Fellow Rotarians,
In last week's email I mentioned several items that occur this time of year.  We have nominated and elected a new board and club officers.  We now have our nominations for Rotarian of The Year.  We are in our final push to have every member contribute annually to The Rotary Foundation.
Thanks to a change in the membership dues billing process at Rotary International, we are now approaching a very early start to membership renewals for next year.  Our Rotary year is July 1-June 30 and beginning July 1,  RI will bill our club for the number of members listed on our roles as of June 30.   The  challenge for us is to make certain the membership roles are as accurate as possible on June 30 so we are not billed for members who may not renew membership.  There is no provision for amending the membership roster or correcting any billing discrepancies after June 30.  This could potentially cost our club several hundred dollars if our membership roster is not accurate.  Due to this hard deadline of June 30, the Board of Directors has decided to start the membership renewal process earlier than in years past.  Beginning at the end of April, we will send your notice of renewal and dues invoice for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  The board has voted to keep dues at the current level of $225.  We ask that you renew your membership and pay your dues by no later than June 1.  This will give the board a few weeks in June to update our roster so that it accurately reflects our active membership by June 30.  Thank you in advance for responding in a timely manner.  
Chris Nolte and Clay Myers-Bowman are completing work on a video highlighting the 2 Rotary Clubs in Manhattan.  This video will be shared at the District Conference on May 9th.  Chris would like to include pictures of our recent club social events in this video.  If you have any pictures of the social at Strecker-Nelson Gallery in December, Lazy T Ranch in January or Commerce Bank in March, Chris would love to include those in the video.  You can send the pictures directly to Chris at cnolte@hcandh.org.  Thanks to Chris and Clay for their work on this project.
Last week we were saddened to learn of the unfortunate passing of Mike Marks, husband of Rotarian Jan Marks.  We lost a great friend in Mike.   Please keep Jan and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 
This week's program features Debbie Nuss, who will present the results of the recently completed Riley County Community Needs Assessment.  I hope to see you at lunch this Thursday.
Scott Emley