Title Author Date
Andy Hutchinson - Water Matters
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.
Andy Hutchinson - Water Matters 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z
Newsletter From President Vernon Turner
Everyone should have already received their membership dues notice and invoice for Rotary year 2017-2018 from President-Elect Vern Henricks. Remember you can pay online (www.mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary), by credit card at the meeting or by check.
 
This week’s program is Andy Hutchinson Konza Club Waters Matters Day Project. Last week’s program was our Annual Rotarian of the Year and other awards and recognition. 2017 Manhattan Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year is Dick Wertzberger. Dick is Senior Vice President and Manager for Mortgage Loan Production at landmark National bank with responsibility for Mortgage Banking with over 35 years’ experience.
  • He is nationally known, as he has been a featured speaker at the Kansas Realtors State meeting, American Bankers Association annual meeting, the Community Bankers Association, and the national Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • From a Community involvement perspective, Dick is past President of the Manhattan Rotary Club, Solar Kiwanis, Manhattan Country Club, past Chair of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce military Relations committee, past Chair of Housing and Consumer Credit Counseling. Currently Dick serves as President of the Board for the Guardians, Grand Knight for Council 8488 of St. Thomas More, and chair the program committee for the Manhattan Rotary Club.
  • That’s what is known as “Service Above Self”
  • Dick also holds degrees from Loras College and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School and Mortgage Banking School.
  • Dick is finishing a 3 year term on the Rotary District 5710 Finance Committee.
Rotary Foundation Service Above Self Award: 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.

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.
 
Community Recognition: Dede Brokesh among other will be recognized May 11 by the Manhattan Riley County Preservation Alliance for historic preservation work. Dede’s work involved research for the Sunset Hill Properties.
 
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.

Don’t forget the Rotary International Convention is June 10-14 in Atlanta, Georgia and the Presidential Peace Conference June 9-10. If you can’t make this year’s Rotary International Convention then you can plan on the 2018 Rotary international Convention in Toronto, Canada on June 24 – 27, 2018. The website for more information is http://www.riconvention.org/

District 5710 is joining our fellow Rotarians in Missouri for a special event called "Out of Africa - Into Kansas City," which will immediately follow the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. On June 16 & 17, 2017, more than a hundred Rotarians from Africa will convene in Kansas City, for a time of fellowship and to celebrate the Centennial of our Rotary Foundation, which started in Kansas City! More information can be found on this website: http://outofafrica.rotary13.org/
 
Brian King, Director of Membership Development, Rotary International reported our worldwide membership is 1,224,410 as of 31 January 2017 (This represents growth of 16,504 above the 1 July start figure). As part of that increase, our club has grown by 18 new members since July 1, 2016 and continues to grow.
 
Don’t forget about your annual Rotary Foundation donation we are only about 70% of our Club goal. District 5710 has launched a Flash Fundraiser to End Polio Now. The idea is to tell non-Rotarians about the important work Rotary is committed to finishing in the fight against polio. Share our campaign's website throughout your social networks: www.gofundme.com/neksrotary Let your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers know that their contributions will be matched by the District and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary and people like Past District Governor Aziz Memon who spoke at Foundation, Membership, Leadership Seminar know how to do this work. We just have to stay committed until the work is done.
 
Vernon Turner
President 2016 -2017
"Rotary Serving Humanity"
 
Newsletter From President Vernon Turner Vernon Turner 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z
2016 Global Grant Scholar Update
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.
 
Vimeo:
 
Kickstarter:
 
Fundly:
2016 Global Grant Scholar Update Vernon Turner 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z
2017 Rotary Global Grant Scholar Recipient 
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.
2017 Rotary Global Grant Scholar Recipient Vernon Turner 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z
2017 Rotarian of the Year 
 
Dick Wertzberger is Senior Vice President and Manager for Mortgage Loan Production at landmark National bank with responsibility for Mortgage Banking with over 35 years’ experience.
  • He is nationally known, as he has been a featured speaker at the Kansas Realtors State meeting, American Bankers Association annual meeting, the Community Bankers Association, and the national Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • From a Community involvement perspective, Dick is past President of the Manhattan Rotary Club, Solar Kiwanis, Manhattan Country Club, past Chair of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce military Relations committee, past Chair of Housing and Consumer Credit Counseling. Currently Dick serves as President of the Board for the Guardians, Grand Knight for Council 8488 of St. Thomas More, and chair the program committee for the Manhattan Rotary Club.
  • That’s what is known as “Service Above Self”
  • Dick also holds degrees from Loras College and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School and Mortgage Banking School.
  • Dick is finishing a 3 year term on the Rotary District 5710 Finance Committee.
2017 Rotarian of the Year Vernon Turner 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Service Above Self Award
 
(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.
Rotary Foundation Service Above Self Award Vernon Turner 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z
Community Recognition
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.
Community Recognition Vernon Turner 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z
Tara Claussen - Big Brothers Big Sisters
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!
Tara Claussen - Big Brothers Big Sisters 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z
K-State Rotaract Club | 2016-2017 Year in Review
Our presentation today was Ramin Rostampour and Alejandra Rivarola, co-presidents of the K-State Rotaract Club. Ramina and Alex gave us a recap of the past year in Rotaract and the accomplishments that they have achieved. You can watch their presentation below.
K-State Rotaract Club | 2016-2017 Year in Review 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z
Dick Wertzberger - The Guardians
Our speaker today was our very own Rotarian, Dick Wertzberger, talking about the Guardian Angles organization. The Guardian Angles support men with immediate financial needs here in Manhattan and the surrounding area. You can watch Dick's presentation below.
Dick Wertzberger - The Guardians 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z
Brief Summary from Global Grant Scholar 2016
Brief Summary from Global Grant Scholar 2016 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z
Cheryl Collins - Riley County Historical Museum
Our speaker today was Cheryl Collins, Director of the Riley County Historical Museum. Cheryl gave us a history of Riley county and the Museum. You can watch her presentation below, and download her PowerPoint Presentation here!
Cheryl Collins - Riley County Historical Museum 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z
Alison Felix - Federal Reserve Bank of KC 
Our presentation today was Alison Felix, economist for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Alison gave us an outlook for the U.S. and Kansas economies in 2017.  You can watch her presentation below.
Alison Felix - Federal Reserve Bank of KC 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z
Marvin Wade - USD 383 Superintendent
Our speaker today was Marvin Wade, the new Superintendent of USD383. You can watch Marvin's presentation below.
Marvin Wade - USD 383 Superintendent 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z
Rod Harms - Green Apple Bikes
Our presentation today was Rod Harms giving us a history and update on the Green Apple Bikes program. You can watch Rod's presentation below!
Rod Harms - Green Apple Bikes 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z
Jaalanee Dugassa Gobena & Gavin Larios - March Students of the Month
Our March Rotary Students of the Month were Jaalanee Dugassa Gobena and Gavin Larios. Gavin was unable to be present, but you can watch Jaalanee's plans for post graduation in the video below.
Jaalanee Dugassa Gobena & Gavin Larios - March Students of the Month 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z
Ashley Iverson - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Our newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club is Ashley Iverson, an attorney for the Kansas Department of Revenue. You can watch Ashley's introduction below!
Ashley Iverson - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z
Don Lambert - Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
The presentation today was Don Lambert discussing the history and updates of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. You can watch the presentation below!
Don Lambert - Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z
Eric Higgins - Economic Outlook 2017
Fellow Manhattan Rotary Club member and Associate Dean of Finance at K-State, Eric Higgins, gave us a recap of the 2016 world and U.S. economic status. Eric also gave us insights on what to watch for 2017. You can watch his presentation in the video below!
Eric Higgins - Economic Outlook 2017 2017-02-18 06:00:00Z
Ahmet Ciftci & Chloe Dorst - February Rotary Students of the Month
Last week we honored our February Rotary Students of the Month, Ahmet Ciftci & Chloe Dorst. You can listen to what their plans are after they graduate in the video below!
Ahmet Ciftci & Chloe Dorst - February Rotary Students of the Month 2017-02-18 06:00:00Z
Brandy Veatch - Care Portal
Our presentation this week was Brandy Veatch with Care Portal, a new organization in Manhattan and around the state of Kansas that helps children and families of foster care with their needs. You can learn more about Care Portal by watching Brandy's presentation below!
Brandy Veatch - Care Portal 2017-02-10 06:00:00Z
Janet Lowell & Robbin Cole - New Manhattan Rotary Club Members
This week we welcomed two new members to the Manhattan Rotary Club, Janet Lowell and Robbin Cole! You can watch their inductions below!
Janet Lowell & Robbin Cole - New Manhattan Rotary Club Members 2017-02-10 06:00:00Z
Brad Hill - K-State Baseball 2017
Last week, Head K-State Baseball Coach, Brad Hill, stopped by to tell us about the upcoming season! Coach Hill was very encouraged with the development of some of the seniors and is looking forward to watching the new players.  You can watch Coach Hill's presentation below!
Brad Hill - K-State Baseball 2017 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z
Lyle Butler - Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
Our presentation this week was Lyle Butler, President/CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Lyle talked about the changes over the past year in Manhattan and what he expects for future growth. You can watch his presentation below!
Lyle Butler - Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce 2017-01-27 06:00:00Z
Jackie McClaskey - Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
Our guest this week was Jackie McClaskey, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture. She talked about all the change going on with the Department of Agriculture. You can watch her presentation below!
Jackie McClaskey - Kansas Secretary of Agriculture 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z
Ned Seaton - 2016 Year in Review
Our presentation today was one that our club looks forward to each year. Ned Seaton, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Manhattan Mercury, gave us an entertaining recap of the top 10 stories from 2016. You can watch his presentation below!
Ned Seaton - 2016 Year in Review 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z
MHS Pops Choir
Our presentation this week was one of the club's favorites every year, the Manhattan High Pops Choir! You can watch their performance below!
MHS Pops Choir 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z
Peter Dorhout - Vice President for Research at Kansas State University
Our very own Dr. Peter Dorhout was the presentation this week! Peter is the Vice President for Research at Kansas State University, and he talked about the importance of research not only to the University, but also the state of Kansas. Peter also discussed the plans for making K-State a top 50 research university by 2025. You can watch his presentation below!
Peter Dorhout - Vice President for Research at Kansas State University 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z
October Students of the Month - Gabriella Radina and Sauhagya Shresththa
Congratulations to our October Rotary Students of the Month, Gabriella Radina and Saubhagya Shrestha! Hear about their future plans after graduation in the video below!
October Students of the Month - Gabriella Radina and Sauhagya Shresththa 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z
Mark Chalfant - CEO of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC)
Last week’s program Mark Chalfant. CEO of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC). Mark talked how they are advancing manufacturing in the state of Kansas. MAMTC is one of the first seven Manufacturing Technology Centers (MTCs) in the United States, MAMTC was founded in 1991. MAMTC is now one of 51 centers serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the program because US manufacturers were facing growing global competition. Companies needed help as they slowly shifted from post-World War II manufacturing methodologies. Over the past two decades, MAMTC has established several offices in Kansas that provide manufacturing management consulting services to the statewide Kansas manufacturing community.
Mark Chalfant - CEO of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z
Dave Fiser - Peace Memorial Auditorium
Last week’s program Dave Fiser, who gave an Update of the Peace Memorial Auditorium. Dave and his father Lud Fiser were both Past Secretaries of our club.
Dave Fiser - Peace Memorial Auditorium 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Vernon Turner
It feels good to be back in Manhattan and escaping Hurricane Matthew. I want to thank Betty Stevens for stepping in for me while I am out taking care of some family matters.

I heard the joint social was a huge success and a good time was had by all. I hope a lot you got the chance to socialize with fellow Rotarians and other guests that were in attendance.

Last week’s program Dave Fiser, who gave an Update of the Peace Memorial Auditorium. Dave and his father Lud Fiser were both Past Secretaries of our club.

This week Judge Joe Pierron. The title of his program is “U B the Judge”. Tom Fryer will be introducing Judge Pierron. Judge Pierron has been a Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals since 1990. He also has been a Rotarian since 1971, served as President of the Olathe Rotary Club, and is a member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Next week’s program is Mark Chalfant. Mark is the CEO of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC). MAMTC is one of the first seven Manufacturing Technology Centers (MTCs) in the United States, MAMTC was founded in 1991. MAMTC is now one of 51 centers serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
 
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the program because US manufacturers were facing growing global competition. Companies needed help as they slowly shifted from post-World War II manufacturing methodologies.
 
Over the past two decades, MAMTC has established several offices in Kansas that provide manufacturing management consulting services to the statewide Kansas manufacturing community.
 
District 5710 has launched a Flash Fundraiser to End Polio Now. The idea is to tell non-Rotarians about the important work Rotary is committed to finishing in the fight against polio. Share our campaign's website throughout your social networks: www.gofundme.com/neksrotary Let your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers know that their contributions will be matched by the District and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary and people like Past District Governor Aziz Memon who spoke at Foundation, Membership, Leadership Seminar know how to do this work. We just have to stay committed until the work is done. Invite others to join us!
 
Vernon Turner
President 2016 -2017
"Rotary Serving Humanity"
Weekly Update from President Vernon Turner Vernon Turner 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z
Chris Ford - District 5710 Governor
Our District 5710 Governor, Chris Ford gave a very inspiring presentation to our club on September 8th. Chris talked about the performance of District 5710 compared to other Districts around us, and encouraged everyone to get involved in service projects that are important to them. He also stressed the need to continue the growth of our clubs within the district.
Chris Ford - District 5710 Governor 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z
General Richard B. Myers - Interim President of Kansas State University
Last week, we were privileged to have retired U.S. Air Force General and current interim President of Kansas State University, General Richard B. Myers. General Myers spoke about his opportunity as interim President, the current challenges facing K-State and updates on construction on campus.
General Richard B. Myers - Interim President of Kansas State University 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z
Todd Holmberg - McCain Performance Series
Last week’s program, we had the much anticipated Todd Holmberg’s McCain Series program. Todd never fails to bring outstanding performances to McCain and this season is no different! Todd talked about the renovations taking place at McCain, and how philanthropic efforts have helped continue to expand the possibilities of the performance series.
Todd Holmberg - McCain Performance Series 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow - New Member
Last week, Bonnie Lynn-Sherow was introduced as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. Bonnie is the Executive Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, and an associate professor of American history at Kansas State University.
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow - New Member 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z
Richard Jones - New Member
Last week, Richard Jones was introduced as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. Richard is an Executive Project Manager for US Engineering, and is currently working on the NBAF project.
Richard Jones - New Member 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z
Jeff Koenig - Small Business Development
Last week’s program was Jeff Koenig talking about small business consulting and coaching. Local small business still drives the American economy, while service and care between individual people still drive local small business. He offers broad-spectrum assistance, straightforward analysis and novel solutions to small businesses and their related trade and industry associations. He has purchased or started, operated and/or sold a dozen small businesses in as many different fields, and uses lessons learned from multiple disciplines to help decision-makers apply economic fundamentals and best practices that are commonly missed.
Jeff Koenig - Small Business Development 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z
eBay is donating a portion of its sales to Rotary
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eBay is donating a portion of its sales from select Live Auctions to Rotary. Rotarians and their friends and families are encouraged to visit eBay Live Auctions each month to see what is available for real-time bidding from hundreds of auction houses.
 
Below is the list of upcoming eBay Live Auctions that will benefit Rotary. August includes exciting auctions featuring Elvis memorabilia, art from Montana and China, collectible coins, and jewelry. We encourage you to browse the catalog of items available for bid and to register for those auctions that are of interest to you. Remember: the more items sold, the more Rotary benefits!
 
Western Masters Art Show & Sale
2016 Heart of the West Bozeman Live Auction
13 August 2016
http://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/2016-heart-of-the-west-bozeman-live-auction-592415
 
 
888 Auctions
Fine Chinese Carvings, Ceramics & Bronzes
18 August 2016
http://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/fine-chinese-carvings-ceramics-bronzes-592202
 
Grand Southern Auctions
World Coins & Currency Auction
19 August 2016
http://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/world-coins-currency-auction-591508
 
Gulfstream Auction Gallery Inc.
Antiques, Diamonds & Estate Jewelry Auction
23 August 2016
http://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/antiques-diamonds-estate-jewelry-auction-592241
 
If there are questions, please contact rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Eric Schmelling
Interim Chief Development Officer and General Manager
The Rotary Foundation
eBay is donating a portion of its sales to Rotary Vernon Turner 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z
Dina Clark - No Stone Unturned
Last week’s program was Dina Clark from No Stone Unturned Foundation. No Stone was founded in honor of he founder’s son, Stone who was diagnosed at 2 years of age with Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous Syndrome (CFC Syndrome) a rare genetic syndrome that includes developmental, cognitive and neurological delays. It also manifests with numerous medical complications. This was an awesome program and we all learn how important and essential these service they provide are to the Manhattan and surrounding community.
Dina Clark - No Stone Unturned 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z
Bill Snyder - K-State Football Head Coach
This week, we were honored to have K-State head football coach, Bill Snyder, come speak to our club again! Coach Snyder entertained us with the events and activities going on in the football program this summer, as well as discussed several different organizations that he is involved with. You can watch Coach Snyder's presentation below!
Bill Snyder - K-State Football Head Coach 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z
Tim Barr & Marty Vanier - NBAF
Our presentation this week was Tim Barr and Marty Vanier, discussing the progress of NBAF. Tim is currently serving as the project manager and Marty is serving as the director of operations. NBAF construction is currently around 30% complete and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. You can learn more by watching their presentation below!
Tim Barr & Marty Vanier - NBAF 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z
Corey Reeves - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
C. Clyde Jones introduced the newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club, Corey Reeves. Corey is the General Manager of the Manhattan Broadcasting Company. Welcome to the club, Corey!
 

pictured: C. Clyde Jones, Corey Reeves, Betty Stevens and Betty's grandson Seth
Corey Reeves - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z
Gary LaGrange - Soldier Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) Farm
Our presentation last week was Gary LaGrange. Gary is a retired garrison commander at Fort Riley and President of Soldier Agricultural Vocation Education,  SAVE for short. SAVE is an innovative project which will help veterans and wounded warriors transition into healing careers in agriculture. To learn more about the SAVE project, watch Gary's presentation below!
Gary LaGrange - Soldier Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) Farm 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z
Pat Collins - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, we introduced our newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club, Pat Collins. Pat is the Director of the Riley County Emergency Management. Welcome, Pat! 
 
Pat Collins - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z
Bob Beatty - 2016 Presidential Election
Last week, Bob Beatty shared with us facts and opinions on the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election. Bob is a Professor of Political Science at Washburn University, a columnist for the Topeka Capital-Journal and a political analyst for KSNT. Bob has received a grant to study this election season, and spent 30 days in Iowa during their caucus interviewing each of the Presidential candidates. You can watch Bob's presentation below!
Bob Beatty - 2016 Presidential Election 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z
Carl Ice - BNSF Railway
Last week we enjoyed an inspiring discussion with Carl Ice CEO BNSF Railroad. Carl is a K-State Alum and active supporter of K-State Initiatives and serves on the K-State Foundation Board of Directors. Carl talked about the tonnage shipped by the railroad and how efficiently it accomplishes that mission. You can watch Carl's presentation below!
Carl Ice - BNSF Railway 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z
2016-2017 Manhattan Rotary Club President - Vernon Turner
Last week, outgoing President Betty Stevens handed the gavel over to the incoming Manhattan Rotary Club President for 2016-2017, Vernon Turner. Thank you, President Betty, for your leadership to the club over the past year! Congratulations as well, Vernon, as we look forward to your year as President!
2016-2017 Manhattan Rotary Club President - Vernon Turner 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z
Wendy Shaw & Braden Schmidt - Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts
Our presentation on June 16th was Wendy Shaw, director of the Coronado Area Council for Boy Scouts. Wendy also brought a special guest, Braden Schmidt, who is an Eagle Scout at age 15, and is only a few merit badges away from obtaining all of the merit badges possible! You can watch Wendy and Braden's presentation below!
Wendy Shaw & Braden Schmidt - Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z
Club raises over $9,000 for Relay for Life
Last Saturday, our club raised over $9,000 for the Riley County Relay for Life! Thanks to all of our members who donated and a special thanks to the club members who participated in the relay: Scott Emley (and his work as Team Captain), Allyn Weddle, Randy Martin, Bill Richter, Jim Wright, Karen Bryant, and not pictured Paul Bullock, Sam Gillespie, Vern Henricks and Laurie Schoap.
 
Club raises over $9,000 for Relay for Life Chris Nolte 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z
Matt Amick - The Fellow
Our presentation on June 6th was Matt Amick, founding member of The Fellow, Manhattan's first and only co-working space. You can watch Matt's presentation below! If you'd like to learn more about The Fellow, you can visit their website at thefellowmhk.com!
Matt Amick - The Fellow 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z
Randy O'Boyle - Co-Rotarian of the Year
Congratulations to Randy O'Boyle for being selected co-Rotarian of the year for 2015-2016! You can watch the award presentation, given by C. Clyde Jones, below!
Randy O'Boyle - Co-Rotarian of the Year 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z
Jon Wefald: The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009
 
 
Kansas State University President Emeritus Jon Wefald, explained some of the themes and details of his newly published book about Kansas State University. He emphasized the importance of having good people in key positions and letting them do their work, and how this philosophy helped to bring about significant and very positive changes in the University.  His book is titled “The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009.”
 
Jon Wefald: The Transformative Years at Kansas State: The Years of President Jon Wefald from 1986 to 2009 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z
Brad Schoen - Director of RCPD
Our presentation this week was Brad Schoen, director of the Riley County Police Department. Brad informed us on the state of the RCPD, as well as crime statistics in Riley County. You can watch Brad's presentation below!
Brad Schoen - Director of RCPD 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z
Allana Saenger - Strong Family of Manhattan
Last week, Allana Saenger, Curator of Design at the Riley County Historical Museum, gave a wonderful presentation about the history of the Strong Family in Manhattan. Henry Strong migrated to Manhattan in the mid 1850s, and his family continued to grow their roots in our part of the country. You can watch Allana's presentation below (unfortunately, the video was cut off before the end of the presentation due to technical difficulties!)
Allana Saenger - Strong Family of Manhattan 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z
Co-Rotarian of the Year Award - Scott Emley
Last week, the Manhattan Rotary Club held its annual award meeting. Each year, the club presents an award for Rotarian of the Year, to a member of our club who not only embodies the values of Rotary, but also makes significant contributions the club, club projects and club activities that Manhattan Rotary is involved with. This year, the Manhattan Rotary Club announced that there were co-Rotarians of the Year. One of the co-Rotarians of the Year was unable to be present at the meeting last week, but we were pleased to present Scott Emley as the other co-Rotarian of the Year. Congratulations, Scott, and thank you for all that you do for our Club and for Rotary!
 
Co-Rotarian of the Year Award - Scott Emley 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z
Inspirational Moment 5/12
The inspirational moment last week was a very special one, written by fellow Rotarian C. Clyde Jones and presented by Sandra Emley. C. Clyde inspired us by honoring his wife Midge, who recently passed away earlier this month. In the inspirational moment, C. Clyde also gave us some of the secrets to their 67 years of marriage.
Inspirational Moment 5/12 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z
Vern Henricks - Greater Manhattan Community Foundation
Last week, our very own Vern Henricks gave a very inspiring presentation about the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. Vern has been serving as the President and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation since 2013. The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in the local area. It enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about - immediately, or through their will. You can learn more about the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation by visiting their website at www.mcfks.org, and you can also watch Vern's talk below!
Vern Henricks - Greater Manhattan Community Foundation 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z
Linda Glasgow - Historic Preservation Act
Last week, we had the privilege of hearing about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 from Linda Glasgow. Linda is the Curator of Archives and Library at the Riley County Historical Museum. You can watch Linda's presentation below!
Linda Glasgow - Historic Preservation Act 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z
April Students of the Month - Cathy Lei & Sterling Edgar
Last week, we had the opportunity to introduce the Rotary Students of the Month for April, Cathy Lei and Sterling Edgar. They shared with us a little bit about their future plans. You can watch their presentations below. Congratulations, Cathy and Sterling!
April Students of the Month - Cathy Lei & Sterling Edgar 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z
Students work with Rotary Club in service learning

By Season Osterfeld

Appeared in K-State Today April 20, 2016
 

Students in the public relations sequence at Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications are working with members of the Manhattan Rotary Club on a service learning project.

The students are enrolled in their capstone course, Public Relations Campaigns. The class requires students to form their own firms where they are assigned a client. The firms spend the semester creating and carrying out a public relations campaign for their client.

"I like that this project allows us to take concepts that we have learned in class and incorporate them into a real life situation," said Joshua Martin, a senior in public relations. "It has placed us in a real work environment and allowed us to combine everything we have learned throughout college."

Service learning is a method of education that allows students to use the skills they have learned in their classes and apply them in real-world settings. This allows students to gain practical experience and learn lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom while serving those in the community around them.

"Service learning is an excellent way to incorporate all of the knowledge students gain through courses, and implement it in the community," said Allison McBrien, a senior in public relations. "It is beneficial for the community, as well as the student."

However, the students are not the only ones to gain something of value from service learning. The Manhattan Rotary Club has asked the students' firm to increase membership and community perceptions of Rotary.

"The public relations campaign will provide the club greater visibility in the community and hopefully have more interest from the community to be members," said Vernon Turner, president-elect of the Manhattan Rotary Club. "We are very excited to see the results of the campaign."

The club learned about the campaigns class through Nancy Muturi, the professor overseeing the course and a member of the club, Turner said.

The students said they enjoy helping members of the Manhattan Rotary Club because of their flexibility and humanitarian efforts for the benefit of the surrounding communities.

"They are very open to new ideas and letting us be involved in what they want to do," Martin said.

The Manhattan Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, an international service organization focused on bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services across the globe. Rotary International and the Manhattan Rotary Club are open to all individuals.

In Manhattan, members have performed a number of volunteer activities and services, including providing assistance at the Manhattan Public Library's book sale and creating a number of scholarships for local and international students at K-State.

K-State students will complete the campaign for the club early in May, just before many of them graduate and take this experience with them on to their careers.

Students work with Rotary Club in service learning Vernon Turner 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z
Pat Lamb - Teaching in Today's World
Last week, we had the privilege of listening to Pat Lamb who is a well respected and valued science teacher at Manhattan High School. He will be retiring at the end of the spring semester. Pat gave an inspiring presentation about the differences and challenges of being a teacher in today's world, and how kids can still be inspired if they have teachers who get them excited about the subject matter as well as learning in general. You can watch his presentation below! 
Pat Lamb - Teaching in Today's World 2016-04-17 00:00:00Z
John Baumann BBA, JD - Decide Success
Last week, we had the privilege of listening to author and speaker John Baumann, who is inspiring people to live life to the fullest. John was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in his 40's and decided to take action to live a healthy, fulfilling life despite of his condition. For the past several years, John has been traveling the globe, relaying that same message to others, and has also written a book "Decide Success". You can watch John's presentation below!
John Baumann BBA, JD - Decide Success 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z
Mollie Bieber - Rotaract Panama Trip
Last week, Mollie Bieber gave a very fascinating recount of the K-State Rotaract Club's trip to Panama in January. The K-State Rotaract Club went to Panama to deliver and set up water filters to provide clean drinking water to remote towns. You can watch Mollie's presentation below!
Mollie Bieber - Rotaract Panama Trip 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z
Chuck Stones - President of the Kansas Bankers Association
Last week Chuck Stones, President of the Kansas Bankers Association, gave the Manhattan Rotary Club a very informative presentation on the history and role of the Kansas Bankers Association, as well as recent changes and forecasts for the banking industry. You can watch Chuck's presentation below!
Chuck Stones - President of the Kansas Bankers Association 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z
Ella Casey - Sunset Zoo
Our program last week was Ella Casey, Assistant Zoo Director at the Sunset Zoo here in Manhattan! Ella gave an exciting presentation about the improvements, events and new attractions going on at the Susnet Zoo!
 
Ella Casey - Sunset Zoo 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z
MHS Students of the Month - March 2016
The Manhattan High Rotary Students of the Month for March were Blake Wewer & Christine Martin. Congratulations to both of them!
 
MHS Students of the Month - March 2016 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Club Updates
 
Good Morning everyone!
I hope everyone is finishing strong this last week before spring break! Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our last meeting, where we had the great opportunity to connect with the Rotaract Club from Asuncion, Paraguay through Skype. Technology is great when it works right? 
Some of the topics that were exchanged between our Rotaract Club and the Rotaract Club from Asuncion were previous service projects that have been carried out, and how Rotaracters are able to continue their journey with Rotary by becoming Rotarians. It was great to exchange ideas and learn more about the Rotaract Club in Paraguay. Great insights were gained! Thank you to those who were there, and if you weren't able to make it, don't fret, since it will be something we will doing again in the future! :)
Here are some other matters that were discussed at our previous meeting as well:
  • ROTARY MEETING THIS THURSDAY AT NOON 
    • The Rotaract Club has been invited to join the Manhattan Rotary Club this Thursday during their meeting at the Holiday Inn near campus (1641 Anderson Ave). A free lunch is included and guest speakers from the Manhattan Zoo will be speaking. This is also a great opportunity to meet and network with the Rotarians from Manhattan, so if you're available, please join in. (It is advised to presentable.)
  • RYLA North America Conference
    • Don't forget, if you are interested in participating in the RYLA North America Conference in Washington D.C. this summer, please contact Alejandra Rivarola at marivarola@ksu.edu. This is a great opportunity to gain more leadership skills and make great connections with people around the world! 
  • Serivce Projects
 
If you have any other questions about anything else, please don't hesitate to send an e-mail to rotaractksu@gmail.com
We hope you all have a wonderful spring break and see you all at our next meeting on March 27th! (Time and location tba) 
Best regards, 
Valeria Rubio
vrubio@ksu.edu
Service Coordinator
KSU Rotaract Club
 
Rotaract Club Updates Vernon Turner 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z
Ken Selzer - Kansas Insurance Commissioner
Last week our speaker was Ken Selzer, the Insurance Commissioner for the state of Kansas. You can watch Ken's presentation below!
Ken Selzer - Kansas Insurance Commissioner 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z
Bob Mullen - New Member of Manhattan Rotary Club
Last week, Bob Mullen was introduced as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch Bob's introduction below!  Congratulations, Bob!
Bob Mullen - New Member of Manhattan Rotary Club 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z
Cheryl Collins - "Manhattan in the 1880's - The Glitter and the Gloom."
Last week, Cheryl Collins gave the Manhattan Rotary Club a very intereting presentation on what Manhattan was like during the 1880's! You can watch Cheryl's presentation below!
Cheryl Collins - "Manhattan in the 1880's - The Glitter and the Gloom." 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z
Rachel Chang & Wesley Whitney - February MHS Students of the Month
The February Manhattan High Rotary Students of the Month were Rachel Chang and Wesley Whitney. They were presented with their awards last week, and told us a little bit about their future plans after high school. Congratulations, Rachel and Wesley!
Rachel Chang & Wesley Whitney - February MHS Students of the Month 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z
K-State Rotaracters in Action
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The Rotaract Club's  first service project for the semester will be the Manhattan Public Library Service Project helping out with their annual sale which is this Friday- Sunday. The Book Sale set up involves removing sorted books from boxes and setting up on tables by pre-designated genres. Rotaract volunteers will help as floor assistants, which help patrons locate books or straightening and refilling tables as needed. Then they will help re-box the remaining books.
K-State Rotaracters in Action Vernon Turner 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z
Brad Hill - K-State Baseball Head Coach
Last week, K-State head baseball coach Brad Hill spoke to the Manhattan Rotary Club about their upcoming season! You can watch Coach Hill's presentation below!
Brad Hill - K-State Baseball Head Coach 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z
K-State President Kirk Schulz - K-State 2025 Vision
Last week, K-State University president Kirk Schulz gave the Manhattan Rotary Club an update on the progress of the K-State 2025 vision, as well as the construction currently happening on K-State's campus. You can watch his presentation below!
K-State President Kirk Schulz - K-State 2025 Vision 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z
Blaine Cash - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, Jared Hatesohl introduced Blaine Cash with Thrivent Financial as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch Blaine's introduction below. Congratulations, Blaine, and welcome to the club!
Blaine Cash - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z
Pat Collins - Director of Emergency Management for Riley County
Last week we enjoyed a very seasonal message from Pat Collins, who is the Director of Emergency Management for Riley County and also Chief of Riley County Fire District #1. Pat has a long record of success and achievement in the areas of emergency management and fire science. His talk focused on the coming season for the annual burning of the Flint Hills pasture lands. We learned about why this burning is necessary and why it can be controversial and that there might even be new and more restrictive rules this year.
Pat Collins - Director of Emergency Management for Riley County 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z
January Students of the Month
The MHS Students of the Month for January are Kyndall Norris and Gabe Awbrey. Although Gabe was unable to attend last week's meeting, Kyndall told us her plans for her future education. You can watch Kyndall's presentation below. Congratulations to Kyndall and Gabe!
January Students of the Month 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z
Ned Seaton - 2015 in Review
Last week, Ned Seaton, Editor-In-Chief of the Manhattan Mercury, gave an entertaining presentation on the top headlines and news stories in Manhattan and the local area in 2015. You can watch Ned's presentation below!
Ned Seaton - 2015 in Review 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z
December Students of the Month - Robyn Burton and Bryan Armbrust
The Manhattan Rotary Club December Students of the month were Robyn Burton and Bryan Armbrust. Congratulations to both of them!
 
