Fellow Rotarians,
Thank you to everyone who made last week's Awards Ceremony such a great event.  It takes dozens of people behind the scenes dedicated to serving our club for us to pull off such a meeting.  There are too many to list in this email, but I do want to highlight a few people and accomplishments we recognized last week.  Our club was presented the Presidential Citation by District Governor Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.  She also presented a Community Service Award to the K State Rotaract Club, a Service Award to Sue Maes for her work with the Vocational Training Team from Panama and a Club Builder Award to George Ham.  Our 4 International Graduate Students were presented their $500 scholarships by Gary Clark.  C. Clyde Jones introduced our Rotarian of The Year, Eric Higgins.  Eric has served our club tirelessly over the past 3 years as our Program Chair.  As such, he also frequently serves as the person to introduce our speakers.  I know as President, I have a new level of appreciation for Eric and the job he does securing interesting and informative programs each week.  Congratulations Eric and thank you to the ROY Nominating Committee for your work.
Foundation Chair Mike Mayo informed the club that we have reached 106% of our Foundation giving goal of $19,000. Your response to the challenge of reaching this goal has been tremendous.  It is amazing what we can accomplish together and this is just another example of that.  More important than the goal of $19,000 is that everyone participate.  If you haven't already done so, please consider making a contribution to you Rotary Foundation.  Under Mike's leadership, our club continues to meet or exceed our giving goals and we continue to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow almost every other week.  Our club now has 223 Paul Harris Fellows with 10% of those receiving this level within the past 16 months.  Thanks to Mike for his leadership and to all of you who continue to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.
Last week we recognized our final 2 MHS Students of The Month for this year in Sydney Bannister and Trevor Bashaw.  Thanks to Andy Bowen and his committee for making this happen every month through the school year.
This week you will have the pleasure of President Elect Betty Stevens presiding as I will be out of town.  The last time this happened we had record attendance and I don't anticipate anything different this week!  Our program will feature Associate Vice President of Facilities & University Architect, Ryan Swanson.  He will discuss the K-State Master Plan with a focus on the North Corridor.  I hope you will join Betty and your fellow Rotarians for lunch this Thursday!

Scott Emley