The Explorers Chapter of Omaha, Nebraska became Chapter of the Year for their work in 2012.
The chapter was chartered in November of 1965. Currently there are 15 families in the chapter. The following describes the chapter’s activities.
CAMPERS ACTIVELY MOVING PROGRAM (1-5)
June2, 2012 – At our State Campvention three members did a 5 mile walk and two members did a 5
mile bike ride. During our regular campouts some of our members just go for walks – a 1 mile walk. We don’t turn this in because no one is interested in earn tabs just do it for exercise.
DISASTER AND SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING (1-5)
At our State Campvention, one of our members organized a presentation by Community Emergency representatives (Keith & Jeane Disnl) to come and put on a training regarding all types of emergencies – in your home, camping, etc. The presentation used videos, handouts and a question and answer period. It was extremely educational to all that attended. Of our chapter members thirteen (13) members attended.
The Explorers do an annual conservation project each year at Mahoney State Park. The project is done in April each year to help get the park ready for visitors. The activities were performed for a total of 8 hours. Our members did cleaning in the Marina area, pool area, raking of leaves, raking off a large area around cabins and putting down new grass seed, picking up trash around the lake and cabin area. Fifteen (15) members of the chapter participated. We also opened up the project to some ROTC kids from a local school so that they could earn community service. We accomplished a great deal of work for the park that day. Our chapter also collect pop tabs and donate them to the Ronald McDonald House.
We have four teens in our chapter. Our teens participated in our conservation project at Mahoney State park and also in other Good Samaritan projects in which the chapter does which are noted in the Community Activity of the Chapter. Our State Teen Directors are members of our chapter and they work with the teens at our statewide. Also we work with teens in the ROTC program at a school to help them with community projects such as conservation. Chapter gave $50 to our teen that was graduating from high school.
Members write letters for children applying for scholarships through FCRV.
Our chapter donated $100 to the State Retiree King and Queen to use for their needs to go to the Retiree Campvention. A couple from our chapter were the state Retiree King and Queen. Members at a chapter meeting made handouts for the King and Queen to take to the National Retiree Campvention.
Two couples in are chapter are members of the state scholarship board. At our state campvention in 2012, all our members donated baked goods and new items for the scholarship auction to help earn funds for the scholarship program in order to give out scholarships to FCRV children in Nebraska. Three of our teens are receiving state scholarships. One received a national scholarship in 2012.
WILDLIFE REFUGE (1-5)
Our members, Al and Joanie Stone, are the National Wildlife Directors. They put on activities each year at National. One of our members wrote a grant and it was awarded in 2012. Stones bring many items theirselves each year for the silent auction and many of our members do the same. Three of our members help work the booth at National along with the Stones. A chapter member made a donation to the National Wildlife of $150.
Another member donated $200.
We only have two youth in our chapter. They participate in everything that the chapter does regarding conservation and Good Samaritan activities. They attend all the chapter meetings and participate in youth activities at District and State level.
Our chapter did not do a scrapbook this past year. A couple in the chapter however has helped the National Historian several times with the program.
April 2012 – TV coverage of our conservation activity at Mahoney State Park.
August, 2012 – newspaper article in State Park’s paper for all the things that our chapter has done in reference to getting grants and conservation projects for the park.
September, 2012 – Radio coverage at Ponca State Park and our volunteer efforts there with the Expo. We have done this volunteer effort now for four (4) years.
November 2012 – Radio coverage for FCRV with our chapter activity at Mahoney State Park earning funds for our Good Samaritan Projects (such as helping children with disabilities). This was during a craft show in which we worked. Joanie Stone, member, has gone before the legislature in Nebraska as a representative of FCRV on behalf of the park system in Nebraska in 2012. Also when we attend craft shows and sell our chances we have FCRV materials available to talk to individuals about the organization.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY (1-20)
Our chapter purchases three items in which each year we sell chances on to earn funds to do Good Samaritan Projects. This takes a lot of effort on our members to attend craft shows etc. selling the chances in order for us to donate to worth while projects and people. Examples are the following as well as other volunteer efforts in the name of FCRV in 2012.
– January, Donated $100 for the Backpack Program. This program makes up care packages for under privileged children in the community that don’t have enough food to take them through the weekend.
– January, Donated $200 to a flood victim
– February – Purchased cases of Ensure for a former member dying from cancer.
– March – Donated $100 to the food pantry.
– March – Donated $250 to a young man having a bone marrow transplant.
– May – Donated $100 to help built a fishing pier for handicapped individuals at
one of our state parks.
– May – Donated door prizes for Eastern District Campout
– May – Chapter put on the breakfast at Eastern District Campout
– June – Our chapter hosted the Nebraska FCRV State Campvention by setting up all the events. Entertainment, etc. Chapter also donated door prizes for state.
– June – Chapter donated collected pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House
– June – Donated $100 to the Salvation Army
– June – Donated $250 to a cancer patient to help with expenses to continue
treatment in Chicago.
– August – Members donated school supplies they purchased for underprivileged children.
– September -Donated $100 for the Walk for the Animals through the Human Society.
– Two families volunteered at Ponca State Park for their Expo for three days.
– Donated two lawn chairs for the Expo’s auction.
– October – Donated $100 to the Shriners’ to help with transportation costs to take children to the burn center.
– November – Donated $250 to Kellom School to purchase sweatshirts, long pants, scarf’s, mittens for refugees coming to this school from another country.
– Donated $100 to Food Pantry for Thanksgiving
– December – Members purchased food and made a dinner for the families at the Ronald McDonald House. After the dinner, Santa came and gave each child a gift that was at the house. (Santa was a member of the chapter and the chapter purchased all the gifts.
– The chapter purchased supplies for the Ronald McDonald House such as paper products, dish soap, cleaning supplies etc.
– December – Chapter did an Adopt a Family – it was a mother and two children. The chapter purchased gifts for the children (4 items each) and a gift certificate for food for the holidays.
– Three families volunteer and do camp hosting at Mahoney State Park. Thesefamilies donated a total 16 weeks in 2012. The camp hosting program was started several years ago at the state park by a couple in our chapter. This program has now grown to all the state parks in Nebraska.