Crete Rotary Club
Crete, NE
Upcoming Events
Regular Meeting @ VFW : Program- Dr. Kim Jarvis
Dec 13, 2023
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Club Christmas Party @ Doane Univ.
Dec 20, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Regular Meeting @ VFW : Program- TBD
Jan 10, 2024
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Regular Meeting @ VFW : Program- TBD
Jan 24, 2024
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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December 17
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December 26
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December 12, 2017
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December 23, 2017
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Boomerang For November 29, 2023
The Crete Rotary Club met for a regular meeting this past Wednesday. We reviewed the final results from our recently completed Grocery Grab Fundraising event, including the number of tickets sold and net revenue that will allow the club to fund its yearly projects. Our primary projects include funding four scholarships presented to Crete HS students, participating in a matching district grant project, and the purchase of dictionaries for all 3rd graders in Crete and Dorchester.
Another topic of the meeting was reviewing the plans for our upcoming club Christmas party scheduled at Doane for December 13th. Club Secretary Janelle Snodgrass sent out an "RSVP" email Wednesday evening to all members asking them to respond to her email by December 6th. Please make sure that you let her know if you are attending! Family members, children and friends are welcome to join us!
Our presenter at the meeting was Shelby Pedersen, Executive Director for the SE Nebraska CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).  She has worked in the field for 8 years, starting as a case worker, then moving to an early childhood educator, and moving to the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln.  She has been with CASA since August.  
CASA was started in 1977 by Judge David Soukup when he discovered a gap in the legal system and ensuring the children in legal cases have a voice.  The CASA volunteers advocate for the child, not necessarily the family unit.  They visit the child once a month, attend all court hearings, and submit reports to the judge on recommendations for the child.  The volunteer acts as a constant for the child and someone to listen to them and provide support in their case.
The children are all wards of the state, and many are taken out of the home for either abuse or neglect.  The volunteer stays with the child (or children in the family if there are multiple) through the entire case and process.  
CASA is in 49 states (North Dakota being the only state without a CASA program).  In Nebraska, there are 946 volunteers and serve 2,070 children.  The Southeast Nebraska region serves Saline, Thayer, Jefferson, and Seward counties.  This year the Southeast region has served 43 children, there are 11 active volunteers currently serving 24 children, but there are 30 unserved at this time.  In Saline County, there are currently 6 served children, 0 CASA volunteers, and 8 unserved children.  They're looking for volunteers constantly, so please reach out to Shelby if you're interested.  
Thank you, Shelby, for speaking to our club.
We meet next on December 13th at the VFW. Our program will be a presentation from Doane History Professor Dr. Kim Jarvis.
Dr. Jarvis, grew up in Connecticut. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut and a MS in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Jarvis spent four years working in college admissions in Connecticut, after which she earned a MA and a PhD in History from the University of New Hampshire.  She has been at Doane since 2003 and teaches a range of courses in the History program, including American Environmental History, American Women's History, United States and the Middle East, and The Medieval World, as well as LAR 101, Doane's first year seminar course.
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