Flint Hills


The monthly meeting of the Flint Hills Woodturners began at 9 a.m., Dec. 7 at the Golden Prairie Honey Farms at the Green Valley Industrial Park, 8859 Green Valley Drive, Manhattan.

President Ray Case called the meeting to order.

For show and tell, Dennis Biggs, Ross Hirst, Robert Kloppenborg, Melissa McIntyre, Marc Green, Tom Shields, Dale Nester, Victor Schwarz, Stephen Hougham, and Danial Joseph shared their recent work.

President Ray Case welcomed first time visitors Terry Johnson and Ron Roedel. To enhance their skills, those new to woodturning can take a class at Manhattan’s UFM or participate in the club’s mentoring program.

The club’s twice monthly skill enhancement meetings are another way for turners of all skill levels to gather and learn from each other. Ray thanked the three outgoing board members Randy Zelenka, Tom Shields, and Ned Gatewood.

Ray offered a President’s Challenge this month to members to make a turning from one of the eight pieces of cedar he provided. Tom Boley encouraged members to read his article in the December newsletter, which includes an invitation from the Manhattan Arts Center to hold a gallery show sometime in 2021.

Treasurer Tom Shields reported the current status of the treasury. Dues for 2020 will be due in January.

Program Coordinator Dennis Biggs announced the demonstration will be Tom Shields discussing various types of sandpaper, and Steve Bietau making Christmas tree ornaments.

In January Ray Case will demonstrate turning multiaxial turnings. Joe Davis will be explaining indexing on the lathe in February.

In May the club will present a professional turner offering a demonstration at the regular Saturday meeting and also workshops during that weekend. Dennis asked for suggestions for demonstration and workshop topics. More information is forthcoming.

Ross Hirst, David Davis, Dennis Waite, Danial Joseph, Joe Davis, Joe Beck, Steve Hougham, Melissa McIntyre, and Ed Brokesh won prizes from the raffle. Ed Brokesh won the grand prize.


Duplicate Bridge Club

Linda Schottler and Robin Spencer tied for first with Judy Hildreth and Dianne Childs at the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club game Dec. 23. Katha Hurt and Mory Mort were third, and Kathleen Oldfather and Sharon Stemple were fourth in A and first in flight B. Gary Stemple and Tom Shields were second in flight B. The club meets each Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Seniors Center and encourages all bridge players to come and try duplicate bridge. For partnerships call Kathleen at 785-477-0898.

Manhattan Men’s Garden Club

The December meeting was on Dec. 19 hosted by Dick and Barbara Green. Master Gardener Coordinator Ward Upham was the program speaker. Ward’s program was on landscaping problems with special emphasis on problems and issues with trees.

President Joe Mainey presided over the business meeting finalizing the calendar and meeting hosts for 2020. Hearing no other business the meeting adjourned to sample Dick Green’s Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler. The meeting wrapped up with conversation and well wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The next meeting will be hosted by Ron and Jan Janasek at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16. The January program will be by Arlo Biere on Machu Picchu.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President Mike Dodson recognized several visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians. The club will not meet on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. On Jan. 9, the speaker will be Ned Seaton with a review of events in 2019. The next Rotary On Tap is Jan. 21 at JP’s in the Union. Bob Shannon introduced new member Greg Hoyt, retired administrator at USD 383 and now an agent with Farm Bureau. John Walters introduced new member Susan Adams, director of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Tom Fryer introduced new member Dallas Clemens, who works at the Commerce Brokerage division.

Nelson Galle introduced the speaker, Sarah Duggan, director of community relations at Meadowlark Hills retirement community in Manhattan. Founded in 1980, Meadowlark works to provide shared purpose, mission, and values to its residents along with a pattern of continuing care ranging from independent living to special care for residents experiencing types of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and other focused care and memory programs.

The book “How to Read a Book” will be given to Woodrow Wilson School in the name of Sarah Duggan. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Manhattan met Dec. 19 at the Blue Hills Room for the monthly meeting and luncheon with President Ann Bitzer presiding. Judy Anderson introduced “The Church Ladies,” Cindy Carlyon, Joan Nelson and Mary Louise Stahl. The trio sang a medley of Christmas songs and accompanied themselves on guitar, melodica and string bass. The next luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Blue Hills Room, and Stephanie Johnson, physical therapy specialist will present the program.

Connie Schmidt read the treasurer’s report and Carolyn Mears won the free lunch ticket. Lynn Bowles introduced her guest, Susan Carrigan, and Becky Ward introduced Carol Sundemeier. President Ann presented a Christmas tree ornament to members attending with December birthdays: Betty Heikes, Carita Otts and Beth Bipes.

January 2020 activities include First Tuesday Bunko, 1 p.m. Jan. 7, Stone Valley Clubhouse, Joanne Nickerson, hostess; Third Monday Bunko, 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at the home of Caroline Salaty; Hand and Foot cards, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23, Seniors Center; Breakfast Anyone, 9 a.m. Jan. 14, Early Edition West; Fourth Friday Bridge, 11:30 a.m. for lunch, 12:30 p.m. for cards Jan. 24, Pam Barta, hostess; and Coffee Tyme, 10 a.m. Jan. 24, Early Edition West.

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

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