Last week the Manhattan Rotary Club was again edified and amazed by one of our Peace Fellows, Katrina Lewis, as she told us briefly what she learned at the summer institute in California.  What a challenging curriculum and topic.  Peacebuilding is an everyday activity, no matter where we live or what we are doing. She also mentioned that she and her sister Summer Lewis, also one of our Peace Fellows, along with many other Peace Fellows from around the world, were able to attend the Rotary International Annual Meeting in Brazil and to do some peacebuilding work in a couple of other areas in South America. Our club can be justly proud of these world ambassadors of good will and peace.

As we mentioned at the meeting, the Membership Social has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 4, beginning at 5:30 at Colbert’s.  All Rotarians are welcome, and if you know someone who would be a wonderful Rotarian but hasn’t had the chance, please bring them to this event to get acquainted with other Rotarians and find out more about this hugely successful organization.

We honored Students of the Month.  Dalton Juenemann was there, and his parents were also present to observe him receive his award certificate and a Rotary Four-Way Test coin. Savannah Smith also received the award but she was unable to attend.

Our Rotaract Club has been busy, as usual.  As part of their fund-raising for their upcoming trip to Panama, they are hosting a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Manhattan, on Saturday, November 7, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.  You should plan now to bring some friends and have a fun and delicious breakfast and help the Rotaract Club.  The price will be $7 per person.

In addition, the Rotaract Club has a pile of mentor requests to bring to the Manhattan Rotary Club. Those will be delivered at our meeting on Thursday. If you haven’t mentored a Rotaractor yet, you’ve missed out on one of the best benefits of being a Rotarian.  Plan to scan the requests and adopt a mentee.  It doesn’t need to take any extra time or money.  Just buddy up with an interesting and eager student and be their friend.  The rest will just happen. You’ll be glad you did.

Our program this week will be Tom Parish with marvelous photos and stories about the numerous native stone root cellars that can be found in the Flint Hills.  It sounds fascinating: a mixture of history, geography, anthropology, and geology.

In addition this week we will have ANOTHER new member introduction and we actually have a backlog of new members to introduce.  Our Membership Committee is doing a wonderful job of inviting some new members who are proving to be awesome Rotarians.  We all can help by giving more great people a chance to discover Rotary.

Thanks for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens