Fellow Rotarians,
As my time as President comes to an end, we are busy making plans for a new beginning.   Most of the club activities currently revolve around the transition to a new Rotary year beginning July 1.   If you have served on a committee in the past and wish to continue in that role, please be sure to inform one of the club officers or board members.  If you haven't served on a committee, now is the time to review all the areas of service and find one that appeals to you.   One of the reasons our club is so unique and successful is the number of members who are willing to give a little of their time.  Collectively we make a huge impact with many of us giving just a little.  Please consider volunteering for a committee if you aren't doing so already.
We are in the final days of membership renewals.  If you haven't paid your dues as of yet and intend to renew your membership please contact me, Treasurer Gil Sabatka or Secretary George Ham.  We need to know if you intend to renew and just haven't had an opportunity to pay your dues.  You can now pay by check, credit card (at our meetings) or online.  If you wish to pay online, please click on the following link:  https://mkt.com/Manhattan-Rotary.   The Board of Directors will meet this Thursday to begin finalizing our membership roster for submission to Rotary International at the end of this month.  Unlike years past, we will have to determine whether or not to terminate members who have not paid by the end of this month.  We can always reinstate a member who pays late, but it would be nice if we can prevent putting the board in the very difficult position of terminating current members who may want to remain members.  Your immediate attention will save the Board from a difficult process and is greatly appreciated.
Don't forget next week, June 18th, is the highly anticipated "Pass The Gavel" meeting at which time we will officially welcome 2015-16 President Betty Stevens. We are so fortunate to have highly skilled leaders, such as Betty, willing to serve our club.  This week's program should be very interesting as Jane Marshall will discuss her book entitled "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at The K-State Table."     I hope to see you this Thursday for lunch!

Scott Emley