Recent Presentations & Highlights
Our presentation this week was Konza Rotary Club member, Andy Hutchinson. Andy presented about the Konza Rotary Club's annual Water Matters day, which helps to fundraise for various local, regional and international water projects. You can learn more by watching Andy's presentation below.
Jessica Davine (Munoz) Northam, 2016 Rotary Global Grant Scholar provided our Rotary Club with an update. The report is on our website. Here is a quote from her update “I thank Rotary for this amazing opportunity.  As I have seen many programs come and go over the past year in the same communities where I work, I am blessed to be a part of an organization that works tirelessly to serve vulnerable populations in the world and create strong communities.  As my host club, Rotary Barranquilla Colombia, with the help of our international sponsor, the Manhattan Rotary Club and District 5710, I encourage you to learn more about my time in Colombia, Comunidades Fuertes, and how you can be a part of improving the community wellbeing and psychosocial health of IDPs in Colombia by clicking on the links below. During my time in Barranquilla, I was fortunate to cross paths with a filmmaker who is developing a documentary on my work to be released in September. A 2-minute trailer is available below in the Vimeo link.
 
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Dede Brokesh, among other were recognized May 11 by the Manhattan Riley County Preservation Alliance for historic preservation work. Dede’s work involved research for the Sunset Hill Properties.
2017 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Grant recipient Caitlyn Web was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship for Economic and Community Development in the amount of $58,630.
She has applied and been accepted to pursue a Master of Science (MSc) in Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The focus of the program is to prepare change agents to address unprecedented global changes with specialized skill for the benefit of local and regional economies. This scholarship will allow me to leverage entrepreneurial business models to affect sustainable community and economic development in frontier and emerging markets.
 
(Pictured Rotarian Bill Richter, District Foundation Chair Jim Mattes, District Governor Nominee Blanche Parks, and Rotary Board of Director Nominee Larry Demmitt) 
 
Dr. Bill Richter was presented the Rotary Foundation Service Above Self Award by Rotary District 5710 Foundation Chair Jim Mattes and Rotary Board of Director Nominee Larry Demmitt. Special attendees from the District included Blanche Parks District 5710 Governor Nominee and Past District Governor Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub.
 
As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 50 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Our presentation today was Tara Claussen, area director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Manhattan region. Tara gave us an overview of the impact that Big Brothers Big Sisters has, as well as an update on the current statistics for the Manhattan area.  You can watch Tara's presentation below!
 
Dick Wertzberger is Senior Vice President and Manager for Mortgage Loan Production at landmark National bank with responsibility for Mortgage Banking with over 35 years’ experience.
  • He is nationally known, as he has been a featured speaker at the Kansas Realtors State meeting, American Bankers Association annual meeting, the Community Bankers Association, and the national Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • From a Community involvement perspective, Dick is past President of the Manhattan Rotary Club, Solar Kiwanis, Manhattan Country Club, past Chair of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce military Relations committee, past Chair of Housing and Consumer Credit Counseling. Currently Dick serves as President of the Board for the Guardians, Grand Knight for Council 8488 of St. Thomas More, and chair the program committee for the Manhattan Rotary Club.
  • That’s what is known as “Service Above Self”
  • Dick also holds degrees from Loras College and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School and Mortgage Banking School.
  • Dick is finishing a 3 year term on the Rotary District 5710 Finance Committee.
Our presentation today was Ramin Rostampour and Alejandra Rivarola, co-presidents of the K-State Rotaract Club. Ramina and Alex gave us a recap of the past year in Rotaract and the accomplishments that they have achieved. You can watch their presentation below.
Our speaker today was our very own Rotarian, Dick Wertzberger, talking about the Guardian Angles organization. The Guardian Angles support men with immediate financial needs here in Manhattan and the surrounding area. You can watch Dick's presentation below.
Our speaker today was Cheryl Collins, Director of the Riley County Historical Museum. Cheryl gave us a history of Riley county and the Museum. You can watch her presentation below, and download her PowerPoint Presentation here!
Our presentation today was Alison Felix, economist for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Alison gave us an outlook for the U.S. and Kansas economies in 2017.  You can watch her presentation below.
Our speaker today was Marvin Wade, the new Superintendent of USD383. You can watch Marvin's presentation below.
Our presentation today was Rod Harms giving us a history and update on the Green Apple Bikes program. You can watch Rod's presentation below!
Our March Rotary Students of the Month were Jaalanee Dugassa Gobena and Gavin Larios. Gavin was unable to be present, but you can watch Jaalanee's plans for post graduation in the video below.
Our newest member to the Manhattan Rotary Club is Ashley Iverson, an attorney for the Kansas Department of Revenue. You can watch Ashley's introduction below!
 
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