Posted on Apr 14, 2024

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Last Thursday our meeting was opened with a moment of silence to honor the memory of fellow Rotarian Tad Thompson. Tad passed away on April 8 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  His services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 801 Leavenworth Street on Saturday, April 20th.  The Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the Funeral at 10:30 a.m.  Please keep Tad's wife, Debra, mother Rosalie and family in your thoughts and prayers.

We had the pleasure of welcoming fellow Rotarians Usha Reddi and Susan Mosier to our meeting.  Bill Muir introduced his guest, Kurt Moldrup, Assistant Director of the Riley County Police Department. 

Daryn Soldan introduced our program speaker and fellow Rotarian, Brian Peete, the Director of the Riley County Police Department. In his inaugural year as Director, Brian has dedicated himself to pioneering and cooperative approaches aimed at ensuring the safety of our community. A paramount objective for him has been fostering a thriving organizational culture within the department, recognizing its direct correlation with personnel costs—the most substantial component of the department budget, sourced from local property taxes.  During his presentation, Brian offered insights into the benefits accrued over fifty years of a unified city and county police force, emphasizing the resultant efficiencies that directly translate into our communities quality of life. Moreover, Brian outlined forthcoming budgetary strategies and unveiled an ambitious training platform project designed to proactively identify, predict, and mitigate mass shooting incidents within our locality and beyond.

Subsequent to Brian's remarks, members asked questions and commended Brian's exemplary leadership, which serves as a beacon of innovation and collaboration in the realm of public safety nationwide. In recognition of his dedication, we will donate the children's book, "Pluto!", to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Library as a token of our appreciation.

Please know that the  MANHATTAN ROTARY CLUB SURVEY link remains open as the Board Members and Committee Chairs continue to seek membership input and ideas as we make plans for the new year beginning in July. 

Announcements included that the Community Cares Chest  is likely to resume next week as Gary Fees shared that a truck load of products is expected and when delivered our volunteers will be notified via email.

All golfers are encouraged to mark their calendars for a Day of Golf at Colbert Hills on Wednesday, June 5.

GROW GREEN MATCH DAY on Monday, April 22 will host a Grow Green Donation Station at Meadowlark Hills from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friends and members will be welcomed to make their contributions at the Prairie Star Restaurant.

Next Thursday, our program speaker will be Kathy Ray, Executive Director of The Crisis Center.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Crisis Center is planning several events to end all forms of sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing journeys. 

Wishing you all a productive week ahead, 


P.S. This week's greeters are Michelle Haub and Tom Hawk

Mitzi Richards
(cell) 785-564-1049
Please join us at The Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, APRIL 18 th. 
PROGRAM - Kathy Ray, Executive Director, The Crisis Center
LUNCH RSVP - please click this link. by Wednesday by midnight. Lunch opens at 11:30am and costs $12.
To join the Meeting by ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 873 8749 9653
Passcode: 280408
To download the weekly ZOOM files to your calendar:
CITY OF MANHATTAN WATER SERVICE SURVEY REQUEST - Our Manhattan City Staff have reached out to request that we complete this survey: Water Service Survey (
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDE TRAINING -  Use this link to sign up for the Mental Health First Aid Training the Konza Club is coordinating with Pawnee Mental Health on April 18, 2024 from 8-5. Please contact Michelle Sink with your questions.
DAY OF GOLF -  Wednesday, June 5 at Colbert Hills - Questions, contact Vern Henricks. 
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • April 18 - Kathy Ray, Executive Director, The Crisis Center
  • April 25 - Aaron Stewart, Manhattan Parks & Recreation
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • April 19 -  Michelle Haub, Meadowlark Hills Special Programs 
Rotaract Meetings at KSU
  • April 13 - Kansas River Cleanup, 8:00 a.m. CANCELLED due to very low water level.
  • April 22 at 10:30 a.m. & April 24 at 12:30 p.m. - Tree Planting on the K-State campus
Community Cares ChestTo volunteer for the Community Cares Chest from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings or from 1-3 p.m., 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 or Patti Mellard,
    Opportunities to Contribute
    April Cup Money - Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education 
    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 (
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    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.”