Rotary Club of Emporia

Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
Lisa Krimer
Apr 24, 2018
Flint Hills Technical College Awards
Ken Weaver
May 01, 2018
Rotary Award of Excellence recipients
Rotary Interact Club
May 08, 2018
Report on their activities
Pastor Jeannie Jensen, First United Methodist
May 15, 2018
ODIM (the organization for the development ofIndigenous maya) in Guatemala.
Dean Brent Thomas
May 22, 2018
Prophet Aquatic Research & Outreach Center.
Kent Schnakenberg
Jun 05, 2018
Team Schnak - Juvenile Diabetes
Dawn Young, Executive Director
Jun 19, 2018
Emporia Arts Center Activities
Stuart Symmonds
Jun 26, 2018
Rotary year in review and installation of officers
Club Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation
Past President
Board Member-Public Information Officer
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Ken Buchele provided our club a great overview of the Emporia Community Foundation. Starting 23 years ago, ECF has distributed $9 million toward noble causes in the Flint Hills region. Assets have grown to $23 million in 175 funds. Match Day has become an exciting time with $210,000 given away in its third year.
Key Five in Kansas - Money being distributed to heirs many times leaves Kansas. An effort is being made to encourage Kansans to leave 5% of their estate to some philanthropic organization in Kansas in order to help keep our wealth within our state.
Now ECF is focusing on funding the Perkins Fund for the Future as a gift for our community. It is an endowment that will help pay for the internal operations of the ECF in the future, ensuring that more donated funds will be used for philanthropic purposes and less for operations.  
Ken Weaver was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Greg Bachman introduced Emma Fornelli, who provided a whole different perspective of ESU baseball from her perspective of being the daughter of the team coach. As a senior at Emporia High School, Emma has enjoyed life at Emporia High as well as getting to participate in ESU baseball as a spectator who has an insight to what is really going on from knowing her father. Her baseball vocabulary is much higher than her non-baseball peers, even though she and her sisters don't even play the game except the occasional game of catch in the back yard. Some of her lesson learned:
  • When you make a mistake, learn from it and move on.
  • Losing builds character.
  • Have a bigger picture than yourself...there are other players on the team, too.
  • Keep your head up
Emma's immediate future is to study biology at KU.
Greg Bachman introduced Julia Joseph, a junior on the ESU volleyball team. Julia is from Wichita, and said that the best thing about being an athlete at ESU is the people that she meets and gets to engage. She is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Group, and gets to help organize community projects involving ESU athletes. One of her challenges is balancing a schedule that involves athletic workouts, sleep, class, studying and a social life in college. She has learned about using her time wisely, and has grown as a person as a result. Julia is a health major, studying physical therapy. The ESU volleyball team has 15 members of the team returning for the spring season. They have two new freshmen coming next fall to join their team.
In the fall of 2017, the Emporia Rotary Club created a local fund through the Emporia Community Foundation. The mission of this fund is to provide a means by which Rotary Club members could donate to our Rotary Club's community efforts in a tax deductible manner. Contributions can be made to the Emporia Rotary Club Fund at the Emporia Community Foundation. Click HERE to donate. 
Former Emporia Rotary Club of Emporia member Chuck Frazier, and his wife Nancy sent us an invitation to their Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration on April 7, 2018 at the Didde Catholic Campus Center, 2:00-4:00. Chuck was a long-time member of this club until recent years when they retired and moved to Florida.
Daphne Mertens, who works for Crosswinds Counseling & Wellness and Emporia State University, told our club about the grants that have been administered for a healthier community in Lyon County. There have been several different grants since 2014. 
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways for Healthier Living awarded a three-year grant for various activities that promote resident and community well-being. Vacant lots are being turned into community gardens in areas known as "food deserts". Grants are available to businesses participating in worksite wellness, with grants of $10,000 available.
Kansas Department of Health& Environment has awarded a grant of which a portion is being used for Maynard School cross walks. A bike share is being organized starting at 26 bikes with the MUPP Board coordinating. Other grants include promotions that encourage walking versus riding in the EmporiaCommunity.
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