Last week we had a full Club meeting and a very active meeting of the Manhattan Rotary Club Board of Directors. Our guest speaker was Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who explained the various responsibilities of the Attorney General’s office.  A good question and answer session followed the presentation.  It was good to hear the wide array of duties that the Attorney General has as one of our  state’s key elected officials.
We were also reminded of the upcoming Club service project at Ogden Elementary School on October 3, of the C.Clyde Run and Midge’s Mile also on October 3, and the Relay for Life on September 25 in City Park, with our Rotary Club donations to be given through Ben Johnson or Jayson Cyr. Past President Scott Emley is chairing the Nominations Committee for next year’s Board members and officers, so if you have nominations (including yourself), please pass those on to Scott.
Next week will be our first “Club Assembly” of this Rotary year, with all our committees and subcommittees meeting during our regular club meeting time.  Even if you are involved in a very active committee already, I think you will be surprised and pleased at all the great things the Manhattan Rotary Club is doing. This is an opportunity not only to contribute to our Club’s service projects, but to get acquainted with more of your fellow Rotarians. I’m hoping for a robust attendance this week!
Note: We will be meeting upstairs in the Landon Room this week.
Your Manhattan Rotary Club Board of Directors handled several important items last week.  The official minutes haven’t been approved yet, but here’s a short list of the topics that were discussed:
  • Two new members approved;
  • Setting up our Club’s own Apparel Store with GTM;
  • Flu shots to be available from Walgreens to Rotarians and our spouses at our October 8 meeting;
  • Setting goals for our Club to qualify for this year’s Rotary Presidential Citation;
  • Providing financial support for our Rotaract Club’s upcoming trip to Panama;
  • Appointing an ad hoc committee to fix our Club’s obsolete By-laws, including procedures for welcoming new members, procedures for timely payment of dues, and other important items.
Rotarians want to be busy doing good things, and I think we are all doing just that.  Active participation by everyone in ways that best fit each person’s strengths, interests, and abilities is a key to our success.
Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
“Be a gift to the world.”
Betty Stevens