Recent Club Highlights
By Ehi Braimah
Women all over the world are recording significant accomplishments in different fields and the story is not different in Rotary International, a humanitarian service and fellowship organisation founded on February 23, 1905, by Chicago, Illinois attorney, Paul P. Harris (April 19, 1868 – January 27, 1947), when he formed the Rotary Club of Chicago.
That was a long time ago and you may not believe it but Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, past district governor of District 6400 and past vice president of Rotary International (2016-2017), will assume office on July 1 as the first female president of Rotary International – after 117 years of the founding of the global organisation. If that is not a glass ceiling-shattering achievement, what else should we call it?
Jones, an accomplished achiever and distinguished Rotarian, was nominated two years ago for this role and she is eminently qualified and fit for the task ahead. As she spoke and shared her vision at the recently concluded Rotary International Convention which was held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in downtown Houston, Texas, USA, from June 4 to 8, she received a standing ovation. She urged Rotarians to use the brand power of Rotary to “transform the world”.
Jones believes Rotarians should “dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality”. In a special report for Rotary International, senior writer and content editor, Ryan Hyland, explained that Jones is keen to focus on two key demographics: female membership and members under the age of forty years.
She said these demographics need to “see their own reflection in leadership”. This should not come as a surprise because Rotary’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statement creates a level playing field for all Rotarians. Rotary is committed to treating everyone with respect and dignity, allowing everyone’s voice to be heard and providing equitable opportunities for fellowship, service and leadership.
In the report, Jones said she will “champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family”. She also pledged to grow Rotary by hosting DEI Summits to create leadership opportunities that foster balance across the membership in Rotary. In a complex and changing world, our priorities keep changing but our ability to adapt is important for survival. No one prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic that challenged our common humanity.
September Basic Education and Literacy Month
Manhattan Rotary Club
Week of September 19, 2022
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
First off, I have to emphasize the importance of letting the Manhattan Country Club know you will or even think you will eat lunch. Last week we had 12 reservations but more than 25 came and ate lunch. This is not a good example of Rotarians and is not “Fair to All Concerned.” If you do not reserve your lunch, you may not have a lunch next time.
I hope you enjoyed last week’s meeting. I shared that September is Basic Education and Literacy Month. A few months ago, Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and her husband Nick Krayacich, who is also a Rotarian, visited a couple students they support through the Guatemala Literacy Project. Since 1997, the project has improved education in rural areas of the country by providing books, teacher training and scholarships. We can be proud of our local and international Rotary efforts, supporting education and literacy.
Last week’s program was Josh Brewer, director of Manhattan’s Habitat for Humanity, updating us on what they do (see photos below). They Build, Repair, ReStore, Design new types of houses, and even do Mortgages. Amazing, innovative and award-winning program right here in Manhattan, Kansas.
Julie Gibbs, director of the Riley County Health Department, will be presenting on September 29th but she has a conflict with an annual conference, so we will start the meeting right at noon. Julie will speak first at 12:05pm and then we will conduct the rest of the meeting.
Past President Robbin Cole informed me our club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2021-22. This past year, our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.  Congratulations on a job well done, Robbin and Club.
Rotarian of the Year Dale Bradley awarded his Paul Harris Fellow to long-time friend and fellow Rotarian Ron Janasek.  Congratulations, Ron!
Randy Peterson presented the YES! Fund, represented by Bob DeBruyn, with the August Cup Money check in the amount of $500.
Mitzi Richards introduced Jayden Cates, as the first-ever Manhattan Rotary Club Public Image Intern. Jayden will assist the Board and Public Image Committee in implementing our goals and strategies. Jayden has a class conflict but will attend meetings whenever possible.
Rebecca Gould assisted the Konza Rotary Club in putting out flags in City Park to commemorate 9/11. Other Rotarians attended the 9/11 remembrance program.