December Students of the Month - Robyn Burton and Bryan Armbrust 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z
MHS Pops Choir Performance
Each year, the Manhattan High School Pops Choir graciously performs for the Manhattan Rotary Club. This year's performance was spectacular as always! You can watch it below!
MHS Pops Choir Performance 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z
Katrina Lewis presents at a Peace-Building Conference

Architecture, planning & design associate professor presents at peace-building conference

By Wendy Queal

Kansas State University's interior architecture & product design associate professor Katrina Lewis attended the 10th anniversary conference "Innovating Global Peace Building" Nov. 26-27 at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The peace building topics presented included women, medication, community, youth, migration and refugees, radicalization, health, creativity and technology, and development. Lewis presented "Designing Peace" during the "Creativity and Technology in Peace Building" breakout session.

In addition to presenting, Lewis assisted the conference organizers and master of ceremonies in creating the conference's written ante narrative, summarizing the Peace Center's past, present and future peace building endeavors from 2005 to 2015 and to 2025.

Lewis received the honor of being selected as the first designer for the Rotary Peace fellow for professional studies in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University from June-August 2012. The fellowship was a life-changing experience, shaping Lewis' scholarly agenda to create a stronger link between design and peace.

Katrina Lewis presents at a Peace-Building Conference Vernon Turner 2015-12-22 00:00:00Z
Matthew Gaynor - Head of K-State Art Department
Last week, Matthew Gaynor, head of K-State's Art Department, gave a presentation to the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch professor Gaynor's presentation below!
Matthew Gaynor - Head of K-State Art Department 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z
Dr. Sara Myers - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, Dr. Sara Myers, OD, was introduced as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch the introduction below. Congratulations, Dr. Myers!
Dr. Sara Myers - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens

Fellow Rotarians, this week our club will be holding our only regular annual business meeting of the entire club.  We do this to elect our Board members and officers for the 2016-17 year.  In order to have a vote, we must have a quorum present.  A quorum for our club is 1/3 of the active members, or 67 as of today.  Our attendance lately has been close to that number, so we want to be sure we have a quorum.  If you cannot attend, I will accept a proxy vote as contributing to a quorum.  You could just let me know that you wish to register a proxy vote either yea or nay for the whole ballot, or abstain. 
 
Here is the ballot:
Vice President (2016-17): Greg Denver  (This would put him in line to be President in 2018-19)
Board of Directors (2016-2018): Gary Clark, Allison Disbrow, Cassidi Green,  Jackie Schlup.
Sergeant at Arms (2016-17): Nancy Bartell
Secretary (2016-17): George Ham
Treasurer (2016-17): Andrew Bowen
 
And of course this week is Club Assembly.  Please take advantage of this day to help our very active committees with their valuable work.  Every member can and should be on at least one committee.  This is truly where the work of Rotary gets done.  If you haven’t joined a committee yet, it is never too late.  Consider yourself recruited.   Again I will ask for a brief report from each committee and publish those in this newsletter for all to see.
 
Last week was an outstanding presentation from Dr. Ed Berger, recently retired President of Hutchinson Community College and now representing the Cosmosphere.  He explained the exciting new things happening at the Cosmosphere, particularly its renewed focus on education.  It sounds like the education program will expand greatly from its current design.  I know most of our members have been there at least once.  I’ve been there many times and every time I find lots of new things and learn more about space and all types of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 
 
I look forward to seeing you Thursday!  Thanks for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a Gift to the World”
 
Betty Stevens

 
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z
November MHS Students of the Month - Rebecca Price and Brandon Religa
Our MHS Rotary Students of the Month for November are Rebecca Price (not pictured) and Brandon Religa. Congratulations!
 
November MHS Students of the Month - Rebecca Price and Brandon Religa 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z
Dick Hollowell - Kansas Cosmosphere
Last meeting, Dick Hollowell, CEO of the Kansas Cosmosphere, updated us on the what's currently going on at the Cosmosphere, as well as how the Kansas Cosmosphere is educating and inspiring children and young adults to pursue careers in astronomy, math and sciences. You can watch Dick's presentation here.
 
Dick Hollowell - Kansas Cosmosphere 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens
Last week we were fortunate to hear from Bonnie Lynn-Sherow about her project in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at K-State to record the histories of very small towns—especially those that are shrinking—throughout the state of Kansas.  The majority of our members are native Kansans and are familiar with many of those places, so it was especially interesting.

Last Saturday I was able to attend the Annual Foundation Banquet in Overland Park.  We were inspired especially by the main presentation by Rotarian Carl Chinnery about his family’s very tragic experience with Polio, and Carl’s personal commitment to do all he can to rid the world of that cruel disease.

If you are a fan of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, or even if you have never visited there, I’m sure you will enjoy next week’s presentation about it.  One of our son-in-law’s sister had her wedding reception under the Blackbird (SR-71) that is hanging in the lobby probably because their mother works in the gift shop there.  (Guess what my grandchildren often get for Christmas presents from Grandma Barb and Grandpa Frank.)

We will also be introducing a new member AGAIN this week.  Vern Henricks and the Membership Committee are progressing well on their goals for new members this year. They depend on all the members to bring prospective good Rotarians to visit our meetings.
 
Our meetings will skip a week on November 26 so we all can spend time with friends and relatives during  Thanksgiving  week.  The week following that, on December 3, we will be having committee meetings and reports during the meeting and we will also be holding the one official all-club annual meeting in order to vote on the nominated slate of officers for the next Rotary year.  If you know you cannot attend that very important meeting, you may give me your proxy vote, either yay or nay for the nominated slate of officers. (Under “Parliamentary Procedure” you are also able to record a vote of “abstain” if you wish to do that.)  Also remember that the retired active members are encouraged to attend all our meetings because although their absence does not count against our attendance figures, their presence does help us keep our attendance records healthy.  So when we hold this vote, their attendance does help us achieve the requisite quorum.

As I write this I am stranded in Colby, Kansas during the blizzard.  But it’s warm and comfy in the motel and I can see the Walmart parking lot that is full of stranded trucks because I-70 is closed from Wakeeney west, well into Colorado. I do intend to get on the road headed east as soon as I can tomorrow (Wednesday). You know they say that Eskimos have 100 or so different names for snow?  Well I think we have seen about 20 of those types of snow today, but we had to look quick because they were flying by at 40-50 miles per hour.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow - Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Last week, Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, director of the Chapman Center on Rural Studies, gave us an exciting and informative presentation on the historic and past towns that they study at the Chapman Center, and how the information and stories are presented to the public. You can watch her presentation below!
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow - Chapman Center for Rural Studies 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens
Rotary Foundation Month started off with reminders from PDG Kevin Tubbesing about why the Rotary Foundation is so important and so effective. After his presentation I was informed that we have an anonymous donor who is willing to match your contribution to the Rotary Foundation in order to help our club meet its giving goal for the year.  The match will be 1 to 1 for donations from first time givers, and 1 to 2 for repeat givers. So, for example, if you are a first time giver and donate $100, the anonymous donor will also give $100 and if you are a repeat giver, a $100 gift would be matched by $50, provided the gift is made no later than the club meeting on December 3, and up to a total matching donation of $5,000.  Let’s be sure this generous donor has to reach the $5,000 total. Now’s your chance.

Kevin and his Rotarian wife, Dawn, also reminded us that the District Foundation Banquet is coming up this Saturday evening in Overland Park. If anyone is going and hasn’t let me know, be sure and claim your “free” registration that is also being paid by still another anonymous donor.

This week’s program will be presented by Bonnie Lynn-Sherow and is about the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. This is an important organization for Kansas especially, because so many of our rural communities are under stress.

Thanks to all the Rotarians and friends who partook of the fund-raiser breakfast last Saturday.  I haven’t heard the total that the Rotaract Club raised with this event, but every dollar will help students make a work-filled humanitarian trip to Panama in January.

Also thanks again to everyone who brought prospective members to last week’s social at Colberts.  It was a fun evening with lots of good conversations about Rotary, and with about  ten new applications for membership in the Manhattan Rotary Club.  Kudos to Sam Gillespie and Vern Hendricks for their work and that of the Special Events and the Membership Committees. 

I look forward to seeing you Thursday noon!

Thank you for all you do for Rotary
.
“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
Kevin Tubbesing - The Rotary Foundation
Kevin Tubbesing, district chair for The Rotary Foundation, gave an inspiring presentation on what The Rotary Foundation is and how it helps others. You can watch Kevin's presentation below!
Kevin Tubbesing - The Rotary Foundation 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z
Ogden Elementry School Honors Manhattan Rotary
Ogden Elementary School honors the Manhattan Rotary Club as their Volunteer of the Month for the October landscape project lead bt Rotarians Shawnn Martin and DeeDee Brokish.
 
Ogden Elementry School Honors Manhattan Rotary Vernon Turner 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens
First, some reminders.
 
This week, Wednesday, November 4, 5:30--?, our Club is hosting a Membership Social at Colberts.  Bring yourself, and if you have one, a guest who might be interested in Rotary for a lovely evening of light foods, fun people, and interesting conversations about all the wonders of Rotary. If you will be coming and haven’t registered, please let Sam Gillespie samg@hearingyourbest.com  or Vern Henricks vernh@mcfks.org  know you are coming and if you are bringing a guest. I look forward to seeing you at Colberts.
 
Also this week, Saturday, November 7, the K-State Rotaract Club is hosting a breakfast fund-raiser at Applebees, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m., to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Panama.  It is only $7.00 for very good food and good help for our awesome Rotaract students. If you don’t have tickets, I’m guessing someone from Rotaract will be at our meeting on Thursday to sell you some.  You could also pay at the door, I assume.
 
Our program this week will be Kevin Tubbesing, Past District Governor and now Chairman of our District 5710 Foundation Committee.  November is Foundation Month, and I am certain that Kevin will kick it off with gusto! You might want to bring your checkbook to have handy while you are fired up about Rotary’s impact on the world.
 
Last Friday Dea Brokesh, Vernon Turner, and I attended the monthly all-school assembly at Ogden Elementary School to receive an award for the Manhattan Rotary Club as Volunteer of the Month. I’ll bring the award Thursday so you can see it.  Dea Brokesh and Shawnn Martin were the guiding force behind the landscaping project that attracted about 35 eager volunteers who fancied up the school grounds considerably.  The school principal, faculty, students, and their parents were very appreciative of the hard work and the excellent appearance of the school grounds.
 
I don’t want to leave out a big thank-you to Greg McHenry, the Riley County Appraiser, for an excellent program last week.  Greg explained all the workings of the Office of the Appraiser. It’s a huge job and we could tell that it is being done very professionally and thoroughly in Riley County.
 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
 
“Be a gift to the world.”
 
Betty Stevens
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z
Greg McHenry - Riley County Appraiser
Last week, Greg McHenry, Riley County Appraiser, gave an excellent presentation on the ins and outs of his duties and how the property appraisal process works. You can watch Greg's presentation below!
Greg McHenry - Riley County Appraiser 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z
Mike Dodson - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, current Manhattan City Commissioner, Mike Dodson, was introduced as the newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch the introduction below. Congratulations Mike, and welcome to the club!
Mike Dodson - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z
Tom Parish - Historic Stone Cellars of the Flint Hills
Last week, Tom Parish gave a fascinating presentation on historic stone cellars that he has explored and photographed all across the Flint Hills.  You can watch Tom's presentation below!
Tom Parish - Historic Stone Cellars of the Flint Hills 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z
Jared McKee - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, Jared McKee was introduced as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch the introduction below. Congratulations, Jared!
Jared McKee - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z
Katrina Lewis - Rotary Peace Fellowship
Last week the Manhattan Rotary Club was again edified and amazed by one of our Peace Fellows, Katrina Lewis, as she told us briefly what she learned at the summer institute in California. She also mentioned that she and her sister Summer Lewis, also one of our Peace Fellows, along with many other Peace Fellows from around the world, were able to attend the Rotary International Annual Meeting in Brazil and to do some peacebuilding work in a couple of other areas in South America. You can watch Katrina's presentation below!
Katrina Lewis - Rotary Peace Fellowship 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z
Dalton Juenemann & Savannah Smith - October Students of the Month
Last week we honored our October Students of the Month, Dalton Juenemann & Savannah Smith. Unfortunately, Savannah was unable to attend the meeting, but you can watch Dalton's plans for post high school in his presentation below.
Dalton Juenemann & Savannah Smith - October Students of the Month 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z
Allyn Weddle - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, Allyn Weddle was introduced as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch his introduction below. Congratulations, Allyn!
Allyn Weddle - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Last week the Manhattan Rotary Club was again edified and amazed by one of our Peace Fellows, Katrina Lewis, as she told us briefly what she learned at the summer institute in California.  What a challenging curriculum and topic.  Peacebuilding is an everyday activity, no matter where we live or what we are doing. She also mentioned that she and her sister Summer Lewis, also one of our Peace Fellows, along with many other Peace Fellows from around the world, were able to attend the Rotary International Annual Meeting in Brazil and to do some peacebuilding work in a couple of other areas in South America. Our club can be justly proud of these world ambassadors of good will and peace.

As we mentioned at the meeting, the Membership Social has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 4, beginning at 5:30 at Colbert’s.  All Rotarians are welcome, and if you know someone who would be a wonderful Rotarian but hasn’t had the chance, please bring them to this event to get acquainted with other Rotarians and find out more about this hugely successful organization.

We honored Students of the Month.  Dalton Juenemann was there, and his parents were also present to observe him receive his award certificate and a Rotary Four-Way Test coin. Savannah Smith also received the award but she was unable to attend.

Our Rotaract Club has been busy, as usual.  As part of their fund-raising for their upcoming trip to Panama, they are hosting a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Manhattan, on Saturday, November 7, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.  You should plan now to bring some friends and have a fun and delicious breakfast and help the Rotaract Club.  The price will be $7 per person.

In addition, the Rotaract Club has a pile of mentor requests to bring to the Manhattan Rotary Club. Those will be delivered at our meeting on Thursday. If you haven’t mentored a Rotaractor yet, you’ve missed out on one of the best benefits of being a Rotarian.  Plan to scan the requests and adopt a mentee.  It doesn’t need to take any extra time or money.  Just buddy up with an interesting and eager student and be their friend.  The rest will just happen. You’ll be glad you did.

Our program this week will be Tom Parish with marvelous photos and stories about the numerous native stone root cellars that can be found in the Flint Hills.  It sounds fascinating: a mixture of history, geography, anthropology, and geology.

In addition this week we will have ANOTHER new member introduction and we actually have a backlog of new members to introduce.  Our Membership Committee is doing a wonderful job of inviting some new members who are proving to be awesome Rotarians.  We all can help by giving more great people a chance to discover Rotary.

Thanks for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z
Susan Adamchak - Manhattan Arts Center
Last week, Susan Adamchak gave an update on the events and activities going on at the Manhattan Arts Center. You can watch her presentation below!
Susan Adamchak - Manhattan Arts Center 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z
Dr. Bill Wilson - Paul Harris Fellow
Last week, Dr. Bill Wilson was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow award. You can watch the presentation below. Congratulations, Dr. Wilson!
Dr. Bill Wilson - Paul Harris Fellow 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z
Club Rotary Foundation Contributions Update
 
 
 
Club Rotary Foundation Contributions Update Mike Mayo 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens
The first item this week is to let you know that we have had to postpone the Membership Social that was scheduled for this Thursday evening.  First we discovered that we would be competing with the Promenade on Poyntz, in which some of our members and some of our prospective members are already committed.  We also determined that we didn’t have enough firm information to be sure that we would have a good turnout either of Rotarians or of prospective members.  We thought it better to postpone and have a better chance of success than we are able to predict at this time. The new date has not yet been determined.

Last week we were inspired by Peter Dorhout who talked about leadership qualities and the values that are similar between the Boy Scouts of America and Rotary.  Both are value-driven organizations.  We also heard from Valerie McGhee giving our monthly Inspirational moment for the Rotary Foundation. She told a touching story about being poor.

We were also happy to have our Assistant District Governor Blanche Parks visiting our club.  She accompanied Bill Richter and me to award Bob McCaustland his Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Bob and his wife Diana were very happy with the presentation.

This week our guest speaker will be Susan Adamchak who will describe all the riches that are available to us through the Manhattan Arts Center.

Your Manhattan Rotary Club Board of Directors will have our monthly meeting after the Club meeting this week.  We have a full agenda again, thanks to the very busy and productive committees that we have this year.  If you aren’t participating in one of our committees you may be missing one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Rotarian.  It’s never too late to join.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Updates from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z
Dr. Peter Dorhout - Leadership Presentation
Last week, fellow Manhattan Rotary Club member and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at K-State, Dr. Peter Dorhout, gave a presentation about leadership to the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch his presentation below!
Dr. Peter Dorhout - Leadership Presentation 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z
Michele Johnson - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, Michele Johnson was introduced as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch the introduction below. Congratulations, Michele!
Michele Johnson - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z
Kyle Pickett - Topeka Symphony
Last week, Kyle Pickett, music director and conductor of the Topeka Symphony, gave a presentation about life as an orchestra conductor, as well as the upcoming schedule and events of the Topeka Symphony. You can watch his presentation below!
Kyle Pickett - Topeka Symphony 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z
Duane Dunn - New Rotarian
Last week Duane Dunn, Associate Dean and Director of K-State's Global Campus, was introduced as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch the presentation below!
Duane Dunn - New Rotarian 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Last week the Manhattan Rotary Club held our first “club assembly” of the Rotary year.  It was well attended and everyone quickly became engaged in the discussions and plans of our committees.  I am attaching two documents to this e-mail message (or trying to, anyway). These are a list of all the committee members that I have on any list as of now, and a short summary of some of the committee discussions from the Assembly last week.  I’ll have additional copies of these available on Thursday in case you would like to get them in paper form.
 
If you are or want to be on a committee but don’t see your name on the list, please add it either by sending me a message or writing it on the list I will have at the Club meeting.  According to my lists, more than half our members are not on any committee.  If you are one of these, I think you are missing a great opportunity for fellowship, working together on important Rotary activities, and—most of all—not sharing your good ideas and abilities with others of us who value your wisdom and help. Many of the committees meet “virtually” rather than in person, so any member can participate in one or more committees, even if you can’t always be at a weekly meeting.
 
This week we are starting up again with our Students of the Month, thanks to the efforts of Andy Bowen and his committee members.  We always enjoy hearing from these outstanding young people.
 
Our guest speaker this week will be Kyle Pickett, Music Director and Conductor of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.  I have never met Maestro Pickett, nor have I heard the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, but I love classical music.  So I am really looking forward to this and I know you will enjoy it too.
 
Don’t forget the following activities:
  1. Work day at Ogden Elementary School on October 3 (two shifts);
  2. C.Clyde Run and Midge’s Mile on October 3 with proceeds to Shepherd’s Crossing;
  3. Relay for Life, this Friday evening in City Park; give your donations to the American Cancer Society to Ben Johnson or Jayson Cyr to get credit for the Manhattan Rotary Club Team.
Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a gift to the world.”
 
Betty Stevens
 
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z
OBJECTION PERIOD FOR PROPOSED NEW MEMBER
OBJECTION PERIOD FOR PROPOSED NEW MEMBER OF THE MANHATTAN ROTARY CLUB:
 
Club bylaws allow a member to submit a written objection to any of the following proposed new members of the Manhattan Rotary Club to the Board of Directors, stating specific issues within seven (7) days of publication in this newsletter. Information for the the proposed new member is provided below:
 
Jarred McKee has been proposed as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club by Linda Morse with support by Jim Wright and Clarence D. Holeman.  Jarred is a Management Trainee at the Buckle.
OBJECTION PERIOD FOR PROPOSED NEW MEMBER Vernon Turner 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z
Notes from Club Assembly
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Manhattan Rotary Club
Notes from Club Assembly
September 17, 2015
 
 
Meetings Committee:
  • Listed potential speakers and programs, and scheduled  Manhattan Arts Council (Oct. 8) and Manhattan Pops Choir (Dec. 17).  Eric Higgins continues to be the “clearinghouse” for dates, with help from the other members.
  • Greeters Subcommittee has members in charge of scheduling greeters through August 2016.
  • Speaker Books Subcommittee will consult with Supt. Shannon about possibly giving books to a different school.  Also will have a follow-up meeting to share some of the work among more members.
 
Membership Committee:
  • Set goals for recruitment, mentoring, and retention;
  • Clarified goals of new member orientation;
  • Discussed Club Service as a way to help new members get involved right away;
  • Discussed procedures for nominating, processing, and welcoming new members;
  • Proposed a rewrite of the new member process for the Bylaws.
 
International Committee:
  • Discussion was mainly about Peace programs: how to publicize the Peace Fellowships to attract more applicants; to work with District 5710 (and maybe other districts) for Peace Forum III;  and to identify practical Peace Projects proposed in Peace Forum II.
 
Youth Committee:
  • Discussed the newly established “Student of the Month” scholarship award of $300 to be given at the end of the school year to two (1 male and 1 female) of our Students of the Month;
  • Reviewed plans for the Rotaract Club to travel to Panama on a service project in January; to help host the “Box City” event on campus October 3-4, and for their club meetings every other Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union;
  • Committee will be contacting schools for last spring’s RYLA students to give a brief presentation at a MRC meeting;
  • Also had a brief discussion of Rotary Youth Exchange.
 
 
 
 
Special Events Committee:
 
  • Discussed the various events, including golf tournament, social gatherings, and other fellowship events;
  • Suggested expanding opportunities of socials to spread the word about Rotary, demonstrate our value to the community, and show potential new members the good that comes from membership.
 
Community Service and Giving Committee:
  • Discussed Monthly Foundation Minute at meetings;
  • Plans for November to be Rotary Foundation Month—events and procedures;
  • Reviewed Club’s contributions and goals;
  • Sought ideas for encouraging contributions.
 
 
Communications and Public Relations Committee:
  • Discussed the three activities assigned to this committee and will follow up on those, including a brochure to describe The Manhattan Rotary Club.
Notes from Club Assembly Betty Stevens 2015-09-18 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Last week we had a full Club meeting and a very active meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club Board of Directors. Our guest speaker was Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who explained the various responsibilities of the Attorney General’s office.  A good question and answer session followed the presentation.  It was good to hear the wide array of duties that the Attorney General has as one of our  state’s key elected officials.
 
We were also reminded of the upcoming Club service project at Ogden Elementary School on October 3, of the C.Clyde Run and Midge’s Mile also on October 3, and the Relay for Life on September 25 in City Park, with our Rotary Club donations to be given through Ben Johnson or Jayson Cyr. Past President Scott Emley is chairing the Nominations Committee for next year’s Board members and officers, so if you have nominations (including yourself), please pass those on to Scott.
 
Next week will be our first “Club Assembly” of this Rotary year, with all our committees and subcommittees meeting during our regular club meeting time.  Even if you are involved in a very active committee already, I think you will be surprised and pleased at all the great things the Manhattan Rotary Club is doing. This is an opportunity not only to contribute to our Club’s service projects, but to get acquainted with more of your fellow Rotarians. I’m hoping for a robust attendance this week!
 
Note: We will be meeting upstairs in the Landon Room this week.
 
Your Manhattan Rotary Club Board of Directors handled several important items last week.  The official minutes haven’t been approved yet, but here’s a short list of the topics that were discussed:
  • Two new members approved;
  • Setting up our Club’s own Apparel Store with GTM;
  • Flu shots to be available from Walgreens to Rotarians and our spouses at our October 8 meeting;
  • Setting goals for our Club to qualify for this year’s Rotary Presidential Citation;
  • Providing financial support for our Rotaract Club’s upcoming trip to Panama;
  • Appointing an ad hoc committee to fix our Club’s obsolete By-laws, including procedures for welcoming new members, procedures for timely payment of dues, and other important items.
Rotarians want to be busy doing good things, and I think we are all doing just that.  Active participation by everyone in ways that best fit each person’s strengths, interests, and abilities is a key to our success.
 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a gift to the world.”
 
Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z
Derek Schmidt - Kansas Attorney General
Our guest speaker last week was Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt! Derek gave an update on the activities of the Attorney General's office, and a few things to expect in the future. You can watch Derek's presentation below!
Derek Schmidt - Kansas Attorney General 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION EARNS EIGHTH STRAIGHT 4-STAR RATING

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION EARNS EIGHTH STRAIGHT 4-STAR RATING

The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.
This year’s top distinction is the Foundation’s eighth in a row, which places the Foundation in the top 2 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” Thatcher said.
 
Rotary News
4-Sep-2015
 
 
 
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION EARNS EIGHTH STRAIGHT 4-STAR RATING Mike Mayo 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
We had a good attendance at last week’s meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club.  KSU Men’s Basketball Coach Weber talked about his team in some detail, just further whetting our appetites for another great year of K-State Basketball.

We also introduced new member Karen Bryant.  Karen is a department head at the IDEA Center and looks forward to being an active Rotarian.  Please help welcome her to the Club.

K-State Rotaract Club Co-president Ramin Rostampour announced some of the upcoming Rotaract activities and asked for some professional advice about some of the planning details.  Where better to seek professional advice than from the Manhattan Rotary Club?  I think we have at least one expert on just about everything, don’t we?

Our Community Service Committee is gearing up for a workday on Saturday, October 3, to plant some greenery in the lawn at the Ogden Elementary School.  If you would like to join that activity and get a free Rotary work shirt, please contact Shawnn Martin or Dede Brokesh and let them know you want to help.

Here’s a reminder from Past President Scott, who is now chairing the Nominating Committee.  He says we should learn from our mistakes and take an active role in suggesting names for the 2016-17 Board of Directors. I’m not sure what he means by that because I think we have a fine Board of Directors this year, but there will be openings next year.  So if you have a name to suggest or if you are interested yourself, please let Scott know.

Help Ben Johnson lead the Manhattan Rotary Club in again collecting the largest amount for the Relay for Life. If you have a donation to the American Cancer Society, make it through the Rotary Club by giving it to Ben Johnson and help bring home the “trophy” once again.

This week we will have Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt as our guest speaker, so if you have any questions for the state’s chief lawyer, this would be a good week to be at Rotary.

Committees will all be meeting during our regular meeting time next week on the 17th, so Committee Chairs, have your agendas ready. If you are not on a committee or if you don’t know who the chairperson is, I’ll have a list for you to check this week.  I’ll be asking each committee for a brief written report on what your committee is doing so far this year, so we can share it with the whole club.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”
Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z
New Member Proposal
OBJECTION PERIOD FOR PROPOSED NEW MEMBER OF THE MANHATTAN ROTARY CLUB:
 
Club bylaws allow a member to submit a written objection to any of the following proposed new members of the Manhattan Rotary Club to the Board of Directors, stating specific issues within seven (7) days of publication in this newsletter. Information for the the proposed new member is provided below:
 
Allyn Weddle has been proposed as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club by Bill Richter with support by Jim Wright and Martin Seay.  Allyn is President and Owner of Weddle and Sons Roofing.
 
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Mel Chastain
 
for the Manhattan Rotary Club Orientation Team
New Member Proposal Mel Chastain 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z
Bruce Weber - K-State Head Men's Basketball Coach
The guest speaker this week was Bruce Weber, head K-State men's basketball coach. Coach Weber talked about the season last year, as well as the team for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. You can watch his talk below!
Bruce Weber - K-State Head Men's Basketball Coach 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z
Karen Bryant - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member
This week, Jim Wright introduced Karen Bryant as the newest member of the Manhattan Rotary Club! You can watch the introduction below. Congratulations, Karen!
Karen Bryant - New Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z
Eddie Eastes - Director of Manhattan Parks and Recreation
Last week Eddie Eastes, director of the Manhattan parks and recreation, gave an update on the latest projects and future goals of Manhattan parks. You can watch the presentation below!
Eddie Eastes - Director of Manhattan Parks and Recreation 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z
Charles Rice - Paul Harris Fellow Award
Last week, Jim Reed presented Charles Rice with a Paul Harris Fellow award. You can watch the award presentation below. Congratulations, Charles!
Charles Rice - Paul Harris Fellow Award 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
At last week’s meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club, Coach Jeff Mittie told us how his players learn that helping each other is the key to success.  This is something we as Rotarians can appreciate.  Thanks to Coach Mittie for sharing his time with us and giving us so much to look forward to in the women’s basketball season.

We welcomed new member Linda Morse into the Club.  Linda says she is very happy to join us and will get involved as soon as possible.  Duane Dunn, who is a transfer member from the Liberal, Kansas Rotary Club, was also present.  Duane served as the President of the Manhattan Area Technical College before going to Liberal to be the President of Seward County Community College.  Now he has come back to Manhattan as Associate Dean of the Global Campus.  We are very happy to have these two new members and I know they will be very active.

This week’s program will be Eddie Eastes, Director of Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department.  He will be discussing all the activities and facilities that are in that department and will explain the current planning discussions that are occurring in the City Commission meetings.

Last week we got a little rushed at the end of the meeting and I neglected to announce that the August Cup Money collection is for Catholic Charities.  I also forgot the Holiday Day Inn Appreciation. I will try to make up for these lapses this week.

In case you have been considering an application for a District Grant, we have been reminded that the deadline for applying is August 31.  Our budget includes a good amount of money for matching District Grants, so if you have one in mind, please bring it to our attention.

Two reminders:  Shawnn Martin and Dede Brokesh are looking for more volunteers to help with a landscaping project at the Ogden Elementary School on October 3.  Also Ben Johnson has gotten busier and would like one or two more people to help him raise money for Relay for Life.  Last year Ben raised enough money in the name of the Manhattan Rotary Club to qualify as the highest amount raised by any entrant. So if you want to stand by a winner, consider giving Ben some help with this important project.

Finally, the Social Hour is Wednesday evening, August 26, at the Manhattan Christian College in Joliffe Hall from 5:15 to 6:45.  Bring your spouse or friend and learn about MCC and get to know some of our fellow Rotarians in the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z
Randy O'Boyle - Paul Harris Fellow Award
Last week, Randy O'Boyle was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award by Tom Fryer. Congratulations, Randy! You can watch the award presentation below.
Randy O'Boyle - Paul Harris Fellow Award 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z
Linda Morse - Newest Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, Manhattan City Commissioner, Linda Morse was introduced as the newest Manhattan Rotary Club member. You can watch her introduction below.
Linda Morse - Newest Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z
Jeff Mittie - K-State Women's Basketball Coach
Last week, K-State head women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie gave a talk on the upcoming 2015-2016 season, and what he expects from his team. You can watch the first half of the presentation below, and watch part two of the presentation here.
Jeff Mittie - K-State Women's Basketball Coach 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update From President Betty Stevens
First, I want to thank President-elect Vernon Turner for so ably filling in for me last week.  I had cleared my calendar for the entire year, but of course I did not anticipate that my husband Verl would be hospitalized with knee surgery and a nasty infection that appeared after that event, and which may or may not have been related to the latest surgery.  We have started a Caring Bridge site for updates on his condition.  Vernon is well prepared and very professional, and he is truly dedicated to Rotary.  Thanks, Vernon.

At last week’s meeting the Manhattan Rotary Club celebrated the newest Paul Harris Fellow, Keith Westervelt, presented by Terry Arthur.  Congratulate Keith when you see him.
 
The club also was interested in the talk by John Broberg, CEO of the Via Christi hospital, with all the news about what is going on there.  The Manhattan Rotary Club is very fortunate to have such newsworthy speakers available.

Next week we will have our second talk this season by a K-State coach.  Jeff Mittie will tell us about the K-State Women’s Basketball program for the upcoming season.  I have heard about some exciting new recruits that we should be watching for, so I think we are all looking forward to hearing Coach Mittie.

Some of our members are setting up for another work day at Ogden Elementary School. If you are interested in joining that activity, check with Shawnn Martin for more information.
I will see you all this Thursday.  Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update From President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z
John Broberg - CEO of Via Christi Medical Center in Manhattan
Our speaker last week was John Broberg, CEO of Via Christi Medical Center in Manhattan. John discussed the recent transition from Mercy to Via Christi, as well as some expansions that the medical center is undertaking.
John Broberg - CEO of Via Christi Medical Center in Manhattan 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z
John Donovan - District 5710 Governor
Newly inaugurated District 5710 Governor, John Donovan, gave us a presentation last week on his hopes and goals as District Governor. John invited all Rotarians to get involved, but also to have FUN! You can watch John's presentation below.
John Donovan - District 5710 Governor 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
K-State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder spoke last week to a nice crowd at the weekly meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club.  He addressed such topics as the future look of the Big 12 conference, the question of Conference Championships and play-offs, and the Mentoring Program that he has been working on so devotedly at least since his first retirement in 2005. He encourages Rotarians to get involved with the Mentoring Program in Kansas as a way of giving young people a hand up into a responsible and productive adulthood.

Our first social event of the 2015-16 year will be at Manhattan Christian College and we will be joined by the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club.  It will be from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, in Jolliffe Hall on the MCC Campus.  Bring your spouse or special friend and enjoy an hour or so as a special guest of Rotarian Kevin Ingram and his staff at MCC.

This week we are happy to be welcoming District Governor John Donovan to speak at our club meeting and to visit further with our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and anyone else who is interested in attending immediately after the regular meeting. Governor John invites all the clubs in District 5710 to be active, innovative, and to make a difference. He is very interested in learning about the exciting things the Manhattan Rotary Club has been doing.

