Eagles Auxiliary

The second meeting night for the month was June 20. Nancy Drumm offered a thankfulness prayer as members circled hands around the tables of plenty for a potluck meal. The scheduled 7:30 p.m. business meeting was opened in regular form by Shirley Wilson.

The group saluted and pledged allegiance to the American flag led by Sandy Enoch. Nancy gave the meeting prayers. All officers were present. The communications were read and the group approved the bills given by Joan Baughman. Jaccie Kraner gave the treasurer and weekly event reports. Anne McCann received birthday flowers from the auxiliary. Because the first meeting in July falls on July 4, the group will not meet then. The first meeting in July will be July 11 and the second meeting July 18.

Drawing winners were Ann Bitzer and Jaccie. The group shall meet again 7:30 p.m. July 11 unless convened earlier through notice to members.

Flint Hills FCE

The Flint Hills Family and Community Education Unit met for lunch at noon followed by their monthly business meeting on June 24 in the Living Room at Meadowlark Hills. President Laura Henning called the meeting to order, and all members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the National FCE Creed.

Roll call was the number of community hours each member had for May and June, a total of 28 hours. The minutes for the April meeting were approved as emailed to all members.

Marilyn won the travel bag, which was brought by Jane, peanut M&Ms and a paper flower bouquet in a vase.

Members collected pennies for the ACCW Pennies for Peace.

Jayme Morris-Hardeman from Thrive was the guest for lunch and gave a compelling presentation on Thrive. Thrive alleviates poverty through positive and long-term relationships fostered in a safe and consistent place, that build life skills and resilience across generations. The next monthly meeting will be on Aug. 26. The group will have a presentation on osteoporosis by Meghan Dougherty from Riley County Extension.

For more information, contact Ann Bitzer at 785-473-7248.

Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689

The June 25 meeting of Harmony Rebekah Lodge opened with noble grand Shirley Wilson presiding. Geraldine Fouts and Shirley Wilson made reports on members needing support and prayers. Nancy Drumm reported on cards sent to members.

Geraldine Fouts reported on the members not going to Camp Hope because of the storms in the area. Geraldine reported on the Rebekah Assembly Session that will be held at the Ramada Inn in Topeka Oct. 9 and 10. Members discussed what the group will serve at the reception after Geraldine is installed President of the Rebekah Assembly of Kansas. Her banquet will follow Thursday evening after the closing of the Rebekah Assembly Session.

The memorial committee of Felicia Gawith and Geraldine Fouts undraped the lodge charter that had been draped for 30 days in memory of Mavis Paull, a past International president.

Nancy Drumm presented Geraldine Fouts a 25-year veteran jewel for her work in the lodge, the community and the Rebekah Assembly. The members voted to make a donation to the Odd Fellow Rebekah Rose float for the 2020 Float.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Senior Center. The Lodge is now in recess for the summer.

Kansas Quality Woodworkers


The June meeting of the Kansas Quality Woodworkers Association was at the Golden Prairie Honey Farm. President Nick Knicklebine opened the meeting with 17 members and guests in attendance.

The revised bylaws were approved. Election of officers will be in November. The club will meet every month. The group also discussed the float for the 4-H Parade and the price of KQWA shirts.

The members made wooden toys and ornaments to give children during the holidays.

For the July program, Jim Girard will demonstrate wood carvings.

For more information about the club, call 785-539-8073.

Konza Prairie Quilters Guild

Konza Prairie Quilters’ Guild met June 10 at Pottorf Hall. President Betty Frank called the meeting to order and welcomed the 49 members present. There were three guests. The president acknowledged June birthdays and thanked those who brought refreshments. Door prizes were awarded.

The next guild meeting will be at 9 a.m. July 8 at the St. Thomas More Activity Center. Elizabeth Granberg-Jerome will present the program. Her program will be “Hexified Panels.” She will make kaleidoscopic hexies using fabric panels or hexies made from six colors flow around one cut panel.

Block of the month chair Gerri Fouts said participants are making angels.

Treasurers report is available for review from Kathy Garvin. Workshop fees were explained in more detail.

