This Week:  ESU Baseball & Softball
Come this week to Rotary Club to hear more about Emporia State University baseball and softball. Baseball coach Bob Fornelli and softball coach April Huddleston will be on hand. 
With construction on 18th Avenue this week, it would be advisable to take Rural Street to get to the Emporia Country Club.
We the People Competition
Jamie Dawson a government teacher at Emporia High School, along with students Katherine Keinholtz and Austin Wang talked to our Rotary Club about the We the People competition. We the People is a civic organization that was started 30 years ago to further learning about the U.S. Constitution and civic values, and provides curriculum for teachers in the classroom. It also sponsors state competitions throughout the country with mock congressional hearings to boost the knowledge of students. Jamie Dawson took sixteen students to the state competition and received the second place trophy in their first ​​​​​​​competition, missing first place by only two points (out of 1,600 points). An invitation was also received to the national competition in Washington, DC., so they are currently fundraising nearly $30,000 to get their group to the competition. 
No Rotary Club Meeting March 21
On March 21, the Emporia Country Club is booked. A decision has been made not to have a meeting on that date.
Rotary Club License Plates
Sam Purohit has ordered Rotary Club of Emporia license plates that celebrate our 100th Anniversary. The cost per license plate is $6.00. All funds are going to pay for the cost of the plates. Any funds over the cost are being contributed to Polio Plus. You can get yours from Sam or from Jim Wayman.
Happy Bucks Donations to KCSL
The Kansas Children's Service League is the recipient of our Happy Bucks donations in January, February and March.
New Emporia Rotary Membership Incentive
Last fall, District Governor Chris Ford challenged all Rotary clubs to increase membership by 20%, or 14 new members for our club. The first step in getting new members is to ask a person who may be interested in joining to come to a meeting. To encourage this very thing, we are offering some incentives. 
When a Rotarian brings a potential member for the first time, the Rotarian will receive $5 in Chamber Bucks. When that new member is inducted, the sponsoring Rotarian will receive $20 in Chamber Bucks.
The incentive runs January through June, 2017.
Ken Adams - Emporia Municipal Airport
Ken Adams has worked at the Emporia Municipal Airport for 35 years, and as the Manager of the airport, he provided a good picture of the state of affairs. The first paved runway of 3,000 feet at the airport was in 1945. Today the airport has a 4,999-foot runway capable of handling small jets. The city-owned airport gets income from hanger rentals from about 50 aircraft, and from fuel sales, selling 70,000 to 80,000 gallons of fuel per year (10% from turbine jet fuel). There are a total of 8,000 to 10,000 operations (take offs and landings) per year. Small aircraft from across the country use the airport for stops and fueling along with several local companies that use aircraft in their operations. The Emporia airport contributes to our local economy. 
A ten-year master plan is being developed that could include a 500-foot runway extension in the latter part of that plan to accommodate larger aircraft. Unfortunately, any future runway extensions need to be added to the south side of the runway, making it necessary to make changes to the municipal golf course in the future. The U.S. government pays 90% of approved runway extensions, and the city pays the remainder.
Roger Heineken - Emporia in its Early Years
Local historian Roger Heineken talked about Emporia in its early years 160 years ago. Founded by investors of the Emporia Town Company, including 19-year old Preston Plumb, the town was laid out in a one-mile square. Investors in the Emporia Town Company got free land. Preston Plumb, with his newspaper publishing expertise, was needed to promote the new community. 
The purpose of the Emporia Town Company was to develop the local amenities to attract potential Emporians. The investors were intellectual and purposeful in what they did. The name "Emporia" is Greek for trade center, or a busy place of commerce. The streets close to the town center were named with similar connotations...Commercial Street, Market Street, Merchant Street. Other streets included names like Constitution, State, Congress, Mechanic, Union, and Exchange. Streets toward the outer perimeter included names like Elm, Cottonwood, Rural, Neosho, and Sylvan.
Early on there were as many as 20 saw mills along the rivers producing needed lumber. In 1858, the first well was dug, and parks were established (Humbolt and Freemont). Just two years later, the population was nearly 850. Perhaps the early residents were attracted by the abolitionist ideals of the founders and other early settlers. Preston Plumb became a legislator, and successfully lobbied for colleges and railroad access. From the 1890s to World War I, the community had a booster mentality with the Business Men's Association (later becoming the Chamber of Commerce). Street Fairs were attracted, including Buffalo Bill Cody...a superstar attraction of the time. Inexpensive excursion tickets by railroad were marketed to come to the street fairs. It all seemed to work by attracting 15,000 to the matinee performance and 10,000 to the evening performance. The first automobile west of the Mississippi River was the featured attraction of another street fair and parade. The population soared to 7,500 by 1898. The Committee of Fifty was formed to launch industrial activity that continues in Emporia today.  
William Allen White was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Emporia 100 years ago. He was progressive in his racial beliefs, and ahead of his time in discussing social issues. Domestic violence and first amendment issues were discussed in his newspaper editorials. Indeed, Will White became a very influential Kansan. Local historical bus trips are being planned in March, and perhaps again in mid-summer. 
North and Buchele - Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Tim North was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow + 7, and Ken Buchele as a Paul Harris Fellow + 4 for each of their generous giving to the great causes of the Rotary Foundation.    
Ed O'Malley - Kansas Leadership Center
Our Rotary Club meeting was packed with guests from Leadership Emporia, who came to hear Ed O'Malley, who is the President and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. Ed has Emporia ties with his father working for the Emporia Gazette, and Ed who attended ESU in his freshman year. The Kansas Leadership Center was started ten years ago, funded by the Kansas Health Foundation. Its role is to build the leadership capacity of the whole state. The Emporia community has really jumped aboard with seven certified facilitators who work with those in Leadership Emporia, making it the highest number of certified facilitators and distinguishing it among leadership programs in Kansas. Emporia State University has embedded leadership curriculum from the Kansas Leadership Center in instruction of students, enabling every student at ESU to learn leadership principles. There are nine ESU faculty members who are certified facilitators. No other community in Kansas has embraced the leadership program like Emporia. 
A few points from Ed O'Malley on leadership:
  • Leadership is an activity, not a position.
  • One doesn't have to have a particular title to lead.
  • Leadership is different from authority. It is mobilizing people to solve tough problems.
  • Anyone can lead.
  • Leadership is an energy that is attractive.
  • Leadership has a clear purpose.
  • Leadership is risky.
  • Leadership starts with you and me.
For more information, go to Kansas Leadership Center
Scott Brunner - Medicaid Overview
Scott Brunner, a Medicaid and CHIP Analyst for Aetna Insurance Company, presented an overview of the Medicaid program in Kansas. Scott is uniquely qualified as the past director of the Kansas Medicaid Director as well as several other positions relating to the financing of health care. He is also an ESU graduate. Scott described Medicaid as a federal/state partnership created by the Social Security Act in the 1960's. 
  • Every state runs its own program.
  • The Fed sets the floor, and each state can go beyond.
  • The Fed matches state spending, paying 50% to 73% of the costs.
  • Program recipients are low income kids, pregnant women, and those age 65 and over with low incomes.
  • ​​​​​​​Spending by Kansas has increased 380% since 1998...increasing from $1 billion to $3.8 billion today.
  • 75% of the recipients in Kansas are individuals who are low income children, receiving 33% of total spending.
  • People with disabilities drive the majority of the costs along with people living in nursing homes over 65 years old.
  • 25% of everyone who has health insurance is on Medicaid.
  • There are lots of ideas for reducing costs:
    • Reduce the number of people who are eligible.
    • Reduce Federal spending to the states for this program.
    • Improve value-based purchasing.
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