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Shane Farritor, Ph.D., M.S., is co-founder and chief technology officer for Virtual Incision. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is currently a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to his work at the university, Shane studied at the Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Shane holds over 170 patents and has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in the field of robotics.
Last Tuesday, we had the pleasure of learning more about Ari Costa-Ciscar, one of the participants in the Rotary Youth Exchange. Former Club 14 President Mailani Veney introduced Ari and she was supported by her host family. We are thankful to Ari for being willing to share about her experience in Nebraska and for all our volunteers that help support the exchange program. To find out more about Rotary Youth Exchange, visit or contact Regina Werum, Chair of the RYE Committee. 
At the Rotary District 5650 Conference (Oct. 13-14, 2023), Dr. Klaus Hartmann of Lincoln Rotary 14 was presented with the 2024 Cadwallader Award during Saturday's awards dinner. This award is the highest honor given in the Rotary District. 
This annual Cadwallader Award is presented in honor of Charles N. Cadwallader who served as President of Lincoln Rotary Club 14, District Governor, and Director of Rotary International, as well as sponsored eleven Rotary Clubs in the District. The award is presented to a Rotarian in District 5650 who has made a monumental contribution in one or all of the avenues of Rotary service. The award is made possible by an endowed gift from Charles N. and Ruth Cadwallader.
Member pictureWe are thrilled to announce that Eric Drumheller has been honored with the Rotarian of the Year Award for his outstanding service to the goals and objectives of Lincoln Rotary 14. This award recognizes a Club 14 Rotarian who exemplifies dedication, commitment, and exceptional contributions to our organization. Eric Drumheller truly embodies these qualities and more. With over a decade of Rotary membership, Eric's commitment to our club has been unwavering. Throughout the past two years, he has consistently demonstrated remarkable attendance and active participation, making a lasting impact on our community. As a Paul Harris Fellow +4, Eric has shown his dedication to the ideals of Rotary and the importance of giving back.
Eric's leadership within our club is commendable. He has held various roles, including Club Secretary, board member, President-Elect, and President of our club during the challenging year of 2020-2021. His guidance and vision were instrumental in navigating the complexities of the Covid pandemic, ensuring our club continued to thrive and serve the community. Notably, Eric played a pivotal role in updating our club's strategic plan, setting us on a path of success for years to come.
Beyond his official roles, Eric's involvement in numerous committees has been invaluable. From the Meeting Tech Team to the International Student Picnic, from the Rotary Foundation to the Little Free Pantries project, including providing admin support at our weekly meetings, Eric has consistently demonstrated a high level of engagement and dedication. He has also played a crucial role in managing our club's district grants, enhancing our impact on the community.
One remarkable aspect of Eric's contributions is his humility and selflessness. He prefers to work behind the scenes, diligently carrying out tasks without seeking the limelight. However, it is time to shine the light on Eric and acknowledge the significant contributions he has made to Rotary 14. His exemplary service and commitment to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" deserve recognition and admiration.
Rotarian of the Year Eric Drumheller receives the award from President John Gessert
Katie King, a fourth-generation Rotarian, has been honored with the prestigious Rookie of the Year Award by Club 14. This award recognizes new members who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and involvement in Rotary activities within their first two years of membership. Katie's remarkable contributions to the club include chairing the Greeter Committee, and ensuring warm welcomes for members and guests at weekly meetings. She also played an active role in the Business Networking Committee and actively participated in the Little Free Pantries initiative, supporting community members facing food insecurity. However, her most outstanding achievement was co-chairing the Rise.Shine.Give. event with Michelle Zlomke. Together, they successfully raised an impressive $38,000 for Club 14 Foundation, presenting a generous check to HopeSpoke to support their vital work in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. Katie's commitment to service and her unwavering dedication to the Rotary's values make her a true exemplar of "Service Above Self," and deserving of this esteemed recognition.
Pictured L to R are President John Gessert, Katie King, and President-Elect Jess Kinser
May 2024
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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
333 South 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
United States of America
The meeting is held in the Renaissance Room located on the 2nd floor. Rotary 14 meets in a hybrid format. Join us at The Cornhusker or on Zoom: | Meeting ID: 849 7976 2224 | Password: 661910
President Charlie Meyer
Jun 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Lincoln Saltdogs 2024 Season
Lincoln Saltdogs 2024 Season
Scott Wieskamp and Brittney Albin
Jun 18, 2024 12:00 PM
Sustainability Programs at Lincoln Public Schools
End of Year Club Awards Celebration
Jun 25, 2024 12:00 PM
Jul 02, 2024
2024-2025 Inaugural Meeting
Jul 09, 2024 12:00 PM
Secretary of State Bob Evnen
Jul 16, 2024 12:00 PM
District 5650 Governor Tom Kerfoot
Jul 30, 2024 12:00 PM
Rotary District 5650 Update
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