Recent Club Highlights
By Ehi Braimah
Women all over the world are recording significant accomplishments in different fields and the story is not different in Rotary International, a humanitarian service and fellowship organisation founded on February 23, 1905, by Chicago, Illinois attorney, Paul P. Harris (April 19, 1868 – January 27, 1947), when he formed the Rotary Club of Chicago.
That was a long time ago and you may not believe it but Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, past district governor of District 6400 and past vice president of Rotary International (2016-2017), will assume office on July 1 as the first female president of Rotary International – after 117 years of the founding of the global organisation. If that is not a glass ceiling-shattering achievement, what else should we call it?
Jones, an accomplished achiever and distinguished Rotarian, was nominated two years ago for this role and she is eminently qualified and fit for the task ahead. As she spoke and shared her vision at the recently concluded Rotary International Convention which was held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in downtown Houston, Texas, USA, from June 4 to 8, she received a standing ovation. She urged Rotarians to use the brand power of Rotary to “transform the world”.
Jones believes Rotarians should “dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality”. In a special report for Rotary International, senior writer and content editor, Ryan Hyland, explained that Jones is keen to focus on two key demographics: female membership and members under the age of forty years.
She said these demographics need to “see their own reflection in leadership”. This should not come as a surprise because Rotary’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statement creates a level playing field for all Rotarians. Rotary is committed to treating everyone with respect and dignity, allowing everyone’s voice to be heard and providing equitable opportunities for fellowship, service and leadership.
In the report, Jones said she will “champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family”. She also pledged to grow Rotary by hosting DEI Summits to create leadership opportunities that foster balance across the membership in Rotary. In a complex and changing world, our priorities keep changing but our ability to adapt is important for survival. No one prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic that challenged our common humanity.
December Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
Manhattan Rotary Club
Week of November 28, 2022
  • Club Assembly - Strategic Plan Presentation & Committee Reports
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Please reserve your lunch. Click on the link down below.
I hope all of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with family and friends.  
Our last program on November 17th was member Bob Copple, president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital, providing a Manhattan and Regional Health Update plus sharing the many networks of hospitals and care givers it takes to ensure we have a functioning health system. He also explained some of the many challenges currently facing our health system.
Randy Peterson, head of the Grants and Contributions Committee, presented a $500 check to Deb Kluttz, director of The Homestead Ministry. Our October Cup Money was collected to donate to this important ministry, which is rehabilitating women victims of sex trafficking. Thanks for your generous contributions (see picture below).
Bob Ward presented Sue Maes with her Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin.  Thanks to Sue for her steadfast support of The Rotary Foundation.
Speaking of The Rotary Foundation, Giving Tuesday will be tomorrow November 29th for The Rotary Foundation. This Global Day of Generosity is an opportunity for all Rotarians to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Last year, Rotary raised more than ever before — over US$1 million! We’re asking you to help us surpass that this year, so that we can do even more in the world together.
Through Operation Santa Claus, Fort Riley and the surrounding communities assist local active-duty junior enlisted service members who have financial needs by providing gifts for their children. Soldiers and their family members apply for the program through their units. Operation Santa Claus is in its 38th year at Fort Riley.
On December 1 or 8, please consider bringing monetary donations or donations of new, unwrapped toys in the $10 - $20 price range for children ages birth to 18 years to Rotary. Phil Mattox will be collecting the money and/or toys.
On Monday November 21, our club was notified by the Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group (BELRAG) that we were selected as one of the Literacy Award recipients for 2022. BELRAG will award our project $500. This is our Rotary book project entitled Rotary Early Learning Partnership: A Project of the Manhattan Rotary Club and Partners in a Region of Kansas. The partnership is led by Jennifer Francois, Tara Claussen, Bill Richter, Rebecca Gould, Robbin Cole and Andy Hutchinson from the Konza Club. Congratulations to the team, which only had two days to submit the award application. We won!  
Our next Rotary on Tap will be held on Tuesday December 13, 2022, from 4-6pm, at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, 555 Poyntz Ave Ste 269, Manhattan, KS 66502. Please put the date on your calendar and come have fun visiting with your fellow Rotarians. Bring your spouse or significant other.
I look forward to seeing you at our Rotary meeting this Thursday December 1st.
Steven Graham
2022-2023 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
(cell) 785-532-8120
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, December 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
  • December 1 - Club Assembly – Strategic Plan and Committee Updates
  • December 8 - Manhattan High School Pops Choir
  • December 15 - Ned Seaton, Editor of The Manhattan Mercury, The Year in Review
  • December 22 - No Meeting
  • December 29 - No Meeting
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • December 2 - Karla Hagemeister – OFF SITE at the Flint Hills Breadbasket
  • December 9 - Christmas Party/Officer Election - site TBD
  • December 16 - Julie Gibbs, Riley County Health Department, Community Health Improvement Plan
  • December 23 - No Meeting
  • December 30 - No Meeting
Rotaract Meetings at KSU
  • December 7 - 6:00pm Location TBD
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 –
  • December 13 - Rotary on Tap, 4-6pm, at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, 555 Poyntz Ave Ste 269, Manhattan, KS 66502.
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.”
Randy Peterson presents a $500 check to Deb Kluttz, director of The Homestead Ministry.
Upcoming Events
Club Information
President Steven Graham
Dec 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Manhattan High School Pops Choir
Dec 08, 2022 12:00 PM
Chad Pape Director
Ned Seaton
Dec 15, 2022 12:00 AM
Year in Review
Holiday Break
Dec 22, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Holiday Break
Dec 29, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Holiday Break
Jan 05, 2023
No Meeting
Rick Hernandez, Executive Director
Jan 12, 2023 12:00 AM
Flint Hills Community Clinic
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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