Recent Club Highlights
JUNE - Rotary Fellowships Month
Manhattan Rotary Club
Week of May 29, 2023
  • June 1 - Michael Gassman, Community Meals
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Please reserve your lunch. Click on the link way down below my name, where it says Manhattan Country Club.
Last week, Brian McCornack, Head of the KSU Entomology Department, presented an overview of the balance between beneficial and 'nonbeneficial' insects and how, sometimes, the 'nonbeneficial' insects are actually food for the beneficial insects. The challenge to entomologists and farmers is determining when there are too many 'nonbeneficial' insects. Brian showed how his faculty and students are using modern computer tools to capture images of insects from a drone flying over a field, identify the insects present, and count how many of each there are. The goal is to decide whether the field should be sprayed with insecticide or not. Such decisions are critical to balancing saving the insects, the crop and the environment plus saving the producers money. Brian also talked about the impact of AI chatbots and the availability of quick information for teaching, research and Extension. AI chatbots are going to be very useful. One caveat is the information in the chatbots is limited to some time period in the past, maybe a couple of years in the past. Thus, some brand-new issue will not be known or addressed by the chatbots. 
It is time to pay your Rotary dues for the coming year. Good news – our dues will remain at $250. Please pay your dues by June 15th or, preferably, before. We must report our number of members to Rotary International on July 1. Refer to your email to see the various ways to pay your dues.
Join our club members and fellow Konza Rotarians on Wednesday, June 7th from 5-7pm at Colbert Hills for a joint social! Heavy appetizers will be provided-- please bring $10 cash (for Rotarians only, not guests) to contribute to the cost of food. Drinks available for purchase. Please bring prospective new members as well as your spouse or significant other.
Last Wednesday, 12 local nonprofits and agencies came by the Ag Press warehouse to pick up products brought to town through the Community Cares Chest.  Rotarians volunteering were Paul Bullock and Gary Fees.
We need volunteers for next Wednesday and beyond. To volunteer for the Community Cares Chest from 8-10am on Wednesday mornings or from 1-3pm, 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.
Have a good week. I look forward to seeing you at our next Rotary meeting next Thursday June 1st.
Steven Graham
2022-2023 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
(cell) 785-532-8120
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00-1:00pm. Lunch opens at 11:30am and costs $12.
Please RSVP for lunch by Wednesday at midnight to: 
You do NOT need to RSVP if you are not eating.
The meeting will start at 12:15pm.
To join the Meeting by ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 873 8749 9653
Passcode: 280408
To download the weekly ZOOM files to your calendar:
Opportunities to Participate
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • June 1 - Michael Gassman, Community Meals
  • June 8 - Matt Goss, Tattoo cover ups for human trafficking survivors
  • June 15 - Brian Peete, Director, Riley County Police Department Update
  • June 22 - Katie Pawlosky, National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Overiew/Update
  • June 29 - Steven Graham/Mitzi Richards, Rotarian of the Year, Blue & Gold Awards, Passing of the Gavel
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • June 2 - Mark Hatesohl, Mayor of Manhattan, State of the City
  • June 9 - Daniel Fallin, Assistant State Park Manager at Tuttle Creek State Park/Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • June 16 - Andy Hutchinson, President-Elect, Water Matters Day
  • June 23 - Michelle Sink and Andy Hutchinson, Konza Rotary Year in Review/President Transition
  • June 30 - No Meeting, Independence Day Weekend
Rotaract Meetings at KSU
  • Meetings are over for Spring semester; they will resume in the Fall.
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club Meetings
Meetings are at 12:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month by zoom. For more information contact Sharon Sullivan or Patti Mellard,
Upcoming Rotary Events –
  • June 7 - Rotary on Tap with the Konza Rotary Club - Colbert Hills from 5-7pm
  • June 17 - Juneteenth Events - more information soon
  • June 19 - Golf Tournament with the Konza Rotary Club, Manhattan Country Club, pm
  • October 12-14 - District 5710 Conference in Topeka
Opportunities to Contribute
June Cup Money
Just Tri It Youth Triathlon. The big change for this year is that they are going back to the roots of the event and eliminating the adult portion of the race and focusing solely on the youth event. This makes sponsorships even more critical as they keep the cost of the race at minimum to allow the greatest number of kids to enter the event. The Manhattan Rotary Club is proud to be a sponsor of this important community event. 
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 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 (
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 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 and click on “My Profile.”
Brian McCornack, Head of the KSU Entomology Department, gave an overview of the balance between beneficial and 'nonbeneficial' insects and how to determine the proper balance.
Randy Peterson presented Mike and Lisa Irvin, directors of Flint Hills Foster Teen Camps, with the April Cup Money Check.
Gary Fees and Paul Bullock volunteered at the Community Cares Chest last Wednesday May 24th.
Upcoming Events
Club Information
Matt Goss
Jun 08, 2023 12:00 PM
Using tattoos to help women who are leaving human trafficking.
RCPD Director Brian Peete
Jun 15, 2023 12:00 PM
RCPD Update
Katie Pawlosky, Director Communications, NBAF
Jun 22, 2023 12:00 PM
NBAF Update
Club President Steven Graham
Jun 29, 2023 12:00 PM
Rotarion of the Year (ROY), Awards, Passing of the Gavel
Eric Higgins,Professor Finance Dept KSU
Jul 06, 2023 12:00 PM
Economic Outlook
Todd Holmberg
Jul 13, 2023 12:00 PM
McCain Update
Website Sponsors
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Executive Secretary
Past President
Chair Rotary Foundation
Meeting Committee Co-Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Public Relations
Youth Exchange