American Association of University Women

Marlene VerBrugge welcomed 24 members, one speaker and three guests present.

Marlene recognized Annelise Nguyen for the John Doull Award from K-State for discipline, collaboration and innovation in the area of cancer research. Members had given her flowers after the last branch meeting. Mary Stamey recognized Julee Thomas for her dedication, communication and youthful energy given to the branch and the board. Mary gave Julee a butterfly symbol. Julee will be deployed possibly by December.

Usha Reddi introduced three guests. Jen Spearie and Haley Hatfield work with the speaker Jill Haukos at Konza Prairie. Arthur Eby was sent to the meeting by his sister.

Marlene reported that at the last board meeting members looked at the budget and realized they will need some fundraisers to replenish funds. Amanda will lead a committee to get some fundraisers. Marlene also announced that the International Women’s Day committee will be meeting soon.

Joan Strickler reminded that $4 million have been given to various women by AAUW National. In 2019-2020 awards will be given in scholarships and grants by the National AAUW. The awards range from $2,000 to $12,000. She handed around a basket for donations and also stated that a person may contribute online.

Mary Stamey brought T-shirts that were ordered by the members.

Karen McCulloh reported that Karen Mayse with Area on Aging will help individuals on finding various ways to reduce money spent on health care needs.

Usha Reddi introduced speaker Jill Haukos, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Coordinator of Konza Prairie, who spoke about the Konza Prairie Biological Research Station. She first handed out her book “The Autumn Calf” and a stuffed calf bison to everyone present. The book shows what problems a calf born in the autumn has in becoming independent from the mother bison. Normally most bison calves are born in mid-spring. Throughout the book scientific principles are shown. Jill spoke about the beginning of the conservation of the Konza Prairie.

Konza Prairie has a 6-mile walk but people often do not see the bison as they are grazing in a different area. Through her slides and references to the book she showed us how elements of fire, bison grazing, and water through rainfall or snow interact.

Mary Stamey gave Jill a book titled “A Day and A Night on the Prairie.”

The next AAUW Board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Vista Drive-In. The next AAUW Branch meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at LaFiesta Restaurant. The cost will be $13. Holiday Giving and Celebration is the theme. Poverty in Kansas and Efforts like Thrive to address it will be given by Jayme Morris-Hardeman, executive director of Thrive.

Persons interested in learning more about AAUW in Manhattan may go to or email

American Legion Women’s Auxiliary

The Pearce Keller Unit 17 Women’s Auxiliary meeting of Nov. 4 began with President Marilyn Randa calling the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Chaplain Susan Bergsten gave the opening prayer followed by a moment of silence in memory of POWs and MIAs. The group then recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Secretary Charlene Redman took the roll call of officers and executive board with 14 members present, of which nine were on the executive board or officers.

Charlene read the minutes of the October meeting. There were no corrections.

Sharon Pollman gave the October treasurer’s report, which was approved as read and will be filed for audit.

Lorene Oppy presented the Bingo treasurer’s report for October, which was approved as read and will be filed for audit. Volunteers filled in where needed. She also announced that Kay Fiser would not be working in the bingo kitchen beginning in 2020.

Membership chair Claudia Maples reported 145 members.

Tanya Bachamp reported on the upcoming Mystery Dinner, which this year will have dinner first followed by the play “The Case of the Motor Coach Murders” on Feb. 22. Tanya asked the group voted to go with three prizes of $500 each.

A $25 check was received for a poppy donation. The VA Hospital in Topeka sent this year’s Christmas store schedule for Dec. 2-4. Susan will go on Dec. 3. Sharon will send the budgeted donation to the Mayor’s Holiday Food Drive.

Chaplain Susan sent two get well cards during the month to Jessie Garibay and Wanda Jepsen. Longtime bingo supporter Doris Beckenhauer celebrated her 99th birthday. The group agreed to send a card and flowers, which Susan volunteered to do.

