Recent Presentations & Highlights
Each Saturday Rotarians from our club and the Konza club can be found out and about in the community planting a variety of trees in a variety of locations as a part of the One Rotarian – One Tree initiative.
 
The basic concept of the project is to plant one tree for each Manhattan Rotarian. The total of both the Manhattan Rotary and Konza Rotary clubs is 250. In order to complete such an undertaking, we have partnered with the City of Manhattan to achieve the goal by next spring.
 
To date, trees have been planted at Homecare & Hospice, Marlatt School, Lee Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School and private residences for a total of 74 trees planted so far. 
 
The Mayor's Proclamation for Polio Awareness is Tuesday at 5:30. Please join other Konza and Manhattan Rotary Members in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall at 5:25.
 
 
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Members enjoyed being a part of a Rotary Flag Exchange last week with Rotarian Mandy Eckert, sister of MRC member Chris Bailey, who brought a flag from her club in Germany. 
 
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President Vern Henricks opened the meeting and introduced visiting Rotarian Mandy Eckart, sister of Rotarian Chris Bailey. Mandy is in Manhattan with 8 German high school students who are visiting Manhattan High School.  Several visitors were introduced.
 
Mel Chastain, club president in 2007-08, gave a retrospective as part of the club’s 100th anniversary celebration.  In particular, he mentioned several current and past Rotarians who had an important impact on his life and his appreciation for Rotary, and suggested that we all have people who have made a positive difference in our lives.  He mentioned Bob Kruh, George Ham, Jack Goldstein, Randy O’Boyle, Ole Olsen, and the club’s own “Yellow Tag Committee” which is made up of the new club members, who demonstrate the energy and commitment that all Rotarians aspire to imitate.
 
The week’s “cup money” collection was designated for the Fairy Godmothers and Guardians organizations in Manhattan.
 
New member Bryan Thomason, a transfer member from Marysville, was introduced.  Bryan is with the Blue Valley network of telecommunications companies.  Bryan commented that he and his family have moved around many times. He said it is easy “to live in a community” but it is harder to become “a part of the community,” but when they were moving into their home in Manhattan, neighbors actually came over and said “Hello” and welcomed them.  This was unusual, he said, and Manhattanites should be proud of being a welcoming community.
 
Betty Stevens introduced the speaker for the day, Marci Penner, from the Kansas Sampler Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is “to preserve and sustain rural culture” in Kansas, and the Kansas Explorers organization. Marci and WenDee have written “A Kansas Guidebook 2.”  The book includes 4500 things to see and do all over Kansas. They visited every incorporated city, and some unincorporated places in Kansas, to make note of everything interesting to see and do there. The Explorers have identified eight qualities that every community has: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people. Marci played a game with Rotarians, asking who had not been to some places in Kansas that she mentioned. Virtually every member had been to the historic Hayes House restaurant in Council Grove, for example, but only one member, Ron Wilson, has been to the “Shamrock Café.”  Marci explained that you need to read the book to find out about this special place, which has a seating capacity of 2. The “Kansas Guidebook 2” is available at the Claflin Bookstore in downtown Manhattan.
The Holiday Inn Appreciation went to Sue Maes.
 
The Manhattan Rotary Club meets every Thursday noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.
 
(Sept. 20 ,2017) — The 45 Rotary clubs of Rotary International’s District 5710 have come together to support Heart to Heart
International’s disaster relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey devastated the gulf coast of Texas with over 51 inches of rain, followed by the damage
caused in Florida by Hurricane Irma, Rotarians opened their hearts and checkbooks to help.
Rotary clubs been involved with the Lenexa, KS based Heart to Heart International (HHI) since its inception in 1992. Many of
their founders and some of their board members are Rotarians so there is a natural connection and interest in supporting their
mission.

Initially, 5710’s District Governor Adam Ehlert asked that each of the 2400 Rotarians in the District give at least $5.00 which
was matched with District funds. Ehlert said, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Rotarians in our District.” “To date, over
$38,293 has been collected and an additional significant amount given directly through Heart to Heart’s website”. “Rotary
International is the world’s most significant service organization, but we are not a relief agency. Heart to Heart is, and it’s our
privilege to support them.” added Ehlert.

Rotarians have also been involved in assembling and packing hygiene kits for distribution to those involved in both disasters.
Nearly 30,000 kits have been distributed in the affected areas and the need continues. In Houston, HHI plans on providing
medical care for the next two to three months until regular providers are able to reopen their own clinics. Some of the HHI
medical volunteers are on their second tour following a short break at home. These services are provided at no cost to patients.
Likewise, in Florida, HHI is the only organization providing emergency medical care to residents and responders in the area
of Big Pine Key.

Rotarians and other volunteers collected donations at a recent T-Bones baseball game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Baseball fans including comedian Bill Murry (co-owner of the visiting St. Paul Saints) contributed to the effort.
Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, is exemplified by HHI’s, Ex. Director of Disaster Response, Sue Mangicaro, whose
own condo in Naples, Fla. was flooded while she had responded to the Texas disaster. According to Jim Mitchum, HHI
CEO, “She has not yet taken time to go home and deal with her own loss; instead continuing to lead our medical response
on the Florida Keys.”
 
At the August 24th meeting, DG Adam Ehlert presented the Manhattan Rotary Club with its 100th Anniversary certificate to President Vern.
 

Global Campus Dean Sue Maes to retire in October

By April Mason

Sue Maes, who has served as dean of Global Campus for the last 10 years and has served in other capacities at the university for more than 40 years, has announced her retirement effective in October 2017.