In just less than two weeks, we will participate in the Family Fun Night in City Park, Tuesday, October 4 from 4-8pm. The Manhattan Rotary Club is partnering with the Riley County Police Department and others. We will need 6 or more volunteers between about 4 and 8 pm to help RPCD cook and serve the meal.  We expect a big crowd for this event. To sign up and work, please email Dan Devlin
Thanks to Rich Sell, past president of the Konza Rotary Club, for speaking recently about their Purple Pinky Donut program to raise money for Rotary International’s PolioPlus program. To order your doughnuts or contribute money to the cause, please go to:
I look forward to seeing you at Rotary this Thursday September 22nd
Steven Graham
2022-2023 President
Manhattan Rotary Club
(cell) 785-532-8120
Please join us at the Manhattan Country Club on Thursday, September 22nd, from 12:00-1:00pm. Lunch opens at 11:30am and costs $12.
Please RSVP for lunch by Wednesday at midnight to:
You do NOT need to RSVP if you are not eating.
The meeting will start at 12:15pm.
Opportunities to Participate
Manhattan Rotary Club Meetings
  • September 22 – Jessica Vandivort de Montiel, Peace Corps: A Rotary Service Partner
  • September 29 – Julie Gibbs, County Health Improvement Plan
Konza Rotary Club Meetings
  • September 23 – TJ Vilkankas-Midtown Project Update
  • September 30 – Katherine Pawlosky- NBAF Update
CAAHT (Community Action Again Human Trafficking) Club Meetings
Meetings are at 12:00p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month by zoom. For more information contact Sharon Sullivan or Patti Mellard,
Upcoming Rotary Events
  1. Locally – In two weeks, we will participate in the Family Fun Night in City Park, Tuesday, October 4 from 4-8pm. Manhattan Rotary Club is partnering with the Riley County Police Department to organize and deliver an event titled, “Family Fun Night.” The goal of this event is to bring out the community and introduce them to our county and city services and to Ft. Riley. It will include personnel and equipment from RCPD, MFD, RCFD, EMS, Fort Riley, etc. A car club and several vendors are being invited. We need 6 or more volunteers to help RPCD cook and serve the meal.  We expect volunteers will be needed between about 4 and 8 pm and expect a big crowd for this event. To sign up and work, please email Dan Devlin
  1. Locally – Rotary on Tap at Liquid Art Winery, Thursday, October 6 from 4-6pm. Appetizers provided by the club. Wine and cider available for purchase. Stay and enjoy live music from The Church Ladies starting at 6pm!
Opportunities to Contribute
September Cup Money -
Speaker Books –These are the books, signed by our speakers, our Club presents to the local elementary schools all year long after each meeting.
If you cannot make it to meetings to drop your contribution in the cup, you may mail it to PO Box 331, Manhattan, KS  66505-0331.
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 and click Donate and then Annual Fund. You will then sign in.
  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 the Rotary Foundation and give it to Bob Ward 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 over $300 in the account! Please do not take more than two boxes at a time. For more information, please contact Bill Richter (
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 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  and click on “My Profile.”
Upcoming Events
Club Information
Julie Gibbs, Director Riley County Health Dept
Sep 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Community Health Improvement Plan
Dr. Hans Coetzee
Oct 06, 2022 12:00 PM
KSU Vet Med distinguished professor
Nate Kauffman, VP Federal Reserve Bank of KC
Oct 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Federal Reserve Update
Aaron Schroeder
Oct 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Jeff Mittie, K-State Women's Head Basketball Coach
Oct 27, 2022 12:00 PM
2022- 2023 Season Update
Amanda Webb
Nov 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Hazardous waste - battery disposal
Meredith Sleichter, EVP
Nov 10, 2022 12:00 PM
Eisenhower Museum/Eisenhower Foundation
Jerome Tang, K-State Men's Head Basketball Coach
Nov 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Update 2022-2023 Season
Nov 24, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting
President Steven Graham
Dec 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Holiday Break
Dec 22, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Holiday Break
Dec 29, 2022 12:00 PM
No Meeting
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