Ashland Boosters 4-H Club

At 7 p.m. Sept. 9 Hannah Rosario called the monthly Ashland Boosters 4-H club to order. Roll call was answered by “What was your favorite summer activity?” There were 14 members, three leaders, four parents, and one guest. For the program portion of the meeting, the club voted on the new officer positions. The new officer positions are Sydney Scheerer as president, Chanae Parker as vice president, Chessa Parker as secretary, Hannah Rosario as historian, Sofia Scheerer as reporter, and Sam O’Neal as rreasurer. The song leaders are Kate Bormann, Lucas Bormann, and David Scheerer. The recreation leaders are Sofia Scheerer, Isacc O’Neal and Cole Parsons. The council representatives are Hannah Rosario, Sydney Scheerer, and Chanae Parker, as well as the alternate council representatives Chessa Parker and Sofia Scheerer along with parliamentarian, Lillian. The hosts for this meeting were the Rosario Family, who provided cupcakes and juice.

Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689

The Sept. 24 meeting of Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689 opened with Shirley Wilson presiding. Nancy Drumm reported on members not present. There were no reports of members needing sympathy.

Three bills to be presented at the Rebekah Assembly Session and voted on by the members were explained and discussed by Geraldine Fouts, who is on the Board of Assistance.

The members all signed a card of congratulations for Elizabeth Mowry Harbstreit, who is an associate member of Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689. She was installed as president of the International Association Rebekah Assemblies at the international session this August in North Carolina.

Felicia Gawith volunteered to make a basket to sell chances on at the Rebekah Assembly session in Topeka Oct. 9-10. The basket will be called Hit the Road Jack and filled with all kinds of snacks.

There will not be a meeting Oct. 8. The members will be in Topeka at the Rebekah Assembly session where sister Geraldine Fouts will be installed President of the Rebekah Assembly of Kansas Oct. 9 with a reception to follow.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Senior Center. All members are welcome. The members are to bring instant potatoes for the Flint Hills Breadbasket and lotions and soap for the Crisis Center.

Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club

Mory Mort and Mary Shoop won the Draw for Partners game at the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club Sept. 30. Graham Rose and Dianne Childs were second, and Beth Kesinger and Debbie Fair were third. Katie Philp and Judy Hildreth tied for fourth with Pam Bales and Elizabeth Jankord. The club meets each Monday at the Seniors Center at 1 p.m. and encourages all bridge players to come and try duplicate bridge. For more information or partnerships, call Kathleen at 785-477-0898.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President Mike Dodson thanked Rachel Klataske and other planners for the social at Manhattan Country Club. He announced upcoming speakers — Coach Jeff Mittie on Oct. 3, and Jason Leib, district governor, on Oct. 10. Other guests on Oct. 10 will be from Rotary International, including Summer Lewis. The Oct. 10 social will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tallgrass Taphouse. Another Rotary On Tap will be at the Lazy T Ranch on Oct. 20. Cup money was for Just Tri It.

Dodson introduced the speaker, Ron Fehr, who has been Manhattan’s city manager since 2000, and before that was assistant city manager since 1992. Ron updated the club on many projects including the .3% sales tax question, a reminder of recent major projects such as the levee study, NBAF approval, jet service to Dallas and Chicago, and the Aggieville Community Vision study. “Ole” Olsen received the Holiday Inn Appreciation. In the speaker’s name the book “Lovely Beasts” will be given to Bluemont School. The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Riley County

Historical Society

The public is invited to an open house at Rocky Ford School House from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. Refreshments will be served. The school is located at the corner of Barnes Road and Tuttle Creek Boulevard.

“Three Naïve Portrait Artists” will be on display until Oct. 13 at the Manhattan Art Center and includes the work of Elfreda Johnson Peterson (1908-1998), one of Manhattan’s most notable portrait painters. Her subjects included several Kansas State University faculty members and various families within the community. Her mother Salma Peterson’s contribution to the art community can still be found on display at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, numerous homes and offices around Manhattan and in the collection of the Riley County Historical Society and Museum.

Carrie Herman, executive director of the Kansas Learning Center for Health, will present “Dr. Hertzler: The Horse and Buggy Doctor” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third St., Manhattan. Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler is known for his work in pathology, his love of children and his concern for health education. This free lecture is a companion to the exhibit, “Microbes in Manhattan,” which features objects from the Riley County Historical Society and Museum collection.