Maes has served the university in many roles and always with distinction and creativity. Her leadership and vision for adult education, access to education and collaborative partnerships will be greatly missed. She is an expert on building new academic programs and fostering institutional collaboration, both nationally and globally. Her network across higher education is unequaled.

Under Maes' leadership, the Division of Continuing Education was re-envisioned into the Global Campus, an important campus for K-State that extends the reach of the university by supporting more than 70 online degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as certificate and endorsement programs. K-State Global Campus also serves learners through summer school, evening college, intersession, UFM Community Learning Center, conferences and professional programs, programs at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, and partnerships with all community colleges in Kansas and many outside the state.

During Maes' tenure as dean of K-State Global Campus, the number of students graduating with a degree earned online has more than doubled. Financial support for creating new online programs and unique conferences has grown and the number of scholarships awarded to part-time, online, degree-seeking students has increased sevenfold. International programming during Maes' time as dean has brought recognition to the university and earned Maes the 2014 University Professional and Continuing Education International Educator of the Year award.

Maes has received numerous awards for her outstanding work in the field of continuing education, including the prestigious Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association for exceptional and longstanding contributions to the field of continuing education. She also received the Richard Jonsen Award for Outstanding Contributions to the E-learning Community, the highest national award given by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Education Technologies. She has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and served as president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Maes started at K-State almost 50 years ago as executive director of UFM Community Learning Center. She has served as assistant dean and director of academic outreach in the Division of Continuing Education and senior development officer at K-State's Educational Communications Center.

Maes demonstrated her decadeslong commitment to advancing rural education, community development and partnership development by co-founding the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, the University Engineering Alliance and the Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development. She also served as co-director of the Institute for Academic Alliances at K-State.

Locally, Maes is deeply connected to the community, helping to found the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation and the Fairy Godmothers. She is a graduate of Leadership Manhattan and was named a distinguished alumna of the program.

Maes received a bachelor's degree in social science, a master's degree in family and child development, and a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology, all from K-State. She also participated in Harvard University's Institute for Management of Lifelong Education.

Mark your calendars now, as a reception to honor Dean Maes has been set for 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. More details to come.

One does not replace Sue Maes, but a search for a new dean of Global Campus is starting, and more details will be announced soon. 

Thank you,

April Mason
Provost and Senior Vice President 

Kansas State University

Gary Clark

Story Courtesy K-State Today and Mary Rankin.

Manhattan Rotarian Gary Clark has been named the 2017 Engineer of the Year by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. Gary is a senior associate dean for the College of Engineering, and professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University.

The presentation was made at an awards luncheon, June 15, at the society's annual meeting in Lawrence. Clark was recognized for his "diligence and integrity as a professional engineer, and dedication to a better way of life for mankind."

In March 2017, Clark had been named Engineer of the Year by the Tri-Valley Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers.

A state society of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the mission of the Kansas organization is to promote, recognize and enhance the engineering profession by delivering professional development products and services, encouraging licensure, and advocating legislation and public policy for the betterment of human welfare and the profession.

Our presentation this week was Konza Rotary Club member, Andy Hutchinson. Andy presented about the Konza Rotary Club's annual Water Matters day, which helps to fundraise for various local, regional and international water projects. You can learn more by watching Andy's presentation below.
Jessica Davine (Munoz) Northam, 2016 Rotary Global Grant Scholar provided our Rotary Club with an update. The report is on our website. Here is a quote from her update “I thank Rotary for this amazing opportunity.  As I have seen many programs come and go over the past year in the same communities where I work, I am blessed to be a part of an organization that works tirelessly to serve vulnerable populations in the world and create strong communities.  As my host club, Rotary Barranquilla Colombia, with the help of our international sponsor, the Manhattan Rotary Club and District 5710, I encourage you to learn more about my time in Colombia, Comunidades Fuertes, and how you can be a part of improving the community wellbeing and psychosocial health of IDPs in Colombia by clicking on the links below. During my time in Barranquilla, I was fortunate to cross paths with a filmmaker who is developing a documentary on my work to be released in September. A 2-minute trailer is available below in the Vimeo link.
 
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Dede Brokesh, among other were recognized May 11 by the Manhattan Riley County Preservation Alliance for historic preservation work. Dede’s work involved research for the Sunset Hill Properties.
2017 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Grant recipient Caitlyn Web was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship for Economic and Community Development in the amount of $58,630.
She has applied and been accepted to pursue a Master of Science (MSc) in Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The focus of the program is to prepare change agents to address unprecedented global changes with specialized skill for the benefit of local and regional economies. This scholarship will allow me to leverage entrepreneurial business models to affect sustainable community and economic development in frontier and emerging markets.
 
(Pictured Rotarian Bill Richter, District Foundation Chair Jim Mattes, District Governor Nominee Blanche Parks, and Rotary Board of Director Nominee Larry Demmitt) 
 
Dr. Bill Richter was presented the Rotary Foundation Service Above Self Award by Rotary District 5710 Foundation Chair Jim Mattes and Rotary Board of Director Nominee Larry Demmitt. Special attendees from the District included Blanche Parks District 5710 Governor Nominee and Past District Governor Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub.
 
As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 50 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Our presentation today was Tara Claussen, area director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Manhattan region. Tara gave us an overview of the impact that Big Brothers Big Sisters has, as well as an update on the current statistics for the Manhattan area.  You can watch Tara's presentation below!
 
 
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