Ashland Boosters 4-H Club

On June 17, the Ashland Boosters 4-H club met early at the Ashland cemetery to do their annual cleaning. At 7 p.m. members carried on with the regularly scheduled meeting. President Hannah Rosario called the meeting to order and Sofia Scheerer led the club in the pledge and flag salute. Members sang “Bear Hunt,” which was led by Issabell Parsons. Roll call was answered by, “What is you favorite 4H event?” There were 12 members, three leaders, and three parents present.

For the program, Hannah Rosario did a project talk on jar decorating and Jessica Rosario also did a project talk on notebook decorating. The hosts for this meeting were the Parker family, who served sandwich cookies, applesauce and juice pouches.

Ashland FCE

The Ashland FCE summer tour was June 11. Ten members and one guest traveled to Delphos, where Carol Mortimer served as their guide. The group toured many sites, including the 1971 UFO landing site, the lands of the 1868 Indian raids, the Zebulon Pike Memorial, the Mortimer historical home and the Delphos Museum. The final stop was a tour of the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Concordia.

The next meeting will be July 9 at the Ashland Community Center.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President John Armbrust reminded members of the golf fundraiser on June 17, ice cream booth at Juneteenth, Guardians event at Dream Car Museum, July Rotary on Tap at Little Apple Brewery July 24. Bill Richter reported funds raised from the marathon and other financial news from Rotary International. He also announced that Nigeria (one of the last nations with wild polio virus) has not had any new cases for three years. Pakistan is now the only area where there are a few new cases because the Taliban prevents vaccination. To consider polio beaten, there must be no new cases anywhere for 10 years. President John also noted that there are several dates for the Rotary literacy project in Guatemala posted on the R.I. website. Cup money is for the Manhattan Crisis Center. Greeters Sarah Schotte and Preston Schotte announced visiting Rotarians and there were guests of members.

Dede Brokesh introduced Lowell May, who has written two books about the POW camps in Kansas during World War II. He spoke especially about the camp that was just north of Concordia. There is now a museum on that site. Lowell explained how the camp was built, how the prisoners and the camp staff lived and worked, and how prisoners were allowed to work for farmers in the area. Both of Lowell’s books are available at Claflin Books on Fourth Street in Manhattan.

In honor of the speaker a book will be donated to Bergman Elementary School. Mel Chastain received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Meetings are also live-streamed and posted on the Manhattan Rotary Club Facebook page.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on June 17 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 18 members present. President Chad Tepe led the meeting. Warren Prawl led the song “America,” Fred Freeby led the pledge to the United States of America, and Doug Denning gave the invocation.

Birthdays recognized were John Pence (June 21) and Dee Herde (June 28); anniversaries recognized were Larry and Ruth Williams (June 17), John and Karen Pence (June 19), Jim and Katy Bach (June 22), Karl and Janet Dean (June 15). Ron Williams is recuperating from a bout with pneumonia at Bramlage House in Meadowlark Hills and Jim Jorns is also at Bramlage House recovering from knee replacement surgery. Jim Bach and Chad Tepe are formulating a policy document about the club’s new account with the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. The Solar Kiwanis Royals girls 7th and 8th grade softball team is 0-2 but playing hard and having fun. The group discussed what is needed to get ready for the annual pancake feed from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 4 at Pottorf Hall. The annual Super Solar Salad Supper and Sweet Sensations picnic will be at Tim Lindemuth’s house on June 20 with a bocce ball game to follow.

The Happy Dollar can was circulated with most dollars in recognition of newest member Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson.

The program was given by Doug Ackley and it was an “orienduction” for Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson. An “orienduction” is both and orientation and an induction. Jason was presented with information about the State (District) Kiwanis setup and additional information about the local Solar Kiwanis club. Jason was then sworn in.

The speaker for June 24 will be Jordan Kocher, KSU director of fraternity and sorority life, and will be introduced by Tim Lindemuth.

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.

VFW Auxiliary

The regular monthly meeting of the VFW Post 1786 Auxiliary was at Pat Patterson’s home June 17. President Jan Woodyard opened the meeting at 6:40 p.m. with the ritual and flag salute. Roll call was answered by six of seven officers. Guard Lavona Francis and first-year trustee Marilyn Gleue were absent.

Former District President Marsha LaRosh conducted installation of officers for the 2019-20 year.

Sandy Wood will be meeting with post member Chris Dunham at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hy-Vee to discuss a plan for the memorial bricks and Veteran’s Day Poppy Float. Chris has plans for a “Pathway of Honor.” All are welcome to attend and give input.

Every Friday in June and July, the post will provide free dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the post, 1231 Poyntz Ave., ending when food runs out. Desserts are needed.

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