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Manhattan Konza

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Meadowlark Hills Community Room
2121 Meadowlark Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1605
Manhattan, KS  66502
United States
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It's always great to hear from such an articulate and passionate educator. Dr. Lucas Shivers, the Elementary Education Director of USD 383, gave a great presentation about curriculum updates and the status of programming at our area elementary schools. Thanks Dr. Shivers.
Bryant, one of our guests, talks to Karen Rogers this morning.
Mr. Inspiration: Josh Salmans.
Congrats to District Governor Deb Rodenbaugh Schaub for receiving her Paul Harris X3 pin!
Our club supports USD 383 in numerous ways including the purchase of Storyworks, a resource teachers use with their students. Previously, teachers had been buying the guides with their own money.
Dr. Lucas Shivers.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman

Aggieville is an entertainment district adjacent to Kansas State University and is 125 years old. We're lucky to have the current director of the Aggieville Business Association, Rod Harms, as a member of our club. Today Rod gave us an update on the growth and development of Aggieville. There is a LOT going on, that's for sure.
Amy Gross introduced Rod.
Rod's made a big difference in the outlook for Aggieville.
ABA board members Aaron and Jeff joined Rod at our meeting.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

We got a special treat today from Doug "Chappie" Chapman: He brought along some recordings of his band from the 1960's! What an interesting career.
Our greeter: Travis Say.
Chappie and his original guitar!
And we inducted our newest member: John Conley. Welcome to the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

It was a quarterly work session, but we still had things to do. We welcomed new member Susan Hancock and presented Clay Myers-Bowman with the District Club Builder Award! Congratulations.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman and Synne Sørgjerd.

We welcomed two new members today (Rick Fulton and Amy Garmin) and heard about the plight of the Kansas Judiciary. Thanks Judge Wilson for sharing your struggles as a public servant.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

Lot's happening this morning. New member inductions, scholarships, and a program about the least fortunate in our community. 
May is Bike Month!
Andy and his beard. A rare sighting.
Our new member Rosemary! Welcome.
Our new member Mark Rose. Welcome!
A Rotary Scholarship.
Our speaker Debbie Nuss.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

Our program was David Stewart, K-State professor in civil engineering, who specializes in water and environmental engineering. Who knew that water pumps could be so interesting!
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

CASA is such an awesome organization. And Jayme Morris-Hardeman is a leader among leaders. Thanks for watching out for the most vulnerable and invisible in our community.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

Great update from David Carter, K-State Pollution Prevention Institute, and director of Summer Institute for Environmental Stewardship. Looking forward to the meeting the students when they show up this summer!
Lots of Noon Club members in attendance today.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman. 

Dr. Brandon Kliewer, Leadership Studies Program at K-State, gave us a great lesson on Civic Leadership.
Our newest Paul Harris Fellow! Congrats Becky.
Here's your board hard a work.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

We had a treat at this meeting to hear from the representatives of The Guardian Angels and the Fairy Godmothers, two organizations formed to help those who are struggling with financial problems in our community. 
This is Jeff Pfannenstiel having way too much fun.
Always a happy face from Cherlyn.
But don't cross Lucy. Just saying.
Our speakers: Dick Wertzberger, Judy Regehr, and Dirk Daveline.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

Great Update at the meeting from Tom Phillips our area's State Representative.  Introduction by Ned Seaton.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

We had STUDENTS! Always great to have Manhattan High School Science Olympiad team members visit and show us their projects. Thanks Mr. Lamb for all the support and encouragement you give to your students. 
Great introduction Rory!
Meet the newest Paul Harris Fellow: Amber Hamilton.
Mr. Pat Lamb, high school teacher extraordinaire!
MHS students explain their Science Olympiad projects.
Good luck at STATE!
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

It's always a great meeting when we induct new members and today we inducted TWO! Welcome to both Ken and Joe. Really looking forward to getting to know both of you. And our greeter, Scott, showed off his Rotary Youth Excange jacket from his year in South Africa. THAT was cool.
Lisa tried on Scott's Rotary Youth Exchange jacket. It's quite heavy!
We got a bonus classification talk from Andrea who missed last week.
Welcome Joe!
A familiar face...but a new member.
The director of Shepherd's Crossing, Bev Olson, shared an update on their service to people in need in the community.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

Great meeting at Action Pact Design with our own member Casey Culbertson and Steve Shields, one of the founders of the Culture Change Movement.
Photos by Jeff Pfannenstiel.

A foreshadowing of what President-Elect Lucy's tenure might be like as she filled in for current president Lisa. All went well!
All photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

Donuts, an awesome sunrise, coffee, and our quarterly works session. And more than a few guests! Go figure.
District Governor and Club Member Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub received her Paul Harris Fellow X2 pin!
All photos by Clay Myers-Bowman.

We had lots of fun learning about the amazing K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design from their Dean Tim DeNoble. Who knew?
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman. 

A full meeting today with a new member induction, Paul Harris Fellow awards, banner presentations, and a program by Clay Myers-Bowman about his AFS hosting experiences.
Nick filled in as our greeter today.
We welcomed a new member today!
And gave pins to Scott, Mary, and Trent for each bringing a new member to the club.
Patrick received his Paul Harris fellow X 2. Thank you Patrick!
Bill received his Paul Harris Fellow award. 
And Doug received his Paul Harris Fellow x SIX. Really, SIX. Way to go Doug.
Sladana presented the club a banner from the Panama VTT group that was in Manhattan earlier in the week.
Clay explains how important AFS-USA has been to his family. (Photo by Cherlyn White-Conklin)
Clay introduces current exchange students Synne (Norway) and Christoph (Switzerland). (Photo by Cherlyn White-Conklin)

We made it to 2015! Today was our annual "Year in Review" by Ned Seaton, Executive Editor at The Manhattan Mercury. We are an awesome and strange community at the same time.
A delightful classification summary from Cherlyn!
Introducing today's speaker is Lucy Williams!
Nicely done Ned.
This picture here IS Country Stampede!
All photos by Clay Myers-Bowman (

All fun, no business. That's our holiday gathering. This year we met at Radina's in the Blue Earth Plaza. Happy Holiday!
Photo by Clay Myers-Bowman. (

This week is was the K-State Men's Basketball Coach's turn: Bruce Weber. And we recognized scholarship recipients from MATC.
Amy Gross shows us some of the books we've donated to the children's section of the Manhattan Public Library.
Photos by Clay Myers-Bowman, (

Our speaker today was K-State Women's Basketball Coach Jeff Mittie. AND we accepted our STAR Club award from the district!
Congrats to everyone who made our Star Club award possible!
Here's to Karen, the biggest K-State Women's Basketball fan.
All photos by Clay Myers-Bowman (

Helpful reminders today from Shania Dekat, from Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
Our greeter and inspiration-giver...Trevor!
Happy Birthday Linda!
Great shirts Rotary!
Katie and Shania Dekat, from Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
Proud Rotarians and Royals.
All photos by Clay Myers-Bowman (

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