Recent Club Highlights
Greetings Fellow Rotarians!

Last Thursday, we started another year of service for our Manhattan Rotary Club. I want to acknowledge the hard work of our immediate past-president Mitzi Richards, who got to sit at a back table for a change! We had a good turnout of Rotarians, and extended a special welcome to Marcia Rozell of the Friday morning Konza Club. We introduced Brady Armstrong, Director of Development for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters for his final time as a guest. We approved his membership application at our monthly Board Meeting following after the 7/11 Club Meeting. Brady, welcome to Manhattan Rotary Club! And, members, please introduce yourselves and welcome him warmly into our Club.
 
This month, our CUP MONEY collection is benefitting the Manhattan Crisis Center, an organization founded in 1979 with a mission to provide free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Please be generous in your weekly support for them this month. Our Rotary theme for July is Maternal and Child Health Month.
 
Our thanks to Vern Henricks, Felix Jiminez, Dave Lewis, and Mitzi Richards, who joined me in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new "Welcome to Manhattan" sign along the Bill Snyder Highway (K-177) leading into town. Additionally, I want to thank Paul Bullock, Gary Fees, Rebecca Gould, Vern Hendricks, Mike Heylin, Tom Phillips, Mitzi Richards and Keith Westervelt who assisted me in helping 32 area non-profits in selecting items from our signature project Community Cares Chest on July 3rd and 10th.
 
We received a large shipment of returned items from the Amazon warehouse that included all sorts of new things for the NPO's to pick from. With so many pallets to sort through, Rebecca Gould was joined by Mike Heylin and Eric Ingersoll onsite Saturday the 13th, to open and sort more palettes. These are some of our beneficiaries choosing from among the rich bounty on July 3rd.
 
 
Next, Daryn Soldan introduced the meeting's program presented by Dawn Buehler, Director of the Kansas Water Authority. Dawn is also Executive Director of the Friends of the Kaw (FOK), a 501c(3) and a member of the Kansas Riverkeepers. A resident of Eudora, KS, Dawn has a deep passion for protecting and preserving Kansas River, through educating about the benefits of the River and cooperative efforts with river-adjacent cities and counties. The Kansas River provides drinking water for 950,000 Kansans. She leads in state-wide efforts to prioritize and plan for water policies for the Ogallala Aquifer, state reservoirs and other waterways.
 
As director of the Kansas Water Authority, she leads in the formulation and administration of the State of Kansas Water Plan, by promoting legislation and funding, and supporting Governor Laura Kelly's goals. The Kansas Water Authority is charged with presenting an annual report to the Governor and Legislature. Dawn reviewed the history of water planning in Kansas and was proud to announce that the Kansas Legislature appropriated $35 million for water-based projects and initiatives in the 2024 session.
  
Changing hats, Dawn asked Konza Club member Marcia Rozell to join her to review various projects Friends of the Kaw have completed, including participation from K-State Rotaract members. These include clean-up days removing old battery cases, vehicle tires, major appliances, glass, and trash. FOK has a goal to remove all legacy dump sites along the Kansas Riverbank by 2030. They also organize projects for river advocacy, paddle trips, adopt-a-boat-ramp, and teaching students in grades 6-12 about water programs and ecosystem restoration. Dawn acknowledged that Manhattan Rotary Club has adopted the Fairmont Boat Ramp.
 
 
Rotarians were invited to participate in the Manhattan Little Apple Cleanup on August 27th from 4-7 PM, and reminded that the seventh annual Battery Case Cleanup will take place September 21st at 8 AM. In Dawn's honor, the club will contribute a children's book, Autumn Peletier, Water Warrior to Northview Elementary School.
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I'm pleased to inform members that Board sent out acknowledgment letters to 41 individuals who participated in the GMCF's April 22nd Grow Green Day, designating our Club to receive donations. Treasurer Janet Lowell organized the letter-writing, and was assisted by Secretary Mike Heylin. All the Board members signed the letters and we sincerely appreciate the donations that were made.
 
 
Thanks to Kristin Little and Janet Lowell for greeting last week, Dr. Roger Reitz for accompanying us on the piano, and Daryn Soldan for arranging last week's program.
 
