Recent Club Highlights
Greetings Fellow Rotarians!

Last Thursday, we welcomed Jaiden Jimenez, the son of member Felix Jimenex (GMCF) as a guest.
 
This month, our CUP MONEY collection benefits the Manhattan Crisis Center. Please be generous in your support. Our Rotary theme for July is Maternal and Child Health Month.
 
I was proud to present Bob Ward with a Paul Harris Plus-4 pin, in recognition of his continuing support of Rotary International. We thank Bob warmly.
 
                              
 
Last week Mike Dodson, Vern Henricks, Felix Jiminez, Dave Lewis, and Mitzi Richards joined me to cut the ribbon for a new "Welcome to Manhattan" sign along K-177 leading into town. At the Board Meeting on July 11th we approved $200 to enhance and maintain the sign. Rebecca Gould sent along this photo of the event: (If you look close you can see our crest mounted on the sign just behind me.)
 
                          
 
 
At our July 11th Board Meeting we welcomed new members to the Board (Liz, Mike, Therese and Vernon), approved Brady Armstrong's membership, exceeded our 2023-24 Rotary & Polio Plus goals, and ended the year with a $3,800 surplus. We're going to start an Attendance Incentive in August to encourage more members to attend our weekly meetings. We'll be having drawings for free lunch, Rotary shirts, and a special prize and recognition for you members that attend 25 or more meetings between August 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025. There will be more details later.
 
We thank Paul Bullock, Gary Fees, Rebecca Gould, and Mike Heylin who assisted me in helping 13 area non-profits in selecting items from our Community Cares Chest last week. We've opened most of the palettes of Amazon items and have sorted them for our NPOs to choose from. We've also invited The Career Technical Education (CTE) program at Junction City High School, and the Manhattan Area Technical College to come look through the automotive and industrial products that we received. 
 
Next up, Bill Richter introduced the meeting's program presented by Mr. Trase McQueen, Laboratory Director of the Kansas State University Memory & Aging Lab. A recent KSU graduate, Trase demonstrated a maturity and both passion and compasssion for our aging population's challenges with mental cognition of various sorts. He also gave us valuable contacts and resources for those dealing with or caring for others with dementias and other cognitive issues.
 
                   
 
                     
 
Trase kept everyone's attention with his slides and talk about keeping our brains healthy, and highlighting three locations in the world (Sardinia Italy, Okinawa Japan, and Loma Linda CA USA) where residents enjoy very long lifespans. While these populations all differ from each other, they share in leading lifestyles that emphasize family, social engagement, consistent physical activity, not smoking, and diets rich in plant-based foods. He completed the presentation with invitations to Rotary volunteers to assist in the K-State Memory & Aging lab research, particularly a $1.3M NIH grant researching Alzheimer's Disease. I encourage those of you 65-85 to participate if you can.
 
                                     
 
In Trase's honor, the club will contribute the children's book, Our Planet! There's No Place like Earth to Bergman Elementary School.
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Thanks to Sue Maes, Jan Marks and Lori Goetsch for greeting last week, Dr. Roger Reitz for accompanying on the piano, Daryn Soldan for arranging the program, and Bill Richter for introducing Trase and the Memory Lab.
 
We appreciate Paul Bullock, Gary Fees, Rebecca Gould and Mike Heylin who joined me at the Community Cares Chest on July 17th. We served 13 non-profit organizations, especially Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Volunteers are asked to help this Wednesday, July 24th. Shifts are 8-10 AM and 1-3 PM.
 
Our club's next meeting is Thursday, July 25th, when we welcome Karla Hagemeister of the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
 

Yours in Rotary, 

Randy
 
Randy Peterson
(cell) 316-213-2252
randallpete54@gmail.com
 
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UPCOMING MEETING INFORMATION
 
Please join us at The Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, July 25th - 12:00-1:00 PM. 
PROGRAM - Flint Hills Breadbasket
 
LUNCH RSVPplease click https://manhattancc.surveysparrow.com/s/Rotary-Club/tt-deafc2 by Wednesday midnight. Lunch opens at 11:30 AM. The cost is $12.
 
 
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE:
 
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • July 25 - Karla Hagemeister - Flint Hills Breadbasket
  • August 1 - Todd Holmberg - McCain Performance Series
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • July 26 - Coach Chris Klieman - KSU Head Football Coach
  • August 2 - Bailey Bachamp Director, KSU Men's Basketball Operations
Just Try It Triathalon - August 10th from 7:15 - 11:00 AM, at the Manhattan City Park Pool. Rotary will help with the transition area where participants leave the pool and find their bicycles. The race runs from 8:00 - 10:00 AM. The Awards Ceremony begins at 10:15 and should be over by 10:45, at the City Park Picnic Shelter. See Tom Phillips - tphillipsmhk@gmail.com to volunteer or any questions. You may register at: https://manhattanrotary.org/event/just-tri-it-triathlon/
 
16th Annual Speedy PD Race and Walk - August 24th from 7:15 - 9:15 AM, at Tuttle Creek State Park, River Pond Area. Rotary members will serve as Course Marshalls. A list of volunteers is due August 10th. The organizers will position teams along the race route at consecutive locations. See Tom Phillips - tphillipsmhk@gmail.com for more information, or register (via ClubRunner) at: https://manhattanrotary.org/event/16th-annual-speedy-pd-race-and-walk/
 
Community Cares Chest The Community Cares Chest distribution has resumed in full.  Please visit the Konza United Way website: https://www.konzaunitedway.org/volunteer to login if you have volunteered in the past. If you're new to Community Cares Chest, please watch the following short video by Tara Claussen for instructions on how to sign up and volunteer: sign up video
 
KSU Rotaract Meetings will resume in the Fall.
 
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club MeetingsMeetings are held at 12 PM on the first and third Tuesday of the month, via Zoom.
For more information contact Sharon Sullivan sharon.sullivan@washburn.edu or Patti Mellard, patti@keystaffing.com.
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    OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTRIBUTE
     
    July Cup Money - Sponsorship for Manhattan Crisis Center.
    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 Liz Nelson 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)
     
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    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

    Sue Maes

    7/18/2024

    Jan Marks

    7/18/2024

    Mary Martell

    7/25/2024

    Randy Martin

    7/25/2024

    Phil Mattox

    8/01/2024

    Karen McCulloh

    8/01/2024

    Earl McVicker

    8/08/2024

    Susan Metzger

    8/08/2024

    Christopher Miller

    8/15/2024

    Therese Miller

    8/15/2024

    Todd Moore 8/29/2024

    Medhat Morcos

    8/29/2024

     
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