Fellow Rotarians,
 
It's that time of year again, so please be on the lookout for your membership renewal notice and invoice for annual club dues.  Notices should go out this week and we are pleased to have a few more convenient ways for you to renew your membership to the Manhattan Rotary Club.  Paying our dues in a timely manner will be more important this year than in the past due to changes implemented by Rotary International.  Thanks to those of you who have already paid without even being billed!  A few others have paid online, which is new this year.  We will also be able to pay at club meetings using debit or credit card. Details of all methods of payment are outlined in your membership renewal notice. 
 
Last week we recognized our club's 18th Paul Harris Fellow this year in Megan Loftin.  Megan was completely surprised by the presentation which made it a pleasure to witness. Congratulations Megan!  We also recognized  our MHS Students of The Month for April, Caroline Ballard and Justin Gittle.  Thanks to Jennifer Vellenga for presenting a very interesting overview of the new Purple Masque Theater. 
 
A reminder that the District 5710 Annual Conference will be held in Manhattan on May 8 & 9.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Rotary, meet Rotarians from around our District and attend Peace Forum II which is being held on Saturday, May 9th as part of the conference.  Our annual golf tournament will be held on Friday May 8th as an opening event for the conference. You can register for the conference online at www.rotary.org or on our club's website by using the Peace Forum link. 
 
Mark your calendar for May 14th as we will have our annual Awards program.    We will recognize several members for their achievements, highlight our grant and scholarship recipients and honor our newest Rotarian of The Year.  This week our program features Dr. Roman Ganta, Director of the Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases.  I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch.
 
Scott Emley