The Eagles Auxiliary officers & committee chairmen met March 5 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose was to discuss changes & corrections within duties as officers. Nancy Drumm gave a prayer of thankfulness prior to the 7 p.m. potluck meal. The 7:30 p.m. business meeting opened with Shirley Wilson presiding. Attendees saluted & pledged allegiance to the American flag lead by Sandy Enoch. We accepted the Feb. 20 meeting minutes as read by Joan Baughman. The membership application for Karen Barr will be forwarded to the Interviewing Committee. We allowed the payment of bills. We voted a donation to the State Ritual Committee for the June State Convention. Members bought tickets received from the Bar H Boys Ranch. The secretary & weekly event reports were given by Joan Baughman & Jaccie Kraner. Our auxiliary voted to donate a filled basket to the trustee committee at the June state convention. The Grand Madam President of the Eagles Auxiliary will be at the Junction City FOE, Thursday evening. Several of our auxiliary members attended. After this meeting tonight there was a joint meeting with the aerie members. Madelyn Brown, Suzanne Birdwell & Ann Bitzer won the ticket drawings.
The club meets again March 19 at 7:30 p.m. unless convened earlier with notice to members.
Gamma Omicron of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA)
The Gamma Omicron chapter met for their March business meeting on March 4 at the home of Kathy Crowl with Debbie Smith as co-hostess. Thirteen members were present. Before the meeting, the chapter toured the Senior Service Center. DeAdre Strouts, co-educational director, introduced our speaker Jami Ramsey who gave us information on the center. The chapter donated first aid items to the Foster Teen Camp.
B.J. Weixelman, Jonquil Girl, gave the opening thought “When Winter Turns to Spring”. It was announced that our chapter Senior High Youth Award winner, MHS senior Jonathan Hoepner, is also the state Youth Award winner.
Officers elected for 2020-2021 are President, Maureen Wells; Vice-President, Judy Ahrens; Secretary, Brenda Schaffer; Treasurer, DeAdre Strouts and Educational Director, Sherry Brown.
The March social will be a trip to St. Mary’s, March 28,2020 with lunch at Sugar Creek. The next business meeting will be April 8 at the home of Maureen Wells with Sherry Brown as co-hostess. Emily Selby, director of Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center, will be our guest speaker. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about ESA, contact Claire Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a “like” on Facebook (Epsilon Sigma Alpha).
Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689
The March 10 meeting of the Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689 opened with noble grand Paula Hardin presiding. Nancy Drumm and Paula reported on a member needing sympathy and those not present. Nancy reported on cards sent to members and members of the order.
Felicia Gawith read a report on Schuyler Colfax the author and founder of the Rebekah Degree in 1850.
The members were reminded of the 4 state conclave to be held in Nebraska April 3 and 4. Also the school of instructions on March 28 in Chapman, Kansas.
The members led by the Lodge Deputy repeated the unwritten work of order. The next meeting will be March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, all members are welcome.
AAUW Branch meeting was March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. The program was Annual International Women’s Day Celebration with a panel of local international speakers.
Welcome was by Marlene VerBrugge. Many guests joined AAUW members for the program after dinner.
The panel of local international speakers included Marianne Korten, K-State professor of mathematics and a native of Argentina, Kelly Shunje, doctoral student in chemistry and a native of Zimbabwe, China native Fanny Fang, a partner at Asian Market and young business professional and South Korean native Sunny Song who is a STEM educator at Ogden Elementary with USD 383.
Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi acted as moderator. Speakers answered a series of questions during the meeting.
The next AAUW Board meeting is April 6 at Vista Drive-In at 5:30 p.m.
The next AAUW Branch meeting is April 13 at Little Apple Brewery, starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $13.00. The program is Navigating the Sandwich Generation by Jayme Minton, Meadowlark Hills Support Services Director.
