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JANUARY is Vocational Service Month
Manhattan Rotary Club
Week of January 23, 2023
  • January 26 - Aaron Wall, First Tee Manhattan
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Please reserve your lunch. Click on the link way down below my name, where it says Manhattan Country Club.
At our last meeting, we heard an excellent update by Blade Mages, chair of the committee wanting to create Wareham Hall out of the old Wareham Theatre. Blade gave an interesting history of Harry Wareham's business operations, including creation of the early theater, which was for traveling vaudeville acts. Later, it became the first movie theater for silent films and eventually became what many of us knew as the Wareham Theatre for talking movies and other events. The committee is currently conducting research into the feasibility of renovating the space to better support live music and performance arts. The eventual goal is probably to raise $20 million and create a first-class event space (see pictures below).
We had two pieces of sad news last week. Vernon Turner’s father-in-law LeRoy Walters died Thursday January 12th. His visitation took place during our Rotary meeting, and he was interred at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery last Thursday afternoon.
Long-time Rotary member Ed Freshnock also passed away Thursday January 12th. Ed was the former manager of the Duckwall Alco store in Manhattan. He joined the Manhattan Rotary Club in 1978 and was a member through June 30, 2022 (44 years). He did not renew his membership this year, due to ill health. We will remember Ed as a quiet but really nice person with a wonderful laugh, who always dressed up and attended meetings regularly.
A visitation with the Freshnock family will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 4:00 - 5:30PM at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502. Memorial contributions may go to the First Lutheran Church. A private ceremony will be held by the family.
Dede Brockish was in touch with Ed Freshnock’s son John. John asked to share these words with the club, “My father truly loved being a Rotarian and serving the community through the Manhattan club.  He looked forward to your meetings and the friendship he found there.  My family is truly sad with his passing, but we also know he lived a great life and was proud to have served in your club with such great friends and like-minded servants.  Keep up the good works. He will be watching and cheering you on.”  
Randy Peterson provided the club with a PolioPlus update. The club has raised 3/4 of our $4000 goal. So, we are doing great. Please donate, if you have not already.
Bill Varney joined the meeting in person. Bill has been a member of our club since May 24, 1960.  He was club president in 1968-69. Bill was recognized by Bob Ward, Rotary Foundation Chair, with a Paul Harris Fellow +6 award. Thanks, Bill, for your many years of service to Rotary and the Manhattan community.
I hope you will consider beginning 2023 by registering for some district training opportunities. The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be special because it is scheduled for February 10 and 11 here in Manhattan, KS. I know you will find the curriculum and the discussions applicable to both your Rotary and professional continuing development.  I attended RLI a few years ago in Manhattan, learned a lot and had fun, too. For more information, please contact Mandy Sheldon
Another training opportunity is that District 5710 has been awarded 30 grants to participate in the programs of the Kansas Leadership Center, in Wichita, KS. The Kansas Leadership Center is a non-profit organization committed to fostering leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities. The KLC offers three programs that build on each other: •Your Leadership Edge •Lead for Change •Equip to Lead. These programs range from $399 to $799 in value.  The District grant allows Rotarians to attend for free. Our club would love to send some up-and-coming leaders from our club and even the Manhattan community. Talk to me about these great programs.
Please save the date for May 6, 2023! This is when District 5710 will hold the third annual Gathering For Good. As before, this will be a silent and live auction along with live entertainment. This year, the Gathering For Good will be held Maceli’s in Lawrence. This event, as before, will be a very fun filled night with all the funds raised going to The Rotary Foundation Annual fund in the name of the person purchasing any item. I have attended the past two events and enjoyed them both.  I encourage all of you to attend this year.
Have a good week. I look forward to seeing you at our next Rotary meeting this Thursday January 26th.
Steven Graham
2022-2023 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
(cell) 785-532-8120
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, January 26th, 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
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Opportunities to Participate
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • January 26 - Aaron Wall - First Tee Manhattan
  • February 2 - Dr. Robert Smith - Fort Riley Museum Renovation Project Update
  • February 9 - Beth Klug - Shepherd's Crossing Overview and Update
  • February 16 - Gene Taylor - K-State Athletics - Name in Likeness (NIL)
  • February 23 - Hannah Coash - Boys and Girls Club
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • January 27 - The Trust Company Investment Team - 2023 Economic and Investment Outlook
  • February 3 - Kathy Ray, Executive Director, The Crisis Center
  • February 10 - Bob Copple, Ascension Via Christi Overview and Update
  • February 17 - Amy Paden, Packages for Warriors
  • February 24 - Brian McNulty, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tuttle Creek Lake Project Update 
Rotaract Meetings at KSU
  • Meetings will start again soon
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 –
  • None
Opportunities to Contribute
January Cup Money

Be Able offers free consulting for our neighbors. Modeled after a case management approach, Be Able matches neighbors with staff and/or volunteers with specific earned life experiences. Operating from a stance of love and non-judgment, our team is trained to listen first and then coach to empower a neighbor towards a solution.

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.”
Bob Ward presents Bill Varney with his Paul Harris Fellow +6 Award.
Bill Varney, Rotarian since 1960; past president 1968-1969.
Blade Mages presenting the concept of Wareham Hall and its many possible uses to club members.
Blade Mages showing conceptual pictures of the inside of Wareham Hall.
Upcoming Events
Club Information
Dr. Robert Smith
Feb 02, 2023 12:00 PM
Fort Riley Museum Renovation Project Update
Beth Klug
Feb 09, 2023 12:00 PM
Shepherd's Crossing
Gene Taylor, K-State Athletic Director
Feb 16, 2023
K-State Athletics - Name in Likeness (NIL)
Hannah Coash
Feb 23, 2023 12:00 PM
Boys and Girls Club
Club President Steven Graham
Mar 02, 2023 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Michael Haddock, Associate Dean Hale Library
Mar 09, 2023 12:00 PM
University Press opf Kansas
Jerome Tang, K-State Men's Head Basketball Coach
Jun 01, 2023 12:00 PM
Update 2022-2023 Season
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