Flint Hills


The monthly meeting of the Flint Hills Woodturners began at 9 a.m. June 1 at the Golden Prairie Honey Farms

President Ray Case called the meeting to order.

Victor Schwartz, Ross Hirst, Dennis Biggs, Karl Dean, Melissa McIntyre, Vaughn Graber, Steve Bietau, Colton Haug and Tom Boley shared their recent work.

President Ray Case reminded members of the show at the Marysville Lee Dam Center for Fine Arts July 3 through July 28. This is an opportunity for Flint Hills Woodturners to display and sell their work. Members do not need to be there for the showing and selling. Robert Kloppenborg is the contact person, and he distributed a handout for those interested. Participants will provide their own labels.

Treasurer Tom Shields reported on the checking account balance and the club’s costs for last month’s demonstration and workshops by visiting demonstrator Alan Lacer.

Operations chair Steve Bietau thanked those who helped at the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Flint Hills Festival at the Blue Earth Plaza on May 11. FHW’s next event will be Pumpkin Patch in the fall. It was generally agreed that turning bowls or something that can be turned in about ten minutes is a better demonstration than making tops, as tops appeal mostly to children.

Program chair Dennis Biggs announced the July program would be Mike Beltz demonstrating the use of chainsaws. Mike works at KanEquip in Wamego and has a long time affiliation with Stihl chainsaws.

Member at Large Tom Boley thanked Ray Case for the work he does for Flint Hills Woodturners as club president, editor of the newsletter, and for his setting up the shop on Fridays for the Saturday meetings.

Nico Bello was a guest at today’s meeting.

Melissa McIntyre, Tom Shields, Karl Dean, Vincent Traffas and Ross Hirst won prizes at the raffle. Steve Bietau won the grand prize.

Dennis Biggs demonstrated the making of a toothpick dispenser.

Preceptor Beta


Preceptor Beta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met July 9 at the home of Betty Holder. President Gloria Holcombe called the meeting to order and led the opening ritual. Roll call was “What is needed to make a quilt of friendship?” Seven members answered roll call.

The minutes of the previous meeting had been emailed by Secretary Lela Gillispie. Mary Lou Glende gave the treasurer’s report.

The July social will be a walking tour of Aggieville on July 17. The August social will be the Third Thursday event on Aug. 15. The August meeting will be held at the home of Betty Frank.

Peggy Riley is working on the yearbook with the theme of “Power of the Dream.” Mary Lou Glende and Mary Pauli will work on the scrapbook in August. Gloria Holcombe and Lela Gillispie will do the yardstick.

Gloria presented all members with a bracelet and a BSP charm. Betty Frank has completed the name quilt block signed by all members to be added to the quilt put together the past year. Lela won the hostess gift of a lovely Gerbera daisy. The closing ritual and Mizpah was recited.

Gloria Holcombe, outgoing president, led the installation of officers. Officers installed were President Mary Pauli; Vice President Betty Frank; Recording Secretary Lela Gillispie; Treasurer Mary Lou Glende; and Corresponding Secretary Mary Sue Moore.

A lunch followed with salads and desserts furnished by all members and enjoyed on Betty Holder’s screened-in porch.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on July 8 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 19 members and two visitors and one prospective member present. Charles Sargent introduced prospective member Suzanne Ryan-Numrich and the two visitors were Candice McIntosh and Melissa Colby, guests of Solarian Nick Pecenka. Pat Pesci led the song “America,” Fred Freeby led the pledge to the flag of the United States of America, and Ronald Williams gave the invocation.

The middle school girls Royals Softball team lost their game last week. The Solar Club gave the Royals an ice cream feed following their game on July 10. The Solar board of directors will meet at noon July 19 at Bluestem Bistro. The new member recruitment team that won the prize was Charlie Sargent’s team. The July 4 pancake feed at Pottorf Hall was successful, and the Solar Kiwanis Club expresses their appreciation to all who attended it.

Solarian Nick Pecenka introduced the speaker for the day, who was Candice McIntosh, the director of Girls On The Run. Girls On The Run does emphasize girls athleticism, particularly running, but also works with girls regarding friendship making and emotional, physical and social health.

The program for July 15 will be introduced by Naci Say Pelis. 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.

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