It feels good to be back in Manhattan and escaping Hurricane Matthew. I want to thank Betty Stevens for stepping in for me while I am out taking care of some family matters.

I heard the joint social was a huge success and a good time was had by all. I hope a lot you got the chance to socialize with fellow Rotarians and other guests that were in attendance.

Last week’s program Dave Fiser, who gave an Update of the Peace Memorial Auditorium. Dave and his father Lud Fiser were both Past Secretaries of our club.

This week Judge Joe Pierron. The title of his program is “U B the Judge”. Tom Fryer will be introducing Judge Pierron. Judge Pierron has been a Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals since 1990. He also has been a Rotarian since 1971, served as President of the Olathe Rotary Club, and is a member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Next week’s program is Mark Chalfant. Mark is the CEO of Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC). MAMTC is one of the first seven Manufacturing Technology Centers (MTCs) in the United States, MAMTC was founded in 1991. MAMTC is now one of 51 centers serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
 
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the program because US manufacturers were facing growing global competition. Companies needed help as they slowly shifted from post-World War II manufacturing methodologies.
 
Over the past two decades, MAMTC has established several offices in Kansas that provide manufacturing management consulting services to the statewide Kansas manufacturing community.
 
District 5710 has launched a Flash Fundraiser to End Polio Now. The idea is to tell non-Rotarians about the important work Rotary is committed to finishing in the fight against polio. Share our campaign's website throughout your social networks: www.gofundme.com/neksrotary Let your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers know that their contributions will be matched by the District and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary and people like Past District Governor Aziz Memon who spoke at Foundation, Membership, Leadership Seminar know how to do this work. We just have to stay committed until the work is done. Invite others to join us!
 
Vernon Turner
President 2016 -2017
"Rotary Serving Humanity"