Omaha Branch Interest Groups

Cultural Interest Groups
Area Representative:  Kathleen Rotella

Afternoon Antiques
Chair:  Karlene Kingery
Meets:  4th Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm in members’ homes
Description:  Come explore the wonderful world of antiques from the exotic to the practical.   Presentations are given by members and is open to anyone interested in learning more about antiques

Evening Antiques
Chair:  Donna Sappenfield
Meets:  2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm in members’ homes; occasionally on weekends
Description:  Become more personally involved in learning about antiques through member discussions, tours of antique shops, and other places of historical interest

Art Appreciation
Co-Chairs:  Kathleen Rotella and Betsy Nichols
Meets:  3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:30 pm in members’ homes or places of artistic interest
Description:  Gain a deeper appreciation and excitement of art by looking and learning about local art, artists, and exhibitions along with exploring artists of the past, known and unknown

Music Through the Ages
Chair:  Pat Schicker
Meets:  1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in Pat’s home
Description:  Novice and sophisticated music lovers are invited to study different periods and types of music

Book Discussion Interest Groups
Area Representative:  Judy Morss

Book Discussion – Afternoon
Co-Chairs:  Sandra Squires and Betsy Nichols
Meets:  1st Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm at the Swanson Public Library (90th & Dodge St)
Description:  Book lovers are invited to join member led discussions of books chosen and read by the group.  Most selections are “library book bags”

Book Discussion – Evening
Chair:  Esther Scarpelllo
Meets:  1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in members’ homes
Description:  Members select a diverse range of books to read based on different geographical regions of the country

Book Discussion – Detective Fiction
Chair:  Kathleen Crawford-Rose
Meets:  3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm at Willa Cather Library (42nd & Center St)
Description:  Group discussion of a detective fiction/crime novel, the key subject(s) of that novel, and the book’s author which is presented by a member of the group

Personal Engagement Interest Groups
Area Representative:  Marjorie Vandenack

Creative Writing
Chair:  Mary Tompkins-Medlar
Meets:  2nd Monday of the month at 1:00 pm at St. Paul Methodist Church (5410 Corby St)
Description:  Share manuscripts, poems, stories, or articles and receive helpful critiques

Grand Slam Bridge
Chair:  Sharon Snook
Meets:  2nd Thursday of the month at 12:30 pm in members’ homes
Description:  All skill levels meet for fun and a chance to learn and perfect the game of bridge

Great Writers
Chair:  Betsy Nichols
Meets:  4th Friday of the month at 12:30 pm at Swanson Library (90th & Dodge St). Please see the Ivy Informer for schedule of meetings and authors
Description:  Each meeting a member chooses an author to profile for the group.  New members are always welcome!

Sharing Life’s Transitions
Chair:  Marilyn Bombac
Meets:  3rd Thursday of the month 12:00-1:00 pm.  Locations will be announced in the Ivy Informer
Description: Sharing insights into all types of life’s transitions is valuable to each of us regardless of our current stage of life.  The purpose of this interest group is to provide a forum to identify and share some of life’s transitions.  Members can volunteer to lead the discussion on various topics throughout the year

Global Focus Interest Groups
Area Representative:  Barb Miller

D.I.N.E.
Chair:  Diane Lux
Meets:  3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at various ethnic restaurants with occasional Saturday luncheons
Description:  Definitive discussions follow indulging in delicious menus offered at various ethnic restaurants to “get the flavor” of the area of the world discussed

Genealogy
Chair:  Lorraine Lienemann
Meets:  2nd Friday of the month at 1:00 pm at a variety of places.  Meeting location will announced in the Ivy Informer
Description:  Goal is to foster an interest in genealogy and support members in researching their family’s history

Great Decisions
Chair:  Jean Circo
Meets:  4th Saturday of the month at 10:00 am at the Arboretum (8141 Farnam St)
Description:  Discussion of international problems/concerns as they relate to American foreign policy. Briefing book used is “Great Decisions” written by the Foreign Policy Association

Leading in the 21st Century
Chair:  Marilyn Bombac
Meets:  3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the College of Saint Mary. Room location will be announced in the Ivy Informer
Description:  Our mission is to Identify and apply our leadership skills by leveraging our strengths in a spirit of fellowship and friendship.  A different leadership topic is discussed each month