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Jul 09, 2015
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Jul 24, 2015
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Jul 30, 2015
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Manhattan

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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
1641 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502
United States
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Last week, Todd Holmberg gave us a preview to the upcoming McCain performance series!
 
 

 
 
Last week, we welcomed in our newest Rotarian, Peter Dorhout. Congratulations, and welcome to the club! You can watch Peter's introduction online here.
 
 

 
 
1948 Buick driven by Scott Emley. Model T driven by Veryl Stevens. Photos by Shawnn Martin
 

 
 
Last week, Club President Scott Emley passed the gavel to Betty Stevens, the new incoming club President. Congratulations, Betty and thank you Scott for your excellent service to the club! You can watch the presentation here.
 
 

 
 
Last week, Ray Roberts, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections gave a presentation. You can watch it online here.
 
 

 
 
Last week, Jane Marshall gave a great presentation on her cookbook "Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at The K-State Table.". You can watch her presentation online here!
 
 

 
 
Last week, Blake Kaus gave a presentation on The Guardian Angels organization here in Manhattan. You can watch his presentation online here.
 
 

 
 
Last week, Ryan Swanson, VP for Facilities and University Architect at K-State, gave an update on all the construction projects in progress and beginning at the university. You can watch Ryan's presentation online here.
 
 

 
 
Our presentation last week was by Becky Fitzgerald from the Meadowlark Hill Foundation. You can watch the presentation online here.
 
 

 
Congratulations to Rotarian Eric Higgins for being awarded the Rotarian Of the Year award. You can watch his award presentation here.
 
 

 
 
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 
 

 
 
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 
 

 
 
Tom Giller was presented with the latest Paul Harris Fellow award last week. You can watch the award presentation and Tom's comments online here. Congratulations, Tom!
 
 

 
 
Congratulations to the Manhattan High School Rotary students of the month for May, Trevor Bashaw and Sydney Bannister! You can watch their award presentation and plans for post-graduation here.
 
 

 
 
Last week, Manhattan Rotary Club was pleased to honor Bill Durkee for being a Rotarian for 60 years! You can watch the award presentation here. Congratulations, Bill!
 
 

 
 
Last week Steven Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, gave a presentation on the overall health of Kansas residents and how the Kansas Health Foundation is working to make Kansas a healthy state. You can watch his presentation online here.
 
 

 
 
Brad Roberts was introduced as our club's newest Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient. Congratulations, Brad! You can watch the award presentation here.
 
 

 
Last week, Christopher Miller was introduced as the newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club. You can watch his introduction here.
 
 

 
Last week, Dr. Matt Johnson from the Kansas Council on Economic Education gave a presentation on how they help others with personal finance education. You can watch the presentation here.
 
 

 
 
Last week, Dr. Roman Ganta, Director of the new Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases, gave a presentation on tick borne diseases and their affects in our area. You can watch the presentation online here.
 

 
Last week, our club had the opportunity to present a Paul Harris Fellow award to Megan Loftin! Watch Megan's award presentation online here. Congratulations, Megan!
 
 

 
Last week Jennifer Vellenga, assistant professor at the school of music, theatre and dance at K-State, gave an exciting presentation on the construction and opening of the new Purple Masque Theatre at the old K-State West Stadium. You can watch Jennifer's presentation here.
 
 

 
 
Congratulations to our April MHS Rotary Students of the Month, Caroline Ballard and Justin Gittle! You can watch their award presentations and learn about their future plans after their graduate here.
 
 

 
 
Some Manhattan Rotary Club History
By J.T. Willard1
The Manhattan Rotary Club was organized through the effort of representatives of the old Eleventh District of Rotary which included parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The rotary clubs of the country were generously contributing towards providing social and recreational facilities for soldiers who were in several military posts and camps of the country, and to promote this service urged organizations of clubs at Junction City and Manhattan. Manhattan citizens had done what they could in this field with very inadequate facilities. Interest in a Rotary Club to support this work was created by the proposal of the district to contribute generously to a fund for the erection of a suitable building. A meeting of six men and District Governor Charles W. Dawson was held September 5, 1917 and on September 26, a final organization meeting was held with the governor in the chair and fifteen chartered members. Application was made for affiliation with the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and a charter was granted dated November 1, 1917.
Chartered Members
Club #335
Charter List made up September 26, 1917
First Regular meeting October 25, 1917
Charter granted November 01, 1917
Barnes, F.B.                                                                Director of Recreation
Baker, Cecil F.                                                            Professor Architecture           
Brewer, H.W.                                                              Books and Stationery
Gift, Elmer B.                                                             Superintendent of Schools
Heartburg, C.E.                                                           Flour Milling
Hamilton, J.O.                                                             Head PHYSICS Dept. Kansas State College
Hull, Bret R.                                                               Retail Hardware
Jones, J.C.                                                                   Secretary Commercial Club
Johnson, Clarence                                                       Building Contractor   
Knostman, Ed J.                                                         Men’s Clothing
Marshall J.J.                                                                Theatre
Potter A.A.                                                                 Mechanical Engineering
Scott, Charles A.                                                         Florist and Nursery
Smith, B.W.2                                                                           Real Estate
Smith Robert, C.                                                                     Jeweler
Wolf, Max                                                                               Photographer  
  1. Willard Hall completed in 19939 and named for Dr. Julius T. Willard, Class of 1883, Acting President Kansas State Agriculture College (May – September 1914 and January – March 1918), Vice President, 1918-1935. University Historian 36-1950. Born April 9, 1862, Wabaunsee, Kansas. Died July 26, 1950, Manhattan, Kansas
  2. While the name of B. W. Smith dos not appear among the charter members he should be recognized as such. Due to misunderstanding as to classification, two real estate dealers being present at the time the charter members were listed, they both withdrew in the favor of the other, hence his name does not appear until later. The charter list was prepared at the meeting September 26, 1917. Between that date and November 1, 1917, the date of issuance of the charter, several additional members were taken into the club but their names do not appear on the charter. November 1, 1917.
 

 
 
Last week, Debbie Nuss gave a presentation on the results of the Community Needs Assessment for Riley County this past year. You can watch the presentation video online here.