Recent Club Highlights

Let’s get together for an End Polio Now silent auction at the Midwest Dream Car Collection February 20, 2020, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  $15 per person…this This includes entrance fee and heavy appetizers…Beer and Wine will be available for cash purchase only…the beer and wine wall will have a staff person available to facilitate your selection and purchase. 

If you’ve never been to the Midwest Dream Car Collection…you’re in for a pleasant surprise. And even if you have been before, the collection is always changing. 

This is a great event to invite friends, family and those interested in Rotary. It’s also a great time to get to know Manhattan Rotarians! 


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Story submitted to K-State Today.


Tom C. Roberts, assistant dean emeritus of Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has been appointed by the National Society of Professional Engineers, or NSPE, to serve a three-year term as representative to the ABET Board of delegates and area delegate to Applied Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Voting members of the ABET Board of delegates represent the interest of their Member Society, serve as a communication link between ABET and the society, and provide input to the strategic planning process. ABET — formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. — is a nonprofit, non-governmental agency that accredits programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates.

Roberts served as NSPE president in 2017-18. During his term on the board of directors, NSPE developed and implemented a new membership model and created an updated strategic plan. He also interacted with state and congressional delegations regarding a wide-range of engineering licensure issues including qualification-based selection, autonomous vehicles, and pipeline safety.

NSPE was established in 1934 to realize a simple but vital goal: create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of the practice area, that would protect engineers — and the public — from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices.

Roberts has more than 40 years' experience in planning, organizational development, and leadership training programs. He worked for Black & Veatch for 16 years — including 11 years in human resources. He formed Upward Consulting in 1989 and has served as a continuous quality improvement consultant for many manufacturing and service companies and educational institutions. He has presented information on systems thinking, professional development and our changing society to a wide variety of national audiences.

For 21 years at Kansas State University Roberts was responsible for engineering recruitment and leadership development. He is currently a facilitator in K-State's Global Campus Executive Coach program.

As a 40-year member of NSPE, Roberts has held and continues to hold, numerous volunteer leadership positions including past president Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, vice president of the Engineers Foundation of Kansas and member of the Government Relations Committee. He is a past chair of NSPE's Professional Engineers in Higher Education and in 2010 was named an NSPE Fellow.

Roberts holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from K-State and has been a licensed professional engineer since 1976.

This article appeared in the K-State Today on 12/13/2019 and was submitted by Mary Rankin.

Gary Clark, interim dean of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Agricultural and Biological Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.

The award is based on a recipient's accomplishments and outstanding service to the profession. Clark holds bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida.

Also a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, Clark completed a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University. His technical expertise is in the design and management of irrigation systems and in the administration/oversight of engineering degree programs and program assessment.

His research has focused on the use of micro-irrigation technology for applying wastewater resources, hydraulics of irrigation systems, irrigation scheduling and the performance assessment of center pivot irrigation systems.

Clark has held a faculty position in teaching, research and extension. He has also served in administrative roles at K-State as head of the biological and agricultural engineering department and senior associate dean for the engineering college.

Rotary Club Update For This Week
Update for Meetings  
We conducted our meeting by zoom once again last week. We will be holding our meeting via Zoom again this Thursday.
All you have to do is click the link below to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 122 915 156
We continue to update our technology and the meetings are going well. Thanks to Vernon Turner for setting up and running the zoom meetings and to Dick Wertzberger and his programs committee for reorganizing our programs. 
    Last Week’s (June 25) Program:
    Dale Bradley introduced Gene Taylor, Director of Athletics for KSU. Gene graduated from Arizona State University in Business. Before coming to KSU, he served as associate athletics director, at the US Naval Academy, deputy athletics director at the Univ of Iowa, and athletics director at North Dakota State. At NDSU he more than tripled the department's budget and helped the university transition from a Division II to a Division I FCS school. In April 2017, Taylor was hired as the new athletics director at KSU. During his first year-and-a-half at K-State, he has hired Chris Klieman as the head football coach and Peter Hughes as head baseball coach and developed a new master plan for the athletics department.
    Gene discussed the measures being taken to return the athletes to KSU and to the athletics program. They have done extensive education, frequent temperature checks and safety precautions by coaches and staff. He highlighted the impact of two returning   players who were asymptomatic. He explained the measures being taken by the Big 12, the Power Five conference and the NCAA to provide guidance on safety, recruiting and travel and scheduling. While he is hopeful that KSU will have a full schedule with fans in the stands, there are many conditions that cannot currently be predicted, such as the general state of the pandemic, the safety of the students and fans, conditions at other schools, etc. Through all the turmoil KSU will maintain the personal and academic standards that have been the hallmark of the program. Gene talked about the progress being made on the athletic facilities to include the extension to Bramlage Coliseum, the baseball stadium and soccer stadium. The ongoing construction along College and Kimball could be a bit of a challenge depending on timing. Gene also took time to answer several questions posed by the members. The Club appreciates the time he took from his busy schedule to spend time with us.   
    Upcoming Programs:
    • 2 July. Peter Dorhout. KSU VPR (Dick Wertzberger) 
    - Foundation Update. Bob Ward. Bob confirmed we had exceeded $20k so have met our goal. He is also checking to see if all eligible rots have received the PHF awards. He has gone back to 2000 and is now working back to 1990.
    - Polio Plus. We have made a club donation and have reached our goal of $2,000. Recall, that donations to polio plus are matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation.
    - Dues. We are making progress on dues for the 2020/2021 Rotary year. Rebecca has sent the final email and letter. Rebecca will then notify the board members so that they can help by calling those still unpaid. We will make help available to those who need it. 
    - Restarting Meetings at Holiday Inn.  We held a discussion based on the survey done by district rotary, our discussion with the holiday inn, and CDC guidance. We will incorporate feedback on the survey sent by Rebecca and the strategy offsite. Will hope to reach a consensus at the next board meeting.
    - Allocation of unused 2019/2020 budgeted funds to 2020/2021 projects. Andy has forecast our remaining year-end funds to be about $7,000. This does not include grant funding. These funds came from KSU vending, lower admin costs, cancellation of the Northview book project, and lower RYLA costs. We designated $1,500 for Polio Plus. Chris Nolte will head up a group to find the best use of the approximately remaining $5,500 “undesignated” funds. She will also incorporate the $1,035 from the district grant, the $400 provided by our Rotary Club for the birthing kits that could not be executed this year, and the June Cup Money. 
    We have leadership training opportunities coming.
    • August 20 (business) with the Manhattan chamber of commerce
    • Rotary district 5710 conference. Lenexa community forum at city center.  this conference has now been delayed to the fall meeting
    Rotary on Tap: To be announced at a later date
    Rotaract: All activities suspended for the semester  
    Service Events: Golf tournament was rescheduled and held on 29 June at the Manhattan Country Club.
    Cup Money: We agreed to support a different organization each month. we have averaged $350 a month for cup money.
    • June – Juneteenth is cancelled for this year. Chris Nolte is heading up a committee to determine how best to distribute the funds to the community.   
    • July – YES fund
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