Sarpy County Pachyderm Luncheon Announcement
Oct 3rd, Thursday
Hy-Vee in Shadow Lake
Highway 370 at 72nd Street
Shadow Lake Towne Center
Now centrally located in Sarpy County
Our speaker on that Thursday will be:
Ben Sasse, Candidate for the Federal Senate
Bio: Ben Sasse was born in Plainview and raised in Fremont. Like most Nebraskans, his early life lessons were in the twin values of working hard and getting a good education. Nebraska offered plenty of opportunities for both.
His first job was walking beans in Hooper, then four years with Schlapfer Detassling working corn fields across Colfax, Dodge, and Saunders counties. In the fall, Ben sold pop at Husker football games. For fun, there was hunting and fishing along the Platte with his brothers. As for politics, he started out volunteering on Kay Orr’s first campaign for governor back in 1986.
Ben understands the power of education and is committed to lifelong learning. From his frequent questions in Miss Aronson’s second grade class at Trinity Lutheran School to failed science experiments at Fremont High School, he has never stopped.
Ben was recruited to wrestle at Harvard, then played football at Oxford. He continued his studies at St. John’s and earned his Ph.D. at Yale.
While on a Christian mission trip in college, Ben met Melissa McLeod, and three years later they were married.
He began his business career with the Boston Consulting Group, advising organizations in crisis management, and eventually worked with a broad array of clients, including airlines, utilities, manufacturers, the FBI, and the government of Iraq.
As an expert on healthcare and policy, he sits on various boards and has advised private equity clients on health sector strategy.
Ben has served as chief of staff for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and at the Office of Legal Policy, the internal think-tank of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, the federal government’s largest agency, from 2007 to 2009. His work focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and the unsustainability of national entitlement spending. He fostered efforts to stimulate entrepreneurial innovation from doctors, hospitals and adjacent industries through market based solutions.
In 2009 Ben became one of the youngest chief executives in American higher education when he was named the 15th president of Midland University. Midland was struggling at the time, facing declining enrollment, aging facilities, and mounting debt.
Midland has since become Nebraska’s fastest growing college, nearly doubling in enrollment in just three years and adding 11 varsity sports. The college has recently secured a second campus and is poised to continue its revitalization.
Midland’s turnaround is just one example of Ben’s contributions as a leader who is rooted in Nebraska values and committed to making a difference.
Ben has also been a leading critic of Obamacare. He pressed lawmakers to reject the false premise of Obamacare long before Congress elected to pass the law without even reading it. He appears regularly to discuss the issue and has become one of the foremost supporters of efforts to repeal and replace this failed legislation.
Ben and Melissa Sasse, now married for 18 years, worship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where his great-grandfather carved the altar and more than four generations of Ben’s family have belonged.
Now living just a few miles from where Ben grew up, the couple are raising three children. Led by Melissa, a former school teacher and guidance counselor, the couple homeschool Corrie 12, Alex 9, and Breck 2 in their Fremont area home.
October 17th Steve Patterson, MUD Board of Directors
November 7th Tim Gay, OPPD Director
November 21st Senator Charlie Janssen, candidate for Governor
December 5th Pete Ricketts, candidate for Governor
December 19th Congressman Lee Terry
Am working on scheduling the State Official Candidates, our Congressmen Fortenberry & Terry, County, & Senatorial Candidates in the 2014 races.
For those who have not attended before, you do not need a reservation. You will purchase your food downstairs in the Hy-Vee buffet line and then come upstairs to the meeting facility. Meal generally cost less than $7. A $2 donation is requested to cover the room rental and help pay for the Speakers lunch. I will pick up Ben's lunch.
Our meeting schedule is:
12:00 Begin meeting with Pledge of Allegiance and invocation.
12:05 Announcements and comments from elected officials, candidates, & party officials.
12:12 Introduction of speaker.
1:00 Adjournment Our meetings are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.
Everyone is Welcome. Please forward this notice to anyone you feel would be interested in attending and BRING A FRIEND.