Ruth Prescott, librarian, reported on the book “Paper Pieced Patterns.” The book has contemporary paper pieced patterns.

There is still time to sign up for the Quilt Challenge. Quilts will be displayed on Oct. 14.

Nancy Hubbard and Callie Hildebrand, Pumpkin Patch co-chairwomen, indicated they would like major items turned in at the July meeting. This will give them an opportunity to plan the booth and see if additional items are needed.

Tickets are available for sale for the opportunity quilt. Those interested can call a guild member for a chance to win the quilt. Members should contact Susie Weir if they wish to take the quilt to another venue to sell tickets.

LuAnn Hoover and Pam Russell reviewed the August program. Marla Day from the KSU textile program will present “Turned Edges and Tiny Stitches.” She will discuss early examples of applique quilts from the KSU Museum.

A Mystery Quilt workshop will be presented at the July 8 meeting by Betty Frank. Handouts are available at the back table. If interested, the signup sheet is available. The mystery quilt is called Stone Soup after a European folk tale. Betty had a display listing fabric suggestions.

President Frank discussed the T-Shirt small group project and guild fundraiser. It is hoped guild members can work in groups of three to five and each group make two quilts. Committee members are Sue Chavey, Pam Flach, Carol Pacey and Mary Swisher.

Susie Weir reported that one of the guild’s quilt racks is lost.

Rachel Moreland asked members to let her know if they did not receive their newsletter.

Nancy Hubbard announced the Pottawatomie County Quilt Show is Aug. 1.

Seven Members displayed nine quilts for Show and Tell. Quilts from the Heart were also displayed.

Patricia Beaver presented “A funny thing happened to me when I moved to Utah.”

Manhattan Lions Club

The Manhattan Lions Club met on June 24 at the Four Points by Sheraton. “Big Lion” Carol Ott called the meeting to order, and Lion Carol Hockersmith led the singing of “God Bless America,” followed by “the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag” and the song, “The Lions Roar.” Lion Rev. Diana Chapel provided the invocation. Lion Carol Ott followed the invocation by recognizing guests, birthdays and anniversaries in the month of June. Reports from various committee members were then given.

Lion Joe Ott reported that Highway 18 clean-up was completed by club members and several siblings and grandkids on June 8. Zone Chair Lion Al Keithley spoke briefly about the final vision screening report for Lions Year, noting that 3,404 children and young adults were screened between August 2018 and June 24 by the vision screening committee. Information was presented on the progress in achieving the needed $6,600 for the purchase of the new version of the SPOT vision screener, replacing the version currently owned by the club. Contributions were received from The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation (Howe Family Trust), Witt Eye Care Center, Manhattan Lions Club, Manhattan Sunflower Lions Club, Wamego Lions Club, Keats Lions Club and Randolph Lions Club.

Big Lion Carol Ott, in closing her year as president of the Manhattan Lions Club, provided her thanks to all the club members and board members. She then introduced Past Council Chair Lion Beverly Greenwood, who proceeded with the new officer induction process for the coming year. Incoming President Lion David Schafer and other officers were then inducted and pins received.

In closing, Lion Carol Hockersmith led in singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The next meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. July 8 at the Four Points by Sheraton. If interested, contact a members or come to a meeting, which are typically held on the second and fourth Monday evenings at the Four Points by Sheraton.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President John Armbrust introduced Vern Henricks who announced the winners and additional donors of the golf fundraiser. Around $1,100 was raised for the Rotary Foundation and $2,500 for international projects. Cup money is for the Manhattan Crisis Center. The See Clyde Run and Midge Mile will be Sept. 28. Rotarians who register should let Clyde know so donations can be attributed to them. The monthly board meeting was the last for members Dale Bradley, David Kreller and Vern Henricks. New members will be Bob Ward, Mitzi Richards, and Chris Culbertson.

Bob Ward introduced the speaker, Phil Vardiman, who is an NFL, Team USA Track and Field, and Big 12 spotter for potential injuries, especially possible concussions. Phil has been active in professional athletic training at KU and K-State and has worked with the teams at several of the Olympics. He explained how the new rules, especially in football, are meant to prevent concussions, and also to identify potential concussions before they become more serious.

