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Shoes for Kids

School Bus
It’s almost time for our kiddos to return back to school and we need your help.
We are once again providing new shoes to send very deserving kids back to school in style and with confidence.
Do you remember how excited you were going back to school, with your new kicks?
I’m asking you to give those same great memories to our kids.
Last year we donated over 300 pairs of new shoes!! Help us reach our goal of giving 600 pairs of shoes to kids this year!!!
Click on the button below to donate $25 for 1 new pair of shoes. Your gift is truly life changing.
Thank you,
Kimberly Goins,
Executive Director

Polio Eradication 2018

As of 13 February, there had been three reported WPV1 cases with an onset of paralysis in 2018, in Afghanistan.[62][119] Positive environmental-monitoring samples show the virus continues to circulate in Pakistan.[115] In Banadir province, Somalia, environmental samples positive for cVDPV2, related to those on the previous year, were again detected, confirming circulation of the virus.[115]

public health effort to eliminate all cases of poliomyelitis (polio) infection around the world, begun in 1988 and led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Rotary Foundation,[1] has reduced the number of annual diagnosed wild polio cases from the hundreds of thousands to 22 in 2017.

For a polio virus to be certified as eradicated world-wide, at least three years of good surveillance without cases needs to be achieved,[56] though this period may need to be longer for a strain like WPV3, where a lower proportion of those infected demonstrate symptoms.[57]

Oral polio vaccine is highly effective and inexpensive (about US$0.10 per dose, or US$0.30 per child[12]) and its availability has bolstered efforts to eradicate polio.

See Wikipedia for more.


Reported Polio Cases in 2012[103]

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s RAISES OVER $163,000


Residents of Lincoln and surrounding areas joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease on September 17, 2017 at Holmes Lake in Lincoln. Over 1,400 participants raised more than $163,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

“Lincoln residents rallied together to show their dedication to ending Alzheimer’s disease at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Erinn Drouin, Walk Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “Dedicated volunteers and businesses worked together to make this event special for all participants. The event was filled with poignant personal stories and energy to continue the fight to end this disease. This year, we welcomed a record number of participants and teams – we are so appreciative.”

Stanley Healthcare was the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising over $11,000 to fund research and care and support services.

The event was generously sponsored by several local organizations and businesses, including Runza, Alpha Media, Channel 8 KLKN-TV, Carpetland, CountryHouse Residences, Legacy Retirement Communities – The Arbors, and Stanley Healthcare, among others. Free musical entertainment was provided by The Toons, and the event was emceed by Megan Conway of Channel 8 KLKN-TV. Lynne Fullerton, a local family caregiver, shared her personal story of how Alzheimer’s has impacted her and her family.

In Nebraska alone, there are more than 33,000 people living with the disease and 82,000 caregivers.  In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Donations are being collected through December 15, 2017 at

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s Association® – The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support.  Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit® or call 800.272.3900.

Together, we can end Alzheimer’s. Donate here —>  Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer’s Association

ActBlue — Watch the video — then chip in >>

Help Jane Raybould fight for you and your family.

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World Library Foundation Newsletter : March 2017

Over the years much is changed with our online library. To keep our patrons informed with the ongoing changes, we created the World Library Foundation Newsletter. The newsletter will include news and information about our various portals and the wonderful books, articles, encyclopedias, photographs, and research documents that may be found here.

For our 2nd Issue, April 2017, we would like to share with you some stories about the books you will find on our shelves. We will also be featuring one of our Self-published authors each month. We hope the newsletter will lead readers to discover interesting new books, and inspire readers to re-discover timeless favorites.

