Eagles Auxiliary

The evening started with the 6:30 p.m. potluck meal provided by auxiliary and aerie attendees.

Karen Resser presided over the 7:30 p.m. auxiliary business meeting. Members saluted and pledged allegiance to the American flag lead by Betty Mullet.

The group welcomed Debra Enos, a new transferee dual member, into the auxiliary. She told of her memories and offices held in the Eagles organization. Peggy Caudill gave the treasurer’s report. Jacci Kraner read the auditor report. Bettie Rogers received birthday flowers from the auxiliary according to the committee report.

Member Shirley Wilson was recently featured in the Manhattan Mercury. She told of the article reconnecting friends with her and possible new members into the auxiliary.

Drawing winners were Ann Bitzer and Susanne Birdwell. The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 unless convened earlier through notice to members.

Flint Hills


The monthly meeting of the Flint Hills Woodturners began at 9 a.m. Jan. 5 at the Golden Prairie Honey Farms.

President Ray Case called the meeting to order.

The meeting began with Show and Tell. Tom Boley, Bob Holcombe, Dan Pipp, Robert Kloppenborg, Terry Schmidt, Randy Zelenka, Dennis Biggs, Joe Beck, Victor Schwarz, Steve Bietau, Brad Hopper, David Delker, Ned Gatewood, Ray Case, Ross Hirst and Lyle Larson shared their recent woodturning work with the club.

Visitors at today’s meeting included Robert Younkin, Kevin Dean, Kenneth Stitt, and Richard Ramey.

Ray Case announced a new sound system was being tested and asked for feedback from members as to how it worked. Ray reminded members that Skill Enhancement is offered once or twice a month at Tom Boley’s shop. Tom Boley will continue organizing You Gotta Eat, where members get together for lunch each month. Tom Shields will collect annual membership dues, which are now due. Members receive a 10 percent discount at Woodcraft. Members were asked to volunteer to help set up the shop on the Friday before the Saturday club meeting, and to help clean up after the meeting. Joe Beck has received the FHW shirts that members ordered, and more can be ordered as needed. The Woodworking Show offering vendors and demonstrations will be in Kansas City on Jan. 18-20. FHW nametags are given to new members at no cost, and members can purchase.

Ray Case asked members to contribute articles and other wood turning information to the newsletter. He also asked if any members are not getting the newsletter to please let him know.

Members will be doing a public demonstration at the Aggieville Makers Faire.

The program was given by Randy Zelenka, demonstrating turning a vessel and describing the tools used in vessel making. Ray Case will give the February demonstrating on turning a 3-axis turning. The March program will be several members demonstrating their favorite finishes. The April program will be Tom Boley demonstrating coring. For the May program, nationally known wood turner Alan Lacer will be providing the demonstration. A small fee will be charged. Alan will present a workshop on Friday before the May meeting and possibly a workshop on Thursday. Alan’s fee for presenting the workshop will be covered in full by those participating.

Robert Kloppenborg has been in contact with the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art in Marysville and the group is invited to show and sell work at their July 2019 event.

This month Kenneth Stitt, Richard Ramey, David Davis, Ross Hirst, and Randy Zelenka won prizes. Barbara Drolet and Kenneth Stitt won the grand prize.

The next Flint Hills Woodturning meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2 at the Golden Prairie Honey Farms. Anyone interested in wood turning is welcome to attend.



The Jan. 14 meeting was held at the Manhattan Public Library. Prior to the start of the meeting, Wandean Rivers, technology trainer, conducted a presentation detailing the many technology training opportunities free to library card holders.

Betty Grubb, vice president, called the meeting to order by leading the opening pledge. Due to a family emergency, President Darlene Fronce was unable to attend the meeting. There were eight members in attendance. Carol Reinhardt presented the treasurer’s report it was filed for audit.

Marilyn Gobel, Carita Otts, Betty Grubb and Darlene Fronce attended the District J meeting that was in Junction City on Jan. 13.

It was decided that the January social will be to attend a Sunday movie. The February meeting will be at Connie Schmidt’s home. Donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket will be collected.

Meeting ended with reciting of the closing pledge.

Konza Prairie

Quilters Guild

Konza Prairie Quilters Guild met Jan. 14 at St. Thomas More Catholic Activity Center. President Betty Frank called the meeting was called to order and welcomed the 78 members present. There were 13 guests.

Gerrie Fouts is distributing the next pattern for Block of the Month. It is angel themed and can be made in any media.

Treasurer’s report is available for review from Kathy Garvin. Norma Butler, Sue Chavey and Lois Morrison audited the records.

Ruth Prescott, librarian, reported on the book “Precision Piecing.” She highlighted helpful hints. The book “Radiant Quilts” has been donated to the Manhattan Public Library in memory of Edie Radenberg.

Carol Pacey will have the 2018 Challenge Quilts ready to pick up after the meeting. Elaine Shannon will be presenting the quilt challenge for 2019.

President Frank showed the president’s blocks she has received. They are to be 9 1⁄2 inches.

The Opportunity Quilt was shown. Sharon Hughes, Nelda Elder, Rachel Moreland, Beverly Holdren, Carol Pacey and Susie Weir made the quilt. Dee Gerardy did the quilting. Tickets are available for sale. Call a guild member for a chance to win this gorgeous quilt.

Eight members displayed hand made items for Show and Tell.

Quilts from the Heart showed the many quilts that had been received this month. The quilts benefit the youth in Riley and surrounding counties that stay at the Crisis Center. Karen Malone from “All About Quilts” donates much of the fabric used to make the quilts, bags and pillowcases.

All members have cleaned out their sewing rooms and there are many items to buy and bid on.

