Ashland FCE

The Ashland FCE meeting was called to order by President Hazel Sargent. Nine members and one guest were present. Following a short business meeting, Betty Burlingham gave the educational program, “Lamb Camp for City Kids—A Great Idea” with a slide presentation. Louis Currie provided refreshments.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the community center. It will be a potluck supper. Friends and the community are invited. Hostesses are Carol Mortimer and Bernis Parker. Donna Cederberg and Deanna Selby.

Eagles Auxiliary

The Oct. 3 meeting night began with officers and committee chairman meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nancy Drumm offered prayer as members gathered hands around the tables of food provided by attendees.

At 7:30 p.m., Betty Mullet opened the business meeting. Members saluted and pledged allegiance to the American flag led by Sandy Enoch. Nancy gave the two meeting prayers. The group balloted on Kena Pendergast and Melissa Wherrell. They will be initiated during the Oct. 17 meeting. The minutes of last meeting were approved as read by Joan Baughman. Jaccie Kraner gave the treasurer, weekly events and auditor reports. Jeana Paulter was initiated. It was reported on a member having knee surgery.

The Halloween Party for children is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Lucinda Coffman and Betty Mullet will receive birthday flowers in October. Auxiliaries are asked to provide baskets for the South Central Regional Conference Oct. 25-27 in Junction City. There will be a craft fair in November. Jaccie can give more information on this.

Ticket winners were Brenda Bly, Suzanne and Mary Lou Little. The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 unless convened earlier with notice to members.

Kansas Quality Woodworkers


The October meeting of the Kansas Quality Woodworkers was at the Ember Woods Sawmill in Riley with 23 members and guests in attendance.

President Nick Knicklebine opened the business meeting. The group made plans for the Holiday Show Oct. 19 at Cico Park.

For show and tell, Don Baker showed pictures of a cutting board using epoxy and carved wood pumpkins.

For the program, Scott Jacobs demonstrated how to use epoxy to fill cracks and knots on wood projects.

The November meeting will be at the Honey Warehouse to make wooden toys for the holidays. For more information, call 785-539-8073.

Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association

The Manhattan Retired Educators Association held its monthly meeting on Oct. 2 at the Senior Center.

Leo Lake introduced the program presenter, Dr. Geraldine Craig, professor of art at Kansas State University. Craig has received numerous grants to support her creative practice with The Earl Project, the topic of her presentation. The Earl Project was conceived as a way to honor the memories of a relative of Dr. Craigs’s, her uncle Earl, who was a veteran of World War II.

The Earl Project engages veterans and soldiers in creating original works of visual art both individually and in a collective war stories scroll sculptures. The project is based on the premise that making art-telling stories is a cathartic and meaningful experience with healing potential for those involved. An exhibition of the individual and collective works by art workshop participants will be on display at the Manhattan Arts Center in November.

President Carol Adams called the meeting to order. Song leader Judi Boley led the group in singing “Home on the Range” and the salute to the flag.

Leo Lake presented J. Lester Hooper with the Sunflower Award for exceptional contributions to community service in spite of personal hardships.

The minutes of the September meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved.

Community service chair Joyce Leach read a thank you card from Ogden Friendship House for last month’s community service donation of $165. The recipient of this month’s donations will be the FIT Closet started by USD 383.

Legislative chair Linda Utoff encouraged members to attend the candidate’s forum Oct. 6 at the Manhattan Public Library. Members were also reminded and encouraged to participate in the Riley County Needs Assessment.

Programs/tours chair Liz Beikman asked members to sign up for the upcoming MAREA tour of the Midwest Dream Car Collection, followed by lunch together at Little Apple Brewery, on Oct. 16. Reservations are due next week to Liz. A program change for November was announced.

Yearbook chair Donna Sears indicated that any changes from the published yearbook will appear in the next newsletter, which will be distributed online on Nov. 6.

This year’s Christmas luncheon will be Dec. 4 at the First Lutheran Church. Reservations can be made at the November meeting. Members were encouraged to invite guests. Ticket price will be $10.50 each.

President Adams informed members of the new KARSP mandated initiative for local units to participate in some way with April Earth Day projects. Members were encouraged to submit ideas and make contacts with local schools and/or teachers to determine what already occurs. An Earth Day Task Force, which will be charged with organizing implementation of the project, will be formed once information has been gathered.

