Recent Club Highlights
Greetings Rotarians,
 
I am grateful for President Elect Randy Peterson's leadership of the last two meetings while I traveled to Ghana, Africa.  The nine days I spent at Our Lady of Grace Senior High School and Ashesi University meeting with teachers and administrators committed to educating the next generation of ethical leaders were life changing.  Check out the links to these fantastic schools and I look forward to sharing my journey with you all. 
 
Laura Downey, Executive Director of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and her colleague Rachel Wahle were introduced and presented a Big Check gift of $500 to support their efforts in providing environmental education to classrooms across Kansas.  Laura and Rachel expressed their appreciation and shared how this gift will support several key projects including recycling in the 383 School District.  
L to R: Laura Downey and Rachel Wahle, of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.
 
Club members were encouraged to give generously to June CUP MONEY that will support Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non profit organization that matches youth facing adversity with adult mentors to positively impact their lives. The program aims to achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships, help youth avoid risky behaviors, and reach educational success.

Daryn Soldan introduced the program speaker, Jack Lindquist, Executive Director of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program. After working 36  years for Kansas State University in agricultural education and rural leadership development, Jack was hired immediately upon retirement in 2016 as Executive Director of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program.  He formed KANZAQUEST in 2016 as well, a custom tour hosting service, in order to continue international studies and to cultivate more appreciation for cultural diversity.  Jack has hosted tour groups to Kansas and the Flint Hills and led tour groups to 42 countries since 1993.  Jack and a graduate of the program, Christian Bishop, Military Relations Director at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, shared how this program trains regional leaders to address the challenges in our diverse regional communities. Nominations for the FHRLP are now open. In honor of Jack Lindquist, a children’s book will be donated to the Marlatt Library.

L to R:  Christian Bishop, Director of Military Affairs at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Mitzi Richards, and Jack Lindquist, Executive Director of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program.

All are encouraged to attend the The Flag Day Celebration on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Manhattan.  The celebration is hosted by the Peace Memorial Auditorium Committee and Boy Scouts of America Troup 74. Rotary on Tap, a joint event with Konza members, will take place on June 19 at Bluemont Hotel Bar Area at 5:00 p.m.

Tom Phillips thanked the volunteers serving lunch at the Douglas Community Center for the Juneteenth Celebration this Saturday.  He encouraged additional volunteers to email him to help with the Juneteenth Run for Unity 5K that will begin at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday at the Douglas Community Center.

Together with our Konza Rotary Club members, join Rotary on Tap on Wednesday, June 19th, at the Bluemont Hotel Bar Area. Guests and potential new members are welcome!

Robbin Cole invited members and their guests to meet with the Mandela Washington Fellows on Saturday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. at her home 5212 MacLeod Drive. It's a potluck, so please plan to bring a side dish, dessert, or drinks, and to RSVP to Robbin at rockin_r@hotmail.com to let her know you plan to join the fun evening.

Thanks to all who contributed to today's meeting including Roger Reitz for piano accompaniment, Daryn Soldan for introducing the program.  Special thanks to all Rotarians volunteering for the Juneteenth Celebration on June 15th. Next week's program will feature Ernie Minton, Dean of KSU College of Agriculture, discussing the Ag Innovation Initiative and Global Center for Grain and Food Innovation. The meeting was adjourned with the ringing of the bell.

Please pay your annual dues online or by mail ASAP as the RI records will be updated soon.  
 
Wishing you all a productive week ahead & I'll see you next Thursday!

Mitzi

P.S. This week's greeters are Karl Kunz and Marisa Larson 

Mitzi Richards, President
(cell) 785-564-1049
mitzidalerichards@gmail.com
 
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Please join us at The Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, June 20th. 
PROGRAM - Ernie Minton, Dean of KSU College of Agriculture, Ag Innovation Initiative and Global Center for Grain and Food Innovation.
LUNCH RSVP - please click this link. https://manhattancc.surveysparrow.com/s/Rotary-Club/tt-deafc2 by Wednesday by midnight. Lunch opens at 11:30am and costs $12.
 
To join the Meeting by ZOOM: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87387499653?pwd=eVdYZ29zdDhnQ0MrZWVXMklPNC9IQT09
Meeting ID: 873 8749 9653
Passcode: 280408
 
To download the weekly ZOOM files to your calendar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMuf6spzIsH9eG2uCpIlmhjnzD4nCK9PDc/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvrTMtHt2cthyERpwEA4qgKOjxmFhdgvpYu03wIDB6bg7-POxYFuZxM_OJ
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE:
 
District Governor Inauguration Celebration
  • June 18 - Inauguration of Tamara Sevcik as District 5710 Governor, 5:30-7:30pm. Riverfront Community Center, Leavenworth, KS
Rotary on Tap
  • June 19 - Join with Konza Rotary Club at the Bluemont Hotel Bar Area. Guests and potential new members are welcome!
Mandela Washington Fellows Pot Luck Picnic
  • June 29 - Robbin Cole invites you to a casual dinner gathering with this year's cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows (25 of them) at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 29 at her house at 5212 MacLeod Drive.  Please bring a covered dish or dessert and/or drinks to share. As long as it's not raining, the group will be outdoors, so please bring a folding chair. RSVP to Robbin Cole at rockin_r@hotmail.com.
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • June 20 - Ernie Minton, Dean, KSU College of Agriculture - Ag Innovation Initiative/Global Center for Grain and Food Innovation
  • June 27 - Mitzi Richards and Randy Peterson - Manhattan Rotary Year in Review/Awards and Recognitions/President Transition
  • July 4 - NO MEETING Enjoy July 4th Holiday
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • June 21 - Andy Hutchinson, Konza Rotary Club President - Water Matters Day
  • June 27 - Andy Hutchinson and Ben Kohl - Konza Rotary Year in Review and President Transition
KSU Rotaract Meetings will resume in the Fall.
 
Community Cares ChestThe Community Cares Chest distribution will be on hold due to support the needs of recent Tornado victims.  Stay tuned for updates. In the future, 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.
 
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club MeetingsMeetings are at 12:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month by zoom. For more information contact Sharon Sullivan sharon.sullivan@washburn.edu or Patti Mellard, patti@keystaffing.com.
    Opportunities to Contribute
    June Cup Money - Sponsorship for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
     
    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 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 (wrichter@ksu.edu)
     
    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

    Rachel Klataske

    6/06/2024

    Ryan Klataske

    6/06/2024

    Joe Knopp

    6/13/2024

    David Kreller

    6/13/2024

    Karl Kunz

    6/20/2024

    Marisa Larson

    6/20/2024

    Dave Lewis

    6/27/2024

    Jim Lindquist

    6/27/2024

    Kristine Little

    7/11/2024

    Janet Lowell

    7/11/2024

    Sue Maes

    7/18/2024

    Jan Marks

    7/18/2024

    Mary Martell

    7/25/2024

    Randy Martin

    7/25/2024

     

     

     
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