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Lori Wilkinson
           “The Sunken Gardens gazebo                                                                                       Location Real Estate, LLC
           was sponsored by Club 14 in                                                                                   Realtor, Partner, GRI, SRES, CRS
             recognition of the 100 th                                                                                            402-570-4687
               anniversary of Rotary                                                                                     lwilkinson@locationlincoln.com
              International in 2005.”
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                    Rotary Club 14            families of Elliot School in 2010 by
               110 th  Anniversary Story      building a grand entrance to the
             The Downtown Lincoln Rotary      school in honor of the 100 th
          Club will celebrate its 110 th      anniversary of the Lincoln club.
          anniversary Saturday, June 6,          As the oldest and largest of the
          2020 with a worldwide virtual       service organizations in Lincoln,
          event and champagne toast. The      the club has made a major impact
          club was the 14 th  founded in the  on the quality of life in the city
          current global network of 35,000    supporting important initiatives
          service clubs around the world      like the Tom Osborne TeamMates
          with more than 1.2 million mem-     mentoring program, the Lincoln
          bers.                               Children’s Zoo, the Gathering
             As a result of the current pan-  Place and many other local initia-
          demic gathering restrictions, the   tives.
          club will celebrate virtually via      As part of Rotary International,
          Zoom and Facebook and the           Club 14 has participated in proj-
          event will include toasts from      ects around the world including
          around the world as well as local   schools and medical clinic support                                                 2825 North
          leadership. Club members will cel-  in the Dominican Republic, fresh                                                      14th St.
          ebrate from their own homes and     water projects in many other
          other locations as they “raise a    countries and the worldwide
          toast” to this significant achieve-  Rotary effort to eradicate Polio
          ment.                               and other childhood diseases
             Rotary Club 14, as it is now     through the PolioPlus initiative.
          known, has been an enduring         Club 14 members have donated
          entity in the world of Lincoln serv-  more than $250,000 to support
          ice organizations since its found-  the Rotary worldwide effort to
          ing on June 6, 1910. It has includ-  eradicate polio. The initiative is
          ed local business, professional     on-going, but massive progress
          and community leadership repre-     has been made and only a few
          sentatives throughout its history   cases remain in small, remote
          and today continues to be the       pockets of select countries.
          largest organization of its kind in    In addition the club annually
          Lincoln and, in fact, it stands out  welcomes students from all over
          as one of the largest Rotary Clubs  the world who will be studying at
          in the world.                       area universities and colleges by
             The mission of Rotary is to      hosting an international student
          provide service to others, promote  picnic. Students appreciate the
          integrity and advance world         warm greeting as they have just
          understanding, goodwill and         entered the country and are
          peace through a fellowship of       preparing for school in a foreign
          business, professional and com-     land.
          munity leaders. From its begin-        Participation in the organization
          ning in 1910, Rotary Club 14 has    has continued to be strong with
          been a promoter of the city and a   more than 250 members and
          source of inspiration for its needs  most of them contributing to the
          and aspirations.                    club’s local foundation that was
             Rotary 14 has taken significant  officially started in 1997.  The
          steps over its history to provide   foundation now has more than $2
          leadership on major community       Million in assets and annually
          projects like the founding of       generates income to support
          Lincoln General Hospital (Now       many Lincoln projects. The club’s
          Bryan West) in the early 1920’s.    110 th  anniversary will mark the
          Inspired by the Spanish flu epi-    distribution of the largest gift in
          demic and the need for a local      the foundation’s history with a
          hospital, Rotary 14 led the way in  $200,000 grant to support a major
          raising the initial $100,000 in     Lincoln community project.
          “seed” funds for the hospital and      Over the years the foundation
          saw the project through to the      has raised funds from member
          end. This amount would equate to    commitments as well as major
          well over $1 Million in the value of  auction events resulting in the
          today’s money.                      ability to provide more than $1.5
             Early in its history, the club   million in donation support to the
          established a dedication to build-  community over the past many
          ing lasting projects for the enjoy-  years.
          ment of all in the city parks. The     Rotary Club 14 is celebrating
          first of these was a Rotary foun-   a grand past of support of our
          tain (dedicated in 1927) in         community, but the focus of the
          Antelope Park in what has now       organization is on the future to
          become one of the most popular      enable the group to do even more
          playgrounds in the city.            to continue to build the quality of
             The club initiated a major       life in Lincoln. A recent example
          fundraising project in the 1980’s   of significant involvement in the
          to build a “Seniors Park” in the    community was the support of
          Antelope Triangle. The Seniors      area needs in the Covid-19 relief
          Park is now referred to as the      funds. The club played an impor-
          Rotary Strolling Garden and is a    tant role and will continue to keep
          destination for family picnics, wed-  this project in mind as new ideas
          ding pictures and other activities.   and solutions develop.
             One of the club’s grandest          Lincoln Rotary Club 14:
          achievements was done in coop-      Celebrating 110 years of service
          eration with other Lincoln Rotary   to Lincoln and the World.
          clubs by underwriting the gazebo       Members pledged more than
          in Sunken Gardens. The project      $250,000 in 1997 to support initial
          was dedicated in 2005 in honor of   funding for the Rotary 14
          the 100 th  anniversary of Rotary   Foundation that now provides
          International.                      nearly $100,000 in annual support
             The club also made a major       for community projects and schol-
          contribution to the children and    arships.”

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