Duplicate Bridge Club
Elizabeth Jnkord and Sharon Kriss won the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club game March 9. Dianne Childs and Judy Hildreth were second, Linda Schottler and Mory Mort were third and Graham Rose and Larry Lord were fourth in flight A and first in flight B. Kathleen Oldfather and Katie Philp were second and Carol Reinsch and Nancy Ryan were third in B. The club plays at 1 p.m. each Monday at the Senior Center and invites all bridge players. For partnerships, call Kathleen at (785) 477-0898.
Manhattan Lions Club
The Manhattan Lions Club met on March 9 at the Four Points by Sheraton. Big Lion Dave Schafer called the meeting to order, and Lion Dennis Irvin led in singing “America,” “the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag” and “The Lions Roar.” Lion Rev. Glenn Fogo provided the invocation. Big Lion Dave Schafer recognized guests, birthdays and anniversaries in the month of March. A few committee reports were then provided, before moving on to dinner and the program.
The program for the evening was provided by Betty and Ron Frank who provided a very interesting tour and video of one of their trips to Africa with the Overseas Adventure Travel agency.
Planning for the Easter Egg Hunt at City Park is underway, and will be held in conjunction with the City of Manhattan’s Recreation Department Family Day. Activities will be similar to the joint activities as of the past several years, and will be set to commence on April 11 at 10 a.m. in City Park. KSDS will be having a Leader Dog Graduation Ceremony on April 4th in Washington, KS. Several of the Sunflower Lions and Manhattan Lions are tentatively planning to attend. Vision screening is moving ahead with several screenings planned in March and April. Candy Day is tentatively scheduled for April 18 at the two entry doors to Walmart.
In closing, song leader, Lion Dennis Irvin led in singing “Smile True Lions”. The next meeting will be at the Four Points by Sheraton on March 23 at 6:15 p.m. The Lions Clubs Internationally constitutes the largest group of humanitarian clubs in the world, and are continually seeking new members. If interested, contact one of our members or come to one of our meetings, which are typically held at 6:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday evenings of the month at the Four Points by Sheraton.
Manhattan Retired Educators
Judy Boley, song leader, opened the March 5 meeting with the pledge to the flag and singing of “This is My Country”. The program presenter, Dr. Laurie Curtis, was introduced. Dr. Curtis, a literacy education consultant, presented a program entitled “Culture, Curriculum, and Collaboration: The Kansas Connection with a Literacy Initiative in Ethiopia.” She shared her work and experiences with ETHIOPIA READS, a non-profit organization that plants libraries in cooperation with the government throughout Ethiopia. Her work began in 2010 when she and several colleagues received a grant to support literacy efforts in Ethiopia. The grant’s initial focus was on the development of integrated literacy and social studies lesson plans using children’s literature, as well as, teaching educators how to use a read-aloud protocol with children’s literature.
As a result of their efforts, Dr. Curtis and her colleagues have become strong advocates and key leaders, in cooperation with the government of Ethiopia, to provide libraries and training for librarians throughout the country. Among their goals are: putting English books in government schools; spear-heading the development of appropriate children’s literature in the three main languages spoken in Ethiopia; writing curriculum guides to be used with the books, and providing training for librarians in the use of an assessment tool. Current work is focused on the development of 23 Curriculum Learning Modules to use with the “Ready, Set, Go” books that have been published.
President Carol Adams called the meeting to order. New guests were introduced and welcome greetings were given to District #2 KARSP Representative Gil Bunning and his wife. Sign- ups were distributed for attendance and volunteering for MAREA’s upcoming Earth Day project with Lee Elementary School.
Vice president Leo Lake reviewed events that occur during the KARSP annual convention. Members are encouraged to attend this year’s convention to be held June 17-20 at the Junction City Courtyard by Marriott.
The minutes of the February meeting were approved as presented. Linda Klabunde, treasurer, reported that $500 has been transferred from the Ed and Hinnie Smith Endowment Fund to support the Earth Day Project at Lee Elementary School.
Twenty-five dollars was donated to the MAREA Scholarship Account in memory of Richard McKittrick. The treasurer’s report was approved.
