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 July 9 Meeting
We conducted our meeting by zoom once again last week and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. All you have to do is click the link below to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 122 915 156
Thank you to President Mike for his service for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Among the accomplishments for the year were fundraising efforts via the concession stand at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the volunteer efforts at countless runs including the Brew to Shoe Race, Just-Try-It Triathlon, Bleeding Kansas Gravelduro Bike Race and the C. Clyde Run and Walk and the just completed successful golf tournament. He presided over ~50 meetings, hosted many Rotary on Tap events, saw the influx of 24 new members and honored four members with the newly minted Manhattan Rotary Club Blue and Gold awards.
Manhattan Rotary Club is a highly functioning operation thanks to the efforts of George Ham, outgoing Secretary. In his thirteenth year, he has served with distinction, given of his time, talents and treasure and made us a better club. Thank you, George.
The Club welcomes Jayson Cyr as the new Secretary. Jayson has learned from the best and hit the ground running. Thank you, Jayson for taking on this challenge.
I am looking forward to this year of Rotary Opens Opportunities. I would be remiss in not admitting trepidation, in part because of the presidents I follow. With your help, we will be an action-oriented club committed to serving our community, state, nation and the world, upholding the Four Way Test, and being People of Action.
Yours in service,
Annual Golf Tournament
Thank you to Assistant District Governor Vern Henricks for organizing the annual golf tournament. There were 55 golfers, 17 MRC members played and hosted 10 guests. One team even joined us from Topeka.
Update from President Mike
July 2 Program Summary
Peter Dorhout serves as K-State’s Vice President for Research. Peter gave an overview of the work KSU has been doing in support of combatting the current pandemic. He began with a look at KSU during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918/19 when the school was closed for two 30-day periods during the fall of 1918 with 257 infected. KSU has provided support to the community and across the nation. Locally they have supported Riley County Health Department and Emergency Management including 60,000 PPEs. The faculty and staff have volunteered in administering tests, have fabricated 2,000 cloth masks and made 2,000 shields using 3-D printing. K-State Research and Extension continues to help our farmers and support the continued operation of food processing businesses. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has been active in testing, with a capacity for 300/day and a 24-hour turn-around. The Biosecurity Research Institute has been collaborating with others on the development of vaccines and therapeutics.
We are very fortunate to have KSU in our community and to have talented and capable people who are influencing outcomes across our nation.  
Today marked the passing of the Rotary president’s gavel from Mike to Rebecca. This annual change demonstrates the remarkable strength of our club as we continue to reenergize, innovate, and reimagine each year. 
Grant Money. We have reallocated and rolled over the funds we received from district. Chris Nolte is heading up a team to decide how these funds, other funds beyond our needs as a reserve and our June cup money can best be used. The goal is to use these funds for local pandemic related projects.
- Survey. Rebecca sent out a survey to see if change need to be made to programs like speakers, club assembly frequency, rotary on tap and rotary foundation.
- Rotary Foundation. We now have $20,552.50. Our district goal was $17,900 and our internal goal was $19,000.
- Polio Plus. We have a goal of $2,000 and have met that goal. Donations to polio plus are matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation.
-  Governor Kelly is scheduled to announced new COVID-19 requirements on July 2. Riley County hopes to follow late this afternoon and the city commission will likely follow on Tuesday.
- An effort is underway to distribute approximately $14m of pandemic funding inside Riley County. This money comes from the $1.25b of federal funds allocated to Kansas. Distribution has already been made to Sedgwick and Johnson County because they exceed 500,000 in population and $1.034b remains. 
- We are working with the Holiday Inn on options for meeting in person, which will be considered at the next board meeting. Regardless, meetings will continue to be available on Zoom and though Facebook.
- Membership. We ended the year with 186 members; two more that we had at the beginning of the Rotary year. We had a record membership drive, with some losses due to the normal transfers and the economic stress of the pandemic.
Leadership training opportunities:
  • 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.
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