Greetings from the Central Region!
I'm Dan McCabe '04, Regional Director for the Central Region. I began my term on July 1, 2020. I currently live in St. Louis with my wife and two children. Over the years I have been active in the St Louis Club, and helped to organize a St Louis virtual trivia night, as well as hosted a virtual cooking night featuring spaghetti carbonara.
The Central Region has 20 clubs across the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We have experienced growth and 4 of our clubs are moving up a club size in 2021.
Our Central Regional Director Network, is composed of Eddie Jimenez '11 MBA (Diversity Council), John Hickey '69 (NDSA), Erin Schneeman '80 (NDWC), and Maggie Rohlk '15 (YoungND). These Regional Directors are a great resource for our clubs.
2020 brought its fair share of challenges, many of the clubs took the time to explore new technology solutions to stay in touch. From the Dial-a-Domer program, to hosting board meetings over Zoom, the Irish have embraced this new technology. This included 10 clubs that have fully migrated over to the MyNotreDame platform. For those that haven’t done the move, I highly recommend it. One word of warning, looking for the South Central Wisconsin Club will return no results – they changed their name to the Notre Dame Club of Madison.
Here is a snapshot of just some of what our dynamic clubs have done this past year
The Notre Dame Club of Black Hills has worked to identify affinity program coordinators. Many of the clubs participated in the ND Women Connect shared reads and joined the talks with both Niele Ivey and Paqui Kelly.
Minnesota created a Diversity Committee to identify additional opportunities of engagement for all members and to increase diverse programming. St. Louis is currently working with current students over winter session to identify new programming.
Milwaukee engaged Young Alumni in the area during a virtual happy hour and their Young Alumni Coordinator has been working to create a small business catalog to share with the network to promote small businesses in the area.
Many of the Golden Domers’ have switched to virtual get togethers to help stay safe during the current pandemic.
Our clubs actively promoted the virtual UND Celebration event (you may have seen myself and my home haircut asking of question of Jack Swarbrick).
The Notre Dame Club of Madison and the Northeastern Wisconsin cohosted a virtual trivia night.
Omaha hosted Mike Frank for a virtual football kickoff event to talk about the upcoming season.
Career Connections -
With this being the newest C, we are excited to see what our clubs will do. The Notre Dame Club of Minnesota hosted a virtual networking event, which included Juliana Newbill who talked about Irish Compass and effective virtual networking.
While many of the in-person events have been delayed or cancelled due to the pandemic, Milwaukee and St. Louis still collected donations for their ongoing charitable work.
Most clubs promoted and participated in Meals with Muffet - including South Dakota.
Northeastern Wisconsin hosted a virtual presentation with a Notre Dame Shaffer Fellow on environmental law.
Our clubs got creative this past summer, as it was time to welcome the incoming freshman to the Notre Dame family.
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City hosted a car parade to go by the homes of incoming freshmen. Des Moines, St. Louis - and several other clubs - hosted virtual student send-offs. Omaha delivered yard signs to incoming freshmen.
We’ve had a great year here in the Central Region, and are looking forward to an even better 2021!