The “cup money” collection for the month of September will go to Catholic Charities.

This week we will be holding the Rotary orientation session for Linda Morse, who has been nominated for membership in the Manhattan Rotary Club.  The completion of the orientation session marks the beginning of the seven-day waiting period before a new member can be formally welcomed into the club. There are some others in the “pipeline” for orientation, so it appears our growth for the year has already begun. If you know of anyone who would be a wonderful Rotarian, don’t be shy about asking them.

Our Communications Committee is working on ways to shine light on the great things the Manhattan Rotary Club accomplishes. One of those will be a brochure that we can use with potential new members to help them understand our Rotary Club.  It will include a list of our charitable work and contributions. If there is anything else that you think would be helpful in this brochure, please pass on that information to Chris Nolte, Fred Goss, or Nancy Muturi.

As a reminder for members who have to miss a weekly meeting, you can usually view a video of the program.  See the www.manhattanrotary.org website for information.  In addition, if you want to keep your attendance 100%, you can visit other clubs, including the K-State Rotaract Club, for makeup credit.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens​
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z
Bill Snyder - K-State Head Football Coach
K-State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder spoke last week to a nice crowd at the weekly meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club.  He addressed such topics as the future look of the Big 12 conference, the question of Conference Championships and play-offs, and the Mentoring Program that he has been working on so devotedly at least since his first retirement in 2005. He encourages Rotarians to get involved with the Mentoring Program in Kansas as a way of giving young people a hand up into a responsible and productive adulthood.
 
Bill Snyder - K-State Head Football Coach 2015-08-05 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Last week we had a good attendance at Rotary Club to hear Michelle Martin explain what Catholic Charities does for the people of north central and northwest Kansas.  She told us how Catholic Charities seeks to fill the gaps left by other charitable organizations, and that all the services are available to anyone in need, with no questions asked about faith or religion or politics. And thanks to David Kreller for his fine introduction.  We have many new members stepping up to bring us wonderful programs, to serve on committees, and to sponsor even more new members.

This week, of course, we look forward to our annual visit from Coach Bill Snyder.  Some of us saw his interview with ESPN earlier this week, which just prompted more questions we can ask him.  For instance, four quarterbacks?  How does he sort that out?  We usually have good attendance and several guests of Rotarians for this program, so come early for the best seats!

I have also heard that we have “a number” of potential future Rotarians beginning to get in line. Remember that we welcome new, committed members and also new sponsors for these new members. The sponsors can help bring members who will supply new energy and aspirations for our club and the sponsors can help the new members learn about all the riches Rotary has to offer us. So please don’t be shy about proposing new members.  Every time I have invited someone to Rotary, they have responded with happy surprise—some have even said, “I’ve just been waiting to be asked!”

For you who are employers—a student from Ball State University is looking for employers who might be willing to respond to a survey about hiring persons with disabilities. She is working on a university-approved research project.  At the meeting Thursday I will ask if anyone would like to take that survey based on your own experience or opinions about that important topic. She just needs 2 or 3 responses from each Rotary club that she is contacting.

I hope to see you Thursday.  Until then, thanks for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z
Michelle Martin - Catholic Charities of Manhattan
Last week, Michelle Martin, CEO of Catholic Charities for Central and Western Kansas, gave us an update on all the services and way that the organization is helping in Manhattan and around the state.
Michelle Martin - Catholic Charities of Manhattan 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Conference Update
K-State Rotaract Co-Presidents Ramin Rostampour. and Alejandra Rivarola at the Argentinian embassy for dinner while attending the North American Rotaract Conference in D.C. posted on K-State Rotaract Facebook
Rotaract Conference Update Vernon Turner 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z
2015 Foundation, Membership, Leadership (FML) Seminar
2015 Foundation, Membership, Leadership (FML) Seminar
 
August 8 2015 from 8:00 am - 3:20 pm
 
Take your Rotary experience to the next level with FML! Meet Up with Rotarians from around the district to brainstorm new project ideas, share your club's successes, and tackle shared challenges.
 
Who should come?
 
New Rotarians ­ FML is one of the best ways to learn more about Rotary in fun and varied sessions. Get your questions answered!
 
Club Leadership – Use the time at FML to set the tone for the new Rotary year. The more board and committee members who attend, the better!
 
Experienced Rotarians looking to reenergize ­ be inspired by your fellow Rotarians and join them in their service work and support of the Rotary Foundation. Those projects you've always thought about? Recruit your helpers at FML and put them into action!
 
In just a few hours, FML can give you the spark you need to have a truly phenomenal year of Rotary. The 2015­2016 Presidential theme: Be a Gift to the World will be better served when we have more membership coming together at district events like FML.
 
BONUS: Breakfast and lunch will be served and the event is free ­ paid for by your dues!
 
Sessions available:
 
1. Cadre membership session with Zone leadership for Council Grove, Emporia, Frankfurt, Howard, Manhattan, Manhattan Konza, Marysville, Topeka Downtown, Topeka North, Topeka South, Topeka West, and Valley Heights at Blue Rapids. If you have questions about the Cadre, please let us know. The email from Shawn on July 13 will have more information. If your club is on this list, please designate a handful of people for this session - club leaders, membership chair(s), etc. We will be in touch later this year to schedule a session for clubs that are not listed, and that did not participate previously. Thank you!
 
2. RLI Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar. If you don't already have someone from your club attending this next series of RLI, please consider it. There are only 12 spaces, so encourage quick registration.
 
3. Grant Certification sessions. This is a mandatory session that will be offered twice during the FML day. The person (or their deputy) who will be responsible for grant applications for your club in the 2015-2016 should attend.
 
2015 Foundation, Membership, Leadership (FML) Seminar Vernon Turner 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Last week we enjoyed hearing from Jodi Oleen with the Kansas Pork Association.  She told us how the members of the Pork Association have worked together to produce leaner, more nourishing pork products, and how the pig farmers use modern methods to raise, feed, and market their products. I learned that lean pork loin is as lean as chicken breast.  Did you know that?

We also heard from our social committee that there will be a Rotary Club Social Gathering on August 26 (that’s a Wednesday) at Manhattan Christian College.  Sam Gillespie will have more details about this as the time nears, but please mark your calendars and invite your spouse or special friend to join us for a fun and interesting time on August 26.

This year the Manhattan Rotary Club Board of Directors decided to add the local Catholic Charities organization to our “cup money” list.  Michelle Martin is the local director and will tell us about the work that Catholic Charities does in our community. I predict we will all learn something from this program.

Each year the President of Rotary International creates some goals for each club to accomplish in order to receive the “Presidential Citation.”  The Manhattan Rotary Club has frequently received this recognition.  This year one of the requirements for the Citation is to increase membership and along with that we also want to increase the number of different sponsors of new members.  So if you haven’t sponsored a new member for a while, this is the year to do it.  Help us find those good, strong future Rotarians who would love to join us.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary. 
“Be a Gift to the World.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z
Jodi Oleen - Kansas Pork Association
Our presentation last week was Jodi Oleen with the Kansas Pork Association!
 
Jodi Oleen - Kansas Pork Association 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
At last week’s meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club we were proud to watch Past District Governor Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub honor Rotarian Kevin Ingram with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition for his contribution of speaking to numerous Rotary groups on the subject of ethical behavior.  Ethical behavior is at the heart of Rotary’s values, and we know that Kevin is deserving of this award.

We also were fortunate to be able to hear Rotarian John Armbrust relay to us the news that was breaking even during his talk about the reductions that have been decided for Fort Riley.  John serves as the Executive Director for the Kansas Governor’s Military Council.  John explained that the local area fared well in the cuts compared to other military communities, and that there is still another round of cuts coming in the future.   He also did an outstanding job of explaining the context and implications of the facts. 

This week we are looking forward to a visit from Jodi Oleen, representing the Kansas Pork Association.  Pork production and consumption are still big business in Kansas.

We know that the Manhattan Rotary Club is very fortunate to have such excellent programs available to us.  We are also fortunate to have excellent participation of our Rotary Club members in our committees and in their work for the future of our community and our nation. 

If you haven’t found a home this year on one of our Rotary Club committees, it’s never too late.  Just let us know your interests and we will help you find your way to an appropriate committee.  The more people help, the less each person has to do.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a Gift to the World.”

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z
John Armbrust - Ft. Riley Update
Last week, John Armbrust gave an update on the upcoming troop cuts to Ft. Riley, and what to expect further in the future. You can watch John's presentation below!
 
 
John Armbrust - Ft. Riley Update 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z
Kevin Ingram - Paul Harris Fellow Award
Last week former District 5710 Governor, Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub, presented Kevin Ingram with a Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations Kevin, and thank you for your contribution to Rotary!
 
Kevin Ingram - Paul Harris Fellow Award 2015-07-14 00:00:00Z
Dawn Deeter - National Strategic Selling Institute
Last week, Professor Dawn Deeter, along with two of her students gave a presentation on the fast growing National Strategic Selling Institute program.
 
Dawn Deeter - National Strategic Selling Institute 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Last week’s program was delightful with Professor Dawn Deeter and two of her students telling us about the National Strategic Selling Institute. The program is growing faster than anticipated and is filling a need for many students at K-State who discover that they really love to work in sales.
This week will be especially interesting for Manhattan as John Armbrust gives us the latest update on the Department of Defense’s plans for troop reductions and base realignments. You won’t want to miss this to find how Ft. Riley might be affected.
From my new perspective as the club President, I am seeing ever more clearly how many of our club members are hard at work on many projects and plans.  Rotarians historically have not sought recognition for their charitable work, and our Rotary International leaders are encouraging us to be more visible. If you know of any Rotarians who are doing something special without due recognition, please let me know and we will try to shine a little light on those good people.
Here are the programs for the next three weeks so you can arrange your schedule to attend:
July 16 – Jodi Oleen with the Kansas Pork Association (maybe some samples???)
July 23 – Michelle Martin, telling us how the Catholic Charities organization has a very important role in our community.
July 30 – Wait for it…………..Coach………Bill…..Snyder!  He will answer all your questions about the 2015-16 football team. Right?
I look forward to seeing you this Thursday.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary,

Betty Stevens
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
Well, it’s official.  “Past” President Scott has earned his freedom, and you are stuck with me. On Thursday we can give Scott another thank you for a year of exceptional leadership and service.

First, I want to thank all of you who have stepped up to serve on our committees. That truly is how the Manhattan Rotary Club accomplishes so much.  It’s never too late to join up. On Thursday I will bring some copies of the Master List of committee membership so you can see where help is still needed.
Last week we welcomed Peter Dorhout as our newest member.  He has already signed up for duty and will have his hands full. I’m pretty sure we have several other new members waiting in the wings.

Our club secretary, George Ham, has accomplished one of the hardest tasks that club secretaries have. He has determined the official club membership as of June 30. This has to be reported to Rotary International and our dues payments to R.I. will be determined from that number.  So it is important that it be accurate and with a club of this size that is a very difficult task. Please help me thank George for his professional and thorough service.
 
Our program tomorrow will be Dawn Deeter, Director of the National Strategic Selling Institute. If you have ever been involved with sales, either as the seller or the buyer, you will not want to miss this presentation.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

Betty Stevens
 
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z
Todd Holmberg - McCain Performance Series
Last week, Todd Holmberg gave us a preview to the upcoming McCain performance series!
 
Todd Holmberg - McCain Performance Series 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z
Peter Dorhout - Newest Manhattan Rotary Club Member
Last week, we welcomed in our newest Rotarian, Peter Dorhout. Congratulations, and welcome to the club! You can watch Peter's introduction online here.
 
Peter Dorhout - Newest Manhattan Rotary Club Member 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens
It’s hard to believe that the Rotary year is about over and a new one will begin on July 1. It has been a good and active year under President Scott Emley.  We have quite a challenge to equal or exceed that success.
This week the program will be an entertaining preview of the outstanding McCain Performance Series for 2015-16.  You won’t want to miss it.
Last week our committee sign-up resulted in filling 24 additional spots.  Thanks to all who have volunteered to be involved in the committees. There are plenty of spots left for you to choose from this week.  During this coming year we will try to celebrate our committees with more visibility and recognition of the wonderful work they do. Each committee has been assigned a “Board Liaison” whose task it is to make sure the Board of Directors understands what the committees are doing and that the committees understand the priorities that are being developed by the Board.
Last Saturday several Rotarians had the honor and enjoyment of joining in the Juneteenth parade and celebration.  Once again, Dave Denning--with able help from Jeff Geuther-- organized Rotary’s participation and the gift of ice cream treats to all the children. This is the 11th year Dave Denning has given his time and talent to this very worthy task.  Helping in that community-wide event were Shawnn Martin (and his two young children), David Kreller, Jim Reed, Bill Richter, John Walters, Carl Taylor, Ken Kopp, Donn Leach, Martin Seay, Stan Morgan,Curtis Hayden with his beautiful Austin-Healey (which occasionally had a mind of its own), Scott Emley with his family’s gorgeous ’48 Buick Roadmaster, and Betty Stevens riding along in Verl Stevens’ 1924 Model T Ford.  Thanks to all those hardy Rotarians for helping out on the hottest day of the year (so far).
It looks like we have a great start on Rotary International President Ravi’s theme for the year: “Be a gift to the world.”
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Betty Stevens
 
Weekly Update from President Betty Stevens Betty Stevens 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z
Gavel Passing Ceremony
Last week, Club President Scott Emley passed the gavel to Betty Stevens, the new incoming club President. Congratulations, Betty and thank you Scott for your excellent service to the club! You can watch the presentation here.
 
Gavel Passing Ceremony 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z
Ray Roberts - Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections
Last week, Ray Roberts, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections gave a presentation. You can watch it online here.
 
Ray Roberts - Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z
Juneteenth Parade 2015
1948 Buick driven by Scott Emley. Model T driven by Veryl Stevens. Photos by Shawnn Martin
Juneteenth Parade 2015 Betty Stevens 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
This will be my final email to you as President of the Manhattan Rotary Club. Although my term officially runs to the end of June, I will be out of town and miss our June 25th meeting.  As such, I will pass the gavel to Incoming President Betty Stevens this Thursday. The end of June will also mark the end of a term for outgoing board members.   Outgoing board members who have served our club over the past few years are Dawn Deeter, Megan Loftin, Jay Merrill, Bill Wolf and Past President Dick Wertzberger.  I am extremely grateful for their commitment to our club and I have enjoyed serving with them.  Our newly elected incoming board members are Vern Henricks, Dale Bradley, Allison Disbrow, Shawnn Martin and David Kreller.  Under the leadership of President Betty, along with the commitment and creativity of the Board of Directors, our club has a bright future and will continue to make a positive impact in the community.
 
This past year, the Rotary International theme has been "Light Up Rotary."  As I reflect on my year as President of the Manhattan Rotary Club, I'm not sure I've accomplished anything that would light up Rotary. However, I can say definitively that my life is brighter for the experience.  It takes many people's involvement and commitment to accomplish all that we do.  Many of you have not only contributed and helped me along the way, but many have  offered words of encouragement and support.   I cannot adequately express my gratitude and appreciation for the support you have shown me.  The year has been very rewarding for me and hopefully our club will survive any collateral damage I may have left behind! 
 
Each year our club participates in the annual Juneteenth celebration downtown.  This year's event will be Saturday, June 20th.  We will participate in the parade at 10:00am along Poyntz Avenue and then distribute ice cream later that day.  If you cannot attend this week's meeting to sign up but want to participate, please contact Jeff Guether or Dave Denning.  If you want to participate in the parade but don't think you can walk the entire route, we will have a car in the parade in which you can ride. 
 
I hope you will join me this week as we officially welcome Betty as our new President.  Our program this week features Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections,  Ray Roberts.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

Scott Emley 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley 2015-06-17 05:00:00Z
Jane Mashall - "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at The K-State Table"
Last week, Jane Marshall gave a great presentation on her cookbook "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at The K-State Table.". You can watch her presentation online here!
 
Jane Mashall - "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at The K-State Table" 2015-06-14 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
As my time as President comes to an end, we are busy making plans for a new beginning.   Most of the club activities currently revolve around the transition to a new Rotary year beginning July 1.   If you have served on a committee in the past and wish to continue in that role, please be sure to inform one of the club officers or board members.  If you haven't served on a committee, now is the time to review all the areas of service and find one that appeals to you.   One of the reasons our club is so unique and successful is the number of members who are willing to give a little of their time.  Collectively we make a huge impact with many of us giving just a little.  Please consider volunteering for a committee if you aren't doing so already.
 
We are in the final days of membership renewals.  If you haven't paid your dues as of yet and intend to renew your membership please contact me, Treasurer Gil Sabatka or Secretary George Ham.  We need to know if you intend to renew and just haven't had an opportunity to pay your dues.  You can now pay by check, credit card (at our meetings) or online.  If you wish to pay online, please click on the following link:  https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary.   The Board of Directors will meet this Thursday to begin finalizing our membership roster for submission to Rotary International at the end of this month.  Unlike years past, we will have to determine whether or not to terminate members who have not paid by the end of this month.  We can always reinstate a member who pays late, but it would be nice if we can prevent putting the board in the very difficult position of terminating current members who may want to remain members.  Your immediate attention will save the Board from a difficult process and is greatly appreciated.
 
Don't forget next week, June 18th, is the highly anticipated "Pass The Gavel" meeting at which time we will officially welcome 2015-16 President Betty Stevens. We are so fortunate to have highly skilled leaders, such as Betty, willing to serve our club.  This week's program should be very interesting as Jane Marshall will discuss her book entitled "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at The K-State Table."     I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z
Blake Kaus - The Guardian Angels
Last week, Blake Kaus gave a presentation on The Guardian Angels organization here in Manhattan. You can watch his presentation online here.
 
Blake Kaus - The Guardian Angels 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's hard to believe we are now entering the final month of the 2014-2015 Rotary year.   I've been so impressed over the past 11 months with how responsive and selfless you are when it comes to getting things done for the benefit of our club and those we serve.  At our meeting on June 18, I will officially "pass the gavel" to incoming President Betty Stevens.  Normally this would occur during the last weekly meeting in June, however I will be out of town on the 25th. We will all benefit from having Betty lead us for an extra week!  Someone suggested, upon learning of my early departure as club president,  if it were this easy I should have left town sooner!  In addition to being responsive and selfless, some of you are observant as well.
 
The time to renew your Rotary membership is now!   The board of directors will meet June 11 to finalize our membership roster for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.   It is critical that we have your payment for membership renewal before then. Thank you to all of you who have already paid by check, online or by credit/debit card.  Thanks to Chris Nolte who has been at the meetings processing credit card payments.  Chris will be available again this week if you wish to pay at the meeting.  If you wish to pay online, please click on this link:https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary
 
Once again, our club will be participating in and contributing to the Juneteenth Celebration in Manhattan.  This year's event will be held on Saturday June 20th.  We will participate in the parade as well as hand out ice cream.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dave Denning or Jeff Geuther.  
 
It is with great sadness I share with you the news regarding the death of Rotarian Mo Hosni's wife, Fakhry.  Mrs. Hosni fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life service this Thursday, June 4 from 3-5pm at All Faith Chapel.  Please keep Mo and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
This is week our program will be Blake Kaus speaking to us about the Guardian Angels.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.
 
Scott Emley

 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z
Becky Fitzgerald - Meadowlark Hills Foundation
Our presentation last week was by Becky Fitzgerald from the Meadowlark Hill Foundation. You can watch the presentation online here.
 
Becky Fitzgerald - Meadowlark Hills Foundation 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
As we rapidly approach the end of May, I want to remind you again about the importance of renewing your membership by paying dues as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, we have less time than in the past to process payments and update our membership before Rotary International bills us.  It will help us tremendously if you can renew within the next week.  You can pay by check, credit card or online.  If you wish to pay online, you can use the following link:  https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary
 
It's also the time of year we begin the transition to the new club officers and board members.  President Elect Betty Stevens lead a very productive board retreat last week.  We have a very creative and energetic board and the future of our club is bright.  In the coming weeks, Betty will be asking us to reflect on areas of interest as we begin forming club service committees for next year. Please consider your areas of interest, then volunteer for a committee that will allow you to serve our club.
 
Thanks to Betty for filling in for me last week. This week, our program will be Becky Fitzgerald from the Meadowlark Hills Foundation.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-27 00:00:00Z
Ryan Swanson VP for Facilities and University Architect at K-State
Last week, Ryan Swanson, VP for Facilities and University Architect at K-State, gave an update on all the construction projects in progress and beginning at the university. You can watch Ryan's presentation online here.
 
Ryan Swanson VP for Facilities and University Architect at K-State 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z
Rotarian of the Year 2015 Eric Higgins
Congratulations to Rotarian Eric Higgins for being awarded the Rotarian Of the Year award. You can watch his award presentation here.
 
Rotarian of the Year 2015 Eric Higgins 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z
Tom Giller - Paul Harris Fellow
Tom Giller was presented with the latest Paul Harris Fellow award last week. You can watch the award presentation and Tom's comments online here. Congratulations, Tom!
 
Tom Giller - Paul Harris Fellow 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z
MHS May Rotary Students of the Month - Trevor Bashaw and Sydney Bannister
Congratulations to the Manhattan High School Rotary students of the month for May, Trevor Bashaw and Sydney Bannister! You can watch their award presentation and plans for post-graduation here.
 
MHS May Rotary Students of the Month - Trevor Bashaw and Sydney Bannister 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Awards Ceremony such a great event.  It takes dozens of people behind the scenes dedicated to serving our club for us to pull off such a meeting.  There are too many to list in this email, but I do want to highlight a few people and accomplishments we recognized last week.  Our club was presented the Presidential Citation by District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  She also presented a Community Service Award to the K State Rotaract Club, a Service Award to Sue Maes for her work with the Vocational Training Team from Panama and a Club Builder Award to George Ham.  Our 4 International Graduate Students were presented their $500 scholarships by Gary Clark.  C. Clyde Jones introduced our Rotarian of The Year, Eric Higgins.  Eric has served our club tirelessly over the past 3 years as our Program Chair.  As such, he also frequently serves as the person to introduce our speakers.  I know as President, I have a new level of appreciation for Eric and the job he does securing interesting and informative programs each week.  Congratulations Eric and thank you to the ROY Nominating Committee for your work.
 
Foundation Chair Mike Mayo informed the club that we have reached 106% of our Foundation giving goal of $19,000. Your response to the challenge of reaching this goal has been tremendous.  It is amazing what we can accomplish together and this is just another example of that.  More important than the goal of $19,000 is that everyone participate.  If you haven't already done so, please consider making a contribution to you Rotary Foundation.  Under Mike's leadership, our club continues to meet or exceed our giving goals and we continue to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow almost every other week.  Our club now has 223 Paul Harris Fellows with 10% of those receiving this level within the past 16 months.  Thanks to Mike for his leadership and to all of you who continue to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.
 
Last week we recognized our final 2 MHS Students of The Month for this year in Sydney Bannister and Trevor Bashaw.  Thanks to Andy Bowen and his committee for making this happen every month through the school year.
 
This week you will have the pleasure of President Elect Betty Stevens presiding as I will be out of town.  The last time this happened we had record attendance and I don't anticipate anything different this week!  Our program will feature Associate Vice President of Facilities & University Architect, Ryan Swanson.  He will discuss the K-State Master Plan with a focus on the North Corridor.  I hope you will join Betty and your fellow Rotarians for lunch this Thursday!

Scott Emley 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Awards Ceremony such a great event.  It takes dozens of people behind the scenes dedicated to serving our club for us to pull off such a meeting.  There are too many to list in this email, but I do want to highlight a few people and accomplishments we recognized last week.  Our club was presented the Presidential Citation by District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  She also presented a Community Service Award to the K State Rotaract Club, a Service Award to Sue Maes for her work with the Vocational Training Team from Panama and a Club Builder Award to George Ham.  Our 4 International Graduate Students were presented their $500 scholarships by Gary Clark.  C. Clyde Jones introduced our Rotarian of The Year, Eric Higgins.  Eric has served our club tirelessly over the past 3 years as our Program Chair.  As such, he also frequently serves as the person to introduce our speakers.  I know as President, I have a new level of appreciation for Eric and the job he does securing interesting and informative programs each week.  Congratulations Eric and thank you to the ROY Nominating Committee for your work.
 
Foundation Chair Mike Mayo informed the club that we have reached 106% of our Foundation giving goal of $19,000. Your response to the challenge of reaching this goal has been tremendous.  It is amazing what we can accomplish together and this is just another example of that.  More important than the goal of $19,000 is that everyone participate.  If you haven't already done so, please consider making a contribution to you Rotary Foundation.  Under Mike's leadership, our club continues to meet or exceed our giving goals and we continue to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow almost every other week.  Our club now has 223 Paul Harris Fellows with 10% of those receiving this level within the past 16 months.  Thanks to Mike for his leadership and to all of you who continue to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.
 
Last week we recognized our final 2 MHS Students of The Month for this year in Sydney Bannister and Trevor Bashaw.  Thanks to Andy Bowen and his committee for making this happen every month through the school year.
 
This week you will have the pleasure of President Elect Betty Stevens presiding as I will be out of town.  The last time this happened we had record attendance and I don't anticipate anything different this week!  Our program will feature Associate Vice President of Facilities & University Architect, Ryan Swanson.  He will discuss the K-State Master Plan with a focus on the North Corridor.  I hope you will join Betty and your fellow Rotarians for lunch this Thursday!

Scott Emley 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Awards Ceremony such a great event.  It takes dozens of people behind the scenes dedicated to serving our club for us to pull off such a meeting.  There are too many to list in this email, but I do want to highlight a few people and accomplishments we recognized last week.  Our club was presented the Presidential Citation by District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  She also presented a Community Service Award to the K State Rotaract Club, a Service Award to Sue Maes for her work with the Vocational Training Team from Panama and a Club Builder Award to George Ham.  Our 4 International Graduate Students were presented their $500 scholarships by Gary Clark.  C. Clyde Jones introduced our Rotarian of The Year, Eric Higgins.  Eric has served our club tirelessly over the past 3 years as our Program Chair.  As such, he also frequently serves as the person to introduce our speakers.  I know as President, I have a new level of appreciation for Eric and the job he does securing interesting and informative programs each week.  Congratulations Eric and thank you to the ROY Nominating Committee for your work.
 
Foundation Chair Mike Mayo informed the club that we have reached 106% of our Foundation giving goal of $19,000. Your response to the challenge of reaching this goal has been tremendous.  It is amazing what we can accomplish together and this is just another example of that.  More important than the goal of $19,000 is that everyone participate.  If you haven't already done so, please consider making a contribution to you Rotary Foundation.  Under Mike's leadership, our club continues to meet or exceed our giving goals and we continue to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow almost every other week.  Our club now has 223 Paul Harris Fellows with 10% of those receiving this level within the past 16 months.  Thanks to Mike for his leadership and to all of you who continue to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.
 
Last week we recognized our final 2 MHS Students of The Month for this year in Sydney Bannister and Trevor Bashaw.  Thanks to Andy Bowen and his committee for making this happen every month through the school year.
 
This week you will have the pleasure of President Elect Betty Stevens presiding as I will be out of town.  The last time this happened we had record attendance and I don't anticipate anything different this week!  Our program will feature Associate Vice President of Facilities & University Architect, Ryan Swanson.  He will discuss the K-State Master Plan with a focus on the North Corridor.  I hope you will join Betty and your fellow Rotarians for lunch this Thursday!

Scott Emley 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Awards Ceremony such a great event.  It takes dozens of people behind the scenes dedicated to serving our club for us to pull off such a meeting.  There are too many to list in this email, but I do want to highlight a few people and accomplishments we recognized last week.  Our club was presented the Presidential Citation by District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  She also presented a Community Service Award to the K State Rotaract Club, a Service Award to Sue Maes for her work with the Vocational Training Team from Panama and a Club Builder Award to George Ham.  Our 4 International Graduate Students were presented their $500 scholarships by Gary Clark.  C. Clyde Jones introduced our Rotarian of The Year, Eric Higgins.  Eric has served our club tirelessly over the past 3 years as our Program Chair.  As such, he also frequently serves as the person to introduce our speakers.  I know as President, I have a new level of appreciation for Eric and the job he does securing interesting and informative programs each week.  Congratulations Eric and thank you to the ROY Nominating Committee for your work.
 
Foundation Chair Mike Mayo informed the club that we have reached 106% of our Foundation giving goal of $19,000. Your response to the challenge of reaching this goal has been tremendous.  It is amazing what we can accomplish together and this is just another example of that.  More important than the goal of $19,000 is that everyone participate.  If you haven't already done so, please consider making a contribution to you Rotary Foundation.  Under Mike's leadership, our club continues to meet or exceed our giving goals and we continue to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow almost every other week.  Our club now has 223 Paul Harris Fellows with 10% of those receiving this level within the past 16 months.  Thanks to Mike for his leadership and to all of you who continue to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.
 
Last week we recognized our final 2 MHS Students of The Month for this year in Sydney Bannister and Trevor Bashaw.  Thanks to Andy Bowen and his committee for making this happen every month through the school year.
 
This week you will have the pleasure of President Elect Betty Stevens presiding as I will be out of town.  The last time this happened we had record attendance and I don't anticipate anything different this week!  Our program will feature Associate Vice President of Facilities & University Architect, Ryan Swanson.  He will discuss the K-State Master Plan with a focus on the North Corridor.  I hope you will join Betty and your fellow Rotarians for lunch this Thursday!

Scott Emley 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Awards Ceremony such a great event.  It takes dozens of people behind the scenes dedicated to serving our club for us to pull off such a meeting.  There are too many to list in this email, but I do want to highlight a few people and accomplishments we recognized last week.  Our club was presented the Presidential Citation by District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  She also presented a Community Service Award to the K State Rotaract Club, a Service Award to Sue Maes for her work with the Vocational Training Team from Panama and a Club Builder Award to George Ham.  Our 4 International Graduate Students were presented their $500 scholarships by Gary Clark.  C. Clyde Jones introduced our Rotarian of The Year, Eric Higgins.  Eric has served our club tirelessly over the past 3 years as our Program Chair.  As such, he also frequently serves as the person to introduce our speakers.  I know as President, I have a new level of appreciation for Eric and the job he does securing interesting and informative programs each week.  Congratulations Eric and thank you to the ROY Nominating Committee for your work.
 
Foundation Chair Mike Mayo informed the club that we have reached 106% of our Foundation giving goal of $19,000. Your response to the challenge of reaching this goal has been tremendous.  It is amazing what we can accomplish together and this is just another example of that.  More important than the goal of $19,000 is that everyone participate.  If you haven't already done so, please consider making a contribution to you Rotary Foundation.  Under Mike's leadership, our club continues to meet or exceed our giving goals and we continue to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow almost every other week.  Our club now has 223 Paul Harris Fellows with 10% of those receiving this level within the past 16 months.  Thanks to Mike for his leadership and to all of you who continue to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.
 
Last week we recognized our final 2 MHS Students of The Month for this year in Sydney Bannister and Trevor Bashaw.  Thanks to Andy Bowen and his committee for making this happen every month through the school year.
 
This week you will have the pleasure of President Elect Betty Stevens presiding as I will be out of town.  The last time this happened we had record attendance and I don't anticipate anything different this week!  Our program will feature Associate Vice President of Facilities & University Architect, Ryan Swanson.  He will discuss the K-State Master Plan with a focus on the North Corridor.  I hope you will join Betty and your fellow Rotarians for lunch this Thursday!

Scott Emley 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
This week our club will hold our annual Awards Ceremony during our noon meeting.  This gives us a chance to celebrate and recognize scholarship and grant recipients as well as Rotarians who continually exemplify our motto of "Service Above Self."   For me, the timing of this is perfect as we just concluded an extremely successful District Conference here in Manhattan.  Many of your fellow Rotarians were highly involved and instrumental to the success of the District Conference.  In addition, many of your fellow Rotarians were recognized with awards at the conference.  District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh Schaub will be in attendance this week to present awards from the District to our club and to several of our members. In addition, we will honor this year's Rotarian of the Year.
 
If you haven't done so already, please remember to renew your membership in Manhattan Rotary Club by paying your dues.  With the ability to choose between paying by credit/debit card, online or check it's easier than ever to renew.  Chris Nolte is available as you enter our meeting to accept credit/debit card payments.  Secretary George Ham is available at meetings to accept your checks. To pay online, just click on this link:    https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary   As I've mentioned before we certainly don't want to lose you, but if you know you will not be renewing your membership for next year, please notify myself, Secretary George or Treasurer Gil prior to June 1 if at all possible.
 
During my presidency this year I've had the honor of recognizing 2 of our members who reached their 60th anniversary in Rotary.  What are the chances of a club president having that opportunity once during his or her term, let alone twice?  Bill Durke joined Rotary on May 6, 1955 and I was proud last week to present him with a certificate commemorating the day. Congratulations Bill and thank you for your years of service.
 
This week's meeting will be rewarding, uplifting and inspirational.   I hope you will plan to attend.   See you for lunch Thursday!
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z
Bill Durkee - 60 Years of Rotary!
Last week, Manhattan Rotary Club was pleased to honor Bill Durkee for being a Rotarian for 60 years! You can watch the award presentation here. Congratulations, Bill!
 
