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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Britton Hart and students
Nov 20, 2018
How the culture is changing to new expectations
Gail Milton
Nov 27, 2018
Moms Demand Action (Gun Sense and Gun Safety)
Allison Garrett
Dec 04, 2018
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Coachs Craig Doty and Toby Wynn
Dec 11, 2018
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Dec 18, 2018
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Past President Stuart Symmonds presented a slate of officer nominees for the 2019-2020 Rotary year to the club board meeting. This slate will be presented to the club on November 13 for our club officer election. The nominees are as follows:
  • President Sharon Tidwell
  • President-Elect Robin Newell
  • Vice President Shirley Antes
  • Treasurer Dan Robertson
  • Secretary Jim Wayman
  • Foundation Richard Duncan
  • Membership Teresa Maley
  • Social Media Rachael Correll
  • Service Barbara Wry
  • Past President Jami Reever
  • Board Member Marshall Miller
  • Board Member Alex Mosakowski
  • Board Member Don Miller
  • Board Member Harvey Foyle
  • Board Member Shane Shively
Susan Rathke of the Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau introduced Teresa Mitchell from Emporia State University's Educational Theatre Company, who educated us on Emporia's Company L. This information was gained from interviews of several Emporians that were conducted by late Emporian Steve Hanschu about their life experiences and have been archived at the Lyon County History Center. The interviews were adapted into readings and brought to life through the Flint Hills Oral History Project.
We learned about Company L that originated in Emporia during World War I. This company of soldiers either from the region or attending college in Emporia started their training in a camp on the grounds of the Emporia Country Club for a period of time. Their training took them to Fort Sill in Oklahoma, to Liverpool, England, and then on to France for the last twelve months of the war.
ESU's Educational Theatre Company is portraying three soldiers who were part of Company L. Ryan Wollum, one of the ESU theatre students, portrayed Lt. Col Ellis Christensen during our meeting. As part of this week's Veterans Day activities in Emporia, Ryan, as well as two other theatre students, are portraying Lt. Col. Christensen, Col. Arthur Ericcsson, and Cpl. Andrew Fry. It was interesting to hear about how the soldiers were welcomed into the homes of people living in Emporia for meals on Sundays during their training time in Emporia.
Jeanny Sharp is our newest Rotary Club member, and was sponsored by Barbara Wry. She joins our club as an Associate Member. Jeanny has been visiting our club for the past month or so. Please make a point to get to know Jeanny. She is the Advertising Sales Director with The Emporia Gazette. Welcome to our club, Jeanny!
Newman Regional Health, like several employers in Emporia, is looking for some good people to fill several skilled positions that are unfilled right now.
Jim Crump, the Director of Imaging at NRH, has been an x-ray technologist for 33 years. His position has changed a lot over the years. Now he handles all digital images. Such positions at NRH are required to have good bedside manners since they work directly with lots of people. There is a lot of demand for people who hold the right skills to do this job. This job requires a two- or a four-year degree, and it has a $42,000 starting wage.
Calvin Murphy is a Lab Director at NRH, and has been a clinical lab scientist since 1991. There is currently a great need for lab scientists. Helping people is his passion. At NRH, most all of the testing is completed in-house.
Kaylene Leek is currently the Interim Director of the Intensive Care Unit, and has worked at NRH for the past ten years as part of the nursing staff. There are 53 staff members in this unit at NRH. There is a good career track for those with the right cultural fit. Seven nursing positions at NRH are unfilled at this time with nursing shortages nationwide. An entry-level position pays $22.00 per hour working three 12-hour shifts per week. 
It sounds like that there are quite a few positions right here in Emporia for young adults with the right skills.
Rotarian Ken Weaver read a letter from a Rotarian from the Wilmington, NC Rotary Club talking about the significant losses of property from the recent hurricane that are causing daily hardships for the people in the local communities in the area. The need is great. Jami Reever indicated that tax deductible donations payable to the United Way of the Flint Hills and labelled NC Hurricane Relief, will be forwarded to the Rotary Club of Wilmington, NC to be spent in the appropriate manner. Jami will be taking donations at the next two Rotary Club meetings (October 30 and November 6).
You can win the "Team Schnak" Yamaha gas golf cart!
100 tickets are available for $100 donation each. Each $100 ticket provides one chance to win this golf cart.
All donations go to the Team Schnak Strong Fund. Rotarian Kent Schnakenberg provided a program for our club recently in which he indicated that his goal was to send more Type 2 diabetes kids to summer camp. Your donations to this fund will provide more of these opportunities. Make checks out to Team Schnak Strong Fund, and send them to Kent Schnakenberg at 2281 Road P, Emporia. Call Kent at 620.340.5932 if you have questions. 
The drawing will be held on KVOE on November 14th.
Ron Thomas, General Manager of Emporia's Radio Stations, was on hand depicting his story of Ron's Ride, a fund raiser for Special Olympics. Funds donated go toward providing the trip for special olympians to the Kansas Special Olympics in Wichita each summer. Donations to our Rotary Club's Happy Bucks during next January through March will be given to Ron's Ride.
Ron, who will be in his 30th year at KVOE next year, is dedicated to the live and local format at Emporia's Radio Stations. So far this year, they have conducted 900 local interviews for their morning show. Ron took the lead when over 32,000 food items were collected recently for the Salvation Army food pantry. The radio station was started in 1939.
Lisa Keith, Director of the David Traylor Zoo, talked about planned exhibits that are being planned for the future resulting from the Oasis Campaign. $3.65 million has been raised so far from their $4.3 million Oasis Campaign goal. Our Rotary Club donated $25,000 toward Mission Madagascar in 2016 as a result of several years of fund raisers. 
The David Traylor Zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1986. The zoo gets a lot of support from Emporia Friends of the Zoo (EFOZ). To see more information on the zoo, visit
Dr. Joseph Laudie presented the work that he and his family have been involved as part of a medical outreach mission in Guatemala. Making the trip every other year, this trip was his fifth medical mission that he has participated. Dr Laudie uses mobile dental equipment that he purchased through our Rotary Club.
Erin Blocker, who we have become well-acquainted as one of ESU's track coaches, came with her son Matthew to announce that she has organized several interactive Leap! lifestyle workshops designed by the experts at the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center. The workshops provide interactive education on the six key lifestyle factors known to reduce Alzheimer's disease risk. The workshops incorporate hands-on opportunities to try a variety of brain health strategies, and include handouts, resources, current research updates, and Q&A with a LEAP! Coach. The workshop in Emporia is November 14th at the Preston Room at ESU's Memorial Union, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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