Association of

University Women

The AAUW branch meeting was at 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 2019, at Little Apple Brewery.

Marlene VerBrugge called the meeting to order. There were 26 members present.

Visitors announced were Maureen Sheahan, who is running for City Commission; Theresa Merrick, who is the assistant director in the Writing Center at K State; Patty McKenna, who is a nurse and is working on her master’s in public health; and Adrian Walker, who teaches in the Biology field at K-State.

Marlene gave notice that the 19th Amendment committee is meeting with League of Women Voters to find a Landon Lecturer. The group hopes to incorporate the 19th Amendment theme during Homecoming. In +

Mary Stamey presented the AAUW T Shirt design and orders for the AAUW shirts were taken.

Any address changes should be given to Marlene.

Treasurer Amanda Gaulke said dues of $80 are due by Sept. 30. She took some of the payments for dues at the end of the meeting. They can also be paid online.

Usha went over the programs for this year. April is the state conference.

Julee Thomas introduced the program speaker, Amanda Gaulke, assistant professor of economics, Kansas State University, whose topic was “Impacts of Type 1 Diabetes: My Research with Danish Co-authors.” Amanda received the KAWSE Recognition Award for promoting women and girls in STEM.

The research team consisted of Amanda and three other professors. They received a $652,000 grant and they were able to hire three other people.

Mary Stamey gave a book to the Manhattan Public Library in Amanda’s name.

The next AAUW board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Vista Drive-In.

The next AAUW branch meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Little Apple Brewery. Cost will be $13. The speaker will be Lisa Melander, associate professor of sociology, at Kansas State University. She will present the topic of incarcerated women.

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

Eagles Auxiliary

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5, the officers and committee chairmen met to summarize business prior to the 7:30 p.m. business meeting. Nancy Drumm offered prayer prior to the 7 p.m. potluck meal.

The business meeting opened with Shirley Wilson presiding. Members saluted and pledged allegiance to the American flag led by Sandy Enoch. Joan Baughman read the Aug. 15 minutes and they were approved as read. Peggy Caudill gave the treasurer and weekly event reports. The presented bills were paid. The membership application for Sauntia Rippee was read and balloted on and she was accepted into membership. She will be initiated during the Sept. 19 meeting. Madeline Brown gave the updates on forthcoming Fourth District and Fall Conference events. Ann Bitzer was presented birthday flowers during the Good of the Order. The annual Eagles picnic will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the club.

Drawing winners were Karen Resser, Virginia Wesley and Sandy Enoch. The group shall meet again at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 unless convened earlier through notice to members.

Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689

The Sept. 10 meeting of Harmony Rebekah Lodge 689 opened with noble grand Shirley Wilson presiding. There were no reports of members ill. Nancy Drumm reported on birthday and get well card sent to members and out of town members during the summer.

Communications and bills were read and taken care of. The new bylaws for District 29 School of Instructions was read and approved as read by the members. The memorial committee of Felicia Gawith and Geraldine Fouts draped the Lodge Charter for 30 days in memory of Barbara S. Moser, a past treasurer of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, who died July 17. She served as treasurer from 1989 to 1991.

Nancy reported on the refreshments for the reception of Geraldine Fouts when she is installed as president of the Rebekah Assembly of Kansas and Larry Scott is installed as Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Kansas, Oct. 9 in Topeka at the Ramada Inn. She also reported on the nut cups for the banquet Oct. 10 after the Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly session is over.

The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Senior Center. All members are welcome.


Duplicate Bridge Club

Judy Hildreth and Dianne Childs were first in flight A at the Manhattan Duplicate Bridge Club game Sept. 9. Linda Schottler and Katha Hurt were second and Debbie Fair and Sherry Downey were third. Kathleen Oldfather and Katie Philp were first in flight B, with Tom Shields and Pam Bales second and Lynda Yancey and Helen Estes third. The club meets each Monday at the Seniors Center at 1 p.m. and invites all bridge players. For more information or partnerships, call Kathleen at 785-477-0898. The club will have a draw for a partners game on Sept. 30, so players interested should come without a partner.