The next guild meeting will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 at the St. Thomas More Activity Center. Pam Russell, program co-chairman, announced the program will be Marjorie Devlin

presenting “Quilting for the Seasons.” She will show her seasonal bed runners, wall hangings and pillows. Guests are welcome.

Manhattan Lions Club

The Manhattan Lions Club met on Jan. 28 at the Four Points by Sheraton. “Big Lion” Carol Ott called the meeting to order, and Lion Carol Hockersmith led the singing of “America,” followed by “the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,” and “The Lions Roar.” Lion Diana Chapel provided the invocation, followed by the recognition of guests, birthdays and anniversaries by Lion Carol Ott. Reports from various committee members were then given.

Zone 7 Chair Lion Al Keithley provided a short synopsis of zone activities this past quarter and indicated that the Lions Vision Committee had completed nearly 2,800 vision screenings since August 2018. Lion Anne Nielsen noted that the Hearing and Vision Screening Manuals for the State of Kansas are in the process of being revised to include the potential use of instrument screeners for ages 1 through 5.

The Mid-Winter Rally was on Jan. 25 and 26. The Zone 7 Lions Clubs provided a hospitality room. Lion Mickey Keithley and Lion Arlene Sherwood orchestrated the delivery of plenty of goodies from numerous clubs in the district and state. Both the Manhattan Sunflower Lions Club and the Manhattan Lions Club helped staff the hospitality room.

Lion Dave Schafer reported the final cost tabulations for the Lions Pancake Feed last October and the planning for the next Pancake Feed in the fall of 2019.

Lion Duaine Sherwood spoke about preparation for the forthcoming club’s biscuits and gravy feed, which will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the College Avenue Methodist Church. In cooperation with the Biscuits and Gravy Feed, a raffle is being held with items donated in support of the KSDS Service Dogs, Inc., Washington. Lion Jay Davis is accepting donations for this activity.

Planning for the club Valentines Dinner Feb. 11 at the First United Methodist Church is underway. Funds raised will go to the support of the Ogden Friendship House.

The Program for the evening was a presentation by Eric Cattell, director of the Community Development Department for the City of Manhattan. The topic was the historical development of the city over the past hundred years, presented by showing the growth of the city in map form along with other population growth charts. Discussion evolved into plans for continued residential development and evolving activities in and around the Aggieville District and within Pottawatomie County to the east.

In closing, Lion Carol Hockersmith led in singing “Smile True Lions.” The next meeting will be the Valentines Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 11 at the First United Methodist Church.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President John Armbrust opened the meeting with thanks to Nathalie Kind-Chalmers and Rachel Klataske for arranging the social time at the Taphouse, which included sampling “Rotary Golden Wheel Ale.” The Rotary Foundation will receive 25 cents for each glass of the ale sold. The next social is Feb. 21 at Mr. K’s. He noted that the Rotary Leadership Institute will be in Manhattan on March 30-31. The fee will be paid for anyone who wants it. A Paul Harris Fellow +1 was awarded to Doug Wendt. Cup Money is for the Flint Hills Foster Teen Camp. Mitzi Richards was greeter and there were several visiting Rotarians. President John presented a proclamation on the occasion of member Donn Leach’s 90th birthday.

Dale Bradley introduced the speaker Lyle Butler. Rotarian Lyle is the retiring president and CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. He presented a list of improvements and developments in the Manhattan area during his tenure. Some of these items were regional developments in partnership with other communities and organizations, a mark of the “Collaboration, Cooperation, and Partnership” that Lyle committed to when he started the job. He mentioned the Economic Development Plan with $11 million funding primarily from the private sector; an increase in retail sales since 2000 from $400,000 to more than a billion; Manhattan Downtown Redevelopment Project; commercial jet service since 2009; development of the Manhattan Conference Center in 2011; Vision for the Future Project—Region Reimagined with area leaders; of leaders’ retreat including Junction City and Wamego; attraction of the federal NBAF project in competition with other institutions; the regional Flint Hills Discovery Center; new hotels.

In honor of the speaker, the book “Dreamers” will be given to Northview School. The Holiday Inn Appreciation went to Donn Leach. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on Jan. 28 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 16 members present. President Chad Tepe led the meeting. Jerry Rosine led the song “America,” Larry Williams led the pledge to the American flag and Jim Jorns gave the invocation.

Tepe introduced Monte Clarke, who just joined the club. Member Vera Williams fell while at home and was transferred to Via Christi. She is recovering at home.

Kansas History Day is Feb. 16 at Marlatt Elementary School. Those interested in judging entries should contact Tracie at kansashistoryday@gmail.com.

The club received a thank you letter and a banner patch for the club’s contribution to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

The Kansas District Kiwanis conference is in Hays on March 1 and 2. The club will pay the registration fee for those attending.

Club member Donald Darfler introduced the speaker for the day, who was Penny Crawford, client services assistant at K-State Vet Med Hospital. Penny reviewed the services provided by the Vet Clinic and told of some of the more unusual cases they have had.

Karl Dean will be introduce speaker for Feb. 4. It will be Rhonna Hargett from the Manhattan Public Library talking about the adult services provided at the library.

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club meets every Monday at noon at the Little Apple Brewing Company. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. Advance reservations are not necessary. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

VFW Auxiliary

The POW/MIA Proclamation will be at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the County Commissioners’ chamber meeting press conference.

There will be a “Welcome Home” ceremony for the 538 Transport Reserve Unit from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 in the First Free Methodist Church basement. The auxiliary will serve refreshments.

Information about the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018 and the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, set for implementation this February is available on the VFW website on the VFW Action Corp Weekly.

For more information on any of the above events, contact vfw1786aux@gmail.com.

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