Recent Club Highlights
Rotary Club Newsletter Update from Week of 16-20 Sep 2019
Meeting on the 26th will be upstairs.
Parking lot on the 26th will be undergoing some repairs.
Mike thanked Eric Higgins for another great program on his observations on the economy. particularly for giving some thoughts on mid-west states, Kansas and Manhattan.
Mike gave a revue of the 12 September Board Meeting
- Nominating Committee. We will form a committee to forward officers for 2020-2021 to the Board and then to the members.
- Goals. Committee Chairs will consider the draft goals and once they approve we will bring to the members.
- Zone Institute. 25-29 September. Vernon will lead our club to the meeting in Overland Park.  We will determine how many Rotaract members want to attend. Club lunch is on 27 September. District 5710 will pay for up to 3 Rotaract members to attend the club luncheon.
- Interact. Dwight and Jayson will discuss feedback on RYLA with MHS Interact on 25 September.
- Interact. Chris has met with Interact. They expressed an interested in two of our projects: tree planting and assembly of birthing kits.
International Student Grants. Steven is developing a process to clarify this program.
- Rotary Learning. Steven will help develop a program to help make us all more knowledgable of Rotary. We might call it “membership moments”
- Newsletter. A survey was instituted to determine if members were reading it and if not, how we could make it more appealing. Vernon is leading.
- Monthly Dues Payments. A survey was instituted to determine the level of interest in being able to pay Club dues on a monthly basis. Mitzi is leading.
Today’s Program. Dale Bradley introduced Chuck Tabor KSU Provost. Chuck provided some of his personal background and some of the concepts that drive him. He also spoke about the challenges facing colleges today, with specifics on KSU. He then outlined the initiatives KSU is taking to deal with the issues. The club appreciated his insights and enjoyed the interaction.
We had 3 visiting Rotarians and 1 guest. We are always happy to welcome our visitors and guests to our meetings.  
Our Upcoming Meetings.
- 26 September. Ron Fehr, Manhattan City Manager
- 3 October. Coach Jeff Mittie
- 10 October. District Governor Jason Leib
Upcoming Rotary Service events:
   - 21 September – Bloody Kansas Gravelduro bike race
   - 28 September – C. Clyde and Midge Jones fun run/walk
   - 2 November – Little Apple Marathon
   - 16 December – Breadbasket
Upcoming “Rotary on tap” events:
     - 24 September – Manhattan Country Club, 4-7 pm.
     - 10 October – District Governor Social at Tallgrass Taphouse, 4-7 pm. 
     - 20 October – Joint event with the Konza club and families at the Lazy T Ranch 4-7 pm.    
President Mike Dodson reviewed the most recent board meeting. Greeters Bonnie Lynn Sherow and Dick Wertzberger introduced three visiting Rotarians. Cup money is for Just Tri It. He announced the results of the poll about who reads the newsletter and about the possibility of monthly dues.
Dale Bradley introduced and listed some of the extensive background and accomplishments of the speaker, Provost and Executive Vice President at Kansas State University, Chuck Taber. Chuck explained the various facets of his job, which include being the chief academic officer of all teaching and research programs at the university and the vice president who would stand in as acting president if the president were out of touch.
Provost Taber expanded on the many facets of his responsibilities at the university. He also told more about his personal background and experiences before coming to K-State from his administrative position at Stony Brook University in New York about one year ago. Before agreeing to come to K-State he was happy to find the close relationship and mutual respect between the community and the university, which he has found to be rare in other places. He then explained some of the challenges facing K-State and how he is planning to approach those challenges. One of those challenges is a national trend toward less financial support from states for their public universities. Universities were seen as public engines of the economy and opportunities for residents and the bulk of the funding came from the state. He told what K-State is doing to change some perceptions about higher education in Kansas, and about the cost to students, various types of financial aid, and stabilizing enrollments.
In honor of the speaker, the book “Giraffe” will be given to Bergman Elementary School. Donn Wissman received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome. Watch Provost Taber's comments here.
