Recent Club Highlights
Hi Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather and recent wins of the Wildcats.
 
Ike Ehie introduced Brian Niehoff as his guest. Brian is a new member of the Manhattan Rotary Club and will be officially introduced to the club on March 21st.
 
Natalie Gordon introduced new member Liz Holle to the Club.  Liz is the Deputy Operations Officer at Big Lakes Development Center, Inc. in Manhattan.
 
Jeff Sackrider introduced new member Kent Smith to the Club.  Kent is the Director of the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University.
 
From Left to Right:  Jeff Sackrider, Kent Smith, Liz Holle, Natalie Gordon
 
Our speaker last week was Stacy Kohlmeier, Sr. Director, Customer Experience, Florence Corporation, Mail and Package Solutions (MAPS) Group, a Division of Gibraltar. Stacy is based at the local Florence Corporation location by the airport. Florence Corporation moved to Manhattan from Chicago in September 2003, just over 20 years ago. The Florence Corporation started in Chicago in 1934 and received the patent for the first centralized vertical mailbox. From 1937-2002, the company expanded, acquired other businesses, and was awarded the first U.S. Postal Service Supplier contract. In 2005, it received the sole source supplier of Outdoor Delivery Equipment contract from the U.S. Postal Service. In 2007, the family-owned Florence Corporation was acquired by Buffalo, NY, based Gibraltar Industries, Inc. In 2010, the company was awarded a R&D contract by the USPS to develop, manufacture, and deploy 'gopost' electronic parcel locker systems. In 2017, Gibraltar acquired Package Concierge to expand into new automated parcel locker markets nationwide. The lockers, used by apartment and condo complexes and many businesses, are manufactured in Manhattan. Another part of the MAPS Group is Architectural Mailboxes. Florence employs over 300 employees locally, with another 60-80 working remotely.
 
In honor of Stacy speaking, the book Great Mantee will be donated to Ogden Elementary School. 
 
President Elect Randy Peterson with our guest speaker Stacy Kohlmeier.
 
 
The Community Cares Chest did not distribute products to nonprofit organizations in our surrounding community last week but will again soon.  Thanks to Tara Claussen, Gary Fees, Paul Bullock and Mike Heylin for volunteering week in and week out to help our community.  All members are encouraged to sign up and volunteer: sign up video
 
Please join us this Thursday February 29th as our program will be Evan Grier updating us on the One Egg Group.
 
Randy Peterson, President Elect, will be leading our meeting once again this week while I'm in Portugal.  
 
Have a great week, 
 
Mitzi
 
P.S. This week's GREETERS are Nelson Galle and Jim Genandt.
 
Mitzi Richards
President
(cell) 785-564-1049
mitzidalerichards@gmail.com
 
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Please join us at The Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, FEBRUARY 29th. 
PROGRAM - Evan Grier, One Egg Group
LUNCH RSVP - please click this link. https://manhattancc.surveysparrow.com/s/Rotary-Club/tt-deafc2 by Wednesday by midnight. Lunch opens at 11:30am and costs $12.
 
To join the Meeting by ZOOM: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87387499653?pwd=eVdYZ29zdDhnQ0MrZWVXMklPNC9IQT09
Meeting ID: 873 8749 9653
Passcode: 280408
 
To download the weekly ZOOM files to your calendar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMuf6spzIsH9eG2uCpIlmhjnzD4nCK9PDc/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvrTMtHt2cthyERpwEA4qgKOjxmFhdgvpYu03wIDB6bg7-POxYFuZxM_OJ
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE:
 
ROTARY ON TAP - Thursday, March 7th at WAREHAM HALL from 5-7 p.m.
 