In honor of the speaker a book will be given to Bluemont Elementary School. Wade Greif received the Holiday Inn Appreciation.

At the July 19 meeting, John Armbrust chaired his last meeting as club president by thanking the members for the opportunity and for all the good work that is done by the members. He noted that the day was PTSD Awareness Day. He thanked Larry Erpelding for the last Rotary on Tap and said the next one will be on July 25 at Liquid Art. Those interested in the District 5710 Human Trafficking committee should contact Patty Mellard. Rotary International will add “environmental sustainability” to each of the six areas of focus. The club said farewell to John Paul Gonzales who is moving to Maryland.

Robbin Cole announced the 25 visiting Mandela Fellows from South Africa will be welcomed from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 13 at Coles’ backyard and to tell Robbin if you will attend. Sue Maes introduced one of the leaders for the Mandela Fellows, Bulelwa Mdleledni, from Khayelitsha, in Western Cape, South Africa. This club has some exchange visits with that club. Greeters Scott Emley and Gavin Garmin introduced visiting Rotarians. Guests were introduced.

Dale Bradley introduced the speaker, Dennis Butler, the director of the Riley County Police Department, who moved here about 6 months ago.

At the end of the meeting the incoming club president, Michael Dodson, and outgoing president John Armbrust “exchanged” their pins and John was presented a gavel and plaque as a memento of his year as president. John noted that without the professional help, especially from Secretary George Ham and Treasurer Andy Bowen, the club president would not know what to do.

In honor of the speaker an autographed book will be given to Northview Elementary School.

The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on June 24 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 18 members present and three guests. President Chad Tepe led the meeting. Doug Ackley led the song “America,” Charlie Sargent led the pledge to the United States of America, and Monte Clarke gave the invocation.

The guests at the meeting were Linda Wanamaker and Suzanne Ryan-Numrich, who were guests of Charlie Sargent, and Jace Bailey, who was a guest of Chad Tepe.

Dee Herde’s birthday was recognized (June 28) as was Bob and Barbara Johnson’s anniversary (June 29). Both Ron Williams (pneumonia) and Jim Jorns (knee replacement) are better and doing further recuperation at home. The Solar Kiwanis Royals girls 7th and 8th grade softball team is 1-2. There was discussion about what was needed to get ready for the annual pancake feed from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 4 at Pottorf Hall. The annual Super Solar Salad Supper and Sweet Sensations picnic was at Tim Lindemuth’s house on June 20, along with a rousing bocce ball game on Tim’s lawn. Ron and Kristen Jackson won in a heated battle, Mary Scharfe and her son William came in one point short, Doug Ackley and Malley Sisson were two points shy of winning and Doug Denning and host Tim Lindemuth gave it a good try. The club will have an interclub with the Manhattan Evening Kiwanis Club at their June 25 meeting.

The Happy Dollar can was circulated with most dollars in recognition of guests.

The program was introduced by Tim Lindemuth and was Jordan Kocher, director of Sorority and Fraternity Life at K-State. Jordan spoke about her experience guiding young Greek life leaders with not only sorority and fraternity matters but also life issues.

The club next met at noon on July 1 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 19 members and one visitor present. Doug Ackley led the song “America.” Chad Tepe 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 will give the Royals an ice cream feed following their game on July 10. Vera Williams announced that there were three who went to the Evening Kiwanis Club on Tuesday evening on June 25. Past Lt. Gov. Doug Malone made up the fourth for an interclub. The Solar Board of Directors will meet at the Bluestem Bistro at noon on July 19. Ron Williams announced that Charlie Sargent had been elected the Kansas District Kiwanian of the Year. Doug Ackley announced that Solar Kiwanis Club’s nominee for the Pete Loux Award for Kansas with disabilities, Randy Taske from Pratt, who is blind, will be given the award at the Kansas District Kiwanis Convention in August.

Solarian Karen Renz introduced the speaker for the day, who was Allana Parker of the Riley County Historical Society. She spoke about the Manhattan Electric Park, which was in west Manhattan at the beginning of the last century.