In This Issue:

1 Earth Day: Nature of Yesteryear

3 Executive Director’s Message

4 Author Interview: Junot Diaz

5 Passion of the Sonnet: The Savage Traditions and Their Detectives

6 William Shakespeare: Forever and a Day

7 The Flower Symbol

8 Best of the Best: Newbery Medal Books

9 The Literature of Vermin

10 The Importance of Being Honest

11 Stuck in the Middle

12 Driving the Future: On Autopilot

13 Threadbare: Lace in Literature

14 Rage Against the Machine

15 Food for Celebration

16 In Bloom: Seasonal Celebrations Ringing in Spring

17 Japan’s Greenery Day: Nature Reigns

18 Author Spotlight

Source: World Library Foundation Newsletter : March 2017 : Volume 1, Issue 2 | World eBook Library – eBooks | Read eBooks online

Warren Buffett’s Best Investment | Bill Gates

Rotary’s Polio Efforts Praised by Bill and Melinda Gates.  “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.”
In 2015, there were 74 reported cases of polio.
In 2016, that number dropped to 37.
So far, in 2017, that number has dropped even further – to single digits

Thanks to global vaccination efforts, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against polio since 1985, but there’s still more work to be done. This World Immunization Week, here are easy ways to support polio eradication:

1. Follow End Polio Now on Twitter and Facebook, and share or retweet Rotary and our partners’ messages.

2. Check for new blog posts and additional social media content to share on your own channels.

Every year, Bill and Melinda Gates publish an annual letter to broaden awareness and interest in key global health and development programs. This year’s Annual Letter mentioned polio among their foundation’s ongoing efforts to fight disease and inequality, specifically, the incredible progress that’s been made towards polio eradication. Melinda Gates offers these kind words to reaffirm the important role Rotary has had leading the way to a polio-free world:

“We’re awed by the teams of vaccinators who take risks to reach each child. And we’re inspired by the infinite persistence of Rotary International. They were leading this fight long before we joined it, and they’ve just kept moving forward.”

She goes on to say, “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.” Even though a handful of polio cases have been reported this year, there is a chance these are the last cases of polio in history. This June, Bill Gates will speak at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to discuss how we can — and will — end polio together.

Source: Warren Buffett’s Best Investment | Bill Gates

Rotary’s Polio Efforts Praised by Bill and Melinda Gates.  “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.”

Generous donor matching gifts to The Gathering Place |

Thanks to a generous donor, gifts to The Gathering Place through Dec. 31 will be matched 100 percent. Giving to The Gathering Place this holiday season is the perfect opportunity to maximize your gift and bring comfort and nourishment to those in Lincoln who need it the most – during the holidays and throughout the year.

Donations can be made online at or mailed to Community Action, 210 O St., Lincoln, NE 68508.

—-> You know the comforts of home during the holiday season. Maybe it’s the scent of a turkey roasting in the oven or a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Maybe it’s the …

Source: Generous donor matching gifts to The Gathering Place | Here to Help |

Annie Oakley

Phoebe Ann Moses, better known as “Annie Oakley,” made a name for herself as one of the best sharpshooters in the world throughout her lifetime. In the process, she overcame a childhood filled with abuse and adversity to become not only an enormously successful entertainer, but a role model for women and young girls. Born in 1860, Annie’s father, Jacob, […]

Source: That Time Annie Oakley Offered to Put Together an All Female Team of Snipers for the United States’ Military


 In 1987, when Commonwealth leaders met in Vancouver, more than 350,000 children were struck by polio in 125 countries annually.

Full story of Polio here —> Source: Stories

share the news of Canada’s latest contribution of C$40 million to Pakistan’s polio eradication program.


Inspiring – Spirituality – BabaMail

So rarely do we get a chance to repay a kindness. See if you can watch this and feel what I feel. -keith

Be prepared: This inspiring Thai commercial may give you goose bumps.

Source: Inspiring Advert | Spirituality – BabaMail

Give Please to End Polio Now | My Rotary

Rotary, along with , has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help.

Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Source: End Polio | My Rotary

Gathering Place Administrator Michael Ryan Fund raiser

Help us please to raise funds for Michael Ryan, Administrator at The Gathering Place.  His devotion to feeding the needy is exceptional when he could have chosen higher paying jobs. Now it is our time to help. Michael has been battling a rare form of cancer —->

Source: Michael Ryan Medical Fund by Roger Moody – GoFundMe

Michael Ryan Medical Fund
Michael Ryan is the Administrator of the Lincoln Community Action soup kitchen known as The Gathering Place at 14th & E streets in Lincoln. Michael has been battling a rare form of cancer known as differentiated osteosarcoma common in only 1% of all cancer patients in the world. Last May, cancer moved into his hip bone and top of femur. Michael has been battling these various cancers for the past 17 years. He learned earlier this year that the cancer had metastasized in his lungs where several tumors formed. He has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments at UN Med Center in Omaha since February of this year with some positive results.
Obviously it is expensive to go back and forth to Omaha for regular treatments. Expenses not covered by insurance plus expenses related to his family staying in Omaha during the treatments add up. We have established the Michael Ryan Medical Fund to help him and his family meet those expenses.
A small donation of any amount will help defray the Ryan family’s expenses and allow them to focus on Michael’s care and speedy recovery.

Cyclists raise over $4 million in Miles to End Polio ride | My Rotary

The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual Miles to End Polio bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $4.4 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to more than $13.5 million. This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the pavement with the Evanston tea

Full Story – Source: Cyclists raise over $4 million in Miles to End Polio ride | My Rotary

Jan 17 – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

WHEN: Jan. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Cornhusker Marriott, 333 S. 13th St., Lincoln
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, also known as OLLI at UNL, will host a free open house from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the downtown Cornhusker Marriott, 333 S. 13th St. The institute’s courses, special events and travel opportunities are designed specifically for people 50 and older.
“At the open house, people will be able to get complete overviews of classes, meet instructors, join OLLI or renew a membership,” said Dee Aguilar, OLLI coordinator. “If you want to connect with peers, make new friends and have new experiences, then come to the OLLI open house to find your adventure.”
OLLI offers more than 150 courses and special events each year. Term 3 classes begin Jan. 25. OLLI and its partners will host informational tables with representatives from OLLI courses at the open house. Representatives will provide details about special events and travel opportunities.
For a $50 mid-year membership fee, members can enjoy all of the courses, events and travel destinations. An immediate credit of $30 is assigned to the member’s account to use for a course or event. Members also receive ticket discounts to performances of Abendmusik, Angels Theatre Company, Arts for the Soul, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, Nebraska Chamber Players, TADA Theatre, as well as a new-member discount with Friends of the Ross Theatre and a 10-percent discount on books at the University Bookstore.
Term 3 will include courses associated with this year’s theme, “The Face of Lincoln: History, Culture and Change,” and special events related to the coming presidential election.
> The “Introduction to Chinese Culture” six-week course will help participants experience the rich cultural heritage of the ancient civilization.
> No institution plays a larger role in the assimilation of refugees and immigrants than public schools. “From Everywhere … They Became Americans” is a course that will provide an overview of how Lincoln and Crete public schools meet the needs of multicultural communities.
> See political history in the making. Travel with other interested political junkies to a caucus location in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to see firsthand the process by which Republicans narrow the field of presidential candidates.

For further information, email, visit <>  or call 402-472-6265 <tel:402-472-6265> .
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNL is a member-driven organization committed to providing and promoting superior-quality, high-appeal learning experiences, special events and travel that bring together adults 50 and older who believe that “curiosity never retires.”

Source: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Courts Matter in the Lives of Native Women and Native Youth

I don’t like pointing out negatives but this just needs to be discovered by more who care about the Tribal Issues — -keith

In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a national chain of stores is asking for the elimination of all tribal court civil jurisdiction over non-Indian conduct on tribal lands. This would be alarming enough without also knowing that this case was originally filed in Tribal Court on behalf of a Native child who was sexually assaulted by a Dollar General supervisor for a job training program. The corporation is trying to avoid accountability for the conduct of its employee who committed sexual violence by arguing that it is unconstitutional for the Tribal Court to exercise jurisdiction over an assault perpetrated on tribal lands. This case has huge implications and yet many people don’t even know it is was heard by the Supreme Court on December 7th.

Source: Courts Matter in the Lives of Native Women and Native Youth

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