Dear Rotarians,
 
The great weather we've enjoyed over the past few days is a good reminder that no matter how long, dark and cold the winter seems to be, there is always the hope that spring will be here soon!  That hope was on display last week in our presenters Angie & Andy Ratzlaff.  They are recent graduates of the Circles Program in Hutchinson and thanks to that program, their family has hope of a much brighter future.  They have managed to get out of debt and are now on a path out of poverty thanks to the guidance and mentoring of the Circles Program.  The Manhattan Circles Program will begin later this month, thanks to the leadership and efforts of many people including Rotarian Phil Mattox.  Phil's passion was apparent as he gave an overview of the program and it's objectives.  Thanks to Phil and the Ratzlaff's for another great program.
 
We have so many Rotarians who make a difference every day in the lives of those they come in contact.  Recently, our very own Tim DeNoble, professor and dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design was selected by Ingram's magazine as one of its 2015 Icons of Education.  Congratulations Tim!   Speaking of icons, Caroll Hess announced he and his wife will be moving to Topeka to a retirement community the first of April.  Caroll has been a member of our Rotary Club for almost 50 years and has made countless positive contributions to our club and our community.  We wish Carroll and Velma all the best in their move.
 
Please mark your calendars for our next club social which is scheduled for Wednesday March 25th.  This gathering will be a joint social with the Konza Club from 500pm-630pm at Commerce Bank 727 Poyntz Ave.  We will have the pleasure of meeting and hearing from K State Women's Soccer coach Mike Dibbini that evening.   Thanks to Rotarians Tom Giller, Jackie Schlup and Rich Jankovich for hosting this event as well as Sam Gillespie and the Social Committee for planning the event.
 
This week during our regular meeting time, we will have a club assembly/committee work day.   Even if you're not currently on a committee, I hope you will take the opportunity this week to attend and see if there are areas of interest for you to serve.   I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

Scott Emley