News Release

Local Woodmen of the World Lodges to Host Annual Awards Banquet Honoring Community Leaders

August 10, 2011

Omaha, Neb.– Woodmen of the World Alpha Lodge, Lodge 16 and Lodge 6124 will host their Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, August 11 at the DC Centre in Omaha.

Each lodge has selected a local winner in the following categories: Community Leadership, Caring For Others, Contribution to Youth Award, Environmental Award, Community Partner Award, and the Lifesaver Award.

Lodge Award Recipients:

Lodge 1

  • Paul & Lori Hogan, founders of Home Instead,  Community Leader Award
  • Nimansha Jain & Akansha Jain, volunteers, Caring for Others Award
  • Becca Gilbert, Offutt Collision Center, Environmental Award
  • Heartland Family Service - Solomon Girls, Community Partner Award
  • Ryan Sullivan, Lifesaver Award

Lodge 16

  • George Sturm, Board Chair of the Spina Bifida Association of America, Community Leader Award
  • Janet Goodman, Nebraska AIDS Project, Caring for Others Award
  • Charlie Richardson, volunteer, Contribution to Youth Award
  • Bob & Judy McAlaster, founders "Keep Zorinsky Beautiful," Environmental Award
  • Together Inc., Community Partner Award
  • Mike Seeba, Lifesaver Award

Lodge 6124

  • Willie Barney, North Omaha community leader, Community Leader Award
  • George Anderson, track coach, Caring for Others Award
  • Herbert King, North Omaha community gardens, Environmental Award
  • GBT Academy of the Arts, Community Partner Award
  • Kathy Griess, Lifesaver Award

Please see attached document for information on each award recipient. The DC Centre is located at 11830 Stonegate Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.


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