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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.
 

 
 
Last week, we celebrated Jim Ryan's achievement of 60 years as a Rotarian. You can watch the award presentation video here. Congratulations, Jim, and thank you for your dedication to Rotary!
 

 
 
Last week, Dean John Floros, Dean of Agriculture at K-State gave us an update on the College of Agriculture, K-State Research & Extension as well as the farming economy in Kansas.
You can watch his presentation online here.
 

 
 
Congratulations to our March MHS Rotary Students of the Month, Charlotte Benjamin & Isaac Blankenau!
 

 
 
Our presentation last week was Chad Jackson, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship!
 

 
 
 
The Rotaract Club id getting the ball rolling after Spring Break, so here are some important announcements:
  • our next club meeting will be this Sunday (3/29) at 7pm in Union 207.
  • the Box City committee will meet at 6pm in Union 207 on Sunday before the regular club meeting
  • the next Birthday Books distribution will be Friday, 4/3 at 1:30pm at Northview Elementary school
  • the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walk is on Saturday, April 4th--please sign up to help with it! More information at the meeting Sunday, but here is the link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12fdo2Bm6Z04ODcajdF7rMlIX68G9OrbukHNKgJMeW4s/viewform
  • Basil has set up a Rotaract fundraiser/ice cream social at Orange Leaf on April 13th from 5-8pm. Bring your friends & contact Basil with any questions you might have!
  • BOX CITY has been changed to Friday, April 17th. more info at the meeting Sunday, but mark your calendars! This is the biggest event Rotaract has sponsored, so help spread the word & stay tuned for an online sign up!
Hope to see as many of you as possible at these events!
--
Rachel Loder & Madeline McMillen
KSU Rotaract Co-Presidents
www.ksu.edu/rotaract
https://www.facebook.com/ksurotaract
 

 
 

Last Thursday, March 19th, Shania Dekat with Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. educated us on the types of credit and financial counseling they offer to individuals across a 22 county area in northeast Kansas. You can watch her presentation here.

 

 
 

In recognition of Carroll Hess leaving Manhattan, the Manhattan Rotary Club designated Carroll as an honorary lifetime member for his years of dedicated service. You can watch the presentation here.

 

 
What Rotary Means to Me
by Cherlyn White-Conklin
 
Rotary International has been an important part of my career and personal development for most of my professional life. As a young, single woman who had moved away from friends and family for the first time, I joined a Rotary Club in Gardner, Kansas thinking it would be a good way to make business connections and find friends.
What happened, however, was much more than I expected: the Rotary Club became a family to me. I spent 13 years becoming a part of my fellow Rotarians lives and growing both as a professional and as a person. When I was ill and needed care, my Rotary family helped care for me. When I changed jobs, when I celebrated the births of nieces and nephews, my news was immediately carried to my Rotary family to share. I celebrated my engagement with Rotary, and most of my fellow Rotarians were with me on my wedding!
Eventually, I joined the Club’s Board of Directors to learn more about Rotary as an organization. The more I learned, the deeper my emotional attachment to our organization became. As I chaired committees and eventually became Club President, I strove to embody the traits I could see in my fellow Rotarians: trust, respect, responsibility, stewardship, and service.
Now, as a member of the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club, my family continues to grow and I continue to try and live by our motto: Service Above Self. Won’t you join me as we strive to make our community and the world a better place?
 
 
 
 

 
 

Rotary Peace Fellows are the connectors that build peace

150313_wendyBy Wendy Coulson, Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Class of 2015

http://blog.rotary.org/2015/03/12/rotary-peace-fellows-are-the-connectors-that-build-peace/#more-5385 

We talked a lot during our first two weeks at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University about connectors and dividers — what brings people or groups together and what drives them apart — in conflict situations.

As soon as our class of Rotary Peace Fellows arrived, we looked for ways to connect with each other. In fact, our tallest classmate found many of us on Facebook and began friendships and organizing workshops even before we arrived. We were so keen to meet each other that we threw open our doors to see who had arrived and threw open our arms to greet those we had only known virtually.

When you look at conflict situations around the world, dividers are typically differences in religion, language, ethnic group identity, or over resources. Our class has all of these as potential dividers, but they are used as connectors here. We connect through talking about sports, food, the arts, and celebrations. We also connect by talking  about each other’s culture, families and places we’ve traveled, and things we celebrate. We put business cards on our doors, leave them open, send messages, hang out and play in the hallways signaling to each other our desire to connect. So far, I do not see any dividers on the horizon.

Do we behave this way just because it is our job to connect as peace builders and Rotary Peace Fellows? I don’t think so. I believe that it is our human nature, and, in the case of the Rotary Peace Fellows, also our calling.

During our class work on conflict assessment, it was clear that we were all looking for long-term sustainable solutions. There are teachers, restorative justice and traditional mediators, and police officers among us. It occurred to me that it mattered who was sitting around the peace building table. If teachers were not present, would anyone have thought of education as a solution for peace? Had there not been mediators, would we just create more violence and economic burden for already devastated economies? If our resident nutritionist were absent, would the donated, stored, and processed food be enough for the children, elderly, and infirm? If we saw peace as only part of our jobs, would we care so much about the outcome?

For me, teaching is connecting. If you have ever had a passionate, caring teacher in your life, you know the power that this can have on a child and in relatively little time. Imagine if every teacher were a peace educator!  As a curriculum developer for a children’s peace studies organization and a long-time educator, I know that every subject can be taught through the lens of peace.

Many of us Rotary Peace Fellows are the main bridges, or connectors, of peace in our communities through the various agencies or projects we work with. In working on a particular class assignment, I realized the large communication gap in my community between the ex-pat community that mostly does not speak Spanish and the local Mexican community that does not speak English. There is also quite a large economic gap between them. The chief obstacle is their isolation from each other. I realized that I could be a connector through a peace education program I am hoping to bring to the community.

The Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok is the chief connector for our class. Together we are creating our own super-culture of peace during these three months. We are connected to each other forever by this experience, to the center in Bangkok, to Rotary, and to our communities.

 

 
 
 
 
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