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Get tickets now for annual fashion show benefit

By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Si et oui ... Last Wednesday, local artist Rhonda Campbell celebrated her birthday with friends and introduced them to her new fine art photographic show at Buonarroti Ristorante in downtown Lincoln. Rhonda and husband, John Campbell, welcomed Charlotte and Merle Cooper, Marj and Bob Crisp, Terry Dorsey, JoAnn and Dan Erlin, and Bettye and Jack Wartleib. Rhonda’s current show features 23 photographic images with many of Provence. Also visit irhonda.zenfolio.com to learn more about Rhonda’s art and photography. Buonarroti Ristorante (645-7951) is located at 460 G St. Always fashionable ... Tickets are now on sale for American Association of University Women’s annual fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Co-chairwoman Michele Stark reports that this year’s show, “Caring is Fashionable,” will feature women’s fashions from Black & White, Coldwater Creek, Dress Barn and Wardrobe. Wave Broadband’s “News and Views” anchor Gerry Lyons and I, as owner of Wardrobe, will emcee. The show will also feature live music by Stolen Moments Jazz, draw prizes and a boutique. Proceeds will support American Cancer Society, college scholarships and college-student leadership programs. Tickets are $45 per person, which covers the cost of a three-course luncheon with an entree choice of salmon, chicken or vegetable/cheese ravioli. The deadline for ticket purchases is Feb. 28. Tables of 10 may be reserved with one check of $450 per group. Checks and reservations should be mailed specifying entree selection to reservations chair, AAUW Fashion Show, 5153 Wedgewood Way, Rocklin, CA 95765. For more information about the fashion show, contact co-chairwomen Michele Stark at 543-5241 or Molly Seamons at 409-0158. Going, going, gone ... Congratulations go out to St. Joseph’s Parish Council No. 9202 Knights of Columbus. According to event chairman Ron Wood, all tickets to this Saturday’s seventh annual “All You Can Eat” crab feed completely sold out in December. Proceeds from this event support local youth sports teams, Lincoln High School scholarship, annual Thanksgiving dinner, and local charities and nonprofit groups such as Ride to Walk. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves was delighted to learn that the city is working on its own fiscal sustainability plan. He read about this development on the front page of last week’s (Jan. 5) Lincoln News Messenger. Lincoln’s Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak is responsible. Hers is independent of any plan by the fiscal sustainability committee. Since March 2011, Jeeves has been waiting for the fiscal sustainability committee to come up with a plan. He understands that the committee will present its plan at the Jan. 31 City Council meeting. Meanwhile, Jatczak continues to explore ways in which she can “get the city in a more fiscally healthy position.” Jeeves also learned that Jatczak is making use of resources from the International City/County Management Association. He decided to visit the association’s website (icma.org) and encourages readers to do the same. Jeeves believes that readers will be impressed by the number of resources available to member cities such as Lincoln. For example, Jeeves found a handbook called “Evaluating Financial Condition: A Handbook for Local Government.” This handbook costs $74 to members and offers a comprehensive system that covers 42 financial indicators, including worksheets that are also available on-line, at no extra cost, to help cities “build a legacy of financial stability.” He applauds Jatczak for her initiative. She is making best use of an association membership. It’s one that offers inexpensive and accessible tools. She can plug in data and create fiscally-sound plans. Additionally, Jatczak has the option of contacting other cities to benefit from their experience and expertise. She doesn’t have to pay for consultants. She doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel. Jeeves also likes another Jatczak approach. She is developing contingency plans in the event that funding for certain programs ceases to be available For example, Jatczak has looked at alternative funding to keep the valuable Mother Goose on the Loose program running in the event that Friends of Lincoln Library can no longer support it. That’s smart fiscal planning! Instead of worrying about rumors concerning the program’s financial sponsorship, Jeeves believes that residents should be applauding Jatczak too. It’s that kind of action that may save this city from bankruptcy. Jeeves doesn’t know if Jatczak has an opinion about the fiscal sustainability committee. But Jeeves has grown weary of waiting to hear from this committee. It has been almost a year since the whole concept fiscal sustainability was put forth by Councilman Stan “the one-plan man” Nader. Jeeves is going to count on someone who already knows and understands the city’s books. He will count on Jatczak. She didn’t need data prepared in special and new ways. Jatczak didn’t need an additional $40,000 for consultants. And she didn’t need almost a year to come up with solutions for fiscal sustainability. Jatczak found inexpensive and reliable resources. And she made the most of them. Jeeves still looks forward to hearing what the fiscal sustainability committee has to present at the Jan. 31 City Council meeting. But the committee’s Dec. 21 meeting minutes reveal that 150 pages will be devoted to just the General Fund. Jeeves shudders at the prospect of how many pages it will take to cover the city’s other 71 funds. City councilmen may find that it will take them another 11 months to wade through it . Meanwhile, Jeeves will count on Jatczak. Kathy and Jeeves dedicate this column to the memory of Jim Young, who died suddenly on Christmas Day. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Rosemary, his family and his many friends. Jim was affectionately known as the winner of a downtown Lincoln business’ best-husband award. Always a gentleman, we will also remember Jim for his contagious laugh, his infinite good nature, his sincerity, his love of travel and especially for the love of his life, Rosemary If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.