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 Week of March 9, 2020
Last Week’s Program:  
We had a productive Club Assembly meeting. Sub-Committees and Committees met with Committee Chairs and discussed current status and future actions. The Committees and Sub-Committees form the framework of our Club.
This Week’s Program:
This week Rebecca Gould introduced Penny Seften, Director of the Manhattan Arts Center. Penny discussed the growth of the center. While the growth of the facilities has been gratifying, she is most proud of the growth in programs and the Center’s ability to serve an increasingly larger set of customers. Most are local to the Manhattan Area and Fort Riley and range from young school aged to retired.
A book will be presented in her honor to Northview Elementary.
Sue Maes provided an update on the visit by the South Africa Club. We expect 9 visitors and have a full slate of activities planned. We are now developing a list of sponsors. She will present a budget to the Board on 12 March.
District 5710 has received 7 applications for student exchanges. They have placed on of those so will need sponsor clubs and host families for the remaining 6. Those interested in being a host family should contact Robbin Cole, Rebecca Gould or Chris Culbertson.
We are looking for volunteers to help administrate the St. Patrick’s Day Race on Saturday the 14th. Generally, we would serve from 9:30 am to 12. Those interested should contact Mike Dodson by email.       
Leadership Training:
We have leadership training opportunities coming:
  • March 14-15 in Leavenworth
  • August 20 (business) with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
There will be a Rotary District Conference on May 8 in Lenexa.   
Next Meetings:       
 - 12 Mar – Sheila Markley, Junction City Opera House
 - 19 Mar - Jim Sherow will discuss his recently published book, Chisholm Trail
Rotary On Tap:
 - 26 Mar - Hilton Garden Inn
Rotary and The Rotary Foundation:
Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris and 2 others. It was established in order to provide service to others, with the motto of Service Above Self.
Today, Rotary has 35,000 clubs around the world and has 1,200,000 members.
What does the Rotary Foundation do?
In 2019, Rotary gave $90 M toward service projects, including:
  • Education - $11M
  • Health/Disease - $36. This includes the Polio eradication campaign in partnership with the Gates Foundation.
  • Water/Sanitation - $20M
  • Local Economies - $10M
The Rotary Foundation is the signature fund for Rotary International. This fund provides the bulk of RI’s ability to support local, national and international service projects. The Manhattan Rotary members give through the “Annual Fund”.
What are the Goals of our local Club?
  • A total of $19,000. This is calculated by taking the average number of members over the year (July to June) with each member giving $100)
  • Having every member contribute
  • Having as many members as possible contribute to the $100 level.
What have we accomplished to date?
  • A total of $11,000. About 60% of our goal
  • 61 members have contributed. About 30% of our goal.  
How can Giving be done? 
By Check
- You can mail your check (Made to The Rotary Foundation). (We previously provided a self-addressed, stamped envelope).
            - You can bring your check to the club meeting and give it to George Ham, Doug Wendt, or Andy Bowen.
On-Line. If you would like to donate on-line:
  • Go to Club Runner. NOTE: if you put manhattan ks rotary in your browser, it will bring you to a listing showing a link to our website. Click on the link and then you will see website. In the upper right hit member log-on and that will take you to ClubRunner where you can log-on. You can also establish an account if you don’t already have one.)
-     After log-on, scroll down the left to Links and click on Rotary Foundation.
-    Then click on the DONATE NOW button,
-    Click on the Annual Fund and fill out the form. The Annual Fund is the only fund that will give credit your donation to our Club. You will need our club number (1623) and your individual Donor ID (which will be the same as your Member Number – SEE BELOW).  
Finding Donor ID/Member Number
-  Go to ClubRunner and log in
-  Select Member Area
-  Select Edit My Profile
-  Underneath the photo, the word “Personal” is underlined. Click on “Rotary” and your Member number will be shown (which is also your Donor ID).  Also provide the Club Number (1623).  
Checking the status of your donation and the points accumulated for Paul Harris: 1,000 points are required for each Paul Harris award. Points can be transferred from member to member of transferred to the Club. The Club can then make Paul Harris awards on the Club’s behalf.  
- Go to MyRotary and Log In.
- At the top of the page you will click on Profile.
- On the next page click on Donor History Report
- and then on the next page click on Donor History Report.
- These pages take some time to open so be patient.
NOTE: you can also reach the donation form at this location by clicking on Individual Donation.
NOTE: if you experience difficulty, it might be necessary to use Google Chrome as your browser.
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