Posted by John Armbrust on Dec 18, 2018
Rotary Club Updates December 20, 2018
  • Last week’s program was the Manhattan High Pops Choir.  What a great group of talented, young adults.  I’m sure we all enjoyed the program.
  • This week our program will be Greg McHenry, Riley County Treasurer, who will talk to us about “Dark Stores”.  “Dark Stores” has to do with a method of computing property taxes for a business entity such as Menards, Target, etc.
  • We are making progress toward our goal of 100% of our members contributing to the Rotary Foundation.  Currently, 30% of our members have contributed $10,088 (our secondary goal is to have contributions of $18,200).
  • A few reminders of why it is important to contribute to the Rotary Foundation
    • 91% of your dollars are used on programs and projects.
    • Every dollar you contribute is matched with $2 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, meaning every dollar you contribute actually adds $3 to the Rotary Foundation for the great work it supports worldwide.
    • The Rotary Foundation supports 6 causes:
      • Promoting peace
      • Providing clean water
      • Saving mothers and children
      • Supporting education
      • Growing local economies
      • Fighting disease
    • Polio – about 99% of all cases have been resolved but there is still much work to be done.  Additionally, a child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents.
    • Finally, we receive back from the District more funds than we contribute in the form of grants and fellowships.  We will hear from Ryan Klataske this week about his experience as a Rotary Peace Fellow. 
    • So please contribute something to the Rotary Foundation – its important and your contribution supports programs and projects locally as well as internationally.
  • Thanks to all those who volunteered at the Breadbasket on Monday of this week.  A special thanks to Jason Cyr for setting it all up.
  • Please don’t forget we will not be meeting on December 27 and January 3 due to the holidays.  I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and happy and joyous holidays.
  • Upcoming Dates of Interest
  • December 20: Club Meeting – Election of next year’s officers and new board members
  • December 27:  No meeting
  • January 3: No meeting
  • January 21: Rotary on Tap (Taphouse)