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
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Suzanne Worthen-Miller, Salvation Army
May 29, 2018
Update on Local Services
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
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Rotarian Tom Mais introduced Jeannie Jensen, Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church, who presented to our club the ongoing mission in Guatemala, the Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Mayan (ODIM). Breaking the cycle of malnutrition and poverty is the over-reaching goal of ODIM in Guatemala, and they seem to making progress with a 40% reduction of malnutrition in their first year. 
Guatemala's people:
  • 15.5 million people
  • 20 = average age
  • 60% are indigenous Mayan
  • 4 rank in the world for chronic malnutrition
  • 76% live in extreme poverty
  • 72% never finish primary school
ODIM's activities focus on addressing the educational and health care issues of the indigenous people of Guatemala. Two clinics built see between 5,000 and 7,000 people per year. 
The following are some of the programs and services that are provided:
  • community programs
  • medical teams
  • construction teams
  • diabetes program
  • Healthy House program - reduces dirt floors in homes to create a healthier environment
  • scholarship program - tutoring, school supplies to get more kids through school
  • adolescent youth program - Reduces teenage pregnancies
Several years ago, our Rotary Club donated radiology sonogram equipment that is in use in the clinics. This equipment has proven to save lives of these indigenous Mayan people. Several of our Rotary Club members have made several trips to this area to work in this special ministry over the past several years.
During July and August, our Rotary Club meets twice per month on the following dates:
  • July 10
  • July 24
  • August 7
  • August 21
On September 4, our weekly meetings will resume.
If there is anything that gives you a good feeling about our Emporia Middle School students, it is to watch the Interact Club members describe the projects in which they are involved. Andy Hawley is the sponsoring teacher who does a great job in guiding this group of active teenagers. The club members choose projects to help their school, help their community and help the world. Our Rotary Club sponsored the start of this club at the Emporia Middle School. This same group helped with our Dictionary Project this year by attaching the project labels inside of the front covers of each dictionary provided to Emporia third graders.
Ashley Peterson was recognized by our Rotary Club as an outstanding ESU Teacher Education Graduate. She has been in Finland, and brought back a Rotary Club banner by the Rotary Club in Jyvaskyla.
Ken Weaver, Dean of The Teacher's College at Emporia State University and a member of our Rotary Club, presented three outstanding teacher education graduates. Edwin Rios, Ann Thimesch, and Amanda Simon each told their stories to our club. It was evident in their presentations that they shared a passion for what they are doing and are going to be great representatives of Emporia State University as professionals in the education field. 
Our Rotary Club recognized the top graduates of the Flint Hills Technical College at our club meeting. FHTC President and Rotary Club member Dean Hollenbeck made the presentation.
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. 
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