Manhattan Rotary Club

President Mike Dodson announced upcoming events and future speakers, including Eric Higgins and Chuck Taber. The upcoming social will be at Manhattan Country Club Sept. 24. Sue Maes announced that Rotarians from South Africa, including many club and district leaders, will be visiting May 15-24 and the club is planning events for them. Suggestions are invited. Rachel Klataske is the new club liaison to the KSU Rotaract Club, which meets every other Sunday evening at the Union starting Sept. 8. The Rotary mentor program with the Rotaracters is looking for more mentors. Rachel has the forms.

The club’s help with the vending program at KSU football went well, according to Vern Henricks. More people are needed for future home games. See Vern or Mike Dodson to volunteer. A Rotary Zone Institute will be in Overland Park Sept. 25-29. Vernon Turner and others will attend and more are welcome.

President Mike explained “Paul Harris Fellow” and “Paul Harris Society” and awarded pins to recent recipients. The remainder of the meeting was for committees to meet and plan their activities.

Cup money was for the “Just Tri-It” program. Carol Oukrop received the Holiday Inn Appreciation.

The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.

Preceptor Beta

Zeta BSP

Preceptor Beta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Sept. 3 at the home of Mary Lou Glende. Refreshments were served and President Mary Pauli called the meeting to order and led the opening ritual. Seven members answered roll call. The topic was “Name a childhood dream, and did it come true?”

The August social was dinner at El Patron in connection with the Third Thursday event on Aug. 15 in downtown Manhattan. The September social will be coffee and shopping at Pumpkin Patch with Mary Lou Glende as hostess. The October social will be the play “The Addams Family” at the MAC with Peggy Riley in charge. Preferential Tea will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Meadowlark Hills.

The October meeting will be held at the home of Lela Gillispie. The next Flint Hills City Council meeting will be Oct. 24 with Mary Pauli and Betty Frank attending.

Mary Pauli and Mary Lou Glende presented a scrapbook with memories of the past year to past president Gloria Holcombe. Birthday cards were presented to Lela Gillispie in honor of her birthday.

Betty Frank and Gloria Holcombe submitted possible service projects. A survey will be conducted as to the interest in each project. Gloria Holcombe gave Beta Bits.

Gloria Holcombe passed chocolates in honor of a new grandchild expected later this year. Peggy Riley received the hostess gift of a kitchen towel and pumpkin candles. The meeting was closed with closing ritual and mizpah.

The program by Mary Lou Glende was about retaining memory and the causes of memory loss.

Solar Kiwanis

The Manhattan Solar Kiwanis Club met at noon on Sept. 9 at the Little Apple Brewing Company with 19 members and two guests present. The guests were Barbara Houston of the Manhattan Evening Kiwanis Club and Cheryl Collins, a guest of John Schlender.

Solar Kiwanis parked cars at the Central National Bank parking lot for the K-State football game on Aug. 31. The earned money and thanked Central National Bank for the opportunity. Ronald Williams announced that Nick Havercamp had just passed the test for the National Registry of Nursing Home Administrators. There will be an interclub going to visit the Wamego/Pottawatomie County Kiwanis Club on Sept. 23.

Solarian John Schlender introduced Cheryl Collins, director of the Manhattan/Riley County Historical Society. She spoke on the history of movies and movie houses in Manhattan

The program for Sept. 16 will be introduced by Chad Tepe and will be Joe Hall, who is in charge Kansas State Football Athletes Development.

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.

TBI Support Group

There will be a traumatic brain injury support group meeting for survivors of brain injury, family members, and friends, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 19 at College Avenue Methodist Church in Manhattan.

For information, contact Jane Mertz Garcia at Kansas State University Speech and Hearing Center at 785-532-1493.

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