Carol reminded members of the forms available for nominating Kansas Teacher of the Year candidates. Carol adjourned the meeting with encouraging members to look for the little “grace notes” received over the years from their students.


Duplicate Bridge Club

Katie Philp and Beth Kesinger were first at the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club weekly game Oct. 7. Linda Schottler and Mory Mort were second, Graham Rose and Larry Lord were third, and Debbie Fair and Sherry Downing were fourth.

Judy Hildreth and Dianne Childs won the Jane Johnson club appreciation game at the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club Oct. 14. Elizabeth Jankord and Sharon Kriss were second, Linda Schottler and Kathleen Oldfather were third, and Debbie Fair and Sherry Downey were fourth in flight A and first in B. Pam Bales and Mary Shoop were second, Lynda Yancey and Helen Estes were third, and Liz Gilman and Paula Harper were fourth in B.

The club meets each Monday at 1 p.m. at the Seniors Center and invites all bridge players. For more information or partnerships, call Kathleen at 785-477-0898.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President Mike Dodson called on greeters Carol Oukrop and Steven Graham, who introduced visiting Rotarians.

Rotary On Tap will be Oct. 24 at the Lazy T Ranch. Bruce Weber will be the speaker on Oct. 24. Cup money was for Interact.

Vernon Turner reported on the Zone meeting in Overland Park.

Dale Bradley introduced the speaker, K-State women’s basketball coach, Jeff Mittie, who spoke about the outlook for the new season. He noted some of the key returning and new players, such as forward Peyton Williams, who also excels on the volleyball team, and the leadership last year of Williams and Goth in the defeat of West Virginia after the early season beating there. He mentioned the leadership of Cymone Goodrich and other players this year. He commented on the many new sports facility improvements at K-State this year. He gave examples of how this year’s freshmen are quickly learning the expectations for their behavior and responsibilities on and off the court.

In honor of the speaker the book “Merci Suarez Changes Gears” will be given to Amanda Arnold School. Christopher Culbertson received the Holiday Inn Appreciation.

The group met again Oct. 10. President Mike Dodson called on greeters Bob and Bill to introduce visiting Rotarians from the Konza Club, the KSU Rotaract Club, and the MHS Interact Club. There were several other visitors. Upcoming events include Little Apple Marathon Nov. 2 and National Polio Day Nov. 24 with a proclamation on Nov. 15. Tracy DeBruyn introduced new Rotarian Julie Hostetler, co-owner of C&W Insurance.

Visiting representative from Rotary International Edina Mehovic spoke briefly about her work as the Annual Giving Officer for Rotary Zones 28W and 29, which include 23 districts. She listed the grants available, updated news about annual giving and various types of giving. She encouraged local applications for several types of grants to fund projects. She spoke about the new emphasis on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

Summer Lewis also attended as a visiting Rotarian. Originally from Manhattan and K-State, Summer had received a Peace Scholarship to complete a masters degree as a Rotary Peace Scholar in Queensland, Australia. She has done Rotary peace-building work and lived on six continents. Currently in Mexico, she has taken a new Rotary job in Mexico City working on various peace-related issues.

The guest speaker was Jason Leib, district governor of the local District 5710. He reviewed the current Rotary Action Plan, “people unite and take action.” This will lead to increased impact in peace-building, ending polio (which is still occurring in Pakistan, and Nigeria has now had 0 cases in three years) and working with effective partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO and others. He encouraged the club to work for another “Rotary Citation” for outstanding service through a “participant centered approach to deliver value.”

Cup money was for the MHS Interact Club. In the speaker’s honor the book “Trombone Shorty” will be given to Northview School. Gavin Garmin received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Polly Ogden DAR

Polly Ogden’s Honorable Regent Susan Metzger was installed as the KSDAR Regent at the NSDAR conference in Washington, D.C., this summer. Several Polly Ogden members attended the ceremony. Polly Ogden members continued to celebrate this event by hosting a “High Tea on the Prairie” for KSDAR members from across the state.

Throughout the year, members have contributed baby clothes and food items to the Topeka VA Eastern Kansas HCS. Literacy Chairperson Sue Carpenter delivered 212 books collected by members to the Manhattan Toys for Children program. In addition, members contributed sets of sheets to Fort Riley soldiers returning from overseas duty, along with cookies and other baked goods for departure ceremonies at the Fort. Members also manned a booth at the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance 2019 Genealogy and History Fair.

