Manhattan Rotary Club
Week of October 11, 2021
This week’s presenter:  Robbin Cole, Executive Director, Pawnee Mental Health Services. Pawnee Celebrates 65 years of Service
October is Rotary Economic and Community Development Month
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday,  October 7 from 12-1:00pm. Lunch opens at 11:00am. Please RSVP for lunch by Wednesday at midnight to: You do NOT need to RSVP to just attend the meeting. Per CDC Guidelines, masks are recommended when not eating.
The meeting will start at 12:15.
Greetings Rotarians,
Wasn’t that an inspiring presentation by District Governor and Fellow Rotarian Vern Henricks last week? Ours was Vern’s 38th club visit for the year that began July 1!
I don’t know if leaders are born or made but Vern is an amazing leader! Nelson Galle came up to me after the meeting and told me he recruited Vern to Manhattan back in the late 90’s. Good job, Nelson!
Chris Culbertson, Chris Baily, Steven Graham,  along with 13 Interactors, 6 Rotaractors, volunteers from BHS Construction, Manhattan Parks and Rec, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks,  Students for Environmental Action (KSU) and Friends of the Kaw, picked up trash from the Kansas River including battery casing, old tires, and a water heater on Saturday. Thanks for helping keep the river clean!
In September, the Peace Corps renewed its three-year, global memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rotary International. Since 2015, this strategic partnership has enabled Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and Rotarians to collaborate on literacy, youth leadership, and health projects in more than 30 countries. Stateside, the collaboration has involved Rotary clubs in the recruitment of PCVs and the ongoing community engagement of returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). Our club is home to four PCVs, Steven Graham, Marisa Larson, Katherine Culbertson, and Liz Ward. Learn more about this MOU and the agency’s other 22 formal strategic partnerships here.
Just a reminder that we will start club meeting an hour early next week to accommodate for the 12:30 start of the District Golf Tournament.
Serving with you to Change Lives,
Robbin Cole
2021-2022 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
(cell) 785-317-9902
Opportunities to Participate
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • October 21-Jeff Mittie, KSU Women’s Head Basketball Coach (11:00am)
  • October 28-Landry Brewer, Cold War Kansas
Upcoming events
  • October 19-World Polio Day Proclamation with Manhattan and Konza Clubs, City of Manhattan. 7:00pm
  • October 21-District Golf Tournament.
    • 11:30am-Registration
    • 12:30pm-Tournament
  • October 21-District Conference 
    • 5:30pm-Registration
    • 7:00pm-Opening
  • October 22-District Conference 
    • 7:00am-Registration and breakfast
    • 8:00am-Opening
    • 6:00pm-Dinner and Awards
  • October 23-District Conference.
    • 7:15am-Breakfast
    • 7:45am-Opening
    • 12:15pm-Adjourn
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • October 15-Chase Stevens, Salvation Army
  • October 22-No Meeting. District Conference
  • October 29-Bruce Weber, KSU Men’s Basketball Coach
Meetings are held at 7 a.m. Friday mornings at 1880 Kimball at the KSU Foundation Building. To join the meeting by ZOOM, go to:
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club Meetings
Meetings are held at 12:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more information go to:
Opportunities to Contribute
October Cup Money-Speaker Books
If you can’t make it to meetings to drop your contribution in the cup, you may mail it to PO Box 331, Manhattan, KS  66505-0331.
You may also contribute Cup Money via Venmo. Use the QR Code below.

Rotary Foundation
Please consider giving to the Rotary Foundation.
  1. Participate through My Rotary where funds are contributed as  you specify; OR
  2. Mail your contribution to Rotary Foundation - 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693
USD 383
Take your used books in good condition to Dusty Bookshelf in Aggieville. Mention they are for the Rotary/USD383 account for books for elementary school students in our community. We already have over $300 in the account! Please don’t take more than two boxes at a time. For more information, please contact Bill Richter (
Opportunities to Show your Rotary Pride
Purchase Official Rotary Products
If you are interested in purchasing official Rotary products like caps or hats, shirts, socks, or even chrome plated license plate frames, go to the Russell Hampton website at to see the full selection of merchandise.
Document your Profile in My Rotary
You can document your biographical profile in My Rotary. It’s a great way to share your contact and background information,  your Rotary “Resume,” information about any Rotary programs you have participated in, and your professional experience and areas of expertise. To create or update your biographical profile, go to  and click on “My Profile.”