August - Membership and New Club Development Month
Manhattan Rotary Club
Week of August 15, 2022
This week’s presenter: Eric Higgins, Economic Outlook
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
I hope you enjoyed last week’s meeting. I shared that there are Rotary Action Groups, which are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field, such as economic development, peace, addiction prevention, human trafficking, the environment, water, etc.
There are just over 30 Rotary Action Groups with over 34,000 members. We have members of our club who belong to 10 Rotary Action Groups.
Randy Peterson updated us on Rotary’s PolioPlus efforts around the world.  He also shared with us the disturbing news that polio has once again surfaced in the U.S. We cannot let this disease start spreading again. Please join the District 5710 Polio Plus Society and contribute $100 per year or more to stop this horrible disease.
Rebecca Gould introduced fellow member Todd Holmberg. Despite some technical challenges, Todd shared the exciting programs coming up this fall and winter in the McCain Performance Series. Todd is doing a wonderful job of bringing a whole slew of great performances to McCain. We enjoyed his presentation very much. (See the pictures below.)
Please join us this week when fellow member Eric Higgins will provide an Economic Outlook. Given all the recent market turmoil, this will be a fascinating program.
Registration is open for our District 5710 Annual Conference!  Join your friends and fellow Rotarians on September 22 – 24 at Lenexa Hyatt Place at City Center for a few days of fellowship, service, and inspiration, as we are “Building Champions, Changing Lives”. Go to Home Page | Rotary District 5710 ( and sign up by next Monday August 22nd for reduced costs for the conference and hotel rooms.
I look forward to seeing you at Rotary this Thursday August 18th
Steven Graham
2022-2023 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
(cell) 785-532-8120
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, August 18th, from 12:00-1:00pm. Lunch opens at 11:30am and costs $12.
Please RSVP for lunch by Wednesday at midnight to:
You do NOT need to RSVP if you are not eating.
The meeting will start at 12:15pm.
Opportunities to Participate
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • August 18 – Eric Higgins, Economic Outlook
  • August 25 – Dr. Antonina Broyaka, Ukraine War Impact on World Food Exports
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • August 19 – Evan Grier, Restaurant Update
  • August 26 – Mary Martell, Stormont Vail in the Region
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club Meetings
Meetings 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,
Upcoming Rotary Events
  1. District - District 5710 Annual Conference - September 22-24 in Lenexa.  Please sign up early (by Aug 22) to receive the Early Bird registration cost and reduced room rate at the Lenexa Hyatt Place at City Center. Let's have more attendees than the Konza Club!
Opportunities to Contribute
August Cup Money- YES! Fund
YES! stands for Youth Empowerment for Success. For more than 20 years, the YES! Fund has played a vital role in funding programs with significant opportunities for boys and girls of every age, ranging from academics to athletics to the arts. Please give generously.
If you cannot make it to meetings to drop your contribution in the cup, you may mail it to PO Box 331, Manhattan, KS  66505-0331.
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.
  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 the 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 over $300 in the account! Please do not take more than two boxes at a time. For more information, please contact Bill Richter (
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 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.”