Chamber honors Arthur, Gordon

By The Mercury

The son of a former award winner was named Citizen of the Year at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Friday night.

Terry Arthur, a long-time attorney for the Kansas Farm Bureau and an expert on agricultural law, received the award from Dan Yunk, Chamber board chairman and KFB president.

Arthur completes the second father-son duo to receive the Chamber’s highest award. His father, Charles Arthur, a prominent attorney here in the middle part of the 20th Century, had been previously honored.

The only other father-son team to have received the award since its creation in 1967 were Lud Fiser, the long-time Chamber executive after whom the award is named, and his son, Dave Fiser.

Also at Friday’s event, which was attended by 561 Chamber members and guests, long-time local accountant and businessperson Jim Gordon was named volunteer of the year.

Arthur was recognized for a diverse resume of community accomplishment including having served as president of the Manhattan Rotary Club, president of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, chair of the Big Lakes Development Center, chair of the Board of Directors of the Riley County United Way, and participation on the boards of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Meadowlark Hills Foundation, Shepherd’s Crossing, and the Manhattan Public Library Foundation.

Arthur is co-author of two books on farm and ranch estate planning, and is a former president of the Riley Co Bar Association. Prior to his recent retirement, he served for 18 years as general counsel for The Kansas Farm Bureau.

Gordon, a graduate of K-State, is a partner in the accounting firm of Sink, Gillmore and Gordon.

He is most closely identified as one of the creators of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation.  He was one of the founders in 1999 and its first president.  He served as treasurer and vice president before returning to the presidency this year.

Gordon’s other volunteer efforts have included service as a 4-H leader at the local, county and state levels.  He helped start the livestock sale in Pottawatomie County and served as chairman of the sale committee. Gordon also served on the Extension Board and was president for two years.

He has been active in Rotary, his church, United Way and youth baseball.

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