Bill Durkee - 60 Years of Rotary! 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z
Steven Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation
Last week Steven Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, gave a presentation on the overall health of Kansas residents and how the Kansas Health Foundation is working to make Kansas a healthy state. You can watch his presentation online here.
 
Steven Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z
Brad Roberts - Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipient
Brad Roberts was introduced as our club's newest Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient. Congratulations, Brad! You can watch the award presentation here.
 
Brad Roberts - Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipient 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z
Christopher Miller - New Rotarian
Last week, Christopher Miller was introduced as the newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch his introduction here.
 
Christopher Miller - New Rotarian 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z
Dr. Matt Johnson - Kansas Council on Economic Education
Last week, Dr. Matt Johnson from the Kansas Council on Economic Education gave a presentation on how they help others with personal finance education. You can watch the presentation here.
 
Dr. Matt Johnson - Kansas Council on Economic Education 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Last week we had the pleasure of recognizing our newest Paul Harris Fellow and welcoming our newest Rotarian.  Brad Roberts was introduced as our latest Paul Harris Fellow by his brother Tom Roberts.  It's interesting what one can learn about someone during an introduction!  Congratulations, Brad.  We are pleased to have Christopher Miller as our newest Rotarian.  Christopher is President of Rocking M Media LLC.  Our club is fortunate to have Christopher as a member and we look forward to serving along side him.
 
You should have received your annual dues renewal notice.  Remember you can now pay online, by credit/debit card at our meetings or by check.  If you wish to pay online, just click the following link: https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary   If possible, please have your dues paid no later than June 1st so the board can have an accurate count for District 5710 and Rotary International by mid June.
 
Our annual Awards Program will be held a week from this Thursday, May 14th.  This promises to be a rewarding time in which we recognize many of our members for their ongoing efforts in growing our club and supporting the multitude of projects.  We will also recognize our Rotarian of the Year. 
 
This week our program features Steven Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!
 
Scott Emley

 
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z
Dr. Roman Ganta - Director of the Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases
Last week, Dr. Roman Ganta, Director of the new Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases, gave a presentation on tick borne diseases and their affects in our area. You can watch the presentation online here.
Dr. Roman Ganta - Director of the Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's hard to believe April is almost history and May is upon us.  The month of May brings many Rotary related activities and opportunities.  May 8 marks the District 5710 Annual Conference held here in Manhattan.  The kickoff event to the conference will be our club's annual Golf Tournament.  This is not only a great opportunity to golf with friends and fellow Rotarians, it also serves as an annual fundraiser for both The Rotary Foundation as well as a local charity selected by your board.  Please consider participating in this event if you haven't already registered.  The second day of the conference will be a day full of activities highlighted by Peace Forum II.   This will be held at the Four Points Sheraton from 1130am-130pm on Saturday May 9.  Our club has several members who are involved in the planning of both of these events.   Thanks to their time and efforts I'm certain this year's conference will be a great success.  If you have not had an opportunity to attend District Conference or are relatively new to Rotary, you should make every effort to attend this year's conference.  There will never be a more convenient location for Manhattan Rotarians to attend District Conference and learn about Rotary's impressive contributions worldwide.
 
May 14th we will hold our annual Awards Program when our club recognizes many of the club's accomplishments, scholarship & grant recipients, Rotaract accomplishments and our Rotarian of The Year.  May 19th the incoming board members for 2015-2016 will hold our annual Board Planning Retreat.  This meeting, under the direction of President Elect Betty Stevens, is a chance for your board to plan and set strategies and goals for the upcoming Rotary year beginning July 1.  If you have ideas or suggestions to enhance and improve our club please share them with any board member, Betty or myself.  
 
This year, May is also the month in which we all renew our membership in the Manhattan Rotary Club by paying our annual dues.  You should have received the dues notice last week.  If for some reason you did not, please let myself, Secretary George Ham or Treasurer Gil Sabatka know so we can resend your notice.  Many of you have already renewed by paying online, by credit/debit card or by check.  If you wish to pay online, click on the following link: https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary   Your promptness is very much appreciated as this will save the board many hours of follow up.  We never want to lose members, but if you are certain you will not or cannot renew your membership, please let us know prior to June 1 so we can update our records accordingly.
 
This week's program will feature Matt Johnson of the Kansas Council on Economic Education.  I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday!
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z
Where Does Your Money GO?
Manhattan Rotary Club 

Allocation of 2015-16 dues: 

Rotary International: $56.50 

Rotary magazine: $12.00 

District 5710: $35.00 

Manhattan Rotary: $121.50 

Total: $225.00 

A brief list of projects made possible by the $121.50 of your annual dues that are allocated to your local club: 

  Juneteenth parade and ice cream give away. 
  Lunches provided for club guests and speakers. 
  Books donated to Theodore Roosevelt School on behalf of speakers. 
  Northview birthday book club-books given to students on their birthday. 
  Rotary Youth Exchange. 
  RYLA-Rotary Youth Leadership Academy registration fees. 
  K State Rotaract Club sponsorship. 
  City Parks & Rec boys baseball league. 
  City Parks & Rec girls softball league -new this year. 
  City Parks & Rec Free Skate Day and purchase of new skates each year. 
  Change The World service project. 
  Ogden Elementary School improvements service project-new this year 
  MHS Student of The Month scholarship-new this year 
  Global Grant Scholarships. 
  District Grants matching funds for projects or scholarships. 
  Summer Peace Building Program Scholarship-Katrina Lewis-new  
Where Does Your Money GO? Scott Emley 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's that time of year again, so please be on the lookout for your membership renewal notice and invoice for annual club dues.  Notices should go out this week and we are pleased to have a few more convenient ways for you to renew your membership to the Manhattan Rotary Club.  Paying our dues in a timely manner will be more important this year than in the past due to changes implemented by Rotary International.  Thanks to those of you who have already paid without even being billed!  A few others have paid online, which is new this year.  We will also be able to pay at club meetings using debit or credit card. Details of all methods of payment are outlined in your membership renewal notice. 
 
Last week we recognized our club's 18th Paul Harris Fellow this year in Megan Loftin.  Megan was completely surprised by the presentation which made it a pleasure to witness. Congratulations Megan!  We also recognized  our MHS Students of The Month for April, Caroline Ballard and Justin Gittle.  Thanks to Jennifer Vellenga for presenting a very interesting overview of the new Purple Masque Theater. 
 
A reminder that the District 5710 Annual Conference will be held in Manhattan on May 8 & 9.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Rotary, meet Rotarians from around our District and attend Peace Forum II which is being held on Saturday, May 9th as part of the conference.  Our annual golf tournament will be held on Friday May 8th as an opening event for the conference. You can register for the conference online at www.rotary.org or on our club's website by using the Peace Forum link. 
 
Mark your calendar for May 14th as we will have our annual Awards program.    We will recognize several members for their achievements, highlight our grant and scholarship recipients and honor our newest Rotarian of The Year.  This week our program features Dr. Roman Ganta, Director of the Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.
 
Scott Emley
  
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z
Megan Loftin - Paul Harris Fellow Award
Last week, our club had the opportunity to present a Paul Harris Fellow award to Megan Loftin! Watch Megan's award presentation online here. Congratulations, Megan!
 
Megan Loftin - Paul Harris Fellow Award 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z
Jennifer Vellenga - K-State Purple Masque Theatre
Last week Jennifer Vellenga, assistant professor at the school of music, theatre and dance at K-State, gave an exciting presentation on the construction and opening of the new Purple Masque Theatre at the old K-State West Stadium. You can watch Jennifer's presentation here.
 
Jennifer Vellenga - K-State Purple Masque Theatre 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Students of the Month - Caroline Ballard and Justin Gittle
Congratulations to our April MHS Rotary Students of the Month, Caroline Ballard and Justin Gittle! You can watch their award presentations and learn about their future plans after their graduate here.
 
Rotary Students of the Month - Caroline Ballard and Justin Gittle 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z
Some Manhattan Rotary Club History
Some Manhattan Rotary Club History
By J.T. Willard1
The Manhattan Rotary Club was organized through the effort of representatives of the old Eleventh District of Rotary which included parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The rotary clubs of the country were generously contributing towards providing social and recreational facilities for soldiers who were in several military posts and camps of the country, and to promote this service urged organizations of clubs at Junction City and Manhattan. Manhattan citizens had done what they could in this field with very inadequate facilities. Interest in a Rotary Club to support this work was created by the proposal of the district to contribute generously to a fund for the erection of a suitable building. A meeting of six men and District Governor Charles W. Dawson was held September 5, 1917 and on September 26, a final organization meeting was held with the governor in the chair and fifteen chartered members. Application was made for affiliation with the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and a charter was granted dated November 1, 1917.
Chartered Members
Club #335
Charter List made up September 26, 1917
First Regular meeting October 25, 1917
Charter granted November 01, 1917
Barnes, F.B.                                                                Director of Recreation
Baker, Cecil F.                                                            Professor Architecture           
Brewer, H.W.                                                              Books and Stationery
Gift, Elmer B.                                                             Superintendent of Schools
Heartburg, C.E.                                                           Flour Milling
Hamilton, J.O.                                                             Head PHYSICS Dept. Kansas State College
Hull, Bret R.                                                               Retail Hardware
Jones, J.C.                                                                   Secretary Commercial Club
Johnson, Clarence                                                       Building Contractor   
Knostman, Ed J.                                                         Men’s Clothing
Marshall J.J.                                                                Theatre
Potter A.A.                                                                 Mechanical Engineering
Scott, Charles A.                                                         Florist and Nursery
Smith, B.W.2                                                                           Real Estate
Smith Robert, C.                                                                     Jeweler
Wolf, Max                                                                               Photographer  
  1. Willard Hall completed in 19939 and named for Dr. Julius T. Willard, Class of 1883, Acting President Kansas State Agriculture College (May – September 1914 and January – March 1918), Vice President, 1918-1935. University Historian 36-1950. Born April 9, 1862, Wabaunsee, Kansas. Died July 26, 1950, Manhattan, Kansas
  2. While the name of B. W. Smith dos not appear among the charter members he should be recognized as such. Due to misunderstanding as to classification, two real estate dealers being present at the time the charter members were listed, they both withdrew in the favor of the other, hence his name does not appear until later. The charter list was prepared at the meeting September 26, 1917. Between that date and November 1, 1917, the date of issuance of the charter, several additional members were taken into the club but their names do not appear on the charter. November 1, 1917.
Some Manhattan Rotary Club History Vernon Turner 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Another week has gone by and our club continues to make a difference in lives and in the community.  Each year our club interviews high school youth for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).  The academy is held in Lawrence at the University of Kansas each summer.  Last year, 28 clubs from District 5710 sponsored 70 students interested in developing leadership potential.   Under the guidance of Cassidi Green and Ken Gartner, our club will sponsor and send 5 students to RYLA May 31-June 3.  This is extraordinary given just a little over half of the clubs in the district sponsor students and the average number of students sponsored per club is slightly over 2 students.  Thanks to Cassidi and Ken for their efforts in making this opportunity a reality for the 5 students selected.  
 
RYLA is just one of many examples of how your annual dues are leveraged to have the greatest positive impact possible.  Without your continued support of the Manhattan Rotary Club, projects like RYLA would not be possible.  As I have mentioned in earlier emails, membership renewal notices will be sent earlier this year than in years past.  We need to have our dues collected and recorded by June 1 due to a change in the billing process by Rotary International.  We will be sending a renewal notice along with an invoice in the next week (assuming I accomplish my assigned tasks in a timely manner).  Your board has also determined it would be beneficial to have a summary of the projects your dues support each year and that will be included in the renewal notice as well.  We are also offering the convenience of debit/credit card payment of your dues as well as online payment if you desire. Please take advantage of these payment methods as it will save your Secretary and Treasurer much work in collecting and recording dues payments. Of course, we will happily accept your payment in the form of a check!   Please be on the lookout in the coming days for your membership renewal and dues notice.
 
Last week, I had the privilege of presenting an award not many club presidents probably get to experience.  We acknowledged the anniversary of Jim Rhine's membership to the Manhattan Rotary Club.  Last week, April 9,  marked the 60th anniversary to the day that Jim joined our club.  Jim became a member on April 9, 1955.  What an amazing milestone and we are extremely fortunate to have such loyal members.  Congratulations Jim and we look forward to many more years of serving with you.
 
Don't forget May 14th will be our annual Awards Program where we recognized many members including our Rotarian of The Year. This week our program features Jennifer Vellenga, presenting on the new Purple Masque Theater and K-State Theater.  I hope to see you Thursday for lunch!
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z
Jim Ryan - 60 Years as a Rotarian
Last week, we celebrated Jim Ryan's achievement of 60 years as a Rotarian. You can watch the award presentation video here. Congratulations, Jim, and thank you for your dedication to Rotary!
Jim Ryan - 60 Years as a Rotarian 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z
Debbie Nuss - Community Needs Assessment
Last week, Debbie Nuss gave a presentation on the results of the Community Needs Assessment for Riley County this past year. You can watch the presentation video online here.
Debbie Nuss - Community Needs Assessment 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
In last week's email I mentioned several items that occur this time of year.  We have nominated and elected a new board and club officers.  We now have our nominations for Rotarian of The Year.  We are in our final push to have every member contribute annually to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Thanks to a change in the membership dues billing process at Rotary International, we are now approaching a very early start to membership renewals for next year.  Our Rotary year is July 1-June 30 and beginning July 1,  RI will bill our club for the number of members listed on our roles as of June 30.   The  challenge for us is to make certain the membership roles are as accurate as possible on June 30 so we are not billed for members who may not renew membership.  There is no provision for amending the membership roster or correcting any billing discrepancies after June 30.  This could potentially cost our club several hundred dollars if our membership roster is not accurate.  Due to this hard deadline of June 30, the Board of Directors has decided to start the membership renewal process earlier than in years past.  Beginning at the end of April, we will send your notice of renewal and dues invoice for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  The board has voted to keep dues at the current level of $225.  We ask that you renew your membership and pay your dues by no later than June 1.  This will give the board a few weeks in June to update our roster so that it accurately reflects our active membership by June 30.  Thank you in advance for responding in a timely manner.  
 
Chris Nolte and Clay Myers-Bowman are completing work on a video highlighting the 2 Rotary Clubs in Manhattan.  This video will be shared at the District Conference on May 9th.  Chris would like to include pictures of our recent club social events in this video.  If you have any pictures of the social at Strecker-Nelson Gallery in December, Lazy T Ranch in January or Commerce Bank in March, Chris would love to include those in the video.  You can send the pictures directly to Chris at cnolte@hcandh.org.  Thanks to Chris and Clay for their work on this project.
 
Last week we were saddened to learn of the unfortunate passing of Mike Marks, husband of Rotarian Jan Marks.  We lost a great friend in Mike.   Please keep Jan and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 
 
This week's program features Debbie Nuss, who will present the results of the recently completed Riley County Community Needs Assessment.  I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday.
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z
Dean John Floros - Dean of Agriculture at K-State
Last week, Dean John Floros, Dean of Agriculture at K-State gave us an update on the College of Agriculture, K-State Research & Extension as well as the farming economy in Kansas.
You can watch his presentation online here.
Dean John Floros - Dean of Agriculture at K-State 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
The month of April marks the beginning of the final quarter of our Rotary year.  That means there's only 3 more months to contribute to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund to help our club reach our goal of $19,000.  Our hope is every member will contribute at whatever level they can.  To date, we have reached 80% of our $19,000 goal with slightly over 40% of our members contributing.  If you haven’t given during this Rotary year, please consider doing so. Thank you to those members who have given.  The end of the Rotary year is the time we welcome new club officers and board members.  Our Board Retreat is scheduled for May 19 and is an opportunity for the board to meet and plan for the upcoming year.  If you have suggestions or ideas you would like the board to consider, please let me or President Elect Betty Stevens know as we welcome your input.
 
Spring is also the time of year we recognize our Rotarian of The Year.  Nominations will be taken for a few more weeks, so if you have someone in mind please let me or a member of the selection committee know.  Members of the selection committee are Ole Olsen, Tom Fryer, Bill Richter and Mike Mayo. 
 
District 5710’s Annual Conference will be held here in Manhattan on May 8th & 9th.  Please consider attending some, if not all, of the scheduled events.   Our club will host the golf tournament on Friday May 8th.   On Saturday, May 9th a Peace Forum will be held during the conference.  Our club has several members who have planned and been involved in making both of these events an important part of the conference. 
 
Thanks to our Rotarians at Commerce Bank (Tom Giller, Jackie Schlup and Rich Jankovich) for hosting our social last week.  It was a great time of sharing food, drink and conversation.  At our meeting last week we recognized the MHS Students of The Month for March, Charlotte Benjamin and Isaac Blankenau.  We enjoyed a fascinating program on The Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship from the center’s Director Chad Jackson. 
 
This week's program features Dean John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture, speaking to us on “The Future of Agriculture in Kansas”.  I hope to see you at lunch on Thursday.
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z
March Rotary Students of the Month - Charlotte Benjamin & Isaac Blankenau
Congratulations to our March MHS Rotary Students of the Month, Charlotte Benjamin & Isaac Blankenau!
March Rotary Students of the Month - Charlotte Benjamin & Isaac Blankenau 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z
Chad Jackson, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship
Our presentation last week was Chad Jackson, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship!
Chad Jackson, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z
K-State Rotaract Announcements
 
The Rotaract Club id getting the ball rolling after Spring Break, so here are some important announcements:
  • our next club meeting will be this Sunday (3/29) at 7pm in Union 207.
  • the Box City committee will meet at 6pm in Union 207 on Sunday before the regular club meeting
  • the next Birthday Books distribution will be Friday, 4/3 at 1:30pm at Northview Elementary school
  • the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walk is on Saturday, April 4th--please sign up to help with it! More information at the meeting Sunday, but here is the link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12fdo2Bm6Z04ODcajdF7rMlIX68G9OrbukHNKgJMeW4s/viewform
  • Basil has set up a Rotaract fundraiser/ice cream social at Orange Leaf on April 13th from 5-8pm. Bring your friends & contact Basil with any questions you might have!
  • BOX CITY has been changed to Friday, April 17th. more info at the meeting Sunday, but mark your calendars! This is the biggest event Rotaract has sponsored, so help spread the word & stay tuned for an online sign up!
Hope to see as many of you as possible at these events!
--
Rachel Loder & Madeline McMillen
KSU Rotaract Co-Presidents
www.ksu.edu/rotaract
https://www.facebook.com/ksurotaract
K-State Rotaract Announcements Darrell Brensing 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone had a great spring break and, at a minimum, had an opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we've had for the past several days.  Spring is the time of year we recognize our Rotarian of The Year.  Nominations will be taken until late April, so if you would like to nominate a fellow Rotarian, please notify myself or a member of the Selection Committee.  Members of the Selection Committee are Ole Olsen, Tom Fryer, Bill Richter and Mike Mayo. 
 
Last week we honored Carroll Hess by proclaiming him an Honorary Member of the Manhattan Rotary Club in recognition of his nearly 50 years of service.  Carroll has contributed in so many ways to our club and the community and we wish him all the best in his move to Topeka. 
 
Don't forget our social with the Konza Club this Wednesday from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Commerce Bank on Poyntz Ave.    If you haven't been able to attend meetings regularly this is a fun, relaxed way to reconnect with your fellow Rotarians as well as an opportunity to meet new K State Soccer coach Mike Dibbini.  Thanks to Rotarians Tom Giller, Jackie Schlup and Rich Jankovich for hosting this event.
 
During our meeting this week Clay Myers Bowman with the Konza Club will be in attendance to take photos and video portions of our meeting which will be used in producing a video to be presented at the upcoming District Conference. Chris Nolte, our Public Relations Chair, is working with Clay to create a video in such a way that will not only highlight the activities of each of our Clubs, but also the efforts we’ve made to increase the interaction between the two.  So do not be alarmed if you notice a camera aimed at you during our meeting this week.  Thanks to Chris and Clay for their efforts in producing this video. 
 
This week's program features Chad Jackson, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.   I hope to see you at Commerce Bank on Wednesday evening  and at lunch this Thursday.
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z
Shania Dekat - Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.

Last Thursday, March 19th, Shania Dekat with Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. educated us on the types of credit and financial counseling they offer to individuals across a 22 county area in northeast Kansas. You can watch her presentation here.

Shania Dekat - Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z
Carroll Hess - Honorary Member Award

In recognition of Carroll Hess leaving Manhattan, the Manhattan Rotary Club designated Carroll as an honorary lifetime member for his years of dedicated service. You can watch the presentation here.

Carroll Hess - Honorary Member Award 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
We had a good turnout for last week's Club Assembly/Committee Work day.  These have turned out to be very productive days for our committees and our club in general.  Thanks to all of you who give of your time and talent to make our club what it is. 
 
We have a few upcoming events you will want to participate in.   Wednesday March 25th from 5-630pm, our club will join with the Konza Club for a social hosted by Commerce Bank on Poyntz Ave.  In addition to having time to socialize with fellow Rotarians, we will be joined by K State Women's Soccer Coach Mike Dibbini.   Friday May 8th our annual golf tournament will be held at Colbert Hills as a kickoff event for the District Conference.  District Conference will be a great opportunity for us to highlight our club and our community.   More details will be forthcoming regarding the tournament and conference.
 
Bill & Linda Richter were featured in this month's Rotary Foundation newsletter "Visions."  The story highlighted the Richter's planned giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Bill! 
 
This week our program will feature Shania Dekat with Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z
Profile of a Fellow Konza Rotarian
What Rotary Means to Me
by Cherlyn White-Conklin
 
Rotary International has been an important part of my career and personal development for most of my professional life. As a young, single woman who had moved away from friends and family for the first time, I joined a Rotary Club in Gardner, Kansas thinking it would be a good way to make business connections and find friends.
What happened, however, was much more than I expected: the Rotary Club became a family to me. I spent 13 years becoming a part of my fellow Rotarians lives and growing both as a professional and as a person. When I was ill and needed care, my Rotary family helped care for me. When I changed jobs, when I celebrated the births of nieces and nephews, my news was immediately carried to my Rotary family to share. I celebrated my engagement with Rotary, and most of my fellow Rotarians were with me on my wedding!
Eventually, I joined the Club’s Board of Directors to learn more about Rotary as an organization. The more I learned, the deeper my emotional attachment to our organization became. As I chaired committees and eventually became Club President, I strove to embody the traits I could see in my fellow Rotarians: trust, respect, responsibility, stewardship, and service.
Now, as a member of the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club, my family continues to grow and I continue to try and live by our motto: Service Above Self. Won’t you join me as we strive to make our community and the world a better place?
 
 
 
Profile of a Fellow Konza Rotarian 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z
Rotary Peace Fellows are the connectors that build peace

Rotary Peace Fellows are the connectors that build peace

150313_wendyBy Wendy Coulson, Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Class of 2015

http://blog.rotary.org/2015/03/12/rotary-peace-fellows-are-the-connectors-that-build-peace/#more-5385 

We talked a lot during our first two weeks at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University about connectors and dividers — what brings people or groups together and what drives them apart — in conflict situations.

As soon as our class of Rotary Peace Fellows arrived, we looked for ways to connect with each other. In fact, our tallest classmate found many of us on Facebook and began friendships and organizing workshops even before we arrived. We were so keen to meet each other that we threw open our doors to see who had arrived and threw open our arms to greet those we had only known virtually.

When you look at conflict situations around the world, dividers are typically differences in religion, language, ethnic group identity, or over resources. Our class has all of these as potential dividers, but they are used as connectors here. We connect through talking about sports, food, the arts, and celebrations. We also connect by talking  about each other’s culture, families and places we’ve traveled, and things we celebrate. We put business cards on our doors, leave them open, send messages, hang out and play in the hallways signaling to each other our desire to connect. So far, I do not see any dividers on the horizon.

Do we behave this way just because it is our job to connect as peace builders and Rotary Peace Fellows? I don’t think so. I believe that it is our human nature, and, in the case of the Rotary Peace Fellows, also our calling.

During our class work on conflict assessment, it was clear that we were all looking for long-term sustainable solutions. There are teachers, restorative justice and traditional mediators, and police officers among us. It occurred to me that it mattered who was sitting around the peace building table. If teachers were not present, would anyone have thought of education as a solution for peace? Had there not been mediators, would we just create more violence and economic burden for already devastated economies? If our resident nutritionist were absent, would the donated, stored, and processed food be enough for the children, elderly, and infirm? If we saw peace as only part of our jobs, would we care so much about the outcome?

For me, teaching is connecting. If you have ever had a passionate, caring teacher in your life, you know the power that this can have on a child and in relatively little time. Imagine if every teacher were a peace educator!  As a curriculum developer for a children’s peace studies organization and a long-time educator, I know that every subject can be taught through the lens of peace.

Many of us Rotary Peace Fellows are the main bridges, or connectors, of peace in our communities through the various agencies or projects we work with. In working on a particular class assignment, I realized the large communication gap in my community between the ex-pat community that mostly does not speak Spanish and the local Mexican community that does not speak English. There is also quite a large economic gap between them. The chief obstacle is their isolation from each other. I realized that I could be a connector through a peace education program I am hoping to bring to the community.

The Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok is the chief connector for our class. Together we are creating our own super-culture of peace during these three months. We are connected to each other forever by this experience, to the center in Bangkok, to Rotary, and to our communities.

Rotary Peace Fellows are the connectors that build peace Vernon Turner 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Dear Rotarians,
 
The great weather we've enjoyed over the past few days is a good reminder that no matter how long, dark and cold the winter seems to be, there is always the hope that spring will be here soon!  That hope was on display last week in our presenters Angie & Andy Ratzlaff.  They are recent graduates of the Circles Program in Hutchinson and thanks to that program, their family has hope of a much brighter future.  They have managed to get out of debt and are now on a path out of poverty thanks to the guidance and mentoring of the Circles Program.  The Manhattan Circles Program will begin later this month, thanks to the leadership and efforts of many people including Rotarian Phil Mattox.  Phil's passion was apparent as he gave an overview of the program and it's objectives.  Thanks to Phil and the Ratzlaff's for another great program.
 
We have so many Rotarians who make a difference every day in the lives of those they come in contact.  Recently, our very own Tim DeNoble, professor and dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design was selected by Ingram's magazine as one of its 2015 Icons of Education.  Congratulations Tim!   Speaking of icons, Caroll Hess announced he and his wife will be moving to Topeka to a retirement community the first of April.  Caroll has been a member of our Rotary Club for almost 50 years and has made countless positive contributions to our club and our community.  We wish Carroll and Velma all the best in their move.
 
Please mark your calendars for our next club social which is scheduled for Wednesday March 25th.  This gathering will be a joint social with the Konza Club from 500pm-630pm at Commerce Bank 727 Poyntz Ave.  We will have the pleasure of meeting and hearing from K State Women's Soccer coach Mike Dibbini that evening.   Thanks to Rotarians Tom Giller, Jackie Schlup and Rich Jankovich for hosting this event as well as Sam Gillespie and the Social Committee for planning the event.
 
This week during our regular meeting time, we will have a club assembly/committee work day.   Even if you're not currently on a committee, I hope you will take the opportunity this week to attend and see if there are areas of interest for you to serve.   I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z
Last Weeks Program Phil Mattox
Phil Mattox talked about what Manhattan Circles is about. Then Angie and Andy Ratzlaff participants in the Hutchinson Circles of Hope program talked about how the Circles program has changed their lives. You can view the program here.
President Scott Emley, Andy and Angie Ratzlaff and Phil Mattox
Last Weeks Program Phil Mattox 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
If you missed last week's meeting, you missed a most impressive, enthusiastic and inspiring young woman share experiences from her time in Panama.  Myriah Smith was our Global Grant recipient last year and taught English to elementary students in Panama.  Her enthusiasm was contagious.  
 
This week we will have our monthly Foundation Moment and Myriah is a perfect example of the positive impact our Rotary Foundation has on many lives.   Our support of The Rotary Foundation continues to make experiences like Myriah's possible.  Speaking of supporting our Foundation, Larry Erpelding introduced our latest Paul Harris Fellow Don Boggs.  Congratulations Don and thank you for your contributions and service.  Don is our club's 16th Paul Harris Fellow since July 1, 2014. 
 
Due to a change in RI billing procedures, the Board of Directors has determined our membership dues will need to be billed much earlier than in years past.  RI will now send our club an invoice July 1 for the number of members in our database as of July 1.  There will be no corrections or refunds from the July 1 membership number and we will be required to pay RI and District 5710 dues for all members at that time.  Given this, the board has decided to make all membership dues due on June 1st.  This will allow the board a few weeks in June to contact members who have not paid and confirm their desire to renew.  In years past, we have had some time and flexibility to update membership numbers prior to submitting payment to RI.   Based on this new procedure, we will be forced to remove those members from our rolls who are not paid as of June 30 so that we are not billed for members who potentially may not renew.  We will have the opportunity to reinstate memberships if we have removed anyone who wishes to remain a member.  For these reasons, we have decided to begin sending membership renewal notices toward the end of April with a June 1 deadline for payment.  This should give everyone plenty of time to pay membership dues prior to the June 1 deadline.  Please assist the Board of Directors by sending in your dues on or before the deadline.  By doing so, you will save the board from making the difficult decision of terminating members who have not paid.  There will be several more reminders in the coming weeks of these changes.  Our board will officially vote on the dues for next year at our March meeting, but I don't anticipate a change in dues for next year. 
 
A reminder that our club will hold a club assembly/work session during our normal meeting on March 12th. This is an opportunity for all committees to meet and accomplish work specific to each group.  We will also have our March Board meeting immediately following the work session. 
 
This week our speaker is Rotarian Phil Mattox who will update us on the Manhattan Circles Program.  I hope to see you for lunch this Thursday! 
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z
Myriah Smith - Rotary Global Grant Recipient

President Elect Betty Stevens, President Scott Emley, Myriah Smith

Myriah Smith, recipient of the Rotary Global Grant, shared her experiences in Panama. You can watch her presentation here.

Myriah Smith - Rotary Global Grant Recipient 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z
Don Boggs - Paul Harris Fellow

President Scott Emley, Don Boggs, Larry Erpelding

Larry Erpelding introduced Don Boggs as the newest Paul Harris Fellow. You can watch the presentation here.

Don Boggs - Paul Harris Fellow 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z
Thank you note from the K-State Rotaract Club
Thank you note from the K-State Rotaract Club 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z
Thank you note from Girl Scout Troop 4174
Thank you note from Girl Scout Troop 4174 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Last week's meeting was memorable and uplifting.  For me, it served as a reminder that our future is bright and in good hands.  In addition to recognizing MHS Students of The Month, Madeline Wilson and Pierson McAtee, we celebrated K State Rotoract Club's 25th anniversary.  Co-Presidents Rachel Loder and Madeline McMillen, along with several other Rotaractors, presented an overview of their club activities and the service projects already completed and those projects being planned.  The dedication and commitment of these young Rotarians was inspiring.  Darrell Brensing has been our club's representative and sponsor to Rotaract since the very beginning, 25 years ago.  I don't think our club could ask for a better Rotarian to represent us than Darrell. 
 
Our club's annual golf tournament will be held in conjunction with District 5710 Conference on May 8th at Colbert Hills.  Please mark your calendars and plan to play as well as recruit others to form a team.  More details will follow from our club's Golf Committee in coming weeks. 
 
This week we received thank you notes from the Girls Scouts, who sold cookies at our meeting 2 weeks ago, as well as the K- State Rotaract Club for our continued support.  Both of those notes will be posted on our website if you desire to read them.
 
This week, our program will be presented by Myriah Smith.  Myriah was our Global Grant Recipient last year and will share her experiences while in Panama.  I hope you will join me for lunch this Thursday!
 
Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program - K-State Roteract Club 25th Anniversary

Last week, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the K-State Rotaract Club, and heard and update from some of the current Rotaract Club members.

Last Week's Program - K-State Roteract Club 25th Anniversary 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z
February Students of the Month - Pierson McAtee and Madeline Wilson

Congratulations to our February Rotary Students of the Month, Pierson McAtee and Madeline Wilson!

February Students of the Month - Pierson McAtee and Madeline Wilson 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Presentation - Beverly Olsen | Shepherd's Crossing

President Scott Emley, Beverly Olsen & C. Clyde Jones

Last Week's Presentation - Beverly Olsen | Shepherd's Crossing 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Presentation - Brad Hill, K-State Head Baseball Coach

President Scott Emley, K-State Baseball Coach Brad Hill, Vern Henricks

Last week, K-State head baseball coach Brad Hill gave us a preview of the upcoming 2015 K-State baseball season. You can watch his presentation here.

Last Week's Presentation - Brad Hill, K-State Head Baseball Coach 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Fellow - Stormy Lee Kennedy

Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellow award recipient, Stormy Lee Kennedy!

Paul Harris Fellow - Stormy Lee Kennedy 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Dear Rotarians,

Last week we had several guests and visitors that added much to our meeting.  In addition to the visiting Vocational Training Team from Panama, we had several Konza Club members in attendance as well as Jessica Munoz who is our Global Grant Scholarship applicant.  Konza Club President Lisa Sisley and District Governor Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub were in attendance to welcome our visitors from Panama.

Although the date has not yet been finalized, our next club social will be a joint social with the Konza Club.  If you haven't had an opportunity to get acquainted with some of our fellow Rotarians here in Manhattan, this will be a great chance to do so.  They are a very active, motivated group that enhances Rotary's presence in Manhattan.  I anticipate this social occurring sometime in April.  Announcements with details of this event will be forthcoming. 