The post hosted a breakfast before the Veterans Day parade and a Trunk or Treat Oct. 19. Dianna Horner and Claudia organized 300 children in attendance. Next year a costume parade will be added. Susan made a delivery to the VA and will take the next load to Topeka on Dec. 16.

The legion will host a Rocky Mountain Oyster feed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 for $15. A motion to make desserts to sell as a fundraiser passed. Linda McClung will organize bakers and sellers. It was suggested that the group make a poppy garland to put on the Christmas tree. Marilyn volunteered to make it and the tree will be put up at 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

Susie Cyrene presented $11 for district project bags. Linda moved that the group pay the bills, which Susan seconded. Motion carried.

Marilyn thanked Susan and Doreen Burnett for the night’s refreshments. Hostesses for the next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 will be Dana Pierce, Dianna and Susie.

Bonfire 4-H Club

On Nov. 9, Bonfire 4-H Club celebrated their 4-H achievements. Members enjoyed a soup supper before handing out awards. Some awards received were attendance, KAP, and officer. The evening concluded with installing the new officers for the new 4-H year.

The Bonfire 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on Nov. 11. Committee meetings discussed Christmas caroling and Adopt-a- Family. During the program, Annika Wiebers, Talia Clanton, and Lilly Linville gave a presentation on Citizenship Washington Focus, where 4-Hers travel to Washington, D.C., to learn about leadership and government.

Eagles Auxiliary

On Nov. 7 the Eagles Auxiliary officers and committee chairman met at 6:30 p.m. to discuss any news since the Oct. 17 meeting.

Nancy Drumm led in prayer for the potluck meal that followed. Shirley Wilson presided at the 7:30 p.m. business meeting.

Members approved the minutes of the last meeting as read by Joan Baughman. The presented bills were paid. Jacci Kraner read the treasurer and weekly events information. There’s one application available for the interviewing committee. As requested by Mary Lou Little, her auxiliary birthday flowers will given to long time member/friend Nila Parks. The group donated to the Manhattan Mayor’s Christmas Fund among others. The annual Eagles Auxiliary Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Fourth and Colorado Eagles location.

Brenda Bly, Jacci and Nancy won the drawings. After the Dec. 19 meeting, members will exchange Christmas gifts and Christmas cards prior to the meeting.

The group shall meet again Nov. 21, unless convened earlier with notice to members.

Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club

Linda Schottler and Katha Hurt won the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club game Nov. 11. Dianne Childs and Judy Hildreth were second, and Kathleen Oldfather and Katie Philp were third in A and first in flight B. Larry Lord and Graham Rose were second and Lynda Yancey and Helen Estes were third in B. The club meets each Monday at 1 p.m. at the Seniors Center and invites all bridge players. For partnerships, call Kathleen at 785-477-0898.

Manhattan Lions Club Notes

The Manhattan Lions Club met on Nov. 11 at the Four Points by Sheraton. Lion Lela Gillispie 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 Carol Ott provided the invocation and Lion Lela Gillispie followed the invocation by recognizing guests, birthdays and anniversaries in the month of November.

Lion Al Keithley reported the number of vision screenings in October.

The Veterans Day Parade was at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Manhattan Town Center. Lion C. E. Mckee provided the Lions entry into the parade. Lion Jim Tubach was the honorary grand marshal for the festivities.

Lions Mickey Keithley and Carol Ott spoke about the Peace Poster Contest held in several of the Manhattan Elementary Schools in the city. The winning posters were prepared for delivery to the district governor.

Lela Gillispie announced that the Lions will again be involved with the “Adopt a Family for Christmas” program. Family information will be forthcoming. The Lions Christmas Dinner/Party will be on Dec. 9 at the Blue Hills Room in the Blue Hills Shopping Center.

The program for the evening was provided by Mary Mertz from River Creek Farms, who spoke about the native stone scenic byways in Kansas. There are a number of scenic byways offering many opportunities to view nature and history in the State. Her program showed numerous visuals of the byways which included the reconstruction of several native rock walls.