At the September meeting, KSU Senior Molly Black was awarded the Terry Healy Scholarship. Black is a Putnam Scholar and recently participated in a study abroad program in Hatfield, England. She has worked in museums and libraries since high school.

Most recently, chapter members visited area schools distributing nearly 1,000 pocket-size U.S. Constitution booklets and other items for the Sept. 17 Constitution Day celebration.

Preceptor Beta

Zeta BSP

Preceptor Beta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 8 at the home of Lela Gillispie. Following brunch, President Mary Pauli called the meeting to order with opening rituals. Roll call was answered with members naming a movie or TV show with the word “Dream” in the tittle.

Mary Lou Glende, Lela Gillispie, Gloria Holcombe, Betty Holder and Peggy Riley received perfect attendance for 2018-2019 year certificates. A Three Star Certificate was received from Beta Sigma Phi International to be placed in 2018-2019 President Gloria Holcombe President’s memory book.

President Mary Pauli passed around Flint Hills Council 89th Annual Preferential Tea invitation to be hosted by Preceptor Gamma Sigma Nov. 3.

Mary Lou Glende reported how chapter members attended Pumpkin Patch at Cico Park for coffee and shopping for their September’s social. Peggy Riley passed out tickets for “The Addams Family” Oct. 11 at Manhattan Arts Center. Mary Sue Moore updated plans for Fort Riley Home Tour Dec. 14. Mary Pauli is facilitating a presentation/tour with Kansas Wheat Commission for Jan. 15 for spouses and guests.

Mary Pauli’s Beta Bits was on Beta Sigma Phi being a non-academic sorority’s history.

The next meeting will be Nov. 5 with Mary Pauli hosting. Betty Frank will host the Dec. 3 meeting at Friendship House in Wamego along with a Christmas gift exchange. Betty Frank and Mary Pauli will attend Flint Hills Council meeting Oct. 24.

Mary Pauli received a cup and candle hostess gift provided by Lela Gillispie. The meeting was closed with closing rituals and mizpah. Lela Gillispie gave a program on superstitions ending with members playing a game in identifying superstitions.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met in the evening Oct. 7 at the Meadowlark Community Room with 22 members and 12 guests present. The guests included 10 spouses and friends, honorary members Jan Byars and Shirley Williams, Kansas Kiwanis Governor Jo Schwartz of Division 4, Lt. Gov. Cindy Cone of Axtell.

Mary Scharf and Vera Williams led the song “America.” Warren Prawl led the pledge to the flag of the United States of America. John Fajen gave the invocation. President Chad Tepe led the meeting. Charlie Sargent was introduced and honored as Kansas District Kiwanian of the Year. Ron Jackson presented honorary memberships to Shirley Williams and Jan Byars, and Jan Byars was presented her deceased husband Jack Byars’ 50-year membership, which he completed before he passed away. Ron Williams presented 30 years Legion of Honor recognition to Doug Ackley and Karen Renz. Prairie Star Restaurant prepared the meal. The Happy Dollars were given to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund in honor of the wait staff. Ron Jackson introduced Gov. Jo Schwartz who made remarks. President Tepe then introduced Lt. Gov. Cindy Cone, who installed the 2019-2020 Solar Kiwanis year, including the new president Vera Williams. She brought remarks and will be the leader for the meeting on Oct. 14 as a beginning of her presidential year. There will be an orienduction of three new members.

The club met again at noon on Oct. 14 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 20 members present. The meeting began with an orienduction of three new members: Suzanne Ryan-Numrich, Jace Bailey and David Meusborn.

Jerry Rosine led the song “America.” Karl Kandt led the pledge to the flag of the United States of America. Ron Williams gave the invocation. President Vera Williams led her first meeting of her presidential year. Appreciation was expressed by many for the excellent job Chad had done last year.

President Vera Williams gave several announcements, including the Highway 24 clean-up on the afternoon of Oct. 27. The group is looking for someone to take Jim Bach’s place working with the Kansas History Day in February.

The next speaker will be introduced by Phil Anderson and will be Usha Reddi of the Manhattan City Commission. She will speak on issues facing the state of Kansas.

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.

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