Posted on Sep 27, 2018
Rotary News 18 0927
Manhattan Rotary Club
President John Armbrust announced the District 5710 Foundation Dinner in Overland Park on Nov. 3.  He said that the grants for birthing kits and for the Manhattan High School peace project have been approved. The MHS program will provide funds to bring in a speaker on the topics of bullying and sexual assault, topics that were treated in the recent high school peace essay contest. Possible Global Grants for projects in Haiti and South Africa are still in the works. John thanked Mike Dodson and volunteers for their help with the Bloody Kansas event and reminded members the Rotaract wants more Rotary mentors, so contact David Kreller about that.
Cup money for September is startup help for the new MHS Interact Club. Chris Bailey and Thomas Weeks were greeters; Patrick Schaub and Past District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub were visiting Rotarians.
Rachel Klataske gave her personal introduction, including her experience with the Rotaract Club at K-State, her husband Ryan, who had won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and who is her personal inspiration, her work experience at Post Cereals in Michigan and her current position with the Nu-Life company in Kansas that grows sorghum for human use.
The speaker was current District 5710 Governor Blanche Parks. She spoke about her background in helping create the 529 College Savings plan in Kansas, and her experiences in Rotary.  She joined Rotary when she learned that Rotary is “there” solving real problems around the world and because of the networking options especially for young professionals to get connected around the world through the 33,000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries. She noted that founder Paul Harris had a vision for a “network” and that is exactly what Rotary is. This year’s theme, “Be the Inspiration,” is possible through many paths and partnerships in Rotary. She encourages Rotarians to stay connected through You Tube, Rotary Brand Central, World Polio Day on October 24 in the State House in Topeka, the District Conference in Topeka, and the Human Trafficking program in Kansas.
In honor of the speaker, the book “Dude” will be given to Amanda Arnold School. Karl Kunz received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.