Joyce Leach reported that $165 was donated to last month’s community service recipient. Joyce shared a thank you note from the Hand-to-Hand organization.
Linda Utoff shared information about current legislative actions regarding COLAs.
Members were provided post cards and a list of legislators to write a brief note to encourage support for an increase in funding.
Nominations for 2020-21 MAREA officers were presented. The Vice President position is still open. A sign-up for 2020-21 committees was distributed also. President Adams ended the meeting by reading aloud The Teacher from the Black Lagoon as a reminder of READ ACROSS AMERICA week.
Manhattan Rotary Club
President Mike Dodson announced March 5 upcoming club programs, including Jim Sherow on March 19, Riley County Museum on March 26 and others. Greeters were Preston Schotte and Sarah Schotte. Signup sheets for opportunities to meet the South African visitors as they visit various sites were on the tables. Cup money was for the Community Foundation.
Rebecca Gould introduced the speaker, Penny Senften, head of the Manhattan Community Arts Center. Penny listed all the various uses of the Arts Center. Children’s programs include chances for kids to participate, to cooperate, and to build self confidence, as well as programs that are presented in the schools, such as Russian dancing. Other programs are instruments repair, young people’s concerts, and many other activities. K-State professionals help with music classes and private lessons at McCain, art and the MFA art exhibits. Classes are offered in watercolor, drawing, painting, and clay. Many other activities and exhibits are provided. Penny spoke about the Arts and Humanities Association which acts as a clearing house to prevent unnecessary duplication in the area. Some YES funding donations help the center, and private donations are a large part of the operating income. Other programs mentioned were several musicals each year, Birdhouse artists from other places, Veterans’ Art project with Gerry Craig,
In honor of the speaker, the book “The Phone Booth” in Mr. Hirota’s Garden will be given to Northview School. Phil Howe received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.
The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on March 9 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 16 members present along with one guest, Erma Riley. President-elect Charlie Sargent led the meeting. Warren Prawl led the song “America,” Doug Haverkamp led the pledge to the United States of America, and Jerry Rosine gave the invocation. President-elect Charlie Sargent reported that Solarian Karen Medlin has a birthday March 9.
Club announcements were made: Solar Kiwanis March Board of Directors meeting is March 18 at noon at the Bluestem Bistro (all members are welcome to attend). We will have an interclub meeting at the Junction City Noon Kiwanis Club at noon on March 25.
The Happy Dollar can was passed and members were happy about the nice rain we had overnight and also were happy about the K-State men’s and women’s basketball teams winning their final league games last weekend.
Our program was introduced by Solarian Jim Jorns and was Bill Riley, a member of the Board of Trustees of The Kansas Nature Conservancy. Mr. Riley was founder and part owner of the Pathfinder store here in Manhattan but is now retired. The Nature Conservancy makes decisions based on science and operates in a collaborative way and not an antagonistic way. Mr. Riley said that the Nature Conservancy has these purposes: preserve critical land; secure quality water; attack the climate change issue; and, preserve and restore the oceans. The Nature Conservancy has branches in every state and in 30 countries. The Nature Conservancy has a $750 million budget and scientists provide direction. The Nature Conservancy owns the land where these Kansas landmarks are located, among others: Konza Prairie; the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve; the Smokey Valley Ranch where Little Jerusalem is located; Cheyenne Bottoms; and, The Red Hills (Gypsum Hills).
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.
Veterans of Foreign Wars 1786 Auxiliary
March 31 is the deadline for submitting artwork for both the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship for high school students and the new Illustrating America art contest
President Jan Woodyard handed out ‘Good Job” Awards to Betty Dunham, Vicki Russell, Barb Smith, and Kent Wood for the many hours that they have put toward reaching out to and helping veterans and their families.
Next meeting is March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at 2630 Farm Bureau Rd.
To contact the Manhattan VFW Auxiliary, email email@example.com.