It was announced that past Solar Kiwanis President Lyle Dixon had passed away.

Solarian Nick Pecenka will introduce the program for July 8.

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club meets every Monday at noon at the Little Apple Brewing Company.

Men’s Garden Club

The meeting was held on June 20 at the home of Carroll and Barbara Hackbart with an outdoor picnic. Eight members and seven guests were present. Acting President Al Schmaderer called the meeting to order. The previous minutes and the treasurer’s report were approved.

The flowers beds at the Senior Center were planted and the sweet potatoes for the benefit of the Breadbasket have been planted. Some discussion followed as to when the regular potatoes should be dug. They will be watched and when the foliage starts to die back, then a date will be established for digging.

Doug Tippen had been contacted by Meadowlark Hills. Meadowlark is planning an expansion and the tree we planted in memory of Vernon Toburen will be destroyed and the tree that was planted in memory of Ralph Miller has died. The group decided the plaque for Vernon Toburen will be moved to the area with Ralph Miller’s plague. When Meadowlark’s construction is completed in the area, the group will re-evaluate the situation.

The next meeting will be on July 18.

The meeting adjourned with special thanks given to hosts, the Hackbarts.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Manhattan met June 20 at the Blue Hills Room for the monthly meeting and luncheon with the newly elected officers for 2019-2020: president, Ann Bitzer; first vice president, Carolee Fairbanks; co-second vice presidents, Karen Tinkler and Diana Havenstein; secretary, Joanne Nickerson; treasurer, Connie Schmidt; assistant treasurer, Bobbi Schesser; parliamentarian, Jan Byars. The Committee appointees are Breakfast Anyone?, Mildred Armstrong; Bridge, Pat Peugh; Monday Bunko, Maurine Pruitt; Tuesday Bunko, Jane Gates; Coffee Tyme, Caroline Salaty; Hand and Foot cards, Anne Collins; membership, Jackie Frintrup; newsletter, Becky Ward; publicity, Caroline Salaty; fall social, Judy Anderson; spring social, Karen Tinkler; Sunshine, Roxie Erickson; telephone, Sharon Stemple; yearbook, Connie Noble. The callers are Jan Byars, Anne Collins, Roxie Erickson, Anna Gates, Judy Hollis and Nancy Webb.

Diana Havenstein introduced the guest speaker, Allana Parker, curator of design, Riley County Historical Museum. Allana’s topic, “Influential Women of Riley County” included the stories of Ellen Denison Goodnow, Julia Louisa Lovejoy Whitehorn, Minnie Howell Champ and Nellie Sawyer Kedzie. The next luncheon program July 18 will be on the National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility by Ron Trewyn.

Secretary Joanne Nickerson read the minutes from the joint board meeting held June 5 and Connie Schmidt gave the financial report. Lorene Stuteville won the free lunch ticket. Birthdays recognized were Mildred Armstrong, Joyce Todd, Carolyn White, Bobbi Schesser, Myrtle Mars, Yvonne Osbourn and Chris Eilers. President Anne gave each one a small succulent plant.

Jackie Frintrup introduced Stevanie Wilkos, daughter of Marilyn Bunyan, and Maria Tauastelis, a new member.

Maureen Pruitt shared with the club her recent attendance at a “Her Flag” ceremony, celebrating the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The flag will consist of a strip from each of the 36 ratifying states, Kansas being the fourth. The Kansas strip was designed by a K-State graduate.

July activities are Breakfast Anyone?, 9 a.m. July 9, Houlihan’s; Coffee Tyme, 10 a.m., July 26, Panera; Monday Bunko, 1 p.m. July 15, at the home of Jo Beckman; Tuesday Bunko, 1 p.m., Stone Valley Club House; Hand and Foot, 12:30 p.m. July 11 and 26 at the Seniors’ Center; Bridge, 11:30 a.m. for lunch, 12:30 p.m. for cards, July 26, Judy Salem, hostess.

For more information, call Jackie Frintrup, 785-537-4438, or Anne Bitzer, 785-473-7238, for club activities or reservations.

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