This Week's Program - Ken Adams, Emporia Municipal Airport
Ken Adams of the Emporia Municipal Airport will provide our program.
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.    
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.
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
Happy Bucks Donations to KCSL
The Kansas Children's Service League is the recipient of our Happy Bucks donations in January, February and March.
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.
Past Rotary Club Presidents
Several Past Rotary Club Presidents presented their memories and the accomplishments of our Rotary Club. There were also several letters from past club presidents who could not attend that were read as well. Sam Purohit organized the program highlighting the rich traditions of the Rotary Club of Emporia in our 100th year.
ESU Foundation Donation
Our Rotary Club has committed to donating $10,000 over five years to the Emporia State University Foundation. A check was presented for our annual donation to the foundation. Scholarship recipients are enabled to attend and learn skills needed to thrive in the work force of today.
FHTC Foundation Donation
Our Rotary Club has committed to donating $10,000 over five years to the Flint Hills Technical College Foundation. A check was presented for our annual donation to the foundation. Scholarship recipients are enabled to attend and learn skills needed to thrive in the work force of today.
Patricia Tucker - FHTC Scholarship Recipient
Flint Hills Technical College President Dean Hollenbeck introduced Patricia Tucker, a scholarship recipient of our Rotary Club's FHTC Scholarship Fund.  Patricia is working on her graphic design degree, thanks to the scholarship she received. She indicated that her attendance at FHTC would not have been possible without the scholarship that she received.
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.
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.
Feb 28, 2017
Manager of the Emporia Municipal Airport
Mar 14, 2017
ESU Baseball and Softball
Mar 28, 2017
The Children Inspire Glass Project
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club Board Meeting
Emporia Country Club East Room (SE corner)
Mar 09, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Club Board Meeting
Emporia Country Club East Room (SE corner)
Apr 06, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Lee Nelson
February 5
Chase Miller
February 6
Jim Wayman
February 9
Andy Koenigs
February 13
Paul Dean
February 16
Spouse Birthdays
Carrie Boettcher
February 15
Rachelle Wright
February 17
Sharon Miller
February 20
Kathy Weaver
February 23
Ken Wright
Margaret Wright
February 9
Sharon Tidwell
Dale Tidwell
February 19
Join Date
John Patton
February 1, 1980
37 years
Ken Buchele
February 1, 1991
26 years
Harvey Foyle
February 7, 2012
5 years
Mike Helbert
February 7, 2012
5 years
Phillip Davis
February 14, 2012
5 years
Andy Hawley
February 17, 2013
4 years
Robert Ovsak
February 17, 2013
4 years
Liz Martell
February 18, 1997
20 years
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Rotary Club Membership Proposal
2014 Club Membership Drive Teams
Program Dates 2014-2015
2015 India Polio Immunization Trip
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