First, I want to thank President-elect Vernon Turner for so ably filling in for me last week.  I had cleared my calendar for the entire year, but of course I did not anticipate that my husband Verl would be hospitalized with knee surgery and a nasty infection that appeared after that event, and which may or may not have been related to the latest surgery.  We have started a Caring Bridge site for updates on his condition.  Vernon is well prepared and very professional, and he is truly dedicated to Rotary.  Thanks, Vernon.

At last week’s meeting the Manhattan Rotary Club celebrated the newest Paul Harris Fellow, Keith Westervelt, presented by Terry Arthur.  Congratulate Keith when you see him.
The club also was interested in the talk by John Broberg, CEO of the Via Christi hospital, with all the news about what is going on there.  The Manhattan Rotary Club is very fortunate to have such newsworthy speakers available.

Next week we will have our second talk this season by a K-State coach.  Jeff Mittie will tell us about the K-State Women’s Basketball program for the upcoming season.  I have heard about some exciting new recruits that we should be watching for, so I think we are all looking forward to hearing Coach Mittie.

Some of our members are setting up for another work day at Ogden Elementary School. If you are interested in joining that activity, check with Shawnn Martin for more information.
I will see you all this Thursday.  Thank you for all you do for Rotary.

“Be a gift to the world.”

Betty Stevens