Rotary Club Update For This Week
 
Update for Meetings  
We conducted our meeting by zoom once again last week. We will be holding our meeting via Zoom again this Thursday.
 
All you have to do is click the link below to join the meeting: 
 
https://ksu.zoom.us/j/122915156
Meeting ID: 122 915 156
 
We continue to update our technology and the meetings are going well. Thanks to Vernon Turner for setting up and running the zoom meetings and to Dick Wertzberger and his programs committee for reorganizing our programs. 
    Last Week’s (June 25) Program:
    Dale Bradley introduced Gene Taylor, Director of Athletics for KSU. Gene graduated from Arizona State University in Business. Before coming to KSU, he served as associate athletics director, at the US Naval Academy, deputy athletics director at the Univ of Iowa, and athletics director at North Dakota State. At NDSU he more than tripled the department's budget and helped the university transition from a Division II to a Division I FCS school. In April 2017, Taylor was hired as the new athletics director at KSU. During his first year-and-a-half at K-State, he has hired Chris Klieman as the head football coach and Peter Hughes as head baseball coach and developed a new master plan for the athletics department.
     
    Gene discussed the measures being taken to return the athletes to KSU and to the athletics program. They have done extensive education, frequent temperature checks and safety precautions by coaches and staff. He highlighted the impact of two returning   players who were asymptomatic. He explained the measures being taken by the Big 12, the Power Five conference and the NCAA to provide guidance on safety, recruiting and travel and scheduling. While he is hopeful that KSU will have a full schedule with fans in the stands, there are many conditions that cannot currently be predicted, such as the general state of the pandemic, the safety of the students and fans, conditions at other schools, etc. Through all the turmoil KSU will maintain the personal and academic standards that have been the hallmark of the program. Gene talked about the progress being made on the athletic facilities to include the extension to Bramlage Coliseum, the baseball stadium and soccer stadium. The ongoing construction along College and Kimball could be a bit of a challenge depending on timing. Gene also took time to answer several questions posed by the members. The Club appreciates the time he took from his busy schedule to spend time with us.   
     
    Upcoming Programs:
    • 2 July. Peter Dorhout. KSU VPR (Dick Wertzberger) 
    Announcements:
    - Foundation Update. Bob Ward. Bob confirmed we had exceeded $20k so have met our goal. He is also checking to see if all eligible rots have received the PHF awards. He has gone back to 2000 and is now working back to 1990.
    - Polio Plus. We have made a club donation and have reached our goal of $2,000. Recall, that donations to polio plus are matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation.
    - Dues. We are making progress on dues for the 2020/2021 Rotary year. Rebecca has sent the final email and letter. Rebecca will then notify the board members so that they can help by calling those still unpaid. We will make help available to those who need it. 
    - Restarting Meetings at Holiday Inn.  We held a discussion based on the survey done by district rotary, our discussion with the holiday inn, and CDC guidance. We will incorporate feedback on the survey sent by Rebecca and the strategy offsite. Will hope to reach a consensus at the next board meeting.
    - Allocation of unused 2019/2020 budgeted funds to 2020/2021 projects. Andy has forecast our remaining year-end funds to be about $7,000. This does not include grant funding. These funds came from KSU vending, lower admin costs, cancellation of the Northview book project, and lower RYLA costs. We designated $1,500 for Polio Plus. Chris Nolte will head up a group to find the best use of the approximately remaining $5,500 “undesignated” funds. She will also incorporate the $1,035 from the district grant, the $400 provided by our Rotary Club for the birthing kits that could not be executed this year, and the June Cup Money. 
     
    We have leadership training opportunities coming.
    • August 20 (business) with the Manhattan chamber of commerce
    • Rotary district 5710 conference. Lenexa community forum at city center.  this conference has now been delayed to the fall meeting
    Rotary on Tap: To be announced at a later date
     
    Rotaract: All activities suspended for the semester  
     
    Service Events: Golf tournament was rescheduled and held on 29 June at the Manhattan Country Club.
     
    Cup Money: We agreed to support a different organization each month. we have averaged $350 a month for cup money.
    • June – Juneteenth is cancelled for this year. Chris Nolte is heading up a committee to determine how best to distribute the funds to the community.   
    • July – YES fund
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