Past President John Armbrust, presiding, noted upcoming event: The Anti-bullying program on Wednesday, August 28, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at Rezac Auditorium, Manhattan High School, free and open to the public. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend and hear the speaker who was talking with all young people at Manhattan High School and Manhattan middle schools earlier that day. Also upcoming, Rotary On Tap August 26 at 4-Points, and Sept. 28 C. Clyde Run and Midge Mile. Bill Turner announced an upcoming 9/11 Memorial seeking partnerships for a candlelight vigil and other remembrances. From the recent Board meeting: 187 members now at the start of a new Rotary year; adopting a new budget format; decisions on upcoming cup money; and important grant meeting in Lawrence for getting District Designated grants. Today’s cup money is for the YES Fund. Greeters were Scott Emley and Bill Turner.
Dick Wertzberger introduced the speaker, Deborah Watkins, Director of Animal Services at the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter. Currently, the shelter is holding 152 animals and free adoption day is coming up. She explained the processes used in accepting, keeping, and caring for the animals. Three full-time animal control officers are dispatched through the Police Department. There are about 7,000 calls per year including 172 calls about wildlife in town. Bite reports and licensing are also handled by Animal Services. The Shelter has 7 full-time staff and several others part-time. Each year about 2,000 animals are taken in. The current live release rate is 93%. The Center has a mobile surgery unit that goes to other communities. The Center has many other activities and opportunities for volunteer work. See the website for more details:
In honor of the speaker the book “Wings of Fire” will be given to Ogden Elementary School. Brad Roberts received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. Visitors are always welcome at the Manhattan Rotary Club meetings every Thursday at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus.
Rotary Club Newsletter Update Week of 19-23 August 2019
Last week (15 August) we were reminded of the C. Clyde Run and Midge Mile Fun Walk on 28 Sep.
Had a report on the 8 Aug board meeting.
  • Reconciled the number of members – 187
  • Approved the new budget format for 2019/2020.
  • Approved cup fund for remainder of 2019. Sep (just tri-it); Oct (interact); Nov (speaker books); Dec (holiday in staff).
  • Breadbasket. Jayson has us signed up for 16 Dec.
  • Discussed the KSU vending contract, having 3 or 4 hires as a core group to help ensure continuity. Also discussed transportation options, and teaming with Konza and Rotaract.
  • Grants. Meeting in Lawrence on 17 August. We will submit by 31 Aug. Rebecca and Andy will meet to discuss.
  • Zone meeting. Vernon is a Rotary Zone officer. The meeting will 24 to 29 in Kansas City. RI President-Elect will attend. Vernon will ask for Rotaract participants in a couple of weeks when KSU resumes.
  • Anti-bullying speaker for interact. We will pay the $79 for meals. Konza will pay the lodging.
Program.  Deb Watkins gave an excellent program on the Manhattan Animal Shelter, covering its goals and objectives and current status.  She stated there are 152 animals currently at the animal shelter and discussed the various things she and her employees do to make as many of the shelter animals as possible ready for adoption.  For example, each animal is brought up-to-date on its vaccinations, put on the proper medicine regime if necessary and then is spayed and neutered.  Deb indicated that her goal for “Clear the Shelter” weekend was to have 40-50 animals adopted. A book titled Wings of Fire the Lost Continent was presented in her name to the Ogden Elementary school.
Bill Turner briefly discussing the “9/11: A Day of Remembrance” event to be held at Bishop Stadium and the flyers he had distributed on each table.
Greeters were Scott Emley and Bill Turner
            - 22 August - Josh Wright and Cindy Miller, Alzheimer’s association
            - 29 August - Christina Rockhold, Mercy Community Hospital Foundation
Rotary on Tap.
  • 26 August – Four Points Sheraton
  • 24 September – Manhattan country club
  • 10 October – district governor
  • October – joint with Konza club at a pumpkin patch - families
Konza club programs upcoming:
  • 23 August - mini service project – USO single soldier homecoming
  • 30 August – no meeting (Labor Day)
  • 6 September – Coach Chris Klieman
Konza Rotary-sponsored events
            -    28 August – Rotary-sponsored anti-bullying program 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Rezac auditorium, MHS
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