Rotary welcomes new fire chief 

 
‚ÄčSpeaker: Heath Reyzlik, Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue
 
Heath Reyzlik, the new chief of Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue, reported on the department's 2015 calls and explained his goals as chief. A full-time Omaha firefighter, Reyzlik has volunteered on Blair's department for about 10 years. 
 
Blair fire and rescue combined responded to 836 calls in 2015, compared to 790 in 2014. It has a total of 50 members; three are rescue only. 
 
To be a member of Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue, volunteers must be able to attend Thursday night trainings and respond to 5 percent of calls.
 
Reyzlik said his goals are to implement a vehicle replacement plan and to test whether it's more efficient to use just the North Station instead of both North and South. This could speed up response times, he said. 
 
Fundraiser update
 
Denise Dein reported that the club has sold 40 tables as of Jan. 19. Silent auction items are due to Mikki Mullally by Jan. 29. Email her at if you have received any items.
 
November Student of the Month
 
 
Kaitlyn Oppliger has been named the November Rotary Student of the Month. Among her activities and accomplishments at Blair High School: Future Business Leaders of America, band, Medical Careers Club, AEP mentor, 92 hours of service to FBLA and 35 hours of service to the Church Celebration Committee.
 
Kaitlyn plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the fall to study pre-med. She is the daughter of Tonya and Dustin Oppliger.