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION - please know you are all invited to party with Past President Robbin Cole RSVP Requested https://givebutter.com/u1xEQz
 
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • February 29 - Evan Grier, One Egg Group
  • March 7 - Ron Fehr, Manhattan City Manager, City Update
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • March 1 - Jenni Ebert, RCHD Community Health Educator, Opioid Prevention Education
  • March 8 - Chris Bailey, Grants Director, Wonder Workshop: Happenings for their 30 Year Anniversary
Rotaract Meetings at KSU
  • February 28: Guest speaker will be Manhattan Rotary Club Member Robert Copple, President at Ascension Via Christi Hospital 
    • Careers in Human and Animal Health
    • 6:00pm - K-State Student Union Room 209
  • March 20: Volunteering with Manhattan Emergency Shelter Inc.
    • 6:00-7:00pm
Community Cares ChestTo volunteer for the Community Cares Chest from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings or from 1-3 p.m., please log on at the Konza United Way website, if you have already volunteered in the past. If not, please watch the following short video by Tara Claussen, Secretary of our Club, for instructions on how to sign up and volunteer: sign up video.
 
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club MeetingsMeetings are at 12:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month by zoom. For more information contact Sharon Sullivan sharon.sullivan@washburn.edu or Patti Mellard, patti@keystaffing.com.
    Opportunities to Contribute
    February Cup Money - CRISIS CENTER - Serving victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, and Riley Counties since 1979. 
    If you cannot make it to meetings to drop your contribution in the cup, you may:
    1. Mail it to Manhattan Rotary Club, PO Box 331, Manhattan, KS  66505-0331. 
    2. Send a check to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, 555 Poyntz, Suite 269, Manhattan, KS 66502, with the memo saying, ‘Rotary Club Cup Money.’
    3. You may also contribute Cup Money via Venmo. Use the QR Code below.
    Rotary Foundation
    To make your contribution to the Rotary Foundation:
    1. Go on-line to www.rotary.org and click Donate and then Annual Fund. You will then sign in and pay.
    2. Write your check to Rotary Foundation and mail it to Rotary Foundation - 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or to Manhattan Rotary Club, PO Box 331, Manhattan KS 66505.
    3. Write your check to Rotary Foundation and give it to Bob Ward or Janet Lowell at a meeting.
    USD 383
    Take your used books in good condition to Dusty Bookshelf in Aggieville. Mention they are for the Rotary/USD383 account for books for elementary school students in our community. We already have some money in the account! Please do not take more than two boxes at a time. For more information, please contact Bill Richter (wrichter@ksu.edu)
     
    Opportunities to Show your Rotary Pride
    Purchase Official Rotary Products
    If you are interested in purchasing official Rotary products like caps or hats, shirts, socks, or even chrome plated license plate frames, go to the Russell Hampton website at www.bestclubsupplies.com to see the full selection of merchandise.
     
    Document your Profile in My Rotary
    You can document your biographical profile in My Rotary. It is a wonderful way to share your contact and background information, your Rotary resume, information about any Rotary programs you have participated in, and your professional experience and areas of expertise. To create or update your biographical profile, go to https://my.rotary.org and click on “My Profile.”
     
     
     
     
     
    Meeting Greeter

    Name

    Greeter Date

    Ike Ehie

    1/25/2024

    Ronnie Elmore

    1/25/2024

    Jordan Erickson

    2/01/2024

    Larry Erpelding

    2/01/2024

    Tom Eyestone

    2/08/2024

    Neal Farmer

    2/08/2024

    Gary Fees

    2/15/2024

    Lori Feldkamp

    2/15/2024

    Jennifer Francois

    2/22/2024

    Tom Fryer

    2/22/2024

    Nelson Galle

    2/29/2024

    Jim Genandt

    2/29/2024

    Chris Gergeni

    3/07/2024

    Tom Giller

    3/07/2024

    Kent Glasscock

    3/14/2024

    Lori Goetsch

    3/14/2024

    Natalie Gordon

    3/21/2024

    Rebecca Gould

    3/21/2024

    Steven Graham

    3/28/2024

    Wade Greif

    3/28/2024

    Mike Haddock

    4/04/2024

    Bob Haines

    4/04/2024

    George Ham

    4/11/2024

    Ronald Harrison 4/11/2024
    Michelle Haub 4/18/2024
    Tom Hawk 4/18/2024
    Vern Henricks 4/25/2024
    Katharine Hensler 4/25/2024
     
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