In closing, Lion Carol Hockersmith led in singing “Smile True Lions.” The next meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton.

The Lions Clubs are the largest humanitarian clubs in the world, and are continually seeking new members. If interested, contact a member 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 Mike Dodson announced Rotary On Tap at the Dream Car Museum on Nov. 20 and the Christmas party at Colbert Hills Dec. 17. Greeters Nelson Galle and Mitzi Richards had no visiting Rotarians but several guests and prospective members were introduced. Mike noted that Kiwanis’ 100-year project, the overlook on Bluemont Hill, is finished. He also noted some needs for donations to Mercy Ships and kits for victims of human trafficking.

Phil Maddox introduced Santa’s “elves” from Fort Riley 1st Infantry Division who are collecting gifts and cash for needy Ft. Riley families. Cup money today is for books donated to schools in honor of guest speakers.

Jim Reed introduced the speaker, Dr. Keith Wright, team physician for K-State football. Keith explained the various injuries and illnesses that occur in the football program, including the cheerleaders. The job entails physician attendance at every game and every practice and more. He explained prevention and treatments for injuries ranging from heat related illnesses to blunt trauma injury. He also noted that athletes have all the same illnesses, including mental health challenges, as the general population, such as staph infections, strep throat, mononucleosis, colds and flu. He told how health and medical care of football players have changed for the better over the years. He also oversees the student assistants including those who are studying athletic training.

The book “Guts” will be given to Lee Elementary School in honor of the speaker. Dale Bradley received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursday at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Preceptor Beta


Preceptor Beta Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 5 at the home of Mary Pauli. A Friendsgiving brunch was served at 9:30 a.m. President Mary Pauli called the meeting to order with opening ritual. Roll call was answered by members telling about a dream they had which was so real, it appeared it had actually happened.

The Three Star Certificate was received and was presented to 2018-2019 president Gloria Holcombe.

Betty Frank passed a survey for members to indicate their preference as to service projects.

The October social was “The Addams Family” at Manhattan Arts Center. The November social was the Preferential Tea held at Meadowlark Hills. A tour of homes at Fort Riley is scheduled for Dec.14. Gloria Holcombe reported on articles in the Torch she is receiving.

Yearbook chair Peggy Riley reported next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Friendship House in Wamego.

Mary Sue Moore received the hostess gift provided by Mary Pauli. Included in the package was cherry almond syrup, cherry jam and honey. The meeting was closed with closing rituals and Mizpah.

Mary Pauli gave the program about the new tradition of Friendsgiving. Friends gather for a potluck or other type of meal on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, particularly if they are not able to be with family. The served brunch was a take on Friendsgiving.

Riley County 4-H Council

On Nov. 4, the Riley County 4-H Council held its bimonthly meeting at Pottorf Hall in Manhattan. President Jonathan Hoepner called the Riley County 4-H Council meeting to order. Vice President Chessa Parker led the council in the pledge of allegiance and 4-H flag salute. Committees then met to discuss Achievement Celebration, Fashion Revue, 4-H Showcase, and service/fundraising.

Next, the council officer nominees introduced themselves by sharing their 4-H experience, what club they attend, and why they want to be a council officer. The nominees were Annika Weibers from Bonfire, Chanae Parker from Ashland Boosters, Chessa Parker from Ashland Boosters, Jonathan Hoepner from Cico Shamrocks, Nissa Olsen from Randolph Ramblers, Sydney Scheerer from Ashland Boosters, and Jacob Wendland from Randolph Ramblers. Adult and student representatives from each club then cast election ballots. The new officers are Chessa Parker as president, Annika Weibers as vice president, Chanae Parker as secretary, Jonathan Hoepner as parliamentarian, Jacob Wendland as financial liaison, and Sydney Scheerer as reporter.