This week our program features K State Baseball Coach Brad Hill.  I hope to see you this week for lunch!

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z
Vocational Training Team from Panama

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President Scott Emley, Dr. Juan Arroyo, Yaritza Pineda, Jose Espinosa and District 5710 Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub

Last week, we had a special appearance and presentation from the vocational training team from Panama. You can watch their presentation here.

Vocational Training Team from Panama Andrew Heim 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program - Ron Fehr | "City of Manhattan Update"

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President Scott Emley, Ron Fehr and Eric Higgins.

City of Manhattan manager Ron Fehr gives us an update on the latest City of Manhattan news and projects. You can watch his presentation here.

Last Week's Program - Ron Fehr | "City of Manhattan Update" Andrew Heim 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians,

This week has an international feel to it as we will spend time with several visiting Rotarians from outside the US.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a gathering hosted by C. Clyde Jones.  Suzan Stenberg, incoming District Governor for District 2330 in Sweden was in town visiting C. Clyde and Midge.  Suzan was our club's first Rotary Youth Exchange student in 1983-84 and stayed with C. Clyde & Midge.  Suzan, along with her husband Goran, have been in San Diego for DG training.  On their return trip to Sweden, they diverted to Manhattan for a brief visit.  This Wednesday evening our club, along with the Konza Club, will have a social at the Lazy T Ranch hosted by Ron & Chris Wilson.   This will be an opportunity to meet the visiting Vocational Training Team from Panama.  We will also welcome and hear from them briefly at this week's club meeting.  Thanks to Sue Maes who has coordinated the team's visit to Manhattan and to the Wilson's for hosting the social event.

A special thanks to President-Elect Betty Stevens for filling in for me last week as I was out of town.  This week, in addition to a brief presentation from the visiting Vocational Training Team, our program will feature City Manager Ron Fehr.  We will also welcome District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub who will visit our club to introduce our guests from Panama.  It will be a full agenda, so please plan to attend and arrive early.

I hope to see you this week for lunch!

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program | Lyle Butler - "Red Lobster Update"

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President Elect Betty Stevens and Lyle Butler

Lyle Butler, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, gave his yearly update on the latest economic events in Manhattan. You can watch his presentation here.

Last Week's Program | Lyle Butler - "Red Lobster Update" Andrew Heim 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Program on Jan. 15th - Eric Higgins | "Economic Update"

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Eric Higgins and President Scott Emley

Eric Higgins delivered the Rotary presentation on the 2014 economic review, as well as looking at the economy going forward in 2015. You may watch Eric's presentation here.

Rotary Program on Jan. 15th - Eric Higgins | "Economic Update" Andrew Heim 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z
Ron Wilson - Kansas Pioneers Poem

Last week, Ron Wilson performed a poem he wrote for the Kansas Governor's Inauguration. You can watch him perform his poem here.

Ron Wilson - Kansas Pioneers Poem Andrew Heim 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z
January Rotary Students of the Month - Michael Melgares & Megan Ochoa

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Wade Greif, Megan Ochoa, Michael Melgares and President Scott Emley

Wade Greif introduced the January Rotary Students of the Month, Megan Ochoa and Michael Malgares. You can watch their speeches here.

January Rotary Students of the Month - Michael Melgares & Megan Ochoa Andrew Heim 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Dear Rotarians,

The second half of our Rotary year got off to a great start last week.  We enjoyed our annual "Top Ten News Stories" presentation by Ned Seaton.  Ned's presentation is consistently interesting, enlightening and humorous. In addition to Ned's presentation, we had the opportunity to welcome Ed Seaton back to our club after a long recovery from an injury he sustained last fall.  It was great to see Ed again and we continue to wish him all the best for a full recovery.  

Our annual business meeting will be conducted this week.  This is your opportunity to elect a new slate of officers and directors for your club.  Please plan to attend and support those members who have volunteered to serve your club in this capacity.

There are several upcoming opportunities to serve with your fellow Rotarians.  Monday, January 19th, is the annual free skate day at the City of Manhattan Ice Rink.  Each year our club, in partnership with the Konza Club, provides volunteers to assist with the large crowd of skaters. In addition, both clubs donate funds for the purchase of new skates for the city ice rink.  If you are willing to work a short 2 hour shift, please contact Jeff Geuther at geuther@ksu.edu. January 28th is our next club social at the Lazy T Ranch in conjunction with the Panamanian Vocational Team visit.   This should be a great time and I appreciate Sue Maes for her work in coordinating the team's visit to Manhattan and Ron Wilson for hosting the event.  

This week we will recognize our MHS Students of The Month for January.  Our program features Eric Higgins, Department Head of the Finance Department at K State.  Eric's presentation is entitled "Economic Review and Outlook.  I hope you'll join me for lunch this Thursday.  

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program - Ned Seaton | The Manhattan Mercury

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Dick Seaton, Ned Seaton, Jake Seaton and President Scott Emley

Ned Seaton, Editor-in-Chief of the Manhattan Mercury gave us a recap on the "Top Stories in 2014". You can watch the program here.

Last Week's Program - Ned Seaton | The Manhattan Mercury Andrew Heim 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians

 

Happy New Year!  I trust all of you had a wonderful holiday season and your new year is off to a great start.  It's hard to believe we are halfway through the Rotary year already.  We have plenty of activities coming up and I'm sure the second half of the year will go by as quickly as the first half.  In my last e-mail of 2014 I neglected to thank Julie Strecker and Jay Nelson, of Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery for hosting our December club social.  We had a great turnout and the food, drink and fellowship were outstanding. 

 

I'm sure many of you know that since my last correspondence with you we lost a good friend and former Rotarian Les Frazier.  Les passed away on December 21, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. 

 

In May, we will have the pleasure of hosting the Rotary District 5710 Conference here in Manhattan.  This will give us a great opportunity to highlight our city and our 2 Rotary Clubs, as well as the Rotoract Club.  Please put May 8th and 9th on your calendar as there will be opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the success of the conference. 

 

During the January 15th meeting, prior to our program, we will have our annual business meeting at which time we will elect our club officers and board of directors for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.    Past President Dick Wertzberger has done an outstanding job in recruiting new board members and officers.  The slate of officers and directors for next week's meeting is as follows:

     Betty Stevens:  President

     Vernon Turner:  President-Elect

     Vern Henricks:  Vice-President

     Scott Emley:  Past President

     George Ham:  Secretary

     Gil Sabatka:  Treasurer

     Nancy Bartell:  Seargent-at-Arms

     Mike Mayo:  Rotary Foundation Chair

     Dale Bradley: Director

     Gary Clark:  Director

     Cassidi Green: Director

     Ben Johnson: Director

     David Kreller:  Director

     Megan Loftin:  Director

     Jay Merrill: Director

     Chris Nolte: Director

 

We are very fortunate to have such quality individuals willing to serve and contribute to our club.  Please plan to attend on the 15th to show your support for these members.

 

We have some great programs arranged in the coming weeks for your enjoyment and benefit.  Here is the program lineup for January:

Jan 8, Ned Seaton, Top Stories of 2014

Jan 15, Eric Higgins, Economic Review and Outlook

Jan 22, Lyle Butler, Red Lobster Update

Jan 29, Ron Fehr, City of Manhattan Update

 

 I'm confident you will enjoy our upcoming speakers and meetings.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

 

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Dear Rotarians,

As we rapidly approach Christmas and the end of another year, I can't help but reflect on the positive impact our club has locally.  One of my favorite holiday movies this time of year is "It's a Wonderful Life."   I think many of our members may be very similar to George Bailey, who in this movie underestimates the positive impact he has had on many lives.  Thanks to a gentle guardian angel named Clarence, George realizes he has touched many people in a very positive way and that his life has truly been a wonderful one.  Many of you have been very supportive and complimentary of myself and others involved in leadership of our club.  Your support, involvement, encouragement and positive comments have meant so much to me.  Thank you and I look forward to a great second half of our Rotary year!

Another opportunity for you to make a positive impact is attached in an e-mail I received from Dean Tim de Noble.  If you have gently used professional attire that you are willing to donate, your contribution will provide K State students attire they can wear for upcoming career fairs and  job interviews.  The attached e-mail outlines the details of the K State Career Closet program if you are interested.  Speaking of K State students, we still have a need for mentors for some K State Rotoract members.  Please contact Darrell Brensing if you have questions about the time commitment or if you are interested in mentoring a young Rotarian. 

Last week we recognized 2 Students of The Month from MHS, Geri Speaks and Adam Hupp.  We also had the pleasure of honoring our latest Paul Harris Fellow, Helen Cooper.  Congratulations to Helen, our club's 14th Paul Harris Fellow since July 1st

This week we will enjoy our annual performance featuring the MHS Pops Choir under the direction of Chad Pape.  This is one of our most popular programs, so plan to arrive early and bring a guest.  This week's meeting will be our last meeting of 2014 as we will not meet on December 25th or January 1st. Our next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, January 8th

I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.  

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Helen Cooper

C. Clyde Jones presented Helen Cooper to the Club as the 14th Paul Harris Fellow to the Club this year. See her introduction here.

Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Helen Cooper Vernon Turner 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program - Julie Sieve, American Cancer Society

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President Scott Emley, Julie Sieve and Eric Higgins

Eric Higgins introduced Julie Sieve from the American Cancer Society. You may watch the presentation here.

Last Week's Program - Julie Sieve, American Cancer Society Andrew Heim 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
December Rotary Students of the Month - Geri Speaks and Adam Hupp

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The December Rotary students of the month, Geri Speaks and Adam Hupp.
You can watch their speeches here.

December Rotary Students of the Month - Geri Speaks and Adam Hupp Andrew Heim 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Hopefully all of you in attendance last week enjoyed another productive, rewarding and informative meeting.  As our club continues to enjoy success in our efforts to recruit and welcome young members,  I suspect we are also on record  pace for Paul Harris Fellows.  Last week, Vern Henricks introduced our newest member Nick Wiggins, Executive Director of the RISE Foundation.  To Vern's surprise, while Nick and Vern were both at the podium, Nick took the opportunity to present an award to Vern for his support of the RISE Foundation.   It's not often a new member, upon his or her introduction, presents an award to a longtime member.  But this is what Rotary is about-service above self.   We have so many members who give of themselves continually and it has been a pleasure to highlight just a few of those members.  If you know of something a member is involved in, or has accomplished, please let me know.  Congratulations to Vern and welcome Nick!

We also had the pleasure of recognizing our latest Paul Harris Fellow, Mitzi Richards.    C. Clyde Jones provided his usual intriguing introduction.  If we ever institute an award for "Introducer of The Year", my nominee would be C. Clyde.   Congratulations to Mitzi for her accomplishment.  Our club has now recognized 13 new Paul Harris Fellows since July 1 of this year.  We have a very active group of members who passionately believe in The Rotary Foundation and the positive impact we can have through the foundation.  These members are working hard to bring more of our club membership up to the Paul Harris Fellow level and based on the first half of this Rotary year, I'd say they are doing a great job.

Don't forget there is still a need for mentors for our K State Rotoract Club.  If you are able, please consider this opportunity to impact a young person's life in a very positive way.  If you need information or have questions, please contact Darrell Brensing

This Thursday we have 2 great opportunities to gather as Rotarians.   During the regular Thursday noon meeting, we will hear from  Julie Sieve of the American Cancer Society.  So many of us, or someone we know, have been impacted by cancer and it will be interesting to learn of the latest developments in the areas of research and treatment.   Later that evening at 5:30pm , we will gather at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery on Poytnz Ave for a club social.    The gallery's holiday display will be featured for all to enjoy along with great fellowship, cocktails and appetizers.  If you haven't been able to attend one of these socials in the past I think you'll find they are quite enjoyable for a number of reasons,  not the least of which is you can get attendance credits without having to listen to me preside over a meeting. 

I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch and at Strecker-Nelson Gallery!

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program - Boy Scouts of America Coronado Area Council

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President Scott Emley, Wendy Shaw, Kevin Gwinner, Nick Clark, Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts introduced Wendy Shaw, Coronado Area Council Scout Executive. Kevin Gwinner, current Chair of Coronado Area Council, and Nick Clark also spoke on their experiences with the Boy Scouts of America.

Last Week's Program - Boy Scouts of America Coronado Area Council Andrew Heim 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Mitzi Richards

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C. Clyde Jones, Mitzi Richards, President Scott Emley

C. Clyde Jones introduced Mitzi Richards as our latest Paul Harris Fellow.

Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Mitzi Richards Andrew Heim 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z
Newest Member Nick Wiggins

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Nick Wiggins, founder of the R.I.S.E. Foundation, was introduced as the newest member of Rotary by Vern Henricks and President Scott Emley.
 

Newest Member Nick Wiggins Andrew Heim 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians,

 

I trust everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.  What a great time of year.  Our club continues to grow and make a positive difference in our community.  At our last meeting, we had a full agenda of announcements, recognition and introductions which is a reflection of the diverse array of activities in which our members are involved. We heard from Darrell Brensing and Rachel Lauder, Co-President of the Rotoract Club, regarding the club's involvement with Adopt A Family program as well as the desire for mentors from our club.  Thanks to all of you who responded by volunteering to be a mentor and by donating financial support for the Adopt A Family project.  Tom Eyestone introduced our MHS Students of The Month Matalyn Mahani and Nick Clark.  Stormy Kennedy introduced our newest member Allison Penner Disbrow. Please welcome Allison at your first opportunity.

 

Past President Dick Wertzberger and the Nominating Committee have all but completed their work in assembling a fine slate of incoming board members and club officers.  I think you will be pleased with Dick's pending announcement detailing the list of nominees. Thanks to Dick for his great work and to all who have volunteered to serve our club. 

 

If you haven't done so already, please RSVP and plan to attend our club social on Thursday evening, December 11th at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery.  These events are truly enjoyable and this should prove to be another memorable evening.  Secretary George Ham typically notes those in attendance as these events are counted as a makeup for attendance purposes....not that any of us need a makeup opportunity.

 

This week's program will be provided by Coronado Council Scout Executive Wendy Shaw.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.

 

Scott Emley

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley
Fellow Rotarians, As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, I have so many people to be thankful for in our Rotary Club. It takes time and effort from many Rotarians to make our club successful and enjoyable. There are too many of you to list here, but you know who you are and I appreciate all you do for the good of our club. Last week, in recognition and honor of our veterans, Major Shawwn Martin and several ROTC Cadets opened the meeting with a very meaningful and memorable ceremony. I appreciate Major Martin, the cadets and the care and thought that went into the presentation. Don Rathbone introduced Carol Hess as our club's latest Paul Harris Fellow. Carol commented this had special meaning to him since he was receiving this recognition on a day in which our veterans were honored. Vern Henricks gave us an overview of philanthropy globally and the trends that are developing in charitable giving. Thanks to Vern for an interesting presentation and for his outstanding contributions to our club and community. Lawrence Central Rotary Club is selling wreaths and holiday decorations from Lynch Creek Farm with proceeds going to The Rotary Foundation. If you are interested in supporting this project, the attachment will direct you to a website that provides Lawrence Central with 25% of sales that are then donated to Rotary Foundation. Speaking of The Rotary Foundation, I have just completed a letter to all club members who have not yet made an annual gift to our Foundation. Each year our club sets a goal for an average of $100 per member, which resulted in this year's goal of $19,000. Many members make larger gifts than $100, so any amount you can give will help us reach our goal. Please consider making your gift now so we can reach our goal sooner rather than later. Please save the date of December 11th as that is the date of our next club social. Jay Nelson, of Strecker-Nelson Gallery has offered to host this event for us. I understand they will have their holiday display ready for us to enjoy that night along with cocktails and appetizers. These events have proven to be very enjoyable in the past and I hope you will plan to attend. You will be hearing more about this event in the near future. This week we will welcome Allison Penner Disbrow as our newest member. We will also recognize our MHS Students of the Month for November. Our program this week will be provided by Sally Bailey, Director of the Drama Therapy Program at K State. We will not have a meeting on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th and I will take that week off from this weekly email. That's just another reason for all of us to be thankful for our good fortunes! I hope to see you this week for lunch but if not, Happy Thanksgiving. Scott Emley
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Vernon Turner 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Rotarians,

Our club continues to make a positive impact in many ways.  Last week, Ike Ehie and Rebecca Gould informed us that Ryadi Adityavarman, Associate Professor Interior Architecture and Product Design, has been selected to receive a 2015 Rotary Peace Fellowship.  Ryadi has been assigned to the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, to attend the June 2015 session. We are fortunate to have members like Rebecca, Ike, Bill Richter and Steven Graham involved in making these opportunities possible.  

I have attached a flyer detailing the 2015 Polio Immunization Program in India next February.  If you have an interest in this trip, you should register soon as limited space is available. 

Ron Wilson shared stories of Amazing Kansans with us last week.  In my opinion, Ron is amazing in his ability to tell stories in such a captivating manner.  I appreciate Ron and his willingness to share some of his stories. 

This Thursday we will open our meeting with a short ceremony, led by Major Shawwn Martin,  to recognize and honor our veterans.  Plan to arrive early as you won't want to miss this presentation.  This week's program will be Vern Henricks sharing "A Rotarian's View of Philanthropy."   

I hope to see you Thursday for lunch.

 

Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Vernon Turner 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Ron Wilson, Tumbleweed Tales of Amazing Kansans

Last week's program started off with the introduction of Jackie Schlup as a new member. She was introduced by Tom Giller. Mike Mayo introduced Dr. Bob Shannon as our newest Paul Harris Fellow. Then Scott Emley intoduced Ron Wilson as our speaker. Ron talked about Amazing Kansans. You can view the program here.

 

 

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Tom Giller, Jackie Schlup, President Scott Emley

President Scott Emley,Dr. Bob Shannon and Mike Mayo

Ron Wilson

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                            

Last Week's Program Ron Wilson, Tumbleweed Tales of Amazing Kansans Vernon Turner 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Community Service Project

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Upcoming Community Service Project Martin Seay 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians,

Last week I mentioned in my email and at our meeting that it was the time of year when our nominating committee begins identifying nominees for officer and board positions for our club.  Thanks to your prompt responses and willingness to serve, we have nominees for all of the vacant positions.  No one is happier about your prompt responses than Past President Dick Wertzberger, who chairs the Nominating Committee!  On behalf of Dick and myself, thank you to those who have volunteered or have agreed to serve.

Our club's "Yellow Tag Committee"  has organized a service project.  This Sunday, November 2nd from 8am-12pm, we will be completing school grounds clean up and a play ground face lift at Ogden Elementary School.  I know this is short notice and I know many of us have church and family related activities on Sunday morning, but let's do our best to support this group of new members with this important activity.  Even if you can only help for a short period, we want and need your involvement.  I' m impressed with how our newest members have embraced the idea of "service above self."  Please contact Martin Seay, Shawwn Martin, Megan Loftin or myself if you can help with this project.  A flyer with details is attached.

Last week Kevin Ingram reminded us of the importance of The Four Way Test and how our daily actions and decisions should be based on that standard.   The test asks us: "Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, will it be beneficial to all concerned?"  I appreciate Kevin's timely reminder of the importance of The Four Way Test and how as Rotarians we are called to apply it to everything we do.  We recognized Larry Pollack as our latest Paul Harris Fellow.  Congratulations Larry!  As a club we are making great strides in raising the percentage of members who are Paul Harris Fellows.  

Rob Edleston, President of Manhattan Area Technical College presented an update on MATC.  With funding from the state decreasing, the administration of MATC is attempting to get a sales tax initiative on the April ballot to provide funding for anticipated growth needs in the future.  I appreciate Rob's passion for MATC and it's mission.

Please be sure to join us this week as another good meeting is being planned.  I look forward to seeing you this Thursday.

 
Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Rob Edelston, President MATC

 

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President Scott Emley, Rob Edelston, and President-Elect Betty Stevens

Betty Stevens introduced Rob Edelston, President MATC. Rob gave the club an update and State of the Union for Manhattan Area Technical College. His presentation can be viewed here.

Last Week's Program Rob Edelston, President MATC Vernon Turner 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Larry Pollock

 

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Bill Richter, Larry Pollack, and President Scott Emley

Bill Richter introduced Larry Pollock as our latest Paul Harris Fellow. You can watch the introduction here.

Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Larry Pollock Vernon Turner 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Rotarians,

With the beautiful fall weather comes the time of year we start considering nominations for our Rotary Club officers and board of directors.  Past President Dick Wertzberger will chair the nominating committee and would welcome your input regarding nominations to fill vacant positions.  This is a great way to serve and give back to our club.  If you are interested in serving or know a member you think would be a good addition to the leadership team of our club, please contact Dick.

Last week we welcomed Savannah Thaemert and Danny Aramouni, our MHS Students of The Month for October.  Our program featured Toree Pederson from the Alliance for Childhood Education.   She presented compelling statistics for the development and commitment to early childhood education initiatives.  

This week our program will be Rob Edleston, President of Manhattan Area Technical College.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z
October MHS Student of the Month

Manhattan High Student of the Month for October are Danny Aramouni and Savannah Thaemert. See there speeches here.

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President Scott Emley, Savannah Thaemert, Danny Aramouni  and Andy Bowen

 

October MHS Student of the Month Vernon Turner 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Toree Pederson

Toree Pederson from the Alliance for Childhood Education and Tyler Nottberg US Engineering presented the program last week.   She presented compelling statistics for the development and commitment to early childhood education initiatives.Tyler is one of the Co-founders of the Alliance for Childhood Education. You can view there program here. Presentation and supporting documents can be downloaded here.

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President Scott Emley, Toree Pederson, Tyler Nottberg and Eric Higgins

Last Week's Program Toree Pederson Vernon Turner 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

A big thank you to President-Elect Betty Stevens for presiding at our meeting last week while I was out of town.  Not only did she get to preside at our regular meeting, she also presided at the October board meeting.  I'm certain it was one of the more productive board meetings since July!

Last week our club welcomed new member Steve Lambert who was introduced by Pastor Troy Bowers.  We also recognized our newest Paul Harris Fellow in Mark Queen.  Please welcome and introduce yourself to Steve if you haven't already done so and congratulations to Mark.

The following is the content of an email I received from Trish Reedy of the Rotary Club of Overland Park.  Her club has initiated a project that will raise funds for End Polio Now.  If you have an interest in purchasing a Royals inspired Rotary shirt, you only have a few days left to do so.  You can purchase by using the link provided.  Be sure to include your club and district number when purchasing your shirt.

Friends, would you be willing to share this with all the members of your club and any other Rotarians you know? While my club initiated this project - all the funds go to End Polio Now in our district. After attending the Young Professionals Summit in Chicago, we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to share their Rotary pride in a fun way. Please let me know if you have any questions. We have to sell 50 shirts, or else they don't get printed - and we only have 12 more days to do it!

Turn Royals Spirit into Rotary Spirit!

Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a limited edition Royals-inspired Rotary t-shirt. Short-sleeve or long-sleeve, Royal blue for only $20! You must act quickly because you only can buy for 12 more days!

We all love our Rotary club and now it is time to show it! Wear your Rotary pride around town, at the ballpark, or to your projects. Proceeds will benefit End Polio Now in the name of our district, and will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Be sure to note which district/club you belong to in the COMMENTS section when you purchase so funds can be sent appropriately.

Go to https://www.booster.com/letsgorotary and buy your t-shirt now!

Please let me know if you have any questions, and Go Royals! Go Rotary!

Trish Reedy
trish@houseloan.com
Rotary Club of Overland Park

This week we will welcome MHS Students of The Month for October.  Our program will be Toree Pederson and Tyler Nottberg with the Alliance for Childhood Education, a nonpartisan coalition of business leaders in support of early childhood education in Kansas and Missouri.   I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.

Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
Newest Member Steve Lambert

 

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Steve Lambert was introduced as the newest Rotary Member. His introduction can be viewed here.

Newest Member Steve Lambert Vernon Turner 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow Mark Queen

 

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Bill Richter introduced Mark Queen as the Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow. His presentation can be seen here.

Newest Paul Harris Fellow Mark Queen Vernon Turner 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z
Last week's Program Tim Austin

Tim Austin P.E. incoming President of the National Society of Professional Engineers was introduced by Rotarian Tom Roberts. His program can be seen here.

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President-Elect Betty Stevens, Tim Austin and Tom Roberts

 

Last week's Program Tim Austin Vernon Turner 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Dear Rotarians. 

We had a full agenda at last week's meeting and it is very rewarding to witness all the good things going on in our club.  Thanks to Ken Gartner, Cassidi Green and Walgreens for providing flu shots to our members.  We had the pleasure of welcoming our newest member Phil Mattox as well as recognizing our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Greg Denver.  Welcome Phil and congratulations Greg!  We then heard from a seemingly very optimistic Bruce Weber about the upcoming men's basketball season.  I suppose it would be difficult not to be optimistic when one of your best 3 point shooters on the team stands 6'11" and weighs 260 pounds!

Last Thursday evening, our club met with the Konza Club for a time of social interaction at Powercat Sports Grill. What a great way to get acquainted with fellow Rotarians here in Manhattan. I appreciate the efforts of the Fellowship Committee of Sam Gillespie, Keith Westervelt, and Dan Devlin in making this evening possible. Other than the dumping of a very large cooler of ice water, it was a wonderful evening.  I 'm not sure why I challenged Konza to anything related to ice water.  Next time, we'll have a bake sale.   Several Konza  members expressed to me a desire to do more socials together and I hope we will make this a priority.  

Chris Nolte continues to improve our club's public relations as well as our visibility in the community.   A social media presence for our Club has been created on both Facebook and Twitter. I’m providing the links below for members to simply click and be taken to those pages.  I would encourage you to ‘like’ or ‘follow’ our Club’s activities on these pages as photos of meetings and events will be included as well as reminder and information about meetings, socials and other special events.

Manhattan Rotary Club Facebook page, go and click ‘Like’: https://www.facebook.com/manhattanrotary

Manhattan Rotary Club Facebook group, go and click ‘Join’: https://www.facebook.com/groups/manhattanrotary/

Manhattan Rotary Twitter account, go and click ‘Follow’: https://twitter.com/ManhattanRotary

If you are not currently signed up on Facebook or Twitter and would like to be, Chris has volunteered to help any interested member setup an account. Contact her directly and she will be happy to help.  Thank you Chris for your contribution to improving our club.  


I will be out of town for this week's meeting which means you'll have the pleasure of President-Elect Betty Stevens presiding. Thanks in advance to Betty for covering for me.  We will welcome new member Steve Lambert and will also recognize another Paul Harris Fellow.  Our program this week is Tim Austin,  Incoming President of the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

Our club is growing and vibrant, thanks to all of our members who give of their time and talents.  If you haven't been able to attend recently or to be involved in club activities,  I would encourage you to do so as there are a lot of good things happening in the Manhattan Rotary Club.  I hope you will join us this Thursday for lunch.


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan
 

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Coach Bruce Weber

K-State Men's Head basketball Coach Bruce Weber was introduced by Eric Higgins.

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President Scott Emley, Coach Bruce Weber and Eric Higgins

Last Week's Program Coach Bruce Weber Vernon Turner 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z
New Member Introduction - Phil Mattox

Mel Chastain introduced new member Phil Mattox to the club.

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Mel Chastain, Phil Mattox and President Scott Emley

New Member Introduction - Phil Mattox Vernon Turner 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Greg Denver

Bill Richter introduced Greg Denver as the Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow.

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President Scott Emley, Greg Denver and Bill Richter

Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Greg Denver Vernon Turner 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Rotarians,

Well, the final figures are in for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and it looks as though I'll get soaked with a bucket of ice water later this week.  It also looks as if the weather turns much cooler Thursday, the day of my soaking.  Just my luck!  Konza Club contributed a total of $2,784 to the ALS Association while our Manhattan Rotary Club contributed $4,000 for a total of $6,784!  Not bad for a 2 week challenge!!  Obviously the point is not which club raised more, but the fact that we came together as Rotarians and accomplished something very good in a short amount of time.  Even though I'm feeling sorry for myself right now anticipating my consequences, I'm realistic enough to know some of you are enjoying this much more than I am and don't feel sorry for me at all.  In fact, this week I had an email from a member suggesting we add rock salt to the ice water to make it colder, as that seems to work when making homemade ice cream.  So why not try this for the Ice Bucket Challenge?  I've determined th at would not pass the Four Way Test, so it has no place at a Rotary function.  That's my final answer.

Monday morning Lisa Sisley, President of Konza Club, and myself were interviewed by Cathy Dawes of KMAN radio regarding this challenge.  Other local media outlets including the Manhattan Mercury and TV stations have been notified of our social event this Thursday evening.  Our clubs will meet at Powercat Grill on west Anderson at 530pm for a time of socializing and eventually my soaking.  Our clubs will provide appetizers and we encourage all of you to bring your spouse or a guest.  Many thanks to the Fellowship Committee of Sam Gillespie, Keith Westervelt and Dan Devlin for arranging this social on very short notice and coordinating with the Konza Club.  Thanks also goes out to Chris Nolte, our club's Public Relations Chair, who has been involved in coordinating and arranging the media coverage.  

Please consider getting involved in "Change The World" project this Sunday, October 5th.  Our club will distribute cold drinks to several work sites around the area.  Last year our efforts were very much appreciated.   Nearly 600 volunteers are expected to be out working on various projects and this is a great way for us to assist and gain exposure for our club and, more importantly, for Rotary.  Please contact Jeff Guether if you can give an hour of your time next Sunday to deliver drinks. 

Don't forget this week, Walgreens will be at our meeting to administer flu shots for those interested.  If you have not completed a consent form, those will be available to you at the meeting.  I'm very grateful to club members Cassidi Green and Ken Gartner of Walgreens for providing this service to our club each year. 

If you missed our program last week, you missed a good one.  Gary Hogsett of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center gave a fascinating presentation on energy, costs of varying types of energy and  ideas for maximizing energy efficiencies.  An outstanding speaker, Gary was very humorous and informative.  If you missed his presentation and would like to see it, you can watch it on our club's website. 

Another great program is in store for us this week as we will hear from Bruce Weber, Men's Basketball Head Coach.  I hope to see you for lunch this Thursday!



Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program - Committee Work Day

Last week all committee member got together and worked on their agendas and tasks for the upcoming Rotary Year.

Last Week's Program - Committee Work Day Vernon Turner 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Greg Hogsett

Gary Hogsett of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center gave a fascinating presentation on energy, costs of varying types of energy and  ideas for maximizing energy efficiencies.  An outstanding speaker, Gary was very humorous and informative.  If you missed his presentation and would like to see it, click here 

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Gary Hogsett

Last Week's Program Greg Hogsett Scott Emley 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z
September MHS Students of the Month

Andy Bowen Introduced Kristen Fraley and Ben Gorman as our September Manhattan High Students of the Month. The parents of the students' that were in attendance were Darla Fraley and Mary and Anthony Gorman.

Their comments can be viewed here.

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Andy Bowen, Kristen Fraley, Ben Gorman, and President Scott Emley

September MHS Students of the Month Vernon Turner 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

It's hard to believe it's time again for the weekly email.  I'm not sure where all the time goes, but it does seem to go rather quickly.  Last week Dr. Bryan Pinkall, K State Music Professor, shared with us his experience as manager of performance operations and direction of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.  Pinkall's team earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lighting Direction as a result of the production.  The ceremony involved more than 5,000 performers and was one of the largest artistic events in history and viewed by more than 3 billion people worldwide.  If you missed this program, it would be worth your time to view it on our club website as it was fascinating.  Many thanks to our Speakers Committee and chair Eric Higgins for the outstanding programs we have enjoyed over the past several months.

As fascinating as the program was, equally fascinating is our club members' intense desire to see your club President get a bucket of ice water dumped on him.  This will be the final week in which we are involved in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with our fellow Rotarians of the Konza Club.  If you have not contributed yet, please either go online to www.alsa.org  and donate or bring your check payable to "ALS Association" to the meeting this week.  At the end of the week, both clubs will total donations and the "winning" club will offer their President as the recipient of the ice water dump.  Remember, we have a member willing to match 50 cents for every dollar donated, so please take advantage of this opportunity to leverage your donation.  If you donate online, please let me know so we can add your contribution to our club's total and get the match. As of today, we stand at $1,852.50 as a club.  A sincere thank you to all of those who have generously contributed.

Our Fellowship Planning Committee has been working hard, on short notice, to arrange a social with the Konza Club. Several of you have expressed an interest in meeting socially with the Konza Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge has provided the opportunity to do just that.  We are scheduled to meet for an after hours social on Thursday, October 2nd at 5:30pm at Powercat Sports Grill, 3011 Anderson Ave.    This will provide time for us to get better acquainted with fellow Rotarians in Manhattan.  We will also use this time together to conclude the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with the ice water dump.  Let's hope for really warm weather!  If anyone has scuba gear, specifically a wet suit, I would be more than willing to rent it for a day (Oct.2).  A big thank you to Keith Westervelt, Sam Gillespie and Dan Devlin for coordinating this event with our friends at the Konza Club.

Change The World Sunday is just around the corner, October 5th.  If you want to help with the distribution of drinks to approximately 600 workers around town, please contact Jeff Geuther who coordinates this effort for our club.  Thanks to Jeff for his work in this area.

