This Week's Program - Tom & Pat Mais - 2017 Guatemala Mission Trip
Presenting at our club meeting this week is Tom and Pat Mais. They are talking about their recent visit to Guatemala. This is a trip they have made for several years as a missionary trip, and our club has donated the funds for medical equipment for a medical clinic for the people in the area in the past. 
Interact Club Emporia Middle School
Interacting with the Interact Club full of energetic sixth through eighth graders from the Emporia Middle School is a breath of fresh air. That group, with their sponsor, teacher Andrew Hawley, presented to our Rotary Club the projects that they developed and are implementing during their 2016-2017 school year. Andrew challenged the Interact Club members with the question of what type of problems are there in their school, in their community, and the world, and the kids in the Interact Club took it from there. A couple of issues that they wanted to tackle are:
  1. Negativity in school - Make school a more positive place.
  2. Hunger - A child dies every 10 seconds due to hunger - Focus on community and world hunger projects.
Here is what they decided to do about these issues:
  1. Put letters in other students' lockers to spark positivity instead of negativity.
  2. Help with our club's dictionary project by making sure that every dictionary that was distributed to the third graders in Emporia had a label. Our club provided the pizza during this event.
  3. Volunteered at Abundant Harvest.
  4. Collect pop tabs and donate to the Ronald McDonald House.
  5. They sold popsicles to other students for 50 cents, raising about $700 to donate to Heifer International.
  6. Animal Roundup for Heifer International - They took other middle school students out of classes for 10 minutes to demonstrate that a child dies in our world every 10 seconds.
This was a great group of kids who are going to be our future leaders. Their sponsor, Andrew Hawley, is doing a great job facilitating their leadership growth. For those who are not aware, our Rotary Club facilitated the start of this club several years ago. Andrew Hawley was one of the original sponsors of the club from it's beginning.
New Flowers at the Clock Tower
Marshall Miller and Duane Henrikson planted new flowers at the clock tower on the corner of 12th & Merchant Streets. This a great Rotary project because it presents a great image for visitors to Emporia, and makes a very pleasant environment where we work and live. Our Rotary Club also maintains the plantings in front of the Kress Center on Commercial Street.
Rotarian Jack Havenhill

Marshall Asher “Jack” Havenhill, II, M.D. passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at his home in Emporia at the age of 81. He was born November 22, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Marshall A. and Mayme (Wilson) Havenhill. He married Ann Josephine Johnson May 31, 1958 in Lawrence. Jack is survived by his wife; and their three children, Amy Schulte (Scott), Overland Park, Kansas, Dr. Asher Havenhill (Mary), Tucson, Arizona, and Annette Dix (Kevin), Manhattan, Kansas; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Schulte Blumeyer (Dan), Brent Schulte (Erica), Suzanne Schulte, Jonathan Havenhill, Emily Havenhill, Phillip Dix, and Krista Dix. Dr. Havenhill was a graduate of Blue Springs (Missouri) High School, received his A.A. from Junior College of Kansas City, Missouri, his B.A. in Physics from University of Kansas, and his M.D. from University of Kansas Medical School. 

He served his Internship in Medicine and his Residency in OB-GYN at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While in medical school he won the Haden Medal for the Best Original Research by a Medical Student. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda social fraternity, Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity, and President of Delta Chapter of AKL at the University of Kansas. He also served as National AKL officer as a member of Logos Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the National Executive Council. After completion of his Residency, he served 38 months on active duty in the Medical Corps of the US Army. He was Honorably Discharged in September 1969 with the rank of Major. He was a member of the American Legion. Following his military service he moved to Emporia where he was a member of the medical community for 48 and a half years, first in private practice, then as Director of Student Health at Emporia State University, and finally as an Emergency Room physician at Newman Regional Health. He also served as Deputy Coroner for Lyon County for many years. He was certified by the American Board of OB-GYN. He served on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts Athletic Training Advisory Council.

He was a retired member of the Adjunct Faculty of Emporia State University. He received the Athletic Club Service Award in 1997 and the University Service Citation in 2007. He served as Team Physician 34 years. Dr. Havenhill was a member and Past Master of Emporia Masonic Lodge #12, A.F. & A.M., a 32nd degree Mason (Scottish Rite), a Knight Templar (York Rite), and a Noble of Arab Temple of the Shrine. He had been named an Outstanding Kansas Mason by the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Kansas.

He was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and the 2012 recipient of the Kansas Library Association Presidential Award for Library Advocacy. He served as a volunteer at the Tall Grass Preserve in Chase County for several years. His service also included serving on the Boards of Directors of the Kansas Masonic Home, Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church Planning Council, Emporia Public Library, Kansas Library Trustees Association, and the Emporia League of Women Voters. He was President of the Board of Directors of Flint Hills Community Health Center, North Central Kansas Library System and the Emporia Sunrise Rotary Club and Emporia Rotary Club.

Several years ago the Dr. Marshall A Havenhill, II and Ann J. Havenhill Scholarship was established to support their belief in the importance of higher education and to provide an educational opportunity to all students. Gifts in Dr. Havenhill’s memory may be sent to the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, PO Box#175, Emporia, Kansas 66801. Please indicate Dr. Marshall Havenhill in the memo.



