Recent Presentations & Highlights
Last week, the Manhattan Rotary Club held its annual award meeting. Each year, the club presents an award for Rotarian of the Year, to a member of our club who not only embodies the values of Rotary, but also makes significant contributions the club, club projects and club activities that Manhattan Rotary is involved with. This year, the Manhattan Rotary Club announced that there were co-Rotarians of the Year. One of the co-Rotarians of the Year was unable to be present at the meeting last week, but we were pleased to present Scott Emley as the other co-Rotarian of the Year. Congratulations, Scott, and thank you for all that you do for our Club and for Rotary!

Last week, Allana Saenger, Curator of Design at the Riley County Historical Museum, gave a wonderful presentation about the history of the Strong Family in Manhattan. Henry Strong migrated to Manhattan in the mid 1850s, and his family continued to grow their roots in our part of the country. You can watch Allana's presentation below (unfortunately, the video was cut off before the end of the presentation due to technical difficulties!)

The inspirational moment last week was a very special one, written by fellow Rotarian C. Clyde Jones and presented by Sandra Emley. C. Clyde inspired us by honoring his wife Midge, who recently passed away earlier this month. In the inspirational moment, C. Clyde also gave us some of the secrets to their 67 years of marriage.

Last week, our very own Vern Henricks gave a very inspiring presentation about the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. Vern has been serving as the President and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation since 2013. The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in the local area. It enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about - immediately, or through their will. You can learn more about the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation by visiting their website at, and you can also watch Vern's talk below!

Last week, we had the privilege of hearing about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 from Linda Glasgow. Linda is the Curator of Archives and Library at the Riley County Historical Museum. You can watch Linda's presentation below!

Last week, we had the opportunity to introduce the Rotary Students of the Month for April, Cathy Lei and Sterling Edgar. They shared with us a little bit about their future plans. You can watch their presentations below. Congratulations, Cathy and Sterling!


By Season Osterfeld

Appeared in K-State Today April 20, 2016

Students in the public relations sequence at Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications are working with members of the Manhattan Rotary Club on a service learning project.

The students are enrolled in their capstone course, Public Relations Campaigns. The class requires students to form their own firms where they are assigned a client. The firms spend the semester creating and carrying out a public relations campaign for their client.

"I like that this project allows us to take concepts that we have learned in class and incorporate them into a real life situation," said Joshua Martin, a senior in public relations. "It has placed us in a real work environment and allowed us to combine everything we have learned throughout college."

Service learning is a method of education that allows students to use the skills they have learned in their classes and apply them in real-world settings. This allows students to gain practical experience and learn lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom while serving those in the community around them.

"Service learning is an excellent way to incorporate all of the knowledge students gain through courses, and implement it in the community," said Allison McBrien, a senior in public relations. "It is beneficial for the community, as well as the student."

However, the students are not the only ones to gain something of value from service learning. The Manhattan Rotary Club has asked the students' firm to increase membership and community perceptions of Rotary.

"The public relations campaign will provide the club greater visibility in the community and hopefully have more interest from the community to be members," said Vernon Turner, president-elect of the Manhattan Rotary Club. "We are very excited to see the results of the campaign."

The club learned about the campaigns class through Nancy Muturi, the professor overseeing the course and a member of the club, Turner said.

The students said they enjoy helping members of the Manhattan Rotary Club because of their flexibility and humanitarian efforts for the benefit of the surrounding communities.

"They are very open to new ideas and letting us be involved in what they want to do," Martin said.

The Manhattan Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, an international service organization focused on bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services across the globe. Rotary International and the Manhattan Rotary Club are open to all individuals.

In Manhattan, members have performed a number of volunteer activities and services, including providing assistance at the Manhattan Public Library's book sale and creating a number of scholarships for local and international students at K-State.

K-State students will complete the campaign for the club early in May, just before many of them graduate and take this experience with them on to their careers.


Last week, we had the privilege of listening to Pat Lamb who is a well respected and valued science teacher at Manhattan High School. He will be retiring at the end of the spring semester. Pat gave an inspiring presentation about the differences and challenges of being a teacher in today's world, and how kids can still be inspired if they have teachers who get them excited about the subject matter as well as learning in general. You can watch his presentation below! 

Last week, Mollie Bieber gave a very fascinating recount of the K-State Rotaract Club's trip to Panama in January. The K-State Rotaract Club went to Panama to deliver and set up water filters to provide clean drinking water to remote towns. You can watch Mollie's presentation below!

Last week, we had the privilege of listening to author and speaker John Baumann, who is inspiring people to live life to the fullest. John was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in his 40's and decided to take action to live a healthy, fulfilling life despite of his condition. For the past several years, John has been traveling the globe, relaying that same message to others, and has also written a book "Decide Success". You can watch John's presentation below!

Last week Chuck Stones, President of the Kansas Bankers Association, gave the Manhattan Rotary Club a very informative presentation on the history and role of the Kansas Bankers Association, as well as recent changes and forecasts for the banking industry. You can watch Chuck's presentation below!

Our program last week was Ella Casey, Assistant Zoo Director at the Sunset Zoo here in Manhattan! Ella gave an exciting presentation about the improvements, events and new attractions going on at the Susnet Zoo!

The Manhattan High Rotary Students of the Month for March were Blake Wewer & Christine Martin. Congratulations to both of them!

Good Morning everyone!
I hope everyone is finishing strong this last week before spring break! Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our last meeting, where we had the great opportunity to connect with the Rotaract Club from Asuncion, Paraguay through Skype. Technology is great when it works right? 
Some of the topics that were exchanged between our Rotaract Club and the Rotaract Club from Asuncion were previous service projects that have been carried out, and how Rotaracters are able to continue their journey with Rotary by becoming Rotarians. It was great to exchange ideas and learn more about the Rotaract Club in Paraguay. Great insights were gained! Thank you to those who were there, and if you weren't able to make it, don't fret, since it will be something we will doing again in the future! :)
Here are some other matters that were discussed at our previous meeting as well:
    • The Rotaract Club has been invited to join the Manhattan Rotary Club this Thursday during their meeting at the Holiday Inn near campus (1641 Anderson Ave). A free lunch is included and guest speakers from the Manhattan Zoo will be speaking. This is also a great opportunity to meet and network with the Rotarians from Manhattan, so if you're available, please join in. (It is advised to presentable.)
  • RYLA North America Conference
    • Don't forget, if you are interested in participating in the RYLA North America Conference in Washington D.C. this summer, please contact Alejandra Rivarola at This is a great opportunity to gain more leadership skills and make great connections with people around the world! 
  • Serivce Projects
If you have any other questions about anything else, please don't hesitate to send an e-mail to
We hope you all have a wonderful spring break and see you all at our next meeting on March 27th! (Time and location tba) 
Best regards, 
Valeria Rubio
Service Coordinator
KSU Rotaract Club

Last week our speaker was Ken Selzer, the Insurance Commissioner for the state of Kansas. You can watch Ken's presentation below!

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