Darren Ivey will discuss his book, “The Ranger Ideal Volume 2: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1874-1930,” at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan. The program is co-sponsored by the Kansas Corral of the Westerners and the Riley County Historical Society and Museum. Ivey, a museum assistant, is also the author of “The Ranger Ideal Volume 1: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame” and “The Texas Rangers: A Registry and History.”

Marcia Schuley and Margaret Parker, volunteers with the Riley County Genealogical Society, will present “The Exodites of 1879 and Other Early Black Pioneers of Riley County” at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Manhattan Public Library. It is free and open to the public. 2019 is the 140th anniversary of the Exodites coming to Manhattan, and Schuley and Parker will discuss their research and the book that grew out of their effort. The RCHS helped fund their research.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on Sept. 30 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 16 members and three guests present. The guests were Ed Skidmore, who was interested in the program, and Lonnie Baker and Chris Nelson, guests of Ron Williams.

Doug Ackley led the song America. Karl Kandt led the pledge to the flag of the United States of America. Vera Williams gave the invocation. President Chad Tepe led the meeting. Many expressed appreciation for Chad’s work as president. This was his last meeting to preside.

Vera and Ron Williams presented Secretary Doug Ackley with a lifetime membership in the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation and a Putnam Award. The awards were valued at a cost of $500 and were given to Doug by two anonymous donors, one from the Solar Club and one from the Kansas Kiwanis District. The awards were given in recognition of Doug’s willingness and faithfulness to work in all Kiwanis projects.

The Manhattan, Manhattan Solar and Pott County/Wamego Kiwanis Clubs are considering starting a Kiwanis AKTION Club. It is designed especially for persons with handicapping conditions. Several positions for service are open. Those interested in volunteering can contact either Secretary Doug Ackley or President-Elect Vera Williams. There is also an open position on the Solar Board of Directors for a one-year term.

The group will not meet at noon Oct. 7. They will have the installation banquet at 5:30 p.m. that evening at the Community Room of Meadowlark Hills. Vera Williams 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 speakers for the day were Lonnie Baker, the chief operating officer of Meadowlark Hills, and Chris Nelson, the financial officer of Meadowlark Hills. They spoke of changes in elder care and the changes taking place at Meadowlark Hills.

Town and Country Garden Club

The annual salad supper was held at the home of Marge Muenzenberger. Co-host was Val Converse. A slide show of members’ gardens was shared, along with photos of the club’s activities this last year. Growing tips were given as slides appeared. The group also viewed several pictures of the Sunset Zoo garden through the spring and summer and of the Children’s Library patio.Members were reminded to fill out the 2020 sign-up sheet for club responsibilities.

The slate of officers was presented and approved: president, Sue White; vice president, Judy O’Mara; treasurer, Greta Baack; secretary, Judy Willingham.

At the Historical Museum, day lilies grew well. Pots were filled with plants to attract pollinators. Trees still need to be trimmed to bring in sunlight. At the Zoo Garden, the group might plant more pollinator attracters. Some bushes need to be removed and new plants put in their place. The clematis on the trellis was trimmed. Roses will need to be cut back and it is possible that as the shade has increased over the years, it may be time to replace the roses with a more shade tolerant plant. The garden map should be reproduced and shared with new members and changes be included.

Treasurer Karen referred to the report as circulated. She reminded everyone that she needs all the receipts so that she can reimburse the person. The club has $280 designated for a project to be determined and that can still be used this year. If no project is found, the funds will be put into savings.

Library is beginning to select books for the group to consider purchasing. The recent evening garden stroll at KSU Gardens was well attended. The fundraiser is Oct. 25 at the Alumni Center. Laura is in charge of volunteers to work in the gardens. Yearbook information is needed by November 1. Members should send all names of those responsible for programs and committees to Cindi Morris.The next meeting at the Sunset Zoo education building. Marge and Val for hosted and served dessert. The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

VFW Auxiliary

The regular monthly meeting of the VFW Post 1786 Auxiliary was Sept. 16 at 2630 Farm Bureau Road. President Jan Woodyard opened the meeting at 6 p.m. with the ritual and flag salute. Roll call was answered by six of seven officers. Trustee Marilyn Gleue was absent. District 4 Department President Mike McCandless attended for inspection.

Sisters Jeannie Murphy and Terri Sutton were initiated and presented with pins and ritual books.

“What Makes America Great” is the theme for the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest. This contest is open to all students, to include home-schooled students, in grades 9-12. Students must be a resident of the state where entered. Students may use a flash drive or CD to record their speech of 3 to 5 minutes. They must also provide a printed copy of essay. Submission deadline to the local VFW is Oct. 31. One department winner will be forwarded to National Headquarters. All department winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

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