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Elkhorn Hills In the News

Congratulations to the following members of Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church for their hard work and accomplishments in the news recently.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 NIV

Elkhorn Honor Roll (Middle School, Valley View, and Grandview)

Megan Bruner, Gage Cammack, Jacob Landers, Max Langland, Jake Rance, Sarah Riddell, Scott Riddell, Ashleigh Ritter, Nathaniel Robinson, Jaycee Schutte, Caroline Thompson, Sawyer Thompson, and Joshua Uehling.

Elkhorn South High School Honor Roll

Kadi Carleton, Meg Carney, Luke Downs, Max Dunham, Ben Fink, Jonathan Fink, Seth Fink, Kaleigh Holcomb, and Joshua Landers.

Elkhorn High School Honor Roll

Rachel Bruner, Sierra Cammack, Torrie Cammack, Brandon Grooters, Jordyn Ritnour, Kaylee Schutte, and Kathleen Wolford.

Dick Parcher Installed as Head of Waterloo #102 Masonic Lodge

Dick-Worshipful MasterOn January 31, 2016, Dick Leroy Parcher was installed Master for the coming year of Waterloo Lodge No. 102 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Waterloo.  About 50 guests and dignitaries attended the installation and reception that followed, including officers from the Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite, Grand York Rite of Nebraska and Tangier Shrine.  Parcher said he plans to continue giving back to the Elkhorn and Waterloo communities.   Getting involved in people’s lives is what matters-getting down to the heart of what matters starts with a friendly grip or handshake.

The Nebraska Masonic Foundation was formed in 1985 as a charitable foundation and is tax-exempt under IRC 501c(3).   Nebraska Masons use Foundation funds to sponsor educational scholarships, scholarships for the Masonic All-Star Marching Band and the CHIP program.  The Foundation also maintains a library and museum at the Grand Lodge office location for the preservation of historical Masonic artifacts, literature and membership records.  The Foundation has been a contributor to the George Washington Memorial and the Nebraska D.A.R.E. Project. It has provided financial assistance in reimbursement for Friendship/Prospect Nights held by subordinate lodges, and provided funding for the national Grand Master’s Conferences.


Congratulations to Jim and Bev Sides who became grandparents to Wyatt James Morrow (parents are Phillip and Melissa Sides Morrow) of Tulsa, OK.  Wyatt was born December 21st weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz, and was 20 inches long.

Congratulations to Mike Ough and Pam Roth who are grandparents to Marleigh Valentine (mother EHUMC member Alyssa Conn).  Marleigh was born February 9th weighing 7 lbs, 1 oz., and was 19 inches long. Brother Cameron is thrilled.

Congratulations to Jo Bash who became grandmother to Payton Elizabeth Bash (parents are EHUMC members Marc and Kim Bash).  Payton was born February 9th weighing 7 lbs, 7 oz, and was 19 inches long.  Sister Olivia is also doing well.

Employee of the Month

Brandon Swan was recently named Employee of the Month for Goodwill Industries.  Congratulations, Brandon!  Keep up the good work!

Job Promotion

Mutual of Omaha has announced three officer promotions:    Kathleen Olson has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Communications, Public Relations and Account Management, at Mutual of Omaha.  James Nolan has been promoted to Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at Mutual of Omaha.  And, Gail Graeve has been promoted to Vice President of Community Affairs and Corporate Events at Mutual of Omaha and Executive Director of the Mutual of Omaha Foundation.

gail graeveIn this position, Graeve directs and manages the Mutual of Omaha Foundation and the corporation’s Community Affairs department, which includes all local and national philanthropic efforts, employee volunteerism and the coordination of civic and industry activities.  Additionally, she oversees the Corporate Events department, responsible for event planning, incentive contest support and corporate travel services for the enterprise.

Graeve joined Mutual in 2014 as Director of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Mutual of Omaha Foundation. She was promoted to her current position in January 2016.  Prior to joining Mutual, she held leadership roles at Cox Communications and Oriental Trading Company.  Graeve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor’s Board of Counselors. She currently serves as president-elect of the Junior League Foundation Board of Directors.   Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for Heartland Equine Therapy Riding Academy (H.E.T.R.A.)

Graeve is a Leadership Omaha graduate and a past recipient of the Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) award.


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