Program This Week - EHS Football
Emporia High School Football Coach Corby Milleson will be on hand to preview Spartan football this fall.
Kent Heermann, Regional Development Association
Rotarian Kent Heermann, President of the Regional Development Association of East-Central Kansas, has been in Emporia at the RDA since July 1993. He explained about the history of the RDA, and the RDA's role in economic development in the Emporia area for many years. A city half-cent tax was voted in place in 1994 with a ten-year sunset for the purpose of land acquisition, land improvement, and the funding of the RDA to make our community more successful in recruiting new industry. Since then it has repeatedly been re-instituted by a wide margin. The results have been undeniably successful. In 1993 the average wage for production workers was $5.57-$5.74, and today it is $16.44. In 1950, Emporia population was 15,669. In 2010, it was $24,916. Twenty-three manufacturing plants have chosen to call Emporia home. 
Retail recruitment has been more active since 2006 due to the economic downturn in our country. The result is a new Hobby Lobby that opened in August.
Kent provided some of the code names for potential plants that were looking for a new home:
  • Taho - Caterpillar
  • Sweetness - Mars Candy plant that located in Topeka (2013)
  • Sleeve - Chinese sausage casing company (2012)
  • J.T. - Menards that located in Lawrence (2015)
  • Block - Fertilizer plant
  • Jacob - Hill's Pet Nutrition that invested $200 million in Emporia and hires 200 workers (2007)
What are the challenges facing Emporia's future recruiting efforts? 
  • Labor availability, especially for entry-level workers
  • Public transportation
  • Housing availability, especially for the high-end home
Our Rotary Club is a is the chartered organization for the outreach Pack for the kids in SummerScape, a camp program held during the summer at Camp EE.
At the end of July, the youth at the SummerScape Program came to the Girl Scout Camp Double E for day camp. About 80 boys and girls came to the day camp this year despite the heat.  While it was hot, the kids stayed cool and had great camp fun! The day camp was put on for them by the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. During the day, they sang songs, made solar ovens, planted seeds, and hiked in the trails. The Boy Scouts came to demonstrate how to make rope and tie knots. In the afternoon they stayed cool by playing water games. 
The Boy Scouts were able to put on the Day Camp thanks to the Rotary Club of Emporia, who is the chartered organization for the outreach Pack for the kids in SummerScape.
Alex Mosakowski
District Executive
Jayhawk Area Council - Sojadi District
Rotary Club Sponsors Scouting Cardboard Regatta
Our Rotary Club donated $50 as a sponsor for the Cardboard Regatta, a scouting event for scouts in our area this summer. Below is a thank you note for our contribution and the success of the event for the kids.
Please let the Rotary Club know how much the Boy Scouts appreciate them for helping us put on the Cardboard Regatta. We had 50 people show up for the event on Friday, July 28 – Scouts, siblings, parents. We had 6 teams of cardboard boats ready to race and only one boat sank. The sun went down quickly in the evening, but that didn’t stop us! And afterwards the Scouts and their families got to enjoy the water park. It was a wonderful evening!
Alex Mosakowski
District Executive
Jayhawk Area Council - Sojadi District
Happy Bucks to Match Day
Funds collected from Happy Bucks during our July, August and September meetings go to the Emporia Community Foundation's Match Day activities. Contributions toward this have resulting in attracting growing contributions every year since Match Day started. Please contribute!
Phil Taunton - Fishing's Future
Getting kids outdoors experiencing nature is the goal of Phil Taunton. He says it gives them a different perspective in life. Phil gets involved in encouraging kids to have fun outdoors across the state of Kansas...from visiting schools to working with kids with disabilities at Communications Camp held at Camp Alexander.
Phil introduced Hannah Duncan, who is one of his award recipients. Hannah is an Emporia kid who is entering Kansas State University this fall to study chemical engineering with an environmental emphasis.
Thank You, Harvey Foyle
Rotary Club President Stuart Symmonds thanks Past-President Harvey Foyle for his year of service as President of our Rotary Club. We appreciate your service, Harvey!
Happy Bucks & Polio Plus Contributions Strong
Happy Bucks Donations last quarter to the Emporia Arts Council Children's Fund totaled $369, while the change added to the Polio Plus cups added up to $85. Thanks, everyone for your great support!
Newman Regional Health Renovation
Newman Regional Health CEO and Rotarian Bob Wright introduced Harold Glitz, NRH Facilities Director, to explain the Emergency Department renovation. Based on the 2009 master plan for the hospital, the capacity of the new ER will be greatly increased to allow for a level of care that will be much easier to obtain. The new ER will contain a new clinical decision unit, all private rooms, and a waiting room that is more than two times larger than the current one.
Children's Books Needed for Little Libraries
Our Rotary Club recently helped to organize and install some Little Libraries in Emporia. Especially now that we are in the middle of summer, more children's books are needed to stock the libraries. At our next meeting, bring any children's books that can be used to help stock these lending libraries. 
Aug 22, 2017
EHS Football
Sep 05, 2017
The Never Let Go Fund
Sep 19, 2017
The RYLA Experience
Sep 26, 2017
Director of the Center for Business and Economic Devvelopment at ESU
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club Annual Board Planning Meeting
Emporia Country Club East Room (SE corner)
May 24, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Club of Emporia 100-Year Celebration
Emporia State University Colonial Ballroom
May 31, 2017 6:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tom Thomas
August 20
Spouse Birthdays
Carl Antes
August 15
Jennie Dick
August 19
Gary Ace
Liza Ace
August 2
Harvey Foyle
Joanne Foyle
August 7
James Geitz
Goan Geitz
August 7
Bruce Boettcher
Carrie Boettcher
August 8
Chris Correll
Rachael Correll
August 10
Rachael Correll
Chris Correll
August 10
Greg Seibel
Donna Seibel
August 12
Jim Kessler
Kathy Kessler
August 19
Clark Rusco
Donna Rusco
August 22
Jack Atherton
Anne Atherton
August 26
Mike Helbert
Sandra Helbert
August 26
Jeff Longbine
Gwen Longbine
August 30
Join Date
Don Hill
August 1, 1972
45 years
Skip Evans
August 1, 1974
43 years
Tom Thompson
August 1, 1978
39 years
Bruce Boettcher
August 6, 2013
4 years
Download FIles
Rotary Club Membership Proposal
2014 Club Membership Drive Teams
Program Dates 2014-2015
2015 India Polio Immunization Trip
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.