The meeting was adjourned with the 4-H motto. The next meeting of the Riley County 4-H Council will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Pottorf Hall.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on Nov. 11 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 12 members and guests present. The meeting was led by president Vera Williams. The guest was Dan Percell, a prospective member. Charles led the song “America.” Karl Dean led the pledge to the flag of the United States of America. Tim Lindemuth gave the invocation.

There is an opening for someone to replace Jim Bach in the future in working with the Kansas History Day at area schools. The Solar Kiwanis Club Christmas gathering will be on Dec. 5 at the Meadowlark Hills Community Room. President Williams announced that the Solar board will meet at noon on Nov. 20 at the Bluestem Bistro. An interclub with the Junction City Noon Club is set for Nov. 19.

President Williams gave a program on Kiwanis standards of safety directions when being around children.

The speaker for Nov. 18 will be introduced by Jim Bach and will be Pete Hughes, the head baseball coach at K-State. The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis meets every Monday at noon at the Little Apple Brewing Company. 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.

Strong Satellites 4-H Club

The Strong Satellites 4-H club met at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Clover Room in Pottorf Hall. President Hank Hinojosa called the meeting to order. Secretary Helinna Bontrager led roll call with the question, “What is your favorite scary movie or book?” Vice President Ben Irvine oversaw the program, which began with a presentation from special guest Katelyn Lee, a KSU bakery science student. She talked about how different ingredients affect the taste and richness of baked goods, such as crackers and cookies. Dakota Nickerson gave a project talk on her dog. The theme was to bring something related to Halloween, and club members came forward to show their theme items and get a piece of candy. The club officers gave their reports and the leaders gave announcements.

New business included beginning to make a budget for the next year, as well as a new system of “clover coins” to encourage members to talk and participate in activities.

The meeting was adjourned with the 4-H motto, “to make the best better.” Refreshments were provided by the Hinojosa family.

Visitors are welcome to come to any Strong Satellites club meeting. The club meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Clover Room on the east side of Pottorf Hall.

Town and Country Garden Club

The Town and Country Garden Club met at the Sunset Zoo Education Center on Oct. 28.

The program was presented by Scott Shoemaker, director of Sunset Zoo, who talked about the future plans for the zoo, including the gardens. Expedition Asia (three new exhibits) is being planned for sloth bears, tigers, and Amur leopards. All three species are endangered in the wild. The hope is to breed and be able to increase numbers of the species. Holding areas/buildings are to be renovated or built new, so that all the animals will have comfortable places for shelter.

Scott talked about the training of animals to allow health evaluations, hand injections, and other examinations. There are plans for daily demonstrations with the keepers as they are working with the animal collection. It is hoped that Expedition Asia will open in 2022.

Scott thanked the club members for their work to create and maintain the garden at the zoo. The city commission will be approached with approving a small increase in admission soon. Admission has remained the same for the last 10 years.

President Laura Hall called the meeting to order at 8 p.m. Cindy Casper and Karen Dunn provided refreshments. Roll was called. A guest, David Sachs, was introduced.

Treasurer’s report referred to the financial report distributed by email. Karen Dunn introduced the 2020 budget, noting that almost everything is the same as 2019. The group has accumulated funds that can be used, and suggestions for a special project or worthy cause are welcomed. Val moved to approve the budget, Debbie seconded. Motion passed.

KSU gardens has a new blue heron sculpture in the bog area. Poinsettias sale is Nov. 22 from noon to 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 3 to 5:30 p.m. and Dec 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historical Museum’s day lilies are asleep. The pots are inside for the winter. Last year the pots were planted with pollinators and attracted many butterflies. The same plants will be used next year, with the addition of hummingbird attractants. Tree trimming is to be completed.

Laura noted that one more day will be needed to clean up and dig cannas at the zoo garden.

The next meeting is Dec. 2 at Val Converse’s home, and the program is the Christmas gift exchange.The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

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