explained the formula to use when figuring your personal withdrawal rate.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD was known as “Toad”; He as a Knight; and a graduate of both UNL and Cincinnati; He is retired and will soon be President…
The SOD was… Kevin Miller

Other News

The Board approved a $1,500 sponsorship to the Southwest Sertoma Club, which supports the speech and hearing function at UNL.  The entire club voted to approve this sponsorship.

June 5th is our annual golf event at HiMark golf course.  We need club member to help us with golf balls.  This year we are providing each golfer with a Gateway Sertoma/Tabitha logoed golf balls.

We also need help securing golf teams and sponsors.  Anyone interested can go to this page, Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Registration.

Heath announced the once in a life-time experience raffle that will be part of the golf event this year.  It’s a two-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Peach, along with two rounds of golf for two at both Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay in California.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and Heath is hoping that each member might consider buying one or helping to sell them.

The Inaugural Dinner is set for Thursday, June 25th at Yankee Hill Country Club.  Social Hour starts at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

5/20 Speaker: Andy Vaughn: Director of Football Operations and Recruiting at UNL

Andy recently arrived in Lincoln along with Coach Mike Riley and others, coming from Oregon State.  Andy is really excited to be in Lincoln and a part of our historic program. He explained his role with the team and broke down their focus into three main areas: 1. The team they have in place today. 2. Enriching the lives of kids that are here now. 3. Preparing the for the group coming in.

Andy explained that a major priority is kids in a 500 mile radius.  This has a lot to do with being close to home and their intentional relationships with players’ families.  Andy was blown away by the Spring Game attendance and is ready to get to real games this fall.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: This SOD was described as being a “stud”; His hometown is the Home of David Letterman’s Top Ten List; His hobbies include golfing, fishing/hunting and anything outdoors…
The SOD was… Heath Stukenholtz

Other News

The Board approved a $1,500 sponsorship to the Southwest Sertoma Club, which supports the speech and hearing function at UNL.  This is the second printing in the bulletin and will be voted on at the next meeting.

June 5th is our annual golf event at HiMark golf course.  We need club member to help us with golf balls.  This year we are providing each golfer with a Gateway Sertoma/Tabitha logoed golf balls.

We also need help securing golf teams and sponsors.  Anyone interested can go to this page, Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Registration.

Heath announced the once in a life-time experience raffle that will be part of the golf event this year.  It’s a two-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Peach, along with two rounds of golf for two at both Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay in California.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and Heath is hoping that each member might consider buying one or helping to sell them.

The Inaugural Dinner is set for Thursday, June 25th at Yankee Hill Country Club.  Social Hour starts at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!

5/13 Speaker: Jeff McArthur – Author, The American Game

Jeff is the author of a book: The American Game, a fictional accounting of the game of baseball during the Civil War.  He peppered us with antidotes about the Civil War and how soldiers from different sides came together.  Baseball was one of those ways that soldiers got to know each other, outside of the battle fields.

Jeff gave us great insight into these acts and provided a new look at this era and the beginning of baseball in America.  Jeff stuck around afterwards and signed copies of his book.

OTHER MEETING NOTES…

Sertoman of the Day (SOD)
Clues: Tom Klein gave one clue; He lives south of O Street…
The SOD was… Guessed by Stan Hart, as Stan Hart and he was right!

Other News

The Board approved a $1,500 sponsorship to the Southwest Sertoma Club, which supports the speech and hearing function at UNL.  This is the first printing of the approval and will be voted on after another printing in the bulletin.

June 5th is our annual golf event at HiMark golf course.  We need club member to help us with golf balls.  This year we are providing each golfer with a Gateway Sertoma/Tabitha logoed golf balls.

We also need help securing golf teams and sponsors.  Anyone interested can go to this page, Gateway Sertoma Golf Event Registration.

Heath announced the once in a life-time experience raffle that will be part of the golf event this year.  It’s a two-night stay at The Lodge at Pebble Peach, along with two rounds of golf for two at both Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay in California.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and Heath is hoping that each member might consider buying one or helping to sell them.

The Inaugural Dinner is set for Thursday, June 25th at Yankee Hill Country Club.  Social Hour starts at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm.

We are in need of some new faces at our meetings.  It’s time to start thinking about who might be good prospects to become a Gateway Sertoma Member.  Invite them to breakfast and have them try it out.

Do you have hearing aids?  Hearing Aid Bank is accepting used hearing aids to be refurbished.  Bring them in to our weekly meeting and they’ll be taken to the Barkley Center. 

DONT FORGET TO BRING IN THOSE BOX TOPS!