College Hill 4-H Club

Acting President Ashley Schafter called the Dec. 12 meeting of the College Hill 4-H Club to order. Roll call was answered by “What are you most looking forward to this winter break.” There were 22 members present and two leaders. Jake Larson led the group in singing “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.” There was discussion about teams for the upcoming Gavel Games. This meeting also included the club’s Christmas party with a White Elephant gift exchange. The next meeting was scheduled for Jan. 9.

Eagles Auxiliary

Jan. 2 was the first meeting of the year. During the last meeting in December, members tabled the question concerning the officers/committee meetings each month.

At 6:30 the group met and president Shirley Wilson said the meetings would continue. Nancy Drumm offered the invocation for the potluck meal. At 7:30 p.m., Shirley presided at the business meeting with Nancy giving the two meeting prayers.

Sandy Enoch led the pledge allegiance to the American flag. Members approved the last meeting minutes read by Joan Baughman. Jaccie Kraner gave the treasurer and weekly activity reports. The Kansas Day birthday party is Jan. 25 at the Junction City Eagles location. Communications were received from the K-State Cancer Research Foundation, Sunflower CASA, Manhattan Emergency Shelter and Miss Wheelchair Kansas. Members voted to give two free memberships annually in January and May. They voted to donate to a family in need because of ongoing illness. Betty Mullet reported that Bettie Rogers will receive auxiliary flowers for her Jan. 8 birthday. During the good of the order Brenda Bly and Jaccie were ticket drawing winners.

The group shall meet again at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 unless convened earlier with notice to members.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on Jan. 6 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 16 members present and one guest. President Vera Williams led the meeting. Doug Denning led the song “America,” Karl Dean led the pledge to the United States of America, and Tim Lindemuth gave the invocation.

Solarian Ron Williams is in Via Christi Hospital with several health related issues. The process for selecting the Solar Kiwanian of the Year will begin soon and members are encouraged to nominate someone. The Pete Loux Achievement Award is given annually from the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation. This award is for individuals who have mental and/or physical disabilities but have overcome the disability in order to become a productive member of society. Members are encouraged to nominate someone and the club will submit an application for the award to the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation. The Solar Kiwanis Board of Directors meeting will be Jan. 15 at noon at Bluestem Bistro.

The Happy Dollar can was circulated with most dollars in appreciation of holidays with their family members.

Vera Williams introduced the program, Scott Kohl from Highland Community College talking about the grape and wine industry in Kansas. They have a test plot and a tasting room (456 Wineries) in Wamego. They have 5,000 vines planted in 4 vineyards and use the grapes to make wine. They have space in the tasting room for five private wineries (only one of the spaces currently filled). The Wamego campus of Highland Community College offers both certificates and associate’s degrees in enology (winemaking) and viticulture (winegrape growing) and have been offering them since 2010.

The speaker for Jan. 13 will be introduced by Jace Bailey and will be Grant Chapman, associate provost at K-State talking about the importance of international programs and students at K-State.

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.

Riley County

Historical Society

The following are upcoming events related to local history. All are free and open to the public.

Chris Wilson, Lazy T Ranch, will talk about “Barn Quilts” at the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center, 301 N. 4th Street, Manhattan, at 1 p.m. Jan. 17. Riley County is part of the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail.

Dave Baker, director of the Douglass Center, will talk about the history of the center at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center.

Kansas Day will be celebrated with an open house at the Riley County Historical Museum and Goodnow House State Historic Site, 2309 Claflin Road, Manhattan, from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26. The event will include refreshments and tours of the Goodnow House to celebrate its 50 years as a state historic site.

Mary L. Schmidt will relate “Tales of Clementine Paddleford” at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Riley Seniors’ Service Center. Paddleford, from Riley County, was one of the most influential American food writers of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Riley County Genealogical Society’s Welsh Day and the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project Educational Program will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 23, in the community room at Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark. Speaker Gwen Colgrove from the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, in Wymore, Nebraska, will present a program on Welsh heritage and settlements throughout the State of Nebraska. This project is the only cultural resource in the United States dedicated to interpreting the cultural legacy of Welsh immigrants on the Great Plains.

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