Clark Rusco Inducted into Rotary
Clark Rusco is our Rotary Club's newest member. Tom Mais proposed Clark for membership.
FHTC Top Graduates Recognized
Our Rotary Club recognized eight of the top graduates of the Flint Hills Technical College at our club meeting. FHTC President Dean Hollenbeck (and fellow Rotarian) provided some background of the group of students, Rotarian Lisa Kirmer from the FHTC introduced each student, and Brenda Carmichael and Kat Dorcas from the FHTC assisted in the logistics.
Mike Hudson Inducted into Rotary
Mike Hudson is our Rotary Club's newest member. Bill Barnes proposed Mike for membership. 
Emporia High Honor Students
Our Rotary Club recognized eleven graduating seniors of Emporia High School at our club meeting. EHS Principal Dr. Britton Hart indicated that there are 325 EHS graduates this year. This group includes 3 perfect 4.0 un-weighted GPA's, 3 Governor's Scholars, 53 honor students with 3.75 and higher GPA's, and 5 National Merit Scholars. This group recognized represent "the best of the best" at Emporia High School.
ESU Track & Field
Steve Blocker, who has coached Emporia State University track & field since 2009, talked about the program that has demonstrated that it can bring out the best in individuals who are focused and driven to perform to their best ability. Since 2009, ESU track & field has produced over 65 All Americans. The first meet hosted by ESU this spring, brought over 18 teams and 1,000 individual athletes to compete. Events like that have to be an economic shot in the arm for Emporia. 
If you haven't seen the new "Golden Oval" track, you have to go see it. ESU has a great facility in a pursuit of excellence.
Erin Blocker - LEAP!
Erin Blocker, an Emporia State University track & field coach, has a passion to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline among aging people in small communities. She has developed an outreach of education and exercise to smaller communities. Erin indicated that there is a genetic factor for cognitive decline, but the vast majority of risks result from how we live our lives. Erin now is employed by the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center conducting outreach to smaller communities to promote healthy brain aging and strategies to prevent Alzheimer's disease. 
​​​​​​​Erin conducts a six-week LEAP! workshop series and a six-week LEAP! in action exercise program, both at Emporia State University and in other parts of Kansas. For more information call Erin at 913.912.3480 or e-mail
The Jones Foundation
Sharon Tidwell, the Executive Director of the Jones Foundation, along with Jack Atherton, both Rotary Club members, provided a fascinating history of Walter, Evan and Olive Jones and what lead to the formation of the Jones Trust and the Jones Foundation. Of Welsh ancestry, Walter (1876) and Evan (1880) Jones grew up in Arvonia, Kansas. Walter married Olive, and the three of them created a thriving cattle business in the Flint Hills. Walter was the cattle buyer and seller, while Evan was more hands-on, taking care of the cattle. Olive was a meticulous bookkeeper for the business. Over the years, their thriftiness and business acumen accumulated six sections of the Flint Hills of Kansas and 44,000 acres in Texas, which also ended up producing oil and natural gas.
Walter and Evan both died in 1953, and Olive died in 1957. In 1955, Jack Atherton started taking care of probating the estate contested by nephews and nieces. With no children of their own, the Jones' estate was originally designated for kids with polio and for foster care in Osage, Lyon and Coffey counties. Their estate amounted to $19 million in 1955, and was later interpreted to include the medical, educational and recreational needs of children in this same region. 
The Jones Trust exists to grant funds to organizations, while the Jones Foundation grants funds to individuals. Since 1995, $30,956,000 has been granted from the Jones Trust to the Jones Foundation. From the Jones Foundation there has been $11,388,000 medical grants and $16,671,000 educational grants to individuals. 
What a great story and legacy!
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.
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.
May 16, 2017
2017 Guatemala Mission Trip
May 23, 2017
Hetlinger Development Center
May 30, 2017
Rotary Year in Review - Centennial Update
Jun 20, 2017
Kansas Commissioner of Education
Jun 27, 2017
Induction of new officers and Welcome to the club
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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
Sam Purohit
April 2
Jack Atherton
April 3
John Korsak
April 7
Mike Hudson
April 10
Don Miller
April 15
Stuart Symmonds
April 20
Gary Ace
April 23
Chris Walker
April 24
Jeff Longbine
April 24
Sharon Tidwell
April 27
Spouse Birthdays
Liza Ace
April 19
Monica Duncan
April 27
Jerilynn Henrikson
April 30
Peggy Mast
John Mast
April 18
Sam Purohit
Bhadra Purohit
April 22
Robin Newell
Dennis Newell
April 23
Join Date
Greg Bachman
April 1, 1992
25 years
Chris Correll
April 8, 2014
3 years
Kyle Thompson
April 28, 2015
2 years
Jim Williams
April 29, 2008
9 years
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Rotary Club Membership Proposal
2014 Club Membership Drive Teams
Program Dates 2014-2015
2015 India Polio Immunization Trip