October 2nd, Walgreens will provide flu shot vaccinations to club members at our meeting.  All you need to do is fill out a medical insurance information sheet in advance and Walgreens will take it from there! The sheets will be available on your tables at this week's meeting.  Many thanks to Ken Gartner and Cassidi Green of Walgreens for making this happen each year. 

This week we will meet our first MHS Students of The Month for the 2014-2015 school year.  Our program will feature Gary Hogsett from Mid America Manufacturing Technology Center.  I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday and don't forget ALS!

 

Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Dr. Bryan Pinkall, K State Music Professor

Last week Dr. Bryan Pinkall, K State Music Professor, shared with us his experience as manager of performance operations and direction of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.  Pinkall's team earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lighting Direction as a result of the production.  The ceremony involved more than 5,000 performers and was one of the largest artistic events in history and viewed by more than 3 billion people worldwide.  If you missed this program you can view it here.

Last Week's Program Dr. Bryan Pinkall, K State Music Professor Scott Emley 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

This week's email is going out a little earlier than normal as I want to get information to you regarding our club's ALS challenge.  Our club has challenged the Konza Club to an ALS fundraising challenge in honor and memory of those Rotarians and families affected by this horrible disease.  The challenge runs until our meeting on the 25th.  Between now and then you can make a donation by check or online which will count towards our club's total.  You DO NOT need to designate your donation as "Manhattan Rotary Club" as this is not an "official" challenge but just a fun way to work together with fellow Rotarians from the Konza Club towards a worthy cause.  At the end of the challenge, we will total contributions made by each club.  The club that raises the most funds will make their club president available to be dumped on by the other club president.  That's right, if we "win" in our fundraising efforts, I will have a bucket of ice water dumped on me by President Lisa Sisley of the  Konza Club.  I know that seems backwards (at least to me) but several members have already shared that they think this is a brilliant strategy to motivate our members to give more!  

For those of you who wish to give online you can go to the ALS website which is www.ALS.org.  You will clearly see a red "donate" button at the top right of the page you can click on to donate online.  If you choose to donate online, please email me the amount you have donated so we can add your amount to our club total.  If you choose to donate by check, please make your check payable to "ALS Association".  I have attached a donation form that you can bring with your check if you desire a contribution acknowledgement from ALS for tax purposes.  We will collect all donation forms/checks for the next 2 weeks and then submit all donations together at the end of this challenge.  We will have ice buckets at our next two meetings where you can leave your checks.  We  also have a club member who has offered a .50 cent match for all donations given between now and the 25th.  That means for every $100 we collect, the match will be $50.  This is a great opportunity for you to leverage your gift to ALS Association and another reason it is important to report your donation to me if you donate online so we can get the match.

As I mentioned at our meeting last week, my motivation in issuing this challenge was Mel Chastain.  Mel and DonnaDee lost their son-in-law Peter Anderson to ALS last year.  Since announcing this challenge, I have learned that President-Elect Betty Stevens lost a cousin recently and Jim Reed lost 2 friends to this disease.  I'm sure there are countless others in our club and community that have been affected by this disease that were are not aware.   This is one small way as Rotarians we can assist in the research for treatment and ultimately a cure for ALS.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

This week we welcome  two more new members in Phil Mattox and Steve Lambert.  Our club continues to add new members who are getting involved immediately and contributing to the betterment of our club.  We have another excellent program this week as K State music professor Bryan Pinkall  will discuss "Producing the Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony."  I hope you will  join me for lunch this Thursday!



Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z
New member Introductions

Jack Ryan introduces DJ Rezec to our club and Tom Fryer introduces Shawn Martin. There introductions can be viewed here.

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Jack Ryan and DJ Rezec Tom Fryer and major Shawn Martin

              

New member Introductions Vernon Turner 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greeting Rotarians,

The outstanding weather we enjoyed this past weekend is a reminder that a change of season is upon us.  In many ways our club is experiencing a similar "change of season."  Your board recently approved a change in our Student of The Month project and you'll learn more about that during our upcoming meeting.  The board also approved a change in our monthly board meeting from the first Thursday each month to the second Thursday of each month.  While this seems like a minor change, it will be very beneficial to those board members who are responsible for having monthly reports prepared for our meetings.  This will allow board members more time to prepare, distribute and review monthly club reports. Ultimately, this will allow your board more time to consider meaningful activities and projects that meet our challenge of service above self.  You'll also be learning of more projects and "challenges" the board is considering in the coming weeks. 

District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub has asked our club to consider being involved in sponsoring and supporting a new club in Wamego.  While no decision has yet been made to start a new club, this is something that has been on District 5710's agenda for s ometime now. I'm in discussions with district officials trying to determine exactly what is required if we choose to be involved.  Apparently there has been a high enough level of interest in the Wamego area to warrant pursuing the idea of a new club.  Your board wants to hear from you regarding this issue.  If you were involved in the process of forming the Konza Club, or any other club, we want your feedback. If this is an area of interest to you and you want to be involved, please let us know.

Again this year, like last year, Walgreen's is making flu shot vaccinations available to our club before and during our October 2nd meeting.  Thanks to Cassidi Green, Ken Gartner and Walgreen's for making this possible.  Details will be provided during our meetings over the next few weeks.

Last week we had the pleasure of introducing our newest Rotarian, Chris Bailey.  Chris practices Elder Law here in Manhattan and I'm impressed with his commitment as he has already begun serving on a club committee.  The board has approved the transfer membership of last week's speaker, Phil Mattox.  We look forward to Phil's involvement and contribution to our club.

This week we will introduce our two newest Rotarians, DJ Rezac and Shawnn Martin.  Our program will be Pat Farley, President of Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center.  KRMC is an affiliate of Stem Cell Surgical Network.  They are a stem cell treatment center located here in Manhattan.  I'm anxious to learn more about KRMC and to share another Thursday lunch with you.  I hope to see you Thursday!

  
Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Phil Mattox Capter President

Phil Mattox told us about the mission of the Association of the US Army. You can view his program here.

Last Week's Program Phil Mattox Capter President Vernon Turner 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Rotarians,

Last week we had a great turnout for and participation in our Club Assembly.  As I wandered (somewhat aimlessly) around the room, I heard great conversations about how we can make our club better and more attractive to both current and future Rotarians. There are a few changes that have been proposed that the board will c onsider at this week's board meeting.   The Golf Committee began planning for next year's tournament.  What's unique and challenging about planning next year's tournament is we are combining our annual tournament with the District 5710 Conference being held in Manhattan next spring.   It is a great opportunity to feature not only the city of Manhattan and Colbert Hills Golf Course, but it's also a great opportunity for our club to contribute significantly to the success of the District 5710 Conference.  I noticed spirited discussion from the Yellow Tag Committee and I'm anxious to hear their feedback.  No doubt, much good work was accomplished thanks to all those who were present and participated.  It's just another example of why our club has existed for almost 100 years. 

In the past 2 weeks, the Orientation Team has met with 4 new members we will have the pleasure of formally introducing in the coming weeks.  Please reach out to these newest members, introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  And don't forget, if you have an area of service you need assistance with, please invite them to get involved!  Remember when bringing a prospective member to our meeting as your guest, the board has budgeted funds to buy your guest's lunch if you wish to take advantage of that.

This week we will hear from Phil Mattox, President of the Association of US Army (AUSA).  Phil is the newly elected President of AUSA and will bring us an informative update.  I hope to see you tomorrow for lunch!

 
Scott Emley

Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Todd Holmberg, Director McCain

Last week we had the pleasure of Todd Holmberg previewing the 2014 McCain Performance Series.  Every year, the lineup of events at McCain gets better and better.  And every year, after Todd's appearance, this Rotary program gets more and more expensive for me as I end up buying more tickets than previously planned.  We are fortunate as a community to have such high quality, diverse events available.    

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President Scott Emley, Todd Homberg, and Mel Chastain

Last Week's Program Todd Holmberg, Director McCain Scott Emley 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians,

It's hard to believe it's that time of year again, yet the traffic congestion and lack of parking around town would confirm that the students are back and classes are once again in session.  It's an exciting time of year for sure.  Our Rotary Club "class" will be in session this Thursday as w e all have an opportunity to help influence and guide our club's future.  This week we will use our meeting time to have a club "assembly" which allows committees to work while others solicit input from members regarding the club's future. For our new members, Megan Loftin will chair the newly formed "Yellow Tag Committee."  We are anxious to receive input from the new members of the club.  For those members who currently do not have a yellow name tag or serve on a committee, I am looking forward to meeting with you and hearing your ideas regarding our club.    There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to influence our club, so please plan to attend.

Last week we had the pleasure of Todd Holmberg previewing the 2014 McCain Performance Series.  Every year, the lineup of events at McCain gets better and better.  And every year, after Todd's appearance, this Rotary program gets more and more expensive for me as I end up buying more tickets than previously planned.  We are fortunate as a community to have such high quality, diverse events available.   

Please take time this week to reflect on our Rotary Club and what we want it to look like in 10 years (or even next year).  Bring your ideas to our meeting and share them.  I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday!


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

The countdown continues as we are now inside of 2 weeks until.....Club Assembly day on August 28th!   Perhaps you thought I was referring to opening weekend for K State football?  Both events are exciting and worth looking forward to.  The Club Assembly is a worthwhile endeavor,  e specially if everyone participates and gets involved.  If you currently serve on a committee, this will be your opportunity to meet as a committee and identify items that will need to be accomplished. Committee chairs, this is your notice to contact your members!  If you are not currently serving on a committee I invite you to meet with me and discuss the club's future.  I want to hear from you if you have ideas and opinions regarding our club.  If we are doing something you appreciate and want to continue as a club, please share those thoughts with myself or board members.  If you have ideas and suggestions for items we should consider doing that we aren't doing, I want to hear from you as well.  This will be your opportunity, as non "Yellow Tag" members (see below),  to share with me ideas on how we can be a better club.

For those members who have belonged to our club for less than a year,  we have formed a group for new members to provide insight as to what appeals to them about our Rotary Club and to provide a "wish list" of things we might consider doing.  As new members join our club, they are given a yellow name tag for the first year, so we can identify them as relatively new members.  As such, we have named the new group the "Yellow Tag Committee."  Our hope is to give them a voice in ways we can improve our club and continue to appeal to a new generation of Rotarians.  Board member, Megan Loftin, has agreed to coordinate this group and provide feedback to the board for consideration.  All "yellow tag" members are encouraged to meet with Megan during the assembly. 

Regardless of whether you have a blue name tag or a yellow name tag, your participation is wanted and needed.  The board continues to evaluate how we do things and  I am encouraging all of us on the board  to get out of the box and "shake up" Rotary.  Rotary membership in District 5710 has declined 8 out of the last 10 years.  We must broaden our appeal and recruit a younger generation.  A few changes you will notice in the near future include a bar code scanner for attendance.  This will eliminate the need for Secretary George to manually enter member attendance from the sign in sheets.  Instead, you will scan your bar code from the attendance sheet and we c an then download attendance each week.   We are also  in the process of implementing electronic payment modules to Club Runner which will allow you to pay your dues and other fees (golf tournament entry fees, etc.) electronically by credit card and PayPal.   This will greatly lighten the workload of George and Treasurer Gil Sabatka in processing, recording and depositing membership dues each year. Not to mention many fewer trips to check the PO Box for mail.

Last week Dale Bradley gave a meaningful Moment of Inspiration in which he shared reasons he will always support our RI Foundation.  Another way we can continue our club's long history of supporting the RI Foundation, and at the same time make the process more automated, is to consider doing your annual giving electronically through ACH.  By doing so, we could free Foundation Chair Mike Mayo from recording and forwarding checks to RI as they come in.  

As we continue to find new ways to ensure our club's relevance and viability well into the future, please embrace these changes and offer other ways we can continue to grow our club.  If you want to be more involved, we have many areas of opportunity for you to serve your Rotary Club. 

This week's program is Todd Holmberg with an overview of the 2014 McCain Series.   I hope you will join me this Thursday for lunch.  


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Vernon Turner 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z
More Myriah Smith updates from Panama

Friday August 15th was the Panama Canal  100th anniversary of its opening. At school they celebrated with speeches, singing and dancing. Here are some photos and a video. ImageImageImage​​

View the video here.

More Myriah Smith updates from Panama Elizabeth Stevens 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Jackie McClaskey and Mike King

Don Boggsintroduces Jackie McClaskey, Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary and Mike King, Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary. See there comments here.

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Don Boggs, Mike King, Jackie McClaskey and President Scott Emley

Last Week's Program Jackie McClaskey and Mike King Vernon Turner 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

Your club was well represented at District 5710's Leadership Seminar last Saturday in Topeka.  President-elect Betty Stevens, Vice President Vernon Turner, Secretary George Ham, Kevin Ingram and myself were all in attendance. Kevin Ingram presented a session on Ethics In Leadership and,as always, was outstanding.  Vernon led 2 sessions on Rotary Leadership Institute.  It was nice to see our club so well represented and for 2 of our members to be presenters at the conference.  We brought back plenty of new ideas and strategies the board and I will be considering to ensure our club is vibrant and well positioned for the future.   

Speaking of our club's future, I'm happy to announce Chris Nolte has agreed to serve on our board of directors to complete the remaining one year term for Tony English.  Tony has requested a leave of absence due to travel demands at work.  Chris is a great addition to our board in addition to serving as the club's PR Chair.  Thank you Chris for your willingness to serve.   As I mentioned at last week's meeting, we are in need of a club photographer as Larry Bowers has expressed an interest in being relieved of this responsibility.  I'm hoping one or two members will step forward and volunteer.  If not, I will seek you out and find you!!  I spoke with Keith Westervelt last week and he is working on getting club socials started again.  If any club member would like to host a club social at your place of business, Keith would love to hear from you.  These events are always well attended and have become a favorite activity for many of our members. 

Eric Higgins and the Speakers Committee continue to provide outstanding topics and speakers.  This week we will hear from Secretary Mike King of the Kansas Department of Transportation and Secretary Jackie McClaskey of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday! 


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Dr. Andrew Barker

Dr. Andrew Barker was introduced by Past President Dick Wertzberger. Dr. Barker gave us the history of Pain Management and where the specialization of Pain Management is going in the future. You can watch his remarks here.

Last Week's Program Dr. Andrew Barker Vernon Turner 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z
Myriah Smith updates from Panama

Here are a few things they've been doing in class and also a very enjoyable trip she took to the public library there. 

Myriah Smith writes:

Here are the library photos, first. 

This was signed by Pablo Neruda! 

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This is a Linguistic Atlas of Colombia!! How cool is that??

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Two weeks ago, I actually rented a dog for a day in order to teach the students how to care for pets. We practiced forming sentences using the model, "The puppy needs...." and also talking about things that we need by saying, "I need..."  After a week of practicing that, I brought in the puppy and the students were absolutely thrilled. Here are the pictures. 

 

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She chilled out while we did some writing.

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The entire school wanted to hold her during recess.

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Some of them seemed a little nervous with her, though! Image

But there was no need for that, she was an absolute sweetheart. 

 

 

Here's a few more pictures of an activity we've been working on for a while in Kindergarten. We're practicing ordering the alphabet and numbers. They come out looking backwards in the photos, though. :/Image

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This week, we also fixed a lot of broken windows that we had in the classrooms, and purchased a portable air conditioner, which is important because the air conditioners that are installed are unreliable and because of the way the school is set up (It's very closed off and no breeze can get in) it can get suffocatingly hot without air conditioning. 

 

I hope all of you are well and enjoy the little update. I'm also thinking of doing a video tour of the school! It just occurred to me a while ago and I think it would be a fun thing so you can get a better idea of what the space is like. 

 

Sincerely, 

Myriah Smith

Myriah Smith updates from Panama Elizabeth Stevens 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Rotarians,

For the second week in a row, we were fortunate to have a coach from K State Athletics Department speak to our club.  Last week, women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie gave us insight into his family and his background, as well as the current status of the women's basketball program.  It was apparent  Coach Mittie is very pleased to be at K State and saw this as an opportunity he couldn't pass on.  It will be interesting to see how our women's basketball program evolves under his leadership. 

I intentionally rushed through and skipped some announcements last week in the interest of time as I was a little late getting the meeting started.  I will take this opportunity to cover some of those items not mentioned last week.  Ben Johnson was our club's coordinator for the Riley County Relay for Life which was held on Saturday July 12.  Ben reports the total raised for the American Cancer Society was $29,791, of which $6,757 was raised by our club.  This was by far the largest contribution by any organization or participant. A sincere thank you to Ben for his work on this project and to all of you who contributed and walked. Our District is hosting the Rotary Leadership Seminar this Saturday, August 9th in Topeka. This is a great opportunity for anyone who desires to learn more about Rotary.  A reminder to all committee chairs,  we  have our club assembly scheduled for August 28th during our regular meeting time. This is a time set aside for committees to meet and accomplish their work.   

This week's program is "Coping With Constant Pain" presented by Dr. Andrew Barker.  I hope to see you at lunch on Thursday!

 
Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z
Newest Rotarian Martin Seay Newest Rotarian Martin Seay Vernon Turner 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Women's Head Basketball Coach Jeff Mittie

Women's Basketball Head Coach Jeff Mittie gave us insight into his family and his background, as well as the current status of the women's basketball program.  It was apparent  Coach Mittie is very pleased to be at K State and saw this as an opportunity he couldn't pass on.  It will be interesting to see how our women's basketball program evolves under his leadership. You can view his comments here.

Last Week's Program Women's Head Basketball Coach Jeff Mittie Scott Emley 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Coach Bill Snyder

C. Clyde Jones provided a very creative and informative introduction of Coach Bill Snyder.   Coach Snyder talked more about football during this program than I ever remember in prior appearances.He a lso seemed somewhat optimistic about this year's team, which is as unusual as him talking about football!   Coach spoke of how his players continue to impress him and make him proud in how they go about their lives as young men doing the right thing.  His players have done good deeds, not seeking notoriety or publicity, but because it is the right thing to do.  I think many of us in the community are proud of Coach Snyder for the same reasons.  I noticed last week in the media coverage of the Big 12 Media Days from Dallas it was pointed out that Coach Snyder is the oldest coach, by far, in the Big 12 Conference.  What they failed to mention is he is also the best coach, by far, in the conference.   We are indeed fortunate to have such an outstanding head coach and staff. You can view Coach Snyder's remarks here.

Last Week's Program Coach Bill Snyder Scott Emley 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians,

If you missed last week's meeting, you missed a good one.  Jay Merrill introduced our newest member, Gavin Garmin.  Please introduce yourself to Gavin and welcome him to our club.  We look forward to his contributions and involvement. 

As usual, C. Clyde Jones provided a very creative and informative introduction of Coach Bill Snyder.   Coach Snyder talked more about football during this program than I ever remember in prior appearances.He a lso seemed somewhat optimistic about this year's team, which is as unusual as him talking about football!   Coach spoke of how his players continue to impress him and make him proud in how they go about their lives as young men doing the right thing.  His players have done good deeds, not seeking notoriety or publicity, but because it is the right thing to do.  I think many of us in the community are proud of Coach Snyder for the same reasons.  I noticed last week in the media coverage of the Big 12 Media Days from Dallas it was pointed out that Coach Snyder is the oldest coach, by far, in the Big 12 Conference.  What they failed to mention is he is also the best coach, by far, in the conference.   We are indeed fortunate to have such an outstanding head coach and staff.

As summer gradually winds down and we prepare for the beginning of a new school year, be thinking about what work needs to be done within your committees. O ur next club assembly day will be August 28th.  This is a day we set aside during our regular meeting time so that committees can gather to discuss goals/objectives and accomplish some work.  I hope to have another assembly day set before the end of the year. Having an assembly day set aside for committee work was Past President Dick's initiative and I believe it serves our club very well.

Speaking of committees, Vernon Turner will be posting our current committee roster on the club website in the near future.  Remember if you are not on a committee and have an area of interest, it is never too late to get involved.  C. Clyde Jones is chair of a newly formed sub-committee that reviews and recommends Cup Money recipients to our Board of Directors.  C. Clyde wants to hear from you if you have an organization or a worthy cause that should be considered as a recipient of our monthly Cup Money. 

This week we look forward to Tom Roberts introducing our newest member, Martin Seay.  It's great to see young and enthusiastic new members joining our club.  Actually, it's great to see all of you each week, young and not so young. We are becoming a very diverse club which I believe will serve us well into the future. I'm excited that K State's new women's basketball coach, Jeff Mittie, will be this week's speaker.  Please join me in extending a warm Rotary welcome to Coach Mittie. I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday! 

 
Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z
Newest Rotarian Gavin Garmin

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Gavin Garmin and Jay Merrill

Newest Rotarian Gavin Garmin Vernon Turner 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

I owe President Elect Betty Stevens a big thank you for presiding at last week's meeting in my absence.  District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub spoke to our club about the plans for the upcoming Rotary year.  Tom Fryer introduced our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Rich Wartell.  Congratulations Rich!    We've now added 2  Paul Harris Fellows in the past 2 weeks.  Speaking of adding 2, we will introduce 2 new members to our club in the next 2 weeks. Please extend a warm welcome to Gavin Garmin who will be introduced this week and Martin Seay who will be introduced July 31. 

This week we will enjoy our annual visit from Coach Bill Snyder.  Program chair Eric Higgins assures me Coach Snyder is prepared to talk football, depth charts, and injury updates as well as recruiting success stories! Hopefully, all of you reading this know the previous sentence will not pass the 4 Way Test and is shared in jest.   Regardless, be sure to bring a guest as well as your questions in anticipation of Coach Snyder's visit to our club.   I hope to see you for lunch this Thursday!


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Vernon Turner 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program District 5710 DG Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub

DG Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub talked about the upcoming Rotary year in the District. You can view DG Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub's remarks here.

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DG Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub and President-Elect Betty Stevens

Last Week's Program District 5710 DG Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub Vernon Turner 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Rich Wartell

Paul Harris Fellow presentation to Rich Wartell can be viewed here.

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DG Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub, President-Elect Betty Stevens and Rich Wartell

Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Rich Wartell Vernon Turner 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program and Newest Paul Harris Fellow John Armbrust

A club first happened last week as Lyle Butler introduced John Armbrust as the Program speaker but first made a detour presentation to John as our newest Paul Harris Fellow. Lyle Butler did a great job of weaving the Paul Harris Fellow presentation into his introduction of our speaker, John Armbrust.  Tom Fryer didn't do quite as well attempting to explain the reason John's wife was his guest at our meeting, yet I admire Tom for his creative attempt!  John discussed the possible downsizing of Ft. Riley and the impact that might have on the region.  John indicated complete details of the proposals and possibilities can be found by reading the Federal Register,  however he doesn't recommend this unless you are having trouble sleeping.  It sounds as if Ft. Riley may not suffer significant cuts, but anything is possible.  John encouraged all of us to get involved and offer comments during the public comment period which runs until August 25th.  He provided talking points for those interested in getting involved.  If you were not able to attend and want access to the talking points or contact information for public comments, I'm sure John will be happy to provide that information to you. John's Paul Harris Presentation and Program can be viewed here.

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                                                                                           Lyle Butler, John Armbrust and                        Karen, John and Trent Armbrust

                                                                                              President Scott Emley

Last Week's Program and Newest Paul Harris Fellow John Armbrust Scott Emley 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

It's hard to believe its the middle of July and we are expecting overnight lows in the 50s & 60s with highs in the upper 70s & low 80s.  I don't know about you, but I'll take it!  Sorry to say the temperatures weren't quite as pleasant for Ben Johnson and other Rotarians who represented our club at last Saturday's Relay For Life event.  Hopefully we will have a recap from Ben at an upcoming meeting regarding the number of participants and the amount our club contributed to this most worthwhile cause.  The amount our club contributed as reported to me by Ben is amazing, yet very characteristic of our club.  Thank you Ben and everyone else who represented our club to help with efforts in finding a cure for cancer.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Last week's meeting featured something I don't recall happening at a club meeting.  Not that it hasn't happened before, but I cannot recall another time the introduction of our featured speaker also included the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow.  Lyle Butler did a great job of weaving the Paul Harris Fellow presentation into his introduction of our speaker, John Armbrust.  Tom Fryer didn't do quite as well attempting to explain the reason John's wife was his guest at our meeting, yet I admire Tom for his creative attempt!  John discussed the possible downsizing of Ft. Riley and the impact that might have on the region.  John indicated complete details of the proposals and possibilities can be found by reading the Federal Register,  however he doesn't recommend this unless you are having trouble sleeping.  It sounds as if Ft. Riley may not suffer significant cuts, but anything is possible.  John encouraged all of us to get involved and offer comments during the public comment period which runs until August 25th.  He provided talking points for those interested in getting involved.  If you were not able to attend and want access to the talking points or contact information for public comments, I'm sure John will be happy to provide that information to you.

This week we will hear from Konza Club's very own Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub, who also serves as our District Governor.   It should be interesting to hear what the latest news is from the District.  I will be in Chicago this Thursday attending a meeting and will not be able to attend our meeting.  President-Elect Betty Stevens will preside in my absence.  Thanks in advance to Betty for filling in and for all the others who make each week's meetings flow smoothly.  Every week several Rotarians come early and stay late to make sure everything is ready and operational for our weekly meeting.  It would not be possible to have the quality meetings we have without their efforts. 

I hope you can make it for lunch this Thursday!  See you all next week.


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z
How do you invite someone to join Rotary? Just ask

From the Rotary International Blog -  Rotary Voices

By Bill Wittich, past president of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise, Elk Grove, California, USA

http://blog.rotary.org/2014/07/11/wittich/#more-4318​

Those who know me call me the Starbucks Guy! That is because I spend way too much time and money in my local Starbucks. But the truth is Starbucks is my best location for attracting new Rotary members.

Let me give you an example of a recent Sunday. My wife, Ann, and I are both Rotarians and we enjoy our tall Skinny Mochas. So sitting there we watched a young woman arrive with her computer and she was dressed for business. Both of us asked the question, “Is she a possibility for Rotary?”

Well, she looked like a Rotarian. You know what that means. She was a young business woman and seemed friendly at that. I asked my wife which of us should talk to her about Rotary and she said that she found the last one, so it was my turn.

I simply approached her and asked “why are you not a Rotarian?” She smiled and said that she had heard of Rotary but really did not know exactly what they did or were. I gave her a copy of our club flyer and invited her to be our guest for breakfast at the country club next week. I asked her for her e-mail address and told her she would be receiving our club newsletter later that day.

Basically, we were starting to build a slow, but friendly, relationship with her and simply invited her to breakfast. The next Wednesday morning, guess who showed up at our Rotary club meeting?

All we did was to be aware of who was enjoying our morning Starbucks with us and we just offered them an opportunity to network with the movers and shakers in our town. At the meeting, she heard about all those service projects that our club is doing, and her eyes lit up. Well the following week, we had a new excited Rotarian who told us that prior to our visit at Starbucks, she had never understood what Rotary was or did.

I guess the key to membership is to ask.

Check out the membership resources on Rotary.org

How do you invite someone to join Rotary? Just ask Vernon Turner 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z
Manhattan Rotary Clubs award $500 scholarships to K-State International Graduate Students

Published by K-State Today

 

Three international students at Kansas State University have been awarded $500 International Graduate Student Scholarship from the Konza and Manhattan Rotary clubs. This annual scholarship is awarded to graduate students based on academic achievement, the benefit of graduate training to their country and financial need.

The 2014 scholarship recipients are:

  • Nibal Albashabsheh, Jordan, completing a doctorate in industrial engineering
  • Fatmah Al-Qadfan, Kuwait, completing a master's in theatre with an emphasis in drama therapy.
  • Nanxi Li, China, completing a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

Rotary is a global organization of business and professional leaders with six areas of focus including peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, literacy and economic development. Collectively, Rotarians tackle humanitarian problems, among them the worldwide eradication of polio. The International Graduate Student Scholarship is one way the local clubs advance goodwill, international understanding and peace.

Manhattan Rotary Clubs award $500 scholarships to K-State International Graduate Students Rebecca Gould 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Greetings Rotarians,

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday weekend.  We are very blessed to live in the greatest nation on earth. 

One of my goals for our club this year is to recognize members who have recently experienced a noteworthy milestone in life or perhaps were the recipient of some type of recognition for personal or professional accomplishments.  My intent is to incorporate this into the Moment of Inspiration at our weekly meetings.  Last week, we learned C. Clyde Jones was recognized in the latest issue of Money Magazine as one of "50 Heroes in 50 States."  The article highlighted those who give of themselves in providing guidance and financial counseling to those in need.  C. Clyde was recognized for his work at Shepherd's Crossing.  Congratulations to C. Clyde and thank you to Jeff Geuther and Bill Richter for calling the article to my attention.  I hope doing this will keep us all connected and will hopefully add a small club feel to a large club.  If you know of any positive event or accomplishment of a fellow Rotarian, please let me know so we can share the good news with the club!

Mike Mayo shared the good news that our club exceeding our 2013-2014 Foundation goal.  As you know, our goal each year is to give $100 per member to the Annual Fund of the RI Foundation.  Mike also reported the "bad news" that are club goal for the 2014-2015 club year has been set at $20,700 since we have 207 members.  Our club has a long history of meeting or exceeding the goal and I anticipate we will accomplish that again this year.  Thank you to all the members who have contributed.   Thanks to Mike and the Foundation committee for the continued good work. 

Our program was lead by Vernon Turner.  Vernon provide an overview of Rotary Leadership Institute.  Vernon is a trained facilitator and encouraged us to consider attending a RLI session.  The basic premise to Rotary Leadership Institute is to provide in depth education about Rotary to Rotarians.  One of Rotary International's primary concerns is that club leadership  turns over frequently.  The goal is to have more well trained Rotarians involved in club activities and in leadership roles.  If anyone is interested, there is a Leadership seminar on August 9th in Topeka. 

This week's program will be John Armbrust who will comment on the impact of potential downsizing at Ft. Riley. I hope to see you for lunch this Thursday!


Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Scott Emley 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Vernon Turner, RLI Facilitator

Vernon Turner was introduced by Eric Higgins. Vernon provide an overview of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). He is a trained facilitator and encouraged members to consider attending a RLI session.  The Rotary Leadership Institute provide an in depth education about Rotary to Rotarians.  RLI is trying to address the concerns in club leadership that turns over frequently.  The goal is to have more well trained Rotarians involved in club activities and in leadership roles.  If anyone is interested, there is a Leadership seminar on August 9th in Topeka during the Foundation/Membership/Leadership conferences at the Washburn University Student Union from 8 am to 3 pm. Your can register on District 5710 website.

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Vernon Turner and Eric Higgins

Last Week's Program Vernon Turner, RLI Facilitator Vernon Turner 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z
District 5710 KC T-Bones Strike Out Polio Night

District 5710 Governor Debra Rodenbaugh – Schaub 

Welcomes You To: Strike Out Polio Night 
 
Strike Out Polio Night will be a fun night of baseball, fellowship and fundraising for polio eradication!  All Rotarians and their friends and families as well as anyone affected by Polio are welcome to attend this special night.  There will be promotional tables on the concourse with Rotarians sharing literature and displaying Silent Auction items. 
 
The T-Bones will donate a portion of ticket sales to Rotary International’s PolioPlus fund. 

There will be FUN Rotarian participation opportunities with the between-innings promotions:  Speed Run (run the bases, against the mascot, Sizzle!), the Providence Medical Center Gallstone Toss, the Price Chopper/Blue Bell Ice Cream Eating Contest, the Sport Clips Hair Guitar Contest and more!  The first 12 clubs to register/purchase tickets will be part of this multiple offering of crazy kind of fun!!

Download ticket order form here

District 5710 KC T-Bones Strike Out Polio Night Vernon Turner 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Scott Emley

Fellow Rotarians,

This week we begin a new Rotary year.  With that comes annual dues, a new budget, a new club Foundation goal to achieve, new board members and new club officers.  Speaking of dues, if you have not done so, please get those paid this week as we are required to submit our membership report and payment of dues to District 5710 and Rotary International on July 1. 

Past President Dick Wertzberger has been an outstanding leader and my hope is I'm able to continue that for the coming year.  Dick certainly set the bar high when it comes to attendance and presiding over club functions. I think he only missed 3 meetings during his tenure (2 for medical treatment and 1 for his son's wedding), which is a record that will not be challenged by your new president.  I will be fairly regular in my attendance,  but I will also provide plenty of opportunities for President Elect Betty Stevens to rehearse for her Presidency next year!  Dick started the tradition of this weekly email to keep members updated, informed and connected to our club.  He received many positive comments throughout the year regarding this email and because of that, I have committed to continuing the weekly emails.  I hope you find them enjoyable and informative.  Thank you Dick for your service, leadership and commitment to our club. 

If you missed last week's meeting you missed a great program featuring Jeff Gill of Tallgrass Brewing Company.  Jeff shared with us his story of how he went from a career as a geologist to leading a fast growing brewery.  The decision to change careers was made in 2006 when Jeff's wife Tricia ask the question "what do you want to do with the rest of your life?"  His answer was "I want to start a microbrewery." His dream became reality in 2007 when they settled in Manhattan and began the business.  Tallgrass Brewing Company now sells its beer in cans and on tap in 14 states.  I was most impressed with Jeff's commitment to service and having an "open heart" towards others. He stresses the importance of service and hospitality with his team of employees and distributors.  It's also worth noting that, in the spirit of service above self, Jeff had a high level of interest from our club membership in taste testing his products.  We are after all, a service organization. 

