Recent Club Highlights
September is Literacy and Education Month
Update Week of September 6, 2021
Manhattan Rotary Club
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday,  September 9 from 12-1:00pm. Lunch opens at 11:00am. You do NOT need to RSVP to attend the meeting.  Please RSVP for lunch by Wednesday at midnight to:   Per CDC Guidelines, masks are recommended when not eating. 
The meeting will start at 11:15.
Presenter: Kyle Smith, Scout Executive Coronado Area Council, The future of Scouting
Greetings Rotarians,
Thank you to all the committee chairs for last week’s program during club assembly.  I thought you all did a great job!  I hope everyone enjoyed the reintroduction to our committee leaders and learning more about the work of the committees.   I will be sending out a survey in the coming weeks asking you to identify where you are inspired to get involved. 
The Rotary Clubs of Eastern Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Leadership Center and the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, have produced videos on the COVID-19 vaccination in Spanish and English.  Please feel free to share the links.
Full Length English Video:
Full Length Spanish Video:
How do we know they are safe? (1 min):
How do vaccines protect me? (1 min):
Just a reminder that early bird registration for the District Conference ends next week. Let’s show our support to Vern Henricks our District Governor and send our registrations in early.
Serving with you to Change Lives,
Robbin Cole
2021-2022 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
Opportunities to Participate
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • September 16-Jason Smith, President/CEO, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Chamber and Economic Update
  • September 23-Casey Bough, Sr. Director Renewables, Gas and Oil Fleet, Renewables and Generation for Evergy
  • September 30- Matt O’Keefe, Dean, KSU College of Engineering Update
Upcoming events
  • October 9-Kansas River Cleanup.  Note the date change.  Please let Chris Culbertson know if you would like to help.  (
  • October 21-23-District Golf Tournament and Conference. Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan. Tournament Registration ($125).  Conference registration before September 15 ($100).  Registration after September 15 ($125).  Reduced fees are available for first time attendees ($75), virtual attendees ($50) and Rotaractors/Interactors ($25).  To register go to:
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • September 10-Purple Pinky for Polio Roll Out
  • September 17-Scott Voos, Be Able
  • September 24-Vern Henricks, District Governor 
Meetings are held at 7 a.m. Friday mornings at 1880 Kimball at the KSU Foundation Building. To join the meeting by ZOOM, go to:
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club Meetings
Meetings are held at 12:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more information go to:
Opportunities to Contribute
September CUP Money-Interact Club
If you can’t make it to meetings to drop your contribution in the cup, you may mail it to PO Box 331, Manhattan, KS  66505-0331.
You may also contribute Cup Money via Venmo. Use the QR Code below.
Rotary Foundation
Please consider giving to the Rotary Foundation.
  1. Participate through My Rotary where funds are contributed as  you specify; OR
  2. Mail your contribution to Rotary Foundation - 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693
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 over $300 in the account!  Please don’t take more than two boxes at a time. For more information, please contact Bill Richter (
Opportunities to Show your Rotary Pride
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 to see the full selection of merchandise.
You can document your biographical profile in My Rotary. It’s a great 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,  and click on “My Profile.” 
At last week's Club Assembly, members from each Club Committee shared an overview of their committee responsibilities and current activities with the members.

Betty Stevens describes opportunities for involvement with writing press releases about Club news.
At last week's Club Assembly, members from each Club Committee shared an overview of their committee responsibilities and current activities with the members.

Betty Stevens describes opportunities for involvement with writing press releases about Club news.
Bob Ward presents Betty with a Paul Harris+5 pin for her contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Rachel Klataske talks about opportunities to serve with Rotaractors while Chris Culbertson waits to talk about opportunities to serve with Interactors and the newly formed Protecting the Environment Committee. Andy Bowen prepares to talk about the MHS Scholarship program.
Dale Bradley talks about the meetings Committee and reminds us all to show our support of District Governor Vern Hendricks by registering early for the district conference.
Dick Wertzberger covers the work of the programs Committee.
Georgina Clemens tells about opportunities for involvement with the public image Committee.
Jim Reed describes the work of the Awards Committee and tells about new awards on the horizon.
New member Natalie Gordon speaks to the club after being introduced  by member Shelly Carver.
Randy Peterson is the club’s new Polio Plus Chairperson.
Rebecca Gould describes the work of the International Committee including Global grants and global scholars.
Shelly Carver and Mitzi Richards tell about opportunities to serve by greeting members as they arrive to meetings.
It is Roger Reitz’ pleasure to serve as the club’s pianist.
Steven Graham and Todd Moore are clubs membership co-chairs.
Reported by Ryan Hyland
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

Eastern Kansas Rotary
              District 5710
District #5710, supports the Rotary International statement that Rotary has no tolerance for racism. As Rotarians. we work tirelessly to promote respect of others, celebrate diversity, and demand ethical leadership to advance peace in our District and our world. As Rotarians, we support our code of conduct, focus on peacebuilding, and address conflict with compassion while building peace.
“Rotary Opens Opportunities” is the theme for this Rotary year. The future is NOW and it is imperative that as Rotarians e open the door of opportunity to not only recruit new
members but place special emphasis on the recruitment of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and any underrepresented groups in our communities, such as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, women, etc. Anyone who is willing to serve while respecting Rotary values should have the opportunity to be a member of one of our
clubs. We have much work to do as we continue to provide opportunities and make a difference in our diverse Kansas communities.
Through Rotary, we have the strength and power to bring people together. Our district clubs, through projects and grants, work to address the community needs of all people and all ages. Our local and global projects impact minorities and address inequities of those who are most in need of our Kansas communities and the world.
As Rotarians, we have the “power to make a difference” as we do our part to listen, learn and take action (your ideas are welcome here) to ensure that we meet the challenge of making positive change for Kansas citizens including all persons of color and any underrepresented groups in our communities.
Our District, through its member clubs, is proactive and continues to recruit and attract men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Currently, our District composition is approximately 30% women and has many people of color in club memberships, but we do not yet fully reflect the makeup of our communities.
For over a century, Rotary has funded and encouraged global and local programs that promote goodwill and better understanding between people of different cultures and nationalities. Our District will continue to do the same and will move forward to celebrate diversity and find peaceful solutions to make our world a better place.
Club Information
Casey Bough, Sr. Director Renewables, Gas & Oil
Sep 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Renewables and Generation for Evergy
Dean Matt O'Keefe, K-State College of Engineering
Sep 30, 2021 12:00 PM
College of Engineering Update
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Executive Secretary
Past President
Chair Rotary Foundation
Meeting Committee Co-Chair
Membership Committee Co - Chair
Membership Committee Co - Chair