Please note that Community Cares Chest distribution has fully resumed, and volunteers are asked to help with product distribution this Wednesday, July 17th. Shifts are 8-10 AM and 1-3 PM.
 
Our club's next meeting on Thursday, July 18th will feature Mr. Trase McQueen of the K-State Memory & Aging Lab - so don't forget!

Yours in Rotary, 

Randy
 
Randy Peterson
(cell) 316-213-2252
randallpete54@gmail.com
 
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UPCOMING MEETING INFORMATION
 
Please join us at The Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, July 18th. 
PROGRAM - K-State Memory & Aging Lab
 
LUNCH RSVP - please click this link. https://manhattancc.surveysparrow.com/s/Rotary-Club/tt-deafc2 by Wednesday midnight. Lunch opens at 11:30 AM. The cost is $12.
 
 
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE:
 
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • July 18 - Trase McQueen - Kansas State University Memory and Aging Lab
  • July 25 - Karla Hagemeister - Flint Hills Breadbasket
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • July 19 - Adam Walker, President/CEO, K-State Alumni Association - KSU Alumni Association Centennial Celebration
  • July 26 - Coach Chris Klieman, KSU Head Football Coach - 2024 K-State Football Season Preview
KSU Rotaract Meetings will resume in the Fall.
 
Community Cares Chest The Community Cares Chest distribution has resumed in full.  Please visit the Konza United Way website: https://www.konzaunitedway.org/volunteer to login if you have volunteered in the past. If you're new to Community Cares Chest, please watch the following short video by Tara Claussen for instructions on how to sign up and volunteer: sign up video.
 
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club MeetingsMeetings are held at 12 PM on the first and third Tuesday of the month, via Zoom.
For more information contact Sharon Sullivan sharon.sullivan@washburn.edu or Patti Mellard, patti@keystaffing.com.
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    OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTRIBUTE
     
    July Cup Money - Sponsorship for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    1. Mail it to Manhattan Rotary Club, PO Box 331, Manhattan, KS  66505-0331. 
    2. Send a check to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, 555 Poyntz, Suite 269, Manhattan, KS 66502, with the memo saying, ‘Rotary Club Cup Money.’
    3. You may also contribute Cup Money via Venmo. Use the QR Code below:
     
    Rotary Foundation
     
    To make your contribution to the Rotary Foundation:
    1. Go on-line to www.rotary.org and click Donate and then Annual Fund. You will then sign in and pay.
    2. Write your check to Rotary Foundation and mail it to Rotary Foundation - 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or to Manhattan Rotary Club, PO Box 331, Manhattan KS 66505.
    3. Write your check to Rotary Foundation and give it to Liz Nelson or Janet Lowell at a meeting.
     
    USD 383
    Take your used books in good condition to Dusty Bookshelf in Aggieville. Mention they are for the Rotary/USD383 account for books for elementary school students in our community. We already have some money in the account! Please do not take more than two boxes at a time. For more information, please contact Bill Richter (wrichter@ksu.edu)
     
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    OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOW YOUR ROTARY PRIDE
     
    Purchase Official Rotary Products
     
    If you are interested in purchasing official Rotary products like caps or hats, shirts, socks, or even chrome plated license plate frames, go to the Russell Hampton website at www.bestclubsupplies.com to see the full selection of merchandise.
     
     
    Document your Profile in My Rotary
     
    You can document your biographical profile in My Rotary. It is a wonderful way to share your contact and background information, your Rotary resume, information about any Rotary programs you have participated in, and your professional experience and areas of expertise. To create or update your biographical profile, go to https://my.rotary.org and click on “My Profile.”
     
     
     
    Meeting Greeter

    Name

    Greeter Date

    Sue Maes

    7/18/2024

    Jan Marks

    7/18/2024

    Mary Martell

    7/25/2024

    Randy Martin

    7/25/2024

    Phil Mattox

    8/01/2024

    Karen McCulloh

    8/01/2024

    Earl McVicker

    8/08/2024

    Susan Metzger

    8/08/2024

    Christopher Miller

    8/15/2024

    Therese Miller

    8/15/2024

    Todd Moore 8/29/2024

    Medhat Morcos

    8/29/2024

     
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