This week's program will feature our club Vice President Vernon Turner, who also serves as a Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator.  Vernon's topic will be "Introduction to Rotary Leadership Institute."     You will want to mark your calendars for other upcoming programs.  On July 17th we will have the annual visit from District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  As many of you know, Deb is a member of the Konza Rotary Club here in Manhattan.  It will be interesting to hear what Deb has planned for the new Rotary year ahead so please plan to attend and show Deb our support.  The following week, July 24th, we will have the pleasure of our annual visit from Coach Bill Snyder. 

I look forward to seeing you at lunch this Thursday!  

  
Scott Emley
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Update from President Scott Emley Vernon Turner 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z
Leadership transfer to Scott Emley from Dick Wertzberger

President Scott Emley said it well in his weekly update:

"Past President Dick Wertzberger has been an outstanding leader and my hope is I'm able to continue that for the coming year.  Dick certainly set the bar high when it comes to attendance and presiding over club functions. I think he only missed 3 meetings during his tenure (2 for medical treatment and 1 for his son's wedding), which is a record that will not be challenged by your new president.  I will be fairly regular in my attendance,  but I will also provide plenty of opportunities for President Elect Betty Stevens to rehearse for her Presidency next year!  Dick started the tradition of this weekly email to keep members updated, informed and connected to our club.  He received many positive comments throughout the year regarding this email and because of that, I have committed to continuing the weekly emails.  I hope you find them enjoyable and informative.  Thank you Dick for your service, leadership and commitment to our club.  "

The passing of the gavel can be viewed here.

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President Scott Emley and Past President Dick Wertzberger

Leadership transfer to Scott Emley from Dick Wertzberger Vernon Turner 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Jeff Gill, Tallgrass Brewing Company

Jeff Gill of Tallgrass Brewing Company shared with us his story of how he went from a career as a geologist to leading a fast growing brewery.  The decision to change careers was made in 2006 when Jeff's wife Tricia ask the question "what do you want to do with the rest of your life?"  His answer was "I want to start a microbrewery." His dream became reality in 2007 when they settled in Manhattan and began the business.  Tallgrass Brewing Company now sells its beer in cans and on tap in 14 states.  Jeff's commitment to service and having an "open heart" towards others is in the spirit of service above self. He stresses the importance of service and hospitality with his team of employees and distributors.

The program van be viewed here.

Last Week's Program Jeff Gill, Tallgrass Brewing Company Vernon Turner 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z
Bono of U2 shares a personal message of hope to Rotary members

Bono from U2 shares a personal message of hope and admiration with Rotary members for their continued commitment to ending polio and changing lives throughout the world.​ View his remarks here.

Bono of U2 shares a personal message of hope to Rotary members Vernon Turner 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
2014 Rotarian of the Year

C. Clyde Jones presented George Ham the Rotarian of the Year award for his relentless club service as Secretary. George dedicated his Paul Harris Fellow to Alice his wife.

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Alice and George Ham

2014 Rotarian of the Year Vernon Turner 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Annual Awards

President Dick Wertzberger was the MC for the Annual Awards. You can view the Annual Awards program here.

Last Week's Program Annual Awards Vernon Turner 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

Greetings my friends!  This e-mail will be my last one to you as President of Manhattan Rotary.  While the 26 th is my last official duty as your President I will be out of my office that week doing other projects and some travel prior to the Thursday meeting.

I appreciate the feed back that you gave me regarding these e-mails.  It was my attempt at the beginning of my term as President to communicate with you as to the goings on with the club and what may be coming up.  This took on a life of its own and I made the commitment to continue it through my term.   It’s been fun.

This Thursday is our club’s annual awards meeting where we will recognize many of you and your efforts to make our club so special and vibrant.  It will culminate with our recognizing the Rotarian of the Year as introduced by C Clyde Jones.

There are so many of you I want to express my gratitude and thanks yet hesitate to name because I know I will miss some and for that my apologies but serving as President there is no way the club can run without a secretary, the board of directors,  and other key positions.  So here’s to George Ham and all that he does week in and week out.  To president elect Scott Emley who is going to take this club to a higher level; to Eric Higgins for getting great speakers every Thursday.  That is a tough duty.  To Mel Chastain for his leadership & committee’s work with our new Rotarians and so much more.   To Betty Stevens on educating me on Rotary International; To Mike Mayo and the Rotary Foundation committee, and dang this email is going to get way to long but a special shout out to the past presidents of our club whose guidance I certainly appreciated.

I urge you to get involved if not already so.  Consider chairing a committee and/or running for the board.  I had to be asked a few years back to serve on the board of directors and pushed to consider getting in line to eventually serve as your President.   As they say, you get out what you put it.  Well for my experience what I got out far exceeds what I put in.  It has been a great experience. 

It truly has been a joy, honor and privilege to serve as your Club’s President. 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian!  

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
2014 District 5710 Foundation/Membership/Leadership

The Rotary Foundation 101

Grant Certification (required for a club to apply for a grant!!!)

Membership Retention and Recruiting

Club Central

Rotary Leadership Institute (all day session, limited to first 20 that sign up)

Social Media for your Club and your Life

You can register for the FML Seminar at this link:   http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9cyhcsp571bd78a&llr=zpax4ohab

We look forward to another great FML Seminar!  

2014 District 5710 Foundation/Membership/Leadership Vernon Turner 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger
My Fellow Rotarian;
 
Ok, whoever has been praying for rain needs to stop…now!  I have called Kansas home now for over 20 years and it still amazes me how we can have these weather patterns where we either get nothing for  over a month or 4 inches in a day!  Add to Monday's rainfall the first 9 days of June and we have received near 8 inches of rain in some spots. Through May we have received 11 inches year to date so it would be nice to spread this out!  Oh well, enough whining for now.   Although I did read that parts of SW Kansas got over 5 inches and it still wasn’t enough to post any flood warnings!  That part of Kansas definitely needs the moisture.
 
Last week we heard from Gordon Hibbard from the 4H Foundation.  He gave us an update on the work people have done throughout the state, the successful campaign to raise money to continue the good works of 4H and an update on the work being done or about to start at Rock Springs.   Another great program!
 
I chaired my last Rotary board meeting  as your president and while we didn’t have a lot to discuss I did want to share with you that thanks to your generosity, it looks like we will reach our goal for giving to the Rotary Foundation.   Thank you all so much who gave.  Also, you will see another reminder on dues going out via e-mail.  If you have paid please disregard but if you haven’t, your attention is greatly appreciated.   Your board of directors are very pleased with those renewing.  We have had very few resignations. Of those it was due to moving out of town or work conflicts.
 
The board also formally approved purchasing a new electronic attendance application and scanner.  Soon instead of initialing next to your name you will scan the bar code.  This will then be uplinked to our website and automatically track attendance. 
 
President-elect Scott Emily has begun distributing sign up sheets for committees for his Rotary year.  We are very pleased with the response so far.  At this weeks meeting we will have an updated committee template sign up sheet for you to review.  He asks that add your name or respond yes or no next to your name if you wish to continue or not.  
 
Juneteenth is Saturday June 21st.  Dave Denning and Jeff Geuther are leading the charge.  Thanks to your involvement we have a great number signed up to distribute ice cream but would like more to walk in the parade or if that proves difficult, you can act like you are in the movie, “Rain Man” and ride in a beautiful 1949(?) Buick convertible.  I will be walking, will you?
 
This Thursday our guest speaker will be Christian Cruz, one of our two Global Grant recipients currently working on his project in Brazil.   He is back on campus and is going to give us an update on his progress.
 
 
See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 
 
Dick
Dick Wertzberger
President
Manhattan Rotary 2013-14
Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  
 
Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Gordon Hibbard Kansas 4H Foundation Director

Gordon Hibbard was introduced by Nelson Galley. He gave us an update on the work people have done throughout the state, the successful campaign to raise money to continue the good works of 4H and an update on the work being done or about to start at Rock Springs. You can view his remarks here.

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President Dick Wertzberger and Gordon Hibbard

 

Last Week's Program Gordon Hibbard Kansas 4H Foundation Director Vernon Turner 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

Hello my friends!  Happy month of June!  It definitely feels like summer now!  How many saw all those Future Farmers of America kids wandering around campus and Manhattan in full uniform?   Dang it had to be hot in those outfits.  As someone reminded me, there is something to be said about wearing a uniform because if you do something you ought not to be doing you will be an easy person to remember and point out!!  Although truth be told, these kids are a great example of what is good living in Kansas.

At our meeting last week we had our very own Past President Sue Maes, Dean of K-State Global Campus visit with us on how K-State is now a leader in online classes.   It is amazing how many students now jump online for some or all of their classes.  Very informative talk given by Dean Sue.  Remember you can catch it online at our Rotary website.

I am probably going to repeat myself on a few items and one of which is giving to the Rotary Foundation.  There is still time this month to do so..   Many of you have stepped up and I do appreciate your gift.

President-elect Scott Emily is working on committee assignments and will be contacting you to see of your interest.  I would encourage you to reach out to Scott or one of the board members to indicate where you would want to get involved.  Also please share ideas you may have with Scott or myself to make your experience and involvement better!

A couple of other reminders:  Dues were sent out via e-mail in May with June 30 th  as the date we would like everyone paid.  It is necessary so we can give Rotary International accurate numbers for our club membership.

Coming up this month is Juneteenth.  Dave Denning and Jeff Guether are leading the charge.  Thanks to your involvement we have a great number signed up to distribute ice cream but would like more to walk in the parade or if that proves difficult, you can act like you are in the movie, “Rain Man” and ride in a beautiful 1958 (?) Buick convertible.

This Thursday our guest speaker and my good friend Gordon Hibbard will speak on the Kansas 4H programs. 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian!  

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Dr. Sue Maes - Dean K-State Global Campus

Sue Maes was introduced by Eric Higgins. Sue gave us an update on the named change from istance Continuing Education to GLobal Campus.The program can be viewed here.

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Sue Maes

Last Week's Program Dr. Sue Maes - Dean K-State Global Campus Vernon Turner 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z
New Member - Rodrigo Pedrozo

Rodrigo Pedrozo

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recorded introduction can be viewed here.

Rodrigo is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in Manhattan since 2011.    He attended the University of Lavras in his home country, majoring in Agronomy, and  is currently pursuing his Ph D. in Plant Pathology at K-State. Rodrigo has also studied in Holland, California, and Toronto, and is the vice-president and founder of the Brazilian Student Association here at K-State.  He is honored to be a member of Rotary International, and would like to facilitate greater mentorship between Rotarians and Brazilian scholars at KSU.   Seven days a week, Rodrigo can be found in his lab at Throckmorton Hall, using his micorscope to stop disease in soybeans.  His research directly helps Kansas farmers, and could someday help crop production world-wide.       

New Member - Rodrigo Pedrozo Vernon Turner 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

Hello my friends!  I hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial Day.  We can never forget the sacrifices of those who proudly served and gave it their all so we say we are the home of the free and land of the brave!  

Last week we heard Emily Brueske from the College of Business talk to us on the Mentoring program and it was impressive to see how many of you are serving as Mentors.  My one takeaway was that while the students in the program breakdown pretty much 50/50, Mentors are decidedly male so she is in need of professional women to volunteer as a Mentor.   Great program!

As we complete this Rotarian year it still isn’t too late to consider making a gift to the Rotary Foundation.  Many of you have stepped up and I do appreciate your gift.

President-elect Scott Emily is working on committee assignments and will be contacting you to see of your interest.   I would encourage you though to reach out to Scott or one of the board members to indicate where you would want to get involved.  Also please share ideas you may have with Scott or I to make your experience and involvement better!

Coming up this month is Juneteenth.  Dave Denning is asking for volunteers for that event to either walk in the parade or serve ice cream.   If we have a good sign up it will only be an hour or two out of your day.  It is a fun rewarding event.

This Thursday we are delighted to have fellow Rotarian and past president Sue Maes presenting her topic on the change from DCE to K-State Global Campus.

See you for lunch this Thursday!   Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary   Change Lives!  

 

Weekly Update from President Dick Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z
Weekly Update from the President
My Fellow Rotarian;
 
Hello my friends!  Well spring seems to be repeating winter only with warmer temperatures.  You know, a few days temps are in the upper 80s and low 90s and then a few days in the 50s and low 60s like today!  Crazy!
 
Last Thursday we listened to Michael Oldfather on money and banking in today’s crazy economic world.  His observations on what transpired since the mortgage/credit collapse in 2008 and the effort to get out of the worse economic environment since the Great Depression were very insightful.
 
I do wish to share that on Monday afternoon President Elect Scott Emley held his new board retreat to discuss the new upcoming Rotary year.  It was an enthusiastic meeting as we outlined the coming year.   He will accelerate the involvement of our new members into committees and introduce new committees.  But I will let Scott inform you of all that!
 
Well, one thing I can tell you is that we are going to be more digitized (if that is the right term) on tracking attendance at meetings.  They tell me they have these new fangled things called bar code scanners that make the work easier!  Look for a new way to sign in when you arrive in the next month or so!
 
I want to make one more push for nominees for Rotarian of the Year.   If you would like to nominate a fellow Rotarian please get in contact with Ole Olsen or George Ham. 
 
Even though the incoming board has had their planning retreat we encourage you to contact President elect Scott or one of the board members to tell us what you liked and what you didn’t like about this year or things you would like to see the club involve itself in.  Please share ideas you may have with Scott or myself to make your experience and involvement better!
 
You should have received an e-mail for your dues for the next Rotary year.   Please give this your attention so we may get off on a strong footing for the new Rotary year.  If you haven’t received your dues notice please contact George Ham or Gil Sabatka.
 
And finally this coming Monday is our Rotary Golf outing at Manhattan Country Club.  The golf committee is doing a fantastic job and have promised that the temperature will be much warmer than today!
 
See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian!  
 
Dick
Dick Wertzberger
President
Manhattan Rotary 2013-14
Weekly Update from the President Richard Wertzberger 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Dr. Micahael Oldfather
Michael Oldfather talked to us on money and banking in today’s crazy economic world.  His observations on what transpired since the mortgage/credit collapse in 2008 and the effort to get out of the worse economic environment since the Great Depression were very insightful.
 
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Brice Holbrook, Michael Oldfather and President Dick Wertzberger
Last Week's Program Dr. Micahael Oldfather Vernon Turner 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z
Newest Member Andrea Platt

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Megan Loftin, Andree Platt, and President Dick Wertzberger

Andrea “Andee” Platt joins Rotary as the sales and marketing manager of Diamond Roofing.  Diamond Roofing is a family owned company that was founded in 1979 in Dodge City, KS and was expanded in 2006 by opening a second location in Manhattan, KS. We safely serve customers with high performance solutions, superior workmanship, and professional roofing services. She and her husband Ryan Platt, owner and operator of the Wareham Opera House recently moved back to Manhattan, KS this past July. 

     She was born and raised in Dodge City, KS. After graduating from Dodge City High School, she attended Kansas State University.  At K -State, she was an active member of the Beta Upsilon Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Pi Delta Phi French club and was selected by a Spanish professor to tutor spouses of professors who wanted to perfect their English conversations skills. In spring 2004, she studied abroad in southern France in Aix-en-Provence at the Université de Droit, d’Économie et des Science d’Aix-Marseille. This opportunity not only allowed her to ameliorate her French linguistic skills, but provided her the opportunity to travel all over Europe. Upon returning to the states, she finished out her college career at Kansas State.  In 2006, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language (French), with an emphasis in Spanish.  She then moved to Kansas City where she continued her education and pursued a Masters at Rockhurst University. 

     During her studies, she worked at Académie Lafayette: K -8 French Immersion School where she was the bi-lingual medial specialist and literacy educator.

  In 2007, she received a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment along with initial teacher certification in both Missouri and Kansas.  From 2008-2013 she was an educator at Gardner Edgerton High School where she taught French I, II, III, and College Now (Honor’s French IV) ,a dual-credit class in conjunction with Johnson County Communication College. At GEHS, she was the Foreign Language Department chair, and was a clinical supervisor who mentored several teacher education candidates from the University of Kansas. Aside from her teaching responsibilities she also was the International Club sponsor, French Club Sponsor, and Prom Sponsor.

    Currently, she is actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce and Junior League of the Flint Hills. She looks forward to join Rotary as she has a passion to serve others in addition to building strong relationships with others who share a common interest. Both her grandparents and father were former Rotarians, past presidents, and Paul Harris fellows.  She always knew it was only a matter of time that she would follow in their footsteps, becoming a Rotarian herself.

Newest Member Andrea Platt Vernon Turner 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z
Manhattan Rotarians in Action

Here are Bill Wilson, Dave Denning, Jeff Guether, and Daryn Soldan in action during Change the World Sunday on May 4, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church Parsonage.  They were delivering water and soda to our landscape team as well as other teams around town.  Thanks for bringing the water.  Our team members were asking for water.
 

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Bill Wilson and Dave Denning      Jeff Guether and Daryn Soldan

 

 

                             

Manhattan Rotarians in Action Dea Brokesh 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

Hello my friends!  We have a taste of summer today!  I hope you all can get out and enjoy the warm weather.  I am heading outside myself as soon as I upload this note to you.

Last Thursday was Rotary Foundation day as we heard Jack Ryan share an inspiration minute on the value of the foundation and our speaker was Larry Dimmitt who is our Zone Regional Rotary International Foundation coordinator.   Along with his talk he recognized Bill Richter and Mark Queen for their generous volunteer and monetary giving to RI.   Well done gentlemen!

We were also pleased to witness Betty Stevens hand out scholarship awards to two international graduate students.  I wish I had taken better notes as their names escape me.   If you missed the meeting see Betty or Rebecca Gould for their names.

This Rotary year is coming to close with less than two months more to go.  We are making June 19th for our annual awards presentation with the highlight being Rotarian of the Year.  If you would like to nominate a fellow Rotarian please get in contact with Ole Olsen or George Ham.   I can think of a number of you that are certainly worthy candidates!

This past weekend was our district 5710’s convention.  Thank you to President-elect Scott Emley for attending.  He will be having his board retreat and planning session for the coming Rotary year next Monday, May 12th.  Please share ideas you may have with Scott or myself to make your experience and involvement better!

You should have received an e-mail for your dues for the next Rotary year.  Please give this your attention so we may get off on a strong footing for the new Rotary year.  If you haven’t received your dues notice please contact George Ham or Gil Sabatka.

Relay for Life will be held July 12th.  Ben Johnson is working on this for our club.   Please contact Ben if you wish to participate and contribute!  In all my life I would never have considered myself a cancer survivor but I am and grateful for the successful surgery.

And finally it isn’t to late to be a sponsor or sign up for our Rotary Golf outing to be held May 19th at Manhattan Country Club. 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

Richard Wertzberger
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z
International Graduate Student Scholarship Recipients

Rotarian Betty Stevens presents the International Graduate Student Scholarships

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Betty Stevens,Nibal Albashabsheh (Industrial Engineering), Nanxi Li (Mechanical Engineering) and President Dick Wertzberger

International Graduate Student Scholarship Recipients Elizabeth Stevens 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Hello my friends!  A gloomy Tuesday is about over.  I have had a busy day today and this note might not have hit you until Wednesday but then I would feel guilty for not getting it out by Tuesday.

 

Last Thursday was a fun meeting as we heard Betsy and Bunny from Wamego (extra points for pronouncing Wamego like a true local) talk to us about Kansas Sampler days this coming weekend.   It’s an event you would certainly enjoy and worth your time to venture to the east 18 miles.

 

This Rotary year is coming to close with just two months more to go.  We are marking June 19th for our annual awards presentation with the highlight being Rotarian of the Year.   If you would like to nominate a fellow Rotarian please get in contact with Ole Olsen or George Ham.  I can think of a number of you that are certainly worthy candidates!

 

Rotary Foundation will take center stage at this week’s meeting as we hear from Larry Dimmitt on all the good things our giving allows Rotary International to accomplish.

 

This weekend many Rotarians will be gathering in Kansas City for our District Convention.  Our 2014-2015 District Governor will hail from the Konza club, Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.   Also next year’s District Conference will be held here in Manhattan.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our Rotary Golf outing to be held May 19th at Manhattan Country Club. 

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

Richard Wertzberger
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Club Update

On April 19th Several Rotaract Club members volunteered at the Restore for Habitat Humanity.

 

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Ramin Rostampour 
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Amanda Frakes and
Rachel Loder 
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Amanda Frakes and
Rachel Loder
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Amanda Frakes
and Rachel Loder
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Ramin Rostampor,
Amanda Frakes and Rachel Loder
 

 

 

 

Rotaract Club Update Vernon Turner 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow

Don Rathbone introduced Mo Hosni as our newest Paul Harris Fellow. The presentation can be viewed here.

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Don Rathbone, Mo Hosni and Elizabeth Unger

Newest Paul Harris Fellow Vernon Turner 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Bunny McCloud and Betsy Riblett Kansas Sampler Event

Betsy Riblett and Bunny McCloud were introduced by fellow Rotarian and Cowboy Poet Ron Wilson. They talked to us about Kansas Sampler days this coming weekend in Wamego.   It’s an event everyone will enjoy and worth your time to learn more about our State.


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Ron Wilson, Bunny McCloud, Betsy Riblett, and President Dick Wertzberger

Last Week's Program Bunny McCloud and Betsy Riblett Kansas Sampler Event Vernon Turner 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

A great spring day to greet you all with as I review last week’s meeting and a look ahead.

 

Last Thursday saw a full house with many guests in attendance to listen to Ward Morgan give us a brief history on his business Civics Plus and his other ventures.  It was insightful to learn that the impetus for his effort in restoring some of the downtown buildings and opening new shops and restaurants was to show people they are recruiting at Civics Plus from large cities that the Little Apple has an urban appeal as well.

 

By now some of you have received a letter from me asking you to carefully consider giving to the Rotary Foundation.  We are nearly at the end of our Rotarian year and it would be wonderful to be able to achieve our goal of $100 per Rotarian member.  I ask you to thoughtfully consider giving.

 

Mark your calendars now for Riley County Relay for Life July 12th.  It will be held at City Park this year.  Ben Johnson is our club’s chairman for participating and raising money.  Many of us are either cancer survivors, know of someone battling cancer or lost a loved one to cancer.  Our club has traditionally raised the most money for this event.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our Rotary Golf outing to be held May 19th at Manhattan Country Club. 

 

Our guest speaker this week is Julie Roller to tell us about the Kansas Sampler event coming up in Wamego.

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

 

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Ward Morgan CEO Civics Plus

 Ward Morgan was introduced by Stacy Kohlmeier. He gave us a brief history on his business Civics Plus, Network Plus and his other ventures.  It was insightful to learn that his vision for restoring some of the downtown buildings and opening new shops and restaurants was to show people they are recruiting at Civics Plus from large cities that the Little Apple has an urban appeal. You can view his presentation here.

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President Dick Wertzberger, Ward Morgan, Stacy Kohlmeier

Last Week's Program Ward Morgan CEO Civics Plus Vernon Turner 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z
Manhattan High Students of the Month Megan Neipert and James Kordyak

Megan and James Kordyak were introduced as the April MHS Students of the Month. This years students have been members of the 100th senior class at MHS. You can view the students remarks here.

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Andy Bowen, Megan Neipert, James Kordyak and President Dick Wertzberger

Manhattan High Students of the Month Megan Neipert and James Kordyak Vernon Turner 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z
KSU Rotaract Club Service Trip in Guatemala
KSU Rotaract Club Service Trip in Guatemala in March 2014. Working with Woodland Public Charity to install Rotary water filtration systems, stool tests for Giardia lamblia and constructing beds for children in Patanatic.

KSU Rotaract Club Service Trip in Guatemala Vernon Turner 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

If it was possible we could have had Rotary make ups  at the 1st annual Community Foundation Awards banquet and Monday at KSU Alumni Center as Ft. Riley presented Outstanding Civilian Service Awards to 4 K-State honorees.  K-State has a very unique and special relationship with the Army at Ft. Riley thanks to the hard work by Rotarian Art DeGroat.   AND a big shout out as one of the honorees was fellow Rotarian Todd Holmberg!  Back to the CFA,  fellow Rotarian Vern Henricks led the charge for the CFA awards.  It is just so special to witness and recognize these friends for the work they do. 

 

Last week our speaker was Ruth Dyer, Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at KSU.  She led us through all the construction currently underway or planned around the K-State Campus.   We certainly have a vibrant university!

 

Speaking of vibrant, our guest speaker this Thursday is Ward Morgan, CEO of ICON Enterprises that owns Civics Plus, Networks Plus and other business endeavors.  He will be telling us all of the wonderful happenings in downtown Manhattan.

 

See you for lunch!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Ruth Dyer - K-State Campus Master Plan

Ruth Dyer, Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at K-State was introduced by Eric Higgins.  She gave us an update of all the construction currently underway or planned on the Manhattan Campus of K-State.  You can view the program here.


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President Dick Wertzberger, Ruth Dyer and Eric Higgins

Last Week's Program Ruth Dyer - K-State Campus Master Plan Vernon Turner 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

Today is what spring is supposed to be here in the Flinthills!  Sunny, fresh air, and a cool breeze!

 

This past Tuesday was our last Rotary social outing at MATC.   We met at 5:30 PM.  These outings are a great reminder of how Rotary started.  The members met at each others place of business to get to know them and their business better!  We look to have close to 40 Rotarians there.

 

I have to say that last week’s speaker, Yuval Ron, inventor of the Earth Harp just blew me away with his talk.  He shared how Rotary actually plays a part in his efforts in building bridges between peoples of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths through music.   He represents what Rotary International is truly all about.  To be honest I had no idea what to expect and was truly inspired.  Thank you to fellow Rotarian Todd Holmberg for setting this up.

 

As part of our first meeting of the month our Rotary Inspiration is given by one of the committee members of the Rotary Foundation.   Thank you to Tom Fryer for giving us a quick insight as to the good works our monies give to RI.  He also told how easy it is to set up giving automatically monthly through auto debit. We are inching our way to our goal of averaging $100 per member per year.  Those that have not given as of this e-mail will be receiving a letter from me urging you to consider a donation.   I hope you will consider it.

 

Not sure if you all know this but fellow Rotarian Sean Speakman recently left our club as he accepted a new job in Texas.   We wish him all the best and thank him for his service.  Speaking of service, Sean was a member of this year’s board of directors.  At our board meeting last Thursday the board unanimously elected Megan Lofton to fill Sean’s remaining term on the board.   Megan is one of our newer members and I appreciate her willingness to serve!

 

The board also approved dues for next Rotary year that begins July 1st.  The board set dues at $225 which is the same as this year.  Look for your dues notice to arrive via e-mail May 1st.   Also, and this is important, we are required to have funds into District and International by July 1st.  If not the club does incur penalties both monetary and in our quest to earn Citations and other awards.  So with this two month notice, if we do not receive your dues by July 1 st the dues increase $25.

 

Sorry for the length of this e-mail but lots of good work being done.  Did I mention the golf tournament?

 

This week’s speaker will be Ruth Dyer, Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.  Her topic will be the update on the Kansas State University’s Master Plan.

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  



Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron, inventor of the Earth Harp just inspired us to no end with his talk.  He shared how Rotary actually plays a part in his efforts in building bridges between peoples of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths through music.   He represents what Rotary International is truly all about.   Thanks to fellow Rotarian Todd Holmberg for setting this up and introducing Ron Yuval. To view Ron Yuval presentation click here

 

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Todd Holmberg, Ron Yuval and David Celcia

Last Week's Program Yuval Ron Vernon Turner 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

Last week we welcomed a new fellow Rotarian, Dea Brokesh to our club.    Welcome Dede!  She also was a greeter last Thursday so many of you already have met her.

 

This week our speaker will be Yuval Ron, inventor of the Earth Harp.  He will speak on his efforts in building bridges between peoples of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths through music.

 

Originally, Ward Morgan, owner of Civics Plus was to speak to us tomorrow but he is rescheduled to April 17th.

 

Next Tuesday, April 8th will be our next social outing at MATC.   If you haven’t already, please sign up as these events are very popular!  And speaking of popular our annual Rotary Golf tournament is scheduled for May 19th.  See Vern Henricks or anyone on the golf committee to sign up.

 

Thank you all for giving to the Rotary Foundation.  Many of you have stepped up and for that I appreciate it so much.   If you haven’t given, please consider.

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!   Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Vernon Turner 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Rev. Dr. Kennedy F. Mukwindidza
Rev. Dr. Kennedy F. Mukwindidza discussed the plight of Zimbabwe peasant farmers and their goal of alleviating poverty in Zimbabwe. 

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President Dick Wertzberger, Rev Scott Hannon, Rev Dr Kenneth F. Mukwindidza and Past President Ike Ehie


Last Week's Program Rev. Dr. Kennedy F. Mukwindidza Vernon Turner 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Well, after Monday’s 4 inch snowfall and slippery streets I guess I should be glad that the sun is shining today and it’s a balmy 38 degrees outside.    I know, I know, wait till tomorrow and it will be mid 60s.  It’s Kansas weather at its finest!

 

Last week despite being spring break and K-State playing basketball on TV at the same time as our meeting we had a great turnout to hear Senator Moran speak to us.  We are honored that people of note want to appear and speak before our group.  Yes, even politicians!  Senator Moran gave us a bit of his personal background growing up in Kansas as well as taking questions from fellow Rotarians.

 

This week our speaker will be Rev. Dr. Kennedy F. Mukwindidza from Zimbabwe on the Compassionate Consultation Initiative project.  Thank goodness Past President Ike is introducing him as I would certainly mispronounce his name big time!  All kidding aside, this is a meeting to attend as our speaker shares with us an international perspective.

 

Thank you all for giving to the Rotary Foundation.   Many of you have stepped up and for that I appreciate it so much.  If you haven’t given, please consider.

 

Also, don’t forget to sign up for our next Rotary Club event on April 8th at the Manhattan Area Technical College. 

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Senator Jerry Moran
Senator Jerry Moran was introduced by Lyle Butler. Senator Moran gave us a bit of his personal background growing up in Kansas as well as taking questions from fellow Rotarians. He is a member of the Hayes Rotary Club. To view his remarks please click here.


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President Dick Wertzberger and Senator Jerry Moran

Last Week's Program Senator Jerry Moran Vernon Turner 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z
Embracing the true potential of Rotary

From Rotary Voices Blog

By Mara B. Huber, PhD, past president of the Rotary Club of Buffalo-Sunrise, New York, USA

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A well donated by the Rotary Club of Buffalo Sunrise and partnering clubs to benefit Kitenga in Tanzania.

I am not a joiner. On the contrary, I have gone to great lengths to avoid all groups with official names and rules. I have zero interest in badges or titles or joining committees. And the words “fellowship” and “oath” evoke a reflexive need to escape and hide.

And yet I am a Rotarian, and amazingly, a very enthusiastic and proud one. What draws me to Rotary?

It’s not the club meetings, the programs, or projects. It’s not even the amazing contributions that Rotarians make to communities around the world.

For me, it’s the system — a system that is remarkably robust and nimble, organized entirely around the notion of service above self, a mission that is both powerful and unifying.

All layers of the Rotary system — from clubs, to districts and zones, to Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation — are designed to amplify and leverage the contributions of individual Rotary members toward the greatest impact.

To be clear, Rotary is not a panacea, nor is it perfect in its current manifestations. A tour of Rotary clubs will reveal surprising variability, with some clinging to tradition at the cost of relevance, and diversity uneven at best (and often much worse). And you will quickly learn that women have only been officially accepted since 1987, with no woman serving as president of Rotary International to date.

Clearly, Rotary has yet to reach its full potential. But as a model for community and world development it is like none other that I have found.

From an infrastructure standpoint it is both lean and transparent. Leaders serve one-year terms with no financial or political benefits. Unlike our educational system, Rotary truly is a pipeline with programs focused on youth, young professionals, and adults who can contribute well into their senior years.

The system is built around individual clubs, with districts offering support and resources to ensure health and sustainability, even in the face of continually changing membership, leadership, and community context.

This is perhaps my favorite aspect of the Rotary system. Despite its size, complexity, and dynamic nature it is inherently elegant and nimble enough to flex and pivot with the changing needs of the world. And like any robust system, it must also continue to attract members who seek the experiences it affords.

While historically, Rotary has sustained itself largely on those who enjoy the benefits of fellowship, networking, and the status that is often associated with membership, the inner and outer workings of the system have gone largely unseen.

But today our communities are experiencing deeper and more systemic challenges than ever before. And at the same time, people of all ages are yearning for a more meaningful connection with the world.

Fortunately, Rotary is poised to deliver on both ends. And as a model it is scalable, sustainable, and highly accessible to all who are ready to engage.

It is time we embrace Rotary for all that it has to offer.

Embracing the true potential of Rotary Vernon Turner 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z
District Governor Nomination for the 2016-17 Rotary year

From:  PDG Kevin Tubbesing

 

I am pleased to announce the nomination of Chris Ford, Overland Park South Club, as District Governor for the 2016-17 Rotary year!  Chris served asPresident of his club in 2012-13, is a small business owner, husband & father, and served as an officer in the US Army before leaving active service.   Chris was selected by the D5710 Nominating Committee which thanks all candidates that interviewed for this honor.

