Recent Club Highlights

Let’s get together for an End Polio Now silent auction at the Midwest Dream Car Collection February 20, 2020, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  $15 per person…this This includes entrance fee and heavy appetizers…Beer and Wine will be available for cash purchase only…the beer and wine wall will have a staff person available to facilitate your selection and purchase. 

If you’ve never been to the Midwest Dream Car Collection…you’re in for a pleasant surprise. And even if you have been before, the collection is always changing. 

This is a great event to invite friends, family and those interested in Rotary. It’s also a great time to get to know Manhattan Rotarians! 


To register click the link


Story submitted to K-State Today.


Tom C. Roberts, assistant dean emeritus of Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has been appointed by the National Society of Professional Engineers, or NSPE, to serve a three-year term as representative to the ABET Board of delegates and area delegate to Applied Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Voting members of the ABET Board of delegates represent the interest of their Member Society, serve as a communication link between ABET and the society, and provide input to the strategic planning process. ABET — formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. — is a nonprofit, non-governmental agency that accredits programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates.

Roberts served as NSPE president in 2017-18. During his term on the board of directors, NSPE developed and implemented a new membership model and created an updated strategic plan. He also interacted with state and congressional delegations regarding a wide-range of engineering licensure issues including qualification-based selection, autonomous vehicles, and pipeline safety.

NSPE was established in 1934 to realize a simple but vital goal: create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of the practice area, that would protect engineers — and the public — from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices.

Roberts has more than 40 years' experience in planning, organizational development, and leadership training programs. He worked for Black & Veatch for 16 years — including 11 years in human resources. He formed Upward Consulting in 1989 and has served as a continuous quality improvement consultant for many manufacturing and service companies and educational institutions. He has presented information on systems thinking, professional development and our changing society to a wide variety of national audiences.

For 21 years at Kansas State University Roberts was responsible for engineering recruitment and leadership development. He is currently a facilitator in K-State's Global Campus Executive Coach program.

As a 40-year member of NSPE, Roberts has held and continues to hold, numerous volunteer leadership positions including past president Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, vice president of the Engineers Foundation of Kansas and member of the Government Relations Committee. He is a past chair of NSPE's Professional Engineers in Higher Education and in 2010 was named an NSPE Fellow.

Roberts holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from K-State and has been a licensed professional engineer since 1976.

This article appeared in the K-State Today on 12/13/2019 and was submitted by Mary Rankin.

Gary Clark, interim dean of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Agricultural and Biological Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.

The award is based on a recipient's accomplishments and outstanding service to the profession. Clark holds bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida.

Also a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, Clark completed a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University. His technical expertise is in the design and management of irrigation systems and in the administration/oversight of engineering degree programs and program assessment.

His research has focused on the use of micro-irrigation technology for applying wastewater resources, hydraulics of irrigation systems, irrigation scheduling and the performance assessment of center pivot irrigation systems.

Clark has held a faculty position in teaching, research and extension. He has also served in administrative roles at K-State as head of the biological and agricultural engineering department and senior associate dean for the engineering college.

Rotary Club Update For This Week
Update for Meetings  
We conducted our meeting by zoom once again last week. We are holding another Zoom meeting TODAY.
Please join us my clicking on the link below:
Meeting ID: 122 915 156
We continue to update our technology and the meetings are going well. Thanks to Vernon Turner for setting up and running the zoom meetings and to Dick Wertzberger and his programs committee for reorganizing our programs. 
Recap of the May 21st Meeting: It was National Waitstaff Day
That Day (May 21) in History:
  • 1881 – The Red Cross was formed. Clare Barton had witnessed the need during the Civil War.   
  • 1927 – Charles Lindberg became the first to solo across the Atlantic. New York to Paris.
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to solo across the Atlantic. New Foundland to Ireland.        
Last Week’s (May 21) Program:
Steven Graham introduced Julie Walter, North Central Flint Hills Agency on Aging. Julie discussed the organization and mission of the Flint Hills Agency on Aging. The organization is a non-profit. they have 11 regions in Kansas. They receive some federal money and each of the regions receive support from the counties in that region. They offer support in the area of meals, to include meals on wheels; information, to include MEDICADE expansion; employment; housing (to include HUD funding); health and insurance counselling; and long-term care. they also provide functional assistance for access to Kancare. they provide over 96% of the funds they receive as direct support, which is very good. the region serving us contains 18 counties, has major offices in Manhattan, and Salina and has 39 centers. They receive approximately $6 million a year and have 45 employees, plus about 90 for the nutrition program. The Manhattan office is located in the old post office at 401 Houston street.  Additional information can be found at the website at  This organization provides great service to our seniors, particularly as we are dealing with the pandemic. Julie and her teammates are enthusiastically dedicated to service. 
- Highlights from the May board meeting:
- Secretary. over the next 6 months. George will be handing over secretarial duties to Jayson Cyr.  Bob Shannon will be assistant secretary. thanks to both for serving.
- Cup Money. We are down on cup money by about 50%. need to continue to support.
- Grant Money. We received our fair share from district. We will be allowed to reallocate and roll over the funds. We won’t be able to complete the birthing kits project this year due to problems in the recipient nations due to the pandemic. Those funds will be used for similar projects here locally.
- Foundation and Paul Harris Fellows. Bob Ward is checking to be sure the past Rotarians of the Year who were already PHFs designated another person to receive the PHF award.
- Survey. Rebecca will send out a survey to see if change need to be made to programs like speakers, club assembly frequency, rotary on tap and rotary foundation.
- Policy. Board is now developing a policy on political speeches at Rotary meetings and events.    
- Rotary Foundation. we are about $1500 short of our goal. please think how you can support this great program that allows rotary to perform national and international projects.   
- Governor Kelly announced a new executive order (EO 1.5) on 14 may which became effective on 18 may. Riley County announced their instructions on 16 may. the reopening task force will meet the afternoon of 21 may.  
- Given what we know now under EO 1.5, we will not be able to have our in-person meetings until at least late June.  On May 25th we will go to a limit of 15 people.  
-  You should have received information concerning our 2020-2021 Rotary dues from our incoming Rotary President Rebecca. we appreciate our board members who developed several ways to make it easier to take care of our dues.  
-  Thanks to those who gave to the club and to the Rotary Foundation through GMCF. please let Andy Bowen know if you have specific desires for your donation. remember, the match will go to the Rotary Endowment Fund.
- Bill Richter discussed the selection process for a Rotary Peace Fellow that is upcoming.
 - August 20 (business) with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
 - Rotary district 5710 conference. Lenexa Community Forum at city center.  This conference has now been delayed to the fall meeting.
Programs: The programs we had to skip (19, 26 Mar & 9 Apr) will be rescheduled for later in the year.  
  • 28 May – Kylee Childs, foster care homes (Dede Brokesh)
Rotary on Tap: To be announced at a later date
Rotaract: All activities suspended for the semester  
Service Events: None scheduled in the near term. Golf tournament being rescheduled – now looking like 29 June at the Manhattan Country Club.
Cup Money: For May, we are supporting RYLA.
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