Program This Week - Don Hill, Sales Tax Extension
Rotarian Don Hill will be guiding us on the vote for the extension of the half cent city sales tax in the upcoming election on November 7.
Emporia Community Foundation Match Day
Twenty-five charitable organizations are participating in the Emporia Area's Fourth Annual Match Day to be held on November 13th at the Flinthills Mall. It is a day of giving for these organizations in the Emporia area thanks to the Emporia Community Foundation and five major sponsors who have put up a $50,000 match pool:
  • Clint Bowyer's 79 Fund
  • Hopkins Foundation
  • Reeble Foundation
  • Trusler Foundation
  • WS & EC Jones Testamentary Trust
Rotarian Shirley Antes, who is retiring from ECF, introduced four of the charitable organizations that are participating, who told our club what they do and how they would use the funds that they receive:
  • Jim Kessler, Habitat for Humanity
  • Julia Wilson, ECKAN-Lyon County
  • Rhonda Gordan, Keep It A Safe Summer Taskforce
  • Sally Sanchez, Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow
Happy Bucks Contributions to Wade Barrett Fund
Happy Bucks contributions during October, November and December are going to the Wade Barrett fund for SIDS sudden infant death syndrome.
Sam Purohit, PHF + 4
Sam Purohit, who has been a member of our Rotary Club for the past seven years, was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow + Four for his generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Drs. Pat Crawley and Mike Crawley - Prevention of Heart Disease
Dr. Pat Crawley and Dr. Mike Lloyd, Cardiologists for Newman Medical Health, told our club that arteriosclerosis, or coronary artery disease is the number one killer in the world. Cholesterol is something that everyone needs...but too much builds up in our arteries as plaque. 65% of the cholesterol in our bodies is made by our own liver, while 35% comes from the food we eat we eat.
Prevention tips:
  • ​​​​​​​Look before you eat.
  • Exercise - 30-40 minutes per day; five days per week.
  • Stop smoking
  • Know your number
    • Cholesterol < 200
    • LDL < 100
    • HDL > 40
    • Triglycerides < 150
  • Control your blood pressure
Camp Alexander Club Project
We have received a Rotary District Grant for our next project at Camp Alexander.

Camp Alexander has a unique story. E.J. Alexander, upon his death in 1923, left 40 acres and all of his savings to the orphaned and needy children of Emporia and Lyon County. Camp Alexander was founded as a result. Alexander sold fruits and vegetables in Emporia, grown on 40 acres of land east of Emporia. He always distributed part of his produce to needy families. For his legacy, he wanted children to experience the great outdoors and Camp Alexander. Camp Alexander is a non-profit organization, with the mission of empowering children by providing a safe place for growth and enrichment in the great outdoors while prospering a respect for the environment.
We have received a $3,198 district grant to be combined with club funding of $1,599 for a total of $4,797 to spend on materials at Camp Alexander. Several of the buildings, which were constructed in the 1960’s require new siding, paint and caulking. We plan to start working in November, and see what can be completed prior to winter. Any work left will be completed in the spring.
Doug Bjerkaas - Dynamic Discs
Doug Bjerkaas, Events Coordinator at Dynamic Discs, has recently coordinated the largest disc golf tournament in the history of the Professional Disc Golf Association. The 2016 Glass Blown Open had 1,120 players (nine countries and forty-two states) who participated in Emporia. In fact, Doug was named the Top Tournament Director for the PDGA for 2016. At our Rotary Club meeting, we learned about the Junior Worlds Disc Golf Championships that will be held in Emporia in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Awarding a site three years in a row is unprecedented. Emporia is gaining a reputation. Our town has been named the best place to play disc golf, and the home of the two best disc golf tournaments by disc golfers themselves. 
Dynamic Discs is busy creating excitement for the sport in other ways as well. They are working with ESU to create a college club team. There are 40-50 college teams that go to the collegiate championships. They are also working with Emporia High School to build an EHS club team to compete with other high school club teams.
Emporia events to put on our calendars:
Dynamic Discs and Emporia together are earning a reputation as a great host for disc golf tournaments in one of the fastest growing sports based on PDGA membership growth, the growth of PDGA sanctioned tourneys, and the growth in the number of disc golf courses.
What I Like About Our Rotary Club
It seems that many of the more interesting Rotary Club programs are those featuring our own members. This time, it featured several of our own who were talking about what is it that they like about our Rotary Club meetings. Sam Purohit asked several club members to give their own personal views. Some Rotarians have been members for quite a long time, while other a comparably shorter period.
Jack Atherton, who is a 60-year Rotary Club veteran, said he gets a kick out of the past occupational talks from our own members. We should bring them back.
Gary Ace, a member since 1972, said that Rotary has become a integral part of his life. What memories that stand out for him are the camaraderie, the singing, and getting to meet the students attending our club meetings.
Tim North, a 1974 Rotary Club member, cited several highlights:
  • donations going to great causes
  • the dictionary project has been one of his favorites
  • interacting with kids
  • Interact Club
  • Rotary Club acquaintances.
Richard Duncan cited the Rotary Foundation, and great causes where it invests it's funds.
Thanks, Sam for creating another great Rotary program! All of these ideas of past Rotary Club traditions and standouts give food for thought for ideas for the future.
FHTC Scholarship Recipient
Lorrin Ochs attended our Rotary Club meeting as a recipient of one of our Rotary Club's Flint Hills Technical College scholarships. Lorrin told our club that the scholarship that she received has made a difference in her education. A card that she gave to President Stuart Symmonds stated:
I am sincerely grateful for the scholarship that has been awarded to me under your club's name. I was thrilled to get my mail and find a letter telling me that I had been awarded this scholarship.
I have been pursuing the dental field as my career goal for quite some time now. This scholarship will allow me to take my final step in becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist. I appreciate the help you have given me to continue my education and better my life! I am working very hard to maintain my grades as well as keeping up with my family's and community's activities.
This scholarship will not only help me fulfill a dream, but it also makes it possible for students like me to concentrate on school, without the additional financial pressure.
Thank you so much for providing this scholarship.
Lorrin Ochs
Mike Perigo - Our Latest Rotary Club Member
Mike Perigo, who is the Executive Director of Newman Regional Health Foundation, joined our Rotary Club recently. We are thrilled and privileged to have Mike as a new member.
Rotary Club Members Donate Over $2,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief
Thanks to everyone who donated to the special fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Great job on donating $2,055! 
Due to the arrangement through the United Way of the Flint Hills, your donations are tax deductible.
Oct 31, 2017
Extension of the half cent city sales tax and upcoming election
Nov 14, 2017
The Wade Barrett Memorial Fund
Nov 21, 2017
Foundation update, BBBS volunteer program - Dictionary distribution after
Nov 28, 2017
National Awards won by Newman Hospital
Dec 05, 2017
Father - Daughter Day
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