The Rotary International Manual Procedure allows for a protest period should any club in the district have reason to oppose this nomination.  Any such action should be forwarded to me by March 31, 2014. 

Let us all welcome and honor Chris for taking on this honor and responsibility.

PDG Kevin Tubbesing
D5710 Nominating Committee Chair 2014
District Rotary Foundation Chair 2013-16

District Governor Nomination for the 2016-17 Rotary year Vernon Turner 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Boy, you miss one week and hear about it!  I guess I should be pleased that you all do take the time to look at this.

 

I want to again remind you of the club’s goals each Rotary year for each member to give $100 every year to the Rotary International Foundation.  We need 98 members to give $100 before June 1st.  I realize we are all pulled in different directions when it comes to charities so anything you give will be most appreciated and it counts towards being a Paul Harris fellow.

 

At our meeting last week we welcomed our students of the month and our guest speaker, Major General Lee Tafanilli of the Kansas National Guard.  He was introduced by John Armburst.  MG Lee Tafanilli spoke on the duties our Guard does not only here in Kansas but throughout the world on deployments.  Don’t forget that you can always log on to our website to view meetings you might have missed.

 

Last week President Elect Scott Emley attended the President Elect Training Session (PETS) actually held here in Manhattan.  Scott is already actively working on next Rotary year’s budget and goals for his year.  I also want to give a shout out to Vernon Turner who also was in attendance as he was assisting in the event.

 

This week our guest speaker will be Senator Moran.  This will be a meeting to make if you can as he gives us his legislative updates from Washington D.C.

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian! 

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14




Richard Wertzberger
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program MG Lee Tafanelli KSNG

MG Tafanelli was introduced by John Armbrust. MG Tafanelli talked about the multiple responsibility with the Kansas National Guard, Kansas Homeland Security and Kansas Emergency Management Agency. The recorded program can be viewed here.

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President Dick Wertzberger, MG Lee Tafanelli and John Armbrust

Last Week's Program MG Lee Tafanelli KSNG Vernon Turner 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z
March MHS Students of the Month 2014

Manhattan High School Students of the Month for March were introduced to the club. Their comments can be viewed here.

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Michael Cossey, Madisn Fellers and President Dick Wertzberger

 

March MHS Students of the Month 2014 Vernon Turner 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z
Update from the Heartland PETS Training

Many thanks to our Manhattan Rotarians for all of your volunteer time with the 3-District Presidents-Elect Training Event held March 6 to 8!

·         Vernon Turner, Manhattan Noon Club  – IT and A/V

·         Kevin Ingram, Manhattan Noon Club – Ethics/4-WayTest session presenter

·         Karen Hibbard, Konza Club – planning team

·         Karen Davis, Konza Club – planning team

·         Amy Gross, Konza Club – session facilitator – Leading Rotarians

·         Frank Witt, Konza Club – registration table

·         Kate Danenberg, Konza Club – PE proxy

·         Clay Myers-Bowman, Konza Club – PE proxy

·         Rich Jankovich, Konza Club – presented the City of Manhattan welcome

·         Cherlyn White-Conklin, Konza Club – registration table

·         Jeff Pfannenstiel, Konza Club – facilitator/presenter for Assistant Gov session

·         Patrick Schaub, Konza Club – photographer, District PR Chair

 

This 3-District President-Elect training event was a tremendous success!  And more great news – PETS will be returning to Manhattan again next spring!

 

Thanks again to all!

Yours in Rotary Service,

 

Deb

Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub

5710 District Governor 14/15

Update from the Heartland PETS Training Richard Wertzberger 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

I hope your weekend went well.  We had a change in plans this past weekend as the weather forecast was enough for us to miss our oldest grandson’s birthday as he turned 5.   Not a tragedy but as many of you know, you can’t get enough time with grandkids!  So I went to the K-State game vs Iowa State Saturday evening.  And while it was a great game and a better win I have to say, walking across that parking lot with an 8 degree temp and wind, snow and SLEET blowing out of the north is the longest 10 minutes!   March really did come in like a lion!  The only good thing is I did get my golf clubs re-gripped trying to focus on the fact that this winter will eventually end.

 

Anyways, on to Rotary business.  One of the club’s goals each Rotary year is to meet our goal of each member giving $100 every year to the Rotary International Foundation.  For this Rotary year we are slightly over halfway there with only 41% of our members giving.   $9,750 would allow us to reach our $20,000 giving goal.  Just under half of our membership has given and I thank those generous Rotarians so much for that.  We need 98 members to give $100 before June 1st.  I realize we are all pulled in different directions when it comes to charities so anything you give will be most appreciated and it counts towards being a Paul Harris fellow.

 

Our Rotary Inspiration on the first meeting of the month is given by one of the committee members of Rotary Foundation.  These are very informative and heartfelt.  Give a listen.

 

Our meeting last week was filled with welcoming a new Rotarian Stephen Spidle introduced by Jack Ryan.  Our guest speaker, introduced by John Armburst was Retired Colonel Bill Clark and current director of the Flint Hills Regional Council gave us reasons to be engaged with working with other communities in the Flint Hills to provide for all families living here and not just those stationed at Ft. Riley.

 

We recognized students of the month Hannah Devane and Albert Cochrane which is my segway to telling you this week’s speaker is Carol Adams Executive Director of Teaching & Learning for USD 383speaking to us on Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.  She will be introduced by Bob Shannon.

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  Thank you for being a Rotarian!  

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z
February 2014 MHS Students of the Month

Hannah Devane and Albert Cochrane were introduce by Greg Denver as our February Manhattan High School Students of the Month. You can view their comments here.

 

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Hannah Devane, Greg Denver and Albert Cochrane

 

 

February 2014 MHS Students of the Month Vernon Turner 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

This week is going quickly by and can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday and time for us to meet!  So let me be brief:

 

This past Thursday we had our 2nd club assembly for 2013-2014 Rotary year.  We had a great turnout and allowed the committees to spend time on their projects.  Thank you all for participating.  It is why Manhattan Rotary Club is so strong and vibrant!  The board will receive the reports and continue to act on the recommendations from the chairs.

 

Tomorrow we look forward to recognizing 2 students from Manhattan High as our students of the month and we will introduce our newest Rotarian,   Stephen Spidle.

 

Our guest speaker will be Retired Colonel and Director of the Flint Hills Regional Council, Bill Clark. 

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  All the best!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Vernon Turner 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

Good Afternoon!  With temperatures in the low 60s and bright sunshine, if we didn’t still have snow on the ground I would be thinking I have 18 different items to attend to outside!

 

This past Thursday we heard from Beverly Olson, Director of Shepherds Crossing for an update on their services.   Coincidently, the cup money for this month is for Shepherds Crossing AND 3 Rotarians of our club have promised to match the donations received!  Thank you so much and let’s try and get deep in their pockets! (Ok I copied and pasted from last week’s e-mail)

 

Last Thursday our latest social at Frontier Farm Credit was a huge success with almost one third of our club attending.  Special thanks to Tony English and Keith Westervelt for their efforts.

 

This week we are having our 2 nd club assembly of the Rotary year 2013-2014.   Under a separate e-mail with the webmaster wizard's approval, you will see the committee list.  If you signed up and don’t see your name, no worries just go to the committee you have an interest in.  Also if you are attending and are not on a committee, by all means please join one of those in progress.   The last time we did this time quickly went by and many stayed beyond 1 to finish their discussions.  So to allow more time we will have our regular announcements and then go to committee  breakouts.

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  All the best!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

Richard Wertzberger
Rotary Club of Manhattan

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z
Last Week's Program Beverly Olson Executive Director Sheperd's Crossing

Beverly Olson was introduced by C. Clyde Jones. Beverly gave an update and statistics of those in need. You can view the recorded program here.

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C.Clyde Jones, Beverly Olson and President Dick Wertzberger

Last Week's Program Beverly Olson Executive Director Sheperd's Crossing Vernon Turner 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

Good Afternoon!  I am back from warm and sunny Cancun Mexico to witness the  beautiful wedding of my 3 rd son Joe and now daughter in law Corrina.  It was wonderful but oh my has it been tough to acclimate myself back to Kansas weather.  I went from sand between my toes to a snow shovel in my hand!

 

As many of you know, I was back for our meeting on February 6th but I was still de-compressing from my trip so no newsletter  last week.

 

Speaking of last week’s meeting it was my honor to introduce Vern Henricks as our newest Paul Harris fellow.   Vern has been active in Rotary since he first joined.  Congratulations to Vern!

 

Also it was great to introduce Dean John Buckwalter as a new Rotarian.  He was introduced by former Dean Virginia  Moxley. 

 

Special thanks to Rotarian Tom Giller for hosting and introducing our guest speaker last week, Head Baseball Coach Brad Hill at K-State.  First home game is a month away so this snow better start melting!

 

This Thursday we will hear from the Director of Shepherds Crossing for an update on their services.   Coincidently, the cup money for this month is for Shepherds Crossing AND 3 Rotarians of our club have promised to match the donations received!  Thank you so much and let’s try and get deep in their pockets!

 

I also want to give you a heads up that our February 20th meeting will be a club assembly.  This will give the various committees a chance to meet and review where they are at and what needs to be done for the remainder of this Rotarian year and perhaps a little preplanning for next year.   Our first one last fall was a great success and we continue to build off of the works of many of you.

 

Don’t forget if you missed a meeting you can see it on line at our website.  And while you are there, how about signing in and updating your profile including a picture.  We would sure appreciate that.

 

 

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  All the best!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z
Program 02/06/2014-State Baseball Coach Brad Hill

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Tom Giller introduced Coach Brad Hill.

You can view Coach Hill's presentation here.

 

Program 02/06/2014-State Baseball Coach Brad Hill Vernon Turner 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
New Member Introduction John Buckwalter

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John Buckwalter was introduced to the club by Virginia Moxley.

New Member Introduction John Buckwalter Vernon Turner 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Vern Henricks

President Dick Wertzberger presented Vern Henricks his Paul Harris Fellow award. The presentation can be viewed here.

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Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Vern Henricks Vernon Turner 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
Program 01/30/2014 Ron Fehr,City Manager for City of Manhattan

 

 

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Past President Ike Ehie, Ron Fehr, and Eric Higgins.

Eric Higgins introduced Ron Fehr. He gave an update to State of Manhattan and the future outlook. His presentation can be viewed here.

Program 01/30/2014 Ron Fehr,City Manager for City of Manhattan Vernon Turner 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z
Program 01/23/2014 Lyle Butler President/CEO Manhattan Chamber

Lyle Butler gave an update of the economic development in 2013 and a look forward in 2014. You can view the recorded program here.

 

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President Dick Wertzberger and Lyle Butler, President/CEO Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Rotarian

Program 01/23/2014 Lyle Butler President/CEO Manhattan Chamber Vernon Turner 2014-01-24 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Good Morning!  With Martin Luther King Day this past Monday the week is slipping by fast!  Speaking of MLK day, we again sponsored and volunteered at the Ice Skating rink for Free Skate Day.  Shout out to Jeff Geuther for chairing the event.  We had plenty of help there to assist in distributing and cleaning the skates when returned.   The City Parks and Rec department indicated 947 folks took advantage of the free skate day which was a record turn out beating last year by over 100!  We also donate money to the City which goes towards purchasing new skates.  Growing up in Dubuque Iowa winters were cold enough for lakes and ponds to freeze as well as flat areas of city parks to flood and have ice rinks.   So for me watching everyone enjoy themselves on the ice it brought back fond memories.  I wasn’t going out there because one of my not so fond memories was face planting myself as a 13 year old and getting 8 stiches under my chin!  And with my son’s wedding coming up next week I wasn’t about to take any chances!

 

A reminder that we have two social outings coming up: On the 28th of January at the Chang Gallery at Seaton Hall on KSU campus will be the Fellowship Peace Exhibition and February 13th will be a tour of the new Farm Credit Building out near Colbert Hills.  Check our website to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

 

For the meeting this Thursday we will be voting on new officers for Rotarian year 2014-2015.  Ballets will be distributed at that time.

 

Your slate of executive officers recommended by your board of directors are:  Scott Emley, President, Betty Stevens, President elect, and Vernon Turner Vice President.

 

Thursday our guest speaker will be our own past President Lyle Butler. Lyle will give us the Chamber’s outlook on economic and business development in the Manhattan area.  Also looking ahead, January 30th will be Ron Fehr, City Manager for Manhattan.

 

I will not have an e-mail out next week as previously mentioned I will be out of town for my son Joe’s wedding.  Past President Ike Ehie will be chairing the meeting on January 30th.

 

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  All the best!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z
Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Dwight Johnson

The first Paul Harris Fellow of 2014 was introduced by President Dick Wertzberger.

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President Dick Wertzberger and Newest PHF Dwight Johnson

 

Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Dwight Johnson Vernon Turner 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
January 2014 MHS Students of the Month

The Student of the Month for January 2014 are Josie Rozell & Jonah Webber. Student comments can be viewed here.

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Rotarian Andy Bowen, Jonah Webber, Josie Rozell and President Dick Wertzberger.

 

January 2014 MHS Students of the Month Vernon Turner 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
Program 01/16/2014 Susan Hancock VP American Banking Institute (AIB)
Stacy Kohlmeier introduced  Susan Hancock, VP for Learning and Communications. Susan's topic for discussion was  AIB -- It's Not Just About Baking. A recorded video of the program can be viewed here.


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Rotarian Stacy Kohlmeier, Susan Hancock VP AIB, and President Dick Wertzberger

Program 01/16/2014 Susan Hancock VP American Banking Institute (AIB) Vernon Turner 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

If you are like me you welcomed this past weekend’s break from the bitterly cold weather by getting the last of the outdoor decorations down and cleaning the salt and grim off the car.  But it is still winter and the meteorologists are telling us to brace for the next cold blast dubbed the Saskatchewan Screamer.  Who thinks of this stuff anyway?

 

At our first meeting of the New Year, we enjoyed a full house of Rotarians as many looked forward to our guest speaker Ned Seaton, Editor of the Manhattan Mercury as he recalled the top stories of last year and a look ahead to this year.  Which as an aside, I am getting e-mails from our elected representatives in Washington D.C. that NBAF funding is included in the new Omnibus Bill. This was one of Ned’s top news topics and it appears that assuming passage construction on the facility will begin. We appreciate Ned’s continued willingness to make this an annual ritual.

 

One of Manhattan Rotary’s points of emphasis is supporting our youth.  We do so in many ways such as recognizing students of the month, supporting youth baseball leagues and Rotary Skate day on Martin Luther King Day this coming Monday January 20th.   Jeff Geuther is chairing this event and still needs volunteers.  If you can volunteer for just an hour it would be most appreciated.  Contact Jeff at Geuther@ksu.edu to volunteer.

 

We also have two social outings coming up. On the 28th of January at the Chang Gallery at Seaton Hall on KSU campus will be the Fellowship Peace Exhibition and February 13th will be a tour of the new Farm Credit Building out near Colbert Hills.  Check our website to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

 

This Thursday our speaker will be Susan Hancock Vice President for Learning & Communication at the American Institute of Baking where she will speak to us that AIB is not just about baking!  Dang and I was hoping for a new recipe on making raisin bread!  Just kidding…

 

See you for lunch this Thursday!  All the best!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z
Program 01/09/2014 Ned Seaton Editor in Chief Manhattan Mercury
Ned Seaton, Editor of the Manhattan Mercury was introduced by his father and fellow Rotarian Ed Seaton. He recalled the top stories of 2013 and took a look ahead to 2014. Click here to view the program

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Ned Seaton and Ed Seaton

Program 01/09/2014 Ned Seaton Editor in Chief Manhattan Mercury Vernon Turner 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My fellow Rotarians;  Happy New Year!  It seems like forever since we have had our meetings so anxious to get going!

Our guest speaker will be Ned Seaton from the Manhattan Mercury to give us his year in review.  Ned is one of our most popular speakers and one you don't want to miss.

Our speaker's committee has done a great job in lining up interesting presenters for our meetings.  Check out our website to see some of the upcoming guest speakers.

I also wanted to give a thank you for all who have given to the Rotary Foundation.  With the Rotary year half over we are at 39% of our goal.  We still have a long way to go to reach goal by June 30th.  Your continued support is certainly appreciated. 

 Look forward to seeing all for lunch!

Dick Wertzberger, President  Manhattan Rotary

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z
MHS Student of the Month - December 2013

Student comments can be viewed here

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Wade Grief, Gabriella Edwards, Tyler Belin and President Dick Wertzberger

 

MHS Student of the Month - December 2013 Vernon Turner 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Good afternoon!  I have to share with you one of the new ways that parents get their little ones to behave.  You know the old Christmas song?  You better watch out you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town.  Well you know the rest.   Now it seems there is Elf on the Shelf.  This elf when purchased even comes with a DVD to have the young ones get the message that the Elf (and of course you have to name it as well) will sit on…wait for it… a shelf and watch you.  So if you are going to misbehave, the elf will tell Santa because every night he/she goes back to the North Pole and reports in.   The next morning the child awakes to see that the Elf must have went to see Santa because now the Elf is sitting somewhere else!  Anyway, it seems to work for my oldest son and daughter in law with our two grand boys.   I get to see them this weekend for our early Christmas so I will report back on how well they are behaving!

 

At our last meeting Vernon Turner presented our Rotary Inspiration by showing us the latest Peterson Brothers YouTube video (can't link, the bank blocks Youtube) and the message is to have a passion for what you do and give back what you can.  And with that Vernon present me with a check for $100 towards our Rotary Foundation goal.

 

We then welcomed two new Rotarians to our club Fr. Patrick Funston introduced by Ike Ehie and Chris Nolte introduced by Jim Lindquist.  Welcome Fr. Patrick and Chris!!

 

We have two socials coming up next year.  January 28th to see the Peace Fellows exhibition in Chang Gallery, College of Architecture and February 13th to tour the new Farm Credit Building.  See Keith Westervelt, George Ham, Tony English, Katrina Lewis or myself to sign up.

 

John Broberg then introduced our guest speaker Dr. Felipe Rosso.  Dr. Rosso gave an energetic presentation on robotic surgery and prostrate cancer.  From the questions asked afterward I think the good doctor was a hit!  At least he didn’t show pictures of me!  He is willing to speak periodically on other medical topics so we will welcome him back sometime next spring.

 

This Thursday, December 19th will be our last meeting in 2013 and our program will be the ever popular Pops Choir from Manhattan High School.  See you then!

 

 

 

Wishing you all the best this Holiday season.

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z
New Member Introduction Father Patrick Funston

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Past President Ike Ehie and new member Father Patrick Funston 

 

New Member Introduction Father Patrick Funston Vernon Turner 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z
New Member Introduction Chris Nolte

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Jim Lindquist and Chris Nolte

New Member Introduction Chris Nolte Vernon Turner 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z
Program 12/12/2013 Dr. Felipe Rosso - General Urology and Robitic Surgery

Dr. Felipe Rosso was introduced by John Broberg. Dr. Rosso discussed basic urology health and robotic surgery advancements. You can view the recorded program here.

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President Dick Wertzberger and Dr. Felipe Rosso




Program 12/12/2013 Dr. Felipe Rosso - General Urology and Robitic Surgery Vernon Turner 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Good afternoon!  The Holiday season is upon us with joy and sadness.  Sadness because one of our own passed away Sunday:  Charlie Hostetler, a community leader, a fellow Rotarian and Past President (and my former boss back in the 90’s).  I recall that whenever he attended Rotary his table filled quickly because you knew you would be entertained.  There will be a card circulating for you to sign expressing condolences to his family at this week’s meeting.

 

Tis’ the season of giving and there is so much joy when you give.  You will receive a letter from me shortly asking you to consider giving to the Rotary Foundation.  If each of us can give $100 we will easily surpass our goal and help those less fortunate.

 

After enduring Minnesota weather this past week today I feel like putting on shorts and a tee shirt because the outside temperature reached 40 degrees!  Woohoo!  Well it felt that way to me.

 

Last week, December started off strong with Bill Richter presenting our Rotary Inspiration focusing on the Rotary Foundation and the benefits your money does for those in need worldwide.  It then continued as new Rotarian Jared Hatesohl was introduced by past president Mark Queen.  Welcome Jared when you see him.

 

John Armbrust then took the podium to introduce Major General Paul Funk II, commanding general of the 1st Infantry.  His presentation was inspiring and I appreciated how he emphasized the fact that he commands your Army and his duty to preparing his kids to be ready to fight our country’s battles.  He invited us to tour Ft. Riley anytime and we may just take him up on that!  He also wasn’t afraid to answer some pointed questions from the audience.

 

At our next meeting our guest speaker will be Dr. Felipe Rosso one of our newest urologists and surgeons here in Manhattan.  Not sure what he is going to talk on but it will include robotic surgery.  As many of you know, he was my surgeon who 3 months ago performed a prostatectomy on me using robotic surgery.  Hopefully he doesn’t bring pictures of me!

 

And if your are planning ahead, December 19th will be our last meeting in 2013 and our program will be the ever popular Pops Choir from Manhattan High School.

 

 

 

Wishing you all the best this Holiday season.

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z
Program 12/05/2013 MG Paul Funk CG 1 ID and Ft. Riley

John Armbrust introduced Major General Paul Funk II, commanding general of the 1st Infantry.  His presentation was inspiring and he emphasized the fact that he commands our Army and his duty to preparing his kids to be ready to fight our country’s battles.  He invited us to tour Ft. Riley anytime and we may just take him up on that!  He also wasn’t afraid to answer some pointed questions from the audience. The General's presentation can be viewed here.


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Major General Funk and Command Sergeant Major Grayson John Armbrust, MG Junk, and CSM Grayson

Program 12/05/2013 MG Paul Funk CG 1 ID and Ft. Riley Richard Wertzberger 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z
Program 11/21/2013 Coach Deb Patterson

K-State Women's Head Basketball Coach Deb Patterson presented her introducer C. Clyde Jones a signed basketball for Midge Jones who was not in attendance. Coach Patterson also gave an update of the team's personnel and the upcoming season. To view Coach Patterson's remarks click here.

 

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C.Clyde Jones and Coach Deb Patterson



Program 11/21/2013 Coach Deb Patterson Vernon Turner 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Manhattan Rotary Club Video Channel

Manhattan Rotary Club programs are being video recorded and streamed live over the internet. You can view the program portion of our meetings live. Live Streams can be viewed by clicking here.

Manhattan Rotary Club Video Channel Vernon Turner 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z
November MHS Students of the Month

Student remarks can be viewed by clicking here.

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Peter Maier, Alaina Schroeder and President Dick Wertzberger
November MHS Students of the Month Vernon Turner 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Good afternoon!  I usually try to get this e-mail out on Tuesdays however my wife and I just got back from the Twin Cities for a long weekend with our 3rd son and his fiancé to celebrate an early Thanksgiving so my Tuesday back to work was a crazy busy day.

 

As I mentioned in the previous e-mail November is Rotary Foundation month and the opportunity to kick start our goal of $100 per member for this Rotary year.

 

At our last meeting we enjoyed Dave Woolfolk’s inspirational words which were appropriate for today’s guest speaker and for Rotary Foundation month.

 

We were honored to have in attendance our two grant recipients, Myriah Smith and Christian Cruz.   They are getting ready for their work in South America and it was great to have them in attendance as we announced the approval of our grant applications.

 

Your giving of $19,000 last Rotary year gained $60,000 in grants from the district and Rotary International.  As Betty Stevens remarked, you can’t get that rate of return on money deposited in a bank!

 

Tony English addressed the assembly by inviting us to our next social at his place of work, Frontier Farm Credit.  It will be February 13th.  They just moved into their new building out by Colbert Hills.  You should have received an invitation via e-mail to attend.  If not see Tony, Keith Westervelt or George Ham to sign up.

 

Past President Ike Ehie then introduced our guest speaker Kevin Tubbesing, past District Governor and current District Rotary Foundation Chair whose presentation reminded us of all the good work Rotary International does around the world and how your giving makes such a huge difference. 

 

This coming Thursday even though basketball season has already begun, our guest speaker will be Coach Deb Patterson for K-State’s women’s basketball.

 

 

See you all for lunch tomorrow!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!   

Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5710 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program was known as the Ambassadorial Scholarship program, established in 1947. Since that time, more than 30,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices.  Rotary District 5710 is pleased to announce that we will continue this terrific program by offering the District 5710 Global Grant Scholarship for study during the 2013-14 academic year.

The purpose of the Global Grant Scholarship program is to further international peace and understanding. While abroad, scholars work on projects linked to one or more of Rotary's six areas of focus. Scholars also interact with the local clubs in their host county. Each scholar is assigned a sponsor and a host Rotarian counselor who provides orientation, advice and assistance.

Examples of outstanding Rotary alumni of the original program include: Bill Moyers, a prominent U.S. journalist, Sadako Ogata, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Carlos Alberto Da Mota Pinto, former Prime Minister of Portugal, Otto Borch, Danish Ambassador to the U.S., and Roger Ebert, a popular U.S. film critic. From 1974 to 2013, the Manhattan and Konza Rotary clubs have hosted at least one scholar for the Ambassadorial Scholar program and now the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship program. 

Rotary District 5710 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Rebecca Gould 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z
Program 11/14/2013 Kevin Tubbesing District 5710 TRF Chair

Past President Ike Ehie introduced Kevin Tubbesing. Kevin gave an overview of The Rotary Foundation. The recorded program can be viewed here.

 

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Program 11/14/2013 Kevin Tubbesing District 5710 TRF Chair Vernon Turner 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Good afternoon!  Well today was the first time since February I broke out my gloves and winter coat.  I am not ready for a wintery 17 degrees like it was this morning!  Heck I’m just getting used to highs in the 50s!  It reminded me of growing up in Northeastern Iowa where if we didn’t have snow on the ground by Thanksgiving we thought we were in for a “warm” winter.  Me thinks days like this don’t bode well for a mild winter.  Oh well..

 

As I mentioned in the previous e-mail November is Rotary Foundation month and the opportunity to kick start our goal of $100 per member for this Rotary year.

 

And what a kick start we had as we had in attendance Sean Allen from Rotary International who serves as the Senor Major Gifts Officer.  Sean attended at the invitation of Bill Richter.  Sean addressed us on the continued good works that Rotary International does throughout the world and how our gifts to the Foundation make it all possible.

 

Art DeGroat, Tony Nichols, and Tom Fryer were selling breakfast tickets to the Veterans Day Breakfast at the American Legion.  I remarked from the podium to have our Veterans stand and be recognized.  What a great sight to see so many that have proudly served our country. 

 

I also remarked how I got to see a presentation put on by the Honor Flight folks whose mission is to provide a free trip to the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.   I recognized Tom Fryer as one of the guardians who have gone to assist.  He then pointed out fellow Rotarian Charlie Hall recently went on an honor flight.  At the end of our meeting Charlie raised his hand and requested to speak to us.  He told us that it was a trip he will treasure forever and it was his honor to be selected to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  That was flat out fantastic to hear! 

 

Our guest speaker was Aaron Harries, Director of Marketing for the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center.  He gave us a history of wheat in the State of Kansas and how Kansas is the center for wheat for the entire world!  He also showed us pictures of their new facility on Kimball Ave. and offered an open invitation for us to come and receive a tour.

 

This coming Thursday in keeping with our Rotary Foundation theme, our guest speaker will be Kevin Tubbesing past District Governor and current District Rotary Foundation Chair.

 

Oh and this just in…we were just awarded a $30,000 Global Rotary Grant for Christian Cruz for work in Guatemala!   This is our second grant awarded to us this Rotary year!  Thanks to Betty Stevens and her committee for all their great effort!

 

See you all for lunch Thursday!

 

Dick

Dick Wertzberger

President

Manhattan Rotary 2013-14

Engage Rotary  Change Lives!  

 



Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger Richard Wertzberger 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z
Rotary Makeup Opportunity - KSU Rotaract Club Meeting

KSU Rotaract Club will be having a meeting this Sunday, November 17th @ 4 pm in K-State Union 226.

For anybody interested, They will be going to the Little Grill (a Jamaican BBQ place) for dinner after the meeting! It will be a fun way to get to know each other more and check out a unique local restaurant
Rotary Makeup Opportunity - KSU Rotaract Club Meeting Elizabeth Stevens 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z
OBJECTION PERIOD FOR PROPOSED NEW MEMBER OF THE MANHATTAN ROTARY CLUB

Club bylaws allow a member to submit a written objection to any of the following proposed new members of the Manhattan Rotary Club to the Board of Directors, stating specific issues within seven (7) days of publication in this newsletter.  The information the the proposed new members is provided below:

Patrick Funston has been proposed as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club by Jack Ryan with support by Ike Ehie and Michael Strope.  Patrick is Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 601 Poyntz  Avenue.

Jared Hatesohl has been proposed as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club by Mark Queen with support by Greg Denver and George Ham.  Jared is a Personal Banker with United Bank and Trust, 1800 Claflin Road.

Christina Nolte has been proposed as a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club by Jim Lindquist with support from Dale Bradley and Robert Boyd.  Chris is Director of Development with Homecare and Hospice, 3801 Vanesta Drive

New Member

Christopher Bundy has been reinstated as a member of the Manhattan Rotary Club.  Chris was proposed by Jack Ryan.  He was previously a member of our Club from July 16, 2010 - August 2, 2011 and he has returned to Manhattan as Branch Manager, Prime Lending.

OBJECTION PERIOD FOR PROPOSED NEW MEMBER OF THE MANHATTAN ROTARY CLUB George Ham 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z
KSU Rotaract pancake feed fundraiser for the 2014 service trip to Guatemala

On Saturday, December 7th the KSU Rotaract Club will be hosting a pancake feed fundraiser from 8-10 at the Manhattan Applebee's in order to raise money for their 2014 service trip to Guatemala. (The tickets must be purchased beforehand and paid for by November 29th) Tickets are $7/person, and the proceeds will go towards travel costs for the students and program fees to Woodland Charities, the organizers of the trip itinerary. The Rotaract members will be the waiters and waitresses at the pancake feed, and would love to involve more of the Rotary community in this event to not only raise funds but to spread the word about the trip.

We plan on having a signup sheet for the tickets at the Thursday meeting, then coming back the following Thursday to distribute tickets and pick up money for the tickets sold.

 

If you'd like any more information please let Rachel Loder know! (rjloder@k-state.edu)

 

Also, for more Rotaract updates, you can look at our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ksurotaract?ref=hl

and our website www.ksu.edu/rotaract

 

 

Thanks so much!

Rachel Loder

KSU Rotaract pancake feed fundraiser for the 2014 service trip to Guatemala Vernon Turner 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z
Program 11/07/2013 Aaron Harries, Wheat Innovation Center

Aaron Harries, Director of Marketing, Wheat Innovation Center was introduced by Larry Erpelding. Aaron gave an update and description of the Wheat Innovation Center.

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President Dick Wertzberger and Aaron Harries, Director of Marketing Wheat Innovation Center


Program 11/07/2013 Aaron Harries, Wheat Innovation Center Vernon Turner 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z
Program 10/31/2013 Gary Clark Interim Dean College Engineering

Gary Clark was introduced by President Dick Wertzberger. Gary gave an update of the College of Engineering program and building updates. The program can be viewed here.

Program 10/31/2013 Gary Clark Interim Dean College Engineering Vernon Turner 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z
Weekly Updates from President Wertzberger

My Fellow Rotarian;

 

Good afternoon!  Today feels like a warm wet day in April but we still need the moisture so it’s all good.

 

What a great time we had at Farrar Manufacturing!   We were treated to snacks and drinks prior to hearing from Joe about the history of his company and then being led by his staff for guided tours.  Two things I took from the tour:  (a) Farrar Manufacturing was originally a blacksmith shop founded by Joe’s grandfather and (b) there is no foundry in Manhattan.   That is at their plant in Norwich Kansas.  Oh and they work primarily with doctile iron.  Farrar manufacturing’s website to learn more is www.farrarusa.com

 

At our meeting last Thursday Keith Westervelt hinted that our next social outing will be the new facilities of Farm Credit.  Stay tuned!

 

The date of our meeting last week is an important date for Rotary as we celebrated World Polio Day.  We are so close to eliminating this terrible disease yet we cannot do it without your financial support to Rotary International.  I appreciate this club’s continued generosity.

 

At last Thursdays meeting we enjoyed listening to Betty Stevens give our Rotary Inspiration and her message was appropriate with our RYLA students in attendance.

 

It was indeed a pleasure then to hear from our four RYLA high school students on their experience at the RYLA camp held at the KU campus.  Their enthusiasm is contagious!  Thank you to Larie Schoap and her committee for the work selecting our award recipients and following through for their experience at camp.

 

I then turned the podium over to Don Boggs who introduced our guest speaker Dale Rodman, the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Kansas.   Dale gave us an overview of what the Department of Agriculture is responsible for in the state and remarked that the department touches each Kansan in some way.  He concluded with discussing the new facility being built here in Manhattan that will be ready next year.

 

This coming Thursday our guest speaker will be our own Gary Clark interim dean for the College of Engineering at KSU.  He will be giving us information on the new building expansion for the College of Engineering.

 

Finally I appreciate the tremendous feedback from you on this weekly e-mail but we do have a great website where you can get so much more information on speakers, minutes of our board meeting, duty assignments for greeters, directory of your fellow Rotarians and links to so much more.   We encourage you to make it one of your favorites.  We host our site through clubrunner and there is a cost to maintain the website.  Thanks to those Rotarian