Crete Chapter

Crete NFP Chapter Report

NFP Crete Chapter Update, April 2011

On April 1, 2011 we enjoyed our yearly auction and raised $543.50 for Nebraskans for Peace.

In September 2010, Rhonda Brubacher and Jean Eileen Durgin-Clinchard presented a program on Israel and Palestine, relating the history and their personal experiences there. Following that several of us read the new book Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa, and held a book discussion meeting in November. Noting the obvious parallels between the treatment of Palestinians and the treatment of Native Americans, we then chose I Am a Man, the biography of Standing Bear (by Joe Starita) for our January book group.

In October four of us attended the NFP State Conference in Omaha, with particular interest in the topic of anti-immigration hate groups and how to counter them. Individual members attended the Unity rally to stop LB48 and wrote letters.

In the course of the fall and winter, many of our members saw the film “When We Stop Counting”, which portrays the lives of six Hispanic students at Crete High School, and how the school has contributed to their success. The Crete premiere showing was a large and successful multicultural community event, with the students and their families and friends attending, as well as many members of the community in general. Some of our members also attended showings at the Ross Film Theater, Indigo Bridge bookstore, the Lincoln Unitarian Church, and the “Wednesday Club” (a women’s club of long tradition in Crete).

We plan to continue book groups, resuming later in the summer, and will hold our annual Peace Auction again next spring.

 Jane Reinkordt, Secretary, Crete Chapter of NFP

Crete Chapter Contact: Pat Wikel or 402-826-4818


June 22, 2010

For some years the major Crete chapter activity has been a yearly auction organized by Pat Wikel.  Late in 2008 we decided to try some additional activities.

On January 20, 2009, we held an “Inauguration Party” at the Crete Country Club.   People brought potluck snacks and made some donations to NFP.  About 40 attended.  Paul Olson spoke to the group briefly about NFP.  Two new members joined NFP and we updated our membership list.

March 13, 2009, 20-some people attended the yearly auction, with all proceeds going to the State NFP.

We have started a book discussion group, with the topic of immigration as our first focus, since Crete has a significant immigrant community.  December 3, 2009, we discussed “The Middle of Everywhere” by Mary Pipher.  Thirteen people attended, including Tim Rinne and Paul Olson, who told about what NFP is doing on immigration.  Many of the group members had experience working with the Hispanic community in Crete and with immigrants elsewhere, and the discussion was excellent.   We then read “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario, and met again on April 13, 2010.  Eight attended, and there again was excellent discussion with input from members who work in the Crete schools and community, and some productive networking for cooperation between Doane College and the local English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.  The consensus seemed to be that Crete is doing much better than many communities, thanks to strong support from the school district, churches actively involved, and several other supportive programs.

March 25, 2010, was the annual auction, which was entertaining as always, and especially successful financially:  We raised $858.00 for the State NFP.   We also enjoyed a cake with candles and sang “Happy Birthday” for the 40th birthday of NFP.

Jane Reinkordt, Secretary, Crete Chapter of NFP

Crete Chapter Contact:  Pat Wikel or 402-826-4818.

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