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Rotary Club Update  June 13, 2019
  • Last week Jed Dunham gave an interesting program on the North Dakota oil boom. 
  • This week Lowell May will update us on Camp Concordia.
  • One last written reminder that your Board will be meeting immediately after the Club meeting this week.  So, please let me know if you have any agenda items you would like me to bring up at the meeting.
  • Don’t forget our Rotary golf tournament is this coming Monday, June 17th.  Past President Vern Henricks has promised sunshine and excellent weather, so there is still time to sign up and play golf on what has been promised to be a beautiful Kansas day. 
  • A big thank you again to all those who volunteered at the Bill Snyder Half Marathon several Saturday’s ago.  It is my understanding our club will receive about $900 as a result.  Your Board will discuss where best we can use these dollars in support of one of the six focus areas of Rotary.
  • Please don’t forget to put on your calendar our Rotary on Tap on June 24th at Little Apple Brewing.  As usual, this will be a come-and-go event between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7 pm.
  • If you see a fellow Rotarian who hasn’t been to one of our meetings lately, please invite them to join you at an upcoming meeting, and also remind them they need to renew their dues as soon as is practical.
  • I forgot to mention last week, but a big thank you and congratulations to Dale Bradley for receiving his Paul Harris Fellow +5 pin.  A great example for all of us.
  • Rotary is giving $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.  The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status. 
  • Upcoming Dates of Interest
  • June 17: Rotary Golf Tournament at Colbert Hills
  • June 24: Rotary on Tap (Little Apple Brewery)
Today, May 16, 2019, was Jeff Martin, Vice President, Customer & Community Operations
As vice president, customer and community operations, Jeff Martin leads commercial and industrial relations, economic development, and assists with community activities.
Mr. Martin served as vice president, regulatory affairs with Westar Energy from 2013 to 2018. He has held various roles with Westar Energy since joining the company as a design tech in 1993. In 2012, Mr. Martin was named executive director, regulatory affairs. From 2006 to 2012, he was director, reliability and resource scheduling. He's also held roles supervising design in Manhattan and operations in Hutchinson.
Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering technology from Pittsburg State University and his Master of Business in operations management from Kansas State University. He is on the board of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Topeka Chamber, and the Stormont Vail Foundation. Mr. Martin also serves on the Management Advisory Committee for the Kansas State University College of Business.

For more news from the Council of Legislation click here

Rotaract clubs will now be considered a part of Rotary International, as opposed to a program of RI, following a vote by the Council.

On the morning of its last day, the Council approved 381-134 a measure that acknowledges Rotaract clubs in the RI Constitution and Bylaws and elevates them as an important member of the Rotary family. Rotaract clubs will continue to have their own standard constitution but will receive greater support from RI.

"We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do," said RI President Barry Rassin, who presented the measure. "This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service."

Rassin stressed that many of the other aspects of Rotaract clubs will remain the same. Rotary clubs will still sponsor Rotaract clubs, and will still support them. Rotaractors will also not be considered Rotarians and will retain their own unique club experience. The measure simply broadens the definition of membership in RI to include Rotaract clubs. 

The benefit to Rotary is the ability to learn more about Rotaractors and improve the support and resources it offers to help Rotaract grow. As Rotaractors become our partners in service, we will be able to better track their impact and expand our reach, supporters said.

(As an aside, individuals are technically not members of RI. Clubs are members of RI. This distinction helps explain why Rotaract clubs will now become members of RI, while the club's members remain Rotaractors and not Rotarians.)

Historical footnote: This is also the first time a sitting RI President has ever proposed an item to the Council.

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