Flint Hills FCE

The Flint Hills Family and Communication unit met for lunch in the Living Room at Meadowlark Hills on Oct. 28. President Laura Henning called the meeting to order, and all members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the State FCE Creed.

Roll call was answered with the number of community service hours each had for September, a total of 21 hours.

The minutes for the September meeting were approved as emailed.

Members collected pennies for the ACCW Pennies for Peace.

Caroline Salaty gave a program on Words Count.

Mildred brought the travel bag and Ann won it.

Election of officers results were Laura Henning, president; Mildred Armstrong, vice resident; Marilyn Woodruff, secretary/treasurer; and Mildred Armstrong, council representative.

The club met again for lunch in the Living Room at Meadowlark Hills on Nov. 25. Vice President Mildred Armstrong called the meeting to order, Caroline led the Pledge of Allegiance, and members recited the National FCE Creed.

Roll call was the number of community service hours each had for November, a total of 37 hours.

The minutes for the October meeting were approved as emailed.

Members collected pennies for peace for the ACW (American Country Women), a worldwide organization.

Jane Brown gave a program on “Choose Wisely’ about the healthy choices one can make for the food they eat, and how important it is to exercise.

Ann brought the travel bag. Marilyn won it. It was a fall ceramic mixing bowl with a harvest scraper and whisk.

Members discussed paying the Christmas Party hostesses for the decoration expenses they incurred. It was motioned by Ann, Marilyn seconded, and it was unanimous that the group pay for their expenses.

The charity was Katie’s Way. The next meeting will be on Jan. 27.

All area homemakers are invited to attend the meetings. FCE is a public service organization and guests are always welcome. For more information, please contact Ann Bitzer at 785-473-7248.

Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club

Linda Schottler and Elizabeth Jankord won the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club game Nov. 25. Robert Trenary and Katie Philp were second, Katha Hurt and Mory Mort were third, and Dianne Childs and Judy Hildreth were fourth. Trenary and Philp were first in flight B, Lynda Yancey and Helen Estes were second, Robin Spencer and Pam Bales were third, and Kathleen Oldfather and Sharon Semple were fourth. The club meets each Monday at 1 p.m. at the Seniors Center and encourages all bridge players to come and try duplicate bridge. For more information or partnerships, call Kathleen at 785-477-0898.

Manhattan Rotary Club

Mike Dodson introduced Stormy Kennedy, who introduced Woody Shoemaker, the speaker for the day. Woody started the At Home Assisted Care company in Manhattan a few years ago, but during the era of the Vietnam conflict he was a member of a Navy Seal Team, which was his topic for the day. In 1968 there were about 500 Navy Seals, the specialized group that was started by President Kennedy as the Navy’s answer to the type of special work done by the Army’s Green Berets. “SEAL” means that the troops can be inserted by “Sea, Air, or Land” wherever they are needed. He spoke about some of the people he served with and the special jobs he was assigned.

The book “I Am Enough” will be donated to Northview Elementary School in Woody’s honor. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Men’s Garden Club

The November meeting was held on the Nov. 21 hosted by Jerry and Mary Vestweber. At this meeting the primary new items of business were to elect officers for next year along with selecting hosts and sites for the monthly meetings in 2020. Officers chosen for next year were Pat Butler as president, Al Schmaderer as vice president, John Drach as secretary/treasurer, Joe Mainey as past president and director and Dick Green as director. Under old business, President Joe Mainey briefed the gathering on the positive feedback received from the Hospice House and Senior Center for the recent workdays cleaning their flowerbeds.

After adjourning the business meeting, the group shared their gardening successes and disappointments for the past year. This session is both a learning experience as gardeners are eternal optimists along with a bit of bragging rights on who grew the best tomato or who raised the largest sweet potato.

The meeting wrapped up with refreshments served by hosts Jerry and Mary Vestweber. Dick and Barbara Green will host the next meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. The December program will be by Ward Upham on landscaping.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon Nov. 25 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 16 members and one guest present. President Vera Williams led the meeting. The guest was Gary Fike, guest of Doug Denning. Jim Bach led the song “America.” Chad Tepe led the pledge to the flag of the United States of America. Ronald Williams gave the invocation.

There is an opening for someone to replace Jim Bach in the future in working with the Kansas History Day at area schools. The Solar Kiwanis Club Christmas gathering will be on Dec. 5 at the Meadowlark Hills Community Room. The Evening Kiwanis Club’s pancake feed will be on Dec. 14 at Pottorff Hall. There will be a general meeting of Solar Kiwanis on Dec. 9 to elect a member at large of the board.

Solarian Doug Denning introduced Gary Fike, Riley County Extension agent. He spoke on budgeting, debt and spending.

The speaker for Dec. 2 will be introduced by Fred Freeby and will be Mary Stamey, formerly the principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, who will speak on today’s children.

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis meets every Monday Noon at the Little Apple Brewing Company. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Solar Kiwanis will not meet on Dec. 25.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Manhattan met Nov. 21 at the Blue Hills Room for the monthly meeting and luncheon with President Ann Bitzer presiding. Karen Tinkler, second vice president, introduced Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development. The institute promotes rural development through programs including support local leadership, rural outreach projects, community vitality, and public news resources. Wilson is also known as the Cowboy Poet. In 2003, Gov. Bill Graves officially proclaimed him to be a “poet lariat.” Cowboy poetry celebrates the American West, and Ron shared some of his poems. He also recited a poem that he wrote just for the Manhattan Welcome Club. The next luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Blue Hills Room. The program will be seasonal music presented by the Church Ladies.

Connie Schmidt, treasurer, read the financial report. She also won the free lunch ticket. Ann Bitzer introduced a guest and new member, Mary Hemphill. Nancy Webb introduced her sister, Eloise Brown, and Velma Osborn introduced Thyra Davis. Members present with November birthdays were Lynn Bowles and Mary Hemphill. President Ann presented each one with a small succulent plant.

December activities include First Tuesday Bunko at 1 p.m. Dec. 3, Stone Valley Clubhouse with Becky Ward as hostess; Coffee Tyme, 11:30 a.m., Dec. 6, potluck at the home of Caroline Salaty; Breakfast Anyone, 9 a.m. Dec. 10, Hilton Garden Inn; Hand and Foot cards 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Senior Center; and Third Monday Bunko, 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Meadowlark Hills, with Jackie Frintrup as hostess. There will be a board meeting at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Manhattan Public Library auditorium.

The Welcome Club is open to all new and current memers of the Manhattan community. For more information, call Jackie Frintrup, membership chairperson, 785-537-4438, or Ann Bitzer, president, 785-473-7248, for club activities or reservations.

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