Rotary Club of Emporia

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Welcome to the Emporia Rotary Club


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Emporia Country Club
1801 Rural
Emporia, KS  66801
United States
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Kent Schnakenberg
Feb 20, 2018
Team Schnak
Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star
Feb 27, 2018
Blogger and stats nerd
Daphne Mertens, with Healthier Lyon County
Mar 06, 2018
Grant to improve the health of people in Lyon County
Coach Fornelli, Emma Fornelli and Julia Joseph
Mar 13, 2018
ESU baseball and ESU volleyball
Becky Jensen and Ken Buchele
Mar 20, 2018
Updates at Emporia Community Foundation
Dean Brent Thomas
May 22, 2018
Prophet Aquatic Research & Outreach Center.
Dawn Young, Executive Director
Jun 19, 2018
Emporia Arts Center Activities
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Rotary Foundation
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Frank Abart, Emporia Utilities Director and Mark McAnarney, Emporia City Manager both commented on the challenges of managing an aging infra-structure under our streets. In Emporia for the past three years, Frank's focus in Emporia has been identifying weak utility areas and systematically trying to replace or upgrade them ahead of failures. It is estimated that 20% of aging water mains will need to be replaced annually over the next few years. Here are some of the projects discussed:
  • Waste water treatment plant upgrades to meet Federal regulations at a cost of $28.6 million - Apr 2019 projected completion.
  • Recent replacement of a major transmission line at Prairie Street after a disruption that resulted in a boil order. 
  • Debris clog at the Neosho River water intake pipe.
  • Waste water sewage lift station replaced at Jones Park, and another is planned at another location.
  • Airport runway 500-foot extension is in the planning stages for better business jet accessibility and to meet FAA requirements.
A project to sort items from our Rotary Club's rich and extensive 102-year history is continuing on Tuesday afternoons during the month of February at the Lyon County History Center. Join if you can!
Kids are four times more likely to be successful if they are reading at the the third grade level by the end of the third grade than those that are not. 
The difference between less-advantaged homes and more advantaged homes in our society is a 30 million word gap in a child's first five years. This difference represents the number of words used, heard and read to between homes on one side of the poverty line versus the other. 
It sounds like helping our kids be successful starts early in life! This was the message from Dennis Keer, the Executive Director of the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center, whose goal is to provide:
  • Service to schools, teachers and students;
  • Service for families and communities at the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center;
  • Research for the betterment of literacy development.
The Literacy Center is funded by two grants: A $4 million grant from the Kansas Masonic Lodge that covers all of Kansas, and another $2 million grant for Lyon and the surrounding counties to promote kindergarten readiness. 
Some of the programs that are being encouraged by the Literacy Center include:
  • Mobilizing Literacy at the David Traylor Zoo last fall attracted over 150 people.
  • Reading Readiness Workshops for pre-school educators.
  • Dolly Parton Foundation funds a book per month for every child from birth through age 5.
  • One School One Book at Village School
For more information, go to the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center's website, www.
Lisa Soller's goal is for the Lyon County History Center to be the center of culture and history for our local society. Lisa, as the education coordinator, is helping to create a such a place during the organization's 81st year in their new location in downtown Emporia. The newly remodeled space is perfect for exhibits and gatherings. In fact, Rotarian Jack Atherton, as an 80-year lifetime member, is providing a program for them as part of their year-long celebration by providing 81 events for the people of Lyon County. The model train exhibit is now set up, and a new temporary exhibit is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Kristy Bayer is our newest Rotary Club member. Ed Bashaw sponsored Kristy into our club. Thanks for joining us, Kristy!
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