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Rotary Club Updates September 27, 2018
  • Thanks to Club member Mike Haddock for an excellent program last week.  I knew the fire at Hale Library was very damaging, but had no idea just how damaging it was. 
  • This week our program will be our District President Blanche Parks, who will update us on District 5710 activities and her goals for the year.
  • The Shawnee Rotary Club in Johnson County has contributed $500 toward the flood victims in Manhattan.  This is just another demonstration of the 4-way test in action.  Please contact Past President Vern Hendricks if you have any questions about how to make a contribution in our club’s name.
  • The District 5710 Foundation Dinner is November 3, beginning at 6 pm in the Overland Park Sheraton.  You can register for this dinner event by going to the District website.
  • A big thanks to those who volunteered to support the Bloody Kansas Bike Race.  A special thanks to President-Elect Mike Dodson for organizing our club’s efforts.
  • Although I sent each of you an email with Jeff Geuther’s mailing address, I will include it in this week’s update to ensure everyone has access to the address.  The address is: 1309 Summitt Dr., Bellefonte PA 16823
Upcoming Dates of Interest
  • World Polio Day: October 24
  • District 5710 Foundation Dinner: November 3
  • Bread Basket Volunteer Day: December 17

You and your family are cordially invited to attend the Rotary District 5710 World Polio Day - End Polio Now Celebration at the State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kansas! The event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 with the following schedule of events:

11:30 am Program Begins

                Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance



                Polio Survivor Testimonies (3)

                "Lean on Me"

12:30 pm   Closing 

12:30 pm   Walk for Polio around the Capitol Building

1:00 pm     Tour of Capital Building

2:15 pm     Tour of Capital Dome

Please click here to RSVP for this event. 

Also, we encourage you to consider making a donation to End Polio Now in honor of World Polio Day

Rotary News 18 0927
Manhattan Rotary Club
President John Armbrust announced the District 5710 Foundation Dinner in Overland Park on Nov. 3.  He said that the grants for birthing kits and for the Manhattan High School peace project have been approved. The MHS program will provide funds to bring in a speaker on the topics of bullying and sexual assault, topics that were treated in the recent high school peace essay contest. Possible Global Grants for projects in Haiti and South Africa are still in the works. John thanked Mike Dodson and volunteers for their help with the Bloody Kansas event and reminded members the Rotaract wants more Rotary mentors, so contact David Kreller about that.
Cup money for September is startup help for the new MHS Interact Club. Chris Bailey and Thomas Weeks were greeters; Patrick Schaub and Past District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub were visiting Rotarians.
Rachel Klataske gave her personal introduction, including her experience with the Rotaract Club at K-State, her husband Ryan, who had won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and who is her personal inspiration, her work experience at Post Cereals in Michigan and her current position with the Nu-Life company in Kansas that grows sorghum for human use.
The speaker was current District 5710 Governor Blanche Parks. She spoke about her background in helping create the 529 College Savings plan in Kansas, and her experiences in Rotary.  She joined Rotary when she learned that Rotary is “there” solving real problems around the world and because of the networking options especially for young professionals to get connected around the world through the 33,000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries. She noted that founder Paul Harris had a vision for a “network” and that is exactly what Rotary is. This year’s theme, “Be the Inspiration,” is possible through many paths and partnerships in Rotary. She encourages Rotarians to stay connected through You Tube, Rotary Brand Central, World Polio Day on October 24 in the State House in Topeka, the District Conference in Topeka, and the Human Trafficking program in Kansas.
In honor of the speaker, the book “Dude” will be given to Amanda Arnold School. Karl Kunz received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.
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